Saturday, October 31, 2009

Welcome to Neverland

And now for the group shot:

Ok, now for a run-dow of how everything was made:

Peter Pan: 
  • Hat from a friend
  • shirt is a small adult shirt, I just jagged-ly cut the arms and the bottom seam (and then put fray check on it so it won't fray like crazy) then, I cut the collar (I thought I'd be able to turn the cut into a color, but that didn't work so I had to add felt "lapels", I put some eyelets in (hello scrapbooking) and laced some faux leather strips through it.
  • Pants were larger girl pants, but we liked the color and the general look, I hemmed them and also took them in on the bottoms (they were more of a flare leg) -- also, I got the faux leather from the belt on this pants, so that saved me from having to buy something to work there.
  • Belt was an adult belt (albeit a small one) that I added a few extra holes in so it'd fit Conner.
  • Sword from Rite-Aid
Total cost probably about 15 dollars

  • Hat is an old hat we found at a garage sale, I covered it in felt, used styrafoam balls and googly eyes.  The little "spikes" are 1/2 circles that I turned into cones and put a cotton ball inside and glued on.  If you see this hat up close it has a LOT of hot glue on it.  I'm talking 5 or 6 sticks. :)
  • Pants and shirt were found at Savers (as was pretty much all the basic supplies), soccer socks are old ones from Conner.
  • His "sandwich" top is just "tiles" of scales and strips of scales.  I made the basic shape out of felt and then just glued everything else on.
  • I made the basic tail shape out of green fleece and then made spikes out of yellow fleece (stuffed with old grocery bags) and sewed those together.  Then, before stuffing the tail we added an old coat hanger and stuffed it pretty full.  Then, I sewed it onto a waist band of covered elastic (covered with green fleece).
Total cost: about 15 dollars

  • Took a nightgown I found at Savers and dyed it and then added a blue ribbon from Michael's. 
Total cost:  about 12 dollars

  • Hat is made from an old infant hat (which is slowly being out grown), covered in triangles of yellow fleece.  Took a styrafoam ball, covered it with fleece, hot glued it on and added a bow.  This was by far the largest part, but it really makes the costume, I think.
  • Onsie found at Savers
  • Tights we already had
  • Shoes were made from green felt from this pattern.  Actually fairly easy, I think they only took 1/2 an hour but they just BARELY fit her.  Added yellow bows to cover the elastic.  These shoes are great though, I might enlarge the pattern and make her a couple other pair.
  • Wings from Joann's (with a coupon)
  • Tutu had a couple of steps.  Cut elastic to fit, added some hook and loop closures at the ends, sewed on some green "leaves" then I tied some strips of lighter and darker green tule and finally some green ribbon I had lying around.  Pretty dang cute.
total cost: about 14 dollars

Captain Hook

  • Hat borrowed from a friend (the hat makes it, I am so glad they let us borrow it)

  • Wig from Rite Aid (nasty wig too, btw)
  • Coat is a bathrobe from Savers, I added some gold braiding to it and sewed down the "lapel" so that it'd look more "coat-like", also sewed lace onto the bottoms of the sleeves
  • Shirt is a turtle-neck from Savers, I added a lace "triagle" to it
  • Pants are women's capris (from savers -- Drew and I were talking about how most of his costume came from the women's section)
  • Socks are mine

 Total Cost: about 35 dollars

Favorite part: I like that our family stands out, I like that our kids will have the memory that we did this with/for them.
Least Favorite part: The sewing.  I'm always swearing at the machine, at the fabric, at myself for deciding to do it.  But it's worth it.  They've all had a lot of fun. 

Oh, and big props to Andrea, Drew's cousin for taking the photos and watching my munchkins while I helped out at school.  I am almost ready to claim her as a relative, and that's saying a lot. :)

So, whatcha think?

Friday, October 30, 2009

Favorites Friday

After opening my reader my excitement landed on
I knew Carly from our ward here, she moved a few years ago but frankly... she is one of the craftiest and cutest girls I know.

5 Adjectives to describe Carly's Blog:

1.  Crafty.  Holy guacamole, the girl can make something out of anything.

2.  Beautiful.  She just has a great eye for color, and beauty everywhere.  Carly designs websites and hers is always so well thought-out.

3.  Mommy.  Carly has a gorgeous little girl named Farrah and they take beautiful pictures together.  Carly has a LOT on her plate, and I learn a lot from her about how to balance it all.

4.  Delicious.  Carly takes great pictures, I love seeing her eye candy.  She also finds great stuff from etsy.  I love me some eye candy, fo sho.

5.  Green.  Carly's always re-purposing things, especially making cute things for her daughter.  I am impressed by this, and I hope to do some outfits for P like she does.

Anyway, it's a great blog, I really enjoy reading it and I hope you will too.  Thanks for taking the time to write it Carly!

But, it's also time to highlight some news stories that I found amusing:

Obama kids jump the line -- come on people, they're the president's kids, if they don't get some perks... well, you're just living a lie.  Also, me and the kids all got our swin flu vaccinations yesterday.  Kaiser really came through this time.  Honestly, there are a LOT of things that Kaiser does very right, a few of them are highly annoying, but they really had their act together with the whole swine flu thing.  I'm glad the president showed a good example.  It also shows america that he thinks its safe enough to give his own kids.  Back down Obama-haters.  I am also amused by all the cheaters out there.  Really, it's the flu.  Move on.

I am loving this study by BYU saying that clean scents promote moral behavior.  Looks like moms of teenagers everywhere better get out the Febreeze. :)

"Chaz" Bono has switched genders (formerly Chastity)... I'll let you make your own ideas when you see the picture on the page.  Let's just say that the change hasn't really brought out an inner beauty, at least in my own approximation.  I'm judgemental, sue me.  Decide for yourself.

So excited for Halloween festivities this weekend.  I know it will be long, but they're only young once -- right?

He Can Also Annoy Me

Apparently, I am a self-help hater.  I'm doing the club and I'm trying to read some of their stuff every day and I'm enjoying the stuff that specifically talks about following the rules... but the other stuff.  {sigh}
Today it was on listening to your inner self to make decisions.
I know what my inner self is, and it's God helping to make right choices, I don't need some "super coach" to tell me how to listen to myself...
Anyway, I am losing weight and I am loving that.  I feel like I'm back on the track I was on when I lost it all before getting pregnant.  Just gotta stay on track!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

6 Months Today

She's even sitting up in her boppy. {sigh}  I didn't get a chance to do the full-fledged shoot today, but I vow to do that either tomorrow or Saturday... but I did want to catch her one with the duckie.

Love this picture of her, she's so alive and vibrant right now.

Less alive and vibrant today as she had her check-up and shots this morning.  We got the seasonal shot at our doctor's office, but they were out of the swine, but later I found-out another office had it so we trecked up there.  We are basically a human cesspool and I even got my own!  I think I'm gonna take the boys this afternoon (Drew's home sick, so he and P can nap together).

Poor P though, that was a grand total of 5 shots, and if you look closely enough you can see her collection of bandaids on her thighs.  She's obviously still surviving though, and I broke out the advil to celebrate the occasion.

P is only 14 pounds (26th percentile), and she's 26.5 inches tall (79th percentile), and healthy as can be.  So blessed to have her happy self. 

She's been waking up at night (I know, hate me -- but she's really a great sleeper usually) and the doctor said it's the usual 6 month wake-ups to play, and its our job to break her of that.  It's nice to know she's not waking up for some other reason, although tonight I'm pretty sure her shots aren't going to be our best friend.

