Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Too many doctors!

When  Connor and I came down with colds over a week ago, I didn't think much of it. I just tried to keep us hydrated and we went about our normal business. A week ago Monday, Grace started acting like she had the same cold. She woke up Tuesday with a high fever and she wasn't acting like herself. I had no idea what was wrong, but I decided to take her to the pediatrician. They suspected a UTI and did tests which came back negative. They couldn't figure out what was wrong and said it was probably just a virus and to come back if it got worse. Over the next couple of days, her fever stayed down with meds and she was back to her normal self. I thought we were all on the mend. 

It all went downhill from there. Friday night, we went to play with some friends at a local splash park. The kids were exhausted and went to bed easily. After getting them to bed, Mike noticed that his arm was starting to itch. He was starting to break out in hives. I went to the store to get him some Benedryl and by the time I returned, his entire body was covered. After a cold shower to help the itching and to let the Benedryl kick in, the hives were becoming one big red mass. It was getting worse, not better and his nose and top lip were swelling up. So my wonderful friend Julie from Director Jewels packed up her baby and came to stay with the kids while I took him to the ER at 11 PM. After a horrible reaction to the IV, they got his blood pressure stabilized and gave him steroids that got rid of the hives within minutes. We have absolutely no idea what caused the reaction. He was released around 1:30 AM and we returned home to find that our kids had woken up shortly after we left and had been happily playing with their friend Addie the entire time. I owe Julie big time!! We all finally got to bed around 2 AM and I was hopeful that our excitement was over. Oh by the way, the kids got me up at 6 the next morning.

All day Saturday, Grace's fever was running a bit higher than it had been. It never got above 101 degrees so I just watched her. She acted fine, just a bit tired. Mike's company had an event at the Royals game on Sunday and we decided to try it and leave if she acted any worse. She slept in the stroller through the hour of tailgating (very very unlike her) and sat totally still in her seat for the first 5 minutes of the game. We decided to get her home at that point. By the time we got to the car we could tell that she was burning up. After some Tylenol and a shower to try to bring her temp down, all she wanted to do was sleep. She just laid in Mike or I's lap and slept. She HATES napping so this is entirely out of character for her.

I honestly wasn't sure what to do. I was only getting a fever reading of 102 and she didn't have any other symptoms except the coughing from the cold, but I decided to take her to urgent care anyway. Something seemed wrong and I needed to get her checked. Sure enough, they got a reading of 104.5 degrees and her oxygen level was only 92. She was on the verge of needing oxygen and after a chest x-ray, the pediatrician diagnosed her with pneumonia. She wouldn't even touch the cookie the doctor gave her for being so good. With a prescription for antibiotics, they sent us home. By Monday night, the antibiotics kicked in and she was acting much better. She is still clingy and uncomfortable, but she is eating and drinking again. Her energy is slowly starting to return but we've been watching a lot of movies and snuggling on the couch. 

While Grace was on the mend, Connor was still struggling with a cough and runny nose from the cold. He never ran a fever more than 100 degrees and until yesterday seemed to be okay. But yesterday, he got unusually fussy. He cried whenever I put him down and wouldn't play independently at all. He basically crawled after me crying "mama, mama." He was still acting like that this morning and I debated about making yet another trip to the pediatrician. Other than a cough and runny nose, he had no other symptoms. But again, he wasn't acting like himself and so I took him in. Sure enough he has a double ear infection. 

So both of my kids are on antibiotics and we have had 2 trips to the pediatrician, one visit to Urgent Care and one visit to the ER all in one week. I am doctored out and so ready for everyone in our house to be healthy. But I think I am going to the doctor for myself tomorrow because I have had a cough for 2 weeks and it isn't getting any better. Blah!!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Fun in a Fort

I've posted before about how amazed I am by Grace's developing imagination. I have absolutely no imagination at all so I love watching her play make believe.

After a horrendous day yesterday, I was in desperation mode by about 4 pm. The last hour before daddy gets home is always hard in our house and I decided to make a fort to try to stop the constant toddler tantrums. This was my quick creation:

3 chairs and a couple of blankets. Nothing fancy but Grace thought it was amazing!

She immediately crawled in and told Connor and I to get in too.

As soon as we all crawled in, she put her finger to her mouth and said "Shhh mama, baby! Quiet! Roars out there!" After a few minutes she informed me that Doc and Buddy, our dogs, were the "roars" (her name for tigers, lions, and dinosaurs.) She saw the Mickey Mouse stuffed animal sitting just outside the fort and grabbed him. "Mickey, it's OK, roars out there, you OK!"

She wasn't happy that we had to take her fort down to eat dinner.

So this morning I set it back up. I put a Noah's Ark blanket on the under side of the blankets and gave her a flashlight to look at the animals.
 Connor crawled right in with her and she started showing him all of the animals.

