Monday, October 13, 2014

Sylvia - 2 1/2 years!!

Oh me, blogging quickly falls to the wayside so much these days. This month (September) is the month of half-birthdays for 4/5ths of our family so some updates would be fitting. I'm starting off with Sylvia since her half-birthday comes first in the month (on the 5th... 11 days late isn't too bad, right? :) ).

Sylvia is a bundle of shy joy. Over the summer she has turned very bashful when it comes to a few certain things. 

The first time she got to help me make chocolate chip cookies for Daddy. Just the two of us. It was so fun and so special. (This was also the day she nosedived into the back of their doll carrier and nearly split her head open.)

Mud and dirt. Those two words alone sum up Sylvia very well. She is happy to play outside in our dirt pile and a bonus is that I let her come inside and get water from the fridge to take back out and create mud. Most days she doesn't look like this, though!! This was after she had spent some time playing in a mud puddle. :)

Contentedness. She is a quiet, content girl much of the time. Content while playing in the dirt. Content while sitting and coloring (and she can color very well!). Content to just sit and snuggle on your "soulder" as she calls it. :)

I want to say a word about the this picture. Not only is it a beautiful picture of her, but this dress was a hand-me-down earlier this year and it is my very favorite dress to see her in. And her braids. Oh my, she is as cute as a button in 2 braids!!

A blurry picture of a cute moment. :) 

This summer the girls attended Vacation Bible School for the first time. They loved it and this is Sylvia with her "Certificate" from VBS. It had been used for cutting practice before I got around to taking a picture. :)

Habits. Sylvia went through a phase of picking her nails. It felt like a never ending phase and her poor nails would be red and nearly bleeding most days. I didn't know what to do, friends didn't know what to do, and for a while putting bandage tape on her nails worked. Then she started picking the tape off. We gently and firmly reminded her all day, every day to not pick her nails (it was an unconscious thing she was doing) and we praised and cheered when she would have nails that hadn't been picked lately. Without any big hullabaloo she just eventually stopped picking her nails.

Putting things in her mouth is/was another habit that she seems to have. It isn't nearly as bad now, but for a while she put just about anything in her mouth. This picture is after she had put a black, dry-erase crayon in her mouth. It made quite the goatee! :)

She loves playing in water, but she's not a big fan of splashing and carrying on. Especially not GETTING splashed. We didn't use the kiddie pool as much as I thought we might this year because it was never long before there was a disagreement on how the water should be played with. :)  She can be a quiet player, and when it comes to water that's how she likes it. She loved going to the lake this summer with my family. :)

Her blankie. This picture holds a thousand words that I can't begin to write. One word would be "beautiful."

Sylvia loves, loves, loves her baby sister. She has learned to be gentle with Charity and the gentleness shows in her actions towards her. She loves to give Charity hugs and kisses.

The next picture has quite the story. On a day that I had not showered and was wearing less than my nicest home clothes, we ended up taking an emergency trip to the doctors office. Sylvia was playing outside after lunch and put on a pair of boots that had been left outside. A spider had taken up residence in the boot and eventually bit Sylvia. She initially just fussed a bit while trying to take her boot off. I helped her get the boot off and saw the dead spider squashed on her foot right on top of the little, white, raised welt. I immediately saved the dead spider in a plastic cup and started applying Young Living Essential Oils to the bit to help remove the toxins and relieve any discomfort. She wasn't crying or anything and was acting totally normal. After making several phone calls and hurried texts, it was decided to be safe and go to the doctor.

En route, any time I could (stop signs, stop lights, etc.) I reached back and applied more essential oils to the bite. I didn't really think there was going to be any problem until about half way to the doctor's office she started having tremors in her hands. Not bad, but not normal. She still wasn't verbalizing any indicators that it was bothering her but I was watching her very closely. Since we were walk-in at the pediatrician's office we had to wait our turn. Which ended up being a 2.5 hour wait. During that time she went from normal to fussing to full-out crying. It was over her nap-time but even so it was completely uncharacteristic of her. She kept saying her foot hurt.

The doctor looked at her foot (which by now had a red area about the size of a tennis ball around the bite) and looked at the spider. She was convinced it was not a black widow spider and that the bite was harmless. However, Sylvia was sweating profusely and just crying and crying. Her walk was not steady, either. The doctor called in another doctor and they just observed Sylvia for a minute or two before deciding to send us to a pediatric urgent care center (thankfully on our way home) for observation.

It was 5pm and nobody had napped, Charity was not having the best of times and I had very full hands with everything going on. I desperately called Daniel and praise the Lord! he had just walked in the door at home. I begged him to please come meet us at KidMed to pick up Susannah and Charity. As we got into the car where Sylvia's blanket was, I knew that if her hysteria was from lack of sleep she would snuggle with her blankie and go to sleep. She snuggled her blankie and would be quiet for a tiny bit then she would scream. Literally scream. And then cry. She did that the whole 10 minutes from the Doctors office to the urgent care.

