Extended breast feeding


But the morphine made her sick. She was hungry and thirsty, but even ice chips made her throw up. “I don’t want to throw up again, mamma,” she told me in her tiny, weak voice. “I think nursies will help me. Can I nurse?”

Being Old Enough to Ask for It doesn’t forbid a child from receiving comfort from his mother – however that mother chooses to comfort her child. The older child isn’t breastfeeding all day or to meet nutritional needs, he’s nursing a few times a week because he still needs that “home base” connection to his mother, and breastfeeding has provided that basis since the moment he was born.

Monteagle winery


Yum! After being in the vicinity for a yr and a half I finally made it out to Monteagle Winery in TN. It’s off the highway. It’s a good sized nice looking building but looks “empty”
However, if a car is parked outside it is “open” and should usually be open until 5pm
The proprietress does offer wine tastings.

I tried the
Chobel (spelling) a little dry but clean and crisp
The Strawberry wine- tastes like fresh picked strawberries. Slightly dry, clean finish
The Peach- yummy- sweet and clean
The Blackberry wine- literally tastes like blackberries. Tart and not very sweet

I tried the magnolia muscadine wine- smooth, sort of vanilla-like

I tried the mistletoe cranberry wine- very nice. Tastes strongly of cranberries and spices.

Also tried sunset blush and Midnight lace. I don’t remember what they tasted like but I bought them do they were probably not dry, slightly sweet, and clean tasting.

I was really impressed with Monteagle Winery Wines and I kick myself for buying liquor store wines when such great wines were right next door.

Prices per bottle ranged from $14-$21

I have no affiliation or even friendships with this winery.





I bought the peach, the cranberry, sunset blush and midnight lace.


my baby boy turned 4 yesterday and his birthday party was today. My oldest will turn 6 next month and all he can do is ask me if his birthday is “tomorrow.”… asking me over and over and over and over again.



oh this looks delicious. carrot soup with crisped garbanzo beans/chickpeas



just click on the link. it look “oh my goodness tasty”

too bad my hubby is a picky eater so I can’t make things like this for dinner and my kids don’t do soups…. although they do like garbanzo beans….

Joseph4gi: blame game

(Side note: I never realized we are the same age. It’s cool)


click the link for the entire article and diagrams

For what other medical treatment or procedure are parents in a position of entitlement to “decide” at whim, without any kind of clinical indication or medical diagnosis? For what other surgery are surgeons slaves to demanding parents? Do parents actually wield so much power?

Aren’t parents usually given the power to choose a method of treatment for their children AFTER a doctor has determined that there is some kind of clinical or medical necessity?

For these reasons and more, I believe Jonathon’s image is a false paradigm. This delusion of “parental choice” is a false paradigm invented by doctors, the trade unions they belong to, and it is perpetuated by the media.

In the special case of circumcision, however, physicians get away with profiting from this non-medical procedure on healthy, non-consenting individuals, by pawning off their responsibility on parents. Doctors push the paradigm of “the great parental decision” forward, and the media helps perpetuate it.

In their latest statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics came very close to, but stopped short of recommending infant circumcision for all infants (contrary to popular belief). Despite touting over and over again that “the benefits out weigh the risks,” they must still admit that the “benefits are not enough to recommend the procedure,” concluding that “the final decision should be made by parents.” (This was their exact position in their last statement in 1999.)

The result is a spineless, non-committal statement that sounds like an endorsement, if not outright recommendation, but is actually nothing more than self-absolution of professional responsibility, and the undue placement of an onus on parents.