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It's Tomorrow! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kara   
Tuesday, 14 July 2009 00:20

About two months ago, I mentioned our crib in my post and said that I would tell you more "tomorrow."  Well today is your lucky day.  Tomorrow has finally come.

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Girl's Camp Here I Come! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kara   
Friday, 10 July 2009 18:36
Today I get to go up to girls camp with Daniel for Bishopric Night.  (The evening when the Bishopric goes up to share Testimony meeting with the girls.)  One of the few perks of being a Bishopric wife.  I have been lucky enough to have been able to go up for the past 5 years.  I wasn't going to go this year because of Whitney.  I didn't think I would be able to take her up, but when I mentioned this to the Young Women's president, she didn't see why I couldn't go up.  So, I thought, "Why not?  What are they going to do?  Release Daniel?"  I figure I get a little leeway.  He's been in over five years, worked with two bishops and 5 different counselors.  So, I'm going up to girl's camp tonight, and I'm super excited.  Every year, except maybe the first year (I can't remember), I have made homemade rootbeer for the girls, and the love it.  I love it.
 
Do You Know The Muffin Man? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kara   
Monday, 29 June 2009 18:13
I have been known on occasion to break out in song around my house.  A few month's back I was singing "Do You Know The Muffin Man?"  Emily asked me what a "Muffin Man" was.  I told her it was someone who makes muffins.  Her reply was, "Oh, you mean Bishop?"  (Our bishop is a baker and own a bakery here in town that we frequently buy bread from.)  I started laughing.  Of course this was on a Sunday morning, so I had the giggles all through sacrament meeting every time I looked up at Daniel and saw Bishop right next to him.  Now I giggle every time I sing that song.  Oh the joy that children bring to your lives.
 
Why, Oh Why! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kara   
Wednesday, 20 May 2009 05:39

Why can't I get any sleep around here?!  I comforted myself the first few month of Whitney's life saying, "When she's about three months old, she'll sleep through the night just like her sisters."  Here we are at 8 months, and she's still not sleeping through the night.  Oh, we have a night or two where she'll tease me and sleep the whole night, but then it's right back to waking up in the middle of the night at least once.  I know it wouldn't be too bad if I would go to bed earlier, but I like staying up with Daniel talking or watching a movie.  So, last night for example, I was just getting into bed around midnight and just as I lay down, she starts crying.  (You have got to be kidding me!!!)  This is not the first time she's done this either.  So, I get up to take care of her.  I nurse her and put her back to bed, but she can't go back to sleep even though she's exhausted.  So, I climb into bed with her.  **Just a little side note.  Yes, she's in a crib and no I did not break it.  It's a crib that Daniel made and it's very sturdy and won't come apart for nothing.  And besides, we cut the legs off, so the mattress is about an inch off the ground.  I will tell you that story tomorrow.**  Usually, I can lay beside her and she will go to sleep and then I can sneak off to my own bed.  But last night, she could not stay asleep for some reason.  So, there I lay patting her back and trying to keep her asleep.  Now I know you parents are wondering why I didn't just let her cry it out.  I usually would, but last night she was kind of congested and I wanted to make sure that she wasn't waking herself up from not breathing.  Finally we both fell asleep.  I woke up and crawled back into my own bed around 3:40am.  She woke up at 6:30am and thought that it was time to play.  We made our way downstairs for her to play on the floor while I tried to sleep on the couch.  After about 15 minutes, she decided she didn't like that, so I nursed her and laid her on my chest to try and get her to sleep.  Next thing I remember is hearing Daniel's electric razor.  He had come down to see where I was.  Whitney heard it too and that was the end of our sleep.  To top that off, she only took about an hour nap.  Seriously, how am I supposed to keep my sanity!  I would like those experts that tell me how much sleep my baby needs to come and tell me what I need to do to get her to sleep that much.  Heck, they could just watch her so I could take a nap!

