Saturday, January 28, 2012

Happy Birthday Jason

     Do you have a guardian angel? Someone you know and have always known is looking out for you? When I was 9 years old I learned that my mother had a baby 6 years before me who had passed away after only a few days of being born.  Ever since I learned of Jason I’ve always felt like he was there, looking out for me, watching over me.
  Let’s back up a little and you can learn about Jason a little bit. Jason was born on January 28, 1980 in Plattsburg, NY. He was very preemie, My mom was only 25 weeks pregnant. My mom had placenta previa, which is what caused the early birth. My grandmother says that the Doctor didn’t expect Jason to be alive. The nurse said with surprise “Doctor, we have a live baby” to which he replied “Well get him in the nursery!” Jason was born weighing 2lbs 3oz and looked just like my mother. From the hospital in Plattsburg, Jason was airlifted to a Vermont medical center to be treated more thoroughly. Unfortunately, Jason passed away on Feb 3rd.
  When I found out about Jason, I automatically felt pride that I had a big brother looking over me. That feeling has never gone away. Though I never met him, I have so much love for him. There have been many times I’ve felt like someone was definitely looking out for me and I have no doubt in my mind that it was him. That’s what big brothers are there for, right?
  So today, on his birthday, I’m just taking some time to think about him and wish him a happy 32nd birthday. I love you Jason!

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Pin It Thursday

Here are some of the tattoos I like or think are really well done

Source: via Mandi on Pinterest

Source: via Carolyn on Pinterest

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Have you joined AllThingsMamaMomo's picture a day challenge for 2012?


Luckie trying to sleep 1-20

Dare devil 1-23



1-25 FINALLY asleep


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Saturday, January 21, 2012

A Much More Imaginative Movie Playing Inside my Head

     I love reading. Those who know me, know this to be true. It's always been a passion of mine. For those who don't consider themselves bookworms it's hard to understand why a person wants to read so much. Why not just turn on the TV? Watch a movie? Better yet watch the movie of the book you are reading! I know - it's hard to understand, but I'm a person who says why not read instead of watching tv or playing a video game.
     I love going to a book store and searching for a book. I'll wander around all the sections. I usually start with YA, head over to mystery, then fiction, and see where I go from there. I won't lie - I judge a book by it's cover. It's the way it is, no use in lying about it. I like the smell of books, the weight of books - everything about books. I love going in to libraries and being surrounded but so many books, so many choices, so many stories. Only problem there is I like to keep the books I read. I have a love/hate relationship with the library. I love the books, they hate that when I keep them.
     The part that is so hard to explain to people is why I love reading. The simplest way I can explain it is - I have a great imagination. When I'm reading a book, it's playing in my head like a movie. This is probably the reason why, over the years, I've started reading books faster and faster. I want to see what is going to happen! There are times when I just can't put down a book. Dinner or sleeping will just have to wait until I get to the next chapter. For as long as I can remember I would have to set alarms or designate a time to stop reading. I'm glad I have a cell phone with an alarm on it because I get so caught up in my book sometimes I forget to look up at the clock. Not all books are like this for me, but I love the ones that are. The reason I decided to write this blog is because I'm nearing the end of one of those amazing books, The Hunger Games. It's a book we are reading for book club. At first I thought - 'eh I'm not going to like this book as much as I thought I was, then about a chapter later I was SUCKED in! This is an amazingly good book! I can see it all playing out in my head, the tall trees, the streams, the big open field, the rock cave, the leaves they are chewing to put on the stings! I can see it all so clearly. I am trying to savior the rest of the book because I know it will end soon and we are not reading the second book in the series until Feb and the third in March (seriously - this may kill me). And in my time of trying to savor it and not finish it in the next hour I've decided to write this blog. Maybe, those who didn't understand my love, now will, or potentially you know think I'm insane. Either way I'm going to finish the book now!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Have you joined AllThingsMamaMomo's picture a day challenge for 2012? 

1-13-12 - Opening Nana's presents

1-14-12 - Happy 1st Birthday Princess

1-15-12 - First time having eggs

1-16-11  Orange face


1-18-12 someone thinks they are a big girl now!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Happy 1st Birthday Haleigh-Bug

    January 14th, 2011 was a day that changed our lives forever. Our little girl was born at 1:24am. A little girl who a year before we weren’t even sure we’d be able to have. A little girl who we had no idea how much we could possibly love. A little girl, who in my mind, is perfect.
    The day after Mother’s day, we got a positive on a pregnancy test. A week before I had tested and it was a negative. I was only taking this test to confirm not being pregnant so we could start our fourth cycle of Clomid. What an amazing surprise on May 10th, 2010 at 5am to get a positive.

