The Marvelous Diaper

Today was Kobe’s 18 month appointment with the Dr. I was in a big rush as I grabbed him, his drink, my bag, a huge pillow for the laundromat, soap for the pillow, water for me. I headed out the door with a quick goodbye to my husband who was so kindly watching Kierra for me.

It wasn’t until we were in the waiting room, looking at Dr. Suess and waiting for the nurse’s call that I smelled that suspicious scent.  I heard the little grunt and watched the face scrunch up and I reached for my bag and Kobe’s hand to head off for a diaper change. We entered the small cold floored bathroom with  portable handicap rails around the toilet and glanced around. There was no changing station. And at the same time, I realized there was no pamper in my bag. I had my small bag today since it was just Kobe and I, but even then, I searched it nearly four times, before I convinced myself that I could not make a diaper appear.

So we cheerfully headed out to the van. I remembered putting a stash under the seat just the other week. Just our luck! Under the seat was empty. There was no pamper in the glove compartment or under the other seat or in Kierra’s chair or floating around among the stuff behind the passenger seat.

So we hopefully headed back to the office, and I tried to act charming and OK as I asked the nurse if they would by any possibility have a pamper on hand.

This is a Family Doctor’s office and I have personally only seen 3 people under 50 yr. there as patients I believe.

She searched here and there and I heard the word ‘nappy’ and tried to recall if they actually used to call pampers by that name.

No luck.

We had waited nearly half an hour now, and no way was I about to lose my slot in line by running to the grocery store for a PAMPER!!

So we headed back to the bathroom, and I began undressing Kobe without a very good idea of what to do next.(besides getting rid of that awful odor!)  The only usable items I could find in the bathroom were white stiff prefolded paper towels and plastic trash bags. So I grabbed a stack of towels, folded them around him like a diaper, and quickly pulled his shorts up for rubber pants. Only they weren’t rubber. So We took a big black trashbag and returned to the waiting room and he sat nicely on my lap and browsed my Kindle as we waited some more. This might just work! I thought. (Thank God for Kindles!)

Eventially, we made it back to the room, and the nurse chuckled abit and began taking down general information as Kobe peed  through the stack of paper towels, through his shorts, down his legs, and off of the trash bag.

She suggested that I use one of those blue water proof disposable pads that you find on scales and changing tables in Doctor’s offices. So I gratefully accepted one and was stuck with the problem of HOW to keep it ON!!!???

Maybe growing up on a farm and watching my Dad improvise was in my favor. If i pulled hard enough and Kobe held still long enough, I could tie the two ends together on each side into a sort of knot.

It was actually kinda cute…minus the fact that it wasn’t very tight or leak proof! But it sure beat holding my breath at every turn and standing ready with a trash bag!

An hour and a half later, we exited the building. leaving behind 3 or 4? wetted pads, a peed on carpet (shhh! don’t tell! i seriously TRIED to clean it up with hand sanitizer and paper towels! i promise!). We took some souvenirs with us-  my peed on skirt, and Kobe’s peed shorts, (safely tucked in my now empty wipe container) .

I was THRILLED to get home!!! And Kobe was so worn out, he was off in LaLa Land and didn’t even mind when I put a proper diaper on him!


Amazing how you improvise! And to think that thousands of children have no ‘nappy’ ..

Tonight I am thankful for diapers!


Oh No! Ulcer Issues :(



Kierra has been so uncomfortable this week. She sobs and cries and writhes. It got so bad, she wouldn’t sleep in her crib anymore. She would toss and flail until she got stuck in the crib slats, or scooted to the bottom of her crib and got tangled.  So we resorted to the Big Daddy Recliner 🙂 She loves it so much, I think we will need to get her a small one all for herself!


(Any suggestions on what kind to get? 🙂

Nothing seemed to help her and I was getting VERY concerned! Then on Thursday, she gagged and I was even more concerned  to see brown mucus! Another call to the Dr. got me in to have her checked out on Friday. Sure enough, she had blood in her little belly, which is likely caused by an ulcer.

