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Thursday, December 23, 2010

HELP! Being Foiled

I really, really, really need some good, creative ideas on how to stop a very annoying habit that my daughter has. Sometimes Reagan will wake in the morning or from a nap and not want to get out of bed right away or sometimes she wants to go in her crib before she is actually ready to go to sleep. Sounds great, right? We thought so too. And it was great. Until the habit started. And the laundry increased.

If Reagan decides she wants awake time in her crib, and if you aren't in there checking on her every 5 seconds, she will remove her diaper most times lately. It started out occasionally and is now a regular event. We'd go in to find her with her pants and diaper off and (thankfully, usually only) wet spots in the crib. Out she'd come, sleeping or not, to be changed and have her crib sheets, pillow and pillow case changed.

We started then putting her to bed in only one piece sleepers (unless she had a onesie on) thinking that would surely cure the problem. Yeah, um, not so much. She just pulled the zipper down, pulled the tabs of her diaper and let it fall into one leg or the other. Change baby, change crib.

We then think, a-ha! Safety pin the zipper so she can't pull it down. Perfect! Safety pin goes on, Reagan goes to bed, Mommy relaxes knowing she won't be changing crib sheets tonight. I was sadly mistaken. She just picked at her diaper through her sleeper until she got the tabs to come loose and then shimmied the diaper into one leg. Change baby, change crib.

Now we consider tape. We try out several kinds of tape - scotch, masking, duct. Every once in a while it would work but for the most part, pick, pick, pick, shimmy, shimmy and...change baby, change crib.

The other night I have an epiphany and think I must be the most brilliant person alive (cough, cough) as I decide to purchase some Easy-Ups in her size. How obvious of a solution is that?!?! No tabs = nothing to loosen = no diaper disasters. Hooray! Solution at last.

Um, it didn't work. She somehow managed to wiggle one leg out of it while in her one piece sleeper with the zipper pinned up. W.T.H?! Change baby, change crib.

So here we are at a complete loss on how to avoid changing her and the crib every time she decides she wants some alone time in there. I don't think it is an indication of being ready to potty train because she doesn't seem interested in the potty at all and I don't think she's bothered by a wet diaper because if she is out playing she never wants to be changed (wet or dirty) and just doesn't seem to care one way or the other. She has toys in her crib and she gets the TV on a timer while in there (and diaper comes off sometimes before TV goes off, sometimes after) so I don't think it is boredom. She is the one who gets to choose whether she is in before sleep or after sleep so I don't think it is rebellion. I am just completely out of ideas. Help!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Primeval Food Instincts

I've come to believe that most children are born with a primeval instinctive need for chicken nuggets and french fries. I've seen it in my nieces and nephews and first noticed it in my own child when she was around 10 months old. That baby could pick out a McDonald's bag anywhere and would demand to have what was inside. This "need" has now evolved into actual requests for meals.

On Saturday I asked Reagan what she wanted for lunch and she told me "fries". I figured there was no harm in getting her a Happy Meal since she usually eats what we put in front of her and she loves green vegetables so nutritionally I knew she was well balanced. So I toss her in the car and we hit the drive thru. She was her sweet cute self saying "thank you Mommy" once the food was safely in the car. We get home and she joyfully eats her chicken nuggets and french fries. And Mommy is completely unaware that the force behind the request is trying to take over.

Sunday morning we had a really lazy morning and her breakfast ended up being more like brunch. As she is munching on her various foods, a McDonald's commercial comes on TV and the french fry monster awakens. The next thing I know, Reagan is saying, "Mommy, Mommy. I know! I know! Fries! Fries!" and she proceeded to repeat that over and over and over and over and over. When I said "no fries, eat what you have", Reagan pouted and wouldn't eat any more of her food.

Later that day, Daddy, unaware of the brunch episode, walked through the door with a Happy Meal after I was trying unsuccessfully to get her to eat a peanut butter sandwich. She saw that Happy Meal and was so excited. We gave her a chicken nugget and she was saying very dramatically – Mmmmmmmmmmm, chicken, num, num. When she got to her fries – even more dramatically – Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, FRIES, num, NUM! Then the chocolate milk – MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM, CHOCOLATE, MMMMMMMMMM! Num, num, NUM! All of this interspersed with many a heartfelt "Oh thank you Daddy!"

It was truly hilarious and I'm pretty sure she will now try to influence every meal to become a Happy Meal!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

SANTA!

On Saturday we finally got out to the mall to see Santa Claus! She wanted no part of sitting in his lap but the Santa's helpers of today are experts at getting a good picture. One had me sit her on my knees up next to Santa while the helpers distracted her with a Dora ball and little globe strobe. While she was distracted, Santa slipped his arm around her, I leaned as far out of the picture as possible and a couple snaps later we had a keeper. I wouldn't have been too upset with a screaming toddler picture (it is a rite of passage after all) but I was impressed at their ability to get most toddlers distracted enough to smile. Thanks Santa - it was good to see you again.

Monday, December 20, 2010

2 Year Pictures Sneak Peak

Any day now my CD will arrive that contains Reagan's 2 year old pictures.  I can't wait to see all of the awesome shots!  In the meantime, here is a sneak peak of my little darling's "imp" look.  That pre-devilish smirk she gets and gleam in her eye just before she does something she doesn't think she is supposed to do.  In this case, she was getting ready to make a break for it and run past me.  LOL  I love her imp look!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Five Question Friday - 12/17/10

Yay!  I have a few minutes today to play!  If you want to play too, head over to Mama M's and join in the fun!



1. Do you regift...and if so, do you have a regifting horror story?
It depends.  I will regift something generic to a casual acquaintance in a heartbeat.  I don't regift to those closer to me though unless they see something I got and they want it and I don't particularly want it.  We reuse the heck out of gift bags though - it's kind of a running joke in our family. 

2. Do you know what you are getting for Christmas this year?
I am probably getting nothing because I usually insist that my DH not get me anything.  If I need or want something bad enough throughout the year I usually just get it so by Christmas there isn't really anything I absolutely want.

3. Who brings the most gifts in your family, you or Santa?
Santa does.  I LOVE the magic that is Santa.  I even wrote about it recently - you can read it here!

4. What store do you love to by jeans from?
Definitely the Tommy Hilfiger outlet store near me.  It is the best of both worlds - Tommy jeans are the ones that fit me the best and are the most comfortable AND since it is an outlet store the prices aren't as high as the department stores. 

