Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I feel the same, Hazel, I feel the same.


Sick

Last night I got a fever.  I was freezing.  Chilled to the bone freezing, and that really really hurts!  I went to bed and froze until shortly before Mr. Man came to bed.  Then it developed into the too hot too cold phase of fever. It was too hot with blankets, but too cold without.  Hazel Mae had congestion issues.  Suctioning her nose didn't help, it was too far back.  Have you ever met a baby that loves getting her nose suctioned?  Well you have now!  It'd stop  her from crying and she'd lay there nice and still while I tried to make it so she could breathe well enough to eat.  No such luck.  So while I sat up with her patting her back to keep her calm and quiet, my fever changed agaain and I was cold again but not freezing.  Anyway, I finally fell asleep around 4 and was up at 6 with Hazel who couldn't breathe and couldn't eat and was utterly disagreeable.  Eventually I couldn't sit and hold her any longer and just laid her down, and wouldn't you know she went right to sleep.  And then Mischief was awake.
I'm all achey now.  And I have Mischief's meeting with the allergist today.  This will be fabulous I'm sure.

In non-whiney me news, Mr. Man is very stressed about his finals.  He struggles with tests, so even though he's turned in all his homework and did fine on his tests throughout the semester, he's terrified he's going to fail.  And if he does, he gets kicked out of school for a semester.  And we need the money he gets while going to school.  So please keep him in your prayers.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hazel Mae - 4 month check up

 On Thanksgiving day, while the bigger girls colored thanksgiving pictures, Hazel Mae got to sit in the big girl chair and eat crayons.  Hence why I gave her only the plastic ones rather than deal with a waxy diaper and possible choking.








At her well child visit today, she weighs 13lbs 11.5oz.  That's only a 2 pound gain in the last two months, but it didn't cause concern because the kid grew THREE inches!  She's now 25 and a quarter inches long.  The doctor gave us a prescription for some eye drops due to her red and goopy eye as it's gotten worse over the last few days rather than tapered back off.
She was delightful for her entire appointment up until her shots, but she calmed down quickly afterward.  She loves looking at that baby in the mirror!






Mischief:  I hungry mom.  I hungry.
Me: I could make.....
Mischief: grapes.
Me: No, we're out of grapes.  I could make oatmeal or soup?
Mischief: No, all gone, it's lost.
Me: We have some I could make.
Mischief: No. No want.




And today............Mommy is sick.  SOOOoo, it's a chicken noodle soup day.   I'm going to try making my own noodles.  With gluten-free flour.  Got supplies at the grocery store yesterday.  Today my eye was goopy and my head and throat feel all thick and foggy.  Lovely.  Hazel Mae's dr. appointment is this afternoon.  At least I can leave the other girls home with Mr. Man who is still throwing up.

A friend mentioned Celiac disease after reading my post about Mischief.  I looked it up, and sure enough, she has almost every symptom of it - the ones she doesn't have are: vomiting (she doesn't eat enough to have anything to throw up), and two we can't see a result of due to age: delayed puberty and dental enamel defects to permanent teeth.  What are the symptoms she has?

  •  Diarrhea or constipation (or both)
  •  Failure-to-thrive
  •  Short stature
  •  Poor appetite or food aversion
  •  Vomiting
  •  Bloated abdomen or stomach
  •  Fatigue and irritability
  •  Weight loss (although people can be overweight or of normal weight)
  •  Iron deficient anemia  (well her iron level was actually okay last time we were at WIC)
  •  Behavioral changes
So I'm going to see if the allergist can order the blood test for it, or I'll ask the Pediatrician about it at Hazel's appointment today.  Yesterday when they weighted Mischief she weighed 24 pounds.  If you take away the pound her princess dress must have weighed, then she weighs 23 pounds, which means she's gained all of one pound this YEAR.  Anyway.  That's what I am looking into now.  

Monday, November 28, 2011

Mischief Monday Update for Laurel and everyone

Mischief has an ear infection.

I admit I don't know the difference between a wheat allergy and a gluten allergy.  Isn't gluten from wheat?  Therefore if you're allergic to gluten you're allergic to wheat and vice-versa?  Mr. Man has ulcerative colitis, which is not as bad as Crohn's Disease, but may or may not develop into Crohn's Disease?  I'm not sure, neither is he I think.  Thankfully we can apply for PCN health insurance on the 10th so next time he has a flare up he can do something other than be miserable.

