Saturday, October 30, 2010


I'm behind in announcing the winner of the Baby Dipper Bowel, and in putting up 2 reviews/giveaways (Charlie Banana and Daffodil Dolls). Halfway through Wednesday I started to get a really bad pain and though I was having an odd bladder infection (but it didn't hurt to pee) and by early evening it got really bad and my mom ended up taking me to the ER. I have/had a kidney stone. Its the worst pain I have ever been in, even the post c-section pain with Kieran wasn't as bad and that was bad pain (I can't really compare it to labor since I've never really felt labor, since they gave me my epi an hour after breaking my water with Seamus and Kieran was straight into a c-section for being breech), but they say kidney stones hurt worse then labor does. I was pretty embarrassed after the fact because I was laying across 3 chairs in the ER lobby bawling it hurt so bad and no matter how I was laying or sitting I was still in horrid pain. I think its finally passed because going to the bathroom is easier but my side and kidney area are still pretty sore especially if I do too much or don't move slow enough.
I hope to get everything up and finished early this coming week. Sorry for the delay.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Special Needs Blog Hop

I found this blog hop trough another JM mommy (Dotcomkari) and decided to link up too.
Its pretty neat, hosted by Autism Learning Felt and Super Mommy To The Rescue.

They have a Question on the blog so I will go a head and answer it.

Question for this Week: Introduce yourself and your Blog to us so we can get to know you:

I'm Justine, 23 and I live in North Idaho. I married Kenneth in 2006 after a year long engagement. Together we have 2 great kids.

My oldest, Seamus, is 4, born July 18th, 2006. Seamus just started preschool at Head Start and is loving it (and I'm liking the breaks too hehe). His life has been far from easy. When Seamus was a newborn he was constantly spitting up and throwing up, we went to a few doctors and NP's at our office and they all said it was normal. We finally found a doc in our clinic that told it it wasn't normal and that Seamus had GERD Reflux (he would vomit a foot or more a way a few times a day and was always spitting up after each meal), we tried a few medications before Previcad finally worked. When Seamus was 2mo old the Torticollis was caught and he started OT through Early Intervention, and a few weeks later we found the Plagiocephally (caught by the Tort.). While in OT we started realizing his delays and how far behind he was, he was anywhere from 3-6mo delayed on average, some things more. His doctor wasn't sure why he was delayed, she said that Tort doesn't usually cause kids to be delayed like he was. Seamus went through a couple tests, like a CT scan and a Cystic Fibrosis test, but they all came back normal. The CT Scan did reveal Macrocephally, which we sort of knew since his head had always been in the 95+%. When he was 6 or 7 months old he started PT as well as continuing his OT. At 15months they wanted him to start Speech Therapy too but we were moving out of state. The state we moved to said that Seamus was fine and they wouldn't offer any services to him. We moved back home 8months later and got right back into the swing of things. Seamus was now having behavior issues as well as his speech problems. His doctor is great and on the ball and listens to what we have to say. We started him on Melatonin in June of '09 because he was only sleeping for 3-4hrs a night and his behavior issues got worse with the lack of sleep. But the melatonin didn't help fully and in January he was started on Tenex to help calm him down (he's constantly moving and in motion), and she also referred him to a Counselor and hopped he would also be seen to get evaluated for Aspergers (what we thought for years he had), and she also put a referral in for Speech because his speech had gotten behind. Consoling was going great, but no one would see him for an Autism spectrum evaluation telling us to go to Infant-Toddler/Early Intervention (He was too old for EI and the others wouldn't see him till age 6). I was super upset with the run around we were still getting about things as was his doctor. Finally in July (almost 7 months after the referral) we got a call from the Speech Pathologist saying they had an opening and they wanted to evaluate Seamus. The day we went in was like a huge light bulb going off for us. Seamus was diagnosed with Articulation Disorder and a Minor Speech delay (its more how he says the words we can't understand), but during the evaluation the Speech Therapist asked me if he'd been evaluated for Sensory issues. The feeling when she said that was almost peaceful and wonderful, finally someone else was noticing things besides me and my family and it wasn't all in my head. She helped us get a referral from out doctor so Seamus could see the Sensory OT at the same place we have ST at. It took a month to get into the OT eval but that day was also a great day for me, finally figuring things out and a way that we can help Seamus. Seamus was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder and a Fine Motor delay(his average score in FM was a 25%). Seamus has both Hyper and Hypo Sensitivities, but now that we know more about them and why he does some of the things he does its become very helpful.

