Monday, December 5, 2011

Sick... and tired

For pete's sake I've caught the plague from the children. Started last week with stomach pyrotechnics (I won't go into details, use your imagination), body aches, chills, fever. Now it has morphed into some nasty respiratory thing that has settled in to my sinuses and chest. Pounding headache. I am not pleased. Not one bit. My poor babies have all been suffering from the same thing. I am debating a trip to the doctor. But I hate going in and being told that we all have viruses. Then receiving a hefty medical bill to add to our stack of bills for said visit. So tough it out we will.

I am proud that I had the energy yesterday to do a North Pole Breakfast. Wish I could say the same about today. So far I've managed to dress the kids and change their diapers. We've all had breakfast (cereal) and I am now sitting like a zombie in a chair unable to move. Cadence is jumping away in her jumperoo and Ethan is watching whatever is on Disney. This mom is ready to go back to bed. YUCK. Wake me up when it's spring, OK?

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Wish List '11

I've been getting lots of  pressure  requests for our Christmas wish lists. Do you know how hard it is to come up with a wish list for FIVE people. FIVE. lol. For this slacker it is tough. So here we go...!

White T-shirts size L or XL, Hanes tagless, round neck
Beef Jerky or Pepperoni Sticks
Movie Gift Cards (Regal Cinema)
The Office Season 6
Barnes and Noble Gift card
iTunes gift card
Seahawks hat
Seahawks anything

Barnes and Noble Gift Card
Nook Cover
iTunes Gift Card
New eyemask to block the light - and earplugs
2011 Family Christmas Ornament
Santa Frame for the kids santa picture
Snowman Christmas Decorations
Travel Coffee Mug that doesn't leak
Starbucks gift card - or starbucks ANYTHING


Junie B. Jones Books
Sewing supplies (fabric, thread, ect)
Scrapbooking albums
Scrapbooking supplies
Pictures for her scrap books
Crafts supplies (paints, paper, crayons, ect0
American Girl doll and clothes
iTunes Gift card
Hair things (headbands, ect)
Shoes size 3 (big girls)
Winter boots size 3
Snowpants size 9/10
Long Sleeved shirts size 9/10
Leggings (she already has brown, black, yellow)

Pants/Jeans size 4 with adjustable waist
Long sleeved shirts/sweaters size 4
Winter Coat size 4
Trains to go with his Geotrax set
Kids Christmas DVD
Games to go with his Innotab (V-tech)
Nerf "bullets" to go in his Nerf guns

Jammies size 12 -18 month
Board books
Chewie toys
Any clothing (warm winter) size 12-18 month especially onesies
Hair pretties (baby headbands)
Baby's first Christmas ornament
Ladybug artwork for her room (pinks/reds)

North Pole - The Sunday Morning Feast

Well Fred out did himself! He cooked up a special North Pole breakfast fit for 2 wonderful kids and even a sweet little baby. 
Mackenzy ran excitedly upstairs to get me out of bed. "Mom, come see! Santa and Fred left us breakfast" 

- Oh really? Are you sure??

Yes! It's true! 

Oh boy!!! Look at all this magic!!! How did he do it? 

*shrug* who cares! We have DONUTS
"I love Fred, he's the best elf ever" said Mack. 
(I took that as a personal compliment)

Did I see him **WINK** ?

mmmmm. This may be the last year Ms. Mackenzy really goes for all this {magical stuff} 

Mike thinks she is just humoring me and playing along. That's ok. Someday soon whenshe asks I'll tell her the TRUTH

But for now she is my little girl. *sigh*

Ethan is in love with the magic and this year he is finally old enough to "get" it.  

Sipping some yummy Reindeer Orange Juice. 

Did you know that Reindeer make orange juice?
Neither did I! *wink*

Our littlest little - Cadence had her first donut... er I mean snowball this morning. 

I think she liked it. A LOT

Look mom! More donuts! 

Thanks mom... er FRED. Can't wait to see what else you have planned. 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

North Pole Breakfast 2011

December is here and with it we have a new guest in our house. Our house elf Fred! He arrived from the Northpole the day after Thanksgiving and has been creating mischief since he arrived. So far he's sat and observed the kids from the shelf and a wreath on the door, had a snowball fight with our Christmas teddy bears, took a ride in Barbie's convertible (and stole Daddy's keys!) and now..... he has prepared a feast! This will be our first North Pole Breakfast.

Oh Yum! Fred has outdone himself. What a clever little guy! We have an array of sugary goodies that would make our dentist cringe. 

We have Snowball Donuts, Hot Chocolate with Icebergs (mini marshmallows), Gingerbread cookies, Chocolate Elf Kisses, Reindeer Orange Juice, Gumdrop Yogurt and of course because she's a mom, Mrs Clause sent us some fruit. hehe

Yes, Fred is mighty proud. He took a bite of a snowball after his hard work. Such a little guy needs calories! 

