Monday, April 30, 2007
This weeks question :Describe your pregnancy...cravings, sickness, etc...
hosted by: A Little Mommy Talk
I'm not feeling well today, actually I haven't been feeling all of last week, but it came to a head today. I'll spare you the gory details, but let's just say that I'm on Cipro and hope to be feeling better soon. I wasn't going to blog today, because other than writing a post about not feeling well (which is BORING) or my kids taking off and running through the Doctors office while I was trying to pee in the cup, I have nothing to write about today. But, I saw this topic on a few blogs today and thought I could join in on this one.
Both of my pregnancies were wonderful. My first pregnancy pretty much followed the book "What to Expect When You're Expecting" except for a few key items (massive weight gain). Each month I'd read a chapter and say Yep, that's me, that's exactly what I'm going through.
The first 3 months were a blur. I pretty much slept through them all. We were moving and were in our new house 2 weeks before I took the test and found out "what was wrong with me". I kept seeing that commercial for Zoloft on TV and I kept telling my husband that "I think I'm that sad little cartoon rock on the commercial". I have no energy, I'm lifeless, and I don't want to do any of the things I usually do. I should have been excited to move into our house, but instead all I wanted to do was sleep. Then I took the test and found out I wasn't depressed, just pregnant. We were trying, but we only tried one time and I thought it would take longer. What did I know?
Cravings: I craved EVERYTHING with my first pregnancy. Let me start off by saying that I am a reformed nicotine addict. I smoked for 13 years before I found out I was pregnant (1-2 packs a day). Then I took the test and quit cold turkey. I'm not tooting my own horn here or trying to say it's easy to quit, but want to explain how I gained more weight while pregnant with my first son than any human being on the planet should ever be allowed to gain while pregnant (transfer of one oral fixation for another). I can't tell you how much because if I tell you I have to kill you. But let's just say I could have given birth to an adult by the time the baby came. Biggest cravings: pickle flavored potato chips (1st 2 months), ice cream (entire pregnancy), peanut butter (entire pregnancy), icees (1st 3 months) and the best craving of all: A vidalia onion chopped up in a bowl with Italian dressing and Parmesan cheese. Yep, just the onion. My hubby loved that phase and lucky for him it ended with the 1st trimester.
I had massive heart burn starting in the second trimester and kept a bowl of tums on my nightstand and tums stashed all over the house. I retained so much water that you push on my shin and the skin would stay pushed in (very attractive). My hubby said it looked like a bullet hole. Through all the eating and weight gain though, my blood pressure was a steady 120/80 although there was some concern about it the day I went in to be induced.
My second pregnancy was less weighty. I didn't have any particular cravings, and I tried not to eat too much (I still gained 53 pounds though- all of it lost within 7 months after baby was born. Thank you Weight Watchers). I was going to exercise through this whole pregnancy, but 2 days after I took the test I was on the treadmill (just walking) and afterwards I had breakthrough bleeding and was put on couch rest for a few days. That scared me away from any further exercise during my pregnancy. This time there was no massive water weight and my heart burn wasn't that bad either.
I was lucky too. I never had morning sickness with either pregnancy. I little nauseous for the first month or two in the early morning, but I'd sip ginger ale and was fine.
Being pregnant was never an issue with me. It was having to lose massive amounts of weight afterwards and dealing with a colicky baby (1st son) and a reflux/allergy baby (2nd son).
I loved being pregnant. Oh, and I lost all but 7 pounds of the 1st baby weight and I'm currently working on that too.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Our next stop was to a "Madness" sale at my favorite local nursery. The kids were excited to see what the "Madness" was all about. Although it was about 50 "Senior Citizens" all vying for the free margaritas (yes, they had free margaritas at the nursery which was the highlight of my evening), the kids still had a good time. There were chips and salsa, a fire outside and a guy singing Jimmy Buffet while playing a steel drum. It's easy to impress preschoolers, especially if the 2 year old gets to play the steel drum. I did manage to get 2 free margaritas and a great deal on some Boston ferns for the front porch. 4 ferns for $40.00 is "madness" considering I paid $25.00 each for them last year. I think the "Madness " sale will be an annual tradition at our house. Keep in mind this is Ohio and considering it was 46 degrees here for the better part of the day (it just warmed up to 61 degrees at 7:14 pm - a front must have come through), the ferns are hanging in my basement so they don't get too frosty.
Other than that the weekend has been relaxing so far. I'm getting caught up on laundry and trying to get caught up on rest.
Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. It's supposed to be 70 degrees here tomorrow so hopefully the kids will get outside and burn off some energy!
The sky and how it looked for Family Fun Night:
Ferns in my basement (they scare the heck out of me everytime I do down there):
Hi all, this weeks theme is "RARE":
It is RARE that my youngest son just suddenly falls asleep while playing.
