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Letter from the Editor


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This summer I have A LOT going on! How about you? Our vacation this year is being planned by my 13 year old! Yep! She is making the decision on where we go, all because she was awarded a “Dreams Come True” trip for her heroic recovery from brain surgery a year ago. It’s a toss up between Hawaii or the Bahamas. She made this choice all on her own without any persuasion. Promise!

Whether you are vacationing far away, or staying close this summer, something that is always a central focus is the weather! We were incredibly thrilled that Amy Sweezey of WESH 2 News sat down with us to give us some practical advice and tips for the summer heat and hurricane season. I hope you have a safe and FUN summer with your kid(s). There are endless things to do, places to go and people to see, but I hope in the midst of it all that you will take some time for yourself! I say this time and time again, but my passion is for YOU – the momma! Yes, I adore your children and I could love and squeeze on them all day, but my main passion is for you. So please, treat yourself to a good meal. Shower for more than 2 minutes. Sit outside in a comfy chair and feel some sunshine on your face. Enjoy an ice cold beverage free of any baby back-wash. Read a book (a nonchild-rearing book!). Tell your sweetheart you love him. And sleep. Not only do you deserve it, you need it – consider it a vacation for yourself.

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Summer 2012

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Sophisticated and Trendy Summer Fashion

12 Move of the Month:

burpee and mountain jumpers

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The Summer Issue

Special Features

9 - Summer Fashion - How to be a sophisticated and trendy mom this summer

14 - Thirty Summer Snack Ideas - Make snack time exciting this summer

16 - Rain or Shine - babyourself exclusive interview

with WESH 2 meteorologist Amy Sweezey

For the Preggos & Mommies


10 - Art of Homemaking - Buh-bye baby weight!

12 - Move of the Month - Hello sunshine!

Hello ... bikini??

24 - Summer safety - 7 tips to keep your child safe in the summer heat!

26 - Career Momma - 4 tips to burn-proof

your vacation

27 - Toddler Twins Product Review - Little Tykes Spiralin’ Seas Waterpark water table

30 - Reality Chic - It’s only a phase

Expert Advice

23 - Ask the Midwife? What are signs of


29 - Ask the Pediatrician - Bedwetting. What

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Amy Sweezey, meteorologist on WESH 2 News, gave us the scoop on how she balances work and homeschooling three kids, plus some great tips on what Central Florida moms need to know this summer season!

Photo courtesy Elisabeth Nixon Photography Styling by Sophie & Trey Lake Mary, FL



how to be a

mom this summer BY


As a new mother of a one-year-old boy, the struggles of balancing fashion, diapers and the Florida heat have become apparent! The daily responsibilities of a mother can make it easy for us to forget about ourselves. One of the greatest gifts I believe you can give yourself is remembering to take a minute for yourself; and looking good on the outside helps you feel good on the inside. Not only will you feel energized and empowered, but you will also inspire fellow mom's to stay chic! With summer right around the corner, here are my favorite tricks to be an effortlessly chic mom!


Color! Adding a pop of color this season is huge! An easy way to achieve this look is starting with a neutral canvas. Pictured here, I wore white lace shorts and a white tank top. Having the all-white base made it a cinch to throw on the mint light-weight jacket and a bright wedge! Not only will you look ready for summer in a bright color, but it will look fabulous next to your little one!

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The Maxi! Whether it's a maxi skirt or maxi dress you can't go wrong! Not only are they extremely comfortable, but they are breezy and cool for the hot months! Bending down with your baby to play is also a breeze with this look. As a Mom, I'm always looking for outfits that are functional and fashionable. Maxis are so versatile; they are perfect for a casual play date in the park or date night! With a simple change of jewelry you can completely change the mood.

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Cargo Shor ts, Tees and Flip-Flops! With the hottest months of the year here, trips to the pool and beach are a definite. Cargo shorts are casual and chic. V-neck tees are flattering on all body shapes and are nice to throw on over halter bikinis. The final must-have for the pool or beach is flip flops! Havaianas are a great option. They come in bright colors, neutrals and patterns. You don't have to worry if they get wet, and you can always throw them in the dishwasher to get them looking new again!

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off your summer look. Fedoras and floppy hats keep the sun off your face and look adorable. You can never have enough sunglasses! One in each bag, and one in your car is my rule. That way, no matter what rush you're in with baby in-hand, you'll have a pair in reach. Picking up a pair for $9.99 at Sophie&Trey makes sunglasses affordable and fun! Summer scarves can add so much to an outfit! Patterns and bright colors are perfect over a tank top or dress. Not only will it look amazing on your outfit; but if your baby takes an unexpected nap in the sun, it is the perfect sun protector over the stroller.

Have fun with summer trends! Staying true to yourself and trying new things is what it's all about! You will feel great and be ready to take on every new adventure with your little one/ones! LOVE Sophie & Trey! They are located in Lake Mary. Affffordable, trendy and super helpful!

The Capri! Your replacement for jeans in the summer are capris. I love this look for lunch and shopping with your baby and girlfriends or for a family afternoon at the zoo! They are not as hot and constraining as jeans, and they are right on trend! I especially love the ones pictured with a little cuff at the bottom. This style jean is perfect for every occasion during the summer. Throw on a pair of ballet flats, wedges or flip-flops and these pants showcase them gorgeously! • Summer 2012


buh-bye baby weight! BY

Cauliflower Crust Pizza Serves 2; Adapted from Your Lighter Side.

Ingredients: 1 cup cooked, riced cauliflower 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 1 egg, beaten 1 tsp dried oregano 1/2 tsp crushed garlic 1/2 tsp garlic salt olive oil (optional) pizza sauce, shredded cheese and your choice of toppings* Directions: To "Rice" the Cauliflower: Take 1 large head of fresh cauliflower, remove stems and leaves, and chop the florets into chunks. Add to food processor and pulse until it looks like grain. Do not over-pulse or you will puree it. (If you don't have a food processor, you can grate the whole head with a cheese grater). Place the riced cauliflower into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 8 minutes. There is no need to add water, as the natural moisture in the cauliflower is enough to cook itself. One large head should produce approximately 3 cups of riced cauliflower. The remainder can be used to make additional pizza crusts immediately, or can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week. To Make the Pizza Crust: Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray. In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup cauliflower, egg and mozzarella. Add oregano, crushed garlic and garlic salt, and stir. Transfer to the cookie sheet, and using your hands, pat out into a 9" round. Optional: Brush olive oil over top of mixture to help with browning. Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from oven. To the crust, add sauce, toppings and cheese. Place under a broiler at high heat just until cheese is melted (approximately 3-4 minutes). Enjoy! *Note that toppings need to be precooked since you are only broiling for a few minutes. babyourself .com • Summer 2012


It hasn’t been easy. In fact, it’s been a lot of hard work and discipline (two dreaded words in terms of weight loss, I know), but the payoff has been worth it. It took 3 months to lose 12 pounds. One pound a week. I didn’t use diet books, and I didn’t take a grueling kickboxing class at the gym every morning. I had tried those tactics before without success. This time around, I just did what felt right for my body, my schedule and my lifestyle. And it worked! My body will never be Heidi Klum perfect. It just won’t be. But I am now stronger, leaner and more energetic than ever before. The habits I have formed and the weight I have lost will help propel me to a much healthier, happier future. Because, Ladies, you know we still have menopause ahead of us, and I’ve heard that’s no walk in the park. Pro-active steps now are bound to pay off down the road. *Disclaimer: I am not a dietician or a doctor. I do try to read up on healthy living so I feel somewhat confident in sharing these tips. But by no means is this the Bible on losing weight.

