Sunday, November 29, 2009

Preemie mom TOP 10

I was asked to do a TOP 10 list for parents of preemies. Although I think this list would work for every new mom

1.Purell- need I say anything more

2. A shopping cart cover- if you could see what I grew off one in my Micro lab you may never use one again

3. Soothie Wubbanub Dog (0-6 months) Plush Toy Pacifier holder-

4. Prevacid oral powder for reflux- I probably should not be endorsing drug companies, I think in my other life I signed a contract that I would not market drugs that were being sold by other companies. But honestly I know longer think the drug companies care what I think

5. Oxiclean and I were best friends, there is nothing worse then formula that has been thickened, consumed, digested and deposited on a new shirt

RIP Billy Mayes

6. A hands free pumping bra- for anyone that has used a breast pump for any length of time needs no further information
There is something so wrong about this yet so right at the same time

7. A little escape to that special place!!!!! You will need one or many once in awhile

8. Friends- please keep your friendships healthy, although not always easy to do. You will need someone to Bitch to

Yes that was a Margarita in my glass, I was killing 2 birds with one stone

9. Take out- please do not kid yourself that you will cook.

10.Please invest in a good camera, you will not get these years back.

He will never... Take this

Mac is turning six on thurs. this is for all the doctors that said he would never....

Play organized sports

Attend a regular class...

Ride a bike....

and this is for mommys doctor's who said you would never be a big brother

We are well aware that we would not have the blessings we have without help from many doctor's, just a reminder doctors do not know everything and miracles do happen!!!!!

Saturday, November 28, 2009



Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Twas the night before thanksgiving....and I am

attempting to write a post about everything I am grateful for. I wish it was as easy as Mac's answer "he is thankful for candy" and actually very proud of it.

To say that the last month has not been easy would be an understatement. I kind of feel like we are at a crossroads of sorts. We have had to make a lot of difficult decisions and have reached some that we did not want have to reach. The kids have been sick and although it really is just a cold or virus, I think it sends Mark and I back to a place that neither one of use is comfortable.

Although we try not to place much importance on material things, when money is tight everything becomes harder. As simple as it sounds a Starbucks coffee can make the day a little brighter. I remember my days on best rest or the early days of the boys at home in isolation, a friend would stop by with a Starbucks. Was it the taste of the coffee or the feeling that OK I am not alone. I had the chance to pay that forward today. I bought a friend, a new mom a Starbucks coffee. Why do other mothers get this, because we all get having to lug the car seat out of the car into the store. Something so simple no longer seems simple. This is how I feel lately, life know longer feels simple. It really can be the little things that make the day so much easier and we really try to focus on this as a family. What I found myself facing many times this month the big things just completely took over the little things. I was so overwhelmed by life, I could not enjoy the coffee. Although I do not want to take away the importance of the little things,I think this year I need to be thankful for the big things.

It seems like a Hallmark Card to say I am thankful for my children, that's pretty much a given.

.. This year I am thankful for all the years that I thought I would never have a child, which makes having them so much more to be thankful for.

.. This year I am thankful for almost losing them many times in the beginning, making the fact that they are hear so much more to be thankful for.

.. This year I am thankful for the years we had to fight childless to keep our marriage strong, making the fact that our marriage is now so strong much more to be thankful for.

Because all of these things have opened my heart to love others. It has given me the bravery not to just look away (or down) when someone is hurting but to hold their hand and cry with them. It has given me the understanding to bring the coffee, raise the money, or wipe the tears, often my own. It has made me say "I'll pray for you" and then actually do it. I have been crying alot of tears lately and not because I am sad but more often then not they are because I am getting it and for that I AM THANKFUL....


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Catching up is hard to do

So It's been awhile. I thought I would give you an update about what's been going on.

1. GRIFFIN BROKE HIS LEG (don't ask and we won't tell)

2. Headline... Newport Confirms First Swine Flu Case

oink oink were famous!!!

3. We paid 30 dollars for a pumpkin, It was the last one in the patch!!! Did everyone else pay 30 or did we just wait so long and they knew we would have paid anything.

4.We had are second confirmed case of swine flu

5. We had 2 cases of pneumonia and 2 more er visits

6. Griffin discovered mans best invention yet (a pacifier nebulizer)

7. Operation Christmas Card went off without any issues
533 pictures and 2 hours later we have a winner.
Mark suggested that I put a disclaimer at the end of the card ** no children were harmed and no one was divorced in the taking of these photos***
I was going all Kate on everyone but it was all for the photos!!!

8. We just might have had the two cutest Halloween costumes in the bunch

October was so exciting, we can't wait until November!!!