Hey, good lookin’

Last night after dinner, Ava was playing in our backyard while I sat at the dining room table. I watched her as she sprayed some water from a spray bottle onto her hands. She rubbed them together and acted like she was washing them. Then she sprayed some more water onto her hands and fluffed up her hair. She walked up to the screen door and said to me, “Do I look so good?”

Cracked me right up. 🙂

Celebrity Baby Blog WBW raffle

As we gear up for World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1 – 7, the Celebrity Baby Blog has announced a month’s worth of raffles with all proceeds going to La Leche League.

Every weekday in August, we’ll tell you about one of the companies sponsoring World Breastfeeding Week on the Celebrity Baby Blog and the prizes they have donated to be raffled off to our readers. Anyone can participate!

Prizes include infant and children’s shoes, maternity clothing, strollers, children’s clothing, baby carriers, nursing, diaper bags and more. Posts highlighting the raffle prizes start tomorrow.

Attached At The Hip was more than happy to donate some pro-breastfeeding items to the cause, including everyone’s favorite “I make milk. What’s your superpower?” shirt. Here’s a sneak peek at the shirts/bumper stickers I donated:

Attached At The Hip donations to the Celebrity Baby Blog raffle

Head on over to the Celebrity Baby Blog to read more about the great prizes (there’s really some cool stuff) being raffled off and how you can enter to win and help support LLL! 🙂


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Don’t forget to enter my latest t-shirt giveaway from my new store, Cute As A Bug. The deadline to enter is Aug. 3. And be sure to send me your nursing pictures for inclusion in my WBW breastfeeding photo collage.

Cute As A Bug t-shirt giveaway

Swinger child shirtbaby instructionsCute as a bug onesiePacifiers are for suckersI survived potty training

**UPDATE** – The winner is Melody of Slurping Life. Congratulations, Melody! And thanks to everyone who entered! 🙂 Stay tuned for more contests in the weeks ahead!

Like these shirts? You could win one! Yes, it’s time for another t-shirt giveaway here at Crunchy Domestic Goddess. This time, to celebrate the grand opening of my new CafePress store Cute As A Bug, I’m giving away one t-shirt from the store. The winner can select their favorite design (there are currently 25 27 – I just added two more – to choose from! go take a look to find your favorite), style and size!

To enter the contest, you need to mention and link to this post as well as link to Cute As A Bug on your blog, then sign up with Mr. Linky which will let me know you’ve added that info to your blog. (If you sign Mr. Linky, that means you’ve already added the links to your blog. If you have not added the above info to your blog, you are not eligible to win the shirt.) If you do not have a blog, you are still eligible to win, you just need to tell your friends about the contest before signing up with Mr. Linky. Who couldn’t use a cute new t-shirt, right? So share the love. 🙂 Please make sure you leave me with a valid email address or blog URL so that I can contact you if you win!

Also, please feel free to snag my Cute As A Bug button (below) for your sidebar if you are so inclined. I’d love ya forever. 😉

Cute As A Bug button

The deadline to enter is 11:59 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3. I will randomly select a winner on Saturday, Aug. 4, and the winner will be announced later that day.

Thanks for playing and good luck! 🙂

Nursing photos wanted and new contest coming up soon

Just a reminder that I’m still collecting breastfeeding photos for a big collage to help celebrate World Breastfeeding Week – Aug. 1 – 7. Please email them (submit as many as you would like) to me by Aug. 4. Thank you! 🙂

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Also, to help celebrate the GRAND OPENING of my new store Cute As A Bug, I will hold a new contest and give away a shirt from the store! Details will follow.

Cute As A Bug

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If you haven’t yet read about blogging mama WhyMommy’s battle with inflammatory breast cancer (which often presents itself without a lump and can be misdiagnosed as mastitis), please take a look. It’s so important that this information reach as many people as possible.

You don’t have to have a lump to have breast cancer

Several weeks ago, “WhyMommy” from Toddler Planet was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer, a rare type of cancer (without a lump) that is often misdiagnosed as mastitis. WhyMommy is now using her blog to spread the word about this disease and is asking for our help in posting her story and information about inflammatory breast cancer. She was a nursing mama (she had to wean because of the cancer treatment) who noticed something “funny” about her breast, so she had it checked out. She never expected it to be cancerous.

The follow is a repost from WhyMommy’s blog. If you are a woman, or you know and love a woman, please read this information and pass it on. I feel that this information is ESPECIALLY important for all of the breastfeeding mamas out there, since this could, essentially, happen to any of us. It could save your life or the life of someone you care about. Thank you.

