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Welcome! I’m Catherine. For me, it's important to stretch my mind, travel far, and always have a stash of dark chocolate.

Weekend Links / / Flat Tire Injuries

Hey! I'm sorry I missed posting a Weekend Links on Friday.

Last week was long for many reasons, but adding to it all, I got a flat tire Wednesday night. Cars are a necessary annoyance, am I right? The culprit? A nail in my tire. I arrived to work fine, thankfully, but when I walked out, at 10:30 pm, my tire was completely flat. Phoenix makes everything so worth it, but in moments like this you realize kids do complicate matters. In other years, Jordan would just come get me, but we try to avoid waking a sleeping baby!

I'm grateful for friends who don't mind taking you home.

Thursday morning a friend drove Jordan to our car and once we realized we would have to call a tow truck, Phoenix and I went to pick Jordan up. Phoenix was happy and content watching all of the commotion. He sits up and scoots constantly and gets himself into all sorts of funny positions. It's fun to watch except when he does it during nap time. HAHA.

Onto the links!

How to Throw a Low Key First Birthday Party | I'm trying to not think too far in advance, but with the going rate of Phoenix's first six months, piecing ideas for a first birthday doesn't seem crazy. Well, okay, some of the past six months did drag on. HAHA. My mom loved throwing birthday parties for us as children so I look forward to carrying on the tradition.

Tips for Feeding + Food Ideas for A Toddler | A few weeks ago I shared a post on baby-led weaning. Phoenix is still less than enthusiastic about solids, but I'm saving articles, like this one from Nelle, for meal ideas. #milkbaby

The Scary Truth about Childbirth Injuries | I listened to Kiera Butler's fascinating podcast interview on childbirth injuries. Women are told the risks of cesarean sections, but very few are told of the potential longterm effects of vaginal deliveries.

"First-time mothers are not told that roughly one-third of all women, at some point in their lives, will develop stress urinary incontinence—a condition wherein a cough, a sneeze, or a laugh is likely to cause an "accident." Or that surgery for this condition is three times more common in women who give birth vaginally compared with women who deliver by cesarean section."

John DeLancey, a urogynecoloist at the University of Michigan, is studying the toll of pelvic injuries on women. 

"Simple measures taken during birth can also help women avoid injury [such as an epidural]. These things are worth considering, even for women put off by the idea of modern medicine crashing their birth-day party, because forging ahead with a difficult labor may actually mean more medical intervention in the long run."

I'm not proposing all women have a c-section, but it's important for us to demand a true understanding. Could interventions assist in better long-term health? Why not ask.

Chrissy Metz | I'm not caught up with This Is Us but I do enjoy the show and plan on finishing out the season. Chrissy, one of the main stars, wrote an opt-ed for Glamour Magazine where she shared this, "When I booked This Is Us, I had 81 cents in my bank account."  

Hot Spinach Dip | This Skinnytaste version reminds me of a similar dish my mom makes. Except she adds artichokes and pulled chicken to make it a main dish. I love eating chips and dips at gatherings. I'm thinking about making this for February's wine club.

Happy Weekend, all!

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