Archive for November, 2010

Thanksgiving Blessings

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 by by

Thanksgiving was a bit chaotic for us, having traveled 3 hours to stay with family over the weekend. Thankfully, Peanut was such a good baby the whole time, and we didn’t have to deal with any crying outbursts or major upsets. Everyone was amazed how different she was from her last visit, remarking that she was indeed a different baby now that her colic was gone.

Peanut got passed around like a hot potato, and she loved every minute of the attention from her adoring extended family. She posed gracefully in photo after photo and kept smiling through all the kisses. On Sunday, when I picked her up from the church nursery, the nursery worker commented, “Oh. The Smiling Baby!”

It was a good visit, and despite my worries of unwarranted advice, all was well. I’m beginning to realize I truly am a first-time parent though, and perhaps my concerns make me seem a bit uptight at times. I can only pray for others to give me grace in this regard, as I am learning more and more each day what it truly means to be a mother and how to parent a growing child. I need the Lord’s guidance now more than ever, and I am seeking that out with an open heart.


Sleep Study 11-26-10

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 by by

The day after Thanksgiving Miss Haven was scheduled to go in to sleep study….which means a lot of driving for mom while dad stays up all night watching her. It’s a 2 hour round trip drive and I do it twice each study – they have to be there at 8:30pm and have to be picked up at 5:30am.

To get ready for the study – if you’ve never had one – is about a 1 hour and 20 minute prep.

First they pretty much scrub her head, face, chest, and legs with this gritty stuff (see photo). It smells kind of like toothpaste but is very sandy. Then the chest and stomach straps are placed around her with the monitors hooked to that. Then she has both toes wired up for heart rate and oxygen levels. Once those are all in place and working they can start with the wires. (more…)

Summer Sleek and Secure Video Monitor Review and Giveaway

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 by by

This is the final review and giveaway for the New Baby Event Part 2.

When I decided we would be using a hammock for this baby the next thing I had to have was a video monitor.  I knew I would want to be able to keep a close eye on the baby without waking him by walking in every 20 minutes like new mothers to new babies do.

Luckily I was able to work with Summer Infant, a company that really has video monitors cornered!  They have many varieties.  The one I felt would work best in our home was the Sleek and Secure Video Monitor.


  • Handheld 2.5″ display screen Monitor with stand and belt clip.
  • Wall mountable camera with day/night view
  • Rechargeable battery with around 10 hours of battery life
  • Two way talk feature
  • Power saver, video will turn off after 3 minutes leaving only audio
  • Split screen with up to 4 room view (needs additional cameras, sold seperately)
  • Easy to use interface (more…)

Grieving the innocence

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 by by

I still post on the Trying to Conceive After Loss and Pregnancy After Loss forums I posted on while TTC and when pregnant with Erin and Patrick.  I feel that I fit in better there than I do with women who are doing either without ever having a loss.

But most of the women have had first trimester miscarriages and sometimes the differences between ttc/being pregnant after a miscarriage and after a stillbirth rear their ugly heads.  Today a lady posted about her new pregnancy.  She’s nervous, as all of us are pregnant after a loss.  She posted today about hormone levels and for the first time hers are rising like they should.

So she said “It looks like we might actually get to take this one home.”

The only times I’ve ever felt like that since Cora died was while I was in labor with Erin and Patrick.  And even then, with Patrick there were a few moments when I thought we might not be taking him home.

I hate that I have no safety in pregnancy.  There is no point in pregnancy when I am confident and unafraid.

I wish I had that back.  I’ve accepted that I won’t get Cora back….but I wish that I could have that back.



Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 by by

We had a very nice Thanksgiving day at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. Grandma made ham and turkey and lots and lots of sides. Haven and I made green bean casserole. She loves to cook and it’s been a while.

Adding the finishing touches. (more…)

Decisions, decisions…

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 by by

So, while I’m revamping the blog (and I have major ideas in my head that I want to get out here and share!) I would like to redesign the entire look and feel. Make it a bit more bright and cheery around here!

But alas, I suck at finding good WordPress designs for personal blogs. Need a corporate design for your Fortune 500 company? I’ve got a theme that’ll knock your socks off. Building an online store with WP-ecommerce? 1000+ solutions up my sleeve.

