And it was a GOOD day :-)

I hope everyone had a very Merry Merry Christmas!  
And that you were blessed to share the day with loved ones <3 I was extremely burnt out, but overall it was a GOOD DAY!!!  As long as my lil pumpkin was happy that's all that I really cared about.  It seemed like it too FOREVER and a DAY for Santa ;-) to set up everything!  I tell you, that Santa Clause is so AWESOME!!!  He deserves a BIG reward!!!! :-)  

Christmas morning Aaron and his cousin made there way downstairs to discover all the goodies that Santa had left them, they were truly blessed!!!  Mind you that it was 7:30 in the morning and neither one of them had decided to wake anyone up!!!  The excitement and babbling chatter woke me up!  I don't think I've ever seen Aaron so excited!!! He didn't know what to do with himself!!!  "I got a Vacuum Cleaner, Mommy!"  He also received a TON of other things but was so overwhelmed by his miniature size vacuum cleaner that nothing else seemed to matter!  I knew he would absolutely LOVE it!!

Merry Christmas!!!


Wishing you and your family a MERRY merry Christmas!!! God Bless you!!!

He had a loooonnnnngggg day....


He was one tired lil boy!


That's my lil one in the middle with the big YAWN!!!

My poor baby was sooooo exhausted after his school's Christmas play! I took this picture literally 10 minutes after we left his school and put him in the car seat!  I don't blame him because he ROCKED it!!! All the children in his class were dressed in matching red turtlenecks and looked adorable!!! His classroom (K2) walked across the stage and my lil pumpkin was CENTER STAGE :-)  He had the biggest smile on his face!!! They performed "Jingle Bells" and let me tell you, AARON was leading his class!!! Was the ONLY one singing and dancing!!! I was one PROUD MOMMA!!! He did such a GREAT job!!! My lil pumpkin is no longer a lil baby!!!! Especially now that he has pretty much accomplished potty training!!!! I can't believe how time has flown by soooo FAST!!!!! It's scary!!!! He's about to be 3 and then next thing you know he will be turning 10!!! OMG!!!!

Slow down.............................PLEASE!!!!

My Boots




My lil pumpkin ALWAYS cracks me up!!

He never fails to entertain me!

He is such a comedian!!

Anything to make someone laugh and he's on it!

He is definitely MY JOY :-)


Huh?

Ever heard of Flovent? I'm sure you have. Flovent is a popular inhaler that is used for people with asthma.Well this is what Aaron's GI Doctor prescribed for him. Flovent; is a common option for the treatment of Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EE or EoE) is topical steroids, also known as swallowed inhaled steroid therapy. This treatment involves swallowing a steroid medication that was meant for inhalation to treat asthma. These medicines which are intended for treatment of inflammation within the lungs are now used to treat the inflammation seen in the esophagus. Steroids have long been used as therapy to reduce inflammation seen in allergic diseases. The Flovent is taken by puffing directly into the mouth then dry swallowing. This would be a much harder task if Aaron had to actually inhale each puff. The directions call for 2 puffs, twice a day. I must admit when Aaron and I first attempted this, we failed but day 2 and so on have been much better! We are getting the hang of it! In 2 weeks we will follow up with the GI Nurse to document our progress then we will schedule another Endoscopy around February. Which also happens to be a lil someone's birthday month!! So excited, can't wait until his birthday!! Oooo and mine too!! :-)

And the verdict is....

So yesterday, Aaron and I had a follow up appointment with his GI Doctor and Nutritionist. They both were very pleased at the progress Aaron is making, he has gained 3.5 lbs and has grown 3 inches!! GO AARON!!! I couldn't believe the results!!! I think my BIG smile said it all :-) Anyways, aside from is steady progress the biopsy results were not in his favor. Can good news ever be followed by good news??!! Even while adhering to a strict diet, Aaron's biopsy still showed that several cells were still present in his esophagus and stomach. Based on the biopsy results his GI Doctor is recommending treatment. The treatment is a steroid and he is required to take it 2x a day (preferably morning and night). The good thing about the treatment is that if it works properly or I should say as expected then Aaron will no longer have to remain on a strict diet. HALLELUJAH!!!! But on the flipside, he would have to take this steriod for a long period of time...we're talking years and years. So my thoughts about this treatment we're scattered, I didn't know if it was worth praising or fearing! But after futher thought we are going to give it a shot, truth is what do we have to lose at this point. Once we get into a routine, I'm sure it wont be that bad at all.

