Sammiches & Psych Meds

The Internet is Smitten With Giraffe Labor and Delivery Live Feed - NSFW?

An extremely pregnant giraffe named April has stolen the hearts and productivity of the internet. April, a 15-year-old reticulated giraffe, resides at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, NY, where she is due to give birth to her fourth baby any day now. In order to raise awareness of the plight of the giraffe, the park has set up a live feed to watch April until the baby is born. I will not confirm or deny that I have spent hours upon hours with the feed up on my second monitor.
Preemie Babies 101

The Journey to Ear Tubes

Prematurity is the gift that keeps on giving. Even if you were lucky enough to escape the NICU with no lingering complications, sometimes issues will crop up much later that leave you wondering if prematurity is rearing its ugly head again. For us, it has been hearing issues. Is it related to prematurity, genetics, or the luck of the draw? No way to tell, though his early arrival did play into our decision to go the route of ear tubes.
Sammiches & Psych Meds

The Cincinnati Zoo Has Made Us All Fall in Love With Fiona the Premature Hippo

In January, the Cincinnati Zoo confirmed the pregnancy of its 17-year-old Nile Hippopotamus, Bibi, via the world’s first ultrasound image of a hippo fetus. Evidently, bribing a 3,000-pound hippo to stand still while you press a wand all over her belly is about as easy as convincing my toddler to eat peas. A normal hippo pregnancy is approximately 8 months, so Bibi’s due date was sometime in March. Unfortunately, in late January she unexpectedly went into labor, giving birth to baby Fiona six weeks early.
The Huffington Post

Growth Vs Proficiency: An Illustrated Open Letter To Ms. DeVos

It became quite clear during your nomination hearing that you don’t really know that much about education. Or guns or bears or sexuality. Three of those four things seem like important topics for Secretary of Education. You really appeared to stumble when asked about growth vs proficiency. Now, I don’t claim to be an expert on education. I don’t have to. Nobody nominated me for the highest position on the subject. I will stick to analogies. I’m good at those.

Turning Valentine's Day Inside Out With Mindfulness Crafts

Valentine's Day is a greeting card holiday. A lot of people hate the lesson it teaches -- the idea that you only have to show your love and feelings this one day every year. What if we take it and turn it into a time to help us get better at dealing with our day-to-day emotions? By helping our kids help themselves, we can teach them better tools to help others. Valentine's Day is all about feelings, so let's help our kids learn to deal with the feelings they have.
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