Love you P.

In other news Grandpa P has his birthday today.  Huge shout out to him, and his gal bladder, he's having surgery on Monday.  We sure do love our grandpas.

BTW, my blog had a comment from a user named "Gynecology Check-Up"... seriously, you aren't a real blog til' you get comments from someone like that.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

An Embarassing Fact

I'm just inching further and further to my prengnacy weight, without hauling a placenta or fetus along with me.  It's disgusting me.
I don't know why I can't stick with the whole eating consciously thing.  So, I decided to join his little club.  I am going to devote 10-30 minutes each day to read some of the forums and just take the time to take me back where I was when I lost all the weight.
I need to be thinner.
I want to be thinner.
I don't have any vague fantasy that being thinner will make me happier, but I need to bend over without my stomach getting in the way.
I just do.
I hope he makes me thin, I really do.
And heavens knows it takes a lot to make me part with my 14.95 membership dues. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


I know it's amazing that I'd be bothered by something that Rosie O'Donell said... but this interview just seems to bug me to no end.
Why, you ask?
1.  I hate the whole Oprah thing.  Just because she has a close personal relationship with a woman, doesn't mean that it needs to be sexual.  I can think of a number of girl friends that I would LOVE to do a road trip with.  I am no attracted to them, but I do love their company.
2.  I hate how people have kids with other people and then think they can be happier if they're apart.  Does she really think it will fix things?  And I guess gay marriage isn't all that important now, after all.
3.  Mostly I have negative feelings towards the woman, but i did enjoy her last comment on David Letterman.  It's nice to find agreemnts on certain issues, isn't it?

TMI Tuesday: Girl's Health

A friendly reader asked when girls should start getting their check-ups.  While, I haven't been the mother of a girl very long, I will answer as well as I can. :)

1.  Girls should get regular well-checks every few years after age 5.  For me, because my kids don't ever see the doctor (Conner hasn't been in for a sick visit since he was about 4) I take them for well checks every year.  I just don't want to be missing something, and it's a good time for a professional to talk to them one on one about good health habits.  When Conner asks me why (for the millionth time) he has to sit in a carseat, I tell him let's ask his pediatrician next time he has a check-up.  Honestly, whatever she says goes in his mind.  And for me, that's worth the 15 dollar copay.  Frankly, I'd probably keep them at lesat seeing their physician yearly, be it a sick visit or a check-up.  However, if you think that's over-kill I'd try to do a well-check every 2-3 years, and if you think sex is something they're considering make it every year.

2.  Girls need to have gynecological exams from when they become sexually active or once they are 18.  Frankly, I didn't get one until I got married, but I think it would've been better to have been a tad more familiar with body prior to that.  Again, the advice of a doctor on things like this is important.  Plus, it sets a good example of personal health.

3.  At the exam, the girl will most likely get a pap smear, a check of her ueterus and ovaries (that's what the doctor is doing when they palpate internally after your pap smear).  If they aren't sexually active they most likely won't get a pap smear again, until they are, but it's good to have a baseline.  The doctor will also talk to them about sexual health, personal health/hygeine and possibly even nutrition.  I think it's SO important to find a good doctor for this check-up.  It shouldn't be a 10 minute exam.  I waited 40 minutes entirely undressed at mine, and I have stories from it that would make you laugh til' you cry.  I thought I was possibly going to die after it.  Just FYI.

And now, the million dollar question, what do you think about the HPV vaccine, and will P be getting one?  The answer is a resounding yes.  No, I don't plan on P having sex until she is married, just like myself... but there are great chances that she will, or the partner she will have one day will have.  Cervical cancer is considered an STD.  People who aren't with several partners don't get it, I only get a pap smear every 3 years (I think) because I had an HPV test, which came back negative and unless something in my sexual history changes I am OK.  Also, don't forget the incidence of rape isn't small.  There's no reason to not get the vaccine just because you plan on them staying pure.  Stay pure, but stay protected and cancer free.

Personally, I think the importance of showing her that a relationship with her personal physician is important.  I have started asking Conner if he wants me to step-out during the exam, and so far he's fine with me being in there.  I stress to him how important it is to know that you can ask your doctor anything, and you should always answer them truthfully, because they are only trying to help you.

Anyway, I hope I answered that question as well as I could.  I am sad to say that my time to get a mammogram is coming up.  I don't do breast exams as well as I should, and I just found out a friend has breast cancer.  I clean my stove better than I know my own boobs :), but that's a blog for another day....

Keep the questions coming readers!

Hilary is an RN, BSN who has worked in various medical fields for the past 12 years, however, none of the information on this blog, should be substituted for the care of a physician. The information provided on this blog is informational only and shouldn't be taken as medical advice. You have instinct, use it -- and use it wisely. If you have questions, please ask your doctor. If you think you have a medical or psychiatric emergency, please call 911. Also, please don't delay contacting a physician due to something you have read on here. Pulling Curls doesn't takeresponsibility for your health. That's your job. We're just a nice read.

Monday, October 26, 2009

And Now, the Moment You've All Been Waiting For...

Here's Spencer... such a cutie.  This costume pretty well involved me and the glue gun.  I'm fairly sure my fingertips were consumed in the making of this costume.

Here's Conner.  He can fly, he can fly, he can fly.  Please also note the sword, which can barely taken to any of our Halloween activities... but he just didn't seem very Peter Pan'ish without it.  Didn't make the hat (borrowed from a friend, thank goodness)

And finally our little tink!  I put the left photo on beause it looks like she's playing air guitar.  She's just that talented folks.  Really, it's the hat that makes it.  I didn't make the wings here... thank you Joanns.
You'll just have to wait to see Drew and myself in person or whenever I get someone to take our picture.  Mr Drew was gone this weekend, but his costume is definitely somethin' special.

Back to Neverland.....

Menu Planning

Menu planning isn't going so well.  Just trying to hang on during the halloween festivities.  I'm really trying to soak it all in.  I am realizing that Conner is growing up and the fun will wane....
Also trying to use up some odds and ends in the fridge.
And life is just like that sometimes.
My mom is leaving tomorrow.  Cry with me. 
I think I may just edit some photos of my little halloweenies....

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Halloweens of Years Past

I was talking to the kids about halloween today, asking them if they could be whatever they wanted, regardless of my sewing prowess (or lack thereof), what they would be.  Of course, they wanted to be some Pokemon crapola...
but that got me to thinking....
What did I want to be as a kid?
Mostly I thought about what my friends had been.  The main ones I can remember are hookers and babies.  Both of these are almost equally disturbing, although hookers slightly winning.
I'm fairly sure I had no idea what a hooker did, but I remember plenty of friends being that, even in the heart of happy valley.
True story.
I really encourage my kids to look to literature, possibly movies and try to be the heros of the event.  I like to see imagination at halloween, for what better thing is there to celebrate?
Making a theme CD for our costumes right now.
Ok, and is there no spell check in this fancy new editor?  I fear that is something my readers will miss....

Friday, October 23, 2009

Favorites Friday

Wow, Lara told me about the new blogger editor.  Hello, fancy.  I'd put her as my favorite, except I link to her all the time, and that would pretty-well be useless.

So, one of my favorites is a friend from our BYU days, we hung out with them in our newly-married times and what good times they were. 