5. Christmas meal: Big, All Out Meal or Snacks and Apps?
Both actually.  Snacks and apps throughout the day while the big, all out meal is cooking.  :-)

Well, speaking of Santa, I really need to get my tree tonight so we can decorate it tomorrow so that Santa has some place to put all those presents for Reagan!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Reagan's 2 Year Check-Up

Yesterday we went to Reagan's pediatrician for her 2 year check-up.  Here are her 2 year stats:

Weight - 23 pounds - 5th-10th%
Height - 33 3/4 inches - 75th%
HC - 48 1/4 centimeters - 50th%

She is maintaining her regular growth curve and all measurments hit her target.  We get to switch to low-fat milk now and her next well visit won't be until her 3 year check-up.  She is on schedule with all her vaccines except the yearly flu shot so there weren't any shots yesterday since she is officially old enough for the flu mist.  Hooray!  She wasn't too sure about the first nostril mist but got the hang of it for the second one.

As is typical for Reagan, Dr. E spent most of the exam laughing.  For some reason my daughter LOVES going to the doctor and has been fascinated by the exam process since she was a tiny infant.  This time though she decided to help Dr. E with the exam.  She gently took the stethoscope and put it to her own chest under her shirt.  Then she took the ear light and put it in her own ear and turned her head for the other ear when the first one was done.  Then she looked at Dr. E, opened her mouth, pointed inside of it and told Dr. E, "Mouth" while reaching for the light.  It was so funny that she knew what came next.  She didn't want to lay down to have her tush checked but cooperated anyway. 

Her enunciation is still a tad behind others her age but she counts to 13 regularly and knows most of her colors so it averages out.  I am so blessed to have a healthy, happy, smart little girl (who may one day decide to be a doctor! LOL).

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - 2 Years Ago Today-ish

Wasn't this just yesterday?!?!?! (Can you tell I still can't believe my baby is already 2?)


Monday, December 13, 2010

The Great Santa Debate

I have seen other folks discussing Santa and the controversy that can sometimes surround him so I figured I’d throw my two cents into the ring. I grew up in a Christian Methodist home complete with Sunday School and church on Sundays. We were made to go up until we were Confirmed wherein we were then considered responsible for our own faith and decisions involving our faith and could decide whether to attend regularly or not. In the United Methodist Church, Confirmation refers to the decision a person makes to respond to God's grace with intentional commitment, publicly reaffirming his or her baptismal vows before the congregation. It is offered in the early teen years and involves classes, studies, field trips, etc. which culminate in a ceremony during service to publicly affirm your faith. For the most part, after Confirmation I continued to attend on a semi-regular basis. I enjoyed going to church and youth group however as a teenager I didn’t always want to get up in time to be there on time. Hence the semi-regular basis. As an adult I went through periods of not going at all, going every week and points in between. As a mother now, I am trying to be more regular with attendance so that Reagan can have a faith-based upbringing as well.

Back to Santa. In our Christian home, Santa visited every year. I can still remember the excitement and belief and how magical it was on Christmas morning to awake to see that he had come. The whole idea of Santa is wonderful to me and I have many cherished memories from those days of belief. After I discovered the truth, the only negative feelings I had about it were that it wasn’t true. It never occurred to me to distrust my parents because they “lied” to me. As a matter of fact, I am grateful that they perpetuated that myth so that I can remember the magic.

Counter-balancing the commercialism of Santa were plenty of church events and discussions about the birth of Jesus and Nativity scenes and traditional songs. I remember being equally excited and in awe of the blessed event and that tandem excitement made Christmas that much more special. One of my most cherished pieces of the Christmases of my youth is a Nativity set that belonged to my late maternal Grandmother who died when I was 10. She would set it up each year and tell me not to touch it when I was little. It is now my Nativity set and each crack and chip on it represents all the love in our family throughout the years. Even after all the years of Santa, it is the setting of baby Jesus’ birth that I cherish the most.

So, with all of the wondrousness that I remember from my childhood Christmases, we welcome Santa into our home. I want Reagan to have the same magical experiences that I had as a child and knowing how fleeting childhood is and the short, short window for pure magic, we will tell her the stories of Santa and his elves and his reindeer and the North Pole and all else that is Santa. She will also be taught that the true meaning of Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Jesus. We started this early with her – on her very first Christmas, when she was only 3 weeks old, we began a tradition I have always known I would begin with my child. We sang Happy Birthday to baby Jesus before doing anything else that day. We will do this every Christmas so that first and foremost we will always be reminded that the day is to celebrate Jesus’ birth and we will sing to the baby Jesus that is part of my Grandmom’s Nativity set. And the presents will be for her, from Santa, on behalf of baby Jesus’ big celebration.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Coming Soon...2 Year Old Pictures!

Yesterday we met up with a fabulous photographer (and friend) Andrea at Loch Haven Park in Orlando for Reagan's 2 year pictures.  I had her 1 year pictures done at a chain-store studio and while they turned out great, I spent wayyy too much money and both of us were cranky, exhausted and frustrated by the time it was over.  I was not looking forward to doing that again so I asked Andrea if she would take Reagan's pictures this year. 

It was so much nicer being at the park, in a natural setting and where Reagan could run around and be herself.  No overly forced poses, no 8 million things laying about that are oh-so-enticing yet completely off limits to a toddler, no overheated room and no being rushed.  I was a little bit worried about how cooperative she would be (which would have been a studio concern as well) but Andrea is a natural for getting the little ones to engage and Reagan was going right along with it.  I was pleasantly surprised at how often Reagan actually did what we asked her to do and one of the pictures I totally cannot wait for is the one where Andrea caught Reagan's imp-look (the one just as she is deciding whether or not to let the horns appear on her head!).  We see that look all the time but it has never been captured on film. 

It was a great time and I will post some of the pictures here when they are ready.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Never Ceases to Amaze...

Reagan has lately been amazing us with things out of the blue.  One night in the bath it was suddenly counting to 8, then a few days later to 10 and most recently to somewhere in the teens - 11 and 12 are relatively easy to understand and then you hear a series of some-teens so who knows how high she is counting. 

A few weeks ago she started identifying colors while being dressed for bed.  Yellow is her favorite to point out and she gets that one right 100% of the time.  Pink and purple are next on the accuracy list followed by blue.  Red, green and orange are frequently called yellow as she for some reason doesn't know or doesn't choose to identify them.  Still, we are very impressed with her current color skills.

Last night was another "how does she know that" moment.  Her magnetic drawing board is her favorite toy and she sometimes insists that we draw things for her.  The routine is we draw something and say to her "What's that?" and she'll tell us cat, dog, SpongeBob, fish, etc.  She is pretty good at identifying even my poorly drawn pictures.  So when it was drawing time last night, I started drawing numbers and said "what's that?".  To my surprise and complete amazement, she identified each number by sight correctly.  Every time. And in random order.  I know it is one thing to be able to recite them by memory but to identify them by sight is another skill entirely.  And when we made a big deal about it, she looked at us like we were crazy!  Ah my sweet, smart little girl. 