Grandma babysat that day and said " he just didn't need a nap today ". I guess he really did.
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Friday, April 27, 2007
Baked Ziti: from MayoClinic.com
1. 2/3 cup uncooked ziti (about 2 ounces) - For gluten free use Tinkyada Pasta Joy Penne Pasta
2. 1 can (14 ounces) low-sodium tomatoes, drained (reserve 1/2 cup of the juice)
3. 1/2 cup sliced carrots
4. 1 cup chopped broccoli
5. 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
6. 1/4 cup sliced mushrooms
7. 2 garlic cloves, minced
8. 1 teaspoon dried basil
9. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
10. 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
11. 1/2 cup reduced-fat mozzarella cheese (Omit for dairy free)
12. 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (Omit for dairy free)
1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Lightly coat a baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Fill a large pot 3/4 full with water and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente (tender)/If using Gluten Free Pasta under cook because gluten free pasta tends to get mushy. It will finish cooking while baking, 10 to 12 minutes, or according to the package directions. Drain the pasta thoroughly.
3. In a nonstick frying pan over medium heat, add the reserved juice from the canned tomatoes. 4. Stir in the carrots, broccoli and green pepper. Saute the vegetables until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and garlic and cook for another 5 minutes.
Add the tomatoes, basil, oregano and black pepper to the vegetable mixture.
5. Cook over low heat for 3 to 5 minutes.
6. Transfer the cooked vegetables to a large bowl. Add the cooked pasta and mozzarella cheese(omit for dairy free version). Toss gently to mix.
7. Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese(omit for dairy free version).
8. Cover with aluminum foil and bake until the mixture is hot and bubbly, about 30 minutes. Remove the aluminum foil after 15 minutes.
9. Divide the pasta among warmed individual bowls. Serve immediately.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies: from Spark People
I had to tweak the recipe a bit. We can't use peanut butter, so I subbed soy nut butter. We also can't use eggs, so I used Ener-G egg replacer instead. Because the kids aren't on a diet and because, well, they're kids, I increased the amount of sugar too. I'll post the original recipe and put my substitutions in parenthesis.
1. 1 cup unsalted natural peanut butter (1 Cup of Soy Nut Butter)
2. 1/2 cup Splenda brown sugar [packed] (3/4 Cup of brown sugar - packed)
3. 1/4 cup egg substitute [such as Egg Beaters brand] - (2 Eggs Worth of Ener-G Egg Replacer Prepared)
4. 1/2 tsp (gluten free) vanilla extract
5. 40 pieces semisweet chocolate chips or semisweet chocolate candies (sprinkle in as much Enjoy Life or other safe brand Chocolate Chips as desired)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a cookie sheet with canola oil (or use parchment paper).
2. In a medium size mixing bowl, place the peanut/soy nut butter, brown sugar, egg substitute, and vanilla extract.
3. Stir together well.
4. Using a small scoop, equal to about a rounded measuring teaspoon, drop cookie dough on the prepared cookie sheet.
5. Take a fork and make a criss-cross pattern on each cookie. Add one mini chocolate chip or mini chocolate candy to the top of each cookie.
6. Bake approximately 8 or 9 minutes or until cookie is lightly browned on bottom.
7. Remove cookie sheet from oven and let rest on a cooling rack for 5 minutes before removing cookies to rack to continue cooling. Makes approximately 40 tiny cookies.
Pizza Pancakes: from Angela's Kitchen
1. 1 Cup Garbanzo and Fava Flour
2. 1/2 Cup Brown rice flour
3. 1/2 Cup Tapioca Flour
4. 4 teaspoons baking powder
5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
6. 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
7. 2 Tbs. Italian seasoning
8. 2 cups GFCF milk substitute (ie: soy, rice, etc.)
9. 2 eggs worth of Ener-G egg replacer, prepared
10. 4 Tablespoons oil
11. 1/2 cup GFCF pepperoni, ham, or sausage, diced
12. 1/2 cup chopped plum tomatoes (I used drained canned tomatoes)
13. 1/4 cup chopped black olives
14. Jar of pizza or spaghetti sauce, warmed, for dipping
1. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
2. Mix the wet ingredients (GFCF milk substitute, egg replacer, and oil) together until blended then add to the dry ingredients.
3. Stir until blended together. There will still be some lumps, but try not to have too many.
4. Stir in pizza toppings, except the sauce.
5. Cook 2-3 tablespoons of batter per pancake in a preheated lightly oiled pan as you would regular pancakes, flipping pancake over when there are bubbles on the surface and the bottom is golden brown.
6. Serve with pizza sauce for dipping.
These pancakes were a huge hit!! The kids ate them up (The Little Man ate 5). My hubby thought it was a bit odd until he tasted them, then he became a fan too. These are a definite keeper.
