Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ashley - 2 Months

Today my little Ash-pea turns 2 months!  This is unreal to me as I feel that time is going by even faster this time around.  I try to write things down as they happen because they days blur together and I find I am more forgetful than ever before too.  Ashley has been such a blessing, the perfect fit to our little family.  I love having a son and a daughter I feel like I am experiencing Motherhood as a first time mom trying to adjust from what I “know” to what Ashley is teaching me.

These last couple of Ashley has been fussy during the late afternoon early evening.  We have been trying to figure out what could be going on.  At first we thought it was gas pains, so we gave her gas drops (Gripe Water).  That helped but she was still fussy.  We upped her ounces on her formula and that helped but she is still fussy.  So the other night I took her upstairs and rocked her and laid her down and she was out!  I think she is just over tired and over the loud noise that daddy and brother produce when they play and wants peace and quiet and sleep. Who knows! I wish she could just tell us what was wrong so it wasn’t such a guessing game.  It breaks my heart when my babies cry.  I get crazy anxiety when they are upset I just have this deep primal need to make it all better.

Her little personality is starting to blossom and she is just such a happy giggly baby the majority of the time.  Her eyes are definitely going to stay blue but they might be a dark blue then Zach’s and her hair is getting lighter as well.  I really want to pull out one of Zach’s baby outfits to put her in and see if people can tell the difference in pictures because they are total twinsies as babies.  

Size – I will fill in her weight & height once we have her doctor’s appointment next week. I am contemplating buying a scale to weight her myself at home in between well checks.

Ashley Can (Milestones) – Ashley has become very vocal this last month.  She gurgles, coos and holds “conversations” with us on a regular basis. She follows objects very well, the other day Zach was playing with a balloon and she was fascinated with watching him. She smiles at us and laughs and giggled most of the time when she is awake.   She can hold her head steady at a 45 degree angle and has started to occasionally bear some weight on her legs.  This is for very short periods of time but she likes it when we hold her in a standing positions and she can look around at her surroundings.  During tummy time she is starting to do the mini push-up move.

Feeding – In the last week or two Ashley has made it clear that she is unhappy with the measly 4 ounces we have been offering her. Ha!  One day last week after she finished eating 4oz I took the bottle out of her mouth and she instantly started screaming tell me she wasn’t done yet.  So she is now eating 6 ounce bottles every 5-6 hours.  I think this has been part of her fussiness lately she just wanted more to eat.

Sleep – She is doing great at night.  Typically she goes down for the night between 8 pm & 9 pm and sleeps until 4 am – 5 am.  So 8 hour stretches and has a bottle and then sleeps until she hears brother get up between 7 am & 8 am.  Once I get her settled she will sleep until her next feeding time.  Since she is going longer between feedings she has more time awake during the day.  She usually sleeps 3-4 hours out of the 5-6 hours between feedings.  But sometimes she will stay up nearly the whole time. She is also still sleeping on her stomach and does exceptionally well doing so.  She also is amazing as putting herself to sleep. We typically lay her down awake and she will grunt and coo until she finds the right spot then she is out for the count. 

Loves – Baths, this is her time to unwind and relax.  She just sits in her tub and coos and gurgles the whole time. She loves to cuddle with us all but especially daddy.  She just wiggles herself to her comfy spot and knocks out with daddy for as long as he will sit still.  She loves with I wrap her in the Moby or the wear her in the Ergo.   She loves Church!  She nestles on down in the Moby wrap and sleeps through the whole thing even the music.  She was the same way when I was pregnant with her.  She would be moving around like crazy but as soon as the music would start in church she would calm down and fall asleep. She loves her brother and all is silliness, she laughs and smiles at him the most.  It is so fun to watch.  She like tummy time most of the time. Overall she is a pretty happy baby.

Doesn’t care for – Wet diapers; this is a no go for little miss, the second she feels even a little bit wet she is one grumpy Gus until we change her. She doesn’t like the room to be too bright when she is sleeping, such a diva! If she isn’t ready to sleep when we are going somewhere she tends to not care for her car seat until she relaxes and is falling asleep.  That makes trips in the car stressful for me sometimes.

Wearing – Clothes – 3 months Diapers – Size 1

My sweet Ash-pea, I love you more than words could ever say.  The love a mother has for her children is unlike any other love in the world.  I pray that one day you get to experience this love as it is overwhelmingly wonderful. As your brother says “I love you all the way to the moon and back to your heart sissy!” You bring a huge sense of joy to our home and you where meant to be her with us.  God knew we needed you and sent you at just the right time.