We hear a lot about breast cancer these days. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes, and there are millions living with it in the U.S. today alone. But did you know that there is more than one type of breast cancer?

I didn’t. I thought that breast cancer was all the same. I figured that if I did my monthly breast self-exams, and found no lump, I’d be fine.

Oops. It turns out that you don’t have to have a lump to have breast cancer. Six weeks ago, I went to my OB/GYN because my breast felt funny. It was red, hot, inflamed, and the skin looked…funny. But there was no lump, so I wasn’t worried. I should have been. After a round of antibiotics didn’t clear up the inflammation, my doctor sent me to a breast specialist and did a skin punch biopsy. That test showed that I have inflammatory breast cancer, a very aggressive cancer that can be deadly.

Inflammatory breast cancer is often misdiagnosed as mastitis because many doctors have never seen it before and consider it rare. “Rare” or not, there are over 100,000 women in the U.S. with this cancer right now; only half will survive five years. Please call your OB/GYN if you experience several of the following symptoms in your breast, or any unusual changes: redness, rapid increase in size of one breast, persistent itching of breast or nipple, thickening of breast tissue, stabbing pain, soreness, swelling under the arm, dimpling or ridging (for example, when you take your bra off, the bra marks stay – for a while), flattening or retracting of the nipple, or a texture that looks or feels like an orange (called peau d’orange). Ask if your GYN is familiar with inflammatory breast cancer, and tell her that you’re concerned and want to come in to rule it out.

There is more than one kind of breast cancer. Inflammatory breast cancer is the most aggressive form of breast cancer out there, and early detection is critical. It’s not usually detected by mammogram. It does not usually present with a lump. It may be overlooked with all of the changes that our breasts undergo during the years when we’re pregnant and/or nursing our little ones. It’s important not to miss this one.

Inflammatory breast cancer is detected by women and their doctors who notice a change in one of their breasts. If you notice a change, call your doctor today. Tell her about it. Tell her that you have a friend with this disease, and it’s trying to kill her. Now you know what I wish I had known before six weeks ago.

You don’t have to have a lump to have breast cancer.

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P.S. Feel free to steal this post too. I’d be happy for anyone in the blogosphere to take it and put it on their site, no questions asked. Dress it up, dress it down, let it run around the place barefoot. I don’t care. But I want the word to get out. I don’t want another young mom — or old man — or anyone in between — to have to stare at this thing on their chest and wonder, is it mastitis? Is it a rash? Am I overreacting? This cancer moves FAST, and early detection and treatment is critical for survival.

Tiny tub for two

bubble bath

The other night I tried to sneak away from Jody and the kids for a nice relaxing bubble bath. I didn’t fill anyone in on my plans, just quietly left the room and went to fill the tub, hoping they wouldn’t notice I was gone.

Our bathroom has two doors – one from the hallway (which has a lock) and one from our bedroom (which does not have a lock). I filled the tub while pouring in some Juniper Breeze bath bubbles, and locked the hallway door, trying to pro-actively deter a potentially curious preschooler.

Just as I stepped into the water, I heard curious preschooler, AKA Ava, trying to open the hallway door. Foiled! I then heard her run to the bedroom to try the other door. Hmmph. Guess she wouldn’t be as easily deterred as I’d hoped. I quickly pulled the shower curtain closed hoping maybe, just maybe, she wouldn’t realize I was hiding behind it. Ha! Who am I kidding?

She opened the door, threw open the shower curtain, and saw the bubbles in the tub. Her face lit up and she immediately asked, with a huge smile on her face, “Can I get in?!” *Sigh* I tried to explain that Mommy wanted to take a relaxing bath ALONE, but she was so enthralled with the bubbles, I could see there would be no putting her off. I let her get in the tub with me.

Our tub, which is already too small for my liking when I’m in it alone, felt even more cramped with the two of us occupying every square inch.

I hadn’t yet given up the idea of getting a little relaxation time in, so I tried my best to recline while Ava played in the water at my feet. After a few minutes, Ava asked me why I had wanted to take a bath alone. I wanted to shout, “Isn’t it obvious?!” but I restrained myself like a good mommy (at least this time) and instead simply said, “because I wanted to relax.” She said, “You can’t relax now.” Which, of course, begged the question, “Why not?” Without missing a beat she replied, “because I’m in here!”

Indeed, Ava. Indeed. 😉


Sickies update

I wrote last week about the sickies overtaking our house. Julian and I both had (and still have, unfortunately) some nasty colds.

