Friday, March 13, 2009
March--------I karate chopped
May----------I jumped on
July-----------I did the Macarena With
August--------I had lunch with
September----I danced with
October-------I sang to
November-----I yelled at
December-----I ran over
Pick the day (number) you were born on:
7-------my mobile phone
9-------my best friends' boyfriend
11-------my science teacher
14-------a stuffed animal
19------ - a smurf
20-------a baseball bat
25-------a football player
30-------a homeless guy
What is the last number of the year you were born:
1--------- In my car
2 --------- On your car
3 ----------- In a hole
4 ----------- Under your bed
5 ----------- Riding a Motorcycle
6 --------- sliding down a hill
7 --------- in an elevator
8---------- at the dinner=2 0table
9 -------- In line at the bank
0 -------- in your bathroom
Pick the color of shirt you are wearing:
White---------because I'm cool like that.
Black---------because that's how I roll.
Pink-----------because I'm NOT crazy.
Red-----------because the voices told me to.
Blue-----------because I'm sexy and I do what I want.
Green---------because I think I need some serious help.
Purple---------because I'm AWESOME!
Gray----------because Big Bird said to and he's my leader.
Yellow--------because someone offered me 1,000,000 dollars.
Orange--------because my family thinks I'm stupid anyway.
Brown---------because I can.
Other----------because I'm a Ninja!
None----------because I can't control myself!
I jumped on a birdbath in a hole because I'm NOT crazy.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
A Maternity Hospital is a very special place. This is the place where you meet your child for the very first time.
Even if coming as a simple visitor, you can feel a peculiar buzz, a feeling of tension, of pain and happiness; nurses in a hurry, round bellies showing up around every corner, a blushing and restless mother-to-be…..this is a picture of day to day life at the Maternity Hospital in Sibiu.
The wards are clean, colourful, and the new mothers have their little ones next to them on the bed or sleeping in their separate cribs. This is what is called “rooming in”, in other words, the baby joins the mother right after birth. Due to lack of equipment not all maternity units can offer this facility to mother and child.
"The infant has to get close to its mother right after birth" - said Cristina Chiotan, UNICEF Health Programme Consultant. "It is recommended that the baby is put on the mother’s breast immediately after birth to hear the mother’s heart beat and feel the heart rhythm that the baby has been hearing for 9 months. That’s how the mother and child get attached to each other and, when they are together all the time, the mother can see what the baby is doing and she cans breastfeed whenever she has to".
Maria Popica is 24 years old but you could easily take her for 20. She is cheerful and very talkative. She gave birth in November, before she was due, to twin boys, Mihai and Gabriel. In the beginning she was hesitating to breastfeed. She had doubts if they were strong enough to suck or if she would have enough milk to feed them both. They are unbelievably small, two tiny little bodies in a transparent, closely monitored box.
"It is more difficult to breastfeed a premature child. That’s why we need well-trained staff to be there for the mothers and show them how to breastfeed and to encourage them" explained Livia Ognean.
"The same with the C section delivery, when the mother and the child are in intensive care, it is difficult as well".
The children who are exclusively breastfed for a long period of time are not only better fed. They are emotionally balanced; they have better social skills and a higher IQ. Breastfeeding helps prevent a number of serious adult conditions such as obesity and diabetes. It helps mother to recover faster and easier after giving birth and it helps prevents breast cancer and cervical cancer.
In theory, things are quite simple. Lactation is a physiological process which starts immediately after delivery; it is the cheapest and the best way to feed your new born. None of the artificial milk formulas have the same quality as mother's milk.
Nevertheless, not all mothers choose to breastfeed their baby in the first months of life.
"There are many obstacles, the doctor said. The battle is being fought at home, with the family and with the family physicians that don’t encourage the mother to breastfeed. It is very frustrating to fight this battle here, to think you’ve almost won and see the mother after a while who tells you that she no longer breastfeeds because my family physician told me my milk is not good". That is why we need support. UNICEF helped us with training courses on breastfeeding promotion for family physicians and for the community nurses who work with financially challenged large families who have little access to doctors.
Nonetheless, sometimes, the mother herself refuses to breastfeed. They are afraid of pain and some don’t do it for esthetic reasons. Most of the time, the mother who wants to give the child away refuses to breastfeed it. "Some cases are more complicated: unwanted pregnancy, very young women or women coming from socially and economically challenged families. But, you know, when they have their baby to their breast something happens ... I can’t describe it in words ... something, like a miracle. They find the courage to take the baby home and give up the whole idea of giving him or her away. We always try to encourage them, to explain that it is much better for them and for the baby and they are generally quite open to our suggestions". said Mrs. Livia Bârsan, the head nurse.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
All summer long the kids played baseball right behind my backyard and they were always hitting balls into my yard it made me so mad but then again it gave me something to chew on and play with. I loved to scare the kids every time they hit a ball over the fence I would wait for them to look through and I snatch the ball right off of the ground and scare them half to death they would run off screaming every time. One day a new kid joined the team so he was new to it all and he wasn't that good all day I was just waiting for someone to hit a ball over so I could get a scream out of the new kid. He played in the out field right by the fence to my yard so I knew he was bound to test my out sometime so lay there waiting for a ball when all of this sudden one flew over so I waited for the boy. Sure enough he tried to crawl over the fence to get the ball when all of his friends ran yelling NO! STOP! You can't go over there so the boy stopped and asked why so they told him to look through the hole in the fence so he did. I waited for a minute then when he least exspected it I snapped and he took of running and screaming just like I knew he would they weren't getting this ball back. I listened to them bicker about not getting to play for the rest of the day because they didn't have another ball on them what a bummer I thought to myself but I wasn't complaining I owned the ball it was mine now. Then I over heard the new kid say he would run home and get ball and he would be right back so I sat there and waited and when he finally got back they started palying and I was ready when that ball came flying over just like the rest of them. They all took off running to the fence to see if I snapped it up yet. I over heard them talking about he ball being signed by Babe Ruth the one and only. The kid who brought the ball had no idea who Babe was till his team told him and then he pretty much freaked out. They did everything you could imagine to try and get that ball back but I didn't let it happen they should watch out where they play cause once its over the fence, its mine!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Christmas is one of my favorite time of the year! I love being out of school for two weeks and getting to hang out with friends and family you don't see much. I enjoy getting new stuff but I mostly just like they break away from the stress of school, we all know how it is! Christmas is coming up really soon and I can hardly wait the year is just FLYING by its hard to believe. I hope the break goes by slow and fun because I'm really looking forward to it.