The little noises you make while you sleep and the smiles you give us just captured our hearts.  You already have daddy wrapped around that little finger of yours and we wouldn’t have it any other way.  As much as I don’t want time to fly by I can say that I look forward to watching you grow and blossom into a beautiful little lady.

Until next month…

Friday, January 30, 2015

Ashley - 1 Month

Ashley turned 1 month this last weekend.  I was in denial all week that it was coming; I couldn’t believe how fast this first month went by.  It also terrifies me to think of how fast the rest of time will go if this month seems to be just a blurb.  But none the less this weekend came and went and Ashley his one month.

She is just such a joy to have and we are all settling in nicely into life as a family of four but more on that later.  Let’s get to the good stuff shall we.

Size: Weight – 10 lbs 11 oz Length (75th percentile) – 23 inches (90th percentile)

Ashley Can (milestones) – Smile, lifts and holds up her head for short periods of time, loves to look at our faces.  She follows us with her eyes.  She smiles and has giggled a few times in her sleep. When awake she has started to coo and ahh when looking around and at our faces. She has rolled over from her belly to her back a handful of times and has gone from back to tummy a couple of times. Tracks sound (I.e. brother running around like a crazy 3 year old boy) and daddy & mommy’s voices.

Sleep – During the day has long periods of time that she is awake.  She normally will eat have a diaper change and just lay awake checking things out for an hour or two then sleeps two to three hours depending.  At night she is a little rock star as sleep.  She takes her last bottle between 8 pm & 9 pm and then sleeps until 4 am or 5 am.  The first couple weeks were rough as she would want to be awake for long periods of time all.the.time.  So I was very happy that she settled down into a nice schedule fairly quickly.  I have also done something that I probably should have done with Zach.  We lay her down when she is still awake but sleepy and she soothes herself to sleep. She makes the funniest noises when she is trying to get comfortable and to fall asleep.  She normally only cries when she wants her binky.  We haven’t had to let her cry it out at all which has been AMAZING because I cannot handle it when my babies cry.  I get crazy anxiety.

Feeding – With the exception of her long stretch at night she eats every 3 – 4 hours and drinks 4 ounces each feeding.  A couple of times she seemed like she was still hungry so we made an additional 2 ounces but she only drank one more ounce and those are few and far between.

Loves – Cuddling with mommy, daddy & brother, hanging out in the Ergo & Moby, her swing occasionally.  She loves her baths like wow, she will be squirming and kicking then we put her in the water and it is like she is saying “Ahhhhhh”.  I totally get it mommy like her baths too. Stretching, kicking and moving her arms.  Watching brother play and story/pray time.  Sleeping on her tummy. Church, I put her in the Moby and she falls asleep and stays that way throughout the whole service.

Doesn't care for – sleeping on her back (she tried to roll to her tummy). Being in her car seat if she doesn't have to be.

Wearing – Clothes -  0-3 months Diapers – size 1

We had a delayed Christmas since we were in the hospital for the Holiday’s so this year Christmas felt very drawn.  We had celebrated with my family before she was born so we just had our little Christmas and then our celebrations with CJ’s side of the family. 

Ashley, you have completed our family in the most perfect way.  We feel as if you have always been a part of our home and it is amazing to finally have you here. You look just like your brother and dad.  Your blue eyes amaze me and I love that your hair is getting lighter to more of a blonde color then my color.  I can tell already that, like your brother, you have a lot of my personality in you.  To me you are the most perfect combination of your dad and I. We love you more than words could say and I can’t wait to watch you grow… just don’t grow to fast ok.  I love you my Ash-pea!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Breastfeeding vs Formula Feeding

This is sometimes a hot topic in the mommy world.  Let’s face it this has been the leader in the “Mommy Wars” for a very long time. “Breast is Best” and all that jazz.  With Zach I even was known to say several times that my breast milk was liquid gold and I still truly believe that. 

I breast fed Zach for nearly 10 months.  I would have gone at least a year but life happens and I was just happy that I was able to do it for as long as I did and the reason I stopped… Well let’s just say that my priorities shifted when we had a family tragedy.

While I was pregnant with Ashley I was looking forward to nursing her.  To experience all of the joys of nursing again, except for pumping, that shit is crazy boring and being tied to a pump sucked for me!  I was looking forward to not having to pump nearly as much as I did with Zach with me being home full time.

