Baby's Arm Dislocated? An Eventful Day

Keeping the kids entertained during doctor visits...
What an interesting and long day today was for us.  We started really early because my son had an appointment with the allergist.  I don't know if it's all hospitals here in New York, or I still haven't figured it all out but it's all a waiting game when it comes to appointments.  We first make an appointment which is usually weeks, if not months away, followed by the waiting you do at the waiting area before your name is called, and even waiting for the doctor once in the room.  It's always been that way for us.  Hospital visits are always dreaded for us, and despite our allergy issues we don't go as often as we used to.  
It took about an hour and a half (or more) before we were actually seen by the allergist.  We were at the hospital at around 9:30 AM and ended up leaving around 2:30 PM.  We did a skin test to see if any changes showed up with his food allergies.  And lots of talking (the part which we really dislike!) My son was such an amazing trooper, impressing me with extreme tolerance, patience, and positivity throughout all that he has to endure at such a young age.  My little girl was all over the place like a toddler is expected to be, but was excited to finally leave. 
Unfortunately our day wasn't over yet, in the morning we had noticed some serious swelling on my sons gums that we had to get checked out.  We tried to get his dentist to see him but he was all booked, and it just wasn't lining up.  So being the worried parents we were, we decided our local hospital ER might be able to help.  We arrived at the other hospital, and waited in the waiting area for almost an hour - despite the fact that there was only one other patient waiting there.  I had hoped for an in and out visit, but no.  I had brought my kids food, so they ate their lunch, and then some snacks...  Soon both were just about to collapse from being so tired, specially my toddler who kept fighting her sleep.  My son was occupied sitting on his daddy's lap watching the cartoons they had on, but my daughter was everywhere and very cranky throwing herself everywhere.  Not being her usual self.  Change of atmosphere will do that to a baby who is tired, curious and can't fall asleep since there's so much going on.
At one point, she threw herself on the floor and I picked her up by her arms.  It was a gentle grab and hug, something I've done a hundred times before..but this time by the time she was in my arms she was holding onto her fingers and crying.  At first I thought it was just her being cranky and tired.  Rocked her back and forth, offered to nurse her, "wash" her hands (one of her favorite things to do) but nothing.  Something was wrong, and I was shaking terrified that maybe I accidentally bent her fingers or something.  Then I noticed her fingers were fine, but her whole arm wasn't moving - or she wasn't moving it.  She would stop crying and then complain again.
In a matter of five minutes of me completely freaking out (to myself,) I told my (much calmer than me) husband that I'm going to check her in to the ER too.  He assured me she's fine, and probably just cranky from being tired.  I managed to ask the doctor on shift in the ER about what she thinks I should do, and if she can take a quick look.  She looked at me, and without any effort told me to get her registered first.  Disappointed and worried I went back and forth in the lobby of the hospital registering her, even filling out her name wrong because I was so tired, worried, and scared.  Finally got her in, and then the RN would see her first to take her vitals and assess the situation.  By this time my daughter was even more irritated, and when the RN went to take her temperature under her arm she fought with her whole body including the arm that she wasn't moving before.  She cried some more.  And then the RN knew my situation and walked me over to the doctor to get my baby checked right away. 
By the time we got there, my daughters arm was all better!  She was moving it just fine, and suddenly in much better spirits.  The whole body tantrum moves must've gotten everything back to normal in her arm.  I was ecstatic that she was all better, but then I thought of the medical bill for this visit.  I wish medical professionals would treat patients more like people and less like a list or routine...  I think in the end the doctor felt bad for not just giving a slight care for a worried parent, who know maybe all of it could have been avoided.  All of a sudden the doctor asked about my son, still waiting in the waiting room just for his gums to get looked at and helped us get a referral to get seen by a dentist right away.  It ended up (luckily) that his molars are trying to come out and the top pieces of bumps we keep seeing was his gums just being torn.  
We ended our day with a trip to Toys R Us and let the kids pick out a toy each.   

I can't believe while I was waiting to be seen for my son, my daughter needed to be registered too!  Thank goodness they are both okay!  Ever have that happen to you?  Is this just a normal thing when you have more than one child?


Angry Birds Toons Season One Volume 1 & 2 - Plus Win an Angry Birds Prize Pack! #giveaway

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Did you know about Angry Birds Toons?  I recently got the opportunity to introduce it to my kids while we sat down to watch Season One - Volume 1 and 2.  We love Angry Birds in our home, my son particularly, as he often plays the variety of games on our tablet.  My one year old just loves that they are birds, she just has a love for all animals.  I wasn't sure what to expect, but I soon learned that it was 26 mini episodes in an 80 minute Blu-ray/DVD disc with added bonuses including an exclusive redemption code to download the "Angry Birds Friends" mobile game Power Up Pack, which includes more than 900 Bird Coins that can be used for in-game purchases ($5.99 value.)  My husband, my 5 year old, and even 1 year old sat and watched it - and really seemed to enjoy it.  It's short little adventures, no talking, just full of action enough to grab everyone's attention.

