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  1. I think this has been harder than when I brought my own newborns home! Both girls are 4lbs! Not too bad for starting at 2lbs 10 oz. They have had tub baths, breathed room air, tried non-nutritive nursing, had brain scans, lung scans & eye exams. The most frustrating part has been when something is hinky, “This area of her lungs is cloudy” ”Their eye development seems to be delayed for their age and there is some swelling” The recommendations is always “wait & see.” That is my least favorite medical plan! Because COVID cases are spiking here the NICU has change
  2. The girls are growing well. Both are 3lbs now. They have been moved down to a ventilator that “reminds” them to breathe instead of a ventilator that breathes for them. I still haven’t been able to meet them in person, but I am taking care of my Dd & SIL as best I can. Both girls got shots today to increase their red blood cells. Eliza has her binky, so she isn’t too bothered, but Freya looks very concerned. Freya is also giving the Hulk pose.
  3. My DH is the same. Our Alexa was programmed to respond to “Computer......” for about a week. Unfortunately, one of our Alexas is in the living room with the TV and the word “computer” is said waaaaay too often during TV shows. She was alerting constantly. Now that I am here with my Dd, away from home, I can’t tell you how many times I have said to her house: ”Alexa, what time is it?” ”Alexa is it going to rain today?” ”Alexa, set a timer for......” ”Alexa play.....” ”Alexa add (whatever) to my list.” The one I use constantly at home is “Alexa, Find my p
  4. Hi all, I have been making someone here’s fabulous baked oatmeal recipe for a couple of years now, but right now I am in another state far away from my recipes cooking for my daughter & her husband during the few breaks they have from the NICU. She is being encouraged to eat oats to support breast feeding, so I thought the baked oatmeal would be great but it turns out I don’t have the recipe memorized. I have tried searching but to no avail. I tried another recipe yesterday, but it was not as good, so I am begging if someone has that long ago posted recipe to help me out.
  5. Hi all, I have been making someone here’s fabulous baked oatmeal recipe for a couple of years now, but right now I am in another state far away from my recipes cooking for my daughter & her husband during the few breaks they have from the NICU. She is being encouraged to eat oats to support breast feeding, so I thought the baked oatmeal would be great but it turns out I don’t have the recipe memorized. I have tried searching but to no avail. I tried another recipe yesterday, but it was not as good, so I am begging if someone has that long ago posted recipe to help me out.
  6. The girls are doing well. One doctor said Freya doesn’t seem to know that she was born early and is small. Eliza is struggling to fully inflate her lungs but wait and see seems to be the usual NICU mode, which I totally understand. Yesterday they were one week old so my baby got to hold her baby for the first time. pictures 1 & 2 are Freya’s feet doing baby ballet and pictures 3 & 4 are Eliza holding her own binky and giving the stink eye if you are coming to change her tiny diaper. I am still waiting to meet them. Amber in SJ
  7. After a few days in the hospital, DD went into labor at 28 weeks and 2days. I hopped on a plane but they didn’t wait for Grandma and arrived via c-section before I did weighing 2lbs 10 oz each. Both started on a ventilator, but have since been moved to a NIPP-V, which is less invasive. No one can hold them yet and thanks to COVID protocols I don’t even get to see them in the NICU, but my Dd has been FaceTiming me so I can see them. One hates to be swaddled and wriggles herself free and then pulls her tiny hat off. She also removed her umbilical line so they had to put a tiny PICC line in
  8. This will be full of crass talk about money so look away if you must Before getting pregnant my dd had 2.5 part time jobs. One with the local public school as the reading specialist where she worked 1 hour less than they would be required to give her benefits, another job with the same public school running the after school program, again no benefits and the .5 being the 2 hours/ day from 4-6am she spends online teaching English to kids in other countries. Her husband worked the maximum allowed 28 hours/ week on campus while finishing his Masters. Because she is turning 26 in
  9. This will be full of crass talk about money so look away if you must Before getting pregnant my dd had 2.5 part time jobs. One with the local public school as the reading specialist where she worked 1 hour less than they would be required to give her benefits, another job with the same public school running the after school program, again no benefits and the .5 being the 2 hours/ day from 4-6am she spends online teaching English to kids in other countries. Her husband worked the maximum allowed 28 hours/ week on campus while finishing his Masters. Because she is turning 26 in
  10. They have applied & been denied. Their landlord sent them a letter saying because they reside in a state that was never officially closed, he is under no obligation to waive payment and/ or late fees. And that everyone’s rent is due on the first, late on the third as usual. Nice, huh? It was a form letter to all the rental properties but considering they have never been late it seemed a little harsh. But we are trying to focus on getting everyone here and healthy. tomorrow she gets to have the cool 3D ultrasound because the doctor can’t “find” the membrane that separat
  11. My pregnant dd was admitted to the hospital last night at barely 29 weeks pregnant because the amniotic sac around one twin has ruptured. She is receiving steroid shots to rapidly mature the babies’ lungs and now we get to play the waiting game in the hospital until the babies are born. Best case scenario is everyone sits tight for the next 5 weeks and they are delivered at 34 weeks, and then get to hang out in the NICU for a few weeks. Even with the best outcome this could be devastating for them financially because both of them are unemployed due to COVID, but are ineligible for une
  12. Speaking of teenage boys and their appetites.... Late last night (10:30 pm) I noticed the back corner of an egg carton was squished and 2 of the eggs inside were broken, so I decided to cook the remaining eggs right away. I could do make ahead scrambles for breakfast sandwiches, or hard boil for snacks. Seeing the light was still on in the boy’s room, I opened the door a bit and asked, “If I hardboil some eggs will you eat them?” He said yes immediately so I got started. About 10 minutes later he came out of his room and sat down at the table. I asked him what h
