Welcome Baby Hudson!

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — After nine long months of anticipation, the newest member of the KEZI family is here. Hudson Alfred James Elmer was born at 9:29 p.m. He was 8 lbs., 7 oz., and a tall guy at 21 inches long. Mom, dad and baby are all doing well.┬áHudson is the first grandchild on both … Continue reading »

Baby on Board: A Parent’s Tale

April 19, 2012 By Holly Menino EUGENE, Ore. — Every parent has their own tale to tell of how their family started. Today’s families come in many different shapes and sizes. Over the past 11 weeks, we’ve showcased some of the many different families that make up our community. Click on the video above for … Continue reading »

Baby on Board: Parenting a Child with Special Needs

April 12, 2012 By Holly Menino EUGENE, Ore. — Being a parent is tough enough, but there are even more obstacles to overcome when you have a child with special needs. One mother faced that challenge head on and turned it into an opportunity. Sydney Schook calls herself a “Mama Warrior”. Her son Aidan was … Continue reading »

Baby on Board: Starting Life in the NICU

April 5, 2012 By Holly Menino SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — For babies born prematurely or with special needs, Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is a lifesaver. With the ability to care for more than 36 babies at a time and more than 500 babies every year, the NICU serves families … Continue reading »

Baby on Board: Being a Single Parent

By Holly Menino EUGENE, Ore. — Parenthood is a job that’s both rewarding and — at times — challenging. It’s also a job that’s hard to do on your own. When there are two parents in the home that job can be divided up, but for single parents the responsibility falls solely on their shoulders. … Continue reading »

Baby on Board: Adoptive Parents

By Holly Menino EUGENE, Ore. — The picture of the modern family looks a lot different than it did 20 years ago. And for parents, there are several ways to form a family, including adoption. Parents adopt children for many different reasons, and there are many different types of adoptions to choose from. Some choose … Continue reading »

Baby On Board: Being Mr. Mom

By Holly Menino EUGENE, Ore. — U.S. Census Bureau numbers show that in 2009, there were 5.3 million stay-at-home parents. The majority were moms, but the number of moms staying home to care for their children is on the decline and the number of dads staying home is increasing. In 2009, the U.S. Census Bureau … Continue reading »

Baby On Board: Teen Parents

March 1, 2012 By Holly Menino EUGENE, Ore. — Becoming parents in the teenage years isn’t something many people plan on doing. But for thousands of American teens, parenthood is very much a reality. Numbers from the CDC show about 400,000 American girls between the ages of 15 to 19 give birth each year. While … Continue reading »

Baby On Board: Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren

By Holly Meninio SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Nearly one million children across the country are being raised solely by their grandparents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It’s a living situation that can pose a challenge for both the grandparents and the grandchildren. Bruce and Pat Cummings of Springfield are enjoying their retirement but not in … Continue reading »

Baby On Board: Making the Time to Eat Right

By Holly Menino EUGENE, Ore. — In a household where both parents work, it can be tough to find the time to eat healthy. One Eugene couple has their own recipe for balancing their careers and feeding their kids a well-balanced diet. Making nutritious food choices is something they started teaching their children right from … Continue reading »

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