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Bad blogger May 31, 2010

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I’ve been a bad blogger. Well actually, I’ve never been a good blogger. I want my blog to be witty and charming. Filled with funny things that happen to me and the amazing stories of my life. But it becomes appallingly obvious with each post that I will never be a journalist!
So what’s been up with us?
I got a job a couple weeks ago. I work for a place called zanybandz. I basically do office stuff and answer the phone. It’s crazy to say, but I really love it. I wake up almost every morning before my alarm goes off and jump out of bed. I don’t know if that’s something that will wear off eventually, but for right now, I’m loving it! I don’t think I’ve actually ever had a job that I really loved. Maybe that’s why they never worked out. Considering the fact that this job is based on the current trend of silicone bracelets, I know it won’t last forever. I am trying to make myself a valued employee though, so that maybe when this fad ends and my bosses move on to what’s next, they will consider taking me with them.
Me working means Lexi started daycare. She had a hard time adjusting the first couple days, and has already been sick twice since starting. We’re talking about a child who was sick 2 times in her entire first year of life. The first time she had a stomach virus, that Jacob and I both ended up also getting. Now she has been running a fever, runny nose, cough, all that good stuff. We spent 3 hrs at the pediatric urgent care yesterday trying to figure out what’s wrong with her. They said it’s just a cold, that might turn into an ear infection, but for now her ears looked good. She got a prescription for steroids to take for 3 days because the dr didn’t like the way her breathing sounded. The dr was nice, but I will not be going back there. It took way too long and once we finally got back to a room it was horrible. First the scale wouldn’t work, and we had to keep taking Lexi on and off of it. She was feeling like crap and screaming her head off. Then they tried to take her pulse ox…with an adult pulse ox machine. Like, the little thing you slip on your finger. Well, they were putting it on her foot and squeezing and twisting her foot to try to get it to work. She’s literally losing her mind. The nurse finally went and got a kid’s pulse ox machine, but she still couldn’t make it work. Finally a different nurse came in and made it work. Geez! I felt so sorry for her! But the time that ordeal was over she sat in Jacob’s lap and fell asleep until the dr came in. When we got home from urgent care her fever was up to 103.4. I felt horrible for her. Jacob and I took turns holding her pretty much the rest of the day yesterday. Her fever came down around bed time and stayed down all night, but went back up this morning to around 102. She’s felt ok the rest of the day, so hopefully she’s getting over it now…but of course Jacob and I are both feeling sickly now.
I have an appt. with the psychiatrist tomorrow. I’m hoping to make it just a quick trip to get refills on my meds. I’m really feeling great. Getting a job has helped my spirits so much.
Well, I guess that abouts sums up what’s been going on lately!


allergies November 20, 2009

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Lexi is battling with allergies again.  She woke up this morning with a runny nose and sneezing like crazy.  Her left eye started to get red and started watering.  I feel so bad for her!  She doesn’t act sick or like she feels bad at all.  She is still playing and smiling and laughing, but she just looks like she feels terrible.  She has taken about a 30 minute nap on my lap, and of course as soon as I started typing this she is starting to wake up! 

We are going to Ft. Gibson this weekend to spend time with Jacob’s grandparents.  Lexi loves them and they love her!  I’m excited to at least get out of the house for a while!  However, I’m unsure of spending a whole weekend away from the house with Lexi.

Well, off to do mom things now!


Baby Product Reviews November 18, 2009

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This is just a list of a few things that I couldn’t have lived without.  And some things I did live without, but wished I would have had!  And a few things I think aren’t necessary!  Most of these are 0-6 month products.  I’ll post later on 6 months and up!

Germ-x: Everyone should have a big dispenser right by the front door.  Those first few days with people coming in and out, you will definately want them to use it before touching the baby!


Microwave bottle sterilizer:  It’s so much easier than boiling everything in a big pot of water!




If you plan on using a pack n play with the bassinet for the baby to sleep in while staying in your room I recommend getting one with the changing table on it.  We had one and it made night time diaper changes so much easier.  We didn’t have to take her to the nursery every time we needed to change her diaper.  We never used a co-sleeper because our bed isn’t big enough to fit one in between us and I didn’t want her to get used to sleeping with us.  But, I’ve seen some pretty nice ones out there.  I would definately recommend looking for one with high sides (some even have night lights on them) that will be safe for being in your bed!

Some kind of sling or carrier.  I never found one that I really loved.  The one sling I bought I didn’t like because when I put her in it she was completely enclosed so I couldn’t see her.  We used the backpack type carrier for her at the grocery store when she was smaller because she didn’t like the carseat at all.

