Tuesday, January 22, 2013

All About Emma Day

Emmalee is one happy girl.  Yesterday was All About Emma day.  Auntie, Emma and I loaded up in Auntie's car and headed down to the beach.  She had several recent dreams come true and I am so thankful that I was able to give them to her.

Emma's been begging to go to Build-A-Bear for a while now and yesterday we made that happen.  She was so anxious to get there that she was asking "are we almost there" 10 minutes after we left home.  Her face lit up when we arrived at the store.  She was overjoyed to be there.

Right away Emma wanted to look at all of the animals so she could choose the perfect one.  It didn't take long for her to choose a sparkly, fuschia cat which she named Rosie, her name of choice for everything she loves.  She happily chose the meow sound for her cat, a heartbeat and bubblegum scent that she insisted needed to be placed into Rosie's foot.  Rosie was stuffed and closed.  Then we were sent to wash her and get her ready to get dressed.

I let Emma choose one outfit.  She looked through everything but her heart was set straight away on a beautiful turqouise Cinderella gown with gloves, a beautiful necklace and crown.  I told her she could also get the matching Glass Slipper shoes but in true Emma fashion, she chose pink slippers with heart-jewels on them.    She also chose a matching pair of pink undies with a tiny white rose.  Rosie was dressed impeccably by the time we left Build-A-Bear and Emma was one happy little girl.

When we left Build-A-Bear, we were starving so we headed out to Cici's Pizza, one of Emma's favorite places to eat.  Emma immediately wanted pasta with marinara and alfredo sauce.  She also had three pieces of macaroni and cheese pizza which is the whole reason she loves Cici's.  Needless to say, this was just the topping on her day!

Our next stop was Petsmart, where we decided to pick up Hermit Crabs for the tank we were given a while ago by her other Aunt.  Emma picked two nice crabs, one rather large which we have dubbed Crabzilla.  Auntie also bought a pet after finding the perfect small Tweety bird aquarium: a blue beta that we have named Tweetie Blue Belle.

Before heading home we made one last stop to fulfill Emma's wish list.  She's been asking me for pink highlights for a while now.  So of course, we stopped by Sally's Beauty Supply to find the right dye.  And we did.  Emma now has pink highlights throughout her hair and she absolutely loves them.  Laycie also asked highlights so I simply added one streak to the front of her hair that turned out so very cute.  They are so much like me! LOL

It was a wonderful day spent with my oldest baby girl and I am so happy I was able to give her so many wishes at one time.  She is such a sweet girl and is blooming into a wonderful young lady.  God blessed me the day she was given to me and I could not be more thankful for her presence daily in my life.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Our Journey with Breastfeeding

I have four beautiful children.  Two boys and two girls.  All are healthy and strong, with the exception of the girls Epilepsy, of course.

When I had my oldest son, Winston, in December of 2000, I attempted to breastfeed but in this area, at that time there was barely any support for breastfeeding so I quickly gave up.  When my oldest daughter, Emmalee, arrived in 2003, I chose not to breastfeed because I wasn't sure how to explain the concept to Winston and I thought it would be a hard struggle to feed her that way.

In 2008, I had my youngest daughter, Laycie.  I decided to attempt breastfeeding again.  I prepared well ahead of time and learned all the things I should have learned with my oldest son.  Unfortunately, Laycie was born tongue-tied and was not able to latch well, which hindered our breastfeeding.  I attempted pumping for a week but before I could manage to build up my milk supply and get Laycie to have her tongue clipped, I lost my milk supply.  I was completely disappointed again.

Last August, Jackson was born.  He is my last baby and was my last chance to try breastfeeding.  It was slow going at first.  Since I had a c-section, my milk didn't immediately come in which is very common.  Jackson at and slept a lot in those first few days but even though he was eating, I wasn't producing a lot of milk.

We had issues with his latch to begin with too.  He was pinching more than sucking and my nipples quickly became sore and cracked.  Jackson quickly became jaundiced.  Because of that and my low milk supply, I was encouraged to pump.  Pumping caused even more damage to my nipples, making feeding a painful chore.  I was given lanolin cream to help heal my nipples and keep them from worsening as we adjusted to breastfeeding.

The first three weeks were the absolute worst.  Jackson's mouth was so little that he didn't get much into his mouth so the pain just stayed.  As he grew bigger, the pain lessened and my nipples healed.

Jackson is 4 months now and feeding is so much better for us.  There are days when he eats most of the day and days when he eats less but none of those days are painful any longer.  Jackson is a breastfeeding pro.

I used to think breastfeeding would be such a chore.  I used to believe that just giving my babies a bottle would be so much easier than even attempting this.  I was totally wrong.

Breastfeeding is the best and easiest thing I think I have done with my babies, next to changing their diapers. Seriously, getting them to go to sleep is harder than feeding this way.  Jackson latches on by himself and his suction is stronger than any pump can be.

