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What a crazy couple of weeks!

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I’m tired just thinking about the last couple of weeks. It’s been a complete whilwind that I have been meaning on writing about for a while but am too exhausted (and overwhlemed) from all the fun :) Where to start?

National Diaper Bank Network Annual Conference in Seattle

Last year I had the opportunity to attend and speak at the 3rd annual National Diaper Bank Network Conference in Kansas City! After returning from the conference we learned that the 4th annual one would be held in Seattle! We (Eastside Baby Corner) had been prepping for the arrival of 60+ diaper bankers from across the USA for a year. The week of the conference finally arrived and the entire staff worked our butts off making sure the Hub was shipshape for all our visitors!

The visit to Eastside Baby Corner was a HUGE HIT and the conference was fabulous! The only downside is now both Wanda & I are fighting for a chance to go to the 5th annual conference in Philadelphia!

Eastside Baby Corner 6th Annual Helping Kids Thrive Luncheon

Just one week after the NDBN Conference, Eastside Baby Corner had it’s annual benefit luncheon. So we immediatly went into last minute frenzied luncheon prep. My role here was a lot more minor than the week before so I did my best to stay out of the way :)

The day of the luncheon our goal was to raise $250,000, but we blew that goal out of the water and raised more than $310,000!!! That’s $310,000 that will go towards helping kids in need, get what they need to grow and thrive! A-FREAKING-MAZING!!!

Isabella Rose’s Grand Entrance

Back in August I teased a video of 2-year-old Mason’s opinion on if his mom was having a baby girl or baby boy. I never got around to sharing the results and if he was right or wrong. Well, as you probably guessed by the name Mason was RIGHT and the baby is a girl!

What wasn’t expected was for Isabella to come at 31 weeks, 4 days, more than 8 weeks before her due date. This sweet little baby girl made her debut very early, but in extreme flair, on November 3rd, weighing 3lbs, 11oz. I was *honored* to be there when she was born, well technically out in the hallway, but close enough! I was able to see her with Jaime before she was wisked up to the NICU and then spent time with her that night and the next day.

Bella is doing AMAZINGLY in the NICU and has already surpassed her birth weight, weighing in at 3lbs, 13oz today! Her strength is absolutely mindboggling, she is doing things that a much older baby should be doing and continues to surprise the doctors and nurses with her growth.

She still has a long way to go before she gets to go home (hoping by Christmas), but is a total fighter!!

My biggest complaint is two days after she was born I came down with a horrible cold. I’ve now been fighting it for a week now and am going nuts because I can’t go see her. The NICU has strict rules on visiting when sick, especially now that it’s RSV (Respiratory Syncial Virus) season. I must be symptom free for 24 hours before I can visit. While a simple cold doesn’t seem scary for you or me, to a preemie like Bella it could be deadly. So I’m doing all I can to get my self 100% well before going to see her. I am *hoping* tomorrow I can start my 24 hour ‘symptom free’ test, but am taking it very slow and very seriously.

Back in 2009, I did a huge project and presentation at SPU on RSV (one that I got an A+, top in the biology department and am super proud of!).  I go into very basic detail into what RSV a is in this blog pos [http://corisbigmouth.com/2009/05/respiratory-syncytial-virus-rsv-poster-project/ - sorry not letting me link!], but recommend you do additional research to learn more about this very scary, and most of the time preventable, disease.

(Sorry no pictures of Bella, I haven’t asked for premission yet, for now you’ll just have to imagine :))

 

So that pretty much sums up my crazy couple of weeks! I’m hoping for a less crazy end of the year, but I’m guessing that’s not going to happen! Bring on the remainder of 2015!!

 

 

Knit-A-Long: Seahawks vs. Lions

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I have good news and bad news….

Good News: I completed week 4's Lions game AND it's still Sunday! (No need to rub it in that I now need to complete today's painful loss….)

Bad News: I think I have carpel tunnel in my fingers!

I have become a knitting machine. This challenge is a lot harder than I thought it would be to keep up. I'm extactic to at least be knitting the most recent game and not be a game (or two) behind, but man is this time consuming.