1. Eat Good Fats – Hard to believe, but eating healthy fat can help you lose your own body fat. Professionals at say, “Dietary fat increases your chance of getting fit and staying fit. Fat regulates our hormone levels, it’s essential for healthy hair, skin and nails and it controls our appetite by regulating leptin response. Fat also lowers insulin response when we eat carbohydrates with it and eating good fats actually burns fat.” As busy moms, we need fuel during the day and eating foods like peanut butter, avocados and almonds is a great way to get it. The last thing your family needs is a grouchy mom running a household merely on fumes. Eating healthy fats will give you the energy you need to be the best mom you can be. 2. Drink Green Tea – This has made a huge impact on my weight loss. Green tea has many benefits including its ability to increase the body’s capacity to burn the fat faster. It also helps boost the body’s metabolism and lowers the appetite. For years I drank water like a fish, but switching it up throughout the day to incorporate green tea (both cold and hot) has really made a difference on the scale. 3. Limit Flour and Sugar – I am not one for eliminating anything entirely (everything in moderation, right?). Well, flour and sugar should be used sparingly if you truly want to get rid of those last baby pounds. The first few days will be hard. Heck, they just plain stink. But once you get over the hump, the cravings do subside. And what I love about cutting these two things out is that your food choice options really open up. I am a pizza girl. I get cranky without it, in fact. This recipe (left), which


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In the past decade I have been pregnant a total of 27 months and have nursed for 6 years. My body shape has been all over the map during these stages of pregnancy, post pregnancy and nursing. Even when I finally got back down to my former size, I really wasn’t. I may have fit into my pre-pregnancy jeans, but there was always a bit extra that wouldn’t go away. I justified it as coming into my Mommy Body, but I knew that I could – if I still wanted – get to my best shape possible once again.


contains no flour, has been a life-saver for me these months. It satisfies the craving and tastes amazing. 4. Exercise daily – I know, I know. It keeps getting worse. The bright side? Exercise doesn’t have to take up a big chunk of your day. 25 minutes in my living room while my two-year-old naps is what I do 6 days a week. Occasionally I’ll add in a brisk walk later in the day, but that is more for the chance to zone out to Black Eyed Peas radio on Pandora and get away from chores for a while. I am not usually one to advocate specific workouts but I will advocate Classical Stretch because it has revolutionized my body. I have done every workout under the sun and taken every class at the gym imaginable over the past two decades. Classical Stretch is the best I’ve ever found at re-shaping my body and also being kind to my body. Some workouts really beat you up (I still have ongoing back pain because of the wear and tear I put on my body through exercise). This program not only has helped me drop two sizes but has alleviated years of pain in my neck and back. 5. Exercise hourly – What??? OK, stay with me. A few times throughout the day I will do just a little something to speed up my heart rate. A few lunges while making dinner, some plies while brushing my teeth, butt squeezes while sitting in car line to pick up the kids from school. All of these little bursts of expended energy add up throughout the day. I think more importantly, they are a good way to help keep me accountable. If I am doing butt squeezes in car line, then I am not going to be tempted to eat the kids’ snacks from the backseat too. If I am doing lunges while waiting for the soup to simmer, I am less likely to munch on chips and salsa prior to dinner. It’s the little things that make a difference. 6. Eat Yogurt – I am a huge proponent of 0% plain Greek yogurt. I eat it each morning for breakfast, either in a bowl with chopped fruit and some fiber cereal, or in a smoothie. The protein in the yogurt keeps me full until about 10am when I have my mid-morning snack. If you can’t tolerate the tartness of plain yogurt, drizzle honey on top. And if you don’t have any fresh fruit on hand, swirl in some fruit preserves. Yum!

7. Snack – Finally, a fun one! Yes, you can snack. Snack often, in fact. But, of course, choose healthy snacks. I keep string cheese in the fridge to eat when my energy dips; I love Wasa Light Rye Crackers with a bit of avocado or peanut butter around 10am; and I usually munch on a bowl of popcorn around 4pm before I start cooking dinner. 8. Cut Back – If you intend on losing weight, you’re going to have to eat less. Become aware of how much you are eating throughout the day because it’s amazing how much food we really do consume in one sitting. Challenge yourself to cut back. Instead of a whole, large chicken breast, cut it in half and add an extra scoop of broccoli instead. 9. Don’t weigh yourself – My husband has never wanted a scale in our house. So for 13 years I have weighed myself only a handful of times. At first I hated this rule, but really it has been a blessing. It’s nice to not have a scale to jump on each morning and beat myself up over the times it tips in the wrong direction. Those scales are not our friends in most situations. I’m not saying to never weigh yourself. Just do it in moderation. 10. Sleep – Dr. Michael Breus shares, “It’s not so much that if you sleep, you will lose weight, but if you are sleep-deprived, meaning that you are not getting enough minutes of sleep or good quality sleep, your metabolism will not function properly”. So get your rest, mamas. We need it on so many levels and in the case of losing weight, sleep is very beneficial. Forgo the 10pm TV shows and head to bed early. Your body, your mind, your muscles and your family will thank you. Here’s a fast tip for popcorn. Using a brown paper lunch sack, throw about 1/3 cup of unpopped popcorn in the bottom. Scrunch down the top a bit and put it in the microwave. My microwave has a popcorn button, which is handy. If yours doesn’t, just try 1 minute 30 seconds. In less than 2 minutes you have a bag of yummy popcorn. No oil. No mess. Easy, healthy snack. • Summer 2012



Move of the Month

Hello sunshine!!!

Hello . . bikini??

Yes, it is that time of year again, and being a mom doesn’t mean you can’t get outside and enjoy the sun (and soak up some Vitamin D!). It is possible to get back into your pre-pregnancy state, just as it is also possible to increase and maintain fitness health throughout any stage of pregnancy! (Big side note to all mommies and especially mommies-to-be: talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise program.) Personally, I like to put as much into a fitness move as possible because, let’s face it, even though fitness is my business and life, time is limited! And a full blown workout is often hard to fit into a busy mom’s schedule.

Kids by your side?

The biggest takehome tip:

Make it challenging. Make the time. Make it a consistent! And you too will get into your sunshine bikini in no time!!


