Monday, November 29, 2010

Review of the Hevea Star and Moon Orthodontic Pacifier

I was given a wonderful opportunity to review a product that is brand new to the US. The product you ask? It is a 100% natural rubber binky, aka pacifier. The binky was the Star & Moon Orthodontic Pacifier by Hevea USA. There are so many positives to this binky that I was hoping that "A" would love it. Sadly she is not the biggest fan of it for sucking purposes, but she does enjoy chewing on it. She has never been adventurous when it comes to trying new binky's but I was really hoping that she would like this one.

There are many things that I like about this binky even if she isn't its biggest fan. I love the feel of the 100% natural rubber latex, it is so soft. I really like that it is only one piece I just washed it with soap and water and boiled it for a few minutes and squeezed the water out of the tip and it was ready to go. It is orthodontic shaped which I have heard good things about, but that is the part that "A" has a problem with. I also like that the packaging is recycled and biodegradable. On a more cosmetic side I like that it is natural rubber colored, it doesn't have all the colors and dyes like some binky's on the market do and it is gender neutral.

Overall this is a very well made product that I would recommend to anyone. We will be trying out one of their Panda Teether’s soon.

Be sure to check out their facebook page to find out about their new sales.

Here are a few of the stock pictures:

Monday, November 22, 2010

New Happenings

So much has happened in the 11 days since I have written. I am still super busy with school but finally got one of my big papers done. That was a huge relief.

DeShawn is sounding out words and starting to really read. He loves to write and has found new love for his Leapfrog Tag Reading System. We have to get him to go to bed sooner as he likes to lay there and read forever. He comes home and writes a bunch of words and rhymes. I am so proud of him. He is growing up so fast right before my eyes. I never imagined that he would do this well in school. I was so afraid for him to go to public school and fall through the cracks but so far he is doing outstanding.

Amari is not sleeping. She is waking up about every hour regardless of whether she is in her crib or our bed with me. She wants to eat sometimes but other times she just screams and cries. We have an appointment at Swedish's GI. Other than that she is doing well. She is rolling all over and trying to sit by herself.

We bought a new car seat to see if she would like riding in the car more, but it only seems to help marginally. It is our first Britax. It is the Marathon 70 and it is adorable and we got a great deal on it. Here she is when we were trying it out in the house.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Little Update....

Life is kicking my butt these days. I am super busy with school and falling behind which I hate, but is so typical for me, which makes it even worse. I started out so determined to stay on top of it and here I am way behind in my reading. Thank goodness for Carl, he is such a great guy that is helping so much around here but I know it is stressful for him to have to do so much and I just hope I can get it together soon and help a little more around here.

"D" is still doing wonderful in school and comes home with so much knowledge. We are having some trouble with him in the evenings, he seems to be getting grumpy around 6:00 and I am thinking it is because he is hungry and getting tired so we are going to have to start getting him to bed a little earlier. He actually read part of a book to me the other night. I almost cried. He sounded out the words and read them to me. He is only 5 and I didn't expect this for quite a while! My baby boy is growing up so fast.

"A" is having troubles with her reflux again and we are going to be taking her to Children's for an evaluation, I have to schedule that soon. SHe was doing so well and then it was like overnight she started spitting up a lot again and crying out in pain. She is still sleeping better thought which is a huge plus for all of us. I hate the thought of her in pain and there is nothing that I can do to help her. It doesn't seem to be waking her up so that is awesome and laying flat doesn't seem to bother her, as long as she has been upright for long enough. Although sometimes after she wakes up from a nap she will spit up even though she hasn't eaten for an hour or two.

I have sold a few of the diapers and I am super happy about that but I would love for them to all be gone now. I am still having a hard time getting rid of them but I love having the money in my PayPal account to hopefully buy something nice, like maybe more diapers. :)

I just bought my first woven wrap and I cannot wait to try it out. I bought if off the Babywearing Swap on Baby Center, which is a an awesome place to get all kinds of advice and buy some great things.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Letting go....

I have decided that it is time to let go of some of my diapers, well I guess they are actually "A"'s, but still. I am having a very hard time accepting that I will not have any more children, at least in the foreseeable future, and I feel like I am finally letting go of that hope. "A" is growing up so fast, she has moved up to size medium in most of her diapers and we need to get rid of the ones that are too small.

I hate that I am having such a hard time getting rid of the diapers. I mean they hold her poop and pee, why is it so hard to get rid of them? It isn't like I would save disposable diapers, so why do I feel like I am getting rid of something so important. I know that I tend to keep everything and that may also be a part of it, but I also feel like I am getting rid of part of her. I know that is totally illogical but I cannot help it.

All these people that I know are pregnant and I love seeing them happy but I feel so disappointed with myself. I feel like I have failed. I cannot explain it as I know in my head that I have a wonderful family and having more children would be risking my life and the future of my children, that they could possibly run the risk of living without a mother and I am not willing to risk it. I remember after I had "D" and only sort of feeling like I wanted another baby when I saw my friends having babies, but not until he was quite a bit older than "A".

I have posted the diapers that are too small for her on Craigslist and I hope that they sell fast so I don't have time to reconsider it. I have decided that once they sell I will buy a new wrap and some more diapers, as a way to cope with it.

If anyone has any words of advice I would love to hear them right about now… :-)