Umbilical Cyst Surgery

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My two-year-old, Morgan is having surgery on Monday to remove a growth on her belly button which is what they think is some sort of umbilical cyst.

It has gotten bigger as she has, and after visiting with a pediatric surgeon, we learned there is risk of it getting infected, so it has to be removed.

I am sure when she is bikini shopping 15 years from now she will be thanking us for getting it taken care of before she can remember. But as a mom, the thought of her having surgery is rough.

I was hoping it would be a quick procedure with a local anesthetic, but at her age, she has to be put under for the surgery and the thought of it scares me.

Then I think about parents that have to endure multiple surgeries with their kids for far worse circumstances, and I realize I am incredibly lucky this is so minor in comparison.

But it doesn’t make me feel less nervous.

As I was carrying her across the parking lot for the consult, she had her arms wrapped tightly around my neck and she gave me a big squeeze and said, “Love you mama!” Every time she says that my heart nearly explodes.

At that moment, I was overwhelmed with this feeling of being one with her.

No one can prepare you for the depth of emotion you feel for your your kids. She is a part of me and whatever happens to her, is happening to me.

Times 100.

Please keep positive thoughts for us on Monday that all goes well.  And if anyone has advice on going through a surgery with a toddler, would love your insight, advice and tips.

One of my friends recommended putting her in a diaper for the procedure even though she is potty trained. Her daughter woke up from the anesthesia and peed – would have never thought of that one.

Someone else told me that they will likely give her some “happy juice” before she goes in so that she is loopy and not crying and hysterical.  My biggest fear is the thought of her looking at me and crying as they wheel her away. So I hope that the happy juice is real.

Here  is a photo of it, as I am sure you are probably curious what an umbilical cyst is!

When she was a baby I just thought her belly button was going to be an “outie,” but it was an outie that kept growing and growing.

Wish us luck – thanks in advance for your thoughts and support.

Have a great weekend everyone!


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Sensitive Sweets Decorating Parties

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Sensitive Sweets, a dedicated gluten-free, nut-free bakery in Fountain Valley is now offering special decorating parties!

As a mom of a daughter with a milk and egg allergy, Sensitive Sweets is a God-send to moms like me who have kids with food allergies. Her goodies are made with NO gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts or tree nuts. And they are amazingly good! 

I keep a stash of Sensitive Sweets cupcakes in my freezer, so anytime we go to a party, I have a special cupcake for Morgan on hand so she doesn’t have to feel left out at cake time.

Sensitive Sweets is now offering extraordinary decorating parties at her darling bakery, perfect for a birthday party or even a Girls Night Out! She even has special take-home kits (if you call 24 hours ahead), so you can do your own decorating party at your home.

Here are her in-bakery party offerings:

Sensitive Sweets Cupcake Party (ages 4 +)

Each guest gets 2 cupcakes, one to eat and one to take home, sprinkles, toppings, and a cupcake box. 60-minute session, max 12 guests. $12/guest.

Ultimate Sensitive Sweets Cake Party (ages 6 +)

Each guest gets a 2 layer 4″ round cake, frosting, sprinkles, cake decorations, and a cake box. 90-minute session, max 12 guests. $24/guest.

Sensitive Sweets Cake Challenge Party (ages 12 +)

Teams will compete with one another on a themed cake challenge. Participants will start with 30 minutes of demonstration and then break into teams with 1 hour to assemble ready-to-use items. Items include ready-to- ice cakes, cupcakes, frosting, fondant, rice crispy treats and a multitude of other decorating supplies. The winner will receive a Sensitive Sweets gift set. 90-minute session, max 12 guests. $29/guest.

[Details: Ask about additional items of your party including drinks, aprons, chef’s hats, invitations and goody bags. Minimum of 6 guests per party, max 12. Deposit is required at booking (non-refundable.) Activities are for paid guests only. No outside food allowed. Prices subject to change.]

Visit for more info or call 714.968.9169.

Sensitive Sweets is open Tuesdays-Fridays 10am – 6pm, Saturdays 10am – 5pm. After hours parties may be available. Bakery is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Photo credit: Sensitive Sweets.

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LEGOLAND Vacation Deal!

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Felt inspired to post this deal today because as we all know, family trips can get expensive, and this is an incredible price for a 2-day LEGOLAND vacation in Carlsbad!

