January 26, 2015

Kawasaki Disease Awareness Day

Today is Kawasaki Disease Awareness Day.

If you've read on my blog ever you'll know that my 6 year old was diagnosed with Kawasaki Disease August 2013.  If you haven't you can go to that link and read his whole journey.

It's a good that we have a day because this disease is still pretty unknown and still misdiagnosed like crazy. It's the leading cause of aquired heart disease in children.

What can you do?

You can donate any amount of money to the Kawasaki Disease Foundation. Kawasaki Disease has no diagnostic test. None. It's diagnosed based solely on the experience of the doctor, which is extremely scary to think about since most doctor's haven't seen it and a lot of times cases show up like Lucas' where it's atypical (not all of the symptoms are present at once). He was misdiagnosed by two ER doctor's and 3 pediatricians. 

If you are broke like we usually are you can still help spread the word!

Contact the KD Foundation and get posters for your doctor's office to hang up. The team is super nice and it's completely free. I got a huge packet in the mail FULL of 8x11 and then some 16x20 posters. 

You could easily save a life it will take you less than 10 minutes to contact the KDF and get some posters to take to your  next visit. 

I'd be lost without my monster in my life. 

Spread the word.

In the hospital August 2013

One of many heart echos he has had since I'd say we were at least around 20 now.

My very active 6 year old now playing fall soccer 2014. Heart in normal range, no heart damage, no aneurysms, although he does have some slight joint pain but that's part of it.

Spread the Word.

January 19, 2015

I've got a secret

It's kind of a big deal and I'm really excited to talk about it finally. (Not a sponsored post I spent Tom's hard earned money on this.)

Crispy M&Ms have returned you guys!

In 2005 M&Ms broke hearts everywhere when they discontinued this delicious sweet treat. 

Devastated tbh. 

Other countries you can still buy it but not here. 

That changed. Tom came home from the store on Friday with a bag full of bags of them haha. 

To say I was excited is an understatement. 

I am really offended that they are in green bags and not in blue. I know I know the blasphemous pretzel M&Ms are in the blue bags. 

Quality control is kind of lost on the Crispy variety, I'm not complaining but I know some people will so I'm getting that out there. 

Some of them are much larger pieces than others. I don't care. Goodness is great in all shapes and sizes. Maybe they are making a statement? 

I repeat This is NOT a sponsored post I spent Tom's hard earned money on this. 

I got nothing for writing about this. So sad I have to clarify that there are so many BS sponsored posts out there that water down awesome products like this one.

January 16, 2015

January is halfway over...

I really cannot believe it's 2015. 

It still seems weird to me that it's 2015. 

I feel like 2014 flew by with epic speed. I'm sitting here with one halfway through kindergarten and a 2 year old eating goldfish crackers watching Blue's Clues. 

I spent the last part of 2014 with pretty intense migraines. I've been going back and forth to the doctor dealing with those. I think I had finally found a good bit of medication that works. That it until he added something which makes me feel like an absolute invalid. I take one medication in the morning that makes me really tired so I'm tired all day long. Then in the evenings I take another medicine that makes me derpy.

But boy it's super nice to not have a headache every single day of my life. 

I would really love to have energy though I am basically living in a fog right now. I wake up with tons of energy but once I take the morning medication that goes away. I'm off all caffeine so I can't even limp along with coffee. *sighs*

The kids are great.

Lucas is doing amazing in kindergarten. Second report card mastered all skills. Great conduct in all his MAPs (Do they still call it that? I don't know what they call those yet haha). 

He's obsessed with Minecraft and Skylanders right now. I'm learning about Skylanders it's been interesting trying to learn all the names haha. I'm definitely not as sharp as I once was haha.

Samzilla went to the doctor for his 2 year well  baby he's finally up to date on all of his shots. He was behind from being sick on his previous well baby visits. 

He was: 
30 lbs and 
36.5 inches tall 
53 cm head circumference 

Right on track for all milestones.