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Saturday Play Date - Stinky Toes!

Hi!  If you are looking for me today I am over at LeeAnn's having a play date.  Come join us!



Wednesday, November 10, 2010

(Just Over) A Year Ago

Reagan and Oscar hanging out in the fully loaded beach pack n play waiting for it to be carried down Cocoa Beach so we could relax and watch the awesome Cocoa Beach Air Show!  It was a really fun day and Reagan got to see her first fighters - it did not take her long at all to learn that you have to look ahead of the sound to be able to see them.  Maybe my little girl will go to Embry-Riddle too just like her momma!

Wordless Wednesday - Need a Cat? She Needs a Home

She was abandoned by her previous owners.  :-(

Thursday, October 21, 2010

How She Got Her Name

The first part of this post will be sad but the sad part is necessary to get to how she got her name. I have two older sisters – the oldest has 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls, and the middle has 2 children, 1 boy and 1 girl. I was beyond happy and excited as each of my nieces and nephews entered this world and I am close to all of them. I bestowed on each of them my own special nickname and frequently call them by those nicknames – in public.And the kids don’t mind! In order of birth they are, Beaner, Super Chunk, Peanut, Minnie-Me, Kaboom and Goat-Butt. With a tiny bit of training (LOL), if you ever ask any of them who their favorite person in the world is, they will tell you Aunt Dawn. That may not actually be the truth, but they’ve been coached well. They are all growing up now and making their way towards adulthood but the special and close relationship I have to all of them has only grown deeper with each new year. In April 2008, the worst possible thing to ever happen to our family happened. My oldest niece, Emily, my sweet Peanut, died in a car accident. She was 15. I have never felt such pain and heartbreak as I do over the loss of that sweet girl. Not even the pain of infertility came close. I remember begging God to let her come back to us even if that meant I could never be a mother in return. We all miss her terribly every single day.

When it became known in July of 2008 that Reagan’s birth parents had chosen us, the gender of the baby to be was not yet known. I had always pictured having a little boy although my preference was either gender. Names of course had already been mulled over countless times in hopes that a child would become ours so the name I thought I would definitely be using for a girl was Kassidy. I loved it and no other name seemed to be better out of the 1000s in the baby name books. We had some other girl names on our short list but I felt certain that Kassidy would be the one chosen. Everyone was having fun guessing what the gender might be and most people were saying boy.

As I was driving down the highway alone late one night, I got this overwhelming peaceful feeling about baby to be. In my head I heard – The baby is a girl and her name is Reagan Emily. At the time, in the moment, I just knew it was right. I also knew that my beautiful niece had been orchestrating from heaven and had not only helped to guide my child to me but had also chosen for her the perfect name.

When I began to announce to the world that I knew the baby was a girl and that her name was Reagan Emily, others were perplexed a bit since Reagan wasn’t a name on the short list and hadn’t ever even been mentioned before. To those close to me, those who knew about Emily, I simply said – Emily named her and Emily knows it is a girl.

A while later, at the anatomy scan which occurred late in the pregnancy, I realized I was holding my breath when the gender was being checked. Of course it showed girl and of course on the day she was born everyone could only say – oh wow, her name fits her perfectly.

So thank you my Peanut, for guiding Reagan to us and for giving her the most wonderful name. We love you and miss you every day.  Please keep watching over her.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Five Question Friday - October !

YAY!  It's October!  I love October.  Here in Florida we finally get breaks from the intense heat and humidity and get some really nice, warm days.  Plus, it is the start of the holiday season in my mind.  Halloween is so much fun - not to mention the hayrides and other fun fall activities.  From there it is Thanksgiving and then on to Christmas!  This month is a busy weekend month - so many fun fall things to do plus a two airshows!  The first one is in Daytona - Wings and Waves - where I will get to spend some fun times with college friends and the second is in Cocoa - Cocoa Beach.  I can't wait!  I am a huge airplane nerd and Reagan has picked up my love for them so it is going to be really great.

Now on to 5QF hosted by the Lovely Mama M.  Head on over and link up!



1. Did you have a pen pal when you were little (or now)? Where were/are they from?
Now this question takes me back. I vaguely remember a mail in place where you could write and request a pen pal. I had two pen pals. A girl from England and a boy from Jamaica. I should go through some old boxes to see if I still have the letters and check for them on Facebook! LOL

2. If you could do a different job for one day, what would it be?
Baby nurse – how fun to take care of all the cute little newborns for a day!

3. Do you remember your biggest fear from when you were little?
The only thing I can remember being really afraid of – screaming, crying afraid of – is still a fear of mine today. Birds. If they get anywhere near me I panic. (I STILL need to write that ostrich story as a post – that helps to explain my issues with birds!)

4. What do you think is a waste of time? Why?
These days it feels like cleaning is a waste of time because as soon as the cleaning is over, the mess shows right back up!

5. What is the oldest item you have in your closet?
I have two dresses that I bought in Miami – drunk – many, many moons ago. At least 15 years ago. They are these tiny little hoochie-mama dresses that haven’t fit me for a long time and even if they did I doubt I would wear them. That ship has sailed! But, I just can’t seem to let them go. LOL

HAPPY FRIDAY everyone!  Have a great weekend.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Favorite TV Shows

Reagan has loved the television since she was just a teeny tiny thing.  I am quite sure she watches way too much of it already but it is the only thing we have found that will get her to actually sit still and rest for more than 3.2 seconds at a time.  Her very first favorite TV show was Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and we use to use it for 20 minutes of entertainment while we were taking care of various tasks.  We'd put her in her bouncy chair or her swing and turn it on.  Pretty soon we noticed her doing a version of the Hot Dog Dance - when they'd start singing the song and doing the dance, her little legs would kick one by one.  Adorable!

Soon after that, she discovered Yo Gabba Gabba.  It was love at first sight for her.  The singing and dancing and funny characters had her hooked.  One of her first words was actually Gabba.  There were even times she would wake in the morning, look at us and start saying GabbaGabbaGabbaGabba.  Her first birthday was even a mix of Mickey Mouse and Yo Gabba Gabba.

Over the past few months she has broadened her television horizons and over the summer Dora the Explorer was a favorite, then Diego bumped her out of the #1 slot and Reagan would hand you the remote and say Go, Go, Go, Go, Go.  At the moment she has two favorites, well one she asks for more than the other but the other is a close second place.  Currently at the #1 spot is Blue's Clues - which she asks for by opening and closing her hands up by her face and saying Fooos fooos.  She loves when they sing before getting the mail and chimes in on the last "maaiiiiiiiiillllllllllllllll".  It is hilarious.  Her #2 spot is Team Umizoomi which she asks for by saying simply Bot (he's the robot character on the show).

