Sunday, July 31, 2011
- Make her dinner at home. Even if it's a grilled cheese, she'll appreciate the effort.
- Give her some time to relax and space for herself. She will especially appreciate this one if you have kids because Moms don't always get 'me time'.
- Run a bubble bath for her and light a candle or two. Sure, it seems like something out of a chick flick but most women really do like it.
- Clean something without her asking you to. Yeah I know, not the most fun thing for you but she'll appreciate having one less thing to do. Believe me, there's something sexy about a man who's willing to wash dishes, fold laundry or sweep the floor so his girl doesn't have to.
- Back rubs are awesome.
- Let her pick the movie or tv show without complaining. I know, I know this one might be tough. I feel your pain, I don't like the chick flicks a lot of women are crazy about either. But give it a try every now and then.
- Clean up after yourself. Not that we don't just adore taking care of you, but not having to pick up your dirty q-tips would be wonderful too.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
So, what can you do to stay cool and not spend a fortune? Below are some fun and inexpensive solutions.
- Buy a backyard pool. No, not one of those big, expensive ones. Walmart sells a large inflatable pool for $25. No, you can't do laps and canon balls but it's large enough and deep enough to have a cooling soak. And honestly my kids are just as happy in their backyard pool as they are at the water park.
- If you can't or don't want to buy a pool, look into some sort of fun sprinkler system or a slip and slide type thing. They can be just as fun.
- Two words: water fight. Get some water balloons, water guns, heck get some cups, buckets, a hose anything that can hold, squirt or otherwise drench a person.
- Spread out a blanket and have an indoor picnic.
- Set up a kids tent or build one and have a camp out in your living room. You can still make hot dogs, smores and other camp favorites too.
- Game day. Pull out your favorite board games, turn on the Wii, whatever you prefer and play together. Just make sure it's something everyone can enjoy.
- Do an art project or craft. Michaels has inexpensive craft kits that even young kids can do. For around a dollar you get a wooden figure or picture frame and markers to color it. Or make a photo album or scrapbook of your summer adventures.
- Make some treats without turning on the oven. You can make fruit kabobs with yogurt dip, fresh veggie kabobs with hummus, homemade popsicles and more.
- Visit a museum. There are many that are free or low cost. If you're around DC, the Museum of Natural History and the Air and Space museum are a big hit with kids.
- Chuck E Cheese or similar places. Hear me out on this one because I know a lot of parents are cringing right now. You can sign up to receive coupons via email or you can often find them in the coupon section of the paper. I recently received a coupon for a large cheese pizza and 75 tokens for $25 which isn't bad. Go during the week to avoid the crazy loud crowds on the weekend. Frequent hand washing will take care of any germ fears. And honestly if you relax and play WITH your kids, it can be a lot of fun for parents too.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
- Do not co-sleep.
- Do not breast feed baby in public where, God forbid, someone might see you!
- When beginning solids you must start with bland rice cereal, followed by pureed bland veggies, followed by pureed bland fruits. No spices.
- Let baby cry it out.
- Sterilize EVERYTHING
- Don't let baby touch anything that is not specifically approved by some high ranking authority.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
When I logged on to the site, I was thrilled to see a great selection of products and videos on how to properly use the carriers. After watching the videos and reading the reviews I decided to order one. The sizing info was very helpful and accurate. I had some trouble at checkout with the discount code and had to call support. The guy on the phone couldn't have been nicer and more helpful. He helped me get it straightened out and in a few days I had my Baby K'tan. I admit, I tried it on as soon as I got it. At the time I was heavily pregnant so of course it didn' fit quite right but the material was very soft, and it was easy to slip on.
My daughter weighed 8 1/2 pounds at birth and well, to be frank, I'm a busty girl. So, I was worried about the carrier being too snug to carry her in the kangaroo position. But, from the first time I put my daughter in the Baby K'tan, we both loved it. She felt very secure because she was close to Mommy. I felt very secure with the way the carrier held her close to me. I didn't feel like she was going to fall out of it. With other carriers I often still felt the need to clutch baby to keep him/her from falling because I just didn't feel confident in the carrier. What's the point of a baby carrier if you still feel the need to have both arms wrapped around them at all times? I didn't feel like that with this carrier. I was able to wear my daughter and still be able to do other things, like hold my sons' hands, get them a snack, grocery shop or even eat. Putting her in the Baby K'tan worked like a charm to calm her down as well.
So, the Baby K'tan worked great for a newborn. But what about as baby got older? Well, my daughter is now 7 months and we still love the carrier. There are several different positions in which you can wear baby and we've tried most of them. I love being able to have her secured to me while getting other things done as well. She loves that she gets to be with Mommy while she checks out the world. The carrier still holds her comfortably and securely. The weight limit on a Baby K'tan is 35 lbs so we'll be using it for a long time to come.
Additional advantages to the Baby K'tan are that it's pretty compact. You can fold it up and it easily fits into a diaper bag. It's also completely washable. You can just toss it into the machine, which, as any mom knows, is awesome. It's made completely of soft fabric so there are no hard pieces to potentially hurt you or baby. Honestly, I wish I would have had this with my first two babies.
