Saturday, December 31, 2011

2012: A Year of Changes

2011 has been such a wonderful year.  We celebrated birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays.  We went on several mini vacations, played sports, and enjoyed the great outdoors.  The kids grew like crazy and learned countless things.  Josh got a new job which brought us to a different state that we happen to love.  We served in various capacities at church, made new friends, and just enjoyed the changing dynamics of our young family.  To state it simply: we just lived life.  And loved it!

2012 is already looking like it will be an eventful year.  The kids will continue to get older (they change so fast!), we'll continue to settle into our new life in Indiana, we'll go on vacations and embrace opportunities to spend quality time with family and friends.  

A lot of people make a New Year's resolution to go on a diet.  That is certainly NOT my resolution but it will have to happen anyway because I've been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.  To make a very long story short, I started developing weird symptoms while I was home for Christmas.  I was drinking at least a gallon of water a day.  As you can imagine, that made me have to use the bathroom a lot.  I was tired even though I was getting plenty of sleep.  I was also losing my vision-- BAD.  At the start of the week things were a little blurry.  By the end... I couldn't see 2 feet in front of me.

When I returned home to Indiana, I got out my trusty glucose meter and tested my blood sugar.  It was through the roof!  Mine was at 564.  Most glucose meters give you an error message if you go over 600.  After a trip to the Emergency Room, I walked away with a shot of insulin, my lab results, a stack of papers regarding my new diet, and a number for an endocrinologist. 

This is all very unexpected.  For one thing, I don't fit the bill of a typical type 2 diabetic at all.  I am under 30, underweight, and have no family history of diabetes.  None.  I knew that I was at risk of getting diabetes eventually because I had gestational during pregnancy, but I thought it would come much later.  Surprise!

So, like I said, 2012 will be full of changes.  It will take countless doctor's appointments, finger pokes, and diet changes before I finally get a handle on this.  It's a difficult adjustment anyway, but maybe even more so for me because I need to gain weight while counting carbs.  Luckily I'll have plenty of help from a dietician that can create a specialized diet just for me.

Despite the disappointing news, I'm grateful that I have so many resources available to me to help me adjust.  I've got medicine, various doctors, and a wide variety of foods that I can eat.  I'm grateful that I found out before the problem got too bad... like going into a coma or something.

I'll keep you posted throughout the upcoming year.  Bring it on, 2012!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

"All These Sicks!"

"Mommy is sick.  Daddy is sick.  Ky-yee is sick.  And... Summer is sick.  All these sicks!"  --Kylie

Yes, we are all STILL sick.  

Josh and the girls have really disgusting colds and Kylie has the flu on top of that.  
I have recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.  Check back soon for the details of my experience.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Feeling Blessed

We were fortunate enough to be able to visit our friends and family in Michigan this year for the holidays.  We were there for 6 days and, unfortunately, I don't have very many pictures to prove it.  But we had such a blast reuniting with everyone again.

Josh and I feel incredibly blessed as this year comes to a close.  Our life may not be perfect; we still have a ways to go before we start achieving some of our goals.  But our family is healthy (well...relatively), Josh is employed, we love where we live, we have many people in our lives who fall under the category of "loved ones," and our needs are met-- we even get to splurge every once in a while.

While we didn't do anything extraordinary during our trip, time was not wasted.  We baked cookies, went on various outings with friends, attended our family Christmas party, and enjoyed a wonderful church service on Christmas Day.   I LOVE when Christmas falls on a Sunday-- it's a great reminder of the "reason for the season."  Anyway, here are a few pictures.

 We ended each day with story time.  It was very cool seeing my parents and brother participating too.
Summer totally got another cold while we were in Michigan, hence her expression in this picture.
 A little help from the pro.
 Playing with Grandma J.
Note: Kylie received a tool set for Christmas, complete with hard hat and vest.  She grew attached.
 Summer and Papa... and a snickerdoodle.
We hope you all had a very Merry Christmas as well.  Maybe next year we'll actually send out a Christmas card...
As long as you don't mind a few bloopers along with it!
For the most part, I did have a healthy family for Christmas.  But now that Christmas is over...
 ...we're right back at it :)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

My Grown-up Christmas List (part 2)

