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Friday, July 29, 2011

Pictures, Pictures and More Pictures

I finally got around to getting professional pictures done of the two babies together.  There was a special deal being run in our area and I jumped on it and promptly proceeded to spend way more than I wanted to anyway.  Oh well.  Here are the results from that session. 

I know I am biased but my gosh these children are beautiful!  :-)

Friday, July 1, 2011

FINALLY Bought a Carrier...

Well after changing my mind 853,429 times, I finally bought a carrier.  We've already been on several outings since Trevor's birth where I wished I had a comfortable carrier to use.  I tried using the used Bjorn I got when Reagan was born and hated it just as much this time as I did back then.  Then I tried my Mei Tei carrier and remembered why it too got packed away.  I had already given away my slings since I hated them THAT much right from the first attempt to use them over two years ago (mostly for the same reason that most slings are not recommended for use - it always looked like Reagan was smushed in them and having trouble trying to breathe - too scary for me!)

Anyway, back in this post I thought for sure I had found my dream carrier and that my mind was made up.  Well up until I actually buy something that I consider a large purchase, I research it to death.  So, during one of those many mind changes, I had decided that here in hot Florida, I wanted an Ergo blue.  Black seemed too hot and the red seemed to obnoxious.  Then I decided I really wanted to touch and try some of them before really deciding.  Off to Macro Baby I went.  If you live near or ever visit Orlando and you have babies, toddlers, are expecting or know someone with any of those, you HAVE to check out this store!  They carry many European brands and have all of the high end brands for sale in the store for you to touch, try, see in person before you decide to spend the money, or just to drool, on them (like the gorgeous and sweet mac-daddy honest to goodness baby pram - for the low, low price of $1,200! - but man is it perty!)

Okay, back to my point.  I tried on many of the soft-side carrier options available on the market and found out that I truly did like the way the Ergo felt the best out of all of them.  And of the 3 Ergo versions, I was pretty convinced I like the Sport version the best for our hot weather.  Gift cards in hand I searched through all of the Ergos in stock and could not find a blue Sport - all they had were red and black.  Dejected I left without my carrier to see if I could find one on Ebay (not sure why I didn't just order from their site).  Bid and lost a few and kept researching in the meantime.  I read some more on the differences between the Sport and the Performance and after reading many user reviews and having tried on the Sport, I finally decided the Performance was actually the better one for our hot climate.  Probably. 

Back to Macro Baby I went, put on a Performance, plopped Reagan in it as my tester (as I had done previously on all the others) and walked around the store to see what I thought.  She clearly loved this carrier from the moment I put her in it (not so much with some of the others I had tried before) and I was very pleased with how comfortable it felt.  Gift cards in hand I took the carrier to the register and am now the proud owner of an awesome green - my favorite color! - Ergo Performance carrier.  I can't wait to take them out in it this weekend! (so far I have just carried them around in the house).  Hmmm...what to research next...

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Sibling Love

Reagan and Trevor after she woke up to find that her baby brother had arrived.  :-)

Monday, May 30, 2011

He's Here!!!

A longer post about his birth is coming but I wanted to get this up while I had a brief moment. 

Born May 25, 2011
11:55 PM
7 lbs 10 oz
20 inches long

Perfect and beautiful in every way.

Our precious son, Trevor Michael. :-)
(More pictures to come!)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Dear Baby: Today is your Due Date!

I cannot believe his due date is here!  I still remember when the birth mother called to let us know she was expecting again.  Today seemed so far away then but it really has come quickly.  Our birth mother is still contracting on an irregular basis so it doesn't look like he is going to be a punctual one - which is perfectly fine because no one in our family is!  Tomorrow the birth mother will be requesting a membrane sweep from the midwife and if the midwife is able to get there to do it then we will sit back and see if that helps things along.  All I know is that his Grandma-to-be must be awfully relieved that he is now out of Taurus range!

Stay tuned.... 

Friday, May 20, 2011

I Rocked My Baby Last Night...

My first baby.  The one that was so nosy from just a few weeks old that she could barely stand to be cuddled and rocked.  The one who used to wiggle and squirm when I tried to make rocking and reading a nightly ritual.  The one who never seemed to enjoy it very much because she was just too busy and curious about her world. 

Well last night she had a crying spell in her crib.  She almost always goes to bed without a peep and she did at first last night but then stood in her crib later crying pitifully and begging us to let her out.  We told her it was nighty-night time and to go to sleep and we'd see her in the morning but she wasn't having any of it and she wasn't calming down.  Since this is unusual for her I decided to pick her up to comfort her.  As I was pacing her floor with her she would vise grip my neck and climb my body each time we got near her crib.  I asked her if she wanted me to rock her and got back a pitiful yes for an answer. 

I took her into my room where the rocker is, gave her a blankie and sat in the darkness rocking my sweet baby girl.  Her whole body instantly relaxed and she stayed snuggled into me completely content.  It was pure bliss!  We both enjoyed the quiet closeness and a bit later she asked for her bed and went right to sleep. 

I love my baby girl!

Monday, May 16, 2011

39 Weeks Today!

Our birth mother is 39 weeks pregnant today!  I had to laugh at the ticker message that says - "Our baby is launch ready.  Curled up with legs on the chest and knees against the nose."  Today was the last launch of the space shuttle Endeavor so that was a cute coincidence.  I was disappointed that it was too cloudy to see the launch from where I was but glad it went off safely.  I am really, really, really going to miss the shuttle program.  I've often jokingly threatened to go stow-away on a shuttle before launch and I have been known to say that if I ever win the Lotto I am having the check made out to the Russian Space Agency so I can hitch a ride to space!  Aviation and space have long been special loves for me.

Tonight/tomorrow morning is the full moon for May.  Maybe the moon can help make today the last Endeavor launch out of this world and the launch of our son into this world!  Only time will tell.  Stay tuned...

