Dang it’s been a long time

Ladies…I. Any believe how long it’s been since I’ve posted a none password protected post!  For this of you that read those…it’ll be 30 days tomorrow!

So, what have we been up to?  Finishing up the school year and then 2 days later, J and I hopped in the car and headed to Utah for Young Living’s Grand Convention in Salt Lke City.  On the way, we stopped in South Dakota to check out Mt. Rushmore.  It was beautiful!  J’s birthday was this past month and he unfortunately, spent most of it in the car and finished it up with me in excruciating abdominal pain and vomiting. 

The pain started about an hour before we arrived at our hotel and I thought it was just gas bubbles because I get those sometimes and need to lay completely flat for awhile to get rid of them.  Unfortunately, it didn’t go away and I began to vomit too.  When it was still no better by 1am, we headed to the nearest ER where they started an IV and did some blood tests.  It was tender when he pushed on either side of my abdomen so when the blood tests came back with nothing to tell us, I went for a CT scan.  Diagnosis was colitis and we left the ER at about 6am with 4 prescriptions.  2 antibiotics, 1 for zofran and 1 for hydrocortisone.  

We went straight back to the hotel to sleep for a few hours because I was due to volunteer at 11:30am for our Royal Crown Diamond’s leadership dinner that she puts on every year.  She is also amazing knowledgeable on what oils/supplements to use to support your body to be at optimal wellness so the good news was that not only did I save money by not getting those prescriptions filled, but I also kept a whole lot of crappy toxins out of my body.  Unfortunately, one of the things I need to do is overhaul the diet to see what is causing the flare ups.  I did my best to stay away from dairy this week but dang is that hard…especially for a girl from WI!  We’ll be arriving home in about 4 hours from the drive back so the real overhaul will start then.  

Back to Convention…despite it starting in a horrible way, I had so much fun and learned so much!!!  J has fully caught the vision of helping others learn to live a chemical free life.  The reason we are so passionate about this is because of our infertility and how there’s a direct correlation of so many toxic chemicals causing reproductive issues.  

I am going to try posting a link here for you guys and hopefully it will work.  It will take some of your time to listen to it.  A great time to do it is driving in the car but I’m asking you to please take the time to do it.  You all are some of the best friends I have and I know that I was not aware of a lot of this info so I want to make sure everyone I know is.  

Toxin Free 101
Much love to you all!

~Dawn

8 Months

8 months and I hardly remember what love de was like before A arrived!  Oh yes, I could take off t the grocery store without it being a major production, lol.  

Weight:  I still have no idea.  Hi should probably do the weigh Mae/weigh her thing one of these days because we don’t have an appointment until July which I think I need to change because we’ll be in CT now.

Height:  Again, no idea.
Medical Issues:  Nothing much to report.  She’s had a running nose the last few days but I think it’s due to teething.  Unfortunately, we don’t even see the white bumps yet.
Sleep:  she’s waking up earlier than she used to.  Usually sometime in the 6am hour.  She goes down between 7:30-8:30 most nights.  Last week, we transitioned out of the sleepsuit after a warm front came through and we weren’t ready to turn air on just to keep her in it.  Plus, she was gett by close to being able to roll to her tummy in it so it was time to lose it anyways.  I moved the glider from the living room to our room so our new routine is that we go in and I pray over her, sing “You are my sunshine” and then an assortment of praise and worship songs while we rock.  She’s usually asleep by the end of the first worship song but I keep rocking through a few more because I treasure every moment of it.
 Clothing Size:  Mostly 6-9 months with a few 3-6 month things still in the mix.
Diaper size:  size 3’s
Diet:  Same as last month with add by in finger food to practice hand mouth coordination.  Oh, and this little girl seriously loves her some pickle spears!  If you have any BLW advice for healthy foods to try first with her…I’d appreciate it!

