Dec 5, 2009

Fit Kids Make Smart Adults

As most of you know I am into health, fitness and education so I thought I would share this with you:

I loved the latest blog post from
Joyce Cherrier’s Blog
Empowering People to be Healthy and Fit And Having Fun While Doing It!

I follow her on Twitter and her blog, she knows her stuff!

Fit Kids Make Smart Adults
There are dozens of articles about all the physical and mental reaosns to get fit. Almost on a daily basis a new study comes out, giving another compelling reason to be healthy. As an adult we make the decision every day to either move towards being healthy or away from health. That’s our choice. But what about our kids? Is it really fair to short change them because we lack motivation to get healthy? I really believe it’s our responsibility to give them opportunity to be their very best. I won’t even begin to go into a rant about obese children. They eat what we give them. As adults we set the table. Now a study shows evidence that not only does exercise affect a child physically but also mentally.

In this article in ScienceDaily a study showed a connection between young adults exercising and their I.Q. Here’s what the study found: Young adults who are fit have a higher IQ and are more likely to go on to university, reveals a major new study carried out at the Sahlgrenska Academy and Sahlgrenska University Hospital.

The study shows a clear link between good physical fitness and better results for the IQ test. The strongest links are for logical thinking and verbal comprehension. But it is only fitness that plays a role in the results for the IQ test, and not strength. “Being fit means that you also have good heart and lung capacity and that your brain gets plenty of oxygen,” says Michael Nilsson, professor at the Sahlgrenska Academy and chief physician at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital. “This may be one of the reasons why we can see a clear link with fitness, but not with muscular strength. We are also seeing that there are growth factors that are important.”

“We have also shown that those youngsters who improve their physical fitness between the ages of 15 and 18 increase their cognitive performance,” says Maria Åberg, researcher at the Sahlgrenska Academy and physician at Åby health centre. “This being the case, physical education is a subject that has an important place in schools, and is an absolute must if we want to do well in maths and other theoretical subjects.”

Based on this study the link seems to be about oxygen and the brain. Great incentive to walk the dog and take the kids when you do. Or maybe they can mow the lawn and shovel the driveway. I think I dreamed about that once. A bike ride on an afternoon is a great way to get some cardio time in. I also suggest a DVD by the creator of Insanity called Shaun T’s Fit Kids Club. Great for a winter day when outside is not an option.

The whole family can get involved and it can be used as quality time. It’s an investment in your child’s future. It also sets good habits in motion. And fitness is contagious. Before you know it, the whole family will be involved. I remember as a kid my mom telling me to get off my duff and go outside and get some fresh air. Of course she never said it would make me smarter. I’m sure she would have liked that in her arsenal. Now we parents, needing a break as we do sometimes, can say, “Go outside and play, you’ll get in a good college!” I’m really hoping one of these studies come out about cleaning bedrooms, doing their own laundry and washing dishes.

Nov 11, 2009

4 year old funnies

Alessondra: Dad, can we still watch the CMA show when it's on? The one with that Carrie Underwear girl on it? #alolod

Alessondra, crying over @DezirayClick's trip away: Daddy, we'll do art, watch movies, & play war with cards. But there! Will! Be! No! Mommy!. #alolod

Jeff Click to a crying Alessondra as @DezirayClick leaves for a trip: Will a Twizzler cheer u up? A: Wul, no, I because I want Mommy more. #alolod

Oct 31, 2009

Are you smarter than a 4 year old..I am FOR SURE NOT!!

We were blessed with tickets to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Ballet tonight, Thanks Aunt Lisa! What a great way to spend Halloween night!

We have looked forward to the day when we could take Alessondra to one of our all time favorite restaurants, Cheevers!

Daddy decided that tonight would be a great night, it is not far from the Civic Center and she is old enough to behave properly in a nice restaurant. Below is a conversation between Jeff and her on our way to the restaurant:

Jeff: Alessondra we are taking you to Mommy & Daddy's favorite restaurant, Cheevers. There'll be art on the walls that I bet you will like.
Alessondra: Monet?
Alessondra:Daddy will there be any pointillism?
Jeff:Monet didn't do pointillism.
Alessondra:I KNOW THAT DADDY, Georges Seirat did! #alolod

Alessondra enjoying her first look at her "Seafood Tamales"

Oct 26, 2009

ROFL, more 4 year old funnies!

