Building Our Story: January 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Oh and I'm 30!

Yup the big 


I am 30.  This happened while Jeremy was in the hospital so we pushed back our family celebration until he was out of the hospital and healthy enough to celebrate.  

Our traditional Donut Tower.  My little buddy was a big help with the candles.  

Showing me what charm he gave me for my Pandora bracelet.  Love my little helper.  

Jude loves opening gifts!!

Thirty has begun with a bang and a lot of changes but here I am - I made it.  

Here's to a great start to another decade!  


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Return of Wednesday on the WW: Week 1

Welcome!  Or Welcome BACK to Wednesday on the WW.

I took a break and had a baby and now I am back.  I hope you can all join me and help me with this journey yet again.  I was so pleased with my results last time and now I am super excited to get motivated again.

I stopped getting on the scale after Thanksgiving and that was a BAD decision.  I gained 12 pounds from Thanksgiving until now.  I am not happy with myself but I am cutting myself some slack due the stress, sickness, and craziness that my life has been full of in the last 3 months.  BUT - that is no excuse. 
This blog hop is all about Weight Watchers. 
Let's help each other on this journey by linking up recipes, successes, tips, photos and WW stories! Rules: Well the rules are easy. Just link! Link your blog posts that are all about Weight Watchers. Easy as pie! There are other ways to follow blogs such as Google+, Networked Blogs, facebook and various other options. I want everyone to link up! Grab the "Wednesday on the WW" button and put it in your blog post! I cannot wait to read all of your stories!!
 Jumping back in!

I did it.  I walked back in to my Weight Watchers meeting and got on that scale.  I have my Daily Points that I must meet for this week, I have my meals planned for today and I am ready to track!  Like I told one of my friends who joined me at the meeting last night - those stupid elementary gold star stickers are quite the motivation!!  I want my first star!!  

Next week I hope I can update you all with some great news  

More to come!  
 Please "Grab" the WW button and post it to your blog and post.  I look forward to reading all about your successes, losses, fails, recipes, ect.
Link up:


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Transitioning to the Crib

Teagan is 3 months old. 
She is sleeping great at night so we know it is time to really think about the transition from our room to Jude and Teagan’s room.

She has the cutest bed - she really should use it!

I am nervous for many reasons. 
First off let me start by saying this, we never had Jude in our room when he was first born.  The day we came home from the hospital he went right into the nursery in his crib.  We decided with us having both Jude and Teagan sleeping in the same room we had to have her in the bassinet until she was sleeping through the night. 

So here we are.  She is ready.  Is Jude ready? Are we ready?

Right now Jude goes down for bed at 8pm – Teagan not until 10pm with us.  There is our first obstacle.  Jude sleeps until about 6:30am – Teagan gets up around 5:30am.  Another obstacle.

What do you suggest? 

My thoughts right now:
~Wait to do the trial run until Jeremy is healed and able to help lift and such.

~ Putting Jude down at his normal time and leaving the door open so we can sneak in with a sleeping Teagan around 10pm. 
~What happens when she fights sleeping?  We did {and succeeded} “cry it out” with Jude.  How do you CIO with a toddler in the room too?
~Jude should just adjust to the extra noise in the room when she cries for a bottle at 5:30am – I HOPE!

~Cannot wait to have OUR room back!

There you have it.  What do we do from here?  I would love to hear from you if you had kiddos that share{d} rooms.


Monday, January 28, 2013

Cupcake how are you 3 Months?

3 Months Old!!

On January 20th Teagan turned 3 months old!  It really doesn't seem possible that she is already 3 months old. 

Things I do not want to forget:
~You are wearing 0-3 month clothes most days, some 3 month PJ's. 
~We can tell you are going to be tall because all of your pants get short early on
~Wearing size 1 diapers
~Sleeping in our room still - I promise we are working on that!
~Sleeping 10pm-5:30am - YAY!
~You take 4-5 ounces of formula every 4 hours in the day time
~Sucking on your hands like crazy!  Makes the cutest sound!
~Uses her paci to fall asleep still
~Has the most adorable voice. You are one chatty little lady!  Watch out!
~Loves to kick and move on her play mat
~First cold - with a cough and everything, such a trooper!
~Smiles - seriously this girl smiles all the time!  I love it!

We had Teagan's 3 month professional pictures taken last week.  I cannot wait to share them with you all.  Target always does a fantastic job!

Jude and Teagan are going to be buddies.  Jude makes her smile every day!  I am so happy that he loves his sister and from what we can see she adores her big brother!  Let's hope it stays that way for awhile!  ;o)


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Help Save Oogave Soda!

I happily introduced you all to Oogave Soda last year.  I was saddened when I receieved an email from Oogave, a Colorado business, asking me for help. 