In my previous post I wished for a healthy family... and unfortunately I'm still waiting.
I'll spare you the details of her sleepless night, but basically Summer came down with the stomach flu.  She wasn't even over her cold yet!  Luckily it only lasted about 12 hours.  By the end of the day you wouldn't have even known she had been sick.  
 There's still time for my wish for a healthy family to come true!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

My Grown-up Christmas List

Kourtni's Christmas List

1. A healthy family
We had the opportunity to attend several Christmas parties this weekend, but sometimes fun comes with a price.  The kids had been fighting colds all week and we probably should have stayed home so their bodies could recuperate.  Now, the kids have passed their colds on to Josh and I and the entire family is sick.  I can only hope that we'll all be healthy in time for Christmas!
 Despite the illnesses we managed to have a great time!  At Josh's company party we got to go on a carriage ride, which Kylie loved.  Josh was kind enough to wait outside in the FREEZING cold to hold our spot in line.  (No wonder he's sick!) 
The girls and I waited in the car until it was our turn to ride in the carriage.  The girls loved it!
 At our church Christmas party Kylie put on a brave face and actually sat on Santa's lap.  She asked him for candy, presents, and slippers.  (That morning Kylie was a little jealous that Summer had slippers and she didn't).

Hopefully we can rest up and regain our health in time for Christmas!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Girls

I'm amazed at how quickly the girls change.  In just the last month Summer got 2 more teeth and Kylie started saying new phrases like "Um, I need a hand."  I'll definitely journal all of the things I can about what life is like for us right now, but I'll just put a few highlights on here.

She is at such a fun age and she's almost always happy.  It's great!  She's also our little social butterfly.  In the grocery store, she says hi to everyone.  She's also very loud.  At church we spend a lot of time in the halls--not because she's fussy, but because she babbles so loudly.  I'll admit that I LOVE how naturally friendly she is.  Her vocabulary is pretty impressive and I'm amazed at how quickly she picks up on new words and phrases.
She's pretending to say "hello" on a telephone
 Every baby has a certain "thing" that they constantly get into.  She has several.  (1) The DVD stand.  No baby can resist.  (2) The pantry.  She will open it, grab a snack that she wants, and bring it directly to you while saying "thank you."  (3) My bathroom cupboard.  She always finds my chapstick and refuses to leave until I pretend to put some on her.

This child has a mop of hair!  It has gotten longer and thicker during the past month and I'm just grateful she leaves her hair ties in.

She eats constantly.  She eats an impressive amount of food for such a little thing!  I think she takes after me though-- I'm a grazer too.
Summer has become quite the go-getter.  If there is something she wants, she'll figure out a way to get it (much to my dismay sometimes).  This little stool has become her new best friend and she carries it from room to room all day long.  She'll bring it into the bathroom while I get ready in the morning.  It ends up next to my bed... or next to the table... or the pantry.  Despite her mischief, we sure adore her!
Her imagination has suddenly come to life!  She has gotten really good at entertaining herself because she creates pretend scenarios to act out.  Today she told me that we needed to rescue the baby chinchilla because it was trapped in the tree (my closet).  On another occasion she dressed up as a princess, waved her little wand at me, and told me I turned into a puma.  Really???
Here she is giving her pretend puppies a bath.

 She is a very polite and considerate little girl.  Summer usually only takes one nap each day and Kylie is very good about only doing quiet activities during that time.  She is the first to apologize if you accidentally bump into her and always remembers to ask permission to leave the table after a meal.  When I drop her off at nursery each week at church, I have to talk her out of bringing her snack with her because she wants to share with everybody.
 She enjoys learning new things and practicing them.  We're currently working on writing letters and sounding them out.  She knows what most letters sound like individually but now we're working on putting small words together.  She's actually pretty artistic and prefers drawing over coloring.  I'm thrilled that she has such a strong desire to learn!
Today she drew these shapes.  She identified the triangle, circle, and big oval.  I asked her what the other picture was (that funky one on the right) and after a short pause said, "A violin."  That's my new favorite "shape."
It's so fun to watch how the girls interact with each other.  There are sometimes when Kylie feels the need to take away every toy that Summer wants to play with, but most of the time they giggle and play together just fine.  I love just soaking it in.

Kylie Studios

It's not unusual for me to find Kylie with my camera.  She LOVES taking pictures.  However, there are plenty of times when I find out after the fact that she used it-- like when I go to upload pictures onto my computer and I discover pictures like these:

I'll tell you one thing: she's excellent at capturing "moments."