Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Levi Paul {10 months} and the BEARD



Oh buddy, as you grow I just want to squeeze every ounce of babiness you have left!


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Every morning after you wake up I bring you into my room and we play and cuddle.  Your sisters are sleeping, daddy is usually at work, and it is just you and me kid.  It is one of my favorite times of the day....you are just so happy to be with mommy.  I hope I can remember this moment when you are 15 and don't want anything to do with me, but that won't happen right?  you are mama's boy.
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Your little teeth have come in on the top and I laugh every time I see them.  They are so cute and make you look so different!
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You crawl and pull up on everything!

You love getting into the dishwasher cubes, everyday, over and over.  I even saw that Mallorie taped the cupboard shut one day to stop you from getting into it a million times!  You are relentless :O)

You play in the toilet like its a water bowl

You eat dirt and rocks

You play with outlets and eat charger cords

You grab your own poop

You are SOO wiggly

You are totally a boy...... and I don't know what to do

but you are so cute and cuddly too.

You lean into my me all the time, you just rest your little head on my shoulder and smile

When you turned 10 months old, so did Daddy's beard.  And since the time had come for him to end his journey of raising support for Compassion international the beard went bye bye. I shed a tear...... of Joy.  I mean, it's pretty cool your dad can grow such a beard, but I like his face and I'm glad it's back.

When you were born
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At 10 months old (beard & baby)
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What a difference a day makes......
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Don't worry Levi, he's the same person and you love him DSC_0800 

and I love you Mr. 10 months old!
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

4th of July


One of my favorite times of the year, 4th of July

We weren't able to travel to KC this year because of many reasons, so instead we brought some mid- west to us!  Our great friends from Omaha, the Cz's came to visit.  Bringing there 4 children.  You know that couple you just get, that you connect and relate with?  That is the Cz's!
 Many times when I think about hard things I have endured in life I think and remember all the Cz's have endured, it helps  me with perspective, but it also creates a bond and relationship like with have with no one else.
The excitement in our home was endless, with a few moments of chaos invovled!
Seriously it was Best weekend of my summer.  
So here is a little glimpse of our adventure.


8 kids under one roof, joy unspeakable, mostly :O)


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lots of POOL time

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Sarah wanted to model on her pink car
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Weee
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2 babies
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Singing in the rain
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All 12 of us!
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A baby with her babies!
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Favorite of the weekend
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 Happy 4th!
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Norah is pumping



Remember how I told you might learn more about type 1 diabetes than you wanted to?  Well this is one of those posts.  But please, don't stop reading, bc next time you are out and about and see a little kid on an insulin pump you will think differently of the child and of the parents.

We started Norah on her Insulin pump 2 weeks ago
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What the heck is an insulin pump?

Basically it's Norah's life line

It's an alternative to 4 daily insulin injections

It is a device that is inserted into Norah (yes inserted, as in a giant needle places a catheter type device into Norah's bottom)  and trust me, it's not fun inserting it, especially when you have to do it every 2 DAYS with 3 kids running around you!  Anyway, it's inserted into her bottom and delivers insulin through a tube which is connected to a mp3 type device. Here's a photo
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My first thought was, "ok so Norah doesn't have to get 4 daily injections, just a horrendous injection every other day......  So why would I get a pump?"

It's because the dosaging is much more accurate!  Norah is so little, sometimes the amount of insulin she needs is way less than I could ever give her with a needle, so it's healthier for Norah.

So basically a pump helps you better control the diabetes, along with a healthy low carb diet (this is where people will disagree).  According to the Dr and hospital staff Norah can eat whatever she wants, just give her more insulin.  That is simply not true!  It does not work for our little Norah...
I digress, back to the pump.

So, the pump is like a 1980's mp3 player and we input how much insulin she recieves every hour and how much she recieves every time she eats.  It's like a giant, 2 trains coming together from chicago and New York,  math problem!  If Norah's blood sugar is to low, that means we need to reduce her insulin, if Norah's blood sugar is to high, we need to increase her insulin.  Sounds easy, if I were an actual pancreas, but unfortunately (or fortunately) I am not.  I don't know how much insulin Norah needs when she sleeps, or when she plays, or when she grows, or throws a fit.  I don't know how much she needs when she is overheated, swimming, or stressed out.  So it takes a few weeks to figure out, to watch her trends, count her carbs (very accurately), test her at night and change her insulin needs.  But don't worry, once we figure it all out Norah will grow, or get sick and it will change.....she is only 5 so this growing thing, yeahhhh not gonna go away for a while.

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I'm still glad we have a pump though!

Plus it wouldn't be 2014 if there wasn't a stylish way to wear the pump.  So I special ordered  from etsy this pump belt for Norah to wear
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Oh and we also have a Glucose monitor, that we inject, yes another awesome big injection, into Norah's arm and it keeps track of her blood sugar all day.  DSC_0463 

This also helps us better adjust her pump settings.  Sounds great, right?  Well, it is if it were totally accurate, but it isn't, and we still have to poke her finger 4-6 times a day.  But it is a very good guide and gives us trends, and it only took one day of her wearing it for me to realize Norah can never have cereal from the box again  (even what I considered healthy, high protein, high fiber cereal.....).

Ignorance is bliss sometimes, because with the glucose monitor I can see what food does to Norah right away, hence the no more boxed cereal.  

