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Monday, February 28, 2011

Breathing a little easier....

Back to the doctor we went this morning for Twix! Saturday night he was coughing most of the night, that barking cough that no parent likes to hear. Sunday morning was a much dreaded sound in our household...wheezing!! We are having a cycle effect happening, he will be fine for 4-5 days then we will have coughing "fit" followed by a little wheezing. We do a breathing treatment and the wheezing goes away and the coughing last for a couple of days then we are back to fine for 4-5 days.

We went to the doctor and she did exactly what we thought was going to happen, a maintenance drug called Pulmicort. We do it one time a day, every day (by nebulizer) for a month and at his 9 month checkup we will see if that is enough, if not we will go to 2x a day until his birthday to get him through the cold/flu season and the spring allergy season. Hopefully, by that point he will be breathing a little easier and he can come off the medicine and we will be fine!!

Right now, it seems like a hassle to do it once a day but I would rather take 5 min. a day than have him on major steroids and the breathing treatments 4x a day!! He's just now "slimming" back down from the last round of steroids that made his little face so puffy and round. As cute as those cheeks were to kiss, I would rather have my healthy little boy back to normal!!

Just wanted to give an update on his "condition", which is what we are calling it now instead of an illness (not really sure that is a good thing) but it is what it is and we are just praying this takes care of everything!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Another Couponing Post....

I'm sure some of you don't want to read another couponing post, but I KNOW there are several of you who do!! I am very excited about yesterday's trip to Publix!!



Here is the rundown:
1 10lb bag of rice
12 Jars of Bertolli Pasta Sauce
4 cans of Green Giant Vegetables
4 Green Giant Frozen Vegatables
3 cans of crescent rolls
1 can of french bread
2 boxes of BC brownie mix
4 boxes of Progresso Chicken Broth
2 boxes of Progresso Beef Broth
2 cans of Progresso Italian Bread Crumbs
3 LARGE cans of Hunt's diced tomatoes
2 cans of Muir Glen organic tomato sauce
4 bags of Kraft Homestyle Macaroni
2 bags of Ricola Throat Drops
2 packs of Ball Park hot dogs
1 box of Blue Bonnet margarine
1 Berts Bees lip balm
1 Glad Force Flex trash bags
3 Lipton tea (100 ct each)
1 Kraft Parmesan cheese
1 Listerine Total Care
1 5lb bag of flour


The total was $148.60
The savings was $107.59
Yes, I actually only paid $41.01 for EVERYTHING!!!

That's a savings of 72%

Monday, February 7, 2011

Sick Babies

I am thankful that we have made it halfway through the cold weather with only the "minor" issue of pneumonia with Twix back at Christmas. Then our house got hit again this weekend.

Last week, Mr. Goodbar got sick with a sinus infection and "junk", he had a pretty high fever to start. They put him on antibiotics and everything was looking better. Then, Saturday morning Twix woke up and felt incredibly hot. His temp was 102 and he had a barking cough....so off to the doctor we go (we are blessed to have a doctor that is open Saturday mornings). They checked him and ears and lungs were good. She then thought he had croup. From there they sent us to the children's hospital for a chest x-ray and blood work. Since he just had steroids less than a month ago for the pneumonia they didn't want to just give him a shot of them. I spent most of the day dealing with that. The x-ray and blood work were normal! Thank goodness!! She said it was viral and focus on keeping the fever down. That's exactly what we are doing. Motrin is keeping it down but as soon as it wears off it shoots back up...well, until this last time. It was only a low-grade fever of 100 now. He has added a runny nose but I assumed that would happen. Twix is doing well, happy, playing, eating....he's fine!

With Twix feeling that way I didn't make it to church yesterday. Mr. Goodbar took Junior Mint and then I met them for lunch then back home we went. By 4pm Junior Mint felt warm. I took his temp and found it to be 101.5. Motrin it was!! He went to sleep at 9 and then woke up at 10:30 and came into our room. I didn't have the heart to make him go back to his room being so hot so he slept on the floor beside me. I use the term sleep very lightly there. He tossed and turned ALL night and never really slept well (I think). He didn't get up until 8:30 and was still burning up so I gave him more medicine and it brought his temp down to 99 so he is good. His cheeks are red but other than that I think his is fine. When he got up he came up to me with his hand on his head and said "Mommy, I have a fever and need medicine". It was SO cute!

On top of that, last night before we put the kids to bed I wasn't feeling very well and started a fever. Mr. Goodbar said I was burning up when he kissed me good-bye this morning. My main issue is my sinuses. They are killing me. I feel like an elephant is on my face. I am off to the doctor at 2 pm so we shall see. Do kids get sinus infections? Are my kids feeling this too? They seem to be handling their illnesses a lot better than Mr. Goodbar and I!

Anyway, we are all okay, sick but okay. We will be. I told Mr. Goodbar there is nothing like a trip to the children's hospital to make you sad and feel so blessed and grateful!! I saw the parents pulling their kids in the wagons around the hospital and moms visiting their babies in the NICU and children with cancer telling their parents bye. It's funny how a simple illness gets me down, I can not imagine what it is like for those parents!!

Thank you God for my family and their health!!!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Crazyville Update

I thought you might like an update on this crazyville we have going on around here. Right now we are in the midst of toddlerhood and I DON'T like it! Junior Mint turns 3 in a month and a half. I was trying to convince myself that when he turned 3 the terrible 2's would magically disappear and we wouldn't have anymore issues other than the typical minor incidents. Who am I kidding? Everyone keeps telling me..."forget terrible 2's, here come horrible 3's". YEA!!

