Disorders in Children- whats going on?

When I was in college, over fifteen years ago, one of my best friends got married. I asked him if he was planning on having children and he replied, ” I don’t think so.” Knowing that he would make an amazing father I asked him why not and he said that he was worried that something might be wrong with the child. I thought that was such an illogical way to think – because there were so many “what if’s” involved in making a decision like that. But fast forward 10 years and I was pregnant with my first child, not even thirty years old yet and after running a few tests the doctor tells me that I am at a high risk for having a child born with down syndrome. I can’t even tell you the rest of the conversation with the doctor. All I heard was “down syndrome” and my world shattered for a moment. All those “what if’s” came back to me with a vengeance. But then, there was my husband -my voice of reason. Saying what difference does it make? It’s still our child to love. He was right.(for once!)  We still opted to do the amniocentesis, not that we would have ever terminated our baby, but to be more prepared if something was wrong with our child. Fortunately, our child was born healthy.


With any first-born child, we tend to dwell on the smallest things. Why isn’t he walking, why isn’t he talking yet. Why isn’t he reading yet? Developmental problems, behavior problems, motor sensory problems all start drowning our thoughts. Others say not to worry about it, and we nervously laugh it off. But the issue is there. I see it in the schools, in Carson’s class; I hear other mothers talk about it. Children with autism, motor sensory disorders, ADHD and anxiety are increasing at an alarming rate.


I’m  not an expert on children’s disorders, but I personally think that the increase in numbers is linked to better awareness and diagnosis. Perhaps over diagnosis at times. For instance, autism – CDC is now saying that 1 in 68 children have autism compared with 10 years ago when that figure was 1 in 125. That is a huge increase in children being diagnosed with autism. Dr. Seneef, a senior research scientist at MIT claims that by 2025, half of the children born in the United States will be diagnosed with autism. That’s quite a claim. Whether it will be true or not, only time will tell. Many blame vaccines, or GMO’s or herbicides for the increase. I personally think that GMO’s and herbicides have something to do with the increase. Are we so naive to think that when we genetically alter genes in our food and consume it that we aren’t being affected as well? I’d hope not. But what can we do about it?

We were so relieved to find out that our child didn’t have down syndrome, we thought we were out of the woods.But now we are faced with so many other decisions affecting our children’s health. There is so much focus on what to eat and what not to eat that it can get so overwhelming. Do you take the time to read the labels on our fruits and vegetables? The labels are called PLU codes and it does more than just tell us what fruit we are buying. It tells us if its been genetically modified or if its organically grown. Dr. Frank Lipman gives us a run down on the basics we need to know when reading those stickers on our fruits.


  1. If there are only four numbers in the PLU, this means that the produce was grown conventionally or “traditionally” with the use of pesticides. The last four letters of the PLU code are simply what kind of vegetable or fruit. An example is that all bananas are labeled with the code of 4011.
  2. If there are five numbers in the PLU code, and the number starts with “8″, this tells you that the item is a genetically modified fruit or vegetable. Genetically modified fruits and vegetables trump being organic. So, it is impossible to eat organic produce that are grown from genetically modified seeds. A genetically engineered (GE or GMO) banana would be: 84011
  3. If there are five numbers in the PLU code, and the number starts with “9″, this tells you that the produce was grown organically and is not genetically modified. An organic banana would be: 94011

My family tries to buy organic foods and stay away from processed foods as much as possible. If we can’t buy all organic, we at least try to stay away from the dirty dozen which is the top 12 items that are the most contaminated with pesticides. Those include:

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Grapes (Imported)
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes

And I always rinse my fruits and vegetables with a 3 to 1 part water and vinegar mix. Experts have found that this mixture kills 98% bacteria and removes most pesticides.Which is better than nothing!  What do you think is causing the increase in problems? What are you doing about it? Are you making changes for a healthier family?

Its all about that BASE….

