October 28, 2009

Swine O9!!!

LOL!! It's no laughing matter, but I thought that was a very clever name for the stupid H1N1 that the med students came up with. Our doctor told us about it. He says that more people have than you'd think, it's not a death sentence, most people recover pretty quickly and it's being blown way out of proportion. Figures. Don't get me wrong, if someone who already has health issues catches it it can be deadly, but so can the regular flu. If either of my two little ones catches it we will be heading straight to the doctor for some Tamiflu. No joke!! It can be very serious for young children, elderly and like I said, people with health issues.

So yesterday when our doctor called to confirm that Raven does indeed have the H1N1 virus, I wasn't too worried. While everyone else around me panicked, I was calm and trying to reassure them that no, they are not going to die. -_- Some people can be so ignorant. I don't want to even go into details about some of the things some people said, but it was ridiculous!!! -_- Let me just give you the facts.

How did we know it was H1N1?
Our doctor did a swab test to determine that it was H1N1. He had to because he has to report each and every case that walks into his office.

What's the difference between the regular flu and H1N1?
The regular flu gives you some warning. You feel it coming with a cold or cough. The H1N1 just hits you and it hits hard!! No warning. One day you're fine, the next you wake up and want to die. The flu can be managed with flu meds, you can get the fever down. I was unable to get Raven's fever down with flu medicine. 103 fever for 24 hours can do a number on you.

Can I catch the flu just by being in your house?
No, you can't. My kid has to cough on you, sneeze on you or spit in your mouth for you to get sick.

So there. Everyone needs to calm the fuck down. :)

Day #12 Of Early Intervention......With Dad

Just as we thought, Lola did really, really good with Dad during her Early Intervention session last week. How do I feel about this? I feel fantastic!! Why? Because that means I get to go out with my boy while Daddy stays home and works with Lola and Paula. HAH!! She did things she has never done in front of Paula before. Crawling, walking while holding Dad's hands, pulling up, talking....the list goes on and on. So yeah, it's all good. I think she'll graduate in no time now. :D

October 27, 2009

Rethinking The H1N1 Shot

Why? Because my teenager is lying in her bed with a fever of a 101.1 and that's with medicine in her. She can't move, her back hurts, head hurts and joints hurt. My kid is NEVER sick. And guess what? She is the only one who didn't get a flu shot. Not that the regular flu shot would have prevented this at all, but I'm holding my breath and hoping that my 3 year old and my 18 month old don't catch it. I have been cleaning, Lysoling and Clorox wiping every thing in site!! The toys are next. I just keep thinking about Raven holding Lola, kissing Lex and drinking out of my glass!! It's spreading so easily!! 36 kids in her school were out yesterday. :( Think they closed the school? NO! They just keep spreading it to the other kids!!! It's kinda pissing me off. But then again, I'm a germaphobe, so I think in terms of "what if", so I try to prevent things from getting worse. Anyway. As it looks, she's got it and her doctor will treat her even if it's not the swine flu just to help her get through this faster. ((sigh))

October 22, 2009

Proof My Kid Can Crawl!!!

Sorry about my insane laughter, but I was very happy that I FINALLY got it on camera. :D Oh, and don't mind the recycling in the corner. hehehehee!!!

October 20, 2009

My Kid Is Like That Frog.......

You know, the one in the old WB cartoons. The one that would dance and sing for one guy but when the man tried to show him off he wouldn't do a damn thing. Yeah.....that's Lola. We've been working with Early Intervention for a while now and Lola has made a lot of progress, but she never does anything in front of Paula. NEVER!! She waits till Paula leaves and then she crawls around, pulls up on things and talks up a storm. -_- The other day when Paula was here I was late, so my Mom sat in for 10 minutes. Guess what? Lola did great She talked to Paula, she played with Paula, she acted normal! The minute I walked in she started crying. -_- Then she refused to do anything. Great. So Paula and I are thinking that maybe we should let Dad sit in on a session to see how she does. She thinks it's me. ((sigh)) I'm all for her being a Mommy's girl, but DAMN!!!! So this Thursday I will take Lex out and Let the MAN do all the work. :) Hopefully Lola will do better. Hopefully. O_O

October 15, 2009

What To Do, What To Do?!?!

