I’ll try to keep it short

I’m so far behind in blog land, that I’m not even sure where to begin.

I currently have 235 unread blog posts in bloglovin…. who has time for that? I read as I have time, I’m obviously never going to catch up on all that reading. So, if I usually comment & you haven’t seen anything from me.. well, that’s why. I have short spurts of time to read; usually when I’m nursing Paisley (reading from my phone) or when I’m eating breakfast; I’m lucky if I get through an entire meal w/o her fussing. Please excuse my absence. Babies are way more work than I could have ever anticipated..

So, what’s new around here?

Well, I’m still breastfeeding, and it’s still {somewhat painful}. I haven’t done an update on that {or anything} in quite a while. You’d be here all day if I tried to tell you everything that has been happening in our lives, in one post.

So I’ll try to keep it brief:

Lip tie was revised in January; still lots of nipple pain.
Lactation consultant suggested cranio-sacral therapy.
We went one time… Not for us. It’s alternative medicine, and it’s just one of these things that you either believe in, or you don’t. I don’t believe in it enough to pay $55/hr.
We {as in Paisley} are now seeing a chiropractor that treats infants/kids. I have done a lot of reading, and I have found several sources that say chiropractic’s can help many breastfeeding issues. So we are driving 2hrs to a chiropractor that treated one of our BFF’s babies. Of course there are chiropractors in our area, but we can’t even find a good eye Dr. – I’m not about to just google chiropractors and hope for the best. I needed someone that we trusted… because having a baby adjusted is scary crap.
I cried during her first adjustment
and closed my eyes the 2nd time.
The chiro pointed out that she really favors her left side.
This was something I hadn’t really noticed… until he pointed it out; and man, once he pointed it out, it is SO OBVIOUS.
She looks left most often, kicks her left leg more, uses her left arm more, and I have a difficult time latching her on my left breast, because this forces her to have to look right. The Chiro said there is definitely something going on that he believes he can fix.
I will say that I have seen some improvement in her since her 2nd adjustment. She looks around a lot more, and just seems more active over all. She does still sleep a lot, but when she is awake, she is a lot more active.
We also have had quite a few less painful breastfeeding session. Sometimes I wonder if the nerves in my nipples have just completely died, because we have some sessions that are totally painless, and that is abnormal for us. It’s bizarre, and I’m hopeful that this step of taking her to the chiropractor will be successful, because it’s the last thing I’m willing to do.


It’s getting better. I have complete range of motion in my right foot, so that’s progress. There is still a dead feeling on the side of my calf, and I’m not sure that will ever go away.

I had a nerve conduction study done at the beginning of February, but when I went to my appointment to get the results, I left before seeing the Dr. The staff were completely rude, and just awful, and I refuse to tolerate that – so I left. I haven’t decided if I’m going to try and see the Dr. in one of his other offices, or just request my records and have the neurosurgeon I work for look at them.

I have attempted running a few times, my leg did fine.. my lungs on the other hand.. way out of shape. Whew. It’s going to take a while.

Right now my goal is to run a Mother’s Day 5k, obviously that is in May, so I have a little while to build up my endurance again. I’m happy to be running again, but it is frustrating to not know if I’ll be able to run long distances again.

For now I’m just doing what I can, when I can, and that will have to be enough.



“A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014.”

9 weeks old

This week’s picture is of Paisley & her slightly older cousin, Liam.
Paisley & Liam are 7 weeks apart, and they are going to be the best of friends!
First we have to sell our house, and move closer to our family so they can see each other on a regular basis, but after that, they are going to play together all the time!

I hope.

It is so fun to watch her grow and discover new things. She seems to have discovered her hands lately, those babies are always in her mouth; and she is always waving them around.
I’m not planning on doing a month to month update on her, or these letters that seem to have plagued the internetz.




“A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014.”

Paisley celebrated her first Valentine’s Day this week with a cute onesie from the Etsy store, LivAndCompanyShop

Paisley is 8 weeks old today! I can’t believe my baby is already 2 months old! Some days she looks like such a big girl, and other times she is just my little tiny baby.

She is weighing in somewhere around 11lb 12oz; we go for her “official” 2 month check up next week.
It is still crazy to me that we have a baby. A BABY!
Some days I look at her, and I can’t believe she’s ours. I think, “when is this baby going home?”
Not because I want her to leave, but because, WE HAVE A BABY?
It just blows my mind.


I’m getting really good at being a day late, sometimes two days late on these portrait a week posts.



“A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014.”


This past Sunday we went over to my sister’s house to hang out with her & her family. Her youngest son, Liam, is 7 weeks older than Paisley!

We took a similar picture when Paisley was only 4 days old, and man, she looks teeny tiny compared to him. Now, she’s almost as big as he is!

It’s unbelievable how fast they grow!