Game 4: Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks (10-13)

This game feels almost non-existent to me with it being a Monday night game and having to work. I had the game on all over the Hub but with all the EBC Monday night festivities it was hard to concentrate on the radio. From what I understand it was a horrible game and one that was good for me to miss.

Every once in awhile I'd hear an excited Steve Raible (Seahawks announcer) and would strain to hear what happened and if it was a happy call or a frustrated one. The rest of the time (when we had the lead) Madeline and I would pass each other and utter “the game can end now, we need a low scoring game for knitting!” Amazingly, thanks to a later-controversial call, the Hawks game out victorious and even better we only had to knit 25 rounds! I'm not sure what we were more happy about!

Here's what game 4 looked like in knitting form:

 

And here's what my entire cowl looks like:

 

Okay, moving on to the horrific Bengals game….

 

Follow along with me, a newbie knitter, all season as I knit every, single point the Seattle Seahawks score and somehow make a cowl! Check out my past game progress…

  1. Seattle Seahawks vs. St. Louis Rams (Loss 31-34)
  2. Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers (Loss 17-27)
  3. Seattle Seahawks vs. Chicago Bears (Win 26-0)
  4. Seattle Seahawks vs. Detroit Lions (Win 13-17)

Total rounds knitted so far: 166 (includes 2 rounds of silver between each game)

 

#DiaperNeed Awareness Social Media Webinar

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Last October I had the opportunity to present at the National Diaper Bank Network‘s annual national conference in Kansas City on social media!  Not only was this my first national presentation, by my first professional presentation in general, what a way to start!

This year the conference is being held in Seattle and I knew with Eastside Baby Corner being a key component of the conference I’d have a lot of hosting duties and it was decided for me to not present, but was thrilled when I was asked to present my last years conference presentation again in preparation for this week’s Diaper Need Awareness Week!

Last year at the conference I co-presented with the ED of the Austin Diaper Bank, but this time I chose to present with my co-worker Stephanie and we totally rocked it!!!!

The NDBN recorded the webinar and I’m excited to share it with all of you!  It is about an hour long, but if you’re interested in non-profit social media you may enjoy this one!  

Again the presentation was primarily done by myself and co-worker Stephanie Zurn, but we were joined toward the end with Troy Moore of the NDBN.

 

Steph & Cori waiting for webinar to start!


What is Diaper Need Awareness Week?  

Per the Eastside Baby Corner Blog:

Diapers, or rather the lack of them (a situation known as diaper need), is a serious issue, preventing many at-risk families from breaking out of the cycle of poverty.


In response to the significance of helping families experiencing diaper need, the National Diaper Bank Network created a week of awareness, known as National Diaper Need Awareness Week, to help the public understand how they can help families in their community. It will be held this year September 28th to October 3rd.

Are you interested in getting involved with Diaper Need Awareness Week?  

Here are some ideas of how to get involved (again from the EBC blog!)

1) Follow EBC on Facebook and Twitter. Leading up to, and during the week, we will share information about diaper need and what you can do to help. Please like and share the posts to help others understand diaper need, as well as ways THEY can help.

2) Join the Twitter Party on Thursday, October 1st. Using hashtag #diaperneed, participate in a nationwide Twitter Party where participants can share information, stories, activities and more from Diaper Need Awareness Week.

3) Donate your Tweet or Post. Surely you’ve heard of crowdsourcing, but how about crowdvoicing? Thanks to a new crowdvoicing platform call Thunderclap, we can amplify our diaper need message by having a Tweet, Tumblr post and Facebook post sent out to thousands of social media users at the same. If you donate your post (which you can do here), Thunderclap will automatically send a tweet or post from you on September 30th at 12pm PST.


The post will say: “Help local diaper banks keep all babies clean, dry & healthy. RT to support #DiaperNeed Awareness Week. http://thndr.it/1iSmGjB”

If you’re interested in learning more about a diaper bank near you click HERE.

One last thing, I wrote a post last year about why cloth diapering isn’t always the answer for struggling families.  It is a great option for many, but (at least in Seattle) there are some strict guidelines that many families in need are unable to meet making it impossible for them to cloth diapering.   Eastside Baby Corner does provide cloth diapers to any family who has the ability to properly care for cloth diapers.  

Please consider doing something to help spread the news about #DiaperNeed!  That’s a challenge!

