This blog is just about my life and mostly revolves around my son, Jamie. This blog is a combination of everything, whether it may be a new recipe I tried, a good freebie I found, something funny Jamie said, or feelings I'm having about life in general. There's little rhyme or reason. I'll never win any blogging awards, but I enjoy writing about our lives and I mostly do it for my son. It's so easy to forget moments over the years. I've got all these little tidbits of our life in print and I hope that someday Jamie can enjoy them.

I called this blog Mother of Life, Mother of Loss because of my issues with pregnancy loss and the joy of finally bringing this wonderful person into the world. Truly, I feel the pains of loss, but you won't see too much of that here. I am blessed and I am, above all else, a mother of life.

After all the years of infertility and loss, Matthew and I were blessed with a surprise pregnancy. We were pregnant with twins, but unfortunately, Baby A could not stay with us. Baby B grew into a healthy and happy baby girl that we named Bella Marie. We are so blessed to have two beautiful children.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Clean Out the Cabinet Soup

I woke up with a horrid cold yesterday.  By 9:00am I had a fever of 103.  I knew I wanted some nice hot soup to break up the congestion.  I searched my cabinets for stuff to make a nice hot soup with.  I threw a variety of canned goods into my crock pot and it turned out fabulous.

  • 2 cans of butter beans
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 1 can of mixed vegetables
  • 2 cans of white chicken meat (my husband bought it)
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup of hot salsa
  • oregano
  • red pepper
  • black pepper
  • chili powder
  • garlic
Well, my guys won't eat soup with veggies in it so the soup is all mine.  I'm still feeling yuck this morning so I'm having soup for breakfast.  I have plenty to freeze, too.


We were on our way home and Bella just would not stop crying.  Jamie was whining about the noise while eating the skittles we had shamefully bribed him with moments early at the store.  I asked him what he thought she was crying for.  He said, "Maybe she wants skittles."

Thursday, May 6, 2010

First Night in the Crib

Bella slept in her own room for the first time last night.  I had never even taken her in the room, much less left her alone in there before now.  She slept really well.  She woke up around 4:30 this morning for a bottle.  After eating she went right back to sleep and I put her back in her crib.  It seems a little strange for her to be in there.  She looks so small in her crib! She's three months old, though, and it's definately time for the transition.  I put the Sleep Nest on craigslist and it will probably be gone today.  **sniff**


This Is Gabriel Making Sense of School by Hartley Steiner

This isn't a book for Jamie, exactly.  This is a super simple overview of sensory processing disorder.  I was referred by a friend to Beach Brights Blog where I entered to win this book.  The blog author was so passionate about this book that she ended up sending it to everyone who commented, including myself.  I can see where the enthusiasm lies.  The breakdown explaining the child's responses to the world around him are simple and so understandable.  The book is based on the authors own child.  She has her own blog at Hartley's Life With 3 Boys