Monday, May 9, 2011

38 Weeks Today!!!

Our birth mother is 38 weeks pregnant today!  She's been in various states of prodromal labor for the past week.  There was a period of high activity of contractions on Monday the 2nd and then again on Friday the 6th and we are just patiently waiting for that to move into active labor.  He will come when he is ready and while I am beyond excited to meet him, I am also taking the time to cherish my remaining days as a mother of one.  :-)

I hope everyone had a great Mother's Day.  Mine was perfect.  My husband got up with Reagan and kept her occupied outdoors while I slept until 12:30pm!  I can't even remember the last time I slept that late!  It felt wonderful because I was exhausted but then I had that sluggish feeling to get over from sleeping so long.  Lunch and cards were waiting for me (because I insisted no gifts!) and my husband had set up the new inflatable pool for Reagan to play in.  We all ate lunch and I lounged around catching up on some television while Reagan napped.  After nap we all went in the pool and played for hours until we realized it was way past dinnertime.  I decided on Chinese takeout (which I could live off of - alternating with Mexican of course) since it was too late for our original plans and by then Reagan was so exhausted she was asking "Go bed? Go bed?".  It was an awesome day - did I mention my husband did ALL of the laundry in the house? Washed, dried, folded AND put away - I always struggle with the put away part.  So, yeah, it was a wonderful Mother's Day for me.

Oh and I am hopping again today!  Check it out.

Friday, May 6, 2011

5 Question Friday

Woohoo!  The weekend is here!  We don't have any major plans yet except for going to hang out with one of my BFFs on her back porch (complete with pool and mac-daddy swingset!) on Saturday evening.  Hoping that her awesome hubby decides he wants to watch all the kids in the pool while the mommies talk so that I don't have to put on a bathing suit.  LOL  For some reason I don't mind wearing a suit in mass public situations (beach, water park, etc.) but on smaller scales I get a little (okay a lot) self conscious. 

The rest of the weekend is still up in the air.  Who knows, maybe we'll have a baby! 

Well it is time for 5QF with My Little Life so head on over and link up for some fun!

1. Have you ever had roommates?
Sure have.  Some great and some not so great.  My first semester of college I was put into a school-owned tiny 2 bedroom apartment with 3 other girls.  No lie my mother nervously asked the school if I could be put with 3 boys instead.  The person checking us in looked at her like she had two heads and said, uh, no we don't do co-ed housing.  My mother responded - there is no way she is going to get along with 3 girls in a small apartment, she needs to be with boys for peaceful living, this is going to be a disaster.  Well let's just say that by the end of that first semester I was moving into a non-school-owned apartment with 3 boys.  And life was so much calmer after that for me.  I did like one of my roommates from that first semester but the other 2 were just too much girl drama for me!

2. How many names do you/your children have? (i.e. Prince Charming William Phillip Arthur Louis John Jacob Jingleheimer-Schmidt)
Legally Reagan has the standard 3 names - first, middle, last.  She does however have many nicknames - Peek-A-Boo, MonkeyFace, TurkeyFace, Baby, Stinker - just to name a few. 

3. Did you watch the Royal Wedding?
Not yet.  I had to work so I DVRd it and just haven't had the time yet to sit and enjoy it.  But I will!

4. What is the messiest room in your house?
Just one?!?!  It is probably our living room - which is also concurrently Reagan's playroom.  So there are always toys everywhere.  Maybe one day we will be able to finish off the back room for the playroom.

5. What is your ideal mothers day?
Hanging with my sweet little girl while Daddy cooks crepes for breakfast and something yummy for dinner.  Being an Infertile, Mothers Days WITH a child is such a huge gift unto itself and my heart aches for all the Mothers out there still waiting for their chance to spend one with a child. 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone and Happy Mother's Day to all the lovely women who are already parenting and those still waiting to parent. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Any Special Needs Kids Resale Equipment?

Reagan's birth brother Oscar was born with Spina Bifida.  He lives with one of my BFFs and we are always out together doing things with the kids.  Like the corn maze last November (because I love this picture of them!)
And playing at the playground (just look at his sweet face!)
Well one of the things we've learned about Spina Bifida is that even the specialists can't predict what each individual child will accomplish.  There are ranges within each level of defect but those ranges are very broad.  That is a good thing and a bad thing.  The good thing is that the specialists don't tell you to only expect this or to never expect that.  The bad thing is that the specialists can't tell you what to expect and when you are trying to figure out how best to help a specific child that can be intimidating.  My BFF is always checking out new ways to help Oscar fulfill his potential and advocating for him and he has more than exceeded any of our expectations already.  We believe he could go even further given the opportunity to try out different types of therapeutic and mobility equipment.  The problem there is the expense.  Insurance only covers so much and then you are on your own.  He recently got some new wheels and immediately knew how to use them.
Well there are so many other pieces of equipment he could probably benefit from but we've been unable to find an affordable way to obtain those.  We thought for sure there would be a network of equipment since the kids grow so fast but not even the regional spina bifida clinic had any leads on how to find outgrown equipment.  So I thought I'd throw it out to the blogosphere and see if anyone has any ideas or leads they can share.  Please feel free to share this post with others who may be able to help.  Oscar is such a happy child and so loved and he certainly deserves every possible chance to maximize his abilities. 

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Want to Blog Hop?!

Well then head over for Follow Me Chickadee!

And guess what?!  Birth mom has had irregular contractions since late last night.  They could progress into full labor or they could taper off until closer to his due date.  We shall see but it sure is exciting! 

Monday, May 2, 2011

Any Day Now!!!

Today our birth mother is 37 weeks pregnant - officially full-term!  Our baby boy's due date is May 23rd and that creates a pretty neat scenario.  When people ask me when our boy might arrive I can say - just about any day in the month of May.  He can safely arrive any time now and since the midwife likely won't want him going much past 41 weeks, there is an extremely high probability that his birthday will be, well, sometime in May!  We are getting so excited to meet him.  I just hope we are lucky enough that I am able to again be there for the birth.  The birth mother has a history of short labor so I need to be able to get there quickly!  I can't believe he is almost here!

Friday, April 29, 2011

National Infertility Awareness Week - Myth Busting All Over the Place!!

Myth: As soon as you adopt, you’ll get pregnant.

