Saturday, September 12, 2009

Exciting News

I've been meaning to tell you, Nurse Holli had her baby last Tuesday. He weighed 6 lbs 8 oz.

Introducing Logan Charles

Be sure to visit Holli's blog at Truly Taylor Chaos to see more pics and leave your congratulations!

Saturday, September 12, 2009 - Update

The big news of the weekend? Last night, Olivia went pee pee in the potty! Ryan and I got so excited that I think we scared her a bit. Sorry, Olivia. . .we were just so proud. She is very interested in the potty, she also loves her words! Be sure to check the sidebar to find out all the new words that Olivia can say. We discovered at my parents' house, that she loves cards. She found a matching card game over there that she would have played with for hours. It has pictures of all the words that she knows. So, we bought her some cards today and she LOVES them!! They are like little flashcards for her and she's already learned a bunch of new words. Not only can she say a lot of words, but she knows the signs for them as well. Then, she gets so excited when she sees things that she knows. . .like, the big red balls outside of Target. She screams, "Balls!!" The other day, we spent forever at Bed, Bath and Beyond in the towel section. She had never seen so many towels! She is just exploding in new knowledge and it's such a joy to watch.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Nine Eleven

Can you believe it's been eight years since that horrible day in 2001? That seems crazy to me. At that time, I was living in my first apartment and Ryan and I had been dating for about 5 months. I was on my way to work when I turned on the radio just as the second plane had flown into the World Trade Center. When I got to work, my boss, Rachelle, and co-worker, Vicki, had the radio on and we listened as the events continued to unfold. I was supposed to train Johnny, a new agent and friend, but we just sat in the back and talked all afternoon. Ryan came over after work and we watched news coverage all evening. My hearts go out to all the families affected by that day. . .whether it be from that day in particular or the subsequent war on terrorism that followed. Now, it's your turn to share what you were doing on that day and/or how it affected you.

Sugar Sugar

Okay, so I think I'm finally on the right track. With the help of my therapist, I believe that I have problems with reactive hypoglycemia. I read about a study that showed a relationship between PCOS and reactive hypoglycemia. . .especially in women who are not overweight. I have always noticed that I feel awful after a heavy carbohydrate meal or if I eat lots of bread and sugar. Sometimes when I'm really tired, I get shaky and weak and foggy. I consistently have low blood sugar when having a blood test done. . .one time it was 62.

I have also read that adrenal fatigue is sometimes believed to be chronic fatigue syndrome. It is also believed that chronic fatigue syndrome is closely related to insulin resistance, which many believe is an underlying cause of PCOS. So, I've decided to go on a low-glycemic/little to no sugar diet. Okay, after I finish these amazing cupcakes that my husband made and this yummy banana bread that my sister-in-law made. . .I'm going to try a hypoglycemic diet to see if I notice any improvement. At this point, I'm tired to going to doctors to try to get answers. I have also read that reactive hypoglycemia is controlled by diet and lifestyle changes and I don't need a doctor for that. Plus, it's the same diet that is recommended for those with adrenal fatigue and PCOS, so I figure it won't hurt me. I would love to hear from any of you that have trouble with hypoglycemia and what has helped you. I just pray that I feel better soon, so that I can get back to talking about Olivia instead of my fatigue. :)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - Update

A day at the park

Olivia and Izzy on the swings

Yesterday afternoon we headed to the Sunrise Boundless Landscape Park at Sedgwick County Park. Awesome, awesome park that is the first in Kansas to offer 70% accessibility for children and adult caregivers regardless of physical limitations. Olivia and her cousin, Izzy, were also lucky enough to be the only kids there all afternoon. We had a great time.

So, I'm still working on the possibility of getting a cat. In Ryan's defense, he is allergic to cats (and I'm mildly allergic) and we'd hate to get one and then find out we couldn't keep it. My new angle, however, is to get a black cat since Ryan is such a huge fan of Halloween. Don't you think he needs a black cat? Oh, and I have the funniest story. . .The three of us were sitting around and Olivia was saying, "No, No, No," to everything. Ryan thought he'd be clever and asked Olivia "Do you really want a cat?" Olivia paused and then with total excitement exclaimed "YEAH!!!" Ryan failed miserably at that one.

We also wanted to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Uncle Kris!! Hope you have a great day!! Kris is on the birthday train with Olivia. Our family has five birthdays in a row. . .all exactly a week apart. Izzy, Olivia, Aidan, Kris and Rebekah. . .Choo Choo!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - Update

So, you're small, yellow and fluffy, but you're not a baby chick?

Well, Olivia is obsessed with her new potty. We borrowed this one from Izzy to see what she thought of it. She is just tickled that there is a potty that's her size. She has yet to use it, but her interest is there. I think, however, that I would rather change a dirty diaper than clean one of these things out.

Not much going on lately. It's been so rainy outside that we haven't gotten out much. I do need to get out and see about having Olivia's glasses repaired. One side of them got bent somehow (she's really very careful with them) and now the left side sits lower on her face. We bought the warranty with them, so hopefully that will take care of it. I can't imagine how often a toddler will probably need his or her glasses repaired.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Family Pics

Okay, so I'm going to copy my sister-in-law, Kim, and post these family pictures because I don't have any pictures to share today. :) These were taken a few weeks ago by my brother-in-law, Joel, who is starting his own photography business called joelsiview. As soon as he has it completed, I will post his website. He is also the one who took Olivia's two year pictures. If you are looking for family pictures (would be a great Christmas present) senior pictures and more, Joel would be a great person to go to. Contact me if you would like to contact him!!

Olivia and her cousins on the Glunt side

Okay, so this photo needs a bit of explaining. Ryan and I did not know that we were doing family pictures on this day. We thought it was just pictures of the grandkids in their Easter outfits. We show up in jeans and t-shirts (and me with hardly any makeup.) Ryan's mom, however, saved the day and tossed us some orange shirts. The picture turned out great, although I wish I wasn't in jean capris and blue shoes. . . .

Monday, September 7, 2009

Poppies and Tut Tuts

Okay, so poppy means potty AND puppy in our household. Sometimes you have to try to figure out what context it is being used in to figure out which one Olivia is talking about. Today, I was reading her a potty book called Have You Seen My Potty and Olivia got up and ran into the bathroom saying "Poppy, Poppy!" So, I stripped her down and put her on the tut tut (toilet.) She kinda sat there and smiled and I thought, "Surely, she wasn't telling me that she had to go potty." So, I took her off and she walked out of the bathroom and peed on the carpet. So, mommy screwed up. She was really telling me that she had to go potty! So, we're going to get Olivia her own potty and play with it a bit. I can't imagine that she's ready because her diaper is still soaked in the morning. But, since she is very interested in it right now, I figure it wouldn't hurt. Olivia would be the first child ever who was potty trained and still taking a bottle. . . .

Monday, September 7, 2009 - Update

Well, my kitty never came back. It was the weirdest thing. It was like she knew all of my problems and visited me on a day when I really needed a friend. And her caring little eyes? That kitty should be a therapy cat of sorts! And the way she was with Olivia?? Olivia doesn't like to be cuddled a lot and pushes people and animals away when they get too close. With this kitty. . .she hugged her and didn't want to be away from her. For the next few days, Olivia would run to the door and shout "Kiki? Kiki?" I wish I knew who she belonged to so that I could say, "Your cat is amazing and. . .um. . .can I have her?" She was like a little angel.

Okay, enough about the cat, I promise. I got a blogging award! Thanks Sherri!

I pass this award on to three people who I would have never met without this blog. They have become friends of mine and my life is brighter with them in it.

Amanda Rust

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