Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Reintroduction

Since it's been awhile, I decided that my blog needed a fun, light-hearted post. So that's what you're getting today! Yours truly complied a list of very random, but completely accurate tid bits. This can also serve as an informal introduction to people who maybe don't know me well, but want to. 
Here's a pic of me & my oldest because CUTE. Thank you Fifty Clicks Photography & Loryn Eaton Photography!

Cleaning is one of my most favorite things to do, which is probably part of why I love being home so much. The only problem is that I never have enough time, so some days my house does look filthy.

I recharge by having alone time (so I guess that makes me an introvert?) but I do still consider myself very social! 

I do not "suffer" from RBF. In fact, I may suffer from the opposite: always having a smile on my face. It's not that I try to, that's just how my face is. *insert shruggie here*

I require a hot breakfast every day. I've tried yogurt and similar items for b-fast, but after 30 years on earth, I am proclaiming that I'm a breakfast snob and need only warm items first thing in the morning. See: I eat a lot of eggs & sausage.

I am a rule-follower for sure.

I am *not* a morning person, despite having thought I was my whole life. This only recently became apparent when my hubby pointed out that I always need about an hour to fully wake up. 

One thing that really irritates me is when I see people litter. I have no clue why this makes me so frustrated, but it does. 

I have nothing against alcohol, but I don't drink. It's just not my thing. I am completely open to it (and had plenty of college drinking days) but don't see the point in drinking alcohol unless I'm going out and dancing or something similar. Since I'm currently a mom to two babies under two years old, that just isn't happening right now. Or anytime soon.

I've always considered myself a girly girl, but I have decided that I'm not as girly as I thought. I never get waxes, pedicures, manicures or my hair done. But when I do, I feel really fancy and special. Which reminds me of another truth bomb: lately, I've been getting my hair cut at Great Clips, because $10 on a trim never felt so good.

I have terrible spring allergies and have to take Claritin or similar every.single.day. during the spring.

I absolutely hate texting. I'm the worst at responding. Currently, I have 38 unread text messages. I'm not kidding. So if you're wondering if I'm ignoring you, I'm not. I just wait to open texts until I feel up for the challenging of responding. I'm sorry that I'm like this!

Spoilers are kinda my thing. I love to know what happens on TV shows & movies before watching them. My favorite site to read is Reality Steve (and it just so happens that he announced yesterday who Rachel, the new Bachelorette, picks)!

Taking a shower is such a chore to me, but I begrudgingly do it daily in the evenings before bed.

Stripes are my favorite pattern.

TV watching is my most favorite thing to do. I just finished Santa Clarita Diet. Often my shows are pointless and not brain stimulating at all, but I still like it. If you've seen it also, I just want to point out that my favorite line for the show (it's only 10 episodes long) is in ep. 9 when the blonde housewife says to her son, "you still have that new baby smell." You'd really have to watch it to understand what I'm talking about.

I was always a terrible sleeper (restless, easy to wake, etc) until I had two kids.

I consider myself a really good window shopper. I scope things out for a good period of time before I buy.

I only drink my coffee iced. Hot coffee has a completely different taste to me, and I don't like it one bit. Unless it has a boat load of cream and sugar in it, which is not preferable and clearly just tries to cover up the taste of coffee.

Friday, May 5, 2017

GJ Button + Other Updates

I honestly only had enough energy in this post to write about a few things that I just knew, in my gut, were going to happen before they came to fruition. And unfortunately we're going to add another thing to the list.

When I first heard about the GJ Button (you can learn more than you'd ever want to know here), I just had something (i.e. God) telling me to prepare. Get prepared for another change, because the GJ button is coming. I knew. Yes, I did. For those who have no medical background, the GJ button is different than the G button.

That being said, the GJ button isn't dramatically different from Bennett's current G button. No surgery is required (praise God), but it is a process to change out his button. The hardware will look very similar, except there will be two ports: one that goes to Bennett's stomach, and one that goes past it to the small intestine. Essentially, Bennett will get his food in his small intestine. The g-button side will be to vent him and check for fluids. With the GJ button, continuous feeds are a must. We're already on a continuous drip, so that will remain. I've mentioned before that we're adamantly against the fundoplication surgery and we have high hopes that the GJ button will help Bennett have a much more pleasurable feeding experience.

With the GJ button, the doctor said, "in rare cases" XYZ happens after working on GJ button feeds. "You'll need to contact me if this happens" she said. Well, Bennett is rare, and he is the exception case more times than not. Bennett is doing REALLY good for a micropreemie, but that doesn't take away the fact that when there's an exception to be had, Bennett is it. Please help us in praying that Bennett will tolerate the GJ button well and that he, indeed, won't have anything "exceptional" happen to him. Ross and I are making very well thought-out decisions. That means when we say we're against something, it's been considered and ultimately, we know what's best for our son.

One way that you can help an anxious mom like me is by always being upfront about your health. If you can't come over in good conscious that you're healthy, not having any bit of symptoms, then it's best to reschedule. Also, you can help by asking questions. I think the more I talk about this to people whom I trust, the more at ease I feel.

Bennett's also had an eye exam last week. There's no change, which isn't a bad thing. But again, he is the exception to "most" micros. Our eye doc said, "in rare cases, baby's eyes won't be fully developed until 60 weeks gestation." Well, Bennett is currently 57 weeks (as of yesterday) gestation.

In other news, Bennett had his first real laugh yesterday. It was faint and sweet, but it was a laugh. We were all sitting on the couch, surprising Bennett with Poppy (Kensington's troll doll) and he just thought that was the funniest thing ever. Also, his physical therapy is going very well! He is so interested in sitting up, but isn't quite strong enough. If it were up to Bennett, he'd skip rolling all together, but I personally want to see him rolling around!

I try to keep things in perspective. I really do. Sometimes I'm mad about where we're at. Sometimes I'm totally okay with it. Overall, despite how stressful this is... and how sad it makes me, I know that we're really blessed that Bennett doesn't have more issues considering the long list of possibilities for 25-weekers. And you know what, this is just how life goes. This is our trial to work through, whereas some families may face scary things like bankruptcy, adultery, or cancer. Everyone has something.