Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Takata Air Bag Recall

I work in the car industry and I am definitely impacted by the recall that has just been issued for more than 12 Million cars (October 2014).

We have been inundated with phone calls from people who fear they are at a dangerous risk and want to know if their car is part of this recall.  I thought I would just post quickly about how you can find out if your car is affected by the air bag recall.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recall of more than 4.7 million car owner due to potentially defective air bags produced by the Takata company.

Manufacturers will notify owners by mail if their vehicle is included in this recall, but if you are interested in finding out now, The traffic safety administration has set up an online tool for drivers to look up their vehicle to determine if any recalls apply. 

I have visited the site a few times today and it does seem like it may be taking quite a hit, as I got an error message a couple of times, but try back after a few minutes.

You can also try calling your local dealership.  They are also able to look up your information, but I can tell you from experience that you may have an even harder time getting through because calls are flooding the lines.

Also, here is a list of Vehicle Makes, Models and Years included in the Recall:

Toyota: 778,177 vehicles potentially affected
2002 – 2004 Lexus SC
2003 – 2004 Toyota Corolla
2003 – 2004 Toyota Corolla Matrix
2002 – 2004 Toyota Sequoia
2003 – 2004 Toyota Tundra
2003 – 2004 Pontiac Vibe
Honda: 2,803,214 vehicles potentially affected
2001 – 2007 Honda Accord (4 cyl)
2001 – 2002 Honda Accord (6 cyl)
2001 – 2005 Honda Civic
2002 – 2006 Honda CR-V
2003 – 2011 Honda Element
2002 – 2004 Honda Odyssey
2003 – 2007 Honda Pilot
2006 – Honda Ridgeline
2003 – 2006 Acura MDX
2002 – 2003 Acura TL/CL
Nissan: 437,712 vehicles potentially affected
2001 – 2003 Nissan Maxima
2001 – 2003 Nissan Pathfinder
2002 – 2003 Nissan Sentra
2001 – 2003 Infiniti I30/I35
2002 – 2003 Infiniti QX4
2003 – Infiniti FX
Mazda: 18,050 vehicles potentially affected
2003 – 2004 Mazda6
2004 Mazda RX-8
BMW: 573,935 vehicles potentially affected
2000 – 2005 3 Series Sedan
2000 – 2006 3 Series Coupe
2000 – 2005 3 Series Sports Wagon
2000 – 2006 3 Series Convertible
2001 – 2006 M3 Coupe
2001 – 2006 M3 Convertible
General Motors: 133,221 vehicles potentially affected
2002 – 2003 Buick LeSabre
2002 – 2003 Buick Rendezvous
2002 – 2003 Cadillac DeVille
2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer
2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Impala
2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Venture
2002 – 2003 GMC Envoy
2002 – 2003 GMC Envoy XL
2002 – 2003 Oldsmobile Aurora
2002 – 2003 Oldsmobile Bravada
2002 – 2003 Oldsmobile Silhouette
2002 – 2003 Pontiac Bonneville
2002 – 2003 Pontiac Montana
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Weekend Recap 10.20.14

This weekend was all about fall fun!  My daughter attended a birthday party with a dress-up theme and they enjoyed lots of Halloween fun.  Kudos to the Mama who pulled off this party! The Witches Brew was a hit!

The older kids had a sleep over with my parents and went on their (now annual) pumpkin picking adventure.  When we rejoined them for dinner on Sunday they had lots to share including a baby pumpkin for  their little brother which he adored <3

This won't be it for the fall festivities.  I hope to take the kids on a pumpkin picking trip all together this coming weekend at our favorite orchard and get some more apples for more applesauce.  We have plans for a Barbie Pumpkin, a Pokemon Pumpkin and a Mickey Mouse Pumpkin - all for the kids (Daddy) to make.

These pictures are what we are using as our inspiration;)  I would link to where these pictures are from, but when I did a search for what we wanted, the pictures are on Facebook statuses or Tumblr accounts with no trackbacks.  Google "Barbie Pumpkin with Glitter," Pokemon Pumpkin," ( the artist is Johwee) and "Mickey Mouse Painted Pumpkin."

