Sunday, December 30, 2012

Our Year In Review - 2012

It is unbelievable to me that I am sitting here thinking about ringing in a New Year - 2013 for that matter!  2013?!!?  How is that possible?  
I am hoping that 2013 brings us health, happiness and fun.  Our family needs it!  
Time to remember what we have overcome, accomplished and survived!  



January 2012:
January 2012 marked the month of my last birthday in my 20's.  29 years old.  
We introduced Jude to the NBA this month.  We took him to his first Denver Nuggets game for him to see "Hoop Ball" for the first time.  We had a fun time.  
We took a vacation to visit my bestie in Arkansas.  We had a great time being tourists and Jude loved spending time with his God-Parents. 
My Aunt is a huge National Western Stock Show fan and decided that Jude needed to experience this.  We took a trip with my Aunt down to the show and Jude was in heaven!  He loves all things horses.  

February 2012:
February started with a SNOW DAY in Denver!  This doesn't happen very often but we made sure to make the best of it. Jude's obsession with all things train became apparent!
Jeremy was apart of the annual Heart Auction at CHAC gallery in Denver.  I hosted a baby shower for my brother and his girlfriend who were expecting twins!  We went with a Monkey Theme!! 
Jeremy's Tattoo Tribute to Jude was completed!!    

March 2012:
Jude had his first dentist appointment!!  He was a rock-star - didn't need Xanax like his mommy!!  ;o)
We went for a visit to Arizona to see Jeremy's parents.  It just happened to be SPRING TRAINING!  Go Rockies!!  
The blog was a little quiet - see reason in APRIL!!  ;o)  
No blog post BUT our family grew by 2 - my brother and his girlfriend had their twins, Carter and Annabelle on March 25th!

April 2012:
Happy Easter!!  Jude had a little visit with a big bunny!  He was pretty excited!
Well hello - MAJOR Family news was posted!  

May 2012:
May was another quiet month.  Pregnancy was rough in the beginning.
The weekly bump updates started!  Here is one for weeks 15, 16, and 17!   

June 2012:
June was full of excitement!!  We announced what Baby 2.0 was! And reached 20 weeks.  It is true.  The 2nd pregnancy goes SUPER fast!
My bestie came with her hubby for a visit so we decided to hit up the Colorado Rockies.  We had a great time at the game and fun visit with them.
Jude turned 2!!  We spent the day as a family and went to a really fun Zoo in Colorado Springs. 
And we CELEBRATED big - Choo Choo I'm 2!!  Jeremy's parents were able to come out for this too!!  YAY!
We confirmed Baby Girl being a GIRL with the 3-d ultrasound.  
Wow!  June was full of fun!!

July 2012:
I hit my V-Day with the baby.  A relief after bleeding for so long!
We took a special JULY (HELLO HOT when you are pregnant!) to Arizona to surprise one of my very best friends for her 30th birthday party!  It was a blast!  
For our trip to Arizona we decided that Jude is a professional traveler.  This post makes me smile! 
A confession about being pregnant...raw and real!  
The nursery planning begins!!
Jude MADE us go get Hot Dogs for dinner!  Love this kid!

August 2012:
Jeremy turned 31!  Happy Birthday!!
Jude wanted to bring some excitement to our month by breaking his finger.  We celebrated our 9 year anniversary!!  9 years!!!
On being pregnant again and some big BUMP pictures and prayers. 
My niece and nephew were baptized at our family church.  A very special day. 
Our playroom got a redesign!  Time for all the toys to be moved downstairs and out of the nursery.  Baby girl is coming soon!!  Jude even created a list of things he HAS to buy his sister. 

September 2012:
We spent a special Labor Day out as a family at a local park.  Jude rode his first Roller-coaster!  
34 weeks - Yikes...going so fast!  
Why we love Toddlerhood in our house!!  
EEEK!!  We announced Baby 2.0's name!!  Special post!!
Nursery is coming along!  Teagan is added to the mix.
Fall is here which means we took our annual visit to Anderson Farms with Jude!  Halloween is going to be a blast this year!

October 2012:
Maternity pictures!!  They turned out great!!
I was honored by my sister in law with a baby shower for me and Baby 2.0.
And we were on the watch - 38 weeks pregnant.
AND 39 weeks...I was a little impatient!!
We got an eviction notice for Baby 2.0!!
We said good-bye to Jeremy's Papa...blessed yet so sad. 
Teagan Evelyn - BORN ON HER DUE DATE!!  
Halloween 2012 - a Potatohead and Peas!