Kieran is my second child, she is 18½ months old, born April 8th, 2009. Kieran is a lot different then her brother. She's always been more social then he was at similar ages and she loves to interact with people (with Seamus that's only started in the last 1-1.5yrs). She loves to dance and is starting to like to dress up. Kieran has hit the age of Separation Anxiety and stands by me when ever we go somewhere new (something Seamus has never done). Kieran is behind in speech but for right now they are just watching her, and I was told recently because of Seamus' issues Kieran may be behind since she models after him. Its been a whole different experience with Kieran and its "odd" seeing how children from the same 2 parents can be so different developmentally and physically.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Day 1 of 30

Day 01- A recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself

Gotta come back with the picture, its on hubby's phone

1. I am both the oldest child and the only child so I got the view from both sides (oldest with my mom and only for my dad)
2. I am very scatter brained, I remember odd things and forget simple things and do things randomly
3. I love to cook and bake but hate the clean up so I don't do it often
4. I'm addicted to Pepsi, badly, to the point that I have to have at least 1 a day or I get a massive headache
5. I am a night owl, generally up till 1-2am
6. I made my mom a grandma at 36yrs old (almost 37. I was 19)
7. Make up sucks. I hate it and very very rarely will use it, I prefer natural beauty for everyone
8. History is my most favorite thing in the world. Its my dream to be a Historian but I don't think it will happen since its not a very highly wanted position or paid well in most cases
9. All my grandparents are still alive and in their 60's, except for my grandma who passed last May in her 70's
10. I've always wanted to live on the East Coast, where the History is (1600-1800 history)
11. I have a very short temper and get irritated fast
12. I also have really bad self esteem and super high anxiety (I think everyone is out to get me)
13. I am very Liberal and a Democrat (if you couldn't figure that out :p)
14. I have 1 tattoo and have had quite a few piercings. My lip, nose, tongue and alot in my ears. I'm planning another tattoo for Feb if money works out.
15. I never thought I would have more then 1 kid. Then after Seamus was born I couldn't live with the thought of him being siblingless (I think I just made up a word :P)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Snatch and Steal

I've seen this on a couple mommy blogs I follow(Trish and Rachel's) and I kept thinking I'd try it but never got around to it. I finally decided it was time to take part in the fun :). I'll try to get one up every day but I'm also looking for a Seasonal job right now, so we can move, so I won't have as much time on the computer as before.

Day 01- A recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself
Day 02- The meaning behind your blog name
Day 03- A picture of you and your friends
Day 04- A habit that you wish you didn’t have
Day 05- A picture of somewhere you’ve been to
Day 06- Favorite super hero and why
Day 07- A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you
Day 08- Short term goals for this month and why
Day 09- Something you’re proud of in the past few days
Day 10- Songs you listen to when you are Happy, Sad, Bored, Hyped, Mad
Day 11- Another picture of you and your friends
Day 12- How you found out about blogs and why you made one
Day 13- A letter to someone who has hurt you recently
Day 14- A picture of you and your family
Day 15- Put your iPod on shuffle: First 10 songs that play
Day 16- Another picture of yourself
Day 17- Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why
Day 18- Plans/dreams/goals you have
Day 19- Nicknames you have; why do you have them
Day 20- Someone you see yourself marrying/being with in the future
Day 21- A picture of something that makes you happy
Day 22- What makes you different from everyone else
Day 23- Something you crave for a lot
Day 24- A letter to your parents
Day 25- What I would find in your bag
Day 26- What you think about your friends
Day 27- Why are you doing this 30 day challenge
Day 28- A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?
Day 29- In this past month, what have you learned
Day 30- Who are you?

Friday, October 1, 2010

Baby Dipper Bowl Review and Giveaway! ~*Extended!*~

I've seen this unique bowl around on other blogs and I was always interested in how different it was. I decided to ask Baby Dipper if they'd be willing to do a review, and to my excitement they said yes!! Kieran is at the age now that she's learning to feed herself with utensils so I thought this would be a perfect time to do a review.

When I first opened the bowl the first thing I noticed was the rubber bottom, to help keep it from moving around. The next thing I noticed was the shape of the spoon and fork, they are slightly curved to fit in the hand of toddlers and fit the way they hold things at this age. I also love how the spoon and fork fit perfectly in the bottom of the bowl so it can get everything out.

The very first thing I tried with the bowl was just a simple snack of Kix Cereal and it worked nice, Kieran could even hold on to the bowl a lot better then any of our other ones. Kieran hid it so it took me a couple days to find it >.<. When I found it the next thing I had her try was some spaghetti in it. She did awesome, it was super easy for her to hold the spoon and fork (tried both) and it was easy for her to eat out of it. I love that this bowl will help her learn to eat on her own. One thing that I think would be awesome is if they had some larger ones for older toddlers/preschoolers, but over all this was an awesome bowl, great design and very user friendly.

About the Baby Dipper Bowl:
-BPA-free, lead-free, and phthalate-free
-Transparent sides allow easy viewing of food
-Contoured interior guides food to spoon
-Spoon fits in lower corner of bowl
-Non-slip base helps prevent sliding
-Holds 4 fluid ounces
-Microwave safe
-Hand washing is recommended but it can be washed on the top rack of dishwashers

I think that this bowl is reasonably priced at $9.95. I've seen different bowl sets go for much higher and those sets were not worth it.

Baby Dipper has generously offed to giveaway one of their bowls to one of my readers!!

Mandatory Entry (make sure this is completed or the others will not count): Tell me why you would what this bowl and who it would be for.

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I was sent this product review, I did not receive any other compensation. The review is my own and my honest opinion of the product.

~Also note that previous winners of Baby Dipper bowls (in giveaways sponsored by Baby Dipper, LLC) are not eligible to win again~