Now I must go clean up the kitchen. It is a disaster!
***Added to say: Anyone interested in the normal Pizza Pancake recipe can go
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Another well organized blog with lots of quality content! I'll never cease to be amazed of how fantastic some of these blogs are and how much time and energy goes into them. Perfect example is this one where the blogger clearly loves her family and with little ones involved you can always count on endless amounts of material to write about. Pictures and writing that keep your interest is what a blog should be about. Nice work and keep it coming!
Not bad! Thanks Bill for the kind words. Hopefully I can live up to them.
It has 6 pockets on the sides of the inside to hold my things (EPI pen and Benadryl shown):
3 little pockets on the front and I usually slip my cell in one of those:
I bought the matching wallet with strap so if I go anywhere without the kids, I can just take that:
OK, that's it. It's functional (and in my opinion kind of cute).
So I'll tag Sue, Michelle, and I'll leave it open to anyone else who wants to join in.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
One of the Koala's had a baby. Isn't it the cutest little guy?
The wildest animals at the zoo:
On Sunday, I just did hamburgers and hot dogs (and veggie burgers for me) on the grill. I've been dying to try this nacho recipe. It was really good and I could have made a meal out of it by itself.
Nachos Fabuloso from Gluten Free Goddess. I made 2 versions of these. One for myself and hubby with the cheese and jalepenos and one for the kids sans cheese and jalepenos. Both were good.
Monday, April 23, 2007
After this post, I'm heading to bed. I'm so tired. The kindergarten assessment went fine, I guess. I don't know because I wasn't really there. I was sequestered in a basement filling out inane paperwork for "volunteer" work (volunteer: a person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking. Yeah, I didn't really get the whole "voluntarily" feeling here). Apparently I'll get a phone call to let me know how it went. Hmmm, just what every parent wants to wait for. Everyone seemed very nice. Do you sense apprehension?
This weekend was busy, but good. Saturday started off lovely with the Little Man throwing up. Luckily it was a one time thing. One of the problems with kids with food allergies is that things that seem normal to most parents never seem normal to "allergy parents". Throwing up: Could he have eaten something he shouldn't have and is he having a reaction? This question is asked when: 1. The child sneezes more than once. 2. His nose runs in an excessive manner 3. Skin takes on a red hue 4. Vomiting 5. Abnormal bowl movements 6. Odd dry coughing fits. Yes, we are hyper sensitive. Luckily on Saturday, he woke up saying that his tummy hurt. He hadn't eaten anything, so it couldn't have been food. Had it have been, say, noon, I'd have pumped him with Benadryl and sat staring at him for at least an hour to make sure no other symptoms popped up. But he said his tummy hurt, it only happened once, then he ran around like a nut for the rest of the day, so I guess it was just "one of those things".
We weeded and I was finally able to trim back all of my perennials. My azaleas are a sad lot. Last year the tree trimmer told me to pull them all out and replace them (but I forget why, but I think he said major scale infestation beyond repair). 2 were completely dead so I replaced those. I'm trying to save the last 4, but we'll see.
Picture of the old dead ones in the compost pile:
Picture of the new ones (that aren't the right color purple, but at this point, who cares?):
A picture of one of the other ones with the scale:
Hey, some bulbs are finally coming in:
We tried to teach the older boy to ride his bike without training wheels. Apparently this is going to be an ongoing process:
(Look the crazy lady has the camera again)
Oh, road rash:
It's OK, walk it off:
Now for the photo frames that are part of my " 30 day organization challenge".
We ran out of time, and these still need to be hung. This is my hubby's grandfathers high school diploma and an old family photo from the early 1900's:
Just to let you know how dedicated I am to Tackle It Tuesday, this "raptor" kept circling my head ready to dive bomb me as I was trying to tack pictures of the azaleas:
Then there were the ANTS. The weather is nicer so the ants need to come inside now. They come inside the coat closet, so I had to take care of that nastiness too (I hate insects). But I'm done for now. And I'm going to bed. Goodnight fellow tacklers.
I'll post about the yummy recipes tomorrow. One is a rub and one belongs to
Gluten Free Goddess. Sweet dreams all!
Friday, April 20, 2007
I know I'm really early and it's only Friday, but it's finally in the 60's here and tomorrow is "yard work" day, so I won't have time to post. So here is this weeks photo scavenger hunt.
This weeks theme is "STEPS":
Baby's first steps:
Our deck steps (oh, so exciting I know):
Visit www.tnchick.com to participate or see next weeks theme.
You can check it out here:Here. We are avoiding fish for my son, so that cancels out Tropicana for us too. So here we come, Florida's Natural. Wonder what they'll start adding to theirs....
