Archive for March 19th, 2009

I don't like it when my baby is sick.

I don't like it when my baby is sick.

Lately Miranda, along with her classmates and friends, has been sick with a cold or a cough. It seems never-ending as these little kids pass on whatever they have to the next kid, then back to them again. Last week, when I dropped off Miranda at preschool, I stayed for a little bit during Circle Time. Out of the 23 kids in her class, four of them were hacking their lungs out. I mean, coughing so much that their eyes were watering! I wondered how their parents could let their precious little ones endure 2-1/2 hours of preschool being miserable. Shouldn’t they stay home to rest AND avoid getting their little friends and teachers sick?

So it was inevitable that my little girl would end up catching a cold or cough. What I really don’t like is when her cough keeps her up at night. About two years ago, I found a miracle cure. Either a friend emailed it to me or maybe I read it somewhere, but it really works!

vicks-730724Before going to bed, I slather Vicks on the bottom of her feet, then put a pair of socks on them. For some reason, her coughing stops and she is able to sleep through the night undisturbed. We’ve been doing this since she was two years old. I have no idea how or why it works. I’m just glad that it does.

Miranda is so used to this routine. When she starts coughing, she knows that at bedtime, to grab the Vicks and a pair of socks, and put her feet up for me to work my Mommy Magic so that she can sleep peacefully. (By the way, this works on adults, too! ;-))


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800px-skyscrapers_of_shinjuku_2009_januaryWith this great deal to Tokyo there is so much to dream about – from Gwen Stefani’s complete enthrallment of the Harajuku district (fashion mecca for trendsetters and icons alike), to pushing through hundreds of people at the Shibuya Crossing (why that sounds like a great adventure is beyond me – but there is something intrinsically fascinating about the thought of it – probably because it’s in the movies – LOL!). Oooooh, and to see Mt. Fuji would be breathtaking! Between the ancient and the modern aspects of the city, as well as the people and sights to take in, I will definitely keep dreaming about making it to Tokyo one day!

$677 — Tokyo from Los Angeles (Roundtrip), incl. Taxes

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chrsmsgrndsnsI think every mother of multiple children has asked the question, “Why are my children so different from each other?” Oh, you could go into a whole discussion about genetics versus environment – first child syndrome, middle child syndrome – and “baby of the family” syndrome – but, as a mother, and now a grandmother, I staunchly believe that every child is born with a unique personality – and that no matter the other influences, this personality will conquer all in the long run.

My two grandsons – Otto and Wade – are perfect examples of “personality will win out in the end!” Otto (age 4 – brown hair and beautiful brown eyes) is always a little bit careful, requiring explanations of what is happening, why it is happening and what will happen next. He is very social – gregarious to the point of distraction at times, yet cherishing his time that is uninterrupted by his younger brother Wade. On the other hand, Wade (age 21 months – white blonde hair and startling blue eyes!) goes about oblivious to any perceived danger. He marches to some unheard drummer – and really does not seem to care if he communicates this tune to anyone! A fearless climber, he has already had a hairline fracture in his leg (sliding off a bed) and a dislocated elbow (who knows what happened…) – and yet he continues to challenge the odds and strives to defy gravity whenever possible. Their mother, my daughter Betsy, tries very hard to keep a constant eye on Wade – but somehow he manages to slip through and find mischief whenever possible. The photos of Otto and Wade demonstrate their differences:wadeicecm

  • Wade eating the ice cream he had purloined from the freezer, all on his own, with a spoon he managed to extract from the kitchen drawer. The back view of his T-shirt says it all!
  • Otto – sequestered away in a special place they set up for him in the attic – working away on his Star Wars Lego models – happy that Wade is not “messing up his stuff!”

ottolegoWe love them equally – and maybe their differences make it easier – because we will never mix them up!

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