Not a problem! Give the younger ones a few new toys, have them draw a picture of you working out (good for the preschool-aged kiddos!), place different shapes in front of them if they are at the exploratory age and talk to them! Talking to your child is a great way to monitor your own pace. If you are able to carry on a full conversation with your little ones, then you need to pump it up! You should only be able to give them little words such as the names of the shapes or color of your eyes! As for your older children, they should be encouraged (by YOU!) to join you on your quest toward being the fittest mommy in the neighborhood!

Post pregnancy – Not your average burpee: Start from a squat position, crouch down to touch the ground with both hands and jump back into a push-up (or if you are really looking for a challenge, do two push-ups!), jump back into a crouched position, continue standing up then jump straight up in the air, finishing with two jump lunges (remember with a jump lunge you are scissoring/switching your legs in mid-air). After performing both jump lunges, begin again by jumping back down into the crouched position. Perform as many as possible in a specified time slot, keeping your current fitness level in mind. A safety side note, be sure to warm up for about five minutes and keep your knees at a 90 degree angle or less to avoid injury.

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Mountain Jumpers: Starting from a crouching position, hop and bring your feet back into a plank position. Instead of holding it, immediately jump forward bringing your feet up to your chest again. Repeat and perform 10 or more! In addition, with this move you will be crunching your abdominal wall, giving you an ab workout too! (We did say this was bikini prep!) A modified version would be mountain climbers, alternating legs as opposed to keeping them together. Set a time and perform as many as possible. This is a great follow-up to the not-your-average-burpee since it is more cardio, a lot of upper body strength and the use of core stabilizers! Jackie Vega is the owner of – and a personal trainer at – Your Personal Wellness. She is certified by the American Council on Exercise (NCCA accredited company) and a nutritionist, with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Kansas State University and dietetics internship through Iowa State University. Jackie is married with two children, ages four and six, and her busy family life has drawn her specialties towards pre/postnatal, children and families, and mentoring mommys and mommies-to-be toward fit pregnancies and achieving that pre-baby physique! You can find her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter (FitFab2bRD) and read her blog at You can also contact her via email at, or by phone at 407-353-6929. • Summer 2012


30 Summer Snack Ideas Make snacktime exciting this summer!

Is snack time stressful for you? Have you run out of ideas for fun, yummy snacks or light lunches? When my kids need something to nibble, I often struggle to come up with ways to make it more enjoyable for them, so it’s not the same-old, same-old every day. To prepare for their summer vacation, we brainstormed summer snack ideas. We hope this list can help make snack-time easier for you. Many of these ideas can be adjusted to fit your family’s needs. Happy Summer Snacking! ~Vickie

1. Watermelon

2. Fruit with dip 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

11. Snack cheesecake

– graham crackers spread with cream cheese and your favorite jam

Fruit kabobs Frozen grapes Frozen pineapple tidbits Mini blueberry or banana muffins Yogurt parfait with fruit Veggie kabobs with cheese

Peach –

10. Mini brownie

trifle -- brownie bites layered with pudding and whipped topping

by Vickie Myers | Photography by Elisabeth Nixon Photography

1 15-oz. can of peaches in 100% juice 4 Tbsp. vanilla pudding powder Put in blender and puree. Pour into small cups and place a lollipop stick or popsicle stick into the mixture. Freeze until solid.

9. Fruit Popsicles

Strawberry –

2 cups of ripe strawberries ½ cup white grape juice 4 Tbsp. vanilla pudding mix Put in blender and puree. Pour into small cups and place a lollipop stick or popsicle stick into the mixture. Freeze until solid.

12. Frozen chocolate

banana – half a banana on a popsicle stick, dipped into melted chocolate, then frozen

13. Hummus and veggies on pita chips

14. Apple slices with peanut butter dip Peanut butter dip 1 cup peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter) ¼ cup brown sugar 2 oz. cream cheese 4 Tbsp. sour cream Mix the sugar and cream cheese together. Add peanut butter and mix well. Add the sour cream and stir until well-blended and smooth.

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19. Tortilla roll pinwheel with lunchmeat and cheese, hummus or cream cheese 20. Tortilla pizzas 21. Baby pigs-in-a-blanket, made with cocktail sausages 22. Baked chicken strips 23. Grilled chicken-on-a-stick 24. String cheese 25. Boiled eggs 26. Cheese and crackers 27. Tuna or chicken salad with crackers 28. Raw veggie pizza on crackers or English muffins 29. Trail mix 30. Celery with peanut butter

15. Ice-cream sandwiches with homemade cookies Two of your favorite cookies with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream in-between

16. Taco popcorn Popcorn sprinkled with taco seasoning

17. Peanut butter, strawberry and banana quesadillas

2 tortillas Peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter) Banana Strawberry jam

peanut butter. Spread a very thin layer of jam onto the other tortilla. Put the tortillas together and toast in a skillet until both sides are golden brown.

Spread 1 tortilla with peanut butter. Cut banana into slices and arrange on the

For variety, you can also use cream cheese instead of peanut butter.

18. Homemade granola bars (submitted by Jennifer Hatcher)

5 cups quick oats 1 egg ½ cup brown sugar ¾ cup honey 1 tsp. vanilla extract ¾ -1 cup peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter) ½ cup peanut butter chips (omit if not using peanut butter) ½ cup chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients together. Press into a cookie sheet with sides. Bake at 375 for 1015 minutes. Bake longer to have crunchy granola bars or a shorter time to have chewy bars. You can also add your favorite dried fruit, or add more nut butter or flaxseed mixed with water and other crunchy ingredients, like nuts or crispy rice cereal. • Summer 2012



SHINE babyourself ’s exclusive interview with

Amy Sweezey by Jennifer Hatcher

photography by Elisabeth NixonPhotography styled by Sophie & Trey

Like many moms, meteorologist Amy Sweezey is an

multi-tasker. A self-professed type-A, expert


control freak,

Amy wakes at 2 a.m. to juggle her career as a WESH-2 sunrise

meteorologist and the big job of


her three children.

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We recently sat down with Amy to talk about being pregnant onair, delivering a baby during a hurricane and how she manages a crazy work schedule and motherhood, and throughout our laughterfilled conversation, we learned even more from this down-to-earth mom. babyourself: We read that you were pregnant during the big 2004 hurricane season. Anything you want to share with us about that? Amy: Oh gosh! It was such a stressful time! It was Baby #1 for me, and she was born while Hurricane Jeanne was making landfall. So when Charley, Frances and Ivan all made landfall in the state of Florida, I was 8 – 9 months pregnant. Charley came through August 13, and then they all came through one right after the other over six weeks’ time.

