2016 Memories Take 1


R2: if you had to lose a finger or toe which one would you pick?
Me: Probably a pinky finger, they get used less often.
R3: If I had to pick something to lose it would be my hair, not like an arm.., I’m gonna need those!


R2: When we get a dog can we get two? A brown one AND a black one? I read last night that black dogs are the least likely to be adopted.
Me: That’s true, most black dogs are put to sleep.
R1:WHAT? WHY? What’s wrong with black dogs? People are racist!

Almost 2


R4 is so much fun. I can’t believe she’s already turning 2… I’m having a bit of a case of the feels about it. She’s our last. So all of these first are our last firsts. It’s hard.


She talks a ton now, having recently experienced a surge in her language. One of my favorite things about this age is how she says “ah” before every word and it can me I or I want. She LOVES dogs and gets so excited, making a big O with her mouth, whenever she hears one bark. She also loves to see big trucks on the road when we’re traveling (which we do often due to R2 going to B’ham for her braces and R1 going to Atlanta for OIT) and yells truck (guck) whenever she sees one.


Ry = Yi Yi
Raeghan = Yay Yay
Ries = Dies (Ries with a D)
Baby = Dady
Lollipop = lalalala
Potty = Tee

She also says outside, Mom, Dad, Elmo (Eh-oh), Wiggles (she wiggles her shoulders and says boo) and Ew (eeyoo).

She’s become a bit of a picky eater, kind of a let down after all the stuff she ate her first year. She’ll almost always eat rice, yogurt, bananas, and blueberries.


She loves to help the big kids and I do things around the house. She usually refuses to be fed, preferring to do it herself. She LOVES babies of all kinds and almost always has a doll in her arms. She also likes to play “mom and dad” with most anything: cars, silverware, blocks, little people. She has them talk to each other in her gibberish and throws in a Mom and Dad here and there, it’s adorable. She also likes to drop her pants and shake her butt saying, “booyee”!! She loves to swing, saying “I hi” and will swing the entire time we’re at the park. She loves her Mum mum’s (nursing) and still nurses about 4-6 times a day and would do so more often if I let her, LOL. She gives hugs and kisses and high fives and fist bumps. She sleeps on her own pillow, something the others didn’t do until they were older, when she’s done nursing she rolls over and crawls up to her pillow.

She’s amazing and smart and funny as all get out. We couldn’t imagine life without her.

Possibly Pursuing OIT (Oral Immunotherapy) for R1’s Peanut Allergy

About a year ago I learned of this amazing new therapy that could desensitize R1 to peanuts. In case you don’t know he has a life-threatening allergy that we discovered when he was 18 months old. I’ve been researching and reading and asking questions for months now… and trying to talk R1 into it. He doesn’t want to do it. Part of it is fear and part of it, I think, is that he doesn’t have enough foresight and life experience to understand how this allergy will impact him more and more as he grows older. The ramifications of doing more without us around to make sure he’s safe, of trying to date (la, la, la) while navigating this allergy, the list goes on.

I found a doctor that specializes in OIT – he’s the nearest one and is 4 hours away. I called his office yesterday to ask a few questions. The woman I spoke to called back within 2 hours to answer them and then Dr. A called me HIMSELF today, from his cell phone. I asked him my questions about how/whether to proceed with the new allergist we are seeing tomorrow. He gave me a list of what to ask for and said to get back in touch with him when we have the test results so he can compare the new info with the old and we will go from there.

Now to convince the boy to do it. Prayers for peace.

R4’s First Library Book

We go to the library on a fairly regular basis. R4 has recently taken more of an interest in books although she prefers to read them herself rather than let any of us read them to her. Yesterday at the library she grabbed a book, walked over to me and in her jibber-jabber asked me if she could get a book. I said, “You want to check out that book?” She nodded. I said, “Okay.” And she said, “Yay!” and ran off. :) It was adorable. Heck, pretty much everything she does is adorable. Before we left I explained to her that the book she picked wasn’t a book for her and led her to the board books. She picked Sandra Boynton’s But Not the Hippopotamus and took it herself to the check out and then carried it to the van. She’s since read it on the potty every time she goes. Be still my heart. This child. She’s just amazing.

2013 Memories

I found some things I had written down and want to put them in a safe place so I’m putting them here.


At the McWane gift shop R3 picks up a gorilla w/a baby on it’s back and says, “Aw, look it has a champoo on it’s back!”

Feb 2013


I was making up silly words to a song we sing and R3 joined in. When I laughed she said, “R1 and R2 don’t always think I’m funny.” Typical youngest-born, wants everyone to laugh at her jokes.

R3 learned to whistle.

R3: Mommy, when you change the station in the car does it change in ALL the cars?
Me: No
R3: I don’t understand how the radio works.


R1 and R2 won 3rd place in the Science Fair!


To JoNell – R3: My name means Princess Warrior, so I can kick my brothers butt!”


Mr. Fox took R3 into the men’s bathroom at Pizza Hut.

R3: I wish you were a girl.
Mr Fox: If I were a girl I couldn’t be your Daddy.
R3: Well, you could dress up in girl clothes!

YL KidScents Aren’t Actually Safe for Kids

They are claiming that they created these specially formulated pre-diluted because they take safety for kids seriously… so why do they contain oils that are NOT safe for kids?