What's mommy's favorite you ask?  I like the Backyardigans.  LOL  I can remember being small and innocent enough with a big enough imagination to turn any environment into an adventure.  One of my favorite memories is my cousin Curt and I turning his bedroom into the ocean and his bunk beds into a ship.  Naturally you couldn't touch the floor or you'd be overboard and drown.  We did this a lot.  So, seeing how they transform their backyards into cool places just takes me right back to being a kid myself.  Ah, the good ol' days!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Nap Time!

One of our dogs, Brady, taking a snooze on Reagan's folded out Mickey couch.

Monday, September 27, 2010

To Paci...Or Not To Paci

It is no secret to those close to me that I have issues with the paci.  My issue you ask?  I really don't want to ever have to take Reagan's paci away.  As I've mentioned before, I actually remember the trauma of giving mine up - to Santa Claus no less (and I almost opted out of presents that year just so I could keep it!).  I remember arguing with my sister when she took the paci away from my oldest nephew and I stated - no baby should ever have to give up their paci.  I've joked with my friends that Reagan could keep her paci until college if she wanted and part of me actually meant it.

But, her teeth are now showing evidence of being on the paci too long.  I *thought* that it wouldn't become a teeth issue if she only had it at nap and night time.  Apparently I am wrong about that.  So, here I am breaking my own heart over a paci.  LOL  I say my own heart because I am well aware of my issues and fully realize that I am probably more attached to her paci than she is. 

This past Saturday I decided to try to get over it and take the paci away.  The first thing Reagan says when put into her crib is Paci, Paci, Paci.  I handed her a cut nipple paci for naptime.  She put it in her mouth, got a WTF look on her face, took it out and stared at it and then put it back in her mouth.  She settled down to a couple minutes of pitiful crying because her paci was broken but she didn't cry long.  It was AWFUL for me!  That night was a repeat but without the pitiful crying because she discovered that if she put her finger in the paci that it worked (she has the Binky brand so her finger can fit all the way in the nipple from the outside).  On Sunday, I tried again at naptime but she wasn't having it.  She kept climbing out of her crib and banging on the door yelling PACI!  After a few times of this, I gave in, gave her a normal paci and off to sleep she went.  That night, I didn't even try.

Today I bought a crib tent - she won't stay in her crib and I am not comfortable with the thought of her creeping around the house alone at night so instead of doing the toddler bed thing I opted for the tent.  She thinks this tent is very funny so at least that isn't traumatizing to her.  I told myself tonight that I'll let her adjust to the tent before trying the no paci thing again but I see myself making excuses for myself instead of facing the reality that her paci needs to go.

My name is Dawn and I am a Paci-holic.  I need help!  LOL

She is actually laughing in this picture because she was bouncing her head against the tight mesh for it to bounce back.  All I had handy was my cell phone for a picture.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Five Question Friday - TGIF!

Big thanks as usual to Mama M at My Little Life for hosting 5QF!  Head over there, grab the questions, the button, add yourself to the Linky and join the fun!



1. If you could speak with a different accent, what would it be (i.e Australian, Scottish)?
This is one is so easy for me to answer - it would definately be South African.  The first time I heard it in person, at college from a dear friend of a dear friend, I was mesmerized.  I think it is the most beautiful sounding accent in the world.

2. Can you fall asleep anywhere? (i.e floor, couch, deck)
That is a big YES!  And I can sleep through just about anything too.  I love to sleep - always have. 

3. Do you use public restrooms? If so, do you sit on the toilet?
I do use public restrooms and I usually sit on the toilet - without cleaning it - and without a paper cover.  However, if the toilet looks gross, has pee on the seat or otherwise looks suspicious, I'm doing the hover.

4. If you were stuck in an elevator for 24 hours, what celebrity would you most want to be stuck with?
Brad Pitt, hands down.  Still smitten with him from when I first saw him in Thelma and Louise.  I remember saying - WHO is THAT?!?!?!

5. Where did you & your significant other go on your 1st date?
We never really had an official first date.  We met through mutual friends and the relationship just developed through a series of events.  The first admitted mutual attraction though (and first kiss) was New Years Eve 1999 - when it turned to the big 2000.  We were in Virginia - on a Navy base at the home of a friend of a friend.  A huge group of friends decided to make the trip north for New Years and both of us happened to be there.  Oh what a trip that was!

HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

TAG! You're It!

So today I was Tagged by LeeAnn at The Life of Rylie…and Bryce too for some fun random questions. The rules are that once tagged, you answer the questions provided and then you tag 5 others and ask them questions of your own.

Here are the questions LeeAnn asked...

1. What is your most embarrassing moment?
I’ve had quite a few in my life but one that pops into my head immediately is from a looooong time ago when I was in either middle school or a freshman in high school – I can’t exactly remember the when. A new family had moved in a street over from where I lived and I had developed a crush on one of the boys. Some of my girlfriends and I made up some reason to go knock on the door. We all had dressed for the occasion complete with mini-skirts and cute shoes. Well I was a tom-boy so walking in those cute shoes was not something I was used to. As we turned to walk down the wide steps from the front porch, I slipped and slid alllll the way down and ended up with my mini-skirt up to my armpits. I never went back to that house again!

2. What do you do for fun?
I love to watch my daughter play and enjoy life. It can be both of us sitting on her Mickey couch drawing circles or heading out to Sea World or Disney with friends and family. I can’t wait to do all of the fun fall and Halloween stuff with her – last year she was too young to really get into it.

3. If you were an animal, which would you be, and why?
As much as I personally don’t like birds and I am pretty sure they don’t like me, I think I’d like to be a bird. Being able to fly around on my own would be lots of fun.

4. If you could know one thing about the future, what would it be?
I’d like to know if my future has a second child in store – and if yes, how that child will find his or her way to our family.

I am going to tag these 5 lovely ladies:

Ana at Getting Help Making a Baby

Cara at My Life with PCOS, as Told by Me

Debbie B at Always and Forever Family

GeoChick at Adventures of a Dam Engineer

Ms. Toronto :-) at First and Only IVF?

And the questions are:

1. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?

