Archive | May, 2013

We’ve Been Married 5 Years!

24 May

And I’m still crazy about him! He makes me crazy sometimes, too, but that’s normal. Don’t try to tell me it’s not.

I love this man.

I love who he’s become.

I love who he’s helped me become.

I love that family is his number one priority and that he’s focused and determined to give us the best he can.

I love that he’s so selfless.

I love that he can’t wait to walk in the door when he gets home from work.

I love that he always says, “I love you” before hanging up the phone. Every single time.

I love that he sits in the middle of our 3 year old’s room and helps her put the toy clothes on her baby doll without any hesitation.

I love that time with just me is so important to him.

I love that he never complains about what’s for dinner. I love that he’ll happily eat the same things over and over.

I love that he’s always encouraging me to take breaks and do things for myself.

I love that he’s willingly adopted my crazy allergen-free diet, when he absolutely did not need to.

I love his eagerness to share and confide his creative/crazy ideas with me (Not Quite White!).

I love that he never stops dreaming about our future.

I love that he willingly helps out around the house.

I love that he works so hard to provide for his family.

I love him for the hundreds of other reasons I can’t even begin to try to list out.

I love this man.


 In front of the church on our wedding day

In front of the church 5 years later! :)

B, these past five years have been the best years of my life. I’m having a really hard time trying to put what I’m wanting to say into words that I feel are worthy enough to post. It boils down to ‘thank you’. Thank you for choosing me. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for being such a wonderful husband and an even better father. Thank you for your humor, bad jokes and all. Thank you for being my de-stresser. Thank you for listening and singing along to cheesy 80′s and 90′s music with me. Thank you for listening to my crazy ideas (my coaching philosophy), and encouraging me to dream bigger (my bakery). Thank you for being you.

And it boils down to ‘I love you’. I love you more today than I did 5 years ago. I love you for giving me two beautiful girls. I love the life we’ve made for ourselves. I just love doing life with you. You are the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I’m the lucky one and I thank God everyday.

“I love you through and through. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow, too.”

*wedding photography by Legacy Image Design

Rilyn Ann: 9 Months

21 May

Holy cow! Nine months already!

I love this age. You have such a sweet and gentle manner, but I think it’s absolutely hilarious that you’ve started to show frustration with certain things. Like when you want to play with your sister’s toys and she’s not in the mood to share. And how you show your frustration is even funnier. (<—click the link for a video)

And yes. I said funnier. Your mom is cool like that.

At nine months:
-you weigh 18.5 pounds and are 27.5 inches. 50th%ile for both
-you wear size 3 diapers
-wearing 6-9 month clothes, 9 month, and 6-12 month clothes
-you love pointing at things and are becoming a master of the pincer grasp
-you love looking at yourself in the mirror
-bath time is the best
-you can drink out of a straw! When you want to. Most of the time it just becomes a chew toy, like the bottle and sippy cups. You’re killing me smalls.
-you love being outside
-you love carrots and squash. you’re getting better at eating your purees, but i’m starting to introduce more finger foods into your diet. We’ve done peas, carrots, avocado, peaches, and puffs. You only seem to like the puffs, but you do pick the others up and put them in your mouth, they just don’t stay there long.
-you’re still army crawling everywhere
-I thought you were getting better with your sleeping, but the past few nights we’ve been back to waking up 2-4 times.
-Your naps are so good, though! Morning nap is about an hour and a half, afternoon naps is 2-2.5 hours. Often times I wake you up from your afternoon nap.
-your new favorite game is dropping an object just to see mom/dad/sis pick it up. Repeat 38 times.
-you are saying “dada”
-no teeth yet
-you are pulling yourself up onto your knees, but not all the way to your feet yet.
-your diapers have cleared up and we have successfully added shellfish back into my diet with no reactions from you! Next up for this month: fish, tree nuts, and peanuts.
-everyone comments on how you always have your tongue sticking out. it’s your signature trait!
-stranger danger is in full effect now. you’re especially leery of men.
-I think you’re starting to understand what “no” means. We shall see.
-The tv remotes, car keys, and iPhones are your favorite toys. Hence why you’re starting to understand the meaning of “no” :)

look at that determination

We love you sweet little Rilyn Ann! Your giggle is the best, and we could just squeeze those cute baby roll thighs and kiss on those chubby cheeks for days!


GI Update

10 May

We had Rilyn’s follow up appointment with the GI specialist today. I really like this guy. Super nice, knows what he’s talking about, and makes me feel like I’m NOT a crazy mom that’s just paranoid about every little change in her child’s poop.

Yep, I like him.

So, since we saw him for R’s first appointment one month ago, she has gained a pound and grew an entire inch. Growth has never been an issue with Rilyn while we’ve been dealing with her GI problems, but it’s still reassuring to see that she’s growing the way that she is. Good job, baby girl!

