Six Thoughts on Saturday: A Diagnosis, Books, and Newborn Snuggles

Hello and happy Saturday! What do you have going on today? We’re going to be working on our back patio renovation project with my sister and brother-in-law. Can’t wait to see them!

I’ve got six things on my mind today.

1. Affordable Books. Our library is still closed due to COVID and we’ve been re-reading all our books, going to our neighborhood Little Free Library, and “splurging” on books under $4.

Mouse Paint book by Ellen Still Walsh to teach colors to children

Three we’ve recently been into around the Zottola household are Mouse Paint, Biscuit Loves the Park, and The Story of My Life by Helen Keller. Mouse Paint has been perfect for teaching Sadie colors and it’s adorable. What are you currently reading?

2. Gardening. Our sad little cucumber plants gave us another cucumber! Oh, and we’ve been harvesting lots of squash and a few cherry tomatoes.

Squash, cucumber, and tomatoes from vegetable garden

3. Park Days. We attended our church’s weekly Youth Summer Days at a local park on Friday and had a blast with our church family. I brought Niva along and she soaked up all the attention she could get from the kids.

Toddler and Siberian Husky at park

4. Meeting Isaiah. Our friends from church had their second baby on Monday and brought him to the Youth Summer Days on Friday. I soaked in all the newborn snuggles I could get with sweet Isaiah ❤

I totally forgot just how tiny newborns are. It’s wild! I loved studying his little toes, feet, fingers, and eyes when he opened them up for a second!

Newborn baby

5. Cousin Sleepover. My sister offered to take Sadie home with her after the Youth Summer Days so her daughter and Sadie could have a little impromptu cousin sleepover! I didn’t have anything packed, but it was no biggie because Sadie and Caroline are so close in age that they can share clothes and diapers. I absolutely love being in the same stage of life as my sister!

The girls fell asleep on the drive home and Hannah sent me this snapshot once she arrived at her house and it melted my heart.

Toddlers sleeping in carseats

6. Sadie’s Eye. About a month ago, I noticed Sadie’s left eye looked glazed over and teary all the time. It didn’t seem like a big deal because it wasn’t bothering her, but it just didn’t seem right. I called our ophthalmologist and brought her in on Thursday to have it looked at.

I feel like I could write a whole post on getting a toddler to cooperate during an eye exam (LOL), but I digress. She was diagnosed with a nasolacrimal duct obstruction. We have to massage her eye each day and try to put antibiotic drops in her eye to prevent infection. If that doesn’t get rid of the obstruction, we’ll have to do something a bit more invasive, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

In the meantime, does anyone have tips for putting eyedrops in a toddler’s eye?!

Strange Fridge Occurrence, A Day Out, and A Night Off

I opened the refrigerator to make breakfast yesterday and found Malcolm’s dry food in the fridge. Jimmy must have been really tired when he fed him before he left for work!

Dry cat food in fridge

Jimmy is known to leave things in strange places early in the morning. He once poured iced tea into a water bottle and set the pitcher on top of the fridge instead of back inside it. 

We had a busy day yesterday! Sadie, Niva, and I drove out to a local park to meet up with other moms at our church for Youth Summer Days. We had such a great time talking, playing, and relaxing with everyone!

Toddlers walking at park

Sadie is related to most of the kids her age out our church so she got to hang out with a few of her cousins! She and Caroline, my sister’s daughter, even got to ride in a double stroller together. 

Toddlers in double stroller

After we left the park, we drove home, took a quick shower, and I dropped her off at Jimmy’s work so his dad could take her home with him (they work together!) and my in-laws watched Sadie for the evening.

So, so thankful for a night off and that she got some quality time with her grandparents! She got quite the royal treatment, too. They went shopping at Rural King and got to see the little chicks, went out to eat, and even stopped to smell some roses 🙂

Toddler looking at chicks at Rural King

Toddler smelling roses

Jimmy and I had quite the wild night to ourselves. I had to do some real estate work and I brushed out a bit of Niva’s undercoat. Party animals over here 😉

Husky shedding when blowing coat

I finished up my work just in time for us to go to Hobby Lobby before they closed. I was on a mission to get another stepping stone kit so we could make a mold of Sadie’s foot print like we did last year. 

It was a full, fun, and awesome day!

Have you ever left things in strange place when you’re tired?

What do you do when you have a night or day off?