I've been thinking about the H1N1 vaccine a lot lately, mainly because our Pedi said that we could bring the kids in next month for their first round of shots, if we were going to be getting them. I have thought about it and read as much about it as I can and I really don't think we'll be getting the 2 youngest the H1N1 vaccine. Why? Well, for one thing, neither of them are in school or daycare. Another reason being that well, I just don't feel like it's necessary. I'll load the kids up on vitamins, keep them away from places like McD's playland as much as possible, carry around loads of antibacterial gel, clean more than I already do and make sure my oldest keeps her sick friends AWAY! Raven wants to get the shot, and I agree that she should. She's in middle school and we all know what goes on there. No matter how many times we try to tell them to NOT share drinks, food or makeup, they always do. Some teenagers are just plain gross and don't wash their hands enough and don't cover their mouths. So we think Raven will be getting one. Another reason I'm not getting the 2 youngest vaccinated is because 3 of my husband's co-workers had the swine flu, people he works closely with, and he was just fine. So how contagious can it be if he's sitting in the same room with someone who has the swine flu but doesn't get sick himself? It's all about taking care of yourself, hygiene and trying to stay healthy! I can't even begin to tell you how often we tell Raven to remember not to share drinks, wash your hands and no kissing'll get the swine flu. LOL!! I doubt that last one worked, but hey, we tried. :) We have already gotten them their seasonal flu shot. They've all done fine with them over the years, so I saw no reason not to do it again this year. I know they're saying that the swine flu vaccine is the exact same formula as the seasonal flu vaccine, but sorry, I just don't trust it. One of the reasons I started getting the flu shot for Raven is because she caught the flu when she was 8 and I really thought she was going to end up in the hospital. It was  really bad. I had to wake her up to make her drink and had to carry her to the bathroom because she couldn't walk, all she did was sleep all day and all night for 4 days straight. It was scary. From that day on I said...."FLU SHOT!!" And she hasn't been sick since. A cold here or there or a chest cold, but nothing like what she went through then.

I'm not going to lie, I'm a little scared of the vaccine because it's so new. Hell! I'm scared of ALL vaccines! Every time I take my children in for a shot I'm scared to death that something bad will happen. So why do I get them? Because these vaccines like Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella and so on, have been around for quite a while now and have obviously been tested. Our clinic doesn't use the vaccines with mercury in them, I did ask. :) We've been lucky that our kids haven't had problems with them. I guess it's the old...."I got them as a kid and I'm fine, so I'll be getting my kids vaccinated as well" type thing. I have nothing against them. I don't think that they're fine for everyone, so if a Mother says she doesn't want her kids to get vaccinated, then that's more than fine. Someone shouldn't be ridiculed for their choices, or called ignorant. They are, after all, THE MOMS!! I think they know what's best for their kids.

So no swine flu shots for our little ones. Raven will be getting one even though I explained that it doesn't guarantee that she won't get sick and that it's a new vaccine that hasn't been tested throughly enough for my tastes, but I respect her wishes and she has some valid points on why she should get one, so she'll get one! I'm going to make her talk to our doctor about it first, let him tell her his thoughts on it. He's a great guy and I trust his opinion. I will be updating after that visit!!

Right now we're off to Target to do some much needed shopping!! :)

October 12, 2009

Halloween Decorating, But No Apple Picking

This weekend was supposed to be our annual family apple picking weekend. Saturday we were going to go apple picking, Sunday I was going to bake all day and the MAN and the kids were going to decorate. Rain had other ideas for Saturday and the MAN got a call saying that he had some extra work ready for him for extra money but it had to be done before Monday morning. -_- I was so disappointed!! This means that we'll have to go without him next weekend. Why without him? Well, because the MAN puts together a pretty big horror convention here in town every year for the past 5 years. At first it was great. We only had Raven and loads of time and money to devote to putting that thing together, he would have to be out of town 5-6 times a year then gone all that weekend, and most times Raven and I would be with him. It used to be fun! Then came Lex. Less money, less time. He wasn't gone as much, which was great, but I rarely went with him. Actually, I never went! I was home with BOTH the kids. So he manned up and only went away 3-4 times a year promoting his convention. Big step! Then came Lola. He only goes away ONCE a year now, maybe twice and he takes Lex and Raven with him. HUGE step! I love it. But that means that our weekends are limited as to when we can do our family apple picking weekend. Seems like it's either been raining or he's had work. Work, work, work!! I told him to cut back this month because we're so busy, but he's become addicted to working more and more for more and more money. Guess I can't blame him. Christmas is right around the corner and even though we already started shopping we still have a lot to buy. HELL! The teenager is gonna cost us an arm and a leg! o_O She just wants a Visa card with money on it, but I can't just get her that! There are things I want to buy her. So when he says he needs to work, I bite my tongue and smile.

