Child Safety … Something We Should All Have…

Child safety is a huge issue.  Our little guy is almost 2, 25 pounds, and still rear facing.  I have had people tell me that “he will like it better if he was facing forward”, “I turned my child when they were one” and “why do you still have him rear facing”.  The fact is he LIKES rear facing.  he has always like to sit with his legs up to his chest.  Why???  I have no clue, sure doesn’t look comfortable but if he likes it why change it.  He hasn’t reached the height limit yet so I will keep him rear facing.  He will probably be the only rear facing 3-year-old I know.

Rear facing or forward facing doesn’t really matter when it comes to the what if’s…  What if you or someone who had your child is in an accident?  What happens if there isn’t anyone to speak for the baby?  I didn’t even think of this until I was researching rear/front facing topic.  I found a program called CHAD Children Have An iDentity on the Ohio EMS page.  They have a printable form that you can fill out and tape to your child’s car seat.  I figure why not put it also on the stroller or in our wallets/purse/backpack.  It is smart to have an edited version in the glove box too.

The CHAD form has a space for the child’s name, nickname, DOB, address, doctor, emergency contact other than the parents, special needs info, medications, allergies, and important phone numbers.  Here is a picture of what you can print.  Click on the picture to be linked to the Ohio EMS page that has the downloadable file.

HELLO CYBER MONDAY – I missed getting a sale up…

Well, today was a very eventful day.  I intended to get a good sale up, do some promotional stuff.  But our little guy was sick..  So very sick.  He threw up sometime last night and didn’t even cry out for me.  When I went to get him this morning I was shocked to see how much puke there was in his crib.  I immediately got him undressed and in the shower.  He was acting normal, happy and full of energy.  I got him his first shower of the day then went and cleaned up his crib and bedroom.  He was out in the living room with his daddy, followed him in the bathroom for something and projectile vomited everywhere.  OH BOY and this was the beginning to my fabulous day.  I tried calling the Dr but there was no answer so when I tried the on call service they told me the office was open.  I tried again and left a message on their voicemail.  After not getting an answer in 15 minutes and the little guy throwing up 4 more times.  I called the ER they advised me to see the pedi first.  When I didn’t hear back from the doctor’s office I drove over there.  We talked to the nurse on duty in the Dr office and she talked to our doctor who advised us to go down to the ER incase he needed to have iv fluids.

We got in the ER right away and had a room.  About 30-40 minutes after just sitting waiting the nurse came in and gave him a high dose of anti-nausea med.  Then about 20 min after that she came back and said they needed to move us to the hall.  ok, he was in his stroller so not so big of a deal.  We were out there for about 15 or so minutes when they wheeled this guy in who was sick with who knows what and smelled like he was rotting from the inside out.  When the ER Doc saw us sitting in the hall he said “get them into a room that baby shouldn’t be outside of this room” finally after another 15+ minutes we were moved to another room where after about 30 minutes I found the TV remote.  In all that time he managed to get 2 Popsicles and kept them down.  1:30 pm comes and we are finally discharged.  I was told to give him 1-2 oz every  10 – 15 minutes of pedialyte (or other non dairy beverage) he could have crackers after about 4-5 hours of keeping fluids down (I cheated he had 3 crackers sporadically and kept them down) and needed to pee at least once every 8 hours.  He had a wet diaper at 1:00 pm and a slightly damp diaper at 6:00 pm.  He was bone dry at 8:50 pm when I put him to bed for the night.  Tomorrow I will start the 1-2 oz every 10 min for a couple of hours and then see how wet he gets.  Hopefully he pees if not we will be headed to Beverly ER tomorrow since I think they are more equipped for toddlers.

What a day…  And tomorrow will come soon…  Ahhh the joys of motherhood.

Getting Close to the Time of Year We Verbally Give Thanks…

I love all the people who have really stuck by my side no matter what and for that each moment I am very thankful to have each of you in my life, you are my family.

Some of you I haven’t met in person and you have still been there for me when I needed a sounding board.
Some of you I have known practically my whole life and others for a short while.
No matter where you are in the world, near or far, you are in my heart, thoughts and prayers each moment of every day.
You are the ones who give me strength to be who I am no matter what the obstacles.
You are the ones who stand beside me and hold my hand when times get rough.
You are the ones that against all odds will be there for me as steady as a rock.
Some of you will lose contact with me yet even then you will still be in my heart like family.
Some of you will reconnect with me after years apart and a piece of my heart will heal.
Some of you will be lost forever and for that, my heart grieves for you and the loss with each moment that passes you will be missed.
This is the time of year when I verbally say “Thank You Friends, for being my Family.”

To those who have strayed from our bond
Know the door is always open,
The phone line is always clear,
Social media is accessible.
You are never out of my heart, thoughts and well wishes.
Always remember, you are loved for who you are not by the actions you take.
You are family, no matter what drifts people apart, family is forever.