  13. I got the kids KanJam for Easter. It is a frisbee game. They have played several times a week in the backyard since its arrival. The “kans” arrive flat and have to be made into rounds, so they can also travel flat or rolled up. I ordered from Amazon and while it can be a bit pricey the trick is to look at all the different options. Some of them have flags on them, some of them have different college or professional sport teams, or other options. Some of these less popular options are as low as $20. No matter what you order the “kan” is solid black or white and the options are stick
  14. The limit 4 is on coupon usage and shows up during check out. The coupon is for $3 off paper products (limit 4) so it can be applied to multi packs and that is considered a single item, but the best deal is to apply it to 4 of the single reams that are $5 each. Both the Hammermill Copy Plus and the HP Office20 are both showing as $5/ 500 page ream, but you can apply the coupon to any of the paper products shown. amber in SJ
  15. Staples.com is running a deal on 500 sheet reams of paper for $5 limit 4 Stack with coupon code 22700 for $3 off each ream. https://www.staples.com/zq9zq9copy-printer-paper/cat_CL140691/olxzk?icid=LPB:PPR:1RM We are trying to reduce the amount of paper we use, but we still use some. Amber in SJ
  16. They thought that would be the case, but they both applied and the stated reason for turning him down were: As a grad student he worked 20 hours/ week as a TA & lab assistant (a weird thing about BYU is there is a cap on how many hours you can work as a student) and that wasn’t enough hours/earnings to get unemployment and he has had his “green card” for less than a year. Before that he had a student visa. My daughter (a citizen) applied and the reasons given for turning her down were: As a special category teacher, her work is “seasonal” and just ended, sh
  17. This seems like such a mess. I was one of the ones complaining that we got nothing for our Dd who turned 17 in Dec of 2019, and not nay did we get nothing for our college age daughter who we claimed as a dependent, but she got nothing even though she worked and paid/ filed taxes. My oldest daughter and her husband each got the full amount even though he is not a citizen (permanent resident) which is an incredible blessing because his job ended in April, hers ended in May, neither is eligible for unemployment and they are expecting twins in August. Last night I had a virtual conversa
  18. Dh is a mechanical engineer at a large-ish biotech firm. Because their machines are being used in healthcare the manufacturing department is still going to work, but Dh is in R & D so he has been home since 3/17. Those who are at work are able to maintain social distance, because only about 1/3 of the bldg is being used. Everyone must wear masks in common areas and more frequent cleaning protocols are in place. Dd 22 works at a residence home. All of the residents are in their rooms, unless a PC (personal care) assistant is taking them for exercise. A few weeks ago they gave my d
  19. I had a lovely family member put this article on my FB page today. My reply was “Oh no! A homeschooled child could be abused! Homeschooling should not be allowed. It is a good thing abuse could never happen if all those homeschoolers enrolled in public school” and then I added this link https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/media-and-unions-tamp-down-news-of-children-abused-by-teachers/ just for fun not only is my “turn the other cheek” button broken, my “ignore the stupid” button seems to be malfunctioning as well. Amber in SJ
  20. Sadly enough our 17yo dd got her drivers license 6 days before the county SIP order. Dh put her on the insurance to the tune of an additional $200/month, but we pay annually so he paid for the six months until our renewal all at once, and she has driven the car exactly 2 times since getting her license. Oh yeah that $30 back from Allstate for her part of April & May seem like a drop in a big stupid bucket. Amber in SJ
  21. Well, I don’t know if you are referring to me, but our AGI is under the $200,000 limit, so we got less than 10% of what it would have been if it had been based on our 2018 AGI, where we would have received 100%. The drop off between getting 100% at $150K to 0% at $200K is pretty sharp. As I explained there were mitigating circumstances that led to our AGI being almost double what it has been in our highest earning year and even though that increase didn’t lead to an influx of cash due to the very high tax rate for the one time gain as well as the gain that was to be had was rolled into our 40
  22. We are going to receive little or nothing and I am super irritated Our 22 yo college attending, multiple health challenges dd is stil claimed as a dependent on our taxes so she gets nothing & we get nothing. Our middle dd turned 17 mid-Dec of 2019 so nothing for her. After years of barely paying their employees Dh’s company was finally sold in 2019 and stock options, PTO & any unused vacation time had to be paid out therefore on paper Dh made more than double what he made the year before, even though it was all so heavily taxed or rolled into our 401K which just took a
  23. I haven’t read all the responses, but because I live in a state with and official SIP and my adult daughter lives in a state where they are just relying on common sense (🙄) one of the things I have noticed is that without the official label there is no protection for those who need to shelter in place because they are in a high risk category. For example, my daughter is in a high risk category because she has asthma and is pregnant with twins, but because there is no official SIP her employer is not required to give her any kind of leave, or make any effort for her to be able to work from hom
  24. I had the surgery when I was 3 years old. My mom was very strict about the therapy. I wore the glasses and an eyepatch forever, even to school. My mom was so upset by looking at me with the skin colored eyepatch that every day she drew something on the eyepatch. One day she drew an eye. Seriously, an unblinking eye, because that is less upsetting than no eye, apparently. Anyway, I had the one surgery if my kids needed it then I would get it done, but I think the therapy is the actual key to success, because my BIL had the same surgery and his parents never did the therapy and he has
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