Scout Ivy: 6 Months!

Annnnnnnd my baby is 6 months old. When the crap did that happen!? I can't even believe it. I totally missed her 5 months blog post because I was in the throws of YEAST, haha. But here she is at 6 months! 

So lets talk all about this little lady. She is a DREAM. Truly, as I have been struggling with these health issues, I have always felts so blessed to have such a sweet tempered baby during this trial. I know it is no coincidence, it is a true and divine blessing!

Scout is still so sweet and calm. She loves being held and snuggled and would prefer to sleep all night in your arms (but we aren't doing that anymore!). Speaking of sleep, she is doing a pretty good job! She naps really well, usually 2-3 a day, depending on our schedule and is getting better at sleeping in her crib at night. When in her crib at night, she usually sleeps for about 8 hours and then we nurse and go back to bed (in my bed, naughty, I know) for another 3 hours. It's working out pretty well.

We started swaddling her again because she is SO grabby with her hands. As she drifts to sleep, she pulls out her pacifier without realizing it. It is so naughty but incredibly cute. She also flails her arms like crazy when she wakes up. You cant tell she is tired of being pent up all night while swaddled so she moves like a crazy person once she gets out. And we have to double swaddle her because she is like Houdini and can get out of anything! And then she can't fall asleep with her arms out. It's a hard struggle to be such a little cutie.

We started solids this month! Scout was not fond of the rice cereal the first time. She cried and cried, sensitive little thing. But, we started mixing in watered down pear juice and she tolerates it. We've been working on it for about 2 weeks and she is still pretty uncertain about the whole thing. She does this thing where she pinches her mouth together so tight (think of a little pursed turtle mouth) so that I can't get the spoon in there. It's funny and impenetrable! Just this week we introduced peas and she hated them. Don't blame her. She ate maybe 3 tiny bites and then she pinched those lips and the game was over.

Scout loves her big brother, Geddy! He makes her laugh and smile and she will giggle just looking at him. And he absolutely adores her, he requests that we all climb in our big bed to snuggle at least once a day. Its so wonderful to witness. Geddy loves helping with bath time too.

Scout can now roll both ways. she doesn't do it very often but I have witnessed it! She really likes to sit and stand. We will put her in her high chair with a blanket for support and she will play with her toys really well for a while. It's nice to find the things that will entertain her for a bit while I get things done. She isn't able to sit up on her own yet but I can tell she is getting closer.

Still a pretty serious baby. She is really smiley with Chad, Geddy and I but not to strangers or very many other people. Strangers will constantly try saying hi and get her to smile but she is just stone cold giving the same face pictured below. It's actually a little awkward because they try and try and I have to tell them that she is just a serious baby. But then if our little family tries, she is all smiles.

Scout is very tactile motivated. Does that make sense? I mean that she is really interested in exploring things with her hands. She is constantly wanting to grab and flail her arms until she finds something interesting to touch. While nursing she will constantly be grabbing at my lips and face (which drives me nuts sometimes so I have to hold her little hand) or she will play with her ear while nursing. I don't remember Geddy being that way as much as she is. She really likes playing with bright colored toys and they keep her pretty entertained for a while (Geddy was never that fond of baby toys, the differences are so interesting).

I think she may be started to teethe. Last week she was really fussy for a day or two and her bottom gums seem a little swollen. I can tell it's just the beginning. Oh teething, you last so long and make babies so sad. The worst!

And that is our big girl! We love you Scout!

Happy Wednesday!



Pumpkin Carving

I forgot all about these pictures from when we carved our pumpkin before Halloween. We did it about a week before Halloween for one of our Family Home Evenings. I honestly can't remember the last time I carved a pumpkin, it had been too long! 

My Mom and Dad grew pumpkins in their huge garden and let Geddy go out and pick whatever pumpkin he wanted. He loved it and asked us to carve it for the longest time. 

Getting out all the guts inside!

Geddy drew on the pumpkin for fun before we carved it. 

Good job boys! You carved one spooky pumpkin! Oh, Scout was asleep through this whole thing. Haha, it's hard being so little and missing out on the fun.

Happy Tuesday!



When Yeast Gets You Down

So, life has been far from glamorous lately. I can easily say that the past 3 months have been some of the most difficult in my whole life. We have had a lot of really hard things happen to our family but the hardest for me has been my health.

A picture that has nothing to do with this post. But it's Fall!