 ~ Things ALWAYS work out :-) ~

What are you thankful for?

Last week Aaron had a homework assignment and he had to write down (well I had to write down) what he was thankful for. All the kids were given a turkey feather and at the end of the school week they glued them all together. They called it their "Thankful Turkey." In order to complete the project I sat Aaron down and asked him what he was thankful for, who he loved, and what made him happy. His response was, "My Mommy, My Daddy, My Juju (his cousin Julian), My Nana, Granny, My Noelle,  Papa, My Patrich, Jazmin, My Kim, Aun Theres (Aunt Theresa), Kendall and Avis, and wait my friends too ~ Brianna, Alec (Alex), Zhane', and Lisa." He also included things such as his vitamins, the vacuum cleaner and his trains. After I wrote down everyone and everything he mentioned, he asked me, "How Mommy happy?" And I told him that I'm happy because I get to see his cute lil face EVERYDAY!!! Everyday I make it a point to remind him how much I love him and that we are blessed to be happy & healthy. Life is good! God Bless <3


In 3 months...

In 3 months, my lil BIG boy will be 3 YEARS OLD!!! It really is unbelievable! It seems just like yesterday he was too little to crawl and then he was walking and now he is talking!!! It brings tears to my eyes when I see how much he has grown! He is learning so much at school and is doing very well! I got his FIRST official preschool report card! I didn't even know they had report cards in preschool! But he is doing GREAT!We have a few things to work on but I'm sure we will have conquered those things before the next quarter! I just can't believe how time flies...he will be 3 then next thing you know I will be waiting for him at the bus stop :-( Ohhh my goodness!!! Crazy! I love my lil pumpkin so much!!!

~my lil lil pumpkin~

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

My mom's birthday was yesterday, and I just want to wish her a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!
I don't think she knows how much I love and appreciate her!!! She really is my ROCK!!! Whenever (and let me tell you its often) I need advice or have a question, she is always the 1st person I go to especially when it comes to my baby boy! When I am weak she is strong, she gives me the courage I need so that I can be strong for both Aaron and I. I am so grateful to have her close to me, don't know what we would do without her! We LOVE YOU!!! <3

Make it a habit to tell people thank you.
To express your appreciation,
sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return.
Truly appreciate those around you,
and you'll soon find many others around you.
Truly appreciate life, and you'll find that you have more of it.

~ Ralph Marston

Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God ~ Philippians 1:3

I think its time...

Time to go back to school that is... So I've always wanted to get my MBA but I got pregnant and that put school on the back burner for a while. But I really think I'm ready now. I figure I might as well start now so that I can be finished before Aaron starts school. I know its going to be a challenge especially since I'm not the BEST when it comes to time management. As with everything there's going to be some give and some take, and well... I want to better myself for the future! So now is the time!!! Time to get this graduate program in gear! Ready..set...GO!!!! So I'm going to start the research and if not by Spring then Summer 2012 I will be enrolled. I'm looking forward to this journey :-) School is definitely a challenge but its also very empowering! ~ Knowledge is POWER! ~

LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE ~

Don't forget that your education benefits the whole family. For starters, you're a role model: Just by watching you, a child as young as 5 can learn the value of concentrating on a problem. Melissa Berger, of North Hollywood, CA  -- a full-time analyst with an insurance company; a senior at California State University, Dominguez Hills, getting her B.A. in interdisciplinary studies and comparative literature; and the mother of 5-year-old Joseph  -- loves school. "College has made me open to new ideas, kept me intellectually stimulated, and made me upwardly mobile," she says. "And that's all great for my family."

Read the entire article here ~ http://www.parenting.com/article/returning-to-school-the-balancing-act 

Follow Up

So I know I'm very late with the update but turns out that Aaron is doing MUCH better!!! We won't know officially until his biopsy come back but the Doctor said from the looks of everything (esophagus and stomach) that things are looking up!! He said to continue doing what we've been doing! I'm so relieved! God is good, and YES, all the time! <3 The results of his biopsy will come back in about 2 weeks so I'm hoping there are some visible improvements. Aaron did fairly well during his endoscopy, he started to get a lil angry right before they put him under. I don't blame him, he was HUNGRY!!! You are required to fast for several hours prior to your appointment  and his wasn't scheduled until 11:15am, so that last time he ate was at 6:00pm. I wish they would change the requirements but they get a more accurate evaluation if the stomach is empty.

