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    Top 10 Non-Electronic Gift Ideas for Boys 4-7

    We have three children, ages 3 – 6, and we intentionally limit their screen time. As Christmas approaches, allow us to recommend some of our boys’ favorite non-electronic toys as gifts you may want to consider for the children in your life. If you’re like me, you’ve noticed that kids can become very addicted to electronics and screens, and will often sit happily with their device and neglect their siblings, friends, and family members who are nearby. These gifts encourage kids to get off the couch and to interact with the real world and the real people around them. Rubber Band Guns – Boys love guns, and these old-fashioned toys are…

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    National Jewish Health Pediatric Eczema Program, Day 10

    Last night Titus slept well again. He woke up once, but fell back asleep on his own. I woke him up at 6:45 to start our morning routine. His skin looked good this morning, and even his face was better. Last night we had tried no head wrap, and that seemed to work well. We made it to the hospital by 8:45, after his bath and creams. Today we had nurse Anna. First thing was to get all his vitals and weight. He even stood on a big boy scale for us. We fed him some breakfast, and Anna got us started on the first food challenge of broccoli right…

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    National Jewish Health Pediatric Eczema Program, Day 9

    It’s hard to believe tomorrow is our last day here. It has been so nice working with many doctors and nurses who understand Titus’ condition and have so much experience with it. Today we said goodbye to Titus’ nurse Emily. She was his nurse everyday except one, and tomorrow is her day off. There is a certain amount of anxiousness as we prepare to leave the hospital. Worries that he might go back to being bad when we get home, worries that he might start reacting to the foods that have been challenged, worries that he might not do well as he weans off some of the medications, etc. Please…

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    National Jewish Health, Saturday

    We get the weekend off from the hospital. It is nice to have a little break, but we are excited to start food challenges Monday. Last night went pretty well, although we did forget to get head wrap supplies from the hospital. Luckily we had one wrap from home, plus a ski cap we could use to hold it on his head, so it worked out. He woke up once at midnight, and once a little later, but went back to sleep nicely both times. This morning Titus had some red blotches on his cheek and arms, so we were a little concerned. They seemed to fade a bit as…

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    National Jewish Health Atopic Dermatitis Program, Day 2

    Titus and I (Matthew) had an ok night at the hospital. I made sure to use the bathroom before Linda and Mariya left as it would be pretty much impossible once I was the only one with Titus. I wasn’t looking forward to diaper changes either as they usually take at least two people when the baby is this itchy. Titus’ first stretch of sleep was about two hours. During that time, I made some final arrangements for my math subs back home and blogged about our day. The nurses had asked that I not swaddle him like we normally do, so I didn’t even though I really wanted to.…

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    National Jewish’ Pediatric Eczema Program, Day 1

    We had a pretty rough night last night with the two babies in one room waking each other up. I think our hosts also had a rough night, as some of them still hadn’t gotten up by the time we left the house. 🙁 We arrived at NJH at 8:30 and checked in. We saw a few other kids doing food challenges, and you could hardly tell they had eczema. A nurse did his vitals and we got our room.  It’s a nice room with two beds, a comfy rocker/recliner and small fridge. We met with doctor Dutmer first, who did our intake. We went over all of Titus’ history…

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    Safe in Denver

    Thank you all for your prayers as we flew from Portland to Denver today. Everything went well and we are settled in Denver at the home of some family friends. They have made us feel very welcome and at home. The day started at 5:30 am with both babies screaming. They soon fell asleep again so we could get up at 6 am to finish final preparations. We had at least 8 inches of snow on the ground, and the roads were covered with packed snow and ice. Dad had put chains on our van last night, so we had no problem getting to the airport. It was a little…