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March 29, 2013

Happy Easter 2013



She seemed "all into" talking and sitting with the bunny. Until we arrived at the mall. She didn't want to have anything to do with him. Thankfully there was no line so we mingled around the mall, taking her by the play place and the gumball machine special treat area telling her if she sat with the bunny she'd get to play and get a special treat. At one point she started to cry and said, "I don't like m&ms." 

So we did what any normal parents who want a photo of their kid with the Easter bunny do - we FORCED HER to go! She sat with her dad - and was crying and kicking and then when the camera began to take a photo, she quickly settled down and we were able to get a photo. Again, thankfully no one was in line! 

And she did eat those m&ms. 

When we celebrated Easter a weekend early at my parent's house, she kept saying "Happy Easter Day" to everyone! It was truly cute. 

March 27, 2013

Rainbow Bread

It was a spur of the moment decision to make this one night after work. I found the recipe on Pinterest and figured the kids at my daughter's school would love this.

After cutting the ingredients in half to make one loaf, I followed the directions to a T, even checking the temperature of the water. Mine didn't rise as much as the photo in the recipe, which could have been my impatience because it was after 9:30pm when I put this in the oven to bake! I didn't taste any, I gave my daughter one slice for PB&J that day and we packaged the rest up to share with her friends at school.

She still talks about it and we will be making this again, perhaps with 3 colors to a loaf, rather than six. 



Sidenote: my co-worker made this with frozen bread dough and had excellent results! She also made a monkey bread cinnamon sugar recipe in a bunt pan and with frozen dough and it turned out beautifully. 


March 21, 2013

Belly Photos Baby No. 2 at 33.5 weeks

I have been AWFUL at taking any belly photos with this baby. Honestly It's not because I don't want to or don't think to, but it's because by the time my husband gets home from work to take them, I've already removed my bra, shoes, socks, and am in my pajama pants. Here's one he took for me on a Sunday and I realized it's the same outfit I wore to a baby shower when I had my daughter




Also, my daughter calls this shirt my "glowstick shirt." 

March 19, 2013

Mega Milestone Round 2

After my "hell week" of feeling like crap and having a sick kid while being a single parent, my husband returned home from working out of state and I was stricken with headaches. They were so bad that nothing was helping - no tylenol (all I can really take in this condition), no sudafed (assuming they were from a cold that I had), no ice, no resting, sleeping, laying down. I was up so much in the middle of the night in pain that I just wanted "real drugs" to knock me out. I think the biggest relief I got was icing the right side of my face, which is where all of the pain was hiding out - my upper jaw and teeth even hurt.

I broke down one night and took some 3 year old percocet I had hanging out in my bathroom medicine cabinet. I figured one won't kill me or the fetus, since they were left over medications from when I had my first daughter via csection. Within an hour or so the pain was still there, but tolerable. I couldn't believe how much better I felt with a little less pain. Unfortunately I wanted to take them throughout the night but decided not to until I talked to my doctor.

The next morning I called and chatted with the nurse. Percocet was "safe" to take but the doctor wanted to see me so I went into the office. I was given a zpack of antibiotics for a sinus infection and more pain meds after admitting mine were 3 years old. It was fantastic! Within a few days I still had headaches but they were tolerable. Often worse in the morning than the afternoon, but much more tolerable than they had been in the past. I suppose I have been mislead about sinus functions. I always thought if you had a sinus infection, it was possible that you couldn't breathe out of that side of your nose. I had no problem breathing out of both nostrils, so I am still unaware of how to know if you have a sinus infection or not. I suppose a headache on one side could be my best indicator.

Ugh, headaches. I have had at least one headache a day since March 1st. That's 19 straight days of headaches. I'm finding that I am taking at least 2 Tylenol a day to manage when the pain is the worst, which is better than "overdosing" and taking 10 in one day (yes, I did that and I knew it was bad, but the pain was awful!) I've tried Mucinex to break up the sinus gunk and it sort of worked. I even did a sinus rinse twice and was somewhat disappointed at the amount of gunk that came out, but the flush didn't feel as bad as I had expected!

So this is my second round of serious milestones. I'm hoping that in five weeks, all of these headaches go away, whether from sinus issues or pregnancy hormones, or I can take something stronger than Tylenol. 

March 01, 2013

Mega Milestones

This past week was a Mega Milestone in my family.

My husband was out of town when my daughter had her first sick doctor visit that resulted in an ear infection and her first ever prescription; I got a cold from the devil and due to my current knocked up status, I can't take any of the "good" over the counter drugs; I missed three days of work due to all of this family drama which caused customers to freak out and for me to get very behind!  

This was one of the hardest weeks that I've had in a long time.

The benefit of feeling crappy when you're home with a sick kid is that the two of you can spend the majority of your days in bed, watching television and napping your days away. I must say it was a great way to catch up on sleep and rest up due to my cold/cough/sore throat. 

Although I got nothing done. No vacuuming, no laundry, no dishes, nothing that needed to get done because I was exhausted and felt like crap. That's the worst thing about being home sick and with a sick kid. 

And I must say I have a great husband, who listened to me break down a few times on the phone, crying about this or that and helping me through the tough decisions to miss another day of work, haul my daughter to work with me, take her to the doctor, etc. He offered daily to come home and I assured him that wasn't necessary. I can tell you that when he returns tonight I cannot wait to see him! And just crawl into bed as my sore throat is still very present and he can take care of our daughter while I take care of myself!

In the end I survived! And I'm sure it won't be the last time.