It takes less time to feed Jackson than it did my other babies with a bottle.  There is little mess since I don't have tons of bottles to keep clean and ready for him to use.  I do pump and freeze that so he has milk to eat if I choose to leave him for a little while or if he needs a little extra during a growth spurt.  I have bottles that are used for those times.  I never realized just how simple and easy it is to breastfeed.

Breastfeeding is the best decision I made for Jackson and I.  I only wish I had known then what I know now because I honestly would never have given up so easily in the past.  I enjoy the extra bonding time that breastfeeding has given us and that sweet closeness that I share with my son.  It's the best feeling to know he's happy, satisfied and well-fed.

My hopes in sharing this is to encourage anyone who is considering breastfeeding.  Learn all that you can and find a lactation consultant who can encourage and support you through your trials in feeding.  If I can do this, then know that you can too.  It will be well worth the effort in the end.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Full January

January is jam packed full for me this year.  This month is filled with doctors appointments, review materials, photographs to work on and so much more.  It's beginning is sure to prove that the rest of the months in my year will be just as full.

This month begins another year on The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew.  There are a lot of amazing vendors coming up this year.  I'm excited to share each one of them with you as my reviews become due.

This month also brings reviews from many other avenues: Propeller, Booksneeze, and Blogging for Books just to name a few.  I have several great give-aways coming up so prepare to stop by in the future to check each one of them out.

On the home front, therapy has started back for Laycie again.  She loves her therapists and enjoys her once a week visits with them.  She learns so much without even knowing she is learning.

At her recent speech eval, Laycie scored in the 6 year old range on most things.  She turns 5 next April, so this just assured me once again that homeschooling is the right thing for us.  Laycie scored out of language for her therapy but still requires articulation to help continue building her speech.

Winston had a doctor's checkup today.  He's perfect in all aspects, but I already knew that! (Yep, I'm pretty biased when it comes to my babies!)  He is exactly 5'0 tall and weighs 90lbs.  He's come along way from his 7lb15oz birth weight and 21 inch length.  He's been having some tummy issues lately so we have been referred to a Pediatric GI for further exam, which we will hopefully get into very soon.

Jackson is feeling better after his recent bout with his ear infection and mild cough.  He began eating cereal and applesauce this week and loves it.  He gets one feeding a day at this point and of course his usual breast milk.  He's growing so fast and is an adorable 13 lb butterball, getting bigger every day.

Later this month, Emma has an appointment with the Pediatric Ortho for her toe-walking.  We are finished with therapy for her.  We are finished with braces for her.  Now we are heading back to the Ortho for another eval to determine if she will be cast or if she will require surgery.  I'm hoping for casting, honestly but it will be up to her doctor.

Yesterday, the Bestie and I began a fitness program with walking.  We walked around the rather large pond 3 times to start.  Today, I purchased Zumba Fitness 2.  We both worked through the short course and boy do I feel it!  Yep, I'm pretty out of shape right now.  My goal is to get back into shape, flatten my tummy, eat a little healthier and drink more water.  So far, I've only managed to increase the water a little but the rest is a work in progress.

So this is what our month consists of: Lots of doctors appointments.  Lots of reviews.  A new fitness program for me.  And loads of other fun that I haven't mentioned above.  It's sure to be a month full of activity and as my new year's word stated, I'm driven to get through it all!  Have a blessed week!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Review: The 5 Money Personalities and Giveaway



90 days can change your life.  In this short amount of time, we can accomplish anything.  Training for something big, developing a healthier lifestyle, repairing finances, building stronger relationships can all be transformed in 90 days.  In the book, The 5 Money Personalities: Speaking the Same Love and Money Language, Scott and Bethany Palmer aka The Money Couple show us how to change our money relationship in 90 days.

With 38 years of combined financial planning experience, Scott and Bethany Palmer have helped many couples create a financial plan for their homes and families including budget and savings ideals to follow.  Over time, they began to realize there was more to money than creating this budgeting plan. Every one of us has a money personality that affects our money relationship with one another.

Our money relationship is no different than any other relationship we have.  How we work on our relationship is what makes the difference.  Using the right tools any couple can work together to create a thriving money relationship along with a solid marriage.  Budget plans and savings cannot create this for you without the right tools and communication in your relationship.  The hardest part is breaking out of old habits to "make it happen".

Through this book, you will discover your money personality, as well as that of your spouse and how those personalities work together, as well as how they work against each other.  Once you figure out your personality you will be able to strengthen your money relationship with one another and this book will help you to figure out how to make that happen.  After finding out what your money relationship is not, you will figure out what it is and how to make that work best for you in your home.

The 5 Money Personalities: Speaking the Same Love and Language by Scott and Bethany Palmer is available online through their website at www.themoneycouple.com or on www.amazon.com for $15.99 in print or $10.39 for the Kindle e-book.  To learn more about this book, you can visit www.themoneycouple.com.