Tom and I still don't have lives outside of the kids. So we do what all parents do that are like us we play video games on his days off work.

Our date night selfie only kind of diamonds this girl needs are 8 bit.

January 07, 2015

Happy Birthday to my Samuel

Two years ago at 10:00 AM we welcomed a 10 lb 1 oz beautiful little boy into our lives. 

I didn't think I could love another child as much as I love my oldest but man Sam made it easy. 

His first year was a tough one because we battled Postpartum Depression and Kawasaki Disease 

But he was the bright spot through those hard times for our family. 

Sam has grown into such a wonderful little person that I don't have enough time in the day to sit down and write all the wonderful things he does. 

For starters he is such a chatterbox, just like his brother.

We've all been sick and every sneeze or cough you hear from him, no matter where in the house you are, "You okay Mama?"

He loves to do laundry and empty the dishwasher. Emptying the dishwasher. He puts all the baking things and pots away, because he plays in the cabinets so he knows where they all go haha.

He LOVES his daddy. This child would be lost without him. He loves to sit with him and watch TV, they have to go to the store together, if Sam can't go it's not a happy experience for anyone involved. He will go get Tom his keys, wallet, and shoes if it means they can "Go store."

I was worried he wasn't talking much a few months ago but he suddenly blossomed with language and I've lost track of how many words and sentences he can say. Whew hah.

Some of his favorite things to do are play with cars, trains, and chase Lucas around the house. 

He looooves Bubble Guppies and Paw Patrol. Recently he started watching Spongebob with Lucas. 

He's on the go. 

He loves kids. Adults, not so much. He just recently made a HUGE breakthrough with his Godmother Bruce at Christmas. He crawled into her lap completely on his own while no one was paying attention. It was awesome. Usually he shies away from adults and keeps his distance.  

He's my little booger and I love this little guy. His laugh is addictive and full of life. 

To my sweet Sam. 

My Samzilla.

My Booboo.

I love you.

Happy Birthday.

August 29, 2014

Friday Funnies

Things I've found rather amusing this week.


thank you Cara @ WCWBF for this!

August 27, 2014

The end of breastfeeding

Nineteen months.

That's how long I made it with Samzilla.

I didn't nurse all day mostly first thing in the morning, nap time, and bedtime. Sometimes he would skip the morning session.

My goal was 2 years. 

I had to stop breastfeeding because I have been getting daily headaches and migraines 2-3 times a week. I'm not talking about headaches that respond to OTC medication like tylenol or advil. These didn't go away without migraine medicine and as soon as that wore off they were back.

I had a wisdom tooth removed inbetween doctors visits thinking maybe that was causing it. At this point I don't think it was.

Second visit to the doctor he put me on a daily preventative that I can not breastfeed while taking.


I could have stopped months ago but I know the benefits for the kiddos to make it to 2 years and I'm sad that the choice was taken from me. 

My health is important and I was pretty worthless this month laid up on the couch with my ice packs. It has to be done. 

He is my last baby and I'm so thankful that I made it this long because so many don't. 

I nursed Lucas for 2 years 4 months and Sam for 19 months. 

47 months of my life dedicated to breastfeeding. :)  

August 25, 2014

Happy 6th Birthday Lucas!!!!! *Very Picture Heavy*

Happy Birthday

To my oldest sweet little big guy.

He came into this world 6 years ago today at 9:26 pm.

He has taught me

 to love selflessly


and how to be a mom.

The amount of laughter he has brought into my life cannot be measured. 

He loves to the fullest and is a loyal friend for life.

He looks more like his daddy every year.

Zoe the Great is his friend for life

Even when he's sick he's still full of smiles and always looking to play. 

He's an amazing big brother to Samzilla. Playing together is something that always warms my heart. 

I cannot believe he is 6 years old. He's growing too fast. 

My sweet little guy.

Here's to you my love...

Happy Birthday!