Resolve is an amazing organization sponsoring National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) to shine the
light on this devastating disease.  As their website states:

RESOLVE’s goal is to increase the conversation about infertility and to inform the public that:

*Infertility is a disease that affects 1 in 8 couples of reproductive age
*There are many ways to build a family 
*Help reduce the stigma by bringing attention to the details/issues/costs surrounding all ways people diagnosed with infertility can build a family.
*Understand when to seek the help of a specialist

One big way this can be done is to tackle some of the myths associated with Infertility.  I remember all too well how frustrating it was to try to explain to the people in my life what I was going through while actively trying to get pregnant.  Virtually everything others tried to say to help ended up being hurtful and aggravating and only served to isolate me further with my pain that no one seemed to understand.  And given that those things were generally said while I was also dealing with a particularly draining or painful treatment event did not make for a time when I felt like gently educating those around me.  Usually I would instead snap and say something mean and then I had some nice guilt to pile on my already large load.  I can remember one time standing paralyzed in the middle of my yard, utterly speechless (couldn't even find the words to tell my husband what was going on at the moment), completely dumbfounded (jaw-dropping dumbfounded) and sobbing over something someone had said.  The tears were coming so fast and were so abundant that I couldn't even see - and I am not normally a cryer.  By helping to educate others on Infertility, I hope to spare other Infertile folks some of those frustrating and painful conversations and moments.  If more people understood the truth about Infertility and let go of the myths, the chances of saying something hurtful would decrease for sure.  And trust me, the last thing an Infertile couple needs is more hurt.

So, here I go to bust a myth.

Myth: As soon as you adopt, you’ll get pregnant.

Resolve says Busted!: This is a myth!  Adoption does not guarantee or ensure pregnancy, and it should not be used as a means to try and get pregnant.  Pregnancy is a biological process, and a couple can not determine if and when they will become pregnant.

Let me expand on what Resolve says about this myth and have a little mini-rant too.  Why someone would say this to someone else is just beyond my comprehension.  So, John and Jane Doe have depleted their savings to go through many, many cycles of varying medical interventions to try to become pregnant.  Clearly those doctors didn't know what they were doing because the obvious solution is to adopt since that is most definitely part of the biological equation necessary for a successful pregnancy.  All those people out there with biological children without adopting - yeah, you all are freaks of nature!  You should have had to suffer for months and years of failed cycles to then be placed under someone else's judgement of whether you are worthy to raise a child before being allowed to adopt and THEN you can get pregnant.  On second thought, I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy.

Not that adoption isn't a wonderful and beautiful thing - it just isn't the cure for the infertile body.  Adopting won't fix what is wrong inside the reproductive parts or the endocrine system or the many other causes of infertility.  Adopting won't magically set the stage for a successful pregnancy.  Adopting simply builds or expands a family.  Whether the infertile couple goes on to experience a successful pregnancy or not has no correlation to the adoption itself.  I didn't go into adoption expecting to get a pregnancy out of it.  I wanted a baby - I wanted to be someone's mommy - I didn't care how that child came to be.  And to excitedly insinuate that a pregnancy could result from an adoption is like insinuating that adoption is second best and that the mother won't be a bona-fide mother unless she births a child and thank goodness she adopted so that she could finally get that elusive pregnancy and be a true mom. 

Oh we know that isn't what you meant but that sure is how it feels.  I mourned pregnancy because I wanted the experience of it, of birth, of nursing.  I wanted the sickness and the aches and pains and sleepless nights and waddling walk.  I wanted to feel a baby move and kick and tumble inside of me and push my belly outward.  I wanted to have that baby all to myself for 9 months before giving birth and finally seeing the face of the child I carried.  Genetics never had anything to do with it.  I was already in the habit of collecting up family members that had no genetic ties to me anyway and I never felt like that was a requirement to be family.  I still hoped for the chance to grow our family through a successful pregnancy but I certainly didn't think Reagan was going to be my magic key to the pregnancy and birth experience.  And guess what?  She wasn't.  And neither will her soon to be brother.  And that's ok.  Because I get to be their mommy and that is the best thing in the world! 

I do hope others will take a little time to become better educated about Infertility.  Knowledge and understanding really go a long way to helping to support your friend, family member, coworker, neighbor, etc. who may be infertile.  A great place to start is here -  For more information about the background of National Infertility Awareness Week® (NIAW), visit:

Thanks so much for reading!

5 Question Friday - The Weekend is Here!! Woohoo!

I am doing two separate blog posts today.  One for 5QF and one to participate in National Infertility Awareness Week with Resolve.  If you'd like to join in the 5QF fun, head on over to My Little Life and play along!

1. If you could buy any car, money not an option, what would it be?
I am so boring anymore with cars.  Anytime I've ever tried to buy something other than a Honda it has been a disaster for me.  So, I stick to those.  As for the model I am currently coveting?  The Odyssey - yup, I admit it - I actually WANT a minivan.  One of my friends and I frequently do things together out and about with our kids and sometimes we have to take two cars to fit the kids and our stuff.  As soon as my little boy is born we will always be taking two cars unless we leave a kid behind at home.  But, if I had a minivan then we could still go all in one car!  Oh it is the little things.  LOL
Exterior Photo of 2011 Honda Odyssey
2. What was your worst first date ever?
It has been so long since I've had a first date and none of them were particularly horrific so I had to think about this one.  I suppose it was the time I agreed to go out with a guy that I wasn't really attracted to and didn't have much in common with but decided to give the date a try anyway.  It was such a loooooong first date and I was so bored and I kept trying to figure out a way to end it without completely hurting his feelings but he kept talking on and on and on about future things he had planned for the two of us to do and all I could think was GET ME OUT OF HERE!  After it finally ended he kept trying to set up a second date with me and there was just no way I was going. 

3. How old were you when you fell in love for the first time?
I was in love a million times before I ever got into high school (there was Menudo and Ricky Schroeder and Kirk Cameron and Magnum PI and, and, oh boy I am dating myself here!) but I suppose my first true love was a boy I met in high school who I dated off and on and off and on and off and on and off and on throughout those 4 years.  We were never one of those outwardly public couples and never could seem to get on the same page at the same time with each other but I did love him.  Part of me probably still does just because he was the first to steal my heart.  Haven't seen or heard from him in many years now.
4. When was the last time you reconciled your checkbook?
Don't ask - I am not sure I even know where my checkbook is.

5. If you were going to fashion a "Wanted" Ad for a best friend, how would you word it?
Must be non-judgemental, must not expect punctuality, must be flexible, must be able to laugh at the small, simple pleasures in life.  Oh and lots of money to share would be awesome too! 

Check back later for my Resolve post!

Monday, April 25, 2011

36 Weeks Today! - Registry Info as Requested

Today our birth mother is 36 weeks pregnant.  One more week until he's considered full-term and four more weeks until his due date!  I can't believe how close it is getting.  We are so excited to meet him.