My own personal blog? Pfft… Yeah, I can find great themes for this site! NOT

So you, dear readers, need to give me a helping hand here.

I’m going to be doing a review over the next couple of days on some really awesome diaper covers, and as part of that, I’m doing a giveaway.

Instead of making you jump through Twitter hoops and doing a random giveaway, I’m going to make this FUN.

Retweet the post, and link to a neat wordpress theme in the comments. Whichever design (more…)

All I Want for Christmas Event: bumbledoo Giveaway Ends 12/3

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 by by

If you remember, I posted the Review of my bumbledoo Cloth Training Pants that I reviewed. We loved these Cloth Training Pants and they work awesome on my little girl.
bumbledoo Cloth Training Pants are waterproof and breathable with a PUL (polyurethane laminate) outside. They come in several styles: Two Snap Sides, Adjustable Snaps (Fitting up to three sizes), Stuffable and Pull Up. In any style they easily pull up and down giving your child independence and responsibility.


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Malia from bumbledoo would like to giveaway a $10 Gift Certificate to her shop for one of my reader/followers



Announcement: There’s a reason for my depleted brain cells.

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 by by

Did you know that a woman’s brain shrinks by eight percent during pregnancy and six months post-partum.
Eight percent.
Apparently, I heavily rely on that eight percent.
And this little pumpkin

…turned my brain into sludgy mush that spends all day slowly washing back and forth in my now roomier skull.
Maybe that’s where the nausea actually comes from.
Part of my ultimate brain failure during early pregnancy involved leaving (more…)

And then we take one step back.

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 by by

Well, after Thanksgiving, I really thought that we are totally past the anxiety phase with Troy. Unfortunately, I was wrong. We’ll never know if it is definitely anxiety or a bug, but I tend to lean more towards anxiety since it’s pretty much the same scenario when he has the symptoms. It’s usually a party/family event of some kind in which there is a crowd or people he’s not really comfortable with. He’ll get quiet, complain about a headache, go pale or flushed, then he’s done and just wants to leave or be left alone. His stomach will start hurting and he either feels like he has to throw up or he actually does–even if we leave the situation. He’s done it numerous times, but hadn’t in MONTHS, but this weekend we had a joint birthday party for Troy, Will and my mom. There were quite a few people–most he knew, but some he hasn’t been around a lot. He started out fine, then suddenly, it all began and he wanted to do nothing– no presents, no cake, no ice cream…..nothing. He just wanted to go to his room and be alone or with Jay or me. Most everyone thought he was sick since he seemed okay at first and we’ll never truly know. He had no fever, but he did get sick multiple times–once after we left, and he went to bed at 7. He woke up the next morning with no residual effects and went on about life like things were fine so I really do think it’s anxiety. Maybe it was too much too soon with Thanksgiving being just 2 days before. Maybe it was the anxiety of the focus being on him. Maybe he was sick? We’ll never know and it’s tough to know how to plan for it and I am pretty sure he actually does feel sick so he doesn’t even understand. I just wish I could do something to help him but I am at a loss.
On a side note, Will has shown absolutely no sign of having the same issues. If anything, he’s the exact opposite and seems to like crowds and being the center of attention. He’s definitely a ham!

Cutesy Tushies Cloth Diapers Review

Monday, November 29th, 2010 by by

I recently worked with an awesome Mommy who makes awesome products and she is now currently one of my premium blog sponsors.. I really take to heart so many WAH mom’s who do such an amazing job and love everything they do! And Cutesy Tushies is one of them.

Michelle is the mommy that I love working with that is behind Cutesy Tushies Cloth Diapers that is full of fluff for my babies’ behind.

Let me tell you about Michelle:

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I decided cloth was the better way to go. Not only because I was sick of he rashes that the boys were getting, but also to reduce my carbon footprint, when I realized when we had my daughter how many diapers a day we were going to be going through with 3 little ones. After trying a few different brands with my sons, I was not happy about the way they fit and how they all seemed to have qualitites that I wanted, but didn’t like the whole diaper. So I took the qualitites that I liked and made my own pattern. After refining over almost a 8 month period, I came up with the Cutesy Tushies design, that we all know and love today! (more…)