November 2012:
Enjoying our family of 4 and Jude being a BIG BROTHER!
My breastfeeding story - when I put the pump down. 
Teagan's Newborn pictures - and how she became a Cupcake!
What a month we had, this post sums up the stress and happiness - maternity leave and my Gallbladder surgery!
A special day for Teagan - Baptized in our family church. 

December 2012:
Jeremy ends up in the hospital with ANOTHER flair. 
I went back to work...boo!!!  Working mom again!
Teagan is 2 months old - and SUPER long. 
Our Christmas 2012 photo dump...talk about an eventful and fun day!!
And more prayers for Jeremy - we end the year with a huge decision and change to our life. 



Wow!  What a year.  
Seriously, talk about ups and downs.  We are moving forward with a big decision on Jeremy's health - that change is coming on January 9th.  We are excited and scared but so ready.  I might be MIA during this time...but stay connected on whats going on with him here -
 Blog - IBD, Daddy and Me
Facebook - IBD, Daddy and Me

I wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!  

Much love!!
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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Teagan's 1st Christmas

Merry Christmas Teagan!
Pretty little lady in her Christmas dress.  Even had glitter red shoes!  So cute!


Our Strawberry Cupcake on her first Christmas morning. 
What fun!!


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Friday, December 28, 2012

Prayers for my Hubby - #ulcerativecolitis

For those of you who have been following our story for a while now know that Jeremy, my husband, is severely affected by an Inflammatory Bowel Disease called Ulcerative Colitis.  To be PC - he has ulcers on his colon that give him major "tummy troubles" partnered with pain.

Like I said above, it is severe.  He was diagnosed in July of 2009 and here we are December 2012 - it has progressed and we have been told he is a rare case.  Medications are not working.  Thankfully there is a cure with out medications but that cure is pretty drastic yet a cure.

Jeremy and I have decided that he will follow through with that cure - surgery.  Surgery to remove that useless, painful, diseased, piece of CRAP (yup we use poop humor in our home, we have too!) colon.  The surgery is not scheduled just yet but we are talking in a matter of days probably.  Why you ask?  Well because he is back in the hospital AGAIN.  He was released 3 weeks ago and now he is right back in.  He is back on a TON of IV steroids in hopes to help him feel better but the bottom line is that his body has had enough.  Steroids and medications are not working anymore.  Time to move on. 

Yes, that means that he will have to have a "bag" attached to him.  As a wife you might wonder what I am thinking.

My thoughts right now:

~I am so done with UC.  It can go to hell, I have reached my limit of watching my husband in pain, running to the nearest bathroom, sometimes not making it and worrying about him taking our kids on his own JUST in case he has a bout. 

~I would rather have my husband be alive and present with a "crap" bag attached to him than him on a bunch of CRAZY scary meds that aren't even working with side effects that list: death, cancer, alien hand syndrome, and being paralyzed.

~I am scared, this is a huge surgery and major life change. 

~ I worry he is going to "hate" himself.  And that I will not be able to show him that I love him no matter what.  Cuz you know those vows we took??  Um yeah - I mean them.  ;) 

~I am ready for him to be the man he really wants to be.  An active father and husband who for the last 3 years has been stuck in the damn bathroom for too long. 


I think Jeremy feels most of the same things I am right now.  We are on the same page.  We are ready for a "new" life.  Once this is done...Ulcerative Colitis is DONE!  No more!  How much of a relief will that be??  Amazing.  I cannot wait.  For us all. 

Please keep all of us in your thoughts and prayers as the next couple of months are going to be hard and a huge challenge. 

Keep up with Jeremy here:
Blog - IBD, Daddy and Me
Facebook - IBD, Daddy and Me

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Christmas 2012 - Photo Dump!!

Our Christmas 2012 started with a great Christmas Eve.  
Well sort of great.  Jude had fever (99) with no other symptoms just super run down.  But other than that we had a great Christmas Eve! Thankfully by Christmas Day he was better!
 
We got all dressed up and headed to the Candlelight Church Service with my parents and brother and his family.  After church we all went and enjoyed an amazing dinner.  Yum!!  Chow time!!  ;o)
  
 

Yeah you can see the fever on Jude...adorable babies all dressed up!!  So cute!


This Christmas season has been so much fun for Jude.  He was so ready for Santa to visit so we made sure we played along and made everything perfect just for him.  He told us that Santa needed cookies, milk and napkins and that the reindeer would need carrots so we did as he said!  He was so excited for Santa to come into his house.


Santa came!!  Stockings filled and hung with care.

Jude's Santa gift was a fish tank and fish!  He was so excited when he walked out.  He loves feeding them.


Teagan in her Santa present.  Her very own Anywhere Chair - just like Jude's!!

Jeremy and I had a great Christmas morning too.  Do you see the snow behind me?  Yup - we had a WHITE Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!  It was really nice and made it feel like Christmas!




Jude really liked his Reindeer "ears" - he wore them most of the day.  Too cute!!


This is what Teagan did while we opened presents - she wasn't impressed I guess! 


Jude as a horse.  My aunt thought this gift was perfect for him and I agree!!  lol  So funny!

Okay - this picture makes me laugh.  Jude's face is priceless and Teagan has had enough of Christmas.  It is hard on a 2 month old!


Hugs for his sister!!  Makes it all better...sort of!


Merry Christmas!!

We hope you all had a wonderful time with your family and friends.

Bring on 2013!!




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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Teagan's 2 Month Stats

2 Months Old

December 20, 2012


How in the world is Teagan 2 months already?? 
On December 20th Teagan turned 2 months old.  She is thriving and having a lot of fun. 
She has found her ADORABLE smile and even learned how to giggle.  She has dimples just like Jude which is perfect, especially at night when she is supposed to be sleeping and just gives us those dimples!!  Be Still My Heart!!! 
Her fuzzy strawberry blonde hair is growing, pretty sure she will have a fuzz ball head just like Jude.  Love it!! 

Teagan is a great sleeper – YAY!!  Sleeping through the night 85% of the time.  Thank you!!  10:30pm – 5:30am!  Woot!!  She is still sleeping in our room in the basinet, we are trying to think of a plan for moving her into her crib in their bedroom.  Any advice??? 
On December 26th she had her 2 month check-up.  She is one healthy and growing little lady. 
2 Month Stats:
Weight – 10 pounds 14 ounces   (31%)
Height – 24 ¼ inches  (97%)


For the record – she is ½ an inch LONGER than Jude was at 2 months!!  OMG!!  But almost 2 pounds lighter!!
She got her first shots yesterday and that was rough.  She was really fussy and uncomfortable all afternoon, evening and through the night.  I am really hoping she can get to feeling back to normal today.  Poor little girl!!
Her big brother adores her.  We are so lucky.

So that’s the update.  Hard to believe she is already 2 months old!!



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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Something HAS to change.

SOMETHING HAS TO CHANGE…and I am striving for a change for my beautiful babies.  I cannot imagine losing them to some careless act that could have been avoided. 

On December 14, 2012, a gunman entered the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and opened fire, killing 26 people, 20 of whom were children. Completely innocent unarmed victims.
Columbine. Red Lake Minnesota. Essex Vermont. Lancaster. Aurora. Virginia Tech. To name a few. How many more innocents must die at the hands of an antiquated and oft-misinterpreted amendment? Enough.
It's time to stop the violence.

Gun Control doesn't have to mean no guns. I'm not suggesting we take guns away. I'm suggesting we put tighter controls on acquiring and owning them. Gun show loopholes must be stopped. Ammunition should not be sold online. Mandatory wait periods should be enforced during which time a thorough background check, psychological and medical evaluation and character references should be completed. More accountability should be placed in the hands of retailers. When patrons refuse wait periods, authorities should be notified. Training and te sting should be mandatory, as should a renewal process that includes many of the above-mentioned evaluation terms.
Gun owners and non-gun owners need to come together and agree on regulations that protect the right to own a firearm for sane, responsible adults and keep them out of the hands of the mentally unstable.
I, for one, would most definitely be willing to submit myself to these terms when it's easier for me to go to a gun show and pick up a firearm than it is for me to go to the local pharmacy and buy cold medication. Acquiring and owning a gun should be at least as controlled as getting a learner's permit, license and privilege to drive a car.
Gun control alone is not the whole of the solution, but it's a start. And if it keeps guns out of the hands of even one mentally unstable person and saves one sweet life, it's worth it.
That's why I signed a petition to The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama, which says:
"Our second amendment rights are long overdue a reevaluation. How many more senseless and entirely PREVENTABLE shootings have to occur before we do something about Gun Control.
As a citizen and constituent of this great country, I am asking that you take a firm stand and make a positive change by restricting access to guns and saving lives.
I don't have a gun. I don't want a gun. I don't need a gun. But somehow the guns always wind up in the hands of people crazy enough to use them irresponsibly and dangerously. This HAS TO BE STOPPED.
Will you sign the petition too?