I have had a couple people ask me if I was having a shower or if I had registered anywhere and if so would I post the info.  As far as the shower goes - I don't think anyone is planning one for me and I wasn't exactly expecting one anyway.  :-)  I am, though, hoping to have a meet the baby party sometime after his birth so that everyone can see him.  As for registering, I did register at the request of some others for gift ideas.  I know I always appreciate having a list to pick from so I registered at Babies R Us and Target.  On those registries is a 2nd choice carrier - 2nd choice to my ultimate wish of this carrier or this one
With having two to take out very soon, a carrier that I can use for the infant or the toddler is at the tip-top of my wish list.  I realize it is pricey though AND my 1st choice for carrier isn't available through either store so I put the 2nd choice on there as well.

So for those that asked, here are the links to my registries.  Babies R Us and Target.  Diapers, wipes and formula are all sure bets. ;-)

Have a great Monday all!

Friday, April 22, 2011

5 Question Friday - Weekend Plans

Apparently little miss Reagan does not want a pretty proper lady-like picture with the Easter Bunny this year. Yesterday she scrambled away from her daddy, giggling, not watching where she was going and promptly tripped, turned and busted her bottom lip. Just a bit ago I got a call that she was running around outside with Uncle Uncle (what she has taken to calling my brother - if we tell her to say it properly she will but she prefers Uncle Uncle). She ran, telling him - can't get meeeeee - and proceeded to trip and bust her top lip. Today is the day I planned for bunny pictures. My little bruiser is going to be in a pretty little dress with pretty little sandals and a tough cookie busted mouth. LOL I think this is a little karma because it wasn't that long ago that I was discussing a baby product I saw and laughing at who would have to be so over-protective that they would buy THAT?!?! Hmmmm....not looking like the most ridiculous idea in the world anymore. But, no, I'm still not going to buy one. Instead, this year's bunny pictures will just have to showcase two busted lips.

Saturday morning we are off to an egg hunt - Reagan's first egg hunt actually. No afternoon plans just yet but there are a few ideas in the works.  Saturday evening we are headed over to one of my BFF's house for some casual girl time.  Easter morning we will go to sunrise service by the lake at our church and spend the rest of the day with family and friends. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and a joyous Easter!

Now head on over to My Little Life and link up for some 5QF!

1. What is your favorite Easter tradition?
The celebration of the resurrection at church. Even as a child the Easter service was so exciting to me. The church I attend now has a lake near the property and even though I am not an early riser, I love the sunrise service by the lake. It is just so beautiful.

2. Are you a "shower" or a "long, hot bath" kind of person?
I thoroughly enjoy a long, hot bath however I don't really have time for those anymore. For cleaning purposes though I definitely prefer a shower.

3. Can you parallel park and if so when is the last time you did it?
I suppose, given enough time and patience that I could parallel park but it has never been one of my talents. It was the only area that I lost points during my driving test - points were deducted every two minutes and when you got to like 6 or 8 minutes you failed the entire test. I passed but lost points. I can't remember the last time I actually parallel parked in its true form. Usually I start whining for someone else to take over for that part. Many of my IRL friends can attest to having had to take over for me.

4. What is your favorite Easter candy?
Favorite? Just one? I look forward to the hollow chocolate bunnies the most. Closely behind are Peeps, Cadbury eggs and the egg candy-coated malt balls.

5. Easter: do you go all out with the Easter Bunny or focus on the religious part of the holiday?
We do both.  We look at the Easter Bunny and all the goodies as an extension of the happiness and joy that Jesus rose.  Easter is a celebration and what celebration is complete without goodies?!

Happy Easter everyone!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I am SO glad to see THIS!

I read an article today that I couldn't agree with more.  It is an opinion piece titled Parents, don't dress your girls like tramps.  If you have the time, please go read it.  It's really good.  I'll wait...

Did you read it?  Are you saying hell yeah like I am?!  This article speaks to so many aspects of my beliefs anyway that I was floored.  First - personal responsibility.  I am pretty big on taking responsibility for your part in things.  I don't want to hear a bunch of excuses and have to walk through the dust cloud of someone trying to deflect blame away from themselves.  If it is truly someone else's fault that will be clearly evident and you won't even have to say a word.  So, for all the whining about companies making inappropriate items, it is ultimately the parents' failure if they buy it. 

Oh and then the whole be a parent and not a friend thing.  Can't even tell you how many times I've tried to get that point across to people.  Who cares if your teenager hates you because of your rules - they are supposed to!!!  That's kind of an indicator that you are doing a good job.  LOL  I fully expect Reagan to spew hateful things at me (or at least about me) when she is a teenager because I won't let her do something stupid or dangerous or inappropriate.  And while the words themselves might hurt me in that moment, it is just not worth her future to try to be her friend first through her pre-teen and teenage years.  I am her mom and sometimes the mom isn't popular.  Oh well.  I'll live.

So that brings me back to the subject of the article.  Dressing little girls like little hoochie mamas.  Not going to happen at my house.  Now granted during my college years I had my share of hoochie mama outfits so that part doesn't bother me so much as how completely inappropriate it is for a child to dress that way.  I dressed that way during college for one reason only - to attract the attention of males.  I wanted the free drinks and the compliments and the sense of power.  I however do NOT want males looking at my child that way.  And they will - there are plenty of perverts out there.  Enough so that I don't even feel comfortable letting Reagan run naked on the beach as a toddler and that stinks because every toddler should be able to run naked on the beach.  That is their "Adam and Eve" time and shouldn't have to be sheltered because of a bunch of sick people.  Anyway...

Reagan's bathing suits are all one pieces, tankinis or rash guards.  I see those teeny tiny bikinis for sale and I just don't feel right about putting her in one.  Sure they are cute but it has always made me uncomfortable to think of a little girl in a miniature bikini and how that somehow turns her into an object in some people's minds (not to mention added sun exposure).  I see teeny tiny girls in little bikinis all the time here in Florida and it just isn't something I want for my daughter.  I want her to be an innocent child for as long as possible and besides, I think traditional children's clothing is way cuter than any hoochie mama outfit any day!

Friday, April 15, 2011

5 Question Friday and PETA Response

I am so glad Friday is here even though this week did go by pretty quickly for me.  I have no real big plans for the weekend.  We will be out all day on Saturday and still nothing yet planned for Sunday.  Maybe I'll be able to knock off some of the organizing I want to get done - but then again, maybe I'll find something better to do.  :-)

If you are looking for some Friday virtual fun, head on over to My Little Life and link up for some 5 Question Friday fun.

