Monday, April 30, 2012

just a little peak into our world today

izzy picks up reed around the knees and drops him on his head

hank eats a rock and a piece of plastic

reed and izzy jump on hank

reed poops, immediately takes off his diaper, and runs away

hank gets stuck under bed

reed climbs up shelf

izzy picks up hank around the neck and under one arm and walks away with him

hank chills

reed and izzy jump in crib and break one of the legs

hank sucks on daddy's toes

reed finds and squeezes a caterpillar just a little too hard

self runs over cardinal on the way home

reed and izzy have stick fight

reed climbs up counter

reed climbs onto table

izzy "changes" hank

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

a rant about allergies (i know..."again" right?)

this is entirely too true

i have been looked at like i'm insane. have heard "oh wow" in that tone that means that human did NOT believe a thing i just said about reed's allergies
i've seen peoples eyes glaze over and the regret on their face for asking questions about reeds life threatening food allergies
don't ask if you're going to stand there and stare at me like i'm the stupid one
don't get mad at me for not coming out to eat with you when you ask because i know how dangerous most places are 
don't get mad when i leave your house early because there is just too much around that he's allergic to and i'm about to have a panic attack
don't get mad when i don't come over because i just can't handle the stress of following him around making sure nobody feeds him

feeding reed is a full time job
allergy food can either be disgusting or it can be delicious
most people would probably look at his plate and say "thats nasty. why would you make him eat that"
there is nothing wrong with banana slices rolled in flax meal, or chicken for breakfast, or sunflower seed butter on homemade molassas wheat bread.

the goal here is to not create a new allergy by feeding him the same thing over and over and since his choices are limited this is quite a challenge

and since i refuse to buy premade "allergy free" food that makes it even harder
but seriously, if something says "parmesan flavored" and is dairy free it should not be consumed
something is seriously wrong with this

 when i talk about the allergy food reed eats i'm talking coconut milk, coconut oil, flax meal, things like that. replacements for ingredients. not butter flavored non dairy something or other. whats even in that? who knows. most likely a ton of soy.

so, if you are an allergy mom too, read through some of my recipes and get some ideas. don't just buy a box of food that has a list of unpronounceable ingredients and a list on the side that says "corn free, dairy free, caisin free, egg free, wheat free, gluten free, sugar free, nut free, legume free, seed free, fat free, soy free, meat free, fish free, fruit free, vegan...." because seriously...what else is left thats a real food?

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

dear reed: lets try to make it a whole week without something happening

they suck

anaphylaxis really sucks

thank goodness we haven't had to deal with anaphylactic shock yet. hopefully never.

want to know how bad they are?

reed touched...just touched...egg whites and within minutes was covered in hives

he got a tiny handful of rice that had butter on it that i made for the dog when he was sick and within minutes his lips were swelling up, his throat sounded thick, he was coughing, sneezing, wheezing, and of course he had hives. always with the hives and itching. next time i will throw the rice out farther into the woods...or burn it since apparently it is poison to this little man

ya'll need to buy stock in generic benedryl because i'm pretty sure i'm providing these companies with half their income.

today was the rice and butter incident. when the benedryl was finally starting to work i got up to go make myself some tea. izzy yelled "momma reedo is sleeping!" and i paniced. i dropped my tea. i ran to the back room and a million things ran through my mind.
"this is it. anaphylactic shock"
"he stopped breathing"
"i have one epipen in my shirt i will use it and run to the car for the other so i can give him two injections"
"i'll call 911 and just have to take all the kids with me"
"should i get in the car and start driving him to the hospital and meet the ambulance since we're so far back here in the woods?"

2 seconds later i was in the back room looking at my little man...just lying on the couch under a blanket. eyes open. breathing fine. he still had the hives...but he was fine.

thanks for that one izzy.

there is still the 24 hour rule: the reaction could start again sometime in the next 24 hours
this means i will not sleep very well (i'm not anyways thanks to hankys teething drama) 

there will be many moments when i sit by his crib and hold my breath, listening for his breathing

chris says we need to do a demonstration at church

sit reed down in front of everybody and drop some egg on his leg and let everybody see what happens so they get it

i feel like nobody gets it and everybody thinks i'm crazy

i didn't even get it until i saw it myself for the first time almost a year ago

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

50 things you may learn when you are a mother of 3

1. the power of naps...for all ages

2. the power of extra strength shout

3. how to take showers in record time

4. the names of the people that work at poison control
(just kidding. but seriously...)
5. as long as the kids clothes are hung up it doesn't matter if they're inside out or not

6. baked potatoes, baked chicken, and salad can save your whole afternoon

7. kitchen floors need to be washed every other day

8. kitchen floors don't get washed every other day

9. kitchen towels are meant for covering up the dirty oven door (duh)

10. play clothes can be worn for days (and days)

11. sometimes kids need to go to bed extra early for the sake of your husband (winkwink)


13. how to pee while nursing a baby

14. how to shower while nursing a baby

15. how to sleep while nursing a baby

16. how to do dishes, make dinner, change diapers, read books, do hair, do makeup, spank children, carry a toddler...while nursing a baby

17. how to be ambidextrous 

18. how to open and close things and pick things up with your feet (this may be learned while pregnant)

19. its ok to have days where you're digging for clothes in the clean laundry basket because you just haven't had the time to put it away (shouldn't i be doing that right now instead of blogging?)

20. the joy of dry shampoo

21. the joy of headbands

22. a little mascara can go a long way

23. hot black coffee is important to the start of every day

24. big gardens, pinterest crafts, and spotless houses are for those without 3 kids under 3

25. you will crave adult conversation occasionally

26. you will have moments where you're 99.9% sure you're pregnant...and then you wont be (phew)

27. you will not be a "heels and purls" woman

28. sometimes you will yell

29. you can paint your nails in the car on the way to church

30. you must leave the kids with their daddy sometimes so he remembers how hard you work :)

31. double (or triple) every meal you make

32. Proverbs 22:15 and also 29:15

33. you will get super hearing

34. messes are ok if they're learning and having fun

35. you will not get many offers for people to watch your kids

36. you will not get very many invites for dinner

37. silence really is golden...and rare

38. eating dirt and rocks is normal

39. pockets are for caterpillars and handfulls of dirt

40. every bird, squirrel, ant, deer, turkey, cow, etc is a new and very exciting creature

41. the smallest puddle can provide hours of fun

42. rain is not going to kill anybody. let them play in it.

43. mud, water, rocks and sticks > toys

44. a baby wipe + a small child is for helping you "clean" the house

45. "stuff" is not important

46. you will appreciate your own mother more and more with each day

47. you will have days where you wonder if you're actually going to survive until bedtime

48. you will love wet slimy kisses and little dirty hands holding your finger

49. you really will do anything to protect these little people

50. you wouldn't trade your life for all the money, college degrees, or perfect abs in the world

add your own :)
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Monday, April 9, 2012

a project for lovers: finale

finally. it is done.
one of the coolest parts is the top. my dad cut down an oak tree a couple years ago and planed this wood. and never used it.
so he made the top for my island out of a tree from our woods

how awesome is that?
pretty awesome

p.s. check out the super cute tea kettle my sister found me at goodwill this week

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