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Monday, July 28, 2008

it will be august this week!


i had an appointment today to check on jaxon....

i'm ZERO cm dilated which means he's nice and cozy for the time being...and i'm fine with that. i feel like there's still tons to do before he arrives!

he's still head down; which is great and he's measuring well.

just thought i'd update on the latest. now we just wait; and wait; and wait.


Sunday, July 27, 2008


35 weeks today; 35 days left.

This has FLOWN. i cannot believe we'll be meeting Mr. Jaxon in the next few weeks.
As I'm getting into the "uncomfortable stage"; I must say that while I'm ready for him to be here; I just cannot believe we'll have TWO. i'm going to re-post this writing on loving two:

I walk along holding your almost 2-year-old hand, basking in the glow Of our magical relationship. Suddenly I feel a kick from within, as if to remind me that our time alone is limited. And I wonder: How could I ever love another child as I love you? Then he is born, and I watch you. I watch the pain you feel at having to share me as you've never shared me before. I hear you telling me in your own way, "Please love only me." And I hear myself telling you in mine, "I can't," Knowing in fact, that I never can again. You cry. I cry with you. I almost see our new baby as an intruder on the precious relationship we once shared. A relationship we can never quite have again. But then, barely noticing, I find myself attached to that new being, and feeling almost guilty. I'm afraid to let you see me enjoying him -- as though I am betraying you. But then I notice your resentment change, first to curiosity, then to protectiveness, finally to genuine affection. More days pass, and we are setting into a new routine. The memory of days with just the two of us is fading fast. But something else is replacing those wonderful times we shared, just us two. There are new times -- only now, we are three. I watch the look between you grow, the way you look at each other, touch each other. I watch how he adores you -- as I have for so long. I see how excited you are by each of her new accomplishments. And I begin to realize that I haven't taken something from you, I've given something to you. I notice that I am no longer afraid to share my love openly with both of you. I find that my love for each of you is as different as you are, but equally strong. And my question is finally answered, to my amazement. Yes, I can love another child as much as I love you -- only differently. And although I realize that you may have to share my time, I now know you'll never share my love. There's enough of that for both of you -- you each have your own supply. I love you -- both. And I thank you both for blessing my life.

I find myself hugging Jordan a little tighter, playing legos a little longer, and just enjoying everything about us being a family of 3 for now. My friend and I had a long conversation about it last night. I am so ready to be a mommy of two and for Jordan to have a brother!

I thought it would be neat to highlight the differences in these 2 pregnancies. It's crazy.

Morning sickness every day with Jordan until 14 weeks.
NO morning sickness this time.

Weight gain of 60 lbs with Jordan due to pre-eclampsia.
Weight gain of 15-20 lbs this time. No signs of pre-e yet.

Couldnt wear shoes after about 30 weeks with Jordan.
Wearing all my shoes this time!

No wedding rings after 20 weeks with Jordan.
Still wearing them today!

Multiple trips to the specialists with Jaxon.
No trips with Jordan.
Huge miracle as Jaxon's lat. vent. measurements are now in NORMAL range! We know that this is not by chance.... the waiting begins. since i was induced with Jordan i'm looking forward to just waiting it out and seeing what happens with this one. but the planner in me would also love to know when. we'll see! it'll be a great month of preparing, wondering, and finally meeting this new little guy.

we'll be sure to keep ya posted!


Monday, July 21, 2008

gross, but awesome.

for the past week i've battled a sinus infection.
too stubborn to go to the doctor even though i've had gross yellow snot...i just dont want to take an antibiotic this late in the pregnancy.

a friend suggested a neti pot...then i thought i remembered that i had something in our first aid cabinet that would do the same thing...

and i am in love. this is totally and completely gross; but i found a review of it on and i swear by everything the reviewer says...

if you struggle with a stuffy nose and lots of congestion...(when i get one of Jordan's colds it almost always turns into a nasty sinus infection)...i highly RECOMMEND THIS!
it got so bad last night my teeth were hurting from the pressure.
i used this kit this morning and feel instant relief! can't wait to show asah when he gets home. :)

you can even do it daily just to keep the infections away.

it's a wonderful alternative to OTC meds!

here's the review; warning: it's gross!