Oh, but that's not the end of my sleeping woes.  If by some miracle I actually do get a nap, it's usually in my recliner with Whitney asleep on me and everyone else is playing video games.  (It's a running joke at my house that video games put Mom to sleep.  It's true.  Turn a vidoe game on at my house and I'm usually asleep in 5 minutes.)  I don't actually get a very long nap like this, due to the fact that my 5 year old has not yet realized the wisdom in letting Mom sleep.  She's still learning how to know when she should be quiet.

I am off to bed now.  Maybe tonight I can sleep through the night.  Sweet dreams!

 
What a day! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kara   
Tuesday, 19 May 2009 06:52

The girls finished all their lessons today, before 2:30pm.  How happy was I!  I let them watch a movie, after I got back from running a couple of errands.  Karlie came with me, and we had some nice one on one time, going thru the drive thrus at the banks, picking out some new library books, and buying chicken breasts and candy at Sam's Club.  Abbie stayed home and finished her chore and read.  Emily was at a friend's house and came home while I was gone.  (Lest you think I am a bad mother, please remember that Daniel works from home.  I did not leave my children home alone.)  And yes, Whitney did go with me.  I still can't leave her for very long without her throwing a fit.  Maybe some day.

Other good things that happened.  Last night, Daniel and I were able to spend some good time together eating Chicken Cordon Bleu alone and talking.  Very enjoyable, and it made up for the lame date we had on Friday.  (Daniel's words, not mine.)

Whitney is learning to put herself to sleep and sleep through the night.  Emily is having a "sleepover" in her sisters' room until Whitney learns this.  Other things about Whitney, she's crawling pretty well now.  I tell people that we won't need any baby gates because she doesn't let me leave her on the floor for very long and she's never very far from me, so no worries about her trying to crawl down the stairs, or up the stairs.  She has pulled herself up a few times.  A couple times she pulled herself up at the couch and a couple times up by the stairs.

Emily is almost done with preschool.  Next Wednesday is her Graduation Day.  I can't believe it.  She just started.  She is very excited for Kindergarten.  I finally got her enrolled in the same school as her sisters.  After much aggrivation because of paperwork and such that they needed.  (We'll just leave it at that.)  They finally got everything that they needed and we are good to go for next year.  Wish me luck!

 
Speaking of Chicken Pox PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 May 2009 20:58

Wednesday, Emily was exposed the chicken pox.  The little boy's rash was first thought to be a heat rash.  It wasn't.  He had been vaccinated and still got the chicken pox.  Emily's been vaccinated so I'm not too worried about her, but still a little worried.  It's Whitney that I'm mostly worried about.  She wasn't around the little boy at all, but Emily could spread it to her.  Whitney's not old enough to have even received first vaccine.  When Emily got home, I made her wash her hands really good.  So now I'm just watching for symptoms.  They say that it takes two weeks for symptoms to present themselves.

I wish that they would tell parents that their children can still get the disease that they are getting vaccinated for.  Vaccines aren't 100% effective.  Here's the statistics for the chicken pox vaccine.  "It prevents chicken pox in 70%-90% of people who get it, and it prevents severe chickenpox in more than 95%."  (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Parents' Guide to Childhood Immunization: Varicella (Chickenpox))  Maybe if parents knew that it's possible to still get these diseases, they wouldn't dismiss a rash quite so quickly.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not mad at the mom.  She didn't know.  In fact, it was a school nurse that said that the rash was probably just heat rash.  I just wish that the medical field would help parents be better informed.

 
In My Opinion PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kara   
Sunday, 10 May 2009 08:27

I have a few things to say tonight.

In my opinion, the reason moms (I) don't take their kids to the doctor right away or when they are "supposed" to has two parts.  Part number 1:  They treat you like a stupid mom.  You're stupid if you brought them in for a fever, or you're stupid that you didn't bring them in sooner when they first got the fever.  You can't win.  Part number 2: They waste your time.  You spend time driving there (and back), sitting in the waiting room, sitting in the exam room, only to be told that you just need to wait it out. 

So what brings this on you ask?  Well, this past week Whitney has been sick. 

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