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  27th Cleveland Clinic Children’s Gala

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A few weeks ago I had the privilege of attending the Cleveland Clinic’s 27th Annual Children’s Gala. The village of doctors, patient advocates, nurses and community had selected my friend Maisie Nowlin, as one of this years two Courage Award recipients.

You see, over the last two years my friends Meg, Ryan and little Maisie have been in and out of Cleveland Children’s with a very rare disease called Aplastic Anemia. She has had one scare after the next, a bone marrow transplant and so many experimental drugs but all in all Maisie kept the faith, was supported by her CLE community and wore her heart on her sleeve. This girl is a fighter and we were there that evening to celebrate her and her entire loving family.

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Cleveland Clinic Children’s is dedicated to medical, surgical and rehabilitative care of infants, children and adolescents. The staff uses the latest technology and most recent research to achieve the best possible outcomes. Children’s has more than 300 pediatric specialists who are leaders in research for cardiac care, neurological conditions, digestive diseases and other conditions. More than 80 of their staff are annually named as “Best Doctors” by their peers. Cleveland Clinic Children’s is consistently rated among the “Best Children’s Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report. I could go on and on…but to us, all that really mattered was that they helped our friends when they were at a loss for how to tackle such an ugly disease for their very sick daughter.

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I am happy to tell everyone that Maisie is doing well. She currently is a typical tween who is into sparkly shoes, her friends and her brothers and sister. She and her parents accepted this award with grace and humility and we couldn’t have been more proud of them and the team at Cleveland Children’s.

Thank you Dr. Rabi Hanna for hosting us that evening and thank you to your team for pouring your knowledge, heart and soul into the health of our friend Maisie. You make us all want to reach for the stars, to do better, to give more and to really see the love and passion for all people. We know that the research you have conducted in order to impact lives of your patients like Maisie would not be capable without your research grants AND without the generosity of individuals and private donors. We hope that the funds we raised that evening will help impact hundreds of other little seven year old girls like Maisie.

In the spirit of working towards curing each child-patient at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital; I invite you to take time to read more about the exciting happenings (can we say new, kids-only building?!?!) and efforts at Children’s here. If you have would like to donate to furthering the research that Dr Hanna and all of the doctors at the Clinic are conducting we welcome you to make a gift here. We thank you in advance for your generosity.

  Our little baby ninja’s “welcome story”

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Hello. My name is Charity. I am a designer (chartreuseinc.com), a blogger (iheartcleveland.com) a best friend, partner, daughter, sister, cyclist, adventurer and, as of late, I am a new Mom to our little “Baby Ninja.” I’ve been back and forth on when and what and even how I’d write and share about my little guy’s birth story. How could I possibly put into words all of the varying emotions I’ve felt over the past year? And honestly, how to get it out without sitting in a puddle of tears. But here I am, tissues at the ready, and here goes nothing.

Seth Godin once said, “If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.”  To be honest, I have always been so afraid of the idea of being pregnant or actually giving birth so much that it had paralyzed me. Giving up control over my body, my mind, (Yes, “pregnancy brain” exists!) my daily activities and my future plans scared the beejeezus out of me. Then, last year happened and I realized turning forty was coming up in the next two years and if I had even the tiniest desire to try for a bambino we probably should give it a shot…and so we did. And the rest is history. And boy, was I SCARED.

I was very lucky that, overall, it was a pretty easy pregnancy. I had the gestational diabetes scare but I was cleared and all was well. At about month seven I started swelling up like a balloon and became very uncomfortable. My size 7.5 feet were now squeezing into size 9s, with flip flops as my only option. I could barely walk as waddling was more my speed. Exercise was off the table while I longed for a hard spin class or a hot yoga sweat fest. At a certain point, just making it through daily activities made me pretty elated. I became so uncomfortable that I was hoping the little man would make an early appearance, and I think everyone else thought so too. So I kept going to my weekly check-ups and with each time nothing, nada, no movement, no “Ninja.” We kept waiting…and I was SCARED.

We ate spicy foods, went on long bumpy drives in the car, had eggplant, drank rose hip tea and yes, tried a few other “unmentionables.” We tried everything, but nothing seemed to do the trick.

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  friday, coming out of the fog!