It all started 3 months ago when Scout and I got Thrush. For those who do not know, Thrush is a yeast infection of the breast tissue. The baby can catch it from nursing and then you can pass it back and forth between Baby and Mother unless both parties are properly treated. So, we started treating that. Scout's Thrush went away really quickly with no problems. I had a much harder time getting rid of it though.

When a Mother gets Thrush, they often get a vaginal yeast infection as well. And boy did I get one. I battled with Thrush and severe yeast infections for over 2 months. It was SO bad that I broke out in a terrible rash all over my legs as well. I saw multiple Doctors, including a Dermatologist and stumped each one of them. Apparently, my body had an allergic reaction to the yeast infection? That's the only thing they could think of.

Now, before you ask "have you cut back on sugar?" (which will make me want to cut you, haha), I will tell you that I changed my diet drastically. Stopped drinking caffeine cold turkey, started eating all natural yogurt for the good bacteria. Cutting back on sugar drastically and focusing on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Drinking ridiculous amounts of water. Reading high and low about natural remedies and medications. I would rinse my nipples with a vinegar/water solution after every feeding. I tried 3 different meds until finally finding a good combination of what worked for me.

When I saw my OB/GYN, she said it was the worst yeast problem she had ever seen but still had no idea why I had such a severe rash on my legs. The Thrush, yeast infections, and rash would keep me up at night. I would scratch so hard that I would bleed, even scratching off layers of skin. It was complete agony. Truly horrid. At one point I had scabs on the backs of knees about the size of a pop tart, even though THOSE scabs have healed, there are still scars.

After 2 months, I finally got the Thrush and yeast infections under control. Thank heaven, they were truly awful. Unfortunately, I still have a rash. I have seen my dermatologist 4 times and have gotten tests done. They still don't know whats causing it. I am going to a specialist on Wednesday in hopes for some more insight on the situation.

I have tried creams and ointments but the only thing that has even helped is taking a steroid. The problem is, each time I taper off of it, it flares back up in new places, sometimes on my face. Last time it effected my eyes and made the skin around them incredibly irritated and I would wake up with my eyes crusted shut because they were constantly wheeping. The super fun thing about the steroid is that it makes me retain water so my face gets swollen and makes me look super chubby. Also, the nightly headaches have become a new familiar friend. The worst part is, the meds only calm the rash down, it never goes completely away, it just numbs it a bit.

Horribly irritated eyes. Also some of the rash on my chin and those red spots are old hives, not zits. 

Now, I don't mean to complain. This has been a real trial for me, for sure but I don't write it down so that I can make people feel bad for me. I just need to express where I have been lately. Why I have been so MIA in life. I have often contemplated why this is happening. I remember waking Chad up a few times in the middle of the night when it was so bad so he could hold my hands and help me not scratch. I would dread showering each day because the water would bother it, I constantly felt like my skin was crawling but I realized that there may not be a reason, it's just part of life.

What I would like to focus on now, is fighting for good health. Growing up, I was pretty healthy. Mainly because my Mom fed me really healthy food and I played lots of sports but as an adult, its been harder to make those good decisions for myself (as embarrassing as that is). These last 3 months have taught me to value good health AND to work hard for it. Changing the way I eat has been really hard but has improved my life a lot. And the biggest thing is, I don't want this change to be short term, I want it to be a life change. A change that will help me have more energy and feel my best.

It's a journey. I am trying to take it day by day, I don't want to feel like "I've done it! I've won!" because that will make me stop trying.

So here is to good health!

I hope you have good health and hope to find it myself.

Happy Monday!


Also, both kids vommited in the middle of the night on Saturday. We woke up and noticed our house smelled like puke, so fun! Luckily, they are both doing loads better. Hurrah! And this is a picture that Geddy took of himself. Funniest kid.

Playing with Mom's camera. 


Halloween 2015!

**I don't know why the text in the post is centered. I tried to fix it but got frustrated and gave up. 

So, I have been sick for the last 2+ months. It's been weird and horrible and the Doctor's don't know what's wrong (maybe I'll expound on that a bit later). So, Halloween crept up on me a bit.

Geddy loves Halloween and all things spooky. This is probably his very favorite Holiday and for good reason because it's awesome! I really love Halloween as well and it's even more fun with kids. A few weeks ago, I talked to Geddy about what he would like to dress up as for Halloween. We discussed being a monster, dinosaur, robot--things that he loves but none of those really interested him. So I was worried because I really wanted him to be something that he was EXCITED about. 