Before we know it, it will be Thanksgiving and we will be talking about Christmas!  What are your plans to celebrate the harvest time?

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Croup, Respeiratory Viruses and 25 Weeks Pregnant

It's been such a crazy week I have hardly had time to stop by and say anything!

A nasty little virus made it's way into our house about 2 weeks ago.  Dude gets Croup nearly every time he gets anything respiratory, but this time he made it out pretty easy.  Low grade fever for a few days, tired and pale, croupy cough.  He was given some oral steroid to open his airway and he was good to go.  It took him about a week to fully recover.

Fast forward to Saturday, Princess starts with a very low fever, feels cold and just seems "off."  By Sunday she was running a 103.5 temp and (despite sayings she felt fine) could hardly stand.

This is super unusual for her because even when she is really sick (like with pneumonia last year), she act completely normal.  By Sunday night she had the worst case of croup she has ever had.  You could hear the stridor (the sound of her breathing) from the next room and the barky cough associated with Croup  was painful. The doctors office sent us to the ER for oral steroids and a breathing treatment.  The treatment helped her croup symptoms tremendously but she is really only just yesterday seeming back to her usual self.

And then there were three...

Tuesday, Booboo started with some cold-like symptoms, but since he has never had Croup we thought he may escape it this time as well.  Nope.

We were in the ER both Wednesday and Thursday for him.  And I have to say, he is such a trooper.

He is more bothered by the oxygen sensor they tape to his toe and the hospital bracelet that the medicine, treatments and rectal thermometer (squirming in my seat...).

Today he is still a bit feverish and very clingy but his breathing is much better.  I pray that we are seeing this thing out the door, but now both grandfathers have the virus and it seems like it's making the rounds at my office.

I have a slight tickle in my throat that won't go away, but I AM NOT getting sick.  So there.

It the midst of all this, I am now 25 weeks pregnant, but without a picture.  I am feeling super enormous and experiencing more contractions than usual, but I bet that has to do with the extra stress and sleepless nights listening to little chests and checking temps.

Has a virus come knocking on your door yet? Any remedies you swear by?  We are vitamin C (through Juice and Fruit), Greens and warm mist vaporizers/shower steam people.

Here's praying for healthier months to come!

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

My Pregnancy(so far) in Numbers {24 Weeks}

I always love reading other blog posts about life simply put in numbers.  No doubt life isn't so cut and dry, but it's interesting to see how others break it down.  I hope you enjoy :)

24:  Weeks pregnant

2:  Major cravings - Strawberry Pop Tarts and Pumpkin Spice Frozen Cappuccinos from Wawa (a local convenience store).

5:  Ultrasounds (sonograms) - dating, bleeding, growth scan, anatomy scan, growth scan.  I am likely to have 2-3 more growth scans.

8:  Months guessed that I am by the average stranger.

5:  Months that I am actually pregnant.

4:  Average number of times I get up at night to pee.

6:  Average number of times I am up during the night for various reasons (including peeing).

1:  Average number of times I cry a day.  So VERY hormonal.

Baby is about the size of an ear of corn at 24 weeks.

5:  Number of blood tests I have had.

3:  Number of pills I take each day - blood pressure medication, low dose aspirin, prenatal vitamin.

84:  Average ounces of water I drink each day.

4:  Average number of Braxton Hicks contractions that I have daily.  Those are the ones I notice.  And there was a day a couple of weeks ago that I had them nearly every 10 minutes for about 14 hours.  I did see the doctor and things are looking good, so he wasn't concerned.

3.5:  Approximately how many months until this little boy makes his entrance into the world!  I am both so excited to meet him that I can't wait for January AND scared that I am sooo not ready yet (as far as getting things organized and ready for another baby in the house)!

2:  Cups of coffee I still drink each day. One in the AM and one in the PM (this includes the frozen cappuccino I mentioned above on the days that actually happens).

