Saturday, January 30, 2010

Colin is 5 Months

Colin's 5 month mark brought us something new that we would rather not have to experience...Colin's first cold. Our baby boy is sick for the first time, and I've discovered that life with a coughing, sneezing, stuffy nose baby is no fun. In fact, if you walk through our front door, you enter the "hot zone." David and I are both sick too. This presents a whole lot of new challenges.

If you think you got little sleep with a well baby, try getting up every hour with a sick one. In this case, I can't be frustrated or grumpy. After all, I know what it feels like. I just wish I could teach him to blow his nose. A cold so much worse for babies! The "bugger sucker" or nasal aspirator (as they call it at the doc's office) is absolutely worthless. Can someone please invent a nasal vacuum please? I need max power for some of those things.

The next contraption that I would like to revamp is the baby thermometer. I've been told that if the temperature is taken under their arm you have to add one degree. I've also been told that the only place it's accurate is...down where? I simply can not stick a thermometer there!

I would like to fast forward through this week please. Please let it strengthen our immune systems and give us a whole new appreciation for our health.

Here's a picture of the little snot nose before he starting coughing on us...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Shooter is a...

My sister just got confirmation that Shooter is going to be a girl!!! They have been calling their baby, "Shooter" but now they can officially give her a name. She will be arriving in late June. It's about time there was a girl in the mix. And for the record, I guessed girl from day 1.

I can't wait to be an aunt, and I know Colin will be a super fun cousin! Oh, and David is stoked to be an uncle too. How funny does that sound?!? Congrats to Steph and Chris!!!

Cedar Fever

I'm suffering from a little thing called "Cedar Fever." If you have experienced an itchy, runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, headaches, or a sore throat, chances are good that you've got "the fever" too!!! I did some research to explain the problem...for myself and any others who are curious...

"Junipers (aka Cedars), are causing enormous problems for central Texas. The area of infestation in Texas already has a terrific problem with water shortages throughout the year. During years when rainfall is less than normal (approximately 30 inches), the juniper is absorbing ground water at an alarming rate. For the outdoors people, the juniper overtakes areas that would normally be in native hardwoods and grasses and ruins the area for outdoor enjoyment. Another serious area of concern for people is the pollen production that occurs each winter. This pollen production is the major culprit for allergy sufferers to seek refuge indoors and with heavy medication."

Now you ALL know that I'm a self-proclaimed, tree huger, but as far as I'm concerned, the cedar tree really has no redeeming value! According to my research, "It makes poor firewood, it is a poor landscape plant, it is a poor source of food for native animals and it is poor wood for construction." WELL, the cedar tree is not a tree that will be getting ANY hugs from me!

Here's what you can do to help your "fever":

Keep your doors and windows closed. Run the air conditioner when the pollen is extremely high.

Cover your air conditioning vents with cheesecloth to help filtrate the pollen, and change the air conditioning filter often. You may want to use a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter to help filtrate the pollen even more.

Dust your home with a damp cloth, and vacuum carpets with a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter each week.

Take a shower and change your clothes after being outdoors for a long period of time. This will protect you from pollen that lands on your clothes and in your hair.

Bathe pets often, even if they live indoors.

Take allergy medicines exactly as prescribed. If you know cedar will be a problem for you each winter, see your doctor in early fall to update your treatment plan and stock up on prescription allergy medications.

And, eliminate any male cedar trees in your yard by replacing them with good hardwoods like elm, ash, or oak.

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Sunny Days!

I've been taking advantage of our Texas "winter weather" (sunny and 65 degrees) and giving Colin a chance to get his toes in the grass for the first time. He loves being outside almost as much as I do. I constantly joke that I'm like a solar panel because I get my energy from the sun. If that were true, today I should be "fully charged!"