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About DD2

Sunday, December 14, 2008

As promised, the third installment of my introducing my children to all of you. Today is dd2's birthday....17... this year, like every year...every moment is thought about how that day went the day of her birth... see...i was already in the hospital because my water had broken 11 weeks too early... on December 14th of 1991, they had woke me for routine check of blood pressure and temperature... this was at 3:30am... what we all found was a bed full of blood... no pain that i can remember...but i do remember that blood...my husband was called to let him know they were taking me to the delivery side for observation only.... but he should get down there asap... sometime between then and 4:11am, they gave me the news that they could not find the baby's heartbeat...i told them get her out and do whatever they had to do to save her... and that is just what they did...i was prepped, put to sleep and at 4:11am a 3 lb 3 oz baby girl came into this world.....quietly.... between the blood i had lost and my asthma, mother and child were not doing good... but we both pulled through... by the time my husband got there, they could announce that he had a baby girl... which he told them he knew, he just dropped her off at grandma's...lol.... no they assured him...he had another baby girl.... before i awoke, they had told him of all that went on... and he knew that either of us could still die... but they gave baby girl less chance of living than mother..... i couldn't see her that first day... though they did take pictures for me... and when i did get to see her... that precious little baby...so tiny... couldn't even be held...and though i could touch her, i could not rub her even... for those of you that like country music and have heard the song by Reba MacEntire, I'm a survivor...the part that says born 3 months too early, the baby girl without a chance... well... that was her...though not 3 months but 10 weeks too early... during the next couple of weeks, there were more downs than ups...and for every step forward, it seemed she took 10 back.... at one point dropping in weight to right under 3 lbs... her little heart not being able to keep up... her lungs fighting every step of the way... they finally said she was going to make it... but there would be severe damage and she would most likely be a vegetable.... i remember christmas day...bringing a stuffed animal that was bought at the last minute... she wasn't even suppose to be here...and here she was...and us not knowing from one day to the next if she still would be...i remember those words she is going to be a vegetable... i prepared myself to take care of a 13 month old and a very small newborn who would never get out of that stage... but she was alive... another week passed... and after lifting her head to look around...the doctors said, ok, not a vegetable...but don't get your hopes up too high.... she has been though way too much to not have some brain damage...by the time she came home in february...not too much earlier than her due date was suppose to be.... the doctors declared i had and will have my hands full for the next 18 years...i laugh...cause on this one...they were so very right... premature babies are suppose to be a little behind on their rolling over, sitting up, crawling, walking, etc.... you did notice i said suppose to be... she wasn't... she learned to sit up at 6 months...the next week she crawled...the next DAY..she was pulling herself up on a wall...and the look she gave us was watch out world...i have arrived...i'm not lying about this... i have it in the baby book cause i couldn't believe it...lol....before she even turned 1...she was walking around and strutting her stuff... out of all the children...she was the ornariest.... always into trouble... or teaching her other siblings to get into trouble... a handful...oh yea... i can honestly say...with some of the stunts she pulled...the only reason i didn't choke her at times was because of the miracle she was... there were times i had to pull out the baby pictures from those first few days of life...see the little head that had been shavin to put tubes in her head to nourish her...to see all the wires she was hooked up to.... and then... i could say a thank you to God for giving me such a precious daughter... even as she still sat in her room for the trouble she had just gotten into.... health problems...nope...she is healthier than the other 2....behind...never.... she was always a step ahead...and now...2 steps ahead of everyone... a handful...yea...but i wouldn't have her any other way.... that orneriness and strong will of hers is what saved her....she still likes to prove everyone wrong...and when all the cards are against her...yea...she is the one that can turn it all around.... even if she has to bluff her way through...lol....

now that baby is 17...engaged to a wonderful man...who...luckily...can put up with her...lol... i truly believe he is the only one and God led him to her... they are planning their wedding along with 7 children...7...well..if anyone can...she can...lol... but no matter how old she is... or how old she gets...i will always remember that little fighter that came out so little and with less chance of that of living... and each day...i do see the miracle....

this was a longer than normal blog...but this one was a very special for me... not only of my introducing my baby girl...but the last of the 3 to introduce.... each one of them a miracle by rights... each one very special.... when motherhood first began...i never could of imagined what life would of been like when they got older...but yet...here they are... just about all grown up on me... i have been very blessed.... and continue to be...as each one tells me everyday how much they love me... the little things they do for me... and how each one takes time to include me in their lives, no matter where their lives are heading... i'm the first they come to when they are in trouble, and the last one they come to when it's all over and they just need a hug... they don't hide things from me, and they have made sure that even though i am a parent, i am also their friend.... they could of been like most teens that go into their rebellions and leave the parents wondering... and my kids aren't saints... believe me... they had their share of troubles... but... they came to me.... talked to me about it... and though i still made them serve out any punishment or consequences that was dealt them....we always did it together.... i know that they are kids doing kids things...they know mom is and will always be there best friend.... and when the time comes when i can't physically be with them... they know that all these memories we have made...the good...the bad... and yea...sometimes the ugly....will be my way of always being with them....