*This may sound like an ad for Baby K'tan, but this is 100% my own thoughts. I am not a paid rep for Baby K'tan.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
As for why he needed the EEG, that's kind of a long story. My son has these episodes where he just screams, moans, cries and often thrashes and kicks. The first thing everyone says is "temper tantrum". But it's not. This is not the 'I want that toy/cookie/movie and I don't want to be told no' normal tantrum of a preschooler and believe me, I'm well acquainted with those. When these episodes happen it's like he's not there mentally. In other words, he's out of it. He doesn't respond when I speak to him, it's as if he doesn't hear me at all. If I'm holding him or I try to during these episodes, he doesn't acknowledge it, it's as if he's unaware. And then, suddenly it stops. And he's left looking baffled and upset. He has no idea what just happened to him. If you ask him about it, he doesn't know what you're talking about. And sometimes, he simply stops screaming and is asleep. And for anyone who thinks it still sounds like a normal tantrum, I took videos and those videos had his pediatrician sending him to a Neurologist, and the Neurologist sending him for the EEG. They think it could be seizures. The Neurologist is also concerned about his hearing and referred him to an audiologist.
My son is high needs. What that means, at least in his case, is that literally from the day he was born he wanted to be with me. He would not, no way, no how, doesn't matter what you try, sleep by himself. So, we co-slept. When he slept. He's a poor sleeper. At three years old he still doesn't sleep through the night consistently. On average three nights a week he gets up. Sometimes, more. He doesn't fall asleep easily, every nap time, every bed time is a struggle. As an infant he literally had to be in my arms at all times. If he wasn't, he would scream himself hoarse until he gagged and gasped for air. He would not, could not calm down until he was in my arms. Even now, he doesn't venture far from me. He gets upset easily. Things have to be just so, a certain way, or he melts down.
He has asthma, and he's very allergic to cats. He's also sensitive to red dye. It makes him so hyper and out of control it's ridiculous. I know there's conflicting research about dyes. Some studies and people say they're fine and cause no harm. And other studies and other people stop just short of labeling them as the root of all evil. All I know is I didn't really think much about them until my son's issues. I mentioned his behavior in a group on CafeMom and several moms mentioned trying to eliminate red dye. I thought it couldn't hurt, so I did. It was like I had a different child. Everyone commented on how much calmer he was. When he does get some red dye by accident, the reaction is immediate. He doesn't speak well either, which is one reason the neurologist is sending him to the audiologist. He had severe jaundice as a baby and the most common side effect is hearing loss. When the neurologist attempted to test his hearing, my son didn't respond.
So, as you can see life has not been easy for him. My poor guy has had it heaped on him. And yet he's still the sweetest, most affectionate kid. He loves airplanes, Egypt, mussels, Phineas and Ferb, cupcakes and cuddling. His eyes light up at the suggestion of popcorn and a movie. He loves to help me bake. And his episodes break my heart. There's nothing I can do for him and it kills me. The confusion in his eyes brings tears to mine. So, I am anxiously awaiting the results of his EEG. If it's seizures, then we'll know what we can do. And if the EEG is clear, our next step is a counselor. One way or another we're going to figure this out.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
This is the second year we've planted a backyard garden. There are several reasons we do this. First, growing your own produce can save money. It's much cheaper to spend a couple of bucks on a packet of seeds or a pre started plant and grow your own than it is to buy from the grocery store. Second, the produce is obviously fresher and tastes much better. And third, it's actually fun and rewarding to plant things yourself and watch them grow.
My kids are young but they get so excited at garden time. They're allowed to choose one thing that's 'theirs' and they get a say in whatever else we plant. After all, they're going to be eating it. My oldest child chose blueberry bushes this year while my middle child picked a peck of pickled peppers. Ok, they're not pickled, but he did choose peppers. They also picked out peas, due in large part to the seed packet having a favorite character on the front. They also get to help plant but of course their favorite part is the harvesting.
We also planted zucchini, cucumbers, various tomatoes, canteloupe, yellow squash, mint and a few strawberries. Our zucchini and cucumbers are thriving. The tomato vines are heavy with fruit and our canteloupes are looking gorgeous. The blueberries did well and the peppers are a success. Unfortunately, the rabbits got our strawberries, bugs got the yellow squash and only one pea actually sprouted. So, it's hit or miss sometimes. But the thriving plants more than make up for the loss of the others.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
If you enjoy a blog that focuses on just one subject, run. Run now and run fast because this is not that blog. I'm a woman of many interests, thoughts and opinions. My blog will reflect that. I will discuss whatever happens to be on my mind, maybe it's big news, maybe it's a review of a book or movie. I will also include some favorite recipes. I'm also into photography so be prepared to see lots of my photos. I'll probably discuss Egypt quite a bit too. And plenty of other things. So welcome to Sugar and Snapshots, the anything goes blog.
Everyone is always curious about the person behind the words. Who is that clever being who amazes you with that sharp wit? Well... allow me to introduce myself. I'm Michelle and I'll be your blogger for the duration of the Sugar and Snapshots blogarama. Now, what do you need to know about me... I'm a chick. I'm between the ages of old enough to order a drink if I so chose and 30. I'm the co-sleeping, baby wearing, breast feeding mother of 3. I like football (Cowboys fan), music (so many types and artists that my Pandora suspects I'm schizo) the colors blue and purple, coffee, daisies, badminton, House, Cinnamon Chex, the beach, Walter, Peanut and Achmed (Jeff Dunham fans will get this) J.D. Robb books, my Nikon and Ellen. Among other things. I dislike nosey neighbors, the cold, that hard white piece in a tomato, traffic, celery, Barney, hangnails, smashing my toes into things and reaching the bottom of the Nutella jar. Among other things. And I'm a little bit opinionated.