About 30 seconds after they got in, Grace decided they need to lay down. They stayed like this for about 10 minutes. It was pretty much the cutest thing ever.

Sometimes the simplest things are the most fun!

Don't forget to enter to win a hooded towel of your choice from Nana Banana's Gifts! The giveaway ends tonight.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Potty Training is Gross

If you didn't catch this from the title of this post, it's about potty training. So if you don't want to read about pee and poop, I advise you skip this post. You've been warned!

Grace has been ready for months. But honestly? I've been avoiding it. She wakes up dry every morning, pees when I put her on the potty, and tells me that she needs changed. A week ago, on Thursday morning, she asked to go potty and I decided that we were done with diapers. We talked about how she was a big girl and didn't need diapers anymore.

Being the person that I am, I've researched potty training a ton and decided to go with the letting her run around diaperless approach. I put her little potty in the living room for easy access and set a timer to go off every 15 minutes to remind her to try to go potty. She did amazingly well the first day and only had one accident. On Friday she started going without me reminding her and again only had one accident. Saturday, no accidents at all!

Sunday, we decided to get brave and go on some short outings. We went to church, Lowes and the park with her in big girl panties and she did perfectly! She even went in the public bathroom at Lowes with no trouble using a foldable potty seat.

So by the end of Sunday, I was feeling pretty good and was fully prepared to write a post about how EASY potty training was. Yeah, that was wrong. Since Monday she has been having accidents constantly. I will admit that I have not been as good about reminding her to go. And we have been playing with her friends so she is pretty distracted. There have been several times in the past couple of days where I've just wanted to give up. Today is one of those days. But I'm pushing through. Going back to diapers now would make potty training later even worse. Please tell me it gets easier? Right?

So far, my best investments for potty training are flushable wipes and the fold up portable potty seat. Buy them if you are or are thinking about potty training in the near future. Trust me.

Oh, so I said on Facebook that I would share the comedy of errors that happened on Friday that really grossed me out. Yeah, stop reading if you are squeamish :P

While I was trying to rock Connor to sleep (he was having a very fussy day) I heard Grace running around and then get very quiet. When you have a toddler that generally is a sign of trouble. I go out to find her playing with the maple syrup. Let's just say the fridge now has a lock on it. She was extremely sticky so I plopped her in the bath. About an hour later Connor wakes up and I have to change his diaper, clothes, and sheet because he has had a massive pooplosion. So I get him all cleaned up and attempt to do the dishes while they play in the living room.

Well, if you remember from earlier, her little potty is still in the living room at this point and all of a sudden I hear splashing and giggling. I run out to find Connor happily splashing in pee. Oh yes, she had gone while I was cleaning up the poopsplosion and hadn't told me and I stupidly hadn't checked. I was horrified. So I immediately strip him down and put him the bath. Grace continues to play in the living room. I get Connor all cleaned up and pull him out of the tub when I see Grace start running towards me with the potty seat in her hand yelling "Mama, I pooped! Ice cream!!" (she gets ice cream when she poops, yes we bribe her!) So I have a wiggly, wet, cold baby laying on a towel in front of me with a toddler running at me with poop in a very shallow potty seat. I felt like I was in a Clorox bleach commercial. Of course when I told her to give me the potty seat, she ran the other way laughing. I finally got it from her, got it clean, got Connor dry and dressed and all was good with the world again. And yes, Grace did get her ice cream. It was not a proud mommy moment let me tell you. Mike was horrified by this story and I'm sure both kids will hate me some day for posting it. I am not generally squeamish but I am DONE with bodily fluids. I don't know how nurses do it!

The joys of potty training.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Crayon Roll

Today is my deep cleaning day so I don't have a ton of computer time, but I wanted to share a great project I completed for Grace recently! I have seen crayon rolls on Etsy and I thought it would be a perfect thing to have in the diaper bag. I found a tutorial at Skip to my Lou that looked easy enough for my mid-level sewing skills and ventured off to the fabric store. I found some adorable purple princess fabric and set to work. The hardest part? Trying to get a good cut of the fabric that showed as many of the princesses as possible! I'm really happy with how it turned out and Grace LOVES it. I have it, plus a small notepad in the diaper bag and it makes a great distraction for a bored toddler.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Nana Banana's Gifts Review & Giveaway

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this review. I received the item(s) free of charge for reviewing purposes. All opinions are honest, and my own.  

I'm pretty excited to share this review with you. A while ago my mom mentioned that one of her friends had set up an Etsy shop to start selling some of her custom items on it. So one day as I was perusing Etsy (a costly habit of mine,) I just happened to find her shop, Nana Banana's Gifts. Debbie makes hooded towels, nursing covers, and other great mom and baby gifts. She is also happy to take custom orders. When she offered to send me a hooded towel for Grace, it took me forever to decide which one to get! 

