Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Bloggy giveaways, photo caption contest results, and the Eye Doctor

Do you really like online shopping? Do you also like winning contests? Do you also like free things? So do I, and I have to share my discovery this week. I Googled "blog giveaways" and found this site, which is doing its quarterly weeklong Bloggy Giveaway Carnival. Last I checked, they had 1289 blogs participating. Most of them are mommy craft blogs or mommy review blogs (Did you even know there's this huge Mommy Blogging culture? Neither did I). I went crazy during Katrina's naps yesterday and today. I warn you, though. If you don't want to spend hours, and I really do mean hours signing up for contests, don't click on that link! I entertained myself looking for things for Katrina, her toddler cousin, two of my nieces and nephews that I need to get Christmas gifts for, and of course, myself. Adam even got involved in one contest for a free Wii. After entering dozens of these giveaways, I hope I actually win something! Plus, since it's quarterly, I'm assuming there will be another one at the end of December. Most of the contests close by Friday, but some go until Sunday. Some have hundreds of people signed up, but some only have ten or twenty. If I win, I'll tell all about it! Unless, of course, I use it as a Christmas present.

Second, the results are in for the photo caption contest at Babycenter involving the picture I sent in of Katrina staring down her stuffed penguin.

Baby: “I’m bashful around new people.”

Penguin: “It was hard for me to come out of my shell, too!

Cute, huh? There were something like 55 or 60 entries, all chuckle-worthy, some cuter than others. I keep trying to come up with a good caption for this week's photo but my creative juices aren't flowing.

Third, we went to the eye doctor today. Katrina did so well with the long wait, the examination, the eye drops and more waiting, and even more exams. She also flirted with a seven-month-old and impressed everyone with her darling smile. The consensus...

She has pseudostrebismus.

That's a long word which basically means nothing at all is wrong with her eyes, they just look cross-eyed because the bridge of her nose is wide. We were told to come back in two years.

Isn't that great?! Even in the month and a half since I made the appointment, her eyes have been getting better and better, so I wasn't at all surprised. But with her family history, I thought getting it checked out now would be the best. So a big sigh of relief that Katrina won't have to go through major eye surgery where they take her eye out of her head and fix the muscles, like Adam had as a toddler. Whoo-hoo!


Jolena said...

Yay for normal eyes! And the caption is so cute!

Elise said...

Holy cow? They took his eye out of his head? That is insane! I mean, obviously it worked out very well, but it is amazing what surgeons can do.

Oh, what I really wanted to say was congrats on the news about Katrina. That is very nice. And I'll have to go take a look at those blog giveaways.

If you want to check out some mommy blogs, go to (yeah, I know)

Those last two do giveaways all the time. I don't read the pioneerwoman, I just look for the giveaways because she does awesome stuff (cameras, Amazon gift cards, etc.).

Amanda said...

I'm glad Katrina's eyes are okay! Thanks for the link!