While we had everybody together, we definitely had to get the 5 generation picture!
|Beth and Jason, Grandma, Jeffrey, Mom|
|Beth and Jason, Grandma, Jeffrey, Mom|
|Straight to Facebook!|
Beth plans to breastfeed her baby boy. She never considered not doing it. I'm sure she's mostly doing it because she feels it's the best thing for her baby, but she's also cheap like me. She doesn't see why she should have to spend money to feed her baby when she can give him exactly what he needs for free. I breastfed both my babies and never regretted it for a moment. I just wish they had continued longer - both weaned themselves at about 11 months old.
While I believe that breast is best, not only for providing the best nutrition and health benefits for the baby, but also in terms of cost and convenience, there are plenty of mothers who choose to feed their babies formula. The good news is that there are high standards for formula production, and the store brands have to meet the same standards as the national brands. That means that moms who feed formula can take care of their babies just as well if they buy the store brands. Just because it's cheaper, does not mean it's inferior.
Enfamil maker Mead Johnson has tried, through misleading advertising, to make moms believe that store brand formula is not as good as theirs. PBM Products, Perrigo’s store brand infant formula business, brought a $13.5 million false advertising claim against them, saying that Enfamil’s advertisements of superiority to store brand formulas were false and misleading because store brand formulas offer the same nutrients at the same levels as Enfamil. PBM Products won the suit, and just this week when a U.S. Circuit Court upheld the decision. Get more information about the case at Bloomberg Businessweek.
For more information about store brand baby formula, check out storebrandformula.com. I'm glad to see that they also say that breastfeeding is best, but for moms who can't do it, there are options.
Cory’s first year of college is over. It seems like just the other day we were moving him into the dorm, and this week he moved back out. It’s hard to believe how much stuff he had in that little room – in his half of that little room, that is. On Wednesday Cory and I made several trips up and down those 4 flights of stairs carrying stuff. Thankfully he got one of his friends to help carry the refrigerator. We got everything packed into the back of the van, brought it home, and unloaded everything.
I was thinking we’d be able to head to the hospital so Cory could meet his new nephew, but he’s helping one of his high school teachers out with a production she’s doing this weekend, so he had to head to school for a rehearsal. He really didn’t have much time. Then he headed back to campus to spend one more night on campus and take his last final, and load up the few things we hadn’t managed to fit into the van. He also had to turn in his textbooks, which apparently took a lot of time because everyone else was turning in textbooks too, and the line snaked on forever. It would have been nice if they’d had some kind of self-service scanners and receipt printers or something that might have moved things along a little faster. But, he didn’t have to buy the textbooks in the first place, so maybe a little waiting is worth it.
He cleaned and vacuumed the dorm room, too, and had time to come home for a little while before heading back to another rehearsal – and didn’t get back from that until around 8pm. And now he’s home for the summer, which I’m sure will be over before I know it, and we get to start all over again…
Time seems to be measured from one holiday to the next. There’s a huge build-up to one holiday, and as soon as that one’s over, the build-up for the next one starts. We don’t really celebrate most of the holidays everyone else seems to get so worked up over. We do look forward to the day after the holidays – when all the candy goes on clearance.
What I don’t understand is what really makes the difference. It’s the same candy the day before the holiday as it is the day after. But the day after, it costs half as much! Not that we really need any candy, but it’s so much more fun to buy it when it’s cheap. Except after this past holiday, there wasn’t much Happy Easter Store candy marked down on clearance, so we'll have to wait until after the next candy-coated holiday.