I finally decided on the Cat Towel as Grace is obsessed with "Meow Meows."

I was so impressed when I opened the package. This towel is gorgeous. Most towels for toddlers are made with cheap, thin fabric but this is a thick, very soft, and large towel. 

The embroidery is adorable. Debbie obviously puts love and attention in to each towel, Grace's even included a paw print on the back. 

Grace LOVES it. She begs for her cat towel at each bath time and I love the it is large enough to fully wrap her up. 

Debbie can add a child's name on the back and offers different sizes including infant, toddler, medium, and large. 

Some of my other favorite towels in her shop include:
I want this for Connor. She also offers Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman
How cute is this dragon?
Visit Nana Banana's Gifts to check out more of her great items!


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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Grace's New Hobby

Grace has become quite the little shutterbug! She grabs the camera whenever she sees it. I think she may be getting a child's camera for Christmas!  I love looking at what she chooses to capture.

Connor giving Mommy kisses
Nursing and writing a blog post. I didn't realize that she was taking this picture.
About 50% of her pictures are selfies. She thinks they are hilarious

She originally had these on the tv stand but moved them to the coffee table for the picture. She spent about a minute arranging them perfectly before snapping this shot.
Her attempt at pet photography.
She wanted to take pictures at the aquarium too. 

Most of her pictures still look like this:

I am keeping all of them to show her some day :)

I love watching her discover new things!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

My Milestone!

Connor is 9 months and 1 week old today. I know that doesn't sound like a huge milestone, but it's a big deal for me.

At exactly this age with Grace almost two years ago, I went into heart failure and was diagnosed with Broken Heart Syndrome. I had to stop breastfeeding her due to some of medication I was put on and it was a very rough time for both of us. I was devastated to have to stop and hated having to abruptly wean her. She was so confused and hated the bottle.

So today feels like a milestone for me. I hope to continue nursing him until he's at least a year old. Nursing is such a bonding experience for me and I love the cuddles. Plus it's cheaper! Trust me, I'm not against formula feeding, we did it with Grace and she turned out just fine, but to me nursing is so much easier. So I'm patting myself on the back today. I hope that when we do wean, it is by choice and done on our schedule! 

Monday, August 5, 2013

I need a vacation!

I have great intentions! Great intentions to sit and write tons of posts about all of the things going on in our lives, but honestly life is going 100 mph right now and I barely feel like I'm keeping up! Having two kids is hard, but having two mobile kids? Even harder! We had our house baby proofed with Grace, but she was nothing compared to Connor. This kid is like an accident waiting to happen and I spend my days running around chasing him and dealing with Grace's ever growing 2 year old attitude.

Don't get me wrong, they are adorable and I love them more than life, but days like today make me want to crawl into a hole. I'm only partly kidding. So far today, Connor has attempted to kill himself by almost throwing himself over the side of the bathtub while I was trying to use the restroom, yeah I'm not going to go into details but it wasn't a pleasant experience. Grace then tried to kill him by handing him one of the glass beads I was letting her use in a sensory activity. Of course he tried to put it straight into his mouth. Thankfully I was sitting right there watching their every move so I caught it before it turned into a choking disaster. This is all on top of the second morning in a row of them waking each other up constantly at about 4:30 AM and short 30 minute naps for both of them. After said short nap, they both spent the next hour screaming at me because they each wanted mommy alone time.

They are both now playing somewhat peacefully in the playroom while I sit and attempt to have a few minutes to myself. But I can't take my eyes off of them for a second because Grace is in a very violent stage towards him and I constantly see her pushing or hitting him. He's not totally innocent as he follows her around like a puppy and tries to pull her hair and grab her feet as much as he can. Oh the joys of children.

It's not all bad, I promise. Most days are good. Even today has had some good moments. Grace found some of her dress up clothes that I had been saving for Christmas (must find a better hiding spot) and insisted on wearing the Snow White dress all day.

She even wore it to the grocery store and got many comments on how cute she was. And as I'm writing this Grace is sitting next to Connor reading him one of their favorite books.

But this mommy needs a vacation! Anyone want to pay for some plane tickets and a hotel? I'll be waiting for your call! :)

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Connor's 9 month pictures

The pediatrician confirmed it, my boy is a chunk! Weighing in at 22 lbs 11 oz, he is in the 82nd percentile. He's only 28 inches tall, which is the 42nd percentile. And par for the course in our family, his head is huge at 18 1/2 in, putting him the 90th percentile.

We had the chance to get his 9 month pictures done several weeks ago and I am absolutely in love with them. I honestly can't believe he is 9 months already. This is a photo heavy post but I have so many favorites that I want to share!



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