Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Garage Sale Pages

You know the ones, they are all over Facebook, places where people virtually sell their stuff instead of having a sale at their house on a Saturday.  In fact, for the area that I currently reside there are over 4 that I am aware of and of those I belong to 3.  These are generally great sites. In the past 2 weeks I have gotten a near perfect jumperoo for my little dude (new nickname courtesy of his Nana), a worn once sailor outfit for little dude, 2 cans of formula all for really cheap or free.  I have also given away moving boxes, laundry detergent and spacebags.  That makes me love those pages.  NOW for the thing that annoys me and please tell me I am not alone here.  People who overprice their items and refuse to negotiate.  It's a yard sale page, it doesn't matter if you paid $50 for those Abercrombie capris, they're not going to sell for $20!  Try $6 and then we can talk.  Or the other thing, the people who get mad that no one is interested in their item so they say "if this isn't gone by tomorrow, it's going to Goodwill." Why not just take it there in the first place then?

What are your thoughts on these types of pages?  I am new to them, since I didn't really participate in any of the ones in Hawaii.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

POTW: Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

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Find on Amazon.com or at Barnes & Nobles

 So my POTW this week is the book about creating good sleep habits for your child.  My BFF in Hawaii recommended after we'd moved to WA and were having a few issues with our son's sleep.  (I believe it was recommended to her by another milspouse friend of ours.)  At first I was suspect, because I worried it would tell me to let my baby cry it out.  It's pretty much not that at all.  It basically gives you guidelines for a sleep schedule.  I admit I don't follow the book religiously, but what I do follow has helped tremendously. It gave me a much better idea on what is the best schedule for a baby.  I highly recommend.

(If you'd like to link up with POTW, go here: http://www.alyblogs.com)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Miscellany Monday

1. Time.  Yes, it's been awhile since I've done miscellany Monday. But I figured it was time to do it again, because it's fun & I'm procrastinating doing homework.

2. Homework.  Speaking on such a subject....I should be writing an essay on Telemedicine. Unfortunately, it's another topic that while awesome for the medical field, is way over talked about so thus I feel a waste of my precious time.  Too bad my professor doesn't share that opinion.

3. Army Wives.  Yes, let's talk about a television show briefly.  Let me preface that I haven't seen this past Sunday's episode yet.  However I did watch the previous Sunday's show and one thing in it bugged me a bit.  They show an enlisted couple having money problems and an Officer & his wife helping them out.  Now that's a bit odd to me, because I have never heard of an Officer & his wife coming to an enlisted person's home and discussing their finances.  (If I am wrong about that, correct me.)  Also, there is a line where the officer's wife says or implies that it is common for enlisted personnel to have financial difficulties or to not be smart with their money.  While I concede that can be true, it is not true for all and I felt sort of like the show made it out that enlisted people were stupid with their money.  [Let me also say that I do not have anything against officers or their wives.  This was simply how the show presented it.]

4. Neighbor.  I met one of our neighbors today.  She's super nice and they also came from Hawaii. Maybe this could be a potential friend?

5. Matthew.  He has gained enough to finally stop seeing the doctor every other day.  While he is still small for his age, they believe he is on the right track again with weight.  I bought him a Jumperoo thing off a yard sale site and his small size was incredibly evident when I tried to see how he was in it. So back to the garage it went and we'll try it again in 2 weeks.

Okay, okay...off to write this silly essay!

Friday, May 4, 2012

What's Up With Matthew?

For those that know me on Facebook, you're aware that Matthew has been seeing the doctor pretty much ALL WEEK. (I am getting to know the Naval Hospital pretty well.) And for those that follow here, from a previous post, you know that my milk production was down and we were supplementing.  Well I finally have time to explain fully what's been going on.  Let's start at the beginning, shall we, and bear with me this is a bit lengthy.

We moved from Hawaii when Matthew was almost 6 weeks old and shortly after we got here we noticed what were believed to be colic symptoms.  He was crying on and off during the day.  We got him a pediatrician (and by got, I mean Tricare selected one from a list and assigned Matthew to this guy we knew nothing about.)  At 7 weeks old we saw Dr. P and mentioned the crying & the fact that Matthew was not going #2 without help.  Dr. P simply told us that Matthew had colic and the #2 thing wasn't a big deal (he actually said it was fine for Matthew to go over 2 weeks without having a bowel movement.) I questioned this immediately and started asking Navy wives in the area who they liked as a pediatrician (something I should've done in the first place, ah well you live you learn.) They came up with Lt. D.  Lt. D unfortunately couldn't see Matthew until he was 12 weeks old.  When we arrived at that appointment, his weight was just 2 ounces more then it had been at 7 weeks of age.  This was a definite concern and Lt. D agreed that his bathroom issue was also not okay.  She immediately suspected my milk supply, so we began supplementing and I saw the lactation consultant. Despite the best efforts and doing everything the LC suggested my supply continued to drop and we had to supplement Matthew more & more.  Lt. D wanted to check Matthew again at 14 weeks (this week) and at that appointment he had gained no weight, which meant he'd gained only 2 ounces of weight in 7 weeks. She asked me to go completely over to formula, saying I could nurse him only after I'd formula fed.  And she said if he had not gained any weight in the next day, he'd have to be hospitalized.  Thankfully, he did gain a little weight.  He is still considered underweight for his age and will continue to be monitored.
Thank you for all the prayers and I will try to update again.