Beet-Apple-Carrot Puree (Oatmeal Topper)

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Loghan’s Rating:

1 Cup – Carrots or Parsnips

1 – Apple

2 – Large Beets from the 17.6 oz. package Gefen Organic Beets

Step 1: Prep & Chop

  • Peel the carrots and cut them into bite size pieces. Roast until soft, about 30 minutes or until soft. Once softened, toss them in the blender.
  • Peel and core the apples. Cut them into bite size pieces and throw them into a small frying pan on medium heat. Add enough water to coat the bottom of the pan and cover. Let them cook until soft. Once softened, toss them in the blender.
  • Cut the beets into smaller pieces and throw them in the blender. *You can also use fresh beets. I was doing this when I first started making baby food but I feel like they never got very soft no matter how I cooked them. They also take more time to prep and can stain things easily. Trust me, try the packaged ones – you can thank me later!

* You can also roast all of the fruit to soften them a bit and for some extra flavor. Either way is delicious. Roast at 425°F for 10-15 minutes or until soft.

Step 2: Blend

  • Blend until you reach your desired consistency. You can add water if it is too thick or use the chop setting if your baby is able to handle some chunkier foods.

Step 3: Eat & Store

  • Poor some in a bowl over the oatmeal and let your little one enjoy!
  • If you have extra fruit puree, you can freeze it and thaw it out for them to enjoy simply as is.
  • Freeze the leftovers. (Good for 3 months)

*I use the Oxo tot freezer trays to freeze in 1 oz. portions. Then I put them in labeled freezer bags.

Notes: Oatmeal is one of my easy, go-to breakfast meals. When I first started making oatmeal for Loghan I used Gerber DHA & Probiotic Oatmeal (Single Grain Cereal) but you can pick whichever tickles your fancy. Once she was ready for something more chewy I started making transition oats. If your baby isn’t ready for transition oats you can make this recipe using only the single grain cereal. Hopefully your LO likes this recipe, or even if they didn’t, leave a comment with your rave review or share how you modified it to make it fit your needs.

Transition Oats

2 ½ Cups – Baby Ground Oats

1 Cup – Oatmeal

3 Cups – Unsweetened Cashew Milk or Vanilla flavored

*You can also substitute regular milk, almond milk or whatever you LO drinks.

Optional Ingredients

½ TBSP – Flax Meal

½ TBSP – Chia Meal

¼ TSP – Cinnamon

The finished product…with strawberry banana topping!

Apple-Pear-Blueberry Puree (Oatmeal Topper)

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Loghan’s Rating:

1 – Apple

1 – Pear

½ Cup – Fresh or frozen blueberries

Step 1: Prep & Chop

  • Peel and core the apples and pears. Cut them into bite size pieces and throw them into a small frying pan on medium heat. Add enough water to coat the bottom of the pan and cover. Let them cook until soft. Once softened, toss them in the blender.
  • Check over the blueberries for stems and remove them. If you started with frozen blueberries, thaw them. Now, go ahead and throw them in the blender with everything else.

Step 2: Blend

Blend until you reach your desired consistency. You can add water if it is too thick or use the chop setting if your baby is able to handle some chunkier foods.

Step 3: Eat & Store

  • Poor some in a bowl over the oatmeal and let your little one enjoy!
  • If you have extra fruit puree, you can freeze it and thaw it out for them to enjoy simply as is.
  • Freeze the leftovers. (Good for 3 months)

*I use the Oxo tot freezer trays to freeze in 1 oz. portions. Then I put them in labeled freezer bags.

Notes: Oatmeal is one of my easy, go-to breakfast meals. When I first started making oatmeal for Loghan I used Gerber DHA & Probiotic Oatmeal (Single Grain Cereal) but you can pick whichever tickles your fancy. Once she was ready for something more chewy I started making transition oats. If your baby isn’t ready for transition oats you can make this recipe using only the single grain cereal. Hopefully your LO likes this recipe, or even if they didn’t, leave a comment with your rave review or share how you modified it to make it fit your needs.

