Wednesday Quote: Pause

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We could all use this reminder sometimes. Life seems to move pretty fast, if you don’t stop to look around once in awhile, you could miss it. Maybe we just need to slow down. Let’s pause in the moment.

Homeschooling, On the Fence

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I have started thinking about homeschooling 4 years ago when my daughter was diagnosed with food allergies. I am already a stay-at-home-mom so why not keep her safe at home and teach her from here? We have battled so much, and I know it will be beneficial to her because she can go at her own pace. She will be able to do what she wants, and she can excel in the subjects or categories she wants to.

However, here is my dilemma.
Will they miss out on the social skills with friends? 
Right now Grayson really doesn’t understand so I am going with my daughter. She says she don’t talk at school, she is scared she will get in trouble. She said she is pretty much quiet throughout the day, and only talks when she is allowed. To me this sets off alarms.
My child’s voice is being held from learning.
How will she miss her friends? Will she miss that recess time of 20 minutes with her friends?

I just don’t know how homeschool moms go through the social thing. She loves the communication, the friendships, the knowledge that people are about her outside her home.

Another thing I am on the fence about is the Common Core.
I don’t want to teach my child about Common Core. It is boring, pointless and utterly ridiculous. I see no point in it, and I am sure a lot of you all agree. I just want her to know an easy way to do things. The onsite of eye-rolling at homework, and she barely has any but with homeschool, she will never have homework.

Gosh, do you see what I mean? I am just going in circles. I have no clue what is coming and going. All these mixed emotions are so weird for me, usually I don’t have mixed emotions. I just “do“.

How does one go about teaching a child at home if you don’t know how to teach them? Do they have teachers? Will there be others to call on for help? How does this work? Btw – if anyone knows any of the questions feel free to let me know, or maybe even where to look for the answers. I do know I don’t want to be in K12, or a Public Online School which is controlled by the state, because I do not want Common Core.

I want to be able to teach my child life experiences. Things they can look forward to as they grow. I love being with my kids, sure, some days I might want to pull my hair out, but we will have to find the happy medium in it all. Sure, I do love when they go to school and I have that extra time to take a power nap, but I think it will be beneficial to figure out what will help them grow into their own little grown humans.

At what age do you start with your kids homeschooling. There are so many things that are wanting me to go for it. Lockdown Drills, so many school shooting now a days, and it seems it will only get worse. Her anxiety with what everyone else is eating, and my anxiety on what others are doing around her as well.

Food Allergies vs Faith

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I am coming forward to shed a new light on some things.

I haven’t talked too much about food allergies since my daughter was fighting for her life May 2012. Just because I didn’t talk about it much or throw statistics at everyone doesn’t mean I wasn’t praying for miracles, not only for my child but for every child out there battling their food allergies. I didn’t know much about food allergies till that dreaded day.

I didn’t know it could mean life or death within minutes of eating something or that I would spend so much time and energy researching things you have to do to make sure any food you touch was safe. I am not talking about just reading labels here. I am talking about the every detail of everything you do.

Did you know that half of the time you have to either call companies, or send them an e-mail to see what is actually in their food? You spend most of your time helping, or protecting your child. It is not just about companies, it’s also restaurants. Those times where you just want to go sit down as a family and have someone cook for you. After doing some research in our  town, we found that we only have two options for sit down restaurants: Cracker Barrel & Olive Garden. Even though recently, Cracker Barrel changed their menu, so I will have to contact  them before our next visit to make sure they are still food allergy aware, and if anything has changed.

Half of the time, we (parents of food allergy kids) just want people to ‘get’ it. It is life or death. How hard is that for people to understand? When you have a child who is sick  you don’t take them to the hospital for them to run around and play. So, why would I take my food allergy child to your birthday party and let her run around free of everything, when I have no clue what is there. I have no clue what is in the cake, the ice cream, and those donuts you decided to pick up and bring. So sorry if I come off being “overly protected”, I am just being a mom.  

Food allergies just happen. It is not planned out. It is not something that I would wish on anyone. Just because one day my child eats nuts, then the next day she is in the ER, doesn’t mean I am just going to go back to our way of life before. That ONE day changed our life, and we changed our life-style. It is a way of living, it can be restrictive but at least this is something I can battle. This is something I can manage.