Daddy (Jeff): Don't you think that fresh broccoli is a bit too sweet for so late? Alessondra, rolling her eyes: Dad, I'm trying to grow my hair longer.#alolod

Alessondra, to her cousin: "That's annoying." @DezirayClick: You could say that nicely. Alessondra gently, smiling & batting her eyes: "That's annoying." #alolod

Oct 25, 2009

4 year old funnies

Alessondra: "Mommy, today at lunch at Red Lobster, I had cheese biscuits. But I'm pretty sure they were organic". #alolod

A: On the hay ride this guy w/a mask jumped out & I was like "What the heck?" & Mommy said I can't say that. He wasn't scary anyway. #alolod

Alessondra: Hey, guys, now that I'm older (still 4yo), the drive to Uncle CJ's is much shorter. #alolod

Oct 19, 2009

Kids say the cutest things:

Alessondra grabs her Daddy's face, pulls his lip down and says " So Daddy, Which one of your teeth is the sweet one? #alolod

Oct 17, 2009

The funny things a 4yr old says.

Alessondra: Mommy, I don't love you any less even though you look different from me & you have freckles. Actually I do have ONE of those, on my booty. #alolod

Oct 16, 2009

Alessondra Laugh Out Loud Of the Day (ALOLOD)

My husband Jeff (@jeffclick) has been tweeting the funny things our daughter says, so I am going to start sharing them with you.

Alessondra, pre-bite to her calamari: Sorry, Squid, but yer gonna be dead for sure when you get in my belly! Have fun in heaven... #alolod

Oct 6, 2009

You are not alone, by Heather Parker

My friend, Heather and fellow blogger had a great post for all of us mommies, I have learned a TON from her blog, she has SIX, yes SIX girls. So when she talks I listen, read her latest post below or click HERE to visit her blog.

Are you exhausted?
Are you willing to take any sales call just for some adult conversation?

Do you feel alone?
Do you feel like no one else has ever felt the way your feeling now?

I'm here to offer you some encouragement. As a mom of many little ones I can remember days when I only had three. They were all so close in age. There were many days that I felt overwhelmed. I saw other moms that were a little further down life's road and thought they had it all put together. But I have come to realize two things. First, they had older ones to help with their many little ones (thankfully I do too now). Second, they did not have it all together. They felt overwhelmed weekly, if not daily, just as you , and I do. So the truth is we all feel overwhelmed, but we all make it through.

How do I make it through?

First, I would encourage you to daily spend time in God's word. He will be your strength, joy and peace. When you start to feel like you're loosing your mind, stop and think "Have I had time with Him today?" I can always tell those days when I told God I was to busy to read His love letter to me. Make this a priority. Dive into His word and get to know Him in a new way. He is the one that has called you to motherhood. He has a plan. Ask Him what His plan is for you and your little ones. Your heart will be softened as you read His word and spend time in prayer.

The next thing I would encourage you to do is to start an exercise routine. Whether you are a size 2 or not, this can help. I don't say this to encourage vanity, but motherhood is a demanding job, you need to be ready for everything. I wish I had started this earlier in my life, but I often poo-pawed it. In the last year, I have made it a part of my morning routine. It is my time to do something for myself. I do it before anyone else is up so I get to watch the show I like, or spend time praying, or even listening to music. All of this starts my day off with a smile. This does mean you will lose some sleep, but "no sleep" is just part of motherhood. Everyone needs to have their own time. Maybe your special time is not exercising, but you need to find something you enjoy. Make time for it!

The last thing is, who is your support group? You must have a support group! Who are those around you that you know will encourage you? Even if they are not on the same path as you, who are those that will let you vent your struggles and call you back to Christ? This is not a one person job, that is why I used the word group. You need ladies around you that have older children. These are the ladies you could seek advise from. Ask them how they survived. Have others whose children are the same age as yours. There can be some real validation from these ladies. You will realize you are not the only one, you are not alone. You should even have those that have younger children than yours. Through them you'll be reminded of how you felt before and made it through. You could be a big encouragement to them.

So remember:

You are doing the greatest job in this world!

Satan wants you to fail!

You are not alone!

Let the joy of the Lord be your strength.
Posted by Squirly Girls at 5:58 PM

Sep 29, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook

The Simple Woman's Daybook (suppose to be posted on Monday...I'm late, does this surprise you?)


Would you like to linger on the simple things...then join me and many others in taking a little look into the day plans and thoughts of those who are focusing on of the 'everyday moments'.

Outside my window...Back window patio plants and coy pond, front window recycle bin at the curb

I am thinking... I will miss Alessondra while in Chicago Wed-Sun, and it will be chilly there : ( Jeff should enjoy it!)

I am thankful husband, that God has gifted him with creativity. His niche is building MODERN homes!

From our lesson plans/ home education...learning to skip count 2 and 3's, working on sounding out words, vowels, and learning the 10 commandments, and getting use to giving presentations in front of people

From the kitchen...
Sunday- Healthy taco salads

Monday-Leftover taco salad for Jeff, soup for Alessondra and I, frozen yogurt from the new Fro Yo place called Berri Licous on N Penn Between NW 164th (15th st) and NW 178th st (2nd St)

Wed-Sun- Chicago.