5 Adjectives to describe Denise's blog:
1.  Pretty -- Denise is a great photographer, lovely eye candy.
2.  Kids -- wow, and lots of them.  They've always wanted a large family, and Drew and I knew them when they only had 3 kids.  They've doubled that now.
3.  Memories.  I love how you can remember an old friend and just hear them telling you their blog.  Makes me happy.
4.  Scrapbooky -- Denise is a great digi-scrapper.  Shes' fancy like that.
5.  Funny -- Denise has a great view on life.  Her husband is often gone for LONG periods of time and I enjoy seeing how she puts her "spin" on that.

Love Denise's blog -- I'm so glad she writes it!


Had our first fashion show of the halloween costumes last night.
Went all out again this year.
Scary, I know.
This year we got most of our items from Savers, and then embellished from there. It was a lot easier for me, and I think the cost was pretty comparable, if not cheaper.
Kids are very excited, and frankly -- so am I. It was sad last year, but this year we're back.
And ready to prowl for candy.
Hoping to do some photos tomorrow.
Until then, perhaps some blasts from the past.
You're excited now. I can tell.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

TMI Tuesday: Pink Eye

Again, after another week without questions I sojourn on with topics I get asked a lot. PINK EYE!

Pink eye comes in two forms -- viral, and bacterial.

Pink eye doesn't just mean your eyes are pink, and for those of us who've had it -- there's much much more.

Red eyes in general can be for several reasons -- allergies, lack of sleep, foreign object in eye (like sand). You obviously need to treat the cause for these. Foreign objects should involve a lot of blinking, not wiping... fyi.

Pink eye has discharge involved and lots of it. The need for medication involves two things

  1. Our pedis used to say that if you wipe the discharge away, it should be back within 1/2 an hour. That means your eyes are producing a LOT of goop.  Just having goop in the morning isn't an indicator of a need for antibiotics.

  2. The goop should be green, clear discharge can be from any of the items above, or from a cold or from crying. :) Yellowish will most likely clear-up on its own, but keep an eye on it {no pun intended}
If you see both of those, call your doctor. Sometimes they don't even need to see you, and will just call something in (although there is a lot of ear infections that come with pink eye as well, so they might want to bring you in to double check on that as well).

Pink eye is SUPER contagious! Kids and parents need to stay at home, try to keep from touching your eyes and no contacts or makeup ladies! Make sure you keep these precautions up until the discharge is gone!

Another thing that is sometimes thought to be pink eye is a sty. That's basically just a clogged tear duct, there's redness and pain on the eyelid (and sometimes some discharge). No need to antibiotics on this one -- just take a cotton ball or a clean washcloth with some warm water, and wipe from the nose-side of your eye to the outside. Do this every hour or so throughout the day and it should clear-up in a couple of days.

If for some reason the redness starts to extend down the cheek, you will need to see a doctor. Pink eye can turn into a cellulitis and that's much more serious, and needs to be looked at.

Until next week, keep those questions coming (or, frankly -- start them coming. You know you have them).

Hilary is an RN, BSN who has worked in various medical fields for the past 12 years, however, none of the information on this blog, should be substituted for the care of a physician. The information provided on this blog is informational only and shouldn't be taken as medical advice. You have instinct, use it -- and use it wisely. If you have questions, please ask your doctor. If you think you have a medical or psychiatric emergency, please call 911. Also, please don't delay contacting a physician due to something you have read on here. Pulling Curls doesn't takeresponsibility for your health. That's your job. We're just a nice read.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

An Award for Me!

I finished my first REAL book since I was pregnant with P.
Seriously, the last book I put on my good reads, I read while I was taking my 3 hour glucose.
The first time.
Like. a. year. ago.
A baby does those kinds of things to a gal.
ETA: It was the Hollywood Seamstress -- sounds like chick lit, but it was a bit more serious. Interesting, really failed towards the end though. Really liked the beginning though. :) It's top left on my good reads widget.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Favorites Friday

Yet another week has passed, and GUESS WHO's MOM is getting on a plane right now to come rescue her? That's right, mine. SUPER excited.
It'd be nice if I could hear though (it's been like 1 week since I got sick and while I feel fine now with an occasional cough, I still have super plugged ears - I'm drinking and taking decongestants but it's not really helping -- ideas?).
Today, I opened my blog reader (because yes, you do have to write blogs in order to be a favorite of mine) and I found the one I was most excited to read:

5 Adjectives to describe this blog:
1. Informative. She's a Kindergarten teacher and has so many great ideas for the littles, she also HAS a kindergartener and that makes it even better.
2. Stylish. Even when I first met this person I was like, "wow, she dresses nice for a kindergarten teacher" -- and she does. She also comes up with all sorts of cute ideas for moms who need to be able to lounge on the floor with some Lego's if necessary, but can also run to the store without feeling frumpy.
3. Thoughtful. She's always looking at her students and gaining perspective for her own family, and then sharing it on her blog. I love that.
4. Mommy-y (go with me here people). She's SUCH a great mom. I love to see her interact with her daughter. She's always super sweet to Spencer. You can tell that kids are totally her element and heavens knows I need more of that.
5. Similar. She and her husband are both teachers so I get a lot of what their life entails. I tend to read a lot of teacher blogs.

Anyway, Jen is one of my most favorite people that I have met through my blog. I'm so glad that we're friends. I would think that moms who have lower grade/preschool kids would like her blog most. She's always doing fun things and has great ideas for those of us who are idea-less.

Thanks for writing your blog Jen, it makes my day!

Have a FANTASTIC Friday peeps.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

One Word

I was thinking of linking to my blog on mormon mommy blogs and you have to put yourself in a category.
SO, you, my eager readers, please give me ONE word that describes my blog. I won't give examples, I want creativity here.

For the Love of the Lurk

I just HAVE to say that I've had a few old friends come out and say they lurk on my blog and they love me.
Really, it's so nice to feel the love and remember friends from long ago.
Let's face it people, I'm popular, and I always have been. Well, since college. At the ol' THS I don't think popular was the first thing that came to people's minds.

If you're lurking and you know it raise your hand....
if you're lurking and and you know it please com-ment.
If you're lurking and you know it then you really ought to show it,
if you're lurking and you know it let me know!
{clap, clap}

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Home Births

I just finished watching the Duggar grand baby be born.... and I had to do an entry on home births.
I actually recently had a co-worker who had a home birth, and when I hear her story I get chills. Honestly, it's an amazing experience shared between husband and wife that is the perfect way to start a new little life. I love her story and what I have learned about birthing from it. It's God's way to make it happen and it's totally perfect 99.9% of the time.

One out of ten babies requires resuscitation, but that can usually be be performed by an adequately prepared midwife.

But... it's the .1% that I have seen, those babies that would've died if we weren't there, the moms that would've bled out... I LOVE when someone has a great home birth experience. I do. However, I just think about if that baby died... and you were left to wonder what could've been...
I am glad theirs turned out amazing. I wish it was something I could experience but with all the horror scenes that play out in my head the entire 9 months I'm pregnant, I don't see that ever happening... (or actually, me giving birth again, but that's another entry).

5 Shows I'm Embarassed I Watch

Ok, I'm confessing. I love Bravo, and while I have toned down some of the crap I watch... there's still a fair amount of it

1. Flipping Out -- I just love to see how they work. I must admit that I like to tease a lot like Jeff, but his life... if he only had a clue. He says he wants to adopt... now THAT would be good programming.

2. The Rachel Zoe Project -- Everything things a nightmare, a disaster, BA-nannas or I die. She actually thinks this is an important job. She PUTS CLOTHES ON PEOPLE. I do that ALL ON MY OWN, and gosh, it makes me feel proud.