Your next question could be about my faith. “If your faith is strong enough you wouldn’t worry so much. Let Go, Let God” Really? So, I should just throw that common sense God gave me right out the window and say “Run along Jade! I will watch you from here! Even though I saw you battling for your life, I just want you free-spirited. In the meantime, I will sit over in my corner and pray while you run free”

So, let me inform you about my faith.

My faith is loading my daughter up on the bus every morning for school. I don’t know what Sally has brought on the bus that morning. I don’t know if Sally is going to give Jade her walnut ice cream, or did Sally just saved her Nutella sandwich to share with Jade on the bus. Don’t tell me this can’t happen, because when I was in school I brought snacks on the bus. My ride was an hour and half, so of course, I brought me something! Who is not to say some little kid does the same? Why would a kid bring something so dangerous on the bus? The reason why is because to that child it isn’t dangerous. That kid is living the Free-Spirited life.

My faith is letting my daughter into a public school. A public school where they have no clue, nor have they seen a child go through Anaphylactic shock. The teachers and staff don’t know what to even look for if something happens to my child. I have to tell them the warnings signs. My faith is, for them to remember exactly what I told them.

My faith knows God can change this. My everyday prayer is finding a cure, finding a way to ‘fix’ whatever is wrong. And now my faith is really showing and do you want to know why? Because just today we found out that Jade might have outgrown her allergies, but that’s not why I have faith now. I have faith now because I am going to put her life in her Doctors hand. The Doctor is going to do a food challenge and feed her Walnuts. The Doctor and Nurses will watch her closely. I will be facing the devil head on, but I will not bow my head. I will push through because I know who has this, and it is not me. So, next time you hear food allergies think about everything it takes for that parent to push through everyday life. Don’t judge them; don’t start pointing fingers at them, because in my eyes they have the best positive outlook on life. For they know what true Faith is.

 

Our Adventure This Week

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They admitted my daughter into the hospital on Monday.
Jade had been sick for 3 weeks. It started with a head cold, then moved into walking pneumonia. Since Walking Pneumonia is not contagious I sent her to school, at this point she wasn’t running a fever with being sick, but she was on breathing treatments, antibiotics and other medicine to get her well.
On Friday Morning, I got up (our usual routine), and was getting her clothes together for school, getting myself dressed. I ran out to crank the car so it would be warm and came back in to wake my sleeping my daughter. She woke up and came into the living room, her face was so red! I knew then that she was getting worse and not better. I could her temperature and it was 102.7
I called her Doctor and made an appointment, then took her to the kitchen to give her Ibuprofen and Tylenol to get her temp down. Needless to say she threw up half of the medicine, and the throwing up didn’t stop, but it wasn’t continuous it just happened every so often. This continued into Saturday, I finally called the Doctor on Saturday morning to get something to get her to quit being so nauseated. Her temp at this point was on clock work, every 5 hours and 30minutes it would start-up, reaching 102 within 30minutes. You couldn’t tell she was sick though, until the fever hit. She would grab her blanket and lay on the couch. The throwing up stopped with the help of Zofran, but the fevers never went away.
Monday, I took her back to the Dr. Of course at the Doctor she looked fine because I gave her Ibuprofen before we left, and if she didn’t have a fever you would have never know she was sick. She acted normal. However, the Doctor told me that she should be fine, and shouldn’t have a high fever, just a low-grade and she should be able to return to school the next day. We leave the doctor office, only to come home to a 103.5 fever. I called the doctor back and asked them to please do something to help her, I was tired of masking her fever, when apparently something is wrong.
They admitted her into the hospital on Monday evening.

This is what happens when a fever comes on: Sleep

This is what happens when a fever comes on: Sleep

Now it is Friday. She got out of the hospital on Wednesday evening, she would still get a fever, but they wasn’t as close together. Thursday she finally went 24 hours without a fever! While at the hospital her WBC was 15 on Monday and when we left it was 11.6. Her liver enzymes are still elevated (they have come down since Monday), but we will go back on Thursday to get them rechecked.
I will probably never know what happened to her, but I am glad to be home, and say that she is FEVER FREE!