    On May 24th we got our very first ultrasound. I was 7 weeks pregnant and all we could see was a little bean with a very strong heartbeat. The sight of her little heart beating made me break down in tears!
     At our 9 week ultrasound we could start to see Haleigh forming in to a baby shaped baby!

    The 13 week ultrasound was amazing! Look out our little girl (who we had no idea was a little girl yet)! We could see her arms, legs, spine, and cute little nose.

    August 31st we found out we were having a girl! Dreams of pink rooms and frilly dresses filled our minds.

    When we were 36 weeks pregnant we were granted one more ultrasound (besides the one they do right before I had her)
    Due to, what I’m convinced was, my Doctors being tired of me being pregnant I was told I was going to be induced on Jan 12th, our due date. I had been told at the Doctor’s office that they would probably induce me in a few days. However, on my way home I got a phone call saying “how about tomorrow?” When I hung up the phone I shed a few tears. I was so overwhelmed with emotions, I took myself and my grandmother by surprise. It wasn’t a scared overwhelmed it was a very happy overwhelmed.
    We went in on the 12th in the early evening to be induced. I was excited and anxious. I wasn’t nervous at all just anxious to meet my little one. If I remember right, one of my best friends said “it’ll go quick, don’t worry” not so much.

    I started my pitocin on the 12th, I got my epidural in the early morning on the 13th and slept pretty much all of the 13th.

    Most of the 13th is a complete blur to me. I could feel some tightening but not a whole lot and not at all until after my doctor had broken my water. The delivery went great, I was told I was awesome. Again it’s all a blur. I didn’t get to have Haleigh put right on my chest, which is something that makes me sad, but I understand why they had to take her away right away. In the delivery room with me was Tyrone and my mom. They were such amazing coaches! They helped me remember to breath and push. So amazing! I was so glad when I finally got to hold our little one. She is perfect. Just perfect. I have no words to describe how much I love her.
    I can’t believe it’s already been a year. My baby has been with us for a full year now! Where did the time go? Everyone told us “time will fly” and boy they weren’t kidding. I spend every day with Haleigh and I still can’t figure out when she went from this tiny little baby who needed me for everything to a *gasp* toddler! My baby is a toddler!
    What can a 12-15 month old do?
* Explore environment, cruise or take a few steps
*Use words with meaning
*Points with index finger (Oh goodness, this little one points at me and gives me, what I can only describe as, lectures)
*Be off bottle/drink from a sippy cup. - She still drinks from her bottle but also drinks from a sippy

*Finger foods
Not more than 16-24oz of milk a day - we haven’t started milk but will soon
*May eat any table foods

*Look at pictures; name out loud objects that child desires - she loves to look at pictures of “dada” and “baby”
*Pull toys, cloth books, blocks

    She is definitely right on track! She is such a smart baby! The things she says regularly are Dad, daddy, da da, mom, mommy, mama, a-ma (she uses this more for wanting something then when she wants me), bottle, yes, no, thank you, huh, more, plus she’ll imitate pretty much anything you say to her.
-She loves to dance and sing along with music.
-She kisses her baby dolls and gives them lovings.
-She has a bad little temper when she is tired.
-Lately she’s been biting us, which we are teaching her is a big no-no.
-She absolutely loves to climb things. She is going to give us a heart attack one day with her climbing.
-Her favorite food to eat is turkey and green beans but she has also tried and likes, ham, beef, chicken, eggs, hash browns, fries (regular and sweet potato), broccoli, apple sauce, strawberries, oranges, peaches, apples, oatmeal, rice, bacon. Okay I probably should have started with I feed her whatever we are having for dinner. The things she hasn’t liked are carrots, peas, corn, and steak. All things we’ll try again but at a later time. Her all time favorite snack? Crackers. Silly girl.

     Right now she has 8 teeth with 4 more coming in. She has her top front four and bottom front four and what I believe are called the canines, are coming in on top and bottom. She’s been a drooly, cranky mess lately so I know they are coming soon. Though her amber necklace helps a lot it isn’t a cure all. I hate teething. It’s such a mean thing to little ones!

    One year old. My baby is one year old. 
 Happy Birthday Princess

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