3. America's Next Top Model -- Discussed prior on this blog -- still embarrassed, but I do like to watch them set-up the shoot and the way they edit the pictures. Oh, and the people think THIS IS A REALLY IMPORTANT JOB. Even more amusing, Tyra thinks it's a really HARD job. I wish someone would have Tyra work as a custodian for a while....

4. I Didn't Know I was Pregnant -- a staple of the pregnancy viewing. Not as interested now, but it was interesting to see the war of the worlds happening on my own abdomen and those women didn't KNOW they were pregnant? Sheesh....

5. Toddlers and Tiaras -- SO amused by this one, for several reasons:
  • They think they're actually going to MAKE money on this? Even after they spend thousands going to a pageant where the largest prize I saw was a 1 k savings bond.
  • The moms say it's all for the daughters.
  • The moms usually look like trash themselves, and are obviously hiding how much this is costing them, or they're taking a second job to afford pageants...
I don't drink, do drugs and I didn't have sex before I got married but I do have to have a little scandal in my life. So, tell us what shows you watch?

Before you storm my house with shock and awe, here are some shows I've stopped watching
  • The Real Housewives (although, I must admit if I'm feelin' yucky and in bed and it's on....)
  • Brothers and Sisters
  • Jon and Kate

What's Up Wednesday?: Conner

Conner is 9... and a whole lot of nine he is. It's not that he says no a lot... more ignoring than actually acknowledging that he's declining my offer to assist. :)

But, anywho... Conner is doing GATE (gifted and talented) at school, and is soon gonna start up with Math Olympiad as well as the Future Scientists and Engineers of America (FSEA) clubs (I know -- I might as well buy him some glasses with tape on them now). He's doing pretty darn well in school, but as I think I discussed previously - he's having problems with a few things. 1. Reading things that aren't just fun reads 2. Finding a way to get all the "details" done. 3. Finding meaning in both his life, his reading, and his writing.

First off, I'd love some ideas of books your boys really enjoyed that were more plot-driven and deeper meaning than say... Captain Underpants (which, if there was an idol in our house, he might just look like our underwear-clad friend). I know, most of literature is a bit more plot driven than that, but I hope you get the gist. I got a couple at the library but it's hard to force him into stuff. The teacher was going to provide a list. We're hoping to alternate between good books, and the complete trash I've been letting him slide by with up until this point. I feel badly that somehow happened. I think it's because he was an early reader and so we often got some crappy chapter books becaue he wasn't really ready for the plot-driven stuff in 1st grade.... as always, I blame myself.

Secondly, I think that finding the details is a problem everyone has. I've noticed it's so easy to call your house clean without it actually being that way, things left out, counters with tiny bits of yucca on them -- things like that. It's getting those small details done that make it seem so deliciously clean. It's like that in all areas of our lives. Cooking -- it's making sure all the ingredients are placed in the right order, amounts, location... it's all in the details. I'd like to do some activities with Conner where we work more on details (and I think cooking and using a recipe is a great way to start -- so many things can be taught that way!). Does anyone have a great kids cookbook (needs lots of pictures and stuff that kids can practically make on their own -with assistance with stove work, etc).

And finally -- finding meaning. I've really thought a lot about this. I mean, I have never thought my kids to be spoiled. They get used clothes, they are constantly being told they can't have stuff because it's not on sale (that's not to say that they never get the item -- I just scour the ads til' it IS on sale and buy it). However, they are spoiled in the fact that I'm here most days, Drew's very supportive, we have supportive friends and grandparents. My kids rarely want for anything that is an actual physical or emotional need. They also don't have have many friends that want for anything either -- they feel like having a mom, dad, house with good stuff and good food is the norm. I want my kids to get the meaning in life. I want them to realize how lucky they are. My kids have no idea that someone might have empty cupboards. How do you get your kids do realize these kinds of things? I try to point it out, but I think it's impossible to get. I know I had no idea how lucky I was as a child. I'm not sure I'm ready for the homeless shelter visit yet. Anything in between now and feeding the less-fortunate?

Anyway, that's a nutshell on what we're working on with Conner. He's such a solid kid, with a bright future in front of him, I just want to enhance it a bit. :)

Oh You Great Bread Goddesses

Show me the way.
I'm grinding my own wheat, I'm usin' the kitchenaid but I have YET to love it.
I feel like I'm either making it with too much wheat, or not enough, or perhaps I need to add my own blood instead of water?
Anyway, here's my few brief questions:
1. I feel like I'm adding almost a cup (sometimes more) of flour more than what almost every recipe says I should in order for it to clean the bowl and cling to the hook. Then, I feel like my bread is crumbly... and dry. Anyone else have this problem?
2. How long to knead? I hate it when the recipe says 5-10 minutes. Well, how do I know when to stop?
3. Mixer users: Do you put your dry ingredients in the bowl first, or the wets (the book says dry first... but I did that today and I ended-up having to scrape the bowl a few times because the dry stuff was all matted at the bottom).
4. Tell me how much you like me, because frankly -- this bread thing is killing my self esteem. I'm trying about every 2 weeks with no great success as of yet. Today's dough was more like very thick batter. It wasn't particularly kneadable... but I'd already gone 1/2 cup over what the recipe stated in flour and I wasn't gonna do anymore.

It's rising right now, and I'm having a bit of pretzel jello salad. I'm so Mormon it's crazy. {no comments, please}

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A TMI Sidenote

I was just changing a diaper, when I realized I didn't mention that newborns are NOT supposed to have a fever. Their immune systems are too darn new. Anything up to about 6 months, I worry a lot about with fever.
Don't just bythely give the babe tylenol. Take the temperature a better way (I'm talking rectal, if you really suspect a fever, to see how high -- and if we're talking a newborn) and then call your doctor.
Also, if you don't know the cause you might want to call your doctor.
Most of the time I write these posts I worry about getting sued.
I really don't think a mom will take my advice wrong, but you never know....
Again, check with your doctor.

Hilary is an RN, BSN who has worked in various medical fields for the past 12 years, however, none of the information on this blog, should be substituted for the care of a physician. The information provided on this blog is informational only and shouldn't be taken as medical advice. You have instinct, use it -- and use it wisely. If you have questions, please ask your doctor. If you think you have a medical or psychiatric emergency, please call 911. Also, please don't delay contacting a physician due to something you have read on here. Pulling Curls doesn't takeresponsibility for your health. That's your job. We're just a nice read.

TMI Tuesday: Drugs

Heidi-ho from the monsoon state. Sheesh, it's dark here -- but honestly I've seen it rain harder. We were the top story on the Today show... not sure why. We are happy for the rain though, we definitely need it!

Courtesy of a QUESTION (that's right people, I want questions) today's topic is drugs.

Let's start off with drugs you might give your wee ones:

Tylenol (acetaminophen): Tylenol is the first drugs you can give kids. We give it in the hospital for circumcision and chances are you took a couple of doses while you were pregnant. It's fine for kids. I try to make sure I have some infant Tylenol drops on hand before the babe's even born. I buy mine at Costco. When in doubt, Tylenol is the drug I always try (before Advil, I mean). It's easy on the stomach, it cures a lot of aches/pains/fevers. Whoever found Tylenol deserves the Nobel peace price. :) Dosing on those bottles is insane. For instance, they only give dosing for kids over 2 on infant Tylenol (who thinks a 2 year old is an infant? You are wrong). Again, just a fear of litigation. I recommend you talk to your pediatrician at well checks about what dosing they recommend (at Kaiser they print it on your info sheet they give you) for pain medications. However, if you find yourself, late at night, unable to get hold of anyone and wondering how much to give of any medicine you can just divide. Let's say the dose 1 tsp at 24-32 pounds, and your child weighs 15 pounds -- you can devide it by 2, giving 1/2 of a tsp. However, you do this as your own risk -- try to talk with your doctor at a well check up prior to needing the medicine. However, most doctors have a triage nurse who can help you with stuff like this too. Someone who's almost as friendly as myself. Almost. I don't recommend doing this medical math on anything other than medications your doctor has said are OK for your kids. There's plenty of medicine out there not recommended for kids. They're not tiny adults. Fo' real.

