Monthly Archives: November 2013

Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

Hope all of your shopping is done for Turkey Day!  


We got some supplies for cookies to make for The Toddler last night… egg-free, dairy-free, nuts-free, gluten-free.  Crossing my fingers and toes that they taste good-because like it or not that is our life for the foreseeable future.

I plan on making two batches of cookies for us to have as a family that are allergy-free.  Then two more batches of regular chocolate chip cookies-one to take with us to Thanksgiving-the other to drop off at our local Firehouse on the way to Thanksgiving. 

It has been a long standing tradition to visit our local Firehouse on 9/11-but we want to make this another tradition for Thanksgiving.  Plus they did save us when I was newly pregnant with Em-at home with The Toddler and we had a gas leak in the garage. They are just one city block away and The Toddler excitedly proclaims “Hot-Hot” as we drive past and proudly says “flag” as he waves at the large flag they have out front. I’m excited to give hugs to those that protect us-especially since they will be away from their families on this holiday.  

It should be noted that if we had a Police Station close to us we would be doing the same-the closest one is over 45 minutes away.  We give flowers and a thank you card to one of our local officers that patrols our area every year- The Husband used to be a cop and has told me time and again that they will not eat cookies that I make-or bring from a store.  Sad that they can not be given the same sort of respect as fire fighters and that they have to worry about this.  So flowers and a card it is!

Whenever we see a Police Officer-and they aren’t busy- we(The Toddler and I) go up and talk to them-give high-fives-say thank you-which sounds like “dank u” and remind The Toddler that if he ever needs help that he can always ask a Police Officer.  It is paramount to us that we teach our children to respect and appreciate our local Fire Fighters and Police Officers.  

We are extra grateful that our Brother-in-Law who is in the Navy gets to be home for this holiday season to spend time with my sister and his adorable daughter!  

Tonight we will be heading to Zoo Lights for our annual tradition! So excited for cookies, lights, and Christmas Music with our little family!  I think I will carry Em in the Ergo and we will just bring the umbrella stroller to zip around with The Toddler because he loves running around-much more-than being stuck in a stroller!  

I have cinnamon on the stove roasting-our house smells like the holidays- and am off to go bake up some (hopefully) delicious cookies!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!  

Respect the Turkey!

Love, 
          HM

Monday Monday Monday

Where do I begin?!?

Let’s just say it ended much better than it began.

For the last four days Em has been up multiple times a night.  I am kicking myself for saying that she was such a good sleeper… seriously.  Four days ago I excitedly proclaimed she was sleeping through the night-er- 8PM-4/5AM.  Which was a small win in my book. Helped me feel more normal and up for daily adventures with The Toddler to the park, rec center for bubble blast, puddle jumping… being a mom.

AND NOW?

I am on 3 hours of sleep.  I look good.  I won’t spare you with picture proof-just take my word for it. 

Stress has been eating at my sleep, the little that I get, and I roll restlessly around the bed.  Thankful that my husband is such a hard sleeper.

The Beast(it’s purple-I kid you not)- my old ’01 Nissan Altima has run into some troubles-namely with an auto-repair shop.  I took auto shop in high school because I believed(as I do now) that-that knowledge would come in hand.  And it has.  I get taken advantage of all the time by mechanics until I challenge what they are saying with what I know something actually costs to fix-how long it takes-what’s really necessary.  We got taken advantage of by a company-they said they fixed our car.  They are a family run business, one we have gone to for years-yet will never again frequent.  They up-charged us for parts and labor and before I could say anything-BOOM-it was done and we were supposed to pay $450 for something that should have cost $75.  I blame myself. 

They sent our car back to us-good as new supposedly.  Except it’s not.  It still actively leaks.  Enter stomach knot.  We just spent money we don’t have to fix a car from a company we trusted(my mistake) and now the car isn’t even fixed?  Same leak. $450 later.  Now we took it back to them two separate times to check on the leak.  They say it doesn’t leak.  We affirm it does.  They relent and “find” the leak.  Saying now that it is the water pump.  Nothing was wrong with the water pump when we took the car in.  I just had a new water pump put in 20,000 miles ago-they easily last 60,000 with scheduled maintenance and making sure all the fluids are topped off.

