Monthly Archives: April 2013

At the Heart of the Matter

Taking health for granted.  Not me- not when I have two(almost) little one’s to look after.

Let’s do a little health history… go back to High School.  I had palpitations- painful heart palpitations at what would seem random events and random times.

Sophomore year of college at the University of Arizona- I was having tremendous amounts of pain in my upper right quadrant of my abdomen.  So much so that I went to the Emergency Room- three times- before they figured out what was wrong with me.  I was in the best shape of my life and my gall bladder had just decided to give out- it turned hard as a rock(that’s what the surgeon said) and just quit.  Now I have terrible stomach pain when I eat rich or fatty food-kind of like a nice diet plan.  I can eat fried food.  But I am going to pay for it for the next 4-6 hours with extreme, extreme pain.  The morning of the surgery, they took my vitals and found out I have a heart murmur.  Yep- I had had such a low resting heart rate that not one Doctor had recognized this.  Okay- so my heart is a little different.

Over the past 9 years since the diagnosis I have had three heart episodes-code word from the insurance company for a minor heart attack.  The last one I discussed about on here was in October 2012.  Our gracious neighbors came over and stayed at our house while our little one was asleep upstairs while we were in the ER for 6+ hours.

Yes- I have heart abnormalities.  Can I afford a regular doctor? No.  Can I afford a heart doctor? No.  Well- not normally.

See we have insurance.  The worst insurance I have ever heard of- THANK GOODNESS PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS ARE NO LONGER A PROBLEM. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.  But- we have health insurance.  So we saved over $4,000- out of pocket- so that this year we could have a baby.  Which means I am going to meet our high-deductible- which we planned on.

So, can I afford a doctor? Yes, this year I can.  Can I afford a heart doctor? Yes, this year I can.

My OB at the last visit adamantly said that I needed to take it easy.  AW crap- only half way through and already I have to take it easy.  Okay- the Husband has willingly taken over the heavy lifting chores.  Some things that bothered my OB were reminiscent of my heart going awry again.  My palpitations and chest pain are getting increasingly worse.

So here we are.

In the next three weeks I will undergo tests to help figure out why my ticker is having such a hard time at this point.

  • Mulitple EKGs
  • Echocardiogram
  • Stress Echocardiogram
  • Holter Test- 24 hour test
  • Blood work-ups checking thyroid

I am hoping there  is just a simple fix.  I need to be here for my kids.  Crossing my fingers and toes. <3

Wal-mart White Cloud Diapers

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The Toddler and I were invited to a picnic sponsored by Wal-mart White Cloud Diapers and the SITS Girls on April 10.  The weather was perfect!  Something that I actually worried about because the week prior we were in the 90s and two days before we had our first(of many) dust storms.  The fact that it was sunny and 70 made it all the more enjoyable!

Perfect weather for White Cloud Diaper Event! Perfect weather for White Cloud Diaper Event!

We played on the Big Toy with a bunch of other little one’s before the event started.
White Cloud Diapers planned for all of our needs!

Goodies galore at White Cloud Diaper Event! Goodies galore at White Cloud Diaper Event!

There were snacks, pouches, drinks and all sorts of goodies waiting for us- The Toddler and I were happy to oblige and dug right on in.  After grabbing a plateful of food we sat down and all of the Mom’s went around and introduced themselves.  A lovely group of ladies!  Janel from A Mom’s Take was our host for the event- she discussed with us all of the benefits of the White Cloud Diapers.

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What I learned about White Cloud Diapers:

  • Leakage Protection: Goodness gracious is the Toddler a super-soaker!  The leakage protection is incredibly important to me- we had no leaks overnight or blowouts during the day.  Yes, I know you must be thinking, “A toddler with blow-outs?”- YOU HAVE NO IDEA.  35 lbs of pure fun and goodness-along with solid food is a recipe for disaster.

ultra absorbent

  • Affordable Luxury: White Cloud Diapers are hypoallergenic and fragrance-free- which for the Toddler- who has a lot of sensitivity to various fabrics is a must.  His little tush stayed rash free.

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  • Comfort for your Child: White Cloud Diapers are cottony soft inside and out.  They actually feel softer to the touch than Huggies, Pampers, Luvs, and Kirkland(Costco) Diapers- yes we have tried all of those for the various stages so far and indeed the White Cloud Diapers are the softest.
  • Convenience Features: White Cloud Newborn, Size 1 & size 2 early stage diapers feature a wetness indicator much like more expensive brands on the market.  When my husband and I were first starting out-that little indicator made it that much easier on little sleep.

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  • Savings: White Cloud Diapers are available at everyday low prices.  BOOM.  They are a serious budget booster.

We then played one of the hardest games- chugging 4 ounces out of a newborn baby bottle.  Seriously- grown women trying to chug water out of a bottle? Priceless.  My cheeks burned- in five minutes I only got half an ounce down- poor show I know.  But the competition was priceless!  After eating some more snacks(am I pregnant or what?) and chasing(herding) the Toddler as he  ran after the birds- all of us headed over to the Big Toy to play.  I am so grateful that I got to meet amazing, local Mom’s.
We played the Stinky Diaper Game when we got back.  There were eight different White Cloud Diapers with baby food spread inside and we all guessed our picks.  The Toddler’s in the group really got into this competition and were trying to help figure it out.  D sat on the bench, watching the big kid’s help, loving all of the action.

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Stinky Diaper Game at the White Cloud Diaper Event

The Picnic was a blast!  Great company, games, and product!  The Toddler and I left after two hours of good-times.  So thankful for the chance to meet such lovely women and their adorable little one’s!  I am especially grateful that Wal-mart has made a product that is so darn affordable- and WORKS.

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Comfort is Key!

Diapering can be one of the biggest expenses in a family’s weekly budget and a great performing diaper is a must-have for parents. In order to make this affordable, Wal-Mart has reintroduced their premium line of White Cloud diapers to address the needs of today’s busy parents.

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White Cloud Diapers provide your baby the highest quality diaper with superior leakage protection, exceptional softness and great fit. White Cloud Diapers are available exclusively at Walmart, where you can find low prices everyday on all your family’s needs. Check them out today!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of #WhiteCloudDiapers.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of White Cloud Diapers.  All thoughts and opinions stated are my own.

Utter Disbelief

As I sat down to type up what our little family was up to this past weekend my Husband texted to let me know about the bombings at the Boston Marathon.  The footage is horrifying.  But even so- within seconds of the blast there are people running toward the bombs to help.

Heroes in the midst of chaos.

I am hoping and praying for the victims of this monstrosity

I will be holding my little family just that much tighter tonight.

There really are no words.

22 Week Picture Update

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TADA- 22 WEEKS- Large & IN CHARGE!!!

Mom’s Little Helper

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