Friday, May 8, 2009

A little paint...

...never hurt anyone. Anastasia asks to paint nearly everyday. I usually give her water colors for the clean-up factor. Now and then I let her go to town, especially with the toddler-friendly paint set Nick's mom sent for Easter. And I found these adorable paint-your-own-gnomes in the dollar bin at Target. Anastasia painted 3 of them and I did the one on the right. I then painted the faces on so they were distinguishable from a blob, and now for a coat of modge podge to make them a little more durable. Happy Mothers day the artist toddler way. Perfect for my gardener mom.
We have been battling ear-infections with the 4th round of antibiotics and I have decided that the antibiotics must be the problem because they are obviously not working at all. The doctor recommended a specialist who will probably want to put holes and tubes in her little ear drums. So I have been doing a TON of research to find a more holistic approach to this dilemma. I picked up this book for a little more information and have learned quite a bit. So now I am going to TRY and find a doctor who might be willing to find the root of the problem (allergies, immune difficiencies, etc) and find a better way because a band-aid is not really all that helpful. That being said, up to this point, I have not been anti-antibiotics and I totally believe that they have helped save lives and have a place in medicine, but I also believe that they have a flip side that could be worse than the problem itself (which seems to be the case in our scenario). Anyhow, if anyone has any suggestions please comment.

All my plants I planted indoors blew off the deck a couple weeks ago. It was very sad. All my tomatoes were lost. :( But I am going to try again and all my peas and lettuce are doing remarkably well. That being said, the rabbits are venturing further from the forest it seems so I am a little worried. I am so glad it didn't rain today. We have been stuck indoors and it has been so depressing!! AH!

We did go to my mom's house yesterday and ended up going shopping. I FINALLY got the "More with Less" cookbook I have been wanting FOREVER for my birthday from my parents! Yay! Seems to go with my theme this year. And I bought Anastasia her first set of legos at the Legoland in Potomac Mills. She LOVES them. I wanted to get her duplos, but they were actually harder for her to use than the much smaller legos. At the lego store they have really neat things, people, and cities built from legos. They also had little buckets you could fill of any kind of legos for $7. Anastasia has spent hours building with the Legos today, and I have to rate them as the BEST TOY EVER. :) Now I just have to brave my parents attic for my tub full of them. Only flip side is, I have to supervise the lego-playing for now, and they have to be done at the table in case Isabel should happen upon some misplaced lego later. She is doing a rolly thing to inch along the floor... not quite mobile but she wishes she were.

Oh, also at the mall, we FINALLY found Anastasia some sandals. I wanted something a little cooler for her to wear in this hot weather. We found a great selection of her size sandals at Marshalls and I found the cutest ice cream sandals ever!! But when I tried them on Anastasia's foot, she hated them and declared them "comfertble" meaning uncomfortable and moaned until I took them off. THEY WERE SO CUTE. Anyway, we tried atleast 5-10 shoes on her feet. And finally she chose a cute brown pair that is totally her style. They have a cute tan flower, and are not too girly, but ruggedly feminine. Of course now she won't wear them without socks which totally defeats the purpose of sandals in the first place. lol. oh well. No one ever said toddlers were practical.

Anyway, I have to clean the house tomorrow to have my family over for a Mother's Day BBQ. Hopefully it won't rain. Again. For a week. Atleast. Ugh.


Bridget said...

That picture of Anastasia is AWESOME!!!!

Clare said...

Thanks! Yeah she got a bit carried away... and when she was done a bath was needed! :)

Kelly said...

I've heard that garlic oil drops in the ears cure ear infections. Now, where you can attain garlic oil?? I'm entirely unsure. But I do know two people who used them and cured their ear aches with it. I hope you can get to the root cause though. Good luck!

Gwen said...

I had a long fight with various sinus, ear, respiratory infections this winter (cause: sticky dust coming up from our soon to be replaced carpets!). I think the thing that worked best is a rather gross, but seriously useful NetiPot. One of the moms at school suggested it to me as something she uses with her (very young) children. She started it when one of her boys was getting chronic ear infections.

Clare said...

I think garlic oil comes in capsules... maybe I can use those? I also read about sauteing garlic and onion in olive oil (each item helps supposedly) and letting it cool. It feels weird cooking for ears... but maybe it will work.

Gwen- I was trying to read if a Neti pot would be workable with a toddler. I am worried about how much Anastasia does not like to be messed with but I would like to give it a try. I have heard such wonderful things about them.

I better keep reading my book!