Advil/Motrin (Ibuprofen): A genius drug, that lasts longer than Tylenol (Tylenol is every 4 as needed and ibuprofen is every 6 hrs as needed). However, it does have more side effects. When my kid shave stomach issues I don't give Advil. Also if your kids are super dehydrated Advil can be an issue too. It's not to say that it isn't a staple in my medicine cabinet, but I turn to Tylenol first, but consider Advil when I'm trying to get sustained relief (such as at bedtime). Advil can't be given until later in an infants life, I think it's around 9 months. Oh wait, I guess on the website it's at 4 months. Who knew? Again, it's my second thought. I haven't given it yet to P. Advil and Tylenol can be given together. They work in different ways and one is removed from the body through the liver, and the other through the kidneys. When fevers are high, your doctor might recommend alternating tylenol, and then 3-4 hours later Advil, and then 3-4 hours tylenol. You get the gist. It helps keep kids comfortable.

** If your child is having issues for an extended period of time (I'd say more than 3-5 days) you need to see a doctor (or at least call them). Don't keep giving tylenol/advil because you think it'll cure it. It's only helping with the symtoms, not clearing up the actual problem.

Benedryl (Diphenhydramine) This one is for allergies. Allergic reactions, and the like. A lot of people give it routinely for runny noses, and I don't. Unless it's allergies, and then dose away -- however it is also given to induce sleep, even in the hospital (however, if you're thinking of using it on a long car ride, I'd test it out before -- it doesn't work on my kids, and somtimes it has the opposite effect, and you don't need to find that out in the middle of Nebraska). If you think your child has an allergic reaction to something you can give benedryl per the dosing on the bottle. I have fancy personal dosing that I will give you if you call me. You can also call your doctor because you can dose higher if they are having an allergic reaction. But again, talk with your doctor.

As far as I can think of, those are the only ones you give littles -- without a prescription. I know triaminic was a staple back in the day but it seems like that's no more. I will admit to giving Robitussin to Conner a few months back but it looks like it's just for kids over 12 now...

WAIT, just read the Triaminic web page and they say you can give it to kids over 4. However, when I worked for pediatiricans they don't even recommend it. They felt the studies showed Kleenex and a hug were just as effective. I personally don't buy them and I just add Tylenol to the Kleenex and a hug regimen. I'm still a little unclear what you're supposed to do with someone under 12 who has a cough. I should ask my pediatrician. I'll get on that. I have a well-check coming up.

Now, onto you adults, and some of the common over the counter items (in addition to the ones above).

NSAIDs -- Stuff like Aleive. Similar to Ibuprophen, but can really cause stomach issues. Great for aches and pains though. However, if it's a fever you're reducing I personally stick to Tylenol and Advil. My own cocktail for sinus pain involves some sudafed and Alieve, but I notice some ulcer-like pain if I do it on an empty stomach... so use at your own risk. Really, if you're having pain large enough to need this for more than a few days, you should think about seeing your doctor.

Robitussin DM This is the only Robitussin I buy. It helps bring the phlegm up. Great for during the day, but I try to have a stash on hand of some prescription cough stuff to help suppress it so I can sleep. Things that they prescribe often have Codiene in it.

Mucinex -- helps to get the mucus out, just like it shows on the commercial. I usually take it in conjunction with Sudafed.... I really like the 24 hour stuff. I like having to take pills only every 24 hours, and this stuff is a lot cheaper at Costco (althuogh, the generic versions aren't 24 hours, as far as I know -- boooooo).

Sudafed -- great to shrink the mucus, it basically dehydrates it. When you're taking either this or Mucinex, you want to make sure you're drinking LOTS of fluids (esp. if breastfeeding, because they can dry-up your milk -- but double check with your MD before you take any medicine in cooperation with breastfeeding). Also, the fluids themselves will help take away the congestion. Its' a win-win.

** Combo drugs -- for instance Tylenol sinus (which is just tylenol and sudafed) or Advil cold and flu. Personally, i don't buy these. For the same reason I buy flour and sugar, instead of all mixes... just because a lot of times you need JUST tylenol, not the whole shebang. Or, you might just need sudafed, because you're just congested, not in pain. Anyway, that's just my two cents, and the two cents of most doctors I've talked to.

Obviously, there's a lot of over the counter stuff, but I have main experience with these (and these are the staples in my medicine box, I always try to have these on hand)... honestly -- for stomach stuff I tend to let it go on its own, or sometimes I take some pepto bismal. I have no idea how it works or if it's really doing anything other than giving me hope.

The question I actually received was about giving kids medications. If they throw it up right after you give it, do you dose again? The answer the doctors office will give you is no. Frankly, they don't want an overdose (litigation). My personal policy is this:

  • Is the child vomiting because they have a stomach bug? If so -- don't re-dose. If necessary you can give a suppository (Tylenol suppositories are sold over the counter) but kids with stomach issues don't need anything in their stomach, including Tylenol right now -- if, 4 hours from now, you want to try again -- by all means, try.
  • Did they vomit because they were just crazy about getting it (kicking, screaming, getting themselves worked up which ended in vomit) I might try again at 1/2 a dose.
  • If it's a prescription medication ask your pharmacist what they'd recommend. Most of the medications mentioned in the kids section take an awful lot to overdose on though.

So, there you go. Did I mention I'm happy to answer questions? No question is too small. No answer will be too great. :)

Hilary is an RN, BSN who has worked in various medical fields for the past 12 years, however, none of the information on this blog, should be substituted for the care of a physician. The information provided on this blog is informational only and shouldn't be taken as medical advice. You have instinct, use it -- and use it wisely. If you have questions, please ask your doctor. If you think you have a medical or psychiatric emergency, please call 911. Also, please don't delay contacting a physician due to something you have read on here. Pulling Curls doesn't take
responsibility for your health. That's your job. We're just a nice read.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Menu Plan Snooze

Well, the dreaded gamboo had struck our house.

Mostly I'm happy that I don't have to cook tonight, because I have stock of frozen casseroles in the freezer.

I started creating a stash before I had P, and it's the smartest thing I've done! Well, not THE smartest... but a smart thing. :) Now, almost every time I make a casserole I double it -- and I either find a friend that needs the other 1/2 or I freeze it. I am trying to have at least 3 of a variety in the freezer, just for times like this. I make sure to cover them in plastic wrap and then foil, and so far they've all stayed pretty good. I try to get them out in the AM to defrost (Drew once stuck one right in the oven and it didn't do well, even after an hour of cooking it was pretty solid in the middle).

I did try the Scrumptious Strawberry Shortcake last week and it was better than Bisquik shortcake. It was god but not AMAZINGLY better. I'll probably stick with bisquik and save my butter for another recipe.

