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This blog was started in 2008 when we did IVF for the first time to build our family after 5 1/2 years of infertility. We now have a 6 year old boy and a baby boy (thanks to modern medicine) and we are enjoying our blessed life as parents ♥



Monday, February 1, 2016

Fun With Pho!

Today while the big kid was in school, we decided to take a fun trip to the local Asian market and check out the goods! Jacob loved the music they had playing and bounced in his seat the whole time.



I got some seasoning cubes to make Pho, some treats, coconut milk, spoons, fresh ginger, and some other veggies.
 

Hubby requested spring rolls to go with the pho so that's what I started doing while the broth was simmering. Spring rolls are pretty simple and I already had the rice paper. I cooked some chicken breast with Chinese 5 spice, and I cooked some rice noodles. You soak each rice paper in warm water for about 30 seconds the lay it on a plate. You layer your fillings then carefully wrap it up. I used lettuce, rice noodles, and the seasoned chicken. Yum!
 

 

For the pho I keep it simple by using the bouillion cube that has all of the seasoning in it. Each cube flavors 2 cups of water and I made 6 cups of broth. When it came to a boil I added noodles. When those were cooked I turned the heat off and added the cooked chicken and chopped green onions.
 

It was all delish and even Brad loved it! We each ate 2 spring rolls.
 

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

9 Months In, 9 Months Out!


Weight: 20lb 2oz
Length: 29.5 in

At 9 months old you:
  • are crawling all over and pulling up to stand
  • can put yourself into a sitting position, and then back to crawling
  • love to stand and bang on the table
  • eat 3 meals and 3 bottles a day plus snacks and finger foods
  • love everything you eat, especially if it's from our plate!
  • have two teeth on bottom and two teeth on top
  • go to bed around 7:30pm and sometimes wake up once or twice at night before 8am
  • take a 2hr nap around 10am and 4pm
  • love to play with your big brother
  • have outgrown all 9mo clothes and are wearing 12mo size
  • are STILL in our room night, but will be moving into brother's room soon now that you are sleeping better



I introduced him to a sippy cup recently and he loved it! Until he learned that chewing on the nipple is fun too. I'm going to try a hard top sippy cup soon and see if that goes better.
 

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Out With the Old, In With the New

Good riddance to 2015, and a big hello to 2016! Life has been a rollercoaster for the Pierce family lately. I'm sure this year will be too, but hopefully this time there are more ups than downs! We have big plans for this year, and God willing it will finally be time for them to come to fruition!

We had beautiful family photos taken in November, and I don't believe I ever shared them! The boys did great and we got some wonderful shots of our family of 4. I ordered canvas prints of my favorites to decorate our mantel with (if I ever get the Christmas decorations down, that is!).


Our family had a lovely Christmas. The weather was very un-Christmasy...70 degrees and sunny! But we made the most of it and enjoyed the holidays with family. We spent the morning having breakfast and exchanging presents at my mom's with my family then we headed back home afterwards. I cooked a big ham dinner that evening where my dad joined us. After eating, we all drove around our neighborhood to enjoy the Christmas lights.

Jacob seemed to enjoy his first Christmas! You know how much babies really "play" with their toys...he was mostly entertained by all of the activity. I'm sure next Christmas he will be right in the middle of the action.

And speaking of our newest little one..he is growing every day! He is crawling now and trying to pull up on things. He tries to get a nibble of anything we are eating, and anything within reach on the floor. He loves to eat and is much better with finger foods. His top two teeth are finally cutting through and he let us know that he didn't like it for a few days!

The boys like making each other laugh but I know Brad still feels like we favor Jacob. We are constantly reaffirming that we have to do more with him because he is a helpless baby and that it was the same way when Brad was little. Brad is a very social creature and is constantly trying to get attention and be a part of the action.

Like I said, we have big plans for this year--but we also know very well that life doesn't care what we have planned! We are the masters of flexibility and are adjusting our methods accordingly. We have come into the New Year licking our wounds and hoping that this year takes it a little easier on us. What doesn't kill us makes us stronger, and we are most definitely more resilient this year after our trials of the last.

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

8 Months Old


At 8 months old you:

  • Go to bed awake and put yourself to sleep very well, but....
  • Have been waking up several times a night recently!
  • Usually wake up around 6am but we can get you to doze for a bit longer in bed with us
  • Take 2-3 naps per day still
  • Have a 6-8oz bottle every 3-4hrs, plus a small one during the night if you won't go back to sleep
  • Are sitting up much better now
  • Are getting more mobile and love to roll around and scoot backwards
  • Love to eat food! Anything and everything
  • Are getting better with finger foods
  • Have outgrown most of your 6-9mo clothes and are into 12mo
  • Love going for trips
  • Are a happy baby!





We had family photos made--the first nice ones in two years! The boys did great and we got some really amazing shots.
 

Jacob enjoyed his first Thanksgiving. He ate about as much as I did!
 




We are gearing up here for Christmas in a couple of weeks. The weather has not been conducive to festive feelings...it has been sunny with record highs in the 70s. I am ready for some snow! On Bradley's first Christmas we got a blizzard with over a foot of snow, but I don't think Jacob's will be that exciting.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Homemade Baby Teething Biscuits

Today I decided to finally try my hands at some homemade finger food for Jacob. He is starting to be at that stage, and man is that crap pricey at the store! Not to mention all of the sugar and crazy list of ingredients. I knew I had seen some simple recipes using baby cereal on the internet so I sat down and picked one to try! I changed it just a pinch but the gist was the same.