Here’s the story:

We’ve felt that her diapers have been inconsistent since around April 16th, fluctuating between what we think is normal for her and being more mucusy again. One day they’re great, the next back to mucus, then back to “normal” the following day. We’ve even had several days where they’ve alternated all in the same day. The good news is that even on the mucusy days, the diapers seem so much better than what they used to be before starting the diet. They have more substance even though they’re still mucusy and the doctor is pleased with these types of diapers. It’s the looser, watery mucus ones that are worrisome.

Alright, moving on before I make you lose your lunch with all the poop talk.

He said that she’s growing well, isn’t unhappy, no sign of blood, and because we’ve seen a positive change in her diapers, we’re not going to worry about doing a scope on her. In fact, he said I can start adding things back in my diet.

Let me say that again.


I’m excited, but trying not to get too excited. I’ll do it very slowly, adding only one new thing and waiting a week to check for reactions. I’ll also be adding new foods into Rilyn’s diet as well, which will prolong the process even more since I don’t want to overlap new additions to our diets. If her diapers go back to the way they were before, I’ll remove that item from my diet again. We’re still waiting until sometime after her first birthday to try eggs, soy, and dairy, the 3 most problematic for babies.

Due to her GI issues, we’ve had to go slow with Rilyn’s foods, so I’m excited to start adding more into her diet as well. So far she’s had:

rice cereal
green beans
butternut squash  *a favorite
sweet potato
carrots  *a favorite

I was also able to find some baby puffs that are free of everything she can’t have and she loves them! I even found them at Target! Holla for Tar-jay and for working on those fine motor skills by picking the puffs up and putting them in her mouth! :)

So our schedule will probably look something like this: I add a food and wait a week, add a food to Rilyn’s diet and wait 3 days, add a food to my diet and wait a week, etc. If she has a reaction to a food, I’ll eliminate it and we’ll wait for her diapers to return to normal before proceeding with the next food. Fingers crossed we won’t run into that. I’ll probably start with shellfish, then fish, then tree nuts, nuts, gluten, then I’ll try beef shortly before her birthday. We go back in 3 months for another follow-up appointment.

I’m really looking forward to this, as this diet has been the most difficult thing I’ve ever done.

And the most expensive. I’m not kidding. You’d freak if you saw our grocery bill.

But there’s relief in sight, and for that I’m so very thankful!

I’m thinking grilled shrimp for Mother’s Day dinner sounds fabulous. You?

Rilyn Ann: 8 Months

9 May


This past month I’ve found myself really trying to soak up every second with you. For some reason it has really struck me that your baby days are numbered. No longer are you full of soft baby coos and squeaks. Your quiet baby cry has given way to a full-blown wail! There’s no doubt you’re well on your way to toddlerhood. In just four short months you’ll be one.


You’re such a sweet, sweet girl. You’re also a very determined little girl. You’re development has EXPLODED this month, and it’s been so much fun to watch!

When you were born, I set a goal to nurse you until you were 8 months, since I only made it to 4 with Lakyn. WE MADE IT, with no signs of stopping anytime soon! I couldn’t be happier. And while we’re talking about nursing, I have to mention that you always look up at me and reach up to touch my face. Every time. I’m sure I’ll have a good cry the last time I nurse you because I’m going to miss that. Until then I’ll soak it up and sing You Are My Sunshine while you’re eating a few more times.

At 8 months you are:
- weighing 16 pounds 10 ounces and are 26.38 inches long
-Wearing size 3 diapers
-Wearing 6-9 month and 6-12 month clothing
-You are saying “Dada”
-Still not taking a bottle. I recently found out that your daddy never took one. I blame him completely. ;)
-We still aren’t sure what’s causing your digestive issues. Your diapers are so inconsistent lately. Some days they’re great, others they’re not. Even in the same day they go back and forth, but I’m still plugging along with the elimination diet. Hoping we’ll get it figured out soon.
-You are army crawling. All over the place. And you’re super fast.
-You’re clapping! You do it when we say the word clap and when we say “yay”
-You get up on all 4′s and rock, but you drop back down to your tummy before taking off.
-You are waving
-You are not a fan of fruits so far. You’ve had pears, apples, and bananas and don’t seem to like any of them. Maybe you’ll be lucky and won’t have a sweet tooth.
-You play peek-a-boo with us by pulling a blanket up in front of your face and then dropping it again. I’m trying to get it on video but whenever I pull out the camera you stop. It’s super cute.
-You can get back to a sitting position from laying on your tummy.
-You are picking up things using your thumb and index finger.
-You’re mimicking noises we make. Especially high-pitched sing-songy noises.
-You’re still up 2-3 times a night. One of these days I’ll get some sleep. ;)
-Anything your sister does is absolutely hilarious.
-Still lots of drool. Still no teeth.
-You love bath time.
-Empty water bottles just might be your favorite toy.
-You love being outside.
-You are, without a doubt, a daddy’s girl. You get so excited when he gets home from work, or when you hear his voice on the phone. You love him, for sure.

She’s clapping

Each month gets better! You are so fun and such a sweetheart! We love you bunches and bunches!