1. What is your favorite sign of spring?
Well living in Florida we get spring much sooner than most of the rest of the country.  As much as I dislike birds and they dislike me, I do love to watch the mating rituals and listen to the chirping as they pair off.  We have a cardinal pair living in our yard right now and they are hilarious to watch.

2. What was your best birthday ever?
Oh this is easy - it was my birthday in 2009.  It was my first birthday as a mommy (finally!) and my husband and I went to Epcot for the day with Reagan - her first Disney trip at 5 months old.  It was so cool to wear my birthday button and have so many random people say happy birthday throughout the day.  One lady who worked in The Land building sang me this beautiful birthday song in Spanish.  I could have listened to her sing all day. 

3. What is your favorite dessert?
It is a toss up between any sweet banana treat and any sweet chocolate treat.  Mix the two together though and we have a winner!

4. What is the best excuse you've ever used to get out of a ticket?
I've never offered an excuse for being pulled over.  I've always instead tried to be super polite and contrite to hopefully get off with a warning.  One big escape that comes to mind was once during college I was pulled over in an area that was notorious for speeding tickets.  When the officer came up to my car he said, "Well I had started to let you go by but then you hit that 10 mph over mark just before I turned the radar off.".  My pure reaction was an incredulous "Are you SERIOUS?!?!?" along with a sarcastic "Way to go me!"  That made him laugh so hard that he ended up giving me just a warning - and then he teased that I had better not tell anyone that I got a warning in that town since rumor had it they didn't even own warning books.  LOL

5. Do you wake up before your alarm, with your alarm, or after hitting snooze several times?
Oy.  I am really, really, really trying to get better at the waking up in the morning with the alarm thing and have made some progress but left to my own devices I will wake up after hitting the snooze button around 14 times.  Even if it is across the room - I'll just get up, walk over, hit snooze, walk back to bed and go back to sleep.  I was thinking my baby would become my alarm clock but she loves to sleep in as much as I do.  :-)

And now, only because I promised, here is PETA's response to my email concerning their misguided tie-in to National Infertility Awareness Week.  The good news is that the effort to get PETA to remove the tie-in that was led by Hannah Wept, Sarah Laughed was successful and rather quickly too.  So, my response from them is way late being posted but I did want to post it none-the-less.

From: Zoe Rappoport []
Sent: Saturday, April 09, 2011 7:31 PM
To: Dawn
Subject: EXTERNAL: RE: "Win a Vasectomy"

Dear Dawn,

Thank you for contacting PETA about your objections to our contest offering a free vasectomy; please allow me to respond for Ingrid. We are sorry to have offended you, and we have removed all mentions of National Infertility Awareness Week from our website. We understand that this was not a wise choice of words.

Our goal was to focus attention on the tragic suffering and death of homeless dogs and cats. Since the best way to prevent animal companions from having unwanted litters is to spay and neuter them, a kind PETA member offered to cover the cost of a vasectomy for one compassionate man who wants to get himself “snipped” just like his furry friend.

To learn more about our efforts to address the animal overpopulation crisis, please visit . Thank you again for contacting us and for the opportunity to share our thoughts.

Zoe Rappoport
PETA Foundation

So there you have it.  I am grateful that PETA didn't put up too much of a fight in removing the references.  I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Really PETA?

As much as I love animals and support their humane treatment, I've never been a fan of the organizations that are more talk, pomp and circumstance than they are direct help for animals (PETA, Humane Society of the United States - NOT to be confused with individual local humane societies with actual shelters, etc.). I've often shaken my head at the tactics, antics and cultish behavior I've seen from such organizations. Well PETA has managed to touch a nerve with me and I had to speak up about it. Their latest campaign is Win A Vasectomy where " In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week (April 24 to 30), PETA will give one free vasectomy to a man who has recently had his companion cat or dog neutered."  A voluntary vasectomy for a man I have no issue with.  The neuter of a companion cat or dog is awesome.  It is the "In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week" that ticks me off.

PETA says, "Human overpopulation is crowding out animal life on the planet, and dog and cat overpopulation is creating a euthanasia crisis that is a crying shame. Disappearing wilderness, vanishing water resources, and pollution is the price that future generations will pay for more human births, while losing their lives is the price that millions of homeless dogs and cats pay when guardians neglect to "fix" their companion animals."

Wow, PETA.  Way to take a medical condition (infertility) and twist it for your own agenda.  How insulting to over 7.3 million women aged 15-44 in the United States alone and countless others who are not included in those statistics not to mention the millions of men suffering from infertility.  7.3 million women in the U.S. alone.  That is 7,300,000.  Almost the equivalent to the entire population of Virginia.  Only 12 states out of 50 have an equivalent population more than that.  That is an awful lot of people to offend in one fell swoop with such a shameless bid for attention.  We know, though, that to organizations like PETA any attention is good attention.  But I digress.

In the interest of free speech and the recognition of opinions different from my own, I chose to question PETA from a slightly different standpoint.  Hypocrisy.  I joined up with others speaking up about infertility and against PETA with Hannah Wept Sarah Laughed and wrote my own letter to PETA.

This is what I wrote to Ingrid Newkirk and Carrie Snider of PETA:

I’m not sure if I am as shocked by this PETA “campaign” as much as I am disgusted. There are so many policies of PETA that I find misguided that this becomes just the latest in the string. I was part of the hands-on animal rescue community for many years spaying and neutering every animal I could legally get my hands on and then adopting them out to responsible owners so I do have the proper perspective needed to evaluate the policies of PETA. That being said, I’d like to focus on the hypocrisy of this latest ridiculous idea. I would like PETA to publicly publish the family and fertility status of each and every member of the organization. How many pushing this campaign already have children they birthed? How many have had themselves voluntarily made infertile? How many have or are in the process of adopting a child? How much money has PETA donated to offset the costs of an infertile couple to adopt? How much money has PETA donated to support an orphaned child? I do expect every organization to practice what they preach so please, prove to the public that all of the members of PETA practice everything they preach.

I will post any responses if any are sent.  I am still shaking my head. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

I think he might have a name soon.