Yesterday the kids and I decorated the house for Halloween. Lex had fun! He kept saying..."Now let's DECORATE!!" LOL!! Speaking of Lex, I'm pretty sure he's night time potty trained as well. We put pull-ups on him at bedtime but it's been dry every morning so far. He wakes up and goes straight to the potty. YAY!!! So much cheaper. LOL!!! Hope I didn't just jinx that!! O_O

Lots to do this week. Nothing today, but the rest of the week is filled. Work tomorrow, haircut Wednesday,shopping/cleaning/picking my Mom up/packing our weekend bags Thursday, Friday we'll be helping the MAN and doing lots of swimming at the hotel pool. Lola will be here with my Mom, Lex, Raven and I will be staying with the MAN at the hotel and then apple picking Saturday. -_- I hate it when my schedule is full! Can't wait for next week!

October 9, 2009

Life With A Boy....

When I was pregnant with my son, before we knew what we were having, all I wanted was a BOY!! BOY! BOY! BOY!! Little did I know what I was getting myself into. Have a look at what it's like living with my son....the boy!

Never a dull moment!!!

My Wish List...

While I was driving into Boston yesterday with 2 screaming kids in the back, one of which was screaming and kicking my seat, I started daydreaming about all the things I'd love to have for Christmas. First I started thinking how great it'd be to have a new vacuum cleaner. Mine is making choking noises and is just not doing too good. I've always wanted one of these........

It's soooo beautiful!!! It's the Dyson DC25 All Floors. ((sigh)) Just think of all the Cheerios, dog hair, dust and dirt I could pick up with that thing!!!

The nest thing I wish I had was a new camera. I've wanted one for YEARS, but there are way more important things to spend THAT kind of money on. You know, mortgage, bills, kids. HAH! But if I could, I would buy this one......

That's the Nikon D90. -drools- A friend of mine has a Nikon, not the D90 though, and he swears by them. Says he's had all brands of cameras and the Nikon is by far the easiest to use and the best brand out there. Well worth every penny. Just think of all the pictures I could be taking of my little angels!! All the close-ups of snot and tears! It would be great!!

Now, everyone knows that the MAN does the laundry. Why? How did I get so lucky? Because our washer and dryer are in the basement, which just happens to be the "Spider Lair". I refuse to go down there unless I have to. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE doing laundry. It's never ending, but I like making things smell good and I love the way the clothes feel when I fold them. But the spiders scare the shit outta me, so the MAN does the laundry. When we get the basement finished, which will hopefully be soon, I told him that I want these......

Aren't they beautiful?!?! I am seriously sitting here gazing at them with googoo eyes. Those, my dear friends, are the GE Profile Red 4.2 cu. ft. Frontload Washer ENERGY STAR. I can already imagine all the stains I could demolish with that washer!!! YES!!!