Mischief decided to NOT put on her shoes (she had taken them off when they weighed her, which I thought was hilarious because her dress has got to weigh at least a pound...) when we left the doctors office and being the on the all mom that I am, I did not notice until I buckled her into the car.  I was not pleased.  And am still not thrilled, but there was no way I was going to unbuckle everyone to go get them.  Hazel has an appointment tomorrow, I'll ask about them then.

I'm seriously running out of patience with these children today.

Mischief

Mischief, dressed for Thanksgiving dinner, standing infront of our "Thankful" tree.

I've mentioned Mischief's health issues on here before and you're about to hear about them again.  One of my facebook friends who is a photographer has a blog.  She only posts monthly, pretty much, but the pictures are gorgeous.  Yesterday I hopped over to it and was scrolling through when I stopped on a post about her, then, seven year old daughter.  As I was reading it I couldn't help but think that it sounded like Mischief.  The screaming, dark circles under the eyes.....well here's what I emailed her to say: I was over at your blog admiring your gorgeous photography (and your girls clothes) when I happened to read the post on your seven year old. And was surprised to discover just how much it sounds like my two year old. Now I know yes, 2 year olds normally have a short attention span and don't always understand what you ask them to do and think screaming is great, but it just always seems somewhat off with my little [Mischief]. But what got me most is that you said you daughter would "say "my tummy is making me do it". Our 2 year old often tells us "tummy sad" when she is having what we call "hard days". I've suspected that something is wrong internally, and so does her Pediatrician but neither of us have answers. Her pediatrician just says to take her to an allergist. We don't have any pediatric allergists local so I need to get ahold of Medicaid to see where they want us to go. I think it's more than allergy related because she isn't growing. It concerns her doctor and I but like I said the doctor has no answers besides to give her pediasure, but even 3 pediasures a day hasn't helped. She's 2 1/2 and fits 18 month clothes. Anyway. I was wondering if you would share some more details about your daughter's diagnosis so I can see if it does sound more like my own daughter, and can maybe get a clue as to what direction we should go.

She sent me a message back this morning, and I scheduled an appointment for Mischief at her pediatrician's this afternoon.  Her pediatrician had once said she wanted to do a thorough bloodwork-up, but we never got it set up.  And I really want to even more now.  Because I have noticed over the last few months, that wheat seems to be a trigger.  I am still not sure about dairy, but wheat for sure is questionable.  The times that Mischief has issues tends to be when she has had wheat or we are trying to feed her a wheat product.  Those are the days when we get the "tummy sad" comments.  She does avoid wheat on her own.  If she's very hungry, she'll eat a bit otherwise the only grain products she willingly eats are rice cakes and corn chips.  She knows what makes her feel okay and what doesn't.  Mr. Man wants to wait until she's older so we can see if it actually is due to some health issue or if it's just because she's two, but I don't like that logic.  Why should she have to suffer for years?  I admit it's hard to give her a diet different that what we are having.  Drama Queen and Mischief tend to have a limited menu for lunches, cause I like easy.  Peanut butter and jam on whole wheat bread, macaroni and cheese hot dogs and fruit, chicken nuggets and veggies.  Those are their basics.  All include wheat except the hot dogs, and well, in truth the hot dog meal is the only one that Mischief eats entirely.  She will lick out the peanut butter and jam from her sandwich.  She refuses entirely to eat Mac N cheese, and she usually eats only one nugget and her vegetables.
 Mischief being "schroeder" on Thanksgiving afternoon.

So now you know more about our guessing game.  I guess I need to stick with the selective foods for her for longer than I did last time.  We've got an appointment scheduled with an allergist (turns out the local one does take 2 year olds, as they only do skin testing) for Wednesday when we will meet with the doctor.  Apparently our insurance requires a meeting to talk first and then we can schedule testing.  
And now I'm out of things to say about that until after her appointment this afternoon.  I've distracted her and Drama Queen with their little pink "tree" to decorate in their bedroom...  (And yes Isaac, I know I said I'd be home all today except for taking Maddie to, and picking up from school but when they have room day of, you go!)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Yesterday we headed north to my cousin's house.  He's got an awesome camera and a gorgeous backdrop and fun photo props.  He did our family pictures, thanks Anthony!  And thanks mom for setting it up and sending us clothes for them!  The girls looked so cute!  After that we went to Mr. Man's sister's house and visited for about an hour or so.  Hazel Mae adored her, which is VERY good since she'll be there for a week next month!