Baseball season is upon us. In about a month, we will be seeing bats swinging and hopefully balls flying! Carson started with t-ball a year or so ago and then transitioned into full out baseball. I was hoping for a learning curve, but obviously people in Texas don’t share my sentiment.


Carson loves throwing the ball with Chad and Katie loves chasing after the balls that aren’t caught! You can usually catch me on the bleachers screaming like a banshee (you’d think I knew what was going on..But..I have NO clue!)… I do know if you miss hitting a ball..its not a good thing and if they get you out..again..not a good thing. So basically I just yell to the kids to RUN and FOCUS on the ball!! hahahaha. And occasionally, you’ll hear me bribe Carson with pokeman cards if he hits to the ball!!


But no really…I just want Carson to learn about teamwork and the camaraderie that comes along with it. I’m not sure if he gets it quite yet..But Chad and I surely enjoy the camaraderie from the parents!
I get excited when it’s my turn for snacks..yeah, lol..that shouldn’t surprise you! The bags of chips and bottles of water are always nice..but I’m always skimming pinterest for stuff that I think the kids would like. Last time, I made up bags for them filled with string cheese that I had drawn on the outer packaging to look like baseball bats, I baked sugar cookies and decorated them like baseballs and of course..I also had to throw in a pokeman card and a lollipop in there for good measure! lol. I’m not quite sure exactly what I will do for this coming up season..But my pinterest boards are filling up fast!


Happy Chinese New year!

Happy Chinese New year!! Its the year of the sheep! What does the year of the sheep hold in store for you? Click the link to read your chinese horsescope..  http://www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/2015/2015Zodiac.htm

Being Chinese American, Chinese new years is a lot about old superstitions , food, and A ALOT of cleaning!!


I cooked some of the traditional chinese dishes, I had to have a chicken dish, noodle dish, and potstickers. Along with a dish of apples and oranges for good luck. Each dish represents something special, for good times, cook shrimp because shrimp in chinese is pronounced “ha” which sounds like laughter; if you want a raise you are to eat lettuce because lettuce symbolizes rising fortune; if you are wanting to have children you are to eat anything with a lot of seeds since they represent new life. For longevity, eat lots of noodles as they represent long life; and lastly for good fortune make egg rolls or pot stickers which resemble gold bars and ingots and represent wealth.





We celebrated Chinese New Year this past Saturday at the Asian art museum. They had the dragon dance and a lot of activities for the kids to do relating to the chinese culture. We all had a lot of fun.




Then we celebrated with family this past Sunday. My Aunt and Uncle had an amazing amount of food and my Aunt outdid herself on the decorations and desserts.  I dressed the children in their chinese outfits and prepared the red envelopes for the children.

The red envelopes often known as hongbao symbolizes good luck and is supposed to ward off evil spirits. The married adults are supposed to fill the red envelopes with crisp bills and give to the children during Chinese New Year. There are several legends as to how the red envelope came to be and became prevalent in China. One story depicts a village where a demon was terrorizing the people at night, in most cases children were the victims. The belief was that the demon was touching the children’s head while they were asleep and this would cause the children to become deathly ill or may even result in death. As the theory continued to linger within the village, a worried couple decided to protect their new born child by praying to their god for protection. In return, their god sent eight fairies to protect the new born child from the demon. In order to trick the demon, the fairies disguised themselves as eight coins and were placed under the child’s pillow at night to protect the child. At night the demon supposedly approached to touch the child on the head when the eight coins began to shine so bright that it prohibited the demon to see. Frightened from what had just happened, the demon ran away in terror. After hearing this story, the villagers began spreading the word and gave out red envelopes filled with coins to be placed under their pillow at night. At first the red envelopes were only given to children during the Spring Festival, but as time progress they were given to anyone. By giving these red envelopes it would bring good luck and prosperity to the one receiving it. It would also prevent any evil spirits from contacting them throughout the year until the next Spring Festival.

