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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A Happier Aiden

Aiden had a much better day yesterday and Brian agreed yesterday evening that he was in an exceptionally happy mood. I noticed, too, and I think it's because I have been spoiling him with attention, extra cuddles and lots of book reading. I have been picking him up when he's asked, I work on chores closeby when he plays and I have been good about keeping all the doors closed and providing new rotations of toys around mid-afternoon. It really has helped keep him happy and comfortable. I'm sure his burns still hurt him. In fact, I burned my thumb on the same flat iron three weeks ago and suddenly I am grateful that the event is fresh in my memory. My thumb hurt for a week but soaking it in ice water and keeping a bandaid on it did help. I've been doing the same for Aiden. His hand is looking better. You can barely see where he was burned on the back of his hand and wrist. His thumb still has a blister and he holds very still when it comes time to re-wrap it. I know he wants it covered. He's even been good about keeping the sock on his hand. He can remove it in an instant, like he did at nap time yesterday, but he seems to like the protection it offers. I'd say he's healing faster and feeling better than I expected.

Yogo Junkie: Aiden is crazy about yogos. It was only yesterday that I figured out this constant "oh-yoh" he says, which sounds more like 'oreo', is in fact "yogo". LOL! He babbles oh-yoh-oh-yoh pretty much all day but when I pulled a package out of the pantry at lunch time, his loud chatter and banging on the high chair stopped instantly and he said in a deeper, much more serious, matter-of-fact voice "OH-YOH". I really appreciated him labeling something for me!

Over the last few days he's started to fight when I try to get him seated in his high chair. He refuses to bend at the waist and sit! I don't know why, but I do know if he resists, all I have to say is "Yogos?" and he plops his butt straight onto the high chair about as fast as he can! Stinker!

Yogos aren't the cheapest snack but I am cheap and can make one package last a full day by giving him a few at each meal and snack time. I fold the top down on the package, clip it with one of my scrapped clothespins and store it in a little spot in the pantry where it's easy for Bri or I to grab. HEB is also helping us out this week. They have yogos on sale 3 for $5 ($1.67 each) and then there is a $1 off of one box coupon hanging nearby. So by the time you check out, you get a box of 6 snacks for 67¢! Thank you Brian for picking up a box last night AND bringing home an extra coupon. I'm going back to stock up because I can't beat a 67¢ snack that lasts for 6 days! Our demand for yogos has been pretty inelastic these last few weeks and I am sorry to say I've paid up to $2.50 for a box. The way Aiden screams in the checkout line, I'm sure they'll let me buy five boxes and use five coupons all in one transaction just to get me out of there!

Hybrids: I hadn't touched my craft supplies in days so I assembled two hybrid projects last night. The first is this fortune cookie keeper:

I got the idea from an item for sale on eBay that was a square board with a printed picture of a fortune cookie and clear photo corners to hold the fortune. I used a small, flat piece of wood I had on-hand and decided to add the origami cookie and hanging tag to give it a little more whimsy! It really is charming in person and that fortune, which reads "You create enthusiasm around you" is one I got about a month ago that I really loved. I'm glad it now has a better home than just the zipper pocket on my wallet! LOL!

This is an example image of the hybrid items I gave Marissa for her baby shower. The sign reads "Our Litte Bird" and the green bird at the top was painted with the nursery's wall paint and then I added polka dots by hand with a paint pen. The other bird is a scrapped door hanger and the clothespins are scrapped on one side and have paint pen polka dots on the other.

I have to admit I thought I was being so creative when I scrapped painted clothespins but I've had a couple people tell me they've seen it done before in Kindergarten classrooms to clip up finger paintings and artwork. That's okay, I still love how they look and I'm glad to hear other people enjoy them, too. That means they'll make good gifts!

These are little boxes that hold our stamps. It's a great way to keep all the little booklets organized and the black box looks adorable sitting on the mail center in our entry way!

Okay, these baby shower gift tags were the easiest things to make EVER! Just try and make some. I promise they'll turn out adorable no matter what. Seriously, these are made with paper, ink and glue with a ribbon loop. You can't mess them up!

You've probably seen the bath sign on the bathroom door and now it's sporting a little bit of Tay humor, too! What better way to excuse a tub full of toys than admit every night at 6:30 the place really does turn into a miniature water park? LOL!

More hybrids are coming! No word on new kits from Miss Mint or Jen but I'll keep you posted!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Bluebonnet Pictures

I have to admit that I really thought bluebonnet pictures for boys would be a little silly. I love outside photo shoots but I just didn't know about all those flowers. I shouldn't have worried! Waiting for me on my disk of images were several stunning shots, including these two that I absolutely LOVE!

The black & white one of Aiden gazing off is going in our room. Aiden doesn't sit still for long but I love that Kelsey captured him daydreaming for just a moment! The rest of the gorgeous shots are being saved for layouts that you'll see when new kits debut. ;)

90 Seconds to Ruin Your Day

I don't usually leave my flat iron plugged in. I don't usually leave my bedroom door open when Aiden is awake. And I don't usually have so much laundry to pre-treat. But all of those things happened yesterday and conspired to result in an accident.

