Thursday, October 28, 2010

7 Months

The stomach flu doesn't stop the camera in our house especially if it is your birthday!

Last weekend before the stomach flu brought the terror to our house.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

It's Going Around

It is official, we have been struck down by some sort of stomach flu/bug.  LO was retching Sunday night and it was attributed to food allergies but it is looking more like a bug.  Poppins has been taken down by it and I am sitting at my desk feel nauseated.  LO has not been eating much and a bit low on energy.  The doctor is not completely ruling out a food issue but is leaning more towards a bug as it is "going around." 

So in spite of everything, I am pretty excited that we all have a stomach problem and LO can try out foods again tomorrow but going even slower.   My only concern is that DH is a spontaneous barfer and has no control so no one/thing is safe.  sigh

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mama Cat

Before the LO came, we had two babies that we loved and adored.  The mama cat and the baby cat.  We gave them loads of attention and we even discussed them at parties.  We would spend weekends playing with them and hanging out.  Then the LO was born and I became a little consumed but DH took the cats on and has taken care of them 100%.  He never complains and does a great job with them.  The mama cat and him have a special relationship that words can't describe but the song "You're my best friend," comes to mind. 

The mama cat has not been looking too good lately so DH took her to the vet and she has a hyperactive thyroid with off the chart numbers.  She has to take medication twice a day and her chin which has looked bad with the acne opened up and the skin is open with no fur and bloody.   She has lost two pounds and she is having trouble jumping.  I feel so bad for the cat!  There is an operation that she can have that will solve the problem but it is over $1,500.  We have a lot of bills right now and it doesn't seem realistic to spend the money.  I am at a complete loss of what to do as DH looks heart broken and can't even discuss the possibility.  I think it would be weird to have a fundraiser for the cat's operation and I can't imagine putting her down as she is only 8 years old.  She has been such an amazing cat. She is a mother for crying out loud. What would you do? Although, there is a little part of me that wants to hold a 5k Walk/Run with "Save Mama" t-shirts. 

Mama (left) and her baby hanging out in better days.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Hyland’s Teething Tablets: Recall - Risk of Harm to Children

ISSUE: FDA notified consumers that Hyland’s Teething Tablets is being recalled because the tablets may pose a risk to children. The tablets are manufactured to contain a small amount of belladonna, a substance that can cause serious harm at larger doses. For such a product, it is important that the amount of belladonna be carefully controlled. FDA laboratory analysis has found that Hyland’s Teething Tablets contain inconsistent amounts of belladonna.

FDA has received reports of serious adverse events in children taking this product that are consistent with belladonna toxicity. The FDA has also received reports of children who consumed more tablets than recommended, because the containers do not have child resistant caps.

BACKGROUND: Hyland’s Teething Tablets is a homeopathic product, intended to provide temporary relief of teething symptoms in children. It is sold over-the-counter (OTC) in retail outlets. The FDA has not evaluated Hyland’s Teething Tablets for safety or efficacy, and is not aware of any proven clinical benefit offered by the product.
RECOMMENDATION: FDA recommends that consumers not use this product and dispose of any in their possession. FDA advises consumers to consult their health care professional if their child experiences symptoms such as seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or agitation after using Hyland’s Teething Tablets.
Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of this product to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:
Complete and submit the report Online:

Why I Have Vomit in My Hair at Work

After writing that my baby can't roll to save her life, I went home and she was a rolling machine.  I was changing her diaper on our expensive rug (Not really expensive, but a step above Target) downstairs and she kept rolling over.  I was shocked and she did it three times while staring at me.  It took me a few seconds to realize that she was waiting for her applause.  So I gave her a big whoop and then she peed all over the rug.  I was very excited and watched her scooch around in a circle.  The big pumpkin head can lift herself up and roll!

The rolling came with the one small issue that she can't roll from her tummy to her back and she hates being on her tummy so she is crying with her arms and legs flying in the air.  It was great until it came time for her to go to bed as she is a side sleeper who kept falling on her tummy and crying.  Saturday, she woke up cranky from being sick and she had a tooth!! Rolling and a tooth! All weekend, she was starving and so I started her on two meals a day and here is where the madness begins.  I don't know if she was starving or just really likes rice cereal, prunes and pears or she has a stomach bug.

