Last night at about midnight I decided to take Sam to the ER because he had been crying non-stop for more than an hour. Sammy isn’t a fussy baby, and hasn’t been cranky since this whole sickness started on Wednesday, so I thought maybe he had something really wrong because he had been throwing up every other feeding for 4 days. Of course, by the time we got to the ER he had stopped crying but the ER nurse suggested we go ahead with the x-ray just to be sure. He still has air in his colon but there is nothing else wrong.
I was in the ER for 3 hours to hear that my baby has nothing wrong with him. I was relieved but frustrated when we came home and he threw up his next two feedings.
The good news is he has hasn’t gotten sick since about 10am this morning so prayfully he is on the mend! He hasn’t held down his milk for that long since Tuesday of last week. He did fuss and grab at his tummy a little but he hasn’t cried nearly as bad as he did last night. I am taking this as a sign that it is, in fact, just a virus and Sam will be completely back to normal by the morning. I was really dreading the ‘dye’ appointment tomorrow.
I absolutely love to hear babies laugh; mine, sombody elses, it doesn’t make a difference. Those hilarious belly laughs that some babies get just brighten my day. When we are having a dull day the kids and I pop onto Youtube to see a couple baby laughing videos, and other silly baby videos, too.
I find they can soften my heart even on the toughest of days. Here is one of my very favorite baby laughing videos. This baby isn’t mine but I would claim him in a second. I just giggle every time I see this baby laugh.
Sam (8 mo) is sick with some kind of stomach thing. He has been throwing up intermittently, immediately after eating since Wednesday morning. That is all. No other symptoms except for a little extra tiredness and mild fussiness at times. He is holding about half of his feedings down so he is getting enough to keep him from getting dehydrated. And he is pretty happy considering.
I took him to the doc yesterday anyway, and at first he said it was probably just a virus until he listened to Sam’s tummy. He heard his bowels (not sure what that means) and said that he wanted an x-ray. The picture showed air in Sam’s colon. Doc said it could be either an odd virus or something else, like a twist-like obstruction. Sam is on the old side for something like that so I was instructed to bring him home and wait it out through the weekend to see if he gets better, still thinking it is probably a virus of some sort. If not, on Monday they are going to stick a tube down his throat and pour some dye into his stomach to see if there is an obstruction. If there is, Sam will need surgery (if I understand correctly).
The thing is, if there was a twist somewhere in the digestive system I would thing he would be really fussy, even screaming in pain. Maybe not, I really have no experience in this sort of thing. So, I guess I don’t have to be all that nervous. It probably is just a stomach bug that will pass on by tomorrow. I just have this habit of being overly concerned about everything. I don’t want my baby on the operating table, even if it is just a quick, simple procedure.
Prayers are appreciated. I am praying he is well enough to skip a Monday appointment, that whatever is wrong works itself out quickly, and that Sam isn’t in any major discomfort.
If you don’t hear from me regarding winners and giveaways on Monday or Tuesday please be patient. If it is a serious problem I won’t be concerned about blogging right away.
First, Crystal over at Biblical Womanhood said to write down some goobery things I may have done, or at least tried, to save a little money. Here are a few – none are that bad and I am sure I have done some better (or worse?) things but I just can’t think of anything else right now. It will probably all come back to me at 3am. That seems to be when my memory is at peak function for some reason.
We stuck grocery bags in the bottom of our regular sized trash can to substitute for trash bags. This worked for a month or so until I started getting irritated at always having to clean out the trash can. We have 6 kids and, while it did work, it just didn’t work all that well for us.
I painted the stairway periwinkle blue because it was the only color paint I had on hand besides sea foam green (we had some paint come with our house). The stairway is dark enough as it is. So, now the stairway is periwinkle blue but it is painted and looks clean and fresh! (and periwinkle)
I washed clothes for months with Dawn dish washing liquid. It uses a lot less and cleaned well but the clothes just never smelled as nice. We ended up going back to Tide. My husband really likes Tide.
I dilute much of our meat with beans. This may not sound goobery until you hear my husband and my boys afterwards. I never knew bean gas could be so funny.
I published a co-op post about a year and a half ago but since I think that co-ops are totally ‘the bomb’, I figured I would post it again and update it a little.
