I play, You play, Wii all play!

I was very much against letting my kids play video games before the age of 8…just like I was against letting them watch television, eat at McDonalds and play in the mud, but I think we all know how THAT turned out. There were a lot of things I thought I would never allow my kids to do; especially play video games! A few years ago, I was at a friends house and her 4 year old was expertly manuevering a “Bob the Builder” game on the computer. I sat in awe and amazement that this still-craps-in-his-pants little boy could be so astute at the computer and I could barely keep up! I left her house smiling smugly(as many people without children do), and thinking, “That is soooo sad. He should be out playing outside instead of sitting in front of a computer all day. I bet he’ll have ADD or something.”

Yes, things are much more black and white when you don’t have children. It’s just soooooo easy to cast judgement on the parenting choices of others, and swear that YOU’LL never do “that.” But that’s because you haven’t actually faced a steaming mad, screaming toddler in the face who is not amused with the thousand dollars worth of toys you’ve collected, and the only thing that will keep his/her attention long enough for you to take that wicked pee that you promised yourself you would take(oh, about an hour ago), is a Baby Einstein video or Yo Gabba Gabba on the TiVo.

So, needless to say I’ve changed my stance on many things over the 3.5 years I’ve been a mother, and video games is one of them. We got a Wii for Christmas, and I have to say that EVERYONE loves it! Max has one game in particular that he loves called, “Carnival,” which he refers to as, “Carnival Wii.” Even Ryan and I have stayed up many nights playing the sports games and bragging about who KO’d whom in the Boxing game. It has even turned into quite a powerful bargaining tool, “If you eat your green beans, then you can play the Wii,” or, “If you don’t throw a fit when we leave the store, then you can play the Wii.” Yes, Ryan then complies with all of my requests, as does the 3 year old….most of the time.

My little drunk

I forgot how absolutely ADORABLE a baby is when they start to walk. Wobbly, staggard steps; hands splayed out for balance; head positioned slightly forward to maintain direction. It’s just the cutest thing in the world. Many mom’s have termed learning to walk the, “Frankenstein Walk.” I, however, think that it looks a little different. I was watching Kate wobble around this morning and it made me think of a little, drunk old lady whose just spotted the nursing home’s exit door ajar, so she decided to make a break for it….have you got the visual? Well, if you’ve actually seen Kate, you’d probably imagine a little old man instead, due to her unfortunate hairline that hasn’t quite filled-in in the front! Nevertheless, she’s toddling all over the place and babbling as she makes it from one end of the room to the other. Soon, she’ll be toddling over and asking me for the keys to the car and $20 for gas….I can’t wait.

You can run, but you can’t hide

I knew it was coming. I knew it would not be long. I KNEW I could not go more than a year before it happened(que Jaws theme music)….the EAR INFECTION!! In our house, no two words together have caused more sleepless nights(everyone), snotty noses(kids), fever(kids) and tears(mostly mine). Kate has been diagnosed with her very first ear infection…and it only took 13 months. On the whole, that actually isn’t bad since it seemed like Max had one every three months for almost two years….he just CAN’T go easy on me can he? We were in beautiful, sunny Palm Springs for Christmas, but nary a sun ray to be had nor a palm tree to be seen since both kiddos came down with head colds as soon as their feet touched California land….I think they may be allergic, but I’m no doctor. So we spent most of our “vacation” running back and forth to CVS and stocking up on the local delicacies(since you can’t just get everything in one stupid trip) such as: Mucinex(Grape AND Cherry), Sudafed(even though the FDA has CLEARLY banned if for six years and under, but what the hell do they know….she says defiantly), humidifiers(two…one for each kid), Benadryl(because I’m not above drugging a baby to get some sleep!) and a very cheap, large bottle of wine for mommy. Needless to say my husband and I were dreading the flight back, and we were not disappointed. Let’s just say that bad things were said, food was thrown, hands flew and screaming emanated from everyone’s mouths. I even think Max let out a curse word somewhere, but I cannot be sure. But, we made it back to Texas safely, if not a wee bit humiliated and traumatized. First thing this morning, I called Doc Scott and I am about to go pick up BOTH of their antibiotics since they both have ear infections. Max is handling his very well…he’s the ole’ pro. Kate, on the other hand, has seen better days. She’s tired, misty eyed and probably wondering what the hell happened to the right side of her head. I too am tired, misty eyed and wondering what the hell happened to my entire face!