Once we got into our room at KidMed I was hoping someone would finally take us seriously that something was simply not right. (And I don't say that to mean that the doctors we saw at the ped's office didn't; my mama gut just didn't think it was "nothing".) Again the doctor was convinced it was not a black widow spider (I had the spider with me, dead, in a little container). As I was able, I was frantically searching the web on my tiny phone and texting with my sister who was on her computer, trying to find out information on the looks, markings and lack of markings on black widows.

All the while Sylvia was continuing her screaming and crying. Each time she screamed I would ask "what's the matter?" and she would cry and cry and say "well, um, my foot hurts!" They tried various distractions for the first hour: the TV (she asked me to turn it off), a Popsicle - she nibbled a few bites and didn't want any more, crackers - she ate maybe half a dozen and didn't want the rest. They finally tried some numbing cream. 45 minutes later they gave her some Motrin. An hour later they gave her liquid Prednisone. Another hour passed with no change in Sylvia's behavior and they decided to give her some morphine. By this time she was physically EXHAUSTED (no small wonder). We had to move to a different room for the IV so we did that.

Then I had to put her on the table to get her IV. It took the nurse forever to find a vein (I'm sure not having drank anything all afternoon didn't help) and then it blew. She called in another nurse who chose a vein further up her arm and got it the first try. By this time Sylvia was all but asleep. I was loosely holding her legs and body, and another nurse holding her hand but she had no fight left in her. She screamed when they put the needle in and immediately fell asleep. Knowing we were finally headed in the direction of relief for her, I was glad to go through it all.

Once the IV was in place I crawled up on the bed and held her. It was the most uncomfortable way for me to hold her but my mama heart wouldn't let it be any other way. Then the IV pump wasn't working and the nurse fiddled with it for probably 15 minutes before another nurse decided to just let the IV gravity drip instead of being pumped. It took 30 minutes to run in and just as it was finished she woke up. She just laid there and I asked her how her foot felt. She sat up and chirped "It's all better!" It took a few minutes for us to get checked out and on our way home. She drank the rest of her juice and finished off her crackers. When we got home (at 9:30pm, having left the house at 2pm) Daniel had supper heated up for both of us. By this time Sylvia was a combination of sleep and drug drunk. Her walk was wobbly and her speech very lazy. She ate a few bites of supper and was zoned out. We tucked her into bed and put the baby monitor in her room. She woke up twice, I think, crying about her foot. Tylenol and more of the numbing cream got us through the night. She complained about it hurting for a few more days, and we gave her Tylenol as needed and used the numbing cream often (she said it helped).

I did a lot of digging around on the internet and finally found that there are FALSE black widow spiders. There are 125 different species that are knows as False Black Widows, and the one picture matched our spider exactly. It said the bite is not very poisonous but extremely painful. Now I know and am glad to finally have an answer! Sylvia has a respectful fear of spiders now, and knows to not put on any shoes or boots that are outside.

 ******* End of the Spider Story *******

Sylvia loves to watch and be a part of whatever I'm doing in the kitchen... or just about anywhere, really. :) In this picture I was preparing squash to make into baby food. She took one of the pieces and put toothpicks in it for a "birthday cake."

I found this in my phone pictures. It's from early summer. I had put Charity on the couch for a minute while I did something and when I got back I saw this. :)  Sylvia loves, loves, loves Charity. She will tell anyone and everyone "her name is Charity. Charity Kathleen!" It comes out as "Chawity Kaffween".

Many of Sylvia's Ls come out as W, and her Rs are non-existent if they are in the middle of a word. It is interesting to hear her pronunciation of words. "World" comes out "wihld" (short vowel-sound i); Car - Cah; Morning - Moaning; Blankie - Bvankie; Grandma - Bvamma. She must've recently grown just enough to be able to see out the side windows of the car; when we pass cow fields and there are a bunch of cows, she says "WOOKWOOKWOOOOOK MAMA!! COWS!!" The first time she said it I was wondering what in the world had her so excited. :)

She loves to snuggle and to be rocked. She LOVES to sing (but will often stop if we start singing with her); Great Is Thy Faithfulness is what she sings the most right now. Anyone and everyone that she thinks may be remotely interested she will tell them that she is 2 and hold up two fingers. :)

This is a little glimpse into our world with Sylvia over the summer. We love her bunches and bunches.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Begin Your Oily Journey - Young Living Promo

I know I've been quiet on the blog lately; I promise that I have some cute blog posts in the works. :)

Right now, before it comes and goes without you knowing, I wanted to share this great opportunity to get your family started with Young Living Essential Oils. If you've been reading here this summer you know that we use them and love them.

This promotion is only through the 30th of this month (September) so if you've been thinking about using essential oils, now is a great time start. Especially with school in full swing, fall and winter coming, I want to make sure we have our oily arsenal on hand for fighting off all the yuckies and keeping our bodies built up and strong!!

