We now have a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous every Sunday. This is an open meeting for all who are interested in recovery from alcoholism through the 12 Step program, including ambulatory patients and staff. For more information, call Robert (H) 503-835-1042 or (C) 971-259-9145.
Moms with babies up to two years old are welcome to join us each week for this very informal session. You’ll meet with other new moms and a registered nurse to discuss infant development, health and social issues, breastfeeding and other important topics. Siblings and toddlers are welcome!
I was so excited to give Lucy her own room and in turn, Karson, his. They've always shared a room. Their cribs are side by side. Karson and Lucy spend so much time together, I thought having their own private space would be good for them.
And so, I slowly started gathering, dreaming and pulling things together for what would become Lucy's room. We picked out a peachy pink hue to paint the walls and finally, just after their second birthday when her room was all together, I pulled apart her crib and dragged it next door to her new room.
Karson and Lucy were well aware that the newly decorated pink room was Lucy's and the other room which recently lost it's feminine touches was Karson's. We had been talking about it for some time and the excitement was building. But when the time came for us all to say good night, the excitement was gone and replaced with anxiety.
Karson wanted to sleep in Lucy's room, Lucy didn't want him in her room and neither of them seemed content with any kind of arrangement. I even tried putting them in the same crib. Silly me picked a week to do this while Nate was out of town on business. I was going back and forth trying to calm them and had to rock and nurse them to sleep which I haven't had to do in quite some time. They were inconsolable when they woke in the middle of the night. They wouldn't fall asleep at nap times. They were a mess and I was quickly turning into one.
After of nearly a week trying to make it work, we threw in the towel. I popped up a pack ‘n play and put Lucy back in her old room with Karson. We had our first restful night and our naps got quickly back on track.
Sometimes I take for granted how much they love and find comfort in each other. They do their share of fighting, biting, hitting, hair pulling, scratching and yelling at each other but it's obvious they depend on one another. It will be a challenge in the coming years deciding how much to let them lean on each other and when they need to find their independence.
I have to admit, putting together Lucy's room was also a bit of my selfish wanting. Even though I have a girl, I hadn't put together the pink baby room of my dreams. Since Karson and Lucy shared a room, it was decorated somewhere in the middle and I wanted her to have the girly pink room I thought she should have. I think she likes it as much as I do but I think she prefers the comfort of familiarity and her brother when it comes to resting.
Note: Kendra Lindell gave birth to twins, Karson and Lucy on October 5th, 2014 at Willamette Valley Medical Center Birthing Center. She writes about her experience on the WVMC Facebook page. STAY TUNED for more stories from Kendra. See WVMCWeb.com for previous posts. ... See MoreSee Less
Need More Fruit & Vegetables in Your Life? Try Juicing! By Zac Woodruff, RN BS
I’ve never enjoyed eating vegetables. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become less picky with food, but I still don’t get excited about a serving of veggies.
I’m a little bit more willing to enjoy fruit, especially grapes (I love those little guys!), but I’m certain that I’m not eating enough of both fruits and vegetables.
In fact, according to the CDC, only 13.1% of American adults eat enough fruits and only 8.9% eat enough vegetables.
The American Heart Association recommends eating eight or more fruit and vegetable servings every day. An average adult consuming 2,000 calories daily should aim for 4.5 cups of fruits and vegetables a day. Also, variety matters, so it’s important to eat a wide range of fruits and veggies.
Now some people will argue that it’s hard to make time to eat all those servings throughout the day (I know, because I am one of them). One method that you may want to explore because you could get your entire recommended daily amount in one convenient serving, could be juicing.
You could use a blender or a juicer to make yourself a delicious smoothie that you can then drink down in a short period of time, and ensure that you are getting your necessary nutrients each day.
Now there are several issues with juicing that are worth looking into.
Some juicing proponents say that juicing is better for you than is eating whole fruits and vegetables because your body can absorb the nutrients better and it gives your digestive system a rest from working on fiber. They say that juicing can reduce your risk of cancer, boost your immune system, help remove toxins from your body, aid digestion and help you lose weight. However, there's no sound scientific evidence that extracted juices are healthier than the juice you get by eating the fruit or vegetable itself (MayoClinic, 2016).
Also, juicers sacrifice fiber. When you juice fruits and vegetables, nutrients and water are extracted from the fibrous pulp, which is usually discarded. That fiber has tremendous digestive benefits and is an important benefit of eating fruits and veggies.
That is why I choose to blend my fruits and veggies into smoothies, so I don’t sacrifice the fiber (we purchased a Vitamix a few years ago and it’s an amazing blender that could turn a rock into a smoothie, but there are many great blenders out there that do the same thing). Blending versus juicing leaves a much thicker mixture to guzzle down, but again, it keeps the fiber around which is important to me.
Ultimately, I believe that something is better than nothing. If juicing and/or drinking smoothies helps me get more vitamins, minerals, and fiber into my diet and meet the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables, I think it’s a good move.
When it comes down to it, eating or drinking more fruits and vegetables is the right thing to do because it promotes healthy living. The American Heart Association reminds us that fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals and fiber – and they’re low in calories. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables may help you control your weight, blood pressure, appetite, and many other things.