For more info on the Minute Maid with plant sterols Click Here
I decided to take one more look at the camera. I had it in it's box with all paperwork and cables nestled nicely in place ready to go. To go where, I wasn't sure. There is a sticker on the box from Circuit City that said "14 day return policy, see back of receipt". Well, I was going to take it there tomorrow anyway and play dumb and see if they'd exchange it (maybe I could cry or something). Otherwise, I'd have to ship it off to Illinois to some service center to have it fixed and probably wait 3-4 months to get it back. Whatever happened to returning broken merchandise to the place you bought it? Now, no one wants it back, they just want you to take it somewhere else. Like this tractor we bought at Lowe's. It broke a month after we bought it (the front tire came flying off while my hubby using it) and Lowe's said "Not our problem, call MTD". Not even a "Sorry". I think they were laughing at us and calling us names behind our backs too. So we called MTD and they said "well, we only make them, not fix them so you'll have to call your local Ace Hardware because they are our authorized repair people". We called them and they charged a fee for everything and we fought with them most of the summer to get it fixed and returned. For the 3 years we had it, we actually paid for it twice with the amount we spent in repairs and I fought with that Ace Hardware more than I care to remember. But I've gotten off track here haven't I.....
I plugged the camera in one more time and it worked. Don't know how or why, or why it wouldn't for the last 3 days, but maybe the camera gremlins are gone and it will be ok now. I hope so. The e-mail gremlins are still here, but I can get around those. Wanna bet our computer blows up in the next week or two?
Here are the picture of the baskets I bought to complete the closet organization for the 30 day challenge:
The baskets are wire like the closet shelves and they clip on underneath. I have a lot of space between the last shelve and the floor, but I don't want to store linens on the floor for fear of mice (we only had one, but one is enough).
You can clip 2 baskets to each other, so technically I can have 4 baskets down there if I need to:
Here are the frames:
And the scrap book:
So I'm moving along. Slowly, but surely. Hopefully if all goes well the frames will get hung this weekend.
Oh, and just because they're pretty, some flowers I bought today:
Have a wonderful weekend!
As someone who once was vegetarian, this one is right up my alley. I am still not a big meat eater, but I will eat chicken and I actually ate beef on Easter (not much beef, but I haven't eaten beef since I was a teenager). There are actually several categories of vegetarian.
Vegan: NO animal products (nothing with cheese, egg, milk, etc). Most Vegans also refuse to wear leather, wool or silk
Lacto Vegetarian: will include milk into their diet
Ovo-Lacto: Include milk and eggs in there plant based diet (this was my diet)
Pesco Vegetarian - includes fish into their plant based diet
Pollo-Vegetarian - includes chicken, turkey and duck (I have a hard time thinking of this as vegetarian)
(all recipes are safe for my sons allergies when proper substitutions are made - wheat, rye, barley, egg, milk, peanut: please check to make sure that ingredients are safe for your own)
Southwestern Vegetarian Pasta:(www.allrecipes.com)
1. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2. 1 onion, chopped
3. 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
4. 2 cloves garlic, chopped
5. 2 tablespoons chili powder
6. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
7. 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
8. 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas
9. 1 (10 ounce) package frozen corn kernels, thawed
10. 1 (12 ounce) package uncooked elbow macaroni or gluten free pasta
11. 1/2 cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese (omit for dairy free version)
1. Heat oil in a large, deep skillet. Saute onion, green pepper, garlic, chili powder and cumin. Stir in tomatoes, chickpeas and corn. Reduce heat to low and simmer 15 to 20 minutes, or until thickened and heated through.
2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni or gluten free pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
3. Combine pasta and sauce. Sprinkle each serving with Monterrey Jack cheese (omit for dairy free version)
Vegan Spinach Frittata (www.sparkpeople.com)
1. 1 cup raw spinach
2. 4.5 ounces silken, extra firm tofu
3. 2 Tbsp. fat-free soymilk
4. 1.5 tsp vegan egg replacer (such as Ener-G brand)
5. 1/4 tsp fresh thyme, crushed
6. Dash each of sea salt and fresh ground pepper
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a small baking dish with olive oil or no stick spray and set aside.
2. Clean spinach and steam lightly (about 3-5 minutes).
3. Mash tofu in a small mixing bowl.
4. Add thyme, salt and pepper and mix well.
5. Sprinkle egg replacer over mixture and mix well.
6. Add soymilk and stir well.
7. Add steamed spinach and stir evenly.
8. Place mixture into prepared oven dish, spread evenly.
9. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until lightly golden on top.
Serve with hot toast.
