Thursday, December 31, 2009

Christmas Catch-Up!

It is time for me to play Christmas catch-up. We have been out of town and I have been busy with the kiddos. This year has been so much fun and I will try to tell you all about it without making this post too terribly long.

We had a white Christmas Eve and it stayed for Christmas morning. To my knowledge (or recollection, anyway) this was my first white Christmas. I think it's crazy that I live in Texas and we have had more snow this year than Arkansas has! Here is our house on Christmas Eve right before we left to go to my aunt's to celebrate.
We normally spend Christmas Eve at my Granny's but this was our first Christmas without her. It was very different and I had a hard time processing how different it would be. It made me very sad. We still spent Christmas Eve at that house but it wasn't Granny' Aunt Donna lives there now. The roads were bad so we left kind of early to go home and get the kids in bed and play Santa. Here are a few pictures from my aunt's....
Here are the pictures of the girls getting ready for Santa....
This year was so much fun because Rachel really enjoyed all of the "hype" of Christmas. She was excited and I loved seeing it. It was also Lauren's 1st Christmas so that was fun. She has started crawling all over the place so she was into EVERYTHING!!!!

Rachel's big gift was a dollhouse that she asked Santa for. Lauren got a little Fisher Price (I think that's the brand) kitchen that Brice's parents got her. Rachel got a lot more stuff and Lauren got a few things.

Rachel's stuff...

Lauren's pile

We spent Christmas day at home as a family of four and it was great!! I enjoyed watching the kids play and for all of you that didn't know....I GOT A WII FOR CHRISTMAS!!!! Why, yes, I am excited!!! I love it!! I will start Wii Fit next week. Can't wait!

I had to work for part of the day the day after Christmas and then we left for our Arkansas adventure. We stopped in Hope overnight and then went on to Little Rock, back to Hope and then home. I don't have the pictures downloaded from the trip yet but I did have an adventure with Lauren and having to take her to the doctor...something that is definitely blog-worthy....but not now.

We had a great Christmas and the new year is approaching very quickly. I will be doing a New Year's post soon which will reflect on the past year and discuss plans for the new year. I am looking forward to it!


Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas! case you want to know...I made this myself!!! I did another for a friend this year too and it is adorable. I won't post it here but it is one of my favorites I have ever done.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Lauren is 9 months old!!! ~ a week ago!

What's this girl up to?

Let's see....she weighed 20 lbs, 14 oz and was 19 inches long!!! What I am so excited about is that she is out of the 100th percentile for weight!!!! She was only 80th! YIPPEE!!!! The doctor, of course, said see was perfect. She tries to crawl but doesn't succeed really which is a shock to me since Rachel was already crawling by now. That certainly does not mean that she doesn't get where she wants to go! She rolls EVERYWHERE!!!
She gets up on all fours and rocks, goes backwards and even goes a few "steps" and then falls on her face. She could do it if she wanted but I think she just chooses not to! She can get from a lying to a sitting position without help. She is pulling up some...not very much to her knees. She isn't crazy about standing but she can. She has 5 teeth...just noticed another one last night! She is doing well at daycare and takes really short naps but is getting better at that. She is COMPLETELY weened from the breast now. Yes, that does make a little sad but she is doing fabulously! She takes less than 1/2 her bottle of formula mixed with the rest breast milk. I still have a lot of milk in the freezer so I hope to be able to give her somebreast milk with every bottle until she is a year old. We have started giving her little table food things to eat and she isn't crazy about that. She is just completely opposite Rachel in that regard. Lauren loves to be pampered to and Rachel is so independent.

Lauren is just a sweet sweet baby. Still doesn't have much hair! She has been sick for about 2 months and it breaks my heart! I guess that's what happens when they go to daycare. She had RSV and is now just coughing but it's pitiful! I am ready for this all to be over! I cannot believe that she will be a year old in 3 months. It just doesn't seem possible. I love that little girl!

Yes, her clothes are dirty in this picture!! That's what happens when you wait till the end of the day to take pictures!


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Guess Who?!

Who is behind on blogging again? YES! You guessed it! That would be MEEEEEE!!!!!

This will be a "no picture post" because, well, just because I don't have access to pictures at the moment!

Things at work are going full swing. I am getting used to being full time and the girls are doing lovely at daycare! My days are filled with much excitement and busyness. My office is cozy and decorated with mostly pictures of my girls...what better way to make it mine!!! =) I have a ton of stuff to do everyday which makes the day go by faster but makes for a tired Mommy at the end of the day! Anyway, just a short's going well.

