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  • FREE | May 2011

    Get connected with other local moms @ orlando.momslikeme.com

  • 407.273.9400Waterford Lakes Town Center

    Conveniently located in KidlandoBetween LA Fitness & Regal Theater

    www.rstfriends.comLicense # C09OR0210

    First Friends is a Child Care Learning Center

    FREE Registrationfor Summer Programs

    $75 Value.New Enrollments Only. Certain Restrictions Apply. With Coupon. Expires 6-30-11

    NEW AFTER SCHOOL RATE$60

    Includes FREE Enrichment Programs.New Enrollments Only. Certain Restrictions Apply. With Coupon. Expires 6-30-11

    onlyper week

    for School Age Children

    $125.00 per Week2 Snacks & Hot Lunch Included

    Academic ReviewDaily Reading ~ Journal Writing ~ Math Review

    Field TripsBowling ~ Miniature Golf ~ Roller Skating

    Petting Zoo ~ Puppet Theatre ~ Mad Science

    Weekly Movies at Regal Cinemas

    Now offering FREE MATH TUTORING

    As one of our enrichment programs!

    SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM

    Register Now forSUMMER PROGRAMS

    Spaces Fill Up Quickly!

    VICTORY MARTIAL ARTS

    SUMMER VPK PROGRAM

    First Friends offersFREE Karate Classes

    as one of our enrichment programs!

    FREE CHILDCARE

    From 9 am to 5 pm June 13th to August 12th

    Open 7 am to 7 pm ~ Monday thru Friday2 Snacks & Hot Lunch Included

  • 4 May 2011 orlando.momslikeme.com

    FREE | May 2011

    Get connected with other local moms @ orlando.momslikeme.com

    PROFILES IN MOTHERHOODHonoring some local moms that have made an impact on their childrens lives.

    Thanks to local grandmom, SusanHarris, her daughter, Katie DeGrace,and Katies daughter, Hannah.Photographer:Erika Hopkinswww.ErikaHopkinsPhotography.com

    After Hours Pediatrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 11

    Baby and Beyond . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 21

    Beckman & Associates, Inc . . . . . . . . . .Page 21

    Browns Gym . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 15

    Camp Jam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 23

    City of Oviedo Recreation . . . . . . . . . . .Page 2

    Disney Destinations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 44

    Erika Hopkins Photography . . . . . . . . .Page 27

    First Friends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 3

    Glass Slipper Cakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 19

    Kidtique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 25

    The Law Firm of Brown, Van Horn . .Page 23

    Little Bird . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 23

    Mad Science . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 25

    Marcy L. McKeown DMD . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 7

    The Minivan Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 7

    Once Upon a Time Events . . . . . . . . . .Page 25

    Orange County Public Schools . . . . . .Page 35

    Oviedo Marketplace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 43

    Tree of Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 21

    Victory Martial Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 3

    Ask Suzette

    Orlando Shakes

    Single Parenting

    KidsLikeMe

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    Features

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    SAYING THANK YOUTips and tidbits to help celebrate Mothers Day

    CAMPING IT UPHaving more ideas for your kids to do this summer

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  • April May 5orlando.momslikeme.com

    Every morning, I wake up with the nose of my f ive-year-old, 3 inches from myown nose, saying the same eight words he says every day Mommy, what are youmaking me for breakfast? No matter what time he went to bed the night before,he is up bright and early and goes from zero to 60 by the time his feet hit the f loor.At the same time, through the small monitor on my nightstand, the chatteringsounds of my f ifteen-month-old begin. Almost as if he can senses my presencethrough the device, the chattering turns into a fuss and then into a full oncry/scream/yell. I stumble towards the kitchen, heading directly for the coffee pot,the f ive year old asks, Mommy, why do you wake up so slow? Why dont youwake up FAST like me?

    As I pour my f irst cup of coffee of the day, and tune out the demands andcries of my two boys, I begin to drift back to the days of BC Before Children. Themornings that were just for me, where I could wake up when I wanted and not ondemand Where coffee was sipped and not chugged while not changing diapers,brushing hair and tying shoes; simultaneously. Where I knew that when I walkedout the door, my shoes matched, my clothes were stain free and my hair wasbrushed. Gone were those days. Im quickly returned to reality, when my oldestattempts to pour his own glass of milk and spills half of the just bought gallon oforganic milk all over the kitchen f loor. I have only been up for 1o minutes.

