8.30.2013

Doctor Mom



We wake at 6:25am Monday through Friday.  Warm chocolate milk for Ella and Lucy, cold milk for Jack.  Everyone snuggles in the bed as they watch the last 5 minutes of whatever is finishing on Disney Junior and then patiently waits on Doc McStuffins to come on for our last 20 minutes of snuggle time before we get ready for school.  This is our morning routine--has been for the last 7 years; same routine, different shows.

Maybe because it hits so close to home, but there's something about Doc and her innocent knowledge of fixing boo-boo's that appeals to me.  Maybe its because its how I felt after Lucy got sick.  Now, after 2.5 years, you can call me Dr. Mom, Mom, MD, Momcologist.  Pick your favorite.  I answer to them all.  I can change central line dressings, administer potent IV medicines, change feeding tubes, monitor for seizures and feel as if I know the complete list of pharmaceuticals in the hospital pharmacy.


While those things are, thankfully, in our past I still keep busy changing band aids, doling out ibuprofen and administering ice packs.  Through all of this, my all time favorite Doc McStuffins moments are when kisses and hugs are the only medicine that works.  That's when I know I have done my job as a mother.  Those are the only two medical skills I was born knowing to do.  And I do them very well, if I do say so myself.

No one could have ever prepared me for being a Mom.  It is by far, hands down the hardest job on Earth.  No one else is expected to carry as many job titles as we are while being expected to do them well.  If you knew what was going to be expected of you as a mother none of us would have ever had children.  Even if a few of us were brave enough to try it we sure wouldn't have had more than one!  But that's not how we were made.  We march through motherhood bravely wearing the suit of honor called "Mom" and rise to challenges on a daily basis that would break even the strongest man.

We are made different--us Moms.  We were set apart to love, care, nurture and protect our children.  And we do it with a fervor and determination that only a mom's love can provide.  So, how about you? Do you have any great stories?  What about you and your children?  Do you role play at home after you watch Doc McStuffins?

I'm excited about new episodes of Doc McStuffins (starting Sept. 6th on Disney Junior), mainly because I love it when Lucy looks at Jack and says "One time I had an ouchy like her doll and I had to go see a doctor just like Dr. McMuffins."  How cute is that?  One day I'm sure Jack will bore of hearing her stories and one day I'm sure she will pronounce Doc's name correctly.  But right now, you can find us snuggling every morning watching to see what medical peril awaits the next Doc McStuffins toy.

Tell me what you do to keep your kids healthy on the go with snacks and other activities for your chance to win a $100 VISA gift card.

Be sure to check out the Disney’s "Doc McStuffins" site to explore the new episodes that will show every Friday in September starting on 9/6 on Disney Junior. And watch great tips for keeping your kids healthy from Doc McStuffins herself here!

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89 comments:

  1. Make baggies of fruits ans veggies for on the go!

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  2. We like to have healthy on the go snacks like grapes and baby carrots


    elena150980 at yahoo dot com

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  3. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/373591354934194177



    elena150980 at yahoo dot com

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  4. We do grapes and string cheese for snacks on the go. I've also tried to encourage physical activities like jumping rope, situps, etc. when we're waiting at another child's activities vs playing with the ipad for entertainment as much as we used to.

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  5. We take fruit and yogurt with us as on the go snacks.
    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  6. tweet--https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/373594090882883584

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  7. tweet-https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/373591354934194177


    elena150980 at yahoo dot com

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  8. Healthy snacks (with a few treats now and again!) and staying active as much as possible. If the weather is nice, we are outside!

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  9. We take our vitamins and keep our hands clean!

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  10. I always pack P&J sandwiches, bananas and granola bars so my kids can eat healthy food when we are on the go.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  11. tweet

    https://twitter.com/kellydsaver/status/373616567180742657



    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  12. We make sure to wash or sanitize our hands when we're out and about and luckily my boys love snacks such as carrots, apples and grapes!

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  13. Germ x, string cheese, & fruit

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  14. Lots of sanitizer and healthy snacks like fruit and cheese

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  15. I carry with me grapes, cheese sticks, water with me.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  16. Lots of handwashing and hand sanitizer...also keep pre-packaged fruits for on the go!

