the day “we took a bullet” for our son….. a humorous tale of traveling with children

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So, my sister lives in New Jersey, and last year she got engaged. So, we traveled out to celebrate with her with my 8-year-old, 3 yr old, and 3 month old in tow. We made a 4-day trip out of it, complete with an engagement party, eating out in NY City, shopping and sightseeing. On the day we were to travel back home, storms were coming through, and Newark airport was already cancelling flights for later that evening. My husband and I had to get home; we were both on call the next day. So, we called the airline and tried to get on stand-by. Well, no luck on the phone, they advised us to get to the airport to try and get an alternate flight. Ok, well with 3 kids, that was not going to happen quickly. We began racing around my sister’s place, grabbing toys, and blankets, and bottles. We entrusted our oldest, our son, to grab the presents for the engagement and pack them in the suitcase, BIG … Continue reading

Must-have stroller accessories

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Any mom (or stroller addict) knows that good stroller accessories are almost as important as the stroller itself. Even though there’s now a stroller that generates power to charge your cell phone and folds by itself, baby gear manufacturers have yet to come out with a stroller that really does it all. Dare I mention all the high-end strollers that have optional accessories but do not include them in the (sometimes hefty) price tags? Yeah, that’s a touchy subject amongst some moms. In my experience, it’s not always a bad thing that a stroller doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles. Would it be nice to get a little more parental support for the money? Sure. But I’ve found some stroller accessories that don’t necessarily match the name of the stroller but work even better… at least for my needs. The Mommy Hook The Mommy Hook is the go-to stroller accessory for on the go moms. This lightweight hook fits on every stroller handle and holds grocery bags, a … Continue reading

things your mother did not tell you part 2… the physical changes of pregnancy and the aftermath…

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It was a moment I think any woman has had. I looked into the mirror, and thought “God how did this happen?” “Is this really me?” I should not have been looking in the mirror, I had a newborn, and I had a miracle. I should have been sleeping, but no I was inspecting, judging myself. I looked like the Pillsbury dough girl. My breasts were leaking, my belly was like pizza dough, and I was wearing a pad the size of Columbus. Would I ever return to “normal?” Why didn’t anyone tell me this was going to happen? Why hadn’t I read this in a textbook? It’s simple, if women shared this secret, maybe others would not join them in this role of motherhood? So, most of the questions I get in the office are about bodily changes of pregnancy. So, let’s talk about them… Skin- skin changes a lot in pregnancy due to the hormonal changes; moles and freckles may darken. Some women will develop skin tags, or … Continue reading

things your mother did not tell you because she wanted to become a grandmother…. nothing could have prepared me…

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My name is Somi Javaid and I am a mother of 3 and a practicing Obstetrician/Gynecologist. I hope to share and make you laugh with my pregnancy/motherhood blog. I had just given birth to my first child and I fell in love. I looked into his eyes and I was hooked. Nothing else in the world mattered at that moment and time stood still. I know it sounds so cliché, but it is so true. It’s amazing, that moment is so serene in my memory. Yet, motherhood has been anything but. I swear there is a secret pact that exists among mothers to not “clue-in” those women who have not yet have children. I am writing this to break that pact and to reveal that motherhood is first having to admit that we are human and that we are from from perfect. I was a fourth year medical student when I gave birth to my son, and my husband was already a physician. Needless to say, we thought we had … Continue reading

Pregnancy Survival Guide

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Most common topics I get asked about? What foods do I need to avoid? Stay away from undercooked meats, unpasteurized foods, and lunchmeats that have not been heated. Tuna, tile, mackerel and swordfish have a lot of mercury, which is not good for the fetal brain, so limit to 12 ounces per week. Always try to buy wild caught fish as opposed to farm raised. Stay away from alcohol, I know this is not the case in Europe, but here in the US, we recommend staying away from even small amounts. You don’t have to give up your caffeine; you can still have it, limit to one beverage a day. Food with a lot of nitrites, like salami and hotdogs are not a good choice for pregnant women. Medications? For pain, Tylenol is best. Avoid Motrin, Ibuprofen and any aspirin containing products. You can take most allergy medicine and Sudafed for congestion if you don’t suffer from high blood pressure. Imodium is fine for an upset stomach. All other medications … Continue reading