Tuesday, February 9, 2016

#sickjustgotreal

Last week I was invited to participate in a #sickjustgotreal event in the city to learn about different and unavoidable "ew" moments where germs are at their fiercest. This interactive media event featured nationally recognized pediatric doctor, Dr. Nina Shapiro, and microbiologist Dr. Charles Gerba, who both shared their expertise on how germs exist beyond what meets the eye, and how to get kids back to being kids again when germs cause sick to get real.

I arrived to the event early and was greeted with an adorable array of kid-inspired foods and treats.


On the menu were: Chicken Tinga Tacos, mini-grilled cheese, short rib chocolate stout pop-tarts, oatmeal cookies with Chocolate-Milk shots, homemade chicken noodle soup (I wanted to steal all of these mini cans), citrus cured salmon with Herb  Mustard & Micro Greens, and Refueling Banana and PB Pizzas.
The event started and we were walked through an interactive display of the germiest places. Did you know that the sun's ultraviolet light rays kill bacteria? Therefore, playground equipment in the shade will have more bacteria. Sandboxes are a germ's best friend (no surprise there), as well as the chains on swings, and the top of a slide where kids touch before they go down.
Our next location was the grocery store (where a blacklight lit up the germiest places of a grocery store - which was basically the whole place). Of course, shopping carts are a huge germ culprit - which is why I always use my trusty shopping cart cover!

We then were taken to the classroom. where we were schooled in germs. According to Dr. Shapiro, half of students don't wash their hands after using the bathroom. Even worse - desks often have MORE BACTERIA than a toilet seat!!! GROSS!!
Our last two stops were in a school nurse's office and finally, a doctor's office. We learned that kids will obviously come into contact with germs all year long, but the winter season (77%) is far and away the leader when it comes to school nurses seeing a spike in sickness as opposed to the Fall/back to school season (where sickness is only at about 20%)

















After a short Q&A we were handed goodie bags full of Children and Infants Advil, Children's Robitussin and Children's Dimetapp.
I was glad to have the medicine on hand because I ended up needing the advil for Natalie this week. She had a fever Sunday into Monday and even though I live very close to a CVS, and thought I had a stocked medicine cabinet I still ran out of the meds I had, but I was able to grab the advil for her and her fever dramatically decreased. It must have been some weird 24 hour thing...I have no idea. But she was back to herself by nighttime.

I enjoyed this event very much and appreciated the opportunity to learn a little bit more about these medicines, and how I can try to prevent sickness in my home and for my child(ren). Though of course, the take-away is that sickness is pretty much unavoidable in some cases, no matter how hard you try. But by teaching your kids good hygiene and proper hand washing, you can at least decrease your chances of illness and hopefully have a few less #sickjustgotreal moments in your life!

Have you, or your little one, managed to avoid getting sick so far this winter? If so, good for you....now share your tips!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Natalie's First Haircut

This weekend, Natalie got her very first haircut! I really wanted her hair to just be trimmed up a bit and the long rat-tail in the back to be not so...rat-taily.
                              
Cathy and her sister have been cutting Chris and his whole family's hair since Chris was a baby and now Cathy gave Natalie her first haircut too (first of many!) - I just love stories like this!

We tried to have her sit in Chris's lap, but of course, Cathy could tell right away that that wasn't going to work.
                                         
So she was going to cut Chris's hair first so Natalie could watch and see what she was doing.

But while Chris was getting his hair washed, Natalie was very busy looking at the display shelves at the front of the store. Cathy seized the opportunity and dove in to cut her hair while she played with the bottles and bracelets.
                                       

I caught as much of it as I could on video, I felt bad that Chris was in the back. But he came up front and got to watch most of it after his hair was washed.
                                       
                             

I don't think Natalie had any idea what was happening. She just thought this woman was playing with her hair, and she didn't mind it at all. She giggled a little bit when she trimmed the hair around her eyes.
                                       
So I captured what I could. This moment wasn't nearly as tear-jerking as Sam and Nia's Abram's First Real Haircut found here (start at 1:50 and grab the tissues!!!) (PPS: I'm only slightly obsessed with this family) But it was a fun milestone non-the-less.
               

So the rat tail is gone, her hair is a bit trimmed up, and she looks a little less like a crazy person!
                                            
Also, Natalie had no problem making herself at home in the salon.
                               
And begging for one of the lollipops they were selling at the register..
I'd say her first haircut was a success, and that this was the first of many trips to the salon with my little girl! 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

A girl, and her piano


A girl and her piano. I love this picture so much. Sometimes, I think "what if she ever grows up to be a piano or music virtuoso?" These are the pictures I'll share when they make her E! True Hollywood special on her.