27:  (inches) Size of the average soccer ball and my uterus.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

23 Weeks

Today I am 23 weeks and 2 days and things are getting real.

There is no mistaking that I am pregnant now and people are noticing.

They also seem to assume I am ready to pop any day. I have only had one other mother (of 5) tell me that I don't look too big for this stage of pregnancy. And maybe she just knows how it is or maybe she was just being nice...

I don't bend anymore and getting out of bed or off the couch or floor requires quite a bit of effort and I am told I have adopted the waddle already.

 This isn't news to me and I expect it by this time, but it's funny how it sneaks up on you. One day you feel sorta pregnant but functional and the next day you can no longer bend over to get your shoes on or pick up toys or get the spoon that fell under the table. Luckily I have little people who can help me with those things. It's only fair since they are closer to the ground and the messes are usually theirs anyway ;)

I'v also realized that I have quite the sweet tooth and I don't remember that in the beginning. But it has to be specific things, like strawberry Pop-Tarts or the Pumpkin Spice Frozen Cappuccino from Wawa. Neither of which I should be having regularly...

 I get the stuff for my glucose test at the end of the month, so that should be fun. I feel fine and I have never failed a glucose test before, but I always worry because there are many people in my family with Diabetes and my mother was borderline during her pregnancy with me and not with my brothers. I don't know if that means anything, but it's always made me a little nervous.

 Plus the drink makes me sooo sick. Why can't we just eat a Pop Tart?

Baby should be about the size of a cantaloupe which seems way too small and way too big at the same time. I think about a cantaloupe not being very big, but then I think about having a whole cantaloupe inside of me on top of everything else that's already in there and it does seem like a lot.

I think I nest my whole pregnancy.  The impending birth, no matter how far away, makes me antsy to get things done.
We have moved the kids into their new rooms, but the stuff is still being consolidated and put away.

We have also  moved my husbands office to the basement where he can be left in peace.  It also gives us a lot more room in our bedroom where the set-up was previously.

It doesn't sound like that much of an undertaking, but it has been going on for about a month now and I still feel like so much has to be done.  Plus there is the all the baby clothes finding and washing and deciding what needs to be replaced or gotten rid of.  I actually got rid of lots of the little boy stuff I had because so much of it was stained and there was another little boy born into the family shortly after Booboo, that needed some things, so I gave a bunch away.  I amazingly have TONS of baby girls things.  And I am having a hard time parting with them...

I still have at least 15 weeks left (if you consider that I never make it past 39 weeks, my last was at 38 weeks and I want baby to be full term, so no more than 3 weeks early please!), but I don't get that much done during the week because of work/school routine and  I must pace myself on the weekends.  That comes to about 14 - 15 weekends of prep-time.  Doesn't sound like a lot when you put it that way, but it's still super exciting!

What do you do to get ready for baby?  Are you a planner or do you wait until the last minute?

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Veggie (if you want it to be) Meal Plan 9.29.14

Plant based meals are still whats on my mind when I cook, but during pregnancy I am not meat free and definitely not dairy free. Milk is just about the only thing to help with the acid reflux that I experience and it has to be cow's milk. Don't know why.

Judge if you'd like, but I feel better sticking with a traditional diet during pregnancy and I am pretty much a slave to cravings. It usually deters me from eating meat, which is funny, but if I crave fried chicken, it's all I can stomach.

That being said, I try to make sure most of my meal plan options easily become Meatless  which is absolutely possible with the Pasta Bake and Quiche below.  I know, eggs and cheese in quiche are pretty hard to change up.  Here's a  vegan quiche option  :)

I make a basic Cheddar, Bacon Broccoli Quiche that is very similar to this one from Fifteen Spatulas.  It's easy and tastes just as good without bacon or with your choice of bacon substitute. If you want a Vegan Quiche Recipe, try this!

I also plan on trying out a pumpkin recipe this weekend.  I think it will be these Mini Pumpkin Pies because it is my most favorite kind of pie and am thrilled that it's finally time to eat it again! 

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