I can't wait to see the kids reaction in the morning! 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Oh Pinterest

How I love thee. Let me count the ways...



Source: via Angel on Pinterest



Source: None via Christa on Pinterest

Monday, October 3, 2011

A 3 year old birthday boy!

Someone had a birthday party, oh my!!!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wubbanuba something... = awesome

We just got a delivery from UPS. I love amazon prime 2 day shipping. Because 1) It's FREE and 2) I only have to wait TWO days to get my item. Not a week.

So this morning the doorbell rang and my first thought was "Shit, who's here". Mainly because I am sitting in my jammies... So of course Ethan hollers out "What's that noise?".  SHhhhhhh!!!! Whomever is at the door might hear us and we are HIDING!

Then I hear the UPS truck start up. I tiptoe to the window and peak out and nobody is standing there. Thank goodness!

The package at the door is my Woobanub. Or something. It's a stuffed toy with a binkie attached. Supposed to make it easier to keep the binky in the babies mouth. Yes, I'm a lazy mom. This is baby #3 and the days of popping the binky repeatedly back in a baby mouth have grown old and weary. I want help. So thank you Wubbanubba whatever. Thank you. :)


I am fascinated by the gadget that shows me locations of the people that visit my blog. Someone from the Russian federation visited 6 days ago. Seriously! lol. Weird and cool. So to my Russian Federation visitor: Hello .--------> привет!

Sitting - not for the faint of heart

She is 6 months old... and change. :( Mommy is not handling the aging of the baby well. Her latest trick? Trying to tripod and sit up. She does baby crunches a lot. She can sit up for approximately a millionth of a second before toppling. Or she bends so far over her little forehead nearly touches the floor. Cue the spit up!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

I'll try anything...

To get out of teething hell. Tylenol, Motrin and Orajel aren't cutting it. So when things get tough who do you turn to?

Sophie?!?!  How can this strange toy help you ask? Apparently baby chews on this poor unsuspecting giraffe and all your teething woes are washed away.

So what if Sophie isn't enough? Can she really do the job? She is just a giraffe after all. 

A baby wearing a necklace? A teething necklace. But not to chew on. This is no ordinary necklace. This is made of Amber which apparently has some magical quality that controls pain. We shall see. I have one being shipped from e-bay as I type. I have left no stone or bead un-turned in my quest for relief from the hell of teething. 
What if the above methods fail? What then?
That should do it. For me anyway! 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


I finally got an hour to myself to finish making my burp cloths! Next on the list: bills and taxes. FUN times.

Friday, April 1, 2011

The time a homeless man bought us lunch

Ok I promised some that I would eventually tell this story. It's time. Funny now but at the time it was mortifying!

I was discharged from the hospital on a Friday. My mom and Ethan were there to pick me up. Mike was with baby Cadence at the NICU and the plan was to join them. I was horribly emotional because I pictured myself going home with a sweet baby girl. Not leaving to go visit the NICU downtown, drugged up on pain killers and feeling like death. The nurse was kind enough to wheel me to the car because I was still hurting quite a bit. I'm holding it together at this point. Then we stopped at the pharmacy and picked up my pain meds and rented the breast pump. I'm still doing OK. We are hungry because it's afternoon so we decide to stop at McDonald's since it's right next to the freeway. I should note - this is also NOT what I pictured after being discharged from the hospital. lol. I pictured going home to snuggle a sweet baby. Not sitting in a McD's trying to hold on to my sanity.

We get seated inside. Ethan is in a highchair and I'm sitting with him while my mom goes to order. While she's gone I notice there are about 5 homeless men at the 2 tables next to ours and they are arguing and being kind of beligerent. Awkward. I try not to make eye contact, but at the same time I'm concerned about Ethan and myself at this table and wondering if I had to could I pick him up and run? (remember it's been 3 days since I had my insides ripped out of me and stuffed back in). I look at my phone and check my e-mail to distract myself. There's an e-mail from my boss about shared leave and mentioning that I could reapply given Cadence's condition. Ok now there is a lump in my throat. Things are breaking down. Now the men are yelling at each other. One of them starts yelling "I'll kick your @ss if you don't get out of here!".  Stuff like that. OMG. My mom finally comes back with our food and sits down. Then asks if things are getting tense with the homeless men. I nod. So she immediately gets the manager who throws them out. One of the men remained to finish his lunch (he was the only one actually eating).

I don't know what happened to me. I think it was the combo of the pain meds, the yelling and fear I had of the rowdy homeless men, realizing that I'm sitting in a McDonald's while my little baby girl is in a NICU downtown when she should be WITH ME, and the e-mail I just read. HORMONES. Don't you love them?

I bit into my food and then burst into tears. Tears are streaming down my face. I try to wipe them away but they just keep coming. So pathetic to be sobbing in a McDonald's. And embarrassing. OMG soooo embarrassing. I finally pull myself together and then the homeless man that stayed to finish his lunch comes over and tries to hand my mom some money. He keeps saying "I'm so sorry" "It got way out of hand" ect. And insists that she take the money even though we tried protesting several times and telling him that it wasn't really his fault I was crying. How could he possibly know why I'm crying? My mom finally accepts the money so that we don't insult the guy. We say thank you. What else could we do?

And that my friends is how to get a homeless man to buy you lunch. I don't recommend it. ;) I still feel bad that he gave us his cash. But I think it made him feel like he did an honorable thing and maybe that is worth more than a little cash?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Cadence Julia's Birth Story

Cadence Julia's birth story (warning: very long)

Sorry I'm just now getting around to this. It's been a very long week for us. So here is the full story. I went for my 37 week check up with my OB/GYN. Actually I was 36 weeks 6 days. I'd taken my last nifedipine dose that mornign and ironically after a month of contractions I wasn't having any contractions at all. I did notice that morning that it felt like Cadence had dropped. I was feeling some pelvic and back pressure but nothing to make me feel like things had really changed significantly. I did notice that morning that I'd actually woken up without the rib pain and felt more comfortable than normal.

So I get to my appointment and they hook me up to the monitor. Cadence's heart rate was up in the 130's range and very flat. No accelerations to be seen. Kathy the nurse was concerned so she had me drink a cup of soda. Then we waited and watched. Still no real variability. So she got my doctor and I turned more up on my left side. They were both kind of shaking and poking my tummy, we were trying to get her to "wake up". I'd also noticed a lot less movement over the weekend but thought that was normal end of pregnancy stuff. She was still doing at least 10 kicks so I wasn't terribly concerned. Anyhow, my doctor was worried enough about the lack of variability to send me to L&D. He also checked my cervix and I was dilated 3-4 cm which shocked me because I hadn't had hardly any contractions that morning. So I am still not terribly worried, just a little freaked because of the dilation! I hadn't packed a bag or anything because I was pretty convinced that I wasn't in labor that morning.

So I leave the doctor office and go to L&D. I called Mike to let him know that I was going to L&D for more monitoring and I was a little nervous. I asked him to leave work and come to the hospital even though I was "pretty sure" I wasn't in labor. I think I was in denial about the situation at that point. I got to L&D and hooked up to the monitor again. Still very flat heartrate but steady in the 130's. The nurse had me drink some cold water, cranberry juice. I hadn't eaten lunch so we thought maybe some sugar or food would get her HR up again. So I ate a banana and a muffin. Still no improvement. By about 5 pm the doctor shows up again and we are starting to talk about whether to break my water and get labor going. I'd had a few contractions on the monitor but nothing regular. He shook my belly HARD and she had a HUGE deceleration. Then in the next half hour or so the decelerations continued. He ordered stat labs because of my history of low platelets. Then they brought the ultrasound machine to my room and did a bedside ultrasound. The tech was looking for what seemed like a very long time and was mumbling to my doctor things like "No points for breathing" ect. Making me really nervous! Cadence scored a 2/10 on the biophysical profile. Not good. She also hadn't really engaged in my pelvis so they were concerned about the cord coming down if my water broke. So then we started trying to decide if I could try labor with the OR set up for a "crash" c/s if needed or just go straight to a c/s. I was bawling at this point because of my traumatic almost emergency c/s when Ethan was born. We decided ultimately that labor was too dangerous given her poor BPP score and decelerations. I had written out a birth plan explaining my previous experience with my spinal not working and almost getting a c/s. So the anesthesiologist was very very good about explaining everything and trying to calm me down.

She did a great job with my spinal and almost instantly I felt my legs go numb. My OB pinched me really hard with the clamps and I felt nothing. OMG so relieved at that point. I was still crying from nerves. Mike was right by me the whole time and I just tried to focus on him while they worked. I know it was just minutes but it felt like forever. Finally she was out. I heard my doctor say "It's a girl!!" and then I heard her screaming immediately. Such a relief.

Cadence Julia Pena was born on March 8th at 9:01 pm. Weighing 5 lbs 6 oz and 18 inches long.

There was meconium in my amniotic fluid so she was definately in distress. We don't know why yet. Her cord was small and my placenta looked "unhealthy" per my doctor. It was sent to pathology so I'm hoping to get some answers in the next week or so.

Her apgars were 8 and 9 and she was doing pretty good initially. They brought her to me for a second and I gave her little cheek a kiss. Mike left to the nursery to take pictures while they weighed her. It seemed like forever while they stitched me up. My platelets were pretty low but luckily the bleeding wasn't an issue, my doctor said I clotted off really well. They wheeled me back to my room and I waited for them to bring the baby to me.