On another note, wow -- the AF band accident is huge news in Utah. I think the only highlight of that enormous tragedy is the fact that they used "bandimony" in a news article. And if you don't know what I'm talking about, you are obviously cooler than I am.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sad News

Read on my google reader that there was an accident with the American Fork band over the weekend. They'd spent the weekend at the Pokey competition (like many of us have in our high school days) and the bus driver somehow had a "medical condition" and swerved off the road. One of their instructors tried to correct it and died trying.

I believe Heather was the drum major at their high school at the same time I was the DM at my high school. Just another reminder about how much teachers love their students and will do anything for them. Sad news. American Fork has a long history of an amazing program and Drew did his student teaching there. I can't imagine how awful this is for those kids. I am all too aware that band becomes your life.

My thoughts are with them.

Saturday, October 10, 2009


I have instigated a quarterly budget "check" -- at that point we decide if there are areas in the budget that just aren't realistic - or are giving us too much lea-way. For instance Quicken can show all the past few month's expenditures on fuel -- our prior budget was 200, but lately we've only been spending 150, and the other money for that just gets sucked into something else -- however -- you just don't know how much gas you'll need, etc. so we changed it to 175... and we'll re-check in another 3 months and see where we're at then.

Also, at this time is a great time to re-commit yourself to the budget. Budgets are a great tool, but only if you utilize them. Lately we've gone a few dollars over and I've just covered it with my checks but I really want to stick to it this month. I can do it, yes I can.

Our budget does have a few "stop-gap" mechanisms. We have a clothing/household budget that can help when we're caught in small emergencies. Like school pictures. I get the tiniest package, but it's still 30 bucks when you get one for each child. Add to that a school T-shirt and instantly I'm 41 bucks behind in the budget. I smoothed it out between the household and the clothing areas so that we'd be OK. Prior to the stop gap mechamism I'd just throw my hands in the air and give-up. Our weekly budget is only 80 bucks, so if you minus 41 out of that, you're moderately screwed.

In good deals this week, there are a couple:
  • Through today, for every 3 boxes of Kleenex you buy you get a 3$ Catalina towards your next purchase (Catalinas are those things that print out with your receipt). There's Kleenex priced at 99 cents, so if you buy 3 you're only spending 2.97, plus there were coupons in last week's paper and it brings your total (with tax) to $2.74. Then, you get 3 bucks to spend on your next order.
  • The fancier Kleenex are on sale for 1.50 when you buy 4, plus there's a 2$ off coupon in the add. The math goes like this 6 bucks for 4 boxes, minus the 2 dollar off coupon makes it 4 bucks. Plus a 3 OYNO (on your next order), making it like only a dollar for 4 boxes (minus any coupons you had - you can always combine manufactuer coupons with store coupons). Needless to say we're STOCKED (and so our my kids teachers). I even got a bunch of the soft kind, which makes my nose so happy during cold and flu season.
  • String cheese and 16 oz balls of Mozzarella at Lucky/Savemart is only 2.50. There are coupons for 1.50 off your purchase (they are peelis on the product, they are bright green, but small). This makes them only ONE DOLLAR. Sa-weet. I am also stocked-up on string cheese through the end of November. I may even go back and see if they have some later-dated string cheese. :) It's a staple in our lunch area.
So, there you go -- some ideas to help you stay on budget for the week. You can do it, yes you can!

Friday, October 09, 2009

Favorites Friday.

My favorite news article, and news item in general is the fact that Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize... and my favorite part is that he won it after being in office like a week or so. The man's all about hype people. Enjoy it. Anyone else amused that it was on the same day as the big "crash landing" into the moon fizzled. Anyone seeing a theme to the day?

But, I do want to post links to some of my favorite blogs -- and because I like to share love, I'm going to try and do ones that I have found that not a lot of other people have found... at least at first. I want to go onto my reader and just pick ones that I'm like, "HORRAY, she wrote a blog!"

Give it up for:

5 Adjectives to describe this great blog:
1. Witty -- she has a rye sense of humor. Love that. Honestly, if there's no humor, they go right off my reader.
2. Thoughtful -- she is really trying to be a better mom, woman wife, all the good stuff, and trying to do it better, hence she's making me better too.
3. Mommy -- pretty sure it's not an adjective -- but she is obviously a great mom, and takes a lot of pride in that work -- if you're the mother of small girls you'll like her a lot!
4. Smart -- she reads a lot. I am hoping to read more, but I like that she gives recommendations. Reminds me perhaps it's time to move off the chick lit.
5. Crafty -- she's a great seamstress, and a good crafter in general. I'm always impressed she can get such stuff done with little people under toe.

She's the first one that came to mind this AM... but I want to keep this up. Blogging is a little bit of a thankless job, and it's nice to share the love with people who perhaps don't get enough of it. Maryanne does a great job at her blog and I learn about myself as I read it.

Whoop-whoop for good blogs. They make my world turn. :) As does gravity. And obviously the Nobel Peace Prize.


Thursday, October 08, 2009


My kitchen has somehow shrunk. No, it's not all the earthquakes in Asia -- it's our ginormous high chair. I hate it. I live with it though, it's only for a year or 2... right? We got it used at a Kid to Kid in Utah. It's served us well, but it's by no means tiny.

But, back to the main subject.

My pedi said to start sometime after the 5th month with solids, and I'm preparing. Baby cereal's on the grocery list. But, I went to lunch with a friend who said she never did cereal, she just went right to food from the table. While this sounded delightful (for some reason, I don't think that rice cereal has the proper pH balance for my skin after having it spit on me with the past 2 kids), I worry about allergies (my mom's allergic to wheat -- so we just like to test stuff out pretty carefully).

Anyway, do you have tips for starting your kids on solids? When'd you start? Did you make your own? Did you use a processor or a food mill? Do you hate that this entry is on mashed foods?

So do I.

Thoughtful Thursday

Welcome to maternity leave. No, I'm not pregnant again. I just didn't take the whole thing when I had P -- so I could take the rest now as I prepare to face the world as a single mother. Frankly, the only one getting a "leave" is Drew -- since he won't have to take the kids to school with him/make them dinner/hear them whine all by himself when I'm usually at work.
Either way, I am off work. I have no excuse to not:

1. Organize. As fall comes and I'm doing less in the garden, I try to take that time elsewhere, to work on organizing the house.
2. Lose weight. Focus Hilary. Focus. I'm gonna be to my pre-pregnancy weight by the time I get done with this leave. Period. I need to re-read my blog as to how I did it last time, possibly even daily.


So, I'm trying to jump on the organizing thing. Yesterday I went through the short sleeve shirts that I own. I have about 25, and the sad things is that some of them have bleach stains on them and I'm just saving them... for.... I dunno, in case the great shirt monster comes and I need to feed it something? I still wear them. I think just to show myself I can (but I feel schlepy in them when I do). But that's just insane.

So, I said to myself -- "Self, I think 16 shirts is the ABSOLUTE maximum that I will need. Even if I got spit-up on EVERY day I could still make do with just 16 shirts (I even have a couple of hang-up shirts in the closet, if absolutely necessary). So, I went through picked-out my favorite 16 and threw the rest in the DI pile.

Moving onto our large collection of Duplo Lego's, that the boys are slowly out-growing. This isn't to say that I don't expect P to have the time of her life with our Duplos, because I know she will -- but honestly we have SO many. A race set, a Bob the Builder Set, a Winnie the Pooh set... and I had them all separated. So I said to myself, "self -- one large duplo bin is more than plenty, let's make that happen" I piled as many duplos as I could fit in that bin, and I made a small box of extra ones that will go high in the garage should we need excess duplos for a science project or something one day. You just never know...

