A Special Day

Today is a special day for a number of reasons. On this day back in 2005 Russell asked me to be his wife. One year ago my brother married a wonderful woman who I am proud to call my friend (let alone my sister!)

And this year something else special is happening, although a little less romantic 🙂 I am shipping off another cooler of breast milk. I had mentioned last year when I sent off the first cooler that I donated and gave some examples of babies who might receive the milk. You can read that post here. I haven’t talked a lot about it on the blog, but most of my friends know I have continued to pump and donate milk all year. I still have about 5 gallons saved in our deep freezer for Wyatt, and rotate it out to keep it fresh. What makes today’s donation special is that it fulfills a goal I had set for myself months ago. I wanted to donate 50 gallons of breast milk.

50 gallons is 6,400 ounces of milk. For the preemie babies that are most likely to receive this milk just one ounce averages 3 feedings. That is almost 20,000 meals for little babies.

Those are numbers I am pretty proud of. Currently, the woman who holds the Guinness World Record for most breast milk donated gave 87 gallons. When I told Russell that he said “Well, 50 is respectable.” Today’s donation will hopefully not be my last. Wyatt has not started to wean yet, and until he does I will continue pumping and sharing what I am so fortunate to have.

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Published in: on February 25, 2013 at 2:51 pm  Comments (1)  
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Like Sister, Like Brother

Alyssa November 2010

November 2010 389

Wyatt February 2013

February 2013 134

Apparently, not much has changed around here in two years.

Published in: on February 13, 2013 at 9:34 am  Leave a Comment  
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Three Year Stats

Russell stayed home this morning with Wyatt so I could take the girls to the doctor by myself. Errands are getting so much easier now that they are getting older. No more loading them into the stroller, no more worrying about keeping them entertained while we wait. And just the two of them… that was almost a breeze. The only thing that added a slight amount of time was the fact that this was our first major outing (about 2 hours) wearing only underwear. I took a chance too since they have never actually peed on a public toilet before, and never even attempted to try in a bathroom with stalls. But they both did great and went two times each (once when we first got there and once before we left). The second time I asked them if they wanted to use the same bathroom (since it is a big medical building there are lots of bathrooms) or a different one. They both chose different. They liked choosing which stall they wanted to use, and during both times we only saw one other person so they had the privacy they like.

The doctor checked them all out and says they are doing perfect. We don’t have to go back for another year (unless someone breaks something or needs more stitches out) 🙂 Here are their three year stats:

Alyssa

Height: 38 1/2 inches, 75-90th percentile

Weight: 33 1/2 pounds, 75th percentile

Blood Pressure: 88/58

Kylie

Height: 38 1/2 inches, 75-90th percentile

Weight: 34 1/2 pounds, 75-90th percentile

Blood Pressure: 98/60

Blood Donation, TV and Dating

Yesterday when I was waiting to donate blood I flipped the pages of a magazine and occasionally glanced over at the TV. We do own a television at home and use it to watch movies and shows on DVD, but we have not had even basic cable in about three years. This certainly limits the amount of time I spend watching commercials. And as an outsider, let me tell you… something weird has happened. Once it was just Match.com and eHarmony. Now there are things like ChristianMingle.com and other dating sites to help further narrow it down to people of your own religion. And yesterday I was introduced to a whole new breed of online matchmaking.

FarmersOnly.com –A website dedicated only to “farmers, ranchers and country dwellers.”

I remember back when Saturday Night Live was really funny. (You know, when the monologue was actually a MONO-logue) Well, they used to do commercial spoofs like this one. That’s what I felt like I was watching yesterday. Seriosuly, what does SNL have left too spoof when the real world comes up with things like “You don’t have to be lonely with Farmers Only”?

So of course I had to come home and check it out. Their trademarked slogan is “City folks just don’t get it!” And their site claims the rest of the country “revolves around four dollar cups of coffee, taxi cabs, blue suits, and getting ahead at all costs in the corporate world” (So maybe FarmersOnly is for me since I am clearly not in that group!) The part I find really confusing is: if you are a farmer/rancher you probably live in a rural sort of area. You probably know the other farmers/ranchers around you. If you have not already met someone who interests you, there just might not be anyone nearby for you. Secondly, say you go sign up and meet your soul-mate. Yay! Except, you live in Texas and they live in Iowa. Now one of you needs to give up your ranch that you love so much and move.

Have I just been out of the loop too long, or is this getting a little out of hand?

Published in: on February 11, 2013 at 2:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

Three Years

Happy Birthday to my beautiful little girls! Or as they call themselves, “The Guys” 🙂

It is time for my traditional walk down memory lane…

Alyssa:

one month

one month

one year

one year

two years

two years

today- Three Years old!

today- Three Years old!

Kylie:

one month

one month

one year

one year

two years

two years

today- Three Years old!

today- Three Years old!

It is funny how old I thought they were at two, and now those pictures just look like little babies! I wonder what I will think next year at this time.

And to quote from one of their favorite books:

Here’s to two girls who are joyful and clever. Happy Day. Happy Year. Happy Always and Ever.

Published in: on February 9, 2013 at 12:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Barbie Awesomeness

Tomorrow my girls turn three. Instead of a sappy post about how fast time passes (it does though!) tonight I am choosing to share with you a blast from my Barbie past.

We gave the girls some of my old barbie stuff for christmas. Two dolls each and two outfits each, just to see if they had any interest in them. Well they do, so tonight I once again pulled out my storage box of barbie awesomeness. Yes, I am a child of the 80’s and *ahem* my stuff can sometimes reflect that.

Take for example this Shannen Doherty, aka Brenda Walsh, doll. Complete with acid washed denim top and bottom.

barbie 001

And if that wasn’t enough, check out the size of her TV set. Remote? No way, this thing still has knobs.

barbie 008

But at least my barbies were hip walking around with their boom box.

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Oh yes, and it takes batteries and that button on the front makes it play real music. I can’t wait to hear what kind of tunes Brenda likes to jam to.

Published in: on February 8, 2013 at 10:20 pm  Leave a Comment  
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