Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Thanks Life Alert - My Toddler Has Fallen and She Can't Get Up

It's been a long week here in Virginia. First an earthquake, and then a hurricane. Hurricane Irene did quite a number on our city. Lots of trees and power lines down, and also some damage to cars and homes. Somehow we lost our power before the storm really hit (it was raining, but it didn't seem that bad) and Dominion Power was able to restore it within three hours. It remained on for the rest of the hurricane, which we are so thankful for. I know a lot of people are still without power three days later. I can't even imagine. My husband and I have offered our home to friends, etc. but so far nobody has taken us up on it.

Anyways, during the hurricane we had The Weather Channel on for most of the day at our house. I was so happy that the worst of the hurricane came through during the day time so that we could see what was going on outisde. It's pretty scary when everything is blowing around out there and you can't see a thing!

Let me tell you. The commercials on The Weather Channel are not all sunshine and rainbows. Most of them are about preparing for your house to be demolished by some sort of natural disaster or another with the right type of insurance. And in between those, there are commercials for Life Alert.

I'm not knocking Life Alert. I think their service is amazing, and that all senior citizens who live alone should definitely have one. However, the abundance of these commercials had led my 22 month old daughter to start parading around the house with her hands cupped around her mouth while calling out "help! help!"

[ Insert laughs and comments of how adorable my daughter is here.]

Yea, I thought it was pretty adorable too. At first. But here we are three days later. She wakes up in the morning and calls out, "Mommy, help!" She wants to be carried, she puts her arms up and yells, "Help! Help!"

I think I'm at a loss. I know that AJ doesn't exactly know what the word help means. She's too young to understand the story of the boy who cried wolf. And perhaps she's just enjoying the vanity of a new word learned, because she can say it so well.

All I know is that if it doesn't stop soon, I'm going to be the one calling for help. :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Send Your Child a FREE Card From Santa (and Tiny Prints)

Christmas may still be 4 months away, but chances are your children have already been thinking about it to some extent. Santa is thinking about it too! You know the old Christmas tune ... he's making a list, checking it twice...

Let your kids know that Santa is thinking of them (and making sure they are good!) by having them receive a FREE card from the jolly ole guy himself (with a little help from the elves over at Tiny Prints).

Two personalized cards are available for you to choose from!

How to receive your FREE card:

1) Visit Tiny Print's Facebook Page and "Like" them
2) In the left-hand column, click on "Santa Cards"
3) Follow the simple steps to order your free greeting card, postage included!

Note: You will have to enter a credit card for verification. If you follow the steps correctly and enter the special code found on the Facebook page, you will not be charged.


Disclaimer: I was in no way compensated for this post. I'm just an avid fan of Tiny Prints, and Christmas-time!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Surviving My Picky Eater

I have a very.picky.toddler. She would rather eat nothing than look at something new, let alone try something new. For awhile I let it drive me crazy. I begged, I pleaded, I lost sleep and cried on the inside over the lack of variety my little one was consuming.

And then I got over it.

I talked to our pediatrician and read several books and articles about the problem, and they all pretty much sent the same message:

It is the parent's job to provide a variety of healthy foods for a toddler to eat. It is the toddler's job to decide whether or not to eat said healthy foods and how much.

Such a short but very powerful statement. It's made some big changes in our house. No more special meals for AJ. Of course, this has more than once resulted in her eating nothing but strawberries or crackers for dinner. She has more options of course, but she has to make the decision to try new things.

We are making progress. Yesterday she licked a little bit of ketchup off of a chicken nugget before putting it back on her plate. Little victories! It just feels good to know that we're not in this boat alone.

If you have any suggestions for surviving a picky eater or can recommend any literature on the subject, please send them my way. I appreciate it!

Here are a couple of the books that have been saving my sanity recently:

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

My Hiatus

August 16th. The days of summer are winding down, and I've even heard rumors about some schools starting back this week. What's up with that?? I'm a firm believer of the American summer, being that I am the mommy and like to do fun things with the kids during their months of freedom from school. My husband is more of a believer of year-round school, with shorter, more frequent breaks to keep the kids' minds fresh. He's probably right. What do you do to keep your kids minds sharp in the summer? 

It's been no secret that I've been absent for most of the summer, but I assure you that it's for good reason. We're expecting our second child!! I am due January 25th, 2012 and AJ is so excited that she is going to be a big sister (from what she understands). The two kids will be about 26 months apart, which I think is a good spread. Hopefully they will grow up to be great friends. We'll be finding out the sex of the baby on September 12th (as long as she/he is cooperating!)

But wow - did that first trimester take it's toll on me!! When I was pregnant with AJ, my only pregnancy symptom (annoying one that is... I definitely knew I was pregnant) was being tired. This time around I was tired and sick for the first trimester. It wasn't pretty, and I feel like in that short 14 weeks my house fell apart piece by piece. I'm now starting to feel better in that area, but for the last week I have been battling a sinus infection. OI VEY! Nobody told me how brutal a sinus infection can be during pregnancy. I never have really had sinus headaches before, and after feeling like my head was going to explode for three days I started running a low fever, so I went to the med center. They put me on antibiotics, and here I am on day 7 feeling hardly any relief. Tylenol and saline nasal spray offer minor relief. Let's just hope I feel completely better soon so that Baby#2 doesn't have to be put through all of this!!

Also, please keep my grandfather in your prayers. About a year ago he was faced with pretty severe melanoma. Two months ago he went in for his routine scan where it was discovered that it spread to three different areas on his brain. He has been undergoing chemo and radiation on his head and was doing well until this past weekend when he was rushed to the hospital to find that his melanoma had spread rapidly to his stomach and intestines. He is now at home in hospice care. Please pray for peace for our family during this difficult time. We'd really appreciate it.

And stay tuned... there is plenty more to come from Holly at Nap Time!