Since Ashley was 10 pounds the nurses were concerned about her sugar levels so they were going to have to check them at least three times to make sure her body was processing everything as it should.  Once they got her cleaned up and I was taken care of I nursed her.  Little miss nursed for a whole hour with doing thirty minutes on each side.  I was ecstatic because Zach always ate really fast and for very short periods of time. They checked her levels for the first time and everything was fine.

During our hospital stay we dealt with her being jaundice. She was in the high/high intermediate risk range and we were held for an additional day because her bilirubin levels were not coming down as they should.  After the first blood draw we started supplementing with formula, just as we had with Zach, except Ashley sucked down the bottle.

I also started having some sever discomfort and checked and saw that I was cracked and bleeding.  NOT GOOD!  That told me that she wasn’t latching on right so we tried to adjust but it was just so uncomfortable and at one point Ashley spit up blood after she had nursed.  There is nothing scarier then you brand new tiny baby spitting up blood when everything had checked out ok for her.  We got that under control and thought that we were headed on the right path because she didn’t even lose the 10% most newborns do.

My milk came in but nowhere near how it did with Zach but I didn’t think much of it at first. I had decided to pump a couple times because she hadn’t eaten on both side and we were still supplementing so my thoughts were to give her a bottle of my milk instead of a bottle of formula after she nursed.  Well… that is when I knew.  I wasn’t going to be able to nurse my daughter and my heart shattered into a million pieces.

You see I had nursed Ashley for an hour and then gave her three ounces of my pumped milk and a whole twenty minutes after she had eaten she was SCREAMING and crying like she was still hungry.  My milk wasn’t enough for my darling girl she needed more then I could provide for her.  I called my sister and will be forever grateful for all the help and advice she gave me on how to formula feed. She told me how much to start off with, she told me how to tell when she would need more, she reassured me that she could go longer between feedings, that it would help with the jaundice and she told me something that has stuck with me for this first month and will forever be with me.  I did NOT fail; I did what is best for my daughter that I would still bond with her. 

So just like that.  Five days after I giving birth my breast feeding journey came to an end.
I was worried that I wouldn’t bond with her like I did with Zach but you know.  I was SO wrong.  I still hold her and stair into her beautiful eyes and wonder what she will be when she grows up or think of all the things we want to do together as a family. I still cuddle her after each feeding and rub her sweet back for as long as I want.  She still lays her head on my chest and sighs in full contentment as she listens to my heartbeat and falls fast asleep.  All those things I worried I would miss switching to formula have all been proven to me that I worried for nothing.

I do still have moments where I get sad that I could not nurse this time.  I have countless pictures of me nursing Zach and with Ashley I have one.  Just one.  But I will cherish that one picture for as long as I live.

As a mom who has done both breastfed and formula fed I feel like the whole one is better than the other is a bunch of CRAP! I never have and never will understand why people feel the need to judge a mom based on how or what she is feeding her baby.  We all make decisions based on what we feel or what actually is best for our children and at the end of the day that is all that matters. And maybe part of me hasn't talked about this yet because, well, I don't want to be judged.  Believe me I have had a hard enough time making peace with this that I do not need people telling me I didn't try hard enough. Because I did and I know that now. 

Ashley Rae's Birth Story

We got to the hospital around 10:30 or 10:45 and got to triage at 11pm.  This time the process of getting to triage was much fast for which I was extremely thankful.  Once there they asked a ton of questions and then preformed a cervical exam…again.  This time I was 5cm.  This it!  I was in labor.  They informed us that they were busy that night and it would take them a little bit to get the room ready.  I would be more comfortable if I walked around versus just laying in the triage bed waiting for them.  CJ and I walked around the L&D ward and I had to stop and breathe through the contractions.  There was another couple walking the halls.  CJ said she doesn’t look like she is hurting like you are… I bet they get sent home. Loll!  Always the jokester, my husband.  We later found out they did get sent home and I felt so bad for her, I know that disappointment and it sucks!

