Thursday, August 26, 2010

Poor Maddie

Anyone who know us well knows that long before sweet Ainsley came into the world we had two little bitty girls who have brought us a lot of love and joy over the past several years... Meet Schatzi and Maddie :)

I got Schatzi soon after Matthew and I began dating and she was terrified of men. Poor girl would tremble and wet herself everytime any male tried to touch her. Over time, somehow Matthew won her affections and she became his dog. She still loved me, but she would always choose Matthew over me if given the choice.

Since Matthew had stolen Schatzi from me,in 2006 he decided to buy me another dog for Valentine's Day. He chose a sweet little Yorkie pup who we named Maddie.

In the past few years we have noticed that occasionally Maddie will wimper when jumping off of beds or couches and that she also limps on her back left leg. We found out from our vet that she has a birth defect that has caused her to have a luxating patella.

We believe that this may be genetic, as Matthew has a luxating patella on his left knee as well... hmmmm...

Over the past several months the condition has worsened and she is growing increasingly more uncomfortable on her knee as well as having a noticeable increase in the amount of limping on that leg. So poor girl has to have surgery. Normally this surgery costs anywhere between $2000 and $4000 per knee to repair. No matter how much you love your dogs, that's a lot of money. We'd been praying about it and putting it off, knowing we just didn't have that kind of money to spend.

Well God is good even in the small things. Our vet, who previously said they wouldn't be able to do the surgery, has now said that she feels confident that she can perform the surgery. The best part? It's only going to cost us $700.

Don't get me wrong, $700 is still a LOT of money... but it's a lot easier to swallow than $2000.

So say a little prayer for Maddie as she has her surgery in a month or so, and pray for our bank accounts!!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

What's for Dinner??

I have the smallest recipe repertoire of anyone in the world. Seriously, my husband always has joked that sometimes the greatest variation in meals from night to night is the jar of seasoning I use to season the chicken.

The saddest part.... it's true.

Common dinners in our house include grilled chicken with a variety of spices (barbecue, lemon pepper, Italian, etc.), pasta (spaghetti, chicken alfredo) and meatloaf.

So, in my new efforts to become a better wife, mom and homemaker I've been trying to expand my horizons when it comes to cooking. I think a good goal to start off with is to try one new recipe each week.

This week was a very easy Chicken Pot Pie. It was really easy(only took about 15 minutes of prep time) and ended up tasting wonderful! My sweet hubby gave it a grade A! This even reheats really well and made for some great left-overs.

Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Start by shredding or cubing a couple of cooked chicken breasts.

Combine the chicken in a casserole dish with 1 can of Cream of Chicken Soup and mixed veggies of your choice. I threw in some frozen corn, peas and a can of drained green beans. Mix it all together well.

In a separate bowl mix 1/2 cup milk, 1 egg and 1 cup Bisquick mix. When mixed well pour over the top of the chicken mixture.

Bake in oven at 400 degrees until biscuit mix on top is a golden brown. For me, this was about 25 minutes.

Give the recipe a try and let me know how it turns out! I hope you and your family enjoy it as much as we did!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Ainsley is 5 months old!!

It is hard to believe that it was a full 5 months ago that our sweet Ainsley came into this world! She has grown faster than I could have imagined and we are cherishing every single moment....

....every gummy grin
....every drop of drool
....every stain from spit-up
....every coo and cackle

So what is she doing now??

Well, I'm so glad you asked!

She is a proficient roller-over. She can roll from her back to her tummy and from her tummy to her back, although she doesn't do the latter as often.

She's sleeping on her belly, even though we are diligent about laying her down on her back.

She's quite the "scooter." Just incase you aren't up to date on what it means to "scoot," this is the term we have used to dub this pre-crawling activity that she's doing. She can push herself with her legs and pull herself with her arms a good 10-12 inches towards toys, etc... It's very impressive, if I must say so myself.

She's still just eating good ol' breastmilk. She's not exhibiting any of the signs of needing to start on solids, i.e. reaching for or acting interested in our food, still acting hungry after feedings, etc... So we'll probably go ahead and wait one more month before we start her solids. This is ok with us as this is what we were planning anyways. The American Acadamy of Pediatrics recommends six months of exclusive breast feeding. She does however, love to put anything and everything she gets her hands on in her mouth!

She loves to play in her exersaucer and her jumparoo as well as spending time just scooting around on her belly on the floor.

She's babbling up a storm and will frequently try to immitate sounds that you make. This can be very entertaining at times!

She enjoys being read to, especially books with a song-type quality to them, like Dr. Seuss. Our favorite right now is "Oh the Places You'll Go."

She's getting better about allowing other people to hold her and talk to her now as long as mom and dad are around. However, she still gets pretty grumpy if we're out of sight.

She is still holding strong in the 50% percentile for height and weight. She weighed in at 15lbs 6oz at her 5 month weight check appointment.

She's wearing 3-6 month sized tops, but is still in 0-3 month pants and dresses for the most part.

She sleeps for 10-11 hour stretches at night. We start her bedtime around 7pm, followed by time spent in the Bible and prayer time as a family while being fed and then usually gets laid down to sleep by 7:45 or 8pm. She'll usually sleep until between 6-7am. God is good!!

I think I've hit all the highlights.....

We can't wait to see what she'll be doing at month 6!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

We're Baaaaaaack!!

Call me fickle.... What can I say??

We had switched our "blog" to the below mentioned page. However, after hearing through the blogosphere about some positive changes that blogger has made to their format, and after finding some not so great things about our other site, we decided to come on back to blogger.

I've also decided that I'm going to try to make keeping up with this blog a higher priority. I've come to this decision for a couple of reasons.

1) I've been encouraged to do so, by my husband and some friends who I never even knew actually looked at this thing.

2) I look at the blogs of several of my friends and people who I've met somewhere along the line. I enjoy reading about what's going on in their lives, so maybe someone may be interested in what's going on in our life. We have friends and family all spread out... being so far away makes it difficult to keep up with the day to day "goings-on" in eachother's lives.

3) This is the most important... Ainsley is only 5 months old. These past 5 months have flown by at an incredible pace. We have been blown away by how quickly each day passes and how rapidly she's changing and growing.

I don't want to miss a minute of it.
I don't want to forget a single milestone.

This is an oppurtunity to put into writing the day to day events of our life. Not that we have an "exciting" life, but when we're at the end of our lives, it's going to be these simple, every day happenings that will have defined our life.

I plan on trying to transfer over the posts that I put on our other site to this one, to make it more complete, since that's where I was started writing after Ainsley was born.

So here we go.... I know my husband has promised to hold me accountable for keeping up with the updates. I hope you will too!