Amy: (laughs) I did not, though her name does start with a “J.” But I had had enough of Jeanne. I did not need any more hurricane reminders. babyourself: What was it like being pregnant on the air during a hurricane? Amy: You’re on the air every 10 minutes, trying to find time to go to the bathroom, trying to eat, trying to sleep. You’re on these 12-hour shifts – 12 hours on, 12 hours off. And 12 hours on means you’re actually on TV for 12 hours. So you have to get to the station in time to get ready. And when you leave, you have to make sure the next shift is ready to go. So you’re really at work more like 14 to 15 hours, and then maybe you can make it home – if your road isn’t blocked by trees that have fallen down. It was a little stressful.

Amy: Our doctor who was on-staff at the time assured me that it was just an old wives’ tale and that I didn’t need to be worried. However, there are lots of grandmas who disagree with him. So I don’t know.

But I didn’t. My baby was born on time, at the end of September. Everything was great. She was born at Arnold Palmer, but Winnie Palmer Hospital was under construction. We sat in the hospital bed looking out the windows watching pieces of plywood blow off the Winnie Palmer building, watching the winds from Hurricane Jeanne as it made landfall. It was crazy!

Amy: I think it’s especially scary when you know your due date is coming up in one or two days, and you have a cone of the hurricane’s path going right across your area. Women end up going to the hospital, and they end up being sent home because they’re not really in labor. And then they have to come back the next day. So that part is scary. I’d say just talk to your doctor and make sure you’re comfortable with the plan the hospital has.

babyourself: And you did not name your daughter Jeanne?

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babyourself: Do those atmospheric changes really trigger labor, or is that an old wives’ tale?

There was a running bet in the newsroom of whether or not the pressure changes with the hurricanes would make me go into labor early. And actually, we had another meteorologist on staff at the same time who was also pregnant, and we were due on the exact same day. Bizarre-O! So we were both working during that time, wondering if anyone would go into labor.

[After she was born] we were on lockdown. We were in the hospital for four days. The nurses weren’t allowed to leave. So it was a big party for four days. (laughs)

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babyourself: What special concerns might there be for women who are pregnant or new moms during hurricane season?

The hospital is the safest place to be. They have food; they have electricity; all the doctors and nurses are on-staff and there. So that’s the safest place to be. It

would be more concerning for me to be home with a newborn while a hurricane is making landfall. babyourself: What extra precautions would a pregnant mom or new mom need to take during hurricane season? What extra items do they need for a hurricane kit? Amy: My general rule of thumb is to play the what-if game. What if I didn’t have power for two days? What if, like in ’04, I didn’t have power for 10 days? How much water do I have? How many diapers would I need? Do I have enough cash? Do I have enough formula? Depending on your individual situation, you just have to play the what-if game. The biggest thing, I think, is the electricity. You don’t realize how dependent you are on it, until you

suddenly don’t have it. babyourself: Do you have any creative ideas for what families with little children should include in their hurricane kits? Amy: Favorite games and toys. Comfort things. I think we forget how scary it can be to a child. In 2004, we boarded up our windows with Charley, and then we kept them boarded up because we knew Frances was coming, and then Jeanne. It was so dark and kind of depressing inside the house. And we were told, “Don’t go outside. They’re trying to clean up.” There were power lines down. So just having some kind of entertainment would be good. Have games and toys ready, especially favorite, or even new ones. • Summer 2012


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and please go get your highlights done.” So you sort of develop a tough skin. But you’re emotional when you’re pregnant. And then people say, “You need to stay behind the desk.” Or “You’re blocking the map with your stomach.”

babyourself: Let’s talk about being pregnant on the air. How was that? Amy: You know, you have bad hair days and days when you just feel gross. And then when you’re pregnant, you feel just blech! The first time I was pregnant, I was doing mornings. I would go on the air and do the weather, run to the bathroom and throw up, and then come back and do my next hit. I felt great – you know, of course, after I barfed. I was sick for 16 weeks. babyourself: That would have to be challenging. Amy: Yes, the morning sickness, the clothes, the weight gain. I was fortunate because I didn’t gain as much weight as some people do. But ... you just don’t feel good – and then to be on TV in front of people every day. And I can’t hide behind the news-desk, like an anchor. I am shot from the knees up. So everyone sees your expanding belly. Clothing was tough, and people are critical in general in the emails they send. I mean, some people are so wonderful and some people are just not. The emails people send on a daily basis – “What’s wrong with your hair?” “Those are horrible clothes!”


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I had one email when I was pregnant the first time from one guy that was just rude. “You need to stay behind the desk with your big, fat belly.” Usually I just delete those, but that day I sent it to my boss, a boss who is no longer here. And he actually responded to that guy. Generally they won’t respond either, but he responded to that guy and said just really nice things – “We are proud of Amy and we’re excited about her baby, and we don’t want her to hide behind the desk.” It was just really nice. That helped. babyourself: Do you get recognized out and about? Do people approach you? Amy: Sometimes. It depends on where you are. Sometimes people will stare at you because you look familiar. They’ll be like, “Do you have kids at Lake Mary Elementary?” (laughs) “You look so familiar. I thought I saw you at a PTA meeting.” So they know I look familiar but they can’t quite place me. If they’re big WESH watchers, they know exactly who I am. But if they don’t watch our channel, then they have no clue. babyourself: I would guess people talk to you because they feel like they know you. Amy: Yes, sometimes. Or people comment on the weather. “Did you call for this rain?” (laughs) There are some rude people, but there are so many great people who will say, “Hey, I loved your dress today! Where’d you get it?” Or something like that, and that feels good. babyourself: How long did you have off work after your babies were born? Amy: I took the full 12 weeks I was allowed by the Family Medical Leave Act. It’s not all

paid, but I was allowed to take it, so I took the full amount. With the first one, I thought, “I’m not going to need that much time.” But oh my goodness! I didn’t want to leave the house for the first 10 weeks! I don’t even think I took a shower for five weeks! (laughs) Especially nursing, I needed all 12 weeks! babyourself: So you breastfed? Amy: I did, but only for three months. Because when I came back to work, I knew there was no way I could do it.

say, “These colors look best on you and fix your makeup this way.” And over the years, you kind of learn what looks good and what doesn’t. But we are all on our own. babyourself: What time do you come in each day? Amy: I wake up at 2 a.m. and get here by 3:30 a.m. Now, my kids are little so it works out okay now because they go to bed early too. If they were in high school, it would be a lot harder to go to their games or whatever and do this.

I am so thrilled I did it, but I couldn’t do it once I came back. I do my hair and makeup at home because as soon as I hit the door, it is all weather. I do the forecast and create the graphics. I don’t have time to do anything else; I barely have time to go to the bathroom. So to think about having to pump! It would have been too difficult. So I chose to stop at three months, and it worked for me.

babyourself: So what is bedtime for you?

babyourself: Did you feel a lot of pressure to lose the weight in that 12-week maternity leave each time?

babyourself: What is your favorite part of your job?

