Monday, March 9, 2015

Simply 7 Snacks

Simply 7 was created because they were tired of seeing products in grocery stores made with ingredients that us consumers couldn't even pronounce. They decided to create a company that makes sure that every ingredient in their products is not only natural, but is SIMPLE. They also wanted to show people that simple ingredients are actually exceptionally delicious.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

RSV Sucks and A Little Time Off...

As some of you may have read on my Facebook fan page, my twins have been in the hospital with RSV since Wednesday. Yes, after a 9.5 week long stay in the NICU. Due to this, I will be limiting my posts, and most postings will be coming from friends and assistants I am hiring to keep my site running while I am unable to devote myself here 100%.

Big sis started with a cold on Wednesday the 18th, and was down for the count Thursday that week. She had a temperature and was back to her peachy self by Sunday, except a slight cough. Whenever she catches any kind of cold, she always ends up with a fairly high temperature (103-ish) and always has respiratory issues. She has Reactive Airway Disease/Asthma. I did my best to keep her quarantined from the twins, but as most of you parents with more than one kiddo know, it's usually only a matter of time before whatever virus it is makes it's way throughout the house. Well... unfortunately my quarantine did not work, and the virus ended up being RSV. No bueno for preemie twins, and especially no bueno for one of those twins that's medically fragile.

We called into the pediatrician first thing Wednesday AM 8:45 am, and the first opening was at 9:15. By some miracle, I was able to get the twins and my 3 year old out of the house in 15 minutes and to the doctor on time. I expected him to say it was just a regular cold, prescribe some breathing treatments (like we always did with Nugget), and send us on our way. Instead, he said he would be calling ahead to the ER and having us direct admitted to the hospital, as he was certain Little Miss had RSV and suspected Little Sir of having it, as well.

Wednesday was a whirlwind.

Little Sir was into the hospital early enough (day 2) that we were able to get ahead of the virus and as long as he does well overnight, he's discharging tomorrow.

He was only occasionally on oxygen, they were trying to keep him off if possible. He was coughing more Thursday, and definitely working harder to breathe. They made him NPO for a couple days (including no NG tube feeds), they don't want him to accidentally aspirate on bottle feeds or reflux bc he's coughing so much. I have been putting on the Pretty Ravens album and some other music for him to listen to, and that is keeping him calm and relaxed. Seriously. He likes Alternative and Indie Rock. That's my boy!

We'll start back going to Tucson for feeding therapy soon and work on getting that mouth working since his tongue and lip ties were revised on Feb 19th. We kept doing the exercises despite his feeling icky in the hospital b/c I'll be damned if I have to have them redone!!!

Little Miss has a very serious battle to fight. She is in critical condition. We're talking life-threatening and they have crash cart (code) meds in her room at all times.

She came in the hospital with oxygen saturations of 86%, and went from a nasal cannula to intubation in 12 hours. They moved her from ER to PICU without parental companionship. Hubby was not here at the moment, as he was running an errand getting things for our hospital stay and for our 3-yr old, Nugget. They almost never move a child without a parent unless it's serious stuff, and I had to stay down in the ER with Little Sir until they had a room for him.

Little Miss's lungs are in pretty bad shape and she has a lot of swelling throughout her entire body. She's on a lot of sedation and paralytics. We usually wake up in the morning cautiously optimistic and I try not to post too many "yay" facebook posts, because of how she has been trending throughout the day. Each evening, she tends to have a decline, almost negating any of the progress she has made throughout the day.

Here's a whole bunch of medical jargon, basically my understanding of exactly what's going on...
Her bronchiolitis and bronchospasms have decreased with all the steroids she's on, so the risk of pneumothorax has decreased, as but it's still a high concern. There's also atelectasis that is causing blood flow to shunt to other areas in her lungs that are transfusing oxygen- which is making those areas be very overworked. She's on so many medications, it's literally a list of a dozen or more, and sometimes there's just so many changes throughout the day, something that I'd just crossed off my list earlier in the day, just ends up getting added back on later. Her pH levels are extremely acidic (7.02-7.08) and have jumped up to almost low normal (7.3), but then drop down again as her oxygen saturation levels decrease and her carbon dioxide levels increase (they were scary, scary high).