I LOVE co-ops. I totally dig getting stuff I use a lot for less than retail price. The purpose of a coop is to get a number of smaller orders from different people to be able to buy in bulk to get a cheaper price. The order is then split up and sent out to the different people who ordered. Many, many things can be purchased cheaper this way.
I like to buy hard to find fabrics every so often. I don’t, however, like to pay a lot of money for it just because it was hard to find. Fabrics like PUL (polyurethane laminated), which I use to make waterproof diaper covers, can be up to $12 a yard to buy from an online diaper supply store but I can get it for much cheaper through a coop. There are a few coops that I grace when I am looking for cloth diapers and diaper making supplies. The first one is my own! We offer prefolds, plastic pants, pins, cloth wipes, and much more! You can join it here. The other two are more fabric and notions related and you can visit this one and this one.
By looking up “coops” or “co-ops” on Yahoo Groups I found one for hot process soap making, candles, crafts, toiletry making, baby shoes, cloth diapers, Momufactured Co-ops, and even biodeisel! Those were only on the first three (out of 31) pages that came up! If you do a lot of sewing or other needle crafts there are a ton of sewing and knitting supply groups. I simply LOVE the idea of co-ops!
I won this way cool heart shaped Fondue set from Kim & Jason! It came in the mail today and it is just way cute. Since Ryan loves to snack while we watch a movie but always has to be careful about his diet (per Navy regulations for Pilots ) I try to look out for neat new recipes and snacky type treats that will allow him his to enjoy his ‘snack’ time without the added fat and such. So, when I got the fondue set today I began searching for something fun to fondue with him tonight after the kidlets go to bed. I found nothing special so I had to get creative.
I decided to try a new wheat bread recipe I have but twist it up with something new. Kaitlyn and I love sauteed mushrooms as a snack and I decided that would be what I would try in the bread. I ain’t afraid!
I call it ‘Mushroom S’wheat Bread’ and the recipe goes like this:
Bread (I use a bread maker): 1 1/2 cup water 1 TBS yeast 3 cups wheat flower 1/3 cup white flower 1/3 cup honey 1/4 cup olive oil 1 TBS garlic powder (we LOVE us some garlic) 1 TBS Italian seasoning 1/2 cup mushroom mix
Mushroom mix: Dump a can of mushrooms (we use a large can because we snack on them as we go) into a tablespoon of hot olive oil in a non-stick pan. Add a sprinkle of garlic powder, salt, pepper, and a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce. Saute this for about 10 minutes on medium heat until the mushrooms start to turn dark, adding a little water when needed.
Mix all bread ingredients together in your bread maker and set according to the manufacturers wheat bread settings. It makes about 1 & 1/2 loaves.
I am not a big wheat bread fan so I whipped up some garlic butter to dip it in and YUMMY! It is one of the best snack breads I have tried. All my kids like it, too! We will see how Ryan likes it when he gets home. I won’t tell him about the mushrooms in it until AFTER he says he likes it. He LOVES wheat bread (the wheatier the better) but he isn’t too keen on mushrooms.
Tonight I will fondue some olive oil, garlic and herbs for Ryan and I to snack on. (Okay, so I already did this, too, and it is very tasty!)
It always makes me giggle a little to read my email every morning. Lumped in with email from my delightful blog readers, I found this morning that I had won 2.000.000 euro. I also received 3 emails containing information that I needed about certain, ahem, drugs for my ‘personal’ needs. I got an email trying to sell me doctors’ email addresses (not sure that there is much of a market for these) and another email telling me how to get my codeine for cheap without a subscription (you know, so I can develop my own personal drug habit for way cheap). Paypal and eBay are both having issues with my personal information so I must click the link, log in, and change it all (these are usual sent to my address that isn’t associated with either company). And my account with Western Bank has been compromised (Good thing they told me! I didn’t even know I had an account with Western Bank!). Oh, and stock alerts! Tons and tons of stock alerts! They are the same everyday. Who is behind these and why are they wasting their time?
As a general rule, people will only do something if it benefits them in some way. What is the benefit here? Are people really falling for these scams? Really? My 13 year old daughter wouldn’t be tricked by one of these emails so I am really curious as to how many people actually get roped in by an email from Mrs. Rashim claiming she is the heir to millions and, for some reason, will pay you a bunch of money to help her get her money to a bank in the USA?