  
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JIBBIE49 12/16/2008 9:43PM

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EMMASMART 12/16/2008 1:32PM

    Lucky kids have you for a Momma. It's nice they know they are lucky.

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AMGRANAT 12/16/2008 10:41AM

    What a story! I work with special needs children, and I can say that this is truly an amazing story! Determination and a supportive family is sometimes the best medicine :) Happy holidays!

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WILDCARD1 12/15/2008 7:06PM

    Thanks for sharing your children with me! I love the stories that you tell about them. (and the heads up of what I could be in for, LOL!!!)

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LINDA! 12/15/2008 12:37AM

    I enjoyed reading your blog. Always be their friend...there will always be secrets and stories they will always want to tell you. That is the special bond we have as mothers.... emoticon

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REDNECKFEMINIST 12/14/2008 5:25PM

    My youngest was 4 months early, weighed 1.7 pounds, was in NICU for 5 months till he weighed 5 pounds and could breathe okay. It was a very traumatic birth, and we were worried for years but at 8 years old he is doing great, in gifted classes, plays soccer and is pretty healthy

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100LBLIGHTER 12/14/2008 2:34PM

    I was a preemie too. I weighed 3 lbs and 3 ozs...More years ago that I care to remember. When I came home from the hospital almost 2 months after I was born..my fingers, toes and around my mouth were still blue. They told Mom I would not be able to do a lot of stuff too but I did every thing....and now I am trying to lose some of this weight. The tables have surly turned. I was Mom's little miracle. Merry Christmas, Grace.

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MARTINIGAL413 12/14/2008 12:03PM

    Thank you so much for sharing! What a wonderful family you have!!!

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About DD1

Friday, November 28, 2008

I had stated in a previous blog entry, that i would introduce each of children to you on their respective birthdays...but dd1's birthday was hectic and chaotic and i never got that chance... so now i am :) her birthday was 11/11...Veteran's day...she was due on Halloween, but decided to hang in there for a couple more weeks...lol....she was one of those babies, that once the colic stage was over...uhg...was a dream to raise....from the moment her colic was gone, she slept when she was suppose to...ate on schedule....was attentive to her mothers voice and adored her grandparents...she was, and is, always quick with a smile...she i can honestly say, is the reason i wanted more children....if only they were all that perfect....lol...as she got into her teen years, she was still perfect...well...what she showed others that is...she was one of those teens that quietly rebelled... if you ask anyone she ever came in contact with, they will tell you she was a dream student, a dream church member and just a dream to know.... but as any teen...she did the normal teen things....trying things a momma always hopes they won't...do things that makes a mother cringe.... ok...so she was normal after all...i was blessed though, with a very open relationship with all my kids, especially dd1....so though she would be her independent self and do what teenagers do.... she also came and talked to me...and though i could not shield her from every hurt... i am also very proud of how she handled each experience and grew with every episode.... always the more mature for her age type of girl anyways...she grew up maybe too fast for me.... now...as a legal adult....she is married.... we talked long and hard about it...but as a normal teenager...she knew what was best (and yes, i am rolling my eyes...lol) she has also just recently, experienced a miscarriage... soooo many mixed emotions... she was so young, and with being so newly married, the time for children should of waited....but yet... what time is the perfect time for children? and...that was her baby...my grandbaby.... i morn for the lost life...and i wish i could take the pain, both mental and physical, away from my dd1....i look at her...and see the pain...and know that the only thing i can do is be there for her, hold her hand, and cry with her when she needs a friend and a hug when she just needs her mom.... this new chapter in her life has started out as rocky as her whole life... but i know she is strong...and will overcome this just as she has in the past...and....grow through this experience just as she has with all her other experiences.

  
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AMGRANAT 12/1/2008 12:43PM

    Thanks so much for sharing! You always have such a positive view on life :)

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EMMASMART 11/29/2008 1:45PM

    Do you know grief is my specialty? Losing a child is so tough and actually more so when you never got a chance to know them. I read that angels volunteer to miscarry so the Mom can have the experience they need to grow. Because the time isn't right. Isn't that sweet. When you grieve a baby not born alive you grieve all the dreams that you had for this potential child. It's every bit as serious as grieving anything else. I pray that you will be able and she will be able to grieve thoroughly so the next child that will come when she's really ready will have the advantage of a thoroughly present Mom and thoroughly present Grandmom. Let me know if you need any help with this.

Emma

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REDNECKFEMINIST 11/29/2008 9:06AM

    You are truly blessed!