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Thursday, April 19, 2007
I took the boys to my moms this morning so that I could go and get my grays colored. I'm happy to report that my hair is a lovely shade of dark blond again (minus any gray roots peeking through). After that I headed on over to JC Penney to pick up the older boys pictures from a few weeks ago and a new pair of dress shoes for hubby. Then off to Michael's to pick up some frames for the new pictures and this is also part of my "30 Day Organizational Challenge" hosted by Laura. Michael's has decent frames for a reasonable price. I didn't get ALL the frames but I got 5 and it's a start. I also picked up a cute scrap book so I have a place to put all of the pictures that I decide not to put back on the walls. Then my next stop was the gas station (exciting I know) and lastly Home Depot where I did manage to find the hinge for the broken jewelery box (and it only cost $3.77) and I picked up the remainder of the organizational items for the linen closet that I started last week. And I couldn't resist buying one of those laser leveling devices so that my pictures will be hung straight. I still can't get my camera to work, but I'll post pictures for Laura tomorrow with the old camera.
Andria gave birth this morning to a healthy baby girl. Mom and baby are doing fine. Go on over and give congratulations.
Heather's love fest was amazing. God bless her and her family.
Happy Friday everyone!
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
The day started off this morning with my e-mail not working. I tried to fix it, but I think I made things worse. After I brought the boys home from school, I called our provider, but they said it wasn't on their end, and I would have to call Microsoft. I called Microsoft, but they wanted to charge me $59.00 to help me and the gentleman on the other end of the phone had an accent I didn't understand, so I opted to keep working on it myself. It's working again. For now.
Our chest of drawers in our bedroom has a jewelery box built in the top and one of the hinges is bent and it is cutting into the wood and doesn't go up properly. It hasn't worked right for a while, but it's gotten progressively worse. The furniture manufacturer will only speak with dealers, so I called the store where we bought it today. Since it's out of warranty, they gave me the number of a technician who will come out and take a look at it for a fee. I refuse to pay for a "Technician" to fix a hinge, so I'll be heading to Home Depot tomorrow to see what I can do.
My camera is still not working, so I'll be heading to Circuit City tomorrow too. Hopefully we can get it taken care of without them having to keep it for eons.
The part that could have been bad, really bad, happened at school today. The Little Man had his Mom and Tot class today. He absolutely loves that class. And at the end the teacher gives the kids a snack. Sometimes it's fruit which he can eat, but most of the time it's something he's allergic to and I bring him a safe snack. All the kids (all kids are 2-2.5 years old) sit at a table and get their hands stamped and then she hands out the snack and they usually start eating it and we leave a few minutes after that. Today's snack was Cheez-its and I brought Glutino pretzels for The Little Man. He was curious about the crackers, but happy with his pretzels. Then I saw him bend down under the table. I was standing right behind him ready to pounce at the hint of trouble so I went into action. But as fast as I was, he was faster. Whatever he picked up off the floor went into his mouth before I could stop it. He already had so many pretzels in there, there was no way for me to dig out the other item because I couldn't even find it. Now he usually doesn't do things like this, unless he himself drops the food. We always correct him and try and take it away and tell him we don't pick food up off the floor. He's usually not a scavenger so I prayed very hard that what he picked up was his own dropped pretzel. And it must have been, because he didn't have any kind of reaction. BUT my comfort level for preschool next year has been shaken to the core (and let's face it, it really wasn't that great to begin with). I AM TERRIFIED! To say the very least. I already have a 3 ring binder full of questions, an emergency action plan, and a to do list ready to go for our yearly allergist appointment in May. We've been steadily talking to him about his allergies, and not eating anything that we don't give him, but he's 2 (he'll be 3 at the time of school). Is a 3 year old able to handle this? Are the teachers? Am I? I don't know.
I do know that at the library today we rented BINKY GOES NUTS about Arthur's friend Binky who has a peanut allergy and I am making the kids watch it every day and we will have open dialog every day. I'll probably need to be medicated on the first day of preschool.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Or as it's know in our house today: The "Day the You-Know-What" Hit The Fan.
I've taken pictures of the thing that started the whole snowball effect, but now I can't seem to down load anything from my camera.
Basically what happened was: The kids were acting crazy as usual. They were also destroying the house as usual. It was really getting on my nerves (as usual). Then my 5 year old decided to use the plastic lid from one of the toy bins as a spring board to launch himself from the step in the kitchen into the family room. Not a big step mind you, but enough that he landed on his face, smashing his new glasses. That's when I lost it. The house was a disaster, the kids were crazed and now we had bent glasses. We are lucky that the glasses are the only things that were broken. That's when it happened. I went off the deep end and started screaming like a crazy woman. The 5 year old is grounded in his room for the whole day and the little guy better tow the line or he's in trouble too.