Transition Oats

2 ½ Cups – Baby Ground Oats

1 Cup – Oatmeal

3 Cups – Unsweetened Cashew Milk or Vanilla flavored

*You can also substitute regular milk, almond milk or whatever you LO drinks.

Optional Ingredients

½ TBSP – Flax Meal

½ TBSP – Chia Meal

¼ TSP – Cinnamon

The finished product…with strawberry banana topping!

Caramelized Plum & Honey Puree (Oatmeal Topper)

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Loghan’s Rating:

3 – Plums

1 TBSP – Honey

*Ask your pediatrician about recommendations on what age to give your LO Honey.

Step 1: Prep & Chop

  • Peel and seed the plums. Cut them into bite size pieces and throw them into a small frying pan on low-medium heat. Add the honey, mix and let them cook down until they are soft and caramelized. This might take a little while, but it’s worth it. Once they’re done, toss them in the blender.

Step 2: Blend

  • Blend until you reach your desired consistency. You can add water if it is too thick or use the chop setting if your baby is able to handle some chunkier foods.

Step 3: Eat & Store

  • Poor some in a bowl over the oatmeal and let your little one enjoy!
  • If you have extra fruit puree, you can freeze it and thaw it out for them to enjoy simply as is.
  • Freeze the leftovers. (Good for 3 months)

*I use the Oxo tot freezer trays to freeze in 1 oz. portions. Then I put them in labeled freezer bags.

Notes: Oatmeal is one of my easy, go-to breakfast meals. When I first started making oatmeal for Loghan I used Gerber DHA & Probiotic Oatmeal (Single Grain Cereal) but you can pick whichever tickles your fancy. Once she was ready for something more chewy I started making transition oats. If your baby isn’t ready for transition oats you can make this recipe using only the single grain cereal. Hopefully your LO likes this recipe, or even if they didn’t, leave a comment with your rave review or share how you modified it to make it fit your needs.

Transition Oats

2 ½ Cups – Baby Ground Oats

1 Cup – Oatmeal

3 Cups – Unsweetened Cashew Milk or Vanilla flavored

*You can also substitute regular milk, almond milk or whatever you LO drinks.

Optional Ingredients

½ TBSP – Flax Meal

½ TBSP – Chia Meal

¼ TSP – Cinnamon

The finished product…with strawberry banana topping!

A Whole New World

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With everything going on in the world, I thought you would all be bored at home and need some good reading material, so, here is a Loghan update.

You probably noticed in some of my pictures that Loghan is wearing an eye patch. This is for her lazy eye. I have to admit, that kid can pull off looking cute in anything!

After wearing the patch for 2 hours a day, 6 days a week for 2 months, we went back to the eye doctor for a follow-up, but it did not go as expected. I thought Dr. Tufty was going to tell us to just keep wearing the patch and that her eye was correcting itself, however, that was not the case.

Loghan’s left eye wasn’t improving and he didn’t think it was going to improve with the patch. He wanted us to continue using the patch but cut down to 5 days a week and follow-up again in a couple more months. That led into his talk about the possibility of Loghan having to have another eye surgery this summer to correct the issue.

The surgery would be non-invasive, take approximately thirty minutes, and would entail them going in and cutting a small muscle in her eye. Her next appointment is at the end of April – fingers crossed that things have changed and Loghan won’t have to go through another (third total) surgery. However, if she does have to undergo, yet, another surgery, I am optimistic that she will recover lightning fast in her normal Loghan fashion. Nothing can stop her!

She squints when the sun hits her face, chases her shadow and let’s the wind blow through her hair…

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On a lighter note, I feel like Loghan’s personality is really starting to shine these past few weeks. She is starting to make a few more noises but is still pretty quiet. She still isn’t crawling on her hands and knees but she is an army crawling fool. Finally, yet most importantly, she is loving the outdoors.

Now, if you know Loghan then you know that last summer (pre-eye surgery) she did not like to be outside. The wind bothered her. The sun bothered her. Truth be told, there wasn’t much she liked about being outside, period.

 Since the weather has been warming up, cooling off, and warming back up again, we have had a few opportunities to play outside. I wasn’t quite sure how it would go, but oh my goodness you guys, it’s like night and day difference. Don’t believe me? I think the pictures speak for themselves!