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Jackson's 4 Month Checkup

Jackson had his four month checkup today.  It went very well.  He's such a great baby, healthy and happy almost all the time.

Jax weighed in at 13lbs, 11oz and was 26 inches in length.  He's in the 75% range for his height and the 20% range for weight but he's not been eating as well with his recent tummy upset from the virus going around our house.  Hopefully, he will increase by our next visit.

Jax was diagnosed with a mild ear infection today.  We all knew something wasn't quite right because my normally happy and laid back babe has been waking with loud screams in the middle of the night for no apparent reason.  Sure enough, his ears are the issue.  The doctor prescribed the usual antibiotic of ammoxillian and he's already acting better after one dose.

I opted to skip vaccines again this month, simply because I want him to be a little bit bigger and a little bit stronger before we introduce them.  I also want to be past this little sickness hump before I introduce anything that could possibly prove to be an issue for him.  So I will make my final decision at this 6 month visit in March.

Jackson can hold his head high. He can pull toys to his mouth.  He can roll to his side.  He is attempting to pull himself forward with his hands.  He is able to lift himself slightly off a surface in a mini-push-up on his stomach.  He is reaching for things he wants: objects and people.  He sees in a distance.  He recognizes people and objects.

So far, Jackson's favorite thing is his blue blankets and he knows the difference between them and his other blankets.  He prefers his softer toys.  He likes to sit up and doesn't like laying on his tummy.  He's learning to like his swing though it puts him to sleep.

Starting tomorrow we will be introducing solids beginning with rice cereal.  I know he's ready because he's chewing like he's eating already.  I can tell he's going to enjoy eating and his little body needs that extra boost that eating will bring him, weight wise.  He is going to be a big boy but with his Daddy being 6'4 that is expected.

So overall, our appointment went well.  We aren't happy about his ear infection but we are hoping it clears up quickly and are glad to have a cause for his recent nightly unhappiness.  We are so thrilled that our sweet boy is doing so well.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Faithful and Driven

2012: Faithful

Since I didn't choose a word for the beginning of 2012, I decided I would chose one that sums my year up.  Faithful.  This year has been based upon faith in so many ways.

Faith in religion, in God.  Faith in birth.  Faith in finances.  Faith in home, friends, family.  A never-ending stretch of faith.

I am filled with Faith.  Somedays, I don't think I can find it but there is always that simple, small mustard seed, which in the end of it all is all that we need.  Just a simple mustard seed of faith in the Lord.

And I can promise you, I do have that.

This year, in 2013, my word of the year will be Driven.
This year, I will be driven to complete the tasks I have put off.  Driven to make choices in life and religion, faith and love.  Driven to do better for my family, better for myself.

I will find myself moving forward.  I will be building upon dreams and tasks that I have wished to have completed for a long time.  I will head into this year on a mission to do the best I possibly can.  Driven to do what I need to as I'm lead to progress.

I'm hoping I can live up to this word throughout the year, as I grow in many things and accomplish many of the wishes I have.  What is your word for 2012 and 2013?  Please share in the comments or send me a link if you've shared in a post.  I'd love to read them.




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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Sickies Have Hit Us

The stomach bug came in with the New Year this year.  I hope this isn't a sign of things to come for us in 2013.  We've spent the last 24 hours loving on my littlest two.

Laycie began with a cough right after Christmas that I assumed was just a normal Winter cough.  Wrong!  Yesterday, her little tummy tore up on her and her fever spiked.  She had a restless night.

Jackson started with a cough on New Year's Eve.  He also had some mild congestion.  He's been restless, too, and slightly cranky which is completely unusual for him.

When the babies get sick, Mommy doesn't wait around for long.  Especially not with Jax, since he's unvaccinated.  So first thing this morning, I jumped out of bed, exhausted, to take the kids to the doctor.

It wasn't terribly busy at the office today, so we were able to get in quickly.  I was excited to find our office has hired a new practitioner.  Laycie loved her.  She was patient and kind, took her time with both the kids and thoroughly checked them over.

The end result is that both have a simple stomach bug that should pass within the next 24-48 hours.  Laycie is in the midst of it and Jax is in the beginning but I'm praying he doesn't get worse.  The only thing I can do is let it run it's course and encourage lots of fluids for both.

So we will be staying in for the next couple of days, drinking and snuggling lots.  They are both feeling better already.  Laycie is tucked in my bed with Daddy and Jax is snuggled up with Grandma in the recliner for the night.  I'm praying this passes by tomorrow and none of the other kids pick it up, which they don't seem to be.

You just never know when sickness will strike but I'm thankful we have a great medical staff who cares for us and is available 364 days a year.  It really makes a difference.  Until next time....

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