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07/03/13

Confusion Over Ear Tubes

My son has had the same set of ear tubes since he was about 15 months old. He's now 3 1/2, so it's shocking that they're both still in and doing their job. Before the tubes he had chronic ear infections, water in his ears and balance problems. It was also affecting his speech. Our doctor said it was basically like he was living under water. I'm not one to over medicate my kids, and I definitely did not want to put my toddler under anesthesia, but I have an amazing pediatrician and she strongly suggested getting the procedure done. After doing my own research and getting a second opinion, we decided that it was a good option for him. Since getting tubes in and adenoids out, he has had a total of TWO ear infections. Also, it was amazing how much better his...

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06/19/13

Visiting the Tulsa Children's Museum

We visited the new Tulsa Children's Museum (TCM) yesterday and it. is. the. BOMB. First of all, I've never been to Owen Park and what a gem! You know, sometimes, I'll go to these places and get so mad at myself for not knowing about them. I've been in Tulsa now for almost 8 years, and there's just so many great spots I haven't hit up yet. I feel a summertime theme emerging. Anyways, the park is great and I want to go back to spend more time there, but back to the TCM. It's a little off-the-beaten-path, so Mapquest before you go. Getting lost after you leave somewhere is always ok because everyone is tired, but a 3-year-old in the backseat asking "are we there yet?" over and over and OVER, can really drive me out of my mind. If you...

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06/05/13

Lock-Up the Visine!

You know how you see those crazy posts on Facebook about a friend of a friend whose second cousin's kid did something like ate Pop Rocks (I think I just dated myself) and ended up in the hospital or something? Well, what I'm about to tell you is legit. This came from a good friend of mine, and it just happened a couple of days ago (I've changed the names because I haven't got her permission to post this): Jane (age 2) got adult sunscreen in her eyes and started crying so I grabbed her and put Visine drops in her eyes to try and flush it out. That still wasn't calming her down so I used saline solution and tried that also. She was still just upset at this point and I thought it was still the sunscreen. I took her back down to beach and she wanted back in ocean....

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Berry Pickin' in Green Country

05/21/13

Berry Pickin' in Green Country

                      We have quite a vegetable garden happening in the raised-beds in my backyard right now. It's one of my favorite things about summer. We've got tomatoes, spinach, onions, squash and okra, I think. Truth be told, I haven't put much effort into it yet. My husband does all the prep...I'm more into the harvesting (and eating) part of it. Because of this, I'm really into berry farms. If you've never been, you basically get a bucket and walk around and pick berries - pretty straightforward. The cost is minimal, and if you help pick some for the farmers, most of them will give you a discount. It's such a great, budge-friendly...

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Prepping for Summer with Miller Swim School

05/02/13

Prepping for Summer with Miller Swim School

Let me start off by saying that we don't get paid or anything to endorse certain businesses with our blog posts. So, if any of us write about businesses or events it's legit. Now on with my blog... A couple of months ago I decided to brushen up my 3-year-old's swimming skills with the hope that by this summer I'll be able to take both he and my soon to be 1-year-old (tear, sniff, sniff) to the pool by myself. Last summer she was an infant and it wasn't an option because 1) big brother wasn't very comfortable in the water 2) little sister was very needy 3) I had just had a baby and wouldn't be caught dead in a swim suit - nothing much has changed there, but moving on. So, I enrolled him in Miller Swim School and love it. He has gone from hanging...

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04/23/13

Baby Bootcamp

I can really talk myself into a frenzy when it comes to my children. About a month ago, my 3-year-old started stuttering pretty suddenly. It lasted about two weeks and then kind of vanished. In those two weeks, I came up with a couple of scenarios 1) he had a stroke 2) he had a brain tumor or 3) something super traumatic must have happened. I had also already scheduled a visit to a speech pathologist (which I've since canceled), and we did go see his ENT - who told me he was fine. His tonsils are a bit oversized, but there's nothing we can do about that at his age.  My husband says I overreact. My husband may be a little right. I'd love to say that I don't compare my children to others, but that wouldn't be completely true. I'll see a Facebook...

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04/18/13

Worry About Yourself!

Oh, man. I've been really enjoying some of the stuff my 3-year-old has been coming up with lately. For example, I've been trying to get him to tell me which animals are nocturnal and which are diurnal. He kind of just thinks I'm saying that animals who are active during the day are not-a-turtle. So, when I'll ask him what an owl is he'll say "not-a-turtle." Yes, son, you're right, but.... Anyways, here's a funny little video that has been going around today. Enjoy...

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Cleaning My Tub With Vinegar

04/15/13

Cleaning My Tub With Vinegar

I don't really have an opinion or advice in this blog, it's more of just a rant. A rant about how I'm losing. my. mind. Since I've become a mother, my third eye has taken over. I can't enjoy the park because I'm constantly looking for danger. If a stranger walks up, I'm secretly thinking they look like that fugitive I saw on the news. I don't even like going into Home Depot with them because of all the chemicals lingering. And I'm seriously considering moving to the country and starting an organic farm so I can have complete control over the food my children eat. All of the potential hazards, chemicals, etc. are everywhere and I can't keep up with it all. I mean, did you know that there are ingredients in certain kinds of apple sauce...

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The 6 Stages of a Sick Kiddo

04/12/13

The 6 Stages of a Sick Kiddo

Jeez, I have had a long week, folks. It started Monday with a questionable cough, got confirmed Tuesday with a chest x-ray, and now it's Friday (right?) and I feel like we're coming out of a pneumonia fog. For a little comedic relief, I've come up with my list of 6 stages of having a sick kiddo. I'm in between numbers 5 and 6 right now. 1) Suspicion Was that nap a little too long? Do those eyes look a little lazy? Was that a cough from a bad swallow or something more? Your mother intuition is on red alert now. 2) Preparation Ibruprofen - check. Popsicles - check. A thermometer that is actually working- check. Humidifier - check. 3) Acceptance With one look at their glazed-over-eyes and a cheek to the forehead, you know it's ON....

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Congrats to Betty!

03/29/13

Congrats to Betty!

Lastnight, the 2013 Newsie Awards were held at the the Campbell Hotel. The Newsies is an awards event honoring Tulsa’s best in local print, radio, TV, and web media. Tulsa Press Club members nominate their favorites and then the public is invited to vote on the finalists. TulsaKids Editor Betty Casey was nominated for favorite print columnist and won! Because she can be a little humble, I wanted to be sure and let you all know. They haven't posted all of the winners yet, but you can find the full list of nominees. I know firsthand how much Betty cares about the Tulsa community and how hard she works to get important information out to families. This award was well-deserved and we are very proud of her (and quite jealous of her new newsie hat). Congrats,...

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The first years of motherhood are the most educational years of your life.  Abby Rodgers shares the highs, the lows, the love and complete shock of being a new mom.  She'll write what she has learned and also seek advice from you about things she has yet to figure out.  Abby keeps it real with a little humor and a lot of love. 

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