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That stuff is so fascinating. But I never know if the facial expressions/in motion and such is genetic or just the growing up together. People intensely mimic one another's bodily movements.

It is weird though to look at my sibling's faces--these total differences and that that freaky thread of similarity that runs through them.

I didn't meet my dad until I was 17. We have that same way of moving, and the same mannerisms. Genetics are mighty interesting.

Your blog is starting to seem like one big advertisement for this company. The posts you're being paid for aren't clearly labeled, so I never know anymore whether I'm reading an ad or something real about your life. Like this last post. I'm assuming it was a paid post, but I don't know. I understand wanting to make some money, but I think there are ways to do it that wouldn't destroy the integrity of your blog--like clearly labeling these posts and putting them on a separate page. Also, being more clear about the terms of the deal you've made with this company would help. I'm sad about this because I've always enjoyed reading your blog.

But I never know if the facial expressions/in motion and such is genetic or just the growing up together.

I believe it is genetic. My daughter looks very much like her dad, and was making facial expressions like his just hours after being born. It is facinating to watch.

And I guess my tags didn't work.

My comment was referring to what ozma said, if that was clear :)

Actually, spoiledonlychild, they are on a separate page. This is my review blog (look at the top of your browser window, you'll see the different name). My regular blog has little teasers, and the "read more" link always takes you to the other, separate, review blog. There's also a link to it from the regular blog, and a link back to the regular blog from this one. Each has its own separate archives.

Any post that takes you away from my regular blog with a "read more" link is a paid post. I wrote a post about it right before the paid ones started showing up, but haven't been putting a disclaimer on every post. I figured people would be able to tell after that.

I've kept all the same lists on the review blog just for continuity, and so people can get to other places from here without clicking back to my main blog.

Oh, and by the by, even the paid posts in which I discuss 23andMe involve stuff from my real life. I'm not inventing sisters and sucking at Guitar Hero.

Like another poste said, while I am sure that some aspect of siilarity in mannerisms comes from growing up together; I have ultrasounds that show my children making faces like their dad's or like one anothers ( and so far, the kids look like Daddy, despite teh fact that he is chalk full of recessive traits).regarless, it warms me- not because it is the blood that they share, but that there is some mark or their being related...something they can't deny even if they wanted to :o)

Putting a clear disclaimer at the beginning of every 23andMe post would help, I think. I'm not trying to be combative, but it really was confusing to me, and it does feel like your blog has become nearly half advertisement for this company. Kind of changes the tone of things. But if I got the same offer, I can't say I would turn it down, so I'm not judging.

Fair enough. I put disclaimers on some but not others, but really that's a function of my generally sloppy approach to blogging. Which is why the ad posts stand out -- with one ad post a week, and maybe only one other post a week these days, it does take up proportionally more space.

wtf, soc? anytime you see 23andme underlined at the very beginning of a post, it's a paid post. plain and simple. and I must say that I think she's done a beautiful job of integrating her personal life and insight into the paid posts. i don't believe she's sacrificed her writing, beliefs, or integrity for this; you must not know or have observed that one of jo's lifelong obsessions is her genetic background. but i'm not judging.

I had GD as well. It was temporary. My dcotor referred me to a diabetic counselor so I could better understand the diagnosis and get a meal plan. I was required to test my blood sugar daily (4 times/day) and log my carb intake. I shared these results with my dcotor at each visit and we made adjustments as needed. It was frustrating at times, but once I found what foods worked for me I just ate the same things repeatedly.Unfortunately, I was never able to fully control my fasting sugars (first thing in the morning) and I needed to take glyburide once per day at the minimum dosage to get my fasting sugar where my dcotor was comfortable. Post baby, the baby was checked three times in the hospital to ensure she was not diabetic. I immediately went back to a "regular" diet and was checked several times to ensure my sugars were acceptable. My dcotor checked me one last time at my two week post partum follow up and I was given the all clear. Honestly, the diagnosis was a blessing for me. My overall weight gain was 16 pounds through my pregnancy (I was overweight to begin with). And without any real effort post partum, I've lost almost 40 pounds. Being forced to get my diet under control was a huge benefit for me. The diet was not what I expected. I was on three meals and three snacks a day. My dcotor wanted me to have a carb and protein at each of these times. I was surprised at how many carbs I was instructed to eat. I had assumed being diagnosed with diabetes would mean to cut all carbs. I was very mis-educated about diabetes until I was forced to deal with it.

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