Archive for August, 2011

Watch out Nashville, Kahlan Elizabeth has joined a bluegrass band!

Poppy has been encouraging Kahlan to play music since she was barely able to hold a toy. One of her first toys from Poppy was a play guitar which has now been replaced with a real life miniature guitar.

Kahlan loves to listen to Poppy play music and she also loves to play music with him.

But she likes it best when she gets to play her guitar with a pick just like her Poppy. My dad always has to make sure he has an extra guitar pick along for her.

So this weekend when Poppy was playing with his band, Kahlan decided that she would just pull up a chair and play right along.

I don’t think Poppy could have been any prouder.

Don’t worry Dad, I am sure she will list you in the credits when she releases her first bluegrass album!


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Kahlan has been a horrible sleeper since the day we brought her home from the hospital. When she was born she stayed in the hospital nursery at night and they brought her to me every 3 hours to nurse, when I was not nursing I was able to go back to sleep and very naively thought that when they brought Kahlan back to the nursery she was sleeping too… on Kahlan’s 1st night home from the hospital I realized how very wrong I was.

The kid just would not sleep. She would be sound asleep in my arms and as soon as I would lay her down on her crib mattress she would wake back up. It was beyond frustrating. And even though I have always been against co-sleeping for the sake of my sanity, my job, my marriage Kahlan started sleeping with us when she was 3 months old.

When she was 10 months old she was getting a lot bigger and squirmier so we decided it was time for her to sleep in her own crib. We did the whole cry it out thing with her which broke my heart, but after 2 very long weeks she started sleeping in her own crib and did so for 9 whole months! That is until I spent 4 days away from her in the hospital having my gallbladder removed and at the same time she got very sick with her asthma, so late August of last year she was back in bed with us sleeping right between us.

A couple of months ago I started making Kahlan take naps in her own bed and she did so well. At naptime she will go right to her room and lay down, so I figured if I gave it a little time Kahlan would start sleeping in her own bed at night too. I asked her when she would be ready to sleep in her own bed like a big girl and her response was, “Mama, when I’m 6!”

So 3 weeks ago I decided enough was enough, she was big enough to start sleeping in her own bed. We talked about it for days and days before so she was prepared for what was going to happen. And you know what, that little stinker did not give me any problems! She has been sleeping in her own bed for 3 wonderful weeks, even through nights when her asthma is giving her problems. She gets up once in the middle of the night, but with a little encouragement will go back to sleep in her own bed without any problems and at 4:00 on the dot every morning she comes into our room to snuggle for the last 2 hours of the night. But that is still 8 wonderful hours without her feet, her butt and her little hands in my face!

We are 2 years late and 4 years early according to Kahlan, but she is finally sleeping in her own bed in her own room and we couldn’t be more excited!

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My Strong Fighter

Dear Kahlan Elizabeth –

Little girl you are so strong.

I am so amazed at your ability to be so tough even when you feel so sick.

You have had such a tough couple of weeks with your asthma.

I know you don’t feel good and I know it is so hard for you to breathe and yet you, little girl, you power through and you don’t complain.

Princess, you have been a fighter from the day we found out about you. You beat all the odds when you were born, and since then you have never stopped fighting. It amazes me every day how you never give up and even when you are feeling sick you still manage to keep a smile on your face.

Daddy and I are doing everything to try and keep you comfortable during this rough patch. We love you more than words could ever express and it hurts us so much to see you struggling and uncomfortable.

Keep fighting stinker. Keep being so strong. Daddy and I will keep doing everything in our power to make it as easy as we can for you because we both love you all the way to the moon and back.

You are our world and we love you so very much.

Love – Mama

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Fun Photo Friday

First time using a kid shopping cart at the grocery store… She was so happy!!


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When Kahlan visits my parent’s house, her and my dad love to snuggle in his chair. They have been doing this ever since she was a newborn. Back in the day when my dad would do just about anything to get her to open her eyes and look at him.

Today Kahlan and I were looking through photo albums of when she was a baby. She put her hand on this picture and said, “That no Poppy’s chair. That chair green. Poppy chair brown!”

Scott and I couldn’t believe that she noticed the chair in the picture was green much less remembered that Poppy’s chair was brown.

Her silly grandparents bought new furniture!

Her vocabulary and her memory are just getting so clear. She is just so much fun to be around and we never know what is going to pop out her mouth. Those little wheels in her head are turning and I’m loving every minute of it.

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Kahlan is my parent’s first grandchild and they LOVE to spoil her. They are always planning super fun things to do with her. When I was little my grandparents always took us to this little park that had a carousel and a little train. So my mom and I were very excited to take Kahlan to the same park that I had gone to when I was little.

Kahlan wasn’t too sure if she wanted to go on the carousel at first especially when she saw there were swings at the park across the road, but once she realized that GrandMA! was going to go on with her she decided it might be fun. She got GrandMA! to move her to about 6 different horses before the ride started. When the ride did start she was so interested in how the thing was moving, she was checking out the cranks and the motors and you could see her little brain was just trying to figure it all out. She’s going to be our little engineer I just know it.

She loved the train. She didn’t even get scared when it went through the tunnel. She just said LOUDLY, it’s DARK! and then when we got out of the tunnel it’s LIGHT!

After we got through with the rides, Kahlan was super excited to be able to go play at the gigantic park across the street. She LOVES herself ALL THINGS PARK. She loves tunnels and slides and swings and she has absolutely no fear.

My mom even bought her cotton candy which Kahlan wasn’t quite sure about.

And even though our day ended with a downpour of rain from a storm that came in so quick it left us all huddled under a tree clinging for shelter we had such a fun day.

Kahlan is one very lucky little girl!!

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Last year…

My health doesn’t scare me much anymore. When you are diagnosed with infertility especially infertility caused by endometriosis you kind of get used to rolling with the punches. From October of 2006 until we got pregnant in June of 2008 not only was I used to being in pain, but I was pretty comfortable with getting shots in my thighs, taking a ton of prescriptions, getting my blood drawn, and waiting in doctor’s offices.

When I finally had Kahlan, I knew that I could pretty much handle any pain because I had already done it all in order to have her. So when shortly after Kahlan was born I started having gallbladder attacks I decided that those were just one more thing that I could power through and decided to ignore them. When I went in for my six-week postpartum checkup, my doctor scheduled me for an ultrasound to get my gallbladder checked out, which I quickly decided to ignore… yup, maybe not my smartest move.

For the next year, I was so in love with Kahlan that I powered through the pain of having severe gallbladder attacks, that is until 1 year ago today, when my body finally said enough is enough. I have to admit I have been through scary medical stuff before and this was by far the scariest.

So after going into work and not being able to keep down a sip of water without throwing it up and being in severe pain all day, I decided to go to the ER. I didn’t realize when I checked into the ER that day that I wouldn’t be coming home until 2 surgeries later and 4 LONG days.

It was the longest I have ever been away from Kahlan. I missed her so much.

I don’t remember much about those 4 days except for: I was so thirsty and they wouldn’t even let me have ice chips until the 3rd day, that Scott knows me so well he brought a picture of Kahlan and my favorite teddy bear Casey with him to the hospital and he stayed by my side for 4 days, and that my parents dropped everything to be there for us and not only did they drop everything to be there for us, they brought Kahlan to see me every single day and that was what I looked forward to the most.

So here it is one year later. I’m healthy, happy, and gallbladder-less!

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