Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Sometime last week I stumbled upon this blog. I can not even begin to tell you how Shanna, Layla and the Marsh family have affected me. They are courageous beyond belief. Every time I read this blog I find I cry more and more. My heart aches for this family.

I have learned one very important lesson in the short time I have been reading about them. It is so important to value each and every day. I think most parents that have been following Layla’s journey are reassessing their lives and letting that last load of laundry sit a little while longer. I know that I am a stickler about getting the dishes done right after dinner. I think that moving forward they will wait till Hanna is in bed. I know that no television show or blog entry will ever be more important then the time I could be spending with my child.

While their blog may be difficult to read, I encourage you to visit them and tonight before you go to bed, say a prayer for them {or take a minute and think of them}.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Mommy Time

I am sure other Moms can relate. It is nice to get out. By yourself. But you wonder how things are going at home.

Saturday I was so excited to get out and have a massage and a pedicure. It was wonderful. Of course most of the conversation at both establishments revolved around Hanna. But it’s ok. I love telling people about her :)
I only called home once. And I was informed that everything was fine. And that I didn’t need to call again. Message taken!

Then it was time for lunch. I have to report that more liquid then solid was consumed. It was good too!! I had plans to do some shopping after lunch but I wasn’t really up for that so I came home and took a short nap. It was just what I needed.

I have to say that though these Mommy days don’t happen very often it is nice when they do. A special thanks to my hubby for arranging it for me!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

A little of that white stuff...

This post is about a week overdue…..

Last week we were hit with our 2nd major snowstorm in five days. It was ridiculous. I like snow {I wouldn’t say love} but 30+ inches in one week is a bit much.

We already knew Hanna had pneumonia and I was sick with {my self diagnosed} bronchitis so we were in anyway. But with this much snow where were we going to go?!?

Well we walked from the front door to the back door to watch Daddy shovel. And Morgan…she just followed and cried. and cried. cause she wanted to be outside.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wordless Wednesday


It seems like lately the more time I spend at home, the more I want to be out. But when I do eventually go out, I wish I was at home. And all along I question if this is normal.

I work part-time. And I LOVE it! I love being able to spend so much time with my daughter and witness so many milestones. Sometimes I dread having to go into the office because I just want to be home with Hanna. Sometimes I can’t wait to go to the office just so I can get out of the house for a while.

I feel like I am on a rollercoaster some times.

This past weekend I think the roller coaster came crashing down. And now I am full of Mommy guilt. I don’t know what sparked it exactly but I think there are a lot of contributing factors and here are just a few…

1) The 50+ inches of snow we have received in the last 2 months that prevent safe road travel

2) The 2 rounds of a cold that I have had in the last month and half {I self diagnosed me with bronchitis}

3) Hanna’s recent venture down pneumonia lane

4) The winter blues

5) And well…it’s just to stinking cold to go out!

I cried. I was angry. I pouted for a day and a half. I yelled at Hanna. I didn’t talk to Stephen. It was awful.

I know that it is not Hanna’s fault that she is sick. I would do anything to make her better. I can’t imagine what she feels like {being sick, playing in the same house with the same toys for 2 weeks! and having nebulizer treatments 4 times a day}

I just needed to get out of the house. Go and do something. But the nebulizer treatments are making Hanna’s insides raw so the cold air makes her cough. And I really don’t want to take her anywhere too germy. {She doesn’t need to get any sicker} And they were calling for more snow.

So I stayed in.

Until I came to work yesterday.

Then I wanted to go home.

It really is annoying!!

My wonderful husband made me an appointment for a massage on Saturday with strict instructions to go for a mani and a pedi after. I think he realizes Momma is gonna lose it!!

This is all very normal…right?!?!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Vote for Miss Hanna

Hanna has something she would like me to ask you. 

She would like to know if you will vote for her in the Too Too Cutest Kid Contest
sponsored by Too Too Cute Tutus.

How can you say no to those big blue eyes?!?!

To vote go here.  It may tell you there is a certificate error.  The site is safe.  Promise. 
The company owner told me this:
If you are using the Firefox browser then you might get a warning message about going to the survey. There is not a problem with the voting site. It was just created and is hosted by the same company as our website.

Hanna is #14 under Q1 and it is the same photo as above.

Voting is open until February 23, 2010 at 9:00pm EST so please vote often.

While you are there be sure to check out all of the cute stuff :)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Oh the fun we are having...

Sometimes I think that you should not be allowed to give nebulizer treatments to children. I know that they are helpful but really it is just stressful for everyone involved. Stephen says it’s not that bad when she is good but with each treatment I feel like she dislikes it even more. She does her best when Mickey Mouse is on. I have watched the same 3 that are currently On Demand so many times I could start reciting them.

Hanna has been sick for just over a week now. Her appetite is improving I will say that. I just don’t know that I am seeing any improvement otherwise.

Oh how she loves to sleep right now. I know you aren’t supposed to wake a sleeping baby {I know, she is a toddler now} but I actually had to wake her for dinner last night. She was so tired she was back to sleep just over an hour later and slept all night.

This morning was the first time she had a temp other then normal. It wasn’t high but it was still something we hadn’t seen in a few days. I am waiting to see how she is when she wakes up from her nap because I may call the doctor today.

This picture is from her very first treatment.
(It's an awful cell phone pic)

I hope she starts to feel better soon.  I hate her being sick :(

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Oh the germs...

..in my house.  Hanna has pneumonia.  I have what feels like bronchitis.  Stephen has the occasional cough. Morgan has the "let me be as annoying as I a possibly can" bug.

Stephen went to CVS for my medicine yesterday.  Then he went to Walmart for Hanna's.  He joked that he was going to the liquor store next for his.

Breathing treatments on a squirmy 12 month old are fun.  She did really really good for the first 2.  I bragged about it and now that bragging is biting me in the ass.

And we got nearly 2 feet of snow on Saturday and we are getting another 1 to 2 feet tonight\tomorrow.

I do have some pictures from the last week but I just haven't had a long enough period of time to sit at the computer and post them.  But I will try to...soon.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

It's official...

Hanna is walking!! 

It has been a slow  process but still too fast for me.  There were the occasional 4 or 5 steps here and 5 or 6 steps to Daddy's Blackberry.  Then Saturday when we had company....it was time to show off with a record 9 steps.  And well...today she has been a walking machine.  I love it!

And yes I know..I am a bad Mommy.  I promise to post some new pictures.  It comes down to pictures or sleep...and every Mommy knows how that goes!