Thursday, March 31, 2011

"Summer" Funness

I know I know. I owe you a birthday party post. I'm too lazy.

But trust me this one will make you smile.

Today is the first day in quite awhile that the weather has been beautiful. A perfect 65 degrees, sun shining, gentle breeze, birds chirping. The perfect weather to go outside, blow some bubbles and play some hop scotch.

I changed into a t-shirt and capris as soon as I got home from work. My two independent thinkers changed into this:

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Please note the snow boots.

And finally for your viewing pleasure hopscotch by Tira and Lanna.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Thank You Aunty Jenn and Uncle Steve!

Tira got a package in the mail today from her Aunty Jenn and Uncle Steve. Sorry the video is so long but she's slow at opening presents. You can probably fast forward to the last 30 seconds of the video.

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At one point in the video you can hear me say "If it's Caillou I'll kill her." But not to worry it wasn't a life sized wall decal of that wretched bald whining brat, it was the lady bug pillow pet. I kid you not just yesterday Tira was telling me that she wanted that. 

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The demons girls started fighting over the pillow pet almost immediately! After Lanna managed to wrestle it away, Tira came running up to me and whispered, very loudly, "I have a plan, you squash her and I'll grab it." With such a fool proof plan I couldn't say no. Of course Lanna was pissed that we ganged up on her but not to worry Tira's a softy when it comes to her sister and she gave it back to Lanna who has been playing with it since.

Thanks bunches Aunty Jenn and Uncle Steve!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Wait Who's the Dumbass???

So before everyone gets their panties in a twist... Or maybe you're all already there because I was slow with this follow up post. Let me help you pick the wedgie that is my sarcastic dryness.

I retract my dumbass statement. You're really only a dumbass if you know all the information and choose to ignore it. I've read a number of responses on car seat boards where people honestly didn't know the facts but because their pride was more important than their kid's safety they continued to defend their choices. That's a dumbass.  Instead of defending a poor choice say "wow I never knew that, why didn't anyone tell me before?" Take the next step and email this to your pediatrician so they can pass on good information.

Who else is a dumbass? The professionals, the pediatricians who don't stay current on car seat regulations and recommendations. The car seat professionals such as the Salt Lake Valley Health Department who sent me an absurd flyer the other day telling me to move Tira into a booster now that she's 4. No mention of 5-point harnessing, no mention of weight and height requirements, just "ohh she's 4 let's move 'em on up".  That makes me mad. And yes they're getting a VERY nasty letter from me.

Here's another great video. In some European countries they rear face until FOUR! I'm not saying that's the way to go I'm just saying holding off until age two should be the absolute minimum.

Don't Be a Dumbass

NOTE: I'm adding this as an afterthought... I'm NOT calling people who change to forward facing early for a good reasons dumbasses. BUT if you moved your baby forward facing for no other reason then because of some arbitrary number (or worse because it's a milestone that you just can't wait for) and didn't give it any sort of thought or concern then yes I'm calling you a dumbass and asking you to reconsider.

So the AAP has finally gotten around to accepting what a lot of safety conscious mothers have already known. In a GREAT article posted on they talk about how the MINIMUM guideline for rear facing car seats has been bumped up to 2 years old. TWO YEARS OLD, 24 months, 104 weeks. You get the idea.

Here's a video that pretty much makes it crystal clear why you should rear face as long as possible:

Sorry I'm at work and can't embedded it.

Please please realize that the 2 is not some magical mystical number just like 1 wasn't (nor is 7 or 12 for boosters). It's just a guideline.

DON'T BE A DUMBASS. You have a brain use it. Every family and every kid is different you need to do what is safest for you kid. The most important part of deciding when to move from rear facing to forward facing is when your child has reached the HEIGHT AND WEIGHT MAXIMUM FOR YOUR CAR SEAT. It really has very little to do with age, because really physics doesn't care how old your child is just how much mass and how that mass is distributed. Again people, brains, we have them for a reason.

And just so I'm not called a hypocrite Lanna is still rear facing at 2 years and 7 months. She'll stay there as long as her car seat will let her.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

No More 3 Year Old

Here's my baby's last night as a big three year old:

Tomorrow when I wake up at the butt crack of dawn bright and early I will no longer have a 3 year old. Instead I will meet my big girl 4 year old. I don't know how time has passed so quickly but it has. She's growing in to such a smart, sensitive, beautiful, funny, caring, lovely little girl.

Tomorrow I have a big day planned for my big girl. We're going to go on our annual birthday cupcake run. This year instead of going to Mini's like we did last year we'll be traveling down south to Flour Girls and Dough Boys in American Fork. I'm excited to be trying a new cupcake store and Tira's excited for cupcakes.

In honor of the Chinese tradition to eat noodles for good luck and longevity on one's birthday we will be having homemade fettuccine alfredo with grilled chicken and asparagus! This afternoon Yai Yai and Aunty Rissa slaved in the kitchen to make some oh so yummy fresh fettuccine.

