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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Organization 2.0...

Hey everyone!
It's been awhile again... I'm not very good at this. Sorry!

Anyway, I'm here with some organization bragging. I love me some organization!

I found these great 3 drawer bins, on mega sale at Target and knew exactly where I needed them. 
In my pantry, of course, 
I ended up going back and getting a second one but I took this picture before then. 

What did I need these drawers for, you may ask...

Storage for storage, of course. 

At the same time, I purchased two of these fabulous bins for under my sink. I have cleaning supplies in here and now that they're all in one spot, we will put a lock on this cabinet once Emma starts crawling and she won't be able to get into anything she shouldn't. 
Plus, I know EXACTLY where all of my cleaning supplies are and don't have to search all over the house.

I also purchased four smaller, turquoise bins, at the same time and put them in our bathroom closet to organize all of our little bathroom things.

I may have a problem. 
Or not. 

Happy Organizing!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

2 Months...

Hello there everyone!

I can't believe it's been 2 months since I blogged. 2 months is a long time. So much has happened in 2 months. Wonderful, beautiful things.

Life is simply amazing.

Thomas began a new position with the Columbia School District. The hours are SO MUCH better and all three of us are happier.

My younger sister, Ceres, delivered a beautiful baby boy on February 2 and I got to help her through it all. It was such an honor and definitely helped in the healing process from my crazy postpartum ordeal
Look at that handsome boy!
Ceres did a wonderful job and I'm so proud of her! And now I'm an Aunt!

Thomas and I did some redesign/redecorating in our basement. It's amazing!
We now have a defined playroom that definitely still needs more work but is going to be great in the end. We also have a living room area now. We need a new couch but we're saving up so we'll have one in the next couple of months. 

How fun are those colors?!

I'll post more later about our design later. I might have Thomas pop in to tell you all about it, in fact. It was all his design and genius behind it. 

I promise to be better about posting. I just need to carve out time in my day. Ms. Emma keeps me quite busy! And I love it!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Thanksgiving Leftovers...

Hey everyone!

Happy (very belated) Thanksgiving! 

Life has been super crazy lately. Ms. Emma is 8 weeks old now and I'm in full lovin'-bein'-a-momma mode! She is absolutely wonderful and I simply adore being her mommy. 
Her first turkey day was fabulous. We got to see lots of family and of course, ate way too much delicious food!

We began our holiday at my mom's house. It is our first holiday season in her new house and it was so much fun making new memories in this beautiful environment. My mom made a huge, delicious, Thanksgiving lunch so she sent us home with LOTS of leftovers.

We then went to Thomas' Grandparent's house and shared some delicious pies and had fun catching up. 

Several years ago, Thomas' grandma made us a casserole with the leftovers and I've been meaning to make it for quite a while now. The Sunday after Thanksgiving, I decided it was time to try it out.
We were not disappointed! 
I found the recipe from Kraft and just tweaked it a bit. You know how I am. 

I didn't quite have enough leftover mashed potatoes so I made up some instant ones and combined them. 
I used boxed stuffing but didn't add quite as much water as the box called for because I didn't want it all to be too mushy. 
Finally, I didn't have frozen veggies... we're more of a canned veggie family so I combined carrots, corn and green beans (2 cups total).

It worked perfectly! 
So delicious and a fabulous way to use those leftovers!

Try it out!


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

And we were tested...

There are defining moments in every marriage. 
For some couples, those defining moments are not as big or catastrophic at first. For some, it takes years for an event to occur to really test one's marriage. For others, it happens within the first few years.
That's what happened with Thomas and I. 
It seems like things have never been exactly easy for us. We've had money issues, problems finding full-time work, infertility...
Then there was that time where Thomas almost died
And then this past October. 

I went into the labor and delivery room with the expectation that everything would go exactly as I planned. 
A natural birth. No drugs. Emma in ideal health. Me in ideal health. No issues. Certainly no c-section.
But then life happened. 
Life kicked us in the butt actually. 

And our marriage was tested again. And again. And again. 

I wish I could say that I was a good, calm and understanding patient throughout everything but that wouldn't be honest. 
And I wish I could say Thomas was calm and understanding while watching his wife and daughter go through what we did but he wasn't. 

We were tested. 