Now for something completely different

This has nothing to do with kids or being a mom, but I HAD to share the top stories on Yahoo News tonight….I cannot make this up! The first major headline reads, “Iceland on the Brink of ‘National Bankruptcy'” and the second major headline reads, “Bond girl reveals she had two extra fingers.” And THAT Senators Obama and McCain is the reason why America is the greatest nation on earth….our ability to split focus and make sure to get ALL of the important news gets to the people. God I love the USA!

Site updating

I’m updating the blog theme….may take a while!

BPA. If ain’t one thing, it’s another!

So, there’s something else to worry about…BPA in bottles. I remember this story came out back in 2004 or 2005 and it was a big deal in the media, but, as it always goes with media, something better and more terrifying came along so we never heard anymore about BPA until recently. I found a great website that has some really great information on the topic as well as a list of Non-BPA products for baby. I think this is just a good site to have in your bookmark folder. The site is safemama.com and here’s the list of non-BPA products available.

I copied this from safemama.com because I thought it was a good summary of the topic:
For those who don’t know, BPA is Bisphenol A is a hormone-mimicking chemical used in polycarbonate plastics and resins commonly used for items such as shatterproof baby bottles. Bisphenol has estrogenic properties which, in animal tests has shown to cause a bevy of health problems such as an increase in prostate and breast cancer, uro-genital abnormalities in male babies, a decline in semen quality in men, early onset of puberty in girls, metabolic disorders including insulin-resistant (Type 2) diabetes and obesity and neurobehavioral problems such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Research is showing that when plastic containers, mostly those used to hold liquids and foods, are leeching Bisphenol into the foods and liquids they are holding. Heating food and liquids with these plastics is shown to increase the leeching of this contaminate.
Many companies use this chemical in their packaging including cans, soda cans, and plastic food containers. There is a risk of absorbing this chemical through the use of containing foods and liquids but can also leech into our water systems through landfills.
Many leading experts argue that the use of Bisphenol is safe to the human public but research may begin to further prove otherwise.

A different way to look at the suction bulb

Okay, my 9 week old has had aweful congestion for the past two weeks. I was just letting it run it’s course but decided I needed to take her in since it hasn’t gotten any better. I absolutely LOVE my pediatrician! He’s always got these great techniques to get stuff done. He taught me “the move” which made giving my son medicine much, much easier(I’ll describe “the move” at a later blog…if you have a bad medicine taker then it will change your life!). Anyway, I took my daughter in and he asked me, “What are you doing for the congestion?” I said, “Well, I’m dropping saline and suctioning it out.” He proceeded to tell me, “No, no…you gotta blow the saline up into those sinus cavities that need to be cleaned out. Let me show you.” I’ll give you a step by step of what he did. 1)Depending on how old or how strong the baby is, you may want to swaddle the arms down. 2)Tilt the head back a bit and flood the nose with saline, and I mean FLOOD it. I’ve always put a few drops in each, but this is where you just dump their nose with saline. 3)Take the bulb and push air into one nostril, the opposite of suctioning it. What this does is blow that saline all up in the places that just using drops won’t get. 4)Leave the bulb in and keep slowly blowing and the mucus will either come out the other nostril or they’ll swallow it. It took me a few times to get it down, but once I did…it worked great! Especially now with all the new regulations on cough/cold medications for kids under 2, this new way of clearing out a baby’s congestion works great!

“Deceptively Delicious” by Jessica Seinfeld

Jessica Seinfeld was on Oprah promoting her book with a great idea: vegetable puree’s in everyday foods like mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, brownies, cookies etc. It all looked so good and they taste tested on a bunch of 1st and 2nd graders….all the kids loved the food and were shocked to find spinich and broccoli in the pizza and nuggets! It looked promising and, like many of you out there, my son and I have HUGE battles over vegetables!

She sets aside an hour, once a week and purees diffferent veggies. She steams, purees and then bags them and puts them in the fridge labeled. Then, she uses them throughout the week. The good part is that the cookbook has all the proportions in it so nothing tastes different and you don’t have to guess. She even has a reciepe for chocolate cake using beet puree!!! Yuck! But Oprah and the audience loved it.

I just thought I’d share since I’m inspired. The book is called “Deceptively Delicious” and I’m going out to get the book now and keep you posted if it actually works! I’m excited!

P.S. She did also make a good point in that it’s important to continue trying to get them to eat veggies normally and always included them with the meal…..

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