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A Broken Arm

Getting her cast on and off.

Getting her cast on and off.

In all of my 33 years I have never broken a bone (knock on wood). Wouldn’t you know my four year old would fall off a pony and break her elbow.

It all started innocently enough on a Sunday right before Halloween. My parents took Mia to a farm where the big event was self-guided pony rides. My parents both accompanied Mia and stood on either side of her as the pony walked the trail.

In an instant, the way accidents often happen, the horse went one way, Mia went the other, slipped passed my Mom and hit the ground on her arm.

My parents called right away to let me know and I talked to Mia who was pretty shaken up. We decided to meet back at home and asses the situation.

When I arrived home Mia was laying on the couch and didn’t want to move her arm. While she was very quiet, she was extremely upset. She wouldn’t let me lift her arm to examine her.

I carried her up to her bedroom and asked if she was being really brave, or if she really hurt and needed to go to the doctor. I was pretty blown away by her maturity when she responded that she was trying to be brave but she wanted to go to the hospital. So off we went.

You realize just how small your child is when they are lying on a cot in the ER. Also, nothing makes you feel more like a parent when you are speaking to healthcare professionals about your child’s well-being.

Long story short an x-ray clearly showed her arm was broken. I saw it right away. Luckily, it was not dislocated and she did not need surgery. They wrapped it in a splint and we brought her home to let the swelling go down before we visited a specialist.

Later in the week she got a cast put on just in time for her Halloween costume (Strawberry Shortcake) not to fit her. We improvised and she was a princess instead. The way she handled the “costume change” was impressive. To switch gears like that on a four year old could trigger a major meltdown.

In fact, the way she handled the whole experience of having a cast made me so proud of her. Aside from the first few days of keeping her activity low key, she bounced right back and never let it stop her.

Today the cast was removed. Last night we talked about what would happen and how they would take the cast off. She was still pretty nervous, but she tried her best to put on a brave face. When they finally cracked open the cast and removed it from her arm, she buried her head in my husband’s chest and began to sob. I truly believe they were tears of relief. It had to be hard and uncomfortable for her these past few weeks.

I know in the scheme of things a broken arm is pretty mild, but I’m still so proud of her!


My Daily Find Chicago: My Favorite Chicago Tot Musicians

As a parenting and family contributor for My Daily Find Chicago, it’s my job to scope out area finds for Chicagoland parents.

Yesterday I wrote a post about one of my favorite tot rock musicians, Little Miss Ann. She really changed my feeling about kiddie music. I love listening to her CDs. She brings a fresh and funky sound to classics like “You Are My Sunshine” and other favorites. I’ve seen her several times in concert and she always gets the kids dancing and the parents clapping.

Another local fave kiddie rocker is Mindy Hester & The Time Outs. Mindy started a

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Mindy Hester Chicago Tot Musician

music school for babies and tots, Rock and Roll Arts Academy. Both Mia and Lana absolutely adored her classes. Recently she shifted her programming and now takes her classes on the road. She’ll conduct in-home classes or musical playdates. Gather your favorite group of babies and ladies, pick a convenient time to meet and Mindy will come to you with her guitar and other musical props.

Mindy sings kid classics, but she also mixes in The Beatles, The Dead, Jimi Hendrix and other great musicians too. It’s really refreshing.

We love her CDs too. She takes classic songs like “Rockin in the Free World” and changes the lyrics to suit the preschool group – “Keep on rockin in the preschool.”

Mindy and her band will be performing at The Beat Kitchen Sunday, March 17 at Noon.

As Mia gets older, her musical taste is definitely maturing. She does love popular Top 40 songs, but sometimes the lyrics of those songs aren’t appropriate for her. That’s why we love the KidzBop series. The CDs feature kids singing popular songs and they change the lyrics when necessary to be kid-friendly.

What are some of your favorite musical acts for the under five?

New Product News From My Friends at Chobani – Tubes and Bites

I’ve posted about my family’s love for Chobani here and they won me over again when a little shipment of yogurt goodness arrived on my doorstep last week. It was filled with Chobani’s new Champion Tubes – which rock because they are portable! The girls gobbled them up so fast I had to run out and buy more. Thankfully this new product (as of January) was at my local grocery store.


Also in the box was a treat for the adults – Chobani Bites – 3.5 ounce cups of yogurt with just 100 calories and 8 grams of protein. They are the perfect substitute for my 3 P.M. latte. They are much more nutritious than a cup of coffee AND they come in coffee flavor with dark chocolate chips. Perfect!

