Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Blog Award


YAYYY i got my first blog award from the wonderful Among The Muses so apparently I'm supposed to pass this award along to other blogs I've recently discovered. I'll do this as soon as I get the chance, probably tomorrow or the day after.

Hugs Kisses & Candy,
Coop

Monday, August 30, 2010

Sorry

so sorry its taking me so long, my next review should be done any day now!!!

Hugs Kisses and Candy,
Cooper

Saturday, August 28, 2010

GIANT VENT!!!

I hate parents who let their ignorance rule them. I saw someone with a baby about 10-11 months old forward facing in a car seat.. i mentioned that she shouldn't be turned around til 20 lbs AND 1 year at the least and the lady shrugged and said her daughter liked the view. BAHHHHHHHHHH! your child should be RF as long as humanly possible!!!!! in an accident infants/toddlers spinal cords have been shown to stretch like 2 inches.. they only need to stretch 1/4 of an inch to snap and kill your child!!!! if you slam on the breaks your baby's neck could break... absolutely ridiculous...the lady even had her daughter in a convertible seat so it wouldn't cost her any extra money to keep her RF...I hope she gets ticketed.

if you have a baby/child or know anyone who does I suggest you watch that.

Monday, August 23, 2010

First Guest Blogger!

This blog was written by: Sheridan Ripley –Hypnobabies Childbirth Instructor, Hypno-doula, Proud VBAC mom, Loving Lactivist, Positive Birth Story Collector, mom of 3 Busy Boys and author of The Top Three Tips to Enjoy Your Birth

Pushed by Jennifer Block

Pushed:  The Painful Truth about Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care
by, Jennifer Block
Wow, what a book!  When I read books from the library, I put little slips of paper on the pages I want to go back and look at.  You should see my book; there is easily over 20 pieces of paper sticking out of the top.  This tells me I need to buy this book!  I am just sad I didn’t buy it in the first place, as my library copy is now past due and I don’t have time to take notes on all I wanted to.  So this may be a brief review, mostly because if I wrote ALL my thoughts it would become a book itself.  J 
Who is the audience for this book?   Any person interested in birth.   I would love to see this be a text in a college class to help people think about birth before they are pregnant.  It would be wonderful in sociology or a women’s studies class.  Really everyone of childbearing age should read this book!
I loved the way the book started; with a hurricane causing a hospital to change the medical way they normally handled birth due to limited supplies/manpower/energy.  They cancelled the planned inductions for the week; they sent moms home if they were not in active labor.  The staff saw a LOT of normal births, instead of the typically medically managed births.  Because they were not using pitocin “We had no cases of fetal distress during labor and respiratory distress of neonates following delivery…. And an incredibly low cesarean rate.”  Wow, what a concept, let women progress through their birthing time on their bodies own timetable and you have better outcomes for babies and moms?  Revolutionary!  
The book just gets better and better.  It touches on inductions, cesareans, vbacs, unassisted births, home midwives, doulas and much more.  There were 2 scary scenes that I would say pregnant moms trying to GIP (gestate in peace) may want to avoid.  Page 203-207 and Chapter 7.  The rest is safe. 
Frankly this book really made me think about birth and my rights as a woman.  The choices I make during my births and the power I DO have.  It made me also more aware of the way the government/OBs/insurance companies, are trying to take away my choices.  This should be a woman’s issue, but it isn’t embraced by the women’s groups, they see it as a medical issue.  But we need to remember normal birth does not need to be a medical event! 
The book ends with this thought by Jennifer, after commenting on how the goal of having a healthy baby is used to scare women into doing things that are not necessarily evidence based,  “Today women have unprecedented access to the information they need to make the best decisions for themselves-and therefore the best decisions for their babies.  They are in fact in a far better position to make evidence-based decisions than their doctors.  They have a right to make those decisions, and they should make those decisions.  The goal is to have a healthy family.”
I think this is SO true.   Women of the world, take the power back!  Inform yourselves of our choices, empower yourselves, and choose to have a healthy family!   This is where a good INDEPENDENT childbirth class is so great (not hospital based) Because we can share the information on what the choices are, the pros and cons of them, caregiver options, birthing options as well as basic childbirth information all together in one class.  To help families figure out the best choices to help them have the best birth possible. 
This is a MUST read!

A link to Sheridan's wonderful blog can be found on the right hand side of my blog >>> 
over there lol. But just in case, here it is again: Enjoy Birth Blog her blog is so fantastic and inspiring :) To be honest this is such a fantastic review I plan to hop over to my library this week and get a copy to read. :)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The many reasons baby wearing is AMAZING

woot woot
there's the link to an amazing baby wearing article. 