The picture below is from the night of his appointment. He had to have an impedance put in his nose for 24 hours. Which I must say was somewhat of a challenge but as always we prevailed! He had to wear arm braces so that he couldn't bend his arms to try and pull it out. This was a hassle because my poor baby couldn't feed himself. And he looked so hopeless, I almost started to cry when I saw the tube coming from his nose :-( but it didn't seem to bother him too much. The morning following his endoscopy/impedance we went to the Hospital for the removal and he was SOOOOO EXCITED for them to pull that tube out!! He's exact words were, "All better now, Mommy!" I don't know if he was more excited at the fact that he could feed himself or that he could play with his Lego blocks without being restricted :-) So thankful that everything went well and I'm looking forward to seeing the results of the biopsy. Slowly but surely things are looking up and we couldn't be more than happier! They say children with food allergies often grow out of them, well I've got my fingers crossed! Oh, BTW Happy Friday :-)



HALLOWEEN ~ First Official ~

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! I know, I'm late but HEY...its the thought that counts, right?

Anyways, this was technically Aaron's 1st official Halloween! He dressed up the last two but last year I ended up holding him pretty much the whole time. This year, he walked pretty much the whole time!! My lil BIG boy <3 It was pretty chilly Halloween night so we opted for the sweatsuit skeleton costume vs. the firefighter.

My lil skeleton :-)

<3 <3 <3


Anxious

I know its been a while since my last post and I'M SORRY!!! I've been super busy the past couple of weeks to include a new job, a week long vacation and a ton of other things to mix up my routine. I promise to blog more in the months to come and I'm hoping to have a lot to blog about being that the holidays are right around the corner.

Anyways...back to blogging! LOL! So the time has finally come for Aaron's follow up endoscopy. If you've been following my blog you know what I'm referring to if not click here. I feel like we have been waiting forever for this follow up appointment! I'm so anxious about what the results will be and if Aaron can start eating a regular diet. Its been a struggle trying to feed a 2 1/2 year old a restricted diet. I pray that everything goes well and that we get to the root of the problem. I will follow up with the results and how everything went over the weekend.


I drive :-)

                                                                         


I initially thought Aaron was going to grow up to be an engineer or scientist because he's a problem solver and he enjoys taking things apart and putting them back together. But that thought has now changed...I think Aaron wants to be a race car driver or a truck driver when he grows up! Aside from his obsession with vacuum cleaners he has a VERY BIG interest in cars. Hey, but what little boy do you know that doesn't like cars?? My nephew loves trains and he's 5yrs old.


<----- The picture to the left is from the summer when we went to Kings Dominion with my family. Aaron had a blast that day!

 

OUCH!!!!

Its been another long week!!! Phew!!! So glad its finally over, I'm exhausted! So much has happened its insane!!! Aaron and I are ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS on the go or in a rush! We spend so much time in the car and are always rushing in or out. Well mid-week we had a MAJOR crisis! And I was totally freakin' out!! To keep a long story short, my lil pumpkin slammed his pinkie finger in the door!!! To be honest, not even sure how it happened!!! He was walking slightly in front of me as we left the school and his hand must of been partially on the door when it closed (this is my best guess) and he was saying, "Open the door." I didn't understand what he was talking about or why we needed to open the door so I looked closer and realized his little pinkie was stuck between two massive doors!!! AHHHH!!!! Oh my goodness!!! I pulled the door open slowly and his finger slid out looking like a flat pancake. He was in soooo much paid, he's experienced so many things and this was a cry that I have NEVER heard before! I almost started to cry too! :-( But I knew that if I did it would only make things worse! "Ouch, ouch, ouch was all he was saying!" We grabbed a bite to eat and he let me put a cold towel on it to help with the swelling. That night he slept a particular way so that his pinkie wouldn't hurt. But after a few days it seems to be like "new" again! He hasn't complained about his pinkie at all! However, he likes the idea of wearing a band aid on his finger!

