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I am a Mom to 2 amazing and fun daughters and wife to a great guy and a wonderful father!

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Kayla, my oldest. She is 4 1/2 and is a sweet, loving and silly little girl. She took us 2 ½ years and 3 IVF’s to conceive. Kayla is allergic to dairy. We manage her allergy and work to balance her safety with giving her a normal childhood. Kayla loves to read books and play games - she amazes me every day.

Alysa, my youngest. She is 3 years old and is a silly little spitfire. She’s our monkey and loves to climb on everything. She was a “natural” baby, but it was only b/c of my wonderful doctors that we were able to stop an impending miscarriage. Alysa suffers from Acid Reflux Disease and sleep apnea. She may be little, but she has a big personality. She adores her big sister and is so much fun to be around. She keeps me laughing every day.

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Sunday, December 03, 2006
What a Difference a Year Makes
One year ago today, at 1:00pm (on the dot), I delivered a 7lb, 2oz blob. That “blob” being Alysa. She was beautiful and healthy, but a blob nonetheless. Newborns are so helpless, yet they steal our hearts from the moment they are conceived. It amazes me how much can change in 1 short year. Alysa is now a 1 year old Spitfire. She is full of laughter and life. This child never stops moving. And this began in utero. I knew while I was pg with her that she was going to give us a run for our money. She did not stop moving ever. And this part of her personality was quite evident with her crawling at 6 months and walking at 9 months. She is a fun, happy little girl who loves to be silly just as much as her big sister. It’s so hard to imagine when your baby is born that in just 1 year; they will be all over the place and beginning to talk.

And for me, I still can’t even believe she is here at all. I battled infertility and won with Kayla. We knew we’d have that uphill battle again for #2. Little did I know, I had 1 perfect egg waiting… We conceived Alysa naturally. The problem was I was not “supposed to” and I had started to miscarry when I found out I was pregnant. I was not only blessed and lucky with Alysa, but with a wonderful team of doctors and nurses who were just as diligent as I was in saving my pregnancy. You have to realize how amazing it was for me to conceive. A woman on the pill has a 1% chance of conceiving if the birth control were to fail. Well, my chances without the pill AND with hormonal support of a “potential” pg, were <.5%. Those are amazing odds and we overcame them – somehow. I think I’ll always look at her and be amazed at how truly lucky we are to have her in our lives.

I feel the same about Kayla of course, but it’s a bit different. I understand where Kayla came from. We had wonderful doctors and a LOT of medical treatments, not to mention some debt. ;) But she was worth every ounce of heartache, every shot and every penny. Alysa on the other hand just boggles my mind.

So as we spend this day doting on our youngest on her special day, I will enjoy thinking back on all her changes this past year. And I will enjoy that I get a whole day with both my girls AND J home (we are going to cut down our Christmas Tree. These days are few and far between, so they are much appreciated.

Here is Alysa 1 year ago…
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And now...
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At 2:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALYSA!! I hope you all have a wonderful day. You have 2 beautiful girls and are truly blessed:)

At 9:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sooooooo adorable! I miss you guys!

At 11:38 AM, Anonymous Kathy said...

Both of these girls are our little miracles.

We seem to have a lot of them in our family.

Of course, all children are miracles, but some come into this world with a little more difficulty and struggle.

Happy birthday to our little cutie pie - Alysa



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