I am going...

Monday - gym, hobby lobby to buy supplies for Preschool Activity Swap

Tuesday - gym, Return WAY pass due library books and movies, quick pedicure (Maybe), need a haircut?? Shop for a few fall/winter shirts for Chicago (TJ Max)

Wednesday- gym, Then off to Chicago

Thursday - Chicago

Friday - Chicago

Saturday - Chicago

Sunday - Chicago

I am reading... Bible, Acts, Creative Counterparts, and just borrowed "Taking Charge of your Fertility" (Thanks Angela!), Runaway bunny If Jesus came to my house (Over & Over) see above the past duee library book!

I am hoping...alessondra's fever does not return while we are away, and that we do not miss her too much

Around the house...packing, laundry
Two Pictures I thought worth sharing

Alessondra reading her Bible book:

Her FIRST Thank You note, I can not wait until she can write all of mine!

You can share with others a little look into your day plans andthoughts while you are focusing on the simplicity of the everyday moments around you. That is my vision for this idea! Slow down, take time and enjoy the moment...the day.

If you would like to join the fun:

Sep 22, 2009

Parable told by Jesus

This week at Craig Groeschel spoke on Drifting from God. Part of his message was on a parable out of Matthew. This passage ALWAYS speaks to me. So I thought I would dive in a little deeper, I hope it speaks to you as well!

Jesus tells a parable…
Matthew 13:3-8,
3 “A farmer went out to sow his seed.4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop–a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.

Matthew 19-22
19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path.20 The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.21 But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away.
22 The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.
23 But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

There are two especially important symbols in this parable—the seed and the soil.
The seed is God's Word.
The soil represents how we receive and respond to God's Word and His calling on our lives.

The seed that fell on the hard path (13:19) represents those who hear God's Words and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches the seed away from their hearts.

Pathways are worn hard and smooth by constantly being walked on.
Many people are like a path. The world has walked upon us so much, that we are worn smooth.
The fertile soil in which God's word could take root is packed down so tight that it is as hard as concrete.
Are you a follower of Christ?
Have you let God take root in your heart?

Is your life like a hard path…

The rocky soil (13:20-21) represents those who hear the message and receive it with joy. But like young plants in such soil, their roots don’t go very deep. At first they get along fine, but they wilt as soon as they have problems or are persecuted because they believe the word.

People can have a lot of rocks in their lives. On the surface, they seem fine; but, hidden beneath the surface where no one sees are hard rocks that keep God's word from making good roots.

Is your heart full of rocks that keep the roots of God's words from spreading deep into your life?
Dig up the rocks and throw them away.

The thorny ground (13:22) represents those who hear and accept Gods word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares of this life and the lure of wealth, so no crop is produced.

There are so many things to care about and worry about in our world… Kids, Houses, Cars, Clothes, Food, work, school, groceries, little league, soccer, girl scouts, boy scouts, yard work, house work, doctors, medicine, vitamins, gasoline prices, noisy neighbors, politicians, taxes, elections, holidays, birthdays, PTA’s, bake sales, weddings, funerals, baby showers, parties, friends, enemies, family, community, shopping, exercise, newspapers and magazines, the dishes, the trash, having enough cash, and don’t forget the kitchen sink (it’s leaking)…

It’s no wonder that so many people in our time are turning away from the word of God. There’s no time for it!
Our lives are so full of the cares of this world; Gods words are choked out like a flower in a field full of weeds.

How do you get rid of weeds?
Pull them up! Spray them with roundup and kill them!
But you’ve got to know the difference between a weed and a useful plant…
What’s really important in your life? What are your priorities? What has God called you to do? There are a lot of weeds that are pretty!
Do the things in your life bear fruit that is consistent with what is important in your life? What type of fruit are you producing?

The good soil represents the hearts of those who truly accept God’s message, live it and produce a huge harvest—thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted.”

This is the goal—good, fertile soil where God's Word takes root and grows into a healthy and fruitful plant.
What does a good, fertile life look like?
Soft and easy to work with—God can shape you and make of your life what He wants. (Contrast with the concrete soil)
Fertilized—God’s word and prayer
Watered—Christian fellowship, friendship, and support

What kind of soil is in your life today?
Are you worn hard like a well-traveled pathway?
Is your life full of rocks that need to be dug up and discarded? Or is your life like a field full of weeds that threaten to choke away the beautiful spirituality God wishes to establish in you?
What type of soil are you?
What type of soil do you WANT to be and what are you going to do about it?

