To test or not to test, that is the question

You are finally at the end of your cycle and your period is nearing.  Should you take a pregnancy test before your missed period?  The commercials on tv say that some tests can detect a pregnancy several days before your missed period.  While that is true, it is more accurate to wait until you have gone past your longest luteal phase (probably about 14 days). I say to wait with my finger crossed behind my back.  Guess what?  The first month we tried to conceive I went out to the store and bought one of those early pregnancy tests.  I nervously took the test and waited the allotted amount of time.  It was negative.  That didn’t deter me though.  I tested several more times in the following days until my period arrived – right on time.  I had given in.  I would like to blame the ladies in an online trying to conceive forum for making me test, but really, it was my behavior.  I own up to the fact that I bought the tests and I took the tests.  Oh, and I didn’t tell my husband.  I was secretly hoping to surprise him with a positive result. So, you may be wondering if I learned my lesson that first month.  Nope!  In some things I am a very slow learner.  After a second month of testing early, I did start to learn my lesson and began waiting a bit longer to test.  Pregnancy tests are expensive!  Over the 5 years it took us to conceive, my husband joked that we should have bought stock in pregnancy tests, First Response in particular. I can’t tell you whether or not to test or even when to test.  The choice is ultimately yours.  If you can handle seeing a negative and you really want to test then go for it (you may want to get the Dollar Tree cheap pregnancy tests though).  If you think seeing a negative early on will be too hard or will take away your hope then please wait.  Finally, if you really want your period to show up so that you can move on to the next cycle – Test!  This is a surefire way to make your period show up the same day or the next in my experience 🙂 Are you curious how and when we ended up finding out we were pregnant with...
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Meals made ezpz

When we started our son on solids we didn’t buy a lot of fancy feeding dishes/utensils.  We had 2-3 bibs, 3 baby/toddler sized bowls, two divided plates, and a handful of silverware.  We taught our son to eat using our dishes and magically he never even thought about throwing a dish or food.  We were lucky! When I heard about the ezpz less mess Happy Mat in the Fall of 2014 I thought it sounded like a great idea.  The ezpz less mess Happy Mat has been hyped up as a “game changer”.  I was first introduced to the product by The Baby Guy NYC (Jamie Grayson) when he posted his video of the Happy Mat during their Kickstarter phase of development.  Jamie’s video focused on the suction function of the mat which, in part, helps to prevent children from throwing their dishes.  This is where I stopped looking.  My toddler didn’t need to be prevented from throwing his plates.  When it popped up in my news feed on Facebook many months later, after achieving full Kickstarter funding, I took a closer look.  I wasn’t interested in it for our family, but I was intrigued for my clients.  The more I looked at the Happy Mat, the more I realized the brilliance of the design.  The Happy Mat is terrific for children who don’t want food to touch, teaching parents correct portion size for children (and adults), and for anyone who has any challenges that make feeding physically difficult.  The ezpz less mess mats do all of this and more, but I still didn’t want to spend the money on the product.  After all, one Happy Mat costs $25 and I probably spent the same amount on ALL of my toddler dining pieces combined. Still thinking about just how wonderful a tool the mat would be from a nutrition standpoint, I joined a small test group for ezpz and learned more about their product.  We had the opportunity to test out some concept designs as well as the Happy Mat.  I dutifully ordered the concept products and a Happy Mat still thinking it would just be about reviewing the product from a health coach perspective. When our mats arrived I was excited to try them, but you know who was even more excited?  Our toddler!  He was, and is still, enamored with them.  The colors are fun, vibrant, and...
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Feeding Therapy: The consult

