Saturday, March 19, 2016

Every Parent Needs This Otoscope!!!

Does this sound familiar? Child has an earache and after a couple days you bring them in assuming they have an ear infection. Dr sends you home because it's not infected, but another couple days and you're back this time with an ear infection!!!

With this Otoscope, you can take a look yourself! I don't recommend self-diagnosis per se but this is a great tool to help you make the go / no-go decision. It will also come in handy when he eventually shoves something in his ear or nose.

It's very well made, takes 2 AA batteries, comes with 3 shields and a great carry case that seems drop proof. You just snap on a shield and take a look - you'll be presented with a well sized window of your target magnified to perfection. You'll probably see things you wished you hadn't. Lens comes off for easy cleaning.

I can see us using this for:

Ear infections / irritations
Peas shoved in nose
Sore throat to look for strep spots

I received a discount on this Otoscope in exchange for an honest and unbiased review and all opinions are based on my personal experience with the product.

SPECv3 Fiber Optic LED Otoscope
My Amazon Review

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Change of Heart, Guts or Sanity?

When my friend J was pregnant and voiced enthusiastically she was preparing for non-medicated childbirth, I was not only in awe of her resolve, but I must admit, I thought she was insane. Perfectly capable and blissfully eager. Yes, totally insane.

I've gone insane.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Puppy Love

I was just chuckling to myself about how no matter how soundly my little American Eskimo, Diego, is sleeping, he wakes up when I look at him or move in any way. He'll then watch me out of the corner of his eye before falling back to sleep, seemingly ensuring everything is OK and that I'm not going anywhere.

It dawned on me then. He loves me like I'm going to love my little baby.

Monday, May 13, 2013

To Render the Gender?

For years I've thought, even said, I wouldn't find out the gender because there are so few real surprises in life anymore. When we found out this miracle had happened and we were expecting, I didn't change my tune. Josh has an enquiring mind and wanted to know, but since I wanted mystery, was OK with waiting.

And then a few weeks passed.

I've seen things. Yellow things. Green things. Cute and safe things. But the gender neutral things reminded me of moderation. The insane amount of wonder and amazement developing within me simply can't be prepared for in moderation! Hats off to those of you who were able to gracefully decline when they asked if you wanted to know.

Sugar and spice or slugs and snails... really it doesn't matter. I can't wait to love you, hold you, guide you and grow with you regardless of what you're made of. I just can't wait another 6 months to find out!

Screening the Screen

Choosing whether or not to have the fetal DNA blood test run for chromosomal abnormalities wasn't easy. Did we want to know? Would it help us prepare if there was a problem? Would it put our minds at ease to know all is clear?

We decided to do it and I'm so glad we did. The results are good/normal and we do feel relief and now do not have to do any invasive testing (amniocentesis). As a bonus, we can find out the gender already...

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Parenting Magazine Fail

When you buy something at Motherhood Maternity and sign up for their rewards package, they offer a complimentary issue of Parenting magazine.

I just received a notice from said magazine:

    Dear Cari,

    We recently received an order for Parenting magazine from MOTHERHOOD MATERNITY without your name and address.

So how'd you know where to send this notice?

Friday, March 08, 2013

Over the Line, Smokey!

Back-dated (Written 5/13)

Since we were told we wouldn't be able to have children naturally, I ignored all of the signs.

The sore excruciating boobs. Sporadic nausea emergency projectile vomiting. Momentary lapse of reason memory.

I finally had the thought to take the pregnancy test. What are the prerequisites? Should I study? It's actually not cheeky, I really should have.

I rummaged through the medicine closet and found a test. It was one month from expiration and lacked directions. Surely, I didn't need directions. How hard can it be? (ahem)

It says II = Pregnant. I = Not Pregnant.

I pee on the stick, cap it, and put it on the saran wrap I'd laid out on the counter. 3 minutes later, I see a control line and a single line which I interpret to mean Not Pregnant. I throw the test away. Disappointed but not really surprised.

I don't get more than 5 feet away when I realize they wouldn't make it that difficult to read. Thank God for the Internet and the fact they can't post anything untrue on it!

The First Response website clarified and verified... I was, in fact, pregnant; contrary to my first response :)

To be safe, I took another test and hated doing it. I had anxiety about it coming back negative. Luckily, this test was a little different. Had 2 windows - a control window and a Pregnant/Not Pregnant window and even before I set it down, I watched the strip wet and the Pregnant line formed right before my eyes.

I feel so honored and blessed to be a Mom to be. I am overwhelmed with joy and love!

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