Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sunday Morning

Yesterday I bought Johnny and Dottie a portable bubble blower for the pack porch. I thought it may be fun to have so many floating in the air with such simplistic grace, that the kids may enjoy it. 

Johnny wasn't feeling so hot yesterday, and the weather had been so gray and rainy lately, that I wasn't sure we'd even be able to attempt it today. And Dottie and I were most certainly not doing it without him. 

Luckily today he was feeling much better, so this morning after snack we all went out. Daddy and Sailor included. 

I'm hoping we can go out again after dinner.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Spring Pictures and Hospitals

So on Sunday, Dottie came down with a stomach bug. I took her to her pedi and followed all directions, but over the next few days she just got worse. So yesterday (Wednesday) I brought her into the Dell Children's ER, and she was admitted. 

Of course it's not fun spending any time in the hospital. But honestly, due to her panhypopit, this is the best place for her when she gets this sick. On the plus side,  she only spent one night, and with lots of IV fluids, is being discharged today. Score! 

I was pretty bummed at the timing, I have to admit. My mom is currently in the hospital with pneumonia, and a very probable as of now undiagnosed second lung issue. And today was Johnny's spring pictures at school. 

It probably sounds silly to most, but neither of my babies have had professional pictures done, and I really loved having his fall pictures done at school last year. 

Unfortunately, preschool doesn't do make-up picture day, so we were just going to have to miss this round. 

And then this morning, I woke up to these in my text messages. 

And my personal favorite of them all. 

It means so much to me that hubs thought to do this for me. I can't wait to print these up and hang them proudly next to his fall school picture. Sometimes my husband surprises me in the best way possible. 








Sunday, April 3, 2016

Johnny Turns 3!

Today is Johnny's 3rd birthday, so of course we had a big party yesterday with lots of family, friends, and a petting zoo for all ages from Tiny Tails To You.

Fun was had by all, Johnny loved the petting zoo, and we sent lots of kiddos home with sugar rushes from cotton candy, animal crackers, popcorn, cupcakes, and lemonade.

Oh, and I officially fell in love with a chicken, Mary Poopins. (You read that correctly.)

Now for pictures!

Happiest Birthday to my son. My first born. My running buddy. My laid back baby. We love you so much and are thrilled that you actually enjoyed your party, despite being a bit under the weather. I can't wait to see what 3 holds in store - I have a feeling it's going to be oh so fun!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Potty Training Tango

Johnny turns three and two weeks. Since I always thought we would start potty training him around his third birthday, we decided a couple of weeks ago that it would be a really good idea to start now.

We picked out a few different things at the store to start our potty training journey; a small potty chair that looks like an actual toilet and makes flushing and giggling sounds when you pull it's tiny silver handle, and two different types of pull-ups (Iron Man and CARS). We also purchased a couple of step-stools and two seats that go on top of the regular toilet for Johnny to sit on, one for the master bathroom and one for the hallway bathroom in the front of the house.

Since I wasn't sure which he'd prefer, sitting on the big toilet with his seat, or sitting on the smaller potty chair toilet, I felt buying both was a good move and that certainly helped by confidence that we'd be covered no matter which he ultimately decided was a best fit for him.

I really could not explain why, but for as long as I've had children I have been terrified of potty training. I suppose a big part of it is that I always just assumed that there would be tears involved, on both sides, and that it would be a really stressful experience. I was concerned that no matter how gentile yet persistent I was, somehow I would emotionally scar my kids. My mom has laughed about this on sever occasions and finds it quite humorous.

Johnny has actually done particularly well, as far as being open to the whole process. He'll sit on his potty when we ask, as well as sits for his preschool teacher when they take potty breaks at school. 

He's even used the potty a couple of times for us at home, which I didn't expect but was very pleased with. Of course we've made a big deal about any time he actually uses  his potty like a 'big boy'. So far we have ran into no resistance to potty training with him, however I have to also admit that he's not telling us when he needs to potty either. At this point, I'm assuming that part comes with time and with him having a better sense of the feeling of needing to go potty.

Overall, as long as I remember to keep him on a good schedule for potty training, it seems to be going well. The schedule part is my biggest struggle. I'm on the road (usually with both babies) about 10 hours a week taking Hubs back and forth to work. Besides that, I just get busy and forget to check in with Johnny and take him to his potty. I'm earnestly trying harder to work on this aspect, as I feel like this whole process will go along quite faster as long as I'm better with actually getting him to the potty so he can either sit on it to practice, or to actually use it.

