Much to Share

by jessicaturner on September 3, 2008

Hello all. Sorry I haven’t posted in a few days. Not only did I do a ton of crafting this weekend for Xyron, but Elias got a little cold! More on that in a minute…

I don’t think I can share all the projects I made for Xyron this weekend, as they are for upcoming magazine ads, their website and QVC. But, I do have a few other crafting items to share.

This is a layout I did of my sister and Elias. The pictures are from when we went to Wisconsin a few weeks ago. The layout was designed using a sketch from this book. Sketches are a great way to get a bunch of scrapbooking done when you don’t want to have to think as much. :) Sketches are also great for beginning scrapbookers. I highly recommend this book. It is very easy to use, is divided by tabs based on number of photos and contains lots of sample layouts. (click on the layout to view it bigger)

As some of you have commented, I have a layout in this month’s issue of Memory Makers magazine. I was so excited when I opened the magazine and saw this page:

I also recently signed up to be an affiliate for Scrap In Style TV’s Boutique, and you may have noticed their adorable banner ad in my sidebar. This is my favorite website for ordering the latest and greatest scrapbooking products. In addition to their fabulous boutique, they offer tons of inspiration, online classes, a weekly webisode and an awesomely creative community. Domestic shipping is just a flat $5, which is so nice too. Click on the banner and check the site out!

Back to Elias. Friday night I noticed that he seemed congested. By Saturday morning, it sounded worse and he had the tiniest little cough. Since then, he has been sleeping in our room in his bouncer (the pediatrician said the bouncer would help clear his sinuses) with his penguin humidifier. Poor baby. He stayed home from “school” yesterday, and Daddy took very good care of him. I love how much Matthew loves Elias. He is so tender and sweet with him. It has been neat to see him come into his own as a daddy.

Today, Elias seemed much better, thank goodness. We have felt so bad for the little guy because there’s next to nothing you can do for babies when they are that little and they don’t have a fever! Having to use that darn bulb syringe on him totally stunk too. He would just wail every time we used it.

What have you found to work when your little one gets sick?

Well, I gotta get to work! Have a great Wednesday!

*** No word yet from Southwest. I’ll keep you posted when I find out about if I get an interview.



{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

The Couch Family September 3, 2008 at 4:14 pm

I KNOW IT SOUNDS CRAZY BUT MY FATHER IN LAW SUGGESTED PUTTING VICKS VAPOR RUB ON THE BOTTOM OF MADISONS FEET WHEN SHE HAS A COLD AND COVERING THEM WITH SOCKS. TOTALLY WORKED FOR ME! ALSO ON CHEST AND BACK. THEY MAKE VICKS FOR BABY NOW TOO AND ITS NOT AS STRONG!

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Anonymous September 3, 2008 at 4:18 pm

You are doing the very best thing for him..and that is giving him your milk..full of your antibodies.
Babies will get colds..especially if they are exposed to “new” environments, like a daycare situation..keep breast feeding..that is the very best thing for him at this young age..

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Stephanie September 3, 2008 at 4:22 pm

De-lurking to agree with the Vick’s. My pediatrician actually recommended this to me and it really works! Of course, my Mom uses Vick’s like the family on Big Fat Greek Wedding uses Windex, so she was very happy with my choice of pediatrician! Good luck on the Southwest thing.

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Jessica Turner September 3, 2008 at 4:28 pm

I forgot to include that, but we used baby vicks on him too! Thanks for sharing that. :)

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Amy September 3, 2008 at 5:02 pm

I would recommend NOT doing the humidifier. I am convinced that it does nothing but prolong colds – at least in my children. I have tried 4 different ones and they all leave a yucky “air” in the room. As soon as I turned off the humidifier, the girls were better within 1 day.

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dee September 3, 2008 at 6:19 pm

Hi Jessica,
Colds are so awful to deal with, especially when they are that little.
Last spring we bought a battery operated nasal aspirator made by bebesounds. It still isn’t “fun” to do, but so much easier than the regular aspirator. It even plays music to distract the baby (a little).
Just a thought. We found it worth the twenty dollars.

