About Me

I am a proud wife and mother, and a born again Christian. I work from home as a writer while taking care of Miss N, our six-year-old, Miss M, our four-year-old and Miss C, our newest bundle of joy. Life is crazy but so much fun!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

New Things

Megan has a new skill - sitting up. It happened almost overnight. She suddenly got it and now loves sitting up. When she falls, it's usually on purpose because she wants to roll to something. She is definately creeping now, rolling and sliding to get wherever she wants to be.
Natalie loves to pretend to be a dog and make dog houses. Dog houses are usually made out of these sticks she plays with arranged in a circle or rectangle. I decided to make the dog house fancier - we placed a sheet over the couch and an end table. Now she goes under there with books and a few babies and hangs out for a while. She tells me regularly "I'm not Natalie, I'm a pup!" Too funny! Here are some pictures of the "dog house."

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A Tale of Two Doctors

Megan is sick. It's nothing serious, just a chest cold, but she has been making this very scary wheezing/gasping sound - sort of similar to the sound someone with whooping cough makes. The first time it happened was Sunday night. She was crying, fussing, and tired, so I just assumed she was gasping due to crying so hard. We decided to see how she was Monday before calling the doctor. She slept horrible, so I decided to make her a chiropractic appointment for Tuesday.

Monday she seemed better, until the evening when even laughing would make her wheeze. In the morning on Tuesday I called her pediatrician, and he wanted to see her that day. I, of course, was nervous - pneumonia? bronchitis? something that would require an antibiotic? I wasn't sure.

I moved our chiropractor appointment to the late afternoon and bundled up the girlies and went to the pediatrician. He listened to her lungs and the noise (she did make it while I was there) and said she was fine. He had no suggestions for her bad sleeping, other than that she was not feeling well. He said the wheezing sound was due to the cold and her immature lungs. He sent me home with instructions to use a vaporizer and wait it out while watching to make sure she didn't turn blue.

I love my pediatrician. He is very thorough and honest with me. However, I was frustrated by this, even though I knew that there is nothing a doctor can do for a cold.

Fast forward to after nap time. We bundle up again and jump in the car to head to Dr. Pete. I tell him about her noisy wheezing, spitting up (buckets and buckets, to which Natalie replied "I was sick and a frew up in a bucket and momma cleaned it"). He started checking her and said that her ribs were all locked up (no, he does not adjust her ribs from her chest, but from her back) as was her neck. He also checked her tummy, pronounced that she had her signature hiatal hernia and he massaged her tummy back where it needed to be. She smiled and laughed throughout the adjustment.

We came home. She was her happy, bubbly self during dinner (normally a very very fussy time for her). I put her to bed at 7 and she slept until 1!!!!!!!!! This child has been waking every hour for the first five hours after I put her to bed for a couple of weeks.

Now, I refuse to say that was a coincidence. I love my chiropractor. Oh, and she barely spit up today and her wheezing is significantly better.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

All Clean and Pretty

Today Natalie and I baked (a frequent activity during this long winter) and she was eating her cookie and said, "mmmm, there's nofin' (nothing) like a fwesh (fresh) baked cookie!"

I gave the girls their first bath together and it went really well. Natalie enjoyed it and Megan loved being in the bath with her big sister. She kept kicking and then Natalie would laugh when the water splashed her. Then Natalie wanted to take a "shower" which consisted of her sitting in the tub with the shower curtain pulled shut. She's such a funny kid!

We had a discipline issue this morning (she told me no!) and afterwards we were talking and she said so sweetly "I'm sorry momma." It was such a sweet time, and she was very well behaved afterwards!

Here are some pictures from our bath today! Also today was Megan's first time in the booster seat and she did great (for a few minutes) so enjoy those pictures.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Natalie Funnies

If I kept a notebook with the funny things Natalie says I would use it, so I will chronicle some of them here. Grandparents will appreciate it, even if everyone else doesn't :)

The other day we were getting a movie set up and she said "I don't like television. Mommy and Daddy like television."

