Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Clothing Haul!

Recently, I went out and bought some things for Adylee and ordered some things online for her as well. I thought I'd put together a little bit of a clothing haul to show off some of her new stuff :) 

First collage!
 1. Stride Rite shoes. We finally got her some walking shoes!! They are meant to help her walk and strengthen her ankles and get her to stop standing tip toe all the time.

2. I got this shirt from the Children's Place for like $5 on sale this past weekend and I am in love with it!!! She is little and she is sweet so it fit Adylee perfectly.

3. A cute little leopard tutu that I got at Khol's a few weeks ago.

4. I got this makeup bag when I bought a nail polish from Walmart last weekend and I decided it would be a perfect paci holder so it holds every single one of her MAM pacis.

5. And lastly, her new Vans. I am sooo in love with these shoes. They are such an adorable bright pink and she looks so stinkin' adorable in them. Especially when she wears her skinny jeans. Best buy!!

Now onto the next collage!
 1. I got this cute Zara outfit online and I can't wait for her to wear it in the fall! She's going to look like such a little diva.

2. Zara leggings. Can I just say I am in love with these? They stretch and are just perfect.

3. I got her these two onesies at Walmart a couple weeks ago. The birthday one I paid $2 for and thought it would be perfect for her to wear when she turns 1! And the camo one was just too cute to pass up. I'm anxiously waiting for her to fit into it.

4. & 5. I got two sleepers at the Children's Place this past weekend for $8 and these are them. The first one is a cute bright neon stripe one and then of course I had to get the leopard!

 And lastly....
 I just bought these two things at our local consignment store. They only sell things that are brand new or gently worn. I love it. I get a lot of stuff from there all the time. I saw the sleeper and immediately had to get them. It's our favorite print!!! And the diaper genie was just a bonus because I had been wanting to get one for some time. This was only $10 so I couldn't pass it up!

That's everything we bought so far!!! Lots of cute stuff and some steals. 

Saturday, July 27, 2013

I have loved you for a thousand years...

I was in my living room writing my review on the formula when Adylee started crying in her sleep. I instantly walked into the room, scooped her up, and reassured her that it was okay. I laid her down in my bed and snuggled up real close to her and she fell back asleep. I didn't have the heart to put her back in her crib because she looked so peaceful. But in those few seconds that I got to cuddle with her she laid her tiny hand on mine and I could just feel that unconditional love that we have for each other. 

She's my rock. She keeps me grounded and happy. I just don't know what I would do without her right now. My life is a constant roller coaster and I can't seem to find that balance just yet but when she looks at me and smiles...all my issues disappear. Everything I do is for her. All the constant struggle? For her. The staying up 3-4 hours in the middle of the night just to put her back to sleep? For her. 

I feel like I don't even know who I was before Adylee came along. I can't remember what it was like to be a young adult going out constantly. I feel weird even doing it now that I'm a mom. One of my co-workers just turned 21 and she's asked me go out to the bars with her a few times and I've always said no. I would just rather be home snuggling up to my daughter than going out and getting hit on by random drunks. I've been there. I've done that. I don't feel 22. 

I know that God has a plan for us but sometimes through all the constant struggle and issues with's hard to see what that is. But I trust in Him. I just hope and pray that soon everything will get better. It's been a hard year but it's been worth it. 

She's what makes it all worth it. 

Similac: Total Comfort Review

So I was supposed to do this review on my vlog but as time goes on I am finding it harder and harder to keep up with that and easier to keep up with this blog so I think I'm gonna stick to this instead! With that said, let me get to the review :)

Just wanna say this before I get the whole breast is best debate going on...yes, I agree that breast is best and I fully plan on breast feeding my next baby but that wasn't the case with Adylee. She just wasn't able to so we went down the formula route.

Anyways! Adylee has had so many feeding issues since birth really. We went through pretty much every single formula out there before finding out that she has acid reflex. Even though we found out pretty late I'm happy that we finally have a label (sort of) on what is going on with her, that we're able to start correcting it and that the formula is helping.

I kinda found this formula on a whim during one of my thousands of trips to Target. We had already started giving her the zantac (she was on that first) and it just didn't seem to be making a difference. She was still throwing up everything and not wanting to eat. So then we switched to the Prevacid and it seemed to have helped a tad but she still didn't wanna eat much and was constantly puking formula. I was pretty frustrated. Upon seeing this formula and that it was meant for babies with persistent feeding issues I thought I would give it a try. Didn't hurt that I just gotten a $5 off coupon from Similac in the mail. Within the first day of trying it I could already see the difference it was making. She was eating more solids/table foods and she was drinking her whole bottle instead of an ounce or two and then screaming at me.

So we decided to stick with it and I am so glad that I did! It may be expensive (about $30 for the big tub) but it's worth it for my child to be able to get the nutrients she has needed. I would definitely recommend this to any mom who has a newborn that may be having feeding issues or even a mom who is kinda at her wits end with acid reflex or GERD. 

I also recommend either the Tommee Tippee bottles or the Dr. Brown's bottles for babies who have gas issues. We use the wide mouth Dr. Brown's and Adylee seems to like those better but either one is good :)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Pregnancy & Birth Story

My pregnancy and birthing story isn't your typical one. Adylee is literally a miracle baby and if I had listened to the doctors from the beginning she would not be here today. 

