mental health · Parenting

Latest Articles at HealthyPlace

I continue to enjoy writing for HealthyPlace. Here are a few of my latest articles:

A Certified Peer Support Specialist’s Training Experience

Creative Outlets Enhance Your Recovery From Mental Illness

 

This Wednesday I will be posting a video on my thoughts about parenting and mental illness.

 

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Karly’s Baby Book

We are still working on Karly’s baby book. Over the past year we have sat down occasionally and filled a few sections out, but there’s still more to complete. I have a list of pictures to print out to add to the book. We’ve saved balloons from her baby shower, cards from holidays, and a lock of hair from her first haircut. It’s been a really fun project. I want to share a few sections of Karly’s baby book.

 

Your Arrival

Karla Gail Rahm

Flower Hospital – Sylvania, OH

4-26-16

1:45am

7lbs. 1oz.

19.5”

Blue eyes, brown hair

We arrived at the hospital 4-24-16 at 5pm to be induced. It was a Sunday night and contractions didn’t really start until Monday night. You were born early Tuesday morning during a thunderstorm.

 

Welcome Home

We brought you home on 4-28-16. You wore a dinosaur sweatshirt that was way too big!

Your first night at home we were super scared to leave you anywhere, even in your crib. You woke up several times throughout the night, and we weren’t quite sure what to do yet. The rocking chair your grandparents gave us helped a lot.

 

Sugar and Spice

We could tell you liked thrill seeking, Belle (our cat), and having more than one binkie.

You always laughed when we mimicked you.

You liked to play with rattles and things that shake.

You liked to listen to Crazy Train by Ozzie Osborne.

You definitely didn’t like meat baby food or shots.

You were most grumpy when you were hungry.

 

The First Time You…

Slept through the night: the week before Mommy went back to work. You were seven weeks old.

Smiled: you smiled often and very early on.

Laughed: at Great Grandma Cora’s house, playing with Daddy on the couch.

Said “Mama”: at nine months

Said “Dada”: at five months

Sat up: at six months

Clapped: at 11 months. You were at a hockey game and having a great time!

Waved hello/good-bye: at a random couple at the zoo. We were at the Lights Before Christmas with Phil and Janelle.

 

Your Favorite Toys

Ella the Elephant

The play piano Great Aunt Pat gave you

The dinosaur and cow puppets

Little wooden cylinder toy

Anything musical

Belle’s toys

Parenting · Toledo, OH

Family-friendly Halloween Events in Toledo

There are some great, family friendly Halloween events coming up in Toledo! The info on these events came from their websites.

 

Oddmall Emporium of the Weird: Hallowondrous Edition

October 14th 10-6

October 15th 10-5

Seagate Center

 

Hallowondrous.oddmall.info

 

Oddmall is part art fair, part craft show, part comic con, part gaming festival, part cosplay extravaganza, part toy show, part antique show, part vintage fashion show, part geeksplosion, part music fest, part magic show, and part various undefinable othernesses. If it’s fun, artsy, geeky, crafty or odd, chances are it can be found at Oddmall. It’s the Emporium of the Weird.

Oddmall: Emporium of the Weird – HALLOWONDROUS returns to the fabulous SeaGate Centre in lovely Toledo, Ohio! Toledo’s SeaGate Centre is a fantastic venue with plenty of room for all our artsy-fartsy, crafty-wafty, geeky-freaky, activities. We’ll have an ENORMOUS vendor hall overflowing with artists, crafters, and purveyors of all things unique, odd, unusual, geeky, and wonderful. There will be cosplayers and a costume contest, trick and/or treating, live entertainment, open gaming, a Kid Cave with games and activities for the chillunz, a Halloween costume party. There will be panels and workshops, special guests, and a veritable overflowing cornucopia of surprises and super fun stuff.

 

And it’s all FREE to the public!!!!! That’s right, it’s all FREE to the public!!!

 

Toledo Zoo

 

Toledozoo.org

 

Little Boo at the Zoo
Thursday, October 19
and Friday, October 20
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

To help us with our green initiatives, please bring a bag, plastic pumpkin, or other container for trick-or-treating. Little Boo is the pre-school pirates’ and princesses’ chance to delight without the fright! Toddlers and preschool aged children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to trick or treat throughout the Zoo and enjoy crafts and games sized just for them.