She wants to walk everywhere and touch everything and takes on the sun and wind head on, well, for the most part anyways! She inspires me so much to continue to spread awareness and share our journey. She reminds me that it’s okay to be who I am and gives me the strength to be an even bigger advocate for her and for those that don’t have anyone to advocate for them.

If you follow me on Facebook and/or Instagram (@squirreledmom), you probably already saw what I’m about to share but share again I will. Enjoy!

How she loves the outdoors…

She loves her car, the grass, leaves and rocks…

She squints when the sun hits her face, chases her shadow and let’s the wind blow through her hair…

She watches cars drive by and tries to follow them like a puppy, she holds my hand and leads me in circles and she puts a smile on everyone’s path she crosses…

She, wasn’t always like this.
She, has overcome more obstacles than most.
She, is my daughter.

Loghan.

Apple-Banana Puree (Oatmeal Topper)

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Loghan’s Rating:

2 – Apples

2 – Bananas

¼ Tsp. – Cinnamon (optional)

*Transition oats recipe posted below

Step 1: Prep & Chop

  • Peel and core the apples. Cut them into bite size pieces and throw them into a small frying pan on medium heat. Add enough water to coat the bottom of the pan and cover. Let them cook until soft. Once softened, toss them in the blender.
  • Peel the bananas and tear or cut them into smaller pieces. Throw them in the blender.
  • Add the cinnamon to the blender if you decided to use it.

Step 2: Blend

  • Blend until you reach your desired consistency. You can add water if it is too thick or use the chop setting if your baby is able to handle some chunkier foods.

Step 3: Eat & Store

  • Poor some in a bowl over the oatmeal and let your little one enjoy!
  • If you have extra fruit puree, you can freeze it and thaw it out for them to enjoy simply as is.
  • Freeze the leftovers. (Good for 3 months)

*I use the Oxo tot freezer trays to freeze in 1 oz. portions. Then I put them in labeled freezer bags.

Notes: Oatmeal is one of my easy, go-to breakfast meals. When I first started making oatmeal for Loghan I used Gerber DHA & Probiotic Oatmeal (Single Grain Cereal) but you can pick whichever tickles your fancy. Once she was ready for something more chewy I started making transition oats. If your baby isn’t ready for transition oats you can make this recipe using only the single grain cereal. Hopefully your LO likes this recipe, or even if they didn’t, leave a comment with your rave review or share how you modified it to make it fit your needs.

Transition Oats

2 ½ Cups – Baby Ground Oats

1 Cup – Oatmeal

3 Cups – Unsweetened Cashew Milk or Vanilla flavored

*You can also substitute regular milk, almond milk or whatever you LO drinks.

Optional Ingredients

½ TBSP – Flax Meal

½ TBSP – Chia Meal

¼ TSP – Cinnamon

The finished product…with strawberry banana topping!

Transition Oats

Transition Oats

This post contains affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosures here.

Oatmeal is one of my easy, go-to breakfast meals. When I first started making oatmeal for Loghan I used Gerber DHA & Probiotic Oatmeal (Single Grain Cereal) but you can pick whichever tickles your fancy. Once she was ready for something more chewy I started making transition oats. If your baby isn’t ready for transition oats you can make this recipe using only the single grain cereal.

Transition Oats

2 ½ Cups – Baby Ground Oats

1 Cup – Oatmeal

3 Cups – Unsweetened Cashew Milk or Vanilla flavored

*You can also substitute regular milk, almond milk or whatever you LO drinks.

Optional Ingredients

½ TBSP – Flax Meal

½ TBSP – Chia Meal

¼ TSP – Cinnamon

The finished product…with strawberry banana topping!

Directions

Mix all of the ingredients together and put in the fridge overnight. The next day, use your Oxo tot freezer trays and fill each mold ¾ of the way full. I put a spoonful in each one and then press it into the mold with my finger. I then use the tip of the spoon to take any extra out to make room for the fruit topping puree of your choosing. Spoon the topping into each portion on top of the oatmeal. Once froze, you can store it in the freezer for up to 3 months

You can search my blog recipes for yummy fruit topping recipes!