Here's just a glimpse of the past year with my baby:

April 2010 in Thailand

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May 2010 my little princess:

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June 2010 summer fun at aunty and uncle's house:

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July 2010 swimming at Murray Park:

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August 2010 a true Asian can use chopsticks at any age:

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September 2010 her first ballet class:

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October 2010 my amazing chef:

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November 2010 making "crapts":

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December 2010 my snow angel:

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January 2011 my snuggle bunny:

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February 2011 the Chinese princess:

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March 2011 she's not a baby any more:

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But I'll always remember her as this:

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And this:

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I love you baby.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Art in Real Life

I have no idea what this means but I'm sure it's profound.

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Helping Out Another

I'm slacking!!! I know - new posts to come this week. I.PROMISE!

For now I wanted to share this post from my good friend Lindsay. I know times are hard for everyone but I can't even imagine what this poor woman is going through. I hope her story touches your hearts and you can help out even a little bit.

I'm going to ask you to take a hypothetical trip with me into your imagination. Think of the adult woman in your life that you love the most: your mother, your sister, or your best friend.
Imagine that she came home from work one evening to find a three-page letter from her husband sitting on the kitchen table. Beside it, she found his cell, his keys, his bankcard...everything that tied him to their family, their home. After getting her children settled and out of the kitchen, she sat down to read the letter.
When she finished reading, she realized that her husband was gone...moved out of state...with no forwarding address and no contact information...and that he wasn't coming back.
Inexplicable pain, right?
Now, imagine that, within 24 hours, her mother (her primary source of support and her childcare provider) was diagnosed with leukemia.
There are no words.
Unfortunately, for one of my friends, this is not a hypothetical situation. For one of my very good friends, this is reality. Today, she got up and got her child ready for school. She took her mom to the oncologist. And, tonight, she will go to work...trying to pay the bills while she figures everything out.
I'm asking you to join with me and step in and help pay some of the bills for the next couple of weeks. Help me build a small emergency nest egg to provide some margin while this family tries to survive the next few months.
James 1:27 tells us to care for the widows and the orphans. In our society today, there are figurative widows and orphans all around us.
Fatherlessness, husbandlessness, is an epidemic that is plaguing our country. Oftentimes, it is a faceless epidemic.
Today, however, fatherlessness is not an epidemic. Husbandlessness is not a faceless plague.
This is my friend. This is a child that I love.
And they're hurting. They're vulnerable. They're alone.
I can't fix it all. But I can make sure that she's not financially vulnerable, and I can make sure that she knows she is *not* alone.
I'm asking you, if you a part of the body of Christ, to help me love this sister in her greatest time of need. If you have ever commented or e-mailed me during a Compassion fundraiser to ask me why I don't take time to "take care of those in my own backyard," then I'm asking you to participate now. I'm asking you to help me take care of my friend who, almost literally, lives in my backyard.
This is a chance to live out true religion. Will you take it?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Check Up

We took the girls to the doctor's office today. Dr. H was referred to us because we wanted someone with a more holistic approach to medicine - which you can read to say: I don't want to be give a lecture about using a delayed vaccination schedule. Nor do I want a doctor who's going to prescribe obscene amounts of antibiotics at the first sign of a cough, or worse the flu. Let's get this out there the flu is a VIRUS it can't be combated with an antibiotic which fights bacteria. Neither of the girls have - thankfully - ever needed to be on antibiotics and I want to keep it that way as long as possible.

I've got to say I was very please with Dr. H's office. He works with 10 other pediatricians. There is someone there 7 days a week so we'll rarely have to go to insta-care. The nurses are friendly and work well with the girls. Dr. H spent a good 30 minutes talking to us, answering questions, and checking out the girls. When the vaccinations came up he gave me actual facts and information - current facts and information. And there was no judging.

Here's what we learnt at the visit:

1. Although their dad is allergic to bees we don't have to really worry about the girls. Apparently allergies are hereditary but not the specific type. So they're more likely to have an allergy just not a bee allergy. ::sigh of relief::

2. There's nothing I can do about Type 1 diabetes but I now know the symptoms to watch for. They are only slightly more likely to have it because their dad has it.

3. Tira is 3 feet 5 inches tall and 37 lbs - no wonder I can't carry her for very long any more! She's right in the 50th percentile.

4. Lanna is 3 feet 1 inches tall and weights 27 lbs - which means shes tall but a little thin. I *think* it also means we can keep her rear facing a little longer.

The girls did end up getting shots. Tira went first and was a big fat baby about it as we all expected. Lanna tried to be a brave girl and walked into the room as her sobbing big sister walked out and told the nurse and I that she was "a big good girl". She knew what was coming but didn't complain or resist. That is until that first needle hit her leg, then she started screaming and crying LOL.

Over all it was a great experience. I'd recommend them to anyone looking for a pediatrician.