All in coping & support
I remember when my sweet mom came to me and broke the news:
“Allie, Mrs. South has cancer.”
Quite possibly the greatest gift I have received since starting doseofplay.com is a pendant necklace with Olivia and Robby's fingerprint impression. It's a one-of-a-kind, small treasure that symbolizes the larger than life power their love has on my heart. It seems quite fitting that this meaningful piece of art comes in the form of an impression from the tip of their finger. Our love, after all, is wrapped around their little finger, right?
Let's not kid ourselves, most adults aren't thrilled to go to the dentist. I have to admit, I used to be one of them. In a surprising grown up twist, I will take my floss scolding for a little dose of quiet time to myself. I love my kids, but any stay at home caregiver of littles knows how golden 30 minutes of time is for uninterrupted thoughts. But enough about me, I'm here to share how proud I am of my three year old for her bravery during her last visit to the dentist.
Guest Blog Post by Emily Jasinowski, mother of Mason and Arlo and Little Birch Blogger
It’s an understatement to say that our son’s NICU journey was difficult on our family. Our worried hearts were wrapped around his health and well being, new diagnoses that dropped out of nowhere, and making decisions about how to be absent from work. We tried to find creative ways to bond with our newborn that didn’t have the ability to breastfeed and had never been home with us.
You know that moment when you watch a child see or do something for the very first time that absolutely fascinates them? You watch them captivated in the experience, their faces painted with joy, surprise and wonder. Their eyes open wide with a sparkle, jaw dropped and mouth opened. It’s simply magical. I wonder if you’re like me, do you the observer feel the same sudden rush of warmth that feels as if it’s hugging your heart? It’s an authentic joy that I find myself grateful for witnessing or helping to create.
When you're in the hospital with your child who is tube fed through the stomach, you likely have different kinds of support that don’t exist at home. It might be the convenience of answering your medical questions face to face with providers or an opportunity to get hands on teaching. Equally appreciated may be emotional support and feeling of solidarity from
A nasogastric tube is a thin, flexible tube that enters the body through the nose and is passed down the throat until it reaches the stomach. This tube is used to provide food or medicine directly into the stomach, or it can be used to remove fluid that shouldn’t be there. People often call it a “NG tube” for short.