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We’ve moved and we love it!  I hate that you have to change your bookmarks, but I’m so excited to have a new home.

Take a look and let us know what you think!


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My new friend Heather at Desperately Seeking WordPress made the move possible and fabulous!

I was finally able to take all the wonderful advice I received about sprucing up my blog and turn it into reality.  I’ll still be checking back with this old blog site, to make sure you are moving with us….but I would love, love, love it if you would make the switch with me. 

Our new home blog address is www.ExtraordinaryMommy.com/blog.  I am thrilled to have it linked to my labor of love, www.ExtraordinaryMommy.com.

I can’t wait to hear from you…tell me what you think about our new diggs!

P.S…don’t forget our Fab ResaDesign T-Shirt contest….enter to win a darling shirt for your baby or toddler…only one week left!

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But that is just fine with me since it is indicative of the fight I have waged (and am winning!!!!!  Eczema sufferers read on!) against my son’s eczema since seeing his sweet, pale skin turn wretched shades of red….

Can you see what happened to his baby white skin?  Do you see the angry red strip across the back of his neck?  It looks like I put a piece of duct tape on him and then ripped it off….  After the doctor told us on Thursday it was eczema, I have to admit I was bewildered.  But I was blessed to get advice from so many people.  We started using the steroid cream as recommended by our pediatrician…but Coop would scream in pain as I tried to apply it (note:  when I called to inquire about this….I was told it may burn some since the skin is open…hence the screams of agony) 

But then….On Friday, I received an email from a friend, Chaney (if you think I loved her before….just you wait!!)  She sweetly reminded me that she is a nurse and does have some first hand experience with this condition.  Boy, does she ever!  Her daughter was 6 months old when the eczema first appeared…and it was more than 4 months ( plus a pediatrician and 3 dermatologists) until her daughter’s condition was under control.  But since then (over a year) little Paige has been great. 


Forgive the slightly blurry picture, but Coop is excited…he keeps yelling, “my boo-boos are gone!” And he is right.  Just look at his beautiful skin (the red on the right side of his tummy is his birthmark).

Now…here’s what I did….this advice came from a pediatric dermatologist.  It was given to Chaney for her daughter, but I was desperate to help Coop (and avoid using the painful steroid cream if at all possible)  The dermatologist prefers a ‘holistic’ approach.

1) Give your eczmea suffering child a bath 3-4 times a day for about 5 minutes at a time.  Fill the tub with water and add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of white vinegar or household bleach (admittedly the bleach freaked me out, but apparently the Dr. said when it is diluted with that much water – the whole tub- it is like swimming in a pool)  Still…I chose the vinegar.  Use Cetaphil soap to wash them.  Don’t use anything with fragrance.

2) As soon as you get them out…quickly pat them dry and slather them with Vaseline petroleum jelly.  Yep, cover their little bodies….layer it on, lube them up…it will trap the moisture in.  Then get them dressed.

I gave Coop 4 baths yesterday.  By the time his final one rolled around before bed, the eczema was all but GONE.

I also switched to ALL Free and Clear laundry detergent and Bounce Free and Clear Dryer Sheets.  I washed Coop’s sheets and ours and am working on everything else.

I didn’t even get to all the additional suggestions, but here they are:

3) Purchase old-school mineral oil.  Use small cotton squares to apply mineral oil to the affected areas throughout the day

4) If the face or genitals are affected, use zinc oxide (not a product with zinc, but actual 100% Zinc oxide)

5) Use the steroid cream once a day if necessary.  Apply only to raised, red areas.  Don’t use for more than two weeks at a time.  Take a maximum of a 2 week holiday from the cream and start again if needed.

Good Heavens…I think that is it.

I’m clearly not a doctor…but I’m just sayin’…I love me some Chaney!  Not only has this remarkable girl helped to deliver both my babies…she has now saved me the agony of MONTHS of trial and error.

Thank you, my friend!

PS…don’t you all forget about our Toddler/Baby T-shirt Contest!


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“Any man can be a father…it takes someone special to be a DAD.” ~Anonymous

We definitely have someone special in our midst……

My husband would rather spend time with his children than do just about anything.  Mini and Coop have late bedtimes just so daddy can spend more time with them.  He volunteers to do bathtime (alone!!), he is almost as fast as I am into a crying baby’s room at night, he never hesitates to ‘hold me, Daddy”, he tears up when watching his kiddos play together and he keeps a running list of all the things he wants to do with them and teach them.

I fell in love with him years ago….but it is not only his sense of humor, his love and his good looks that get me…it is definitely the ‘daddy’ in him that reminds me everyday that I couldn’t have married a better man.

Happy Father’s Day!


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Ha!  By now you all know how I feel about my husband’s current work (joke’s on me) trip. 