The official synopsis:
" Welcome back to Piggy Island, where the Angry Birds’ survival is at stake! Join Red, Chuck, Matilda, Bomb, the Blues and Terence as they continue to hatch up schemes to foil the sneaky Bad Piggies who plot to steal their eggs. Based on one of the most popular games in history, ANGRY BIRDS TOONS: SEASON ONE - VOLUME TWO brings back fan-favorite characters for 26 more fun-filled adventures. Will our heroes defeat the mischievous Piggies once and for all? Toon in and find out! "

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Meat & Veggie Bowls with Mashed Potatoes {Good Cook Bake-A-Bowl #Giveaway} #foodallergy #goodcookcom

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Check out the new Good Cook Sweet Creations Bake-A-Bowl two piece mold trays and imagine the possibilities!  The possibilities are truly endless, you could make appetizers, entrees to deserts in the same pan but please not at the same time...  I had lots of fun with the trays, and ended up with a delicious allergy friendly melt in your mouth hardy dinner for my family.
I made an allergy friendly meat & veggie bowl with mashed potatoes scooped on top made inside the new Good Cook Sweet Creations Bake-A-Bowl two piece baking mold tray.  I've made meatloaf inside of cupcake trays and topped it off with mashed potatoes as frosting before but once I saw there was a chance to make a bowl I thought it would be great since my family loves this meal.  It is just a hardy and delicious meal no one can say no to.  I fill mine with lots of vegetables, almost any and every vegetable in the fridge to make it healthier for everyone.  They were perfectly portioned since the meatloaf shrinks about half it's size once baked.  I used half vegetables and half organic ground beef.  They are melt in you mouth good, probably because of the vegetables.  And to think I used to get headaches over not being able to use bread crumbs and all the other random ingredients I used to use before my sons food allergies came into factor.
I don't measure anything when I cook so here's what I used, and hopefully you'll be able to adjust accordingly to how much you need and what you desire.  When I look for inspiration online, I always look at ingredients used to get ideas so hopefully this will help you!
Simple allergy friendly ingredients and instructions:
*Organic ground beef.
*Minced onions.
*Shredded carrots.   
*Cabbage cut up real small.
*Tons of mushrooms cut up real small.
*Red, orange, yellow peppers cut up real small.
Salt & Pepper to taste.
Mix it all up, and mold into the bowl.  Fill the bowl as much as you can specially if you use lots of vegetables like I did - since it will shrink up.  Place the second piece of the mold to create the bowl, and bake about 40 minutes in the oven on 350.
 
For the mashed potatoes..it is really simple.  You boil up the peeled & sliced potatoes, drain once it breaks with a poke.  Leave a bit of the hot starchy water, add salt & pepper to taste.  Add a few drops of extra virgin olive oil and use a potato masher to mash it all. 
*Optional alternative is to use dairy free butter or buttery spread, and dairy free milk but honestly after many trials we've all agreed we like it the simple way.  It's less store bought ingredients used, and when you have severe food allergies it's just no need if you prefer the other way anyway.

You will have shrunken up bowls with lots of juices still in the center.  I loved the two piece mold, not only for it's shape but for acting like a perfect cover making sure nothing dried up.  Lots of juices will be left, you can use it to drizzle over like a gravy. 
Serve right away.  Top with your favorite salad mix, rice, quinoa, or mashed potatoes like we did.  These are pretty small in size so all that I mentioned can be right on the side of one perfect meat/veggie bowl.
 
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Gift Idea for Mom or Dad - SOL REPUBLIC Master Tracks Headphones {plus an amazing #giveaway}

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I've said it before and I'll say it again now, when you are a stay at home parent, a minute to yourself is virtually non existent.  Which is the main reason why I love when the kids are asleep for nap time or at night.  These moments, even if I lose sleep gives me a chance to tune it all out.  I listen to music, or watch something on my tablet.  I've been using and loving my SOL REPUBLIC TRACKS AIR wireless headphones, and I recently got to try out the SOL REPUBLIC Master Tracks over ear headphones (with x3 sound engines.)  I have quite a few headphones in our home, but these two are my absolute favorite.  The Master Tracks truly delivers in sound quality and lightweight comfort, and my personal favorite Tracks Air for it's wireless capability.  If you are into listening to music, looking for comfort and truly seeking quality - I'd choose SOL REPUBLIC Master Tracks.  Perfect to tune it all out and have some time to yourself. 
Still need the perfect Mother's day gift? How about  headphones? Comfort, style & being able to tune it all out in one perfectly packaged gift.  Really!  Even the packaging is impressive.  These will make any one's day but Mother's day is around the corner and so is Father's day - it's the perfect excuse to treat someone you love (even yourself.)  It's a gift that keeps on giving, the ability to tune it all out and "escape."
The interchangeable headbands are very comfortable for long time wear, and deliver incredible sound.  The headband itself is virtually indestructible so it's perfect for us parents, since the kids are bound to get their hands on it.  
I am so excited to bring you this giveaway to enter to win the SOL REPUBLIC Master Tracks headphones with the color of your choice!  The giveaway will start May 5, and run for two weeks so come back to get your entries in, you won't have it in time for Mother's day but it'll be the perfect make-up gift if you end up needing it *wink *wink!  And of course this is also the perfect Father's day gift for those well deserving parents out there.
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