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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A blogging day of silence for Sandy Hook


“Newtown Youth and Family Services, Inc. is a licensed, non-profit, mental health clinic and youth services bureau dedicated to helping children and families achieve their highest potential. NYFS provides programs, services, activities, counseling, support groups and education throughout the Greater Newtown area.

ANY DONATIONS MADE TO NEWTOWN YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES WILL BE DONATED DIRECTLY TO THOSE EFFECTED BY THE SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHOOTING.”


Please click here, or on the button above, to donate.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

E Diaper Cakes GIVEAWAY!

I am pleased to bring all of my lovely readers a chance to win a $40 gift from E-Diaper Cakes!



A little information from the creator - Liz. 

I've always dreamt of creating and running a business with products that were clever and imaginative. Designing and creating diaper cakes gives me the ability to do just that. To make a long story short, my husband and I had our first and so far only child, a beautiful baby girl at the end of 2011. It was at this time that I was introduced to the expansive world of baby products, including diaper cakes. Since I’ve always loved arts and crafts, starting ediapercakes.com seemed like a great fit. Then before I knew it, the business was born. 

E Diaper Cakes is a family owned business. We’re based in Michigan and ship our products all over the United States. We make our diaper cakes by hand and pay extra attention to every detail. All of the baby products we use are products that we use on our baby. For example, we include an OXO Tot spoon in some of our diaper cakes because I have found them to be of great quality and use them to feed my own daughter. We want our diaper cakes to not only be adorable but practical as well. Our hope is that every mom will love receiving her diaper cake and will also love all the new baby products that are included in her diaper cake.




I am in love with these diaper cakes - she does amazing work.  I am really impressed with how many options she gives you.  You will find that perfect theme for your upcoming baby shower with no problems!  I know how hard it is to create a good looking diaper cake so when I get to host another baby shower I will be contacting E Diaper Cakes hands down!  

Thank you Liz for the opportunity for my readers to have a $40 gift code for their own use!  

Time for the good stuff!

Fill out the form below!

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

I'm a Working Mom...again

Well the day has come and gone.  My first day back to work.  Leaving my two little ones with my parents.  Pretty sure that yesterday was my “last day” of maternity leave ever.  Sort of sad to think that way.

So the clock is ticking down and I am ready to go pick up Jude and Teagan…and once again I am reminded while I do enjoy the adult conversations I really would love to be a part time working mom.  Maybe someday.  Until then. 

This is me…Censie – the Working Mom of Jude and Teagan. 


See you tomorrow computer...you have NOT been missed! 


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Friday, December 7, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide for BIG Kids - 2012


I hope you enjoyed my Holiday Gift Guide for Kids 2012 – now it is time to think about us BIG KIDS! 


I recently did a review on this product and I already have a couple purchases for some family members. 

The Journal 10 would be perfect for anyone who likes to journal or write.  
This journal is different because the space per day is just a couple lines so it isn't intimidating or overwhelming at all.  And I think the best part about it is that each page is dedicated to 10 years of the same day.  Talk about walking down memory lane!  


Journal 10+ 

Some features:
~As you make each entry you see what was happening on that day in previous years.

~Re-reading triggers memories of people, places and events otherwise forgotten.
~Captures personal and family development and milestones.
~Takes just 5 minutes a day or less.
~No pressure to fill a blank page and you can start on any day of the year.
~Builds over time into a family memoir.

How to get your own:
For more information and to order online please visit the Journal 10 website. You can also connect with them on Facebook.




I have said it over and over again - I love pictures!  I take pictures all the time and I have them all over our home too.  I think it makes our home special and beautiful!  

I am honored to introduce to you all a great company that does it all.  Signazon can create  custom banners and signs of all types. Window decals, yard signs, car magnets, banners, die-cut decals, vinyl stickers, etched glass decals, backdrops, oversized checks, postcards, business cards and canvas prints.

This means you can use Signazon for events, parties, business or decorations!  
I was able to review a canvas print from Signazon.  Signazon.com is easy to use and the quality of canvas print is amazing.  The price you pay is nothing compared to the beautiful piece of custom art you receive.  

This is our new art!

Beautiful right??  ;O)  The canvas is high quality and perfect for long term viewing!  

If you need a perfect gift for the picture lover in your family or circle of friends - look no further!  Find that perfect picture and upload it to Signazon and your gift will be on its way!  

