Monday, November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving Traditions

It always seems that once Halloween arrives, the rest of the year just flies.  And sure enough, here we are at the beginning of Thanksgiving week already.  Since I shared some of my Halloween memories last month, I thought it would be fun to share some of my family's Thanksgiving traditions, too.

Our Thanksgiving Day begins with family morning time.  My mom always makes breakfast pizza, so we will munch on that while watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Emma was only 6 months old last Thanksgiving.  (This year, she'll be 18 months on Black Friday!)  So I'm hoping she'll be able to enjoy the parade this year, and that she'll grow to love it as much as I do.  

I guess our main Thanksgiving tradition is cooking and over-eating!  My family must believe "too much is better than not enough" because there is always way too much food.

My mom does the majority  of the cooking, but my grandmother and I do some, too.  Mom will make her should-be-world-famous dressing.  We'll have turkey, ham, dressing, squash casserole, fried okra, deviled eggs, mashed potato casserole, English pea casserole, caramel cake, coconut cake, and banana pudding.  Oh, and garlic cheese grits.  (My grandmother makes these for my brother.)

So as you can see, there's no need to worry about us, we will be well-fed this Thanksgiving.

I think holiday traditions are wonderful.  It's important to me to be able to pass those along to the next generation and maybe even start some new traditions of our own.  And also to remember what this holiday is all about.

This year, I am thankful for good health.  I am thankful for friends.  I am thankful for employment.  I am thankful for all of the many wonderful people I've met and gotten to know through Cloud 9.  And I am thankful for my family.

I have no idea what I would do without the love and support of my family.  I'm thankful to be able to spend another Thanksgiving with my 85-year old grandmother.   Having a holiday, or any day, to spend with loved ones is priceless.

May each of you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.  

What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions and memories?

Sunday, November 3, 2013

"This Side Up" SIDS Awareness Campaign

October is SIDS Awareness Month.  Did you know that SIDS -- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome -- is the #1 cause of death for infants under the age of one?

While much is still not known about SIDS, there are some steps you can take to help prevent it.  One of the simplest, yet most important things you can do is make sure your baby always sleeps on his/her back.

To help raise awareness of SIDS, Cloud 9 will partner with Decatur Morgan Hospital to begin a "This Side Up" SIDS Awareness Campaign in 2014.   We will be hosting a Strike Out SIDS family bowling event to raise money to provide every infant born at Decatur Morgan Hospital with a "This Side Up" onesie.

These onesies will have the words "This Side Up" on the front as a reminder to place the baby on his or her back when sleeping.  The back of the onesies will have a list of other ways to prevent SIDS.

In addition, Cloud 9 will be distributing rattles that all new mothers and babies will be sent home with to promote SIDS Awareness.

Along with making sure your baby always sleeps face-up, here are some other steps you can take to help prevent SIDS and keep your baby safe:

-Control room temperature to keep your baby from getting overheated.

-Offer your baby a pacifier for all sleep times.

-Remove all loose toys from the baby's sleep area.

-Don't smoke and do not allow others to smoke around your baby.

-Breastfeed your baby, if possible.

-Don't bring your baby into your bed.

We look forward to partnering with Decatur Morgan Hospital in 2014 to help prevent and raise awareness of SIDS.  What could be more important than doing everything we possibly can to protect those who rely so entirely upon us to do just that.