Friday, March 31, 2006


This year has just absolutely flown by!! It has brought so many changes, both happy and sad to our lives to forever change who we are and where we are going.

We started the year by losing Christine, who will forever be missed. Then, the constant, never ending battles with Kaitlyn being sick. Her first ads were released, and she has grown so much in the past 4 months!! Christy and Dennis are looking to buy an amazing house! Dusty got into flight school and corrected his vision so he should be able to pass. Time has just flown by.

I am amazed by the things we wated our time on. With how quickly time has passed, I wish we would have done more things. Of course, the weather has not exactly been kind. I really want to take Kaitlyn to the zoo, and fairy tale town. I'd love to get some time out in the sun taking Kaitlyn and Archie on walks. I'd love for Dusty's softball season to not be rained out. My goal for the rest of the year is to really invest our time into worth while things. Especially with Dusty being in school. He'll be home for so much less time and we really should take advantage of it!

I cannot believe how much Kaitlyn has learned and how much she learns every day. I swear, every day is a learning experiance for both of us. She is so close to talking that I have a feeling that anyday she's just going to bust out with some Shakespeare haha. She understands SOOO much! She knows where her belly button, nose, toes, eyes, ears, mouth, cheeks, fingers and arms are. She knows where they are on Mommy, Daddy and Archie. She points them out in pictures and on her baby. She loves to feed her baby. She loves to stand on the other side of the baby gate on the top of the stairs, put her baby in the stroller, lift it over the gate and chuck it down the stairs haha. She's our little demon.

She loves to color. Especially on the walls (thank goodness for magic erasers!). She enjoys eating, really enjoys eating. This little 24 pound, 32" little girl has a might big appetite, this is her daily menu:

Breakfast: 2 waffles and a banana
Snack: Mommy size handful of cheerios or applesauce
Lunch: Veggie (about 1/4 cup of carrots, corn, peas or greenbeans) sandwich (grilled cheese or turkey lately) and either rice or mashed potatoes
Snack: 4-5 multi-grain crackers
Dinner: Whatever we are having, meat veggie, bread and starch
Snack: 1 sugar free kid cookie.

Plus, through in 3 -8 oz glasses of milk and about 2 ounces of juice diluted with 12-14 ounces of water.

She just has so much energy she burns it all off. Hmmm, sounds like someone else I know.

We have no idea what our plans are this summer. With Dusty going to school they change drastically. We may spend a weekend in Alabama for Amber's wedding, we may spend a week in Reno for the CCPOA convention but really who knows right now. We have to wait for Dusty's schedule. I do know, I plan on a lot of zoo trips. I really want to get the season family pass. Dusty doesn't think Kaitlyn's old enough to appreciate it, so I have to prove him wrong.

Last Sunday, we went to where Christy and Dennis are looking to buy their dream house. The house is beautiful, big and a really open layout. I love it. It doesn't hurt that it sits on 8 acres of beautiful land and had a pond that is 15 ft deep and 1.5 acres!! All in beautiful Sutter Creek.

It makes me sad to know they will be far, but the place is amazing. I can imagine all the fun Kaitlyn and Cami will have on their safaris, and camping trips, and fishing, and horse back riding. Not to mention the pony Cami will have or Christy's pigmy goats! It'll be a blast.

Saturday, March 25, 2006


Let's see, for a couple of months now (excluding the sick days) I have been consuming a whole lotta calories. 4 Ensure Pluses a day (360 calories in each 8 ounce bottle) lots of good carbs and food and I haven't gained a pound. Actually, I've lost 3.

So, before the doctor thought it was the breastfeeding. I was burning more calories than I could consume. It's been 8 months since breastfeeding, which is when I weighed in at 104. Yesterday it was 101. With clothes on.

The doctor said that it was incredibly rare that I could have this problem. The IUD has levels of progesterone in it that causes nearly 95% of women to be at least 15 pounds overweight because it acts as such an appetite stimulant.

It's obvious that the IUD is working, no baby, and there is a proper amount of progesterone because it's starting to cause my face to break out.

About a year ago, I had so many tests, ultra sounds and blood work done I thought I would die. She wants to test the blood again to make sure my thyroid is acting normally.

But, everything else is perfectly healthy, I'm no longer anemic, my hair and nails are growing strong and it's obvious I get the necessary vitamins every day.

So, it's purely cosmetic. She said she wished more of her patients came in wanting to gain instead of wanting gastric bypass.

Dr. Petrovich told me that a lot of times, hormones change your metabolism during pregnancy and it doesn't return to normal afterwards. Most times, it slows it down, but in rare cases, it speeds it up. She thinks that since I'm 12 pounds below my pre-pregnancy weight, that is the culprit. She thinks that with subsequent pregnancies it can reverse or go back to normal, but that'll have to wait.

So, on Monday, I have to give more blood and that is being referred to an endocrinologist for further analysis.

And that was what fun I had yesterday afternoon. I see some of you had a different kind of fun haha.