That's pretty much it. I don't ask for much. Do I? :D

October 8, 2009

Lola's 1st Laser Treatment

Let me just say that driving into Boston is a pain in the ass. I hate it. -_- Especially with TWO kids in the back either crying, screaming for no reason or kicking my seat. ((sigh)) Whatrugunnado? Anyway! We were almost late because I had to stop at the grocery store next to the MAN's  work to buy diapers and teething tablets. Let me tell you......carrying a 28 pound baby, making sure a 3 1/2 year old doesn't run in front of a car and trying to go as fast as you can is seriously a workout!! We ran in, found what we needed and were about to go checkout when Lex throws the diapers down and yells..."I GOTTA PEE!! NOW!!!!!" OH MY GAWD!!!!!!!!!!! We ran down 2 isles and found someone that worked there and he said..."It's ALLLLL the way at the other end of the store. Sorry." -_- Off we RAN!!!! As I was running down the isle the guy yells to me..."HEY! YOUR BABY LOST A SOCK! DID YOU KNOW THAT?!?" -_- No, but thanks. We FINALLY get to the bathroom, I throw Lola on top of a pile of paper towels and help Lex pee. Yes, he made it! :D WOOHOO!!! Can I just say that my arms are fucking killing me? Totally worth it though because he made it!! So proud of him. We finally get out, pick the MAN up and rush to Lola's appointment. The MAN drops us off in front, I grab Lola and made a mad dash for the office. We actually made it there 1 minute early. WHEW! Did I mention that my arms are killing me? Yeah, practically shaking from over exertion. LOL!!!

We got signed in, sat down and only waited about 4 minutes, then they called Miss. Lolita to the back and boy did she ever know what was going on! She clung to me like white on rice. Poor baby. Did I mention that my arms are killing me? Lots of pictures, more paperwork all the while I'm holding Lola and she is saying "BYE BYE!", waving and blowing kisses hoping that they'd just leave. LOL!!!!!!! We finally made it to the actual laser room, they swaddled her and within 30 seconds it was over. Now, the laser it's self probably didn't hurt as much as us having to swaddle her and hold her down. She was PISSED! As soon as we were done and I was able to pick her up she was fine. -_- My arms are killing me!!!!!! Her doctor asked if I would mind if she documented Lola's progress with video. Fine by me. She'll be using it during her medical seminars. :D We have 5 more appointments to go and it should look much better. I'm very excited!!

After the appointment we took the kids to au bon pain for some lunch. Lola and I shared the BEST turkey sandwich, Lex had a scone and some orange mango juice and the MAN had a yummy pastry. Lola was all smiles the entire time. :) So yeah, all in all it was a great day.

October 7, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

October 6, 2009

About ME!

 I figure that if I'm going to go public and open my blog to new people I really should write a little something about myself to let you know who I am. may never want to return!!! :)

My name is Nina.
I'm 35 years old.
I was born in Kentucky but traveled a lot because my Mom & Dad were in the Army.
I had my first child when I was 21.
My first born's Biological Father is not in her life.
I've been married for 8 1/2 years.
My husband and I married after only dating for 3 months, we had only known each other for 6 months.
He INSTANTLY became my first born's DADDY and is damned good at it!
My marriage isn't perfect, but what is?
I had never wanted to get married, but glad I did.
I had never wanted kids, but can't live without them now that I have them.
I'm an Atheist
I LOVE animals.
I have 3 dogs & 2 cats. I'd have more if I could.
Teal is my favorite color.
I swear a lot. All. The. Time. I am getting better at NOT swearing as much.
My husband and I had 2 more kids. A boy (3) and a girl (1 1/2).
I would NEVER have them that close together ever AGAIN!
I don't want anymore kids, but my husband does.
I let my dog drink from my glass. :)
I drink probably 10+ glasses of water a day.
I LOVE wine and have at least a glass or 2 a day. Mostly while cooking.
I sleepwalk.
I read a lot. A book a month, sometimes more.
I have a green thumb and can make anything grow.
I am totally in love with Michael Fassbender.
I am fluent in German and can speak broken Italian.
I have been to France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Ireland & Jamaica.
My boss is one of my closest friends.
I love my job and would work more if I could.
I have big taa-taas and hate them. I miss my Ccups.
I don't think I'm the perfect Mom, but I'm better than most.
My hair is way too long, it touches my butt.
I will only let ONE person cut my hair.
I wash my hands  A LOT!
I'm a REAL good cook!!
I love baking from scratch.
I'm addicted to Twitter.

GOODNESS!! I have to stop now. I actually could go on and on, but I won't.
There is a lot more to me, but I'm sure you'll see that in future posts.