In order to get him a little more interested, I looked up some kids' costumes on Amazon and we took a look together. And then he saw the Green Power Ranger costume and was sold. I was shocked because he has had very little experience with Power Rangers but he just really loved the idea. So we got it. And he talked about it for weeks! I was relieved to find something that he was so excited about. 

With Scout, we knew we wanted her to be an Old Woman. We dressed Geddy up as an Old Man for his first Halloween and thought it would be cute to make it a tradition. 

Geddy as an old man for his first Halloween!

So, here is Scout as an Old Lady! She has a cardigan, little crocheted color, pearls, a pin and a hanky to cover her bald head. I don't know that she looks that old but it was last minute and the best we could do. 

We went trick or treating and Geddy loved it. He was so good at knocking on the door, saying TRICK OR TREAT with excitement, grabbing his own candy and saying "Thank You!" at the end. It was such a great time. Geddy loved every minute and Scout was a real trooper and as pleasant as could be. We went to Grandma and Grandpa Olson's house and trick or treated in their neighborhood. Grandma Glenna came along too so he got to see a bunch of people he loves! Such a treat! 

I hope you guys had a wonderful Halloween too! 

Happy Monday!



Pumpkin Patch Fun!

As a parent, you feel certain pressures/responsibilities. One of which is to do fun things for your children, even if they don't seem particularly fun for one's self. Going to a Pumpkin Patch is one of those particular activities for me. 

Being an anxious individual, I don't love crowds. And crowds was exactly what we found at Cornbelly's one Friday afternoon. But, I put my instinct to run to the car and bolt aside and put on a brave face for my kiddos. I am no hero, just a social weirdo. But I try my best to not let that affect (or is it effect?) my children. 

At first, all of us were a little overwhelmed. Corbelly's is quite the event! There is tons to do but it can be a little hard to take in at first. Geddy was feeling a bit taken back by everything that was going on. And I totally get it (he probably got it from me, sorry buddy!). So, we wanted to find something that would really spark his interest. 

We looked at all the things that I have seen other people kid's enjoying. Like the kid's maze or giant slide or the pile of dried corn kernals that the kids can play in. He was not fond of any of it, wanting nothing to do with those. I started to sweat, maybe paying $35+ on tickets was a bad move? Maybe this place wasn't worth it? 

But THEN. Geddy saw it. A massive blow up monster. One that allows you to enter his mouth and go through a little spooky house. Geddy was officially sold. We went through it over and over and over again. Chad and I would take turns going through it with him while the other would stay out with Scout and the Stroller (although she went through once and was totally cool with it, what a sport!). We honestly went through it 10 times and then we tried the scary clown maze. That was another massive success. We would go through over and over and over again. 

In front of the awesome Monster Maze
The scary Clown Maze.

He really loved it. Geddy's face would light up and he would pretend to be spooked. We spent a majority of our time going through these different mazes/spooky house and it finally felt like we got our monies worth. Scout started to get tired of waiting so we decided to wander around and find some other fun things now that we had warmed up to it a bit. 

In the Driver's Seat!

The other thing that Geddy really loved was the cool wooden trucks/bus/cars that the kids could climb in and play. He was particularly interested in driving each vehicle and did a really good job waiting his turn (which some of the other kids did not do, I had to get straight up Mama Bear a few times). He really loved it. We walked around looking for these different vehicles that he could play with and also offered face paint or jumping on this big bubble thing but Little Dude was not interested. 

Although our little family didn't seem to be interested in the most popular activities, it was still delightful to see Geddy light up and get excited about our family outing and something festive! And in those bright smiles and genuine laughs, I finally understood why we parents do these (sometimes uncomfortable) things. It's to see those grins and make those memories. 

We knew it was time to go when the tears and mini tantrums began. After about 2 hours, we had our fill and got treats and slurpees on the way home. A good day indeed.

Me and my Girl.

And I must give Scout props. She was pretty much content in her stroller the entire time. I thought surely she would get tired and begin to fuss but she really held it together like a champ. It probably helped that there was so much to see. 

Happy Friday!



Scout Ivy at 4 Months

Scout is 4 Months old! And what a doll she is. 

Scout is rolling over from her tummy to her back constantly and chews on her fists. She holds her head and back up like a champ and has officially found her feet! 

