Boy is it coming down today!? I love when it snows and so do my little ones.? Here are a few pictures of us enjoying today’s snow storm.? What do you think of our snowman?
Thanks so much to everyone who shared their thoughts on my post about using a nose aspirator on a baby.? It really helped me so much!? Jaden is doing much better today, though he still has a bad cough.? We are actually going to take him to the doctor in the morning to make sure all is well.
Anyway, I just wanted to share this picture that I took of the baby tonight in his swing.? The baby spends most of his time there.
I bought this swing back in 2004 when I had my first child.? I am now using it with child #3 and it is holding up wonderfully.? It still looks brand new!? I think I bought it for around $60 back then.
The seat has a soft removable cushion that is machine washable.? I have washed it quite a few times and the colors are still just as vibrant as when I bought it.? It has a music feature that you can turn on or can actually be activated by the baby’s movement.? I love the volume adjustment knob, because I often get tired of hearing the music while I am working, so I can turn it all the way down.? It also has lights that work with the music.?? Jaden get mesmerized by the 4 primary colored lights – it is cute.
The swing feature has 8 different speeds.?? As the baby grows and puts on weight you need to turn the swing to a higher setting so it can swing faster.? My boy is a chunker already, so I almost have to turn it up all the way.? LOL
But my favorite part about the swing is that it is portable.? It has a handle on the top so you can transport the baby from room to room.?? It is probably not recommendable to do this while the baby is in the swing, but I actually do (don’t tell anyone – LOL) Another great portability feature, is that It folds up flat so you can just pop it in your car and take it with you wherever you go.?I do this when we go to my mothers or visit friends.
I did some research and found that my particular swing is no longer being sold, but there is an even better replacement called the Fisher-Price Aquarium Take-Along Swing.? It has even more features than mine does, so I am a bit jealous… but I am not going to go out and buy another one, because mine still works great!
So, mama’s, if you or anyone you know is about to have a baby, make sure you purchase this wonderful baby swing – theFisher-Price Aquarium Take-Along Swing !!
I have three children who have all been sick over the past several days.? It started with my son who is 4, then passed to my daughter who is 3 and now both me and my baby boy (2 1/2 months old) are fighting it.
It kinda made me laugh in the hospital, after I had the baby, and the doctor said to try and keep my other children away from the baby when they are sick.? I honestly tried over this past week to keep everyone separate, but the more I tried – the more my other 2 wanted to touch and kiss the baby – runny noses and all.? Every hour I would catch my son leaning into the baby’s swing rubbing his yucky nose against the baby’s face.?? I mean it was inevitable that the baby would get sick!
It is really horrible though.? My baby is sooo congested, he can hardly breath.? He is coughing & sneezing and it just about kills me to see such a tiny human being suffer.
My mom has been putting her 2 cents in (2 hours away – by phone) that I need to call the doctor and find out what to do.? She always makes a big deal about stuff and says that I am too lax when it comes to stuff like this.? I promised her that if the baby wasn’t better by Monday I would bring him to the doctor.
When I had my first child, the hospital sent us home with this bulb like thing that I found out later was called a “nose aspirator”.? I had no intentions of ever using it (just like the anal thermometer, but that is another story) until my little one got so sick at 4 months old and needed help getting the snot out of his nose.
So, I have to admit, that YES I have used “The Bulb” on my children on more than one occasion.? Now that my 2 older ones can blow their own noses, it has been nice not having to worry about “The Bulb”.? I put it away quite a while ago until my husband told me that I needed to get it out yesterday and use it on our new baby.
Boy do I hate that thing!
How the heck do you use it?? How far do you stick it in their nose?? What direction should it be pointing – back?? up?? I never can get the thing to work right!? After much struggle yesterday afternoon, as my husband looked on and the baby was screaming bloody murder – finally – frustrated and at the end of my rope, I tossed “the bulb” to my husband and told HIM to do it.? And of course, he cleared the baby’s nose without a problem.? Go figure!
So, the reason I am bringing this up, is because I am wondering how you all feel about this torturous tool – the Nose Aspirator.? Are you FOR it?? or AGAINST it?
Please take some time to comment on your own experiences.? Maybe I won’t feel so bad if you all feel the same as I do!? LOL
Oh and please vote!