Saturday morning she woke with horrible poo everywhere which I attributed to the prunes.  But then Sunday night, we heard a horrible retching sound and she was choking on her own vomit.  She was on her tummy and couldn't clear her airway and she was covered in vomit.  It happened twice and I wanted to cry.  I called the doctor and he said it was unlikely that any serious harm could happen to her.  I feel like every time I call the doctor for anything they recommend saline drops and a bulb syringe.  Poor thing! Anyway I picked her up in the middle of the night and she grabbed my hair with her pear flavored vomit and I was so tired that I gave a quick splash of water and went back to sleep.  I rolled over this am and was too tired to do anything so I threw on clothes and dashed to work.  So here I sit with dried pear vomit in my hair.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Just Thinkin'

I spend a lot of time thinking about useless stuff when I should be trying to improve my overall knowledge of world affairs or a language.  Oh well, here is my random thoughts this week.  Some are a bit morbid but funerals make you think that way.

1.  Have you seen the new billboard for the movie, Secretariat? Does that look like an animal on the horse's back or is that just me?

2.  Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. I watched the first 20 minutes and Camille Grammar has four nannies for her two kids.  I know it is rough but you have to make some sort of effort.  Right??

3.  Helvetica. Turns out it is pronounced a lot different than in my brain.

4.  At what age do you buy a "plot"? My aunt and uncle have plots next to my grandparents which requires a fair amount of forward planning.  How did that conversation go?? Did one of them surprise the other couple for the holidays or a big anniversary? What if you are 20 years into paying for your plot and the neighborhood goes to crap.  There was a hooker advertising her wares on the way to the funeral.  I can say without a doubt that was not included in the initial brochure or visit.

5.  When do you get rid of the stuff that you definitely don't want people perusing when you have passed on?  I don't currently have a "come over and hide this before they start going through my stuff" buddy.  Do I need one?

6.   Our cat is not doing well and we have to give her medication twice a day which is tough as I haven't honed my technique yet.  This morning her chin starting bleeding a lot because of some horrible acne that she has developed.  She is still youngish but she looks terrible.  When do you make the decision that you have done everything you can? I am not saying that is tomorrow but she can gotten a lot worse in a short amount of time.  Just saying, DH......

7.  Poppins and DH took LO to the physical therapist last week and this is what I got out of their versions of the visit, "Yo, your kid is f**ked unless you can get her to roll."  I'm not much of a tumbler, maybe she is just not into it.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

100 years

My great aunt passed away this past Sunday rather suddenly.  That may be an oxymoron considering her 101st birthday was a few weeks away but it went from "She will be around for a long time," to "We put her on the morphine," within a few days.  I had to be educated on what "We put so and so on the morphine" actually means probably making the situation even more uncomfortable for all parties involved.  She was extremely sharp and lived alone in her house until six months ago when she had someone come in and help her out.  We saw her last month and she was grilling DH on when he would be converting to Judaism.  You could tell her something five years ago and she would bring it up and question you on it repeatedly. 

I felt really sad that I did not discover certain things about her until the funeral.  During the Depression, she traveled around Europe with a girlfriend.  My family didn't have any money and there were seven kids with no dad as he was standing there one day and dropped dead.  I would imagine that it was from realizing that he had seven kids but that is just my imagination running wild. She got on a boat and traveled! She was also the one who moved across the country to settle in No CA and then her sisters followed. (My grandmother included) How would you move with no Internet?!?! What if there was no decent mall close by?? We never discussed these things?! How is that possible?

This is no distant aunt, she lived around the corner from my grandparents and I was at their house all the time.  She informed me that she had no paid interest on anything in her entire life except for her drapes and that was an unfortunate case of miscommunication when she was traveling and some sort of mail snafu.  BTW--it was 50 years prior and it still rubbed her the wrong way.  She tried to teach me piano which failed miserably.  She took me to plays and performances which I slept through and she tried to teach me to cook which depending on who you talked to, could be considered a fail.  I love to travel and we never discussed it! How can that be?! She will be missed.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

If you can't grow it

We get a lot of comments about LO's eyebrows.  I keep waiting for her to grow some hair to offset her brows but in the meantime we ran into this awesome hat.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Country Bumpkin

