Mama, the whoopee cushion

Ava has recently discovered that mama’s boobs are not only a great source of nutrition, a great comfort, and great pillows, they also make great WHOOPEE CUSHIONS!

We were going to bed several weeks ago, and instead of just lying next to me nursing happily as she drifted off to sleep like usual, she decided to do some acrobatic nursing. In the midst of her moving around while staying firmly latched onto my breast, she discovered that if she rolled her head from side to side, she could make wonderful fart noises. Of course, she doesn’t think of them as fart noises (yet), but she enjoys making them nonetheless. And I have to admit to cracking up while she’s done it on more than one occasion. One time I even had to call Jody into the room so he could hear his daughter’s new trick cuz every dad is proud of their kid making fart noises, right?

So just about every night as we lay down to bed, we are lulled to sleep by the sound flappy, often wet-sounding farts. Ahhh, just one of the many perks for nursing a toddler. ;)

And ya wonder why I’m a cynic

Recently I’ve been reflecting on what a cynic I’ve become. I feel like money is the motivating force behind so many things these days and it sickens and frightens the hell out of me. It’s actually one of the reasons why I haven’t been comfortable enough with vaccinations to allow my daughter to receive any as of yet. I’m skeptical that there’s a need for the vaccinations for the majority of the population since research shows that the disease rates were declining on their own before any of the vaccinations were introduced. So why do I think they were introduced and why do they “require” that all children get vaccinated? Because (in my opinion) it’s all about making money!

So then today I read this article (below) that helps confirm my theory that money is such a driving force. It states that Merck & Co. (a pharmaceutical company that manufactures vaccinations) were aware that infants were receiving an elevated dose of mercury in vaccinations (up to 87 times higher than guidelines for the maximum daily consumption of mercury from fish), yet the shots were distributed anyway.

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“A memo from Merck & Co. shows that, nearly a decade before the first public disclosure, senior executives were concerned that infants were getting an elevated dose of mercury in vaccinations containing a widely used sterilizing agent.”
The complete article is here:
1991 Memo Warned of Mercury in Shots

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Is the health of our children not important? Mercury (thimerosal) is a POISON. From the California Poison Control System’s Web site (the comments in parentheses are mine):
“What are sources of organic mercury?

Organic mercury compounds are found in a variety of products. They are used medically as fungicides and antibacterials. The most common organic mercury compounds in the home may well be mercurochrome (merbromin) and merthiolate (thimerosal), two common antiseptics. Fortunately, small ingestions by children rarely cause major problems. (What about when you inject large doses into their muscles??!)

Organic mercury compounds (of which thimerosal is one) are very damaging. They are toxic by ingestion, inhalation, and skin and eye contact. (Again, what about muscle injections? If I don’t want to eat it, I wouldn’t think it would be good to be injected into the muscle and bloodstream, but that’s just me.) These mercury compounds can attack all body systems. They can cause nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite, weight loss, abdominal pain, diarrhea, kidney failure, skin burns and irritation, respiratory distress, swollen gums and mouth sores, drooling, numbness and tingling in the lips, mouth, tongue, hands and feet, tremors and incoordination, vision and hearing loss, memory loss, personality changes and headache. Allergic reactions can also occur.

Methyl-mercury, usually from contaminated food, is very dangerous to pregnant women. Methyl-mercury causes profound mental retardation, cerebral palsy, seizures, spasticity, tremors, and incoordination, along with eye and hearing damage in the unborn baby as a result of the mother’s exposure. Organic mercury passes into the breast milk as well.”
CPCS

So hell yeah I’m going to be up in arms when someone wants to inject something into my baby that contains a poison. It’s true that thimerosal (mercury) has been removed from vaccinations (though it still exists in trace amounts) in the past few years, but what about before that? And if they allowed high doses of mercury in the shots for 10+ years, who’s to say they didn’t allow (and don’t still allow) other toxins? Most people would be surprised to learn what goes into making a vaccine (I know I was floored), but I’ll save that for another day.

You can call me a cynic and I’ll readily admit to being one, but it’s things like that article that give me more than enough justification for it.

Mama’s kissy lil helper


Ava has turned into such a wonderful helper over the past couple months. She loves to stand at the dryer and put the wet clothes into it as I hand them to her. And she loves to help unload the dishwasher. I tell her what a good helper she is and she repeats “hewp-ewr.” It’s my hope that she’ll continue to enjoy these “chores” and helping mama out as she gets older. (Hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?) ;)

The other fun thing she’s doing lately is actually puckering up when she gives kisses. Up until a couple weeks ago, she’d stick out her bottom lip for kisses, but didn’t have the whole puckering thing down. Her new kisses are so much more fun, even if they can be a little slobbery at times. :)

Going to the highest bidder


That’s right, we listed our one-bedroom Las Vegas Summer Bay timeshare on ebay!

If you are interested in getting a timeshare for way below what you’d pay for it from a developer, check it out. If you know someone in the market for one, please feel free to forward this onto them.

Here’s a bit of the description from the auction:

This is a deeded property, with Summer Bay – Las Vegas

A very nice resort adjacent to the Las Vegas Strip located at 100 Winnick Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89109. A short one block walk and you are in the middle of the Las Vegas strip putting you at the Flamingo Hilton, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Bally’s, Harrah’s, Imperial Palace, and Mirage. The resort also has direct access to the Las Vegas Monorail through Summer Bay’s private elevator, or Harrah’s Casino. This is a one bedroom unit with a full kitchen and bath.

Thanks. :) And wish us luck!