A Day at the San Diego Zoo

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Today I met a couple mommies at the San Diego Zoo. This was Corbin’s first time to the Zoo and for once he didn’t sleep through the entire outing. We didn’t end up getting very far around the park…we found ourselves going around in circles. We only made it to the monkey/gorilla area. Next time we will make sure we take a different route.

Wendy-Look! He’s wearing the shirt you gave us from Australia:)

A great cup of coffee

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Last night I went over to a friends house for bible study and Corey offered me a cup of coffee. I don’t typically make coffee at home, so when I go out and someone offers me some I jump at the chance. He told me he was given a French Press a few weeks back and his wife, Jessica, warned me that it may be strong. After my first sip I was amazed at the flavor. I never thought a French Press would be any different than a regular coffee pot, but it was.

I looked online and found a great website called CoffeeGeek.com. It gives you a little history about the press pot, the important factors in making a great cup of coffee, and how to use a coffee press. Check it out.

Maybe one day I’ll get myself a French Press, but for now I’ll be looking forward to every Wednesday night when I visit my friends for bible study.

Baby Dedication

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I’m a little behind on this, but I just found the pictures.

Corbin Alexander was dedicated to the Lord on January 20, 2008. Both our families were able to make it to the service which was a special treat. Corbin received an adorable quilt and a children’s bible.

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Dedicating a child acknowledges God’s sovereignty not only over the child, but also Mom and Dad. Parents present their child before God and His people asking for grace and wisdom in carrying out their responsibilities. Parents also come praying that their child might one day trust Jesus Christ as Savior for the forgiveness of sin.

Before the actual ceremony, it is crucial that pastors counsel parents about the meaning of dedication. The best passage for discussion is Deuteronomy 6:4-7. First, it commands parents to love God; if they truly wish for their child to one day love and follow God, their lives must be an example. This is a good time to query parents about their own personal relationship with Christ.

Second, Deuteronomy makes clear that the duty of teaching children belongs to parents; Sunday schools can provide weekly instruction, but parents must seize the teachable moments that arise throughout life. Explain the value of prayer (for example, repetitious prayers like “Now I lay me down to sleep . . .”) at meal times and before bed. Urge them to read aloud Bible stories for devotions. Give them practical ideas they can implement into their daily family routines.

Feeling Better

This past week started out pretty rough. I came down with a sinus cold on Monday and Corbin was still sick with bronchiolitis from the week prior. Thankfully Luke was home on Monday because of the holiday and was able to take care of him the entire day while I slept and went to the doctor.

A week later and I’m happy to say that Corbin and I are doing 90% better. His breathing treatments are over today and I am no longer congested. Woo-hoo! I think I would have lost my mind if I didn’t have Jesus. Having your infant cry for no unknown reason, vomiting on you multiple times a day, changing nasty diapers, random fits of discomfort, extra clingy…it can drive a mom a little batty.

Let’s just hope Luke doesn’t come down with anything…please no!

Baby Necessities

The following baby items are awesome and I would highly recommend them to anyone. My three month old uses them on a daily basis and he loves them. The stroller is on the pricey side, but consider it an investment. Many of my friends have bought 5 strollers (give or take) in their child’s lifetime and looking back they would have definitely invested in something more versatile, reliable, and durable like the Bob Revolution stroller or the Phil and Teds stroller.

1. Bob Revolution Stroller

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2. Baby Papasan Cradle Swing

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3. Ocean Wonders Aquarium Bouncer

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4. Swaddle Me Wrap

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5. Britax Companion Car Seat

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6. Sienna Backpack

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Corbin is sick

Last Thursday Corbin started coughing, but I thought it was just a cold and didn’t think much of it. That night, Corbin started coughing more often and he seemed uncomfortable. I was concerned that he was coming down with something right before we were going out of town, so I called to get an appointment with the doctor. Thankfully I was able to get him in by 9:45am. After just a few moments with the doctor he said that Corbin has bronchiolitis.

Bronchiolitis is an infection of the smaller breathing tubes of the lungs. It is almost always caused by a virus, most commonly the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The infection causes inflammation and swelling of the bronchioles, which in turn causes blockage of air flow through the lungs. In infants, however, the infection is more likely to lead to bronchiolitis. This is because their airways are smaller and are more easily blocked when infection and inflammation occur. RSV infection is most likely cause of bronchiolitis from October through March. The RSV is spread by contact with secretions from an infected person. It often spreads through families, day-care, and hospital wards. Careful hand washing can help prevent this. The American Academy of Pediatrics

I asked the doctor if we should still go on our trip and he said that it would be fine because there is nothing that can be done, we just have to wait it out. So we continued with our plans to go to Arizona.

By Sunday Corbin sounded bad and was very uncomfortable so we decided to go home early. By the time we reached Yuma, Corbin started crying non stop. We stopped in a Burger King parking lot and I called the nurse hotline and when I finally got through and spoke to a nurse she started asking a bunch of questions. By the end of our conversation she recommended we come in immediately. We told her we were still in Yuma, AZ and that we wouldn’t be back to San Diego for another 2 hours. She said that it would be fine and to come straight in. Thankfully by the end of my call, Corbin was in better spirits after being held by his dad and getting some formula.

We arrived at the doctor’s office around 5:45pm. We checked in and waited to be called. Once we were inside the nurse checked Corbin’s weight (15lbs 2oz), his heart rate (good), and oxygen (good). When the doctor came in she noticed his wheezing and told us she was going to give him a breathing treatment. Usually breathing treatments are given to infants with asthma, but on occasion it helps with infants with wheezing as well. She also gave us a machine and medicine to continue the breathing treatments at home. Hopefully after a week his wheezing will be 100% gone and so will his cough.

World’s Smallest Bodybuilder, Aditya ‘Romeo’ Dev of India, Causing Huge Stir

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My friend sent me a link to an article she found on Foxnews.com. The story is about the world’s smallest bodybuilder. The reason she sent it to me was because she thought it was funny how he’s only a few inches taller and heaver than my 2 1/2 month old son. I didn’t believe her until I saw the photo. Dang! Who knew! Is bodybuilding bad for someone so small? I would think it would be hard on the heart, but maybe I’m just completely naive.

If you care to check out the article click on: ROMEO

Family Guy- Blue Harvest

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Last night my husband and I watched the Family Guy Presents Blue Harvest. The movie was lent to us by good friends of ours who thought we’d get a kick out of it. We did! We laughed for the entire 48 minutes.

The movie is a reenactment of Star Wars, but Family Guy style. If you enjoy the Family Guy show on TV, give the movie a try. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.