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Kye Growth Delay Update!

Monday, March 31, 2014

It's hard to believe it's already been a year since Kye's last growth specialist visit.  During this year I did my best to put the entire thing out of my mind. I focused on things I could control...which weren't many. I mean you can't really make your kid grow haha! However, after our last visit I was even more mindful about Kye's nutrition. I started giving him three Advocare chewable vitamins a day. One with each meal! At breakfast he gets the V100  (which is just an all around multi vitamin), at lunch he gets a Citrizinc (which has extra vitamin c, zinc and vitamin d), and at dinner he gets a purple champs (which gives him added DHA). They are all fine to take together (I had two drs look them over including his pediatrician and the packaging says for ages 4 and up). I also make sure he gets at least 24 oz of milk a day and eats a well balanced diet. I've always been mindful about what my kids eat, but I knew that nutrition was pretty much the only thi

22 Week OBGYN Visit

Just got home from my 22 week check-up! Since this was just a heartbeat quick check I decided to bring Britt along. I wanted her to get to hear her baby brother or sister :) It also worked out where Zach didn't have a meeting this morning so he was able to come too! It was a frazzled morning and I ended up forgetting my birth plan on the counter in the kitchen when I walked out the door. Boo. Sidenote but I also forgot my bag of returns for Hobby Lobby and drove all the way there after the appointment before I realized it. Sigh. Thanks pregnancy brain :) I LOVE the early morning appointments because you are in and out so fast! Right when I got there they called me back. The girl who took my blood pressure asked if I have typically low blood pressure? To which I answered...I have no idea. They always tell me when they check it that it's "good" so I just go with that :) Britt was excited for the visit and LOVES to go to the doctor. How random is that? She

One Year "Dave~aversary"

Saturday, March 29, 2014

It is SO hard to believe that it's only been a year since we started embracing a more "Dave Ramsey" style of life. Want to read about the changes we made? You can do that here!  I will be the FIRST person to tell you, we are NOT hard-to-the-core about Dave's system. We don't "live like no one else so we can live like no one else" and I'm okay with that. I know what Dave recommends and we have altered some of the things he suggests to better fit our goals and our priorities. While we DO want financial freedom, we also want to embrace the present . Sure, if we had started our adult lives with these principles we'd probably feel differently about it. But we have children. And our children will only be children for so long so we aren't willing to take some of the more drastic measures in order to get ahead financially. Zach and I both want that balance of spending smart, saving smart, but also enjoying the now. Yes, we travel. That is one of our

22 Weeks Pregnant

Friday, March 28, 2014

Baby Growth:  Leo is roughly 11 inches long and almost weighs a full pound! There is something about seeing that he or she weighs that much that is very comforting to's exciting! At this point Leo looks like a miniature version of what he or she will look like when delivery day arrives.  I feel a harder spot right above my belly button and it makes sense why when I look at this picture...I bet Leo is turned the other way and it's his or her little booty I'm feeling at that hard spot! My Symptoms:  It has been a pretty stressful week for me. Thankfully I literally haven't left the house much at all other than driving Kye to school so the stress hasn't been overwhelming (no headaches! whoop whoop!). Originally I had planned to go to Atlanta this past weekend to visit my friends but it ended up not working out which really was for the best. We had a great little weekend as a family! We surprised the kids with Frozen Friday night!!!  And Saturday

Tips for Birthday Party Planning

Thursday, March 27, 2014

It is no secret that I truly enjoy party planning. I love all kinds of event planning: bridal showers, baby showers, and birthdays. You name it, I like to plan it! But don't suggest for me to do event planning as a side job haha I attempted to help one bride plan her wedding and quickly realized I will never  be doing that again. Yikes! I know many mamas are not into the birthday party scene and I understand! But honestly, it's not as hard as it may seem to be. It also doesn't cost as much as one might think and doesn't take as much time and energy as the final product may appear! Here are my tips and tricks for Birthday Party Planning! 1. Establish a Budget:  Party stuff is so cute and it's super easy to get wrapped up in the party planning and end up spending more money than you thought possible. By having a budget you can be mindful of your spending and create a cute event without breaking the bank. I have a savings account with our bank just for hol

Spring Swim

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I know I am kinda hardcore about several things, but swimming is def on that list! I am SO thankful we did survival swim lessons with both Kye and Britt and we will 100% be doing them with Leo as well as any future babies. To me, it's a must have...especially since we own a pool!!! I LOVE Tiny Bubbles and the skills they have given my children. Seeing how awesome they are in the water is truly amazing to me!!!  Not only do I think it's important to have survival swim, I also think it's important to keep the kids in the water and to refresh them each year. Kye has learned so much  every time we do lessons! This year Kye swam in the afternoons (one afternoon a week for 6 weeks) and Britt swam in the mornings (one morning a week for 6 weeks). Each child had an individual instructor for their 30 min in the water. I was more nervous for Britt's only b/c she hadn't had any experience with Tiny Bubbles other than her survival swim and I wasn't sure how sh
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