More than you ever wanted to know about my mucous.
Written: Nov 02 '05 (Updated Nov 04 '05)

Product Rating:

Pros: Relieves congestion. May even help to prevent respiratory infections. Cheap.

Cons: Feels disgusting.

The Bottom Line: An enema-- for your nose.


Ayr Sinus Rinse Kit - Saline Sinus Wash

There's no better or more articulate way to say this: sinus infections suck. They hurt. They make life miserable. They make it hard to sleep, as you roll back and forth to try to drain your snot, which you can't remove with a simple blow of the nose, from one side of your head to the other. Antibiotics are enough to cure most of them, but when they recur frequently, or aren't treated properly, some patients require surgery. Thanks to a report on NPR (National Public Radio) a few weeks ago, I've made it through two colds without a single sinus infection for the first time in a decade.


So what's the miracle cure? It isn't antibiotics, surgery, Flonase, or any type of medicine. It isn't vitamins, echinacea, vegan muffins, or any other snake oil. The miracle is a simple molecule, composed of two hydrogen atoms and one atom of oxygen: water. Mix eight ounces of warm water with 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon of plain table salt, squirt it up one nostril, let it drip out the other, and voila! Since plain water can burn when you get it in your sinuses, buffer the water with 1/4 teaspoon of plain baking soda.

According to NPR, several recent studies have supported this technique's effectiveness at relieving sinus problems. There are a few reasons why it works:

1. It literally loosens and flushes mucous from your nose.
2. It washes away irritants that may be up to no good in your nose and sinuses.
3. It stimulates the motion of cilia in your nose, which makes them more effective at getting rid of dirt, allergens, and microorganisms.

It makes sense, but there are a few problems with washing out your sinuses. The most pressing is gravity. Since your nostrils point down, you need to find a way to get the water into your nose with enough force to get it up into your sinuses, but not so much force that it's uncomfortable. The NPR report cited two ways to do this.

1. A Nasal Irrigator is a machine that squirts pulsing water into your nose. These are available online through stores like for about $90. Ouch.
2. A Neti Pot, which has been used by Yoga enthusiasts for centuries, is sort of like a little tea kettle. You tilt your head at an angle, pour water up your higher nostril, and let it fall out the lower nostril. This is hard to get used to.

I fashioned my own technique, using an oral syringe (the kind you use to feed liquid medicine to an infant) to squirt the salt water up one nostril while it drips out the other. This is low-tech and low-cost, and it works, but it has the Neti pot's main disadvantage: you have to hold your head at an awkward angle.

The nice folks at BF Ascher have devised an alternative that's cheap, simple, and absolutely brilliant. Their Ayr Sinus Saline Rinse Kit is a dream-come-true for anyone who suffers from sinus troubles.

Ayr Sinus Saline Rinse Kit
The Ayr Sinus Saline Rinse Kit has two basic ingredients: The squirt bottle and fifty saline mix packets.

The squirt bottle consists of three parts: a soft plastic bottle, a sport-top, and a hard plastic straw. The straw fits into the inside of the top, and extends almost to the bottom of the bottle. This is brilliant because it allows you to irrigate your sinuses while holding your head completely upright. Be sure your head is over the sink, though, or you'll drip saltwater (and snot) all over your mouth, shirt, and floor. Trust me-- it happens, and it's nasty.

The saline mix packets contain a small amount of pre-mixed salt and sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda. If you don't want to measure these on your own, the packets are very convenient.

Using the Ayr Sinus Rinse Kit
Okay boys and girls, the fun begins. For starters, blow your nose to clear out anything that's already loose in there.

• Begin with filtered or distilled water. Heat it until it's slightly warmer than body temperature; maybe 100-110 degrees or so. I never use a thermometer; I just squirt it on my wrist as you'd do with baby formula.

• Fill the squirt bottle with six ounces of the water, add a packet of saline mix, cover, and shake until it's mixed. Do not be tempted to fill the bottle any higher; if you use more than 6 ounces of water, the stuff in the packet won't be enough to buffer the water, and it may sting a little.

