Sunday, May 21, 2017

Hello Transition, We Meet Again

This year has been full of transition for my family!

Cole and I got engaged in February 2016, then we got married just 7 months later in September 2016. It was so fun and exciting planning our wedding but then you see how much everything costs and then you get so overwhelmed, like how are we going to do this! Luckily my parents helped out a bit so it wasn't as overwhelming as it could've been but man was it hard.


Now that we are married I really don't feel much different. I don't know how I am suppose to feel after the wedding but we lived together before and were paying bills together before so after the wedding there really wasn't much difference.

Now we have made the giant move to Louisville and man oh man what a difference! I started a new job and he is hoping to start a new job soon, Alyssa will be 7 this July and will be entering the 2nd grade in a whole new school!! 


Transitions are something that people go through everyday, every week and even every year, but I don't think you are really 100% prepared. We had a plan and it seemed like what could go wrong did go wrong but now almost 2 months after the big move things are finally getting back to normal.

It has been such a hectic, adventurous and crazy year, but when I get home every night and look at my crazy and wild family I just feel so blessed each and everyday! 

It can only get better from here right??

Photos Provided By: Michael C. Wells Photography

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

When The Going Gets Tough!

Can I please be bold about our healthcare? I am not a genius when it comes to the healthcare system or to the politics of this world but when it comes to my child and my family I know what my heart tells me! I have been struggling with my daughter's appetite since she was one year old and the struggle is REAL!! I have tried everything, I have seen so many pediatricians and I have gotten many "second" opinions but it seems like all the doctors I see just tell me the exact same thing:


Your daughter is just a picky eater!
Your daughter just has a very tiny stomach, she can't handle a lot of food
This is just phase she will grow out of it
She will eat when she is hungry
Ahh she is just a kid
All kids are picky
Well she is still growing

Blah! Blah! Blah! I am sorry but if I have been going to doctors and expressing concerns about my child's appetite and her weight for 5 years don't you think somebody should listen!!!

I started to think I was seriously crazy! Am I just a helicopter mom that is overreacting because my daughter is "too thin" or is my voice just not being heard?


I went to this amazing conference in Louisville, Kentucky, they had a bunch of different classes for foster and adoptive parents, just sharing a lot of advice and knowledge about a bunch of different types of topics. The one I was most interested in was called "Is It Just Picky Eating, or is There Something More." I was very excited to finally get some answers about my child and what I can do to really help her with the struggles that she has. I asked a ton of questions and actually felt a tad bad because I didn't want to take up too much time but I need some answers!

It was a wonderful conference, I absolutely loved it! We talked about different sensory issues that children face but may not be able to express or verbalize. To share a little more info my daughter is an extremely picky eater, she has had her toe nails fall off. Some of her hair has just fell out of her head for no reason. The major one that we struggle with is recurrent pneumonia. My daughter holds food in her mouth for long periods of time refusing to actually swallow. It may not seem like a lot to some people but it's more frustrating than anything. After this class, I was really excited about moving forward and getting the help she needs. 

I brought some of the symptoms and possibilities up at my pediatricians office when we took a turn for the worse and my beautiful 6 year old baby girl passed out one evening. Unfortunately my pediatrician was not on the same page and completely dismissed my concerns. After many moments of me vocalizing my concern and expressing emotions and evidence that something is just not right I finally got a referral to see a nutritionist at one of the top children's hospitals in the US.  I was so relieved that finally my voice was heard and we can move forward with an action plan.

Well ladies and gents listen to this!!! Today was the day. I was excited, I was off work and we were on our way to see a nutritionist about my daughter! After all of the excitement and hope that we had can I just say, this appointment was nothing like I had expected! I shared my concerns about Alyssa's picky eating and shared symptoms that she had that seemed to point to some kind of sensory disorder and the nutritionist dismissed all of my concerns and pretty much said their was nothing they could do for my precious girl. My heart was breaking, tears were shed and anger was building up inside me! Why must it be so hard in this country to provide people with the healthcare that they need, the healthcare that they deserve and the healthcare that we pay for!! 
This is a 5 year battle of what some people would call a eating disorder, what some may call a sensory disorder and what most would call "just another picky eater" and people I am just not buying it anymore!! 
I know in my heart that some of those answers are just not true!! There is a reason why our children are picky!!
I will exhaust every optionevery doctors office and every single ounce of my being will go to getting my baby the healthcare and treatment that she needs even if that means uprooting my family to get it! Now who's with me!!

Moms and dads that may be dealing with the same or similar issues, (or friends that may know somebody that is struggling) please know that you are not alone and trust me when I say I am just as frustrated and exhausted as you are!! Please leave me a comment and please feel free to share this post!
Let us work together to find the answers that our doctors and pediatricians are just not giving us!!! 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

I'M BACK!!!!

I am so sorry for the massive delay in my blog posts I feel like every time I get back on track something happens and knocks me out of my routine! Well ladies and gents I am back, and so much has happened!!!!

Major news here...... I got married!! I know I have wrote about Cole before but it has been just a couple times. So quick update, Alyssa and I got our own apartment and life was going good then Cole moved in, we got a dog and then after about a year we got engaged. After about 7 months we got married!! Here are some pictures for you!





We had a cute small outdoor wedding and it was the most stressful and happiest day of my life!! 

Where are all my married couples at?!? Give me advice on staying married and happy for years and years to come!!!