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By SMH Webmaster on 8/6/2013 12:47 PM
I love the summer. Late nights, afternoons at the pool, family vacations, trips to the zoo – I could go on and on with the things I love about summer, but I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I can’t wait for the school—year routine to start. There is something about the monotonous schedule of a day that puts our lives back into check. Knowing what needs to be accomplished each morning and having a scheduled day helps everyone (in my family at least) feel grounded.

I laughed this morning, as I was “that mom” with her kids playing in the back yard at 9 a.m. still in their PJs. It is easy to forgo the basics, like getting dressed in real clothes, when you know the day is going to be spent at home. Though that is one of the things I love about summer, I am ready for the consistency of our morning routine. I know the first week will be full of “Hurry up, were running late” but once we have it down we will be back from dropping Jackson off by 8:10 a.m. and everyone will be dressed and fed, and we can accomplish...
By SMH Webmaster on 7/17/2013 12:47 PM
Uncle, Uncle, I give!!! I LOVE summer; it is one of my favorite times of year. The sun is up longer, you can be outside later, picnics, parties, swimming pools, baseball, barbecues…I could go on and on with the things that make summer great, but do you ever hit that point in the summer when you feel like you could collapse from all of the fun? I do. By the middle of July nearly every year (and it seems to get worse the older I get), I am spent. I still mentally want to keep on going and doing, but I am physically drained from all of the late nights, early mornings and, now that two of my children are old enough to participate in activities, the constant running! This is the first week of the summer that we have had more than two days in a row that we only have one event to go to. And the funny thing is that both Jackson and Charlie have spent the last two days asking me what we are going to do today.

Looking at my kids I wonder if we (as a society) are creating a new problem for ourselves. My kids go and...
By SMH Webmaster on 6/30/2013 12:47 PM
For those of you that didn’t read my earlier post, I delivered my third son at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in April. I got the chance to enjoy the new facilities and the same great nursing staff that delivered my second child. Well, Hugh, my youngest, is now 10 weeks old and life is finally starting to get some resemblance of a routine.

I laughed at all of the comments that we got from parents of more than two about how we were going into a zone defense now instead of man—to—man. I thought, “Jackson is six, how bad could this be? He will be my huge helper,” (and he is), but I really wasn’t taking into account all of the time factors that I should have.

Jackson is on the swim team this summer and even though he is at the pre—competitive level and doesn’t have meets, he is still at practice every day for 30 minutes. In addition to that, he’s playing coach—pitch baseball and normally has one game and one practice session each week. Last, but surely not least, he is taking guitar lessons. Again, the...
By SMH Webmaster on 4/29/2013 12:47 PM
We are all now home and have been thrown back into the daily routines. Neal’s off to work today, Jackson is at school. Neal’s mom is still here to help with the toting of everyone from place to place. But as I sit here feeding Hugh I have a few quiet moments to reflect on the last few days and truly realize what a wonderful experience it was.

From the moment we arrived for Hugh’s delivery we were absolutely taken care of. We had wonderful pre—op and recovery care, but I have to say when we were taken to the Mother/Baby unit I don’t think our care could have been topped. Our first nurse, Jennifer, got us settled in and kept everything comfortable for us through the day.

That night, though, Neal and I were introduced to our favorite of the nurses, Marcie. She was very attentive and I know she had other patients she was also taking care of, but you couldn’t tell it. She was kind and helpful and even put up with my need to get up and moving sooner than I probably should have. The leg things that they...
By SMH Webmaster on 4/19/2013 12:47 PM
Wow what a day. This morning Neal and I were up at 5:15 a.m. to get a start on the day and get everything ready for the day for us, and for the boys that were being toted around by my parents.

We arrived at Shawnee Mission at 7 a.m. and were checked in pretty fast. We were up in the pre—surgery area and getting everything started by 7:20 a.m. The area for the C—sections is still in the old part of the maternity wing and it was kind of weird being in a part of the building that was pretty much empty except for women waiting to have a C—section or had just had one. It was quiet and pretty calm. Everything went extremely smooth. I had great nurses and anesthesia doctors, and of course my OB doctor, Dr. Shipman. Everything seemed to move along very quickly.

