Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Happy Birthday Carly!

Over the weekend we had a birthday party for our good friend, Carly! It's hard to believe she's 6 years old already!

They had a nice breakfast themed (and timed) party, which was definitely something I would consider in the future-who doesn't love good brunch food?!  We had fruit salad, doughnuts, breakfast pizza and bagels-yum!

After eating, it was present time!

Little Dylan was so cute-he kept squatting like this and trying to stand up!
And was very proud of what he was doing!
Go Dylan!!

Carly opening our present
After presents, it was cake time! For the cake, they had a huge doughnut made! Not many people actually ate cake since we already had doughnuts.
Cake was NOT made by Mom-it was bought from a doughnut shop!
Happy Birthday Carly!

After cake, Carly got one more surprise....a new guinea pig!!

Can you guess what Avery's been asking for on a daily basis now?!

Happy 6th Birthday Carly! We had a fun time at your party!!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


We've had an annoyance in this house for the past few months....a cough.

A cough that happens overnight and keeps most of us awake.

It hasn't been fun.

This goes back all the way to November. Cassandra started with this cough overnight that went on for weeks. During the day she was pretty well-would maybe cough sporadically here and there, but nothing major. Overnight? Different story. She'd be up anywhere from a half hour to over 2 hours just straight coughing.  Nothing helped her-Vicks baby rub, humidifier, baby cough syrup, steamy bathrooms, cold air. After about 2 weeks of this, we took her to the docs.  They had us try allergy meds with her for a improvement. Back to the docs she went and they (a different doctor) gave us Amoxicillin. It seemed to work, but a few days after she stopped taking it, the cough slowly came back.

Pretty much right after the holidays, it came back in full force. Up every night with these coughing fits/attacks. She went to her 2 year appointment at the end of January and at that point had been coughing every night for a good 3 weeks. I was hoping her pediatrician would do something for us...and he did! We were sent home with a nebulizer and an Rx for Albuterol to try during her attacks.  I was so thankful that we had something else to try with her!

Of course the first few nights we have the nebulizer, Cassandra didn't cough (go figure)! But a few days later, it started up again. So, overnight I went in and gave her a treatment. It seemed to help-she fell back asleep and was good the rest of the night. The next few nights she coughed again and these times the treatments did nothing for her. She still continued to cough.

I called her doctor after about a week of trying it and told him it wasn't helping. He referred us to an allergist at this point.  So I call the allergist (on a Tuesday) and can't get her in for a MONTH! The thought of being awake every night for a month was torturous to me.

Well, things got really bad for her. Tuesday night (the day we called the allergist) she was up for almost 6 hours overnight coughing! Which means so were we! Wednesday and Thursday nights were really bad too-she was up way longer than her usual 30min-2hr time frame. So, Friday I called the allergist and told them what was going on. And?  They got me in THAT day! I was so relieved!!

 I take her to the appointment and tell the doctor what's been happening. He said the 3 main reasons for coughing at her age is allergies, asthma, and reflux. They decided that she should have a skin test done for allergies (cue my panic!). And they were doing it right then and there!  Cassandra did SO well though-they got the first 2 strips done before she realized what was happening and only cried for less than a minute. She was a trooper. And....everything came out negative. No allergies. And you'd think if it was asthma, the nebulizer would have helped. And if it's reflux, why doesn't it happen at naptime when she's lying flat? Hmmmm.

So, the allergist decided that he wants to treat her for both allergies and asthma. So she got put on Singulair and Nasonex for the next month to see what happens. If it helps, she might stay on them awhile. If it doesn't, then we either try upping the dose or we try treating reflux and see what happens. At least we have a game plan at this point.

I'm happy to say that the allergist appointment was 2 weeks ago now. Cassandra is a champ at taking her Singulair-it's a chewable tablet and she actually asks for it most days! The Nasonex is a different story. The first few days it was a struggle-Gabe holding her down, me spraying up her nose. But after a few days, she just stood there and would let me do it. So, it's getting better! 

And the coughing?! It's improving. She has had a night here and there where she coughs for maybe 20 minutes, but that's it!  The strange thing is that in November 2012, she had something similar happen but it only lasted a few weeks-not a few months. So I don't know if the cough is going away just because it's going away, or if the medicine is truly helping her. I'm hoping this isn't a "thing" we go through every year that's for sure. However, I'm happy that currently we are all back to getting some sleep and the coughing has subsided for now.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


At the girls' daycare, they do yoga with the kids every day.

Well...this little one has been showing off her moves lately.


It's freakin' adorable!
Down Dog

No idea what this is called but she does it constantly!

Don't you agree?!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Snow Ice Cream!

I have seen this idea floating around online and knew I wanted to eventually try it with the kids.

I bought the stuff I needed at the store a few weeks ago and was just waiting for a good amount of fresh snow.

Mother Nature came through for us today so when Gabe got home and after we had dinner, it was time to make snow ice cream!

I've never made this before so I was a little skeptical....snow ice cream?!

8-10 cups of fresh snow
1 small can sweetened condensed milk
1tsp vanilla extract

Gabe and Avery went out to collect the snow for us....
Then you just pour on the milk and vanilla and stir away!

Put it in some bowls and add whatever topping you desire (the kids went with rainbow sprinkles) and eat it!
Thumbs up!
I have to say it turned out pretty good. I didn't eat a bowl of it, but we all tried some and it was pretty tasty! The kids gobbled it up of course! I'm sure this will be on the list of things to do in the winter!