 I found out I was pregnant at just 6 weeks after having missed my period. I was only with her father, Bill, for a month at the time. We had just moved into a one bedroom house. After having told everyone in our families, friends and co-workers I was pretty excited to become a mom. Even though I was only 20 I knew that I was ready for it at that time in my life. About 3 weeks after finding out that I was pregnant, I went to the mall with my parents and sister for a little family outing. I thought I had some massive heartburn/nausea and I was in some serious stomach pain. So we left the mall and my parents took me home to lay down while they continued their little outing with my sister. After trying to sleep it off, I woke up at 5 to eat dinner but I couldn't even stand the sight or smell of food. Bill came to my parents house to see how I was and immediately told me I needed to call my OB. I did and they told me to go to the hospital. On the way there, I had Bill stop about twenty times so I could throw up. What should've taken us 15 minutes to get to a hospital took me about 30.

I was admitted and the baby was instantly monitored. Turned out I was having a gallbladder attack and I needed to have my gallstones removed. The dr at the hospital I was in came to see me and told me that my baby was still in the developing stages and if I had them removed I could risk radiation exposure and went down the list of possible side effects. Then she proceeded to tell me that I needed to terminate my pregnancy. I started crying my eyes out. My precious little baby was not going to be terminated if I could help it. My mom had me transferred to a different hospital and they were able to take out my gallstones. I was supposed to be okay to go home after a couple days but I ended up having issues with my pancreas and had to stay longer. I was put on a special wing of the hospital. After being in the hospital for what seemed like forever, I was finally released. I went home and a week later I ended up in the hospital again for having more pains. The diagnosis was that my gallbladder needed to come out. They couldn't operate until I was 20 weeks however and wanted me to stay till then. I refused. I had been in the hospital long enough and I just wanted to go home. After three days, I was released and in a week or so I would be back to get my gallbladder removed.

The day finally came and I went into have my gallbladder removed. I woke up afterwards to my mother, father and Bill in my room. Everyone hugged me. I was in so much pain that I felt like I was dying. Finally the doctor came in and told me that my gallbladder was very bad. Gang green actually and I had to have special infectious disease medicine because it could affect other parts of my body including my baby. There were some risks but the benefits of taking them outweighed it. After a week or two in the hospital I was able to come home. I later found out that I had died on the table while they were operating on me. God was looking out for me for sure. I thank him every day for giving me a second chance at life. By the time all was said and done, I had lost a total of 20 pounds in 5 months. Normal pregnant women would be putting on the weight, I was losing it due to all my gallbladder issues and barely being able to eat.

I was finally free of all issues and was able to enjoy being pregnant. A few days after being out of the hospital I found out I was having a little girl. I was so excited that I went out right away and got two little outfits for her. 

After all of that I had a pretty normal pregnancy and at 38 and a half weeks Bill and I moved into our first house. Then the day finally came... I was 39 and 7 days and we had just finished getting Adylee's room all set up. Bill got up to go to work and kissed my belly and told Adylee that he loved her and couldn't wait to meet her like he always did. I got up about an hour later and got in my car and drove up the road to my parents house for breakfast. At about 8:30, I went to go pee. I didn't even make it to the toilet when I felt something gush out. My water had broken. I immediately called my mom and we went straight to the hospital. I let my OB office know and they said that the on call midwife was already there doing her rounds. I then called Bill who dropped everything he was doing and left work. He called his family who met me at the hospital. At first they told me that it was just discharge but I assured them that it was not. After an hour of waiting for results they came in and told me that they would be admitting me because my water had broken and was breaking in spurts. I was then put on the pill to jump start contractions because I wasn't having any. After one pill they stuck me on pitocin. I was in labor for 20 hours before it was finally time to push. I pushed and pushed for 2 and a half hours before they came in and told me that she was face up, I had a fever and her heart rate was up way too high. They said I would have to have a c-section. I started crying. I felt like I had failed. The doctor then came in and said that I could push her out with the help of a vacuum if I wished. I said yes. After 4 pushes and some pulls with the vacuum, Adylee was born at 7:20 in the morning on the day before I was due. Weighing 7 lbs and 20 oz and 20 inches long she was perfect from head to toe.

So, to the stupid doctor I say screw you. My daughter is perfectly healthy and is right on track with her development. 

It wasn't an easy pregnancy or labor but in the end, I got a miracle. She saved me in every single way a person could be saved. She is the reason for me to get up in the morning and provide for her in every way possible. She's my angel. I was given a second chance at life so that I could be her mom. And boy am I glad that God gave me that chance. 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

9 Month Update and a little note :)

Welcome to our new blog!!!! I'm still gonna try and keep up with the video log but this might be a little easier for me since Adylee is so mobile now. 

Adylee is now 9 and a half months but I figured I needed to do her 9 month update! 

At her 9 month check up a few weeks ago she weighed 20 lbs and was 27 1/2 inches long. With a head circumference of 17 inches I believe. She was average for everything. 

She currently can wave hello and goodbye, crawl, stand up holding onto things, and say a few words (mama, dada, baba, nana, bye bye). She recently has started letting go and trying to stand alone. She's even taken a few steps!!! 

She's still on her prevacid for acid reflux and she has an appointment with a gastro doctor to see if it is anything serious. Plan is to wait till she's 1 to take her off the prevacid but we'll see. She is no longer eating baby food. All table food from now! Still trying to do the organic stuff but with her eating table food now she is starting to get away from all of that.

Blog wise I'm gonna try to keep up with this and post my reviews and stuff that I wanted to do on my vlog here. I may still keep the vlog but I don't know. Depends on how well I like this and how many people read it. I am here to share my journey of being a young, single mom with you guys! I hope you all read it and enjoy it!!! Because Adylee and I love every single one of you!!!!!!!