Serious toy warning

Magnet toy leads to 2-year-old boy’s death

“A freak accident involving a popular toy has killed a 2-year-old boy and now, Kenny Sweet’s parents hope that other parents can learn from their tragedy.”

“Doctors found the magnets in Kenny’s small intestine – one at the top and one at the bottom. The magnetic force was so great it connected both ends, twisting his intestine and forcing deadly bacteria into his blood stream.”

This story is just awful, but definitely something to share with everyone you know as these magnetic toys are so popular. At Christmas and always, please be careful with what your little ones play with.

Sorry for the downer on Christmas Eve, but this is very serious and I think people (especially those with small children) need to be aware of it.

Letter to Santa


Dear Santa,

I know it’s nearly Christmas Eve and I may be pushing my luck waiting this late in the game to write to you, but I have a special request.

All I want for Christmas this year is for me and my family to be well again. We’ve been hit with this awful bug that has knocked the wind out of our sails the past several days. Ava is doing a lot better and I’m so thankful for that, but now me and her daddy are having a really rough time. My nose and upper lip are chapped, cracked and bleeding from all the sneezing and nose blowing. It’s not a pretty sight, Santa.

If you can bring health back into our house this Christmas, I’d be ever so thankful.

I don’t need anything else this year. Presents are nice, but having my loving husband and beautiful daughter beside me is really the best gift of all.

Thank you, Santa.

Love,
Amy

P.S. The chocolate soy milk and pumpkin cookies will be on the table. ;)

Celebrating my girl

Today is my sweetie’s 18 months birthday, so in celebration I thought I’d post some pictures of her taken over the past two months. (I’d do something more creative, but I still feel like crap and don’t have the energy.)

The first set is from November, at a park in town. The second set is from a few days ago. She’s playing in a box that her Christmas presents from Me-maw and Pa-pa came in. Who needs presents when you have a big ol’ box full of packing peanuts? ;)

Happy year and a half, baby! :)

‘Twas the week before Christmas

And all through the house…

Wait, do you really expect me to come up with a poem here? Sorry to disappoint, but alas, I am not. :oP

I seem to have caught whatever the little miss has. My throat hurts, I’ve been sneezing, my voice sounds deeper (and sexier?) and my head is stuffy. At least I have the ability to blow my nose and clear the mucus out, unlike my poor lil dd, so I don’t think I’ll get it as bad as she has.

She is doing a bit better today. The mornings are the worst for her though. She coughs and coughs until she throws up. :(

She’s starting to express a bit of an interest in food again. She ate about 12 grapes, 1 Ting, a couple bites of O cereal and a bite of a noodle so far today. That’s a big improvement over yesterday when all she had were a few grapes. It’s times like these that I’m so thankful she’s still nursing, especially when she wouldn’t drink hardly anything yesterday. I tried different cups, different things to drink – she just wasn’t interested. I finally got her to drink some chocolate rice milk (thought that might be a special enough treat for her to get some other liquids in her). I’m watching her diapers closely. She definitely isn’t having the output that she normally has, but she’s still wetting diapers so I’m not worried about dehydration.

At the moment she’s down for a nap now and I’m thinking about joining her, but thought I’d post a little catch up blog entry first.

Jody and I have agreed (for the sake of conserving money) not to buy anything for each other for Christmas this year. It’s hard because I’d really like to buy him something, but having a sick kid in the house makes it easier to keep out of the stores. Of course, there’s always online ordering, but I figure anything I got at this point wouldn’t make it here in time for Christmas anyway. Bah-humbug.

Our ebay auction on the timeshare ended yesterday. It sold for a whopping $765, less than 10% of what we originally paid for it. Isn’t that sad??! But at least we will be completely rid of the thing soon. No more maintenance fees! Woohoo!! :) Now I’m just crossing my fingers that we get the money and the deed transfer goes through ok.

Since I’m on the advisory committee and had volunteered to take free family portraits for some families, I went to the Cherished Children holiday party on Sunday by myself. I was bummed to leave Ava and Jody at home, but she was way too sick to go out and I didn’t want to expose all the other kiddies to her crud.