Kiwi-Spinach-Pear-Chickpea Puree

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Loghan’s Rating:

3 – Kiwis

1 Cup – Uncooked Spinach Leaves

3 – Pears

¼ Cup – Chickpeas

Step 1: Prep & Chop

  • Peel the kiwis, cut them into pieces and place them in the blender.
  • Measure out them spinach and put it in the blender. If you prefer, you can also cook the spinach first.
  • Peel and core the apples and pears. Cut them into bite size pieces and throw them into a small frying pan on medium heat. Add enough water to coat the bottom of the pan and cover. Let them cook until soft. Once softened, toss them in the blender.
  • Cook the chickpeas according to package direction. I buy the can chickpeas because they are easier and less time consuming.

* You can also roast all of the fruit (minus the raisins) to soften them a bit and for some extra flavor. Either way is delicious. Roast at 425°F for 10-15 minutes or until soft.

Step 2: Blend

  • Blend until you reach your desired consistency. You can add water if it is too thick or use the chop setting if your baby is able to handle some chunkier foods.

Step 3: Eat & Store

  • Poor some in a bowl and let your little one enjoy!
  • Freeze the leftovers. (Good for 3 months)

*I use the Oxo tot freezer trays to freeze in 1 oz. portions. Then I put them in labeled freezer bags.

Notes:

I’m not going to lie, this is not one of Loghan’s favorites but she did eat it. Don’t forget, it takes about seven times for you LO to decide whether they like something. If they still don’t like it after the first couple times, try it again after a few days and maybe only thaw out one – one ounce cube at a time. Hopefully your LO likes this recipe, or even if they didn’t, leave a comment with your rave review or share how you modified it to make it fit your needs.

Hearing for the First Time

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It’s probably been a week or two since I have given a Loghan update but if you ever feel like you aren’t getting your Loghan fix, you can check me out on Instagram @squirreledmom.

What can I say, Loghan finally got her hearing aids and we couldn’t be more excited! Her first ear molds were done during her last Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) and unfortunately, they did not fit properly so we had to have them redone. However, we were able to program them, get them in and turn them on for the first time.

Once they were on, we instantly noticed she could hear better, so much so that it brought tears to my eyes. Our little Logi Bear – how she tugs on our heartstrings. She endures so much and never gives up and I cannot wait to see where this next chapter leads us.

After her appointment, I couldn’t wait to go back and luckily we didn’t have to wait long. They were able to get the new hearing aids within a couple days and we were back before the end of week. Again, we noticed a difference right away when the hearing aids were turned on.

One of the things we are hoping hearing aids will help with, other than hearing, is Loghan’s speech. I want to point out is that there are a few cases of others with RERE Syndrome that are non-verbal and if you know Loghan, then you know that her vocabulary is very short and consists of lots of ‘Ahhhs’ and blowing raspberries. At eighteen months old, that puts her behind the ball in the speech department, but I’m hopeful she will get ahead of the curve and keep on proving people wrong.

I know that we will not see instant changes vocabulary wise from Loghan since she hasn’t been hearing 100% since birth, but we are already seeing a difference with her response to commands. She is already responding to cues that she was not doing prior to hearing aids, like “clap” and “so big”. This makes me SO happy and shows what a difference the hearing aids are really going to make.

Loghan is classified as having mild hearing loss. To give you an idea of what that looks like on paper, here are the hearing scores she was given. The first number is how she hears without amplification and the second number is with amplification.

RIGHT ear:

Soft Speech: 41 – 98

Medium or Average Speech: 90 – 94

LEFT ear:

Soft Speech: 17 – 89

Medium or Average Speech: 65 – 93

Don’t be fooled by Loghan’s hearing loss being classified as “mild”. As mild as it may be, these hearing aids will help her pick up sounds she wasn’t hearing before, especially consonant and vowel sounds. Sounds that are key in developing her speech.

The path to getting Loghan’s hearing aids was not an easy one. Her scores from her first ABR left us just short of qualifying for them under Medicaid and our regular insurance doesn’t cover them either. No insurance covers them – it’s crazy! There is vision insurance, dental insurance, pet insurance…but yet, no hearing insurance. Mind blown.

