Saturday, November 12, 2011


The Sickies have been in our house for the last week.  They started off pretty mild with my son and he just having a slight runny nose.  Then, last sunday, my daughter woke up grumpy.  This never happens.  She is the one member of our house that always wakes up with a huge smile on her face.  Last sunday, though, I got her out of her crib and heard the congestion immediately.  Her eyes were red and swollen, her nose was a stream of yuckiness.  My husband of course chose that morning to go on an early morning hike, so I was left with our two kids alone, our daughter with a temp of 101.0 (at the time).  

The sick little darling

After gathering myself together (trying to brush off that I somehow did this to K), I called my hubby and he came home right now.  I shot out to Walmart and got all the goodies that were needed in this situation.  I'm basically mentioning these products so I can reference this post the next time a kid gets sick (because believe it or not, this has never really happened to our oldest, B!  No sickies for him, especially with a high temp!). 

  1. Vicks Cool Mist, Filter Free Humidifier
 This little guy is AMAZING.  We own a Graco humidifier that has a filter (a big no-no in my opinion.  Despite running constantly and always being cleaned out, the filter would only last a few weeks.  And at 10 bucks a pop, it is not cost effective) and a Vicks warm mist humidifier, but this one is by far our favorite.  Especially if you have children, and don't want them to get a possible burn from a warm mist humidifier.  The tank lasts 18-24 hours, and has a little slot on the top where you can add a Vicks strip to it for an added bonus.  Who doesn't like the smell of Vicks when they're sick?  It costs $40 at Walmart, but I saw it last week for $28 on Amazon (I can't find it today, though.  Sold out?).

My daughter is 9 months, so I am able to give her this (you can't give Ibuprofen to children under 6 months, though).  When her fever spiked to 103.1, this brought it right down within 20 minutes.  Alternating Children's Advil and Children's Tylenol every time helps bring the fever down as well, too, but I was all out of Tylenol (duh!). 

The hospital where my daughter was born gave us about 4 of these.  I'd never really used them before, but after this week of the sickies, it is being used multiple times a day.  I find it easiest for my husband to hold K, because little girl loves to push my hands away!  My husband wasn't always there, though, and I still managed on my own.  A must before naps or bedtime, to help your child be more comfortable

Don't you like to be in your comfies when you're sick?  I'd get my daughter up in the morning and change her into a fresh pair of jammies for the day.  Everyone knows that the zip up kind are a must, right? :)

I also bought some Little Noses Saline Spray, but didn't use it (is that bad?).  I'm also a fan of the boogie wipes, too, as they help moisturize when I had to wipe her raw nose.  Poor little gal, and she's getting two teeth on top of this!  Let's hope the sickies vacate my little daughter really soon!

*Tip for parents when your kids are sick: Drink some Emergen-C everyday, as well as warm water, 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, and 1 tbsp honey (I add lemon, too).  Taste's pretty awful, but I managed to avoid the temp that K got and all the gooeyness of the nose!


Friday, October 28, 2011

Potty training... Yikes!

We're starting potty training this weekend with B.  He is almost 29 months old, and is finally starting to show the signs of telling us when he needs to use the bathroom.  We've sat him down on his little potty a few times, before bathtime, and he LOVES it.  He's even gone #1 and #2 a few times on there, too.

I'm kind of really nervous.  I know it's going to be challenging, and my patience isn't really that high right now (shocking with two kids 2 and under, right?).  I know to expect lots of accidents, and I know the first few days there are going to be A LOT of those, so I hope I'm mentally preparing myself.  Always prepare for the worst, right?  

Here is where I'm starting with this whole new step in my 2 year olds life:

  • Every 15 minutes on the potty, no matter what
  • Give a reward for going #1 and #2 on the potty
  • Be a cheerleader to him when he does go
  • Ready Potty themed books (guess I need to hit up the library!)
  • Be consistent (I feel like this will be the hardest thing for us; we get lazy!)
I've got to say, part of me is excited for this journey, though.  Why?  The undies.  The tiny tightie undies that look like little men underwear, with the band at the top that says "gap" or with the adorable little Mickey Mouse characters on them.  I just hope he doesn't poop in them and stain them up! ;) Wish us luck!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

How to win over your Father-in-Law (through food)

I've been with my husband for 12 years, and married for 4.  So let's just say I've known my FIL for a long time.  While we don't have much in common, there is a mutual love and affection between us.  We both love my husband and kids, and we know that the other one would be there for us should we need them.

My FIL is picky, though.  He doesn't say much about the food I cook when he's visiting, but this changed on sunday night.  My in-laws were out for a bit in the afternoon, so I decided to surprise them with some apple crisp for dinner.  I set out to make it knowing that my MIL is a fantastic baker, so I was a bit nervous to see if they'd say anything once they tried my recipe.  Two bites in, my FIL looked up with a big smile on his face and COMPLIMENTED my recipe!!  Win!!  Here it is folks:
Apple Crisp

4 cups apples, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled a bit
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1. Mix first 3 ingredients together in bowl and arrange in a shallow baking dish, about 10x6x2.  
2. Mix next 4 ingredients.  Add egg and mix until crumbly.  Sprinkle on mixture in dish.
3. Drizzle with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon. 
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.  Serve warm with ice cream.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Attachment issues

I love being a stay at home mom. I get to experience it all with my kids; the ups, the downs, and the moments that have you calling up your husband at work to tell him about such and such that one kid did or said. I can't imagine being the parent on the other end of the phone, not getting to see whatever happened in person.