Lauren turned 9 months old on the 12th!!!! NINE MONTHS OLD!! I just can't believe it. She is an absolute joy and I will blog about her soon...I have pictures - some that I took and some professional ones!!! =) I also have stats from her well baby checkup...something I am pretty excited about!

SOMEONE had a birthday since I blogged last! ME!!! I have begun my last year in the 20's! My birthday was the 13th and I felt HORRIBLE that entire day! I took Rachel shopping with me on Saturday and I picked her up to put her in the buggy and I think I threw my back out or something because I was just miserable...made me feel like I had the flu. So, I am better now and I am so incredibly thankful for my friends and family who know me so well!! My two best friends gave me great gifts. Not to sound like a complete selfish twit, but I LOVE getting gifts!! It seriously is my love language which makes me feel horrible but I love gifts. Mainly ones that are heartfelt, simple, or that took time and thought. Gifts make me feel loved. Call me what you will...whatever!

Gotta run for now but I will post again soon with pictures...I PROMISE!!!!


Monday, December 7, 2009


I feel as though I have been initiated!! I started my full time job today!! It is at the same place that I have been working (I know I have already blogged about this). Let me just tell you....


Nothing says, "Let's get to work now that you are full-time" like two adoptions, a domestic violence case (that turned out to not be a domestic violence case after all) of a pregnant woman, a teenage pregnancy, a girl with herpes needing Medicaid (for what, exactly, I'm not sure), and just a bunch of other stuff that would not amount to much except all of the little things piling up amounted to a lot!! I am thankful! I love my job and I love working in the areas that I do but I feel as though I can now be a full-time social worker...I have been initiated!!! =)

We went yesterday to see Santa at my work. Here is a picture of the girls....

We got pictures taken on Saturday morning...mainly for Lauren's 9 month pictures but we did some Christmas ones too for the Christmas card (which I will post after I send them out). Here are some of the Christmas pictures....I will post Lauren's 9 month pictures on Saturday when I have more time and she is actually 9 months old!

I am trying to think of what else I have done since I blogged last...we had our Sunday school Christmas party on Saturday...loads of fun and GREAT food!! Love fellowshipping (is that a word?)with those girls and guys!!!

OH...we went last week to Little Rock because Brice's Granny died. She was 94 years young and absolutely precious!!!! She was such a sweet lady and although we are sad and will miss her, she lived such a good, long life and truly taught me how to live for the simple things. **I know I look COMPLETELY horrible in this picture...fat, bad hair and just YUCK but it is about Granny, not me! I couldn't find any other pictures on my computer. My favorite one is of me and her on our wedding day but it isn't scanned into the computer.

Happy Holidays everyone! I hope to blog a couple of times a week, at least!


Monday, November 30, 2009

Mother of Two

I have heard so many people talk about how unsure they are about having more than one child and the hesitations that go with that. I have to admit, I was hesitant as well but for totally different reasons. I was scared on a physical level about being pregnant and going through everything that I did the first time around. I did have some of the same complications but the experience all the way around was just much better. I thoroughly enjoyed my pregnancy and loved being able to know what to expect during labor. Most of what I hear others talk about is if they can love another child as much as you love your first, will I be able to give him/her the same amount of attention, how will life balance out, etc....that was never a concern for me. I never once thought that I couldn't love a 2nd baby as much as my 1st. And it's true....I absolutely love both of my girls more than life itself and I cannot explain how I can love that much!!!

Children are fascinating to me!! They are just little people full of creativity, ideas, tempers, and love that happen all at once sometimes!! I blog a lot about Rachel and the challenges that she hands us as parents but she is such a doll to me!!! She is so incredibly smart (I know everyone thinks that about their child). Is she advanced or smart beyond her age? I don't know but she is pretty clever! She has her daddy's ability to think and my outgoing nature and sense of humor. She is so much fun! You can literally see her little mind working sometimes. Lauren is really nothing like Rachel (I mean, I can only compare about 8 months since that is how old Lauren is at this point). She is so needy. She is EXTREMELY happy....all of the time!!! She is definitely a Mommy's baby and is very clingy...nothing at all like Miss Independent Rachel! She is precious! She is growing so fast.