While getting into the spirit of Chinese New Years, I came across this youtube video on how to make an origami chinese mammon. I made one and so did my 6 year old son..so its VERY easy. I have included the link for you to try!!



I hope that the year of sheep brings you a lot of happiness and prosperity. Gung Hay Fat Choy!!

boys will be boys!!

So, 2015 has definitely been flying by..its already aged my six year old..he looks like he’s

100 years old!100

JK, the first graders just celebrated their 100th day of school. Carson loved dressing up..aside from when I accidentally sprayed the gray hair spray into his eyes, Talk about FREAK OUT! Carson has already lost 3 teeth this year..YEAH..that’s right..THREE!

And he’s getting pretty good about having his tooth fall out and him swallowing it..2 out of 3 isnt bad!  Im just hoping they all grow back in two weeks when we take family pictures! lolteeth

On a side note, I was getting pretty tired of the kids asking me to buy them something EVERYWHERE we went, so I decided I was going to jump on board the wagon and start giving my kids allowance. So basically a dollar for how ever many years they are. They just have to keep their rooms clean and put their shoes up everyday. It has been working out in Carson’s favor but Katie doesnt quite get it it (or..maybe she does)..this last week, she told Carson that she would give him $3 to clean up her room which means she made $1 for nothing. HOWEVER, when I took them to the store she wanted things that cost more than $1. Lol, but I think she will get the hang of it soon. I do argue less with them when we go out shopping since they now have their own money. Since Carson is getting pretty good about getting his whole allowance

he’s been able to save some of his money. He’s been putting his money in one of my old wallets that I used for vacation. I thought it was pretty good for him since it had a zipper around the whole wallet and none of his change could fall out. He was pretty happy using my old wallets, I had a purple and light blue wallet and then a red with polka dots one. Well, one morning last week when I was getting his lunch together he said that the kids in his class were making fun of him. When I asked him why, he said because he had a purple wallet!! lol, it made me smile. lol So when I asked him how he responded, he said he just told them to be quiet..but of course they didn’t. So I just told him to tell them that at least he had money!! And he looked at me and shook his head yes convincingly. When he was about to leave, I saw him stick his money in his pocket and so I said, I think you’re forgetting your wallet..and he said he didn’t need it. lol I’m just glad his classmates saw the purple one and not the red one with polka dots!!wallet

Valentine’s day was this past weekend. I feel that its a little overrated, but still helped make the kids valentines cards to pass out and baked cookies for his teachers.valentines

The kids loved all their Valentines Day parties. Carson was so excited when I picked him up from school because supposedly he had a few extra valentines day cards and was able to trade them with other people to get stuff for Katie. I thought that was soo sweet of him. On Valentine’s day, the kids came running down the stairs and Carson excitedly exclaimed that he made both Chad and I a bag of stuff for Valentines Day. vdayChad started going through his bag (which was actually were the valentines day cards that carson got) and Chad acted really excited and said…look, I got a valentines day card from dylan. lol… Carson just turned it around to the picture side and smiled!! He cracks me up!! It’s just another day in my little world!!!

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Thanksgiving was so much fun this year. I was blessed to be off this year which is a first!! And..my family came to Dallas to celebrate Thanksgiving which is also a first! We started the day off at my mother-in-laws, we decided to forego the turkey trot..lol..although we totally needed to burn off some calories after all the stuff we ate! I absolutely love turkey!! My in laws decided to smoke a turkey and roast a turkey..is that correct?? Roast??!! Anyways..it was in the oven! Both were delicious!!

And my mother in law who usually forgets the rolls in the oven..didnt forget!! (of course..I had to remind her to get the bread out..but whos keeping track?! :P)

After half a day there, we went to my uncle’s for Thanksgiving dinner…yep..turkey!! 😛

And a kazillion desserts! Nevermind that I was on a diet before thanksgiving. lol. Who diets before thanksgiving..crazy?!!! The kids got to play with each other which I love watching them get along and enjoy each others company!! I hate having them wrapped up in too much electronics! Seeing them run around and pretend play is such a wonderful sight! I am soo thankful for so many things this year, especially my health and my family!! I hope that you had a wonderful holiday and that you gobbled till you wobbled!!

