Sunday, June 20, 2010

Dexcom Insertion

I received a call on Friday from our wonderful Dexcom rep asking me if I could remove my original Dexcom insertion video because the competitors were giving Dexcom some trouble. Technically, Dexcom is not approved for kids as young as The Superhero. And since the rep was actually in the original video, this could get them in trouble.

Since I was willing to remove the video, they are sending me a few freebies. (sensors and one of their new skins to try)

Since we removed the original video, we recorded a new one tonight.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Fun play date at the mall (mostly fun anyway)

Yesterday, we met up with Wendy and her girls at a local (sort of) mall that has a decent sized play area and a full size carousel.

Before Wendy got there, because I was EARLY, the kids and I went over to some ride on toys. I got out my 75 cents and was getting the kids in. Another kid got in before I could get The Princess in and I had to ask him to get out. It was only a 2 seater and both of my kids were GOING to ride since I was paying for it. He eventually got out and I started the ride for my kids. THEN the boy's mom came over and WENT OFF. She was so mad that I would talk to her kid "that way" and he was only "3 years old and we don't talk to him like that". Needless to say, I was not a happy mommy. I did nothing wrong. If it were my kid getting in the way of paying customers, I would be fine with another parent asking my kid to move. I was very polite to this kid so I don't know what she thinks I should have said. I am not sure exactly what I said back to her because it is all a blur now, but I did let her know that my son was 3 years old and I would definitely ask him to move if he were in the way! I was FUMING!

My kids had their ride and then we walked away! As fast as I could! :)

Then we met with Wendy. We all ate our lunch and then walked over to the play area.

Cute picture of The Superhero with all the girls...

The kids played. I kept an eye on The Superhero's Dexie, since he tends to drop while playing. With each check, he had decent numbers. I had to keep a close eye on the Princess as well because she kept escaping the play area. At one point I brought her over and she was eating a snack in my lap.

I looked up and saw The Superhero CRYING like never before, in the middle of the play area. I put The Princess down and closed her snack while my little boy ran over to me. He was inconsolable. His nose started bleeding. Checked Dexie and it said something in the 80's with double arrows DOWN. I do a quick finger check and he was 79! DOUBLE ARROWS DOWN. Mind you, he was in the low 200's not minutes before! He is in complete meltdown mode. He refused the juice I opened.Threw himself on the floor. I put the juice down for second, picked him up, and offered the juice again. He refused! I mentioned marshmallows and he gobbled them up. I am SO thankful Wendy was there with me, another parent who "gets it". I did not worry about weird looks from parents around me because she was there, I felt comfortable taking care of my screaming, sweating, melt down mode T1 Diabetic 3 year old boy!

Then another parent comes over and explains that The Superhero and another little girl were going in the tunnel in opposite directions and ended up hitting faces, her forehead and his NOSE. (not sure if this is what really happened or not, The Superhero was so upset he could not explain it to me) He was in so much pain. His nose was a little puffy at first, but once we got the bleeding to stop he was fine. He ate his marshmallows and was working on coming up.

All of this is happening at the SAME time that the mall security officer was telling us the play area was closing and we needed to leave. I waited a few minutes while The Superhero's BG was coming back up. Then we looked up and had to FIND The Princess. She had wandered off, again! Wendy asked the mall security officer what to do about a lost child since she could not find her. He had NO IDEA WHAT TO DO! Seriously? He told Wendy to "look harder". Really? That's it I guess, just look harder and find the 1 year old little girl amongst the chaos that came from kicking everyone out of the play area! Really? Wow!

Thank God she was found rather quickly after that. She was out the opening and following other families. I am so thankful I had Wendy there too, or I might have gone crazy!

We also had to deal with a kid who refused to share the "Nemo"' fish with Wendy's girls. His mom finally came over and got him off. Then the mom let him walk around the play area eating his pretzel. And we dealt with kids who would NOT move off of the ride on toys again. Wendy was trying to pay for her kids to ride the ice cream truck and had to force these other kids off!

All I can say is, I am SO glad our kids were SO well behaved and NOT like these other kids!

We went and had some gelato before riding the carousel. The Superhero picked his gelato based on color, of course it had to be green. So he had mint and little Maya picked based on color too, white, so she had Butter Pecan. Must be a 3 year old thing. The other kids picked. We ate. Then a group trip to the potty before the carousel and long drive home.

At the end of it all, we still had a GREAT time and will definitely make the trip across town again.Although, next time, I can do without crazy parents, mean kids, bloody noses, DROPPING blood sugar, missing children, and clueless mall security officers!