Hey Cleveland friends! SO so so wonderful to be slowly coming out of the “new-mom-fog” and back with you here at “iheartcleveland.” Thank you so much to so many of you who have wished us well on this new adventure into parenthood. It really meant a ton to get your kind words during the last few weeks.

After a pretty intense, four-day birth story (ask me about it some other time when we are out for cocktails) Little Baby Ninja was born into the 216 on June 29th. We stayed in the hospital for a few days before going home to further hibernate with our new family member. I now TRULY have a bigger appreciation for a quick run to Target, an impromptu manicure with the gals or a last minute spin class…these last few days I literally have been surviving one hour to another. This mom thing is NO JOKE!

While I have been “away” seems like so much has happened with you and around town. The Fourth of July was a stunning weather weekend and from what I could tell you took full advantage of the beach, rooftop fireworks, boating and boozing. Then there was the overwhelming display of love for our city and our yoga practices at the second annual Believe in CLE at the Rock Hall; did you see the aerial shots? Then there is all the Lebron “decision” which I feel like I knew nothing about until YESTERDAY (how is this possible?) and last GO CLEVELAND, Congrats to everyone who was involved in getting the GOP Convention to our city! So much fun happening around town.

Before I slipped away for these two weeks of “rest” I was working on getting us all packed up for the “hotel” (aka hospital) and thought I would share a few of the fun things I packed to take with us. While I promise this blog will in no way become an “all about baby” blog, I may from time to time slip in a bit about the Baby Ninja..because he is too cute not to share if I may say so myself…proud mom!

So while I may be home, recovering from the whole fiasco here is what we packed for me, for dad and for baby to entertain, soothe, style and make bringing baby into the world a whole lot better than the standard issued hospital garb. Enjoy!

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FOR ME :  I knew I’d be living in the DVF Designed Clinic hospital gown but I had to add my own little bling so I brought gold flip flops to accessorize. I packed my favorite little bottle of coconut body spray that we bought last year on vacation in Hawaii to pretend this was just another tropical hot spot. My sister and new Auntie sent me a fancy chocolate bar from her home town of London and while I couldn’t eat solid foods pre-baby, or chocolate post-baby, I shared the sweet with any visitors and my lovely nurses. I packed lots of magazines and brought my computer but didn’t really have the mental focus to enjoy them so have been catching up on them at home. I brought my own Ms. Spade water cup which I picked up at Lovely Paper & Gifts in Rocky River as well as a big thing of Bonne Bell Lipsmackers to keep myself hydrated. My mom said Oprah swears by these cooling body wipes so they came along as well. Last, I also love the little sound box that was gifted to me  from Loop Cafe it makes wonderful  background soothing sounds perfect to soothe any stressful situation. Lots of goodies to make the “visit” more like home. MORE! →

  North Union Farmers Market @ the Clinic

Happy Thursday to you. Another sunny, hot day in the city. It’s been so steamy at my house (due to lack of AC) that the other night I had to take down my picture frame art wall due to some of the frames dropping like flies. A) Ikea frames are pretty fragile and bust when dropped from over 4 feet above the ground and B) 3M sticky velcro strips don’t love humidity. So, with that said I have a bit of hammer, nail and new frame project for this weekend….on to the good stuff!

Yesterday we took a lunch field trip to check out the 6th year collaboration of the Cleveland Clinic and North Union Farmers Market. Every Wednesday from 10:30-1:30 (through the end of August) you can find interns, doctors, steel drum bands, celebrity chefs (sometimes) and lots of visitors mingling in the courtyard of the clinic over fresh veggies, fruits & culinary creations.

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  be kind.

Hello CLE. Isn’t this sunshine divine? It truly just makes me so happy. Also, side note…just looked at Monday’s weather and for Opening Day…50, overcast but NO RAIN! Get psyched!

Okay, today I wanted to share a little video that was developed by our friends at the Cleveland Clinic. It was initially an internal piece for employees and such, but I think it speaks VOLUME to how we as humans and as citizens of the CLE should behave. It’s a bit over 4 minutes in length and has “subtitles” so you have to actually read the video, but it is moving and I hope you like it.

If you do, pass it along to your friends who might also need a bit of a reminder that we are all individuals with different things going on…and we all live here on this earth together.

Great job Clinic marketing and communications team, it truly is a wonderful piece!