Target up and up infant formula. This is her schedule for the last week or so: 7-8am: get up, changed and have a 4 oz bottle. About 30-45 min later, she has oatmeal with fruit in it. About 2 hrs after she gets up, she goes back down for about a 2 hr nap. Wakes up and has a 4 oz bottle. Around 12:30pm, we have a veggie and fruit. About 2 hrs after her morning nap, she goes down for the afternoon for 2-3 hrs. Wakes up and has a 4 oz bottle. Then she usually has a 3 oz bottle sometime in the evening and a little cat nap. In the 7pm hour she has rice and fruit and tops it off with a 2 oz bottle before bedtime.
Baby gear love:  This girl is all about the jumparoo now and we started using her  regular sitting up, face forward stroller a couple weeks ago.  We also just got her ear muffs for the fireworks season.  Not sure how thrilled she is with them but they make mama happy!
Milestones/Firsts:  first riddle  n the regular stroller, riding in the seat part because f the cart, sleeping in her pack and play or crib without the sleepsuit.  She tried bread, crackers, puffs, meatballs and chicken this month and eats any and all purees.  We haven’t found anything she absolutely refuses yet.  She also had her first overnights at Grandma’s without Mommy or Daddy.  I think it was harder on us.  As I looked for pics for this month, I remembered first strawberry, first picnic and first ice cream.
Likes: mommy and Daddy, Baths, playmat, changing table, being told she’s beautiful, tag blankets, jumperoo, sitting up, her paci, rocking and singing, the letter of the day song from Sesame Street and Micky Mouse Club…especially Toodles!
Dislikes: not being able to see Mom and Dad. She’s starting to get a bit of the seperation anxiety although she does fine after we leave. Being in places where she doesn’t have her normal routine.  That’s all I can think of right now but there’s gotta be more.
Things I Don’t Want to Forget:  Praying, sing and rocking her to sleep.  How much she lives slurping on a pickle.  How happy she is most of the time.  The way she arches her back and pushes off her feet to get places.  I call it the inchworm.  How her face lights up at the beginning of a Mickey episode and when they call for toodles. 
What’s next? Still hoping for creeping and crawling.  Trying out more BLW.  
How’s Mommy doing?  I’m not going to lie, it’s been one of my roughest months yet.  I don’t want to write about it on here because there’s too many judgmental people that could find it.  Let’s just say there’s been a lot going on with J and I.  Maybe I will find the guts to do a password protected post for those of you that I know I can lean on.
How’s Daddy doing?  Like I said, things have been really rough.  

Pics from the last month: 

Currently I’m….

  • Watching HGTV while eating a chocolate muffin with chocolate chips and drinking coffee because it’s been that kind of week.

  • Working on getting this little grumpykins to sleep.  She woke up with the sniffles about 2am night before last so she hasn’t been quite as happy and chill as normal.  Do you know what does make her smile though…Toodles from MMC…every stinkin time…it’s completely adorable. Yes, my kid watches tv…don’t judge.

  • And she’s asleep…how do I make that happen…with that sweet little green bottle for peace and calming.  Added in for the past couple days has been RC for healthy respiratory support!

  • Currently doing the “Game Plan” boot camp.  It’s 25 days doing 5 days during the week with the weekend to catch up if you missed a day.  It’s an amazing step by step plan that helps you share Young Living and build a business.  Why do I want to do that?  These products are the best I’ve ever seen/used to get chemicals and toxins out of our homes, especially now that I know that they more than likely contributed to my infertility.  I want to be able to educate people on this.  Also, this company has more integrity and treats their distributors better than any other company I’ve seen and I’ve seen and been apart of a lot.

  • Wondering where we’re going to go next on this journey.  Are we done?  Should we try a couple more iui’s this summer?  Should we adopt through LSS again?  Should we just continue to foster and see the if an adoption happens through that?
  • Wondering what’s going to happen with daycare.  It may just be the end of the year talking and the fact that I had 1 really hard older baby (now 14 mo old) all year and one not so easy little baby since the end and of March, but I am burnt out.  Plus I lost 2 of my favorite kiddos for next year!  They left in March due to Mom having a 3rd baby (that’s why I have the not so easy baby right now), but now their Dad took the athletic director position at a hs in a different city near by and they already lived in a different town so it makes no sense for them to go out of their way to get here next year.  I totally understand, but I’m going to miss them dearly.  They are a great family!  I did then offer to keep the not so easy Baby next year too but they said they do have tentative plans in place for next year so we’ll see.  As much as I love that family also (I used to have their daughter), I would actually be happy if they didn’t take it because then I wouldn’t take on any more babies and I would just add a couple more 2 and oldest if they come my way.  In all honesty,  if I can gain confidence in teaching classes through YL and do what the game plan says, I should be at Silver rank by the end of the summer and that would replace my daycare income all together.  At that point I will fade out and not take on anymore kids and possible be done completely except for maybe the twins because they’re just afternoons Mom -Thursday.  
  • And finally…I’m currently in awe that my baby is going to be 8 months old on Sunday!  How did that happen?!!!