Showing posts with label babies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label babies. Show all posts
Saturday, September 3, 2016

Advanced Biobanking With LifeBankUSA



Ava was born June 24th 2016 at 9:45 am. Weighing in at 7 lbs 6 oz, she was born absolutely perfect in every way. I always wanted to bank cord blood, however I never had the chance to with my three older children. Cord blood banking is still fairly new to me, but it's crucial that I try to educate other mothers and fathers on the topic. Which is why I decided to write this sponsored post for LifeBankUSA. At one of my earlier OBGYN appointments, my doctor asked normal questions about my desires for this pregnancy and my birth expectations. She then through in a little information about Cord Blood. She asked if it was something I was interested in, and I said YES! This cord blood could even potentially save any of my four children if the need arouse. Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Myeloma are most commonly treated using cord blood.. But it doesn't stop there.



We chose to delay cord clamping by a couple minutes. Did you know that there is still enough blood left in the still pulsating cord and placenta to bank? You get the best of both worlds! I banked the rest of Ava's cord blood and I couldn't be happier. It's an amazing investment, and well worth every penny. If you can afford to bank your babies cord blood, you absolutely should give it some thought. Cord blood banking is near and dear to my heart. It is crucial for science and for our babies futures.

LifeBankUSA also offers affordable payment plans and is the only company that is backed by the innovation and strength of Celgene, a leading global biopharmaceutical company.


Cord blood contains an abundance of rich stem cells. It has been proven in treatments to help replace and rebuild diseased blood cells. Placental Blood also contains Stem Cells, which is offering breakthroughs in medical conditions.

You may be asking yourself what stem cells even are. Stem cells are the building blocks of the body’s blood, tissues, and organs. They have the ability to transform into other types of cells and replenish themselves as needed.1 Stem cells can be used to replace other cells in the body that are abnormal or have been destroyed by disease. In fact, stem cell transplants have already become the standard of care for many life-threatening blood disorders.

Advanced Biobanking

A New Generation of Proactive Life-Banking Services: Advanced Biobanking

Ongoing medical research is showing that the stem cells in cord blood have transformative potential and are used to treat more than 80 different diseases and are being studied for the treatment of dozens more. But cord blood is only the beginning. Placental blood banking also contains various types of progenitor stem cells. Which amazingly help to heal the bodies damaged tissue and organs. Placental Blood Banking is only available through LifeBankUSA. I always knew I could trust LifeBankUSA as my only cord blood bank.


Cord Vessels
Banking the arteries in the umbilical cord has potential for new surgical applications in treating heart disease – the leading cause of death the US.

Cord Platelet-Rich Plasma
Both adult and umbilical cord platelet-rich plasma contain cytokines and growth factors that may be useful for the repair of eye injuries, wounds, tissue tears and fractures. Adult platelet-rich plasma has been used in treating athletes with orthopedic injuries. Scientific research showed that umbilical cord platelet-rich plasma is potentially more potent and enriched source of growth factors than adult platelet-rich plasma.


How and when should I enroll with LifebankUSA to save my baby’s cord blood?

The sooner you enroll, the sooner your collection kit will be mailed to you prior to your baby’s birth. So enroll today! Contact LifebankUSA to speak to a Cord Blood Education Specialist, who will be happy to answer any questions you may have and guide you through the enrollment process.


To learn more about cord blood banking, you can follow LifeBankUSA ON Facebook, Twitter, and visits their website for additional information. 

This sponsored post on Cord Blood Banking was brought to you by my friends at LifeBankUSA. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 


Saturday, February 2, 2013

Baby-led Solids




My baby girl is growing up! She is still exclusively breastfed, and I want to keep it that way. She seems to have other plans. Every meal that I eat, she seems to attempt to steal my food. The faces she makes are just adorable. If she isn't close enough to grab at what I'm eating she will start to cry. This is such a new thing for her, just these last two days. I'm so amazed at her milestones and how she is progressing. She can almost get herself sitting up from a laying down position as well. She can roll either way. It is such a beautiful process; watching a child grow. 




Huh? What is this Baby-led Solids you speak of?



What’s your favorite and least favorite thing about parenthood?

My pumpkin made the front page of the paper! She had a lot of fun. That little cutie with the pink boots on is mine! lol





Here you can see she took her boots off. Silly little pumpkin.


Favorite: 
  • The smiles, laughs and giggles! It makes every second of pain worth it! 
  • Hearing my babies say "I Love You".
  • Hugs
  • Kisses
  • Getting beautified by my 4 year old.
  • Those lovely art projects they bring home from school.
  • The Milestones
  • Breastfeeding

Least favorite:

  • When they are sick.
  • When they whine.
  • Not having many friends.
  • Cabin fever
  • Anxiety
  • Those extremely sharp nails.