I allow Norah to not like diabetes, when she is frustrated about it, I let her be, because it frustrates me too. But she amazing me all the time!  My little pumping Norah is a trouper! I can tell you that I would not want to sleep with an old pager attached to my hip, nor would I want to run around and play with that thing on, or get horrendous injections every other day.  She just does it, even though tears flow as the injections come, she continues to go run and play when we are done.  She goes potty with this annoying contraption attached to her, and she just does it like it's NBD.  She swims, she runs, she laughs, she eats (ways healtier than most chidlren),  and she is a 5 year old.  She just needs this life line to survive.

#istillprayforamiracle

Thursday, June 26, 2014

A restuarant, A river, and A Rock {10 year anniversary Part 2}



Oh Oh Oh
You know our 10 year anniversary wouldn't be quite "Goodlin" style without something ungood happening.

The actual date of our anniversary was fine, but then we got to go on a date 2 days later, 
thanks to 3 amazing people who helped watch our kids and fund our night out.

And as we sit in the car about to bask in the sun and enjoy 2 hours of bliss together Brett has the most forlorn sad look on his face. 
 Sad? are you kidding me, we get to GET-A-WAY! 
 There is no room for sadness!

But then he holds up his ring-less finger!  
Yes, that's right his wedding ring-less finger on our 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!

You have got to be kidding me!  
I just start laughing, because, well, that is really all I have left to do in life.

I mean, it would be one thing if this was the only time in the past 10 years Brett has held up a ring-less wedding finger.  (not to mention, what are the chances it happens on our anniversary, the 10 year one)  Oh no, it's not just the first time, it's the 3rd!   And not just misplaced, but GONE, LOST, EL FIN! Three Different times! I have purchased Brett 3 wedding rings, and the 3rd one was lost on our 10 year anniversary!

Coby, keeping a close eye on the original goods
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Ring #1, was given to Brett on our wedding day.  Not so long after being married it was lost while Brett was working as a mixologist (fancy work for bar tender) at Red Robin.   We don't know how, there were lots of sinks, glass, water and other wet stuff, ring gone. It happens, right?

Ring # 2, was purchased immediately after the loss of Ring # 1.  A few years later, we are playing in the feather river.  Yep, one of those fun hikes down the flume to a water hole.  Brett lathers on sunscreen, takes the ring off so it doesn't slip off in the water.  Then comes back to put it back on, then goes back in the rapid water with greasy finger and wedding ring on.   And it's gone!  I just see Brett frantically combing the waters of the feather river as he knows this is the 2nd ring he has lost his wedding ring!

Ring # 3, was purchased a few weeks after said loss of Ring # 2.  Ring #3 has been the longest lived ring in our marriage as Brett  had it the whole 7 years we have lived in Colorado. 
Combine the diet changes in our family with Norah's health, leading Brett to lose about 10 pounds and a hard day working in the yard with lots of rocks and you get the loss of Ring # 3.  
So honestly, I will just blame the loss on diabetes.  It ruins everything.

Ring #4, roughly one month later has still not been purchased.  Call me a little crazy, I love my husband more than anyone, but I'm not super motivated or financially prepare to buy ring #4.

And at this rate, by our 50 year anniversary I will have purchased 20 rings, yikes!

I'm not saying I love him more or anything, but I have kept the same ring for 10 years, soooooooo just saying I probably do love him more..... 
 J/K :O)

Brett has been pretty sad about the situation.  Although I laughed, I could tell how upset he was when he realized his ring was permanently gone, again.  The devastation was  all over his face and in his words, especially on that special day.  He is a little more eager to have a ring on his finger again, and 
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 I don't blame him. I miss being 'officially" married too

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Levi Paul {9 months}



Now that Levi is almost 10 months old, I figure, I better get in his 9 months old update!


Mr. Levi

I could really just hug and squish you ALL day!
You bring joy and smiles to my heart everyday
You love me even when I'm a terrible mother, you just love me
When people first meet your there first impression is, "oh my goodness he's so cute"  and well, I tend to agree.  Maybe they are just saying it because that it was people say to all babies, but I think you are so cute!
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I mean honestly, who wouldn't want to just love this sweet face all day. You might just always get whatever you want  :O)

Baby food, that is basically completely out the window, you won't let me feed you a bite of it.  It's only real food for you.  And I'm good with that, it makes my life a lot easier, so thank you Levi.

You also flare your nostrils when trying new foods too, it must make them taste better

You love to explore my face with your index finger, you poke and prod and even stick it in my mouth (eww).  But I often see it coming for me  bending and pointing and attacking like a little weapon

You are getting up on all 4's and crawling, but you still prefer to slither around exploring the house, and yes still the toilet. Oh yes, we are in the "pull up on everything" phase.  Every time you pull up, you shake your little booty with excitement

You also like to shake your booty to music, as soon as you hear it you start moving to the rhythm.  I hope and pray that someday you will be my musically gifted child, we definitely lack that in our family and it would be fun to have that talent come out of our mathematical, symmetrical, stay in the lines genes.


You have all 4 top teeth coming in at once, which has made for some nap interruptions, but other than that you are still my happy guy

You got to meet GG!  Yep, my Grandma, my dads mom.  It was pretty special, you two bonded really well and I know you brightened her day.  And although you doesn't remember you, or even me now, I know you hold a special place in her heart.

You have some of the best facial expressions. This is one of my favorites. The "boston Face" telling us "fowget about it"
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And I'm pretty sure you don't have a night night attachment, just a " brocolli head" one, because you love and squeeze this guy to death and cuddle with him every night levi9month3
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Don't ever grow up Levi
I love you