What are some of your best potty training tips? 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Can You Hear Me Now? - Johnny's Ear Tubes

Getting daddy cuddles before surgery. 

Since we've had so many issues with Johnny getting ear infections, we were finally able to get a referral from our peditrician for him to see an ENT, an ear nose & throat specialist. 

On our first visit to Dr Toby, our ENT, Johnny had a couple of hearing tests. He passed one with flying colors and the second he failed miserably. 

Still under a bit of anesthesia. Totally wasn't into his light saber present or having his photo taken. 

Dr Toby then suggested that we have Johnny get ear tubes. Ear tubes are tiny cylinders, which are typically made of plastic or metal, and are surgically places in the ear drum. An ear tube allows for the release of any fluids built up in the ear drum. In our case, we hope to have far less ear infections and that they'll help clear up his speech that we've been having issues with. 

We will continue with speech therapy, as long as his articulation isn't up to par. 

In the mean time, we certainly look forward to less dr visits and less antibiotics due to ear infections. 

Having fun with his new toy from mama and daddy. Having surgery isn't so bad when you get presents after! 


Sunday, January 31, 2016


All parents know how hard it is to get a little one to pay attention to the camera for pictures. My daughter Dottie is always on the move, never making time to stop and smile for mommy when I want a cute picture. That's why I was so excited to work with the fine folks who make lookielookies. 

This amazing little contraption attaches easily to your phone or camera, looks cute (hello little bunny!) and even has a light that flashes with different colors to grab baby's attention for photos! 

A few of my favorite things about this product, besides the obviously amazing packaging: 

  1. Easy to use. You just attach the suction cup to your screen (in my case, a cell phone), and press the button on back to activate the flashing light. 
  2. It definitely grabs baby's attention with the cute bunny. 
  3. It's probably the most adorable cell phone accessory I currently own - and that's saying a lot! 
If you kiddo is anything like mine, they get so tired of you calling their name for photos, and it simply stops working after a while. With lookielookies, since it's only pulled out during special photo sessions, it never loses it's charm! It's like a new toy to check out every time I bring it out to take pictures of Dottie, so she pays attention every time she sees it - score! 

Taken with lookielookies - she's paying 100% attention to me while in a distracting room.

Want some helpful tips and tricks on using lookielookies? Look no further, they have a section on their website specifically for that! 

Be sure to check out lookielookies on Instagram, and visit their website for your own lookielookies kit!

Find Dottie and the rest of my gang on Instagram and let us know what you think of lookielookies! 

Monday, January 25, 2016

A Small Dottie Update

Dottie at her GI appointment enjoying a snack and water. Something that 5 months ago, she was unable to do. 

A couple of really big things have happened for Dottie this past week. She's started walking, and can walk up to 8 or 9 steps at once.

We also visited her GI on Thursday and were told to go down to 0 g-tube feedings, yay! Her next appointment is on April 6th, and assuming she keeps her weight maintained, we will be removing the g-tube.

I can't even express to you how excited this makes me. 14 months ago, at the age of 2 months when she went into surgery to haveher g-tube placed, I could have never imagined this day being so close. I'm really thrilled as her mom, for what this means for her freedom.

Janet, Dottie's Occupational Therapist

She also graduated Occupational Therapy this week. It's because of OT, PT (Physical Therapy), and ST (Speech Therapy - which she is also a recent grad of) along with all of the support she has had from birth, that she's able to do all of the little things that most people take for granted.

She's gone from barely lifting her left arm when she came home from the hospital at almost 3 months old, to having a great range of motion for any kiddo, NICU graduate or not. She's eating 3 meals a day, plus snacks, enjoying loads of formula and whole milk, plus water every day. She even takes her meds by mouth, sometimes after a little coaxing, I must admit. Her Periactin, which controls her vomiting, is particularly bitter - so I can't blame her for not being a fan of that one.

I'm so proud of all of the amazing progress she's made in the last year since coming home from the hospital. I hoped, but never did I imagine in my widest dreams, that she'd progress so quickly catching up developmentally.

Thank you everyone for your love, support, prayers, and well wishes. Your support and encouragement, along with the support of my immediate and extended family, has been the biggest blessing on the hardest of days. I am so thankful and appreciative.