Dear Aaron,

I just want you to know that I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!! My lil pumpkin has grown up and is technically no longer a newborn/infant/toddler now you are a PRESCHOOLER!!! I can't believe it! We've had a rocky year and no matter what you seem to always have a smile on your face. I guess its all in your name...the meaning of Aaron is "mountain of strength" and let me tell you that is EXACTLY what you are. When I am weak you are strong! And that stomach of yours, I don't know what to say about it! You can be so sick for a brief minute and then next thing you know you're back to running around with all of the other kids. Nothing knocks you down and I hope as you continue to grow, learn, and thrive that you stay true to that! I love that you are independent and want to do EVERYTHING on your own! It amazes me how you pick up things so quickly, you are so SMART!!! That mind of yours works..works...and works!!! I love your lil quirky personality, you are such a character! You are my angel, and I LOVE YOU with ALL of my Heart <3 "Everyone has an Angel, given to us from the start, trust and faith is what we need, to hear them in our heart." ~ Unknown ~ 


A Mother's Love

A Mother's love is something
that no on can explain,
It is made of deep devotion
and of sacrifice and pain,
It is endless and unselfish
and enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy it
or take that love away . . .
It is patient and forgiving
when all others are forsaking,
And it never fails or falters
even though the heart is breaking . . .
It believes beyond believing
when the world around condemns,
And it glows with all the beauty
of the rarest, brightest gems . . .
It is far beyond defining,
it defies all explanation,
And it still remains a secret
like the mysteries of creation . . .
A many splendored miracle
man cannot understand
And another wondrous evidence
of God's tender guiding hand.


Bath time = Play time

Aaron and I have a pretty good evening routine. I pick him up from the daycare, we drive home he has an after school snack and then we usually 1) go to the park or watch a little TV and play with toys while I make dinner or 2) hit the gym...well I hit the gym and Aaron hangs out in the Kids zone while I sweat it out LOL! Anyway, no matter how hard he plays during the day he for some reason (I'm sure all children think this) believes that Bath time = Play time! But what it really means is Bath time + Bubbles + Toys = Wet Mommy!!  No matter how his day ends up he enjoys his bath time minus the part when I wash his hair and he gets water in his eyes for nearly 5.2 seconds! Its funny how when we go to the pool he's the first to dunk his head under water but in the bath tub its a totally different scenario...soapy water :-(
my lil bath monster

Keepin faith...

Last night was such a LONG DAY/NIGHT!!! I hadn't been to the gym in a few days and I had already decided that morning that I was going to the gym no matter what! The gym is my outlet and it relieves all the stress and worries that build up in my mind/body/soul! Initially I did not feel like working out but as always once it was over I felt GREAT! So after a 2 mile run and a 45 minute spin class I was beat!!! Got home and made some dinner for Aaron and put him in the bath tub. After he was all clean and ready for bed he started to cough a lil...well the cough was then followed by dry heaving...so immediately I told him to stop. Aaron's body is accustomed to vomiting, so it doesn't take much for him to vomit. A cough, a crying episode...anything can trigger it. And of course the obvious eating foods that he's allergic too. Dry Heaving + Whining = Vomiting (NO GOOD)!!! He tried to get it under control but a minute later it all came down. At first it was only a small amount then it was everything...pretty much breakfast, lunch, dinner and the cup of milk he had just drank before getting ready for bed. I was sooo exhausted and he was all clean, so at first I was upset with him because he had to be cleaned up and so did the carpet!! After he was all done I felt horrible for him...he's lil face was red and he was crying :-( So I cleaned him up and scrubbed the carpet in about 4 different places...oh the joys of motherhood! LOL! After putting a brand new set of pajamas on him I wrapped him up in his blanket and we laid down on my bed. He looked so pitiful, and I felt so bad! I was about to breakdown and cry and then he looked up at me and said, "Mommy, applesauce please!" All I could do was laugh! After all that vomiting the first thing you want to do is eat! LOL! We went down stairs and I watched him eat not one but two containers of applesauce! That boy can eat! :-) Sometimes I feel like he will never grow out of this problem! I pray that things get better. He has an endoscopy scheduled for the end of next month to see how his EE is progressing! I really hope we see a change...for the better! I don't know how much longer I can keep him on this elimination diet but I'm keepin faith. With the support of my family and friends and the one above I know I'm in good hands. I'm very thankful & blessed! Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6

Its been a short/long week....but Why?