This month when you join Young Living as a wholesale member with the Premium Starter Kit, not only do you get the kit {which includes: Diffuser, 11 bottles of essential oils, a bunch of samples and a lot of great information - over $300 worth of product for $150!!}, you'll also get everything you need for a great start on your oily journey! For free you will get:
  • The NEW Essential Oils Pocket Reference book (which is my favorite go-to!).
  •  Empty vials for carrying oils on the go (so you can have your favorites at home AND in your purse) or to create oil blends. 
  • Vegetable capsules for taking oils internally. (Trust me, it is a sinking feeling to get sick, want to take oils internally and not having any empty capsules...)
  • 1 Thieves Foaming Hand Soap - so good for keeping the bad germs washed away!!
Sign up HERE to purchase the Premium Starter Kit and get the free promotional items.  Be sure to select Wholesale Member to receive wholesale prices (24% discount!) on all your purchases! (NO fees or obligations with the wholesale membership.)

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have, either through comments or the email button near the top right of my blog. I would love to have you on the oily journey with me!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Respiratory Virus Preparedness - Essential Oil Style!

If you're on social media at all, you've probably seen the headlines about the Unidentified Respiratory Virus that is likely to make it's way across the country {article from ABC news here}, especially bad for children and those with asthma or compromised immune systems. Since I have both small children and trouble with asthma from time to time, it for sure caught my attention!

People, especially those with small children, are going to want to be prepared. Prepared to help your body stay healthy and free of the virus but also prepared to help your body fight it if you would get it!

If I had read the article about the respiratory virus a year ago I would have wondered if I had anything on hand that would really help us if we would get this virus and brushed it off to just wait and see. Now? This time I'm prepared with my oily arsenal from Young Living

In this picture are all of the Young Living Essential Oils I have that can help with the body's immune system {fighting off the bad bug!} and respiratory health {sinuses, lungs, coughing, congestion}. Of course these are just a portion of the oils available to you from Young Living.

Many of the pictured oils are in either the Premium Starter Kit (which comes with the fabulous diffuser you see and that we love!!) and the Golden Touch Kit. The essential oils in these kits are amazing and I feel prepared for any yuckies that come our way this winter.

I'm not one to freak out about "what-ifs," but especially with children I want to be prepared. Below is how you, too, can be prepared for the winter-time yuckies - even if it's not specifically this "unidentified respiratory virus" that is going around.

To order your own Young Living Essential Oils simply follow this link to sign up as a wholesale member (24% off all products!): Sign Up Here.  Select the Premium Starter Kit (which includes several of the oils I mentioned above) and fill out the rest of the information.

{The "limited time offer" for this kit with the Di-Gize and Sacred Frankincense is truly limited time. You want to get this kit while you can because these two oils are fabulous!!}

If you would also like to purchase the Golden Touch Kit 1, you would simply add it to your order when you reach that page of the process.

The two oils that I have in the first picture that are not in either kit are the Breathe Again Roll-On and Eucalyptus radiata. You can also add those to your order if you would like. 

We've been using our oils on an as-needed basis but tonight we started our daily "winter" regimen, starting with Thieves applied to our feet before bed. I have Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier in my purse for when we are out and about (I can only imagine the germs on the car carts at the grocery store...), Thieves Foaming Handsoap for our bathrooms, and we will be diffusing essential oils daily when we are home.

If you have any questions you are welcome to get in touch with me through a comment on this blog post or send me an email with the Contact Me button on the right side of my blog. 

Happy oiling for health!!!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

A {Doll} House!!

A few weeks ago the mail-lady delivered a very big, very mysterious package!! (Susannah now thinks that the mail-lady brings us surprises!!) I had not ordered anything and was not expecting anything so I was a little puzzled. I did some thinking and putting two-and-two together (the address, the handwriting, etc.) and had a good idea of what the packaged contained.

Reading the letter from Miss Wendy

A phone call to my sister confirmed my suspicion. Her sister-in-law had built a doll-house and sent it to our girls!! The rest of that week was full with happenings and Daniel was busy so we waited until Sunday afternoon to open the Big Box.

Susannah and Sylvia were very excited to see that it was a doll-house and they were eager to help pull off the packing paper and find all the goodies carefully packed inside the house.

Wendy built doll-houses for her nieces (Sally's girls) and Susannah and Sylvia recently had enjoyed playing with their houses while they were visiting Sally's family in July. Little did they or I know a doll-house had been in the making for them since January!!

They love the house and spent many hours each day playing with it for the first several days. They have since moved on to other toys, but the house is still here and I know they will enjoy it again when they get tired of the "regular" toys.

I love the house!! I think it would be a fun house to live in if I were a tiny person. :) The details are so intricate, down to TEENY-TINY, framed photographs of our girls and a larger one (maybe 1.5" inches tall?) of our family hanging in the living room. So many details that personalize the house to the girls, our family and lifestyle (a rooster wall-hanging in the kitchen, a cat, ladybugs on one of the bedroom walls...).

A big, BIG "thank you!!!" to Miss Wendy for the love, time and detail put into making this beautiful house for the girls!! This is a treasure they will have for the rest of their lives.