Yesterday morning around 9:45 I gathered up all the laundry, bringing the clothes from our room out last. I passed Aiden playing in the living room and dumped the pile on the floor of the laundry room. About 90 second later I was scrubbing stains in the laundry room, with the washer filling (loudly) when I heard Aiden scream bloody murder. I know this scream, it means he's injuired, and this was the worst one I've heard yet. I dashed from the landry room, through the living room and down the hall. He had fallen quiet, in those long seconds before his lungs can fill with air and he can scream again, while I frantically called his name, unsure of where he was. Another gut-wrenching wail came from our master bathroom. I rushed in to find him red-faced, clutching my hair straightening iron to his body and - OH MY GOSH - he had turned it on. Acting on adrenaline, I grabbed the iron by the hot plate and jerked it from him, unplugging it and tossing it back onto the counter in one smooth motion. It was hot, but not all the way heated up and not hot enough to burn me. But only me.

I scooped up Aiden and let my legs instinctively carry him to the hall bath where I ran cool water and put him in. He was red all over from screaming and I couldn't tell what had been burned. I had seen one hand touching the hot plate and I somehow knew he'd burned his lips trying to put it in his mouth. I held both his hands under cool running water and used my hands to wipe cool water on his face. Thank goodness I keep an "emergency" hooded towel hanging behind the bathroom doors, so I don't have to leave him in the tub to go get one, because by the time I had cooled his skin enough to calm him, he was shivering. I wrapped him up and rushed for some Tylenol and my phone to call the nurse's line at his pediatrician's office. The nurse was great and told me to put a few ice cubes in a tupperware bowl and fill it with water for him to play in to cool the burns on his hands. I threw in some take-n-toss spoons for him to fish out. I grabbed my soft silicone basting brush and basted his hands and lips with the cool water. So here we were, both of us sitting on the floor in the kitchen, Aiden naked and wrapped in a towel, playing in a bowl of ice water. He was actually laughing and I thought for a second I had dodged a bullet. But only for a second. His cherry red lips were starting to swell. I called the pediatrician's office back and scheduled an appointment. They could squeeze me in around 1:30. I managed to keep Aiden comfortable, even getting him to nap for an hour before his appointment. When I heard him stirring, I went in to get him and immediately felt ill. His lips had a small, thin, light-colored blister over them and his right hand was blistering in several places. I wanted to faint.

We didn't wait long to see Dr. Smoot and Aiden was actually quite pleasant in the waiting room, despite the fact he hadn't eaten (he was refusing food) and hadn't gotten but half his usual nap. One mother, who was there with her daughter, commented playfully on what a busy boy he was. (We get this comment a LOT! LOL!) I agreed and told her we were actually in for burns he'd gotten from being too curious. I caught a couple compassionate, understanding looks from the moms with boys, which made me feel like maybe Aiden wasn't the only child to ever be burned by a hot iron. Dr. Smoot confirmed it was a very common household accident. However MOUTH burns were quite unusual. We figured he must have been mouthing the plates when he nudged the on button, which is far too sensitive, and began the 30 second heat-up. It probably burned his mouth first and then his hands as he screamed for me to help. (You should know that babies won't drop things that are burning them. You have to pull it away from them. And no matter how badly you bruised yourself flying through the house, slipping on the tile in your socks and slamming into door frames, you don't feel like you moved fast enough.)

Dr. Smoot located burns on his gums, tongue, lips, hands, fingers, knuckles and wrist. His right hand was by far the worst, with the worst burns being on the back of his hand, below his pinkie and the pad of his thumb. Both had large white blisters. The rest of the burns were smaller, thinner, and were red and slightly raised but didn't blister as badly. She promised the mouth burns would heal quickly, in 24-48 hours and she was right. His lips look better this morning and the burn on his gum is vanishing rapidly. His hand will take much longer to heal. We'll need to protect the skin with Neosporin-and-guaze wraps for two weeks to ensure he doesn't get a secondary infection since the skin is injured and vulnerable. We have already found wrapping his hand and then putting a sock over it has really helped keep food bits and outside grunge from walks off his bandages and skin. He's on Children's Motrin and perscription Tylenol with Codine to manage the pain. It is working, he doesn't seem to get uncomfortable until his next dosage time. I am eternally grateful to Dr. Smoot for writing him the tylenol perscription. And for being so sweet in general when I was in the examination room crying about how awful I felt while Aiden giggled at her and played coy from behind his sippy cup.

So that's how an accident happened in 90 seconds and ate up my entire day yesterday. I probably deserve the extra work per day of medicine dosing, bandage unwrapping, hand cleaning, cool water soaks and bandage re-wrapping morning and evening. You can bet I have made sure my hair tools are put away and that ALL doors are staying CLOSED! I even put a latch on the fridge yesterday because I saw Aiden open it and pull out a glass bottle of tabasco sauce before I could cross the kitchen to stop him. Tabasco sauce on mouth burns is NOT what we need! This baby of mine is something else. He keeps me so busy and when he's not injuring himself, his antics crack me up. I absolutely, positively MUST MUST MUST have another boy!