2. What is your happiest childhood memory?

3. Do you have any nicknames? How did you get them?

4. What do you think is the single best decision you've made in your life so far?

Have fun playing along and I can't wait to see everyone's answers!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Back Seat Driver

Reagan playing with Oscar

How to Eat Corn

Through your nose apparently.  Yup, corn is meant to be shoved up your nostril and inhaled.  At least that is what Reagan thinks.  And it is just the perfect size and buttered just right to make insertion a breeze.  Ay!  I spent about 30 minutes trying to make sure all the corn was out of her nose.  She was not too pleased with that.  I've mentioned to our family before that I see an ER trip in my future to have something or somethings removed from her nose.  Ever since she realized there were holes there she has been obsessed with shoving things in there for safe keeping.  Thankfully, so far, we've been able to remove her, uh, treasures. 

The good news of today is that she has been fever free for over 24 hours!  Hooray!  That means we don't have to go back to the doctor for a urine sample via catheter.  Of course by the time we got to the doctor yesterday her fever had broken.  She was checked all over and after seeing that her ears were clear, her throat was clear and she had no abdominal tenderness, the NP said it was most likely just a regular virus making its way through her system.  We were told to return today for a urine sample to rule out a UTI if the fever was not gone and I was so happy that she didn't have to go through that.  Those are NOT fun!  I am just so glad that my baby is finally feeling better.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Another's Hope for a Child

I came across a very sweet blog done by Lindsay and Jon and was moved by their plan to adopt a little girl from Ethiopia.  This child already lives in their hearts and even has a name - Emersyn.  They are moving through the process of international adoption and like most hopeful parents-to-be, they are struggling with the costs to complete the process.  To help, they've held and are planning several fundraisers.  The neatest idea I have ever seen is the puzzle piece fundraiser.  They have chosen the First Kiss puzzle - The First Kiss photo where a Mama giraffe is giving her baby a big kiss on the head.

They have a PayPal link on their blog where you can sponsor a puzzle piece for $5 and your name (or family name, or child(ren)'s name(s), etc.) will be lovingly written on the back.  When the puzzle is complete, they are going to frame it in a double glass frame to hang in Emersyn's room where she will always be able to see the names of the many people who had a small part in helping to bring her home.  I sponsored one in honor of my little blessing!

They also have a Facebook page where Lindsay sells scrapbooks and other items as well as periodically has donated items for sale.  I know they would love to have you friend them!

Here is what Lindsay has written for their blog profile:
We are now in Battle Ground, WA! We are leasing to own a house that we absolutely love! Lindsay still works at the Oregon Zoo and LOVES IT!!! Jon is still working with Penguin Windows and last year got a promotion so he is now a manager! With four dogs, two ferrets, and three cats, our lives can be a little hectic but we love it! We are in the process of adopting our first child from Ethiopia. We are so excited to become a family of three and can't wait to see baby Emersyn's face! We couldn't ask for more! We are in one word...blessed.

So, if it so moves you as well, please take a moment to hop over to their blog and read their story.  I am so glad I did and I can't wait for the day they post their first picture as a family!  Thanks Lindsay and Jon for letting me follow along with your journey.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Help Received! and Sick Baby

Well since yesterday I've done some more tweaking on my blog.  I am now 99% happy with the results.  As I posted in my update yesterday, I found a template that I really like on http://lenatoewsdesigns.blogspot.com/.  She also has some really great Premades that are only $5 and all monies raised from the Premades go towards her adoption.  There is some really beautiful stuff there.  The 1% that I am not happy with on my blog is 1- I can't figure out how (or even if I can) to change the way my Blog Title appears in the heart frame.  I'd love for it to be each word on a new line that is stair-stepped.  Kind of like this:
Born
     From
            My
               Heart

And 2 - I wish the column widths were adjustable.  I'd like for the column of the posts to be a bit wider.  But really, overall I am very happy with it.

And then, Colleen at Shibley Smiles did this AWESOME button for me. 

I am SO EXCITED about it.  We talked briefly last night about what I wanted and to be honest, I wasn't very good at expressing exactly what I had in mind.  She took the general ideas I had and by today there was this beautiful button!  Thanks so much Colleen!  I love it!

And in other news, Reagan is sick.  When I came home from work on Friday I noticed she was running a fever.  It was 101.6 so I gave her some Tylenol and some juice.  The fever didn't come down until after the second dose of Tylenol and by then I had myself convinced that she had Dengue Fever.  Earlier in the week she came in from playing outside with a ton of mosquito bites and I didn't really worry about them until the fever.  Thankfully she doesn't seem to have any of the other symptoms so it's probably not really Dengue.

On Saturday her fever was up and down throughout the day and had gone up to 102.1 at bedtime.  Last night she woke up crying and feverish so I gave more Tylenol and put her in bed with me.  She woke up whining a couple of times and early this morning she woke up asking for juice.  I put her back in her crib around 7:30 and she slept through until 10:30 when she got up for the day.  At naptime I gave her more Tylenol just in case but she had gone 6 hours since her last dose and was fever free.  I am going to take her to the doctor tomorrow because I am starting to wonder if she might have an ear infection.  She isn't complaining of ear pain but she's acting really clumsy and that just isn't like her.  I hope she gets better soon.   

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Help Wanted!

Today I got to messing around with the Blogger provided templates to try to make my blog look more like I wish it looked.  I consider myself moderately technically inclined however when it comes to web design stuff, I am clueless.  So, the new design is closer to what I picture in my head but yet not exactly what I want it to look like.  For one, it is a little darker and monochromatic than I'd hoped for but I had reached the end of my abilities.  I also really want to have a button of my own but can't seem to understand the instructions on the web for how to do it.  I had dabbled with a prototype of one a couple months ago but even that wasn't exactly what I pictured.

So, if there are any web design savvy people out there who know how to create a vision in Blogger and are sitting around bored with nothing else to do, want to help me out?  I'll be forever grateful!

UPDATE - I found a Freebie template I liked on http://lenatoewsdesigns.blogspot.com/ and that is what you currently see.  I haven't yet figured out how to get my blog title to display properly so hopefully someone has some pointers on that.  This current layout is much closer to what I want and I am pretty happy with it.  I wish I knew web design though so I could make exactly what I want.  I see research on that in my future!   

Friday, September 17, 2010

Five Question Friday and Chick-Fil-A Story

Happy Friday everyone!  I can't wait to play this weekend.  Not sure yet what exactly we will be doing although I hope to get over to LeeAnn's for some play time on Saturday afternoon.  Then I have to schedule some time to get into my busting at the seams junk room to prepare for a yard sale.  NOT looking forward to that room but it will be so much better afterwards. 

On Wednesday night, I took Reagan to Chick-Fil-A for dinner and to let her play in the play area.  She's still too small to climb up the tower - the platforms are spaced too high - and there were no other kids in there at the time so I let her climb inside the slide.  (my phone takes the worst quality pictures!)

