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Family Vacation... Roadtrip... We Survived!!!

Last week we travelled down to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  And when I say the "outer" banks, I mean it... really far away outer banks... down to Cape Hatteras type of outer banks.


It was our first time to NC.  Last summer, we drove almost 500…


Added by Brenda Milouchev on July 25, 2011 at 9:53pm — 1 Comment

Top Five Best Parks and Playgrounds for Kids

As spring (or at least what should be the season of spring... you know the one with sun and warm temperatures) happens upon us, I think it's time to get our kids outside everyday for lots of fresh air, sunlight and exercise.  This was a long, cold and snowy winter, so now I like to take advantage of every non-raining day to explore the beauty of New Jersey.  It got me thinking about the best parks and playgrounds for kids, those with plenty to do that is fun and free.




Added by Brenda Milouchev on May 24, 2011 at 2:01pm — 3 Comments

My Choice... From Breast Cancer to Motherhood

There's a hot pink line painted down Broad Street.  Did you see it?  Right between the yellow ones?


In the following weeks, Red Bank will transform itself into Pink Bank. The houses and businesses decorated around town, the giant pink ribbons hanging from the lamp-posts, the Wednesday evening Girls’ Night Out at the Downtown and the Pink Hat Tea party will all be reminders to, "Get your annual mammogram!" Pink Bank hopes to…


Added by Brenda Milouchev on April 18, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

What to Choose: To Love, To Teach, and To Stare

Sometimes at night I stare at my children. Their eyes closed, lips slightly pursed, eyebrows relaxed, cheeks red and round.  Sound asleep… chest barely rising.  If I look long enough, I am able to catch a glimpse of the future.  Their faces morph and I am transported ahead fifteen years.


The first time this happened, I felt like I was participating in an outer-body experience.  I thought maybe I was seeing my husband’s face in my son’s or possibly a grandfather’s nose or…


Added by Brenda Milouchev on February 28, 2011 at 2:15pm — 3 Comments

Decorating for Kids' Birthday Parties... The Theme? Philanthropy!

If you read my former article, you know that my second son was born with a solitary kidney.  By his first birthday, he had been through more than a little body's fair share of invasive medical procedures.  So, his first birthday was very special to our family, a life to be celebrated to the fullest extent of happiness and fun.


But being the second son, I thought to…


Added by Brenda Milouchev on February 3, 2011 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

Postpartum Anxiety... My Crisis of the Soul

My 1st child was born in September 2004.  Having a baby was fully my choice; at age 31, I was ready.  Pregnant, I chose to leave my PhD program and find a job instead; in preparation for the baby's arrival, an incoming salary seemed more sensible than accruing more student loans.  Believe me, I was more excited to be a mom than any book I had read or research paper I composed. …


Added by Brenda Milouchev on January 3, 2011 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Kidney Reflux... No, the Other Reflux

In his short lifetime, my son has endured two major surgeries and three hospitalizations. At age 14 months, he underwent ureter re-implantation surgery to correct level V reflux in his solitary left kidney.

In utero, my ultrasound revealed that my son had a solitary kidney. Somewhere along the way, from week 20 to week 28, his right kidney decided to atrophy. By week 32, the kidney was barely distinguishable amongst… Continue

Added by Brenda Milouchev on November 9, 2010 at 8:56am — 4 Comments


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