Favorite Things Friday

In an effort to get back to blogging I thought it would be fun to share a few things I’m enjoying lately.  For the longest I rarely bought myself anything.  Any time I shopped, I did so with my children in mind and never focused on me.  Over the last several months I’ve made a […]

Through All of It

I open my dashboard and stare at the blank screen. Then I close it. The process repeats every few weeks. Writing has always been “it” for me.  I’ve kept some kind of journal for as long as I can remember.  I wrote online before “blog” was even a word.  But now it’s hard not to […]

Brynlee’s 2nd Trach-iversary // Pierre Robin Sequence

Today is Brynlee’s trach-iversary. On this day two years ago, I tearfully handed our 9 day old daughter over to the anesthesiology team and watched them wheel her out of the NICU toward the OR. I knew when I saw her again she would have a tracheotomy and a g-tube. That would be the first […]

Two Years // Part Three – Closure

February 2015- you were no longer trached and you were no longer tube fed. Wow! I found myself with a lot of extra time on my hands and what should have been a lot less stress. Instead, I finally began what would be the hardest part (mentally) of my medical mama/ cancer loss grief journey. […]

Two Years // Part Two – Sudden Decannulation

Your second year got off to a great start. We said goodbye to tube feeds- we kept the tube for a few months just in case you lost weight. Thankfully that didn’t happen. We celebrated your second Christmas which was your first at home. My heart ached for you when you spent that first Christmas […]

Two Years // Part One

Two years. I can’t think about it without feeling a sense of overwhelming joy. Tears cloud my eyes. Not because you are turning two or because you are growing up on us, but simply because you are here. You are here with us. You are happy and healthy. You can breathe and eat without help […]

on my bookshelf // July 2015

At the beginning of the year I set a goal to read 12 books during 2015.  Since having kids, I’ve rarely read books even though it is something I enjoy.  I’ve already surpassed my yearly goal and have almost 100 books on my Amazon wishlist that I can’t wait to dig into in the future.  […]

Catching Up

Once again, it’s been a while. I’m fairly certain I’ve started almost every blog post since Brynlee was born that way. So much has happened since I’ve truly updated though and it’s overwhelming so let’s go with bullet points, shall we? Brynlee is trach-free! She pulled her trach out at the end of January.  She […]

If She Only Knew.

One year ago this month, on May 16, 2014, my dad uttered the “C” word to me.  We had tip-toed around that word- cancer- and hoped for the best.  He had been sick and coughing for several months.  His doctor diagnosed him with allergies and told him his shortness of breath was normal.  It wasn’t […]

DIY Homemade Valentine Play Dough

Play dough is one of my favorite things to make with my kids.  They love watching it cook, kneading it, adding the colors, etc. and enjoy that they are able to help with the entire process from beginning to end.  With February right around the corner, I decided to make a batch of homemade Valentine […]