Thursday, September 30, 2010

One month away from a birthday bash!

Someone is having a birthday party in exactly one month! Can you guess who?! Why surely NOT Zoë! But yes it is true. The baby is now about to enter toddlerhood. Her party is going to be autumn-themed with bowls of hearty, homemade potato soup, homemade rolls and pumpkin cupcakes.

Here are pictures from Zoë's 11-month shoot and some commentary about her milestones!

Zoë has been eating table foods with us for the past couple of months. She totally skipped baby foods and hates to be fed. She likes feeding herself! She can eat pizza, noodles, soft fruits and veggies, cheese, crackers and pretty much anything we eat that is soft. She only has her two bottom teeth, too!

Just today Zoë took 8 steps in a row! I've got a toddler now!!! She had been taking a step or two for the past several days but today was the first day she took more than 2 steps and walked toward me. It was so exciting. Abigail and I were jumping up and down and clapping!

Zoë does a few signs. Right now she only signs "more" and "eat". I plan on working with her more on doing signs for "cold", "bath", "drink", "milk", etc.

Zoë still isn't talking much. She said "Elaina" as her first word weeks ago but hasn't said it again since. She says "Uh oh" and just babbles everything else. Her pediatrician says it is normal, though, which is good. Zoë's babbling is toddler babbling, not baby babbling (meaning she mixes up all the babbling sounds to mimic language instead of just saying one thing over and over). My other girls talked so early and had huge vocabs before their first birthdays that I was comparing Zoë to them. I was relieved to hear she is doing just fine for her age!

Favorite things and games- Peek-a-Boo is a huge hit, playing "parachute" with a blanket or towel or just good old-fashioned wrestling and jumping on Mom is fun! Any toy or item that is off limits is her favorite thing to play with of course, too! I think I've got my hands full with this one... Did I mention she loves cleaning out cabinets and drawers? That is her absolute favorite thing to do.

Zoë loves clapping when she's excited or if we clap for her! And she loves giving high fives (if she knows you well enough to give you one that is)!

Zoë's favorite playmates aren't dolls or stuffed animals (she could care less about them). Nope, she adores her sisters. In the morning I'll bring Zoë into my room and if she hears Abigail in her room she wriggles out of my arms and speed crawls to the big girls' shared room to hang out.

 Standing by herself in this pic (she's been standing alone for a month now):

Zoë was in the 75th percentile for weight when she was smaller but is now in the 25th percentile and I think I know why! She's a mover and a groover. Always crawling, walking along furniture, wiggling and wriggling. She's never really been a cuddler but still lets me hold her and wants to be held at times. But even now she won't fall asleep in my arms unless absolutely exhausted.

Zoë is still breastfed but now that she is eating three meals and two snacks a day we nurse 4 times a day. She started sleeping through the night when I started putting her in her crib at night for bed. She can now go down to bed full awake and put herself to sleep rather than being rocked and nursed to sleep!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Because Facebook Makes me FUNNY!

Okay so I DID have three awesome blog posts written up in my head and now that I've sat down... I don't remember a single one. Go figure! And I would've written them down except I was "writing" in my head while in the shower. So instead I leave you with some of my Facebook updates because sometimes I'm funnier with one-liners or witty statuses. I have so much more but will just share in spurts as to not overwhelm your funny box... seriously your sides might split!

September 18, 2010 
Elaina singing (to a tune similar to "The Wheels on the Bus") in the car on the way home: "Abby is sleeping, sleeping, sleeping... all the way home! Elaina is so pretty, so pretty, so pretty... all the way home! Mommy is driving, driving, driving... all the way home!" And then she gets to Daddy and I started laughing SO HARD! "Daddy is sweating, sweating, sweating... all the way home!"

September 16, 2010 
Daddy asked Abigail what Mommy's job was. She replied, "She makes jewelry!" When Daddy asked her what HE did for his job she said, "You pee in the toilet!" Apparently he spends a lot of time in the bathroom at home?!?! Not quite sure what that means but I laughed so hard I almost choked.