A SUPER sized post

I feel like SO many things have been going on and I have not been very good at updating everyone!

So, here it is, a SUPER sized post to update you all on what has been going on around here.

1) School's OUT for the summer! Ok, so I only get 4 weeks off, 3 weeks now and 1 in July (I scheduled it this way), BUT I am enjoying my time off as much as I can. I go back to work on Monday and have LOTS to get ready for next school year. I will be teaching 5th grade math and the school has never been grade level specific before, so we have LOTS to get done.

And, I know, it is weird that I am a teacher who works in the summer. But honestly, I don't mind. We are not a local school district. We are a charter school run by K12, a corporation. So, it is a little different for us. And I am ok with it. I LOVE my job enough that it does not bother me one bit. I still get some time off and then get to prepare for the upcoming school year.

2) Quarterly Endo visit. We had The Superhero's quarterly endo visit on the 1st of this month. We were super excited to see Dr. D at her NEW office. She was as great as always and I was happy to see that one of the nurses we liked from the old office followed Dr. D to her new office. We discussed The Superhero's tummy aches (he complains A LOT), starting pre-school, Dexcom (LOVE), and of course my report card, aka the A1C. I am happy to report that our A1C only went up from 7.8 to 7.9! I am SO happy because I was expecting a little higher.

3) Blood Work. It has been a year since The Superhero had his annual blood work done and that means getting it repeated. We needed all of his annual labs done which included celiac, which is good since he complains of these tummy aches so often now. And since The Princess has started showing some signs of Diabetes as well (excessive thirst, peeing through diapers, crankiness), I asked to have some blood work done for her too. And our Endo is SO awesome that she ordered the testing for us. SO my mom and I took both kids to a "kid friendly" lab to get the work done. I was very pleased with the lab techs this time. There were two of them to help with both kids. The Superhero sat still for them, but CRIED the whole time. He kept telling me "Mommy, I don't like this! Make them STOP!". It was awful! But, he held still and it was over quickly.

The Princess on the other hand, I thought she was going to hyperventilate! She cried SO much it was crazy! It does not help that they always have a hard time finding her veins. The first tech got two vials of blood out of the first arm. The second tech got the other vials out of the other arm. So, she ended up needing 2 pokes. After they were both done, the second tech (who was much more personable) offered both kids a miniature doughnut. I don't think they get a lot of kids in there and this was from their break room. :) It was SO nice of him to offer and my kids enjoyed their doughnuts a lot! The Superhero talked about his blood work and the doughnut all day!

Some of The Superhero's blood work has come back and was normal. (just the cholesterol, kidney's, and something else, but not the celiac yet) I will do another post once we get all of his results and the results from The Princess' testing.

4) The Dentist. I braved the dentist with both kids, by myself. I usually take my mom with me so I can hand off one kid while the other is being cleaned. She was out of town this time, so I had no choice but to do it alone. The kids were great! The Princess' teeth look great. We need to work on getting rid of her binky, but other than that, she is great! The Superhero looks ok too, but he does have one cavity already that will need to be filled the next time we go in. He was very excited to get a new toothbrush. And I think even more excited that it was GREEN!

5) The potty. The Princess has recently started showing interest in the potty. She tells me in her non-verbal way that she needs to potty. And she has ACTUALLY gone several times now! I made the decision to capitalize on her interest and bought her some panties and some pull ups. We tried the panty thing today, she had MANY accidents. I put a pull up on for the afternoon and we did better. I think I am going to give it a few days of taking her in regularly before completely switching to the panties. BUT I am still in shock that at 19 months old, she is pottying like a BIG girl!

The only problem now is that when I give her an M&M for pottying, The Superhero thinks he needs one when he potties. I had to tell him that when he was learning we gave him his candy then. And now that she is learning, it is her turn to get the candy. It is not working so well. We will see how this goes.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

New Pictures of 2 of the Cutest kids...

I don't know why I always think we won't get some good pictures when we go for a session. It takes A TON of work and LOTS of sweating (me) and bribing to get what we get, but they always seem to turn out pretty good!

Check out today's photos...

Monday, June 14, 2010

Oh Bananas!

As a kid I remember eating bananas ALL the time. My favorite was cut up banana in a bowl with milk and a little bit of sugar. YUMMY!

So why is it that as an adult, I have developed an allergy to them? I can't remember the last time I ate one without a reaction. I don't know exactly when this started, but when I eat them (which has been a LONG time) I start to get a very itchy mouth. Then it progressed to being an itchy face and mouth.