Its been a SHORT but LOOOONNNNGGG week! Oh my goodness! Kids went back to school on Tuesday and Mr. Aaron started his first week of Preschool! Awww, I'm so PROUD of my lil guy! He's required to wear a uniform now that he is in Preschool and he put on his shirt and pants and said "I'm BIG!" Lately, he has been questioning EVERYTHING & ANYTHING!!! Why? Why? Why? "Mommy, where are we going?" My response, "to school." He replies, "but Why?" And its even funnier that he uses hand gestures along with it! He is something else! He definitely keeps me on my toes!!!

Aaron with his favorite Monkey "George"

I got Aaron this monkey when we stayed in the hospital back in November 2010. He got really sick after he had his 1st endoscopy. He loved it back then and he still loves him! He has to take him EVERYWHERE!!! Since he's going to preschool now I told him that the monkey is going to have to stay at home. "But, why??" "Why, Mommy? I'ma miss him!" he said. Oh the joys of growing up! When I was younger I remember having several toys/dolls that I HAD to have with me 24/7. One in particular was Bitty Baby!! I loved that doll!!! She smelled just like a new baby!! :-)

Me & Aaron at the Hospital back in Nov 2010 <3

WOW!!

There are SO MANY resources out there for parents that have children with allergies! In the past couple of months I have found a ton of different things to help with Aaron's allergies. Different types of snacks and activities. Its amazing how far we have come, I know when I was growing up food allergies weren't as common but today 2011 Peanuts is bar far the most common and SEVERE allergy that children have. As a matter of fact, schools are now even taking caution and are not allowing other children to have snacks with peanut ingredients. My newest go to site is Allergic Living they actually have a magazine that I have subscribed to. They offer so many things its almost ridiculous! Check them out!


My Lil Helper

I've been fortunate enough to be blessed with a child that ENJOYS cleaning!!! To be honest, I think Aaron has a slight obsession, yep OBSESSION with vacuums and brooms! As a matter of fact, at his current Daycare/Preschool they had to purchase a small dirt devil for Aaron because of his obsession with the vacuum cleaner. So while they vacuum he runs behind them with his lil mini vacuum cleaner! :-) I guess he gets it from his Momma! My mom told me that when I was Aaron's age I would clean all the time, she didn't like taking me to other people's house because I would always try and clean up! Hey, having a clean house isn't a bad thing! LOL! I just hope he doesn't grow out of this habit! I love that he's always willing to help me clean up. It makes me laugh when he sings the clean up song while he puts all his toys away. He's too cute :-) Enjoy the long weekend! I know I will...even though I have to work :-/ Gotta make the best out of it!

There he goes!

Got Milk?

Got Milk? Since Aaron is allergic to cow's milk, he's been drinking soy milk (SILK Vanilla) for almost 1 year now. And he loves it, can't seem to get enough. "Momma Mommy, Milk!" "Milk, please!!!" Is what I hear 30x a day! Well, little did we both know that we would be switching to a milk supplement!? After Aaron was diagnosed with EE we met with a Nutritionist who informed us that the best possible way to decrease the amount of mucus in his throat and to ensure that the vomiting ceased would be to put Aaron on an elimination diet. What?!! An elimination diet? Seriously!! He's allergic to cow's milk, eggs, peanuts, and fish, he is already on an elimination diet!!! UGH!! So she proceeded to tell me that in addition to the food that he is already allergic to that he should avoid eating the follow: wheat, soy, and green beans. Don't ask me why green beans are on the list but they are! LOL! He had several allergy tests prior to meeting with the Nutritionist which included a prick test and a skin patch test. So if it caused any type of rash/skin reaction then it was crossed off the list! Immediately after she told me the foods that would be eliminated I panicked! SOY!! Aaron drinks soy milk EVERY SINGLE DAY!!! What am I going to feed him!!!???? The Nutritionist reassured me that although his diet will be very strict it can be done, she said that she would provide me with all the information and resources I needed so that Aaron would have a healthy diet. The first thing we discussed were his milk substitutes, she told me that he could drink Oat, Rice, and Hemp Milk. I was familiar with Rice milk because I had tried to give that to Aaron when he was younger but that was no good. She suggested I try Hemp Milk…yep, Hemp Milk! Hemp milk is a GREAT milk alternative for those that cannot tolerate cow's milk! So I gradually switched Aaron over to Hemp Milk, and he loves it! It is available in Original, Vanilla, and Chocolate flavors. Of course Vanilla is his favorite :-)  Our brand of choice is below!



