Posted in Baby, Baby Clothes, Childhood, Children, Children's Clothes, Family, Hormones, Just for Fun, Le Top, Le Top Online Boutique, le•top, Parenting, Pregnancy, tagged calm parenting, central nervous system, genetic traits, is stress inherited, le top blog, learn traits, letop, nature versus nuture, stress, stress hormones, stress suring pregnancy on January 24, 2011 |
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I notice that many babies that are calm and relaxed, tend to have calm and relaxed parents…but is it inherited? I did a little research and here is the scoop! It is hard to tell which traits are genetically hardwired from parent habits, but it the age old question of “nature versus nurture” is what comes into play. I do know that there are thousands of genes in the chromosomes that we pass on to our children and stress is not just a simple “one-to-one”
During pregnancy any mom who claims she wasn’t stressed, even just a little, is completely lying! There is always a moment of worrying and anxiety. But, if your anxieties are high, there is a good chance of having a baby who could be just as nervous. Studies have shown that the more on “edge” a mom can be, the more negatively a baby reacts to these types of situations. According to Parents.com, “Experiencing lots of stress in pregnancy (the kind that comes from moving or fighting with your partner) can make it harder for baby to relax, even if you’re generally laid-back. Researchers suspect that Mom’s stress hormones actually affect her fetus’s central nervous system.”
I read a very interesting article that was an update to this topic: “Cathi Propper, a developmental psychologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her colleagues studied infants at several periods over their first year of life, inducing stress by separating them from their mothers. Using an electrocardiogram, the researchers determined the babies’ vagal tone, an indicator of how strongly the vagus nerve, which runs from the brain stem to most organs in the body, is suppressing heart rate. During stress, vagal tone decreases, allowing the heart to speed up and the body to handle the stressor. But some of the babies did not show this normal decrease in vagal tone during distressing periods; the researchers found that these infants who lacked an effective response at ages three and six months shared a particular variant of the DRD2 gene.”
Good news? These genes are not destiny. The same researchers also evaluated parents who stick to calm and sensitive parenting. So does this tactic help despite the genes that cause stress? Yes and yes! By 12 months, these babies attended to consistently with calm mannerisms responded just as effectively. So what does that mean? There is a poster in my apartment that sums it up, “Keep calm and carry on” – it helps keep the stress away!
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Posted in Baby, Baby Clothes, Children, Children's Clothes, Hand Me Downs, Hormones, Nesting, Parenting, Pregnancy, Scrapbooking, Sizes, Symptoms, Toys, Washing, tagged cleaning, le top, le•top, letop, Nesting, obsessive behavior, organizing, Pregnancy on March 10, 2009 |
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There’s definitely something wrong with me. I’m either obsessed or possessed! I’m 37 weeks pregnant and I can’t seem to stop organizing, cleaning, and putting things in order. This is like nesting to the 100th degree! It’s 2:37 AM, and I’ve done everything that I can do as far as organizing and reorganizing my daughter, Miranda’s old clothes and placing them in marked bins by size. Shouldn’t I be sleeping and resting instead?
I’m trying to get things in order before the baby arrives. And it seems like once I cross something off my To-do list, two more items have been added. I know that I’m anal retentive, but this nesting thing has made me even more obsessive. It’s quite maddening to witness. I feel like I’m watching myself go insane. (OK… that sounded insane!)
Last week, I caught up with my scrapbooks, ordered any digital albums that had been sitting on my desktop, and bought a new baby book for the little munchkin. I disinfected all the old baby toys that were in storage. I packed (and repacked) my hospital bag. I packed my daughter’s overnight bag. Every time I wash a load of baby clothes, I find something else to wash. Aaaaarrghhhh! It’s never ending. I need to stop! But I don’t…
Last weekend was dedicated to cleaning and organizing. I cleaned all three bathrooms (while doing four loads of laundry) because my husband was too slow to get to them. He was busy installing the baby car seat, washing both of our cars, dusting, and vacuuming. (You’d think he could manage to get to the bathrooms and the laundry done as well, huh?) And when he was done with all that, I yelled at him for not spending time with Miranda. So I made him take her to the park. (Oh, the mood swings!) Three more weeks… three more weeks…
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Posted in Baby, Baby Clothes, Baby Gifts, Children's Clothes, Gift Giving, Hand Me Downs, Hormones, le•top, Mom, New Parents, Newborn, Parenting, Pregnancy, Symptoms, Toddler, tagged Baby, Baby Clothes, Baby Gifts, Children's Clothes, children's hand me downs, children's sizes, le•top, Nesting, New Parents, newborn sizes, nursery decor, pregnant, Rabbit Moon, rabbit moon bougainvillea on January 15, 2009 |
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A place for everything and everything in its place...for now!
My friend, Erin T. (everyone will soon realize I have many people in my life named Erin or Aaron!), is 7.5 months pregnant and never thought “nesting” was a “real” thing. More or less, she thought it was an excuse to stay home and redo a room or something…that is, until about two weeks ago when she called and said, “I have ten bags of baby clothes that were just handed down to me. Can you come over and help me sort through them?” Of course I said “YES!” Being in the children’s clothing business, I love going through baby clothes and see what people are putting on their kids (besides our brands!). Let me tell you, there were some really cute clothes in those bags…and I was very happy to see le•top and rabbit moon clothes (and no they were not from me) in the mix! We trudged through and weeded those ten bags down to about three, with the rest for donation. Whew! that was some work. (more…)
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