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Showing posts from February, 2019

National Rare Disease Day

It's National Rare Disease Day, and since we discovered this week that my son's congenital scoliosis is progressing, it is a perfect time to focus on this topic and share his story.

My son was born with Anal Atresia. When all babies are born, one of the first things the nurse will do is take their temperature in their little booties.  I always thought this was just the most accurate way to get their temperature. Well, that is true, but it is also how they check to make sure their little bums have formed correctly.  

After a pretty easy labor and delivery, everyone had moved their focus on the little guy that just came out of me. I noticed that my son's nurse kept messing with him and was acting a little weird as she was running all the tests on him.  I, of course, was doing the after birth shaking as the doctor finished doing his business with me.  The nurse did eventually hand him to me and told me I could start to breastfeed, but I had an innate feeling something was not r…

Nutrition Wake Up Call

I have been in the fitness industry for 20 years! I have always been able to eat whatever I want and stay "looking" like I was fit until I had a couple of kids and hit my mid to late ’30s! WAKE UP CALL! I kept working out, but never changed my nutrition. The weight kept coming on. The pic in the awesome swimsuit (NOT), I’m at 167 pounds (Nov. 2017). I'm 5'7 and they consider 160 pounds overweight at 5'7. I don't think I was overweight, but this was the most I have ever weighed, not pregnant! I am now down 18 pounds!  I have about 9 pounds to go to get to where I want to be. It has taken me over a year to get to where I am at. I have done it slow, consistent and I have changed my habits. Nutritional habits and lifestyle habits.
What did I change? I became a certified yoga instructor, kept teaching Jazzercise, but added different formats, added more strength workouts to my existing workouts. But the number ONE thing I did, CHANGED HOW I ATE and became certifie…

Parenting Teens is HARD!!!!

Being a teenage mom is freaking hard. My daughter tells me too much, my son tells me nothing. Do I punish my daughter for telling me too much and being open and honest? Do I punish my son for wanting some privacy? What are the privacy rules when it comes to phones and social media? I do my research and I listen to people who supposedly know how to handle this. But who really knows how to handle this? We are the first era of parents to have to really deal with social media and phones that are attached to our children like another arm.  Do teenagers really get privacy? Is it like having a diary when I was a teenager. If my mom had read my diary when I was a teenager I would have died. Where is my diary anyway?

Do parents not allow kids to have phones and social media accounts. I get this parental control to a certain age. Then it gets to a point if we want our kids to be able to function in this society, we can't keep them in this bubble of security. If they want to succeed they hav…

Why I love when my husband travels!!

Is it bad that I love it when my husband travels?  
Don't get me wrong, I love my husband and he does help around the house, for the most part. But when he travels, I feel like I actually get some "me" time. 
I can watch whatever I want on TV and actually watch it and not be interrupted by talking.  I can work on my computer all night. I can stare at my phone as long as I want to. I can eat whatever I want and when I clean the kitchen it stays clean. My husband is known to have a little late night snack. He thinks I don't know because I'm in bed asleep. And I probably would not know if he didn't leave evidence all over the kitchen sink that I find the next morning.
The bed isn't a complete mess when I wake up in the morning. I really don't know what he does when he sleeps? I think he has bar fights in his sleep. I'm not kidding. Sometimes he wakes up with bloody cuts. He always says it's me doing it to him during the night, he thinks this is f…

Senior Night Debacle

Y’all, this was my dinner tonight...a sugar cookie and Champagne (it is Valentine's Day)!! I was in charge of my daughters' cheer squad Senior Night! Yep, I volunteered for this. Doesn’t sound like a big deal, right?
Wrong!!!! I’ve been working on this since mid-December! Trying to get 11 Seniors in high school to respond to you by deadlines is a full-time job itself. I’m also a little OCD when it comes to stuff like this. I had my spreadsheet perfectly planned out! I had the exact times I would be picking up the decorative cookies and flowers I had ordered a month prior. I had sold ads for the full-color 9-page program to pay for the design and printing. I also had an exact time I would be picking these up just in time for the ceremony! I had delegated out tasks to the other awesome moms on my committee! I had crossed every “T” and dotted every “I”!!!
Then, two days before the event, the text came that the event had been moved up a whole day! And not any day, it had been mov…