Luckily, you can reach out for assistance to some great local resources. Some of them are income based while others are non-profit or charitable organizations. I reached out to a few (I will blog about those later) while we were waiting to do a second ABR to ensure Loghan’s hearing loss wasn’t progressive. The Sioux Empire Realtor For Kids provided us with a $750.00 grant toward Loghan’s hearing aids. This was great news, considering her hearing aids were going to cost just shy of $5,000.00.

After Loghan’s second ABR, her scores were almost identical, but one ear decreased just enough that we now qualified for her hearing aids to be covered under Medicaid. We are not hard up for money, but things do add up. I can’t imagine how stressed out some families must be about financial assistance if they have a family member with extra needs. It breaks my heart to think that some kids won’t be able to receive hearing aids because they can’t afford them and insurance doesn’t cover them. This needs to change.

Besides the cost, there are some other challenges that come with this powerful tool. One of them being, getting them in your child’s ears and staying there! Although there is this struggle, Loghan realizes that they help her so the only time she really tries pulling them out is when she is tired. She’s an ear puller when she gets sleepy.

Loghan is also a squirmy little one, however, we found a system that works and has helped our support system getting them in, out and to stay on!

  1. Turn them off.
  2. Put them in the hearing aid headband.
  3. Put the headband on. I found some cute ones from Etsy.
  4. Get YouTube ready!
  5. Put them in.
  6. Turn them on.
  7. Reward her for being good.

We have only had Loghan’s hearing aids for a little over a week so we are still learning, but I can’t wait to share what we learn and how she continues to develop. I know you are rooting for her right along with us and if you see us out and about feel free to say hi! Until then, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @squirreledmom.

Beet-Apple-Carrot Puree

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Loghan’s Rating:

1 Cup – Carrots or Parsnips

2 – Apples

I – 17.6 oz. package Gefen Organic Beets

1 – Can Chickpeas (optional)

Step 1: Prep & Chop

  • Peel the carrots and cut them into bite size pieces. Roast until soft, about 30 minutes or until soft. Once softened, toss them in the blender.
  • Peel and core the apples. Cut them into bite size pieces and throw them into a small frying pan on medium heat. Add enough water to coat the bottom of the pan and cover. Let them cook until soft. Once softened, toss them in the blender.
  • Cut the beets into smaller pieces and throw them in the blender. *You can also use fresh beets. I was doing this when I first started making baby food but I feel like they never got very soft no matter how I cooked them. They also take more time to prep and can stain things easily. Trust me, try the packaged ones – you can thank me later!
  • If you decided to add the chickpeas. Cook them according to directions and throw them in the blender with everything else.

* You can also roast all of the fruit to soften them a bit and for some extra flavor. Either way is delicious. Roast at 425°F for 10-15 minutes or until soft.

Step 2: Blend

  • Blend until you reach your desired consistency. You can add water if it is too thick or use the chop setting if your baby is able to handle some chunkier foods.

Step 2: Blend

  • Blend until you reach your desired consistency. You can add water if it is too thick or use the chop setting if your baby is able to handle some chunkier foods.

Step 3: Eat & Store

  • Poor some in a bowl and let your little one enjoy!
  • Freeze the leftovers. (Good for 3 months)

*I use the Oxo tot freezer trays to freeze in 1 oz. portions. Then I put them in labeled freezer bags.

Ready to freeze!

Notes:

One happy camper!

Loghan LOVES beets and this is another one of the many beet combos that she will just gobble up! I can mix beets with just about anything and she will eat them, which makes it easy to hide other ingredients she might not otherwise eat, like lentils, chickpeas or spinach.  Beets don’t have a lot of calories, so it is a good idea to add other ingredients like chickpeas or lentils that have some protein to make sure your LO is getting the nutrients they need. If your LO liked this recipe, or even if they didn’t, leave a comment with your rave review or share how you modified it to make it fit your needs.

