Monday, September 29, 2008

And after the mastitis…

…comes thrush. I should have clued in when Sawyer started refusing his paci. He always uses his paci. The next day I noticed the big white spot on his tongue. Now this really is my worst fear nursing. The thought of treating yeast is overwhelming to me. I called my ob who prescribed 2 weeks of Diflucan and called the ped. nurse who called in a script for Nystatin. Sawyer finished up the Nystatin yesterday and I still have a couple days left of the Diflucan. For the first time since I started nursing, it doesn’t hurt to breastfeed. I figure that the yeast has probably been the problem for a long time and the antibiotics I was on for mastitis sent it into overdrive. I’ve washed clothes and bras and towels and toys and bottles and pacis like crazy hoping to get rid of the yeast. Do you know how impossible it is to wash everything that a 10 month old puts in his mouth?! I really hope it’s gone and we can continue on with a better nursing experience. It seems like I have had nothing but problems this time.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A Trip to the DMV

I had to go to the DMV to register Jody’s new (used) truck. Like the true stay at home mom that I am, I toted all 3 kids with me. We no more than got our number and sat down when Paxton started doing the potty dance. There were only two people ahead of me so I didn’t want to miss my turn. I could see the bathroom from where I was sitting so I told Olivia to take him.

They were in the bathroom for a few minutes when Olivia pokes her head out and yells, “Mom, Paxton’s going poop!” This kid’s bowels have the worst timing. I told her to tell me when he was finished and I would come wipe his butt (motherhood is such a glorious job). Every once in a while she would poke her head out to give me updates.

Soon it was my turn to go to the counter. I was busy getting the title and license switched over while balancing Sawyer- who is trying to grab my pen and check book and anything else he can get his hand’s on- on my hip when I hear Olivia yell from around the corner “He’s done!” “Tell him he has to wait a few minutes, “ I say. A few minutes later she yells, “He’s getting mad!” Now I’m hearing snickers behind me from the other people waiting.
Unfortunately I had to have Jody sign some paperwork before I could register the car. So I grabbed my stack of papers and high tailed it to the bathroom. I got Paxton cleaned up and headed out the door. You couldn’t miss the chuckles as we walked out the door. We headed to Jody’s work so he could sign the paperwork. Then it was back to the DMV. That trip was a little less exciting.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

What a cutie!

Olivia's new passion is giving Sawyer a mohawk. Everytime I turn around, she's wetting his hair and spiking it up. He doesn't seem to mind too much.

Walgreens Deal #3

Total: $30.14 and received $20 RR

Total Savings: $58.27

Walgreens Deal #2

Total: $7.10 and Received $10 in RR
Total Savings: $17.70

Friday, September 12, 2008

Walgreens Deal #1

Buy three Robitussin and get $10 RR back. Robitussin is on sale for $3.99. There are $3 coupons here.
Total: 2.97
Receive $10 RR back
I guess they were on to us. Now there is only a $1 coupon available.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Random thoughts

I am anxiously awaiting the call that my quilt is ready. I can't wait to get it. I have to drive to Heber Springs to pick it up. The Wal-Mart there still has fabrics, unlike the ones around here. I need some fabric for a new quilt pattern I want to try. The only fabric store we have around here is Hancock Fabrics and the quilting fabrics are so darn expensive.
I love listening to Rush Limbaugh these days. I like listening to Sean Hannity too but I don't catch his show as often.
I am reading The Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn. That book is right up my alley. It's refreshing to know there are people out there that are cheaper than us.
Sawyer's middle name should have been Hoover. He finds every little thing on the floor and puts it in his mouth.
I tried watching a documentary about September 11th last night. I had to turn it off because I felt the beginnings of a panic attack. How sad is it that I can't even deal with reality without freaking out.
My FIL took Monday and Tuesday off because he has vacation days to use. He's already gotten the kids twice today. And he takes Sawyer. How lucky am I?!
I've been wanting to take an online photography class from ASU Beebe. I'm thinking about using some of the money I make from the consignment sale to pay for a class. Or I could buy the family a Wii. Decisions, decisions.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Defective parts

Nursing has been such an ordeal this time around. I've dealt with pain that my ob and 3 lactation consultants could not pin-point, my supply has been decreasing on one side and, the most recent problem, bleeding, presumably from trauma due to Sawyer's rough nursing style.

Thursday I woke to find my right breast bruised looking with red streaks. Within a few hours I had a fever and chills. The dreaded mastitis. I called my Ob's nurse who consulted with the doctor and called in a prescription for antibiotics and the suggestion to pump for a few days to give my breast some time to heal.

I do not like pumping. I did just enough of it to have a little bit of a freezer supply of milk for an emergency. I never would have guessed that I have an over abundance of the lipase enzyme in my milk that causes the milk to have a nasty metallic flavor when thawed. I had to throw out my entire frozen supply. *sniff, sniff* From now on, I know to scald the milk before freezing to deactivate the enzyme.

I tried to give Sawyer some formula with no luck. He would not take it. I did manage to sneak an ounce or two in when I didn't pump enough milk. I'm proud to say that I managed to pump for three whole days. I think it's helped to build up the supply in my slacker boob and the bruising and streaking are gone. Now I have to remember to take my antibiotic four times a day until it runs out. And I will no longer take for granted whipping out a boob when it's time for Sawyer to eat. There is a lot of convenience in that.

Walgreens Deals

Better late than never. This was for the end of August. Since life is starting to settle down into somewhat of a routine, I'm hoping to start doing more thorough postings of my deals.

Transaction #1

And a bag of gummy worms that the kids ate on the way home.

Total Cost: $3.40

WAG Coupon Savings: $.50

WAG Advertised Savings: $14.96

MFG Coupon Savings: $24.74

Total Savings: $40.20


Transaction #2

The flipflops were on sale for 75% off so I bought three pairs in Olivia's current size and 3 pairs in the next size. You can't beat .50 for flops.

Total Cost: $6.42

WAG Coupon Savings: $2.00

WAG Advertised Savings: $18.29

MFG Coupon Savings: $10.00

Total Savings: $30.29

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Back from hiatus

Life got busy and before I knew it, I was way behind on my blog. Let’s see what all has happened since my last post:

*I got my hair cut and highlighted. I love it but I’m still not used to seeing myself with short hair.

*We came home from Nebraska.

*The day after we got home, we left to stay at cabins at Lobo Landing with my family and several family friends. We went swimming, went to the river, went to the lake, went to Wal-Mart and did a whole lot of nothing. It was nice!

*My mom and I took the quilt top I made in college to a lady that does machine quilting. I have been putting off getting it finished for way too long. I can’t wait to get it back. It’s going right onto my bed where I hope it keeps us warm for many, many years.

*My friend’s 11-year-old daughter stayed with us for a week. It was different having an older kid around. She left yesterday. It’s actually weird not having her around any more.

*Olivia got a scholarship to join the Gym Stars gymnastic team. She will be competing as a Level 3. She has gym from 4-8 on Tuesdays. That’s a long workout for a little kid but she seems to love it.

*We started Olivia’s 2nd year of homeschooling. We’ve added more subjects this year so it’s a lot more involved. I’m trying to find the rhythm of cleaning house, entertaining Sawyer and getting school taught. I am constantly amazed at how quickly Olivia picks things up.

*Sawyer has moved up to 6-9 month clothes, is scooting everywhere, and is working on getting several new teeth. The top two are so close do being through. *see photo* He has been so fussy today. I hope he gets a little relief and we all get some sleep tonight.

That's all I can think of for now. I have some Walgreens posts but that will have to wait until a time when Sawyer isn't attached to me.