Scars will fade…

Now before you read this please know that I know I’m not the first nor the last woman to have a c-section. I knew going into the latter part of the pregnancy that this was most likely the way we would deliver. I mean I even got a date for our planned c-section.

I thought I was prepared.

I did my research, asked tons of questions, and tried to prepare myself as best I could and I’m so glad I did that. In actuality though nothing can prepare you completely for something like this.

I’m not going into a lot of details right now about the events that led up to Miss Shyanne’s birth but I can say I’d do it a hundred times over if I had too!

Yesterday marked one week since we went to the hospital and delivered. They had put a covering, bio guard?, over the incision so I had not seen it… I’ve definitely felt it though.

When I took my shower last night the covering was starting to come off so I took it off… the doctors had told me it would soon. I couldn’t see the scar because there’s a bit of flabby belly still there and honestly, I was a bit afraid to look.

This morning I decided to check it out because I did need to make sure it looked ok and didn’t need any attention. I wasn’t prepared for that though and I admit that it sent me into a sobbing fit.

It’s ugly and a lot bigger than I expected… there’s nothing pretty about it and it really, really hurts. I know it still has a lot of healing to do and that it will fade but right now it’s a reminder of just how close we came to a completely different outcome.

Even though I wasn’t prepared I am deeply grateful for the doctors who delivered our little one and this scar will forever be a reminder of what we went through and just how tough she is.

It will be a reminder of a time when I felt completely helpless and had to give up my independence for a bit and just trust others to do what needed to be done.

It will be a reminder of how much love and support our friends and family have shown us during this time.

It will be a reminder of how much my husband loves us and proof that he can cook… and do the grocery shopping… and keep up the house… and just be the Mr. Awesome that I already knew he was. I guess I’ll cut him a little slack for leaving his socks all over the place…

I don’t really know why I wrote this today… maybe as a future reminder to myself or maybe in the hopes that it might help someone else out.

Pregnancy and childbirth can be tough no matter what the circumstances. I’m a planner and I felt confident that we had covered most of our bases but then life threw us a fast ball and I wasn’t expecting it.

This pregnancy was unexpected and I never would’ve imagined it would have went as it did because I’d never had any major issues before. Then the delivery went about the same… I’ve always been the one who could go home the same day, or next, and then jump right back into my routines but not this time.

You know what? It’s ok. Everyone has survived even if they did eat a lot of cereal, PB & Js, and tacos.

The routines and schedules we already had in place helped keep the house up and running pretty smoothly. Yes, there have been a few bumps but nothing dreadful. I’ve even been able to rest quite a bit with a houseful of kids.

Having our little one in the NICU is HARD… so very hard and I miss her so very much every minute she isn’t with me but I know that she is being well taken care of. I also know that she is a little warrior and with the progress she is making she will be home soon.

Right now I’m just trying to focus on everyone at home and getting myself better. Our delivery had been planned for the 20th so big sisters had already arranged to be here to help out.

I will be able to visit little miss a bit more with big sisters here. They will also be able to help me get some things finished up that I wasn’t able to take care of before baby made her arrival.

Things can feel overwhelming at times, especially with all of these crazy hormones right now. I just have to remember to take things slowly… if one day seems to much to deal with then deal with an hour at a time. Things will get better… slowly but surely.

Remember that it’s ok to ask for help. Whether it’s someone watching the kids so you can sleep, or washing a load or two of clothes, or fixing a meal, or grocery shopping, or maybe just lending an ear to listen… just know that it’s ok to rely on others at times.

I think this post went a little off track from where I thought I was going but we’ll just blame that on my mommy brain and pain meds right now. I hope you all have a blessed day and a wonderful weekend!

She’s Here!

Hey y’all! I’m so so sorry that I kinda just dropped off the social media for a bit. The past few months have been very hard as this pregnancy took so much out of me but we are so happy to announce that the wait is over!

Just before midnight on July 8th Ms. Shyanne came screaming into this world via c-section. Although we were as ready as we thought we could be we weren’t quite expecting her to be here right then.

