Friday, August 22, 2014

Baby girl is growing up

I've really slacked in the blogging department this summer. Our home renovation has taken over and I've had a nervous breakdown just about every day. LOL We are moving in (finally) this weekend. It's still far from being finished, but it's close enough for now.

Z continues to grow, although she's still itty bitty. Baby girl is only 18.5 pounds and she's almost 20 months. At this rate she'll be 3 years old before she ever gets to face front in her car seat. Of course, being little has its perks, too. I can still tote her around without breaking my back and cuddle time still reminds me of those first few months.
Girlfriend loves guacamole.
She's also talking up a storm. She can say anything and she'll also repeat anything! My dad works at our county's courthouse and one day he was telling me a story about how a lot of the girls who come in on drug related charges show up in "skanky" dresses. I'm not sure what his definition of skanky is, but it could simply mean they were too short. HA! Anyway, Z was sitting in my lap at the time and she looked up at me and what did she say? You got it - skanky. Her new favorite word. Mother of the Year, right here.

She also loves to dance and she's started doing her forward roll. Adorable! I'll post a video soon. I have to get her in gymnastics. Any time she hears music at the house, she shakes her bottom, twirls and goes in for her roll. Oh, and I can put her hair in a ponytail now! Can you believe that? Wow, the past 20 months have flown. I love adoption! :)

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Time to THRIVE

The past several months have been excruciatingly long and not very fun. Our renovation combined with a crazy summer workload at the office has sent me to my breaking point. I've also been struggling with severe fatigue and exhaustion, mental fogginess, and days where I swear I have preeclampsia all over again.

Thanks to those wonderful symptoms (insert sarcasm here), I started having anxiety attacks. Those are fun. Imagine not being able to catch your breath because you're being choked by a really tight turtleneck. Ugh. You think I'm joking when I said I felt like I had pre-e all over again, but I'm not. On numerous occassions, I truly felt exactly like I did the last few days I was in the hospital. I've had test after test this summer. Ultrasounds. Bloodwork. The doctors can't find anything. The only possible explanation is my thyroid, which was slightly off, but only depending on which doctor you ask. Regardless, neither wanted to do anything about it.

All this brings me to my search to find something - ANYTHING - that might make me feel better and give me some of my long lost energy. I tried several different supplements. Nothing worked. Then, I read a status update from Cassie Chapman from the Private Lives of Nashville Wives. She mentioned having several of the same symptoms I had, only to finally feel better thanks to this fabulous new product called Thrive (don't worry, I'm not selling it).

I normally don't fall for any of the latest and greatest supplement/nutrition/weight loss products, but I was at the end of my rope. So, I emailed Cassie and ordered the product. My main goal was to find the energy I lost, to get rid of the severe fatigue and exhaustion, the cloudy head, and the anxiety attacks. After about a week on the products, I realized I wasn't dragging myself through the parking lot at work. I was sleeping and actually getting rest. I could chase Zoey around and not feel like someone had attached weights to my ankles. My head was clear. No anxiety attacks. No more sluggishness. It was amazing. I felt like myself again!

I don't know a lot about the product. The supplements seem to be a mega dose of B and D vitamins, with some folate and Vitamin A thrown in for good measure (at least the women's version). There's also a shake mix and a patch (kind of like the birth control patch). All I know is I feel better than I have in months. If you'd like to check it out, please use me as a referral. If I refer two people, then I get mine free, and I'm all about free.

Click here to find out more about the Thrive Experience:

Happy Thriving!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Welcome, ICLW

Welcome ICLW! It's been awhile since I've participated. Having a toddler keeps you on your toes! For those of you that are new, I am a mama to my angel baby, Josey Starr, and adoptive mama to my pride and joy, Zoey Beth. We lost Josey due to severe preeclampsia (borderline HELLP). I spent a month in the hospital fighting the disease and it almost took me with it. Preeclampsia is serious stuff, folks!

Long story short, we were told not to try again, then to try again, and eventually we adopted. Now that I'm considered a "mid-life" mama (ugh), the thought of another pregnancy that may or may not have a happy ending was too much. We've finally found our happy place. The scars from our loss still remain and Josey is never far from our minds, but we've found ourselves again and are enjoying life once more.

(Note: If you are thinking about adopting, but don't know where to begin, feel free to email me at I know how overwhelming it can seem. So, let's talk; I absolutely LOVE sharing our story and helping others begin their adoption process!) 


Lately our days consist of chasing a rambunctious toddler and renovating our home. We've been transients (aka homeless) for the past two months. I'm holding out hope that we'll be back in our house sometime next month. Please, sweet baby Jesus, let us be in our house! LOL

You can check out my renovation blog HERE. I'm hoping for lots of updated pictures in the next couple of weeks! :)

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Health Fad or Saving Grace?

Without going into details, the last six months have presented some interesting health challenges for me. In a nutshell, my thyroid isn't working and it appears I may be going through premenopause (awaiting the final word on this later this week). You should check out the symptoms for both of these. It's enough to make you cringe.

And that, my friends, has been my life.