If you are like me, you read the heading to this post and started singing White Snake. If you’re not like me, I feel sorry for you because your inner soundtrack is obviously missing something… TOTAL AWESOMENESS!!! Every time I here that song, I have to break out the air drums and smile. When I actually listen to the words I have to laugh a bit because the last time I was alone on my own was about 9 years ago. It lasted for like half a minute before I met my husband, got married and started on what is now a family of four, count them FOUR amazing kids. Still, the song makes me want to surge forward and do all the things I love that get pushed to the side with the day to day of being a stay-at-home mom.
On that note, I will admit that I am attempting Kids Clothes Week Challenge (KCWC) put together by elsie marley. The challenge is to spend an hour a day sewing kids clothes for 7 days! I am already a little behind, but I do have some pieces I am working on including a cute circle skirt for my Pork Chop and some more pants for Moo. It’s daunting but exciting because although I really love to sew and create, it’s often hard to find the time.
On top of that I’ve been back to bentos with the kids’ lunches. This year I have three in school! I had conferences with my kindergartner’s teacher and when she showed me that he was having trouble recognizing some of the letters in the alphabet, I suggested that I make flash cards at home. “Even better,” she said “would be to make him letter bentos! We love the lunches you send with him every day!” I have to admit, I was a proud mamma at that moment. I came home and told him that it was totally worth it to put together those lunches. I was of course cursing that notion this morning when we were all running late and I was trying to be creative yet healthy…
It’s a busy life but today I wouldn’t trade it in for anything!
So what have you been up to lately? I want to hear all about it!
I know it’s past St. Patrick’s Day, but to be honest, I don’t really care. I have cute pictures of my kids and I intend on sharing them 🙂
I decorated the kids’ shirts this year. I got all of the shirts on a clearance sale at Walmart for a dollar and I already had the supplies to decorate them at home… Super Score!! Each child has a different shirt. Sporty, Pork Chop and Bubba all had freezer stenciled shirts and Short Stack had an appliqued shirt.
For Pork Chop’s shirt I did a freezer stencil of the words “Lucky Girl” and then added some polka dots with a sponge brush. After it was dry I added little hand painted hearts to the center of each polka dot.
I appliqued a shamrock onto Short Stack’s shirt and then painted some gold fabric paint over the top of it. When she wore it, she had braids with bows tied in them from the same fabric. This is her “new” smile… She said she’s trying to look “dreamy”.
Sporty is getting to the age where he doesn’t really like all the bells and whistles on his clothes so I just did a simple freezer stencil of the phrase “Pinch Proof”.
Bubba had a freezer stencil shirt that said “IT’S YOUR LUCKY DAY” with the word “lucky” done in gold fabric paint. He’s wearing a pair of seersucker pants I sewed him last week (so proud of myself) from a tutorial I found on MADE. It’s such a great tutorial and easy to follow!
One more picture and then I’m done… My husband asked me to sew him a kilt for St. Patrick’s day. That’s just the kind of guy he is. I have never sewn a kilt before, nor did I have a pattern for it. I burned the heck out of my arm ironing pleats. PLEATS PLEATS PLEATS!! I am tired of pleats that is for sure! Anyway, I think it turned out pretty awesome and I made sure not to remind him that kilts are Scottish and St. Patrick’s Day is Irish. Why ruin his fun?
Yesterday it was 70 degrees and sunny and wonderful so Bubba, the Pork Chop and I all headed out to the deck to catch some rays. I grabbed my camera and got a couple really cute pictures of my littles. Then I had a sad moment when I realized that next year, Bubba will be in school and I will just have Pork Chop at home. The time goes so fast!
I’ve mention Pinterest in a previous post and I’ll say it again, if you haven’t checked it out, you are totally missing out!! I’ve recently added a “follow me on Pinterest” button on my sidebar, so please feel free to click it and check out my pins.
I’m proud to say that I’ve actually tried out some of the things I’ve found on Pinterest including this recent success:
Donuts from biscuits These insanely easy to make donuts were insanely delicious! Just get packaged biscuit dough (any kind but flaky) I found a pack of four for less than $2. Cut out a hole in the middle (don’t forget to save the little pieces for donut holes!), fry in veggie oil (watch them carefully because they brown quickly) then dip in butter and cinnamon sugar, sprinkle on powder sugar, or even make a glaze (I made some odd approximation of a maple glaze) and go to town! I didn’t really like how they tasted the next day (a little like stale cake donuts) but oh my gosh my family devoured a TON of them the day we made them!
- The Pork Chop
As you can see, everyone enjoyed the donuts! A Pinterest Win if I do say so myself 🙂
Many families today are struggling with too much month at the end of the money and my family is no exception. My husband and I have what I view as a very American mentality about spending: “If I want it, I deserve it so I’ll get it and worry about it later”. It’s frustrating because we never seem to have money for the things we really want, or the things we really need.
Need vs. Want… it’s a concept I try to teach my kids, but that I’m not very successful at myself. I’ve made a decision and starting today I’m going to put my wallet on a diet. I’m going to choose to forgo the WANT for the NEED. Big talk, I know.
