What I Want You to Know About Down syndrome

When Everett was a few hours old, the hospital pediatrician said he had some soft markers for Down syndrome and wanted to test him.  The waiting period was some of the hardest days I’ve lived through.  After the diagnosis, I had so many questions.  I read, I learned, and there is so much that I didn’t know that I am guessing you don’t either.  Here are the “big hitters,” if you will, that I think everyone should know.

Continue reading “What I Want You to Know About Down syndrome”

Everett’s Birth Story

Baby Everett
Just a few hours old

This is by far the longest post I have ever written.  I have included headings that hopefully guide you to reading any parts of interest.  We had a somewhat life-altering surprise after Everett was born and this is the condensed version we are willing to share.

Anyone who has recently been pregnant is probably familiar with the Arrive study.  The gist of the study was that there was less issues if a woman was induced her 39th week of pregnancy than if she went into labor naturally past 40 weeks.  Since my pregnancy was so rough, we signed up to be induced the day I turned 39 weeks.  Except Everett had other plans. Continue reading “Everett’s Birth Story”

2021 Life Updates

Guess who’s back?  Back again…  Ufda.  I did not expect to take such a hiatus from blogging!  In fact, I went into the year with so many ideas for blog posts.  I also went into the year with a positive pregnancy test and symptoms from that definitely changed things.

If I could summarize 2021 in a single sentence it would be this:  Lots of new furniture, puke bucket that never did get bedazzled, iron infusions, new baby while basement was under construction, and a PhD in bottle nipples.  Intrigued yet? Continue reading “2021 Life Updates”

Our Favorite Projects of 2020

Happy New Year!  Over the past few years, I have always been so eager to get to the next year.  After all that has happened in 2020, you’d think I’d be ready to do that again.  But while 2020 has had plenty of disappointments and challenges, I want to reflect on the good things that happened.  We were blessed with more togetherness than ever before.  We learned how to live, work, and play within our own homes.  Yes, vacations were cancelled, shopping trips became packages left on our doorsteps, and outings were not without face masks and hand sanitizer.  But if you try, I am sure you can find highlights from the year and moments to be grateful for.

Our favorite projects Continue reading “Our Favorite Projects of 2020”

Peppermint Syrup For Coffee Drinks

The timing of the Pumpkin Spice Latte is very controversial.  The actual enjoyment of the drink is also debatable.  But the ultimate coffee flavor that doesn’t get enough street cred in my opinion is peppermint!  As soon as my coffee and lattes switch from iced to hot, the peppermint syrup makes its seasonal debut.  Last winter I couldn’t find peppermint syrup anywhere so I got creative and made my own.  It’s the easiest thing in the world and the results are super delicious too!

Peppermint Syrup For Coffee Drinks Continue reading “Peppermint Syrup For Coffee Drinks”