Recently I wrote about how we were having a difficult time naming the soon to arrive baby boy.  Just for a little perspective, back when we got the call that the birth mother was pregnant again (about 10 weeks along) I announced to some of my friends that the baby was a boy and his name was Lucas.  Throughout the next few months I would text out other announcements that it was a boy and his name was ____ where I would insert the name of choice for that day/week.  For the first couple of months I went back to Lucas several times.  My husband always said Duff.  It started as a silly toss out name before we knew Reagan would be a girl and then he tried to convince me that he really did like it so he tortured me with it.  It got dropped until we knew this baby is a boy and he started again.  Only I think this time he really had himself convinced that he liked it.

Anyway, after the ultrasound confirmed that the baby is a boy we realized we really did have to agree on a name at some point.  Lucas was no longer on the "short list" as I had discovered it recently became a top ten name.  And I am just not a fan of using a top ten name.  Which is generally a disappointment because I happen to like most of the top ten names.  So, after going through several thousand names, my list looked like this:
Archer, Asher, Carson, Carter, Chad, Corbyn, Elijah, Hudson, Isaac, Jeremy, Landon, Mason, Nathan, Nathaniel, Parker, Roman, Ryder, Sawyer, Tyson, Zander, Zane

I handed the list to my husband, letting him know that my top 5 (at least at that point) were: 
Zane, Chad, Nathan, Carson and Archer

The reason those were my top 5 that day was because he previously had told me that Hudson was not going to happen on one of the days that was my favored name.  He responded that the only name he didn't hate on my list was Zane and that we could discuss that one further.  Later.  Apparently he meant much later.

Since the baby still had no name and we are approaching full-term, I went back to the drawing board and pushed aside my avoidance of top ten to come up with an alternate list (that still managed to include some from the previous list).
Liam, Logan, Hudson, Zane, Seth, Kevin, Ashton, Tyson, Leo, Aiden, Lucas

Tyson was really starting to grow on me, Zane remained a favorite, Hudson I still loved. Seth doesn't exactly flow with our last name but was a name my husband had mentioned back before we named Reagan as a girl so I added it to the list. And with pushing aside the top ten aversion, Lucas came back to the list.

Well shortly after making this new list, my husband announces that he will agree to Zane at the same moment that I decided that I really wanted a two syllable name and was going back to cross off the single syllable names. While I adore the name Zane and it is still a huge favorite of mine, something about it just didn't feel quite as though this was meant to be our child's name.

Last night, though, I do believe we came to a decision. I said a name that was originally on my mega-list (but I've omitted it from this post) that had previously been somewhat ignored and dismissed by my husband. When I said it last night and my husband repeated it in a somewhat shortened manner (to test out that potential nickname), both of us were shaking our head yes and he responded with - that is really kind of cool. So while he said it is now between that name and one of the repeat listed two syllable names above, I really think it is going to end up being the name I have yet to write. Because that is the name that feels so right for this baby and that feeling is what has been missing throughout all the other names we have discussed. And it is kind of fitting that last night was when all of this became clear to me. Last night marked 3 years since we lost my niece Emily so I had been thinking of her constantly all day long. I truly believe she named Reagan and I had been begging her to do the same with this new one so I am positive she made a special appearance last night to let me know the correct name for this baby and that she chose that particular time so I could be sure she helped. I really wish she was here with us in the flesh but I am sure glad that she stays so close - especially to my children.

So, stay tuned for the announcement of my little frog's name. We are getting so excited to meet him!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Future Decisions

I read a blog post recently where a mom was trying to figure out whether her 5 year old son would benefit from a delayed kindergarten start and it got me thinking.  The Florida kindergarten statute says that in order for a child to enroll in kindergarten, the child must have attained the age of 5 on or before September 1st.  For Reagan, with a December birthday, she will be 5 years and roughly 9 months old when she starts kindergarten - so almost 6.  At first I was upset by this because, after all, she is (in my completely unbiased opinion) brilliant and certainly doesn't need an extra almost year! :-)  After a while though, I became glad that the decision was out of my hands - meaning that I simply am not allowed to send her during the calendar year she turns 5 so by default she will be older and more mature when she starts school and therefore less likely to struggle due to maturity issues.  And if she ever whines that she is older than almost everyone in her class I can tell her to blame the state lawmakers instead of me.  LOL

Well the next logical thought is uh-oh, baby #2 is going to have a May birthday and is going to be a boy and boys seem to struggle more than girls with the maturity required to sit and learn and now what am I going to do?!?!  Per the statutes, he could start kindergarten the calendar year he turns 5 - at around 5 years and 2-3 months.  That scares me.  I don't want him to go just to go and while I may think he is ready he quite likely might not be.  And if he isn't and I have him repeat kindergarten how might that effect his self-esteem?  He's not even born yet and I am already seriously considering just waiting and having him start kindergarten at 6 years and 2-3 months when I know for sure he'll be ready.  It is times like these when I wish they had staggered start programs.  Say an August school year start for some kids and a January start for others.  I'm sure the logistics of that, along with the cost, would be a nightmare but a girl can wish.  But, I suppose it could be worse, he could have a June, July or August birthday to make my decision even harder. 

I know we will cross this bridge when we come to it but I spend a lot of time mulling around ideas to best set my child(ren) up for success and trying hard to consider future ramifications of decisions that appear as simple as 'you are 5, go to school'.  I guess I'll just stay open to both options for now and go from there.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Unexpected Expenses Stink!

One of the not so fun sides of adoption is when you get blindsided by unplanned-for expenses.  I think I am a little more sensitive to the money portion of it simply because one of the (many) biggest insults of infertility in general is how much it can cost to become a parent and that unfairness has aggravated me from my very first bill at the reproductive endocrinologist (fertility clinic).   But we've dealt with it and moved forward regardless and somehow made it work.

Then I got a call this past Monday (not from the birth parents) and the gist of it was, oh by the way, we forgot to tell you about this expense and we'll be needing $2,300 before the birth.  *GULP* We are less than 9 weeks away from the due date and you didn't think to warn me of this potential expense?!?!  Awesome. 

So, Saturday is phase one of fund raising with a yard sale.  I have mounds and mounds and mounds of pink clothes that obviously won't be getting used again with the next baby so out they go.  I have also been organizing stuff for the past year or so thinking I'd one day have a yard sale so out that goes too.  Looking at the huge pile of stuff, we should definitely make enough to at least put a decent dent in that amount.  After Saturday though, it is back to the drawing board to get creative for the rest.  Thankfully they did agree to accept that amount in payments and to allow those payments to go somewhat past the birth considering he is due so soon.  I would feel much better though to have it paid before and be done with it.

Like I said, unexpected expenses stink! 