Amy: I did, but only because I knew if I didn’t, I wouldn’t have a wardrobe. I knew I needed to fit back into my TV clothes. When I first came back, I hadn’t lost it all; but I just wore my bigger suits and some maternity clothes and tried really hard to get the weight off so I could get back in my TV clothes. Because otherwise, yes, it would have been much easier to just not worry about it. babyourself: So do you have a stylist here or do you style yourself? Amy: Back in the day, we used to have a makeup artist. But with the economy, that was one of the first things to go. So we do our own hair; we do our own makeup. We pay for our own haircuts; we pay for our own makeup; we pay for our own clothes. We do have consultants who will come in and give us advice and

Amy: For me, my goal is 6 p.m. because I need eight hours of sleep. But it usually ends up being 7 - 8 p.m. by the time I end up falling asleep. And ever since I had three babies, my clock, my hormones, getting older, whatever it is – I don’t sleep well, so I wake up several times each night.

Amy: Not waking up at 2 a.m., I know that much! (smiles) I love weather. I kind of fell into this by accident. This is not what I planned originally in college. I wanted to do news; I wanted to be a reporter. But once I started working in news, I really didn’t like it. So I was like, “How am I going to do news, but not be the bad guy and go put a microphone in a mom’s face whose child has just died or been kidnapped, asking, “How do you feel?” (groan) I just could not. That was not me. It didn’t work with my personality. I give kudos to the people who can do it, but I discovered that I couldn’t. So then I’m like, “Okay, now what am I going to do?” I actually started training with a meteorologist at a TV station where I was working. And he was like, “You should think about weather. It’s fun; it’s challenging; it’s always changing; there’s not a lot of women in the science field.”

So at that point, I was like, “Okay, you know what, I am going to pursue this.” So I actually went back to college to get my weather training and haven’t looked back since. I really do love weather. I love that it’s always changing. I love weather in Florida. It’s important here. Things you say do matter because we have tornadoes here and we have hurricanes. It’s not just another sunny and 70 degree day, even though people up North think it is. (laughs)

babyourself: Do they get to watch you in the mornings? Amy: They do prefer The Disney Channel, so they don’t always watch. But sometimes when I come home, they tell me they saw me on TV. babyourself: What are their ages? Amy: My oldest daughter is in 2nd grade; she’s 7. My son is in kindergarten; he’s 5. And then my youngest daughter is 4, and she’ll go to PreK in the fall. They are each 19 months apart.

babyourself: When you’re at home, do you watch The Weather Channel? Are you all weather, all the time? Or are you sick of it when you leave here?

babyourself: Do you have any favorite tools or tips you have found helpful as a working mom that keeps your family routine and your life flowing?

Amy: No, I used to be because I had time to be. But now, once I leave here, it’s all about my kids and my family. It’s about how to get the math homework done and not about the thunderstorm clouds.

Amy: I am super-organized, which helps. I think planning is the key. Even things like planning my meals. By Sunday, I know at least three days’ worth of dinners that we’re having that week, if not five. Because if I come home from work and I’m exhausted and I have three little kids, the last thing I can deal with is starting from scratch, “What are we going to have for dinner?”

Babyourself: Are your kids aware that Mommy’s on TV? Amy: They are, but I don’t know if they really get it.

On the weekends, I try to plan all the meals, do the grocery shopping, get the meat cooked, get the vegetables cut up, whatever. So on Tuesday, I just throw it in the crock pot or throw it in the oven, so that’s one less thing I have to think about every day. That’s a big one for me.

early and stay late. That means you need a really good support system at home when you have three kids and wake up at 2 a.m. in the morning.

babyourself: You come to the TV station by 3:30 a.m. in the morning, is that what you said?

Amy: My husband does hair. It’s not always a pretty sight. (laughs)

Amy: Yes, I leave home by 3 a.m. And our show is on from 4:30 - 9 a.m. straight. We’re on NBC from 4:30 - 7 a.m. and from 7 - 9 a.m. on The CW. On a normal day, I work basically 3 a.m. until 11 a.m. And then the dayside guy comes in and takes over. But any time someone is off, I stay to cover the noon show, which is what I’m doing today. So my 3 - 11 a.m. will 50 percent of the time end up being 3 a.m. to 12:30 or 1 p.m. And, of course, whenever there is severe weather or a hurricane, all bets are off. You come in

babyourself: You miss the morning routine with the kids, so does your husband do all that?

Thank goodness they wear uniforms to school and we pick out the clothes the night before. We pack lunches the night before. So, I do miss out on that in the morning. But the great thing is that I’m home in the afternoon. I’m home when they get home. I am home in the evening. I’m home to do schoolwork. I’m home to do dinner. And if I worked 9 to 5, I’d miss out on all that afternoon stuff. There’s really no good schedule in TV. And it’s hard for any working mom, regardless of whether you wake up at 2 a.m. or 6 a.m. • Summer 2012


babyourself: Your husband adjusts well to your waking up at 2 in the morning?

babyourself: So you really do have flexibility with your schedule!

Amy: He is self-employed, which is the only way we have been able to figure this out. And he has cut his hours back, so he basically works part-time so that he can accommodate my schedule. He can be home in the morning, get the kids to school, then when I get home, he will leave for work or he will try to work on the weekends or only work a few days a week. So that helps a lot. If he worked a normal, Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 job, there is no way we could do this.

Amy: On the school days, my husband will take them to school. If they went to school until 3 or 3:30 p.m., by the time they got home and had dinner, I’d be going to bed. So on the homeschool days, even though our time spent together is doing schoolwork, I am with them for all those hours.

babyourself: Every family has to figure out what works for them. Amy: Right. And it changes. I have only been back on mornings for two years. Before that, when I had a different schedule, it was different. And so you just continue to adjust as your family life changes and your kids get older. It was different when the kids were babies. Now that they’re at this stage, we just figure it out as we go along. I also homeschool my kids part-time. Two days a week we homeschool, and two days a week they go to school. I do most of the homeschooling, and my husband does most of the face-time at the school – the drop-offs, pick-ups, field trips, etc. We work together and have figured out a system that works for both of us.

It’s a cool concept because they get the best of both worlds. Your homeschool days are essentially homework, and your kids are going to do homework anyways. And Friday is the free day – you can send them to the organized P.E. – basketball or dance or whatever – or you can do your own thing and be off on Fridays. A lot of people think homeschooling is weird. I used to think that. But this works great for us, and we love the school. It’s what works for us, for now. babyourself: You are Supermom! Amy: (laughing) Oh, sometimes I just sit and cry. Once in a while. You know how that is. babyourself: With multiple things going on at once, do you think your meteorolgist job has helped you better handle being a more go-with-the-flow, multi-tasker as a mom? Or do you think being a mom has helped you handle your studio life better? Amy: Both. Absolutely! I have always been a Type-A control freak, organized, all my ducks in a row. But when you have three kids, you have to let things go. Sometimes, the house gets messy. Everything can’t be perfect all the time. That’s just the way it’s going to be. So you make your priorities, and you have to let some things go. That has absolutely helped loosen me up here at work. too. So if one particular weather graphic doesn’t get made, it’s okay. Life will go on. Everything will be fine. by Follow Amy Sweezey on Facebook (amy.sweezey) and on Twitter (@amysweezey).