Mischief had a hard time last night.  Instead of being just kind of winter snotty, she's officially congested and green snotty.  I put the humidifier in the girls room, but she still woke up at 9pm, thankfully I was able to rock her back to sleep, after a dose of tylenol (she kept saying her hair hurt, and grabbing the hair behind her ear, which in my opinion means she either had major head congestion or is developing an ear infection), some homeopathic cold medicine, and melatonin, and put her in bed.  She was awake again at 4:23am.  I got up, with her and we laid on the couch watching kid shows until Hazel woke up to eat at about 5:30 - 6ish.

Mr. Man took Drama Queen and Hazel to church with him.  I've done dishes, fed Mischief and I, cleaned off most of the kitchen table.  Submitted our job connection case review (and am irritated with myself for reading the paperwork wrong.  I thought it said I had until the 1st of December to submit it, but it turns out it was supposed to be submitted by Nov. 10th.  Now, due to it being late, we may not get money for food next month.  Grrr.  stupid me.)

It's sunny.  Once I remember where I put the diaper bag, I can upload pictures from this past week.  But for now I'm going to return to cleaning up, my way of showing Mr. Man that I really appreciate that he took Hazel Mae with him too!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tutu Tuesday: A science experiment

On Monday Drama Queen and I started a science experiment while the littler girls slept.

First she measured out 2 cups of water
then poured the water into a saucepan.
Next she carefully measured 5 cups of sugar
And added each cupful to the pan.  Doing this she noticed that the water turned white.
Mommy put the pan on the stove, and turned on the burner.
Time to stir,

stir,

stir!
She noticed while stirring that the sugar stopped being crunchy and disappeared.  We talked about solids and liquids (she's been learning about them in science - yes, her kindergarten has a science class......no painting, or dancing or singing "Farmer in the Dell".  Science and Math.).  She also excitedly informed me that sugar said "Sh" so it starts with S-H!  Nope, sorry kid.  English is rather inconsistant.
Once the water/sugar mixture started making bubbles(boiling), we pulled it off.  She put in a few drops of food coloring and I added some strawberry flavoring.  Then more stirring.  And yes, she did all the stirring herself, she let me stir all of twice, and only cause I said I wanted to feel how it wasn't crunchy anymore.

No pictures as we let it cool then poured it into the jars.  Just plastic wrap wasn't strong enough to hold the sticks in place, I folded foil into  layers then stabbed a stick through for each.  

Now we wait.  Drama Queen will look each day to see what happens to the sugar after a few days.

video
I enjoy having Drama Queen sound out words.  She does it constantly throughout the day.  Of course then she runs into spelling problems, such as with sugar and shoe.
I'm so tired of waking up tired!  I even went to bed at 9:30 last night!  And Mischief slept in until 7:30!  (DQ dragged herself out of bed around 8 even).  Yet I could totally go lay back down in bed and sleep sleep sleep.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Oh good grief, how do you explain to a 5 year old why sugar says "sh" and doesn't have an H or why shoe has the "oo" sound, but only one o and a silent e?  really, I'd like to know how!