No wonder she was so uncomfortable! We made up a plan for her feeding, put her on a new medication, Carafate, to coat her intestines and hopefully help with the discomfort! Of course they took ran labs also, to check for infections and other med levels.

So now, we are trying to balance getting all her feeding into her that she needs in 24 hrs, and giving her the Carafate on an empty stomach, and a few hours apart from her reflux meds. Amazing how complicated something so simple like feeding can get!


I made up a chart of times and meds and feedings so Steve and I wouldn’t get confused. (Thank God, he has a three day weekend this week!)

Today she is doing quite a bit better, although she still had a low fever.

We were planning to leave for Honduras in two weeks to visit Steve’s parents. We haven’t seen them in over a year, and it’s high time to get Kobe acquainted with them 🙂

The Dr. put her on this regimen for two weeks and says we will see how she’s doing by then, to decide what to do next…

Have any of you experienced stomach ulers? I have no idea what kind of pain she is feeling and how to comfort her…besides loving her up!

Please join us in praying for her healing!

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday!



Mommy’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day! What is better then watching the gentle sun transforming dewy green to soft hues of spring? And sipping Blueberry Bliss Tea in an old Currier and Ives tea cup? (especially after a night of  juggling between bed and crib! Thankfully, Steve stumbled through the dark a few times for me!)

In our scouting through yardsales the other week, I found this fat little tea pot for 75 cents! I planned to  brew loose leaf tea with no mess or worries. So when Steve walked in the other day with the most delightful Teavanna bag, I was wild with joy!  Every time I go to The Park City Mall, I stop by Teavanna to sample their aromatic brews and dream of fine cups in my house. Now my dreams were handed right to me in .  MMMM! Let the sipping begin.


We found some Bay in Deleware today. It was a perfectly lovely day with my favorite people. I am so blessed!

Kobe showing Steve his dandelions…


My two little punkins. Kobe picked some of his favorite dandelions for Kierra’s hair…


My little girl that taught me more about mothering and love then I knew was possible… and still teaches me every day.


The two guys that God has blessed me with who keep me laughing and love me even when i get REALLY Mama BEARISH.


Mother’s Day is not at all what I expected it to be years ago.

#1. i don’t have it all figured out.

#2. it’s WAY more complex then it looks!

#3.  i still feel like a kid 🙂

#4. my family loves me and keeps pouring on the hugs and patience through it all.

#5. i think about  Mary (Jesus’ mother)

#6. i am Nothing without my Heavenly Father…(that part i think i knew…but somehow, being a mother made it all really real for me)

Have you had surprises being a mother?

And a great big hug and prayer for all those who long to be, and are not mothers today!! I think there should be a Lady’s Day also. It would rank right up there beside Mother’s Day!


Modern Art and Fingerpaints

We had so much fun the other day! I found a simple recipe for water color paint that Kobe quickly turned into finger paint. We simply mixed these ingredients together, and spread out the layers of newspaper and nice heavy acrylic painting paper…


3 tsp. corn syrup

6 T. cornstarch

6 T. baking soda

6 T. white vinegar

food coloring.

I mixed all the ingredients together, then divided it into muffin tins before adding the foods coloring. I was afraid the food coloring would stain the kids, but it washed off very well. This makes quite a bit of paint. I think I will stick with half batch next time!

ImageKobe was totally thrilled to be shirtless and artsy. Before i knew it, he was diggin in with his hands, watching the drips…

Imageand rubbing them in..

ImageI helped Kierra paint her masterpiece. She loved it..for a bit:)

ImageThen Kobe got to slinging paint and sampling it..and spitting 🙂


ImageSo we wrapped up our fun little time, dumped the muddied paint colors down the drain, and headed for the shower.

Super simple. Super fun.

(they  made their own Mother’s Day gift without even realizing it:)