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Friday, January 25, 2013

The Breastfed Family

All three of my children have been breastfed. Each of our breastfeeding journeys differs in experience and duration. My first child was the ONLY of my children to have a bottle. Which was forced upon us in the hospital. After we left that nightmare, she was exclusively breastfed.

My first child (A), had an extremely difficult time trying to latch. This was brought on by a multitude of factors. Being that I was still young and it was my first child, I had no idea what to expect or how to learn the right way to breastfeed. It's mainly trial and error. I had no experience with baby A. No family that could teach me how to do it. The fact that I had an emergency Cesarean section wouldn't have even mattered, if I could move my body at all. The numbness consumed me. If only baby A and I could get that skin to skin contact right away. Maybe things would have been different.

Baby A - 3 days old
The thought of a lactation consultant didn't come to mind until the medical staff forced me to supplement. I was immensely distraught over not being able to do what was completely natural. 

I remember thinking to myself, "How can I not know how to do this?" The questions I would ask myself would just make the pain more intense. I felt like I was letting my baby down. My body was letting me down. The pain was unbearable. This is the most natural act that I could do, and yet I could not get it to work. My experience was dreadful. The Nurses were of no help. They were awful even. There was even a nurse who was getting flustered by my lack of knowledge in breastfeeding. She would hold tight onto my breast and try to force it into my baby A's mouth. It was so painful. This nurse was far too forceful, and I now know that this is not the proper way to latch a baby. You do not need to grip the breast the way she was. Honestly I feel if I was left alone, I could have managed to do it. 




Sunday, January 20, 2013

What are the things you wish you were great at?

We all have our flaws, whether we would like to admit them or not. As much as we try to hide behind our masks we know the truth. 

We are all bad at something. That is just a fact. 



Saturday, January 19, 2013

My five greatest accomplishments

Continuing with our 30 things series is a post about accomplishments. 

What have you accomplished that you are proud of?



  • The biggest accomplishment in my life would have to be my kids. Obvious really, they are my entire world.
  • Finishing my G.E.D. If you have read my previous posts on bullying, you will understand why I did not finish high school. But getting my G.E.D diploma is still an amazing accomplishment that I am proud of.
  • Getting into College while raising my children. My first daughter was a baby when I started, and now I have been going for almost 3 years. It's not easy with kids but that's OK.
  • I grew up. Doesn't seem like an accomplish to you? Well, I have been through so much in life that just being here today is amazing.
  • Breastfeeding all of my children is an amazing accomplishment. Not many moms seem to understand the benefits of breastfeeding. I'm proud to say my children breastfed for at least a year each. (Besides baby girl, whom is still a booby baby)

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5 and weaknesses and 5 strengths

Describe 5 and weaknesses strengths you have.

I've been participating in a series called 30 things my kids should know about me. I'm on post 14, Describe 5 and weaknesses strengths you have. If you want to read the rest of my journey I added a tab for it at the top of the page. 

This can be a difficult question to answer as I believe there are no weaknesses, just challenges we have to overcome. Everything we go through in life makes us who we are, and in turn, better people. With that said, here is a bit about my strengths.


  • I'm a fighter! Not much can break me.
  • I have a kind heart, and I try my best to make everybody happy.
  • I am a perfectionist and want everything to be done right the first time.
  • I'm too helpful. A good helper towards those who need it. Tend to go to any limits while helping someone in trouble.
  • I lose patience sometimes
  • I sometimes get nervous around people



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Friday, January 4, 2013

10 Things I Would Tell My 16 Year Old Self

Are you ready for another installment of my 30 things? Here it goes! If you have missed my last 3 posts then head over here for 20 random facts about me. Also, click here for my 3 most legitimate fears. If you want to know more go here to read about my relationship with my spouse.

10 Things I would tell my 16 year old self

Me at 16


1. Start eating healthy now! You will not like how big you get after having kids. yes, you become a mom!

2. Don't pay attention to those people who say your ugly, you are beautiful!

3. You are an amazing person and do not let them bully you. You are worth much more then you realize.

4. Stay in school! I know it is hard, and those girls make life more difficult then it has to be but you need to hold on. You will love college and staying in school will make it all less difficult.

5. That guy your seeing, you know that cute guy you just met? Keep him! He may drive you crazy and break your heart but he will be your husband one day and you will have a house and three amazing kids. It wont be easy to hang on but trust me it will be worth it.

6. Do not bother with the other guys. You know what I mean.

7. Say sorry to your mother.

8. Start working out! You will want to be in shape or else you will gain 70 lbs with that first kid. You may be thin, but trust me get some muscle!

9. You will want to be a midwife soon, so stay in school! Finish early and go right to college. These pre-requisites are taking me forever!

10. Try to be more outgoing. You will create more opportunities in life if you talk more and open up about how you feel. Stop hiding in the shadows and walk amongst the living. You will have plenty of time to be a zombie when you have three little ones running around.

Sincerely, 23 year old you.


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