Thank You!

So its been exactly 1 year since Aaron started in the Early Intervention Program. His Pediatrician had recommended we contact them to see if Aaron would be eligible for services due to his eating/vomiting issues. Let me be honest, when the Doctor recommended this I was like how are they going to help us! I had no idea that Aaron's problems with eating could delay his speech and several other things. After my initial consultation with Sue, she is GREAT! I was excited that Aaron would have the chance to get help! When we first started the program the main goal was to improve Aaron's eating development. He did not like to eat foods with different textures, and he was not accustomed to using utensils. So we started meeting biweekly with Corrine (our Therapist) and she would work with Aaron on chewing different textures (in order to help him gain weight), and she also helped him develop his fine motor skills so that he could properly use a spoon and fork. And with the help of our GI specialist we were able to pin point the main problem with his vomiting (EE) so at the 6 month evaluation his eating habits/development had improved SIGNIFICANTLY!!! His vomiting was completely nonexistent at that point and he had started using a spoon and fork regularly at meal times. At the 6 month mark we meet again with Sue and Corrine to re-evaluate our main concern and any potential concerns. During this meeting we also set new goals and milestones for Aaron. The main goal this time was that he start to express himself more and start to use 2-3 work phrases. Well today we had our 1 year assessment/evaluation, and Aaron has surpassed all his goals and milestones!! GO AARON!!!! He's come such a long way, my lil baby is getting so BIG and he's SO SMART!!! Needless to say, since Aaron has achieved all his goals he is no longer eligible for the Early Intervention Program. Its truly bittersweet, because Corrine and Sue have helped us so much and I am so appreciative that we had the opportunity to work with them! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! Sue reminded me that without his Momma Mommy none of this could have been possible, so I'm gonna give myself a pat on the back! :-) But I am still giving them a lot of the credit because they provided me with the resources and knowledge to help Aaron! I'm gonna post some before and after pictures of Aaron so you can really see the changes in his body weight and overall growth! He has come such a long way!!!



You can see a big change!! He has gained weight and is no longer failing to thrive! I'm so thankful and I thank God for helping us get through this battle! My friends and family have also been such a great support system! And they too are witnesses to Aaron's transformation! I know its not over but everyday is a blessing! The picture to the left was early last year right after Aaron had his first endoscopy. The picture below is a recent picture taken at swimming lesson.


Yeah for MOMMY!!

I have always been referred to as Momma! Not really sure where Aaron gets it from (he's got a country accent) but he prefers to call me that. So everyday all day I'm Momma! But lately  he's been calling me Mommy! I think mainly because everyone else...especially the kids at his daycare refer to me as Mommy..."Aaron, your Mommy is here!" Is what they say when they see me at the door coming to pick him up. However, when he is sleepy he always reverts back to MOMMA!!! He just loves to say it! But this morning, I walked in his room and turned on the light and he sat up smiling and said Momma Mommy! Good Morning!! My smile was so BIG!!! :-) And to top it off, he stayed dry the whole night and went potty this morning all by himself! GO AARON!!! He says, "I'm Big, I'm a big boy!!" And Yes he is!!! My lil BIG boy! <3 <3 <3

Baby face

Funny face

Thinking face

Happy Face :-)


We try to make the best of our car rides! This morning before we took off we thought it would be a good idea to have a mini photo shoot! He makes so many silly faces, I was lucky enough to catch them with the camera on my phone!


~Success~

After the minor earthquake yesterday (Crazy I know but Yes, it really did happen and blessed that everyone is safe!), I've been thinking. Well truth is I NEVER stop thinking, I'm a Pisces and we are very imaginative people! So my mind is always thinking of new/creative/crazy/thrifty ideas. Anyways! My ultimate goal is to be successful! And Although I'm very blessed, being successful is a never ending goal that I strive for everyday. I thank god for my beautiful son, my supporting friends and family, my career, and my home. There are SO MANY things that I want to accomplish in my life and that I want to experience not only for myself but also for Aaron. This morning on my way to work I realized that I want to do so much, I want to make the world a better place, I want to be a better person BUT if I don't ACT on it what does it matter. I must take ACTION in order to be successful, in order to achieve all the goals that I seek out! So I found these 7 Tips for Success that I think will be very helpful in my never ending strive for success. I hope you find them useful too! So start today and TAKE SOME ACTION! :-)