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christi28 September 3, 2008 at 6:49 pm

i second the vicks baby rub on front and back. i have never tried it on the feet though. must try that! any way vicks has always worked for me especially for coughs. cool mist humidifires are great also! good luck!

blessings ~

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Simone September 3, 2008 at 6:52 pm

Yes-yes-yes to the Vicks on the bottom of the feet. Works every time, usually takes about 1/2 hour to kick in for us. Just slather it on, put on footie jammies or socks, and it should buy you a reprieve. Also, Little Noses saline spray for the nose to get that crusty stuff out of there. They don’t love it, but they feel so much better afterward. With the humidifier, just make sure you clean it well so you’re not throwing mold spores back into the air. Those fist couple colds are awful! I never get used to seeing my kiddos suffer, but lots of my mommy friends have given me some great tips on helping them feel better.

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Everyday Thoughts September 3, 2008 at 7:59 pm

I agree with the other moms….my son is 14 months and has 2 bad colds and an ear infection…AND HE STAYS HOME….ugh. I remember he had is first bad cold when he was 3 months old. All I could do was leave him in his swing all night and it seemed to help. As they get older, using the Vicks, aspirator, saline drops, and humidifier works really well! The humidifier keeps the cold from getting in their chest and keeps the snot “loose” (sorry so dramatice) 😉 Colds are no fun whatever the age. Just watch how they act though….my son just got his first ear infection and the doc was surprised I knew what it was to take him in….I just knew he wasn’t HIMSELF!!! Moms always know best! YOu are a great mom! keep it up!

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sawin September 3, 2008 at 8:04 pm

baby vicks on the chest, back and feet….and the saline solution up the nose- then use the bulb boogar sucker!

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Tasha September 3, 2008 at 8:04 pm

Awe,poor little Elias!That first cold is horrible.It is so hard to see your children sick.My 3 month old hasn’t been sick yet but when my three year old got colds when she was a baby I would use saline spray and an aspirator and I would also give her Tylenol regardless of whether or not she had a fever.I know when I have a cold Tylenol makes me feel better so I think it helps a baby feel better.Also lots of cuddletime.And I have to say I LOVE your handwritting.You are a very talented “scrapper”.I would love to do it but it intimidates me.Good luck with Southwest.I’m rootin’ for ya!

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Southern Gal September 3, 2008 at 8:41 pm

Just to share: Both my older children got the same ‘cold’ when they were each around 8 weeks old. My last baby, who is 10 years younger than the middle son, got the same thing. This time the same pediatrician told me almost ALL babies get their first bout of sniffles at around that age. It’s so pitiful, but evidently it happens around that time.

We sat our youngest in his carseat next to my side of the bed and it helped so much to have him sitting up. Good job, new mama!

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Kayla Grace September 3, 2008 at 9:57 pm

I don’t have any baby suggestions (considering I am a little young for that), but I did want to say how much I love your magazine layout! Beautiful. Love your crafts.

-Kayla Grace

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Jenna September 4, 2008 at 12:39 am

We spent countless nights, sitting on the toliet with the bathroom door shut and the shower on HOT, this loosen the snot, and we found our son would fall asleep while in there or shortly after.We would get a full bulb full after this. We would sit in there for about 40 mintues(we left a small night light on so he could sleep.
Best of luck

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Anonymous September 4, 2008 at 2:07 am

I highly recommend the book “Disease Proof Your Child” by Dr.Joel Fuhrman.

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Katie September 4, 2008 at 2:29 am

I don’t think I’ve commented on your blog yet but I am a “lurker” and I love your funny videos and the adorable pics of your baby boy. I have a 17 month old son and I agree with all the Vick’s comments out there after using it on his feet last winter when he battled a bad cold/cough. My doctor told me that rubbing it on their feet helps it circulate through the body faster because the bloodstream flows so quickly from that point. Just remember to put socks on to keep him warm and so the Vicks doesn’t rub off! =o) The baby Tylenol or Ibuprofin also seemed to give him some temporary relief and help him sleep. Poor little guy, I’m sorry he has to deal with that! (And you, too!) Love the new scrapbook layouts!

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vaneblu September 4, 2008 at 2:50 am

I love that project with your sister… I wish I was as talented (I also do scrapbooking) but is more like pictures with a backgroung and cute stickers 😛 I am trying to do better things and is a little hard because I live in DR and we only have like two stores and not a lot of supplies…

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Anonymous September 4, 2008 at 3:28 am

Looks like Elias likes your sis too. love the 2 pics with him smiling and a little dimple :)

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