Monday, April 30, 2012

Popcorn Coma

I went out to the movies, with some of my friends, the other night.  I decided to be bad and have popcorn for dinner. I didn't eat very much before I realized that I had to stop. I wasn't really feeling sick.  Just "off" somehow. My stomach was heavy, my head felt stuffed with cotton and I just felt wrong. Then I realized that it could be because my body has gotten so used to all the healthy food that I have been feeding it that it was mad at me because I had put something altogether unhealthy in it!  While I didn't exactly appreciate what I was feeling I did get a little thrill knowing that I must be on the right track with my health for my body to rebel!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Busy Baby Resting Mommy

I love love love this "making potions"  idea that You'll Thank Me One Day posted on baking soda and vinegar "potions".  You can read more about it here.


I needed a laugh the other night so I looked through the little post-its I've saved of some of the comical things my girly has said lately...

* "The girls were fighting and I was like, ' I am stepping out of that mess!'."

* "I'm so hungry! Like down to my feet. Like the under part of my toes where I don't talk at all!"

* "I should be a teacher someday with all the smartness I have in myself!"

* "Mommy, I was shaking last night. Literally shaking. Literally!"


* L: Can I wear a dress?
   Me: Yes, you can wear your leopard print dress since your leopard tights are already out.
   L: Yes! You need to use them as much as possible 'cause you don't want to waste a leopard!

* L: Mama, don't tell the flies that I'm going to catch them and make them into soup for my restaurant!
   Me: Watch out flies! She's going to turn you into soup!
   L: No! I'm not! I'm trying to make you into movie stars!

* Me: L you are going to have to eat this cereal today because you take too long to eat the other cereal.
   L: But Mommy, one morning I eat this cereal, and the next morning I eat that cereal. See, it's a pattern!          This is not the morning for that cereal. You are ruining my pattern!!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Friday, April 27, 2012


I can't remember if I shared this photo before or not.  If I did, sorry!  My daughter's favorite toy right now???  A huge box!!! Oh boy!

Thursday, April 26, 2012


I must ask you to please forgive my semi-trivial posts that I will be putting up for the next few days. I admit that they are "filler" but I am literally taking things a day at a time right now.

My daughter has suddenly come down with a significant case of separation anxiety.  Significant, as in she is crying so hard and long, at school, that she is nearly throwing herself into asthma attacks and has rubbed the tears away from her eyes so much that the skin around her eyes is now chapped.  She misses me terribly and the anxiety she is feeling has taken over her days.  Even little things seem to be throwing her into anxiety at the moment. Trying to help her is very tiring physically and mentally.  Emotionally I am torn up to have to literally push my daughter onto the bus as she cries her little heart out. This has caused me to be so extremely stressed. It's getting to me and every day, as we try to help L though this, starts with me feeling a little sleepier and hurting more, due to the effects stress has on a chronically ill person.

Anyway, this is not about me. My whole concern is that we help my daughter cope with her anxiety.  So until life returns to "normal" we are taking everything a day at a time.  Which doesn't leave me with much mental capacity to write my usual witty thought provoking posts. *wink* So please enjoy my fluffy posts until things return to a more calm condition here in my house.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


I had a really rough afternoon at work yesterday.  I ended up doing waaay more then I should have, knowing that I was as I was doing it! So I am crashed on the couch today, very ouchy with a depleted amount of energy, secretly hoping I don't get called in today.

Busy Baby Resting Mommy

What you need...
Thin craft wire
Popped pop corn

1. Pop some popcorn. From experience I can tell you that this works much better with popcorn that is a couple of days old. "New" popcorn is more likely to break to pieces when being forced onto the wire.

2. Shape the craft wire into a heart.

3. Have your children "thread" the popcorn onto the wire.

4. When they have added enough take the two end pieces of wire and twist them together.

These look great hanging from tree branches outside in the summer, though, they don't last long once the squirrels and birds see them.

At Christmas time these look fantastic on a tree just add dried cranberry, orange, and apple slices to it for a festive look!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Dog Tired

This dog, who is not the runner, has the life.  Sleep all day, petting all night, and some bones thrown in for fun. Sheesh! What a hard life she has!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Chasing Dog

I spent part of my weekend chasing a dog! OK, so it was a very small part of my weekend compared to rest of it.  Yet, that fifteen minutes has had the effect more like an entire day on me.