Hugs, Kisses & Candy
Coop

Saturday, August 21, 2010

About Me

Hey, check out my about me!!! For some reason it's not showing up in my pages line up.. I'll try to fix it.

Hugs, Kisses & Candy
Coop

Dinner For One

so here's what's sure to be the first of many posts about myself and what's going on.

So today I was supposed to get up and take M (Michael) to play group, but an 8 am wake up just wasn't calling my name today..so here I am sitting on my bum talking to you guys. It's really boring here, Jason is at work for 14 hours today; so it's just me and M (michael). I'm procrastinating making dinner for one... 

I hate dinner for one...

It's lame.



Plus, the dinning room wall sucks at making conversation...

Hugs Kisses & Candy
Coop

It's Time, (Cast and Crew Credits/Cooptionary)

sooo, it's time to make good on my promise to talk about my "every day life". So let's get started...

Cast:
Michael (my 6 month old son)
Jason (my fiance)
K (my mom)
R (my dad)
Kylee (my best friend)
Caitlin (BFF since diapers)
Myah (my mother in law)
Tammy (my BG bestie)
Teagan (Tammy's son)

More will be added as I go along..

Short forms I tend to use a lot:

ERF = extended rear-facing, which refers to leaving your child rear facing in a car for longer than the minimum the law gives us. If you don't know the benefits I suggest you look them up.. chances are that I'll make a post about it..
BF/EBF/EBFB = breast feeding/exclusive breast feeding/exclusively breast fed baby. If you don't know what that is....... well then there's more wrong with you than this cooptionary can fix lol.
FF = forward facing or formula fed, just look at the context to figure out which..
TTC = trying to concieve (a baby)
LO = little one, meaning baby
SO = significant other
DB = dumb husband
BG = Baby Gaga, the parenting website I spend the better part of my life on..

Hugs, Kisses & Candy
Coop

REVIEW Luna By: Julie Anne Peters



Regan's brother Liam can't stand the person he is during the day. Like the moon from whom Liam has chosen his female namesake, his true self, Luna, only reveals herself at night-in the secrecy of his basement bedroom Liam transforms himself into the beautiful girl he longs to be, with help from his sister's clothes and makeup. Now, everything is about to change-Luna is preparing to emerge from her cocoon. But are Liam's family and friends ready to welcome Luna into their lives? Compelling and provocative, this is an unforgettable novel about a transgender teen's struggle for self-identity and acceptance.

My Review 
My Rating: 6/5

Yes, I meant to write 6 out of 5..because I mean it. This book was absolutely amazing!!

The book starts out on a wonderful, intriguing, note; a scene showing the unconditional love existing between siblings. Which is a theme throughout the whole book. I loved seeing the relationship between Re (main character) and her transsexual brother Liam. Liam is a good looking, hard working genius by day and a beautiful, fun loving girl by night. Thus the name Luna. So fitting for a girl who can only be seen by night.

This book centers around these two sisters and Re's struggle to find a balance between living her own life and helping her sister through all her highs and lows. This book follows the sisters through the start of Liam's transition to becoming a woman. Starting with Luna's first trip to the mall and school, and ending.. well, I don't want to ruin it for you. 

 All the characters were well done. They were so realistic, they had pasts, friendships, hardships and flaws just like everyone does. The sibling bond between Re and Liam was a bit distorted by the fact that Re wanted to save Liam from the world... to save him from judgment and harm, two things that Re had a hard time understanding would be a regular part of transitioning.

Throw in a complicated family situation, a cute boyfriend and a best friend in denial and you have the full package. Amazing, that's the only word I can use to describe it. There was never a dull moment, I loved every single sentence of this book and ate it up in less than a day.

I suggest this book to everyone I know. Absolutely fantastic. Good job Julie Anne Peters, another fantastic book out of you... I'm not surprised.


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Coop.

Amazing Book Giveaway!!

They're giving away 5 books, but hurry. It closes soon!
Good Luck!!

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Coop

It's Been Decided

The next book I'll be reviewing is A Summer In The Land of Skin. I'm nearly done it so the review should be up in a few days :)

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Coop

Monday, August 16, 2010

Kohl's Giveaway

Hey guys, there's a great give away going on at Trying To Stay Calm.
A $100 gift card!!!!!

enter here


and good luck :)

Hugs, Kisses & Candy
Coop

Damn..

I promised myself I never would... but I did it.....








I tweeted.


Follow me on twitter :)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Breaking The Ice

Well hello there,  :)


On this blog I'll be reviewing whatever books I'm reading and, my favorite part, giving some books away to other lucky readers!!!! (open to Canadian and US readers) I'll make a later post explaining how to enter.

At the end of the week I'll start my first review.

Hugs, Kisses & Candy
Coop.