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WILDCARD1 11/29/2008 8:34AM

    Thank you so much for sharing your family with us!

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VELRENO 11/28/2008 2:27PM

    Awesome daughter! Awesome mom. I am so sorry about the miscarriage! I know there are some who argue that life begins at birth but anyone who has lost a little one before birth knows it was a life and a person! Hugs to both of you for the loss.

Thank you for sharing her with us!

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JAYCEE77 11/28/2008 11:57AM

    Sounds like you are truly blessed. You've obviously done a great job of parenting!

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A Kitty Update

Saturday, November 08, 2008

It's been almost a month since i gave an update...ikes...where was i??? lol... ok, for a couple weeks, i was on those crazy hours at work...then i got sick....now.... in full motion of helping dd1 with a wedding and getting her stuff packed up... for almost 18 years, i have been raising her and training her for this day...the day she moves out... yet...i am sooooo not ready for this... to this point, i have stayed strong.... she is happy and that is all a mother can hope for her child... but it doesn't mean i have to like it either...nor does it mean i have to smile sweetly and take this new beginning sitting down... the first of the melt down was the final ordering of the wedding cake... then we had to go to the cake and candy shop to pick the bride and groom topping... though with tears in my eyes, i had to giggle when she picked the bride carrying the groom one...tehe...today...we start the room clean out... yea... i know i'm not staying strong for that one... don't even plan to...cause i know the tears will come... and we will move on... one day closer to a life she has been dreaming of...a life that will have it's pit falls... and a life i hope that i have prepared her well for... a new chapter in all our lives....

stay tuned...this is just the beginning of a whole other chapter :)

  
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EMMASMART 11/12/2008 10:45PM

    AWww. You mean she's not awful to make it easier on you? I thought all 18 year olds were awful so you see their going as a relief. I hope he's good enough for your little girl! And think of the space you will have! I know you will miss her, but she's going to be calling you all the time I'd wager.

Emma

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AMYIS200 11/12/2008 11:15AM

    Aww Kitty!! I know how much it hurts when your kids grow up and move away. It was hard when my son left, but then when my dd left for college, the empty nest syndrome was overwhelming. One thing I can say though, is that it takes a lot of time...but it does get better!

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DBD398 11/12/2008 11:03AM

    Kitty, I feel for you. There is a happy note to this and you can be sure you have done your best raising her. It is time her her to move on and you have approved thus far. I pray for a smooth transition for you.
Dawn

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LINDA! 11/8/2008 11:40PM

    I can relate. It hurts you to see her leave. But it is such an exciting time in her life. I wish for her a lifetime of happiness!! I know you have been a good teacher for her. That is all you can do and always be there when she wants to talk. She will appreciate you EVEN MORE now that she is leaving home. Enjoy the wedding and take tons of pictures. emoticon

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KYLIEMC8 11/8/2008 9:41PM

    I know!! There are no words..but you'll get through it! And just remember you're gaining a son! I know..that doesn't help either..Someday when the house is totally quiet and all the kids are gone to their own lives, you're sitting there, you'll remember this time in your life and smile and go.. emoticon...

I love my peace and quiet..I guess I got it earlier than most..I was in my early 30's, DS1 wanted to move from AZ back to IA to live with dad at 13..I couldn't stop him..then DS2 at 15 ..four years later..It was hard at first...

Try to enjoy just one less person in the house..she'll still be around..weren't you? ha!! Hugs! emoticon

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VELRENO 11/8/2008 4:59PM

    Have you heard the song by Billy Ray Cyrus and his dd, Miley Cyrus - "Ready, Set, Don't Go". Sounds so much like what you are going thru right now. ((HUGS))

Glad you are getting over the ikkies.

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WILDCARD1 11/8/2008 12:42PM

    awww Kitty, just reading this brought tears to my eyes. I am thinking of that day for my kids too, although it is a long, long way off, lol. They are 9 and 4. It will be hard, but like you said that is what you have been working towards for the last 18 years!

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MARTINIGAL413 11/8/2008 10:47AM

    Best of luck to you all during this time! What fun!!!

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FLYBABYC 11/8/2008 10:02AM

  JoDee... I thought I'd just lost you in a pile of e-mails!
Your post brings tears to my eyes again... We just attended a wedding last weekend, then I came home tearing up with visions of DS's wedding in my head... mind you, he's 19 and doesn't have a girlfriend right now... I was just projecting...
So, though I'm not there yet, I know it's coming. A mother may never be fully prepared for that!
Bless you, dear! What you're feeling is perfectly normal! I'll be thinking of you, and even offer up a prayer today!
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REDNECKFEMINIST 11/8/2008 7:56AM

    LMAO! Sounds like lots of fun, and that is the same topping I would likely pick!

