Toddler Adventures ~ 29 1/2 months

The toddler adventures have been running full steam around here, even if I am still sick. (I just cannot seem to kick this sinus infection!) Monday was great with the Enginerd home (in and out of the garage working on projects) and we got to see several foxes traipsing through the yard. Tuesday was especially eventful as in the morning AppleBlossom and I discovered that a brilliantly red Cardinal is building a nest in the Crape Myrtle right outside the nursery window. (I’ll try to get a photo). This is very exciting to me, and I hope that it will stay and be a successful nest and maybe we’ll get to see baby birds a while later. Then later in the morning, while in the kitchen through the dining area widow into the backyard we saw deer! Tons of deer, an entire herd of deer. There were like twelve. AppleBlossom. . .

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Oh woah is me…

So it all started a few weeks ago, when I was dreading our trip for Christmas because I had that knowing taste in my mouth and feeling in my ears where I knew I had drainage and was going to be sick. Then AppleBlossom suddenly had croup. *sigh* Luckily, it was the night before the day of OrangeBlossom’s four-month well check up. So! We had her on a steroid plan if it got worse, and the next day it was horribly worse. So she had that and recovered and I started to feel better. Went to Georgia and drove back home to Tennessee. (Although home really always really be Georgia…) Next day. Horrid. Four 1/2 month old OrangeBlossom coughing up a storm, a very bad bronchial cough. AppleBlossom whining like a crazy toddler – more than a normal toddler. The Enginerd was even snappy and coughing with a fever. Alas.. . .

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Hiatus and illnesses

Already, I was planning on taking a few days, but I had not taken the time to put up a post stating as much. Never fear, there will be a winner for the Christian Historical Fiction Challenge from 2011, so make sure you update your lists!

The Enginerd has a sinus thingy, AppleBlossom has bronchiolitis, croup and an ear infection. OrangeBlossom has worse bronchiolitis and we’re using a nebulizer with albuterol every four hours (24-7) until further notice. (She’s four months old at this point to AB’s two years). I’m a tired mama.


What started out as a well visit, didn’t turn out so well for the other one… OrangeBlossom had her well check up for 4 months this morning. Very healthy girl right in ranges, average short and light weight – but much more in both areas than AppleBlossom was. Exema, but nothing wrong with her. AB was making funny noises this morning, so she got checked out while we were there. Very red, very bad sore throat and croup. Got a Rx for a prednisone and decided to wait a few days to see if it’s viral and passes. (Remember the terrible fevers and croup last winter/spring?) Came home, she’s gotten much much worse. Sleeping, waking crying terribly in pain and barking loudly. Her fever that was 101.5 when we left home, 101.6 at the doctor’s office is now (after Tylenol) 103.7. I’ve got her with the cool mist humidifier in. . .

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Big Sisters are the Best by Fran Manushkin

Becoming a big sister is an exciting time full of smiles, smells, hugs, and kisses. For ages 2-5.

Bringing a new baby into the home is a time of wonder and challenges. Author Fran Manushkin celebrates this special time with tales that emphasize that there is plenty of love for everyone, baby and all.

Also available by author Fran Manushkin: Big Brothers Are the Best.

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Infantino Tummy Triangle

When it came to tummy time for AppleBlossom what I remember most was immediate spit up and crying of discomfort. She loved being on her tummy on our chests, but when it came to using the “toys” we had specifically for tummy time she and I were not a fan.

So this next time around with OrangeBlossom I was not sure what we would do. We still have that ole ladybug, but I’m not crazy about pulling it out. Infantino fixed my query!

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Had a Baby!!

Two weeks old as of Yesterday! (Click any photo to enlarge) So it’s official. We have two gorgeous daughters! And from the looks of the early baby photos these gals might just seem to favor each other a little bit. I’m curious if it’s true that people will ask us later if we have twins (with only 24 months separating them). It will be interesting… Althea Jane (OrangeBlossom to you all folk) was born 1:26 pm CST at 7 lbs 2 oz and 19″ in length or height depending on who you ask. That’s to Charlotte Elspeth’s (AppleBlossom) 8 lbs 2.3 oz and 19″. We left the hospital at around 4:30 the next afternoon. After AppleBlossom I was out of it for weeks and pretty pathetic. After OrangeBlossom I was raring to eat and go home about three hours later. Explain that!? This was a much better experience for myself. . .

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