The Great Migration

Posted on July 30th, 2009 – 2:00 PM
By Kay Krhin

**UPDATE: MIGRATION IS NOW COMPLETE – (PLEASE UPDATE YOUR BOOKMARKS) COME ON OVER AND JOIN US! *** www.startribune.com/blogs/cribsheet

Hi all! Cribsheet is in the process of migrating to another blog platform. Keep checking back here for our updated page.
For those of you who have us on your RSS feeds, you’ll need to update the link once we’ve migrated. Thanks for your patience while we manage this transition.
May & Kay

Reflections on BlogHer ’09

Posted on July 27th, 2009 – 11:22 PM
By May Chen

Sadly, Kay and I didn’t go to Chicago….but a bunch of you did and we want to hear from you.

To kick it off, some impressions from Amelia Sprout , Beth the Anti-Supermom  and Mom 101- on the craziness that was BlogHer ’09.

Put down your thoughts in the comments section below, or just copy links to your blog posts.

Watching for Food Allergies

Posted on July 27th, 2009 – 11:18 AM
By May Chen

Our guest blogger today is Missy a.k.a. Marketing Mama…

Like many parents, I was taught to introduce solids very slowly to my baby.

Start with cereals, then fruits and veggies. Wait two to three days between new foods to watch for an adverse reaction. I followed the rules carefully with both my children. With no history of food allergies in our family, I wasn’t very concerned with my first child, Alex. He loved solid foods and never had a negative reaction.

We had an entirely different experience with my 18-month old daughter, Avery.

Her food allergy story starts with a serious case of eczema. Our pediatrician put me on notice early on: food allergies are at the root of about 40% of all cases of children with mild to severe eczema. That made me nervous. When she was six months old, I began introducing solids. I followed the rules, and watched her closely for symptoms.

I later learned that although people can develop food allergies to anything, only eight foods are responsible for 90% of all food allergies in America: eggs, milk, soy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts (such as walnuts and almonds), fish and shellfish. I also learned (too late) that allergens can transfer to children through breast milk.

I started to worry about food allergies as we neared her first birthday. When she tried cow’s milk, and later ate cake at her first birthday party, she got really itchy, agitated and had red marks on her skin (now I know they were hives).

I gave her children’s Benadryl and were determined she get food allergy testing at her 12-month well-baby check.

With only one week until that appointment, I served Avery scrambled eggs (with milk) for dinner one evening, not realizing it was one of the most common food allergens. Within 2-3 minutes she became inconsolable, had red streaking and hives on her face and trunk. Her eyeballs turned pink. She was coughing. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s a Hard Knock Knock Life

Posted on July 24th, 2009 – 9:54 AM
By Kay Krhin

We need some new material in our house because Ben’s jokes are getting real old. What better day than today? I just learned from Bill Ward’s article here. that today is National “Tell an Old Joke Day.” I know I’ve mentioned the Knock Knocks Ben shares. They are getting more nonsensical (and hysterical to him) by the day.

Ben: Knock Knock
Me: Who’s there?
Ben: Pickle
Me: Pickle who?
Ben: Pickle nose! (then he rolls on the ground as if it were the most hilarious thing ever uttered.)

Ben: Knock Knock
Me: Who’s there?
Ben: Eye
Me: Eye who?
Ben: Eyeball! (more fits of laughter)

Such is 3 year-old humor.

I remember a few favorite jokes of mine as a young kid dealt with time.

How are a pigs tail and 5 a.m. the same?
They are both twirly.

And the old joke –

What’s the best time to go to the dentist?
2:30

Hey it’s Friday let’s have some fun! Share your favorite kid jokes, nonsensical knock knocks, or heck, your best (ahem, clean) jokes in comments below.

Cribsheet Cafe 2

Posted on July 23rd, 2009 – 11:38 AM
By May Chen

And now, the update you’ve all been waiting for – the Cribsheet Cafe report!

Java Train was perfect for our little gathering, which drew out several Cribsheeters and multiple kids. As with the first Cribsheet Cafe, it was soooo nice to put faces and voices to online monikers. We felt like we knew everyone already, even as we met for the first time.

For those of you who told us you who couldn’t make it because you were out of town or otherwise busy, we’re plotting another get-together in late September. We may even make it a happy hour (gasp!) for a change.

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Katie and Josh (of Birthing in Brno fame)

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Ann Z., who writes Little Four Eyes, with Zoe

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Sheletta and Andrew

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Chris (sometime guest-blogger) with his girls

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Kay’s Ben checks out the water tower

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Amelia Sprout and her little sprout! She’s heading to BlogHer ’09 please report back Amelia!

Cribsheeters, we loved getting together with everyone. This really is an amazing group – an island of sanity and tranquility in the crazy blogosphere. 

Watch this space for the next gathering.