She would climb around the first bend, turn around and slide back down.  After a few times of this, I sat on one of the benches and started playing on my phone.  Next thing I know, I hear giggling and little feet running over my head.  That bugger managed to climb ALL the way to the top of that curly slide and she was making her rounds at the VERY TOP of the tower.  I was a little panicked because 1) I didn't want her to fall from the climbing platforms and 2) I didn't want to have to climb my fat butt up there to retrieve her when it was time to go home.  Thankfully, she eventually made her way back to the top of the slide and weeeeee'd her way back down.  Phew!

And now, thanks to Mama M, it is time for Five Question Friday!



1. What is the first nightmare you remember?
Wow.  I had to think about this one for a bit.  I think the earliest nightmare I remember was from when I was about 6 or 7 years old and it was a recurring one at that.  We had a beagle, Biggie, that preferred to spend most of her time in our huge backyard so she had a dog house out there by a large tree to chill in.  In the nightmare, I would be walking towards the dog house to find Biggie to play and about halfway there I would notice a lion. in the yard. next to my dog's house.  I can still feel the terror although my fear was for Biggie and not for myself.  How was I going to save my dog from the lion?  I never did find out that answer because I would wake up every time before I was able to figure it out. 

2. Even if you're not a sports fan, what's your favorite sport to play/watch?
I absolutely LOVE to watch NFL football.  I don't care who is playing - I'll watch - even though I much prefer to watch the Washington Redskins win!

3. If you could pull off one piece of trendy fashion, what would you want it to be (jeggings, hats, thigh high boots, etc.)?
Trendy fashion?  Fashion you say?  What's that?!  LOL  I'd honestly like to be able to just pull together and pull off any fashionable outfit - trendy or not - although some of the fall season boots I have been seeing look sexy - and I would most definately not look sexy in them. 

4. Did you make good grades in school?
That depends.  I had the ability to make excellent grades in school although I did not always put forth the effort in order to do so.  Learning always came easy to me but unless I enjoyed the subject, I didn't care what grade I got.  And it showed.  Teachers were always fussing at me to apply myself more.  I hope Reagan isn't that way - I hope she learns well and applies herself naturally. 

5. What magazines do you subscribe to?
I don't subscribe to any magazines.  I find it a frivolous expense for our family situation and I rarely have time to sit down and read.  Although when I do get to read, I prefer books to magazines.  Oh and when I travel I like to grab me a People magazine. 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Summer Recap - Magic Kingdom - Sept 1, 2010

I took the day off from work so Reagan and I could go to Magic Kingdom at Disney World with my dad (Pop-Pop), my aunt, my cousin, her husband and their son Ryan who were all visiting from out of town.  We were SO EXCITED to see them all again and we had so much fun at the park.  Reagan especially loved spending time with her cousin who was very accommodating to her and quickly was added to her collection of trained monkeys and snuggie partners.
This was Ryan's FIRST.TIME.EVER at Magic Kingdom and I, being the loving Aunt Dawn that I am, made sure to get him his 1st Time Visitor pin to wear for the day - even if that is kind of embarrassing for a 12 year old.  Teeheehee.  A momentous occasion such as this requires fanfare for sure.  Then it was on to the ferry to get to the park.  I spent the first 15 minutes trying to insist that he get Mouse Ears to wear.  I even showed him that we could get his name embroidered on the back too.  He wasn't having it.  Not even when I swore that I'd be his best friend.  Finally we negotiated a deal - I would shut up and leave him alone about it if he promised to let me take a picture of him in the Mouse Ears of my choice.  Ryan loves popcorn so I found THE perfect pair!
He allowed me to take a quick picture even though he wasn't too thrilled by the idea.  I am sure he will be less thrilled about the picture being shared with the world.  AUNT DAWN LOVES YOU RYAN!!!  Swear it!  :-)

Here is a picture of me, Reagan and Pop-Pop that Ryan took for us.  Notice Pop-Pop videotaping during the photo op.  LOL
Later on in the day we found out that the resident birds are quite adept at getting food from the visitors.  We had a blast feeding them french fries - even though we know you aren't supposed to feed them, they clearly were expecting it.  And Reagan loved it!

Then, Pop-Pop and Ryan got locked up by the law for feeding the birds when you aren't supposed to.  Uncle F, Aunt K and Aunt L all got away!  And me, yeah, I don't do birds - they scare me wayyyy too much (note to self - type out ostrich story one day soon) so I kept my distance and only did the visual documenting.
After they got bailed out, Reagan and I camped out on the bridge to wait for the boat to come by from Splash Mountain.  As you can tell, Ryan LOVED that ride - he rode it 3 times in a row too!
In the above picture he was yelling to me - THAT WAS AWESOME!


What a fun day we had.  We already can't wait for the next time they all come to town.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Ewww - Germs!

I was talking to a friend of mine about the “dangers” of indoor playgrounds for kids and to be honest, I never really thought of anything bad before this friend starting speaking of things like e Coli and Strep (C and/or G). But, it actually made me laugh out loud as I considered how I handle Reagan and “dirt/germs”.

I don’t take potential illnesses lightly however Reagan has proven to have a really good immune system – having only had one honest to goodness full blown cold in her 21 months. She’s had the occasional fever here and there along with short term malaise from a vaccine reaction or two and fleeting intestinal issues but nothing that required a trip to the doctor. She’s actually only had two sick visits – one when my husband and I both had the flu last year and it wasn’t certain how to handle well family members (she never got it) and the other when she was near the end of her cold and we were about to fly. So I consider her a rather hardy little thing that I let roam the world to explore with all her senses.

I am sure there are moms out there who will gasp at this, but I do let her put dirt in her mouth so she can discover on her own how gross it tastes. I’ve caught her licking the safety railing in front of our seats at Shamu stadium and simply shifted her position to make it less easy for her to reach. She gets roaring with belly laughs as she mimics the dog’s tongue kissing motion as the dog kisses back and mommy says YUCK! She also shares bites of food with said dog. I pretty much don’t insist on obsessively sanitizing her world and as long as there are no visible dangers, I let her go.

As I recounted some of this to my friend, I really started to laugh. I was trying to think if I had ever insisted on immediately washing Reagan after she touched something and all I could remember was the time she dipped her hands into the bucket of bleach water I was using to clean the floor with. THAT was when I panicked and went running for the soap and water. Dirt and germs don’t really scare me but chemical burns sure do. And it was just really funny to me that considering the conversation we were having, it was the antithesis of germs that I freaked over.

So, I hope and pray that Reagan never gets sick from an indoor playground but the slight possibility that she might is not going to stop me from letting her have fun.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Awesome Saturday!

