Friday, December 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
I find it extremely hard to believe but my daughter is now two years old! She has changed so much in the last 6 months that she is almost like a different little person. At 18 months old she had next to no words and did not use the few she said right so I was beginning to feel concerned. So with the doctor's referral she got an early intervention evaluation. In the evaluation she did beautifully and all the evaluators loved her. (In the month between the referral and the actual appointment her word base had really grown). What they did notice was her inability to play even for 10 seconds by herself and after talking with me they discovered that she did not even come close to sleeping through the night, had some eating issues and was unable to be strapped down (car seat, high chair) for even 5 minutes without screaming. That along with several other small issues and she qualified for Occupational Therapy. They told me she was very bright and personable but that she displayed many Sensory Processing Issues. No actual label was attached to her but she did begin immediately with OT twice a week. They asked me if I knew about SPD or that therapy could help her function better day to day and I basically broke down and cried because I had no idea. I had always knew something was different with her than other babies but since she was my only child and I was not around other children I just figured that I had an extremely high needs baby.
Well after that appointment I immediately began reading every website and book about SPD that I could. Instantly I discovered that she was a sensory seeker and the most surprising thing I learned was that all my problems from my childhood could be explained by the fact I had SPD and I had it severe and I was a sensory avoider. There were many a tears about tags in my clothes, seems in my socks, crying with a change of schedule (even by something small), my inability to focus on homework and numerous others that would need their own dedicated post. When I talked to my mom about all this she was literally shocked that there was an actual disorder for what I had and that we had no idea. I could only imagine how therapy could have helped me.
After 4 months of twice a week we saw drastic improvement in her eating as well as being able to ride in the car or sit at a restaurant and actually finish a meal without taking a screaming toddler outside (we still choose very quick restaurants that are family friendly). Sometimes she is able to play by herself for 5 minutes but she is still all over me all day and has problems playing and most her toys go untouched unless someone is playing right next to her. She now has a bedtime that works most times but she still wakes up with uncontrollable screaming in the night but not every night. She has recently been dropped to once a week which is a little disappointing but Violet just loves to go to OT and we are still seeing improvements which is what matters.
Life has only changed for the better since that evaluation. She speaks in sentences (I think is unrelated to OT just a huge change from 6 months ago) and is generally a much happier child. People that say the 2s are a terrible age obviously do not have children with sensory processing issues because so far toddler life is way way way better than a baby that literally has to be held 24/7. We still have a long road and a majority of her toys go untouched but at least now I understand a little more of what is gong on in her head. Thankfully her situation is mild but I feel like things are looking up for us.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Saturday, July 31, 2010
I guess it is obvious that my daughter's book collection is pretty extensive for a 21 month old but thankfully she loves to be read too (especially right before bed every single night).
Libraries have always had a special place in my heart. Now to perfect my shushing voice!
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Side note: I never let her sleep in her bed with her bottle but that night I did not have the heart to take it. It was empty and she had taken it off the nightstand all by herself. I breastfed for 15 months and I never should have started the bottle but that will be a whole other issue in a few months to deal with.
Monday, June 21, 2010
This past weekend was full of wakeboarding so I decided to post a picture of me and the hubby wakeboarding together. On July 2nd we will have been married for 5 years.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Mommy blogging in the giveaway/freebie/coupon world has been going really well the last few months. Multiple $100 value wins and even a few gift certificates. I even got a shutterfly order of $116 for a penny, because apparently they tax you on $0. I had collected multiple freebie coupons, including a few giveaway win coupons and bravo, 5 packages of picture awesomeness. I even got Violet's 2nd Birthday invitations done because they were free....doesn't matter that they are done over 4 months early as long as it saves me some money. I just won a giveaway of a $60 giveaway to CSN stores and I am going to use it towards a super cute play kitchen for Violet for Christmas. I also won her a video game bike and she will be getting that for Christmas too. Combined with over 2 huge buckets worth of free stuff, including books, clothes, hats, toy blocks and more, that I have won her for when she gets a little older. Even my husband has been getting to reap my rewards since I won him a History Channel duffel bag full of history channel swag. He graduated from college with a degree and History and he just loves the History Channel. Which on a side note is the only channel that is not working on our TV right now.
Matt and I are currently trying to finish our planning for our big trip to Oktoberfest in September. Seriously how cool is it that we will be at the 200th anniversary of one of the most famous festivals in the world. We are planning on visiting another country besides Germany we just have to decide which one. The only thing booked is the hotel in Munich since you have to book practically a year in advance.
Looks like next year we will be doing a family vacation to Stone Mountain. It was always one of my favorite places to go as a kid and it is a fairly easy and cheap vacation. We try and do some planning in advance but next summer seams so far away.
My child fears no wave. Even after a huge wave knocked her over she just jumped up for more. She especially enjoyed jumping into the waves when they came up on the beach.
For her second birthday her Daddy and I will be taking her to her very first concert, Yo Gabba Gabba! She really loves it since there is a lot of singing and dancing. Daddy even splurged and we will be going VIP style so we get to meet the characters. It's Dancey Dance Time!