• Lean your face so that your nostrils are above the sink, not your shirt.

• Put the top of the bottle so that it forms a light seal against one nostril.

• Squirt in a steady stream. Let the water spill out your other nostril. Then do the other side. I usually do each nostril twice, or a total of four squirts with 6 ounces of water.

• Blow your nose. Lots will come out. Blow again.

A few of words of caution
1. As with any squirt bottle, this one will get harder to squirt as a vacuum forms. If it's too hard to squirt, pull it out of your nose, let the air back into the bottle, and squirt again.
2. As you get to the bottom of the bottle, you'll get a few big air bubbles up your nose. It's startling the first time, but once you get used to it, it's just hilarious.
3. No matter how carefully you do this, it will feel awful the first time. It goes against every biological reflex we have to squirt water up our noses. No matter how much you hate it, do it again. Even if you were traumatized as a kid by a nose full of swimming pool water, you'll get past the terror of it quickly.
4. Keep tissues handy. Your nose may leak on and off for a few minutes.

There are so many adjectives I could use to describe the process-- effective, uncomfortable, gross, and messy are the obvious ones. Here's one you might not think of, though-- hilarious. It feels funny. It looks funny. The whole thing is completely ridiculous. I'm not kidding. The first time my husband tried it, he laughed so hard that he nearly choked on salt water.

Price and Availability
The Ayr Saline Rinse Kit sells for about $10, and it's hellishly hard to find. I bought one at a Rite-Aid in the middle of nowhere, and found a couple more at Fred Meyer this morning on sale for $8. The refills are easy enough to find online, but not the starter kits, which contain the bottles. I found once seller on ebay who has a hundred new, unopened starter kits available for about $7 each; I bought eight. That's right, eight. If I love you, you're getting an Ayr Sinus Rinse Kit for Christmas.

Do I really need this?
If you want to try nasal irrigation, there's no better delivery system than the Ayr Sinus Rinse Kit's squirt bottle. It's cheap, you can hold your head upright, and then toss bottle's parts into the dishwasher.

The saline mix packets are another story. They're convenient, and refills are available in boxes of 100 for $10, but it's very easy and cheap to use your own salt and baking soda. For less than a dollar, you can buy enough of these ingredients for hundreds of doses. Another problem with the mix packets is that you can't adjust the dose. I prefer a slightly more alkaline solution, so I add a little extra baking soda to the mix. I'll never buy refill packets; I make my own solution at home, and save the packets in the starter kit for when we travel.

Mucous is a touchy subject. If you have sinus problems but you're horrified by this solution, consider this: you can't escape your snot. You can either leave it to fester in your sinuses as a breeding ground for microscopic monsters, or let it flow out your nose and down the drain.

I highly recommend the drain...



doesnt get much better than this. jordan was feeling extra affectionate on this particular day.....this is when asah got home from work.


Sunday, July 20, 2008

new wheels!

this one makes me laugh....

jordan and jaxon will be riding in style now....thanks to president bush we are the owners of a joovy double stroller. the stimulus check was supposed to all go to debt but we wanted to splurge and get something we really wanted for our boys....

jordan had a great time testing it all out after it was put together. the back will be jordans seat and he can either sit or stand. it goes up to 45 lbs or so which is great since J is already so huge. The front will fit an infant carrier then Jaxon will be able to sit in the front part.

just wanted to show you our cool new orange wheels. okay, so maybe i am still a bargain shopper at heart. we bought orange because it was 40 dollars less than the more "neutral" colors...and free shipping! can't beat that!