Junior Mint is very 2 right now! He gets frustrated when he wants to do something and can't. We have major breakdowns because he thinks he doesn't need to nap or go to sleep but he is extremely tired. He has an abundance of energy but with it being cold and/or rainy ALL the time there is really no decent way of burning that energy so he is very hyper most of the time. He does love his brother, most days. There are some days he tells me he doesn't love him anymore and take him away but that is always very short lived!! He plays with him and constantly tries to make him laugh and man does he ever!! He does try to tackle him every now and then and sometimes Twix even cracks up at that. While we are having toddler issues...he is so sweet. He will randomly say things like "you're my favorite girl" or "Daddy is my favorite, favorite". He has starting saying "aye aye Captain" when we tell him to do something...that's from Veggie Tales I think. He will spend at least an hour a day singing, singing songs he knows, songs he makes up, singing what he is doing, singing names...anything that he can think of. He is also incredibly smart and he remembers everything!!

Now, Twix....he's something else right now. He is starting to really show his personality. He is almost always happy and laid back. He is working hard on those first teeth and that is causing some fussing. His biggest frustration right now is he wants to stand, all the time. He is standing and standing well, but he never wants to sit down. If you sit him down or he falls over he cries, eventually giving in to the fact that he has to sit. He has figured out how to stand up in the bath tub and never wants to sit in there...which is very hard with a soaped up little baby! He also is waving bye-bye. He has added some "words". Bub-bub and bye-bye, we thought were the same thing for a while until one night he kept saying "bub-bub" and we would respond by saying "bye-bye" and his frustration kept growing and he just kept saying it with increased volume and irritation. Finally, I said it sounds like you are trying to say "bubby" (what he calls his brother) he got all happy and went back to normally saying "bub-bub". It's like he was SOOOO happy that I finally figured out what he was trying to say. When he says bye-bye it is usually accompanied with the wave and when he says bub-bub he is usually looking at and smiling at Junior Mint so we are starting to understand the difference. He is also saying "Da Da", especially when Mr. Goodbar has been playing with him and he walks away and Twix wants him to come back. He's said "Ma Ma" a couple times but that's about it. He gets mad when Junior Mint takes a toy away from him and he "yells" at him, but man does he love his brother. He always looks for Junior Mint and laughs at him no matter what Junior Mint is doing (even if that involves being not-so-nice to him). He gets VERY mad when he runs out of food or he drops some. He is eating pretty much any baby food or I take what we are having and puree it up for him if it isn't anything spicy or odd for him. He loves when I make him pasta with chicken and carrots, that's probably his favorite "meal" but his absolute favorite thing right now is bananas. That child could eat 1o bananas if I let him. He is eating puffs and animal crackers (the natural kind, don't worry no trans fat here). His favorite snack is Baby Mum Mums. He can't get enough of those!! He is drinking well out of a straw and loves his cup. He is a great napper with 2 great 2 hr. naps a day and sleeps well at night. We have the occasional interruption when the dog goes crazy or Junior yells until he wakes up or the delivery man rings the bell 4 times like this past week which causes ALL of that to happen!! Twix is so sweet and is in such a discovery stage right now. He will give the best kisses and laughs all the time!!

So you see....it may be crazy around here with a 2 year old and 7 month old but they are incredible boys and we are SO blessed!!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Couponing..an amazing thing

For those of you who have been asking or wondering if couponing really works...take a look at these: (these are the past 3 weeks)

This is 8 boxes of waffles, 4 boxes of soft pretzels, 3 boxes of Jimmy Dean D-lights, 3 bottles of juice and 4 bottles of baby bath. This was $71.82, but I paid $14.41. That's a savings of 80%


This is 4 boxes of feminine products, 1 pack of feminine liners, 2 boxes of oatmeal, 4 tubs of butter, 4 jars of spaghetti sauce, 2 packs of slice cheese and 2 bottles of vitamins. It was $50.36, but I paid $9.88. That's a savings of 80%


Now...yesterday I didn't get a picture of all my stuff because it was WAY more than would fit in the picture and I was in a hurry to get it put away! But I got:
13 boxes of pasta (4 spaghetti, 5 rotini, 4 small shells), 10 bags of Kraft Homestyle macaroni, 2 bottles of Flintstone gummy vitamins, 3 packs of feminine liners, 2 boxes of Contact Cold & Flu medicine, 1 Red Baron Pizza, 1 French's mustard, 2 bottles of Kraft bar-b-que sauce, 2 Juicy Juice boxes 8-pack, 10 lbs white potatoes, 10 lbs sugar, 1 box Kellogg fruit snacks and 2 gallons of milk. It was $110.26, but I paid $26.04. That's a savings of 76% BUT...I also have a $5 rebate on the pizza to make it only $21.04 which will be a savings of 81%!!!

Movie Star....

Twix could have starred in Toy Story 3! It would have been PERFECT!! Anyone else think this scene looks crazy identical to the daycare scene!!



Nothing runs like Deere!

These are self-explanatory! They both had a blast! I'm sure the fact that it was 70 degrees for the first time in months and months helped. I can't wait to see how they play together as time goes by!




FINALLY GOT IT!

Well...I finally found the time to use my Blackberry cord to directly upload pictures to my "new" (hubby's old) laptop, since mine died a while back! It wasn't hard, it was just finding the time to do it. I put aside some much needed housework to bring you these: