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Friday, December 13, 2013

It's Been A While........

I've been MIA for a while.  A lot has happened since the last time I wrote.  Once again I was laid off due to a workforce reduction at my most recent employer.  That is 3 layoffs in a row for the same reason.  Very frustrating.  BUT.....I have gotten to hang out with my girls more!  It's nice being home and spending time with Livie.  I love going to pick up K from school and not showing up there exhausted from the work day.
I am still looking for a new job but I am trying to make the most of my time home with Livie and really work on her weight gain and spending quality time with Kayla.

Here are some updates on Livie and Kayla.

Kayla is doing great in school, learning new things everyday and continues to excel in gymnastics and karate.
Livie's weight is up slightly but she is still a peanut weighing in at 16 pounds 12 oz and finally wearing 12 month clothes.  We went to the Endo doc yesterday and they agreed with our pediatrician that Livie's growth hormone levels and thyroid look great.  So we just need to fatten her up a bit.  I am trying new foods and recipes with her and Kayla to see if I can get both of them to gain some weight but mostly Livie.  She needs it!

I am very blessed.  I have a hard working husband and 2 amazing and healthy girls.  I know losing my job happened for a reason.  Praying it all works out in the end.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

It's That Time of Year Again!

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Above is our Christmas Card for 2013.  Waiting on them to arrive next week sometime so I can get them shipped out.  I usually have them sent out by now but we had to delay our photo shoot until November


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Just When I Thought I Was Over It........

Just when I thought I was getting over the whole traumatic NICU experience and preemie thing an amazing yet hard to watch video brings it all back.  Check out this amazing video by Linkin Park below.  I'm so glad they made this video but that didn't make it any easier to watch.  I felt like I was re-living our NICU experience with Livie all over again.  If you know someone who has a baby in the NICU please say an extra little prayer for them.  It's a very terrifying experience.

Go to this link to watch the amazing Video
Linkin Park-Castle of Glass

It's hard to believe that 18 months ago Livie came into the world at 29 weeks 5 days.   I'm so thankful to our amazing NICU team.  They were truly amazing.

Monday, October 14, 2013

October 15th- a Day of Celebration and a Day to Remember

Tomorrow is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness day.  It's a catch 22 for me because it is also my husband I's Wedding Anniversary.  I hate that I have to share and celebrate these two occasions on the same day every single year.  Tomorrow will mark 8 years of marriage to my wonderful husband and although it is a day for happiness I am also reminded of our 8 angels in heaven and the struggles we went through after our wedding to start a family.  I am so thankful that I can look back at those years and know that my biggest fears were conquered since we have 2 amazing little girls and are a family of 4 now.  Still, to share the day with something sad kind of sucks.  So, this year I will light our 8 candles, hug our two miracles, and celebrate the joy of marriage with my husband. We have sure come a long way in the past 8 years!

Kayla and me 7/8/09
Livie and me 4/29/12

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A little fun with Magisto!

Livie's short video

Kayla's short video

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

TIME Cover Says: Having It All Means NOT Having Kids

Love this blogger's comments about the Time Magazine cover.  And as a parent who has gone through infertility treatments, jumped through the hoops to adopt and finally carried a baby and gave birth I can totally relate to this blogger's take on the cover.

Monday, July 29, 2013

K & Livie

Today Miss Livie is 15 months old! (1 year 2 weeks and 5 days adjusted age)  She had a blast in the Toddler area at the Play Factory while her big sister K attended a birthday party there.  K graduated from her Goldfish swim class on Saturday and is now a Jellyfish!  We are all very excited for her!
rock wall climbing


play time at the Play Factory

Moving up to the next class in swimming!

Miss K (7/28/13)