Yesterday I had the best *stress-free* saturday that I have had in a long time!  It started early with heading out to Bryce's first birthday party.  The party was held at a really great local park that has plenty to keep children occupied and happy.  First on Reagan's agenda was the really fun playground - and the big kid section at that!
From there it was on to the Splash park.  She didn't play in the water as much as she ran around the outside of it but the entire splash park is fenced in so I was able to just chill and watch without having to chase her all over the place.

After a little bit of yummy food, it was time to check out her first ever Bounce House!  She was intimidated by it for about 3 whole seconds and then she had the concept down easily.  She loved it!

It wasn't long before she figured out how to navigate to the top of the attached slide and Little Miss No Fear went down without hesitation.  It is easily the highest slide she's been on to date but that didn't seem to bother her one bit.

She must have climbed to the top and slid down twenty times!  She only took a break to get some cake and then she was right back in there.  After the party was over, she was thrilled to get two balloons with her favor bag.


I unfortunately didn't get any pictures of the birthday boy - he naturally gathers quite the crowd and I didn't want to be rude and elbow people out of the way.  LOL  Plus, his mommy has two friends who are awesome photographers and I will just borrow a few of theirs once they get posted.  :-)

When we came home, we found out that Daddy had fixed our front door.  The frame had been splintered and it wouldn't stay closed on its own unless it was dead bolted.  He did a really good job and now our door opens and closes the way it should.  And, while Reagan took a 3 1/2 hour nap (do you think she had fun at Bryce's party?!?! LOL), Daddy got into the shed and pulled out the big inflatable pool that has been rolled up in there for years.  He cleaned it all up, scrubbed and sanitized it then filled it with air and water for Reagan and I to play in once she woke up.  (crappy cell phone pic)

   
I was in there with her for about an hour and a half and we had a blast playing and splashing and getting served soda and juice by Daddy. Once back inside it was time for wings for dinner and relaxing with Reagan.  It was a busy day but very fun and I really needed one of those!

Friday, September 10, 2010

5QF!

Wooo-hoooo!  It's FRIDAY!  I am very excited about that.  And I am so excited for Bryce's big 1st B-day bash tomorrow! 




Since I've been slacking on the blogging (the last month was crazy busy for me), I am going to try really hard to get back to it.  I decided to head over to Mama M's for Five Question Friday. 

Here we go...

1. Do you feel guilty spending money on yourself?
That really depends on what I am buying but most of the time the answer is yes, I feel guilty. 

2. How well do you know your neighbors?
This question made me laugh out loud because there are a few things I know about a couple of my neighbors that probably most people wouldn't know about theirs so I would say I know my neighbors very well.  LOL

3. What age are you looking forward to being?
I am no longer looking forward to being any age until and unless they figure out how to truly go backwards.  ;-)

4. Do you get excited when the mail comes? Why?
Hardly ever.  99.9% of the time is just means more bills, more junk to trash and more paper to pile up on my kitchen counter until I get around to determining which is which.

5. What is your earliest childhood memory?
I'm not sure if this is the earliest memory or not but I would have been around 2 or 3 when this happened - my two older sisters and I were bathing after swimming (they are 6 and 8 years older than me) when the neighbor boy, who was their age, knocked on the door.  I was sent to answer it since no one had clothes on.  He asked to talk to K and I led him to our bathroom where I threw open the door and my sisters screamed and tried to cover up with wash cloths.  He clarified that he meant the other K (my sister and our babysitter had the same name) so I led him to the bedroom where she was changing and threw open the door.  The neighbor boy was flashed by everybody that day and I couldn't understand what all the screaming was about.  LOL

Hoping to have some time this weekend to get some posts written and pictures up.  :-)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

PCOS is Weird

So August 27th was another CD1.  Which was interesting because August 26th was CD 61 - exactly the same as the last cycle.  I haven't been as diligent about taking the Soy as I'd hoped to be because it does seem to be helping with the regulating.  Oh well, I'll just sit back and see what the next 2 months brings.  I am sure the days being the same was just a freak coincidence but that is how PCOS seems to be for me.  Weird and annoying. 

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Angel's Journey

Angel is a 13 year old blind American Eskimo Dog girl that was dumped at the Orlando shelter and marked "stray". Thanks to the efforts of many, many people, she was saved! I had the pleasure of springing her from the shelter and cried part of the way home at the way she had been let down by her former "owners". Still, she showed an incredibly sweet and adventurous spirit despite her predicament. A very long transport to Iowa was quickly put together and she is now safe at American Eskimo Dog Rescue & Sanctuary of Iowa. Her adventures included many cars, two overnights, an RV ride and two small plane rides thanks to Pilots and Paws! And, as it turns out to be her style, she collected everyone's hearts along the way. We love you Angel and are so thankful to have been a part of your amazing rescue.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Five Question Friday



Head over to see My Little Life and play along!

1. What were your school colors?
High school was Blue/Gold and college was, well, Blue/Gold!  It was a convenient coincidence. LOL

2. What's the best compliment you ever received?
My daughter.  The fact that her birth parents felt me worthy of that beautiful gift and precious life.

3. Do you buy cheap or expensive toilet paper?
Expensive - I am a generic brand queen but NOT when it comes to toilet paper!  Ouch!  LOL

4. Have you ever had a surprise party thrown for you? Or have you had one for someone else?
Nope.  Never.  I'm probably too nosey to have one thrown for me.  I think I'd probably catch on at some point.  I've been to a few surprise parties but never actually threw one either.

5. What is one material possession that you "can't live without"?
DVR - I can't live without having Dora, Diego or Yo Gabba Gabba on emergency stand-by.  Plus, I can still catch the shows I want to watch whenever I finally get a moment to sit down.

Have a great weekend everyone!!!  Reagan and I are off to Ocean City, MD for the week!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Heart Whispers

On the 21st of June Reagan had her 18 month check-up. As usual she was extremely cooperative and interested in process of the exam and even knows how to breathe in and out when a stethoscope is near. LOL Her stats were:

Height – 32 ¾ - 75%

Weight – 20lbs 14ozs – 5%

Head Circumference – 47 ½ - 75%

These are all in her normal percentile – my tall, thin big brained girl! LOL Her exam was normal except for the doctor detected a very slight heart murmur that hadn’t been detected before. Since Reagan is growing, eating and has a normal energy and activity level, the doctor decided to wait and see if the murmur was just an anomaly. Today we went for our recheck and the murmur was still there so after we return from our week in Ocean City, MD, Reagan will be getting an EKG to confirm that the murmur is just a normal, benign murmur. I am not concerned about it but am looking forward to a Pediatric Cardiologist telling me that I am right not to be concerned. KWIM?