We got into our room at 11:45 and at this point CJ called his mom and asked her to come down.  I asked right away to get into the tub and my nurse started filling it right away.  Meanwhile, I hung onto CJ and he massaged my back during the contractions.  I was in the water for quite a while and it was amazing.  The jets in the tub helped relieve the pain so much and the nurse said she would monitor the baby from there so there was no need to get out unless I wanted to.  At about 12:30 my mother in law got to the hospital and I was still in the water but I was getting more and more uncomfortable. 
At this point I asked what the process was for getting an epidural.  I was informed that I needed a full bag of fluids before I could get one.  I asked for an IV and so the nurse had me move from the tub to the bed. This was the longest process ever!  The contractions were getting closer and closer and the level of pain was increasing by the minute.  At that point I was having a hard time relaxing during the breaks, the nurse checked me and at this point I was 6cm.  Once the IV was set up I asked to go back to the tub.  At this point it is 1:45.  I get back in the water but as time went on the jets weren't helping anymore it was almost as if there were making it worse.  At some point the contractions were so strong with no break in between that I was yelling out.  I couldn't control it even though I tried.  The nurse monitored Ashley for a little bit during which I yelled out some more.  Rather abruptly she said to me "Jennifer, I need you to get out of the water and back into the bed now.  We can't wait any longer or you will have this baby in here."  She said this a few more time and I panicked a little.  I misunderstood her and I thought something was wrong with Ashley.  

I had only been back in the tub for an hour and once she got me in the bed she had already called the midwife and the anesthesiologist.  She checked me right before he came in and I was at 9cm. I went from 6cm - 9cm in an hour. I got the epidural and I felt it slowly moving down during this time they set up the room including a mirror for me to see everything.  The midwife came in and checked me and I was fully dilated.  My water hadn't broken yet and Ashley was still was descending all the way down.  She said my bag was bulging and broke it and Ashley came down nicely just as she was supposed to.  She said that I could start pushing at this point.  I have to say having the mirror was amazing; it motivated me to work/push harder to get Ashley out.  I could see the progress I was making and I knew I was only a few minutes away from meeting my baby girl.  

A few things that I found comical during this time was that the midwife informed us that since Ashley descended right after my water broke that there would be an explosion of fluids when she came out.  Also, I was convinced that she wasn't going to be bigger than Zach was but was concerned that I could still feel her but under my ribs even though she was crowning.  The nurse and the midwife hid the fact that they thought she would be big by that fact alone from me for which I am thankful, I think I would have freaked out had I realized how long she would have to be for me to feel that. 

I received the epidural 45 minutes before Ashley was born, I am thankful for this as it gave me the reprieve I needed to push but I still had quite a bit of feeling.  I felt the contractions coming and knew when to push, I felt a dull ring of fire and I had the strength to pull myself up and push. 

I pushed for a total of 21 minutes and Ashley Rae Lindauer was born on December 24, 2014 at 4:00am.  She weighed 10 pounds 0 ounces, measured 21 1/2 inches long and her head measured 15 inches around.  She is pure perfection and we are so in love with her. 

I am so happy I got to experience going into labor on my own, I am thankful for CJ and my mother in law for being there.  The extra support helped me get through most of the labor without meds even if I was cranky and had crazy eyes while breathing through the contractions. When the midwife walked into the room this huge sense of calm took over the room and everything was at peace.  I am so thankful for that.  I couldn't imagine a more perfect birthing experience for our daughter.  For both of my deliveries it was exactly what they needed to be to make them memorable in their own ways. 

Meeting his baby sister for the first time and already so in love.  Just like Mommy & Daddy!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Cupcake Birthday Card!

I am back with another card for you today.  As I mentioned in my post on Friday my sister in laws birthday is coming up this Friday and I wanted to make her a special card. I will be using two stamp sets from Scrappy Moms Stamps on this card.  One is an oldie but goodie called Simple Sentiments and the other is from this month’s release Do it Diet.

The supplies I will be using on today’s cards are as follows.

Solid Cardstock – Recollection & Bazzill
Patterned Paper – Recollection “Home Basics” paper pad
Inks – Color Box – Dragonfly Black & VersaMark
Embossing Powder – Recollection Sparkle
Embellishments – Stickles, Rickrack & Enamel dots
Die Cuts – Cricut Explore & Cartridge Summer Celebrations
Adhesive – Zig 2 Way & ATG Gun

I wanted to keep this card fairly simple and have the cupcake really stand out.  My sister in law and I have a thing for cupcakes and I thought this one from Summer Celebrations was the absolute cutest! I used some shimmery cardstock for the cream colored icing but for me it wasn’t enough shine so I covered it in VersaMark and used the Sparkle Embossing Powder.  It looks amazing!  But the sparkle is hard to capture on camera.

