Sunday, March 30, 2008

Warning to all Moms who wear makeup

As promised I am back with something actually important to say. I was reading an article/letter in a new magazine, Green Guide I found at borders. One section was called Just Ask! and a mother had written in about her worries for her three year old twins having lead in their play makeup. Well the answer was that if you are going to let your child play with make up you should let them use yours, but that it should be made with plant-based dyes and petroleum-free. Why you might be asking, because there is actually lead, yes dangerous levels of lead in makeup. As much as 47% lead has been found in some products. I was very shocked to hear this, especially with all of the lead concerns and children. The article made a very valid point, that a child could actually eat makeup, such as a tube of lipstick and become very ill. So, if you do not want to buy the recommended make-up you should treat it like any other poison or medicine and make sure that your child cannot get their little hands on it, this is something I am going to take to heart and make sure the girls do not have access to my stuff for sure!

Friday, March 28, 2008

What a week

Well, this has been a week for sure. Maddie as mentioned before went to the dr. on Tuesday for an ear infection. Yesterday I got to take little Natalie, who also has a double ear infection. Thankfully we are still 2-3 ear infection away from having to see an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist. When I went to pick up the prescription at Target for Natalie, they were like do you have any questions and do you know how to use our new syringes? I just laughed and said, yes this is the third time this week we have been here and I have the same meds for the other one. I understand she was being polite, but I wish we could get a direct line from our house the pharmacy at the rate we have been going. Oh well, hopefully the warm weather will help us all heal and we can move on. Speaking of weather, all of us are anxiously awaiting better days. The girls love being outside and even when it is chilly or drizzling, like yesterday, Natalie never wants to go in and will say no and shake her head and then proceed into a tantrum when you try to get her to go in. I can't wait to fence in the yard and put up a swing set for them so can play in the yard instead of walking up and down the sidewalk!
Anyway, hope everyone has a great weekend and hopefully next week I will have some inspiring words or great advice to write about!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Why it is important to teach your children proper hand washing

I want to start this post by saying, my family is a clean family. I am obsessive about hand washing and hand sanitizer and cleanliness in general! For this reason I was very surprised today when I took Maddie to the doctor because she has been sick on and off for a couple of weeks. It all started one night with a fever of 101.1, which was 101.8 by the next morning. The doctor told me that as long as Motrin or Tylenol was breaking it and causing it to go down then she was okay. A few days after the fever she developed a hive like rash on her hands, feet and her nether regions...concerned once again I called the doctor and was told it probably was something viral and not to worry and to give her Benadryl. Then this weekend we had the green snot issue, always a concern and ear pulling. I hate jumping the gun and running to the doctor, but after over 2 hours of inconsolable crying this morning I broke down and took her and come to find out she has an ear infection. So where does the hand washing come in you ask? Well, I also found out that she has had, hand, foot and mouth disease. It is viral, so there isn't any medication to cure it and it goes away on its own, but it is spread from improper hand washing. A shock to me to say the very least. She must have picked it up off of a shopping cart or something like that and I can assure you I will be more vigilant in sanitizing the entire cart, the girls hands prior to going into a store and post trip, as well as ensuring we practice proper hand washing as soon as we walk in the door, before and after meals and if they for some reason don't have a bath before bed, hand washing before bed as well. So help keep yourself and your child safe and always wash your hands!

Friday, March 07, 2008

Playing Catch up

So I once again have been MIA. It seems like time just flies by and then I realize I haven't posted anything in a while. The girls are really keeping me busy, which is a good thing and we are having a lot more fun. They are saying more words each day and we are probably up to 20+. The newest words are Thank You, Ducky, Doggy and Uh Oh. They prefer to use longer words instead of short, it is always "Kitty Cat" instead of cat, Doggy, instead of Dog, etc. It is really cute and I love when they bring me something and say "Mama" it melts my heart. They are taking to eating on their own with utensils, a messy, messy endeavor, but cute at the same time, especially when they lift up their bowls full of yogurt and try to lick them :-) Other than that I was able to spend a wonderful long lunch out last Sunday with my friend Sheri. We went to one of her favorite places Tea's Me and it was really good, and this is coming from a coffee lover! We talked for over 3 hours and it was funny because I couldn't believe how fast time flew by. I was gone so long that Tom was actually worried and kept calling my phone because he couldn't believe I still was at lunch. It was really nice to catch up and to talk about running and I am excited to be running the mini with her in May. So for now that is really all there is to report. Maybe spring will be here soon and I will have some fun outdoor stories to share.