The question was posed to me not to long ago about the idea of more children. We definitely will try for at least one more. Whether it be three girls or two girls and a boy, we would like to have three least. I have to take my pregnancies one at a time...

Children are a glimpse into the way that God loves His children. It is hard to fathom how, before you have two and three, etc, children, that you can love each of them as much as the ones before but you can and you do!!! God has so many children and He loves each one of us as much as the first!!! And not only that, but He loves us so much more deeply than we love our own children!!! Is that possible??! It is! The Bible tells us this truth and it is amazing to put it in perspective. God. Loves. Me! He loves me more than I love my own! That my friends...


Reason to Rejoice!!!!!


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

"For All That YOU'VE Done....

...I will thank You..."

Today I am missing my Granny. I miss her really bad. She was our rock...the center of our family and today and everyday since January, she is missed. I miss our long talks on the phone. I miss being able to go to her house anytime because I knew she would always be there. I miss the sound of her giggle. I miss her telling me to eat whatever I want...I'm at Granny's house!!! I miss her rubbing my belly when I was pregnant with Lauren...the last time I saw her...I was pregnant with Lauren. She never got to meet my baby and Lauren will never know how special Granny thought she was...before she even knew her! I still have the row she crocheted that was supposed to be Lauren's baby blanket....she never got to finish it. I miss everything about her....everything. Happy Birthday my sweet Granny-bug! Happy Birthday....

"...for all that You've promised and all that You are. For all that has carried me through..."

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!!!

"...JESUS, I thank You."


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Pain In My...HEAD!!!

Ugh! The migraines...PLEASE STOP!!! You might recall all of my blogs from about two months ago regarding the headaches that I have. WELL, THEY ARE BACK IN FULL SWING!! I wake up most days with headaches and then this morning I had ANOTHER migraine!! I got out of the shower and realized that I couldn't see very well...the first sign that it is coming. Well, not too long, my head was hurting. It was the absolute worst migraine I have EVER had!!! I still have it but it has subsided some. I took four 200 mg Motrin and drank some caffeine...didn't help. Then, I got extremely nauseated. Not sure if it is because I didn't eat anything before taking the Motrin or if it was the headache causing the nausea...either way, I thought I was going to throw up..more than once.

So....what does this mean? Good question! I think I will call the neurologist back and visit with him...sooner rather than later...about getting on Topamax. We have talked about this several times before but I just didn't want to give up breastfeeding. I am a little more okay with this now....Lauren is almost 9 months old, I have a TON of breastmilk in the freezer, and she has 4 teeth!!! Motivation? I think so! =) I took a sort of poll on Facebook asking about side effects, etc, of taking the medication. I got some interesting responses....but here is what WebMD says about it....

Topiramate is used alone or with other medications to prevent and control seizures (epilepsy). This medication is also used to prevent migraine headaches and reduce how often you may get them. Topiramate will not work to treat a migraine headache once it occurs. If you get a migraine headache, treat it as directed by your doctor (e.g., take pain medications, decrease sound and light).

Topiramate is an anti-seizure medication (anticonvulsant) that works in several ways to prevent seizures and migraines.

SIDE EFFECTS: Weakness, tiredness, drowsiness, dizziness, confusion, difficulty concentrating, tingling of the hands/feet, loss of appetite, diarrhea, impotence, and weight loss may occur. If any of these symptoms persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: mental/mood changes (e.g., memory problems, nervousness), slow/unsteady movement, speech/language problems.

This medication rarely may cause mood or behavior changes, such as anxiety, agitation, hostility, pressured/rapid speech, or thoughts of suicide. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop unusual (possibly sudden) mood changes.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: severe back/side pain, rapid breathing, bone pain/breakage, loss of consciousness, fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, stomach/abdominal pain, painful urination, bloody or pink-colored urine, chest pain.

Seek immediate medical attention if either of these rare but very serious eye problems occur: sudden vision changes (e.g., blurred vision), eye pain/redness.

This medication can rarely cause a serious metabolic problem (hyperammonemia), especially if you are also taking valproic acid. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience sudden/unexplained tiredness, vomiting, or mental changes (e.g., difficulty staying awake).

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

The main thing that others were telling me is that it causes weight loss, it makes you forget things, and interacts with birth control but it can cause birth defects if you are on it and get pregnant. SOOOO....I could be skinny, dumb, possibly pregnant and then have a baby that could possibly have birth, I need to talk to the doctor...along with my OB about a possible different form of birth control.

