• Lifestyle,  parenting

    Post Surgery Update

    We survived another surgery with Doodlebug.  Surgery number 4 to be exact. Four surgeries in two and a half years. *ugh*  It’s pretty exhausting. Even the quick trips seem to drain all life from me.  And I know it’s rough on Doodlebug!  But she’s such a champ; every time she does amazing. Doodlebug really is something special.  She’s 2 and I admire her bravery so much.  When she was in the NICU during her distractors, I came across a Shakespeare quote: “And though she but little, she is fierce.” This phrase encapsulates her so well.  Bless her heart!  She has been through so much and continues to face obstacles.  But by…

  • Lifestyle,  parenting,  This & That

    Toddler Sleep Study & Specialist Visits

    Doodlebug had another overnight sleep study to check on her progress after her cleft palate repair.  Due to unforeseen circumstances, the evaluation got pushed out to over a year from her last sleep study.  So this was going to be our first toddler sleep study! I wasn’t sure what to expect since the last sleep study was performed right after she turned one year old.  Plus, I was anxious for this time around because there had been significant changes in her sleep and behavior since then.  And I just knew she was still having breathing issues while she slept. *Ugh!* For the full story on why we were having the…

  • Lifestyle,  parenting

    Miracle Baby #2

    I’ve struggled for a long time now with how to introduce Doodlebug.  She has a very special story this girl; our second miracle baby.  (Little Bear was our first).     Mr. O and I tried for four years to get pregnant.  By the time it actually happened, we had given up.  I was convinced that Little Bear was going to be our only child.  I was grateful for her, but I desperately wanted to share my love with another little one.  Needless to say, I was beyond excited when I found out we were expecting again in May of 2016. My first visit to the doctor to confirm the…