Yesterday while feeding P I watched a show on hoarders. It was an INSANE amount of stuff in their house, but as you listen to their reasons for keeping things you realize that you have those reasons too. I think it'd be VERY easy to slip from a food storage fanatic into a hoarder of all items "just in case". I think there's a fine like between real "just in case" (like keeping a propane stove) to "just in case" the shirt monster comes.

Anyway, I'm gonna continue a lot of my self-evaluation this fall as I'm able to organize in my spare time.

Sometimes a person self can be quite scary. :)

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Parent Teacher Conference

Do you ever walk into parent teacher conference wondering why you're there? Seems like just yesterday my mom was meeting with crazy Mr Wilcox, or possibly even crazier Terry Hill (and let's not even go to Mr Stumphy... that guy was a piece of work). I must say I remember being worried as a kid what my teachers were going to say (my mom always told me that if anything negative was going to come out of that teacher's mouth, she wanted to hear it from me first)... but I think I'm more nervous now.

Conner's conference was great. We LOVE his teacher. He's so organized, and funny, and a dream of a teacher. Conner loves him, and I now know why every child I've ever asked who they want for 5th grade says "Mr. M". Conner needs to work on fine details. In his reading, his writing, in organization. We have a serious issue with shoe tying. It's awful. I instigated shoe-tying practice about a year ago and I felt like it fixed things but then I bought him some crocs for the summer and I feel like he took a giant leap backwards. I'm back to shoe tying practice, and the crocs are in the garage til' he can properly be a human. Anyway, it's just a micro chasm of the larger picture of fine details.

Spencer's was good. However, I had the same problem when Conner was in Kindergarten. With Conner's subsequent conferences we've always come away with a lot of things to focus on and to work on. Spencer has one thing to work on, using a quieter voice. She hadn't tested his reading and I'm not sure she knew he knows how to read.... I was just frustrated. He is doing amazing, but I guess in K there are SO many things that most of the kids need to really work on, that when you have a kid who already has most of the K skill set, you're just happy. Anyway, I do need to figure out what to have him read. He's moved on to chapter books, and while Captain Underpants is quite a literary offering I'm not sure I want to start him on that path yet. I also worry that by Conner reading so well, so early that he became fine with reading words that he didn't understand. Spencer and I are spending more time reading together (he reads a page, and I read a page) and asking questions. I hope that helps.

All in all, I think parent teacher conferences (although, Conner was included in his "conference" have gotten much easier. It seems like intimidating and not that they're just telling you what your child is doing wrong -- it's figuring out ways to fix all the problems.

On a funny note, we were talking about how Conner sometimes has difficulties putting meaning into his stories and pulling it from reading. His teacher said that perhaps it's because he hasn't actually lived through many tough things yet. His parents are together, we've lived here most of his life... I told Conner we needed to make him suffer a little more, he just rolled his eyes. I do wonder if I'm raising kids who think life is a candyland (not literally -- but just that their lives are awfully easy) and that they don't realize how much suffering is out there. We have actually talked a little bit about divorce from the whole Jon and Kate mess and how hard it would be to have parents who made those choices. Maybe we can make him suffer by proxy. :)

What's UP Wednesday: Spencer

Who here is still in disbelief that Spencer is old enough to go to Kindergarten? Oh, he's been going long over a month -- but it's still a shocker to me. He is LOVING it though, and he was really SO ready for school.

This picture is him at the Teddy Bear Picnic. I love how they celebrate their "little-ness" in Kindergarten. I know that goes away all too fast, and soon it's not cool to bring your teddy bear with you to school. It was cool this day, the Teddies even had a sleepover after school (I guess the teddy bear's mom and dad are more permissive than Spencer's).

This isn't to say that Spencer hasn't had a hard entry into school. Being gone all day, when he was used to being at home with me has been a bit of a struggle -- not at school, just when he came home and had to slink back into a normal life not filled with songs, crafts and adoring fans. :)
Spencer is slowly realizing that life is full of responsibilities. He's not a big fan of personal responsibility and seems to think we all need to pick up his slack, or lack of abilities. When summer was coming to a close, I made a mandate that Spencer had to open all lunch items on his own -- string cheese, granola bars, etc. It caused a great deal of tears -- but he's getting it now. That doesn't stop him from begging me to open a gogurt every now and then.
His most frequently uttered phrase is "CoOOOOOOnnnneneEEEER". It can be for a variety of reasons. Conner touched him, Conner isn't doing something S needs, Conner is doing something. Poor Conner. Poor my ears.
Five adjectives for Spencer at this age:
1. Smiley (he's a fairly happy guy)
2. Whiney (when naming Conner, I was unaware his name had 6 syllables -- Spencer proved me wrong)
3. Smart (his writing at school is A-mazing)
4. Naked (people lucky enough to be my facebook friends might remember the day he and his friend were having a pants-ing battle... modesty is an issue we're working on)
5. Popular (he's well-liked by his classmates -- at least from what I've seen)

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Shhhhhhh {be wary, wary quiet}

I'm considering allowing Santa to bring a wii for Christmas.
I have obviously lost my mind...
Are you with me, or think I've lost my moral foundation?

TMI Tuesday: Bones

Really, people -- I want to know what you need to know.

But, since Conner did slam Spencer's hand in the slider door the other day, I thought I'd go over what I do when I think the kids may have injured themselves.

The info I am presenting here is a combination of a REALLY in-depth first aid class that I took in college (that I actually, highly recommend to anyone who wants to become a mom someday -- except for the "foreign objects day" -- I almost threw up that day, and heavens knows I can watch a lot of gross stuff). Anyway, also working in peds and obviously 10 years of watching ER... or longer. How long was that show on anyway? Oh, and having 2 little boys. There is usually a weekly occurrence of me walking in planning to see bone jutting out of some one's skin. So far, no breaks here. {viciously knocking on wood}. We have had stitches though. :)

So, your child has had a "trauma" and says that something hurts. These are the steps that go through my mind:

1. Visually inspect. Is anything at a weird angle, are they holding it funny. What do you see. Dislocations also happen pretty frequently in kids, but that will usually be pretty easy to detect on a visual inspection.

2. Have them move it. They won't want to... but sometimes I'll give them a Popsicle or the ice pack and make sure they're using that limb to get it. They'll say it REALLY hurts. Doesn't it always REALLY hurt? I know.

3. Often, even if it's broken they'll still be able to move it (although, usually they're REALLY complaining about it if they do). If there's still a lot of complaining to do I will tap on it on the joint. I have' heard (and saw at the pedi's office) that if you tap a broken bone on one of the ends, and it's really broken they'll have shooting pain. So far, none of my kids have made it through this step. You can also kind of feel along the area with your hands -- see if you see anything. Swelling will happen with any trauma, so unless it's a LOT of swelling, it's not much of an indicator.

4. Leg pain can be a little bit different. In my first aid class they said the 3 step rule. If they can walk more than 3 steps on it, it's probably not broken. Assess your child though, some kids can't walk 3 steps if their backpack is too heavy -- so obviously, this has to be molded to your child and their pain tolerance.

5. Kiss it better. I try to remind myself that this is the time my kids can get a bit of loving from me. Give them an ice pack and a hug. That could be all they wanted anyway. Of course, my kids tend to injure themselves most often while I'm making dinner. Booo to that. I should listen to this step a little more.