She's been trying to learn about what is "real" ever since we talked about Santa Clause being pretend. She said the other day "Mommy, babies aren't real." and I said "yes they are, why do you think they aren't real?"

Natalie: "Babies can't talk"

Mommy: "Are doggies real?"

Natalie: "Yes"

Mommy: "Doggies can't talk"

Natalie: "They make barking sounds down in their throats."

Last night she was eating and kept dropping her chicken off of her fork and she said "Goodness." Then "Goodness sakes."

She's been pretty sick but finally better. The other morning I got her up and she said "Mommy, how's my frow up (throw up) today?"

I also have succumbed to the illness, and almost every morning she says "how you feelin' today Mommy." When I was really sick she would say "I'm sorry you are not feelin' well." too sweet.

I just love this little kid. I was realizing last night that she hasn't been herself for over a month. The whining and neediness were really getting to me. It is so nice to have my happy-go-lucky kid back. I can handle the "two year old" stuff when it's just occasional like normal. I had not realized how "off" she was until recently when she started getting better. I pray we are finally over this battle with illness for the winter!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Update on previous post

Yesterday the CPSC released a clarification on the law. Apparently it is not supposed to apply to consignment stores. The law is still a bit broad, and it will cost regular stores thousands to comply, but at least my second hand shopping is safe!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Please do your part to stop this law!

If you are a parent who has ever purchased a used book, toy, or article of clothing (think eBay, Amazon, etc.) Then you must read this! I copied it from a friend, but I have been researching this and it appears very, very true.

The Sale of Children's Books to be Banned---Oh, how I wish this were a joke! But it is a grim and looming,almost Orwellian, reality.

Effective February 10th, in the United States, the sale ofall children's books (books intended for children ages 12 andunder) is to be PROHIBITED. Every single book printed priorto the ruling is affected, whether new or used. New books inproduction are required to include a "lead-free" certificationand will be the only books that are legal to offer for sale.

What does this mean to the homeschooling family? (What will this do to school libraries And public and private school curriculum?) Well, for one, curriculum fairs across the country will becancelled as book vendors scramble to figure out how to complywith the new ruling. Complete book inventories will have to bedestroyed -- the ruling even prohibits giving away the books!Local thrift stores will be hard hit -- most will likely have toclose their doors -- yes, even Goodwill and Salvation Army.

Clothing, toys and books -- even CDs and DVDs are included in theruling. Thrift stores will no longer be able to accept or processanything (including clothing) that would be intended for a child.

No more library sales. Libraries will not be permitted to giveaway or sell book donations. It is unsure yet, however, howthe libraries' shelves themselves will be impacted (the rulingdoesn't explicitly mention "loaning" books, just selling orgiving them away). The key word, however, is "distribution" --libraries may well be required to destroy books from their shelves.(The ruling that originally passed was about toys, but the EPA hassince made a statement that clothing, books and media are includedin "children's toys".)

Just how serious is this new law?Amazon.com has already notified all vendors of their need to comply.No book can be sold at the Amazon site that was printed prior tocompliance. And the "compliance" must be coordinated at the manu-facturing stage. At the time of this article there is no clauseto be able to grandfather-in older books or even rare out-of-printbooks. It can cost between $500 and $1500 to test a book for lead.

I happen to own a children's bookstore specializing in living booksfrom the 1950s and '60s. My punishment for selling a book afterFebruary 10th? Up to $100,000 and 5 years in jail. And yes, it isa felony charge. For selling a SINGLE book.(Although I don't think the S.W.A.T. team scenario would become areality overnight, at the same time I would be leery of blatantlyviolating Federal law.)

