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Mid-Life What???

I was talking over text with a friend, and I mentioned how I’ll be 40 next year. After we finished chatting I sat and thought about that. How is this possible? 40.

I literally feel like I just graduated High School. But that was 20 years ago. I don’t feel 40.

Then I was reading over notes from my doctor following a procedure I had done in October. He states in it, that per some tests I am entering menopause. This has me shook.

I remember when my husband and I started dating, it felt so good knowing that he was in his 30’s and I was in my 20’s. I was the cute young girlfriend. Now he’s about to be 50 and me 40. I’m no longer that cute super young girlfriend. Now I’m an old mom.

I know that age is just a number. And you are only as old as you feel. But still, hearing all of this is crazy. No wonder people have mid-life crisis.

Me and the husband when we first started dating. He was 32. I had just turned 22.

This is us now. He’s 49, I’m 39 with our two daughters who are 10 and 5.

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15 Minutes

My favorite time of the morning. The 15 minutes before my kids wake up. I can sit with my cup of coffee and just be in the quiet of my home. The quiet before the storm.

Once 6am comes, the storm starts. That’s when I am trying to get my kids out of bed and ready for school. So we can leave the house by 6:40am to catch the school bus.

In this 15 minutes, I will sip on my coffee and rock in my rocking chair. I will enjoy the peace and quiet because it’s the only time I get to myself.

What do you do with your 15 minutes?

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School Starting Soon

School starts next week. Where has the time gone? I can’t believe summer vacation is over. And now my youngest is starting school. She is going to Kindergarten. While I’m happy and excited for her new journey, I’m also saddened by the fact that I really have no more babies.

My youngest said, “mom, what if no one likes me?” I reassured her that won’t happen because she is the sweetest little girl ever and everyone will love her. She then said she doesn’t want to go to school because daddy will be home alone and miss her too much. I reassured her that daddy will be fine. He has lots of work to keep him busy till it’s time to pick her and her sister up at the bus stop.

I know she’s scared. She’s been home with daddy for so long and now she has to leave him for 8 plus hours a day. But I know she will be fine. She’s going to love school.

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H&M

My oldest has been bugging me for a few weeks now to take her to H&M. I get a kick out of that because that has been one of my favorite stores for some time now. She keeps getting on her dad’s phone and sending me pictures of outfits from there that she likes.

So today, we all piled in the car and drove to Joplin, Missouri to go to H&M. She was so excited. We let her and her sister pick out two outfits and a pair of shoes. As long as they promised to not wear them right now because they are for the first day of school.

I’ll post a new post tomorrow with pics of what they got. It’s so awesome seeing them pick out their own outfits and getting a sense of their own style.

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Heading to the Square

Today after dinner, we decided to take our girls to the downtown square to walk around, enjoy the weather and eat some ice cream.

We made a stop in a new chocolate store here called KYYA Chocolate. The girls tried milk chocolate mixed with marshmallow and myself and dad tried champagne infused chocolate. It was different. Not sweet. Kind of bitter but not in a bad way. I know that’s a weird way to describe it.

Next we went to the Spark Cafe Soda Fountain. The girls each got a milk shake and dad and I shared a cone of mint chip. We enjoyed our treat while walking around the square. We even found an awesome record store called Block St. Records. And of course, they mainly sold only records. I was sad they were closed because looking in the window, they had some awesome ones like Type O Negative, Iron Maiden, and Motley Crüe. We will definitely have to go back when they are open.

So all in all it was a great evening. The girls kept saying what a fun evening this was.

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Arkansas Childrens Hospital

My daughter had her first appointment with urology at ACH yesterday. What a beautiful hospital. It is adorable. The design makes you smile. Not cringe knowing you’re in a hospital.

So at 3 months of age, we found out my oldest daughter has Vesicoureteral Reflux. This was found when she spiked an almost 104 fever that would not subside even with Tylenol. She started treatment with prophylactic antibiotics everyday. This lasted for 3 years. She had a VCUG test done once a year to see if she has outgrown it. A VCUG is when they stick a catheter in her bladder, fill and empty her bladder multiple times while taking x-rays of her. This shows them if urine is pushing back into the kidneys. This test was horrendous on her. My husband would stay with her in the room during it. I was not allowed to since I was still in my child bearing years. She would scream so loud. It was horrifying.

In 2012 she had her last VCUG. We moved away from that area and every pediatrician we went to since, didn’t feel it was necessary to have her rechecked. Not until I started working for a pediatrician and they finally listened. They referred her to Arkansas Children’s Hospital Urology Department.

We had her appointment yesterday. They did a rental ultrasound and found that her right kidney has hydronophorosis stage one. Which we already knew. Then we found out she has an anomaly. She has a duplex right kidney. Which is the kidney that has issues. Here is what that means:

Having this isn’t dangerous. It just makes more sense why she has VUR.

I thought the urologist was going to want to do surgery on her. But luckily, she wants to keep monitoring her. As long as she doesn’t have any UTI’s we are good till next year.

I’m just glad we were able to follow up on this. And that finally a doctor listened to my concerns. I finally feel relieved.

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Happy Birthday Baby!

Happy birthday to my littlest. I cannot believe she’s five years old today. I feel like I just had her.

She is the cutest, sweetest, smartest little girl. Daddy and I are so blessed to have her. Sofi is so lucky to have her as a little sister. She brings so much laughter and joy to our home. I am thankful every day that I get to be her mommy.

Happy birthday my sweet baby girl!