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Maddie is sick again May 3, 2009

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She woke up today with a horrible runny nose and seemed to be having a little trouble breathing.   No other symptoms so far, but we have to keep on top of this because the common cold can turn very serious very fast for her.

Along with taking her treatments, I’m letting her snack on blueberries, apples and bananas as much as she wants.  All of which are “super foods” (and of course, delicious!) This child would eat blueberries non-stop if I let her.

She hates getting her breathing treatments, so she’s always taking the mask off..

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Chewing on it…

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… and even licking it!

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Hopefully this proves to be a short lasting, minor cold.

Kid Questionnaire Contest April 28, 2009

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{Contest Link}

These answers were given by Briana (age 6) and Emilie (age 5)

1. What is something mom always says to you?

B – I love you!    /   E – Clean your room!

2. What makes mom happy?

B – Making me happy / E – Cleaning the house

3. What makes mom sad?

B – When the house is messy / E – When we say mean things

4. How does your mom make you laugh?

B –  Telling cow jokes/ E – She tickles me!

5. What was your mom like as a child?

B – A  beautiful little girl/ E – The same as you are now.

6. How old is your mom?

B – 26  / E – As old as dad.

7. How tall is your mom?

B – I need to measure you / E – Almost the size of dad

8. What is her favorite thing to watch on TV?

B – The show about the old ladies  / E – The old ladies  (they are talking about the golden girls)

9. What does your mom do when you’re not around?

B – Cleans up the house  / E – Sleeps

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?

B – I don’t know yet  / E – Being on the news

11. What is your mom really good at?

B – Cleaning  / E – I don’t know, but not cooking

12. What is your mom not very good at?

B – Learning about ellipses and trapezoids / E – Cooking

13. What does your mom do for her job?

B – Cleaning our house  / E  – Taking care of us

14. What is your mom’s favorite food?

B – That stinky smelling stuff  / E –  stinky noodles (jalapeno jack pasta!)

15. What makes you proud of your mom?

B – When she cooks our food / E – She’s smart

16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?

B – Sandy Cheeks / E – Old Man Jenkins

17. What do you and your mom do together?

B – We have fun  / E – We read together a lot.

18. How are you and your mom the same?

B – We both have black hair / E – We are both girls

19. How are you and your mom different?

B – Our face looks different / E –  She wears pajama pants all day and i don’t (hahaha.. it’s true)

20. How do you know your mom loves you?

B – She cleans my room / E – She tells me all the time.

21. What does your mom like most about your dad?

B – He’s a nice and great dad / E – He cleans the house for her

22. Where is your mom’s favorite place to go?

B – Taco Bell / E – To bed, she sleeps a lot.

It was fun to get their answers, although some of them could not be further from the truth … cleaning the house makes me happy?!  NO

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Remembering… April 28, 2009

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The month of April has brought so much heartache to my online community.   There have been 5 children taken too soon from their loving parents.  Five babies, in twenty-seven short day.   All were sudden and unexpected.  First there was the beautiful Tasha.  A child I have watched grow up for the past five years via her mothers blog.   Then within 24 hours, two women I post with at a small parenting forum had stillbirths.  Perfectly healthy pregnancies, but something happened with each during labor.  Then, just days after that I found out about  Maddie Spohr, and baby Thalon.    Now,  beautiful little Kayleigh and her family desperately need our prayers, thoughts, and positive energy.

I only “know” these people though their blogs, but my heart is breaking for them the same that it would if they were my best friends.    It is truly devastating.

Little Maddie’s death has especially hit me hard.  My own Maddie has so many of the same health issues – prematurity, CLD, the frequent respiratory infections, the list goes on and on…     It makes me realize how easily my precious girl could be taken.  It physically hurts to even think of this.