I was inspired today by a post that I read on www.pinklikethecolor.org written by Laura (@MomPink).? She was asking for organizing tips for her home, one being how to organize all the toys after Christmas.
I can definitely relate with this issue.? I WISH we had a separate playroom for all the kid’s toys, but unfortunately we have to use part of our living room as a playroom.? So, I have had to get pretty creative when it comes to keeping things organized.? And with three small children the abundance of toys is endless.
In response to Laura’s request for ideas, I would like to answer her by sharing how I have used plastic bins as a means to keep everything in order within my home.
I bought around 20 plastic storage bins from the Dollar Store and I use them to keep each toy category in one place.? The trucks go in the truck bin.? The trains go in the train bin.?? The small stuffed animals go in one bin – and so on.? And at Christmas, I go through the toys and get rid of the ones the kids don’t use to make room for the new ones.
TIP – Sometimes, I just put the toys away in a closet and pull them out several weeks later after the kids forget about them.? When I pull them out, the kids get excited all over again as if they were new.
Here are a few pictures of my “playroom corner” in the living room. (Don’t mind the UGLY mauve carpet)? LOL
It may look a bit busy to you, but it functions beautifully.? I only allow my children to take one thing out at a time (sometimes 2 or 3 depending on what it is) and when they are done with whatever they are playing with – I have them put it away and then they can take something else out.? Everything has a place.? My kids know exactly where each thing goes and when I ask them to clean up – they (usually) put the toys back in the right spots.
The bins are very helpful with this.? I use both the stackable storage bins, which I had gotten from a local pharmacy store called CVS.? That was a couple years ago and I have not been able to find them since.? So if anyone happens to see these anywhere, please let me know!
I also use the dollar store bins to keep the smaller items in.? This way the kids can take the bin and bring it onto the floor to play with whatever is in it.? It also makes it easier to clean up.
I would love to hear your tips and ideas as well.? Be sure to comment!
Thank you to those of you who took part in the “Blogger’s Survey”.?? I had 45 people participate and I am very excited to share the results with you.
I did jump the gun though on this one though.? I should’ve researched first to find the best way to offer a survey.? Instead I used a Google Docs “Form”.? It is definitely a great tool to use.? I often use them as Contact Forms for my various sites.? But in this case, I would’ve rather found something that would do the survey calculating for me.? I printed out all the results and calculated everything by hand.? Maybe you can better appreciate my efforts now that you know this.? LOL
I did find a program (after the fact) that I will most likely use for future polls or surveys.? It is called PollDaddy.com.? If any of you “blogger’s” out there have any other suggestions for good survey or polling sites, please leave me a comment!? I could use your help!!
Anyway, (drum roll please), here are the results of the survey!? I will post the number of people who checked on each particular one.
Illustration by Carlos Castellanos ? 2008
What is your favorite thing to blog about?
18 – Business
19 – Family
7?? – Giveaways
2?? – Holidays
10 – Technical Stuff
11 – Baby / Children
5?? – DIY
19 – Everyday Life
12 – Creative Stuff
Other: (These are things that people came up with)
- Saving money
- Health advocacy
- Human behavior, personalities
- Work (but not business)
Why do you subscribe to a blog?
41 – The subject interests me
13 – Business networking
23 – Building virtual relationships
8?? – Signing up for Giveaways
- Make it easier to see new posts
Do you visit the blogs / sites of those who comment on your blog?
42 – Yes
0?? – No
Other: maybe, usually, sometimes
Do you answer your comments?
27 – Yes
2?? – No
12 – Only when people write something directed to me
- If the comment inspires me
- I try to
- I try to do so regularly but it doesn’t always happen
- I would like to
What is your favorite means of social networking?
42 – Twitter
5?? – Ning Groups
8?? – Forum
18 – Facebook
- Blog following & commenting
Well folks, so there you have it!
Here are the WINNERS under each category:
Favorite thing to blog about – Everyday Life, Family, & Business (they are very close in numbers)
Why do you subscribe – The subject matter interests me
Do you visit blogs of those who comment – Yes (wins by a landslide)
Do you answer comments – Yes
Favorite social network – Twitter!!!!? (Of course, how could it not be??)? LOL