When I was growing up, almost every Fall we would head to Apple Hill to go apple picking, eat apples, apple sauce, apple pie and everything and anything to do with apples and Fall.  You could also pick pumpkins or x-mas trees.  It was a very Fall experience and I try to replicate it every year in Southern CA.  Last year, we headed out to Underwood Farms and it was 95 degrees and we were all sweating.  It was disappointing and a far drive.  This year we headed to the hills for my grandfather's bday and it was another hot experience.   It seems that the crops and farms are in the valleys here.  So when it came time to pumpkin pick this year, I was feeling a little down on my enthusiasm so we headed to Mr. Bones. sigh

Mr. Bones is on a busy street between buildings and has valet parking.  They do have a petting zoo and a lot of overpriced pumpkins but the hay bales thrown about really don't replicate that Fall experience for me.  BTW--they wash their pumpkins!! We did the best we could and LO wore her kangaroo costume.  We were also joined by Erica, Anna and their DH.

Valet parking, really!!??!!

Chatting with Anna while Erica holds an umbrella over them.  First-class service all the way!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Days of Our Lives

I loved, loved, loved college! There was very little responsibility, low stress and beach days in January in a beautiful oceanfront house with 10 roomies. There was a fair share of girl and boy drama but I can remember skipping class to drink margaritas, listen to Bob Marley and hang out in my bikini. This is back when hanging in my bikini, biking in my bikini and wearing a beach cover up over my bikini to class was perfectly acceptable attire and I had the body to not be embarrassed. Those days are gone and I prefer a resort wear type of bathing ensemble that includes complicated pieces to give illusions of past glory that is hauled out once or twice a year. My 20s were definitely awesome and I entered my 30s with a heavy heart but I knew that I would be a mom in my 30s so that kept my spirits up.

Now that I am a mama there are lots of great moments that make me laugh as we rush to shove in a ton of "must dos" in the day. This Saturday morning I was getting LO's food ready while she was diapers only with a hat on, DH was running after the cat to take her to the vet and we were both trying to coordinate the rest of the day. I was laughing as he walked out the door and I snapped this quick picture as I tend to forget how great life is during the little moments.  Although my life is not as rock and roll as it used to be, it is even better as I love being a mom.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Gpa B-day Pics

Happy Birthday Great Grandpa! 
 The wine tasters

The girl cousin wine tasters trying to get a picture with the bottle taster.

Second try at a cousin picture!

Too much fun for one weekend!

Thursday, October 14, 2010


I returned from my first overnight business trip last night. The trip was quick and it felt good to be away with the grown-ups for a little bit.  I woke up Tuesday morning packed, went to the office, realized I forgot a hair brush, toothbrush and toothpaste. Pretty standard practice for any trip for me.  As I was driving to the airport from the office, I realized that I had a little extra time to either stop by the house and see the LO quickly or get something to eat.  I stopped and got something to eat and that is when I got sad and felt guilty.  I rationalized in my mind that there wasn't enough time and that we had no food but I was still sad.  I stopped feeling guilty when DH called me at the airport and told me he was going to Berlin/London for 10 days. 

The meetings were intense and I was exhausted but that didn't stop me from sprinting through the airport and cutting in line at security to try and make an earlier flight. I had 20 minutes from curbside to the plane and I acted like a crazy person.  Everyone was very nice at the security line except for one mother and I wanted to explain that I was desperate to get back to my baby but there was no time.  I arrived sweaty and took a middle seat but felt that I was on a mission to get back to my baby.  I raced home and through the door and no one was that impressed to see me.  DH gave me a kiss and said that I was home so early that I could now bathe the LO so he could go out.  Of course, I was happy to see the LO before she went to bed but I wonder if I needed to act like a crazy person or if I should have taken the next flight and took the time to get a new book or magazine and leisurely enjoy an hour with nothing to do?  I can't envision DH running through the Berlin airport to come home an hour early from his 10 day trip.  I don't blame him or think that he should but why do I put such pressure on myself?