Sep 7, 2009

Oklahoma mom opts for traditional birth after C-sections

Click below for more info:
Oklahoma mom opts for traditional birth after TWO C-sections

- women with a previous cesarean and have a trial of labor have a 99% chance of not having a uterine rupture.

Sep 5, 2009

A glimpse into Alessondra's Home Education

Tracing and writing letters. She is working on following directions, fine motor skills, precision and focus.

She found a frog in the pond and put it in her butterfly home.
I used the opportunity to work on science, the life cycle of a frog and environmental stewardship. She was not happy about it, but she did the responsible thing and let it go back "home".

Here she is helping to make chocolate chip muffins!
Cooking with a child helps to teach team work, listening skills, following directions and math!
She loved that while using the chocolate chips for subtraction she was able to EAT them as we subtracted them!
Teaching a child cooking skills while they are still young and eager participants is very rewarding and pays off in the long run. Not only do they learn cooking skills, but they also learn self-confidence in a job well done.

Painting: Fine motor skills, much needed if she is ever going to have better handwriting than me! Painting also requires her to analyze, organize and THINK about what she is going to paint, and whether the image she paints is complete.

Here, Daddy is helping her work on the letter "E"
That day she learned about eskimos, elephants and used plastic eggs for sorting and counting.

These verses are some of the verses that God used to speak to me about home educating Alessondra:
Our family verse:
Proverbs 24:3-4 (NIV)

3 By wisdom a house is built,
and through understanding it is established;

4 through knowledge its rooms are filled
with rare and beautiful treasures.

Deuteronomy 11:18-19,
18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not depart from it."

Aug 8, 2009

ALOLOD (Alessondra Laugh Out Loud of the Day Part 1)

Jeff became a father on March 17th 2005 to Alessondra Cielo Click.

he is a "Daddy's Girl" in every sense of the phrase!

He her "Prince" and she his "Princess"

As a way to document the special moments with his "Princess", "Prince" started a photo blog via Flickr.

He also journals online the cute things she said, the "Alessondra Laugh Out Loud of The Day, (ALOLoD) via Twitter.

I thought I might share some of those funny ALOLOD with you.

Laughing because my 3yr old just boldly informed me, "Daddy, I won't stop sucking my fingers because it helps me relax when I'm onda couch."
Sep 10th, 2008

LOL! "Daddy, this rubber ducky will make your back feel better." No Super, I don't think it will. "Yes, it will, Daddy. It's a Duck-ter.8:55 PM Oct 28th, 2008
Super asked "Do I get a transportation?" to the ballet teacher today as she handed out INVITATIONS to the recidal.
Nov 10th, 2008

LOL! Alessondra, why did you have to tinkle AGAIN this week during ballet? "Because I dranked water and it digested, Daddy."
Nov 17th, 2008

Still laughing at Alessondra. "Daddy, don't tell me again that Mommy is coming home tomorrow. You already told me like twenty times already.
Nov 22nd, 2008

LOL-o-the-day: "Mommy & Daddy, I have a big problem. Something is making me not clean up like you said."
7:34 PM Nov 28th, 2008

Best line of the day...Alessondra: "For dinner, I'm sitting next to my hero. Daddy, where'we sittin'?"
7:07 PM Dec 7th, 2008

LOLing at my jaded Alessondra watching Enchanted, saying to me, "Prince Charmy, this show is just silly. Dragons can't talk."
7:38 PM Dec 11th, 2008

LOLing: "Mommy, why did you say I can't have boyfriends? I NEEEED my Daddy!"
8:45 PM Dec 22nd, 2008

Only in Oklahoma, from a 3 year old: "No, Daddy, I won't sample that off the fork. I only eat ribs off the bone."
7:07 PM Dec 26th, 2008

My 3 year old wants to know why so many parents drop their kids off at the mall to be babysat without a babysitter. It's a good question.
8:08 PM Jan 17th

LOLing @AlessondraClick: Can we have ice cream? @DezirayClick: We'll see. @AlessondraClick: See what? What are you even talking about?
8:39 PM Jan 25th

A: Daddy, tonight, I'm a tiger. Roar!/(toot) Me: I don't think tigers toot and roar at the same time. A:Yes, they do. Roar!
7:25 PM Feb 24th

A:"Daddy, now that we have the new puppy, it's still all girls and you. If JohnnyY was here, you wouldn't be the only boy."
10:28 AM Mar 28th

Alessondra: Daddy, Adam & Eve should've said "God, may we speak on the matter? We think the snake seems nice, so may we eat from the tree?"
7:20 PM Apr 13th

@DezirayClick asks "What made you just ask about helping homeless people, Alessondra?" A:"My brain just told my mouth to ask, Mommy."
8:15 PM Apr 20th

Alessondra: "I think David Archuleta is Adam Lambert's little boy." The ironic, innocent profundity of a 4-year old in this day and age.
10:51 PM Apr 22nd

Jul 12, 2009

TV'S in our childrens rooms & Why we want our children to READ, READ, READ

Photo taken by Aaron Escobar

Cheryl Lange of Lodestar ( posted this on her blog

For decades, Jim Trelease has been one of the best-known advocates of reading in America. His book Read-Aloud Handbook has made a huge impact on many families and education – and on me and my family and how we homeschool and what I teach others.

