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I have been stressing and stressing about my milk supply.  Ever since the nuva ring, I hadn't gotten back to full speed and I was really getting down about it.  For a whole week, I decided to pump 4 times (instead of my usual 2 to 3 times) a day.  That helped immensely.   I had started to have my sitter implement 1 bottle of formula a day so that I'd have enough milk saved for S and I's Florida trip.  Anyway, I was counting them last night to see where I was and I had 26 bags frozen!  Go me!  I needed 29 for our trip that's coming up and with another couple of days left until we leave, I will blow that "needed number of bags" out of the water!The other day, I pumped 20 ounces while at work!  That's almost double what I was pumping a month ago!  Feels so awesome to have my body bounce back and respond like that! I have photos to edit and I'm procrastinating.  I want to do them but chores and sleep are taking precedence. I'll get to them all very so…

making good progress

I started this "challenge" back in the beginning of January and I'm realizing now that I've failed to actually take some of these things out of my house, but they are in my basement (bagged and) ready to roll. Most things that I'm finding to get rid of are goodwill worthy, the rest that has been trash has been making it to the trash each week. We are making some great progress.

I'm gearing up to tackle the kids clothes this weekend.  It's a project bigger than non-other.  We are beyond fortunate to not only have the clothes that we have for our kids because of hand-me-downs and what not and the space to store it in, but I have to be somewhat reasonable and get rid of the things that I either don't need or don't want.  I also have to be aware of the things that I have from Coen that I can also use for Emie. There was a time that I thought I was really organized with baby clothes, then Emie came along and nephew W. and my organization has sort of …

Emerson, 6 months

Dear Emie,

You are becoming more and more sweet with every moment that passes and everyone around you can see it unfolding.  Your smile lights up the room and your giggle is so contagious.  You love your family so much and you adore your brother more than anything.  You're such a joy to have around and we're so excited to continue to see your personality unfold.

You're very "talkative" and make a lot of noise trying to talk.  You're drooling like crazy and soaking through 2 to 4 bibs in a day.  You're rolling and getting around SO MUCH and you're yet to crawl, but you're getting very close!  You'll get up on all fours and rock around.  In the last week, you're started to lift your head up when you're rocking on your hands and feet which is an improvement.

It's so exciting to watch your learn.  In the last week, you're gone from sitting and falling over almost immediately, to tripoding really well, to full blown sitting by yourse…

Carolyn on Family Health & Wellness

Today, I have a guest writer that is joining me to share in something that is very important for parents to be educated about, Diabetes.

Carolyn is a 20-something year old with a passion for a life, fitness and overall well-being.  She is an avid cycler, golfer and has been known to bust some serious moves on the dance floor.  You can learn more about Carolyn and her motivations and her story, here.

Here's Carolyn's document:

Put Your Heart into Raising Healthy Children

Although November is National Diabetes Month, families such as mine, with members who suffer from Type 2 Diabetes, have reason to actively raise awareness all year long. One of my younger cousins was
recently diagnosed with Type 2 just a few short months ago, and it has completely changed our family’s outlook on the disease and our habits.

Information from Syracuse’s St. Joseph’s Cardiac Hospital reports a clear connection between diabetes and heart disease. Since February is National Heart Month, now is a great tim…

My girl

Two things about these pictures.

1. I can't believe I have a daughter.  If you ask my husband, he will tell you that having a girl wasn't really on the top of my list, or I wouldn't express that verbally because we had Coen and he was a great little boy and because that was all I knew, I just assumed that the second one would be a boy too.  When I think about having a daughter, I think about all the time that I've spent with my mom and the relationship that I have with her and my sister... It's irreplaceable and I'm thankful for those friendships that we've created over the years.  So, thinking about Emie and what our future will look like, I'm going to be blunt and admit that I'm a little scared of the middle to high school age, but I know that after that, we'll be good.

Emie is the sweetest little baby and if she takes after her brother in any way, she's been a very sweet toddler too.  She's always so happy and I can't help but th…


Mush sounded like a fun word to use because it's really how I've been feeling lately.

My love handles are mushing, I look mushy in the mirror, my daily schedule has gone to mush, my time with my husband is mush, at the end of the day I'm mush, and because it's winter all of this is normal, right? Mush, mush, mush...

Sean's dad had a huge step in the right direction last night which was AWESOME.  Sean was able to hear his dad say answers to questions that he's asked every day.  Seems like something fairly easy... What state are your in, what's your cats name, who are the OSU football and basketball coaches, etc... These sorts of questions have proven to be very difficult for him to answer over the last week.  Last night, however, he answered them ALL!  I wasn't there to witness, but I can't help but get excited about this.  Give us a little glimmer of hope. Coen had to go to the dr yesterday because he was still feeling pretty crummy and not doing wel…

when you're down and out

There has been a lot of mommy-baby time lately.  We have been having a good time, aside from the fact that we miss dad a lot and we have all been a little under the weather.  I don't know what it is about my kids (especially Coen) and never catching a break with illnesses.  I mean, they were both breast fed babies, that's supposed to be liquid gold and prevent them from getting junk but that's not the case in our house.

January was pretty much a wash in our house.  Emie was sick the whole month and Coen was for a portion of that month.  February we had some runny noses and some typical cold weather colds, now it's March and everything seems to be starting all over.  I don't get it.

Coen got pink eye last week, then he's had a fever and an incredibly running nose.  This is all accompanied by a cough and really crabby attitude.  He just doesn't feel good.  We've been doing eye drops and antibiotics but that's not really doing the trick and is only te…