Making the Most of a Mammogram

May 15, 2015 by

At 31 years old I went for my first mammogram and ultrasound from experiencing pain on my right side. Luckily, it was nothing to be concerned about, but I wanted to share with you my first experience. I hope that it sheds light and some humor for those who may be having one soon.

At 2:00 p.m. I arrived at the Hospital of Central Connecticut’s off-site building where mammograms and a whole host of other procedures take place. It was an enormous building, almost intimidating if you will. The words on the building read, “Hartford Hospital Cancer Center.” What a way to make patients feel optimistic or reminded of what they are going through. Have no fear, I did bring it up to Mary Beth, the wonderful, kind and friendly patient representative who took my insurance information.

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Connecting with your Toddler

Apr 24, 2015 by

Lately I have been trying to improve my “connection with our three year old girl. Even though responsibilities at home can cloud quality time with her, I’m trying my hardest to work on connection. It yields so many positive, long lasting benefits. Earlier this year when I accepted the “connection challenge,” I researched for hours, how I can better connect with her. Here is my list that I’ve tailored to fit our family:

– Accept a child’s temperament. Each child is brought into this world with certain temperaments. A majority of children can fall into one of these four categories; easy-going, challenging, “slow-to-warm-up kids”, and mixed temperament kids. The main point to make here is that a strong connection with our child depends on how well we adjust to their personalities and how adaptable we are

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How to Plan a Kids Party in Your Home That’s Quick and Easy

Apr 10, 2015 by

In just a few short weeks we will be celebrating our daughters third birthday! I cant believe how time has flown by.

Her first two birthdays were quite large. The first year we had it in the recreation room of my husband’s fire house. It was a great time, allowed a lot of space for kids to run around and let the adults take a tour on some pretty cool equipment. Last year we had her birthday at our town’s nature center. We had a lot more children at this party, but kids were entertained by the various animals and critters living at the Center. It was a sunny day and a great time had by all.

While her first two birthdays were fun and the photos clearly show a well planned and executed birthday (thank you very much!), they took a lot of time and perfection.

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A Toddler’s Courage

Mar 27, 2015 by

I was completely taken back and not prepared for the experience my 2 ½ year old daughter went through last week. We were shopping at a store when two little twin boys were giving her these “looks” and were almost silently teasing her, if that makes any sense. You know, those looks you used to get as a kid when other kids were quietly making fun of you? Well, yes, my daughter went through that last week. I was completely taken back, unprepared of what to do and for sure triggered by my own experiences I went through as a teenager.

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Compassion Towards Animals

Mar 13, 2015 by

One Friday night when my parents were watching our daughter, they called to say that one of their dogs suffered a stroke and they needed to bring her to the animal hospital. It was getting late in the evening and close my daughter’s bedtime. Instead of taking my daughter home to bed, I decided to have her stay at the hospital with my parents. I got in my car, drove to the hospital and decided to use this as a learning experience on compassion and empathy. We talk about, read about it in books, but for her to experience, hands on, what it means to show compassion towards a sick animal is the best way for her to learn.

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