I will be sharing from some of his writings (From “Ten Reading Facts” brochure) over the next few blogs.

7. THE top winter Olympians come from states where they have the most ice and snow. And reading research shows that children who come from homes with the most print—books, magazines, and newspapers—have the highest reading scores. They also use the library more than those with lower scores. Libraries have the most and best books in the world—all for free. Remember: a used book for 50 cents— like you find in garage sales or thrift shops —has the same words as a brand new copy for $12.95. Reading families use the 3 B’s (to help the 3 R’s): Books, Bathroom, and Bed Lamp. Make sure there’s a box for books and magazines in the bathroom for idle or captive moments, and add one near the kitchen table. Install a reading lamp near the child’s bed and allow the privilege of staying up 15 minutes later to read (or just look at book’s pictures) in bed. It might be the most important night-school he’ll ever attend.

8. THERE is a strong connection between over-viewing of TV by children and underachieving in school. Simply put: those who watch the most know the least. Research shows that up to 10 TV-hours a week has no impact on children’s grades but beyond that the grades decline. Sixty percent of children now have a TV in their bedroom. Oh-oh! A side-by-side comparison of third-graders’ math and reading scores tells it all —scores of children with or without a TV in their bedroom (from —Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 2005): Third grade math scores: 53.3 with TV in bedroom 63.1 without TV in bedroom (That is TEN whole points difference) Third grade reading scores: 47.5 with TV in bedroom 55 without TV in bedroom The average child spends 1,460 hours a year watching TV/DVD’s and playing computer games—equal to watching “Gone With the Wind” 392 times year. What about buying those computer programs or tapes you see advertised on TV that teach reading?

Jun 16, 2009

Studies have shown C- sections are performed WAY too much and are not always the safest option.

They are however more convenient for some and they do create more revenue. So are these reasons good enough to put you and your newborn at risk??

I feel strongly about this topic.
I am qualified to speak or type on this matter seeing how I am a medical professional and I unfortunately have had a Cesarean birth.
However there are many more qualified individuals speaking out about this.

I do not post this to condemn or make those who have had c-sections feel guilty. (Remember I have had one) It is NOT the mothers fault! It is the medical community and the insurance companies who are at fault.
Us mothers need to know the true facts and scientific statistics that go along with the opinion and preference of our health care providers
Read below:,0,5454504.story


Childbirth: Can the U.S. improve?

C-sections are expensive. Doctors ask if we are doing too many.

By Lisa Girion

May 17, 2009

After an emergency cesarean with her first baby, Ruby Wales was holding out for a vaginal birth with her second one.

With a toddler underfoot, the 33-year-old Mission Viejo woman wanted a faster recovery. But finding a physician to deliver her second child wasn't easy. Her first obstetrician turned her down flat. "She said, 'No -- no way,' " Wales recalled.

Once reserved for cases in which the life of the baby or mother was in danger, the cesarean is now routine. The most common operation in the U.S., it is performed in 31% of births, up from 4.5% in 1965.

With that surge has come an explosion in medical bills, an increase in complications -- and a reconsideration of the cesarean as a sometimes unnecessary risk.

It is a big reason childbirth often is held up in healthcare reform debates as an example of how the intensive and expensive U.S. brand of medicine has failed to deliver better results and may, in fact, be doing more harm than good.

"We're going in the wrong direction," said Dr. Roger A. Rosenblatt, a University of Washington professor of family medicine who has written about what he calls the "perinatal paradox," in which more intervention, such as cesareans, is linked with declining outcomes, such as neonatal intensive care admissions. Maternity care, he said, "is a microcosm of the entire medical enterprise."

As the No. 1 cause of hospital admissions, childbirth is a huge part of the nation's $2.4-trillion annual healthcare expenditure, accounting in hospital charges alone for more than $79 billion.

Because spending on the average uncomplicated cesarean for all patients runs about $4,500, nearly twice as much as a comparable vaginal birth, cesareans account for a disproportionate amount (45%) of delivery costs. (Among privately insured patients, uncomplicated cesareans run about $13,000.)

Pregnancy is the most expensive condition for both private insurers and Medicaid, according to a 2008 report by the Childbirth Connection, a New York think tank.