Follow Signazon.com on social media:




Shannon of Sweet Stella's has come a LONG way since the last time we spoke with her.  She has grown her business and added so much to her shop.  

I am excited to share with you a PERFECT gift for any lady in your life.  


This hand painted plum and white sculpted clay stone statement ring is just one of the many options you have with Shannon's collection.  Everything from Sweet Stella's is hand created and original - you would think she would charge an arm and a leg for these original creations but surprisingly the prices are perfectly attainable!

Connect with Sweet Stella's:
Sweet Stella's on Facebook
Sweet Stella's on Etsy
Sweet Stella's Blog
Sweet Stella's on Twitter    




I have introduced you to DaddyScrubs a couple of times and we love them.  We showed off the Daddy Scrubs last year and we wore the Daddy Diaper Pack just months ago but now it is time to show you that DaddyScrubs is so much more than gifts just for new dads or delivery day.

Being a Dad is special.  It is the special moments that kiddos will remember with their Daddy's which leads us to this - Bag O' Books by Daddy Scrubs.


Daddy Scrubs provides you with a special gift for that hard to buy for Daddy.  7 books all about Daddy and his kids.  Perfect for the new dad or the "old" dad.  


Visit them and tell them we say hello!
DaddyScrubs Store
DaddyScrubs on Facebook
DaddyScrubs on Twitter




**I was not compensated for any of these reviews.  All of these thoughts and reviews are my own and you cannot have them! **

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Keep Calm...


Teagan is our Cupcake and thankfully even through all of the stress and craziness she keeps us calm.  

Jeremy is in the hospital for an Ulcerative Colitis flair again.  This time we feel like we have reached a point that medication just isn't working which means now once he is out of this flair and back home we will be having a serious and HARD conversation about moving forward with a possible surgery that will change our lives forever.  

Connect with Jeremy here:
Blog - IBD, Daddy and Me
Facebook - IBD, Daddy and Me

All of this on top of my surgery too!  BLAH!!!  Life is hard.  But every day I am thankful for my healthy, happy kiddos.  

Between an adorable Turtle and a sweet Cupcake we are one blessed family.



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Monday, December 3, 2012

Bottled Up {Book Review and Giveaway}

I am so very excited to write this review and introduce you to Suzanne Barston - THE Fearless Formula Feeder.
A woman who has brought comfort, support, love and education to those that need/want to formula feed their little ones.

Suzanne decided to branch out from her blog and write a book all about Bottles, Boobs, Breast milk  Formula and the number one "mommy war" that has been brought onto the women of our society. 

"How the way we feed babies has come to define motherhood and why it shouldn't" - Suzanne Barston


If you are a long time reader of my blog you know that I consider myself a Fearless Formula Feeder {okay, maybe not so fearless!} 
To start here are both my accounts of feeding:
Jude's Story
Teagan's Story

When I first found Suzanne's blog I was thrilled.  It made me feel normal and supported.  This is how her book Bottled Up also makes me feel.  I started reading her book when I was still pregnant with Teagan.  I sat on the couch grasping onto each word she wrote - knowing that no matter what happened with Teagan it was my choice on how to feed by beautiful daughter.  

I really believe that this book will help any woman that feels like a failure for using formula see that YES there are logical, nutritional, mental, emotional and physical reasons that formula might be BEST for your baby.  But more importantly I believe ANY woman would benefit from reading this book because it COULD help the worst and most painful "Mommy War" known to society.  

I have shared that I do support breastfeeding - but mostly I support SUPPORTING other mothers.  Motherhood is hard - Suzanne points this out too - so why should we make it any harder on anyone?  This book is so informative on formula feeding and why it is given such a harsh light.  The information that you leave with when you finish this book is nothing that you learn in your parenting/breastfeeding classes.  This is real. It is a life that Suzanne lived and knows that more woman need to feel accepted and OKAY for what nipple they use.  

Overall, I just wish I had this book before I had Jude - it would have saved me and my family some long hard weeks of pain and guilt.  

Thank you Suzanne for the amazing work you do for moms!  

Buy Bottled Up here

Keep in touch with Suzanne:
Facebook
Blog
Twitter

Suzanne has graciously agreed to have me host a giveaway for 2 of my lovely readers to win their very own copy of Bottled Up!  

Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter:   

Disclaimer: Suzanne  provided me with a free copy of her book for my review. All thoughts, reviews and opinions are my own and have not been influenced by anyone in anyway. All opinions are my own and you cannot have them!





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