We have a runner.  She's part terrier and the other part is Border Collie.  Border Collies are bred to run. Well, technically, they are bred to be sheep herding dogs but to do this the breed also needs to be agile, energetic, and very fast. That is my dog all rolled into one with a batch of too-smart-for-her-own-good thrown in there for good measure.

And did I mention that she's an escape artist? We had to add an extra fence line along our fence line to prevent her from digging a hole and weaseling her way out of our yard. This time she didn't need to do any extra work to escape.  My daughter simple held the door open for her and she was gone.

My husband and I took off running after her. Fortunately the neighbor was there to watch L while we ran around like crazy. Fifteen minutes, burning feet, a raw throat from screaming, my lungs killing me, and a dog later we managed to crawl our way back home. I sat down at which point my body decided to throw itself into an asthma attack. It's the first time that I've ever had one induced by exercise.  Let's be honest, though, I might be getting myself into better shape, but I don't even think a jogger would have been able to maintain the sprinting that I was doing in trying to catch my dog!

Needless to say, my body has been mad at me all weekend with twinging muscles and no energy. I am resting today in the hopes that I will be able to make it through my morning of work tomorrow!

Sunday, April 22, 2012


I've recently discovered a pit-fall in raising a child while living with a chronic illness. "Bravery".  I know sounds crazy, let me explain...

From the time I was diagnosed (when my daughter was six months old) until she was about four and a half my husband and I talked openly, in front of L, about my daily Sjogren's symptoms that I dealt with. Until, that is, L started saying that she was having the same symptoms to be empathetic with me. While I loved that she wanted to be so much like me, I didn't love that she was trying to emulate me with my illness. So my husband and I tried to back off on my "symptoms" talk, while our daughter was around.

Fast forward to the last two weeks when L has been sick, on two separate occasions, with two different illnesses. *sigh*  And on both occasions she tried to hide the fact that she was sick at first. Well...this mama knows her girl, and I can tell right away when something is wrong with her. The first time she was sick it took me a half hour to finally get my daughter to admit that she wasn't feeling well.  The second time she was sick it took her throwing up, in various spots on the school grounds and consequently being sent home, to get her to admit that she was sick. When I finally asked her, the second time around, why she didn't feel that she could tell me that she was feeling sick, her answer surprised me... "Brave. I'm trying to be brave.  Like you when you're sick."

Parenting can be so tricky!  About the time you think you've finally got something "nailed down" your kiddos throw a wrench in the plans and you've got to rework everything. It seems this has happened with our "let's not talk about Mommy's symptoms" plan. Is this what she got from me trying not to talk about my daily symptoms in front of her?  That I was being "brave" and that she needed to be like this when she is sick as well? A little piece of my heart breaks thinking that this is how my gentle little girl feels she has to act. I guess my husband and I are going back to the drawing board and need to come up with another way.

As if parenting on a "normal" basis doesn't give parents enough ways to potentially give their children life long issues!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Busy Baby Resting Mommy

What you need...
*A soda bottle (large or small) or any type of clear plastic bottle
*Funnel (to help put things into the bottle)
*Glitter, oil, food coloring, and little toys that might fit through the lip of the bottle.

*Empty out a plastic bottle and clean it.
*Fill the bottle with water.
*Use your funnel to fill the bottle with things that add different "textures" to the water.  Glitter adds a sparkling effect. Oil makes the water "bubble".  And food coloring changes the color of the water.
*You also add little beads or other things to float in the water. (Be aware of chocking hazards)
*Put the lid on the bottle and tighten really well. You can even use a hot glue gun to make absolutely sure it's shut tight.

For babies or toddlers you can do this craft for them which will allow for hours of entertainment.  The smaller the bottle the easier those small hands will be able to hold onto it. (Though it is very fun to watch the bottles roll across the floor with their ever changing patterns!) The mini soda and water bottles are prefect for babies!

Have your preschoolers help you fill the bottles before the hours of fun!

As promised, an upbeat post!

This video, about S#@t stay at home moms say, had me cracking up!  Not all of it is true.  Most of it....yeah, true! Please excuse the language in the title!

Um...yes, stay at home moms have been known to rock out like this mom.  All by ourselves, while the kids ignore us or look at us like we have three heads!

Friday, April 20, 2012


I am frustrated this week.  As I mentioned earlier, I went in and volunteered at my daughter's school on Monday.  I was an assistant for the school photographers.  There was someone else helping me as well.  However, we had to help get twenty one classes, with the smallest class being eighteen students, pictures taken all within the space of six hours time.  It was a mad house! When I got home I completely crashed. I couldn't even really put coherent sentences together. Breathing even seemed like it took extra work. I think I really freaked my husband out!