  

A Day Out with Auntie

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I know this title will just put Madison over the edge because technically I’m just a second cousin, but this is my blog and I’ll call myself Auntie if I want :) now back to the reason for the post….

I had Friday off and offered to take Mason out for the day. I’ve taken Mason on outings many times before but normally I just schlep him along with whatever my plans are (running errands, hanging out at my house, etc.) and normally have his sisters with him. This trip however was just the two of us and I thought it would be fun to take him to the Children’s Museum.

He was super excited when I showed up and was ready to go bye-bye right away. I had to distract him with toys at home for awhile because it was to early to leave, but that didn’t last long.

(I don’t know why the photo flipped, but it looks like I’m in the passenger seat! Don’t worry I was still in the driveway when I took this picture!!)

When we first arrived he was pretty shy and clingy, but quickly warmed up and had a great time!

We drove big busses!

He found a girlfriend and together they drove a tractor, very romantic first date!

We dug for fossils and moved LOTS of woodchip bark around!

We crawled through tunnels!

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And played with trains!

And then we hit the water area. I purposely left his area for our final stop of the day because I knew he would love it and I turn get soaked! Having been to this museum before and left with soggy kids, I thought ahead and brought him a new outfit! And my theory was correct, he had a blast and was wet form head to toe!

Mason really enjoyed this water feature that would suck plastic balls up a tube and shoot it down into a large container with a raging water tornado.  He did this over, and over, and over.  It was really cool to see him learning cause and effect right in  front of my eyes!  I was pretty proud of him!

 

 Don’t you just love his bossy no when the girl tries to join him!

While I was playing alongside of him I realized that I have never been to a kids place like this without bring lots of kids. I’ve done it many times with twins and triplets, plus friends, and spend the entire time counting heads. I never have had the chance to really play and be one-on-one with a child…it was pretty cool and not to mention fun!

This was a great day and I hope to get to do it again soon!

 

Flu Shots

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Don’t you get your flu shot when you go to the neighborhood carnival?  Mad and I did …. Lol!

   
   

We may or may not have been taking a break from selling raffle tickets!  In my defense I made a deal with the pharmacy booth, I’d get my flu shot in exchange for them buying a raffle ticket!  Mad got hers too and we happily sold 2 more tickets!  It’s all for the kids!

It was pretty rainy at Highlands Days today, hence the extremely curly-frizzy hairdo I’m sporting!  

Happy rainy Saturday night!

  

Mad’s Cabin

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A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to spend the weekend at Madeline’s cabin with several of my coworkers.  Her cabin is right on the water with a stunning view!  I shared a little bit about the trip in a previous post about my sprained ankle, but never got around to sharing photos from the weekend!  Stephanie was smart and thought to bring her camera, so minus one photo (the one of the Yamashita Twins inner tubing) the photos were all taken by her!  She graciously let me use them for this blog post!  *Thanks Stephanie!*

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Leading up to going I was *slightly* nervous about going for one reason….having to sleep in a sleeping bag.

I am not a camper.  Never have been, never will be and I knew that this was FAR from camping, but it still involved me sleeping in a sleeping bag which totally grosses me out.  Why?  I don’t know, but I have never liked sleeping in them and was less than excited for that part of the trip!  However, I’m happy to announce I survived.  Shocking I know!  Not only did I survive but had a great time!

The cabin was also a “technology free zone.” No phones.  No laptops.  No iPads.  After my fear of sleeping bags, “technology free zones” are my next least favorite thing!  Yes, for three days I was *mostly* technology free.  It wasn’t easy, but like my fear of sleeping bags, I sucked it up and went with the flow…with a few deep, deep breaths!

We also went on a 50 mile kayak ride.  Okay, so maybe not quite 50 miles, but way farther than I every wanted to go.  When Madeline suggested going on a kayak ride I assumed it would be a nice leisurely trip, and I’m sure it was for the rest of the group but not me…I hated every moment of it.  Poor Stephanie was stuck in the kayak with me complaining the entire time.  Love that girl for being able to put up with me!  I’m sure to the rest of the world our kayak ride was comical, because as we were paddling along Stephanie would say “this is the best day of my life!” while at the same time I was saying “this is the worst day of my life!” 