They now want us to pay $500 for a new water pump.  I paid hundreds less and know that it was fine when we took the car in to begin with.  If I had a lawyer in the family we would be talking about a case right now.  I feel like I was totally taken advantage of.  An invasion of trust.  I spoke to the manager and told her everything-and how disappointed I was-to which she started yelling at me.  I told her thank you, we would get back to her and hung up. We will get back to her.  We will pick up our broken car tomorrow and they will never see a dime from us, ever again.

Enter tile fiasco.  If you read about my one hour excursion to a DIY workshop at Home Depot last week-it was glorious-until it was clearly not(cryptic? read the post).  I talked to a lovely tile expert as I was sawing out my initial.  We discussed the tile that we had put in upstairs after the Mold Disaster of 2011.  Five days after we brought home The Toddler from the hospital the ceiling in our kitchen(directly below our master bathroom) fell through with black mold.  After eradicating the mold, I shopped around for a tile company.  There were many different times where I should have voiced my concern over the project.  The project was supposed to take four days-it took 2.5 weeks because the workers arrived late and left early- they left the doors open in the house letting in the 30-40 degree air- I had a newborn to keep warm- I sat in a corner with a space heater, seriously. They left the toilets outside overnight.  Brought them back in with not so pleasant friends-enter the scorpian on the wall above our newborns crib-two feet away from our precious little child.  Two of the worker’s wore the exact same clothes every day they arrived at our house-these were nice men-but it reminded me of teaching in a way that I didn’t want to be reminded. It took days to remove that smell.  I look back and think of how young and naive I was to home-ownership.  

They put the tile in wrong.

Thank you to Home Depot for letting me know why all of the grout was breaking and peeling off the walls.  We now have the manager from the company coming out to view the tile because we are still under warranty.  Although, with two little one’s I can not imagine not being able to give them baths for a couple of weeks… small price to pay though for not having enough courage to speak up in the first place when I could tell that they were not doing the job we paid for.  Lesson learned.  The hard way.

It should be noted that I take on little “side projects” with companies on this little piece of internet with great discern.  I am proud of this blog.  Not because it is perfect(nowhere near, nor ever will be) but because it is a place I can write-write about whatever is going on in our lives-the victories-defeats-and on-going battles.  

These side projects help our little family.  I feel very proud that I can give our little one’s “extras” that they wouldn’t normally be able to have because of partnerships I have created on As Cute as a Bug’s Ear.  I am rather picky with who I work with-and am grateful of the opportunities I have been given.

I love this community.  I love blogging.  

I wrote about The Toddler’s food allergies and how I desperately needed help-boy did I need help-and there was an outpouring of support and information.  I am so lucky that I have a place to turn to in the wee hours of the night-for help, comfort, and cathartic writing.

After picking up the Husband from work I decided that we were in need of a distraction.  Then he got an idea, an awful idea.  The Grinch got a wonderful, awful idea.

Santa?  You bet.  The best kind of distraction is watching your little one run around in pure amazement at Santa’s Workshop.  Marveling at the reindeer, waving at the elves, and nervously walking up to Santa to say hi and get a great big ole hug.  

We made ornaments, went on the carousal, toured the large expanse of Bass Pro Shops and relished in the bliss of the holidays.  The holidays as a family of four.  

I am thankful for those moments that bring it all back together.  Make me snap out of thinking about all of the stressful decisions I have to make.  Make me be present in my children’s lives.  

I love how today ended. 

Maybe Christmas he thought, doesn’t come from a store.  Maybe Christmas perhaps, means a little bit more. ~Grinch



Nuby Chewbies Teether Review

Em needed help figuring out just what to do at the start.

At roughly 10 weeks Em started showing all the signs of teething. Early? Yes.  But her big brother got his first two teeth in at two months so I was prepared for it.  Part of my preparation was enlisting in some early teethers to help out when she got frustrated.  The Chewbies Teether is very reminiscent of a pacifier which has helped with the learning process of self-soothing during the teething process.