She weighed in at 8lbs and 1 oz and she was 19 1/2 inches long. They also determined that she was around 36 weeks when she delivered.

She is in the NICU due to some of her prenatal diagnosis. She has already breezed through one surgery and is making daily progress towards coming home although we know there will be more surgeries to come.

While the pregnancy seemed so chaotic from the beginning with all the negativity because of my age and then diagnosis after diagnosis for our little girl, (Just this last month we learned of her duodenal atresia which resulted in severe polyhydramnios and then we were ultimately admitted for preeclampsia/HELLP syndrome.), we feel so blessed to have this precious addition to our family.

I will try to finish up some of the posts related to her prenatal issues as well as a more detailed post about her birth and NICU stays but for now I’m just going to try to focus on life at home and recovering so that I can be ready to take care of our little one when she comes home.

We have been posting updates and tons of pictures on our personal FB pages if you’d like to follow us. I’ll also try to start posting on Instagram more regularly as well.

Thank you all for your kind thoughts and most of all for your prayers and please keep us in your prayers as we know the next few months will be quite crazy around here.

Shyanne’s Story: Unexpected News

Well, today (May 13) has been a bit on the emotional side. I’m not even sure where to start but many of you that have followed our blog know that this pregnancy has been full of surprises:

An Unexpected Journey

Sometimes You Just Need To Let The Tears Flow

Finding Joy In The Difficult Days

Our little Wonder Woman… some good news! Continue reading “Shyanne’s Story: Unexpected News”

Free Webinar: GET KIDS TO listen without nagging or yelling

Is being cooped up at home getting on your nerves? Or maybe being cooped up means that the kiddos are getting on everyone’s nerves?

Whatever the situation you can find out how to get your kids to listen without all the nagging and yelling. We have been using a lot of the techniques that we’ve learned and it has made quite a difference in our home and I’m sure this program can help in your home as well whether you have one child or many.

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Our little Wonder Woman… some good news!

This Momma’s heart is so happy right now. If you follow me on Facebook you will know that I requested prayers for our little one. Our fetal cardiologist appointment got moved up to today and I was very anxious.

Continue reading “Our little Wonder Woman… some good news!”

Learn To Cook Trial!

I guess everyone needs to learn to cook all of a sudden, even if home cooking wasn’t your norm before.

Want to learn along with your kids?Kids Cook Real Food, an awesome online video cooking class for kids, is supporting social distancing and all the families with lots of extra time on their hands… How about a two-week risk-free trial, and 80% off a two-month membership after that? 🙂

Get the details here, including a guide to making it work without going to the grocery store! https://sl290.isrefer.com/go/kcrf/happy2bmyownboss/

Keeping The Crazy Away By Keeping Busy

How’s everyone doing? If you are like a lot of folks then you might be getting a little stir crazy right now and it seems that the shutdowns in our area are only getting started.

Many parents are having to deal with the stresses of their kids being out of school… we all know how easily kids can get bored. Well, if you need some ideas to keep those kiddos entertained then be sure to check out some of the links I have listed under our Homeschool Tab! There are tons of fun (and educational) things to keep the kiddos busy.

I might even recommend that you check out our ‘Little House Academic Adventures’ if you’re kiddos are out of school. There are tons of great links and videos that they can do for FREE while learning about how things were in the 1800s. My kiddos have really enjoyed these lessons so far and we are looking forward to getting moved and getting started with them again!

You can also check out some of the other programs like Kids Cook Real Foods (link under the Homeschool tab), Mystery Science, and/or Skill Trek for ideas to keep your kids in learning mode.

For my kiddos it’s really not a big change. I’ve had my kiddos helping a bit with moving things over to the new house. They are finally getting over the stomach bug (although Mr. Awesome seems to have it now) so they’ve been outside quite a bit as well.

When they are indoors they are reading books, playing board games, or coloring. Our internet seems to be on the fritz right now so no TV or tablets … which is probably a good thing.

I have been trying to keep myself busy. I really need to pick up a few things at the grocery store but I’m trying to hold out a few more days. I’m also keeping my fingers crossed that they will have grocery pickup available when I need to run out.