"The financial toll of maternity care on private [insurers]/employers and Medicaid/taxpayers is especially large," the report said. "Maternity care thus plays a considerable role in escalating healthcare costs, which increasingly threaten the financial stability of families, employers, and federal and state budgets."

The cesarean rate in the U.S. is higher than in most other developed nations. And in spite of a standing government goal of reducing such deliveries, the U.S. has set a new record every year for more than a decade.

The problem, experts say, is that the cesarean -- delivery via uterine incision -- exposes a woman to the risk of infection, blood clots and other serious problems. Cesareans also have been shown to increase premature births and the need for intensive care for newborns. Even without such complications, cesareans result in longer hospital stays.

Inducing childbirth -- bringing on or hastening labor with the drug oxytocin -- also is on the rise and is another source of growing concern. Experts say miscalculations often result in the delivery of infants who are too young to breathe on their own. Induction, studies show, also raises the risk of complications that lead to cesareans.

Despite all this intervention -- and, many believe, because of it -- childbirth in the U.S. doesn't measure up. The U.S. lags behind other developed nations on key performance indicators including infant mortality and birth weight.

And in at least two areas, the U.S. has lost ground after decades of improvement: The maternal death rate began to rise in 2002, and the typical American newborn is delivered at 39 weeks, down from the full 40. Public health experts view the trends with alarm.

At a recent conference held by Childbirth Connection, physicians, employers, insurers and hospital operators wrestled with the disappointing data and discussed thorny questions, such as whether insurers should stop paying more for cesareans than for vaginal births.

"Cesarean birth ends up being a profit center in hospitals, so there's not a lot of incentive to reduce them," said Dr. Elliot Main, chief of obstetrics for Sutter Health, a Northern California hospital chain.

But there is a lot that hospitals can do to reduce them, as illustrated by the wide variation in cesarean rates. Among California hospitals, cesareans range from 16% to 62% of births.

Such variation means a lot of women are getting unnecessary cesareans, Main said. "There's no justification for that kind of variation."

The surge in cesareans may owe more to celebrity magazines than medical journals. After word got out that Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham had three, physicians reported a surge in requests for such deliveries, dubbed the "too posh to push" bump.

Physicians, too, have been blamed for failing to make women fully aware of the consequences of cesareans, and for promoting them for convenience.

But change is underway. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Strategic Partners program trains hospitals to implement a set of guidelines, such as the careful use of oxytocin, and a ban on elective deliveries before 39 weeks. In four years, 60 hospitals have signed on.

"It's a culture change," program director Frank Federico said. "We're at a tipping point. . . . It used to be that we spent more time defending the 39-week rule. Lately, there's no question about that. It's, 'How can we improve the process to support that?' "

WellPoint Inc. and UnitedHealthcare Services Inc., the nation's largest health insurers, also are trying to curb cesareans.

In an analysis of its claims, United found that 48% of newborns admitted to neonatal intensive care units were from scheduled deliveries, many of them before 39 weeks.

United targeted a group of Texas obstetricians with particularly high rates of deliveries before 39 weeks.

An analysis showed that the babies these doctors delivered were admitted to neonatal ICUs twice as often as the national average.

After being notified of the correlation, the physicians changed their practices and reduced neonatal ICU admissions by 46% in three months.

The rise in avoidable first-birth cesareans has had a multiplier effect. Most U.S. physicians discourage vaginal deliveries after a cesarean because of some widely publicized cases several years ago in which the uterus split disastrously along the prior incision.

That's why Ruby Wales' first obstetrician refused.

"She said it was because there is a 1% chance of a uterine rupture," Wales said. "And I thought that was weird because there's more chance of things going wrong with a cesarean section."

But some obstetricians believe that new evidence supports allowing some women the option of trying for a vaginal birth.

"If the old incision was a vertical, then a trial of labor is not a good idea," said Dr. David Lagrew, medical director for the Women's Hospital at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in Laguna Hills. "But what happens now in the United States is the low transverse, an incision in the bottom part of the uterus, from side to side. Those heal better. All the studies say, in those types of incisions, the risk is less than 1%, probably a half percent, that it will open during labor."

Saddleback delivers about 3,000 babies a year. In March, it joined a few hospitals nationwide that are pioneering the "hospitalist" approach to maternity care, which adds a measure of safety to attempted vaginal births after cesareans. A hospitalist is a doctor who cares only for hospitalized patients.

Hospitalist obstetricians staff the maternity ward 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are there to deliver babies when an attending obstetrician gets stuck in traffic, to monitor lengthy labors and to assist in emergencies.

Saddleback supported Wales' desire for a vaginal birth. Nine days after her due date and after 30 hours of labor, she gave birth -- the way she wanted -- to an 8-pound, 11-ounce boy.