That being said, we had a meltdown around there this weekend. We don't have any grandparents that live around us (drive 700+ miles north and you'll reach them!), so my kids
don't get to see many other family members a lot. Also, being a stay at home mom and one income family, we don't have the luxury to pay a babysitter to watch our kids so we can go out. I also don't get the kids out enough to play with other kids and other moms (it is something that I always regret, but that's for another day). Well, my husbands parents came to visit us this weekend, and the hubs and I figured that would be the perfect opportunity to get out of the house.. just the two of us. We spent 5 hours early in the day at the state fair, enjoying all the fresh air, fatty food, and getting to spend the time together. Here are some pics..

5pm until bedtime was husband and wife time, though. We made reservations to a wonderful restaurant we'd been meaning to try, and made our way out the door at 5:01pm. Little did we know what happened when we left.

Our 2 year old, B, is really attached to me. I'm with him everyday, and when I have to leave him, he tends to scream. A lot. My MIL told me that the moment we walked out the door, B went screaming upstairs, alone, and hid in his little sister's room (all while K sat in her high chair, content to be with whomever is feeding and paying attention to her). MIL said that after a few minutes, B made his way (screaming) into our bedroom, slamming the door shut. Fast-forward to Sunday morning. I'm getting ready upstairs, hubby is about to take a shower, and B realizes that he's going to be outside, alone, with his grandparents. Cue screaming, banging on the back door, stomping up the stairs (once MIL let him inside), and running into my arms, sobbing and holding on for dear life.

Ok, ok, truth be told, I kinda love it. It's awful, but I love being the one that B runs to when he's hurt or upset, or happy! but I also know it's not good that he's so attached to us, and can't be with anyone else without pitching a fit. If we had the money we'd send him to a daycare for a day, just to get used to other people, but we don't. and I'm at a parenting loss. I'm picturing him 16 years old and still screaming on the first day of school because he's going to be separated from me. Yikes.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Bathtime bubbles

We've started bathing B and K in the bathtub together a month or so ago, and it goes really well. K loves splashing and B is always up for pouring water over her (if he can). K gets all washed first, and as I'm drying her and getting her changed into her jammies, A washes B.

Well, last night I have K all done and we're sitting there watching B get out of the tub. He walks over to where we are and takes his towel off, and then very quickly grabs one of A's glasses cloths and puts it to his butt like he's about to wipe. We're puzzled as to what's going on, when all of the sudden we hear B let out these very loud toots. He has placed the cloth on his butt, though, so that the toots hit it. A and I didn't know what to say, but as soon as B started laughing after he did this, we started bellowing with laughter. It was so funny to see him realize how funny what he did was, and personally, it was funny to see it happen with A's glasses cloth! I'm glad it wasn't something of mine! ;)

This little piggy...

A and I have been doing "this little piggy" with B a lot lately, and he's gotten to liking it so much that he does it to himself. He makes up his own words, and then when he gets to his baby toe, he'll tickle himself and laugh like crazy. It always has to be done on both feet, too, and if K's around, I have to do it to her (God forbid B actually touch her himself!).

B also likes making a buzzing noise like a B and swirly his hand around (finger pointed out), and tickles himself at the end. I love how silly he is and how much he enjoys laughing and having a good time.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Happy 7 Months to K

Baby girl is 7 months today. She is such a wonderful addition to our family. Her personality is really starting to show lately; she laughs all. day. long. Her favorite things right now are:
  • Our dog, Lilly, getting near her
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Holding onto spoons
  • Listening to music while jumping in her doorway jumper
  • Baths with her brother
She sits up like a champ (and has since she was 5 months!), and is really good at catching herself if she's going to fall. She still hates being on her tummy, so we haven't made a lot of progress with crawling (it will happen soon enough).

She's in a size 4 Huggies Little Movers diaper, and is in 6 or 9 month clothes (9 for her bottom half!). Her eczema is still bad and needs to be treated daily. Around her mouth is the worst, and I'm constantly putting cortisone cream with aquaphor on top of it, but it's a losing battle. Her hair is getting lighter, and is now a dirty blonde/light brown, and her eyes are blue with gold in them around the center.

Her 1st birthday is going to be here before we know it! Waaaahhh! We'll always have the million photos that we take of her to cherish, though :)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Naptime Wonders

B's been in his toddler bed for over a month now, but the last few days he's been getting out of it and wandering around his room. Most of his naptime is spent laying on the carpeted-floor, right in front of his bedroom door (that is locked from the outside, btw). Am I too old to remember the excitement of sleeping on the floor during slumber parties, relishing the coziness of my sleeping bag and belly full of ice cream? B has neither the comfy sleepy bag nor the ice cream before his nap each day, so why would he want to sleep on the hard floor? My mom even bought him Curious George sheets for his bed, for crying out loud!

As crazy as I find his new naptime adventures, I still get a squeezemystomachhappiness when I think about having to go into his room and tell him to get back in bed, and he is standing there with his glow worm pressed against his chest and mittens that he's found in his dresser on his little hands. I race excitedly downstairs to tell/call my husband, and we smile and try and commit this memory to our minds, so we don't forget B's sweet idiosyncrasies that we love more than anything in the world.

I need to start bringing my camera with me everywhere, so I could have taken a picture of those stinkin' mittens on his little hands, eyes looking so proud to have put them on himself.