Here are 7 Tips for Success
  1. Take care of things right away.
"The trick is to step over nothing. Get in the habit of addressing everything that bothers you on the spot or as soon as is possible and appropriate afterward. Don’t ignore the little stuff. If you do, it will build up and you'll blow up."~ Talane Miedaner
"Take care of small problems before they become big problems."~ Dr. Dyer
  1. Perfect the present.
If you feel something is lacking, for example, you're saying to yourself, "I don't have enough money, enough time, etc., then there is "something imperfect about your present situation." Learn whatever it is you need to learn. Whether it's time management, prioritizing, or learning how to handle money, there is a lesson to be had when you feel your present isn't perfect.
  1. Eliminate the "Shoulds."
What are the "shoulds." The "shoulds" are those things that we say we should do, but don't really want to do. I should eat better, I should lose weight, I should make more money, and so on.
This tip involves taking all those things you think you "should" do and writing them down on a list. Either do it or get rid of it! No need to write them down if you are not going to take any action.
  1. Eliminate annoyances.
This is a big one for me, and I need to get better at it. Of all of the 7 tips for success listed here, this one and number one, taking care of things right away, are perhaps the hardest, and maybe the most important.
Many of us were taught to be polite, and accept what our circumstances were without complaining. While there is wisdom in that teaching, especially when you're a child, there comes a point as an adult when you should no longer accept less than the best for yourself. Unfortunately, that conditioning from youth sometimes takes over, and politeness wins out at our expense.
It's similar to the take care small problems before they become big problems idea in that if you allow something to go on, you're giving permission to others to treat you in a way that you don't deserve. Unfortunately, this applies to yourself too in that if you are tolerating your own bad habits (a messy desk, a messy house, nail biting, and so on), you're treating yourself badly.
“Everything you are tolerating drains your energy, makes you irritable, and wears you down." ~ Talane Miedaner
  1. Create 10 Daily Habits.
Choose 10 things to do daily that you can create habits around. The idea here is to pick things that inspire you, not things you "should" do. Choose things that juice you up and replace any old bad habits with these instead.
  1. Get your work done in half the time.
Ever notice how you can manage to wait until just hours before a deadline to get something done, and then bam, it's finished in time? This tip involves trying to use that same principle to "beat the clock" and get your work done in half the time. But, instead of waiting until the last minute, start right away. Then, use the remaining time to treat yourself to something pleasurable, or work on personal goals or your part-time business.
  1. Stop chasing success.
Of all of the 7 tips for success I've listed here, this one is probably the hardest to get a handle on. Most experts tell you to write down your goals. Instead, she says to throw away your to-do list, and even throw away your goals.
"It is impossible to go with the flow if you are run by your list of goals." ~Talane Miedaner
The less you chase success, the more likely it is to come your way. (Totally Agree with this one – I may be an avid dreamer but I DO NOT chase dreams…patient is really a virtue)
  1. Just do it... NOW!
This tip is very obviously number 8! I couldn't help but throw this in there since I was on a roll. This is the anti-procrastination mantra... do it now. Don't put things off. I have a hard time with this one too, and I'm sure you know others who do as well. Anything you put off today is just something you'll have to take care of later. It's much more efficient to take care of it now.

I am STRONG

Its been a pretty tough week! And even though I've managed to get in my weekly workouts I've still been kinda under the weather. Let's be honest, raising a 2 year old boy isn't a walk in the park especially if you are doing it solo! But I enjoy every minute of it even on the days when I can hardly keep my eyes open. I am blessed to have a GREAT support system; my family and friends are a HUGE part of Aaron's life and I don't know what I would do without them! They keep me sane! Although Aaron's father and I are no longer together he is very much involved in Aaron's everyday life. Its blatantly  clear that we both love and want the best for Aaron but at times we tend to disagree rather than agree on how to raise our son. This is when I call on my inner strength, I am not one to argue matter of fact I HATE TO ARGUE!!! I'm that person that balls everything inside in order to save the situation, and decides its just better to forget about it then to discuss it. I know this is a very VERY bad thing, but I've done it almost all my life! I've been s-l-o-w-l-y trying to change this bad habit of mine. I have started speaking my mind and as it turns out I have a LOT to say! LOL! :-)

As Aaron gets older I'm sure I will continue to have more debates with his father but at the end of the day its not about finding a common ground its about what's BEST for Aaron. And frankly, I know what's right and what's best for my son! So I am going to walk TALL, and speak my MIND because I am STRONG! LOL! Okay so I'm joking. But in all honesty, I want Aaron to continue to be happy, but also healthy and smart! Some days seem heavier than others but I know God wouldn't give me anything that I couldn't handle! I can do this, some days I feel weak but I know I am strong! I can do anything that I set out to do!