My card base is an A6 size card (4”x6”), and the bottom blue base is also 4”x6”.  The plaid mat is 3 ¾”x5 ¾” with the rickrack wrapped around it. I popped up the cupcake on one layer of foam tape as well as the sentiment. For the sentiment I cut a little notch on one side to give it some added dimension and interest.

Once I had those down I decided to add a small strip of the same papers I used on the front to the inside those measure 1 ¼”x3 ½” & 1”x3” and then put the “Happy Birthday” with room for me to write a note.

Now, I added the enamel dots to the front in two shades of pink to bring out the pink in the back ground.  Then I added red stickles to the cherry and the red sprinkles on the cupcake.  I think over all it is the perfect amount of accents without overwhelming the card. So, how cute is this sentiment "I've never met a cupcake I didn't like!" Ha!  This is something we say often to each other or just in general and so it fit perfect for what I had been envisioning!

I am so happy with how that card turned out and I hope the birthday girl loves it too!

 Until next time my friends, have a fabulous day!


Friday, October 24, 2014

Scrappy Moms Stamps Guest Designer ~ Santa Clause is coming to town

Towards the end of last year one of my most favorite craft blogs & stamp companies, Scrappy Moms Stamps, called for full time and part time designers for their company.  I sent them an email with my latest creation without hesitation.  Something I never do, I am usually the type to hem and haw over things and then miss a dead line.  This usually ends with me being upset that I just didn't apply and see what would happen.

I was so freaking excited when I received an email back saying that I had been selected as a guest designer for the month of October.  I couldn't wait to see the stamps because let’s face it Scrappy Moms Stamps comes out with some of the most adorable stamp sentiments and are so much fun to work with.

Here are the two brand new sets that are being released this week.  I mean could they not be any cuter!  I am in love with them and have so many ideas swirling around my head I honestly struggled with picking what direction to take my project.

With baby girl’s due date fast approaching, like less than 60 days away, I have been working on my Christmas cards.  This way I will have them done and ready to go at the beginning of December before this little princess decides to grace us with her presents and relieve her momma of the rib pain she is currently inflicting on me. HA!!

Here is a list of the materials I used.

Cricut Cartridges – Elegant Edges Create a Critter 2 & Simply Charmed
Solid Cardstock – Bazzill & Recollections
Tree Patterned Paper – DCWV Jolly Whimsy
Snowflake Patterned Paper – My Mind’s Eye 12 Days of Christmas
Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder
Recollection Cherry Glitter
Versa Mark Ink
Color Box – Dragonfly Black – Pigment Ink
Scrappy Mom Stamps Merry Kissmas – “Santa Claus is coming to town”
ATG gun & Zig 2 Way Adhesive

My card base is an A6 size card, 4” x 6”, so that I can insert a 4x6 picture for our friends and family to frame and keep year round.  I kept my base for this card in white.

My first layer is pink which also measures 4x6 to cover the whole front of the card with the patterned paper cut at 3 ¾ x 5 ¾. The snowflake mat is from Elegant Edges off page 53 and is cut at 3 1/2” with coordinating shadow.

The sleigh is from Create a Critter 2 on page 70 and I cut it at 4 ¾”.  I used the sticky embossing powder on the red part of the sleigh and covered it in the red glitter to give the card some added interest.  This is the first time I have ever used the sticky embossing powder and I was nervous about how user friendly it would be and I must say it couldn't have been simpler and I am in love with this new technique I learned.

Santa himself comes from Simply Charmed on page 57 at 2”.  At first I was worried with how he would look in proportion with the sleigh but once I had it all laid out I have to say I was very pleased I didn't cut him any bigger.

I popped these two as well as the sentiment up on some foam adhesive and I have the sentiment on a strip of white cardstock measuring ¾”x2” and matted on the aqua color measuring 1”x2 ¼”.

I am so pleased with how this card turned out and I know it will be easy for me to recreate a few more times to send out this year.  And I must say it was such a fun experience to be a guest designer for Scrappy Moms Stamps and I hope to be able to do it again someday.  If you are in the market for some amazing stamps, dies or bakers twine I highly recommend that you check out this amazing company.  

With these new stamps I am anxious to continue my card making for the season because the possibilities are endless!  And as for the Do or Diet set I have a fabulous birthday card idea in my head that I want to create for my sister in law.  Her birthday is next week so be sure to check back for that in the next few days because it is going to be FABULOUS and I think good enough to eat! ;)

Until next time my friends! 
Have a fabulous day!


