Thursday, June 26, 2008

My poor crib, RIP


News, news, news. I actually have a purpose to this post this time but not much time to write it in. I will try to update a little after I get out the main point to this post.

A bunch of Jardine cribs sold in Toys R Us and Babies R Us have been recalled due to slats breaking and trapping children. The recall website, http://www.jardinecribrecall.com/ lists the model numbers of the cribs and unfortunately ours happens to be one of them.

I love our crib. It is gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! It's cherry wood, the short panels are solid, it has a sleigh type shape and it's GORGEOUS!!! I LOVE MY CRIB. :(

Jardine has said to stop using the crib immediately. Well, when you have just started to crib train your child, this is a problem. We will continue to use it until our voucher package arrives. When that comes, we have to pack up the hardware (bolts and screws) to ensure that we can no longer use the crib and within 2 weeks we should see our voucher for a new crib. We will be without a crib during that time and during the time it takes us to find out if we can get a crib online and find the extra money for shipping or find a way to get a crib down here from the Babies R Us in Spokane. Yeah, that's going to be interesting. We have a pack and play to use in the meantime, but I can't reach the bottom of it (yay for being short) so I don't know how I'm supposed to lay Lily down in it.

Lord I'm irritated. The only two cribs we can find online that are close to what we have and what I want are either $100 cheaper (and we don't get the difference back) or $100 more expensive. I don't have an extra $100 and we spent $250 on a crib - I don't want a $150 crib.

Anyway, that's that. I'm saddened.

Work is going okay. Lots of drama.

Lily has cut a top tooth and should cut the other top tooth soon. She's in pain and not sleeping well. Last night she was awake from 2-5am, asleep until 5:20am and then awake again. Needless to say, I'm exhausted!!!

Along with her teeth comes fun noises. We can now say "th" and "click click click." The clicking is her clicking her top tooth and bottom teeth across each other. Ugh - that is a horrible sound!!! ;)

I think that's about it for now. It's our anniversary today and it's been ... meh. Mike got me some gorgeous flowers but we were really too broke to do much aside from go out to dinner. No movie and no other gifts. Oh well - hopefully we'll always have the future! :D

Hasta manana iguana!
Zemanta Pixie

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sharp, pointy teeth part 2

A certain little girl had an upper tooth popping through when we picked her up from daycare today. Yay for teeth!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Arboretum


We visited the Arboretum the other day. We took a long walk with Lily in the stroller and stupid me decided to do this in flip flops. Needless to say my calves are still killing me.

It was absolutely gorgeous though and totally worth the pain!

The Joys of Parenthood


So it's been heck at home lately because we've been trying to get Lily to sleep in her crib. What is supposed to be getting us more sleep is by far causing us to get less. My only hope is that it will get better in time. Until that happens however, I have to realize that their is a silver lining to the cloud we're hanging out on called, "parents of a baby."

Two awesome things happened since yesterday. The first is that Lily allowed me to put a pair of bloomers that go to some dress on her head. No whining or anything. She just wore them proudly like they were the prettiest hat ever. Oh lord it was hysterical. I was laughing so hard. I have to say though, if anyone could pull it off, she can.

The second thing that happened was this morning. For a while (weeks) I've been thinking that Lily understands what the word "kitty" means because she always seems to look toward Jynx when I say it. There are also kitties at daycare. Well today she proved that theory. Not only did she turn around and look at Jynx when I said kitty, but when I put her down, she scooted closer and distinctly said "kitty kitty" and clapped her hands. SO CUTE!!!!

So I guess that's really her first word. She went from papa to mama to baba to nana to pfff although I don't think she associates those with anything yet. "Kitty" though is definitely associated with the cat.

I love my bug!






Zemanta Pixie

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Sleep? Haven't heard of it.


Okay, it's been about 14 days. I know A LOT has happened in the last 14 days, but the chances of me remembering it all is slim. Lily is jumping around right now so I have a few minutes.

So, what has happened since June 1st? Hmmmm. Our dear friends Kelly and Josh left (last day in May). We miss them. That's all I'll say on that otherwise I'll be too teary eyed to keep typing.

