Friday, July 14, 2017

Life Lately

Sigh. This space has been neglected. Again. But the kids haven't so I call it a WIN! Here's a big ole dump of Life Lately for ya!

Our summer has consisted of beach, work, beach, work, beach, beach, beach, Six Flags, football practice, gymnastics, doctor's appointments, me being sick for TWO weeks, more beach, a few blood days for Mia and fireworks on the beach! haha!

People often ask why we go to the beach so much...which is weird to me because why not?? We love the beach and so do all five of our kids! I can clear my mind there like no other place on earth. We connect together as a family best when we travel anywhere. And, let's face it, sitting on the beach is one of the few places our kids are all happy at the same time! They get along and love being there. One of them LOVES to explore and collect things on the beach, one of them loves to play with his siblings in the water(he won't admit that!), one of them loves to get her tan on, one of them stays in the water the entire time we are out there and one of them loves the sand but begs Dadley to take her out in the water! hee hee!

Lap full of love! 
Mia's first Summer Snow!
Our Walmart Market FINALLY started offering grocery pick up! Friends, this is HUGE for me with five kids! Here we are at our pick up the very first day it was offered! :) 
 Josh's first Father's Day with Mia! However, I was SUPER sick. I started getting sick the Thursday before Father's Day and was sick for two weeks. So, hubs spent his father's day taking care of me and everything else on God's green earth.

Just another blood day!
 Peyton and I are super competitve and got into a little air hockey war! I won, of course! haha!

Love my lover love!

I'm telling you, there's no better place on earth to watch 4th of July fireworks than on the beach!

And to end the longest post of all time, a picture with my sweet boy! This was right before he crunched up all the chips in the chip basket onto the floor and I didn't even notice! HA!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Six months with Mia!

Well, six months have flown by! Last week marked six months since we FINALLY got our hands on our Mia! She's come so far since that day!

Mia is such a sweet girl! I think my favorite thing right now is that when she wakes up in the morning she tells everyone "Good Morning!" and the way she says it melts me!

I feel like this month she's finally "getting it". She knows who her people are and where they are at all times. She knows all about our routine! She knows that after we take Brooks to school in the mornings we are headed to the office. She knows after we go to the gym we are headed to eat lunch and then probably Target! haha! She knows at the end of the day when we leave the office we are headed to get Brooks at school! She knows when we pull up in our driveway that Daddley(yep, still calling him that!), Griffin and Peyton are home waiting for her. She knows that after dinner it's bathtime! See, she gets it!

We spent more time at the beach this month! She LOVES it! She plays and plays in the sand! She loves the water too! We got our kayaks out for the first time this year a few weekends ago and she went on her first ride and LOVED that too!

I can't think of anything she doesn't love except for sleep and time-out! haha! She DOES sleep all night like I have said before but she doesn't like to be put in bed. (What kid does?) And nap time, well, she might take a cat nap.

For the most part Mia is a really easy kid, but I don't want anyone to ever think it's all peachy and rosy. Adoption is HARD. It's full of good stuff but don't think it's easy ALL the time! :) Her coping skills when she gets in trouble are not so great. Josh mentioned that it's kind of like a baby and he's right! But, it's getting much better!

Mia finally realized just the other day that when I leave her, I AM coming back! Momma's not gone forever and I'm never going to leave her for good! That's a major milestone! :) It happened Tuesday. I was headed out the door to spend some time with some girlfriends. I carefully(and quietly!) told everyone else bye and that I would see them in a bit. I kissed the hubs and told him bye...Mia was eating supper and I kissed her little head but didn't say bye because that causes her to freak the frick out. Well, she looked up and said, "Bye Mommy!" CUE THE HAPPY DANCE RIGHT ON OUT THE DOOR! :)

She's still all about the food. Even after she has eaten, if someone else in the house is eating she will just stand in front of them and stare at them to see if they will share. We are working on that! Also, we have to really pay attention to her when she is drinking something or she will just drink whatever is in her cup non-stop until it is gone. Most of the time she prefers to drink water so that's not really a problem as far as drinking so much of it, we just need to get her to the point that she realizes she will always have it so she doesn't have to drink it all at once!

We are still pushing through in terms of her health. It's a lot, really, but I feel like we are getting into a routine with it as much as we can. Last time she went for blood she and I went to Birmingham the day before to get labs drawn and since we had to be back super early the next morning we got a hotel and spent the night! She was excited to have me to herself but we were both a little bored with it so quiet! hahahaha!

Mia and Brooks had a little cuddle time before bed one night and his little arm around her MELTED us!
Our first Mother's Day! :) Watching Paw Paw skydive! Mommy's going to skydive VERY soon! Eeeks!

It seems like 6 months warranted a comparison picture! On the left, gotcha day and on the right 6 months later! :) We sure do love our girl!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Five months with Mia!

Mia has been with us for FIVE whole months now! Thinking back to the day we picked her up in China blows my mind. She's come SO far in five short months! I was looking through our gotcha day pictures and video the other day and it's crazy what a difference there is. Even her little cry is different. It was like a baby cry the day we got her and now she doesn't cry like that at all! (Yes, I will share the video soon!)

We moved Mia to sleeping in her room this month! It has gone SO well! She cries a little when we put her to bed but soon falls asleep and sleeps all night!

Food is still her all time favorite thing in the history of ever. Give the kid all the food and she's happy! haha! Here she is eating a quesamia! That's what she calls a quesadilla!

Her English is making huge strides! We were just shopping for groceries earlier today and we were in the fruit section...every time I would put something in the cart she would say what it was! Apple, banana, grapes, strawberries, etc!

Not sure if I have mentioned it on here but Mia goes with me to work everyday! :) She pretty much runs the office. Bossy little lady!

She's really spoiled. Oops. Like, to the point that when we pull up to get a coffee at the Heritage House drive through she starts yelling, "Tookie" because she knows she'll get a cookie! haha!

She's also SUPER smart. I know everyone thinks that about their kids but um, she's gifted. Case in point, we had a little incident in my car last weekend and there is some significant damage. I had to meet an insurance adjuster this morning to get things started and had Josh meet us there. Because he knows all the things about cars. We pulled up to the place we were meeting and she saw Josh's truck and started saying, "Dadley truck!" We had to meet up with the adjuster later in the day to pick up a check. We pulled up and she said, "Dadley truck not here." We went there ONE TIME and she stayed in my car the whole time and remembered where we were. She's TWO. :)

Mia is doing pretty well health wise. She's still going every three weeks for blood but it is what it is. It's not fun. It's a long day. She needs it.

We went to the beach this past weekend and it was finally warm enough for some beach time! I kept thinking to myself about this time last year. I was hoping and praying that this year we would be sitting in this exact same spot that we love so much with our brand new little girl and well, here she is!

I was finally brave enough to get a friend who is a photographer to try and get some pictures of Mia! She still can be a little standoffish and shy and moody so I wanted to just see how it would go! At first she wasn't sure, but then she warmed up and we had fun!

That sums our Mia up for this month!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Happy Birthday Brooks!

On Saturday Brooks turned 4! I like it when my kids have a weekend birthday because I get to be with them the whole day BUT then I feel obligated to do their party on that day and end up having to share! haha! None the less, we had his party on his birthday at Monkey Joe's! He had a blast with family and friends! After the party we went home and played with all his new toys and then went to eat. We always let the birthday child choose where they want to eat for their birthday and B chose Mexican! He's totally my child! He wanted his fav guacamole so that's just where we went!

 How cute are our PRECIOUS grandmothers???? SO VERY!

I could  kiss his face OFF!

He was fake sleeping but I really think he would have gone to sleep! He was so tired!!

I can tell you right now just by looking at this picture that those two were up to something and Reece was like, "Um NO!" hahaha!

 Time for guac! Yeehaw!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A Day in the Life of a Thal Kid!

I decided that instead of the normal monthly post for Mia this month I would do a "Day in the Life" post for her! When we started this Thalassemia journey we didn't really know much about it at all. I wish I could see a post like this to ease my nerves and in the long run make things easier for me as a mom and Josh as a dad to understand. Most days Mia is just like any other kiddo, but then there's days like today, blood day, that are HARD.

Before blood day or "refill day" as we have named it can even begin, we have to have labs drawn. Usually the Saturday before blood day we drive up to Children's Hospital, which is an  hour from our home, and have her labs done. They usually draw 8-10 vials of blood. Lots of different tests have to be run in order to keep her healthy and to be sure they have the exact blood they need to give her the following Tuesday.

This brings us to today! We aren't allowed to take pictures so there aren't many to post! That means, I only broke the rules one time today!