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I promise I didn’t spend the entire trip hating life, because it wasn’t, I had a blast!  The highlights for me was inner tubing behind the boat.  I’m at my happiest out on the water and life can’t get much better than inner tubing!  Even after I hurt my ankle, I continued to get back in the tube and go again!  I love tubing!  Wanda even gave water skiing a try after not doing it for 15+ years!  It took her three attempts but she got up and looked fabulous.  (We later learned that all Madeline has ever wanted to do was ski on one ski and was jealous that Wanda could!)

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The weekend was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to go back again, even if it does involve sleeping bags and technology free zones!

 

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It’s all fun and games

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until somebody gets hurt….and that somebody is generally my klutzy self!  But this time it was still fun and games after my wipeout!

I spent this beautiful weekend up at Mad’s cabin in Shelton with most of my Baby Corner family.  I have lots of photos to share, well technically just a couple from my phone that I snuck when Mad wasn’t looking since the cabin is a “technology free zone”, but Stephanie took tons of and as soon as I am able to get them from her I’ll share them.  For today I thought I’d share my war wound that I proudly received:

 
 I went tubing and impressed everyone by my willingness to (1) go tubing in the freezing cold water and (2) my excitement of speed!  (I guess most people assume I’m a wimp….)

The boat was able to have two inner tubes going together and the first time I went with Chris’ son Ethan.  We both lasted a VERY longtime before we crashed into each other and I sadly was the one thrown into the freezing cold water.

After the boat came back to get me and I climbed back on the boat I realized my foot didn’t feel so good.  I somehow managed to whack/catch it on the towline was I was tossed off.  It immediately hurt but I wasn’t about to let a chance to tube again be missed and I climbed right back on.

After we got back to the cabin my foot was pretty swollen and painful.  Wanda’s husband is a Physical Therepist and said it looks like a pretty good sprain.  Luckily it doesn’t seem to bother me too much and hopefully can avoid a visit to the doctor.

The injury didn’t keep me down long as I was back on the tube again today. Now I have a nice bruise to remind me of a fun weekend!

I’m actually writing this post from the ferry and thought I’d end with a couple of photos:


I’m pretty sure I live in the most beautiful place on earth!!

Until next time…

Update 8:52pm: By the time I got home (I wrote this post on the ferry) my foot had swollen to twice the normal size and my bruising was crazy.  At that point I talked to my mom and decided to go into urgent care to have it X-rayed.

I went in and doctor agreed it’s either badly sprained or possible fractured.  Unfortunately they didn’t have an X-ray tech and I either had to go to the ER for X-rays or come back tomorrow.  I decided to avoid the hour wait at the hospital and will just go back first thing in the morning.  They did put me in a walking boot so hopefully that helps stabilize it.

  

Update 7/20/2015: This morning I went in for an x-ray and luckily it’s NOT broken, but is badly sprained.  After a busy day on my feet at work I’m home with my foot up and icing.  My foot looks even more black and blue and now my entire leg is swollen to twice the size of normal….it’s really lovely!

In addition to the sprain, I had an allergic reaction to something and have like 50 thumbnail sizes itchy welts to enjoy.  Needless to say I’m not loving life right now…

 

 

 

 

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WICKED, again

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It’s no secret, I’m a massive fan of the Broadway production of WICKED! I blogged about it when I went in 2009 with a badly sprained ankle in my overly attractive walking boot (at least I was off the crutches) and again in 2011 with my Aunt Sue.

This year I went with a bunch of ladies from work and had a great time! We went to dinner beforehand and then walked the couple of the blocks to the Paramount to see the show.

While I was excited to see Ashley Parker Angel play the role of Fiyero (I was a big fan of ABC’s Making the Band and the O-Town), I have to say this was the weekest cast I’ve seen. I LOVED this tour’s Glinda, but Elphaba and the other characters weren’t as strong as past years. Don’t get me wrong it was fabulous and still my favorite show!

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What a fun night! Now I don’t know why I’m still awake because I have to be up in a couple hours for work! Until next time….

P.S. If you ever want to hear a great story and laugh about buying 10 tickets from the Paramount be sure to ask me! Boy do I have a doozy …..

 

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