Cloth Diapers: Just to use them for burp rags!  We went through tons of burp rags when Lexi first came home from the hospital.  I ended up having to go buy more so I wouldn’t have to do laundry every day.  I prefer the single layer ones, the other thicker ones don’t fold up as good and take up more room in the dresser.  My mom still has cloth diapers that she uses for dusting…so you will ALWAYS be able to use them!

The whole carseat/travel system thing.  I LOVE the fact that the carseat snaps onto the base in the car and you don’t have to fumble with the seatbelt every time.  And it hooks onto the stroller so easy!  I definately recommend them!

I’ve heard a lot of people say they didn’t use their changing table.  I got one that has dresser drawers on it.  And we got it with the intention that after she’s outgrown it she can just use the top part like a shelf, for a tv or something like that, just remove the changing pad.  I probably wouldn’t use it very much if it didn’t serve that purpose in her room. 

We bought pack n play sheets, but they barely fit the pack n play.  Right now I use them to put over her bouncy seat because it’s easier to pull it off and wash it than taking the whole cover off.

Bouncy Seat: Lexi has never really LOVED her seat.  She would sit in it for a while when she was smaller, but she would end up slouching down and getting uncomfortable in it.  She would much rather lay on a blanket on the floor than sit in that.

I don’t recommend buying a lot of bottles or pacifiers until after the baby is born.  I know that seems stupid.  But, I have so many bottles and pacifiers that Lexi never used.  She got used to the Soothie pacifier in the NICU so that’s what she always prefered to use.  She had a lot of trouble eating when she was smaller so we found Gerber bottles with preemie nipples on them.  She used them for the longest time, and still prefers just a plain old Gerber nipple to anything else.  I had already bought and sterilized Soothie and Nuk bottles that she wouldn’t ever use!

Swing: Lexi spent a few nights and days where she was only happy in the swing.  But thank goodness it was given to me and I didn’t have to pay for it, because it has spent much more time just taking up room in the nursery or the living room! 

We used the baby monitor a handful of times when she would nap in the bedroom during the day and we wanted to have the door shut not to disturb her.  I tried to use it when she first moved into the nursery to sleep at night, but it made the most awful background noise.  We can hear her just fine from our bedroom so We don’t need it. 

We never bought a diaper genie.  My brother and SIL have one and it seemed like a pain in the ass.  I would much rather just have a trash can with a lid.  Lately I’ve started putting the poop diapers in walmart sacks to keep the smell down some.

Boppy: Lexi slept propped up in hers for months…pretty much until she figured out she could scooch out of it.  But, it was practically the only way she would sleep.  I guess tucked down inside there she still felt like she was being held.



I bought the “crib soother” thing that hooks on the crib and has a light, plays music, heartbeat, nature sounds, etc.  It also has an attachment you hook underneath the mattress that vibrates.  But, that was never soothing for Lexi, so it has hardly ever been used.  Same thing for the music and vibrations on the bouncy seat…hardly ever used it.

I don’t have a single changing pad cover.  Crib sheets work perfectly.  They are a little big, but I just tuck the extra fabric under the pad and it works fine. 

Lots of crib sheets, receiving blankets, sleepers, onesies.  I’m sure you will get stuff like this at your baby shower.  But, it’s worth mentioning.  You don’t want to run out of those things.  I personally don’t know why they call sleepers “sleep and plays” because I never let Lexi hang out in hers all day.  It’s annoying to have to unbutton all those buttons!  The ones with zippers are a little better, but still not as easy as a onesie!

Wipes Warmer:  I hated mine!  Maybe it was just the brand I bought, but it dried out the bottom 1/3 of the package of wipes and the very bottom ones were even scorched-looking.  I even tried putting some bottled water in the bottom of it, and they still dried out.



Some kind of diaper rash cream.  Jacob’s grandma swears by Buttpaste…but it didn’t really work for Lexi.  The best thing was just plain ole Desitin.  I do like the “creamy” version more than the original. 

Night time baby bath and lotion.  The first few times we used this with Lexi she fell asleep before even finishing a bottle she was so relaxed!




Diaper Bag:  Really anything will do!  Mine kinda folds in on itself, so I wish I would have gotten something with sturdier sides.

That’s all I can think of for now.  If I think of anything else I’ll add it to the list!

edit: I came back and added pics, hopefully they help you to know what I’m talking about.