It’s not the most clear picture because it’s a screen grab from the video- but look how happy my sweet girl was today! She cheered her last game of the season, got a medal, a Super Bowl tshirt, a set of pom poms to keep, and a legit Super Bowl ring. I’m so proud of her and how hard she worked the past 2 months. She really exemplifies having no limitations when it comes to life! #vmwaddisonolivia #addiesHOMEadventure #pinkninja #medicalmama #specialneeds #specialneedschild #specialneedskids #specialneedsfamily #superbowl #nolimitations #nolimitationsathletics #momblogger #mommyblogger #unitedinmotherhood #mommylife #motherhoodthroughinstagram
Addie is about to cheer for the last game of the season! It’s their SuperBowl day! She is ready to cheer her heart out! #vmwaddisonolivia #addiesHOMEadventure #pinkninja #medicalmama #specialneeds #specialneedskids #nolimitations @nolimitationswaco
If you missed it, I spent majority of my Valentine’s Day in the hospital being monitored to make sure my Cholestasis wasn’t also turning into pre-eclampsia (it’s not) so we only got to enjoy exchanging gifts and going out to dinner super late yesterday. I’ll be the first to admit- our marriage is far from perfect. With any marriage there are ups and downs. They may be super high highs and really low valleys but we are a team and work hard to make marriage with a special needs toddler less stressful and happy. Mathew doesn’t usually get the credit he deserves and I’ve been working towards acknowledging him more because it’s definitely necessary. He works day in and day out for us. He gets up early to work, gets Addie moved to the living room and feeds her, and then finally wakes me for the morning. He helps in the house with the dishes, he will sweep when I ask, do laundry, and even make the bed just because. He held my hair when I threw up all first trimester, draws baths for me when I feel old and creaky from carrying this baby, wakes up in the middle of the night to take the dogs out if they need (or get water for us), and much more. He’s not perfect (and neither am I) but I’m so grateful that he is the head of our family. He is a massive piece to our family puzzle and life would never be the same without him in it. #Momblogger #mommyblogger #marriage #marriedlife #belatedvalentines #specialneedsfamily #specialneedsmom #specialneedsdads
My sweet pea is pooped after a long day! She finished her day with school and worked really hard the whole time! I’m always so very proud of how hard Addie works. I get exhausted just trying to keep up with her therapies and school so I can only imagine how she feels. She seriously is a rockstar. Now to let her nap for a little! #vmwaddisonolivia #addiesHOMEadventure #pinkninja #medicalmama #specialneeds #specialneedskids
Today some of the sweet ladies on my Young Living team held a baby shower for sweet Lawson and me. We were blessed with lots of delicious food and many lovely gifts! So grateful to have such sweet women in my life that I may not have ever met had it not been for oils. #Momblogger #mommyblogger #unitedinmotherhood #mompreneur #mommylife #mommystyle #ootd #wiw #motherhoodthroughinstagram #lavenderandlimethymer #crunchy #younglivingessentialoils #youngliving #yllifestyle #yleo #crunchymama #crunchymom
Today I got my hair done, and I got a little piece of myself back. Being a special needs mom and one that works from home can sometimes make me feel like I have cabin fever, like I am nothing more than a housekeeper, and I get lonely and feel unfulfilled. I won’t lie when those feelings get the best of me I can have a pity party for myself... and I did. It’s not just “pregnancy hormones”- this is a way I just feel time to time. Daily therapies, nurses, teachers and more in our home CONSTANTLY have me feel like a guest in my own home or that I constantly need to entertain. It’s exhausting. My Young Living business keeps me in line and speaking to strong women lifts me up like no other, but sometimes, the negativity I have within just sucks me down deep. I had a meltdown yesterday and told Mathew how I was feeling. He hugged me tight, let me cry, and drew me a bath with Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood oil- my ultimate calming oil. I took my time in the tub and felt worlds better when I got out. And then today I had an appointment to actually get out of the house (something I rarely do lately without any member of my family) to get my hair done. And when I was finished, I felt like ME again. No messy curly unwashed hair in a bun. I have curled and dyed hair. I have makeup on my face. I have clothes on that aren’t pjs from the night before. And it feels GOOD. I tell you all this to say- stay at home mamas, if you’re feeling like I did, you don’t have to. Please take some time for yourself. Treat yourself with self care. Whether it’s a hair appointment, a new outfit, sitting and getting coffee by yourself or with a friend, or going to a movie. Don’t make excuses as to why you shouldn’t or can’t. Just go. Your mental health is important and YOU are more than a mom or housekeeper or whatever you think you are. You are so so much more.
Today was a special day for our family: Addie went fishing for the very first time! There was an event for people with special needs and we thought we would venture out and take Addie. . . Interestingly enough I got the flyer for it in the mail yesterday and thought it sounded so fun but Addie didn’t have a pole. My dad coincidentally had called me just to chat and said something about how Addie needed a Snoopy fishing pole. If you don’t know, my dad and I have many, many fond memories of going fishing my whole life. I was even in Texas Fish and Game magazine! . . Anyway, I told my dad it was funny he mentioned it because the event was Saturday but I didn’t have the pole in our budget so we would have to miss. He called Academy to see if he could buy one for Addie and the store manager, Lupe, said my dad couldn’t purchase stuff over the phone. Instead, Lupe offered to purchase the rod and a tackle box for Addie as long as Mathew came in to get it. Talk about AMAZING and a kind act of service. Something so seemingly little was such a blessing as Addie LIT UP the entire time she was fishing with her brand new Barbie pole and pink tackle box. She definitely is like her mommy and grandpa! . . We just want to shout out the biggest thank you to Lupe at the Academy in Waco for such a kind gift for our sweet girl. We are so thankful we got to make awesome memories with her today! It was truly special to us and Addie had the most amazing time!
Addie’s medicine increase helped her to have more energy today so we pulled out her speaking valve for several hours. Got this gem of her making silly gurgling noises and it just made my day. Hope it can bring some smiles to you all as well. #Momblogger #mommyblogger #unitedinmotherhood #mompreneur #mommylife #motherhoodthroughinstagram #vmwaddisonolivia #addiesHOMEadventure #pinkninja #medicalmama #specialneeds #specialneedsmom #specialneedskids
She loves her brother already. Lawson is wiggling around so much and Addie just loves snuggling with her hand on my tummy to feel him. Today means 9 more weeks til my due date and I can’t wait for him to join our family. I haven’t done a bump date in a while and I’m hoping to tackle one this weekend. But for now, we are just enjoying our time together today. #vmwaddisonolivia #addiesHOMEadventure #pinkninja #medicalmama #momblogger #mommyblogger #unitedinmotherhood #mompreneur #mommylife #motherhoodthroughinstagram #pregnancy #pregnantbelly #pregnantmama