Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Hand, Foot & Mouth...Say What????

My sweet baby girl has Hand, Foot & Mouth disease.  We had a really rough night last night.  She refused to take her bottle and wouldn't settle down to sleep.  She kept screaming and carrying on and I had no idea what was bothering her.  Finally at two o'clock in the morning, I gave her a bath to soothe her.  That is when I noticed the bright red bumps on her bum.   I slathered on the Desitin, but she still wouldn't completely settle down.  Finally, feeling defeated, I strapped her into her carseat and took a little drive.  30 minutes later she was fast asleep.   I came home put her in her crib and snuggled into my own bed...60 minutes later she was screaming again.  This time, I was able to sing her back to sleep and climb into bed again about 4:15.   5:45 a.m. she was up again.  This time for good.  Poor thing, had less than six hours of sleep!  Normally she will sleep 12 hours straight, so I knew something was wrong. 

This morning, I had to cancel my plans to drive to Chicago with my best friend to visit old college roommates.  Instead, I spent the day trying to keep her comfortable before getting in to see the doctor.  I had suspected that she had Chicken Pox, but as it turns out she has another nasty disease call Hand, Foot & Mouth.  This consists of sores all over her body, but especially noticeable on her feet and in her mouth. This is a very contagious disease that spreads during the warmer months.  I would encourage you to read more about it. My sweet baby girl is thankfully sleeping comfortably right now.  Hoping for a better night tonight now that I am more prepared!

Monday, June 18, 2012

My Breakfast Buddy

One thing that I absolutely LOVE about staying home is the morning.  When I was still teaching when Big Brother was a baby, I felt so completely rushed every morning to get his bag packed for the sitter and get out the door and to work on time.  I never really felt like I got a lot of quality time with my baby boy during the work week.  Now that I stay home, I can enjoy a lazy morning.  This morning was wonderful.  My sweet baby girl woke about 7:30 and we were able to enjoy our breakfast together before the boys woke up at 8:15.  (Which is another great thing about staying home...sleeping in!).  She was so sweet this morning.  I was sitting right next to her talking to her and she was babbling back to me as if she knew exactly what I was saying.  It was priceless!  We have had to make a lot of sacrifices in order for me to stay home, but I wouldn't change it for anything in the whole world.  Happy Monday!
My Breakfast Buddy

Monday, June 4, 2012

I'm in the mood for a Challenge or TWO!

I have been somewhat in a funk lately.  Not feeling motivated.  Not feeling like the best mommy.  Not feeling like the best housewife.  I decide it's time to make some changes!  I think God was speaking to me also.   As I was checking my email this morning,  I happened to open email feeds from a couple of my favorite blogs that I have not been taking the time to read. 

Remember when I lost my two gift cards to Lowe's a couple of weeks ago.  Yeah,  I still haven't found them.  Therefore, my house is in need for a major overhaul.  I am joining in with Sarah Mae as she challenges us to "reboot"  and get our house in shape.   I'll link up my daily/weekly progress! 

The second one that I read was from the blog I Can Teach My Child.  She is doing a challenge for mothers to take 30 minutes out of their busy day to stop EVERYTHING and play with their child(ren).  This is something that my kids and I both need! So I am taking the challenge!  I'll report back each day to keep me accountable!  I'd love to have you join me! 

Whatcha Eatin'? Monday, June 4th has been a while since I planned our weekly menu on here!  Things have been a bit crazy around here as normal.   I have been planning our menu, but not finding the time to post it.  It is a quiet Monday morning and the kids are still sleeping, so I thought I'd pop on here and share.

Last night,  we decided it would be fun to roast hot dogs around our little fire pit in our backyard.  However, it started to rain, so the fun of sitting around a fire with the kids was changed a bit.  We were able to roast marshmallows and make s'mores in between the rain showers.  It was a nice Sunday evening with our little family.  Hope we have a few more cool evenings like this!

Here is what we are eatin' this week: 

Monday:  Goulash, Corn, Salad

Tuesday:  Creamy Italian Chicken in Crock Pot, Brown Rice, Green Beans

Wednesday:  Cheeseburger Soup, French Bread

Thursday:  Stir Fry, Rice, Cottage Cheese

Friday:  Grillin' or Turkey Fest (our local festival) 

Saturday:  Steaks, Corn on the Cob, Baby Red Potatoes

What are you having this week?  Link up and share with me at Organizing Junkie's Blog!