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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review August 26, 2010 / 16 Elul, 5770, 5770

Good things in small packages

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Our family has been given many blessings, but height has never been one of them. So we were surprised when our twin granddaughters arrived early and were being called the big kids on the block. Even if you're girls, when you're closing in on 4 pounds in the neonatal intensive care unit, you pretty well qualify as middle linebackers.

Because the bruisers in soft pink and white sleepers were doing well and breathing on their own, they were promoted to the unit known as The Village. Technically, this makes them Village People, although they have yet to jump up and sing "YMCA" and do the accompanying arm movements. Maybe next week.

The two babies share an Isoloette which is a large clear plastic box with two holes on each side and one on the end so caretakers can tend to the babies without changing their air temperature. Moms and dads are encouraged to do all the hands-on care in The Village, changing diapers, comforting the babies and taking the babies temps at regular intervals.

The babies are swaddled separately amidst a tangle of wires for IV ports, heart, respiratory and oxygen monitors. There is a 10 to 1 blanket -to-baby ratio. Periodically, the Isolette begins looking like the morning after a slumber party. Blankets and bedding are piled high in wild disarray that says we stayed up all night, laughing, talking, drinking breast milk and having a ball.

The babies are mirror images of one another, perfect in every detail, from their round little heads, to their almond shaped eyes, tiny noses and delicate lips. And yet, like all premies, they are not quite finished. They're on the scrawny side for linebackers. Their little legs lack meat and they would not be comfortable sitting on metal folding chairs.

There are three things premies must learn to do when they are born. They must learn to breathe, feed, and maintain their own body temperature. This is what is happening in the isolette. And one twin is doing this a little faster than the other.

But there is something else happening. They babies have been swaddled afresh and positioned side-by-side. There is a space of four inches between their little heads.

One twin yawns and turns her head and the space between them narrows ever so slightly. Then the other one stretches her neck and the space narrows a little more. Slowly, almost imperceptibly, like watching a cloud slowly inching across a vast blue sky, the babies inch and wiggle until there is but a small sliver of space between them. In an effort to help the twin who is not quite as skilled at maintaining body temperature as the other one, a nurse swaddles them together in one blanket. Heaven.

They are now as close as they can be, not even a pinkie apart. The Isolette is covered with a heavy blanket and the babies are enveloped in shadows to simulate the environment in the womb.

A peek inside several minutes later reveals the one baby has laid her small pink hand on the other one's head as if to say, "Don't worry, I'll warm you." And few minutes after that, they are holding hands.

Two premies in an isolette already have what nearly all mankind longs for -- someone to share the journey with, someone who will give you a pat on the head, and someone to hold your hand.


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