Christian Books

Due to a giveaway going on, I'm making a post about the Vision Forum.  I discovered them a year or so ago, while looking for Life of Faith dolls.  They don't carry Life of Faith dolls (well, no one does anymore), but they have a TON of awesome products that I'd totally want to buy if I had a little boy.  They also carry a large selection of educational and Christian DVDs as well as Christian Books.  I enjoy Christian books more than others.  Mind you some Christian novels are far too sappy for my liking, but at least they're clean.  When I was a child I LOVED (and still love, hence having almost the entire collection) the Mandie series.  I can't think of the author off the top of my head, but they're a good middle reader series.  Each has a scripture at the beginning if I remember right.  They're published by Bethany House.  Anyway, when we moved up here I discovered I had a copy of Elsie Dinsmore, which I was familiar with entirely because of the Life of Faith dolls.  So I was excited to discover that, I had picked it up due to it's age and the pretty cover.  Unfortunately it literally fell apart as I read the first book of that dear little girl's story.  Yes, she made me cringe and want to hurl on occasion with how perfectly righteous she is, but really, she is an excellent example for little girls.  To always turn to the Lord for help and be kind to others even if they are not kind to you, and other Christ like qualities.  She does cry an awful lot also.  Anyway, Vision Forum has the entire series of Elsie Dinsmore books, I totally want it.  They also have some great looking books on developing a godly home.  Godly seems like a odd word to me "what you're trying to be God?" but no, it just means a faithful God fearing home.  But what have I wanted most from Vision Forum for years, besides their Christian books?  The Patriotic Textbook Set
For home schooling of course.  Their description explains it well:
There are several books that every home school family needs to bring to their table this year.
For the foundations of your faith and worldview bring your Bible. To help you define your words and build your vocabulary in terms of that Christian worldview bring your Webster’s 1828 Dictionary — a self-consciously Christian standardization of the English language that continues to provide “original intent” explanations and Scripture-based definitions to tens of thousands of home educators today.
Add in The Original Blue-Backed Speller published in 1873 by Noah Webster created to provide an American, Christ-centered approach to training children, and then the New England Primer which was the used by almost all of the Founding Fathers of our country in their primary training, and you have a tremendous resource set for laying the foundations of education with your young students!

So yes, I enjoy the Vision Forum's catalog.  I hope to someday order from it.  I know Mr. Man would love the high impact practice swords they have.  I think every woman should watch and learn from the Homestead Blessings DVDs.  If they have time and the desire, of course.  Not everyone has to think the way I do.   Though it'd be easier if my husband did!  Anyway.  This is my blog post proclaiming the wonderfulness of the Vision Forum Family Catalog (one of the few catalogs my girls are NOT allowed to mark in, as it is yearly not monthly like some) and how they sell great Christian Books, and how I want to win the $300 gift card they've given The Modest Mom.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Patience

I am striving to have patience today, and to be very interactive with the girls.  It is not an easy task.  The girls are being Princesses once more and we are focusing on Princess-like behavior.  Screaming, whining and fighting are not what Princesses should do.  So when they start up I quickly, and quietly hush them and explain a better way for a Princess to respond or ask.  It's not easy for them, or myself.  We'll learn together.

 Proverbs 31:26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of akindness.



Doctrine and Covenants 52:16

16 He that speaketh, whose spirit is contrite, whose language is meek and edifieth, the same is of God if he obey mine ordinances.

Doctrine and Covenants 31:9

9 Be patient in afflictions, revile not against those that revile. Govern your house in meekness, and be steadfast


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Princesses

When my sister and I were young we'd occasionally play princesses.  I don't remember much regarding it besides our "names".  We were Princess Snowflake and Princess Buttercup.  Princess Buttercup was the far better princess to be and I recall one time she let me be Princess Buttercup and I was so happy and it made me feel so special that she was being Princess Snowflake for once so I could be Princess Buttercup!  Really, it has stuck with me all these years.  It was on the forefront of my mind today after the girls changed into dresses to play Princesses.  They were squabbling about something Princess related and I decided to distract them from that by giving them their Princess names.
Introducing:
Mischief as Princess Sugar Plum and Drama Queen as Princess Forsythia.

Princesses Sugar Plum and Forsythia set sail.

One cold autumn day Princess Forsythia thought
it would be lovely to set sail in the puddles of melted snow.

Delighted with the prospect of being out of doors again,
Princess Sugar Plum eagerly joined her elder sister
and gracefully set her own boat adrift in the icy deep.
After determining that the ships were not casting off due to the weight, the passengers were invited to disembark and instead explore the depths of the Queen's coat pockets.
Once more, the Princesses set their ships a-sail upon the waters.
Having no breeze with which to move on their own accord, the boats were given aid in their travel.
Alas, caught up in the delight of the adventure her little paper boat was having, Princess Sugar Plum failed to notice that she too was in the puddle.
Cold and wet, the Princesses returned to their royal castle where they carefully left their elegant footwear at the gate.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Bread


Have you seen the book The Joy of Cooking?  My mother-in-law has the 1967 copy of it and every time we go to their house, I love to sit and browse it.  It has many recipes I've never heard of, but interest me so much!  So earlier this year I hopped on ebay and browsed for a few weeks, hoping to find the same edition for a near thrift store price.  No luck.  But I eventually came across one that was very beat up (read, well used and loved) and dirt cheap.

