18 months

It’s crazy to think my daughter is now 18 months old. To think of our first moments together, to now, she is growing and showing her personality so much! There are times I am just in awe of her. She babbles a lot, knows plenty of words and understands us well, at least I think so. Her favorite animal is a dog, because she hasn’t met a dog she doesn’t like. 

Don’t get me wrong, she is still a toddler. Sometimes it appears she is upset for no reason. And she certainly challenges us. I wouldn’t trade it though because she is ours. 

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Missing

I don’t know if I’ve just been preoccupied lately or what but I haven’t even thought about blogging until the last week or so. I enjoy reading the blogs I follow, I just haven’t wanted to write perhaps.

There have been a few things going on. It’s crazy to think that August is almost here. Let’s see how much I can get in before baby girl wakes up from her nap.

  • We took MacKenzie on her first camping trip at the end of June. The first night did not go well. I’m talking hysterically crying for about 90 minutes. We gave up and drove to my in-laws vacation home. She passed out 10 minutes into that car ride. The next night went much better. All in all, it was mostly successful. She didn’t get sunburned and only had a couple bug bites I think.
  • Last June I had a biopsy done on my cervix after testing positive for HPV. Talk about some scary shit. It was the same results in December and in May so they wanted to do another biopsy. When it came time for that, there was nothing to biopsy! I have never been so excited for a normal pap smear result! This was such a HUGE relief.
  • My grandparents are going to be in town soon and I am so excited to see them! This will be their first time meeting MacKenzie! We had thought about going to visit them but this works out pretty well. It will be great for them to meet each other.

This summer seems to be flying by but we are doing our best to enjoy it. We’ve had some consistently warm weather but nothing too hot, thankfully. We bought a zoo membership for the year and we’ve gone twice already. We plan to take a day trip to the beach very soon. I will admit, sometimes we are lazy and just want to stay inside in the cool AC. I hope you’re all enjoying your summer!

 

Family

I know I’ve been quiet. I’ll be honest, I haven’t made it a priority to write. Sometimes time just gets away from us. I don’t think my life is super exciting but it is more exciting since becoming a mom.

Things have been pretty good lately. Last month I was off of work for 10 days which was great. My company shuts down for a few days every year for maintenance and whatnot. I lucked out, it wouldn’t have been as many days off. We went out of town to see some good friends of ours and I requested time off (just a day) before knowing the exact days of the shutdown. It was a great weekend! Normally when we go down to see our friends, it’s only for a night. We stayed 2 nights this time so it was quite relaxing.

MacKenzie is doing great too. She can be a handful but she is a lot of fun. She has started to have mini tantrums, they are over quickly which is good. But they’re still tantrums. She talks a lot, babbles really but she knows a few words. She says mom, dad, dog, hi, ball, and no (yes, already!). She doesn’t sit still for very long! I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I’m not sure if I have ever shared about my grandparents but they celebrated 72 years of marriage yesterday! Sadly they live on the opposite side of the country. I have thought about going out there to visit them so that they could meet MacKenzie but that is a long flight. I’m still debating because they are thinking about coming here to visit this summer. That would be great but if its too much for them to travel, I would try to go see them.

I can’t believe summer is almost here! Hope you’re all doing well.

Proud 

Can I just take a minute and be proud of myself? I am 10 lbs under my pre-pregnancy weight! It feels good to be able to say that. When I had MacKenzie, I wasn’t sure how my weight would go. I was able to breastfeed for about 3 months. I wish I could have longer but I did my best. My girl is healthy and I can’t ask for much more. (She’s around the 90th percentile for height and weight!) Considering how far we have come, I’d say we are doing a good job. She loves to eat just about anything. 

A horrible sickness made its way into our house recently. I think I am finally at the tail end of it. I have been coughing so much that I think I bruised a rib. Perhaps when that pain in my chest subsidies, I will try to resume exercising. 

I hope you’re all staying healthy. 

1 year

Can I just say, I find it crazy that my baby girl is now a year old!? I am so proud of that little girl and I’m so happy she is my daughter. 

I love this little girl so much! 

Missing 

It has been a while since I have been here. I still follow and read your blogs. Lately I just can’t even start writing. I am going to try and update you. 

I have been a little stressed lately. I think I am managing it? I am doing my best to stay sane but sometimes I just feel “off”. I’m not the only one who has days like this, right? I basically have days where I don’t feel like myself. There’s really no other way to put it. 

I’m not sure if I have ever talked much about my younger sister. About a year ago she made some unwise choices. It has taken a lot of work to get where she is now. She had to face the consequences but she is now moving forward. She is 10 months sober and counting. I believe she is more focused than ever on staying positive and growing as a person. She also has found a great guy. She is happy and that’s what is most important. 