Monday, May 3, 2010
• Disinfecting Multi-Surface Spray
• Disinfecting Bathroom Spray
• Disinfecting Wipes
• Liquid Laundry Detergent
• Liquid Fabric Softener
• Dish liquid
• All- Purpose Cleaner Spray
• Dishwasher Pacs
• Glass Cleaner Spray
• Natural Paper Towels
• Seventh Generation Recycled Bag
I received the set and got right to work. The house was already picked up from the weekend and this allowed for me to work on the nitty gritty. I was a little skeptical using cleaning supplies that is supposed to be better for the environment but I have been pleasantly surprised. They cleaned great....no more grime. I especially liked the dish soap as it seemed to really get my dishes clean. My favorite part is the lack of harsh odors. I get migraines sometimes and they can often be triggered by harsh cleaning products. These products had such light smells that there were no headaches for me. I also like that the products are safe to use around my Princess Pooch and Baby Violet. I am an avid addict of Clorox wipes but with more use I may find myself permanently switching over to seventh generation.
Now if only my toddler who hates when I am doing anything but playing with her would give me more time to keep this castle clean.
I was offered nothing in exchange for this review. I won the products on another blog and was so pleased with the product that I decided to blog about it.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I have won a few giveaways lately and I can't wait to receive them and share them with Violet. I am most excited about my recent win on Familylicous. I won Mary's Soft Dough from Terrapin Toys. Should be a fun activity for us to do one afternoon.
I will get back to blogging as soon as the semester is over. After the summer semester I will officially be a librarian!
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Since Easter is coming I decided to take Violet out back and take some pictures of her in her new tutu for an Easter card to send to friends and family. The pictures turned out pretty cute especially since it was so cloudy. I also find it almost scary how much she looks just like me. Some of my friends and family even joke that she is my "mini me." It is true that I was hoping to only have boys but she is showing me how much fun it is to have a little girl to dress up and play with. The morning this picture was shot she had found her hair ties on the floor and she brought them over to me and held out her hair on the side. She does not talk yet but I knew what she wanted and pigtails she got. Sooooo cute!!!!!!!!!!!!
Also in the background is my loveable pooch that would not stop making me throw the frisbee and she would not get out of the pictures. Silly pooch. I still got some great shots without Princess Peach in the background.
Some of my favorite items are their super cute toddler beds! What child wouldn't want to sleep in one of these cute beds.
To top it all off all of the prices are super reasonable.
They offered me the chance to do a product review of one of their great children's toys and I jumped at the chance. My daughter's favorite time of the day is bath time so I decided to choose a new bath toy for her. It was so hard to choose just one thing because they had such a wide variety of stuff you can't find at your local toy store. I chose the octo-sorter bath toy.
She had a great time trying out her new toy. It never hurts that it was slightly educational and lately she just loves to sort shapes.
She would also work intently on it with her tongue sticking out which is what she does a lot lately. I personally think it is a cute little tongue.
It worked exactly as described and was colorful and lots of fun for my daughter. Her favorite part was the one tentacle that could squirt water. She just loves to splash around.
A huge thank you to CSN for allowing us to review one of their bath toys.
I would definitely recommend the company to anyone with online shopping needs....which is almost everyone.
Edited to add: After using it a couple more nights I discovered the numbers are out of order. They go 1,2,4,3,5. I do not know if it was a mistake with mine or if it is manufactured that way. Since the toy is also educational I would see this as a drawback to buying it.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
With my daughter turning 16 months and the fact that she is a climber I have recently begun my search of toddler beds.. I have looked in stores but the selection is so incredibly limited. That is when someone showed me all the toddler beds available through CSN stores. WOW, the selection is amazing and the beds are super cute too. The only hard part is trying to pick out just one.
They also have so many different websites that there is literally something for everyone. The main CSN store has a wide array of stuff for children but my favorite website of theirs would have to be Toys and Games Online. They have a extensive selection of toys from baby up through the teen years. Heck I even want to play with most the stuff on their site.
Not into toys? That's cool too because they have tons more websites to choose from. There is the ever popular barstools website...with you guessed it everything barstool related! Mailboxes more your style? They have a website for that too. Check out their list of websites and look around. Go ahead browsing is free.
You can literally get lost on their website for hours. I know I was.
UPDATE: I lied my favorite of their websites has to be all the stuff they have for water sports! My friends and family are avid wakeboarders and tubers. That website has more tubes and water toy accessories than I have ever seen. They even have trainer skis for the little ones. I hope little Violet grows up with the love of water like we do.
Be on the lookout for a great product review courtesy of CSN coming soon!
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
I will be sending Name Your Tune your contact information and they will contact you regarding your prize. Thanks for all that entered!
Monday, January 25, 2010
Whenever she spouts one of her Granny Tales it is always out of nowhere and rarely involves the topic of conversation. Thus making the tale that much funnier for those listening in. This one involves thrush in babies. I know first hand what thrush is as my daughter and I experienced it when she was 12 months old. Here is how this particular Granny Tale goes. To cure thrush in a baby all that has to be done is for a man that has never met his father has to blow in the child's mouth. The story is a relative of mine his father died when his mom was 6 months pregnant with him (in fact the father died at 21 years old). His whole life people everywhere had him travel great distances to blow in their sick child's mouth. It would cure them every time. If a person tried genetian violet (remedy used at the time and at times still is used as a homeopathic remedy) it would turn everything the liquid touched purple for days and clothes permanently. Instead mothers would search out this man in my family and have him cure their young. My Granny firmly believes in this remedy today and will fight you back if you mention science or absurd propaganda that it does not work. She will then go into detail about how people her whole young adult life would come up to her and tell her how (I believe her great-grandfather) he cured their children. She will tell you exact first and last names of those that told her it worked. She says it is not used much anymore since it is hard to find a man where his father died before he was born. She believes it so strongly which is what makes me chuckle.
Don't get me started on how she proved my daughter would be a girl before she was born.
For next time....how to cure warts...trust me this is the weirdest one yet!
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