And now it is even worse! When I was in WA visiting my brother and his wife I had put The Princess' food on my plate before cutting it up and putting it on her plate. She was eating banana with her fruit. My food touched the same spot on the plate as her banana and I got all itchy! Just from that little cross contamination. Crazy!

THEN, last night, I cut a banana for The Princess and put it on her plate. Without thinking I rubbed my eye at some point during dinner. I started rubbing it more and more because it was getting ITCHY.

Then it it me (well, actually, The Daddy pointed it out), I TOUCHED the banana and then TOUCHED my eye! That was it! I washed my hands and my eye, and all was fine again!

I wonder why this allergy came on as an adult and is now worse than ever. It just boggles my mind!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Swimming Season in AZ

I have never been much of one to go swimming regularly. True, I have lived in AZ pretty much my whole life, but, I hate the process of changing and then changing clothes again and being all wet and having to dry off. I am not sure why, but it never felt worth it to me.

UNTIL this year! I don't know why, but it feels SO much hotter this year than I remember in past years. Maybe it is because I have 2 small kids in an apartment and need something to keep them busy and active. Either way, we are swimming, A LOT more than I am used to.

Our apartment is located RIGHT next to one of the pools. I have braved taking both kids by myself several times now.

The Superhero is skittish again this year. I am not sure what exactly he is afraid of, but it is taking him some time to warm up to swimming.

The Princess on the other hand is CRAZY! She dives in whether you are ready for her or not! She goes under and comes up smiling. You will be having a heart attack because you were not anywhere near her when she chose to dive in and she is happy as can be! She will try to just "swim" right out of my arms.

Both kids' reactions to swimming this year has convinced me it was time for lessons for both of them. I went last week and signed them both up for Hubbard weekly swim classes each Saturday morning. I will have to get in with The Princess until she is old enough for a class by herself.

We had our first class last weekend and both kids did ok. The Princess does not like back floats, but did great for everything else in her class. The Superhero did great when it was his turn and the teacher just had to keep an eye on him between turns. He tends to wander a little bit. I am hoping over time he will learn he needs to stay with his class. This will be helpful as he begins pre-school in the fall too.

So, now that we have the pool near us and I am off work for a few weeks, I am completely enjoying taking the kids swimming. And I LOVE that it wears them out and they fall asleep for naps REALLY easily on those days too!

The Princess about to jump in...

The Princess being cute...

The Superhero shooting water...(notice the Dexie site on his arm)

Shooting water...

Practicing the back float (she was NOT happy)...

"Swimming" to Uncle S...

Friday, June 4, 2010

Look Who's Talking!

We had The Princess' 18 month check up in April and at that time she was not talking AT ALL. The doctor thought we should get her evaluated for speech. Since we had our trip and our move coming up, I decided to wait it out before doing any evaluations.

I know she hears PERFECTLY and understands EVERYTHING. She is always responding to us by nodding her head and pointing.

Now that we only let her have her binkie during naptime and bed time, she has FINALLY started to talk!

Here are the words that have started coming out of her just this past weekend...

1) Momma (A LOT, she is really good at crying and saying momma really pathetically!)

2) Da (Daddy)

3) NaNa (my mom loves when she does this)

4) Gone

5) Done

6) "Ay" (The Superhero's name)

7) Cookie

8) Go

9) D (drink)

10) and her new favorite... UH, OH! She says this ALL the time! And she knows it is cute, which makes her say it more. :-)

I think having some one on one time with her this past weekend while The Superhero was with my parents made a huge difference. I am just so thankful she has started talking and we will not need to worry about speech for her!

I did it!

If you read my posts about getting The Princess her MMR here and here, you know this was a HARD decision for me.

Well, a couple months have passed since all of the debating. The 15 month check up came and went. The 18 month check up came and went. We took a trip to WA and I did not want to get the shot before we went, so I decided I would schedule it for when we returned home.

And, I DID IT! The Princess is now 19 months old and I finally got up the courage to make the appointment and take her in.

We went yesterday for the shot and nurse R. came in and asked me why we did not do the shots at our 18 month check up. I explained to her that we were getting ready to go out of town.

THEN she asked me if I wanted to get the Chicken Pox and the Hep A while we were there!

Umm, NO!

It took me enough strength and courage to get in just to get the MMR!

NO THANK YOU! We will do them another time! I politely told her that the MMR was enough for one day and we would get the others some other time.

So, there you have it. DONE. She has now had it and I can't take my decision back. And that is ok with me. If she gets the BIG D now, I will still be ok with this decision.
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