After my recovery they moved me up to the third floor in the Mother/Baby unit. I am at the last room on the hall and it is wonderfully quiet down here. Neal, Hugh and I all took a nap after my parents left to pick up my older two boys and when they...
By SMH Webmaster on 4/17/2013 12:47 PM
You would think with this being my third child and third C—section that I wouldn’t have that nervous alertness that comes the night before the surgery. It’s the “I have a million things to make sure are ready and my mind is moving a hundred miles a minute” nervousness.

I’m really not worried about the surgery. I’ve been there, done that. But I am still going through the million lists in my head thinking there must be something I still need to get done in the last 12 hours before this baby arrives. It is also the excitement of finally meeting this squirming being that has spent the last week with his foot/feet permanently stuck under my rib cage gouging me at every opportunity.

Today, I went in to Shawnee Mission Medical Center to have my blood drawn for the pre—surgery stuff that has to be done. On my way back home my mind was wondering, thinking how this will be the last time I am driving with just my two—year—old jabbering in the back seat. It is amazing how even at Number Three I had that moment...
By SMH Webmaster on 4/5/2013 12:47 PM
With less than two weeks to go, this very large, soon—to—be mother of three is ready to get things moving! Last week I went in to meet with a maternity care coordinator and had to laugh a little. Now I must remind/warn you this will be my third time through this, so I have had a bit of a tendency to down play everything this time around. I went to the meeting with my current youngest, Charlie, an active 2 1/2 year old. When we got to the lobby to let them know we were there he had just woken up from a nap and (like most typical boys his age) was ready to run. We walked in and I, being a mom of two, knew to bring snacks, the Leap Pad and a drink to try to entertain him during any type of meeting that he is not the center of attention – although he almost always makes himself the center of attention. As I sat and waited for Katie (our very sweet Maternity Coordinator) he proceeded to try out every seat in the house! We must have come at a pretty busy time because there were three other women there waiting for their coordinator appointments too. As he bopped from couch to chair to bench and back. The couples were all looking at him with smiles, but I couldn’t tell if they were smiling thinking, “Soon we too will have a sweet bundle of energy like that,” or if they were smiling thinking, “Wow that lady needs to get her child to sit down,” or “Where is her husband to man handle the crazy child.”...
By SMH Webmaster on 3/19/2013 12:47 PM
Time is getting close! I’m now 35 weeks, a bit uncomfortable and ready to get this baby here! I was just in yesterday for a growth scan and my baby is weighing in at a little over 6 lbs. already. Of course, the sono tech asked if I normally have big babies and I had to laugh with my other two boys sitting in the chairs next to me. I said, “It may not look like these skinny, active boys could have been large babies, but they both tipped the scales. Especially my first.”

Speaking of my first – last Friday, the kindergarten parents were all waiting to pick up the kids after school for the beginning of spring break, and I had the most reassuring conversation with one of his classmate’s father. His wife just delivered their second via C—section and he told me they delivered at Shawnee Mission Medical Center’s (SMMC) new facilities. He couldn’t quit talking about how nice the new building was and what a great experience the entire family had visiting and staying there, even their kindergartener. Talk about a reassuring conversation. I don’t think I had any doubts before but nothing speaks better for a program/company/hospital than word of mouth from happy customers, and I have not heard one single negative thing!

By SMH Webmaster on 3/5/2013 1:47 PM
As I start this blog I think I should first introduce myself. I am Jammie Dunker, a 32 year—old, work from home mom of two, with my third on the way. As of Tuesday I will be 33 weeks along and, I must say, with my other two births I was really never excited to have a hospital stay, but with the opening of the new Birth Center I can’t wait to be one of the first moms to experience the beauty of the new facility.

So that said I have to tell you I was lucky enough to get an early tour of the building – and WOW. First off you walk in and the lobby doesn’t even feel like you are walking into a hospital. The expansive windows let in so much light it feels like you are in the lobby of a modern hotel, which I guess in some ways we are. From the front desk you can see the Mommy & Me retail area along with the waiting area on the second floor, which has a cozy fireplace lots of seating and a coffee bar for those anxious husbands that don’t exactly know how to handle their upcoming life change.

As for me I’ll...
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