We need to be at Children's by 8 am so we left our house at 6:30. We wanted to get to the hospital a few minutes early so we could stop by the café for a muffin! :) We ended up getting caught in rain and then lots of stop and go traffic on the interstate so we didn't arrive until about 7:50. Just enough time to get our muffin! Right at 8 we checked in to our clinic. We soon were called back for a weight, height, temp and blood pressure check. We also filled out what she wanted to eat for breakfast and lunch. We made our way to the room where we will spend the day! We were the first to arrive today so Mia had her pick of what seat she wanted!

About 8:30 the nurse accessed her port. This is not fun but it's a sure fire stick every time.

At 9:00 our nurse practitioner came to see us! We LOVE Ms. Kristen! She talked with Mia about the zoo and listened to her heart. We talked about Mia's ferritin levels coming down from 1600 to 1200 in just the few short weeks she has been on Jadenu! HUGE PRAISE! She told me Mia's blood levels were lower than last time so she will need a 5 hour transfusion(250ml, I believe) today. Boo.

9:30- BREAKFAST TIME! Today Mia is having grits with NOTHING on them, scrambled eggs, a banana(her jam) and yogurt.

Right now it's 10:10 am and we are waiting on the blood bank to call and say they have her blood ready!

10:15-Blood bank just called and blood is almost done so Mia just had a dose of Tylenol and Benadryl to help her not have a reaction to the blood! Let's get this party started!

10:30-Dr. B just came by for a visit. She is Mia's hematologist! We LOVE her also! She is wonderful! She told me not to get excited about the Jadenu doing such a wonderful job just yet! :)

10:40-Our first bag of blood has arrived and we just got it started! Mia will be closely monitored throughout the day by several people to be sure she's ok!

Some people have asked what we do all day while the blood is going in. Mia has a tv with on demand movies and also cable. She watches tv, we have coloring books and crayons that we bring and of course LOTS of snacks! There's also a closet full of stuff she can play doh, Mr.  Potato Head, etc.

11:40- We're an hour into our five hour transfusion! Things are good so far! Other than the blood bank measured her blood wrong and she's almost fished with her first bag already...I'm not sure what this is going to mean yet...

11:50-Lunch is here and my girl is happy! Grilled cheese, French fries, fresh fruit cup and a veggie cup! The blood bank split the blood twice(should have been once), so we are waiting on the next bag.

1:00-We are on our final bag of blood! It will take a few hours for it so go in. Currently Mia is mad at me because I won't let her play in her leftover lunch. Trying to bribe her with snacks to get her to stop screaming. Cookies for the win! It's whatever it takes on these days, whatever makes her happy pretty much goes. Except for playing in food.

1:15- Just kidding, NOW we are on our final bag of blood. Should be about 2 more hours!

2:45- Can it take ANY longer? We are both bored to tears. Need coffee.

3:00- Our clinic room has 5 chairs. All of our friends have come and gone for the day. First to get here, last to leave. Poor Mia!

3:12-now she falls asleep. When we are almost done. haha!

4:00-FINALLY done and headed home!

We got home a little after 5, then it was dinner, baths and bed! :)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Piggie Probs

A few months ago our Tucker passed away. It was sudden. We didn't know anything was wrong. We still don't know what happened. I debated on whether or not I wanted another pig for a while. Then a friend posted some babies for sale on FB and well, I couldn't resist!

I put the deposit down and told her I wanted a female. No reason, just to be different I guess. The piggie was ready just before we left for Disney but they said they would keep her for me until we returned. The day after we got home I worked it out so that we could pick up the piggie! We were going to name her Minnie Pearl! :) Well, piggie was pretty upset when we got it so it rode in my lap all the way home. When we got there I put it down in the living room so we could pet it and immediately noticed that IT WAS A BOY! haha! SO, meet Romeo! :)

He's cute, right?! Yea, well, he's BUCK WILD. Like, I haven't touched him since putting him in the pen WEEKS ago. He will NOT come near any of us. :( 

In the effort to not miss Tucker, this made it worse. I miss him wanting a scratch on the back and him scratching his booty on the fence post. :(

I guess I'll just keep trying with little Romeo. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Zoo Atlanta

A few weekends ago I turned 35! (eekk!!) I wanted to do something fun so we drove up to Atlanta to visit the zoo! Really, I just wanted to see the Panda Bears. We went all the way to China and didn't get to see any and as it turns out, there's a mama bear, daddy bear and twin baby bears a few hours away! :)

I'm fully aware that we never stay home for more than five minutes. China, Disney, Atlanta and the beach several times in between. It's go, go, go all the time for us! That's how we like it! :)