August 23, 2010 
Abigail: "Can I have more milk, Dad?" Dad: "Mommy just said no." Abigail: "No! Mommy just said to hold my horses."

July 30, 2010 
While trying to get Elaina to clean up her mess before the sleepover she fell to the floor and dramatically told me, "I'm ALLERGIC to cleaning!"

July 27, 2010 
Elaina is in the other room yelling, "Who has painted my roses RED?!"

July 22, 2010 
Elaina quote of the day: "Mom, when you buy a car do you get to drive it home?"

July 17, 2010 
Called Abigail to dinner and she said to me, "Mom I am a princess and I'm cleaning!" Then she continued to sing, just like something out of a Disney movie. LOL!

July 17, 2010
Is there anything more startling then your dog jumping up from their bed and barking hysterically out of nowhere?!?!?!?! Especially when you're alone?

July 15, 2010 
is watching my nephew today and he told me, "I want to wiv wif you fowever!"

June 24, 2010 
I bent down to pick something up. Abby tells me, "Mom, you have a big butt!" with a giggle. I think it is time to join Weight Watchers!

June 23, 2010 
Abby's favorite color is purple. After breakfast I grab a purple washcloth to wipe her hands/face and I tell her, "Here's a purple rag for my purple girl!" Abby responds, "Yeah!!! I'm the purple girl... And my dad is a black girl!"

May 26, 2010 
HURRY up and finish our car so I can go to Hobby Lobby! It is of the utmost importance! LOL!

March 31, 2010 
Abby snuck Zoë some of her grape juice (via sippy cup- lots of sputtering and coughing). Nice. Ruined her clothes and I kind of freaked before I realized Z is old enough to have a TINY bit of juice though I don't WANT her to have any juice. So all is well. That was our adventure of the day. Oh and Abigail refusing to potty. She's been holding it... all... day.

March 29, 2010
Abby has invisible friends (usually people she knows but she pretends they're here when they're not). She asked me if I wanted to talk to Jesus and waved to "someone" standing next to her. So I said, "Jesus, please help Abby to be strong and courageous potty training today!" Abby, not really into this potty training thing said, "Oh, He's not here anymore. He went to work with Daddy!"

March 12, 2010 
Elaina came home in tears telling me, "I didn't have a nap today! I'm SO tired! I just want to change my clothes and lay down!" When did my 4 yr old turn into an 20 yr old?!

February 26, 2010 
Elaina's version of the Subway jingle: "Five dollarb... five dollarb... dot COM!"

February 22, 2010 
I just told Elaina her eyes were beautiful and reminded me of chocolate! Then I said that Zoe's eyes were blue like blueberries! So I asked her, "My eyes are green--- what is something yummy that you eat that are green like my eyes?" She got excited and yelled, "PICKLES!" So I guess my eyes are beautiful and green...................... like pickles!

I've got some crafty fun goodness I might post soon or maybe some recipes. I'm trying out several new recipes and can't wait to share!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Exciting News!

So I don't know if I've ever mentioned on here before but Daniel and a few buddies started a worship band. They took forever trying to come up with a name so I stepped in and offered some suggestions and one of them took. I want to introduce you to Waiting Here! You can click the band name to visit their Facebook page, listen to the music, check out the photos and become a FAN! Tell your pastor about them and see if they'd be interested in having the band come out for a show.

Wholly Surrendered is my favorite song of the four listed. If you listened which was your favorite?! I love my husband's voice. *sigh* It is the very first thing I noticed about him.

Since we're talking about him and I'm feeling all mushy right now... I met Daniel on a missions trip to Mardi Gras. I was in an internship Bible college and relationships were a huge no-no! Our church and a few others got together for this trip so we were meeting new people for the first time. Needless to say I wasn't really paying attention to all the people involved on the trip beyond my own roommates (four other ladies and two guys).