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Dehydration in Pregnancy


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Summer time. Time for fun outside regardless if you are pregnant. In Florida, we are exposed to extreme heat. Just the time spent in the car as it is cooling off can cause some levels of dehydration. Pregnant women need at least 64 ounces of water daily. Otherwise, you run the risk of dehydration, which can lead to heat-related problems such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heatstroke – and for some expectant mothers – preterm labor. Good hydration is extremely important for a healthy pregnancy and postpartum period. Water flushes waste products from the cells and aids in liver and kidney function for both mom and the baby. During pregnancy, water is also needed for the body's expansion as mom's blood volume increases significantly. Insufficient water intake can be a factor in constipation, preterm labor and miscarriage. Even slight dehydration can cause or contribute to fatigue. Proper hydration is also important for adequate breast milk production and flow. In the first trimester, dehydration is most commonly caused by morning sickness. If the woman is unable to keep down any liquids, dehydration can occur quickly. When morning sickness is severe and unable to be controlled, the pregnant woman may be admitted to the hospital for IV fluids. Later in the pregnancy, dehydration is most likely caused by inadequate fluid intake throughout the day and easily corrected by drinking more liquids. Sweating, whether due to exercise or the hot summer temperatures, can also be responsible for dehydration. In order to get proper water consumption in pregnancy, try buying a 24-ounce reusable, PBAfree container and set goals of drinking 3 per day. Fill a pitcher with the amount of liquids you want to drink during the day and keep it near you or at your desk. Adding an Emergen-C three times a week will change up the flavor and provide vitamins and electrolytes. Red Raspberry Leaf tea has been proven to tone the uterus prior to delivery and can be made hot or cold and contains no caffeine.

The signs and symptoms of dehydration range from minor to severe and include: • Increased thirst • Dry mouth and swollen tongue • Weakness • Dizziness • Palpitations (feeling that the heart is jumping or pounding) • Confusion • Sluggishness • Fainting • Inability to sweat • Decreased urine output Urine color may indicate dehydration. If urine is concentrated and deeply yellow or amber, you may be dehydrated.

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Summer Safety First! Seven Tips to Keep Your Child Safe in the Summer Heat I have a love/hate relationship with our Florida summers. Is it paradise or punishment? I think that depends… When lounging on the beach watching the sun’s rays dance over the blue water, I listen to the peaceful rhythm of waves crashing to shore and think, “This is paradise.” When I’m rushing to get to work and before I can make it from my front door to the car, I notice I’m soaked in sweat- well, that’s a different story. Summer heat can feel like an idyllic escape or a suffocating sauna, and that same contrast exists for our kids, too. We know that physical activity is vital for them, and we want them to play in the fresh air and sunshine. But, as we encourage them to run wild and free outdoors, we must also be mindful of ways to keep them safe despite the scorching temperatures.

First things first, can kids take the heat? Kids aren’t just miniature versions of adults; their growing bodies work differently than ours. Children have a greater body surface area relative to their weight, which means they actually absorb more heat from their environment than adults do. One of the ways the body works to keep cool is through sweating. The evaporation of sweat from the skin produces a cooling effect that lowers body temperature. But, kids’ bodies aren’t very efficient at sweating, and they have fewer sweat glands. This makes it more difficult for them to cool off. Keep in mind, though, that heat isn’t the only problem; humidity plays a significant role as well. When the air is saturated with moisture, sweat doesn’t evaporate easily. The natural cooling methods that the body uses to get rid of heat aren’t effective, making it difficult for a child’s body to recover. So how should you combat the heat while still having fun outside? Here are a few things to keep in mind this summer as you pry your children from their Xboxes and Playstations and send them outside:

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Encourage kids to drink more water One of the key factors to consider is that children often do not feel the need to drink enough fluids when they’re exercising outdoors. Their bodies lose water through sweat, and if these fluids are not replaced they may become dehydrated. A dehydrated child cannot cool their body temperature effectively, and is at greater risk of developing heatrelated illness. Think about it this way: better a few extra trips to the potty than a trip to the hospital, right? While it might be easier to tempt them with sports drinks than plain water, try to encourage basic H2O as much as possible. With few exceptions, most kids don’t need the “extras” in sports drinks.

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4. Clothing should be light-colored and lightweight to allow sweat to evaporate easily. 5. For a child beginning a strenuous exercise regimen or if you are traveling to a warmer climate, ease into it. Begin with exercise or activity that is limited in duration and intensity and build gradually over 10-14 days. 6. Sunburned skin doesn’t sweat effectively (and it hurts!). Make sure you utilize sunscreen appropriately to avoid burns. 7. Children with ongoing medical issues, obese children and those who have suffered a prior heat illness may be at higher risk of developing heat-related problems. Extra caution is warranted, so talk with your pediatrician about your child’s individual needs. As summer settles in and the mercury continues to rise, don’t be afraid to send your kids outside for some good, old-fashioned fun in the sun. Encourage them to enjoy all of the wonderful things a Florida summer has to offer; beach barbecues, pool parties and the occasional ice cream cone are just a few of my favorites. And when the heat just seems unbearable? Well, you plan your move to Alaska. That’s what I do.

organized athletic activities, consider these tips to keep them healthy as they exercise outdoors: 1. Schedule outdoor exercise and athletic activities before noon or after 6 p.m. to avoid the hottest part of the day. 2. Make sure your child is well hydrated prior to exercise. 3. Make water breaks mandatory. During prolonged physical activity, children need around 5 oz. of water every 15-20 minutes, even if they don’t feel thirsty. For teenagers, encourage 9 oz. of water every 15-20 minutes.

Courtney Schmidt is a pharmacist and writer at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. She received her doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of Florida in 2006. Courtney is passionate about equipping parents with the best possible health information to help them raise healthy, thriving children. She is also Mommy to a 2-year-old little girl, Avery. For more of her insight into raising healthy kids, visit

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4 tips to Burn-Proof Your Vacation! Think your traveling days are behind you now that you have a new addition to your family? No way! If you are like me, the sound of vacation has a much different and even more desirable ring to it for new mothers. And did you know? Women who take frequent vacations sleep better, are more satisfied with their marriage, and are less likely to be tense or depressed, according to a study recently published in the Wisconsin Medical Journal. Taking a (mostly) relaxing, budget-friendly trip with a baby onboard is possible – with the right preparation and a big dose of patience (and laughter). Here are some tips to burn-proof your vacation:

1. Plan Ahead. Way Ahead: Haste makes waste and

when planning a vacation, a costly mistake is not allowing enough time to find the best deals. Do your research – ask friends and family about their trips, scour the Internet, use social media to *like* airline, hotel and/or rental car company pages to possibly receive discounts. And don’t forget to update your passport if necessary (at least two months in advance) and yes, your baby needs one, too! Don’t forget to schedule your actual travel time with your baby's schedule in mind.