RSV often causes pneumonia, as it causes a lot of mucus in the lungs. She got this part as well... Today we found out that her sputum (the mucus in her lungs) has tested positive for bacteria, specifically Staph and Klesbiella. We are waiting on sensitivity tests to see which antibiotics will best take care the bacterial pneumonia.

We expect Little Miss to be in the hospital for at least a minimum of a week or longer. She will likely be intubated through the upcoming week. A lot of this at this time is going to just be a lot of "wait and see", so I promise that I will try to post nightly updates on my Facebook page as I can.

Please continue prayers, sending good vibes, pink healing energy and love to our sweet girl as she continues this horrible battle.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

ingenuity InStride Easy Up Travel System

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Ingenuity is a company that is all about the parents and easing their minds when it comes to products for their babies. They're focused on providing easier methods of doing things with innovative designs that are sure to please.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

As You Wish puts the "ART" in PARTY

Image from D. Sharon Pruitt of Pink Sherbet Photography
As my daughter's birthday approached I developed a feeling of dread in the pit of my stomach at the mere thought of having a party. Honestly, lately I have not been feeling at my 100% and a regular day exhausts me, the thought of the party? Eh... Enter the feeling of dread. I remember the simpler days, when I created my children's guest list from friends and family. We always knew who was coming on time, who was chronically late, and who would RSVP but never show.

BUT... Then we entered the school years.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

ChicoBag Reusable Grocery Bags, Packs and Totes for anyone On the Go

One thing my family and I have done over the last couple years to become more Eco- and Earth friendly, is reduce waste, specifically plastic waste, by using reusable grocery bags. I was introduced to ChicoBag while on one of my OT internships (BIG HUGE shout out to Nancy Marin of Occuplay, Inc in Ponte Vedra, FL, that helped me rebuild my confidence to working in pediatrics!!!)  They quickly became one of my favorite reusable grocery and carry-all bags. I started checking out all of their newer  options and was too stoked!   They're easy to use, small enough to toss in your purse, diaper bag, and glove box, and carries 2-4 times the amount of groceries and weight that a plastic bag would. They have so many great options, so many fun colors and styles, they're easy to carry, and have literally a bag for all of your on-the-go needs.

Monday, February 9, 2015 Gift Card Giveaway

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Handmade Beauty Box Giveaway

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Handmade Beauty Box Giveaway

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Looking for fun weekend projects for the weekend where you can enjoy spoiling yourself or having a pamper party with your favorite girls? If so, we think you will love the Handmade Beauty Box! This do-it-yourself beauty subscription box service delivers high-end, achievable beauty and spa products right to your door. In the box, you will find everything you need to create some of your own toiletries and cosmetics, including lotions, lipsticks, nail polish, mineral makeup, foots scrubs, and more! Each project also uses only the highest quality, wholesome ingredients such as essential oils, shea butter, pure pigments, and salts in the boxes to make sure all the projects are not only luxurious, but natural.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Be More Human: Reebok

*This post was sponsored by Reebok via Acceleration Partners. All content and opinions are 100% mine. 

Be More Human. That’s the simple message in Reebok’s new brand campaign, the campaign launched on January 28th, and was highlighted by a Super Bowl TV spot with their new ad, titled "Freak Show" Reebok’s mission is to help every individual realize their full potential in the mental, physical and social aspects of their lives, by encouraging a fitness-focused life, and creating the products to perform in the toughest environments and activities.

Of course I had to take this test to see what it was all about... How about you Take the HUMAN SCORE test from Reebok, too.

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Four Tips to Select the Best Healthcare Plan for your Family

My pregnancy wasn't an easy one. It was something I didn't discuss much, as I really didn't want to sound like a complaining, whining, woe-is-me pregnant lady.

I'm not ready to go into all the details and publish all the posts I wrote last summer. It was a sad, scary, dark and depressing place, and I am not yet ready to put that out there for the world to read.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Buttons Diapers: Natural Baby Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Natural Baby Giveaway Hop, hosted by Happy Mothering, Easy Green Mom and Brittleby’s Corner hrough the Green Moms Network! This February we want to showcase all the great green and eco-friendly baby and kid gear available! After entering my giveaway, be sure to hop around and enter all of the other giveaways listed on the linky at the bottom of this post for your chance to win great eco-friendly baby and kid gear!