Monday, October 11, 2010

Dirty Baby

Family Days

We had a super awesome weekend but I am exhausted.  It was my grandfather's 90th birthday and we celebrated Friday to Sunday. We had a family dinner on Friday which is always fun and went wine tasting on Saturday all day.  My aunt rented Jeeps for everyone and we visited three wineries.  We ended the tour at a cupcake and wine pairing place. We capped off the day with just three of us going to dinner in my old college town and enjoying the gorgeous weather. LO and DH slept the whole way home. 

Sunday we spent the day at my aunt's house and LO took her nap in my aunt's big front yard on the grass under the trees.  My grandfather sat outside with her and watched her sleep. It was a very sweet site. LO was a trouper and it made me more confident about travelling with her.  We planned two family vacations in the last few days and I am starting to get really excited.  DH and I love travelling together and it felt really great to have her along for the ride on this crazy weekend.  We took so many hilarious photos which I will post later in the week.  We even made LO a sign for her great-grandpa.  It was really great to see everyone and spend some QT together.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Hyland's Teething Tablets

I feel the need to further explain the Hyland's Teething Tablets comment and present both sides of the story as I have had a few e-mails/comments about the subject.  LO had a reaction to the tablets, I did some research and discovered an inactive ingredient of lactose which I thought was the issue.  My pediatrician thought it was weird that LO would have a reaction to one of the commonly used items for teething so she suggested an allergist as she thought LO had some crazy allergies.  The allergist acted like I had given my baby poison as the active ingredient is chamomile which is a high allergen--you learn something new everyday! Belladonna is also an active ingredient which is, "A poisonous Eurasian perennial herb (Atropa belladonna) having usually solitary, nodding, purplish-brown, bell-shaped flowers and glossy black berries. Also called deadly nightshade."

Hyland's Response to the Belladonna Question
"Actually, as a plant that grows in nature, Belladonna can be toxic when ingested in significant doses. Homeopathic Belladonna is not toxic. Because we use microdoses, and the original plant matter is highly diluted in the manufacturing process, it is very safe and non-toxic. In fact, if a child were to swallow an entire bottle at one time of Hyland’s Teething Tablets which contain homeopathic Belladonna, he or she would not experience any side effects."

Hyland's Response to the Lactose Question
No. The inactive ingredient in Hyland’s Teething Tablets, “Lactose N.F.” (stands for “National Formulary”), is a pharmaceutical grade lactose. While it is formulated from cow’s milk, it is completely purified of milk proteins, making it safe for lactose intolerant and dairy allergic people, including infants and children.
People who are lactose intolerant have not yet developed the enzymes to digest lactose. Our products contain about 64 milligrams of lactose (the sugar from cow’s milk - no protein is used) per tablet. While everyone is different, most lactose intolerant individuals need to ingest 5000 mg of lactose before they experience symptoms of intolerance. With this large margin of safety, there is rarely a problem with our products when being used as directed on the label. If your physician has determined that you are specifically “Allergic to Lactose”, you should avoid our tablets. If you are very concerned, seek the advice of a licensed health care professional before using this product.

All I know is that LO had a bad reaction to something in the tablets.  My doctor also mentioned that we should, "keep it chemical, not natural." Arrrrggggg, so confusing as usual.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Peas & Carrots

We have started food and there has been no disasters or dire consequences. She has not been that big of a fan but she didn't explode into a zillion pieces either.  We went to an allergist today and after a three hour appointment, I am still unclear about what was accomplished.  He did look at the Hyland's teething tablets and declare them similar to giving your baby poison so I don't feel as bad about her having a reaction.  The testing was straight awful but there were several kids screaming at the same time so it was like a kiddie torture chamber.  Misery loves company!  Here are a few pics from the first food day.

 I love food!

Food is terrible!

This food made my torticollis come back! Yeahhhhh, more doctor appts.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Bath Time

LO has come to like bath time as she was not that big of a fan in the beginning.  She also prefers that I sing during bath time and likes her feet washed.  We have a little problem as she is getting so big but she refuses to give up the infant seat that sits in the bath and her feet are hanging over the side.  She can sit up all by herself and she is pretty brave on the swings but she will not give up her infant seat.  Here is an ode to the infant seat and her head that seems to be growing at warp speed represented in pictures.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Not My Style

Sometimes your spouse buys clothes for the kiddies.