"I was so glad nothing happened at the last minute to have an emergency C-section because I'd gone through all this work," said Wales, resting in her hospital bed with baby Carson in her arms. "I'm so relieved that I don't have to deal with a [cesarean] recovery because I have a 2 1/2-year-old at home who is very active."

Copyright © 2009, The Los Angeles Times

Jun 14, 2009

Jeff Click Homes up for Readers Choice Award 2009! Please Vote!

Friends, Family, and Associates,

Please pardon the "form letter" nature of this email, but I wanted to send this to those whom I think would be willing to help. I'm honored that my company, Jeff Click Homes was named a top-5 finalist for NewsOK/The Oklahoman's 2009 Readers Choice Awards in the category of "Best New Home Builder - North".

It's no secret that the housing industry is in a slump, and those who are still privileged enough to be surviving in the industry need everything they can get to keep some forward momentum. My staff and contractors have worked tirelessly over the past 18 months not only to make sure JCH survives, but gains market share and momentum through a tough time. I would love nothing more than to win this award for them as affirmation of my team's efforts in putting forth both the product and level of service worthy of such recognition. This would be a great morale booster, as well as a good PR tool for the company.

I would be very grateful if you would give us your support by voting for us in the Readers Choice awards, and each time you vote you make yourself eligible for a $500 shopping spree, or lots of other gift certificates. Here's how you can help...

1) VOTE ONLINE EVERY DAY: From June 11 through June 22, you can vote once per day online at by going to:
Once at the Readers Choice page, look for the "Home" category, which has a picture of a house with a yellow door, and you'll find Jeff Click Homes listed. Select us, then click submit and your vote is cast. (There are many other categories you might want to vote in, as well.)

2) GET YOUR SUNDAY, JUNE 13 PAPER: If you receive the paper, ballots will be included in this edition. If you are willing to fill it out and send it in, please do. If not, we'd love to get your copy of the ballot and we'll send it in. If you have neighbors, friends, or family that you have close access to, getting theirs to send in would be greatly appreciated, as well.

3) ASK OTHERS TO VOTE: If you have a friend, family member, or associate who would be willing to vote for us, we'd love you to pass this on. Please don't spam and mass email. Just personally pass it along to anyone that you think would be willing to support us.

Thanks so much,
Jeff Click
Jeff Click Homes

May 26, 2009

Wish you could do more to help out others? Eat some GREAT Pizza and help 3 Families out!

You have to eat today, right? I promise you will LOVE Papa Murphy's Pizza, the ingerdients are FRESH and great fillers!
 These families could use our help:

May 1, 2009

Is your child a picky eater, or only wants JUNK??

Well first, if your child only wants sweets and junk or fast food, that is YOUR fault.  Anyway here is some advice from Dr. Leman:

I ran across this of the Focus On The Family  website  Click HERE to go to the site

If you are the parent of a picky eater, here is Dr. Leman's advice.

  • Give your kids food that God made. I once watched as a mother gave her four-year-old a choice of breakfast from a breakfast bar. There were many yummy things including fruit and eggs but the little girl chose French toast. OK, there is nothing wrong with French toast. I love it myself. But according to Dr. Leman, if you want to grow a child who is not a picky eater, don't overexpose them to sugary foods and snacks. Why? It creates a habit for "bad-for-you" foods that will encourage your child to be a picky eater. So instead of loading your kitchen cupboards with junk food, load up on fruits, vegetables and things that God made.

  • Don't make a mountain out of a molehill. According to Dr. Leman, "Many studies have been done that show that children, if not pushed by their parents, will eat what their bodies crave. For example, children who are in a growth phase might require a lot more protein. Who cares if a child eats a lot of fish one week, and feasts on veggies the next week because that's what she craves? She's still getting an overall balanced diet." 

    What this boils down to is not making too big of a deal about eating. Just bring home healthy food and don't push your kid to eat all of her veggies or try to bribe her with a candy bar to eat all of her peas. This kind of reasoning not only doesn't work, but it's detrimental to kids. They'll eat when they're hungry if you don't make a mountain out of a molehill.

  • Remember that your kids will eat how much they need when they are hungry. Kids don't typically have hang-ups about food like adults. Unlike many grown-ups, they eat when they are hungry and they stop when they are full. Dr. Leman suggests not pushing your kids to finish everything that's on their plate. "Studies have shown that your child can eat in one sitting only the amount of food that is the size of his fist. If parents push children to eat more than they are comfortable with, it can lead to struggles with overeating later on."

Apr 19, 2009

It's official, she is an ATHLETE!