On Sunday night/early Monday morning, Julian’s junky cough started sounding like a barky seal (AKA croupy) cough and I began to get worried. Ava had a severe case of croup when she was just 13 months old and we ended up with a visit to the ER and a two-day hospital stay. I did NOT want to go down that road with Julian.

The wee hours of Monday morning dragged on as I stayed up with him, sitting in the steamy bathroom (to help the cough) and refreshing my memory a la AskDrSears.com on what to do if your child has croup.

We went to bed for a couple hours before Ava woke up. As I got out of bed I debated whether or not to call Julian’s doctor for an appointment. However, after I reread my blog post about Ava’s croup experience, specifically the comment that “I’d hate to see a baby any younger than Ava get it. It was hard enough with her, but I can’t imagine with a really little one” I hesitated no longer and made that call. We had to rush like mad (myself unshowered, Ava’s hair uncombed, Julian barely in clothes) to make the only appointment they had available for the day. We might not have looked so hot, but we got there in time. 😉

Based on my description, the doctor said it sounded like it could be croup and, understanding my desire to stay away from the ER this time around, wrote me a prescription for an oral steroid to give him if and only if he got croupy again that night. I felt a great deal of relief knowing we had some recourse and didn’t have to sit idly by waiting for him to struggle to breathe before we could do anything.

Thankfully, he never did get croupy again, so the prescription is sitting here untouched. I am sure that had we not gone to the doctor, he would’ve needed the meds, so I’m glad we got them just in case. Just knowing they were there made me feel better. And the other good news is he’s getting a bit better each day.

I, on the other hand, seem to do OK during the day and think I’m on the mend, yet every night I’m hit with a super sore throat, congestion and lots of phlegm. I’m also having headaches more often than usual. I am hoping to turn a corner soon so I can get back to good health. It’s hard to take care of a family when you want to crawl under a rock. Part of the reason I haven’t had any blog entries of much substance lately (other than the breastfeeding carnival post, but I wrote that weeks in advance) is because I feel like crap and am tired.

Yesterday Ava came down with a fever of 102 herself and wasn’t feeling well. She’s still not back to normal today (and is eating very little), but the fever passed. Not sure what that bug was.

I’ve heard there are a lot of strange viruses going around this summer. One friend had to take her daughter to urgent care for croup. Another friend had to take her son in for a high fever that wouldn’t break after four days. Jody’s coworker’s daughter had croup too. If there are a larger number of viruses going around this year, I have to wonder why. (But that is another blog entry for another day.) 😉

I’m going to try to head to bed early tonight and hope that I can finally get over this crud. Thanks for all the healthy thoughts/vibes you’ve been sending this week. Keep ’em coming.

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Oh, and in case you missed it, I’m giving away a brand new baby photo album. Check it out (you need only leave me a comment to enter the drawing) and all of the other (hundreds!!) of giveaways in the “Dog Days of Summer Bloggy Giveaway” over at Rocks In My Dryer. The drawings will be held on Friday, July 27, so hop to it! 🙂

Wordless Wednesday – 7/25/07

I’ve decided to start posting on Wordless Wednesday. I figure it will give me a chance to post some pics (of the kids and anything else my lil heart desires), but not have to worry so much about the technical merit of the photos (like I do for Best Shot Monday). AKA I can just throw together a pic or two from my point & shoot and call it good. Easy, peasy. 🙂

Methinks that’s too many words for a Wordless Wednesday post. 😉

Julian takes on the stairs 7/15/07 Ava slingin’ her baby 7/12/07

See more Wordless Wednesday.

Bloggy giveaway fun of epic proportion

Updated: The winner is Living for God. Congrats!

I’m joining in on the HUMONGOUS giveaway fun over at the Dog Days of Summer Bloggy Giveaway at Rocks In My Dryer!I’m giving away a cute Baby Photo Album (Bound Pocket Page) by C.R. Gibson. This brand new (in the box) photo album has been sitting around in my house since literally before Ava was born. I just never used it. It’s time it finds a new home and is filled with pictures. 🙂

  • The cover frame hold a 4×6 photo
  • 96 acid-free and PVC-free pages
  • Holds 192 4×6 photos

baby photo album

If you’d like to win it, leave me a comment and let me know. You don’t have to have a blog to enter, but I do need a valid email address to contact the winner, so be sure to leave one. I will ship to anywhere in the United States only. Sometime on Friday, July 27, I will randomly select a winner, and the winner will be announced that day as well.

Leave your comment to enter here, then head over to Dog Days of Summer Bloggy Giveaway to enter the literally hundreds of giveaways (450 at last count) currently going on! 🙂 I need to head over that way myself! 😉

Good luck! 🙂