A blog about the life of a 33-year old beauty junkie who is trying to find her place in the world! From being a Mom, being passionate about helping other Moms save some cash, to being a successful businesswoman. I've walked all sorts of lives, and I want to share them with you!
The one about the ENT appointment.
We had our long awaited ENT appointment today for Ms. Harper. It was a long and arduous appointment. I'm glad it's over, although, we're not really fully resolved at this point about where we go next. Harper had an initial appointment, a hearing test, and a bronchoscopy.
Here is a diagram of the bronchoscopy:
This was totally awful with a 3 year old who doesn't understand what the hell is going on. They wouldn't let me hold her and she fought them tooth and nail. She did not want that thing up her nose one bit. They had to check her larynx, though, to make sure that it had resolved and did not require surgery, too. Another helpful thing (not) was that the lady who did hold her was not a warm, loving type at all. All of the nurses and doctors we encountered at Cardinal Glennon were amazing, but the support staff left a lot to be desired.
The bronchoscope was very traumatizing for Harper and she cried when I brought it up most of the day. I took her to Starbucks and got her a special cake pop afterwards and let her pick out a Shopkins at Target and that seemed to help. She kept saying that she, "Would be brave next time the black spaghetti came near her nose". Poor baby girl.
Basically, the good news we've figured out right now is that her nasal structures are normal. Her tubes in her ears are working great. She's hearing just fine. Her laryngomalacia has resolved. The bad news is that she most likely has asthma. She is a noisy breather, especially when she's excited or exerting a lot of energy. Since it's not being caused by her larynx, it's most likely being caused by asthma. The doctor put her on medicine to try and help out her athsma. She also has enlarged tonsils and adenoids and so those need to go, too. But because of her asthma, we first have to see a pulmonologist to make sure she is cleared and healthy enough for surgery. We will most likely have surgery in February or March. In the meantime, we are hoping that she is healthy and fine and will do well in all of her testing between now and then.
Oh and the one bright point of our appointment is this happened:
Not everyday you see Santa ride in on a helicopter. So Merry Christmas, here's a tube down your nose!
Christmas is coming! I'm getting so excited for Christmas this year. I haven't gotten a lot of things yet, but I already know what all the kids want. I'm most excited for Harper's stuff because the Calico Critters are toys from my childhood that I ALWAYS wanted. I'm probably going to have just as much fun playing with them as she is! Ha! Calico Critters and a Lalaloopsy doll that poops charms for a charm bracelet (so weird) are all that Harper talks about lately. It's pretty cute.
Since I picked up my secondhand Critters off of Ebay without any clothes, I've been busy working away to make everyone clothes. Here are the final shots of the 3 families I got:
I think everyone turned out really cute! It's all DIY clothes that involve NO sewing. No sewing was important because in my family I don't sew, my husband does. Seriously, he's the designated stuffed toy fixer. I dressed all the girls in simple dresses, the babies in diapers, and dads and boys …
Today the mailman came and he brought with him the most anticipated Christmas gift! The calico critters! Hooray! I can't wait to see Harp's face on Christmas morning. And my face is happy because they are in awesome condition. The only issue that they have is that some are missing their clothes. But, these guys are the vintage version. Some of them still have their 1985 Epoch stickers. Which means that this was a super good buy. The vintage ones sell for even more. So when Harper gets older if she gets tired of them she can get rid of them for a decent price!
So, since some of these guys need clothes, my mommy DIY cheap brain has been working overtime to think of ideas on making these guys some clothes that don't involve me sewing. I'm not a seamstress. I found a tutorial on Pinterest for making doll dresses out of socks, but when the Critters got here, I quickly realized that a sock would be too small. Even my son's infant socks didn't have the snug fit I want…
Gas. Gas is so damn expensive. My family goes to the gas station a lot. My husband is a delivery driver and spends most days out in the field. He makes numerous trips to the gas station for food or drinks. We are a typical family who gets gas in our vehicles at least once a week, too. You have got to find ways to save when you cut your budget. My favorite gas saving app/money making app for gas stations hands down is trunow.
The trunow app is two-fold, the app will tell you which gas station has the cheapest gas around you, and then if you take pictures of your gas receipt, it gives you points for them which you exchange for cash or gift cards. Again, I have really specific rules for what apps I will use. See Part One of my post about ibotta.
I'm all about this app since I am dually saving money because it's finding the lowest gas price for me and adding to my reserve funds through gift cards. trunow also allows you to spend your saved money at gas stations, however, I don'…