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Friday, July 18, 2008

jaxon update: 07/18

we had our FINAL appointment with Maternal Fetal Medicine today at Woman's. WHY?
Because Jaxon's lateral brain ventricles now measure in the NORMAL range. they were down to 8 and 9 mm today.
coincidence? not hardly! thank you so much for ALL your prayers during this very hard journey. we are elated and SO ready to meet our little guy.

he measures 5 lbs exactly today; and has HAIR. jordan was kind of bald so i was a bit surprised at the hair thing. we are dying to meet him now...but will have to wait till he's ready!

again, thank you for your care and support over the past few months.

i wish we had pictures to share, but he was stubborn and had his back turned to us the whole time....

we'll just have to wait till he's ready to come out to see what he looks like :)


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

CHEAP Pizza today, Hammond folks!

if you're in Hammond reading our blog, i've got a deal for you today!
dominos called my cell phone yesterday (wow, either i'm special or am on some kind of phone ad list...definitely the latter).
anyway, TODAY ONLY they're offering medium one topping pizza's for $3.99!

it will definitely be mine and J's lunch today. and i'll likely pick up a couple extra and freeze them. you cannot beat 3.99 for a pizza! this special goes all day today.


big appointment this week.

it's been easy not to think about since it's been 6 weeks...but we have a big appointment with the specialist on friday to check on jaxon's brain ventricles. please pray that they are 100% NORMAL! i have a peace about this one...but the closer we get to friday the more apprehensive i get.
this could possibly be our last appt at Woman's if all goes well.


Saturday, July 12, 2008

just because

because maybe i haven't posted much of Jordan in action lately......

someone said to me the other day; "I've never seen Jordan walk anywhere. He always runs". You know, now that i think about it; I haven't either. Jordan runs EVERYWHERE he goes. if i say, "Time for bed"...he runs there. or "Lunch time"...he runs to his chair. Funny. He truly lives life to the fullest and doesn't waste time getting where he's going. I think the only time he's ever walked is when holding our hands.
The newest thing is jumping wherever he goes and counting as you can see by the video. It cut off as my battery died but I got enough so you get the idea. This happens multiple times daily...he'll jump down the hall or through the living room. I love it. I love that he has so much energy and joy. Makes us wonder what Jaxon will be like! That much energy or a much more laid back version? We'll see! Either way we can't wait!

Stay tuned for a video "concert" courtesy of the little guy. He's got so many new songs in his repertoire.....


5 years ago

we celebrated our 5 year anniversary last night at Ruth's Chris in New Orleans. Here are the highlights from the past 5 years....

2003: It all began! We were married on July 12 during Asah's 1st summer of youth ministry. We spent the rest of that year in the Atlanta area and bought our 1st home. We had a great group of youth and loved being there!

2004: Another year of ministry at Olive Springs. In the fall of that year we felt the call to Seminary for Asah to finish up. We moved to New Orleans that December.

2005: Mostly a blur, KATRINA. Began ministry at Crossroads Church.

2006: Welcomed a bouncing baby boy into our lives.

2007: Asah became pastor of Crossroads Church in March.

2008: We'll add another baby boy to our family soon! It's been an awesome 5 years.

and just to show you what an awesome dress this has been....(got it on clearance at Motherhood)

here it is at 14 weeks and 33 weeks! BIG difference!


Tuesday, July 08, 2008

no more wendys for me!

last night i went to do my usual payroll work for one of my bookkeeping clients.
before i got there i realized i was starving so i grabbed a jr. cheeseburger from Wendy's.
about an hour into work i began cramping and even having mild contractions. i finished up quickly and brought the rest of the work home. the contractions got so bad that i was timing them on the way home. i thought i was just in early labor!
we called the doctor who asked us to time them and if they werent going away to head to the Hospital.
during that hour i began to vomit violently and the contractions got worse and worse.
we arrived at Labor and Delivery at 8:30 or so and were there past midnight. After 3 shots of teburtaline the contractions went away. nothing stopped the nausea and vomitting so i've been doing that every 10-20 minutes for the past 24 hours. i've already lost 2 lbs according to my doctors appointment this morning!
my biggest fear is dehydrating and not providing what jaxon needs. the doctor said this could last 2-3 days. it's crazy!
tonight i'm finally out of bed for the first time.
asah has been amazing and i miss jordan so much!
pray for us as we get through the next few days....
i am so thankful the contractions stopped and jaxon didnt come this early!


Friday, July 04, 2008


we had a wonderful time at seacrest beach this past week. our family needed a time to getaway and relax; and jordan sure did have fun with his gram and pops and cousin sumner.

here's the awesome beach house we stayed in (thanks gram!)

here's a slideshow of some of the fun we had!