6. Give it a day. Is it still hurting? Green stick fractures (kids bones aren't quite as solid as adults, so sometimes they'll splinter like a green stick -- still allowing movement but it will hurt) can be tricky stuff. I saw several parents after 3-4 days of the kid complaining, but still being able to do their regular stuff come in just so the doctor could say nothing was wrong -- and they walk out feeling horrible and their child has a cast on. Life happens moms, don't feel guilty. :)

So, it's not broken but it is still hurting: Use the RICE method:

Rest -- time for some TV, or a nice book.
Ice -- Put an ice pack in a dishtowel and then on the injured area, you don't want the ice pack touching their skin, so I use a dishtowel.
Compression -- put an ACE banadage on it, it reduces swelling. Wrap towards the heart.
Elevation -- put it up, on a pillow or whatnot.

Rice method goes for any injury -- adults or children. If you don't have an ACE bandage at your house, go get one. They're handy things to have around. I even have one in each car.

So, there you go. That's my personal process. Don't think you need to head straight to the ER if you have a broken arm. Call your regular doctor first -- a lot of time they can handle it in the office and you can avoid the nasty co-payment. We worked in possible breaks all the time. Usually the doctor will look at the child, do a bit of poking and prodding and then send you off to X-ray anyway.

Hilary is an RN, BSN who has worked in various medical fields for the past 12 years, however, none of the information on this blog, should be substituted for the care of a physician. The information provided on this blog is informational only and shouldn't be taken as medical advice. You have instinct, use it -- and use it wisely. If you have questions, please ask your doctor. If you think you have a medical or psychiatric emergency, please call 911. Also, please don't delay contacting a physician due to something you have read on here. Pulling Curls doesn't take responsibility for your health. That's your job. We're just a nice read.

Monday, October 05, 2009

3 Questions

I've decided that there are specific things in my life that I need to fix. I also have decided that I can not fix them all at once. I'm superwoman... but not THAT super of a woman. I also find that if I write things down I tend to better focus, so I'm hoping to have 3 questions each month that I can find the answers to and make the change to make them happen. I also though that they should focus on the 3 most important areas of my life.
1. Drew
2. Kids
3. God
(in no particular order)
I think some of you are surprised to see Drew's name up there. It's not that we're unhappy but there are things in our relationship (as there are with all relationships) that need changing. I think this is a sticky area because you don't want to hurt them, but you also need things fixed. I will go into that one further on another day.

Today I'm focusing on the kids, and since I've read this blog on other mom's blogs I'm putting it here:

How do you do after school? I'm tired, I've been hot (lately, that probably won't be an issue anymore) and sometimes a bit hungry... and my kids are all those same things. Get us all together and we're a whole mess o' fun. I want to give one on one time to each schooler to see what's happened during the day and tell them how much I love them. Instead of that I seem to get caught-up in the other less-important items and not focus on them. This week is a good week to work on it, because they're out early each day.

It was easier before, because only Conner came home so I could focus on him. But now I have 2 sometimes-ornry kids to focus on and I just feel overwhelmed by it all. I feel like my life is bipolar in that I am playing patty-cake one minute with my tiny sweets. And the next minute they're screaming through the house wanting snacks and shoving papers at me.
I just need a happy medium, and another brain - perhaps one that can actually focus this time.

Now is the time you can share a bit of your brain with me. Oh ye great moms, I worship your greatness. COMMENT.

Menu Plan Monday

I'd LOVE for people to post their Mommy "stand-by" recipes for me on their blogs. I've had so many friend asking me about how I make dinner/plan dinner as of late. I know it's a huge issue for moms. Let's unite:
  • Pasta: Sausage and mushrooms Saute some mushrooms in desired amount of oil and a bit of garlic, set aside. Brown smoked sausage, add mushrooms. Pour in Alfredo sauce (or make your own if you're super fancy like that) and simmer. Add some Parmesan if you're in the mood. Pour in cooked noodles (whatever variety is in your cabinet) and wham-o, it's dinner. I've added peas to it before, and while I am fine with them, Drew wasn't a fan. Kids love it, although they pick out the mushrooms -- which is one of my favorite parts, so whatever.
  • Chicken: Chicken Florentine probably with a basic side.
  • Crockpot: Grandma B's Bean Soup -- hello fall - thanks for all your soups that help me use dried beans.
  • Easy: Tacos (personal standby) I just brown the meat, add a bit of garlic salt, serve with crunchy shells (from a box), cheese, tomatoes and frankly whatever produce I have available to serve it with -- onions, lettace, cilantro.
  • New: Still haven't tried the Turkey Club Pie.

I do still have some other items left from last week. That's why I like this menu plan so much --I'm able to be a little more loose with things.

ETA: I'm going to have Scrumptious Strawberry Shortcakes for FHE tonight. I just baked them and they look delicious.

And we all know one thing I am -- loose. ;)

Sunday, October 04, 2009


Sometimes P's diapers smell...
but nothing like this.
THIS is what's wrong with America. :)

Friday, October 02, 2009


I'm just trying to veg. in front of the computer right now. Today was a very frustrating "hat" day for costume-making. I wasn't loving it, to say the very least. Each year I say it will be my LAST for making costumes. We're on year 3.
Anywho... I visited technorati -- which i haven't done in about a year. My blog authority is only a 2. It's paining me. But then, I realized I very rarely link to other people's blogs that I love... so perhaps I will.
But, if you're a person whose blog I frequent (and if I frequent someone's blog I comment, I really do) and you'd prefer that I not link to it -- you might just want to let me know. Or, if you see it linked here and aren't pleased as punch -- you can also let me know.
Now to think about who i love. Also to feel my fingertips. I am fairly sure that I would be a great felon being that I don't think I have any fingerprints after using the glue gun.

Get it Out

I'm sure you all remember my dreaded Prop 8 walk last year. This year there's also a measure that's pretty important to me -- Measure C. It's for school funding. the Principal really wants parental support and the thought of gettin' out the vote again makes me want to pull my hair out....
But, that got me to thinking, why did I walk/donate to Prop 8? Was it just because our prophet told us to, or because I really believe in what's best for children.
And frankly, it's for the kids, and so is this measure.
So, there I was at 8:10 am passing out flyers for Measure C.
Because if you believe it you should share it.
So, if there's issues you feel strongly about -- I recommend you get out there and share it. Make a difference.
One flyer at a time.
In other news, I can barely feel my fingers to type, thanks to some serious hot glue usage as of late. I really don't think you can use that stuff without burning yourself... can you?

Thursday, October 01, 2009

What's Hilary Up To

Well, I'm just so glad you asked:
1. Halloween costumes. I'm TOTALLY behind. We're doing a family theme, which shall be unveiled at a later date. Let's just say there's still a fair amount of sewing to be done, and I am VERY grateful that it's general conference weekend. It'll be me, sewing in my jammies while eating a cinnamon roll.
2. Just turned my compost, and I planted some fall veggies -- broccoli, cauliflower, onions, garlic and brussel sprouts to be specific. Oh, and some romaine lettuce. Wish us luck.
3. Lunch with friends. WHAT is better, I ask you?
4. Trying to get a jump on the long term storage ideas. I'm finally turning to the whole long-term food storage idea. I'm just trying to figure out how much of everything I want. We could survive well beyond 6 months on just what I have already, so I just need the other stuff to supplement. I am getting a fair amount of wheat soon, that's exciting. Isn't it?
5. Frankly, not much. Sometimes you look around and wonder what you've done all day -- especially since Miss P sleeps so much... OH, I do love to plan Miss P's outfit. I had an ESPECIALLY cute one on today and then she peed on it. I was moderately bitter. Never fear though, another outfit was waiting in the wings.


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