Any thoughts or advice?


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Eight Months Old, RSV, and Changes

Lauren turned 8 months old on the 12th....yes, I am behind!!

She now has 4 teeth...two on top and two on bottom, front and center. She is almost crawling and talks all of the time, yet doesn't say much...must take after her mommy! She weighs 20 lbs, 6 oz and I know this because we went to the doctor today. She has RSV!!!! She still acts fine but has been coughing for about 3 weeks and coughed all night long last night. So, this week's plans may change a little.

She is still changing so much and it has been hard leaving her at daycare for the past several weeks while I take a couple of extra shifts at the hospital. This is something that I am going to have to get used to soon though because....


Yes, it's crazy, I know! You are probably asking yourself why in the world would I leave my children in someone else's care if I don't have to. Well, with all due respect, it is a decision that I didn't come about lightly and I feel that it is what is best for our family at this time. I enjoy my work and my girls really enjoy daycare. I can already see a difference in the "clingyness" that Lauren had to me. I will be the Women's Services and orthopedic floor social worker at the hospital where I currently work. I am very excited and a little hesitant at the same time but I have a peace about it. My girls will be okay and I can go visit them anytime I want...they will be next door to the hospital. I am excited to be back in the career that I love more than just occasionally.

That means I will probably be more scarce on here but hopefully I can keep up with you. When I get into a routine at work, it will be a little easier to get things organized at home and I will make time for blogging after the girlies go to bed.

Wow, this post had a lot of information. I still haven't posted about Rachel's birthday party but it will be next, promise!!!

Until then....


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Once Again...

I am behind! I need to post about Rachel's birthday party and Lauren's 8 month post...but for now.....


Welcome to the world Baby Grayson!!! He was born on Monday, November 16th at 4:47 PM weighing in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 20 1/4 inches long!!!! He is absolutely precious, as is the rest of his family and I love him so much already!!!


Friday, November 13, 2009

Rachel Mackenzie

Oh. My. Word! Three years!!! I cannot believe it. It has been three years since my little baby girl was born. This time 3 years ago I was in the hospital, getting cytotec, getting ready to have my baby the next day. I was a bundle of nerves after being in the hospital for a week, I was finally having my first born daughter. I remember it like it was yesterday.

You never gave me a day of morning sickness...but you made up for that at the end of my pregnancy! Labor was long and horrible but the end was amazing!! You were early but still big! I was nervous because I didn't have that immediate "I loved you from the first time I saw you" response but the first time I held you and kissed you, you were mine!! I could have kissed you for forever...but they wouldn't let me. They took you to the NICU and you stayed there. I went home from the hospital but you had to stay. ABSOLUTELY THE. HARDEST. DAY. OF. MY. LIFE!!! But that didn't last long! You came home the next day! You were as orange as a pumpkin but I wanted you to come home. You did. Two days later we were both back in the hospital. Mommy was sick...bad sick! You were just a little too yellow and needed your very own personal tanning bed but I didn't get to see you for 2 whole days and I was sad. You got to spend a night with Daddy all by yourself at home while I stayed in the hospital. I made it home just in time for Thanksgiving. The best Thanksgiving ever...I had you!!!

The first year was so much fun!! You learned so many things and changed so much! That first year was amazing! I loved every minute of it...well, maybe not the sleepless nights at home but that didn't last too long.

The twos...yeah, those have been hard!! You are SO stubborn! You are incredibly independent which has its advantages and disadvantages. I love you more and more each day. I love the way you love your sister. My heart melts when you rub my face and tell me how much you love me. I enjoy watching the little "wheels" turn inside your head. I love it when you want me to lay in bed with you but get so frustrated after I do and you are screaming for me to stay longer. I love that you are a comedian. I love your chubby cheeks that are still there even after most of your baby fat is gone. One of my favorite things is when you sing "our song" that I have been singing to you since you were born. I love early morning cuddles. The point, is, my sweet baby girl, I LOVE YOU!!! ALL OF YOU!! Even the "not-so-good" things because it is you! You are not perfect and I am okay with that...that certainly means you are my child! =) You are beautiful and my prayer is that you will grow up to be happy, healthy and most important, a God-fearing young lady who knows Jesus as her Savior. You have been a blessing to me for 3 years and I want you to always know that you will always be my baby girl!!! I love you, Rachel Mackenzie!


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