Monday, November 26, 2012

Extreme poop

Yes, I'm writing about poop.

But, it's a daily part of my life. So, why not? Right? Besides, when you read this story you will understand why it needs to be a part of blog history.

Anyways, here are some pictures of Elias from several months back. (Soon-to-be parents, turn the other way. This will horrify you.) And yes, we documented this incident because it was so freaking pooptastic.

As you can see, there was poop. Plenty of poop. All was well in the world.

But now, now we have the opposite extreme on our hands. Quite literally, actually, on my hands.

A little history. Both Asher and Elias had to take Miralax daily (baby does, ped approved) when they started solids. Their little systems just couldn't handle the new poop in their world. But Elias has taken it to a whole new extreme. Bless his heart.

Last week, he'd been almost a week without pooping. Which, many doctors will say can be just fine for a baby (or at least a breastfed baby, because that's all I really know). But Elias was not fine. He was clearly uncomfortable. And, after a few little hard stools, we upped the Miralax doses and increased the prune frequency in his meals. That didn't seem to help.

One afternoon, Joni said he was really struggling to poop. Straining. Red face. You know the drill, right mamas? So, I did a little infant suppository. Usually that does the trick.

This time, it worked. Sort of. He immediately needed to poop. And it was STUCK. And I mean STUCK. He screamed and cried for what felt like hours. Joni and I kept checking his diaper and looking at each other like, "What the EFF are we supposed to do?"

We tried rubbing his belly and putting him in a warm sink of water. And we could see there was poop. But it was stuck. In our sight, yes. And not coming out. The water made him scream more.

I picked up the phone and called the doc. My favorite nurse answered (thank you, God) and she said, "Honey, do you have any gloves and some petroleum jelly?" I thought, "I was afraid you'd say that. Shit." Instead, I said, "Yes ma'm. Let me gather my supplies."

Joni kept soothing a crying (read: miserable, hysterical) Elias while I prepared. Favorite Nurse gave me a pep talk on the line. I was to put on the gloves, lubricate Elias' poor bottom and pull out the poop. Now, you can stop reading if you want to. And I wouldn't blame you. But, if you're brave. Read on.

I started pulling out little pieces of rock hard poop. Elias kept screaming. Joni was trying to not gag and cry at the same time. (Elias was really pitiful.) Asher was eaitng M&M's or something to stay occupied.

Then, I reached a point where I couldn't do anymore. And there was so much stuck in there. I could see it.

Favorite Nurse said, "Ok Momma, now he may tear. And that's ok. Just do your best." I said, "It's huge and I can't get it! Really? He may TEAR?" And Favorite Nurse said, "Ok, well, you're going to have to get a thermometer and use that to poke in there and break apart the poop. Use it to cut the poop. Then, it'll be in pieces that you can get out."

Holy shit. Holy shit. Holy shit. This is not happening.

Oh, but it did. I did as I was instructed. Favorite nurse was encouraging me. Elias was screaming. Joni was traumatized.

But ladies and gentleman of the internet, I did it. I broke apart the world's largest shit ball with a thermometer and saved my poor baby from endless pain. That thing wasn't coming out on its own. I did it. I'm a poop hero.

(And for the record, we're adding more Miralax to the daily meal plan and trying to keep him more regular. So far, so good.)

Congrats if you actually made it this far in this story of stool. And if you've done this poop digging before, I commend you. It's no easy feat. Whew.

The things you'll do for love.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Stickygrams for my Instagrams

What did we do before Instagram? And before that, what did we do before Facebook? My kids are going to have digital baby books, since I click pictures of them every 2.2 seconds with my phone. The technology allows me to share (read: overshare) with everyone, but sometimes I get sad because I feel like there are a lot less prints around the house.

Then, on some brilliant mom's blog, I stumbled upon making magnets from your Instagram photos. Bingo! Right on! Yay! And, they are so stylish and pretty. Who doesn't want squared photo magnets of all your favorite photos greeting you on the door to your fridge? And, instead of having little magnet circles or something on that back, the entire surface is a magnet. (This is important to wives like me that get in trouble for scratching up the stainless surfaces with all my magnet tendencies.)

So, I ordered my first set of Stickygrams. And, I think at the time I got a set for free because they usually have some sort of special going on. I've gotten them for grandparents' gifts, too. Their interface is super easy. You just connect with your Instagram account and click and drag to your magnet. Easy peasy.

I've arranged them in different ways on my fridge. They really are pretty sharp looking. And I just love them.

I kept meaning to write a blog post about them because I'm just THAT in love with them. But, I kept forgetting. Then, today I get an email from my Stickygram friends that I have my own 'share' code now. If you want to order some yourself, then you get $2 off using my code (and I get credit, too). It's a win(for you)-win(for me)-win(for your fridge)-win(for mine) for all of us.

Get on it for Christmas, y'all!

Use the promo code FRIEND462P.  Just go to to start.

Asher's Apps: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally

This interactive episode of Mickey's Clubhouse is fast becoming our new favorite app. This Road Rally app (on our iPad) takes Asher through an episode of the show where he has to interact along the way. There are shapes to find, buttons to push, trees to shake, and ducks to count. It's really cute and Asher enjoys being involved in one of his favorite tv shows.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Giving Thanks

As we approach Thanksgiving, I wanted to send out a 'thankful' note to friends and family. And, I wanted something that we could share as a family with others out there who may be on the hunt for ways to say give thanks.

I asked my lovely designer friend, Kristen, to put together some 'I am thankful for...' strips that could be made into links and displayed as a 'thankful' chain in our home. I then shared these little pieces of thanks along with our Thanksgiving note with some of our loved ones.

And, of course any Thanksgiving card isn't complete without attempted turkey handprints from my boys. Asher, carefully put the blue eye on each turkey. And Elias was less cooperative and his turkeys were solid red, and in the form of just a plain handprint. :)

In case anyone else out there is looking for something to show their thankfulness, I'm going to post the documents here. We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! And remember, give thanks with a grateful heart.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Asher's Apps: Fisher Price Laugh & Learn

Forgot about this little blog series. But Asher sure hasn't slowed down on his app playing. Or app rearranging on my phone. Or random phone calling.

There are a few apps that Asher always turns to. And the Fisher Price Laugh & Learn apps are always popular. And I like that they are from a trustworthy brand and are very well done.

There are several apps in the series. Our current fave is the Shapes & Colors or the Monkey. Download them and enjoy the learning!

Monday, November 12, 2012

My baby boys' Happy Birthday rap video

Yesterday was my main man's birthday. And, because all important birthday deserve videos, I coerced the kids to participate in a little rap tribute.

You know, I had all these costume changes in my plan. And changes of location. You know, mention bath and the boys would be in the bath. Right. I didn't think through Asher's new disdain of 'taking pictures' and Elias's new mobility. So, we made do.

Here it is. Our baby boys celebrating their dada.

They sure love their daddy. And so do I.

(One day, they may not love that I have forever virtually published them in this rap video. But, for now, I love it!)

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