…An apple a day..Keeps the doctor away!



I guess we should have eaten an apple or three yesterday! That’s how many times we went to the doctor’s office! Grant it, the first time was to get the kids their flu shots, but the other two times were to get a rock out of Carson’s ear. Yes..you read that right…Carson put a rock in his ear!! Then pushed it further in when he was trying to get it out. When I received the call from the school nurse and she told me about the incident, I thought to myself..REALLY??!!! A rock??!!! In his ear?!!! Oh goodness!! So, as I picked him up from school to take him to the doctor, I asked him..what where you thinking? Do you really think that was a good decision to stick a rock in your ear?! And he said..well..not now!! Brother! As I shook my head, I proceeded to take him to his pediatricians office. Luckily,they were able to get us in fairly quickly.  Carson and I had no clue what was about to go down!!

I mean, I wasn’t even sure there really was a rock stuck in his ear. But, when we got in the room, they looked in his ear..and yes..there was definitely a rock stuck in his ear. The pediatrician had an instrument that had a little hook at the end of it and started trying to get the rock out. I saw blood coming out of his ear and started to freak out a bit. Carson was screaming – stop, it hurts..stop…no more!! Oh my god, I didn’t think I was going to make it out of the room without crying. Especially since the doctor had me holding down his arms and his body. He kept saying, please mommy, no more. We had to do these series of events 3 times. And STILL the rock was stuck in his ear.

Our pediatrician sent us to his friend who was an ear nose throat doctor and he saw us right away. Carson was so tired after the ordeal from the pediatricians office, I felt just horrible for him.


And on top of that, with all the scraping, his ear had gotten swollen and he was screaming that he couldn’t hear out of his ear. Poor guy. After we left the pediatricians office, Carson said, mommy, I shouldn’t have resisted. Now we have to go to a different doctor. lol..they say the funniest things. But anyways. We went to the specialist. As soon as the doctor came into the room, Carson told him he wanted drops in his ear so it wouldn’t hurt. So demanding!! The doctor looked in his ears, put numbing drops in them and waited a while for the drops to work.

He took us into a different room where he looked into a microscope to view Carson’s ear. He took his time, Carson was terrified…Screamed one last time as the doctor extracted the rock out of his ear..and then laughed a sigh of relief!! The doctor said that Carson had found the perfect rock to stick in his ear- perfect shape and perfect size to get it stuck really well. Fortunately.. 4 hours later, the rock was out!

Carson pinky promised that he would never stick anything in his ears again, and he kept telling Katie she better not stick anything in her ears either!

I’m Back!

Where does the time go? Seriously, I think these 3 months of summer went by condensed as 1 month!! Our summer was packed with lots of things to do. I had Carson enrolled in summer school and piano. And Katie was enrolled in swimming lessons. Not like she needed it or anything, but at the beginning of the summer she was so scared to get in the pool, so I decided it would be a good idea to take a refresher course. Well, by the time I was able to schedule the swimming lessons, she was swimming like a fish. But, lesson never hurt anyone. We went to Disney world. The kids had a blast and Disney world still had that “magic”! Katie and Carson was able to see Elsa and Anna from Frozen which totally made the trip. Since we drove, we also made it to Destin and Orange Beach. Oh, and my favorite find..seaside!! Its just lovely there. I think next time, I will check out Rosemary Beach as suggested by several people.
We also went to California this year with the Joe family. We went to Yosemite and camped for a few days and saw a cool castle in san juan valley. It was so great to see the kids making awesome memories with their cousins! Well, now that school is back in session, hopefully I will be able to blog a little bit more!!

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