This deal: Plum Steal: $359-$495 for Two LEGOLAND® California Two-Day Hopper Passes + Two Nights at The Grand Pacific Palisades Resort – $599-$815 Value includes…

* Two LEGOLAND 2-Day Park Hopper Passes (Good at LEGOLAND California, LEGOLAND Water Park and the SEA LIFE Aquarium. Both passes can be used for either an adult or child – $220 value.)

* Two nights in your choice of a Coastal View Deluxe Room ($359) or a One-Bedroom Villa Suite  ($495) at The Grand Pacific Palisades Resort next to LEGOLAND.  The price includes the daily resort fee, valet parking and use of all the resort activities.

The family-friendly resort has its own private pedestrian entrance so you can easily access all the fun without even having to get into your car as it is right next door.

Be SURE to read The Nitty Gritty in the right column and look at the Black-Out dates before you buy to make sure the dates work for you. Also note that the deal expires on 12/31/12.

Seriously great deal. Wanted to share with the hopes that some of my readers can do a little getaway with their own tiny oranges this year!

[Disclosure: Tiny Oranges is a Plum District Affiliate.]

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DiscoveryARTS Summer Camp Giveaway!

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Pacific Conservatory has generously offered to give away a Plum District voucher for a free week of DiscoveryARTS summer camp (a special deal running right now for $199 on Plum District) so if you have a child in between the ages of 3 and 12 interested in music, art and drama, enter below!

First of all, finding great OC summer camps for kids that can accommodate children of this age range is a challenge in itself.  Believe me, I know because I have been searching for camps to send my 3 and 6 year old this summer, and many don’t take the littler ones. That’s why I was super excited to see this one offered by Pacific Conservatory!

This camp is for one week, Monday – Friday from 9am – 2pm. Younger kids will explore the arts through games, projects and dress-up, while older kids produce scenes from favorite musical theater shows based on weekly themes. At the end of the week, your little star will shine on stage at a special show for the parents on Friday. Click HERE to see the list of shows each week.

Click HERE to buy this deal on Plum District now (one week for $199 – a $275 value).

Win it!

One lucky reader will receive a voucher for one free week of DiscoveryARTS summer camp for one camper age 3 – 12 at the Pacific Conservatory facility in Costa Mesa.

Please leave a separate comment for each entry option and please leave your email address in the comment field (won’t be published) so I can email the winner.

How to enter:

1. Subscribe to Plum District. If you are a Plum District subscriber, great, let me know! If not, click HERE to sign up. It’s free and you will score lots of great deals for moms. Winner must be a Plum District subscriber to receive the voucher. – 1 entry (mandatory)

2. Follow @PlumDistrictOC on Twitter – 1 entry (additional/optional)

3. Follow @TinyOrangesOC on Twitter – 1 entry (additional/optional)

4. Tweet: “I entered to win a week of DiscoveryARTS #OC summer camp from @PlumDistrictOC on @TinyOrangesOC!” – 1 entry (Additional/optional. Please leave permalink to your tweet in your comment. Can tweet and comment once per day.)

5. Subscribe to Tiny Oranges via email or RSS – 1 entry  (additional/optional)

Contest runs through Friday, 3/30/12 at 5pm PST. Winner will be emailed. Good luck!

[Disclosure: Tiny Oranges is a Plum District affiliate and they are also a sponsor.]


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Rainy Day Activities for Kids

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As I am preparing this post, it is a windy, rainy Sunday so I felt inspired to share this awesome post from the gals over at on creative rainy day activities for kids!

Of course by the time this publishes tomorrow, I am sure it will be sunny again, but rainy day or not, Pier to Peer has come up with some really great ideas on ways to keep the kiddos entertained indoors. Personally I am going to use some of these with my older daughter when my little one is napping.

Pier to Peer is a local So Cal blog written by three mamas sharing their thoughts, opinions and adventures with their beach city friends.  Although focused on South Bay happenings, their blog covers topics that appeal to moms everywhere.

Fresh, real, and full of great ideas and articles, book mark it and add it to your list of mom blogs to follow! I am a Pier to Peer fan! * Follow on Facebook * Tweet with the @PiertoPeerGirls * Follow on Pinterest

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