New mommy regrets: Readers talk about what they wish they’d done differently in those first sleep-deprived days

EXPECTANT parents

Caitlin Brody Nobody likes regrets, but when you’re a new mom or dad and every day presents a new challenge, you’re bound to face a few fumbles. Here, users of TheBump.com sound off on the top things they wish they could change about their own parenting (cue Cher’s “If I Could Turn Back Time”). And […]

Heading Home: The art and science of diapering

The following is an excerpt from “Heading Home with Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality” (Second Edition): At an average of 25 cents per diaper for brand-name disposables and about 3,000 diapers, you can expect to spend around $750 during your first year of diapering _ and that’s not even factoring in wipes, diaper creams, […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Make A Wish, missing the sun and the birth of an outlaw

Grab a cup of Joe and get ready to be properly informed. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Make a wish come true Today is the last day to purchase tickets for the Make A Wish Foundation’s annual Wishing Upon A Star dinner and auction fundraiser. Their goal is to sell at least 20 […]

Jesus’ birth inspiring story for all

Freedom New Mexico This year might be a good one to contemplate just how unlikely and yet inspiring the Christmas story is. Christmas, of course, celebrates the birth of Jesus, who, Christians believe, came to Earth to save humankind from its multifarious sins and transgressions, to offer hope of salvation to those who believe. Yet […]

Jesus’ birth quite a story

Have you given any thought to whether there were any cows in the barn on Christmas Eve that night two thousand and ten years ago? All Luke says is there was a manger. It doesn’t take much Bible reading to inform us that cows have been domesticated for centuries. Why, Adam even named ‘em. They’re […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Vet’s breakfast, a first kiss and birth of the Marines

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Free breakfast Baxter-Curren Senior Center is hosting a free Veterans Day Breakfast.The event is 8 a.m. today at the senior center located at 908 Hickory Street. Guest plates are $3. Breakfast will include biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, coffee and juice. Information: 769-7908 Question of […]

Worldwide communion brings churches together

Clyde Davis Ecumenism was a hope-filled buzzword, certainly old in concept but given a re-birth in the optimistic years following World War II — the war which our fathers fought and came home hoping their sons would not have to fight, only to have those sons and daughters go off to Vietnam, Southwest Asia, and […]

Dragonflies: Versatile and voracious hunters

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Sharna Johnson Spring and summer rains on the dry Plains give birth to an uncharacteristic array of flora — and bugs. High moisture also means life for one of the most versatile and voracious hunters of the insect world: Dragonflies. A wet season this year, leaving behind full ponds and standing water, has bolstered dragonfly […]

Birth — Sept. 5

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Ramirez [image#1, align=right, size=medium] Simon Augustin Ramirez was born Aug. 8, 2010, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis to Margarita Armenta and Leandro Ramirez of Portales. He weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces. Grandparents are Felix and Margarita Armenta and Apolinar Ramirez.

Mayoral candidate profile: Gary Watkins

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Name: Gary Watkins Birth date: Feb. 7, 1955 Profession: Retired from Portales fire department Years in Portales: Life If you’d like to ask him some questions: 760-8962 or shortman103@hotmail.com

Mayoral candidate profile: Dennis Lopez

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Name: Dennis Lopez Birth date: Oct. 12, 1968 Profession: Mental Health Resources program director for supported employment Years in Portales: 35 If you’d like to ask him some questions: 607-6615 and lopezdennis2001@yahoo.com

PRMC births down in 2009

Freedom New Mexico Gift baskets were ready and there was no shortage of expecting mothers in the community. But as the sun fell on the first day of 2010, there was still no first baby of the year. It was close, said Ellen Augustine, interim women’s and pediatrics’ manager for Plains Regional Medical Center. One […]

Jesus’ birth showed new way to think

Freedom New Mexico It is curious in some ways that modern-day Western Christians have created a more lavish holiday — which in many ways has become a thoroughly secular and in some ways excessive celebration in which Santa Claus and Rudolph play a larger role than the baby in the manger — of the birth […]

Birth raises issue of morality

By Anita Doberman: Cannon Connections columnist A few days ago the Hindustan Times reported that Rajo Devi, a 70 year old Indian woman gave birth to a baby girl, becoming the world’s oldest woman to birth a child. Ms. Devi and her husband, age 72, used in vitro fertilization. The fact that a woman older […]

Just because science can, doesn’t mean science should

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist A few days ago the Hindustan Times reported that Rajo Devi, a 70 year old Indian woman gave birth to a baby girl, becoming the world’s oldest woman to birth a child. Ms. Devi and her husband, age 72, used in vitro fertilization. The fact that a woman older than […]

Birth: Zupancic

Julia Marie Zupancic was born May 23, 2008, to Steven and Laura Zupancic of Lubbock at University Medical Center in Lubbock. She weighed 8 pounds. Grandparents are Tom ans Susan Williams of Midland, Texas, and James and Isabel Zupancic of Portales.

Birth: Thomas

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Landri Ella Thomas was born May 6, 2008, to Don and Suzanne Thomas of Portales at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces. Grandparents are Leroy and Gaynelle Thomas of Portales and Don and Julie Nickles of Nampa, Idaho.

Birth: Wicker

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Skyla BrieAnn Wicker was born Dec. 13, 2007, to Grayson and Shara Wicker of Sweetwater, Texas, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater. She weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces. Grandparents are Jerry and Doris Wicker of Clovis and Brad and Debbie Hunton of Portales.

Floyd School News April 20

Upcoming Events The Book Fair will be April 28-May 6. The fourth, fifth and sixth grade track meet with Elida and Dora will be at Floyd on May 1. The Spring Program will be at 6:30 May 5. Childfind A developmental screening for children from birth to 5 years of age will be held from […]

Denying children citizenship no answer

Freedom New Mexico One of the most challenging issues in the national debate over illegal immigration is what to do about the children of such immigrants who gain automatic U.S. citizenship at birth. Despite the wishes of anti-immigration extremists, the federal courts almost universally have agreed the 14th Amendment grants citizenship to anyone born on […]