I really didn't plan on doing a Tackle It Tuesday today. I'm tired and I really didn't feel motivated to actually do anything. But after the whole "disaster house" and "unruly children" incident I decided that the first thing that needed to get done was to Tackle the toys....AGAIN. I swear I do this every few weeks. It's like they multiply at night while we're sleeping. I think part of the problem is that for some reason Easter has become Christmas. We used to get candy and maybe a stuffed animal or one toy. Kids today get TOYS (plural). It's crazy. It's Easter, let's give them toys. Someone comes to visit. Bring them toys. Same person comes a month later, more toys. I swear from now on that if anything comes in this house, it means something must leave.
So I spent the better part of the day rooting through the toys again and pulling things I don't see them play with and packing it up to be donated. I also moved a bunch of stuff from upstairs on the main level to the basement. If there is less stuff for them to scatter about then there is less stuff for me to pick up. If they want to play with something that is downstairs, I'll be happy to get it, but then they better pick it up and put it away when they are done.
And may all that is holy help the person who lets them play in the basement without picking it up when they are done. I'm tired of being the only person who goes down there and straightens up.
So the toys on the main level have been lessened. Then if I'm going to be calling for Purple Hearts to come and make a pick up of donated items I should go through more stuff. So next is the spare bedroom which is part of my 30 day organizational challenge. There was a large bag of stuffed animals in there that needed sorted. So the kids and I went through and decided which ones we were keeping and which ones we were donating. I'm also planning on having a yard sale when the weather warms up (if it ever warms up) so I went through some of the baby clothes today to see which I was going to try and sell and which were going straight to donation. We have quite a few bags of things going to donation. I know if I look hard enough, I can find more. I'm all about organization and lightening the load right now.
It's funny how one crazy act and some bent glasses started all of this. Now I have to figure out why my camera won't down load. The last time this happened it was because the Mother Board on the computer was going (Oh don't let it be that again). If I get it fixed, I'll post pictures later. If you don't hear from me for a few weeks, we lost the Mother Board (Oh please, please don't let it be that).
Oh, and the last thing for Tackle It Tuesday. I'm instituting a new rule. Any toy or item that isn't picked up is going into a bin and the owner can't get it back until they A. buy it back or B. perform tasks to get it back. I saw this last week (I think at http://www.orgjunkie.blogspot.com/) and it sounds like a plan that will work to get the masses to start picking up after themselves.
***UPDATE: Still no pictures. The computer just can not find the camera (although it shows the hourglass, so it's trying). I've tried both USB ports, 2 different cables, and I ran the recovery disks (incase it was the computer. The wind caused a brown out yesterday and we have battery back up, but who knows). I don't think it's the computer, I think it's the camera. Equally a bummer. I just got it for Christmas and it was expensive. Guess I'll be heading over to Circuit City on Thursday for an extended part of Tackle It Tuesday. The fun never ends. On a positive note, I did down load our Christmas pictures off the old camera trying to check the USB cables and ports. Only 4 months after Christmas. Yes, I'm totally on top of things.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Sunday, April 15, 2007
I love the responses I got to yesterdays post. Yes, I was angry when I wrote that. I thought about going back in and editing myself, but that is how I was feeling at the time, so I left it. That's me and if you read it, then you read me. Since it's my blog, I guess I don't have to censor myself :) I just want to clarify that I wasn't angry about the "non peanut free school". I was angry at the attitude toward the boy himself. He's six. He didn't ask for an allergy. There is no need for adults to speak about him that way. My son has so many allergies (egg and wheat being his most severe) that I could never ask for a "free" school. Besides, in my opinion, my son needs to learn to advocate for himself and learn how to live in the real world. But maybe that child's allergy prohibits him from doing that. We could at least have compassion.
News from blog land: Don't forget about Heather on Wednesday April 18Th. Donations or Prayers are appreciated.
Kelli could use some prayers right now too. She's going through a difficult time.
And please keep Andria in your prayers. They should be adding a new addition to their family this week.
OK, I think that's it. I've given you a lot to pray about. Sorry to ask for so much. I'll try to keep the requests to a minimum for a while. Have a wonderful and blessed week!
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Debate Centers On Boy's Peanut Allergy April 8, 2007 By DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press
A Connecticut 6-year-old's extreme allergy is pitting concerns about the boy's safety against the right of his schoolmates to enjoy an American classic - a peanut butter sandwich. A nationwide increase in peanut allergies is prompting a debate playing out in his small elementary school in Seymour and across the country. But while some school districts have decided to bar anyone from bringing peanut products to school, Seymour's and others say such rules are unfair to the rest of the students.