Alessondra is playing soccer at Crossings Community Church, and daddy is PROUDLY coaching her and her coed team.
Coach Jeff posing with Alessondra, 1st game

Coach getting the kids "pumped up" before the game
Last minute pointers:
Alessondra did pretty well the first week, but she could not understand why the ball would not just come to her.  She was use to her practice sessions with Daddy, where he always kicked the ball right to her.  I have video of the tears this created.
Team picture minus 1 : Carson , Ella, Hunter, Alessondra, Isabella, Cameron, Avalon & Chloe not pictured 

Alessondra, ready to play at the 2nd game.  

Taking a few seconds to pose with her fans:
Alessondra and I
Alessondra and Papa, (Nindy was there too, but she is busy documenting the game for us : ) )
Coach Jeff leading the 2 teams in a half time devotional and prayer

Alessondra not only played better this week, she cheered her team on when she was not in the game.  Alessondra getting a little excited with the pom poms:

Coach with the team, yes that is my child with the Scooby Snacks in her mouth!
Coach daddy, Coaching Alessondra:
"no one told me soccer would be so much running, I am tired!"
Alessondra getting ready to go after the ball:

Mar 23, 2009

Sad 2 Smiles

When we first got Emmie 7/2008 :

Wow, what a whirl wind 24 hours we have had here at the Click house!!  Last evening I came home after being gone most of the day.  After preparing and enjoying dinner I went to let our 2 dogs out, Emmie (Yorkie) and Justice (German Sheppard).

A little history on Emmie.  
We purchased Emmie in July of 2008, she was 3 years old when we bought her from my Step-Sister, Pam.  Who was once in the Yorkie breeding business.   My mother bought Emmie's "boyfriend",  Jack, from her as well.  
  Emmie is a very shy and timid dog.  Due to Emmie being older and not used to children, Emmie did not bond too well with  Alessondra. She pretty much runs from us and stays hidden most of the time.  

So we decided to breed Emmie and Jack in hopes of getting a puppy that we could raise around Alessondra.

Two weeks ago I took Emmie to the Vet for x-rays to determine if she was pregnant.  Much to our dismay she was not.  

The Vet showed me the x-ray, NOTHING , no babies in there.  : (  

We were all sad because we just KNEW that she was pregnant.  She showed all the signs of being pregnant.  They diagnosed her with a "false" or hormonal pregnancy.  Which I guess is pretty common.

Anyway, I digress (often)
Back to letting the dogs out.  Our little Emmie did not come when we called to to go outside.  (This is not normal for her)
So we looked and looked and looked all throughout the house.  Normally if we go into an area or room she is in, she will dart out, this did not happen.

Jeff recalled that earlier in the day, Alessondra had went outside and left the door open for quite some time.  We concluded that Emmie must of slipped out at that time.

Thank God she has her tags on, however no one will ever be able to get close enough to catch her, much less read her tags!

We prayed (numerous times), Jeff drove the neighborhood and others around us, he even had some neighbors helping.  Alessondra and I walked around calling for her.

Jeff checked the ditches and ponds : (
It was so heartbreaking to see how upset Alessondra was.  I stayed up late into the night designing a "Lost Yorkie" flyer.

Early Monday morning I went out and searched the neighborhoods again as did Jeff and my MIL Cindy. (Big thanks out to them!)

Jeff printed my flyers, I dispersed them, called the Animal control shelters.  Thought about what type of dog I might get to help heal my baby's griefing heart...

At about 5:00 my friend, Robin and I visiting.  She had just suggested that I call the Animal Shelters, so I did.  We both hear a "Jingle" of a dog collar!  Turn and look, and guess who is standing in my living room...Emmie!

Where had she come from? Where had she been?  I was just so glad she was home! Has she been in the house the entire time??  NO WAY! 

Robin and I discussed how we would never know what she had been doing the last 24 hours. 

Emmie sat with us for a few minutes, (which was odd), Emmie even let 3 1/2 yr old Jaxton pet her...(even more odd).

What was going on?  What alien dog took over my Yorkie??

Emmie jumps off the couch, "Hey let's follow her into the bedroom" Maybe she will take us to where she has been hiding?

She goes straight to my closest...(Strange)

Robin spots her!

I reached behind the clothes, pull Emmie out, along with a few things I should of hung up months ago, but never "found the time", and OH MY GOSH, 
what else do I pull out...........................................................................

A healthy 6 ounce newborn baby girl yorkie!
Look at the joy in her eyes!!  That is so awesome to see that type of smile on your daughters face!

Mommy Emmie and baby yorkie(no name yet) are doing great!
The Vet says that the puppy is beyond healthy...very very fat!
God is so great!  Our prayers answered and then some!!

I guess the x-ray and the Vet were wrong...she was pregnant! (Do I get my money back for that visit?)