Daniel was the worship leader on the trip and when he got up to sing I was prepared for a train wreck (in my defense I had never heard him sing before and he was a really, really, realllllly goofy person and had a weirdo beard). Those first notes hit the air and my mouth   l i t e r a l l y  fell to the floor. I'm not kidding! I was standing there gaping with my mouth hanging open. 

And...... I actually knew in that moment I was going to marry him. Then I tried to run from that thought since I had strict rules in the school but it caught up with me and 8 months later we were saying "I do".

Some people notice the eyes or the butt first. I noticed the voice. So mesmerizing and haunting! Go listen to Wholly Surrendered and you'll see what I mean.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Much, much better!

Thank you for all your prayers!

So I'm feeling so much better. I slept so soundly that I felt like I closed my eyes and opened them right back up to morning. I didn't wake up once! Not even when Daniel came to bed (and he's like a lumbering bear; no matter how quiet he thinks he is being he is still loud). I woke up feeling tired (go figure) but the pain was gone. We went to the grocery store, I lugged my huge tub of fall decor out of our third story, vacuumed, cleaned out the fridge, folded laundry, etc. without a word from my ovary.

I am so relieved! I was really hoping I wouldn't have any issues today and having the pain leave is very reassuring. I still plan on making an appointment soon, though. Just to check things out!

On another note my jewelry business is going fantastically! I may not have ever mentioned this here but I actually changed the name to something more personal and memorable. My hand-stamped business is now called Joy Belle.

If you want to become my Facebook fan (click link below) there will be special sneak peaks, giveaway opportunities, behind-the-scenes type posts on what I do, lots of pictures of jewelry to drool over............ hope to see you over at Joy Belle!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

In Pain

So I'm having some pains. This would be the third day. I am thinking a cyst on my left ovary so I've taken Tylenol and I'm heading to bed really early in just a few minutes. It's just really frustrating to me. I have been fine up until that first period and now it feels like things are flaring back up again.

I've tried to look up prevention of ovarian cysts but there is no information out there (that I have found). We try to eat as much homemade foods as possible (no MSG, no preservatives and fillers, etc.) and all I drink is water and milk and the rare Starbucks treat. I'm actually exercising more (maybe that has aggravated things?!). I have been stressed out about many things lately and I know cysts are based on hormonal things and stress messes with hormones. So perhaps that is it. Not that any amount of my guessing is going to come to a conclusive answer. Still frustrating no matter the cause.

It makes me feel hopeless about this cycle but we'll see. Just because I feel hopeless doesn't mean that it is or that things end up dismal. I've already resolved to not expect to be pregnant for awhile because I don't expect it to happen very fast at all (humor me! Sometimes when you least expect it it happens so I'll just be the least expectant from here on out, ha ha). Truthfully I think Daniel is more tenacious about TTC right now than I am which is definitely a role reversal! I worry that if I get a negative this first cycle he'll cry or something and then I'll feel guilty my woman parts didn't do their job.

Ahhhh well I better get my butt in bed and prevent any bursting and twisted cysts because I can't afford a $300+ ER visit. If I'm still having problems tomorrow I'm calling my midwife to see what she says. It's too early to be a pregnancy or possible ectopic. I don't feel that is it at all. Sharp pains in my ovary when I walk and move; pains that come and go. However no fever, dizziness or anemia or anything like that. Definitely cystic and definitely annoying and definitely stressing me out. Say a prayer if you think of me tonight! And please, if YOU have a prayer request leave me one. I hate asking for prayers without feeling the need to pray for that person right back, ya know?

P.S. I just found some VERY interesting information that says I shouldn't be diagnosed as someone with PCOS but rather as someone with just polycystic-appearing ovaries. Here's the blurb from EMedicine:

Polycystic-appearing ovary is different from the polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which includes other symptoms and physiological abnormalities in addition to the presence of ovarian cysts. Polycystic ovarian syndrome involves metabolic and cardiovascular risks linked to insulin resistance. These risks include increased glucose tolerance, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.