"I think more and more people are looking for protection from cradle to grave, and I really don't believe that's what society is all about," said Seymour school board member James Garofolo. "I really don't believe we can protect people ... from all the things out there that may pose harm."Six-year-old Matthew Searles of Seymour is one of an estimated 12 million Americans, including 2 million school-age children, who have potentially life-threatening food allergies. More than 3 million are allergic to peanuts or tree nuts. The only thing they can do to prevent allergic reactions is to avoid foods that pose a hazard. Many who are allergic can have an anaphylactic response, which can create breathing problems by constricting airways. It also can lead to a serious drop in blood pressure, a weak pulse, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Matthew's mother, Lisa Searles, has urged Seymour school officials to ban peanut butter in the schools. She acknowledges the efforts by school officials to protect her first-grader at Anna LoPresti School, but says it's not enough. "My son's allergy is like bringing a loaded gun to school," she said. "I was just very disappointed with the board. I feel they're ignorant. If it was their child who could die, it would be a whole different story."
Now here are some of the responses that the article got. And I am not making these up folks, actual people (and I use the term loosely) made these remarks:
Sunday Apr 8
"Perhaps if the child is so medically fragile that he cannot be present in a school where peanuts are, he ought to be educated in a different setting - perhaps homeschooled or in a private school.It's a shame he has an allergy, but why make everyone else suffer? I know of parents of children with SERIOUS peanut allergies who adopt the strategy of teaching their child not to share food, and having their child eat away from other children if necessary. Yes, it's scary, but Mom isn't always going to be around to control every aspect of the child's life. When the kid grows up, he'll still be in a world where others have peanut products with them - you can't very well ban peanuts in a large office building. Children with these life-threatening allergies need to learn how to function safely in a world with those allergens. Peanut butter in moderation is a nutritious, inexpensive source of protein, which is important for families who may not have a lot of money to spend on deli meats or expensive alternative nut butters for their kids' school lunches. It is not all about one kid. Perhaps if the parents did their job and taught him about managing his condition rather than avoiding it, this would be a non-issue, as it is for many peanut-allergic children in the US".
Sunday Apr 8
"I agree - when do we say enough? Unless something is harmful to the student body in general, the school has no obligation to do anything about it. If the parents aren't comfortable educating their child in that environment, they have choices. They can look for a private school that guarantees an environment free of the evil peanut. Or, they can exercise the ultimate in control and home-school. No matter how you slice it, though, the child's allergy is the parents' problem. Not that of the public. He's going to need to learn to function in the larger world at some point. Welcome to America - the land of disability and special needs".
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Sunday Apr 8
"The parents should be thanking their lucky stars that the kid wasn't born with (edited for complete ignorance), or no immune system and has to live in a bubble. Perhaps Darwin is gently suggesting to these parents that their genetics don't make for the best combinations, and to lay off making any more children.But that doesn't give them the right to emburden the other parents just because their children possess superior vigor and vitality".
Sunday Apr 8
"Way to go Seymour school board member James Garofolo.....While I recognize that peanut butter allergies can be life threatening it isn't the schools responsibility to make all the other kids conform to some sort rule to benefit one student. In fact if they do and some kids defies the rule who is responsible??It is the parents responsibility to protect their kid and teach him to protect himself.What about the local rec sports teams this kid might be in, are they banning peanut butter? What have the girl and boy scouts done to make sure no peanuts are in any of the fund raising foods this kid might be in contact with?and to G W Carver "Parents can feed their children healthier food than peanut butter which gets 75% of it's calories from fat." Please go away. You do gooders that pervade our society and especially CT are getting tiresome. Rest assured most of us are going to have fun dispite your attempts to regulate our lives".
Sunday Apr 8
"Have to agree with the poster here. What if a child has a bread allergy? No sandwiches of any kind allowed at school? A chicken allergy? No more nuggets? The line must be drawn".
And this was just a random sampling of the comments left and most of them were similar to the ones above although I'd have to say that #3 takes the cake. I don't understand the hate. Have we become that self centered that we are going to spew hate toward a child because our right to eat peanut butter between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm Monday through Friday may be taken away? This is the fight we want to fight? "SAVE THE PEANUT BUTTER". Screw the homeless, the environment, the people dying in Darfur. We want our sandwiches.
My heart hurts.
Friday, April 13, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
The Bloggers who participated were:
Gluten Free Girl
Parenting a Child with Food Allergies
Kids With Food Allergies
We were moderated by Cindy
Most of the above bloggers can be found on my sidebar and I read them often. It was nice being able to interact with them. The discussion lasted about an hour, and I could have taken up that entire hour and then some with all of my questions and the follow up that I would have liked to do. It was mentioned that we may be able to do this again with Dr. Bassett at another time and I would welcome that opportunity. Here is a list of the questions that I compiled. Some were my own. Some were to clarify things that are often confusing for people when they are first diagnosed or have a child that is first diagnosed with food allergies. Some were from moms from the Baby Center Food Allergy Board, and some were left in comments on my blog. I certainly didn't expect to get them all answered last night. I did get to ask 2 questions and 2 of my other questions from the list were touched on by other bloggers.
1. Because many people/parents I’ve spoken with have been given different definitions, please define anaphylactic reaction for me.