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If you want to win some Chobani yogurt, visit their Facebook page to enter their weekly giveaways!

Conversations About Boys With My Three Year Old

We were baking cupcakes for the baby’s birthday and Mia was giving me the plot summary of her latest Barbie movie.

A mean guy told Barbie that she needed to marry him in three days or he would turn all of her friends to stone.

I asked her if Barbie wanted to marry the mean guy and she said

“No, she wants to marry the prince.”

I said “That’s because the prince is nice and you should always marry someone who is nice to you. That’s why I married Daddy. He is so nice to me and treats me like a queen.”

She thought about it for a minute and seemed satisfied with my answer, but a moment later she asked

“Mommy, did you ever have any mean guys in your life?”


Vomiting at School

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned that Mia throws up at the drop of hat. No really. If you drop a hat in a way she finds in any way repulsive, she just might puke.

Vomiting occurs at least twice a week in this house. She could be turned off by the smell of something, the look of something or the way in which you talk about something. And since Lana has ditched baby food and each meal is quite the mushed-up mess all over her face, Lana has Mia running for the toilet on a daily basis.

So I was not surprised when I got the following phone call yesterday from Mia’s teacher at school.

“Hi. Mia threw up. You need to come and get her.”

“Okay, I’ll be right there.”

When I got to school she was quarantined in the front office, wearing her extra set of clothing that was too small on her since she’s grown so much since the beginning of the year. She looked a little sad and gave me the biggest greeting when I got there.


“Hi Mia. Did you throw up?”

“I did.”

“Why? Does your tummy hurt? Do you feel sick?”


“Then what made you throw up?”

“Um, Maddy was coughing and I didn’t like it so it made me throwed up. I’m hungry, can I have lunch now?”

I have a feeling we have a long career of vomiting at school ahead of us.

Facing Reality: Should My Three Year Old Still Nap?

The day has finally come. Mia has stopped napping.

I knew we were headed this direction when 10:30 P.M. would roll around and she would still be awake singing, talking or playing in her bed. We would start our usual bedtime routine, but I could tell she wasn’t tired. We’d read an endless amount of stories, turn the lights down, say our goodnights, leave the room and an hour or two later she would still be up. And the next day she would be exhausted.

Of course the days when I was working and my sitter would be here she would request a nap and sleep for a good hour or so. When I was home with her she wouldn’t nap, but I’d make her have some down time. Either in her room with some books, or in my bed with a quick show or movie while I got some work done. The days she was with me, she’d fall fast asleep at night. The days she would nap with my sitter, she’d be wide awake.

I discussed my observations with my husband and we determined that it was time to do away with naps. My sitter did not necessarily agree with me on this issue because Mia always acted so tired with her and still requested naps. If it meant that she would go to bed easier for me that evening, there would no longer be afternoon naps.

Now nearly two weeks later, bedtime is a breeze. She’s actually very tired. There is a lot less stalling. Some nights she’ll even tell us it’s time for her to go to bed. And mere minutes after we say goodnight and close the door, she is out.

So if your pre-schooler wants to party all night and is dragging during the day, ditch the naps. I know it’s so hard to give up that quiet time for yourself in the afternoon, but the nights won’t be such a struggle anymore.

Perrier Slim Can: Second City Mommy Giveaway

Chicago Mom Blog Likes Perrier SlimCanWith the new year just around the corner, I’ve started thinking about my resolutions (or as I like to call them “goals”). Definitely on my list this year is to drink more water.

Running after two girls, I get a little preoccupied and often I forget to drink. Plus I hate water! It’s boring and I have a hard time getting it down.

I have a new secret weapon to help me get a few more ounces in each day – Perrier all natural sparkling mineral water! It’s zero calories, comes in great flavors (I love the grapefruit) and with the new Perrier Slim Can design the beverage fits perfectly in a purse, lunch or diaper bag. Tres chic!

It’s a great little treat when 4 PM rolls around and you need a break. Instead of sipping a latte, crack open a slim can of Perrier!

Lucky for you, Perrier is offering my readers a chance to win their own sample pack of Perrier Slim Cans.

Click here to enter!

Disclosure: Perrier provided me with a sample and the chance to offer my readers a giveaway. Opinions are my own and I was only compensated in flavored-water. 

UPDATE: Congrats to our winner, Kim S.!!!