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Do You *HAVE* to Name a Baby?

Naming our soon to be baby boy is proving to be quite a difficult task.  The names I love, my husband hates.  The one name he keeps threatening me with is never going to happen so I really wish he'd stop bringing it up!  LOL  Naming Reagan was a piece of cake, Emily did it for us so all we had to do was follow along.  I keep asking her to name this one too but so far she hasn't.  So, I continue to throw out names and my husband continues to shoot them down and here we sit with less than 10 weeks until his due date and he doesn't yet have a name.  To make matters worse, I seem to have a new favorite every other day although I have noticed two names that make repeat appearances as favorites so I am hoping to get my husband to agree to one of those.  Ah well, maybe one day soon the little one will have a name.  Stay tuned...

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Reagan is very into opposites right now.  It is really fun to see what she knows.  I had recently bought her a book on opposites and am extra happy to read it to her now that she's decided that is the topic of choice.  We play the opposite game all the time.  Her favorite is Up and Down.  She'll say "Mommy, Mommy. Uuuuuup" and point her little hands up.  Then she'll say "Doooooooown" and point her hands down.  Then we giggle and repeat about 100 times.  Earlier tonight she surprised me with a new one.  She was sitting behind me on the couch and we were playing the fake scare me game (she thinks scaring and being scared are totally hilarious) when she gently pushed me forward.  She said "Pushhhhhh" while she was doing it.  Then she grabbed my shirt and pulled me back up saying "Pullllllllll".  And we did that about 100 times (no need for crunches for me tonight! LOL).  I am so impressed with how much she knows.

Another favorite of hers is on and off.  That of course requires a light switch and a box to stand on to reach it.  I am probably going to need to stock up on light bulbs until this phase passes.  The on and off is my least favorite because she tends to like to start that one with off while I am trying to put clothes away or putting clothes in the dryer or anything else that requires me to have the light on.  Oh well, watching her show off her knowledge is way more fun anyway!

I can't wait to find out what other opposites she knows but hasn't shown us yet.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Psssssst.....Wanna hear a secret?

So I have a secret.  A secret I've had since November.  It's a pretty awesome secret too.  A few people knew about the secret but not yet "the world".  Keeping secrets is fun and frustrating at the same time.  Thankfully something happened today and I don't have to keep the secret anymore.

I am sure that some people might have a few guesses by now.  Probably had a guess or two just from reading the post title.  Some may even be right but probably more are wrong than are right.  But the ones that are wrong are most likely close, very close.  This secret is so AWESOME and so perfect and I can't even believe how lucky we are.  I am sure that by now y'all are thinking out with it already!  So okay, out with it.  I just wanted a little extra build up to fill the post preview. :-)

Back in November we got a phone call from Reagan's birth parents.  They informed us they were expecting another baby due in May and that they want us to parent that child too!  Of course we said yes and after that phone call I immediately began to panic a little about how I only have two arms and two hands and one extremely active toddler and how on earth was that going to work with adding a second.  LOL  The panic didn't last long and the seasoned parents that I told early on laughed at the memory of their own panic over the same thing upon learning #2 was on the way.  From then on I've been so excited to add to our family and even more excited for Reagan and the new one that they would grow up together and that the fact that they are genetically related to each other will hopefully help them through those teen year identity crises moments that may crop up.

Well today, at 27w 1d we finally got to get the BIG ultrasound.  It was wonderful and amazing and the baby is perfect.  No anomalies were found, no evidence of neural tube defects, perfect looking spine, heart and other organs.  The tech even processed a 3D picture for us just for fun.  Look at this gorgeous face!
And of course the adorable profile in 2D.
And then, with a little cooperation from the baby, we were able to confirm what we suspected all along...
It's a BOY!!!!  This pic is the best one we could get because he was positioned at an awkward angle and when trying to get the "classic" view the cord overlapped and didn't make for a great shot.  It's definitely a boy though.  We are so incredibly grateful for this pending arrival and can't wait to meet him...well in 10 - 13 weeks anyway!  Now to trade off Reagan's outgrown pink stuff for some blue!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Five Question Friday!

Woo-hoo!  It's Friday!!  I have a few small home improvements projects on my agenda plus making time for some fun this weekend.  I hope everyone enjoys theirs!

Now on to 5QF with Mama M!

1. Have you worn the same outfit more than one day in a row?
Yup!  Happens quite a lot on the weekends (well, as long as the clothes don't get gross from the first day).  I tend to pick favorites and then I want to be in that outfit all the time.  LOL

2. If you had to choose any LARGE city to live in, which would it be?
In or near?  Does Orlando count?!  LOL  I suppose if it had to be IN a city larger than Orlando I would at a wikipedia list of the largest cities...Istanbul was Constantinople...) OH!  Got it!  Madrid!  Definately Madrid.  I love Spain!

3. Fly or drive with the kids on vacation?
Either/or is fine with me although my recent actual vacations involved both.  Reagan and I flew to Maryland and then drove with my mom to the beach. 

4. What is your idea of "spring cleaning"?
A big recycle bin to throw a year's worth of junk mail into and a big garbage can for the rest of the useless crap that accumulates. 

5. What is the best book you have ever read?
I've read a lot of books that I really loved but the original Peter Pan as written by J. M. Barrie is the one I love the most.  I actually own an original copy.  :-)

Have a great one everybody!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Mother vs "Real Mother" vs Adoptive Mother

Lately I have seen many news stories that identify the mom as the adoptive mother when it has zero pertinence to the story itself.  That bugs me.  It wouldn't bother me as much if every other story always identifed parents by HOW they became parents yet it seems the reporters like to throw in the term adoptive as if that makes any difference whatsoever.  Occasionally that can provide added details to a story (as in, if speaking of the act of adoption) but usually it means nothing and most times it seems as if it is being used to discount the role of the mom or the bond between mother and child.  When will they get it that the mom is the mom.  Period.  HOW she became the mom doesn't really matter. 

The other irritating thing is when people ask a mom who became a mom via adoption about her child's "real" parents.  Hmmm.  Real parents?  As opposed to fake ones?  As opposed to make believe ones?  Plastic ones?  Cartoon ones?  Paper ones?  What other kind of parents are there?  I know most people don't mean to strike a nerve but it would be nice if more people were able to realize that you ARE speaking to child's real parent and you are completely undermining that relationship and most likely really hurting that person's feelings.  And try to pay attention to if the child is in earshot.  How do you think that makes the child feel to hear their mom have her role discounted, albeit unintentionally?  And depending on the level of understanding the child has of adoption in general, you just might trigger some major insecurities in that child. 