Here is the link to the original recipe.

I did olive oil instead of coconut, and I added about a tbs of sugar. Mine didn't turn out so much as a dough like the recipe said--it was more of a batter that I spooned onto the parchment paper into an oval shape. Much quicker than rolling out and cutting to shape!


 Baby was able to easily grab onto it and get it into his mouth. It softened very quickly and he didn't gag or cough once while eating it. Even big brother tasted it and approved!


 These baked up very easily and I threw them into a ziploc baggie after they cooled to room temp. They should be good for several days since there is no egg or any thing perishable in them.

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

An Almost Surgery

A couple of months ago, one of the doctors I work with was talking to me and noticed a large lump on my throat that I had not noticed before. It had popped up quickly, and I could tell it was growing larger every week. It started causing pain and difficulty swallowing so I talked to another one of the surgeons I work with (Dr. Jolliff) and he was kind enough to order some tests for me (I did not have a primary doctor at the time).

First I had an ultrasound done. It showed that the large lump I could see and feel was a 4cm complex cyst, and there was another nodule that was about 1cm. The ultrasound tech called Dr. Jolliff right then to tell him the results and he said he was going to order a biopsy.

Of course this got me worried! I Googled everything I could about it and all I really learned was that it could be something, or it could be nothing. I called to schedule the biopsy and they said they couldn't get me in for over a week. I told Dr. Jolliff this the next day I worked with him and he called that department himself to get me an appt. sooner! They called me back that evening and told me to be there at 8am the following morning.
They numbed up my neck and went for the larger nodule first... Unfortunately it had thick fluid in it and they couldn't get a good sample even using an 18g (!!!) needle. The smaller nodule gave a good sample so they bandaged me up and I went up a couple floors and worked the rest of the day.

 
In my heart I knew that regardless of the results I would be okay. There were a lot of people praying for me and I was tougher than whatever was growing on my neck. But my brain was kinda freaking out waiting for those results!

Dr. Jolliff called me at home Saturday morning to tell me himself that the results came back as benign and it was basically a goiter. Praise the Lord! He said my recent pregnancy may have caused my thyroid to go a little crazy.

I made an appt. with an excellent ENT surgeon that I work with and we went over my options. My thyroid levels were all normal, however it was large enough to cause discomfort so he scheduled me to have a total thyroidectomy on Nov. 11. I would have to take 2wks off of work with no driving or lifting over 10lbs.

I went home with my surgery packet and signed consent forms, and told my boss the updates. But then a funny thing happened... I started noticing the bump getting smaller and smaller! After a couple of weeks, it was less than half of it's previous size and was no longer causing trouble swallowing or discomfort.

I thought about it for awhile, and decided to cancel the surgery. I had many reasons and if it goes crazy again in the future i can always reschedule it. It is still there, but do much smaller and you really can't see it any more.

Everything worked out for the best, because the week after I canceled the surgery Nick was laid off of his job. It would have left us in a huge bind with me not working for 2wks right before the holidays, and having to pay more medical bills.

I am so thankful for the wonderful doctors that I work with and how Dr. Jolliff made it a priority to see that i was taken care of. I know I had many people praying for me, and I know those prayers worked!

Friday, November 13, 2015

7 Months Old


At 7 months old you:
  • Are FINALLY starting to sleep thru the night!
  • Go to bed around 7:30p and get up around 7a
  • Occasionally wake up around 4a but just need your paci
  • Are sitting up pretty well on your own
  • Eat 6-8oz every 3-4hr
  • Love baby food and are starting to work on finger foods
  • Take a 2hr nap in the morning, and a couple short naps in the afternoon
  • Love going on trips and visiting people
  • Are starting to grow out of your 6-9mo clothes
  • Like to laugh at big brother
  • Still just have 2 bottom teeth
  • Will sleep in your crib in your room but are easily distracted in there!

This is definitely the fun age of babies! He is much more interactive now and is becoming more mobile. He rolls over a lot and squirms around to grab what he wants to put in his mouth (everything!). He loves visiting grandparents and going on trips. He wears cloth diapers during the day and a disposable at night. We recently got out his high chair for feedings and loves sitting up in it and banging on the tray.
 
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Monday, November 2, 2015

Halloween 2015

This Halloween was a fun holiday for our family! We had a ton of family and kiddos to enjoy pizza and trick-or-treating together well into the evening. The kids all got a grand haul of candy and were tuckered out by the end of it! This was Jacob's first Halloween and I think he had a fun time too!

A few days before, daddy carved pumpkins with the boys for our porch:







On Friday Bradley was allowed to wear a costume to school. He couldn't have worn his ghost costume because it would interfere with PE, so we dressed him up as a biker! He loved it.
 


Jacob got to be an owl! The costume kept him warm in the chilly air and of course everyone thought he was adorable (which he was!). He got lots of candy :)
 



Here is Brad in his ghost costume with his cousin Zoe who was "Elsa":


Here is niece Kiara and nephews Cameron and Kavyne:
 



Everyone had a fun time, and we all got a lot of exercise! We were happy to put on our PJs at the end of the day and relax with a few chocolates!


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