Her class made her a Valentine Get Well Soon Card and got her a Bear! So Thoughtful.

Her class made her a Valentine Get Well Soon Card and got her a Bear! So Thoughtful.

Being at the hospital while you are 8 months pregnant.. let’s just say that my hips thank me for being home!
They ruled it as Viral plus her having Pneumonia even though her chest X-ray came back negative, they still thought maybe her body was still fighting it off.

30 Weeks

My goodness this week has been busy. My daughter had walking pneumonia, my husband had an awful head cold, and now I am sporting the sniffling, runny nose, with that awesome head cold. Don’t ya love it when Hubby shares with you? On top of all that we are packing, painting furniture, going to Dr Appointments, and cleaning out things we don’t need.

With being sick, I completely missed out on Zumba yesterday, and posting this. I have been resting on the couch. Not much you can take while your pregnant, so resting is always a good thing.

30 weeks

Your belly’s increasing size is a definite clue that your baby is getting bigger every day, weighing in at over three pounds now (he’ll be packing on the weight at a rate of half a pound per week for the next seven weeks). Also growing daily is his brain, which is actually starting to look like the real thing with those characteristic grooves and wrinkles. And now that your little genius can regulate his own body temperature and turn up the heat, he’ll start shedding lanugo, the downy body hair that’s been keeping him warm up until now.

Cravings
Sour Skittles
Mash Potatoes
Burgers
Ice Cold Water
Ice Cold Milk

Symptoms
Sinus Crap: Runny Nose, Sinus Pressure, Coughing, etc
Tired
Baby kicked so hard today. He completely moved my belly to one side
Braxton Hicks Contractions
Shortness of Breath

29 Weeks

Life seems to be getting way busy around here. Next week we start on buying the big items for baby Grayson (crib, swing, bedding, pak-n-play, etc), this week; however, we are I am packing. I think I have packed 10 boxes, and we have furniture stacked on top of furniture (no joke) I am keeping my eyes focused that the current tenant will be moved out, and we can move in. I will not get discouraged, I will hold on to my faith, and know that in patience, good things come to those who wait.
During Zumba this week, I started having Braxton Hicks Contractions. I hope this doesn’t mean that I will have to lay out of Zumba. Savoy (Hubby) is concerned, but I just did the best I could, and eventually my stomach stopped tightening up. I did stop and get me some more water while it was happening though.

29weeks

Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to make room for his developing brain. To meet his increasing nutritional demands, you’ll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because his bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby’s hardening skeleton each day.

Cravings
Hint of Lime Chips with White Corn & Black Bean Salsa
Ice Cold Milk
Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies
Burgers!
Dairy Queen: Chicken Basket with Gravy
Green Grapes

Symptoms
Soreness
Braxton Hicks Contractions
Exhausted
Hip Pops when Switching sides
Walking Slower

Name Reveal

So, I am awake bright an early, even before the chickens, or so it seems.
I have a head cold, and can’t sleep very well, right now I will blame our hot room for that.

Anyway, yesterday I went to Hobby Lobby and found the rest of the letters for our baby boy’s name. I am so excited because the name fits in perfectly with our family, and it has meaning, not only due to colors, but because of other reasons 😉

The name list Hubby decided on was:
Evan
Christian
Conner
Grayson … and well,
Grayson

Grayson Savoy Bearden due April 13th.
Thank you for the ones voting in the Name Reveal, and held out till Hubby could make up his mind.

Jade’s Cute Sayings Pt 2

Before I get started on Jade’s sayings I would like to say Thank You to all of you who have “liked” my blog, and for all my new followers.

Jade just turned 5 years old Christmas eve, and just started Pre-K this past September. This is things she has said since July – December 2012.

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Savoy and I were talking about the chickens should be laying eggs soon, and how we could start cooking them.
Jade says, “Don’t eat chicken, the eggs hatch! Don’t eat my friends! Eat fries!”

Jade was running down the hallways and stub her toe.
Jade, “Tell Daddy to move his BOX!”