The good news is:  the voo-doo doll I created in his image is working.  Here’s the proof:

1) His ‘video phone’ (are you serious?)  went off at 3am…..I loved his reinactment.  Lots of loud static noise that he couldn’t get turned off.  When he tried to reach the front desk they didn’t answer (they got my note about ignoring all calls from his room).  It went off for 20 minutes until he unplugged it, but then he was afraid he wouldn’t get his wake up call.  It started up again as soon as he plugged it back in. (that was me playing loud noises in the voo-doo doll’s ear)  It finally stopped on its own (I got bored and decided to let him go back to sleep.

2) He was up at 5:30 am this morning to go for a run (on the beach…whatever!)  He decided to iron his pants first.  As soon as the iron touched his pants they burned an iron shaped hole right through the fabric!  I’ll post a pic as soon as he gets back.  He’s saving them for me to see.

3) When he came bsck from his run, there were 5 hotel employees in his room (at 6:05am) working on the video phone (again….what the???) and staring (probably laughing) at the hole in his pants (they did offer to replace them).  By the time he got them out of the room, he only had 15 minutes to shower and get down for breakfast.  Despite the cold shower, he was still sweating. (karma.  hah!)

Thank you, dear blog friends, for joining me in sending him good wishes (hurricanes and such).

I so appreciate your support.


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What can you say about one of the true loves of your life?

Dearest Coop (AKA Handsome, Coopy, Coop Diggity, Sweet boy, Little Man,)

2 years and 24 hours ago, I looked like this:  I was one hour away from having you, my sweet blond baby
boy….you changed everything.


Daddy and I got to the hospital at 9 in the morning.  I was induced, (a difficult delivery experience with my daughter forced my doctor to take extra precatutions…you won’t understand this until you are much, much older) I received my epidural and rested until you were ready to join us.  Of course, I’d like to take credit for your sunny disposition and sweet nature since I literally laughed you into the world.  Dr. told me to push…I did and then she made me laugh.  You popped half way out and then I pulled you the rest of the way…right onto my tummy.  You were divine from the first moment I laid eyes on you.  Just this perfect little being.

You have brought pride and joy to your Daddy:






How could he not fall in love with

that World Series face?





You have filled our last two years with more amazing milestones than I can count….Good heavens…I really didn’t need you walking at 7 months.  You looked like the dancing baby from Ally McBeal.  Of course, I should have expected it with as much as you moved when I was pregnant. And, I think you may actually have been born with teeth (ok…it was 3 months, but still…you’ve been a little man-child from the very beginning)

More than anything, you have filled my world with love and sunshine, laughter and infectious giggles.


 Just look at that face!  I would give anything to make you smile like that every single day of your life.

You have been such a happy little guy…filled with love and hugs. Thank you for bringing that into our world.






Thank you for traveling with me…for being my little buddy.  Thank you for your ‘kishes’, and your sharing heart.  Thank you for saying ‘Mommy’, ‘hold you’ when you wanted to be held and puckering up for love whenever I asked.






Thank you for being a good sport….for loving your big sister ‘Damey’, for being her very best friend and for saying ‘cheese’ whenever I asked.




Thank you a million times over for sitting peacefully with Damey….letting her read to you and being excited to learn all the wisdom she has to share.



Thank you, my sweet, sweet boy, for ALWAYS making sure I know exactly what true joy looks like.  You wear the expression on your face with such regularity, it has a permanent place in my brain and heart.





Thank you for adopting your Daddy’s sports teams like it is your job….thank you for knowing that Albert Pujols is number 5 and Yadier Molina is number 4.  Thank you for singing ‘Take me out to the ball game’ with your daddy every night. (I know you ask for it, but I think he loves it even more than you do.)





Thank you for taking to the ball and the bat so well.  You are keeping your daddy’s dreams of the 2024 baseball draft alive (and even though he wouldn’t want you to play if YOU didn’t want to…he’s so excited!)




Thank you for being Mommy’s little boy…for being the wow-you’re-growing-up-so-fast-big boy that now needs his own bed.  Thank you for giving me high 5’s, for always saying ‘hi’ and ‘have a nice day’ to strangers, and for sleeping well (most of the time)





Happy, Happy, 2nd Birthday Coop!  You (as my fabulous friend Mary always says) “are just a bundle of goodness!”  You are squishy and soft, you are cuddly and cute, you are sweet and sassy, you are funny and oh-so-very ticklish.  On this day, I wish you nothing but giggles and laughter (and lots of baseball), challenges that you can work through, a strong spirit that helps you to always ‘try again’ and the constant knowledge that your Mommy (and Daddy and Damey) will love you always.

Much love Always,




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You know what I just did?

Wait for it…… 

I lay on my bed and read a book.  For a whole hour.  While the kids were napping.  (They’re still asleep)

I rested.  I closed my eyes.  I listened to the silence. It was heavenly.

Normally, I’m rushing around….working, writing, calling, cleaning, organizing, putting toys away, emptying the dishwasher….blah, blah, blah..trying to maximize what little time I have alone while the mini ones nap.

But. Not. Today.

Today, I sat on my lazy ass and indulged my inner need for ‘me time’ and silence.  I figure I’ve endured more than my share of listening to the high-pitched sounds that regularly resonate from my little posse.



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