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You Have To Laugh

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Ok..all know my family as..well....silly...and sometimes the things that just happen end up being the funniest...now picture this... my brother...he's the "baby" and on his good days can be silly...on his not so good days...just plain scary... he's 5' 5" and about 250 lbs.... he's got the long hair, scraggly most of the time...including today... he's got the mustache and beard...and eyes that show every emotion in just one glance.... so...now that we have this pictured in our minds... my oldest niece...14...is "going out" with this boy from church... and to say her daddy is a little over protective would be a major understatement... and this poor boy does have the good sense to fear my brother... of course...when brother is being in an ornary mood..this isn't so good for the boy....lol.... so everyone is out back playing with the dogs and brother gets out of shower... mom and i are just sitting there talking... and he comes in like he's mad... that's it he yells... i want man soap and man shampoo....at this point we are just looking at him like he's nuts...so he goes again...i want man stuff... i am tired of taking a shower and coming out like a fruit basket...the soap is peachy...last week it was strawberry... the shampoo is..oh i have a choice of coconut or peach... i want man stuff... at this point...mom and i are about falling out of chairs in laughter... here this poor man is, in a house full of woman, along with all their womanly pretty smelling stuff... so he goes to look out the window where niece and b/f are standing together talking... now mind you...brother looks pretty scary at this point... and he pounds on the window and yells for them to separate... the boy jumps a mile back... the daughter rolls her eyes and yells daaaaadddddyyyyy... at which point my mom says, yea...pretty intimidating....as long as he don't come in and smell how fruity you smell... at which point...we all 3 about pee ourselves laughing...

yea..just another day with the family...lol

  
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PRALINEZ 10/27/2008 11:46PM

    Sounds like a 21st-century version of Father Know's Best (but smells like a fruit basket :). Dads who smell like a fruit basket don't inspire much fear and trepidation in their daughters' boyfriends, or so it seems! - Susan

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REDNECKFEMINIST 10/16/2008 1:24PM

    Great story, I buy the same shampoo for both kids, but different ones for me and for my husband.

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JAYCEE77 10/16/2008 9:36AM

    I have to buy separate soaps and shampoos for everyone in my house. That's 4 different shampoos and soaps!

Love your family stories Kitty.

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WILDCARD1 10/14/2008 10:09AM

    Yup, have to buy separate shampoo and soap for my hubby!

LOL, thanks for the story!!!

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SANDINB 10/13/2008 6:20PM

    Thanks for the laugh. emoticon
My DH likes to share my tresseme. He likes that it comes with a pump.

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TREPPILS 10/13/2008 4:22PM

    Get the poor guy some glycerine soap!

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MARTINIGAL413 10/13/2008 12:08PM

    emoticon That's great.

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EMMASMART 10/13/2008 1:35AM

    My husband uses the same peppermint soap I do.

Emma

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VELRENO 10/12/2008 11:27PM

    Oh, that is soooo funny. LMAO

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KYLIEMC8 10/12/2008 6:55PM

    You DO have THE best family stories ever!! I'm glad you've got time to be with them! Hugs, Kylie emoticon

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Just Breathe

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Today's Daily Reflection

If you know the art of breathing you have the strength, wisdom, and courage of ten tigers.

- Chinese adage

Breathing is one of the most overlooked aspects of good health. Oxygen is fuel for the brain and the body. Good, clean air boosts your physical and mental performance and helps lower stress. Whatever goal you're working for, proper breathing will help you reach it.

Kitty's note: this is so true...so easy...yet...i know i often forget to just breathe... things at work have been crazy...yea...nothing new...lol.... but as slow down...quite normal in trucking this time of year...i am being given some special projects to learn, do and complete in all of my kitty perfection...you know...that is a hard thing to live up to each day...uhg.... and today...and yesterday... i really needed to just breathe... and with today's reflection...i did...aaaahhhh...if feels great...and now...i'm ready to jump hurdles and stay in the game :)

  
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DBD398 10/22/2008 10:22AM

    Thanks for this blog. I really need to learn to breathe to destress. And I really need to destress.

Thanks Kitty,
Dawn

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EMMASMART 10/10/2008 12:39AM

    I just learnt a new trick. When I watch my breathing. I think about my lungs getting bigger and smaller. I am much more able to stick with it and it feels really great. I hear that 15 minutes of that will change your perspective completely. That's my first goal.

Emma

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KYLIEMC8 10/9/2008 9:35PM

    I REFLECTED TODAY..THAT INCLUDED BREATHING, WALKING, READING AND BEADING...OH AND LETS NOT FORGET NAPPING AND EXERCISING! emoticon

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WILDCARD1 10/9/2008 5:06PM

    Yup, I know when I slow down and take some deep breathes, I feel better, and feel more equipped to deal with the situation!

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