Our faith was tested. Our marriage was tested. Our ability to adapt as new parents was tested. 
And time and time again, I asked myself, "WHY?! Why us?"
I developed an infection in my uterus during labor. After being induced, I was in labor for 46 hours. I had been in laten labor for days before so my doctor said we needed to induce because my blood pressure was borderline high and she didn't want to take any risks. 
No risks. 
After 23 hours of being in labor and only dilated 1/2 cm, they decided to break my water. 
22 hours later, my fever spiked to 103 F and they said a c-section would be necessary for mine and the baby's health. 
I was terrified. 
The c-section went fine, other than throwing up on the table while they were sewing me back up. 
Unfortunately, Emma had to be taken the the NICU because there was a chance she could develop an infection, since she was in my uterus while it was infected. 
Having a baby in the NICU is awful. I would never wish something like that upon any parent. 
What made it worse was that I had just come out of surgery and had to be on antiobiotics. 

My plans of immediate skin to skin contact: gone. 
My plans to immediately breastfeed: gone. 
My plans to never let Emma out of my sight: gone. 
Nothing went as planned. 

And we were tested. 

We were tested when I went down to the NICU to hold my baby and they informed me I wouldn't be allowed to because she had an IV in her umbilical cord and if I held her, it could come loose and she could bleed out. 

We were tested. And tested. And tested. 

3 days went by. I was feeling much better. Able to walk. I wasn't in a lot of pain and had even showered. 
And then my pain got unbearable. Out of nowhere. 

And we were tested. 

Because they didn't listen to me when I told them something was wrong.
They released me from the hospital. I was in horrible pain but was told it was normal. 
1 week after Emma was born, she was released from the NICU. 
And that night, I was taken back to the emergency room. 
My incision was seriously infected and they reopened it. 
We were tested when they began opening it without giving me any pain meds. 
We were tested when they announced Thomas would have to "pack the incision" twice a day until it healed. 
But it didn't stop there. 
Over the course of the next 2 weeks, I was in and out of the hospital two more times. 
I developed a very high fever but they couldn't figure out why. 
Finally, after many many tests, it was announced that I had a blood clot in my right leg as well as Septic Pelvic Vein Thrombophlebitis
It didn't end there.
My uterus was still infected. 
And I developed C-diff because of all the antibiotics they had me on.

And we were tested. 

Defining moments in marriage. Will you make it through?
We have and we're stronger than ever. 
We have a beautiful, healthy daughter. 
I have the most wonderful husband in the world who packs my incision twice a day and doesn't complain even a little. 
We're all alive and God is good. 

But we were tested. 

And we're tested every day. 
Is it because we're Christians? Is it because the devil attacks us? Is it because God has a bigger plan and we're just along for the ride?
I don't know. 
What I do know is that once you make it to the other side, you're stronger. You've learned things and you'll never go back. 
Life is full of surprises. 
It's scary but wonderful. 
Full of adventure but danger is lurking.

I'm happily riding along on this adventure called life. 
God is there for me. Always has been. 

And we're tested. 

But isn't that what life is all about?


Monday, October 27, 2014

Our Family Just Grew by 2 Feet...

We had a baby!!!!
Emmy Lynn was born on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 3:42pm.
She weighed 7 pounds and was 20 1/4 inches long... such a petite little beauty!
On her way to the NICU
I ended up having to have a c-section, after 46 hours of labor.
Grandma Christi (my mom) meeting Emma
 Emma was in the NICU for 7 days for antibiotics, since I developed an infection in my uterus, during labor. Luckily, she never developed an infection so it was simply preventative. However, it was still very difficult for her to be there!
Aunt Ceres (she didn't get to hold her until she was out of the NICU)
I also had many complications postpartum (more on that later).  
Aunt Claire!
 But Emma is here! And after 3 weeks, I'm out of the hospital and on the mend as well.
Grandma Cindy and Grandpa Bob (Thomas's parents) holding Emma for the first time.
We're adjusting to life as a family of 3 and God continues to show Himself to us, daily.
Our first family photo... Emma was about an hour and a half old.
 Stay tuned for many more updates on life with Emma... we have a feeling it's gonna be pretty great.
Aunt Amanda (close family friend) surprised us and came to the hospital for my delivery.
 You may have noticed that my blog has changed a bit. Thomas and I have been working on it for quite sometime and since we had some extra time in the hospital, we finally completed it.
Let me know what you think!