Thursday, March 27, 2014

Conner's Fight Fundraiser

$1,045 of $10,000
18 donations
59 days left

We are banding together with Jason & Mandy (Searl) Murray to help with Conner's medical cost & to help offset any other financial burden

One should not have to fight so hard at life. Conner was born at 34 weeks. Mandy and Jason knew of Conner's single kidney during pregnancy. Conner did great in the beginning just having trouble with his feedings. 4 weeks after he was born Conner was rushed to the hospital after he had stopped breathing. It was found that he was aspirating his liquids and his lungs were full of fluids.  Once this was realized a feeding tube was placed through his nose.  After 5 days of being in patient Conner was able to go home again.  Once he was at home he was placed on an apnea monitor to monitor his oxygen level and heart rate. At 8 weeks old he was rushed to the hospital again with oxygen levels in the 40s. He was kept in the hospital for monitoring and had a sleep study done which showed obstructive apnea and central apnea. Conner was brought into the OR 2 days later for what was supposed to be a simple scope to look at his airway and to correct his floppy airway. While he was having this procedure done the doctors found that his airway was so narrow it would be to dangerous to do anything further.  The doctors had worries that his airway would swell if anything was done. A tracheotomy was proformed to open his airway and correct the obstructive apnea making it easier for him to breath. Doctors don't know how he made it 2 months without the tracheotomy. During this procedure he also had a placement of a g-tube  A g-tube was also placed the week after his trach was put in to help with his feedings. To add to Cooner's troubles he has 2 heart conditions that will need to be corrected down the road.  Conner is breathing and resting much more comfortably. He is such a tough little man!! He is mommy and daddy's little fighter!
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Supporter activity

  • Mar. 14
    Michael Lynch$50.00
    “Conner is in our prayers daily.”
  • Mar. 10
    Paula k Mason$20.00
    “In honor of Conner's grandma's VOCAL support of the EGR Pioneers! We can't wait to cheer for you, buddy!”
  • Lisa J Schuel$50.00
  • Mar. 03
    Bob Flak and familyhidden
    “Thinking and praying for you guys!”
  • Mar. 01
    Kevin Veronica Mcmahon$100.00
    “Auntie and Uncle are here for him and will keep praying!!! love you all!!!”
  • Feb. 28
    Monique and Chris Eckerthidden
    “Stay strong baby Connor, love you little buddy. Hugs and prayers.”
  • Victoria keckhidden
    “From one new parent to another, I send healing thoughts and prayers to Connor”
  • Feb. 27
    Amy Devries$100.00
    “Blessings to Conner”
  • Uncle Rick & Aunt Marge$100.00
    “Hoping Conner comes home soon to be with the family. Love to all.”
  • Kim, Kaleb and EJ$25.00
    “Praying everyday for Conner, Aaron, Mandy, and Jason. Love you guys!”

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Last Day to Enter! Zipadee-Zip Swaddle Transition Blanket Giveaway and Review

Welcome to my review and giveaway for Sleeping Baby's Zipadee-Zip Swaddle Transition Blanket! We received a Zippadee free in exchange for an honest review. We were sent the cutest Zipadee by the company in a pretty pink heart print! It is very soft and very cuddly!
Isn't it so cute! And did I mention how SOFT it is? The Zippadee was designed to help transition your baby off the swaddle. Anyone who has been through this before knows how tough that can be on baby and parents. The Zippadee allows the baby to feel secure and safe, just as they did in the womb. The edges of the blanket are meant to simulate the edges of the womb, snug and secure. The baby is used to this feeling and that is why swaddling works so well in the early months. But swaddling can become dangerous once the baby begins to show signs of rolling over in bed or begins breaking out of the swaddle. The Zipadee also provides a safe swaddle transition alternative to blankets, similar to a sleep sack, however it allows the baby to keep her hands inside the blanket, warm and safe. 
The Zipadee also has many other uses as mentioned on the Sleepingbaby website:

1. Sleep – Aids swaddle transition and teaches self-soothing skills!
2. Travel – Encourages sleep and settling on long car or plane rides!
3. Dr. Office Visits – Eliminates tedious clothing changes!
4. Grocery Visits and Plane Rides – Provides a GERM FREE environment!
5. Breastfeeding – Prevents a baby from scratching themselves and momma!
6. Stroller walks or walks/rides in a sling or baby carrier – can be worn while buckled or strapped in!
7. MORE SLEEP! Aids transition to crib off of a swing, or rock and play sleeper and helps sick little ones get rest when they wouldn’t otherwise!

You can also see videos of the Zipadee in action here:

And here:

So here is my little princess, baby E, getting ready to try out her Zippadee! She is 5 months old here. She is of average size.

We received a medium Zippadee, but I would recommend getting a size small. The medium is a bit big for her for now to sleep overnight in. But I LOVE using it to nurse her in during the day and for naps! If you have ever nursed a wolverine piranha before you will understand! She can still move about so she isn't mad but she cannot scratch me to a bloody pulp anymore! And did I mention it's so cuddly and soft?! UPDATE! I have been using the Zippy for Naptime and it is Amazing! Within two minutes of putting her in the Zippy, she is fast asleep! No more fighting to get her to nap! The Zippy is a sanity saver and I highly recommend it. Now at six months, the medium size fits DD nicely. She is long and skinny for her age though. SECOND UPDATE: I am currently enjoying a third night of baby E going to sleep in her own room, in her big girl crib! No more sharing a room with mommy and daddy! The Zippy is truly a must have for every baby, we absolutely LOVE THE ZIPPY! <3

And here she is zipped in:
She loves it! 

Zipadee is offering a discount code of $2 on their swaddle transition blankets using code SLEEP at checkout. You can also Like Sleeping Baby on Facebook to enter their monthly giveaway! And you can also enter to win a Zipadee-Zip from below! One winner will receive a Zippy of their choice from! 


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Trying To Go Green: Drammy Droopers Cloth Diaper Review & Giveaway

Trying To Go Green: Drammy Droopers Cloth Diaper Review & Giveaway: I have blogged for Drammy Droopers before and here is my first post HERE . This is the first time I was able to try out one o...

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Upcycled Crayons DIY

Here is a great way to upcycle broken crayons and crayons that the kids get from restaurants. 

Step 1.
Preheat oven to 200 F.

Step 2.
Use a knife to cut the label off the crayons. You can also soak them in water to losen the label.

Step 3.
Using a cutting board and knife, chop the crayons into small pieces.

Step 4.
Arrange the crayon pieces in a fun shaped silicone mold. Slightly over fill each section to ensure even melting.

Step 5.
Place silicone mold on baking sheet and put it in the oven. Let bake until fully melted, about 10 minutes.

Step 6.
Remove from oven and let cool before removing. 

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Beyond the Seam $50 Giftcard Giveaway

Welcome to the Beyond the Seam Giveaway!

Sponsored By: Beyond the Seam 

One lucky reader will win a $50 GC to Beyond the Seam! 

Beyond the Seam creates handmade bright and colorful magnetic fabric alphabet and math sets as well as a number of other fun toys for children of all ages! They have crinkly baby toys, teethers, crayon rolls and even refrigerator magnets. The letters would make great decorations for your little one's bedroom or playroom! Read Mami's 3 Little Monkeys full review

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