My sis-in-law is getting married to a most delightful guy! It is very exciting because we will still be here in WA for it (but just barely)! Cassie has until May to get everything ready. She has already been dress hunting and is lining up some adorable wedding invitations. She has even locked in a church, too! I think that Cassie has been planning this wedding for a lot longer than any of us know, LOL!
I am a tad bit Jealous – Ryan and I were married just 6 weeks after meeting but, although we didn’t have the elaborate wedding that I had always pictured, we did have a nice ceremony in a small chapel in Charleston, SC.
I had my mom’s dress and my dad made it down from Montana last minute to walk me down the isle. Those were the things that mattered. The elegant wedding invitations, fancy reception hall, and long honeymoon would have been cool but, really, the man I snatched up was totally worth the lack of showy wedding fun (plus it costs a whole lot less).
All the memories, and Cassie’s upcoming wedding to her Mr. Right, makes me ponder about what it will be like when Kaitlyn(almost 13) gets married. So far, she is the only girl in our brood of six so you know I will be eating that one up. I know Kait already thinks about what her walk down the isle will be like and, lucky for her, I am not the type of mom to push her into doing it all my way. Saying that, I am definitely going to allow myself to get all caught up in the moment. Kait WILL have, within reason, the things she wants for the special day. Be it a new wedding dress as opposed to mine (although she has already expressed interest in my beautiful, antique, hand-me-down dress), trendy wedding invitations, dozens of flowers, fancy wedding accessories and decorations, etc… I will feel and show excitement in whatever she chooses even if it isn’t what I would have chosen.
Okay, so she is just 13 but still, I am seeing the years fly by faster and faster. It won’t be long before my children are starting to marry off, one by one, separating from me and cleaving to their spouse. I am wrought with emotion over the inevitable-ness of it all. The thought of them leaving home to start their lives is exciting, heart wrenching, terrifying, and joyous all at the same time. My husband says we will be terrible empty nesters, LOL. We think that is why we like to have babies – it means it will be longer before they are all gone.
In the words of Scarlett O’Hara, “I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.”
Now, aren’t these cute?!? These camo squeaky shoes are AWESOME! They are unique, adorable, comfortable, easy to put on, squeak when baby walks, and just all around fun.
More info: Development – Squeaky shoes are very stimulating for the pre-walker and toddler. The squeaky feedback will not only make your little one smile but will motivate them with each step to keep walking. Visually impaired children will be stimulate and motivate to keep going when they are unsure of their surroundings, learning to trust those who are guiding them. Parental annoyance guard – All you need to do to disable the squeaker is use a small pointy instrument such as a fork tine to bend the reed inside the squeaker located in the heal of the sole of your child’s Kid Squeakers. If you are bothered by the squeaking noise of both shoes try disabling just one of the squeakers. You will not be able to reverse this once done. Safety – Do you have a little explorer who likes to wander off when you are out and about? Kid Squeakers are perfect for your little traveler! Always know where your toddler is by listening for the sound of his shoes. The moment he starts to wander you will know it! Comfort – Unique and comfortable, Kid Squeakers are appropriate for your baby’s feet. With plenty of toe room, non-restricting ankles, flexible uppers and flat, soft soles, your child will not only love the squeakiness of his shoes, but the comfort, as well.
Brand – Kid Squeakers
Retail price for a pair of camo Kid Squeakers – $23.99
Materials – Canvas and Vinyl
Size – 5 (aprox. 11cm) these shoes run small
Color – pink or blue (winners choice)
Now, for the rules… US and Canada residence are welcome to enter per the rules below. Pay special attention to the closing date! You can enter twice by following the directions here by 1/20/08:
Entry #1: If you run across this blog and you want to win this item just leave a comment.
Entry #2: Link to this entry from your blog where you wrote about this giveaway and then leave a second comment with the link where you passed on this giveaway info. This entry should be SEPARATE from your first entry.
A winner will be chosen via a random number generator on 1/21/08. We will announce it on the blog as well as TRY to email the winner. I say ‘try’ because I often get email notices returned to me as undeliverable or the winner doesn’t give a method of contact. Please make sure you check back to see if you are the winner!
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