Home life has been okay. Frankly, we haven't been used to being home every evening. I'm getting slightly sick of this apartment but without having anyone to go visit (*cough cough guilt trip*) we're kind of stuck. Lily's been doing great eating - she even tried some cottage cheese the other day. She hated it. ;D She loves her jarred food and her cereal as well as her puffs. These puffs come in various fruit and veggie flavors and are made from rice. They melt fairly well although she does munch them with her gums and her front two teeth. She loves to feed herself, but she isn't very good at it yet. She'll get a puff to her mouth and try to shove it in but more often than not it will just get stuck in her palm. It's fun to watch.

What else? We went to visit Grandma and Grandpa from Papa's side this last weekend. Lily had fun playing with the various toys that they found for her. She also LOVED it when Grandpa made funny noises. While there, on Saturday morning, Lily just put her hands together and started clapping! She hadn't done it for us before and her daycare says she hadn't done it there either. I'd been trying to get her to clap, but she always pulled her hands away from me. Must have wanted to do it on her own.

She had her pediatrician's appointment this past Wednesday. Holy cow she's a big girl. She's 30 inches long, 23 pounds and her head is 47.5 centimeters around. She's in the 100th percentile for all three and the doctor said she is basically the size of an 18 month old. I think she's going to be big like her Papa. While there she didn't have to get any shots, but she did have to get her finger pricked to check her iron levels. She did great with that and we got to find out that her iron levels are great. No anemic baby for us!

In other, less happy news with her - we've been trying to get her to sleep in her crib more. Unfortunately that has meant a fair amount of crying for us and her. We don't let her sit there and cry it out in her crib; instead, we have been sitting there and patting her back, occasionally putting her pacifier back in her mouth. She has been crying for about an hour before going back to sleep which upsets me, but I try to remember that we are there with her so she can't think that we've totally abandoned her. I don't know if we're going about this the right way however. She seems to be sleeping shorter amounts of time now before waking up and just screaming her head off (maybe an hour or so). She's apparently also crying now when she gets laid down at daycare. Ergh. Seems like we can't do anything right in that apartment. I would let her continue to cosleep, but anymore she's too hot, too squirmy and wants to nurse ALL NIGHT LONG. Which means that I'm uncomfortable and unable to sleep most of the night.

In work news, things have been going okay. There are growing pains with the old director leaving, but I have total confidence in the new director and think he will do just fine. I've been doing a lot more inspections on my own now. I thought that the more I did the more comfortable I would feel when I go in, but that hasn't happened yet. Every time I finish up an inspection and leave, I remember something that I missed. The next place I go to, I make a point to remember whatever it was and then I miss something else. There's just no saving me from myself. Oh well.

One awesome thing that happened this week actually is my ServSafe certification. My boss wanted me to take this ServSafe class online through the National Restaurant Association. It was expensive and very very detailed. It's designed for food service managers so it was interesting to see how things are discussed from that side of the clipboard. The point of taking the course and the exam was that if I scored high enough on the exam (75/80) then I could become a ServSafe proctor. Apparently my boss has been trying to get two ServSafe proctors for a while (he is one) so that we can start offering the class in the county instead of referring people to Spokane. I finished the course two weeks ago and took the test this past Wednesday. I got *drum roll please* 77/80. Woot! It was really tough and I was under a lot of pressure so I'm glad that I did so well. The certification will last for 5 years which is also awesome.

What else has happened in work? I got some angry phone calls and had the comissioners called on me, but that's all a part of the job (the solid waste part). Apparently people don't appreciate the suggestion being made that they have a solid waste problem on their property. Fair enough.

Okay, I think that's about it for now. Oh! I did forget something. We finally found a place to live! Tomorrow we are signing the lease on a lovely two story, 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath duplex with a decent sized living room, dining room, kitchen and washer/dryer hookups. There is also a sliding door to the backyard with grass we don't have to mow and a cute concrete patio. I was originally going to detail everything we're NOT going to do on Father's Day today because we have to put down around $1500 for the duplex tomorrow. Needless to say (again), we unfortunately won't be doing anything for Father's Day. *sigh* Double the income and still no money!

Also, we found out that we can't get a car anytime soon which is really depressing. My car has decided to stop shifting into reverse so we need something ASAP but because of our credit and our student loans, nobody will give us a loan. We have to consolidate our loans first which will take quite a while (or we can wait until this fall when I start my Master's and my loans go back into deferment).

