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Today Owain is 15 Months Old, Comparing Him & Newborn Ariel

It is hard to believe that I just had a baby less than 2 weeks ago and today my little Owain is just 15 months old. It is a bit strange to have two babies around the house so close together. When the other kids were born, their siblings were much older and while...
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Ariel Margarete, Our New Pea-Nut is a She-Nut :)

Can you believe it?! We have a little girl! I still can’t believe it. Her name is Ariel Margarete, she weighed 7 pounds and was 19 inches long at birth. She was born at 7:10am on July 21, 2009. Margarete is my mother’s middle name and was the name of my great-great-grandmother on her...
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Its Baby Time…Heading to the Hospital

Finally! I wonder if this little Pea-Nut will be a boy or a girl? I have been in labor since about 9 last night. I was hoping to wait until the office opened this morning to see how things have progressed, but the contractions are 5-8 minutes apart & about a minute long. With...
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Chickenpox at The Nut House

It is interesting how the littlest things can change everything about my day, and even my week. Yesterday afternoon I noticed that Little Nut Nut had a chicken pox blister on his neck. I watched it for a few hours to make sure, but by the time I figured out it was actually chickenpox...
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Pregnancy Induced Forgetfulness

As my due date gets closer, less than 3 weeks away I am finding it harder and harder to concentrate. We are trying to get everything in order, and in doing so lots of things are getting overlooked. My brain is overflowing with way too many things not to write them down….but I can...
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Two Days in a Row…

One of my little Nuts woke up at 5am with a nightmare…thus starting my sleepy day a bit early. I am up cleaning & nesting shortly after the nightmare, OCD style…the baby could be here any day. My 2 year old Nut woke up with a dry nighttime diaper…Yippie!
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Only one more month…

I can’t believe that we only have 1 more month until the 5th Little Nut joins The Nut House! I guess it is getting to the point where I should already be packed and have a freezer full of ready made dinners…but I don’t. It would also be nice if we had somewhere to...
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UVA Heart Center Reunion Picnic & Mended Little Hearts

We went to the UVA Heart Center Picnic a few weekends ago. We thought about going last year, but it was the weekend after Owain was released from the hospital and we were so happy to have him home we had no desire to go back after everything we had be through. It was...
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Speak. Confirm. Repeat. and do it again.

There is one ongoing conversation that has been repeated so many times since summer vacation started that it qualifies for a little bit of crazy. E Nut, my 5 year old came home from the last day of school with a squirt gun…just one. We have one squirt gun and at least 2 other...
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Choosing to Potty Train

I have been asking my 2 yr old Little Nut Nut if he wants to use the potty for months, probably almost a year and he has had very little interest. I thought that maybe he was uncomfortable with the padded potty seat ring to set on the big potty, so we pulled the...
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Schools almost over!

Yippie! Just over a week left and the kiddies are done for the year! I have to say that so far the school year has been about 3 weeks too long already. We are all just barely hanging on. As the days get longer, the kids are having a harder time getting to sleep...
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Welcome to The Nut House

My motto is “There is nothing wrong with a little crazy in your day” and I completely believe it. I think if I didn’t allow just a bit of crazy into my daily routine I would go completely bonkers. The Nut House consists of my myself,  my 4 boys ages 7, 5, 2 and...
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How to Prepare for a Nasty Stomach Virus: Making an Emergency Food Kit for Your Children

Yuck! You have been hearing about that wicked stomach virus going around, and you really hoped that your children wouldn’t come down with it. Now that they have it, are you prepared with the proper foods to help their bellies and their body feel better and recover over the next 24-48 hours? When my...
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How to Make Mornings Easier for You and Your Children Before School

School starts early and sometimes getting up and out the door can be a difficult, even crazy way to start your day. I have a few tips that will make waking up on the wrong side of the bed a thing of the past and even give you a few extra minutes to sleep...
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Song for a Fifth Child

Some one sent this poem to me a few months back and I just remembered it. I think it is very fitting for my family. It was first published (I think) in the Ladies Home Journal in 1958. Enjoy! Song for a Fifth Child Mother, oh mother, come shake out your cloth! Empty the...
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Taking Owain to UVA today

So if you didn’t see yesterdays post, read that first and then come back up here to read this one. His O2 sats are still low again this morning and his pediatric cardiologists want to see him this afternoon. They are in the 61 to 72 range, mostly in the mid 60s. Wing Nut...
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