The party had a nice turnout – 10 families in all. I took pictures for four of them. The lighting posed some problems for me, but I’m happy enough with how they turned out. I’ll be giving each family a free 5×7. I got to use my Silverlake backdrop for the first time (other than for my family) and try out my new reflector. :) Pretty spiffy.

OK, think I’m going to either go wrap Ava’s presents or go lie down – or both. Cheers.

No party after all

Ava’s in the middle of teething, and, as a result, her immune system seems to be compromised. She caught a cold and has been coughing and sneezing a lot the past two days. I decided it wouldn’t be right to leave her and go to the party tonight (Jody’s work holiday party), so we all stayed home.

To repay me for staying home with her, Ava just puked on me. Ahhh. The joys of motherhood. ;)

Seriously though, she doesn’t really act sick, other than not eating much (though the snot hanging from her nose is a good tip off that she’s not operating at 100%).

I spoke with a friend of mine who’s an herbalist and she recommended some homeopathic remedies for her as well as an herbal daily immune booster for the winter months. Hopefully those will help her heal quickly and stay well.

I am somewhat bummed about not getting to go tonight, since it was going to be me and Jody’s first night out together in what seems like forever. But I’m even more bummed that she and Jody (since he’ll be home with her) will have to miss the Cherished Children party tomorrow. All of our friends and all of their kids will be there, plus several families we haven’t yet met. I’ve actually already been planning on taking free family portraits for four of the families there so I’m going regardless. (I wanted to do everyone’s family portrait, but with around 15 families attending, there just wouldn’t be time.) I went over to where the party is going to be today to set everything up. I’m not really happy with the lighting (or lack there of), especially because it’s supposed to be cloudy again tomorrow, but hopefully it will be sufficient. Guess we’ll see!

Hope you all are having a good (and healthy) weekend. Stay warm. :)

Not my day

Today started off really well. I felt motivated to clean and, since that doesn’t happen every day, decided to go with that feeling. I got a load of diapers and a load of clothes washed, I cleaned the bathrooms, swept the kitchen, and vacuumed the living and dining rooms. It felt good to accomplish those things.

Then the time rolled around when Ava should’ve been going down for a nap. She was not interested. I tried putting her down several times but she had no intentions of sleeping no matter how tired she acted.

So I decided fine, no sense in fighting her on it. She could stay up a bit longer and I would jump in the shower since that was one of the things I hadn’t accomplished yet today.

I noticed earlier in the day that my legs were looking a little uh, hairy. (It’s winter after all and I don’t shave much in the cold months.) My razor is relatively new and therefore sharp (and I’m sure you can see where this is going). The first stroke on my leg, down by my ankle, and HOLY SHIT! I yelled in pain as I took a big chunk of flesh out of my leg. Ugggh! It hurt like a mother (whatever that’s supposed to mean), let me tell you.

After that, I said screw it, the legs are staying unshorn.

Then I reached for the soap to lather up and when I put the cap back down, some bounced off the bottle and directly into my right eye. Good Lord. Perhaps taking a shower wasn’t such a good idea after all.

When I got out of the shower, my ankle was covered in blood. I’ve gone through a couple Band-Aids already, and while I don’t think stitches will be required or anything, I’m sure I’ll have a lovely scar to show for it. It will cover up the scar that was already there from a previous shaving mishap. Oy.

After my non-relaxing shower, Ava finally was tired enough to nod off. I decided it was time I get cracking (literally) on making deviled eggs for our mom’s night out movie night tonight. I boiled the eggs yesterday so all I had to do was peel them, scoop out the yolks, prepare the yokey mixture and fill the eggs back up. Right? Wrong.

I cracked open the first egg and it oozed all over the counter. Oh man! I didn’t boil them long enough! I tried another egg just to be certain and it was the same deal. Shit! Now I have to come up with something else to take tonight. Gotta go back down to the kitchen, rack my brain and get creative.

Hopefully that’s the end of my bad luck for the day. I don’t think I can take much more!

Edited to add: I managed to whip together a bean dip with refried beans, salsa, cheese, black olives and green onion – all of which we actually had in the house – to take, along with some tortilla chips, tonight. It went over well. We didn’t get through both of the movies (way too much chit-chatting going on for that) so I’m glad that Jody and I watched them yesterday. I’ll blog about those another time.
So, much to my relief, my night did get a lot better. :)