Thursday, May 26, 2011

Packing Up and Heading North

...but only until Sunday. We're heading to a family reunion in Virginia today. I'm so excited to see all my family. Most of them haven't met Colleen yet, so it will be nice to introduce her to all her cousins. I almost have everything packed up and ready to go. I thought I'd add this little post because I'm not sure if I'll be writing this weekend. If not, see everyone at the Monday Blog Hops!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

She's SO Much Better!

Baby Belle is bouncing again! She got her first dose of Amoxicillin Sunday morning and immediately threw it up. After five more throw ups her belly was completely empty and she dry heaved twice. She wouldn't nurse so I very reluctantly offered her Pedialite in a sippy cup, which she refused (I say reluctantly because we are still exclusively breastfeeding and I have been holding off on giving her anything but breastmilk). She eventually fell asleep and slept most of the day. She got her first good dose of antibiotic Sunday evening and nursed a bit. Monday was much better. She made up for lost time and nursed pretty frequently. Her fever completely broke and she was cutting up and being silly by yesterday evening. Today, she is fully back to normal! I'm always very reluctant about medicating myself and my children. I'd rather let our bodies do the work. However, in this case, Colleen had a low-grade fever on and off for about a week and when it got to 102.5, I gave in and took her to the doctor. My initial thought was that she had "teething fever" but when it got that high, I knew there was something else going on. I'm so glad the Amoxicillin worked because she was so miserable Sunday; it broke my heart! But she's back to herself now! YAY!!!

On another note: after 2 weeks of not having a dryer, we finally got it back fully repaired and drying the first load of the laundry mountain as I type!

Friday, May 20, 2011

A Sick Belle

My Baby Belle has her very first ear infection. I took her to the doctor with a 102.5 degree fever but by the time we got there it was up to 103.7. She may also have an upper respiratory infection. Hopefully the Amoxicillin will clear everything up quickly. I want my happy, bouncing baby back!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Friday Hops

Smart and Trendy Moms

Pre-K Homeschooling: A Lesson on "U"

Here's how this morning's lesson went:

Me: What letter is this?

AJ: "A"... A, A, A

Me: Very good. What letter is this?

AJ: "J"... J, J, J.... Hey, that's my name!

Me: You're right! These letters are on the same block. That's neat... Now this is hard... What letter is this?

AJ: Ummm... I don't know...

Me: It's "U".


Me: No, no... It's "U'


Me: AJ, listen, It's the letter "U".


Me: Oh, I get it. Maybe we'll save "U" for a couple of weeks and come back to it...

AJ: Save me where?

Me: Nevermind.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

I Love... Baby's Breath

Not the floral filler in all the girls' prom corsage, but the actual breath of a baby.

But just breast fed babies (sorry, formula breath is just funky!).

More specifically, MY breast fed baby.

I can't really explain it, but I know you nursing mama's out there know what I'm talking about. Baby's have a few distinct smells, not all of them pleasing, but my favorite, by far, is that sweet smelling boobie-breath. My fondness really comes in handy when Colleen decides to use my face as a chew toy.

I call it "baby-lovin'".

It's wonderfully messy!

Family Friendly Frugality

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

We had a severe thunderstorm last night. Our power went out around 1:30 am and is still out. These are some pic of the damages near my house.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Monday Hops

Family Friendly Frugality

Just Married with Coupons

Hello, Again...

Oh my goodness... it's been almost a week since I posted anything! I was so busy preparing for my family's visit and dealing with my dryer breaking down that I just didn't get around to my blog. But I'm back now!

My mom, step dad and sister came for a visit from VA this weekend. They hadn't saw the girls since Christmas, so it was a long overdue visit. We mostly just lazed around the house and caught up and did a little shopping. It was a nice weekend. Mother's Day was good. We had dinner with my in-laws at Old Town Bistro. It was nice to not cook! Now it's back to reality and working on getting this dryer fixed!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Random Deals Photobucket
Free Hot Samples

Sears Grilling Is Happiness

Introducing the Sears: Grilling is Happiness Ambassador Program

Want to win a new grill and 5 more for your friends? Learn how HERE.

Mom's Day Deals: Charlotte Area

Mom's get in free to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden May 7 and 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to free admission, the first 250 mothers each day will receive a free potted plant courtesy of Rountree Plantation Garden Center.

Carolina Place Mall will give you a $15 Shop Etc. Gift Card when you spend $100 or more at the mall on May 6-7. Plus, receive a one-year subscription to Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, while supplies last. Click HERE for more details.

Mom swims free at Ray's Splash Planet on May 8, 1 pm- 6:30 pm.