2. This is an interesting article about how some Mormon mommy blogs have a huge followings of single, career oriented, non-religious, childless, feminist, urban 20-30 year-old women readers. I have to admit I was pretty irritated by the author's stereotypes and assumptions about Mormon women. Her article reminded me of Jules Verne description of Mormon women in "Around the World in 80 days" and Mark Twain's description in "Roughing it". It seems like all through our history people have been confused and fascinated by Mormons... and that we've always been hopelessly misunderstood. I hope one day we can dispel all the myths.
3. I think my little girl might have a milk allergy but I'm not sure. I looked up the symptoms and she seems to fit most of them--- she has a constant runny, always has loose stools, throws up often, etc. Has anyone else ever dealt with a child with a milk allergy? How could you tell they had it and how did you manage it? It seems really overwhelming to me but it would be nice if she could start feeling better.
4. I've been re-reading Dante's Inferno. I can't believe that when I read it in college I thought it was dull and slow moving. This time I am devouring it. It would be the coolest thing in the world to do a haunted house that was all based off the levels of Hell Dante describes. You could have the visitors move through them -- each one getting more awful and awful-- and then you could have the angels of redemption at the end. It would be a haunted house with an uplifting message, imagine that. Maybe when my kids are older I might have to undertake this!
5. I have a guest post this week on The Gift of Giving Life blog (the official blog for our book) all about the Relief Society's Legacy of Maternal Care. In my research on early LDS birth practices I found a lot of fascinating history about the Relief Society's involvement in maternal and child health. Here is a little teaser to get to you to go over and read the whole thing.
"In October Conference 1921 Relief Society President Clarissa Williams announced a plan “to establish a maternity home in Salt Lake as a sort of experiment, and later, if this is successful, to extend the work by establishing similar homes in various centers.” She wanted “to encourage motherhood and to make it possible for women in child-birth to have good care at reasonable rates.”Go here to read the rest.
...In addition to the “birth centers” and the “maternity chests” Relief Society sisters also participated in a variety of public health events, conferences and campaigns to increase the number of breastfeeding mothers, to educate women on the proper ways to clean baby bottles, hand washing, and proper infant care. In 1924, Johns Wells of the Presiding Bishopric credited the Relief Society for a decreased death rate among LDS children under the age of five—500 lives saved in one year. Historian Thomas G. Alexander also stated that, “Cooperation between the Relief Society and public agencies produced in Utah the greatest reduction in the maternal death and infant mortality rates in the nation. By 1931 Utah ranked with five other states in the lowest group.”