October 5, 2009

Days #10 & #11 Of Early Intervention

I completely forgot to update about last weeks Early Intervention so I'll combine the two in one post. :)

Last week went very well!! Lola was in a great mood, played with Paula, did a few new things in front of Paula so she doesn't think I'm a crazy Mom anymore. HAH! I am, but we won't tell her that! Paula had her try to pull up on the couch, but Lo's legs are so wobbly she has a hard time standing and keeping her balance. But I showed Paula the video of her pulling up in the playpen so she knows she can do it! She showed me how to keep her legs together when she kneels so as to not put pressure on her ligaments. That's hard to do because she is so flexible!! Paula was also very excited about the play time she got in with Lo. She's not used to that because Lola would never let her touch her before!! :) So yeah, all in all a very great session!!!

Today was about the same, except that Lola pulled up much higher onto the couch and stood there!! Paula wants her to be more secure in her pulling and standing up before we move on to a walker toy. You know, one of those push toys that helps kids with their walking skills. We even talked about getting her a vest that helps with support because Lola is very wobbly!! She thinks the vest will help with that. Last week she had tried to get Lola to play with a one of her learning toys, a wooden peg set. She tried to get her to put the pegs back in the holes, Lola couldn't do it. This week she crawled over to Paula's bag, took out that toy and proceeded to take all the pegs out and then put them right back in!! We were very impressed! It was like she was saying....."See? I CAN do it!!". :) Another GREAT session today!! :)

My "OTHER" Blog

I have another blog, one that I really wanted to keep as my "real" blog, but decided to move here. It's a shame because I have a lot of really great topics over there. One of my favorite topics was "Mommy Movie Moment". You can read it here.....


My husband and I go to the movies A LOT and I love to blog about it!! Especially when I see a great  movie, I just have to tell everyone about it.

Another great topic is "Raising A Teenager, A Toddler & A Baby". There a quite a few of those. Here are a few......

Thank YOU Miley Cyrus
Our 13 Year Old Daughter
Parenting A Teenager, A Toddler & A Baby

So yeah, lots of great stuff there!! I'm torn. Should I stay or should I go? I dunno!!

Potty Training IS My Friend!!

Lex is officially potty trained!! Totally potty trained!! Well, except at night. He needs a diaper at night. We're going to work on that next month after he's used to using the potty on his own. As of right now we need to prompt him to go and every now and then he'll tell us himself that he has to pee. He even uses the public restroom!! We are so very proud!! He has only had one accident in 2 weeks and he wakes me up in the morning when he has to pee. :) So yeah.......uber proud and VERY happy!! We're going to be buying him night time pullups and more undies. He loves the Spongebob undies I bought him!!! We'll need more of them!!! :)'s Lola's turn!!! First walking, which she's working on and as soon as she's walking I'm plopping her bum on the potty!! LOL!! I want to be DONE with diapers within a year. My gawd.....what will I do with all that money?!?! I'll buy BOOKS and WINE and we'll be able to afford another DOG!! YES!!! I'm extremely happy and look forward to that day. There is one more thing I need to get husband needs to get neutered. AND SOON!!! -_- I don't want a "darling little accident" running around here and ruining my chances of getting another dog!!!! LOL!!!!!!!!!

October 3, 2009

Fried Chicken!!

I made fried chicken last night and it was soooooo good!! It was so good Kevin and I are 6 pieces between the two of us. Soaking it in buttermilk made such a difference!! I have to work on my frying skills though. Either that or let it sit over night, which I did, to help the batter stiffen a little. I'm making more tonight so we'll see!!

I have gotta go get the teenager from her friend's house. Why is it that they call at 9 in the morning to ask if someone ELSE can come over and hang out? Wasn't one night enough?! GEESH!!

October 1, 2009


I LOVE October!! I decided to get festive and add a new layout. I'll change it back in November. :) I was actually thinking of buying a design, but still don't know what I'd want. You know, a permanent design is so....well, permanent!! And I like to spice it up every now and then. I took advantage of my son's 2 hour bath. Yes, 2 hours!!!!! He's bath crazy now. Not my favorite phase, but better than the morbid phase, which is soon to come. -_- Death, death, death!! That was all Raven talked about for MONTHS! So yeah, took some time to get this done and I love it. :)