My baby girl is almost a toddler! She is walking now! She is so much fun. I know I have said this before, but she is such a happy girl. Seeing her happy makes me happy. We are planning a birthday party at our home and trying to keep it small. Our home is small so hopefully the weather isn’t too bad. I’d love it to be a dry day. Fingers crossed! (We have had a LOT of rain lately.)

Our dog has been healing nicely from his surgery. We were finally able to resume short walks a few weeks ago. In a few more weeks, he should be able to return to daycare and see his buddies! 

That’s all for now, I’m sure there is more. I hope you all enjoy your weekend. 

Year end

The last few months of this year kind of flew by, at least it seemed like it to me. It was a busy but good year. We have our baby girl and she is healthy, that’s what is most important. With all that happened this year, I am looking forward to the next year.

MacKenzie’s first Christmas was great. She may not remember it but I certainly have some good memories that I can share with her when she is older. The best times to me are spent with family. We were able to do that with everyone. It was a lot of running around to see everyone though. Even with making a few different trips, MacKenzie did really well.

We were all sick, well at least baby girl and I were, for a couple weeks. Poor girl had a cough for two weeks or so. It was difficult because you can’t really do much for them when they’re that young with a cough. Thankfully that is gone and we’ve both been feeling better this week. I was super congested for a week so it is really nice being able to breathe clearly again.

Our dog Finley is 4 weeks into his recovery. I think it’s getting a little easier. He doesn’t have to wear the e-collar anymore unless we’re not home with him. I think he is making progress, the incision looks a lot better. I can tell he is feeling better because he has more energy but we still need to keep him calm. He’s still not supposed to jump up and things like that.

We could have a walker soon! I think I shared recently that her 9 month checkup was postponed because of the snow. That appointment is still not for almost 4 more weeks. By that time, she’ll be 10 months. It bugs me how they couldn’t find anything earlier. I would have been fine having her see the other doctor but I guess for this, they want her normal doctor.

I don’t recall if I shared about having an abnormal pap back in May. I think I may have. I had a biopsy done on my cervix back in June. This past week, I had a follow up pap. I am still waiting to hear the results of that. It makes me nervous thinking about it. It could be good news or it could be bad news. I’m just trying to hope and pray for the best. It would be great to start out the new year with some good news.

Chaos

This past week has been complete chaos. Just over a week ago, I wrote about MacKenzie’s first snow. That really was not a lot of snow, I think it was about an inch. They were forecasting more snow this week. I should note that typically in this area, when the meteorologists are predicting snow, it is normally blown out of proportion. For example, last week. This week’s storm was a little different. It started when I was at work, on my Friday thank goodness. I live about 15 miles from work. On a decent day, I can get home in about 25 minutes. But add the snow and cold temperatures… and the panic about such conditions, nobody was going to get home on time. I left work early because I did not want to wait until 6:30pm and then try to drive home. That drive was a complete nightmare. I pray to God that I never have to deal with something like that again. It took me just over 4 hours to get home! It was very slow going. There were at least a few times where my car nearly got stuck. It was scary! I was not sure if I was going to make it home okay. I prayed a lot. I was in touch with my husband the whole time. About 3 hours in to my drive, I was texting with my parents and siblings. It had taken my brother about 3 1/2 hours to get home. They were praying too. Within about 40 minutes after that, I was home! I couldn’t keep track of how many abandoned cars I saw on the way home. About 3 miles into my drive I stopped for gas. If I hadn’t, I’m positive I would have run out of gas. I couldn’t tell you how happy I was to be home. It was very stressful. That same day was also my husband’s birthday. We weren’t planning to do anything then, we will later.

We still don’t have a Christmas tree and we’d like to take MacKenzie to see Santa. Both of these will hopefully get done today. The snow still hasn’t melted very much. I just hope it’s gone soon!

Recovery continues 

The past week has been a little stressful. We are a week in to Finley’s recovery from his acl surgery. He seems to be doing okay, it’s just difficult giving him his medication. Sometimes it goes okay but other times it’s just plain frustrating. We are doing our best really. We still have a long road ahead. 

Baby girl is getting another tooth, this one is the first tooth up top. She had a couple rough days but is doing better. 

We got our first snow of the season and it is also MacKenzie’s first snow. Around here it seems when they predict snow, it is blown out of proportion. Well this time it actually snowed. It started out slow, at that point I didn’t think it would amount to much. It did pick up later. There really isn’t a lot but the ground is covered. I only took her outside for a couple minutes. It has been very windy. It has been so windy that it kept me up most of the night. I hope I can get some better sleep tonight. 

Recovery 

Our lab Finley had surgery yesterday on his knee. Recently he was playing too hard and partially tore the human equivalent of an acl. Poor guy. His surgery went well and this afternoon we bring him home. I am just nervous about the recovery. He is a very high energy dog so it will be difficult keeping him calm and from hurting himself further. I know we can get through this, it’s just going to be a long 8 weeks or so.