Saturday, March 31, 2012

Being a Mom...

Baby girl and I had a pretty traumatic Wednesday... ok well maybe it wasn't that traumatic, I could be exaggerating a bit, but it was still something I did not enjoy.

Kenz has had a cough since November. Not just a cough, but a cough that gets her going so much that she often throws up because of it. We have been to the doctors, numerous times and then just keep putting her on an antibiotic, not sure why she is coughing. Luckily our insurance changed and we were able to go to a different doctors office, one we trusted. Both Kenny and I explained our concerns and her constant cough. After examining her, the doctor ordered a chest x-ray as well as blood work. This was in addition to her 3 shots for her one year check up. So off I went to do the chest x-ray and blood work. I figured I would rather do it all in one day, then have to shuffle her around multiple days.

First was the chest x-ray. That was SOOOOOO hard. I had to put her in this seat thing, and hold her arms in the air, while they stuck plastic molds around both sides of her and fastened them. Let me tell you, the instant I put her in the seat she started screaming, the kind of screaming that says "I'm scared, I don't like this, help me please.." and my heart just broke. It is so hard to watch your child go through that and be strong. All I wanted to do was cry with her, but I stayed strong for her. Constantly telling her she was ok and that it would be over soon. How hard it is to explain to a 1 year old, who has no idea what's going on, what is happening to her. Unfortunately she will have to go do another one in 2 weeks, this time her dad is taking her!

Then we went on to get her blood work done. Another thing you can't explain to a 1 year old. Such a scary experience for her I am sure. They instructed me to sit in the chair, hold her on my lap and put her in a bear hug holding one arm down. Then they called in another phlebotomist(sp?) to hold her arm while the other one stuck in the needle and took what seemed like a ridiculous amount of blood. And of course she screamed and cried and it was everything I could do to be calm and talk her through it, hoping the sound of my voice would give her some kid of comfort. Unfortunately they then put the bandaging around her arm to stop the bleeding and that made it worse. She screamed all the way to the car as she tried to peel the bandage off her arm. Broken heart mamma right here.

After all of these events, I was exhausted. Not only physically, but emotionally and all I could think about is the poor children (and parents) who have to do this on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. I am SO thankful that my daughter is healthy. I am thankful that these experiences are not an often occurrence. I could not take it. Seeing your child in pain is an emotion so hard to explain. You would give ANYTHING to switch places with them and take on the pain. I am so blessed to have a healthy child, it is something that I cherish. My heart hurts for all the children going through pain, and for the parents, knowing there is nothing you can do is probably the worst experience ever.

The test results came back and Kenz has a mild case of pneumonia and she is back on antibiotics. I am glad that we have finally found the root of her cough and hopefully we are on the road to getting rid of it.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sunshine Sunday!

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, March 19, 2012

Sunshine Sunday!

I know, I know, it's Monday, but just humor me here ok...

Here's my thought for the past Sunday.

"Try a little HARDER to be a little BETTER."
-Gordon B. Hinckley

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Are you sure this is sanitary.....

You always hear that with most children, if they become incredibly quiet, it means they are getting into something they shouldn't be. Well lately when baby girl becomes quiet this is where I find her...

Trust me, I DO NOT think this is sanitary. Actually it is super disgusting as those kennels are NASTY! So conveniently we have an extra CLEAN kennel that is not currently in use. So I pulled that one out, and now she has her own personal jungle gym. Isn't it funny how kids can have a million toys but they ALWAYS choose to play with things that aren't supposed to be toys instead? My daughter is no exception to this.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

You've had a birthday shout HOORRAY!

Here is our sweet baby girl on the day she was born.
here's our precious baby girl on her first birthday!
I love this picture! I think it totally describes her personality, our happy go lucky girl.
Last Saturday we had her birthday at freestone park. It was awesome! The weather was perfect and we really had a fun time. We decided to do minnie mouse theme and I think it turned out so cute!

The above picture is of the cake and smash cake. A few weeks back when we were thinking about the party and the cake my Sis-in-law decided she was determined to make one. We got all the supplies and did a practice cake and it was so cute! So we decided we would make the cake for her party too. For it being the first time that we had made a cake I think it turned out way CUTE! I was so pleased with how it turned out.
I also enlisted a friend of mine who is starting up a cookie business to make some cookies for us. They turned out SO cute and I can't thank her enough. Check out her blog here.

Here are a few more picture of the big day!

We are so blessed to have this baby girl in our lives! She truly is a blessing and we love her so much! She makes me laugh everyday and definitely has the greatest personality.
She is walking everywhere and even running sometimes, she is always on the go and definitely an active girl. We call her the one woman wrecking machine because any room she goes in is sure to be destroyed by the time she leaves. But I definitely wouldn't have it any other way.

We love you baby girl!

Saturday, March 10, 2012


I always have a hard time getting people presents. For some reason I always feel like they aren't going to be good enough, or express my appreciation or love enough. I am always looking for something different and uniques as opposed to the "normal" gifts. This last year I kept hearing rave reviews about Wicked and how it was coming to Gammage and that it was definitely something worth seeing. So with this in mind I decided to purchase tickets for my mom as her Christmas present, and let me tell you we were NOT disappointed!

Plays are something that my mom and I love to do. We definitely don't get to go that often. It was nice to have a mother daughter date. And as much as I love my daughter, it was nice to get away and not have to worry about her, or have her eating/playing in our food, or having to take her out constantly because she wants to get down and play. It was a nice relaxing evening with a play that was truly amazing. I recommend seeing it for sure!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Sunshine Sunday!

"We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day."

-Richard G. Scott

Friday, March 2, 2012


It has been a loooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnggggggggggggggg week!

I am so glad it is Friday! Just a little recap of our week.

*Baby girl is still sick, round 2 of antibiotics in hopes that her cough goes away for good.

*Insurance definitely accidently dropped us, before said doctors appt and antibiotics. grrr.

*Gas is almost to $4 a gallon. Say WHAT!?! How the heck is anyone supposed to afford it.

* Baby girl turns 1 next week (I am definitely in denial) where did the time go?

So in order to celebrate Friday and hopefully a new better week here is some Colbie Caillat. Have I ever told you how amazing she is? I have all three of her CDs and they are AUHMAZING! Seriously, check her out. How can you not be in a good mood when you listen to this?

Happy Friday!