One of the first steps is going to be in the area of groceries. I don’t know about you but I am a habitual impulse shopper. I try to write a list, but then I get to the store and fill my cart with all kinds of things that don’t belong there. I love cool packaging (it’s a downfall, I know) and although I have nothing against buying generic, pretty packaging often finds its way into my cart.
I’ve been doing some research on feeding my family inexpensively and one area I’m going to try to cut down on is cereal bars/oatmeal bars. My kids love having a granola bar or oatmeal bar as a snack and so I buy boxes of them. I’ll be looking for a good recipe to replace the processed version (bonus benefit – healthy snacks!). I’m also going to get out my sewing machine and sew up a couple of re-usable snack/sandwich bags and save on the cost of ziplock bags for the kids’ lunches.
Another way I’m going to start spending less is the entertainment part of our lives. Friday Funday has become an automatic fast food meal and video. Why can’t I start cooking with my kids and playing board games?
I’m excited about this, but scared too. What will it mean to change these ingrained habits? Can I do it? Will I be able to bear the complaining from my kids (that’s assuming they complain, which who knows? They could surprise me!). Can I still give my family a full stomach with a skinny wallet? I’m willing to give it a try!
Things that make me Moonbat Crazy
I went to the airport today to send my Sportie off to see his mom for a month (yep, he’s my heart child, not my birth child), and here I am waiting at the gate for them to board with all my munchkins in tow. The woman across from me says “Four kids and one on the way?? Wow! How do you do it?” WHUCK????!?!?!?!?!?! I am NOT PREGNANT!!!!!!!
I swallow hard and nod and smile. I didn’t want to make them feel bad about the mistake…
Later as I’m walking down the hall, someone stops us to ooh and aah over the Pork Chop then smiles up at me and says “It looks like congratulations are in order again! A baby and another on the way?? How FUN!!” WHUCK WHUCK WHUCK???!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!!?? I AM NOT PREGNANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And of course, at the gas station on the way home, I’m buying gum for the kids and the gal behind the counter says “Do you know what it is? I’ve got two girls and two boys…” and it is at this point I realize that she thinks I am pregnant. Using all my powers of self control not to lose my Schmidt and scream at the top of my lungs, I nod and smile and quickly leave.
Now, I am not a skinny gal. I am not slight or svelte. But neither am I rotund or Reubenesque. What I am is a mom who has had three c-sections. THREE!!! And that’s bound to have some repercussions. One of those repercussions is “mummy tummy” more formally known as diastasis recti. Basically my abs have pulled so far apart from each other that it gives me a poochy tummy. Okay, more than poochy, but still, I don’t think I look pregnant!
And anyway, that’s entirely beside the damn point. The point is, it’s rude to assume someone is pregnant because they might not be. I’m not. I’m NOT I’M NOT I’M NOT!!! So quit making comments like you know something. Cause you don’t. So there!
(and p.s. – these little people are why I have my mummy tummy and they are 100% worth it. You can take that to the bank!)
It’s been a rough month here. My little Pork Chop has been sick (you can read the backstory here). To break it down, she had a urinary tract infection and the doctor ordered some more tests including some blood work, a sonogram of her kidneys and bladder and something called a VCUG where they basically pump her little bladder full of florescent liquid and watch and see if the pee is all going out like it’s supposed to, or migrating back up which is bad bad bad.
Her sonogram came back great and a second urine culture showed her UTI had cleared up. I almost didn’t take her for that last test. Almost.
Going to Children’s Hospital DC with all four kids in tow was not my idea of a fun afternoon, especially not when my bra strap snapped beyond all McGyvering and I was wandering the hospital bra-less (the metro ride was even more fun *insert dramatic sigh here*). I watched them strap my baby girl to a board and looking at her there in her tiny peach hospital gown I almost lost it. Just as I was about to cry, a nurse came in from checking on the other three kids and announced that Sportie and Short Stack had just finished vividly describing how they get the brains out of a soon-to-be mummy. If that doesn’t bring a smile to your face you might not be human.
They finished the test and just as they were about to remove the catheter, one of the techs asked the doctor to “come back here and see this”. No one told me what they were looking at, but they came back and announced they were going to do a few more pictures. I told myself maybe she was too wiggly and the flouroscopy pictures were too blurry. That’s what I kept telling myself the whole way home and the entire week after the test as I waited to hear the results.
Yesterday I saw my doctor who let me know that Pork Chop has something called VUG (Vesicoureteral reflux). The openings where the ureters empty urine into the bladder should work like valves to keep urine from backing up into the ureters. Sometimes the valve doesn’t work properly and urine flows back into the kidneys. The urine may flow only a short way back into the ureters, or it may go all the way back to the kidneys, causing the ureters and kidneys to swell. In Pork Chop’s case, her kidneys are okay right now. VUG has 5 different stages and Pork Chop only has stage 2 which means the VUG may correct itself as she gets older. Right now we are going with the accepted treatment protocol which means she is going to be on long term antibiotics and be tested again in a year. We will see a specialist next month who may have other options because long term antibiotic treatment presents its own problems and issues. Little Pork Chop also needs to be monitored for fevers which can indicate an infection.
It’s hard to see this all written out here. Pork Chop is a happy little 6 month old, she rolls and giggles and her smile is infectious… and she’s sick. And I can’t fix it. I can’t fix it.
If you would like more information about VUG, please click here.
Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we navigate this new road.