We will be doing some pantry challenges to get by until things return to normal. You can find out more about our pantry challenges by using the search bar. For lunch we are having some pigs in a blanket and I pulled out a freezer meal for dinner tonight. I’ll try to add some links later on but my laptop has been packed up right now. 😦

Our weekly dances have been cancelled so I will really miss getting out and seeing other adults. We are planning to keep to ourselves for a bit… something we are really quite good at anyway. I do have a few appointments (more than usual) scheduled this month that we will be keeping. I plan to leave the kiddos at home though if they don’t need to go.

This is a great time to start on some Spring cleaning as well. Yesterday I cleaned out the kitchen and dining room in the new house. I also scrubbed and polished the floors which look pretty awesome this morning!

Mr. Awesome helped move a couple of the pantry shelves over to the house. I secured them to the wall (to prevent tip overs), cleaned them, and got them sorted.

I might paint these eventually but that will be later on after we get moved and I make sure this is where I really want them.

While I worked on arranging and rearranging things Mr. Awesome worked in the bathroom. They got the insulation in and then they got the ceiling down. He had planned to get the new exhaust fan up but the ceiling needed some additional framing so they worked on that instead.

This morning I cleaned off the island that I’ve been using as my workstation. I also emptied it and had planned on getting someone to help me move it but now that he is sick I guess that will have to wait.

We still need to carry some of the stuff over to the house.

I might try to get a few things moved over after I get the laundry finished for the day. (I’m loving the new machines.) I saw a recent post about things to do while being ‘quarantined’ and I might just tackle a few of those in the old house if I don’t feel like moving anything later.

I know our little house could use a good cleaning. I have been cleaning as I go but it’s been hard trying to work around all the chaos here.

If I’m felling crafty at some point I have a couple of old wooden spoons that need some TLC. I plan to paint them and hopefully make them look something like the picture below. There are a ton of things on my To-Do list that I can probably tackle.

We know from past experiences that things are likely to get worse before they get better but remember that it will pass. Keep your eyes on Him and trust in His plan even though it may be hard to understand right now.

We are sending our thoughts and prayers to everyone being affected by this crisis.. and praying that it is over soon!

What are some things you are doing to stay busy and make the most of your time right now?

Ginger Tea

This is another recipe that I have used a lot… especially when I was suffering from morning sickness. It is fairly easy to make and you can buy a big bunch of ginger and then peel and slice it for the freezer to make this even easier to make.

This recipe can be doubled or tripled if needed. This is very useful for when anyone has a bout of nausea or vomiting from pregnancy or the flu. You can also check out my Simple Ginger Syrup recipe.

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A Christmas To Remember!

So we did get to celebrate Christmas in our new house even though we can’t officially move in yet and we had no power… or heat! We set the tree up and decorated it on Saturday and everyone had a lot of fun helping.

 After the decorating was done it was time to kick the kids out of the house until Christmas as I needed a gift wrapping station. We had all helped to bring in a lot of the boxes I had in the shed… there may still be a gift or two hidden in there somewhere!

That was a lot of work to get all of those gifts wrapped and taken care of as I hadn’t wrapped the first gift, other than a couple that we took to a party, and there were a lot of boxes!

Continue reading “A Christmas To Remember!”

Stuffed Mushrooms with Dipping Sauce

I love mushrooms of every kind and I am always trying to add them to so many dishes because of their amazing health benefits. This is one of my favorite mushroom recipes.

I don’t like that you don’t use all of the mushrooms and a whole pepper but those can be frozen and used later.
Continue reading “Stuffed Mushrooms with Dipping Sauce”

Easy Pepperoni & Pasta Casserole

This recipe is so easy but I forgot that I even had it! The original recipe calls for Rotell past (little wheels) but you can use just about any pasta that you might have on hand.

Continue reading “Easy Pepperoni & Pasta Casserole”

Ultimate Mashed Potatoes

We love Mashed Potatoes but every now and then I make these potatoes which are just a little bit extra special and delicious! I love how leaving the skins on makes these so pretty and it provides a little bit of the unexpected. Continue reading “Ultimate Mashed Potatoes”