❤  Many blessings to be shared with those near and far, from the depths of my heart “I Thank You”.  ❤

Weight Loss Check-in about 2 weeks in…

I didn’t believe the scale on Friday when I weighed myself after swim class.  I weighed myself 3 times even putting the scale to zero each time to make sure it was balanced.  It was.  The scale read 200 lbs.  🙂  WHAT!!!  That means I lost 21 lbs in about 10 days. :: YIPPY :: I have almost broke the 200lbs barrier and I am on my way to getting to my target weight. So, all of this should make me feel great.  Which is does a little but I look in the mirror and I don’t see the difference anywhere other than my boobs.  Don’t get me wrong they could use to be a couple of sizes smaller but I would love to see the results on other areas of my body.  I have taken my thyroid medication every day like clockwork and occasionally I remember to take the phentermine.  We are also eating a lot less carbohydrates.  

 

UPDATE: THE SCALE WAS BROKEN. (︺︹︺)  REALLY WEIGHED 217LBS  4LB is still not bad.

Rambling – 24 hours in to my Weight Loss Reboot

I am now officially 24 hours into my new weight loss journey.  I haven’t started the thyroid meds yet but I did start the Phentermine 37.5 mg/day in the morning.  WOW  I felt great yesterday.  So great I finally took the air conditioner out of the living room window that I have dreaded doing for a few weeks.  It is nice to have energy.  So far the only side effect I have is the increased energy.  I took it early enough that I slept very good, well by the time I finally fell asleep @ 1:00 am.  I woke up full of energy and ready to go.

Then I dropped the french press full of coffee.  EEKKKK!!!!  Thank goodness for back up french presses.  Come to think of it, I think my mood is even more chipper than usual.  On the swing side it has also made me a little mushy.  Well, I am not so sure if it is the meds making me mushy or if I am feeling emotional while processing the information I got from the Dr about my thyroid.  Things I didn’t know that I partly wish I had known earlier and partly am glad I didn’t know.  I just focus on my healthy and very smart toddler and then I don’t question a thing, until I lose focus.

Well off to work more on my book…  Ahh yes, I have started compiling a top-secret book that I hope to have ready and in print before Christmas. 🙂

 

My Weight Loss Journey – Update

To be completely honest…  Life got busy…  There wasn’t time… Summer time happened…  Oh I can think of a million and one reasons why I got derailed from my journey, but that must be all part of my path to walk.  The only one accountable for me is me.

Yesterday I had my first visit with an endocrinologist.  HE IS FABULOUS!!!  He went over my blood work and showed me where one of my thyroid hormones is a little raised and by a little I am talking with in 1 point from the highest “normal” level.  He is treating me, the person not me, the patient.  his bedside manner is fabulous.  He understands the challenges and keeps it real.  When I mean real he pulls up on his computer “scenarios” that would not happen to me and says “right”.  hah  it is great.  They are things that “could” happen but with weight loss he thinks that my body can correct itself.

Before I get to “our plan of action” here is what I have done that hasn’t really been working to lose weight. Eating healthy – CHECK (mostly)
Walking at least 1 mile a day – CHECK
Working out to Richard Simmons….  ugggg  not so much 😦

OUR PLAN OF ACTION:

cut down our carb intake, kind of a no brainer.  I didn’t think we were eating a lot but gosh darn it carbs are in just about EVERYTHING.  He has put me on the lowest dose of thyroid medication.  We have added in Phentermine which I have used in the past with good results and littler effort.  I use the term “we” because he includes me in the medical plan.  He really listens to what I want for me, give advise (medical and non medical), and we talked about plans of actions and what he thought would work best.

Most impressive thing about my visit was he dictated my patient notes right while I was in the room.  ❤  I think everyone should be so lucky to have such a wonderful doctor.  Now lets hope in 2 months when I go back my numbers are lower.

Today is the first day of the rest of my life starting with baby steps.  I will make it a point to do a weekly weight check when my little guy and I go to our baby and me swim class.

Starting weight – 221lbs  Starting clothing size 18/20 pants  lg-XL shirts

Bewildered Shattered Heart

My heart just shattered into a million pieces
Removed, like we don’t exist
I didn’t know it would cut so deeply
But it did
How can it be that cold
The tears stream down my cheek
Washing a way the pieces of my heart
I am bewildered
Empty space where those pieces should be
Icy cold fills the holes and numbs the sadness
It is what it is
Time will mend the gaping holes
Left behind in the rubble of my heart.
~ 10/14/13

Hair Donation to Children with Hair Loss (CWHL)

Last week I went to Great Clips for a hair cut.  My mother in law had mentioned about donating hair to the Locks of Love so I asked if they did that program.  They said they didn’t do Locks of Love but they did give hair to Children With Hair Loss (CWHL).

CWHL is an organization who accepts donated hair for children who have hair loss due to medical issues.  The organization was started in 2000 and provides hair replacement to all children at no cost to the family.  It started small by helping children fighting cancer have custom hair pieces.  It has now grown to help over 300 children a year suffering from a wide range of medical reasons for hair loss.