Make sure you read Feeding Therapy: We are finally ready if you haven’t already. We packed up the lunch bag with foods our son was comfortable with and foods that he wasn’t comfortable with, put on our shoes, and drove to our feeding therapy consult with Autumn.  Our son was excited and I was nervous. I had shown our son pictures of Miss Autumn on the Advanced Institute for Development and Learning Facebook page and when she came into the waiting room I just smiled and said look Miss Autumn is here to talk to us.  Our little man was so excited and eagerly followed her through the therapy areas and into her therapy room.  Her room is equipped with several booster seats for various age children, a table, a tv, and some seats for parents. She turned and smiled at K and asked if he would like to choose some toys to play with while she chatted with us.  He was thrilled to find 4 fascinating cars and happily climbed into the booster seat to play while the adults chatted. After we went through his medical history, birthing history, challenges that we perceived, Autumn worked with K.  Although she was really going through the Beckman Oral Motor evaluation, he thought they were playing games.  High five to Autumn for her creative play!  He showed her how to chew using a Tri-Chew and play hide and seek in his mouth with an Oral Motor Probe.  He was grinning away. Next we pulled out all of the food we brought and he got to have snack time.  She observed his chewing patterns, his behavior, continued to talk with us, and encouraged him to snack.  She noticed that he wasn’t using rotary chewing and was instead primarily using a vertical chewing pattern.  Next time you put something in your mouth try chewing it by just opening and closing your jaw – that is vertical chewing.  He was also showing signs of low muscle tone in his cheeks and lower jaw. If the muscles of the mouth aren’t working well children aren’t inclined to eat the foods that require those muscles because it is too hard.  Now we have a plan – strengthen the muscles, learn some good patterns for eating, and overcome the behavioral anxiety about food. Our kiddo was still enthusiastic and was eager to try the pattern of eating...
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Choosing an Activity Tracker Part 2: Fitbit One

If you haven’t read Choosing an Activity Tracker Part 1: Introduction make sure you head there first. By the time I, I mean the washer, destroyed Nate’s pedometer new activity trackers were hitting the market and were “all the rave”.  I will fess up and say that I bought into the hype and purchased my first activity tracker – a Fitbit One.  I looked at the wrist trackers, the clips, all different brands, ones with and without displays, and it all came down to wanting an accurate tracker at the end of the day.  After all, I was coming from using the Omron pedometer that was Accurate with a capital A.  Fitbit is the brand known for accuracy in the activity tracker world. Thank you for noticing the accuracy of the Fitbit. We put a lot of effort into making sure the Fitbit is accurate! – Fitbit executive in a conversation with Nate From everything I read, the trackers that you clip to your waistband, bra, or pocket are more accurate than the wrist trackers so that is what I went with.  The One clips to the waistband, belt, pocket, or bra of the wearer and it has a display so I can just glance down and see my step count, floors climbed, distance, and calories without needing an app or my phone.  The One also came with a nifty wristband to wear at night for tracking sleep and for use as an alarm clock.  I used this for awhile, but realized that I didn’t care as much about sleep tracking as I did activity tracking during the day (and I lost the wristband). Now if you remember from Part 1, I could take a specific number of steps and the Omron pedometer was 100% accurate.  I did the same test with the Fitbit One and it passed with flying colors. Actual Steps Taken Omron Pedometer: Steps Recorded Fitbit One: Steps Recorded 50 50 51 100 (Trial 1) 100 99 100 (Trial 2) 100 101 These results are close enough for me and I have been happily using my Fitbit One since August 2013.  I can honestly say that I love my Fitbit One and would buy another in a heartbeat if I lost mine or broke it somehow.  If I were to hand out ratings on battery life, accuracy, ease of use, and durability this is what the...
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Julia’s Testimonial

I thought I knew a good bit about nutrition when I took Moira’s class, but I learned so much more! Moira meets you where you are at nutritionally and gently challenges you to move towards a more healthy lifestyle. The classes were fun and the information easy to apply to our everyday life. And Moira still is available to all of my questions and concerns even now that the class is over. I definitely recommend the class and the kids activity book as well. My 4-year-old daughter quickly internalized much of the nutritional information and enjoyed the...
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