How to get dog diarrhea out of fireplace bricks

Alternate title: the time I stepped in dog poop in my bare feet in my bathroom at 4am.

So apparently Chance wanted in on our sick action and got sick last night/this morning because after I nursed Garrity at 4am I walked into our bathroom (in the dark) to go pee and was confused when I stepped in something wet.  At first I thought maybe the laundry detergent had dripped since it was right by our hamper but when I turned on the light I realized I was so, so wrong.

I had stepped in a giant (as in maybe the biggest pile I’d ever seen) of dog poop.  In my bare feet.  Um sick.  I kind of stood there for a second not knowing what to do.  Our bathroom and my foot was covered in poop and I knew everything had to get cleaned up but I didn’t want to yell too loud because Garrity was in our bed  so I stood at the edge of the closet (where the carpet comes in) and quietly called for Chris a couple times.  Poor guy gets up so confused only to be greeted with poop.

I love my husband so much because while I sat on the edge of the bath and washed my feet over and over and over again, he cleaned up all that poop.  If that’s not love, I don’t know what is.

So then we go to bed.  And get up about an hour later and get ready and Garrity is still sleeping so I take the opportunity to pump while Chris is still home.  As I’m pumping,Chris says he smells something in the front room but I still can’t smell anything with my cold so I tell him it’s just the bathroom poop stuck to his upper lip.  He goes back in to get ready and all the sudden comes running out with Chance who has decided to puke in our closet (our brand new carpet mind you).

Again, my wonderful husband (who has a meeting and presentation to get to) cleans up the puke.  Meanwhile I finish pumping and go to get Garrity ready and then Chris finds the source of the smell.  Dog diarrhea.  All over our fireplace bricks.  We have a tiny little wood stove with a ton of red brick surrounding it and out of the whole house, Chance decided to have diarrhea there.  Awesome.  By this point Chris has to leave so lucky me.  I get this job.

I get Garrity changed and lay her on the bed in our room where I hoped she’d fall back to sleep and then I google what to do.  Would you believe that no one else has ever googled how to clean a situation like this?  Lots of info on how to clean dog poop off your driveway, your paver patios, your garage floor…nothing about your fireplace.  So I get some paper towels and try to wipe it down but it was soaked into the brick.  And at this point I start to gag because even though my nose isn’t 100% I can still smell this.  And because we have no bleach or oxi clean which is what I wanted to use, I just got some hot water, dish soap and a scrub brush and went to town.

That’s right, I spent my morning scrubbing dog poop out of bricks.

And I thought having a cold was bad.  Ha!


So much snot

Yes.  Today my post is about snot.  Because snot has seriously taken over my life.  For the past 26 days Garrity, Chris or myself has been covered in snot.  Sometimes it’s Garrity’s snot, sometimes it’s our own snot or sometimes it a mix of it all.  Snot in the nose, on the face, in the chest.  So much snot!!!

I never get sick.  Prior to Garrity going to daycare I think I could count on one hand the amount of times I’d been sick in the past 5 years.  I have always had a great immune system.  Ha Ha.  Joke’s on me.  I knew when Garrity started daycare she was going to get sick but I don’t think I was prepared for this constant sickness.  I though she’d get sick, get over it, get sick again…nope.  She’s been sick every day since the 3rd day she started daycare and I’ve been sick right along with her.  Some days she is slightly less sick than others but they all involve sickness.

We have tried humidifiers, Vicks vapor rub, natural vapor rub, saline nose drops, Elderberry syrup, essential oils in a vaporizer, essential oils on her feet, essential oils on my face, orange juice, echinacea, vitamin D, vitamin C, probiotics…and we are still sick.  This weekend we even had to bust out the Infant Tylenol for her because she was so miserable (note I try to keep the Tylenol reserved for fevers only but baby girl was just miserable).  Even I busted out the grown up Tylenol a few times because I had such bad body aches and I try so hard not to take anything since I’m still nursing.

And on top of all of that, I have lost my NoseFrida!  Not sure if I left it at my parents house or just misplaced it in one of the 37 bags we traveled with but I seriously had a panic attack when I realized I won’t have my trusty tool if Garrity woke up in the middle of the night super congested. I’ve gotten pretty good at what I call “the system” which involves spraying her nose with the saline spray and then sucking her nose with the NoseFrida.



Before having kids I thought it was the grossest thing ever.  You want me to suck snot out of my kids nose?  But now I actually get excited when I can get a bunch of snot out of her nose.  The more snot the better! Garrity hates it.  Screams bloody murder.  Chris holds her arms and head while I suck (when he was gone I had to hold her down with my legs…quite the scene).  But the thing works!  And tonight I can’t wait to get to Target to get a new one.  This thing my even be my number one baby essential. Seriously, if you are a mom and you don’t have this you will regret it.

And now besides the snotting, we are coughing.  So much coughing.  Poor Garrity has these massive coughing fits at night and it breaks my heart to hear this poor little girl trying desperately to catch her breath.  I hate it.  Hate it.

We’ve gone to the dr twice in the past month to check out ears/lungs and so far everything has come back clear.  I might give her a couple more days of this cough and then take her in again.  I’m so freaked out about the enterovirus (which now causes paralysis!!) that I’m watching her like a hawk for any major breathing difficulties.

