This article was originally published on Care.com. Christina Montoya Fiedler is a Los Angeles-based parenting writer, former publicist, dog lover, coffee drinker extraordinaire, and mom to an exuberant four-year-old boy. Follow her @cmf2009 and read her musings about being a stay at home mom on her blog, Mama to the Rescue.9 Awesome Companies for Moms Hiring Now Dear Son,I can’t sleep.I’ve been lying here in bed for the past two hours, staring at my alarm clock and wondering what tomorrow will hold for both of us.Tomorrow’s a big day. Tomorrow, I’ll be going back to work for the first time in eight years. And you’ll be going to daycare for the first time ever.Where did the time go?Five years ago, when your brother was your age, I didn’t have a “work-out-of-the-house” job like I do now. That means that I got to spend far more time with him at home than I will with you.And for that, I have serious mom guilt.Starting tomorrow, everything will be different. Unlike with your brother, I’ll be at work while you’re at school. Unlike with your brother, I won’t be at home waiting for you, taking care of stuff around the house to make the space nice and calm for you when you return.Instead, starting tomorrow, you’ll be running errands with me for the second half of the day. You’ll come with me to get your brother after his sports practices. You’ll eat on the go, just like me. You’ll probably have to take your nap in the car, too.So why did I decide to take a job, after all these years of being a stay-at-home mom? Well, I miss being outside of the house. I miss talking to adults. I miss having time for myself.Writing that last sentence was hard, but it’s the honest truth. If I have more time to be me, and tend to some of my own wants, I know that it’ll help me be a much better mom… even if that means I’m spending less time with you.And that’s how I know that going back to work is what’s best for us — and for me. You’re so ready for a more social setting. I see it in the way you interact with other children and crave constant entertainment. You’re different from your brother in that way. You’re truly ready for a change — just like I am. That’s not to say that we won’t have rough mornings, where you won’t want to hurry and eat breakfast or get dressed.But you’re a strong boy, and I’m a strong mom, and I know we’re going to get through this. In fact, the more I think about it, the more excited I am for this change. I’m excited because it means that we’ll be learning and growing together. There’ll be bumps along the way for sure – some will be mine, and some will be yours. But the point is that when we do hit these bumps, we’ll be hitting them together.You know the real reason why I know everything will be okay? It’s you. Tomorrow, I’ll see your smiling face getting ready for “school.” You’ll be proud to put your backpack on your tiny shoulders. You’ll take great pride in your new school shoes and lunchbox. At tomorrow’s pick-up, I know you’ll waste no time in telling me, your dad, and your brother all about your day, and then again at dinner, and maybe one more time before bed.I hope one day you read this and feel pride. Your mom wanted a change, and was bold enough to try something new, something that terrified her, changed the family dynamic, but made her happy.Tomorrow is a big day for both of us, and I just can’t wait to share it with you.I love you more than you might ever know.Love,Mama
According to a new study, yogurt intake is linked to lower cardiovascular disease risk among hypertensive men and women.Many previous studies demonstrated beneficial effects of dairy products consumption on cardiovascular health. But the latest one suggests that the yogurt specifically have a significant impact on cardiovascular disease risk.According to an estimate, almost billion of people have the risk of higher blood pressure, a major cardiovascular disease risk factor. Higher dairy product intake has been related to helpful impacts on cardiovascular malady related comorbidities, for example, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and insulin protection.The study involved 55,000 women (ages 30-55) with high blood pressure from the Nurses’ Health Study and 18,000 men (ages 40-75). They then asked to complete a questionnaire to report usual dietary intake in the preceding year.Members along these lines revealed any between time doctor analyzed occasions including myocardial dead tissue, stroke, and revascularization. Consent was asked for to get to restorative records to affirm all revealed new findings.Higher admissions of yogurt were related to a 30 percent lessening in danger of myocardial dead tissue among the Nurses’ Health Study ladies and a 19 percent decrease in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study men.There were 3,300 and 2,148 aggregate cardiovascular sickness cases (myocardial dead tissue, stroke, and revascularization) in the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, separately. Higher yogurt allows in ladies was related to a 16 percent bring down the danger of experiencing revascularization.In the two gatherings, members expending more than two servings every seven day stretch of yogurt had a roughly 20 percent bring down dangers of real coronary illness or stroke amid the subsequent period. At the point when revascularization was added to the aggregate cardiovascular sickness result variable, the hazard gauges were decreased for the two men and ladies, however, stayed critical.One of the paper’s authors, Justin Buendia said, “We hypothesized that long-term yogurt intake might reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems since some previous small studies had shown beneficial effects of fermented dairy products. Here, we had a very large cohort of hypertensive men and women, who were followed for up to 30 years. Our results provide important new evidence that yogurt may benefit heart health alone or as a consistent part of a diet rich in fiber-rich fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.”The paper, “Regular Yogurt Intake and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Among Hypertensive Adults” can be read here.
A water main break at a busy midtown Anchorage intersection has stalled traffic, and fouled city streets. Anchorage police are warning drivers to avoid the Tudor Road and Old Seward highway area until further notice, and the traffic snarl my continue into commute hours.According to the Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility (AWWU), an Anchorage contractor bored through a water main at Old Seward Highway and Tudor Road. The AWWU maintenance officials have responded and are working on isolating the break area, closing valves and re-routing water to limit the number of customers who may be without water. Until the break area is isolated, AWWU will not know how many customers will be without water.APD is on scene to help direct traffic away from the area. Road Closures area as follows:Northbound Old Seward: Closed at 50th Avenue. Exit Dowling or prior.Southbound Old Seward: 1 lane open through the Tudor/Old Seward intersection. That lane is expected to be closed soon.Westbound Tudor: Closed just after (west of) the bridge. Motorists can use both ramps to the north and southbound Seward Highway.Eastbound Tudor: Closed at Denali.This incident may affect the rush hour traffic.