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  17. my tweet - https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/373780695102943233
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  18. We stay healthy by riding bikes at the park and taking water and pretzels.
    lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

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  19. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/JenniferCNP/status/373791116094472192

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  20. We stay healthy by washing our hands on a regular basis!

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  21. I give my son a daily vitamin and have him wash his hands every time he walks in the house.

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  22. Hand washing is definitely tops for keeping healthy. We wash our hands whenever we come home. I also work hard to remind the kids not to share drinks (and germs).

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  23. I keep my kids healthy on the go by choosing to take the stairs when we can and avoiding fast food.

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  24. Basically I am a crazy person who carries around fruit, Clif bars and little containers of nuts and cut-up carrots all of the time.

    margueritecore@gmail.com

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  25. I posted a tweet too: https://twitter.com/AnnaZed/status/373971349347119104

    margueritecore@gmail.com

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  26. Hi Katie-
    I carry hand sanitizer in my purse and keep a can of clorox wipes in the car for quick cleaning. I also pack our own healthy snacks while we're out and about. It prevents me from stopping at a fast food restaurant while on the go!

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  27. I keep my children healthy on the go by creating healthy snacks such as almonds, rice cakes, dried fruit and cheese strings and of course water. I encourage them to be healthy by taking them for long walks, playing and leading by example!

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  28. Tweeted

    https://twitter.com/mummytotwoboys1/status/374209615526764544

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  29. I keep my child healthy by having an available stash of some of the
    healthier snacks that she likes, such as dried mangos or blueberries.

    MADELINEBRUBAKER {AT} GMAIL [DOT] COM

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  30. Tweet link: https://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/374353923747745792

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  31. 2nd entry tweet - https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/374597456819789824

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  32. We try to stay healthy on the go by not giving in to fast food temptations (easier for them than me!) We haven't seen Doc McStuffins before but it looks fun.

    chambanachik (at) gmail (dot) com

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  33. Aside from washing hands, we eat fruits and veggies daily! As well as yogurt to ward off any bugs!!

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  34. I'm addicted to purrell and hand washing. My kids get so frutstrated that I make them was their hands 100 times a day. My girls absolutely love Doc McStuffins! My youngest told me the other day she needed to drink more so she didn't get dehydrated like Stuffy did on the "stuffin show".

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  35. Hand washing and we always try to remember to carry hand sanitizer whenever we are out to use after touching things others have touched.

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  36. We try to bring full water bottles and simple snacks when we are on the go. With a family of five, it is easy to pass germs around, so I also keep a container of hand sanitizing wipes in the car. God bless!

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  37. We try to eat well balanced meals and keep active.

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  38. We like to keep baggies of fresh cut-up fruits and veggies on hand and within our son reach. They are healthy and easy to grab on the way out the door!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  39. tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/375680075418451968

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  40. Wash hands frequently and make it a habit for kids. We also pack our own homemade baking cookies and brownies on the go.

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  41. -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/375824731930255360

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  42. wash hands often and use hand sanitizer if we are outside. I pack fruits on the go

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  43. https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/376028920732061696

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  44. for a snack on-the-go we pack organic fruit squeeze pouches pryfamily5@gmail.com

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  45. tweeted https://twitter.com/pryfamily5/status/376299482716962816 pryfamily5@gmail.com

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  46. Whole grain crackers, grapes or baby carrots are good choices for on the go snacks.

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    https://twitter.com/clc408/status/376376442113626112

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  48. Applesauce is a mainstay in my purse, so are wipes for messy hands.

    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  49. https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/376424526550028289

    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  50. I always bring water or juice and healthy snacks like cheese sticks, crackers or fruit with us when we are on the go.
    s2s2 at Comcast dot net

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  51. https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/376430446331973632
    s2s2 at Comcast dot net

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  52. We take yogurt and fresh fruit along on a lot of our road trips to and from activities.
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  53. I have picky eaters so we have to hide the veggies/fruits in fruit juices and veggie sticks.