I don't have insulin resistance so I guess I was misdiagnosed. And it sounds like many other women may have been as well. Either way one thing is the same in both of them; cysts!!!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


We've decided to do a budget makeover and so we're pinching pennies and we're pinching really hard! I'm going to start going to Aldi's for groceries (we have a nice, new one really close to my house) especially as the grocery store I frequent is about a 30 minute drive. I need to start saving on gasoline, too!

So I'm excited to see how our budget looks after our makeover. We don't have cable/satellite, no cell phones (D has one through work), we are very aware of turning off lights and electronics and water. We're also going to try to refinance our house! I'm hoping that we'll have enough equity to finish the projects I've started and have been unable to finish due to dental bills.

Speaking of which... more poor dentalphobic husband has to get all four of his wisdom teeth pulled and we have to pay out-of-pocket as his coverage for oral surgery doesn't begin until March! I think we're just going to get the one out that is bothering him and then hopefully the others will be fine until 2011.

I'm reading The Birth Order right now and loving it. It is about how your birth order may have helped develop your personality and nuisances. It really is so true for everyone I have applied it to and this man (who is a Christian, btw) has been studying this for 35 years! I have found out that even though I am the fourth of five children I have the attributes of a firstborn, middle child AND baby of the family but more so the firstborn. Why? Because there's more than 5 years between me and my next oldest sibling so it begins a new generation, yet I'm also sandwiched in the middle along with two other siblings and I'm the baby GIRL of the family.

It has opened my eyes to so much about myself AND my husband. Most importantly it is helping me to know how to raise my kids based on their birth order and their uniqueness so I can help shape them into well-rounded little people! I highly recommend. Go, buy, love!

On a totally different subject (wow, if you've read this much you're awesome) I think this is O-week. We should know the first week of October if there's a bun in the oven or not. I'm not really thinking this will be our month but you never know! I'm just going to not worry about it and just have fun! The rest will fall into place (hopefully!).

Saturday, September 11, 2010


I want to be real with myself and with you. I sat here contemplating what to write and didn't feel like writing out another list of updates on which child is excelling here or which child is working on this or about our zoo of pets. And I decided to be honest and just write what is on my heart at this VERY moment.

And I have to confess that today I was no ray of sunshine to be around. My name is JOY so I should be joyful all the time, right? But I'm not. In fact I'm far too cranky and short-fused lately. Ever since AF came I can feel that "old Joy" rearing her ugly head. My husband has a nickname for me when I act this way... he calls me by my name backward and will ask where his wife went. 'Yoj.'

I know it is the hormones but I hate blaming them. I should be in control of my emotions. I don't need to get upset over every little thing. And yet I do. Now I don't ever whine to my husband, "The hormones make me do the things I do!" at all. I definitely think it but I don't dare vocalize that because I hate excuses and blame. Don't get me wrong- no one is being hurt. I just grumble to myself, complain about everything and yell at everyone if they make a mess or don't listen.

And I'm so so so sick of it! I'm sick of me. And I can't escape me.

So I guess all of that is to say... am I the only one? Am I the only one who has these bad days? Or yells? Or gets upset over the stupidest things and then feels like a total donkey for having to apologize all the time? Or better yet- feels like a complete hypocrite?

I can't take Metformin (used to treat Diabetes and PCOS; I have PCOS) because I'm still breastfeeding. And Metformin is really helpful in controlling the hormones and helping you to lose weight. So then I feel fat and angry on top of just feeling emotional all the time. I'm just in a slump where I'm not happy with who I am. I act before I speak, I get cranky at the drop of a hat, I feel horrible in anything I wear and don't have money to get anything new (we're PINCHING pennies right now for Daniel's wisdom tooth extraction that we have to pay for out-of-pocket).

Okay, whine over. See? I'm sick of even hearing myself whine. Thank you for listening!