2. Craft a To-Do/MustSee List: Check out the pricing

of activities before you arrive at your destination. Calling in advance to book or reserve excursions or day trips may result in better deals (although, there are often last minute deals, so don’t forget your

laptop!). And remember when traveling with a baby or small children to allow for lots of breaks and unexpected delays.

3. Add a Vacation slot to your budget: Knowing

how much you have set aside for vacation in advance will keep you disciplined. Plus if you’ve researched your trip ahead of time, you’ll know how much you need to save! Involve your spouse and older children in the planning process, and set expectations for everyone. If your children are teenagers with part-time jobs, especially if shopping is on their agenda, have them stow away a few bucks each month too. This will make for a more enjoyable return home!

4. Spend Wisely:

The biggest expense when traveling is food. When my family takes short road trips, we save money and snack healthier by filling a cooler with our favorite foods and beverages. Request a mini fridge when booking a hotel and make a quick run to a nearby grocery store to save with a few meals ‘in’, plus you can keep drinks and snacks at hand, instead of running to a convenience store for last minute items (which can often be pricier than the grocery store!).

Make the most of your time away with your family by planning ahead! Then you can enjoy your vacation instead of worrying about how much you are spending. Remember: You reap what you sow. Decisions matter. Plan wisely, so you can relax with the sand between your toes and the only burn you’ll feel can be prevented with sunscreen!

A vacation frequently means that the family goes away for a rest, accompanied by a mother who sees that others get it.

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Katie Miller Witter, co-owner of Financial Harvest Wealth Advisors, a Registered Investment Advisor Firm located in Winter Park, has more than ten years of investment advisory experience and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (CFP®) Candidate and CERTIFIED SUCCESSION PLANNER™. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Business Finance & Marketing from the University of Florida and her Masters of Business Administration from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College. She serves on the Crummer Alumni Board, Downtown Orlando YMCA Board, and is a graduate of Leadership Winter Park and Leadership Orlando. Katie is married and lives with her husband, David, and son Will, in Winter Park, Florida. Katie can be reached at 407.937.0707 or • Summer 2012 26

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1. Give yourself extra time.

Plan to stop every 1-2 hours for diaper changes, snacks and a couple minutes to run around the rest area. If you are flying, spending hours waiting for your flight to take off may sound miserable, running through the airport with small children is worse. Allow for extra time to check in and then get the whole family through security. Use a stroller in the airport for babies and toddlers and gate check it right before you board.

2. Go overboard. While it may seem counter-intuitive, fill the diaper bag with extra snacks, extra sippy cups, extra toys and plenty of diapers and wipes. And if you are driving, make sure this bag is within arm’s reach and not accidentally packed in the trunk!


3. Think new new. Grab a few new

toys and books from the clearance section to keep little ones entertained. Crayons and markers may seem like a good idea until they roll all over the airplane floor or you are scrubbing marker off your leather car seats. Stick to books (board books are best for toddlers), new movies or video games or magnetic games or drawing toys that don’t have a lot of small pieces.

4. Have a bottle or sippy ready

... for take-off and landing to help little ones balance out the pressure in their ears. Lollipops work great for bigger kids! (TSA will let you bring liquids through for a child in a bottle or sippy cup, just make sure they see it. They will test the liquid and give it back to you.)

5. Avoid red eyes. It may seem like a great idea: board a flight at bedtime and your little one will sleep the whole way! Not so. Most children will be stimulated by the new environment and will stay up all night which leads to exhausted kiddos and parents.

Summer in Orlando is here! And if you have a toddler, one of your biggest questions on surviving the heat is, “Where's the water?”

Makai & Ajani, cooling off with their new toy!

Of course, if your toddlers are anything like my 2-year-old twins, they could care less about the practical benefits of water. All they want to do is splash around in it, float things on it, and scoop it up with cups and pour it on the closest thing to them – even if that is mom's head!

At this stage, toddlers have most of the motor skills to truly explore their world, and twin toddlers have developed that special twin bond. They look at each other and start laughing for no apparent reason. They play with each other in all sorts of interesting ways. So, one of the summer water products that is great for my twins now is the Little Tykes Spiralin' Seas Waterpark water table. This table is large enough to accommodate two super-active boys so they don't have to fight over who gets to play with what toy, but it isn’t so huge as to take over your entire patio! It fosters motor development and reinforces the concept of cause and effect. Your toddler can drop water squirt balls down a clear spiraling tower and then watch as the balls twist and turn on their way down. They turn the handle of an attached Ferris wheel of cups to scoop the balls up as they float by. There's also a pouring cup and water wheels that turn when water is poured on them. The accessories also promote interactive play – toddlers can squirt water at each other with the squirt balls and fling water at each other with the pouring cup. Oh, what fun! The only thing lacking is a built-in shade. Another one of my favorite toys for summer is the Radio Flyer Venture Sport Wagon. Wagons are great for quick walks around the neighborhood before bed or for exploring outdoor concerts, movies or even navigating the local playground. The best part about the Venture Sport Wagon is that it comes with a canopy that covers the length of the wagon. The built-in cup holders? Well those are just an added bonus! So, don't be afraid to venture outdoors with your toddlers this summer as long as you have water and shade. What are some of your summer must-have toys? Tell us at • Summer 2012





Ask the Pediatrician

Ask Dr. Gordon: What should I do besides invest in plastic sheeting? Bedwetting is a near and dear topic for me. Confession: I wet my bed until I was 9 years old and this experience encouraged me to become a pediatrician. Several of my children are or were bedwetters. In fact, 25 percent of all five year olds wet their beds every night. (I joke this means 50 percent of five year old boys!) Typical bedwetters are male, sleep like bricks (which means they are close to impossible to wake up), have a family history of bedwetting (usually the father), and wet in the first couple hours after falling asleep. So what should parents do besides invest in plastic sheeting? 1. Restrict fluids after dinner. 2. Ask them to go to bathroom twice before bedtime (typically go to the bathroom and brush teeth, then read a book and say prayers, then use the bathroom again). 3. Ask them to sit when they use the bathroom (many boys do not completely empty their bladder when they stand). 4. Avoid pull ups after age six.

These methods are the most tried and true for helping eliminate bedwetting, though there are a few others you can try.

medication can help children maintain their dignity and stay dry on “important” nights such as vacations, sleep overs, or camp.