2. When would you say to use the Epi pen over just giving Benadryl to halt a reaction?
3. What is your opinion of the Duke study of using small amounts of peanut protein to desensitize children with peanut allergies? It’s contrary to what we are told regarding total avoidance.
4. Is there any new and promising research out there regarding food allergies that you are aware of?
5. What is your opinion of NAET treatment as it relates to food allergies?
6. If we are following the rule that “total avoidance is the only way to outgrow food allergies”, what affect does accidental exposure, including contact reactions have on outgrowing food allergies?
7. Lately there have been several articles or items in the news regarding avoiding peanuts or peanut butter while pregnant for people with a family history of food allergies or if someone already has a child with food allergies. What is your recommendation to expectant mothers of food allergic children?
8. If you have one child with food allergies, what are the odds of future children having food allergies?
9. Does birth order have anything to do with it? On the BBC FAB, a few moms seem to think that it appears that the allergies become more severe in subsequent children.
10. My son gets RAST tested every year to see where he’s at with his allergies. The son of someone else I know is skin tested every year. Is there a guideline for how frequent tests are preformed and why are some done by blood and others by skin? Why would one be preferred over the other?
11. How do you determine when a food challenge should be performed and what procedures do you follow?
12. Dr. Bassett, I noticed on your blog that you had tips for people traveling with inhalant allergies. Do you have any tips for people traveling with food allergies? (Left on Dr. Bassetts Blog this morning)
13. Since every school differs in their allergy awareness, what do you suggest that parents do to protect food allergic children who are just starting school?
14. It was recently mentioned to me by a mother of a food allergic child that she read a study that said fewer milk and egg allergic children are outgrowing these allergies. Are you finding that to be true and if so in your opinion why do you think that is?
15. What is your position on the new gluten free labeling? Do you have any preference on the Australian or EU standards? Your opinion on the new compounding meds legislation? Are you lobbying on any of these subjects?
16. What is the biggest mistake an asthmatic person or parents of asthmatic children make when it comes to treating asthma?
17. From what you’ve seen, what is the biggest mistake a person with food allergies or parents of food allergic children make?
18. What is the difference between RAD and Asthma?
19. I received a question from a lady today who has a 2 ½ year old son with asthma. They live in Northern Wisconsin (rural) and he is normally fine, but when they travel to visit Grandparents in Southern Wisconsin (city) his asthma flares up. She would like to know what possible things could cause this.
(Questions in red were asked by me, questions in green were touched on by others).
Yes, people I realize these were a lot of questions, and I realize they weren't all going to get answered. These are some of things that concern parents with children who have food allergies. Dr. Bassett did offer to answer questions on his Blog. Of course I've already left him one, but to leave all 20 at one time would be a bit much, even for me.
There will be a link to an audio transcript of lasts night interview and as soon as it's available I'll post it and anyone interested can listen to all of the questions asked and Dr. Bassett's answers. The questions were wide ranging from basic food allergy information, to new studies, to psychological issues of dealing with food allergies/intolerance's, using epinephrine to halt an asthma attack and more.
I'm very grateful to Revolution Health for arranging this discussion. I may not have gotten all of my or your questions answered, but it's a start. Once the ball is rolling, I hope there is a momentum that keeps it going.
Thank you to everyone who participated. And thank you for helping to educate and advocate for people with food allergies and intolerance's.
Here is the link to the audio transcript: it is 53 minutes and 49 seconds long. I hope you find some helpful information.
or click Here and click on the first AUDIO box that you see.
If you have any trouble getting it to work, e-mail me and I'll try and help.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Please let me in comments or e-mail me if you have any specific questions regarding allergies that you would like me to try and get addressed.
Todays tackle is getting started on my "30 Day Organizational Challenge" that is hosted by Laura.
Before picture of my linen closet:
I thought I'd start organizing the closet first, so I went to Martha Stewart's towel folding directions on Oprah.com and printed off directions on how to properly fold a towel and BHG.com for 4 easy steps for folding sheets (which really wasn't that easy).
I unloaded the closet and got rid of some towels that had seen better days. I also got rid of the large body size pillow that someone told me I "had to have" when I was pregnant (that I never used). I threw out some worn out things, the towels went for cleaning rags and some blankets and the pillow will be donated.
Here are some during and after pictures:
I'm not done with the closet yet. I still have some extra organizational ideas for it, but I need to go to Home Depot, so that'll have to wait for another day. But it's started so I feel good about it.
I also hope to sort through a huge pile of pictures today. And maybe get some scrapbooking done. I haven't scrapbooked since the fall and I really miss it. I need to make more time to do it.
Visit 5 Minutes for Mom to see who else is tackling or just to see what else is going on in the "MOM" community.
Happy Tuesday and Happy Tackling!