SUNSHINE192DAY's SparkPeople Blog SUNSHINE192DAY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Valentine's! <img src=""> <BR> Very simple day at home with cuddles from my Valentine. My baby is amazing! I was asked about my goals to use my degree. I would love to counsel & help families I the future when I can sit for more than an hour without having to get up. I want to sow everyone the Lord's will for their lives & love for them. New pic time! Thu, 15 Feb 2018 01:05:13 EST Hi everyone! <img src=""> Well let's start with a Benjamin update. He is now 17 months old (he will be the 15th at least), he knows over 10 animal sounds, 4 shapes, & 2 colors. Ben can say more words than I can count & he has 12 teeth. He's 25 lbs & already 33.5 inches tall. To put that into perspective I'm 64 inches, or 5'4, so he's over half my height at 1. I'll enclose a picture of him too. I'm still unable to go back to wo... Tue, 13 Feb 2018 19:50:23 EST Ladies Freedom Conference <img src=""> <BR> Today I went to a local yearly freedom conference for women that taught us to trust, rest, & fly free. I took a lot from that including that to trust God we have to learn His word & know Him first. I also learned that being away from Ben for 8 hours is not good for me but he was fine...ignored me for an hour after I got's or art project from the conference... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 00:09:59 EST Ben's Birthday a Week Ago <img src=""> <BR> Ben's first birthday was last Friday. We had my best friend take pics that day & the next day at his party. I asked for no gifts but we ended up literally needing a pick up trick to bring home all of his gifts. Ben is very well loved! Here's one of my favorite pics of him at sunset on his birthday! Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:42:50 EST Birthdays & Exhaustion <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> I'm planning Ben's first birthday party...I can't even believe that. I've been getting stuff slowly as we have the money to & I've got pretty much everything we need. Today I started giving out invites so I ran around to a couple places. I also had some appointments. I was not prepared for the physical pain... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 22:00:43 EST Ben's Weekend <img src=""> <BR> We got to go to some local games this weekend & Ben saw the airvac helicopter land & got to sit in it! He loved it so much! I got to hurting & we had to leave which is ok...for now... I've been diagnosed with chronic pain related to his birth & having pelvic floor dysfunction. I'm doing physical therapy for it but I'm not sure if anything is helping. Being in a standing or sitting position for to... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 21:40:36 EST So About Benjamin... <img src=""> <BR> Someone asked if he's a happy boy & yes, yes he is. As a bitty baby he only cried when he was hungry. He never even cried when wet or dirty. Ben's always been a very chill, calm little one. I'm very extremely blessed! He is also very talkative (lots of actual words) & he figures out how to take things apart. For instance, he can take safety outlet covers off, he removed a screw from my sunglasses,... Fri, 25 Aug 2017 20:43:26 EST Still here lol <img src=""> <BR> I got a couple questions on the blog yesterday so let's address those. Yup, that is Ben & I in my profile pic. I cut my hair to use less time for that & to be cooler. My weight loss has mainly been just taking care of Ben & not making enough time to eat like I used to. That's not a bad thing though because I'm eating way better food! Here's another cute pic! Early morning cuddles for us! Thu, 24 Aug 2017 18:07:18 EST Back again... <img src=""> <BR> I'm like a bad penny lol. So Ben will be a year old next month. I've went from 203 the day I found out I was expecting to 224 the day I had him to 171 this morning. I've had several health issues & I'm still struggling with that. However, Ben is thriving! He's 24 pounds & 30 inches tall now. He's incredibly smart & sweet too. I'll leave you guys with a pic & a promise to be back soon. Sooner if y'... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 23:09:22 EST An Early Morning... Ben woke up about 30 minutes ago screaming with gas pains. I think that he's sensitive to milk protein because every time I eat milk or cheese etc and then feed him a few hours later he'll be screaming. He's not lactose intolerant or sensitive to that because that doesn't pass through breast milk, apparently only the protein does.My cousin had this and didn't grow out of it until she was about 5 years old...let's pray it doesn't last that long. <BR> <BR> My specialist is going to see me the ... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 06:43:35 EST Another Health Issue Resolved... The night after I updated everyone last time my throat hemorrhaged from my tonsillectomy. I lost half of my blood volume before they put me under to surgically fix it again. It was so scary because I couldn't breathe from all the blood. Then I couldn't eat solids for even longer so I felt really weak for awhile. But I'm finally almost all healed and I can eat again. Not how I imagined losing weight but ok. <BR> <BR> Benjamin is doing well! I am still breastfeeding through all of this, thank... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 10:07:47 EST Sorry about the Pause... Well let's see, since we last talked I discovered I have not 1 but 3 birth injuries and I'm seeing a specialist. Ben grew! He is now 12 weeks old tomorrow and he is 24 & 1/8 inches long and 15 pounds 8 ounces! He had his first round of vaccines and had a reaction to the oral one that has made him unable to have the second part of that one. Plus, now they have to split his shots up more to make sure there are no more issues and, if we have more issues, that we can figure out where they're comi... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 20:54:17 EST A Migraine and Cluster Feeding... For those of you who might not be familiar with the term cluster feeding is when a breastfed baby feeds way more often for a couple days to increase the milk supply for a growth spurt. This is a very intense thing because it's 24/7 for those couple days and the momma can get a bit sore or frustrated from it. Some people even start to think their supply is going down and baby isn't getting enough which isn't true. <BR> <BR> So this is Benjamin's second cluster feeding and he's over 10 pounds... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 14:27:16 EST Benny's Name... I realized through a question on my last blog that I haven't posted Benny's middle name. I won't post his last name of course but his first and middle is Benjamin Charles. I called him Baby Bean before I knew for sure he was a boy (I thought he was from the get go) because he looked like one at 6 weeks. My mom suggested Benjamin and it wasn't something I had ever thought of using before but it fit so well! Then Charles is my dad's first name and was his grandfather's name as well. So there yo... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 23:26:54 EST The Days Go Faster Now... Benjamin is such a good boy! He sleeps most of the night but wakes about 3 am until about 4:30-5 am to eat and be changed. But he sleeps from 11 pm until then and then from about 5 am-7 am usually. He also takes a pretty big morning and afternoon nap. So far so good! We went to Benny's doctor today & he said he was amazed at how alert & mobile he is already. He can already roll onto his side by himself. At his appointment on the 19th he was 8 lbs 3 ounces & 20.63 inches long & today he's 9 lb... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:26:37 EST Well That Explains a Lot... I found out Monday that my tail bone was broken while delivering Benjamin. They not only didn't set it at the hospital which I was in from Wednesday of last week until Saturday, but they didn't even tell me they did that. I was also discharged with them knowing I hadn't had a bowel movement (which was because of the tail bone) and that's against protocol. Long story short, there were several things that happened that shouldn't have and should've happened that didn't. Anyways, I'm asking for a... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:10:23 EST BENJAMIN IS EARTH-SIDE! Could you all say a prayer and a praise for me? I had a very traumatic birth experience on the 15th although, praise God, we're both ok now. Basically they induced me on the 14th, a week late, and I had to have a medication to dilate me, a folly catheter, pitocin, an epidural in the hopes of further dilation, they broke my water, and that was just the first 18 hours. The next 3 were attempting to push and my doctor came finally and realized something that should have been caught long before, ... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 21:34:05 EST Hopefully getting induced tomorrow. Please pray for us! With any induction the risk of c-section goes up so please pray just for God's plan for us and for a healthy and happy momma and baby afterwards. Thank you all so much and I'll update when I'm home! Sun, 11 Sep 2016 21:13:11 EST Baby Watch 2016 Update: I'm still measuring 42 weeks & my cervix is behind the baby's head so my Dr doesn't want to totally induce until next week because of the weight of risks. So he swept my membranes & then I felt very sick, almost passed out (no joke), vomited & now I'm better. Crampy but better. If we make it until the 12th I go at 11 am for a non stress test & ultrasound to check fluid & then if I'm dilated or if things don't look ideal for Benny to stay in safely I'll be induced that day. If all is well or i... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 21:34:01 EST Prayer Request... I need prayer. Not only is it Benjamin's due date and nothing is happening, which will lead to a decision on whether or not to induce labor, but my mom (the only one that can work right now as I haven't been able to) just got fired from her job. She was fired not because she wasn't doing her work but because she took time off to go to my doctor's appointment tomorrow. New owners bought the store that she works at and they all had agreed that she could go to all my appointments and that she wo... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 21:56:58 EST Praying as We Wait... As we are waiting for Mr Benjamin's arrival we are in prayer. I don't know if you have all heard or not but a boy that has been missing since 1989 was recently found. Jacob Wetterling's family finally knows where he is but they are in mourning for him because he was killed unfortunately. I heard about this story earlier this year since I was 4 when this happened. I prayed that they would find him and at least know and I'm glad they did. I've prayed for many missing people over the last 8 year... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 23:44:13 EST Still VERY Pregnant... I'm very grumpy this evening. My doctor preformed a non-stress test since my blood pressure was a bit higher than it has been (143/76) and I'm having contractions but I'm not feeling them. They're pretty good ones and Benjamin is handling them well. I am barely dilated at all so he decided to see if I'll go on my own and sent me home...I almost cried to keep from losing my mind...but I maintained like a good momma. I'm a bit swollen so I need to watch we wait...I'm 39 weeks and 1 day.... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 23:00:44 EST Not Quite Yet...But Do You Have a Prayer Request? Just waiting on God's timing for Benjamin's birthday. I am kind of hoping for Friday because Jesus saved me on that day, 8 years ago. But any day would be great. It'll be Thursday or Friday at the latest. I appreciate the well wishes and prayers and all the good birth stories y'all have shared with me. <BR> <BR> Now, how can we pray for you? You may remember that I pray with Benny every night and by myself in the mornings. I would love to pray for your needs and that of your loved ones! Jus... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 17:53:54 EST Special Weekend Update... As most of my regular blog readers know I usually don't have the time to post on the weekends. But I'm done with school until mid-October so I decided I'd just take some time. I have a very special way that I'm going to announce baby Ben's arrival both on here and facebook so that will be something to look forward to. <BR> <BR> I have the hospital bags packed and the baby's room done plus school is done. So anytime God calls Benjamin forth is good with me lol. I cannot wait to "meet" him! I ... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:50:46 EST Finals and Another Eventful Doctor's Appointment! Well starting off I had an 8-10 page research paper due this week. I did great actually 203 out of a possible 210 so I'm sure I'm getting an A in Psychology of Personality! Yay! <BR> <BR> Thursday I had another of the weekly doctor's appointments for Benjamin. My doctor measured my belly and at 38 weeks and 1 day I am measuring a whopping 41 weeks! Baby boy is head down, still, and I have officially gained 9 pounds this whole pregnancy since the morning sickness and food aversion was so bad... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:04:29 EST Benjamin's Finished Room! If you haven't watched the before video you might want to before you watch this one. Enjoy and let me know what y'all think! Wed, 24 Aug 2016 23:44:43 EST Still No Benny... Hi everyone! Just wanted to drop a quick note to say this is finals week for me, so for the next couple days I might be missing in action. But there's no baby yet lol...I'll update as soon as possible or as soon as I have a baby in my arms! Tue, 23 Aug 2016 01:20:40 EST No Baby Yet... My doctor decided not to check me just yet because he didn't want to throw me into false or premature labor even though chances are Benny would be ok. However we are planning on any day now as he is head down and in my pelvis. They keep saying he's a very long baby so we'll see. Right now I have worked all day on this house so I'm going to bed soon! Have a nice night everyone! Thu, 18 Aug 2016 23:09:44 EST All is Well Wednesday! (There may be a baby bump pic too...) I finally got that mattress and box springs and got a friend to help bring it in and all is well on that front, finally! So everything is in the baby's/my room! Now to finish organizing everything... <BR> <BR> I am officially 37 weeks pregnant as of today so they will let Benjamin come whenever the mood strikes and God shouts, "Come forth Benjamin!" Tomorrow is another doctor's visit and, like I mentioned last week, he told me to bring bags with us tomorrow because he will check dilation and... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 23:55:10 EST Ticked Off Tuesday! Well, I had a great day up until I was supposed to pick up the mattress and box springs that I paid for a few months ago. This guy I know sold them to me and his parents own a well known furniture store and he works there. I've dealt with them multiple times with no issues and a very high opinion of both the store and the people. When I bought them it was with the understanding that he would have to store them until August. He said that was fine. <BR> <BR> Saturday I started contacting him ... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 23:15:35 EST Still Pregnant lol... We've worked all weekend on the baby's room for Benjamin and I'm glad to say we're almost there! Thank God! My doctor told me last week that he would start checking my dilation this week and if I'm over a 4 I should plan on staying and having Benny...I'm to bring my bags to all appointments from here out which they are now weekly. Wednesday we will hit 37 weeks and I lost my plug a couple weeks ago. I know that doesn't mean labor necessarily but it can happen anytime now. <BR> <BR> I'm exci... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 22:43:06 EST Sorry About the Missed Day! I was working hard on organizing baby Benny's room! My cousin and her kids came by and helped and I am almost there. Hopefully, by the middle to the end of next week, everything will be completely done. I'm usually such a planner that this should be done by now. But I was so sick for so long during this pregnancy that I feel I have neglected things that should already be done, but I really couldn't do them any earlier. <BR> <BR> We have put together the changing table (it took 6 hours becau... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 23:29:54 EST 36 Weeks Today and Doctor's Appointment Update! Well the first of our weekly appointments was a bit uncomfortable but it went well. I had to be swabbed for the strep B test. Basically mom's can carry that without knowing it and it comes and goes so we need to be checked to make sure baby doesn't acquire it because it can be life threatening for babies. If I do end up having it I'll have to have antibiotics during labor and we'll be fine so no biggie there! I have also gained 7 pounds during my pregnancy, mostly due to being so sick at firs... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 07:13:15 EST Breastfeeding Class and a Doctor's Appointment! Well today starts the final countdown. Benjamin and I start the weekly doctor's visits this morning. I'll post how today's goes on tomorrow's blog. <BR> <BR> Last night however we met the lactation consultant for our hospital, Neva. She has nursed her own 3 children for a total of about 7 years and has been a lactation consultant for over 17 and an ob nurse before that. Not only did she give us all her private number to call anytime, day or night, that we have questions or issues but she in... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 07:16:31 EST Baby Shower!!! Yesterday we had Benjamin's baby shower! We are so blessed to have so many people who love us! We now have everything we need for him except a car seat which my dad is getting! We had about 25 people show up, everyone I really wanted there, and I'm including some pics for you guys (there's a LOT more but that's too many to post lol). <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 8 Aug 2016 23:50:30 EST Feeling Better Today and Getting Things Done! I'll spare the individual details but Benny and I did a lot of errands today and got a lot done around the house. We also did more of mommy's homework than I had even planned to get done which was nice! Overall, I got my whole to do list done plus some! <BR> <BR> Sunday is my baby shower that is being thrown by my aunt and my mom. While I am insanely thankful for the love and support I am highly nervous. I am an only child so one would assume that I would be used to being the center of atte... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 23:21:15 EST Thanks Everyone! I just wanted to thank you all for the support the last few weeks and the kind comments on the painting in Benjamin's room. Today I woke up like the last 2 days and I couldn't ball up my fists and when I forced them my fingers would pop loudly when they went back out. They are also very weak. The other 2 days they improved through the day but not today. So I called my doctor and, long story short, I have pregnancy induced carpal tunnel. It will go away after Benny's born but my goodness. Afte... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 00:15:52 EST Benjamin's Painted Room! This is the completely painted room! Woohoo! Now my baby boy has a pretty room to come home to! Wed, 3 Aug 2016 12:20:19 EST Benny's Room Before Painting! FIrst, I feel silly for not seeing this before lol. But thank you to Platinum755 for helping me figure it out! An after video will be coming probably tomorrow or the next day! Let me know what you think about the color ideas! Tue, 2 Aug 2016 14:56:27 EST Help Adding a Video??? We are not totally done painting yet. Just 1 more coat on one of the walls and the closet left to paint BUT I can let you see a video of before! However, I need some help to do that. I used to be able to upload a video on here but now I can't find how to...? How can I achieve this??? <BR> Tue, 2 Aug 2016 00:08:54 EST A Praise and A Vacation Bible School (VBS) Update! First the VBS update: I was the craft director and it was wonderful! I got even closer with my church family and the first night we had 9 kids (including Benjamin of course) and the next 2 nights we had 16!!! That's amazing for having it for the first time in about 14 years and being a rural church. The last night a 3 year old named Gabe volunteered to pray. We're all thinking woah, wild card prayer and I could see his momma was worried. He thanked God for VBS and for his church and ended by ... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 00:45:05 EST Well... My dad woke up not feeling well and decided not to go get his results of the cancer testing until Friday to keep others from getting more waiting... <BR> <BR> On the bright side though VBS at my church starts tonight! Here's praying some kiddos in need of God or in need of growth in God come! I'm hoping that we can show them God's love in the process! Talk to you all tomorrow! Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:14:58 EST Baby and Painting Update! I should tell you all how flattering your concern is in me painting while pregnant. Thank you. I am using latex, low VOC paint that is approved by my doctor and I am taking an extra step in opening all doors and windows and wearing a mask. If I feel the least bit icky someone else will be finishing and I will NOT climb any ladders or foot stools. I have a person for that lol. <BR> <BR> I am painting 1 wall a very pale yellow and the other 3 will be a light gray. Right now the room is light p... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 13:45:24 EST Update About Appointment! Well Benjamin measured 35 weeks at our 33 week appointment Thursday. However, it took me forever to post this because I had some news to digest so to speak. My doctor and I were talking about the fact that the next birthing class isn't until late August and my doctor turns to me and says, "Um, yeah I wouldn't count on making that. I will be surprised if you last until mid-August..." I told him that months ago and he assured me that nope, Benny wouldn't come until September...jerk lol. <BR> <... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:51:21 EST Oh the Heartburn of it Allllll..... I only got between 4 and 5 hours of sleep last night because of the evil nemesis heartburn...but that's my fault as I forgot to take the medicine my Dr prescribed for that. I've been taking it for a few months so you'd think I'd remember but nope. I didn't remember until this morning. But Benny is doing well! What are the guesses as to how big we'll measure tomorrow? I'll update them and send the closest guesser a goodie and here's a pic to guess by! <BR> <BR> Official Due Date Countdown: 49... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:31:49 EST Almost 33 Weeks! Well I will be 33 weeks pregnant tomorrow by the doctor's count. I'm not so sure I'm not further along because Benny is measuring big. By-the-way, he was measuring 35 weeks 2 weeks ago (he was just 31 weeks really) so I'm taking "bets" to see what you'll think he'll be this Thursday at our next appointment! Put your guess in the comments and we'll send out a goodie, or multiple goodies, to the winner(s)! All in good fun! I'm guessing 38 weeks! <BR> <BR> We got a baby gift today from an inter... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 23:14:04 EST Sorry about the Lack of Blogs... I have been on here but not long enough to write a blog simply because I have had computer issues that have finally been fixed! My shingles are just about gone and I feel a lot better! I have a lot to be thankful for! <BR> <BR> I also got GREAT news about school. As some of you know I am going to school and have been for the last 2 years to get a Bachelor's degree in Psychology for Christian counseling through Liberty University. I've got 13 classes left in school after this subterm (my sch... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 20:04:07 EST Feeling Better...How are You? I'm finally not hurting or itching and it appears that the prayers for the healing of my shingles are working! Praise God and thank you all for lifting me and Benjamin up! He has been kicking more the last couple days too which is exciting! <BR> <BR> How are you all doing? <BR> <BR> Due Date Countdown: approximately 57 days left... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:38:24 EST LOOOONG Day! Well after just a few hours of sleep last night from helping a friend with a problem and shingles keeping me up I had a chiropractor appointment and a long day afterwards. I went to my cousin's house and played with her kids and kept her company, came home, did a 2 page paper, ate, laid down, did a 50 question test (got a 92%) and now I'm headed to bed a tired girl...Good night! <BR> <BR> Due Date Countdown: Approximately 58 days left.... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:04:04 EST Rash Issue Solved...It's Shingles... Could you please pray for me and my unborn son, Benjamin? I have the shingles and have to be on meds for it neither of which is supposed to be hard or bad for him but I'm still on edge and in pain...thank you all so much! Also, this is the same meds I have to be on before delivery...I don't think that is a coincidence at all...God knows when this baby is coming and He is making sure every way He can that we're safe and taken care of. Praise Jesus! <BR> <BR> Due Date in approximately 60 days ... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 14:22:52 EST