Woke up and found Jade eating some chips
Me, “Jade, did you get the chips and how did you open them?”
Jade, “Scissors”

Jade just looked out the window and realized it was raining.
Jade, “Mom, It is going to RAIN!”
She jumps down off the couch and runs to the AC to turn it on, she runs back to the couch and sits down beside me.
Jade, “That will blow it away!”

Me, “Jade, how did you get a black eye?”
Jade, “Snow globe did it”
Me, “Snow globe attacked your eye?”
Jade, “Yeah it did”

Me, “Jade, what did you eat for breakfast at school?”
Jade, “A hamburger with a hole in it!”

Jade went to get her blanket from her room.
Me, “Are you cold?”
Jade, “Nope, my leg is hurting, so I will keep it safe under the blanket”
She even pulls our her “good” leg because it wasn’t hurting.

Me, “I think I am getting a sinus headache”
Jade, “Yeah, and your tummy is big”

Jade, “Daddy, we got to take mommy to the Doctor, her tummy is too full!”

Me, “Jade, what did you do at school today?”
Jade, “That’s enough Mom, I can’t tell you everything about my day, all the time.”

Dropping Jade off at school, in the morning and she says, “Mom, you don’t stay at school with me, you go home.”

Spelling out C-A-N-D-Y to Savoy as we pull up to a gas station, when he shuts the door and heads in Jade says, “I want candy, p-a-r-s-t-u-v”

Jade, “I need a lunchbox with a duck cartoon”
Savoy, “Why do you need a lunchbox?”
Jade, “Because I want to eat with my lunchbox friends”
Savoy, “So, this is peer pressure?”
Jade, “yeah”

If you missed the last of Jade’s cute sayings, check it out here

Baby Wish List

Swing Sleeper Leap Frog Bedding Travel System 2 Pak-N-Play 2 Crib Travel System Pak-N-Play Cuddle-U

Still debating between the Pak-N-Plays and Travel Systems, but I like these the best. I also think the other things are pretty neat 😉 The bedding isn’t a firm thing, for some reason it is hard to like something if you don’t see it in person. Still debating, throwing a lot of things out there, but I know it will all come together when the time is right, for now… I am just dreaming.

Nut Allergies with Vegetarian

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As most of you know my daughter tested positive for walnut allergy. We are a normal family that even grabs fast food when the mood strikes, which here lately has not been a lot. We took Jade yesterday for another check-up and the doctor told us “No nuts at all.” I even asked for additional nut tests and he tells us “there’s no sense in it”. Come on, right!? Wouldn’t any mom want to know if their child is allergic to other nuts? So, I think I will another opinion, but I think the answer will be the same, but I feel as though I should know…

After we get home I start doing research about nut allergies and found out that General Mills cereal contains Peanut flour; Chic-Fil-A uses Peanut Oil, and that we will have to read all labels.. not just for Ice Cream, but even bread and other vast of things.. crackers, canned vegetables, frozen vegetables, fruit bars, granola bars, all kinda of cereal.. The doctor told us it would actually be better to just do homemade meals, because really we never know what they put in their stuff, or if they just did a wash down after nuts. With wash downs, I found out, that they usually don’t get everything and you will then have a cross contamination of nuts. We have to find business who have nuts on a whole other process line or machine. I hope this makes sense to you, LOL

We also have learned that peanuts are a bean, but they are packaged with other nuts, so therefore e would have cross contamination with that also. Crazy right?! So, now back to basic cooking and homemade style – which in reality tastes better anyway. The next step is getting Jade into Pre-K and well aware of her nut allergy, before school starts in a few months.

On top of the nut allergy we think Jade is going to be a vegetarian. We will be getting blood work done to check her vitamin levels for B12, and her protein. Busy 2012 for us, but at least things will get better from here.

Here is a little snip from last night….

We were in the car to go grab a pizza from Papa Johns – which is a nut free business, Jade is in the backseat and Savoy and I are just having normal conversation about Jade.
Savoy and I were talking about the chickens and eggs.. in general, our chickens should be laying eggs soon, and yada yada then…
Jade: “Don’t eat Chicken, the eggs hatch! Don’t eat my friends.. Eat Fries!”

Savoy and I laughed all the way to Bremen. I looked at Savoys and said, “Well, I guess that answers that question”

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