Alarms: Bed wetting alarms can help end

Bedwetting medication should only be used for short time periods. There are several medications that physicians can prescribe to help with bedwetting. When I do prescribe a medication for bedwetting, I prefer DDAVP, which is safe and effective. The dose varies so it is best to try it a few nights before relying on its effect or dismissing it as an option.

bedwetting, though unfortunately, the typical story of a family that purchases an alarm looks a little something like this: 1. The alarm arrives in the mail. 2. The excited and overtired family hooks up the alarm. 3. At 2 a.m. the children urinates and activates the alarm. 4. Everyone in the house but the bedwetter wakes up. 5. Tired parents finally get up and turn off alarm. 6. Exhausted parents throw away alarm. If you want to have success with a bedwetting alarm, I’d start with a simple alarm clock. Each morning have the child wake to the buzzer setting on the alarm clock. The child must learn to wake to the buzzer and turn it off himself. After the child has been trained with an alarm clock, you can try the bedwetting alarm. When the bedwetting alarm goes off it is important for the child to turn it off himself. If the child does not wake up, the parents should wake the child and ask him to turn it off. It takes serious family dedication to have success with an alarm.

Medication: Medications do not cure

bedwetting, but they can help a child stay dry overnight. As children who are bedwetters age, they begin to face the stigma of being a “bedwetter”. This social pressure often helps motive children to fix the problem, but when it doesn’t,

Reward charts: Punishments and rewards are of no benefit. True bedwetters have no control over their bedwetting and “trying harder” does not help. However, it is reasonable to ask an older bedwetting child to help with the soiled linens, just try and make sure it isn’t viewed as a punishment. For example, a child 6 and up can bring sheets to the laundry room while you remake the bed. A child 10 and up can bring sheets to the laundry room and remake the bed after accidents. When should you see improvement? Fifteen percent of bedwetters get better each year. By 8 or 9 years old, your child should be improving and wetting fewer nights than he was previously. As long as there is gradual improvement, the best treatment is support and monitoring. If your child’s bedwetting is atypical or is not improving, please see your health care provider.

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Dr. Gregory Gordon grew up in Gainesville, Florida. He attended the University of Florida for both his undergraduate and medical degrees. After he completed his pediatric residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, he joined Pediatric Associates of Orlando. Dr. Gordon is the proud father of seven children. He is the Vice President of the “The Gift of Swimming” (a local charity that provides swim lessons to Orlando’s needy children). In early 2010, encouraged by his patients, he started to share some of his pediatric and parenting experience. • Summer 2012


a real mom with real kids & a really noisy home Phases. All kids go through them. With six children, six lively personalities, we have definitely had our share of phases in this home. Some phases are rather delightful, and I have thoroughly enjoyed them. One daughter went through the Wear a Bathing Suit Under the Clothes phase. She liked feeling the tight fabric against her skin, so she wore a bathing suit. Every. Single.Day. The other daughter went through a Laura Ingalls Wilder phase. We ordered prairie dresses from Ebay. Friends gave her bonnets. She pretended the bunk beds were a covered wagon. She wore her hair in two braids. Little old ladies in the grocery store thought she was adorable. This phase lasted a wonderfully long time. Two sons have been extremely attached to an Old Navy basketball jersey and matching shorts, what I nicknamed the Wanna Be a Basketball Player phase. It’s amazing these clothes lasted through four boys without falling apart. My oldest son wore this basketball uniform every day. At bedtime, he would reluctantly take the clothes off so I could wash them overnight; then he would wear them again the next day. When my youngest went through this phase, he would often wear them during the day, and then beg to sleep in them at night. Because I have a 24-hour rule when it comes to wearing an article of clothing (a rule I never imagined I’d have to create – another one of the surprises of motherhood), I would explain that if he

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It’s Only A Phase

slept in the basketball uniform, he could not wear it the next day. Some phases are less endearing. These are the phases that require plenty of deep breaths and reassurances that “this too shall pass.” My oldest son was absolutely obsessed with building a Duplo block creation that would float. In honor of the popular Late Night With David Letterman segment, I like to refer to this as the Will It Float? phase. I lost count of the times my bathroom sink overflowed during the test-floats. And I don’t want to think about how many times the Duplo blocks floated in the toilet without being disinfected afterward. That same son regularly laid out elaborate webs of yarn, string or dental floss while I was in the shower. I affectionately call this the Booby Trap phase. I probably still have scars from the times I was caught in one of these traps. My fifth-born went through a very strange Powdered Food and Drink phase. He loved dumping out and playing in powdery things. So one night, he hid under the table with a container of Parmesan cheese and created Mt. Cheesemore. Another day, he grabbed the Country Time and sprinkled the hallway with a fresh lemony scent. And one morning, he snagged a packet of Old El Paso taco flavoring and seasoned his bedroom carpet Tex-Mex style. For months after cleaning these messes up, every time I would vacuum and the smell would recirculate, some child would shout, “Are we having tacos and lemonade for dinner?” Much to their disappointment, I would reply, “No, Momma’s just vacuuming the carpets!” The youngest, the Baby-of-the-Family, went through an excruciatingly long Dictator in Training phase when he was two. In caveman-style English, he would scream out demands to everyone around him. Not only would I have to patiently explain to him the proper way to speak to



people and ask for things, I would have to remind his doting older sisters not to give in to the Little Dictator’s demands. I think all the boys went through an Unroll the Toilet Paper phase. What joy there must be in tossing a roll of toilet paper and watching it unfurl! For an embarrassingly long time, there was always a basket of messily-folded, unrolled toilet paper in the bathroom (because I wasn’t just going to waste it all!). Actually, this phase may still be on-going. Just last week, there was a giant wad of clean toilet paper in the laundry room. This was the same day I heard loud snapping sounds coming from the laundry room, and I found myself shouting, “We don’t play with mousetraps!” I’m really hoping that’s not a new phase! —Jennifer lives in Southwest Virginia with her husband and six children. She’s framing the favored basketball jersey that the Baby-of-the-Family has just outgrown, and she promises to put out an actual roll of toilet paper in the guest bathroom if you stop in for a visit. y




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The Alexander Center for Neonatology at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies is expanding. We need your support so that we can continue to provide the best care possible for our little miracles. More than two decades ago, The Alexander Center for Neonatology made a commitment to Arnold and Winnie Palmer that “good” would never be good enough. In everything we do, we know that we must reach a level that is beyond what is merely good or acceptable. Our children and families deserve the highest level of medical care in a nurturing, supportive environment. Over the past few years, we have outgrown our current space. Fortunately, Winnie Palmer Hospital was designed and built with future growth needs in mind. Our vision for the 11th floor expansion includes 30 new Level II NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) beds and approximately 19,000 additional square feet, divided into three pods with 10 beds per pod. This will provide us with the space we so desperately need to save the lives of our precious and fragile newborns.

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Big Miracles to Our Tiny Babies.

Sustaining our commitment to this high level of excellence is an ongoing challenge. In order to provide the best care possible for our children and families, we must always be on the leading edge of technology, seeking out the most talented people, and continually growing with the needs of the community. None of these elements of success come without a cost.

For more information on the expansion of the Alexander Center for Neonatology at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, please contact the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation at 407.841.5114. Name and gift options are available ranging from $25,000 to $5 million. Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation 3160 Southgate Commerce Blvd., Suite 50, Orlando, FL 32806 407.841.5114 •


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