She still does naughty things like while she is dozing off, she takes one of her darling little fingers and hooks it under her pacifier and pulls it out. And then she cries and cries. What is that instinct? Why does she do it? It's like she can't help herself. Silly girl.

I have officially named her little Owl Gretchen! 

When she is really mad and lying down on her tummy, she burrows her head and feet in the ground and sticks her chubby, diaper, butt, into the air and yells. It's the cutest thing. And she has started to move more when lying by herself. I will come into the room and she will be at a totally different angle and further away than how she started. It's pretty awesome. 

When Scout is mad at us for not picking her up and once we FINALLY come and get her, she lets out this funny sigh/snort that sounds like a horse. You know the one. It's as if she is saying "you people are the worst" or "it's about dang time". It's one of my very favorite things and she has done it since birth. 

Scout has had quite a few colds. A lot more than Geddy did at this age. But with Geddy, I never really left the house because THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN STRESSFUL. Haha, I've come a long way. Also, I think having an older brother who is now in preschool and constantly touching Scout's hands/face/feet/everything spreads germs quickly. This last cold she had was super sad. She had a terrible fever and then her throat hurt so bad she would barely eat. It was way sad. And we saw a different side of her. She was SENSITIVE. If I coughed a tiny bit while nursing and it startled her, she would unlatch and just wail. And it would go ON and ON and ON. I think we have a bit of a cry baby on our hands. Which is okay but man, it was silly. We are so glad that she is back to good health now and hope to keep her that way! 

Still nurses really well and sleeps okay. Once we hit 4 months, she became a little harder to keep asleep and get asleep. We are working on it. I am thinking of doing some sleep training at 5 months if I can muster the strength. Scout still loves to cuddle. When I go to lay her down for naps, she likes me to hold her while we are both on our sides and hold her hand (that naughty hand that pulls out the pacifier). It's very darling. She is definitely a sweet baby and may be manipulating her Mama just slightly. But why not hold her to sleep while she is little? I may have to break the habit later but they are only little once! 

Scout is still super tall for her age at about 95%. She has a big head at about 80% and is slender at around 40%. She basically has the body percentages I wish I had. Jokes, I love my body. 

Geddy absolutely loves her. Truly, he does. He asks to snuggle her on the daily and will try to play with her. And she has started to smile at him a lot more. They really like each other and it makes my heart EXPLODE. Like, take me to the hospital, tender. He loves to help her take baths (she LOVES baths) and gives her kisses on her cheeks. It's wonderful. Having two kids can be hard but even more rewarding. Because the love feeds off of each other and just expounds. Bless these little spirits in my life. I feel so lucky. 

She still hates her car seat. You should see her face when ever she is in it. If she isn't crying she is rocking an old, grouchy, man face. I'll have to take a picture to document it. 

And there you have it! Our sweet Little Sister. She is such a joy and makes us all so happy. We love you Scooter (that is the nickname that has stuck, sorry Scout!). 

Happy Thursday!



Geddy's First Day Of Preschool!

Well, my Little Dude is growing right up. Two weeks ago, Geddy started preschool. This was a hard and daunting and SCARY thing for me. Not because he is getting so big and not because I don't want him to grow up but it freaked me out that he was gonna be in someone else's care for 2 1/2 hours twice a week. 

I was so worried that they wouldn't understand him or that the kids would be mean to him or that the teachers wouldn't like him. It's the real "Mama Bear" instinct that kicks in and makes me think "nope, he needs to stay with me his entire life" but clearly, that's not healthy. 

So, on the first day we went and met his teachers. They are these two wonderful women (a Mother and Daughter, actually) and they run an incredible preschool from their basement. I had already scoped it out back in May and was really impressed. We got Geddy all cleaned up nice and went to the "back to school" day. I asked Chad to come with me because I needed him to help with Scout (aka, I needed moral support because I was really nervous). 

Geddy was nervous, for sure. He had a few questions and I could tell he was getting tense right before so, we just swept everyone out the door and went. And low and behold it went marvelously. The teachers were terrific and he loved seeing all the wonderful things in his class. And from there it's been really wonderful. He benefits from the stimulation and I benefit from the little break every week. And I feel like he is safe. The teachers say hi to him using his name every time he arrives and he loves to run in with all the other kids and is all smiles when we arrive and when we pick him up. 

Moral of the story, I had nothing to worry about. This is a time of growth for him (and ME). Man I love this kid. He is a terrific soul.

Happy Wednesday! We are so proud of you Geddy!