Make a wish… April 23, 2009

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I make beautiful babies. ♥
(although my tutu making skills are seriously lacking)

I Heart Faces {Self Portrait} April 21, 2009

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This is my very first “i heart faces” challenge.  This weeks challenge is “Self Portrait”.   I hope I’m doing this right…

Madelyn and I ♥

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This picture was snapped after a very long day of both mama and baby being sick.  We had spent the entire day reclining in that chair (which you obviously can not see in the pic, but it’s there lol), napping and playing.  The camera proved to be extreme fun for Maddie so we took many self portraits. 
This is my favorite.

Meet Sylvia April 21, 2009

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She has quickly become the favorite.   She has a wonderful personality, and does not mind the kids always playing with her.  In fact, she eagerly jumps onto our hands while the others just stand there.   She is the largest of the group, and also has the most feathers.   We were thinking that she may possibly be a Cornish x instead of a White Rock.  Cornish x are known for being “meat chickens”. Not that it matters, she will never see the inside of our freezer (or oven..haha.. yeah, bad joke).    Hopefully Sylvia will live out her natural life being our beloved pet.   Oh, and yes, I named one of the Rhode Island Red chicks “Plath”.

Baby Chicks! April 19, 2009

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Yes, that baby chick in the Easter basket belonged to me!  I’m now the proud mama of 4 new babies.  2 Rhode Island Red’s, and 2 White Rocks.  We picked up these girls (supposed to be girls… we’ll see) last weekend at a flea market.  We happened to be there when the owner was packing up to go, and he still had hundreds of baby chicks left, so he was basically giving them to anyone who wanted  them.  At the time, they were only 4 days old, and had spent 2 out of those 4 days living in a crowded cardboard box, outside in 60 degree weather without adequate food and water.  I felt so bad for these little babies, so I decided to bring them home.   They are now a little over a week old and doing well!  One of the whites is starting to get tail feathers!

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I’ve found myself spending hours reading at the backyard chickens website.  Like now, at 3 a.m. when I have insomnia.  I’m planning my chicken coop.  I’ve found a lot of great ideas so far.  I just need something simple, although I do find myself lusting over the pictures of the huge play houses some have for their chicks.

Did I mention that it is 3 a.m. and I’m reading about chickens?  Sleep is desperately needed.

Living with a blood disorder sucks. April 17, 2009

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It’s such a beautiful day, but I feel like crap.   I can tell my hemoglobin levels are low (low).   I would love to go out and work on the yard, but the act of walking seems too much, I feel like I will pass out.

I have had severe chronic anemia my whole life.  I have never had my hemoglobin levels test at higher than 8.  8 is considered very low, but for me, it is good, I generally feel ok at 8!  So, when I feel like I’m going to faint from walking 10 feet, I know it is very low.

The last time I went to my hematologist, my ferritin levels were 2.  This number indicates the amount of iron your body has in storage.   After months of IV iron infusions, nothing changed.  In most people, getting weekly infusions would bring their levels up, but nothing for me… so, I stopped treatment.   It wasn’t helping.  I did not enjoy being hooked up to an IV for an hour each week.  I was being treated at a cancer center, next to children and adults receiving chemo.   My problem seemed so minor compared to theirs.  Hemolytic anemia is nothing compared to that.  Yes, it is lifelong and can cause serious complications, including heart failure but right now I am generally healthy.  My main worry is that my children will develop it.  It’s an inherited condition, but so far they are showing no signs and have had normal test results.

So, this is my whine for today.  Boo. 😦

Happy Birthday, Madelyn Elizabeth! April 13, 2009

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Two years ago, I was blessed with the most wonderful baby ever, and she has grown into such an amazing little girl.

In this picture, she is minutes old.. this is the only picture I have of her birth that isn’t traumatic to look at.  (She was put on oxygen right after this).

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Her first week at home…

She was so tiny, weighing only 5 lbs 15 oz at 8 days old (she lost a full pound within days of her birth. I was told her birth weight was inflated from the medications I had received).

… and now, my big birthday girl!
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This child brings so much joy to my life. Everyday with her is a new adventure.

I want to do a longer post later, but right now I’m going to go back to bed and cuddle with my birthday girl.

Happy Easter! April 12, 2009

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