Okay, I really think that might be it for now. I shall attempt to add some pictures and a video now. Let's see if Lily will let me!



Zemanta Pixie

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Raw Milk: Benefits and Risks

Hereford SteerImage via WikipediaThe opinions expressed below are strictly mine and should in no way reflect on any other ties that I may have.

Recently I attended a really great food safety conference. The second half of the first day was full of presentations and discussions surrounding the production and consumption of raw milk. We heard from a producer, a retailers, a woman that gathered facts from the internet for us and a regulatory agency. The afternoon was so full of information and debate that it really got me thinking. I decided that I just had to come share my thoughts on the whole raw milk movement.

First, the "pros" of raw milk.

Both realmilk.com and raw-milk-facts.com list some pros and cons of drinking raw or "real" milk. They suggest that raw milk is healthier because it has intact enzymes, proteins and good bacteria. These good bacteria can help us digest milk better and the enzymes can help our digestive system and ensure that we use (and waste) less of our own digestive enzymes.

Raw milk means milk that isn't pasteurized. Pasteurization involves using a heat treatment to destroy the harmful bacteria that resides in milk.

Some say that grass fed cows shed a much smaller number of the E.coli 0157:H7 bacteria than grain fed cows. Therefore, if you have a pastured, grass fed cow, your raw milk will be bad bug free. Unfortunately, this line of thinking follows a study that was done by a prestigious university. This study consisted of looking at 3 cows. I'll leave it at that.

Another pro of raw milk is that the milk comes from family owned farms. There is a big push to help sustain family farms because supposedly drugs and hormones are less often used. Also, everyone likes to put money back into their local economy.

Now for the cons of raw milk.

I was told recently (by a man that eats 2 raw eggs a day and feeds his family raw meat and milk) that one really has to weigh the risks when deciding to drink raw milk. He said that he was making the choice for his family to be cancer free and live long happy lives.

Risk. It's a loaded word. Would I risk giving my child cancer when she's 70 because I will be feeding her pasteurized milk and therefore neglecting to give her precious enzymes and proteins? Probably if it would mean saving her from contracting E.coli. E.coli O157:H7 means abdominal cramping, bloody diarrhea and just general cruddiness. "You mean to say that you would risk your daughter getting cancer and dying at the young age of 70 because you want to save her from diarrhea?"

You see, so many people think this "little" diseases that they can catch from raw foods (milk especially) are harmless and will simply result in a case of the runs. Check out the Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention's website to learn more out the complications that can arise from this little bugs.

When it comes to raw milk, there are two associated illnesses that I don't believe are worth the risk. The first is E. coli. This illness, along with cramping and diarrhea, can cause Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome. Basically the organs shut down and victims are left to survive on a dialysis machine until their kidneys can be replaced. Unfortunately, the usual victims of this disease are between the ages of 1-5. That means that you, as a mother or father, get to sit there and watch your child hooked up to a blood cleaning machine, hooked up to an IV while they recover from having their kidney removed and replaced (if they can find a replacement) or even die. Death isn't that uncommon.

My second huge concern with raw milk is the risk of Listeria monocytogenes - you know, that one bug that also causes cramping and diarrhea. Oh wait, I forgot one symptom. That's right - spontaneous abortion. I've recently spoken to two different women at two different times that have had friends or family members lose a number of children to Listeria. One woman miscarried 4 times before she was finally tested for Listeria. She tested positive, quit eating non aged raw milk cheese and now has three healthy children. Another woman, after eating a non aged raw milk product, was 5.5 months along in her pregnancy when she lost her twins.

So let's go back and look at the risks associated with milk. The greatest risks associated with pasteurized milk are the possibility that we are increasing our chances and that of our children of developing cancer in our later years because we are supposedly killing off the beneficial parts of the milk. I say supposedly because I am still waiting to see the scientific evidence. Also, even pasteurized milk can contain bacteria if it was not pasteurized properly.

Now let's look at the risks associated with drinking raw milk. Watching your children suffer while they lose their kidney or slowly die. Suffering miscarriage after miscarriage and mourning the loss of your unborn children.

My daughter dying of cancer when she's 70 or dying when she's 5 and hasn't even been able to experience life yet?

Is there really even a choice there?