"From a very young age, Natalie showed an intense interest in the piano and music..." With various photos like this of her at the piano. 

I can see it now! 

However, I've decided I'm enrolling her in photography classes next year so she can be a professional photographer, because with the prices some of these photogs charge these days?! Holy hell, I am in the wrong business.... 

We had a very nice weekend with our friends Christina and Kenny (we always have great weekends when we visit each other.) Natalie enjoyed the extra attention and soaked up the time with them! We miss you guys already! Xoxox

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Winter Storm Jonas

Wowy! We've been busy (even though I haven't left the house in the last 72 hours, except for half an hour Sunday while Natalie played in the snow) #truestory. The business I work for had 9 musicians who needed to be in Florida over the last 4 days and needless to say, I've spent a LOT of time on the phone with Delta and tweaking itineraries over the last week. #mamaneedsadrink

I thiiink it has calmed down now but holy moly! Despite that mess, this weekend was glorious.
                                       
Updates:
Natalie will ONLY nap in her chair in her room, but at least she's napping and we are down to only about 12 minutes of crying/fussing before she falls asleep! (Down from 45 minutes initially).

Those 12 minutes are pretty funny though, and watching the monitor is a bit like watching a circus show.
                      
                       
                         
She's a nut- how do I get her to nap in her bed?! Or do I not worry about it?

We didn't go out during the actual blizzard but I brought the snow inside! She mostly just ate it:
                        
She also watched tv whilst snuggled in a Bed, Bath and Beyond box and eating blueberries....like a princess.

We did finally play a little outside on Sunday- but we don't have a sled! Our area prob got about 27-30 inches?? (I'm actually super bad at estimating that)
                      

                                       
She only tolerated about 30 minutes though. She was getting annoyed by her gloves- I think I need to get better ones. 

Natalie now kisses my belly when I ask her to kiss the baby. She still has no ides what's coming for her though mwahahaha. I've been trying to get it on video but when we ask her if she wants a brother or a sister she says "A brother!" we say "A brother?!" and then she goes "AND a sister!!" It's hilarious.
                   

My sister knows an artist who has used Natalie as his muse before. Yesterday my mom logged onto Facebook to find his latest charcoal drawing...how amazing is this?!
                    

To compare...it's amazing!:

How did you all survive the blizzard?! 


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Toddler Time at the library

I try to take Natalie to the library on Fridays for Toddler Time. This is usually a song, storytime, sometimes a craft and then open play.

Natalie does NOT sit for the storytime- but there are some reasons for this (other than the fact that she's a maniac) - the children's librarian has such a heavy accent that even I have trouble understanding her. I can only imagine how confused Natalie must get; she also picks these teeny tiny books to read that no one has ever heard of so the  kids aren't identifying with them, and she reads different books each week! At the other library I went to, the librarian would read these big, oversized pop up books - Goodnight Moon and The Very Hungry Caterpillar and she would read them every week or at least every other week!! Natalie always sat for those, so I know it's possible; The librarian also sits soooo far away from all the kids!! It's very odd to me, but whatevs, it's free. So storytime is a struggle.

But "The Wheels On The Bus" time? She's a pro at that! Natalie likes to be front and center for singing time. She is NOT shy:
                     
To give some perspective, here is where the REST of the well-behaved children are...
                             
We'll be fine...as long as she can learn to sit and listen in a class setting by September....we shall see, lol

Thursday, January 14, 2016

First day of Pre-K Prep

You guys, I was HELLA proud of Natalie today. I took her to a pre-K prep class that our gymboree offers for 2-3 year olds (really, it's more of a "nursery" prep class). It's a half hour class in the gym with parents, then a half hour in a classroom on their own, and then 15 minutes back out in the gym with parents.
                         
I really didn't think Natalie was going to cry when we separated, I was more so worried about her hitting or hurting other kids in the class, lol. Well, she didn't do either. The teacher said she started to look for me after a minute when she realized I wasn't behind her, but they directed her to the legos, and she quickly forgot she was looking for me. I was happy, proud, and sad, all at the same time :)
                         

But it was adorable: After the half hour, she came out, saw me, and yelled "Mommy!" while running to me....adorbs.

So yea, major heart swells from my little girl today!
Here's a video of our class: Click here to view if not showing up in browser

             

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Valentine's Sneak Peek

Crazy long playdate with a bunch of friends and their kids today and didn't take ANY pictures!! Uggh but we had a good time!

So here is sneak peek at some Valentine's day photos a friend of mine took this past weekend...
Quote of the day:
"Natalie, why did you dump the dog's water into her dinner food?!"
"Because."