Now, it's Thursday. And I am still left feeling drained three days later. (Fortunately, I have not been called in to work at all this week which has helped me to relax.) I am so tired right now. Tired, as in no energy and tired, as in sleepy. I am sitting here frustrated because I have not bounced back as quickly as I would have liked to have done. I am left feeling lazy as I've gotten into the habit of being able to do much more then I have been able to this week.

Drat you Sjogren's Syndrome and your ability to lay me low when I least expect it!!! OK, so that was a bit dramatic. Forgive my little attempt at humor in the face of my frustration! I'll make sure to post something cheery tomorrow I promise!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Wanna know a pet peeve of mine?  When a doctor says I need to have a test done, that could possibly lead to a diagnosis that pertains to the day's visit, and then tells me that I need schedule another appointment in the same office to have the testing done.  Huh? Why can't they just do the testing then? Does that even make any sense? It seems like the doctor is "passing the buck" when they do this!!!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


My little girl was drawing last night, while we waited for our food at a restaurant.  This is a picture of me, on the beach, under an umbrella and in the shade.  It's funny how my girly already knows that the shade is where I hang out!

Busy Baby Resting Mommy

You can find my latest blog post on Busy Baby, Resting Mommy here.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

My Daily Things...

I recently had a lovely lady e-mail me about what things, products, or trial and errors that I have found work for me.  So I figured I would try to make a list, of some of the things I do/use, to post on here for anyone else that may be curious....

*I chew gum every day.  The brand I usually chew is Orbitz Mist. I wrote an entire blog about it here. It's important that no matter which gum I chew that it be sugar free. Because of a Sjoggie's lack of saliva, we are more prone to cavities. So sugar free gum and candies are the best.

*In between gum I pop sugar free mints as well.

*I am constantly drinking water.  Even if I only take little sips, it helps prevent my mouth from getting dry.  Again, sugar free drinks are best.

*I use eye drops many many times a day. The type I use are Refresh Liquigel eye drops.  They are the brand that I have been most happy with.  Especially since there is no limit on how many times you can use them in one day. (Many of the over the counter drops have a limit of two to three usages in one day, which causes more irritation if you go beyond that.)

*When my Blepharitis pops up I make a concerted effort to keep my eyes clean to try and get rid of the bacteria.  I wipe my eyes down with non-scented baby wipes several times a day.

*Chapstick to keep my lips from cracking. I only use Palmer's Cocoabutter Stick . I, literally do not go anywhere without a stick.  Seriously! No where without a stick.  And, yes, my friends tease me about putting my glue on, because it looks like a glue stick.  It's so worth it!  I couldn't deal with this illness without my Palmer's Cocoabutter!

*Allergy Shots once a month to keep my sinus headaches at bay.

As far as my medicines go, I am on relatively few in comparison to some chronic chics that I know.

*Vitamin D (50,000 units), once a week, to help with my joint pain and boost my energy

*Plaquenil, multiple times a day, also helps with my pain.  The three weeks that I went off of this medicine, to see if it was causing some heart problems, were horrible!

*Omeprazole ( a prescription dosage), multiple times a day, which is a generic for Prilosec.  I take this for my GERD, which acts up terribly without my meds. Sometimes it acts up even with my meds.

*Singulair to prevent sinus infections and to help with my daily allergies. (Some of which being molds, pollens, dust mites, and cockroaches)

*Flonase helps me be able to breath through my nose.  If I don't take this in combination with the Singulair I would always sound like I had a cold.

*A prescription hydrocortisone cream to help with some "acute unspecified dermatitis". My rheumatologist is waiting for more "proof" before officially diagnosing.

*Ambian allows me to sleep at night.  Getting a full night's sleep can be very healing.

 Ps- I have not been paid, in any way, by any of the companies that make these products.  The reviews are purely because I love the products

Monday, April 16, 2012

Brain Frog

I spent most of the ay volunteering at my daughter's school for picture day.  Let's just say that I thought I would be sitting more.

I had to stop by the store on the way home and had a moment of brain fog. I tried to run my bonus card through the credit card machine and couldn't figure out why it wasn't working! And apparently had another moment of brain fog since I wrote, "Brain Frog" as the headline!

I am super exhausted now. As in it feels like an effort to even breath right now, or lift my arm!