How Can a Mother Do This to Their Child and the Father?

I watched the Katie Show yesterday and I can honestly say I have never been more shocked.  Jason Patric came on to openly talk about his fight with his former girlfriend,Danielle Schreiber, to keep a relationship with  his 3.5 year old son, Gus.  They made the decision together to have this child as he reports.  How can a mother keep her child from the man who helped father her child.  Sure it was through IVF because the good old fashion bump and grind didn’t work, but does that really make him less of a father?  She had an intimate relationship with him before and after their son was born.  Sh allowed him to be in their son’s life until all of a sudden yanking him away.  I understand his wanting to shield his son from the press and kudos to him for doing everything to protect the little boy.  He is a true father to do so.

She is using his choice to shield his son from paparazzi against him.  I can’t help but keep asking “what kind of woman does this to her own son?”  I guess I could understand if the father was unknown, a random sperm bank donor, abusive, mentally unstable, or had a substance abuse problem but not a man who has been there since day one, able to provide (financially, physically and emotionally) and wants to be in his son’s life.  He has been in his son’s life since he was conceived and he has a bond with the child.  Danielle may think what she is doing is right but even at this early age he can keep these events in his subconscious.  He is ripping away his father, does she honestly think in these days and ages when he gets old enough that he won’t search his mother’s name on the internet and find all this information out on his own?  Does she think that her son wont resent her for what she is doing now?  She needs to consider the ramifications this will have on the child as he grows up.  Maybe other kids will learn what happened before he does and tease him about it.

Ms. Schreiber didn’t even have the guts to face Mr. Patric on the Katie show.  I understand that this is a private matter but at what point do you stop hiding behind a law that was written decades before IVF was common.  She sent a cold-hearted statement to the show giving no real reason for her swift attitude change.  What really happened in her mind only she and her shrink (if she does or ever sees one) but no one will ever know.  What she is doing to Jason and their son is wrong in so many ways but it is also opening the door for new legislation to be put in place to protect the fathers who give their sperm to a loved one (wife, girlfriend, or friend) with the intention of being in the child’s life.

Banning Baby Bottles… Is this a smart move for Venezuela? I think……….

A heated debate and a hot topic, the importance of breastfeeding.  I am very open-minded about breastfeeding and a mother’s choice.  Some moms think it is gross or just don’t want to breast feed their baby for what ever reason they have and some mom‘s don’t have a choice about breastfeeding their babies because their bodies wont produce milk.  I have heard some people say that it is not possible but I have friends that tried everything even controversial prescription medications to get breast milk and nothing.  Not to mention my struggle to supply my baby with breast milk.  I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t have bottles to feed my son the milk I had pumped for him.  Pumping was one way I was able to keep my supply up.  And since I had low supply I sure as heck was NOT going to dump it.

I understand a government wanting to promote breastfeeding.  Like our hospitals in MA have lactation consultants(LC) to help new moms in  the first moments and days of life by being available for hands on help.  I don’t know what I would have done with out the support and help of my LCs when my supply dipped.  Our hospitals have also gotten rid of the formula care packages they send home with new moms, or maybe they just don’t give them to Exclusively Breastfed Babies(EBB).  Breast is best because the mother’s body has nourished the baby from the time it was first conceived, it is natural for it to keep nourishing the baby for as long as the baby needs.  When I thought about breastfeeding there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to have an exclusively breastfed baby.  I wanted to breast feed for many reasons.  Obviously it is the most complete nutrition my baby could receive and it was FREE.  But my mom breastfed me and I have always thought that breastfeeding is a natural part of being a mom.  From the moment I first put Robert to my breast he suckled it like he was a pro.  It was natural on both ends.

It is argued that the bond between a mother and a breastfed baby or a bottle fed baby is different.  I don’t think that the physically being attached to the breast makes the bond stronger between mother and child but it does make the emotional aspect of providing life for your baby a deeper emotional feeling for the mother.  I loved everything about breastfeeding, the cuddling him close, watching his little face relax as he started to enter the milk induced sleep, the peacefulness of our mommy-baby time and the feelings that go with breastfeeding that words can’t describe.  My friends who either chose to or had to bottle feed their babies are just as close with their babies as I am with Robert.  The cuddled their little ones close, watched their faces change as they got full and got to have the same mommy-baby bonding time.

So to the point of the banning the use of baby bottles…  That is just ridiculous.  All that will do is promote black market baby bottle dealing not breastfeeding.  Plus, some moms have over-supply and have to pump to help their body regulate milk production (how I wished I was a mom with over-supply).  If those mom’s don’t have bottles to put their milk where will it go?  Are they supposed to throw it away?  ARE YOU KIDDING ME???  If I ever for any reason had to discard any breast milk I felt like I was throwing away liquid gold.  Banning baby bottles will not solve their wish to promote breastfeeding.  I think the Venezuelan congress is taking this WAY TOO FAR!!