Year of printing?  1936.  I'll take it!  I don't recall the exact cost, but it was less than $5 and most of that was shipping cost.  The only thing I don't like about it is the layout is a touch different.  But oh how I love the information and unique recipes it has!  There's even a hand-written one on the inside of the cover:

I was entertained at our last visit to my mother-in-law's to hear her say she wants the new edition of it BECAUSE her book has so many recipes she's not even interested in trying.

One of my resolutions this year was to make bread by hand.  It hasn't happened.  I've used the bread machine plenty.  And well, actually I guess it has happened, I did make sour dough by hand, but the man didn't eat any of it so I let the starter die.  After catching up with Aspiring Homemaker's blog, I decided today I would make bread!  I was going to use the recipe on the can of "Dough Enhancer" I got at the grocery store yesterday, but either I put it away so well I can't find it, or it fell out of the bag and is still in the car.  I don't want to use the BHG cookbook, because many of the recipes I've used from it did NOT turn out.  Darn new editions!  I want the edition my mom has!  So I hit the cookbook bookshelf in the play room and rediscovered my copy of The Joy of Cooking.  In opening to the Breads section, I was delighted to discover the following paragraph (remember my post in regard to modern cooking temperatures, you'll understand then why I'm so delighted, that and now I'll have a gauge for when I get a wooden cook stove in my dream house):


"Oven Temperature Tests
For Those Who Have No Thermometer

Sprinkle flour on a pan and place it in a heated oven.
If it turns a delicate brown in five minutes the oven is slow-250* to 325*.
If it turns a medium golden brown in five minutes the oven is moderate-325* to 400*.
If it turns a deep dark brown in five minutes the oven is hot-400* to 450*f
If it turns a deep dark brown in three inutes the oven is very hot-450* to 500*.
A piece of white tissue-paper may be used in place of the flour."

Awesome!  Okay now I need to actually go get some bread started proofing before I get distracted again.

Post note:  Oh the awesomeness, it even explains details of how the yeast works and how to knead!!  Also how to scald the milk!  This book is awesome for people who don't know or are unsure of what they are doing!!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Moments


Mischief - When given the option of a white shirt with teal flowers or an off-white button up colored shirt (it does have velvet ribbon trim, so it is girly) she chose the button-up, exclaiming, "Jesse shirt!!  I wear Jesse shirt! I Jesse!"  (Jesse is a friend at Church.  Two Sunday's ago she kept standing up backwards on our pew so she could see him.)

Running from the computer room to the tv room when she heard the Word World music, "OH!  I like that show!  Frog!  I like frogs!"

While mom was using the potty, she came in to announce her hands were dirty and she needed to "Wash them myself!" climbed up to the counter, washed her hands then requested help getting down.  Not everything is "myself"!

We picked up the mail and there was an American Girl catalog.  I handed it to Mischief and she exclaimed, "Dowwy!(Dolly)  I need pen!"  Yes, I'm training them well.

Unfortunately it's not all cuteness and entertainment with Mischief.  She wakes up before Drama Queen(and everyone else) and does her rooster impression.  It results in waking Drama Queen (and everyone else) up.  So we have a tired DQ these days.  A tired DQ is an irrational and emotional DQ.  She's currently in her bed, crying for the 10th time today (I do feel for her, but literally, she's crying over everything), this time it's because she was in the playroom screaming at Mischief that she didn't want to play.  So I told her to get out of the playroom because the playroom is for playing.  Who's idea was it to have a bunch of moody and dramatic little girls?!

And now the many expressions of Miss Hazel Mae:
 






Isn't her "confusion" face adorable.  She gives us that look all the time.  She thought the camera cord was great fun to grab:
And I was thrilled to see I did get a picture of her mouth open minus hand, so you can see her tooth!

Mischief and Drama Queen were playing "school".