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Breaking in a tooth is not easy folks.  There are tears, sobs, and plain old cries for help.  My heart aches for her as she tries helplessly to make me understand just what’s wrong.  Thankful that I have a couple of tools under my belt as a second-time mommy and can whip out various teethers to help her!

All smiles-Thankful Mommy!

My little one is MUCH happier after some quality time with the Chewbies Teether.  Plus I love how it has helped teach her how to “find” the teether and pop it into her mouth when she needs to.  Sometimes she needs a little help, but most times she is successful on her own.




Chewbies Teether:
  • 3 Months +
  • Front teeth teething
  • Massaging bristles clean baby’s sore gums
  • Hygenic carrying case included
  • Endorsed by pediatric dentist Dr. Grace Yum- founder of Yummy Dental and Orthodontics for Kids in Chicago, Illinois
  • BPA FREE



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Nuby IcyBite Teether Keys with Teether & Pacifier Wipes Review


Sweet Em is now three months old! She is also showing all the signs of teething… kill me now.  Rosy cheeks, drooling up a storm, nom nom noming on everything and anything! At least I have some amazing little tools in my mom bag to help soothe her little mouth.  

I actually introduced the Nuby IcyBite Teether Keys to Em when she was just a little over two months old-and boy did it help! She was able to grab the keys and bring them to her mouth-sometimes a little adjustment from me helped-but it was not necessary.  


We live in the desert-and although holiday music is out and Thanksgiving is upon us-the temps are still in the high 70s-low 80s. Perhaps if I get out the holiday decorations early the temps will drop? One can only hope!  The PurICE Gel stays cool MUCH longer than the water teether we have-which really is the name of the game when you have a little one experiencing so much discomfort.  


The Toddler has a new found fascination with all things baby.  Unfortunately, this means teether toys get shared, pacifiers used, and germs galore!  With his recent cold I spent my days separating them as much as possible-but the All Natural Pacifier & Teether Wipes helped me out the most!  Little Em made it through The Toddler’s first big, bad cold of the season-thank goodness!




The Nuby IcyBite Teether Keys:
  • 3 Months +
  • PurICE Gel stays cooler longer compared to water filled soothers
  • Multiple textured surfaces
  • Relieves the discomfort of sore & tender gums
  • Easy to hold
  • Endorsed by Pediatric Dentist and Orthodontist Dr. Grace Yum
  • BPA FREE
All Natural Pacifier & Teether Wipes:
  • 48 vanilla milk scented wipes
  • Naturally cleans pacifiers, teethers, bottles, cups & toys
  • Alcohol Free
  • Non-Toxic and Safe all Natural Formula



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      Em:Three Months Old

      Happy Talking = Blurry Shot

      Sweet Em,

      You are growing by leaps and bounds!  Although you are only three months old-you are now wearing 6 month onesies and 9 month footed sleepers!  So many cute clothes had to be put away so darn fast… BUT I am glad you are one healthy baby girl.

      You light up whenever we talk to you!  You thoroughly enjoy watching your brother play-and are a good sport when he “shares” his trains, trucks and legos with you-on your head no less(we are working on this).  You just smile and coo at him.  Happy to have him in your life!

      You have been rolling from tummy to back since you were three weeks old.  And crawling-YES CRAWLING- from two weeks.  It is an adorable inch-worm variation. But we have to put you down at one end of the crib because by the time you wake up you have “traveled” the entire length and are pissed that you can’t keep going.

      The only things that bother you? Car seat-getting stuck at the end of the crib-teething.

      Oh teething.  You already have your first pearly white showing!  Your cheeks are rosy and you have to have something in your mouth-hand-pacifier-teether- at all waking moments the last couple of weeks.

      You are one cool customer though.  You just love being around people.  You giggle.  You sing. You smile.  

      Your hair is turning into a light brown/blond.  You still have deep blue eyes-my beautiful blue-eyed baby!  

      We can’t wait to see what the next month has in store.  But one thing is for certain- you are quite possibly the sweetest little girl in the world.

      Love,

      Mom 

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