Oogave has reached a critical point and has found themselves fighting to stay in business.  In order to escape the shadows of the big soda giants and make sure they reach all of the consumers who would love to find us, it takes a lot... a lot of case sales and economies of scale.  That requires a lot of money, which is where they have run short, however, they remain long in great opportunities and passion to keep the business afloat.

So how can you help?

Visit the SAVE Oogave Soda website for more information.

Also please share this in your social media communitee!  If you are like me and love helping the small guys but more importantly the local guys please help me help Oogave and SHARE!

Thanks all!


Friday, January 25, 2013

An Update: Denied & Cured

My last entry I left you with this post – all about my husband going in for a very serious surgery that would change his {and ours} life forever.  

On the evening of Wednesday January 9th I walked into our home with the mail.  Jeremy had a letter from an insurance company so I decided I better open it.  I began laughing and crying when I opened it.  Jeremy you have been denied Short Term Disability for the following reasons:

Why was I laughing and crying you ask?  Because as of 6pm January 9th 2013 Jeremy no longer had Ulcerative Colitis!  BOOM!!  Talk about ironic for me to get that letter the night of his surgery.  Also, we aren’t surprised by him getting denied, we figured it would happen.

January 9th was a long day for everyone in my family. 
Jeremy had to be at the hospital by 7am.  In Jeremy fashion we were there at 6:45am.  Lol  Typical.  We dropped Jude off with a friend and we kept Teagan with us, we figured she could keep us distracted during the surgery. 

My parents, Jeremy’s parents, Teagan, Jeremy’s Aunt and I were in for the long hall that day. 
I can honestly say it was one of the hardest, longest, scariest and most emotional day of my life.  I truly hope that we never have to experience that again. 
By 10am we found out that Jeremy’s surgeon made the first incision.  Surgery started at 9:15am. 
About every 2 hours we got updates, never had any scares but we were told that the surgeon was taking his time.  Good job Dr. Ting!  We love you for that but it did make for a longer surgery.  We were told that these surgeries usually take 6-7 hours. 

Jeremy’s took 9 hours!  9 HOURS!! 

By 6pm we got to talk to Dr. Ting.  The surgery went as planned.  Jeremy was safe!  Horary!! 

Jeremy spent 13 days in the hospital.  The first week was a struggle.  He was super nauseous and his bowels were not waking up.
It has been 16 days since the surgery.  Jeremy is at home and learning his new NORMAL.  So far so good.  He is in some pain from the surgery but nothing abnormal. 

Ulcerative Colitis is GONE! 

My husband is taking is last dose of the poison prednisone this morning.  That in itself is going to make him healthier!  We are very excited for what is to come with his new normal. 

2013 has started with a bang and we are feeling good! 

By the way – my husband is the coolest guy ever and named his “stoma” – Gustav! 
Gustav is now a part of our family. 

Jeremy will be blogging about his journey on his blog, make sure you follow him to get the details. 

So that is the update.  Thank you for all of your support and prayers.


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Tomorrow Morning - Ulcerative Colitis be GONE!!

Tomorrow morning, the love of my life, my best friend, my “baby’s daddy” and companion will be undergoing a major surgery.  A surgery that will take 6-7 hours, a surgery that will remove 3 organs from his body, a surgery that will remove a disease permanently, a surgery that will create a new life for him and us. 

He is scared.
I am too – I do not want to lose him.  But like I said before, we are so ready.  Ready for a change of health and life without IBD! 

Tomorrow I ask that you pray for him as he endures this long and serious surgery and pray for his parents, my parents, Jude, Teagan and me as we anxiously count down those 6-7 hours in the waiting room. 

I will be keeping updates going on my Facebook Page – as well as his Facebook Page. 

Thank you for your continued support and love. 


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Our New Pets

Meet our 7 fish and 2 frogs.

This is Jude's Santa present, it was quite the operation to make this DREAM come true for Jude.  He wanted Santa to bring him fish for Christmas.  Challenge excepted son.  :O)

One week before Christmas Eve we got the tank all set up in our basement.  We prayed over the fish to make it until Christmas morning.  On Christmas Eve we prayed more, as we had to move the tank and fish upstairs!!  Yikes!  It worked though.  The 2 fish and 1 frog that we had ready survived and greeted Sir Jude on Christmas morning!

He named the 1st frog Thomas, his black fish is James and his red fish is Percy.  Do you see a connection here??

The day after Christmas we took Jude to the petstore to purchase more fish and 1 more frog as Santa instructed us too.  :O)

He now has a yellow fish, 2 white fish, 2 blue fish and another frog.  We haven't heard names for these new additions yet.  Jude LOVES turning on the aquirium light and feeding the fish every morning - 2 pinches!!  ;o)  We have him trained.  I espeically love the Mr. Potatohead and yellow submarine.  Perfect if I do say myself!!

Playing Santa is fun!  And I so happy that we were able to create magic for our little Turtle on Christmas morning. 


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