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Our emotional roller coaster of life.

Well hello there.  I have taken quite the hiatus from blogging over the last few months.  It’s hard to believe the last time I put the proverbial pen to paper was back in February.  So much has been going on both ends of the happiness spectrum that it has been a bit overwhelming.  I have wanted to write an update recently but have been struggling to find the words that adequately describe everything.  So there is a very good possibility this will end up as a bunch of rambling from my emotional self. 

Back in October of 2013 myself along with everyone employed at my job was informed that our doors would be shutting in a year.  That we all will have staggered end dates that coordinate with the business need at the time.  Mine was in June of this year. During this same time CJ and I had been discussing a change in employment for him as well.  Mostly it was just tossing the idea back and forth.  In March of this year the decision was made to make the switch for CJ.  At the beginning of May CJ left his job and started working as VP/Service Manager at his dad’s company. 

Meanwhile, in April had been a very emotional and stressful month for us.  My Aunt passed away towards the beginning of the Month and on her birthday, April 15th; we found out that baby # 2 is on the way after 6 months of TTC. It was a hard time of dealing with the emotions of losing my aunt and celebrating my pregnancy at the same time.

The first trimester was rough full of morning sickness that lasted all day and night, off and on bleeding throughout the first 14 weeks, beginning fully exhausted from not sleeping due to said sickness and spotting.  I was a big bubble of stress but tried to put on a brave/happy face.  I felt so blessed to be pregnant with another baby but was also very worried that something would go wrong. 

June came and went rather fast; before I knew it was the 30th and my last day of employment.  Our plan since before we even were married and had children was for me to stay home full time once we had our second child.  Full time daycare for one child is spendy, but full time daycare for two kids is more then I would bring home each month for what I was making.  I have never made it a secret how much I wanted to be home with Zach and now my wish was finally, FINALLY coming true and I was beyond excited. Then I got news from my cousin in Oregon that her dad was sick, really sick, but didn’t want the whole family making a fuss on him.  Then he got worse and the call no one wants to get came, My great uncle had passed away and went home to our Father in Heaven. Just a couple months after my aunt we once again had to say goodbye and it was hard.

July started off well, I fell into a great routine with Zach and we both were thriving.  We found out that Baby #2 is a girl and are thrilled to meet our princess. Then CJ, Zach and I went camping just outside of Flagstaff and while we were up there my sister called and informed me my Grandma who had just recently found out that her lung cancer had returned had had a stroke.  I freaked out because I was far away from my family and CJ and I decided we needed to drive back down to Phoenix.  My grandma never went home again, she was in the hospital for a little more than a week, they had resolved the blood clot that caused the stroke but the lung cancer was just to advanced and her heart was tired, so my dad and my grandma made the difficult decision to bring in hospice.  July 20th my grandma joined my aunt and the rest of our family that has passed in heaven. This is hard for us all, especially my dad, having to say goodbye to so many family members in such a short period of time takes its toll and it sometimes hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel when dealing with that much grief.

August and September passed fairly quickly. We celebrated Zach’s 3rd birthday and my nieces 5th birthday and it was awesome to be surrounded by all that happiness. I still find it hard to believe that my sweet tiny, to me, baby boy is now three and full of opinions and trying to negotiate EVERYTHING.  I love all this time I am getting to spend with him and being able to get ready for the arrival of our newest addition.  Time really seems to be going by fast now.

We are also lifting CJ’s aunt up in our prayers.  She is very sick and hospice has come in to help her be comfortable, so I ask that if you have time to please send your thoughts and prayers her way and to my family I would greatly appreciate it. 

It is hard to believe we are half way through October with only 10 weeks until my due date and getting ready for the holidays.  I am really looking forward to all the celebrating this year.  Christmas time should be interesting as my due date is December 22nd and I am a little nervous about it.  But our family is amazing and all saying that we will just play it by ear and that we are all on little miss’ schedule.  It is funny to me that she isn’t even here yet and she already has us all wrapped around her sweet little baby finger.  

Over the last month I have gotten back into my paper crafting which I have missed very much and it has been a great distraction to everything else.  I have also started selling them which has been such a blessing for my little family so far. 

I guess that is all for right now.  I am hoping to get better at blogging I miss it very much.

Until next time…

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