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  54. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/377468877489184769
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  55. We stay healthy by taking healthy snacks on the go with us. We also play lots of sports together as a family - tennis is the best!
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  56. we pack water and fruit on the go!

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  57. https://twitter.com/scg00387/status/378001167755661312

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  58. We put hand sanitizer on constantly when we are out and about. Our shoes go off at the front door and the kids take a bath as soon as possible. It may not sound like much fun but the kids enjoy a bubble bath after going shopping. sonyadmorris@gmail.com

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  59. https://twitter.com/catholicfanatic/status/378357642017513472

    tweet sonyadmorris@gmail.com

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  60. If we're out and about, we make sure to keep our hands out of our mouths. We keep hand wipes with us at all times.

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  61. I keep hand sanitier in the car and pack healthy snacks.

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  62. It is so important (and we stress it every day) to wash your hands and not to put your hands on your face (cough into your elbow for instance). We have carrots, apples, etc. and plenty of water for snacks.



    zuzu.wilson(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  63. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/Zuzuz_Petalz/status/381357670055153665


    zuzu.wilson(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  64. my nephew loves String Cheese and apples

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  65. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/381522493585911810

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  66. We keep antibacterial wipes in the car. We also take pieces of fruit with us wherever we go (ie after school activities, zoo, parks)

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  67. tweeted https://twitter.com/pittsy82/status/381554632901664769

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  68. Hand sanitizer and tissues galore help me keep my family healthy. However, when a cold does strike, chicken noodle soup, pudding, favorite movies, cozy robes, and warm pajamas just out of the dryer

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  69. I don't have kids, but my parents always kept nuts and carrots sticks around for snacks and fresh fruit for my "sweets" cravings :) When I got sick there was a lot of hand washing!

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  70. I never kept junk food in the house and we very, very rarely had take out type foods. We had a garden so my daughter could always have fresh fruits and veggies. I'd pack a few healthy snacks for trips and always packed ahealthy lunch for school.

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  71. I love to take my kids to play at the park to keep them active and get the exercise they needed. Soccer, basketball, hide and seek, running, chasing, etc. So much fun.


    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  72. tweeted:

    https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/382401368293519360

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  73. On the go means sanitizing wipes, convenient fruit snacks like grapes and being prepared with band aids just in case of an owie. Keeping active with camping, hiking, biking and swimming helps keep them healthy.


    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  74. we go bike riding and for long walks almost daily

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  75. I carry lots of bottled water & fruit and veggie snacks.

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  76. https://twitter.com/electricstar/status/382686895680913408

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  77. My grandson is newly diagnosed with a nut allergy, so we are learning the ins and out of what is safe for him to snack on and what's not. I keep fresh fruits stocked for him at home and fruit snacks, Gogurts, and Jellos for on the go snacks.

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  78. tweeted

    https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/383034467348017153

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  79. We aren't on the go too often, but we make sure we take healthy snacks instead of eating on the road

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  80. I am a firm believer in the use of zinc and honey. Whenever sick or feeling like sickness is trying to weasel its way into your life, start taking extra zinc three times a day and a spoonful of honey twice a day. Usually kicks colds gone! LOL
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  81. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/383238060248293376
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  82. No kids, just me. I wash hands often, drink lots of water and get plenty of sleep.

    Thanks for the contest.;..

    slehan at juno dot com

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  83. https://twitter.com/slehan/status/383390822722326528

    slehan at juno dot com

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  84. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/383472352559775744


    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  85. My kids love veggies, so I always make sure there lunches and snacks have peppers, cucumbers etc.

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  86. tweet https://twitter.com/hburmeister/status/383545230797987840

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  87. we pack cheese sticks, apples, grapes and whole wheat pretzels for on-the-go snacks

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  88. I try to keep my children healthy on the go with water bottles to keep hydrated and snacks like granola and fruit to keep their energy up.


    Lisa Garner
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

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  89. I Tweeted: https://twitter.com/lisalmg/status/383636069503090688


    Lisa Garner

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