 

Pumpkin Path
Saturday, October 21
and Sunday, October 22
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

To help us with our green initiatives, please bring a bag, plastic pumpkin, or other container for trick-or-treating. Pumpkin Path is when the Halloween fun really comes alive at the Toledo Zoo! In addition to costumed trick or treating for all ages, there will also be games, artistic pumpkin carving demonstration, bounce houses and magic shows to entertain all the ghosts and goblins!

 

Parenting

Fun Pregnancy Stories

Fun blog post today! I’d like to tell you some stories about my pregnancy with Karly. Being pregnant was fascinating even though I felt sick most of the time.

Karly newborn

I thought buying maternity clothes was a lot of fun. I bought a lot of my outfits from swap.com. Many others came from a fun shopping trip with my step mom. I always thought pregnant women were cute so I was happy when I was very noticeably showing at only four months along.

Jason and I said throughout the pregnancy that it would be neat if Karly was born during a thunderstorm. Jason told the nurses that when we arrived at the hospital to be induced. Karly was born in the middle of the night, and it was storming! Everyone’s phones were going off with weather warnings while I was pushing.

Some of the foods I craved while I was pregnant included Hot Head burritos, egg rolls, and banana popsicles. There was a Chinese restaurant next to the office where I worked, and I would often walk over and get a couple egg rolls for an afternoon snack. Karly would kick a lot when I ate them.

I had morning sickness when I was pregnant with Karly. I got sick almost everyday and it lasted throughout the entire pregnancy. It was horrible at the time, but sometimes I laugh about it now. One night before bed I didn’t brush my teeth because I thought if I did I would throw up. However, when I woke up in the morning there was such a terrible taste in my mouth that I threw up anyway. I was pretty lucky at times because we lived so close to the office where I worked. When I felt like I was going to get sick, I would drive home really quickly, get sick, and drive back to work like nothing happened.

Karly’s full name is Karla Gail, and Jason and I had her name picked out since before we were married. Jason and I both lost our mothers, and we had decided if we ever had a daughter we would name her after them. Karla was my mom and Gail was Jason’s mom. We were so excited when the ultrasound revealed we were having a girl.

Being pregnant for the first time was an adventure, and Karly’s birth was amazing.

Parenting

Kelleys Island 2017

My family had a blast this past weekend at Kelleys Island. (For those of you who are unfamiliar with Kelleys Island, it is a small island in Lake Erie. It’s about a 20-minute ferry ride from Marblehead, Ohio.) We shopped downtown and visited the winery and beach. My parents rented a house right on the water, and it was wonderful.

Watching Karly’s first time at the beach was amazing. I think I got some pretty good pictures. She loved playing in the sand and even got in the water.

Kelleys Island is beautiful, and I highly recommend everyone to visit. It’s laid back and a great place to relax. Phone reception isn’t very good, but maybe that’s part of the charm.

Parenting

Karly Update 9-19-17

Karly has been getting up in the middle of the night. We were fortunate enough to have Karly sleeping through the night at eight weeks old, but now she has been getting colds and also has teething pain. It looks like she has four teeth coming in all at once on the top.

Karly is constantly repeating what she hears. Sometimes it’s cute, like when she repeats “thank you”, but sometimes it’s not. I yelled at our cat for scratching the couch the other day, and now Karly keeps yelling at the cat. I guess we need to watch what we say.

She loves building with her Lego blocks and sometimes builds towers five or six blocks high. We’ve noticed that sometimes she cleans up after herself by putting her toys in baskets. She does this in our office, too. She dumps out all the pens and pencils and then puts them back in their cup.

Karly still loves being outside. She stands at the door and says, “outside”. She still loves fruits and veggies, and has been eating bananas all the time. She asks for them by saying, “nana”.

This weekend my family is going to Kelleys Island. It will be Karly’s first overnight trip, and we’re all really excited. Pictures coming soon!

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