Today, someone reminded me that I know what's right for my son and that I should act on it. I can't expect people to change their ways if I don't point out what's wrong in a situation. He also reminded me that I don't have to feel sorry or bad about the outcome of expressing my concerns regarding my child. Thank you! And thank you for always having my back! I know that I am strong, and I know that I am doing what's best for my child. "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible" (Matt. 19:26).




What is EE?

So a few months ago I found out that Aaron was diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EE).

Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EE or EoE) is an emerging disease that is increasingly being recognized among pediatricians, internists, allergist, gastroenterologists (GI specialists), and other physicians. It is a condition that affects the esophagus and has been rising in incidence over the past decade. The main EE symptoms may mimic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and can vary depending on the age of the child.

When Aaron was around 9 months he would vomit excessively. Initially my pediatrician suggest that he had really bad reflux but after several attempts to correct the reflux there was no solution. My poor baby was throwing up left & right :-( I felt so helpless! After several attempts and no success I decided it was time for a change so we switched pediatricians and off the bat they recommended that we visit a Allergist to seek help. After a few trips to the Allergist they realized that Aaron had severe food allergies to Milk, Eggs, Fish, and Peanuts. Once these foods were eliminated from his diet the vomiting decreased however it was still happened daily which was GREAT compared to 3-5x per day.

At around 18 months our pediatrician recommended that we visit a gastroenterologists (GI Specialist) to assist with Aaron's vomiting, although it was not as often it was still a problem. After a visit to the GI Specialist they informed us that Aaron had poor weight gain, the term they used was failure to thrive. After hearing this I was devastated...my lil boy was so happy but so sick at the same time! I was a big mess, I knew something wasn't right but he had always been on the smaller side and he had an increased appetite but I guess it didn't really matter if he was vomiting daily. Our GI Specialists decided the best thing to do was to go to the root of the problem, so she scheduled an endoscopy for Aaron so that she could take a closer look at his stomach and esophagus. Once we got the results back from the endoscopy it was apparent that Aaron had severe reflux but that there were also a lot of white blood cells present in his esophagus. So she treated the reflux with a high dose of Prevacid which in results helped 100% with the vomiting and suggested we come back for a follow up endoscopy to see if any further problems exist.

After 3 months on the Prevacid (with great progress) we went in for our follow up endoscopy. This is when our GI Specialist informed us that Aaron has EE, the doctor informed me that EE was a fairly new disease that’s becoming more common amongst children. She informed me that children with food allergies are more likely to develop EE. In future posts I will discuss what actions we are currently taking to decrease the symptoms of Aaron's EE.

Weekend

We had a GREAT weekend! We took Aaron and my cousin, Noelle to the Crime & Punishment Museum in Washington, DC. You should definitely check it out if you haven't already, it was pretty interesting. We planned on also visiting the Spy Museum but time didn't allow. The weather wasn't too great but we still had an awesome adventure in DC. I love taking the metro and walking around in DC and Aaron loves getting on the "Train" him and my nephew both <3 Thomas the Train!!!

 Chillin' on the metro

Swimming 101

Aaron LOVES the water!!! This is the second summer I signed him up for parent/child swimming lessons at Sharon Baucom Dale City Recreation Center and he had a blast!!! I try and plan for a trip to the pool at least every 2 weeks so that Mr. Aaron can get his fix of the water! Earlier this summer he wouldn't dare go down the kiddie slide by himself, now he's all brand new and can manage alone! My lil pumpkin is growing up!!!



after a trip to water works

Finally!

So I've wanted to start my own blog from some time never. Actually I've wanted to start it ever since my son was born; he's now 2 1/2 years old! It’s crazy how time has flown by! I feel like it was just yesterday that I found out I was pregnant and a few short months after that I was giving birth to a beautiful baby boy!


My lil pumpkin @ 1 year