GeneYus™ Essential Oil Blend: Caprylic/capric glycerides, Boswellia sacra, Callitris intratropica (Blue Cypress) wood oil, Cedrus atlantica (Cedarwood) wood oil, Melissa officinalis leaf oil, Picea pungens (Blue Spruce?) tree oil, Bursera graveolens (Palo Santo) wood oil, Ferula galbaniflua (Galbanum) resin oil, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet Almond) oil, Citrus aurantium bergamia (Bergamot) peel oil, Commiphora myrrha (Myrrh) oil, Santalum paniculatum (Sandalwood) wood oil, Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) flower oil, Aniba rosaeodora (Rosewood) wood oil, Cananga odorata (Ylang Ylang) flower oil, Hyssopus officinalis (Hyssop) leaf oil, Picea mariana (Black spruce) leaf oil, Rosa damascena (Rose) flower oil

Melissa officinalis – avoid topical use on children under 2
Ylang Ylang – avoid topical use on children under 2
Hyssop – avoid using (all routes) on children under 2

This blend also contains Sweet Almond oil, which could be a problem for those with nut allergies. But if you go to YL’s website it is only listed in the ingredient list by it’s plant name – the words “Sweet Almond” are NOT on the label!

Owie™ Essential Oil Blend: Caprylic/capric glycerides, Abies balsamea (Idaho Balsam Fir) needle oil, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea tree) leaf oil, Helichrysum italicum flower oil, Canarium luzonicum (Elemi) gum oil, Cistus ladaniferus (Cistus) oil, Chamaecyparis obtusa (Hinoki) oil, Eugenia caryophyllus (Clove) bud oil

Clove bud
– avoid topical use on children under 2

TummyGize™ Essential Oil Blend: Caprylic/capric glycerides, Mentha spicata (Spearmint) leaf extract, Mentha piperita (Peppermint) oil, Citrus reticulata (Tangerine) peel oil, Foeniculum vulgare (Fennel) oil, Pimpinella anisum (Anise) seed oil, Zingiber officinale (Ginger) root oil, Elettaria cardamomum (Cardamom)seed oil

Peppermint – avoid using (all routes) on children under 6
Fennel – avoid using (all routes) on children under 5
Anise – avoid using (all routes) on children under 5
Ginger – avoid topical use on children under 2
Cardamom – avoid using on children under 6

SniffleEase™ Essential Oil Blend: Caprylic/capric glycerides, Eucalyptus bicostata (Eucalyptus Blue) oil, Bursera graveolens (Palo Santo) wood oil, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) oil, Hyptis suaveolens (Dorado Azul) seed oil, Cinnamomum camphora (Ravintsara) leaf oil, Myrtus communis (Myrtle) oil, Eucalyptus Globulus leaf oil, Origanum majorana (Marjoram) leaf oil, Pinus sylvestris (Pine) leaf oil, Eucalyptus citriodora oil, Cupressus sempervirens (Cypress) leaf/nut/stem oil, Eucalyptus Radiata leaf oil, Picea mariana (Black spruce) leaf oil, Mentha piperita (Peppermint) oil

Myrtle – avoid using on children under 6
Eucalyptus Globulus – avoid using on children under 10
Eucalyptus Radiata – avoid using on children under 10
Peppermint – avoid using (all routes) on children under 6

Note: There is NOTHING on their website that tells what ages these blends are appropriate for, which implies that they are safe for all children.

Info on EO safety from Learning About EO’S

Leap #4


Leap #4 was 5 loooong weeks long. R4 has made some obvious advancements like being able to bring things to her mouth (including my hand), using consonant sounds, searches for people when they walk away from her, grumbles when impatient.

There are other new skills that I may not have noticed or haven’t kicked in yet.

Leap #4 in my mind is “the leap of cat naps.” R4 rarely slept more than 30 minutes at a time unless I was holding her and even then sometimes it was still only 30 mintues. Luckly she slept really well at night except for nursing a lot more often.

When this leap ended it was like a switch flipped. She took two 1.5 hour naps in the bed! I didn’t know what to do with myself! I made blueberry muffins with the berries we picked last week and dinner!! I also realized she’s not nursing NEAR as often! She’s back to doing a 3-4 hours stretch at night like she was before this leap and going 2-3 hours during the day (instead of every 1-2).

I wish Wonder Weeks had been around when The Bigs were little I am finding this app really useful!

“It Works” Wraps are NOT All-Natural

There ARE herbal ingredients in it… but there’s also these nasties.









There’s No Such Thing As A Parenting Pro

I posted the following yesterday in my 4th Trimester group (ladies I was pg with):

Am I the only one who has to work to get their baby to sleep? I see all these pics of y’all’s babies zonked out on your chests or backs and that would never happen here.

I either have to wear her and spend the whole time bouncing, patting and shhh’ing or swaddle her and put her in the swing and even then sometimes I have to sit and shh in addition to the white noise and music playing. Am I doing something wrong?

When I take her out of the swing when we go to bed, I nurse her and lay her swaddled between us and she sleeps fine all night long.

I’m not really complaining, it could be so much worse, just thinking out loud I guess..

Then I commented to Mr. Fox that I wish the swing would lay flat, that I think she wants to be on her side in it. He’s all, “lay her in the bed.” But I thought she needed the motion. So when I put her in her swing this morning and she fussed I thought, “what the heck” and laid her in the bed. SHE WENT TO SLEEP! So, yeah, 4 kids later and I still struggle to figure out what she needs! LOL

Can’t post without a pic, right?


Plan to Eat!

I’ve been using Plan to Eat for the last month to plan our meals every week. It’s super easy and so helpful!

You put your own recipes in! It’s not as time-consuming as I thought it would be because most of my recipes are on people’s blogs (or my own) and the ones that aren’t really only took a few minutes to add. Also, there’s a neat feature where you click a button at the top of the blog page and it automatically formats it and adds it for you!

You drag the meals onto the day of the week and it adds them to your shopping list. I shop at Aldi, Publix and Costco and it was easy to tell it which stores I get what at. I highly recommend it – it’s $4.95/month or $39/year!

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