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Western North Dakota , United States
My husband, Allen, and I are high school sweet hearts. We started dating Sep.99'- I kind of followed Allen home one day, and never did leave, is Allen's story. November 02' we were engaged, and on November 22,2003 - we were married. Having been married for 6 years in 2009, marked the 5th year we had been trying to start our family. With the referral of a Fertility Specialist from a friend, our IUI attempts ended up being a complete success despite my doubts. We welcomed our sweet little girl, Hayleigh into the world on June 30,2010 at 6:28am after 37wks and 1 day of gestation. She weighed 7lbs 14oz and was 20 in long. We found out that we were Baby #2 on April Fool's Day- a complete surprise! Reid Allen was born 11/13/12 3:24am 9lbs 8.2oz 21", after 38wks 5 days. Our 3rd baby, Eva Jane, was born on April 19, 2015 after suffering a pregnancy loss June of 2014. We are currently anxiously awaiting baby #4 due 2 days before Eva's birthday, so we are having Irish Twins! Our family is so blessed and happy to be growing!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

What all of the Fuss is About...

This week has been pretty tough, I'll have to admit. This week wasn't emotionally tiring for once, just physically. For the past few mornings, instead of waking up when I go in to get Hayleigh ready, she has been up at 5 am on Monday, 4 am on Tuesday, and then 3 am on Wednesday, crying and whining. I cannot tell you just how frazzled I was getting. Hayleigh has started teething, and has had a runny nose from it. I had been running the humidifier for it with baby Vick's rub on her chest and on the humidifier, making sure her head was elevated when sleeping, and gave her infant Motrin for the last week, resulting in a small cough and a fussy baby. I had had the last straw Wednesday morning, when nothing would soothe her, and made an appointment with one of the other pediatrician since hers was off on Wednesdays. We went in, and found out that she has slight chest congestion..aka has a cold, with the runny nose. We were prescribed benedryl, with antibiotics and nasal saline. I know the medicine has worked wonders on her- she was very giggly all last night, and not fussy at all. I even had her laughing harder than I have ever heard her laugh, which I made sure I got Allen on the phone for him to hear Hayleigh laugh as well. I was starting to worry last night that the benedryl would have an opposite effect on her that it does on me- making her excitable, and not drowsy, since she was bouncing and giggling an hour after giving her a dose. She finally did go to sleep about 8:30- 2 hours later than her usual time, but, she did sleep until 6am this morning. I know we both slept a whole lot better, but, I did get up and check on her every few hours through the night, to make sure she was okay. I now understand the feeling other parents talk about when they describe staying up with a sick baby, on just how exhausting it really was. With me being the only one home, the past few nights were really tough, especially when I had to go to work early as well. This all makes me really appreciate just how easy of a baby Hayleigh has been, resulting in spoiling me. I am afraid to see what we would get if and when we had another.

Other than Hayleigh being sick, I have made time for myself for once. Making time for myself has become one of my New Year's Resolutions, along with getting the house more organized. This week, I have started working out at least 3 times a week. I am just trying to tone up and shed a few pounds now, before baby #2 is in the plans. I have also started tanning again- first time in a year and a half, to help my psoriasis. I cannot tell you how great it felt to soak up those rays the other day! I don't think I have ever had a quick nap that felt that great. Also, yesterday, I got my hair cut off. I have not had my hair cut since Hayleigh was 4 weeks old, so this also felt amazing! I wanted it cut just bellow my shoulders, but, it ended up just above, which will be fine. Hair grows back. Just doing things for myself makes me feel incredible, hopefully making me a better mom for Hayleigh. Most of the stress I have been holding in kind of lifted somewhat from all of this, and I really needed it.

One thing I get a kick out of anymore is about how I get excited over stuff that most people dread. For Christmas, I got a kitchen aide mixer and a Dyson vacuum. I cannot tell you how giddy I was to use them- like a little kid and a new toy. Things like vacuums, mixers, and now shelving make me soo happy. We are turning our hall coat closet that is next to our bar into a pantry tomorrow. We just need to add shelving, since it is not a wide closet- perfect pantry size! I have been running out of room in the kitchen for things lately, and have been desperate for space. Since the New Year, I have been obsessed with organization in our house. I guess that is just the mother coming out in me. After Christmas, we found ourselves with the kitchen about to bust, and just the house in general looking like a bomb went off in a toy store. Now, I am losing my storage room, which was the only room in the house that was a wreck, and turning it into a den room for both Allen and my hunting stuff, and the current den/ bedroom will be turned into a play room / guest room for Hayleigh, with the stuff that survives being thrown out of storage, being stored in the extra large closet in the new play room. I know this will be quite a job, but, I am working daily on it, along with thumbing though catalogs for ideas on how to decorate, and organize a play room. The first of the organizing stuff for the play room I ordered will be here tomorrow, and I am not even ready. In the mix of all of the organizing, I once again have to clean out Hayleigh's closet and dresser for clothes that are too small once again. It seems like I just did this a month ago. We now are up to 3 storage tubs full of clothes for her, and I cringe thinking just how much she will have by the time she is 2. I know I should sell some of it, but, I just cannot bring myself to do it, thinking we will possibly have another baby within the next year and a half. Some days this is very debatable- I really think one baby is enough at moments. We will have to see though. Anyway, my goal is to have the play room done by the time Hayleigh turns a year old- I am actually giving myself a realistic time frame to get this accomplished, and plan to have before and after pictures up when this gets done.


  1. don't sell her clothes just yet! Selling it anywhere but ebay results in dismal sales and you'd be lucky to get $3.00 out of a nice barley used coat. Besides, should you choose to have another and it's a girl, less shopping would be needed = less stress. In addition, if I should ever have a girl, I could borrow OR you could obviously save clothes for Hayleigh to keep stowed away to do with what she wants when she is your age. Crazy to think about, I know. Also, Brad is signed into Google so it says this is his comment but it's not lol

  2. Don't worry miss Auntie! I will keep them- I wasn't going to get rid of any of them- So if we have another baby and it is a girl, or if you even have a girl someday they will be here ~