Hey friends! Long time no talk, huh? Life has been a little crazy lately. I won’t offer apologies for disappearing because life happens, especially at this time of year, and I know you understand. Thanks so much for reading even when my posts are sporadic.
So what’s new? Well, I’m working full time at my day job, and I’m doing some freelance writing part time. I’ve written several posts for Curvy Girl Guide… check me out there! I’m writing beauty posts there and I’m so excited about being a part of such an amazing group of ladies.
I didn’t win the Yes To Stylista contest. Yes, I was a little bummed. But I’m so thrilled I was picked to be a finalist and I was part of a talented group of ladies. I actually went and watched everyone else’s video submissions and they picked the right girl as a brand representative. She blew me out of the water! Clearly I have a lot to learn about vlogging and editing my vlogs. A huge THANK YOU to Holly who helped me put together my video!
Cooper is a mess. Really! I love his age right now. He has a wonderful vocabulary and I can carry on actual conversations with him right now. He will be 3 in January and I can’t believe how the time has flown. He is such a big boy! I’ll do a more in depth post soon but here is a little snippet that lets you know how mischievous he truly is…
Back at the end of September, he came down with what I thought was a cold. I didn’t think anything of it until his breath became very smelly, almost rancid. I turned to Twitter for help and was told by several mommies that it could be a sign of an infection. I took him to Urgent Care and they diagnosed him with a sinus infection. He was prescribed amoxicillin and prednisone. He finished the medicine and did not improve. He was still stopped up terribly and his breath got steadily worse.
I took him to his pediatrician, who honestly didn’t even examine him. He did not look up his nose at all. He listened to his symptoms and told me to give him OTC Claritin daily.
I gave it another week and still nothing improved. I made an appointment with a different pediatrician. That pediatrician gave him a complete exam, including looking up his nose. At first he just thought it was boogies, but then he saw COTTON stuck up Cooper’s nose! Jason and I had to pin Cooper down while they used long handled tweezers to pull the cotton out. It was so much, and it had been in his nose for 3 weeks! They actually couldn’t get it out of the left nostril so we had to take him to the ENT the next day.
He improved immediately when the cotton was removed. He could breathe and his breath was better overnight. I can’t believe it took 3 doctors and 3 weeks to figure out what was wrong. If your child is stuffed up and develops bad breath, ask a doctor to look up their nose to see if they’ve stuffed something up there.
We did finally figure out – it was the stuffing from one of his animals! After nap one day I went in and there was stuffing on the ground. I asked Cooper where it came from and he told me his monkey. I took monkey away but I never thought to ask if he had stuffed anything up his nose!
So yeah. That’s my kid. Love him so!
I leave you with some family pictures. If we’re friends on FB, the whole album is on there…