Archives for December 2009

Happy Birthday Allison!

Allison Joy was born 4 years ago today… December 23rd, 2005. Wide eyes full of wonder and a head full of hair… She was and still is just beautiful. Always a curious child… full of life… full of energy… full of questions.

Her vocabulary has always been ahead of the rest. Her questions always requiring a precise answer. Perhaps that made it easier when we had to explain to her about her Diabetes. Allison was just diagnosed the weekend before Thanksgiving this year. And already she knows about her pancreas and how insulin is made and what insulin is used for. She knows and can tell you that when she eats food… mommy needs to give her insulin to help make the food into energy so she feels happy and healthy.

I’m not saying it’s been an easy transition but if she were any other child… If she wasn’t who she is… I know it would be much harder.

But she’s not. She’s Allison Joy and she’s been taking on the world since the day she was born… four years ago today.


What’s New?

To see additional items or pay for custom orders… please visit my Etsy shop.!

Brand new for the season! This dress is being featured as part of the Merry SITSmas event!

Holiday Damask Dress with 3/4 length sleeves, contrasting trim, and a sweet bow. The elastic neckline allows this dress to become a tunic top once your child has grown too tall for a the dress! (Currently listed on Etsy)

Sizes 6mo to 6x


A design first for Childhood! This unisex one button jacket is shown in a tweed and fleece combo. The possibilities are endless however. Customize this cozy coat for your little boy or girl!

Sizes 12mo to 6x

$45 (depending in custom fabric chosen)

Another design first by Childhood! This sweet dress may look summery, but paired with the one button coat… it’s a versatile dressy holiday ensemble. Shown in tweed and jersey knit… this piece will last many seasons.

Sizes 12mo to 6X


Tonight on Sew Krazy

Tonight at 8pm EST on MomTv… I am going to teach you how to make a wristlet or key fob!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Two of your favorite scraps (at least 10 inches long)
  • Stitch Witchery
  • Peltex (Type 72 -because it is very sturdy and has bonding gunk on both sides)
  • Light to Medium-weight interfacing
  • Fraycheck
  • Hardware. You need the key fob itself, and the split ring. You can order them here I am told… but tonight I am using “Ribbon Ends” and a regular old key ring.
  • A pair of pliers.
  • A rotary cutter and mat will make things simple too

Step2 Fresh Market Kitchen Review and Giveaway!

My girls have not stopped playing in their Step2 Fresh Market Kitchen from the day it arrived at our door. I knew that they would love the fact that it’s not just a kitchen… it’s also a market.

They’ve had kitchens before and I have seen them grow tired of just playing “kitchen”. The Step2 Fresh Market Kitchen adds a new dimension to their play time. The cash register comes complete with credit card, merchandise scanner, and a key to lock the drawer. There’s also an eco friendly shopping bag and a display case for the donuts!

Inside the kitchen area, they can cook on the stove top or use the oven. In the video… I’m clearly embarrassed that Allison chooses the microwave over either of those options. What can I say? I’m a busy mom!

Our Step2 Fresh Market Kitchen came with a small assortment of foods from donuts to oranges. It also had a place setting for two and some cooking necessities.

Not only has Step2 given us this amazing kitchen to play with (*waves to the FTC*)… They are giving one of my lucky readers the very same kitchen!

To enter:
*Use the Step2 Kitchen Selector and leave a comment telling me what kitchen best fits your lifestyle.

Bonus entries (once you’ve completed the initial entry):

  • Check out these recipes by Barbara Beery, founder of the Batter Up Kids Culinary Center and leave a comment telling me your favorite one!
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Contest closes 12midnight (mountain time), Wednesday, Dec. 16th. The winner will be chosen via random generator on Thursday, Dec. 17th! Good luck!

Grouchy, Hungry, Thirsty? She’s Three. No… She’s Diabetic.

My Allison, better known to some as Alli Cat. Three years old and so full of joy… that also happens to be her middle name.

Over the last few months I started to notice changes in her. There were behavioral changes to begin with. She began to be extremely disobedient and grouchy. Her frequent smiles and giggles turned to frowns and crying. Don’t get me wrong… Allison is known to be a bit on the ornery side. She gives a mean stink eye. But this was different.

I also noticed changes in her eating and drinking habits. She was always hungry. I’d catch her at 2 am sneaking snacks from the pantry. I read online that it was OK for children of this age to eat around the clock. They are on their own time schedule. But she was also constantly thirsty. Allison wouldn’t leave the house without a water bottle. You would think the world was ending if she needed a drink and I didn’t have one handy. Soon, I started keeping water bottles in the car and in my purse… just so I’d be able to avoid the water drama.

Then came the accidents. Alli has been potty trained since she was 2 yrs old. She wasn’t a bed wetter, although she had been known to have the occasional accident due to her frequent UTIs. The UTIs would cause her to experience frequent urgency. So when she started to have accidents… I assumed she had another infection. I planned to take her into the doctor for some antibiotics if some good old cranberry juice didn’t work first. However… she had an accident at night in bed. This was unusual for her. Then another… then 2 in one night. Something is wrong.

I mentioned it to some of my online friends in our Skype chat and they were optimistic that it was something routine. I felt a little better. Regardless… that Sunday I asked a friend at church what she thought of the symptoms. In the back of my mind I knew it was Diabetes, but I wanted someone to convince me. My friend urged me to use an at home KetoneDia Stick to see if there might be sugar in her urine. At least I could rule that out… right?

We used the test stick. It was an ugly result and I knew immediately that I could no longer rule out Diabetes. We took her immediately to the children’s ER. She has already been a frequent guest there… stitches twice… IV fluids and asthma… broken arm. I wanted her to feel safe and comfortable while we figured out the problem. They took a blood sample from a finger poke and the portable monitor was unable to get a reading. The nurse says she will have the doctor try. The doctor is also unable to get a reading. They whisper and random words like critical and ICU travel across the bed to my ear. They decide to draw blood and send it to the lab.

The lab results come back. I’m shocked. They are too. Her blood sugar is well over 800, yet she’s functioning just fine. Her little body had learned to cope with this disease until finally we got help. They asked me about her Reactive Airway Disease. Had she had any breathing issues in the last week? Yes… actually she did. She was on her breathing machine 3 out of 5 mornings that week. Turns out that these breathing attacks were her body’s way of releasing additional sugar. I was told that many diabetics come to the hospital in respiratory distress.

We were informed that Allison would need to ride by ambulance to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital and be admitted. That’s pretty much the whole story. Once we arrived, they began taking her blood sugar readings regularly. They taught us how to count her carbs and cover it with insulin. She was given a bear with patches on all the places that she could receive insulin. This bear saved us. Allison would give her bear “pokies” and then she would get her “pokies“. I stayed with her in the hospital night and day. We were released Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

Talk about being thankful

We’ve been home almost a week now. Today I will take her for her first visit to the pediatric Endocrinologist. It’s a follow up visit to see how we’re coping and if her insulin dosage is doing it’s job. I also am looking forward to just being able to talk about how I feel. This is a lifelong diagnosis. There is no cure. She and I will have to administer “pokies” every meal for the rest or her life. It’s hard to imagine that. It hasn’t been easy everyday since we’ve been home, but she’s a trooper. We will just continue to do what we’ve got to do in order to keep her well.

Allison says it best when she tells me… “I love my pokies. I feel so much better mommy.”

So do I baby…