So what can you do to help save your local used bookstore thatsells children's books? Or that homeschool curriculum business?Or your EBay business selling children's items?ACT NOW before the quickly approaching deadlines:

1) Email or call the CPSIA - the office of the CPSC ombudsman at888-531-9070. http://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/newleg.aspxComments on Component Parts Testing accepted through January 30,2009. Or email: Sec102ComponentPartsTesting@cpsc.gov

2) Contact your local representatives. For their contact informa-tion, just enter your zip code.http://capwiz.com/americanapparel/dbq/officials/

3) Make your voice heard by voting on this issue! The top 3 ineach category will be presented to President-elect Obama.http://change.org/ideas/view/save_handmade_toys_from_the_cpsia

4) Sign the petition.http://ipetitions.com/petition/economicimpactsofCPSIA/index.html

5) Spread the word! Forward this article. Send an email. Writeabout this on your blog. Tell others about this issue andencourage them to do the same.---

For the complete story, read the following links:http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsia.htmlConsumer Product Safety Commission Summaries on Legislation Indexpage for Children's Products Containing Lead;

Lead Paint Rule andother rulingshttp://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/legislation.html#summaries

Office of the General Counsel FAQ on retroactive inventory require-ments --

The use of forward effective dates appears to force currentinventories to adhere to the ruling on February 10th, 2009http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/summaries/101brief.html

Specific FAQ on their interpretation of books and other media to beincluded in the testing of lead based productshttp://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/faq/101faq.html

Effective Date: Lead content limit of 600 ppm becomes effective 180days after enactment. An advisory opinion regarding the applicationof the new lead limit to inventory existing at the effective datecan be found on our web site athttp://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/advisory/317.pdf

Getting the Lead out: There is no lead in children's bookshttp://news.bookweb.org/news/5695.html

There is no lead in Children's books: From a Pedtricianhttp://health.yahoo.com/experts/childhealth/3955/is-there-lead-in-baby-books/

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Update on Natalie

It seems the minute I start thinking Natalie's getting better, we get hit again. Yesterday the runs started again and she started vomiting. This morning she woke up with a temp again. I took her to her regular doctor with a print out of all her symptoms since Thanksgiving. He says that what has happened is she has had one thing after another. First a viral head cold (typical cold), then she got better, only to get hit with strep, then that got better, only now she has a stomach virus. He said this cycle could continue to repeat itself for several months. In a way I am happy that it's nothing serious, but the idea of having her sick like this off and on for a few months is not appealing at all. Right now she is sleeping. It's only 10 am. We walked in the door and she said "Mommy, I want to go to bed." She's lost a pound of weight through all this. Hopefully this is the last "bug" we get and we can start getting healthy!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Home Sweet Home

We are home again, and for a while now. I love traveling and visiting family, but returning home is always a blessing. While we were in Kansas City I had the privilege of seeing my friend Janna. We have been friends since college and have known each other since upper elementary school. During my first couple of years at Maranatha, her and I were the only people from Tri-City who attended, so we really got to know one another on those 8+ hour drives back and forth to school. Janna has always been one of those friends whom I can honestly say fits into the "iron sharpening iron" category. When I am done with a conversation with her, I am always pointed back to Christ. We have one of those friendships where we can go years without seeing one another (which we do since she lives on Guam) and yet pick up where we left off without batting an eye. Those kind of friendships are not easy to come by, particularly for me. It was wonderful to see her and her beautiful baby girl Briella. Here is a picture of us and our babies. Briella is 3 1/2 months older than Megan.

We have our Natalie back finally too! We did have to take a quick trip to the ER while we were in KC. Natalie's poo started looking as though her stomach might be bleeding. We didn't find out what was causing it, but the doctor said it wasn't blood and she was not dehydrated, so we decided to wait until we got home to check it out further. In the meantime, she got better. I am very thankful for that! Here are a couple of pictures from the hospital. It's a children's hospital and very, very cool.

All in all it was a nice visit. Megan enjoyed having someone to hold her constantly, and my mom enjoyed actually being able to do so. Her hands are doing so much better and she could actually hold the girls this time. What a blessing!