Sorry I just had to whine for a moment.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Here is the debut post on my new blog Busy Baby, Resting Mommy!  You can check it out here.

This has been our theme song this weekend.  And it's not because we watched it twice within a twenty four hour time period! Mostly, it's because it's such a catchy song.  Even though this isn't the full version it's enough to give you the gist. :o)

Friday, April 13, 2012

Duhn duhn duhn duhn...


Busy Baby, Resting Mommy  My new blog about activities to keep your kiddos busy while promoting restfulness for moms.

I've added the link here.  I haven't put up any "real" posts yet. I don't think I'm ready for that yet.  Maybe in a week or so. But you can get set up for...

*Becoming a "follower"
*Add yourself to the e-mail list to receive e-mails when a new post comes out
*You can share this blog on Facebook or Twitter
*Or subscribe to a feed for posts or comments

Hope you go check it out then!

PS- I will add links on this blog about the Busy Baby, Resting Mommy posts as well. :o)

Poor Baby

Yesterday my girlie decided to paint the hallway, at her school, with upchuck.  Then the table in the cafeteria and the school nurse's office. Just for good measure. We've been up off and on all night taking care of her.  My poor baby girl is miserable. :o(

**Update** L was still very sick as of bedtime tonight, with a low grade fever to add to it.  She was falling asleep, in my arms, on the couch.  So we ended up tucking her into bed for the night at six thirty!!

Thursday, April 12, 2012


Dear Easter Candy,

I am well on my way to my goal weight. You. Do. Not. Help me! Please stop being so tempting so I can stick to my weight plan.

Pretty please?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

More Easter Fun

Here are more pictures of all of the Easter fun we've had in the last few weeks...

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

New Blog?

I am considering writing a new blog.  Don't worry! I'm not stopping this one.  The new blog would be in ADDITION to Sjoggie StAHMer!

I've had a lot of mommies, with younger children, leaving comments and sending messages to me lately.  It's mostly been about tips on being an "active" mom while having Sjogren's. When I say "active" I don't mean exercise, I mean being a part of our children's lives like "normal" moms and actively trying to not let Sjogren's get in the way.

Fortunately for me I was a day care/preschool teacher in my previous life ie, before having my girl, becoming a stay at home mom, and being diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome. So I was lucky enough to have many many activities, logged in the back of my brain, to do with L when she needed to be busy and I needed to be stationary due to lack of energy.

Don't get me wrong there were still moments when I was floundering, stuck on the couch, while my daughter ran around the house like a monster from Where the Wild Things Are. But my previous experiences in child care certainly helped me out many many many times. So I thought.... "Why not create a blog for moms with chronic illnesses and their kiddos?"  I've been doing these activities for the last five years with my daughter.  Why not share the ideas with others? I'd probably only blog an idea once or twice a week. However, I think it could still be a great "support system" to a mom with a toddler, who has no rest in their bones, when all the mom wants to do [is] rest.  I would probably call it something cute like Busy Babies & Resting Mommies, or something like that.

What are your thoughts on this idea?????

Monday, April 9, 2012


We had a super busy Easter!  (I hope everyone else's was fantastic too!) After much running around playing games and waaaay too many candy peeps that her uncles fed her.... L crashed on the way home from a family get together yesterday afternoon.  Now I am doing the same today!

Sunday, April 8, 2012


My favorite thing about Easter is...

A long time ago a man was prosecuted for sins that weren't his own. They put him on a cross where he wore a crown of thorns, suffered immensely, and eventually died. He did this for us. For our salvation. He took all the sins of the world onto the cross with him so that we could be free. This was God's gift to us, the death of his son on the cross. It's the cancelling out of our sins so that we might ask him into our hearts, acknowledge that we were sinners, that Jesus died on the cross for us long ago, so we can live our lives for him. With Him.

My second favorite thing about Easter is...

Watching kids ferret through all of their Easter eggs once they are through finding all of them.  The excitement that crosses their faces as they crack the eggs open is contagious! It makes me feel like a big kid again!!

Saturday, April 7, 2012


I felt like being indulgent.  So I gave myself a firey-red manicure! I know it's more of a summer shade, but I just wanted a pop of color!

I love it!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Egg Hunt

We had a beautiful day for an egg hunt! The morning was perfect!

I just had to add this one onto the end.  I'm only showing half the picture since I make a habit of not putting my daughter's image on my blog. I wish I could share this whole picture because it's just stunning!