Finally the nurse came in and said they would be keeping Cadence in the nursery overnight because her blood sugar was low and she needed oxygen. I cried because this wasn't what I had planned. I was to numb to be able to get out of bed to see her. So I waited for feeling to come back to my legs... but they did a really good job on the spinal. My legs were dead numb! My friends came in and distracted me for awhile. Around midnight my friends had all left and Mike and i were sitting there when my nurse came in. She was crying!!! So my heart was in my throat. She said that she didn't know exactly what was wrong but that they were working on Cadence. What?!?! I was sobbing. Still to numb to get out of bed and go see... I told Mike to get down there NOW and see. So my nurse stayed with me trying to say reassuring things while I just layed there and sobbed hysterically. An HOUR AND A HALF later we finally had some info. Neonatologist came in and told us that Cadence had acute respiratory distress and was intubated and that they were transferring her to Swedish down town. More sobbing hysterically from me. This was like a horrible nightmare. They promised I could see her before they transferred her. A bit later they rolled her isolette into my room and I could see her little face but that was it. She was covered in wires and tubes and I was sobbing again. I was still to numb to get up but I managed to sit up enough to see her. Then they were gone.

I spent the next 3 days in the hospital trying to get my pain under control and crying most of the time because I was worried about Cadence. I couldn't believe this was happening. Cadence was intubated for 2 days, getting IV fluids, IV antibiotics. They did and echo and her PDA was still open but otherwise her heart was normal. Her pulmonary pressures were very high in the beginning. After 2 days they were able to wean her off the inhaled nitrous oxide and the ventilator and put her on CPAP mask. She was under the bili lights for a few days also. They started tube feeds on day 3 and we worked to get her sucking on a nipple. She tired pretty easily but each day got a bit stronger. They finally weaned her to nasal cannula and eventually room air. We spent 1 day in the special care nursery after she was deemed stable enough to leave the nicu and then I convinced the nurse practioner to send us home. She is breastfeeding like a champ now. Her respiratory issues are resolved and we are just so fortunate that everything turned out OK in the end. 

Friday, March 4, 2011

Pictures for Destiny

We participated in a video slide show made by the HH moms for Krystal to honor her sweet baby girl. Sending all our love to the VanRysell's this week.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Angel in Heaven

Last night a mom from my online playgroup held her sweet baby girl for the last time. I can't even imagine what that must feel like. I really admire her courage and strength through this terrible situation. Baby Destiny was born with a congenital heart condition called HLHS and fought the battle of a lifetime. 

Tonight I hug my babies a little bit tighter and count my blessings that they are healthy. We take these things for granted and we really shouldn't. 

An angel in the Book of Life wrote down my baby's birth & whispered as she closed the Book: "Too beautiful for this earth"

Please pray for healing and comfort for baby Destiny's family tonight. 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

My Crafty Side

I've been feeling extra crafty lately. Maybe it's a part of nesting? Here are some things I've made so far for the baby.

I decided to recover the car seat to give it a little girly flair. Not sure I'm brave enough to tackle the canopy. We'll see. 

A burp cloth (more of these to come)

And a boppy cover! 

different fabric on each side: 

I even managed a zipper! 

This gorgeous fabric finally arrived in the mail and I plan on sewing a few more burp cloths with it. 

35 weeks and counting

Well I've made it to 35 weeks! I have gained a total of 14 pounds and my ankles are still there but puffy. My baby girl kicks constantly and has decided that she loves sticking her little feet up into my left rib. OW. It hurts like a son of a gun! Yup. It does. I am starting to get used to being uncomfortable. I'm trying really really hard to just treasure these last few weeks of pregnancy because I know myself and I'm crazy. I'm so crazy that I know I will actually miss all of this someday. My appointment was kind of a bust this week. The doctor wasn't in the office because he was delivering a baby. I guess that's the way it goes in the world of labor and delivery. So I was hooked up to the monitor and Cadence's heart rate wasn't showing very good variability with a rate only in the 110's. I started to feel anxious and nervous. I didn't pack a bag or even consider what *could* happen if she didn't look good on the NST. The nurse gave me some nasty soda to gulp and within a few minutes her heart rate was much more variable and the rate was up a teeny bit. Shew!! It got me thinking that I might want to pack our bags and just keep them in the car. I have lists of things I want to do before she's here. I've been chinking away at it slowly all while trying to lay down as much as possible to keep the contractions under control. The other night I had contractions every 3-4 minutes for over an hour and finally with the breakthrough pill I was able to get them to stop. But it is a reminder that she is in there and she WILL be coming out soon. We are shooting for 37 weeks at least.

Here is my view looking down.  Yes I can no longer see my feet! 

Here is another one of my horrible bathroom shots! 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Not so much, In fact I can totally relate to this picture. It made me giggle.


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