Plus, most adoptive moms live with that fear of how they are going to feel the first time their child uses adoption against them.  I've spoken of it here before when I was talking about feeling slightly rejected long before the teen years showed up and the 'I hate yous' started.  After that post, several people came to me in regards to the "real mom" part of that and I realized that I may not have gotten my point across exactly.  I AM Reagan's mom but I remember being a teenager and saying whatever awful thing I could think of when I was mad at my mom and I have no disillusions that Reagan won't go through that same stage herself and quite likely reach for the adoption card.  Today I saw this post on another blog and was so glad to see that very topic being discussed.  She does a great job of putting the situation into perspective and helping to ease that fear.

So, as with many other situations, try to think before you speak and if you aren't sure how to phrase something I'd much rather you tell me that and I can offer you some help.  I've used that method myself with others in different situations too and the appreciation is evident. 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Updates and New News

Here are a few updates to catch me back up.

1. Reagan still has her paci for nap and night time (and during the occasional public meltdown). She went 3 nights without it and then began demanding it again. I probably could have forced the issue but we all know my soft spot for pacis and her dad is no help to be the strong one there either. So, maybe one day she’ll be paci free.

2. The diaper debacle. Well we seem to have found a combination that works. For nap and nighttime we put a Pull-Up on OVER her diaper (as opposed to instead of her diaper like we had tried) and make sure she is in a one-piece sleeper with the zipper pinned up. It’s a good thing that works because we were so tired of changing that crib!

3. I’ve learned not to ask Reagan open-ended ‘what do you want to eat’ questions because the answer that way is always “Chicken, fries!” Meaning of course, nuggets and French fries. Instead I give her a choice between 2 things or I just ask her if she wants the 1 thing. It was funny though, a few weeks ago my brother, “Unka Payyy” (Uncle Clay) and I took a window shopping trip to our local IKEA store. We had lunch first thing and I asked Reagan if she wanted chicken. Well Clay and I had been talking about how we couldn’t wait to get the Swedish Meatballs for days and she must have been paying attention because her answer was “No! Meatball!” It was hilarious. The best part though was she loved them too!

The New News

Reagan’s language skills are really taking off. She is still hard for some other people to understand but she says lots of small sentences these days. Something that I am impressed with is her ability to use the correct pronoun. If I ask her something using pronouns she does respond correctly most of the time. For instance, if I ask her “are you tired?” She will respond with “I tired”. In typical Reagan fashion, she skipped the pre-testing of pronouns where they get mixed up. It’s been her MO since infanthood. She never really practiced any milestones – she just did them and did them rather well one day out of the blue. She was always on the later part of the normal range but I wonder if that was from practicing in her head first until she was ready to put it to action. LOL One cute thing she does mess up is when we ask her what her name is. She’ll pat herself on her chest and say “My baby’s” instead of Reagan. Apparently we refer to her as My Baby more often than we refer to her as Reagan. She giggles too when she says it so I think she knows what she’s doing.

Then. Just yesterday she really impressed me. We were all out in the front yard and I was talking to her Daddy about how I’ve noticed that she has two common words for bugs. I said according to Reagan there are only two kinds of bugs in this world – anything that flies is a butterfly and anything that walks is a ladybug. She looks up at me from where she was playing and said, “Momma! Bees!” It was like, duh Mom, you forgot about bees. It was hysterical. I was just floored by the fact that she overheard our conversation, understood the context of the conversation and then corrected me where I was wrong. I think I need to start doubling her college savings!

Potty training – We are dipping our feet into potty training. I still think she is too immature for focused effort but one day a couple weeks ago she asked to sit on the big potty. I obliged and she quickly hopped down after a short time and nothing happened. I figured it was probably a good idea to get her a training potty to have available for any times that she might want to work on the training. The first night she was SO excited about her potty and wanted to run around naked so she could keep sitting on it and trying to go. Eventually that fun wore off and it became more fun to toss the ball into the potty instead. Despite many reminders that if she needs to pee-pee she should sit on the potty, she peed a big puddle next to the potty while playing with the ball in the potty. Now the potty sits in various spots of the living room being completely ignored. BUT, during bath time one night I caught that I’m-about-to-poop look on her face and I plucked her up and onto the big potty. She seemed a little scared to continue but by then she really had to go and one tiny turd escaped. Well Mommy acted like that little turd was made of pure gold and I praised the heck out of her. That in turn caused her to want to make more so the gates opened and the party began. We called Daddy in and Uncle Clay in and everyone marveled at the accomplishment. She kept saying “I did it!” and it was adorable. We stood in front of the potty staring and dancing and when I asked her if she wanted to flush it she said no. Apparently she wanted to look at it a bit longer before finally being ready to flush. A few days after that I thought she might need to go again and plopped her on the potty and we caught a pee event. She thought that was pretty funny and we did the “PeePee in the Pot-tay” song and dance all through the house. Since then there has been no major efforts but that is okay. I am sure she’ll potty train herself when she’s ready. If not, we’ll work on it when I think she’s for sure mature enough.

Well that’s it for my long catch-up post! Hopefully I’ll post more frequently again.  Especially because I am excited to talk about her emotion recognition!  It is so cool to watch them develop and grow!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Cool Giveaway!!!

Life has been very hectic lately and I haven't had the time I'd like to update my blog and also to keep up with blogs I like to read.  Tonight I took some time to read through my good friend LeeAnn's blog.  We talk a bunch IRL so I've known what's been going on in her life but I also LOVE to read her blog and see what she's blogging about and what cool giveaways she has going on.  Tonight I came across one I could really, really use.  For many reasons beyond it's a good idea, we've been trying to cut costs and save money and work towards a healthier bank account.  One of the ways we are interested in is using coupons.  To be honest, we've been talking about it for months but haven't actually started doing it full force yet.  The biggest hold-up is the organizing of coupons.  Taking a bunch in your hand or an envelope and trying to get through a shopping trip only to fumble through them at checkout and/or realize you left some ones of the ones you needed at home is not my idea of fun.  A solution to that mess is what the giveaway is all about and I want to win this one bad!  So head on over to LeeAnn's and check out the Couponizer Giveaway for your chance to win as well.  What a GREAT idea!
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