And So The Saying Goes…

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You’re pregnant, you’re excited and everyone is asking, “Do you want a boy or a girl?” Although some people have a preference, most respond by saying, “As long as our baby is healthy, that’s all that matters.” I’ll admit, I gave this canned response to a lot of my family and friends without hesitation. Our chances of not having a healthy baby based off our family history and other factors was extremely low and when Loghan was born, we thought we had just that, a healthy baby.

If you follow the ‘Loghan’s Story’ blog series, you know that she has and will have to overcome many obstacles in her life. Our world was turned upside down when we found out Loghan has a rare disease. We’ve had to watch her get put under anesthesia four times, undergo two surgeries and maybe another one yet this summer. So if you are wondering where I am going with this, I will tell you.

Add these two questions to the list of questions to talk about with your significant other when having the conversation of potentially starting a family:

  • Are you prepared to be a parent to a child with health issues?
  • Do you have a good support system?

Even though no one wants to think about the possibility of the first question listed above, I wish I would have put some thought into it before having a baby. The truth is, no one thinks it will happen to them until it does and nothing can prepare you for the unknown. Asking myself these questions now, it wouldn’t have changed my mind on wanting to start a family, made the situation any less painful or make me love my daughter any less, but at least I would have put some thought into the “what if”.

So, the next time someone asks if you want a boy or girl and you give the canned response, “As long as our baby is healthy…” stop and think, what if my baby isn’t? Have you really thought about what you would do if your baby wasn’t healthy? I imagine a lot of parents-to-be don’t give it much thought, but it is a conversation that I think is worth having before trying to get pregnant. However low the risk, the risk is there. Ask yourself if you are willing to be an advocate for your child no matter what. Ask yourself if you are willing to take on a family if that means having to quit working full-time or dedicating the rest of your life to taking care of your child because they will never be able to take care of themselves.

Ask yourselves if you have a good support system. This is a good question no matter the outcome because parenting is never easy, but having amazing friends and family to help you out makes a huge difference. I rave about our support system in many blog posts because they are amazing! Our support system takes on extra appointments and all the challenges that continue to be thrown our way. When one is tired or stretched too thin, we have others we can turn to. There is no shortage of love and support for our family and I can only hope you are lucky enough to have the same.

Is this too much to handle? I am willing to bet that some parents out there, including myself, have a child with health issues when they thought they would have a healthy baby and were surprised when that was not the case. There are children that might develop health issues a few years down the road and there are those that were told at some point during their pregnancy that there would be health issues. Although I’m sure it’s not any easier to hear no matter when you find out your child isn’t healthy, I like to think that if you find out before birth that you have some time to prepare and wrap your head around the situation. This might also mean, if found early enough, that you had to make a choice on whether to continue the pregnancy. These are all things that could happen and come with hard decisions, heartache, and using strength you never thought you had.

Sadly, some  parents can’t or won’t rise to the occasion if something like this happens but I like to think and hope that most of them do. ¹According to the 2007 National Survey of Adoptive Parents, 39% of adopted children have special health care needs and 26% have moderate to severe health difficulties, as compared to 19% and 10% in the general population. From what I read, there are a lot of factors that can play into this but it is an interesting stat to me that I wanted to share. Perspective.

Although having a child with health issues has it’s challenges, there are quite a few resources available to help support you and your family. In an earlier post, I talked a little bit about the Birth to Three program. I will continue to share other local resources we have used and rely on to help us navigate the unknown and help with Loghan’s development. There are also all sorts of groups on social media that can be very supportive. There are mom groups/blogs, specific disease groups, dad groups and more mom groups to name a few.  There is support and you are not alone.

I want to make it clear that I am not trying to scare you from wanting a family. I’m just trying to prepare you for the unknown and believe that it is a good conversation to have before trying to get pregnant. Make sure you and your significant other are on the same page, not just for these questions but other things as well. Knowing what questions to ask and are important to each of you will only help make the transition into parenthood easier. Planned parenting and an understanding of each person’s priorities, expectations, strengths and weaknesses are the building blocks to having a loving and caring family. Let your journey be exciting, yet thoughtful.

We wouldn’t change our decision!

¹Adoption USA: A Chartbook Based On The 2007 National Survey of Adoptive Parents. US Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved from http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/09/NSAP/chartbook/doc/chartbook.pdf