Friday, July 16, 2010

Five Question Friday

I am so happy Friday is here!  I have been exhausted this week.  But Friday it is always fun to play along with My Little Life with Five Question Friday!

1. Do you collect anything?
Actually I do.  I collect anything related to the movie Peter Pan.  I have a ton of stuff currently in boxes but I need to finally drag out the glass enclosed cabinet to have them out where I can enjoy them.  Oh and I even have a tattoo of Peter Pan and one of the silhouette of the Captain Hook ship.  A little obsessive?  Perhaps!

2. Name 3 celebrities that you find good looking.
Well Brad Pitt has been a yummy favorite for me ever since Thelma and Louise.  I think Adam Lambert is incredibly hot.  And, hmmm, I am having trouble picking a 3rd.  Oh, yes, Tom Cruise during his Top Gun era...before he went a little off the wall.

3. Do you have any scars? If so, what's the story behind it (them?)?
I have a few.  One is a bikini cut scar from the appendectomy I had at 5 years old.  One is on my right index finger at exactly where it connects to my hand - while playing in the woods as a child, my friend and I came upon a squirrel that someone had shot to death with BBs for fun.  We felt bad for it and wanted to give it a proper burial.  We found old broken beer bottles to dig with and while digging into the side of a hill, my hand went in while her hand came down and the beer bottle cut me right to the bone.  Oddly, it didn't really hurt - the worst part was the tetanus shot I had to get.  On my left index finger is a scar where a parakeet bit me and held on for dear life (this is but one in a string of many reasons why I do NOT like birds!).  The last one I'll mention is the big round spot STILL on my left knee from when I fell...this year...in January...like I was a 3 year old...the boo-boo evidence won't seem to go away!

4. What is a food that you like to eat, but others might think it's gross or weird?
Blue crabs?  But just about all of MD, DE, VA would not find that gross or weird.  Salt and Vinegar chips?  My husband thinks I am gross for eating those...and blue crabs too now that I think of it!  LOL

5. Have you ever seen a tornado in real life?
I have not and I have a difficult time deciding if that is a good thing or a bad thing.  I would like to see one - close enough for it to be neat, far enough that I am not in danger and remote enough that no one gets hurt and nothing gets destroyed.  K? 

Friday, July 2, 2010

Five Question Friday!



Five Question Friday with many thanks to My Little Life

1. What is one thing you miss the most about childhood?
Not having to shave my legs, or underarms, or bikini line, etc., etc., etc.  I dream about being able to wake up and put on a swim suit without reaching for the razor first. 

2. Are you still friends with your friends from high school?
Yes but we are not as close as I wish we were.  Geography took its toll on the friendships but I still love them and stay in contact via email and of course Facebook.

3. Is there a catch phrase, cliche, or word that just drives you bonkers every time you hear it?
Not so much one when I hear it but there is one that when I see it I want to beat that someone with an English book.  I know not everyone is great at spelling and grammar and I know I mess up plenty but for some reason, seeing someone type "should of, could of, would of, etc." instead of should have, could have, would have just drives me nuts.  LOL

4. What is one thing that you think symbolizes America...besides "Old Glory"?
I love seeing 'seasoned' veterans decked out in uniform.  The sight of them still looking proud and strong despite their aging selves is such a beautiful thing.  That living history awes me and I have the utmost respect and gratefulness.

5. What are your 4th of July weekend plans?
One of my wonderful nieces is visiting from Maryland so we plan to spend lots of time together with Reagan too and play at Sea World and Aquatica and watch fireworks and whatever else we think looks fun.  :-)
Happy 4th of July everyone!!!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

How I Know She's Mine

I am fortunate that Reagan and I share similarities in looks.  That means that only those we wish to tell will ever know that she became my daughter through adoption.  I think that is pretty neat and just confirms what my heart already knows - she was meant to be my child, chosen just for me, delivered in just the right way at just the right time.  Sweet perfection. 

Here are some other ways that I know she is mine:

* Secret shared squeals and giggles from under the blanket that is over our heads.

* Seemingly thinking the same thing at the same time...and realizing it.

* Morning hellos from her crib with kisses waiting just behind them.

* Those precious few moments when she climbs into my lap and sits very still and allows me to snuggle her.  I swear she does that for my benefit - LOL - it always happens just when I need it the most.

* Her love of nakedness - it started with me as a child and spread to my nieces and nephews and now she's picked up that "gene".  The children in our family tended to still do this well after modesty was supposed to develop...she'll likely do that same.

* Soccer - she's going to be a soccer star I am sure.  After just a few seconds of watching her first ever World Cup game, of actually watching the ball mind you, she went in search of her own ball to kick around the house.  She insisted I join in.  How I love playing soccer in the house with her!  She will follow in the footsteps of her soccer playing cousins. 

* The way she looks at me for reassurance when facing a new and intimidating experience.  Her eyes seem to lock into mine and my gentle "you're okay" gives her the confidence she needs to relax and move forward.  Sometimes she needs a re-check but that's fine with me.

* Her lack of fear - oh boy.  I now know exactly what my mother was feeling when I would fearlessly move about the world.  I try very hard not to instill fear into her where it isn't necessarily needed.  When she climbs up the big slide at the playground, I "casually" hover nearby just in case but allow her to test her own limits.  When she stands up proudly (and giggles) inside the baby swing while it's still moving though - that's when I try to get her to feel a healthy amount of fear.  I pray she keeps that with her for her whole life and that I am able to teach her some risk mitigation to go along with it. 

* The way my heart absolutely melts every single time I look at her or think about her.  Now that is true love.  :-)

I am so thankful for my beautiful daughter!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Happy 4th of July!


Raspberries!!!  This was last year.  Man they grow fast!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Yes, I am Completely Slacking



My modem/router at home broke and I'm not really supposed to be posting from work so that is why I've been a little MIA.  But, I wanted to get a quick post in today.

Yesterday was CD1 - Hoooray!  LOL  I know, I know.  That is only exciting to other infertiles and women waiting to begin TTC.  I was happy because Saturday was CD61 so that was a huge improvement from the last time.  I am sticking with the Soy to see if it will help regulate.  Trying 240mg on CD 1-5 to see how that goes. 

And while I was mostly miserable yesterday, I did take some time to enjoy watching my little skinny dipper have fun time in her little pool.  She makes me smile with just the simplest things.  :-)

Silly baby!

Splash-a, splash-a!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Pssssst! Another Cool Giveaway

Hey - anybody who hasn't already needs to head over to LeeAnn's Blog and check out her really cool giveaway.  So many adorable items!!!  It's part of her Weekend Review.  :-)

 
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