    And yet, I would not change my life for anything. I love the smell of my twoboys after a long day of running around in the back yard. I love the sounds of themplaying in their rooms together. I love their giggles, their cries and their silly songs.I love the way I can see my husband in my oldest and that my youngest looks likeme. I love that my house is f illed with their toys, their clothes and their love.

    Yes, there are days that I cringe when I have to say Stop! or Your littlebrother is NOT a toy! for the 1,385 time. There are days that I look at the child-free women at the grocery store and yearn for just one day where I can do a quickmilk and bread run. I will admit, I have locked myself in the bathroom and cried.But, those moments are few and far between when compared to the times that Iam so thankful for the life that I have. Motherhood is a beautiful journey that isf illed with ups and down and sleep-less nights. Its a gift that I get to watch theseboys grown into men and that the lessons that I teach them will affect so manypeople in the future. Its a daunting task, but one that I accept every day. Mother-hood is not for the faint of heart, but for the select few that strap on their battlegear and know that it might not be per fect everyday, but it will be f illed with slop-py kisses and beautiful drawings and early mornings with the ones that truly loveyou.

    Katy MacDiarmid Leach

  • 6 May 2011 orlando.momslikeme.com

    Ask Suzette

    My 9-year-old asked me when we weregoing to go bra shopping.(Her cousin whois two years older started shopping for hertraining bra recently,so of course she isinterested.) What kinds of things should Ilook for when we start to look?

    Here are a few things to think about: Fabric and cer tain s tyles may work bet ter due to the sensitivi-

    ty that occurs during early breast development. Some gir ls breasts change size or shape at dif ferent times in

    their menstrual cycles. Many gir ls f ind they like to wear dif ferent s tylesof bras at dif ferent times in their cycle.

    Most gir ls breasts grow at dif ferent rates and many gir lsf ind themselves with one that may be bigger than the other. Star t bymoving the s trap adjus ters on a bra to dif ferent lengths to see if thishelps.

    Take a look at the bra youre about to buy and imagine how itmight sur vive a full day of wear. If the front closure pops open too eas-ily, could this bra let you down in front of your entire drama class? Thebras s traps may feel f ine in the f i t ting room, but if the adjus ters aresit ting r ight on your shoulder or collarbone, how will that feel underyour backpack?

    No matter what the size or shape of a gir ls breasts, the mostimpor tant thing to remember in choosing a bra is comfor t.

    Choosing theright bra at the

    right time headsoff future fuss

    Suzette C. Boyette, ARNPParents Everywhere, Inc.founder/educator,parentseverywhere.comIf you would like to ask Suzette a questionabout parenting, womens health or child birthinformation, please contact her atsboyette@parentseverywhere.com.

  • May 2011 7orlando.momslikeme.com

    What is a chiropractor,and why would Iconsider seeing one?

    According to the Association of Chiropractic Colleges, Chiro-practic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recu-perative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs andsurgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationshipbetween structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinatedby the nervous system) and how that relationship af fects the preser-vation and restoration of health. The purpose of a chiropractor is tooptimize health holis tically.

    They can help you with: headache, spinal and back pain relief lower muscle stif fness increase your range of motion improves joint health become more relaxed more energy and less fatigue improve healing and moreChiropractors can also treat infants with a variety of healthcare

    issues such as ear infections and even colic. When choosing a chiro-practor, ask he/she accepts your insurance as most healthcare insur-ances have included chiropractor care as par t of the healthcare plan.

  • 8 May 2011 orlando.momslikeme.com

    The role of mother, whetheryoure called momma, mommy orjust plain ol mom, continuouslyevolves throughout life. As a youngchild, mom is the ultimate caregiv-er, f illed with love and compassion,ready to soothe a scraped knee orcool a fever.

    During the teenage years,mom must be prepared with guid-ance and even a few lectures whentheres a rough patch. And whenits time for a daughter to spreadher wings and f ly, its mom whocheers her on even though itmeans letting go.

    And as the years pass, thisspecial kind of bond betweenmother and daughter can continue especially when the roles ofmothering are reversed.