And now I’m rambling with no real point to this post other than to say, being sick sucks and having to watch your little girl be sick sucks even more.  Also my face is killing me from sinus pressure and i can’t type anymore.

Any mama’s out there with sickness tips?  I think I’m going to go all in on the essential oils and become that crazy vodoo lady who starts offering up weird oils as a cure for anything but I figure it can’t hurt.

Ok that’s it for now.  And because you don’t want to see pictures of Garrity and her snot, how about a few from the weekend.  We were up in Seattle celebrating Aunt Payton’s 13th bday and the only thing that seemed to make my poor little sickie happy was this balloon.

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Garrity May – 6 months! (August 27 2014)

Ok, I am majorly behind in these posts because Garrity is turning 7 months next week!!  Yikes.  Time is flying by!

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1st lets do a recap of everything we did between months 5 and 6…

The biggest event was me going back to work.  I went back to work the day after she turned 5 months so the bulk of this month was spent working on our transition.  Luckily, thanks to our amazing family, Garrity didn’t start daycare until 6 months and to do this, I worked 3 days a week and we had family watching her the other two days.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t work part time forever and now I’m back to my regular schedule. My mom watched her the first week I went back to work.  Then Chris then his parents, then my mom, then Chris, then his parents, my mom and Chris again (I think).  Garrity had a great time with them but I missed her like crazy so every day after work I tried to get as many snuggles and loves as I could.

My 1st day of work.  Such a sad, sad day for me.

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At 5 months and 3 days she sat up for the first time!  It’s been so fun to have her sitting.  Its so much easier now with her (although I still worry about her falling over and bonking her head on the hardwoods).

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We went cider tasting in Hood River (so much fun)


We played in the pool in the back yard.



We went to the beach a few times including for Hood to Coast weekend.  I went down on a Thursday and stayed until Monday morning.  Chris ran it but we just chilled with his parents.  We had an epic Sunday though hanging out with all our friends who actually ran it.

She hung out with her great granny

She met my best friend Kara for the first time

She played on the swings (and loved it)

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She officially rolled over from back to front (and now insists on sleeping on her stomach which freaks me out) at just about 25 weeks

We got a vitamix so I could start making her own food.

We finally got the Ergo 360 and Garrity loves it.  I’ve tried so many carries and while they have all worked a little bit, nothing worked as good as this one.  I should have just bought it in the beginning and could have saved a lot of money haha.  Although watch, baby #2 will hate it.

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And as far as logistics…  at her 6 month appointment she weighed 15lbs 5oz and was 25.5 inches long.  This put her about 30th percentile for weight and only 19th percentile for height.  Girl is going to be a little shrimp.  I was a little nervous because the dr said her weight gain was slightly lower than normal but because of her height she wasn’t worried.  She did suggest putting some coconut oil in her foods to give her a few more calories.  I don’t have her head measurement handy but it was in the 60th percentile haha.  Big brain :)

Sleeping: We struggled with this one a bit this month.  Garrity was doing great before I went back to work.  Sometimes sleeping totally through the night but most of the time waking up once to eat…sometimes that was at 2, sometimes that was at 5.  And usually after she ate she’d go back to sleep until about 7 or 8.  When I went back to work, I think just the transition (and probably not eating as much since I fed mostly on demand) she started waking up a couple of times.  Nothing bad, maybe twice a night, but still no sleep through the nights anymore.  She did start taking better naps though.  We could get about 45min to an hour naps out of her and we just laid her in the crib and she’d go right down (sometimes chatting to herself for a bit).  She’s not a big fan of the pack and play though.  We’re still struggling with that one at the beach and most of the time give up and just put her into bed with us.

Eating: Still going strong on the breastfeeding.  I didn’t want to introduce any solids until 6 months and we didn’t.  And I finally can say we’re off the nipple shield.  Every now and then if Garrity is really tired I have to break it out but I can usually get her latched and then pull it back off pretty quickly.  I seriously love breastfeeding and I am going to be so sad when we’re done.  Oh and once I went back to work I started pumping more.  Usually I pump twice at work.  I should do a post on that too.  I feel like I have it pretty down pat by now.

I think that’s it for now.  It’s hard to make sure I’m thinking about what happened a month ago.  Every month I say how much I love her and how great it is and it’s true, it just keeps getting better and better.  This month though was probably one I will always remember.  It was so bittersweet having to leave my girl and go back to work.  Definitely one of the most emotional months.  I tried every day to just embrace my time with her and am especially grateful that I was able to work part time.  Going back to work was awful.  It still is.  Every day I hate leaving her.  Hate it.  But having this month to only have to do that half the time was perfect.  I still remember taking her and Chance on some of our last walks together during what would eventually become my work day.   The sun was shining and I’d even pop on a little Van Morrison, These are the days…because they really, really were.  Being Garrity’s mom is just so incredible and this past month was nothing short of amazing.

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Mama Love

My mom took these photos on August 27th (her 6th month birthday which I really will get around to talking about here).  They make me so happy.  These moments with my daughter are so special to me.  There is absolutely nothing better in this world than being her mom.

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