Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Birth of Jaxton Cole Alexander Greene



On Sunday, July 2nd, I woke up with contractions. It was kind of annoying because this was the 3rd Sunday in a row that I woke up with contractions and that meant another church service being extremely uncomfortable. 


After church me and Cole dropped off the kids at my dad and step moms house so I could go walk for a bit and see if it helped things get stronger because I just had a feeling. But we went to target and it was too much stopping to get things going. After we picked up the kids we went home, got them in bed, and me and Cole walked about two miles. When we were almost done walking I could tell that his head was way lower because every time I'd have a contraction it felt like I had a bulge in my vagina. 


I had contractions all Sunday night that woke me up several times. I finally got out of bed at 6am Monday morning to go pee and had some pink spotting. Contractions started getting stronger where I would have to stop. I told Cole and my mom that this might be it. So I did some laundry and packed our hospital bags, which I hadn't got to yet because I was only 36 weeks and 6 days pregnant and I never went into labor with my other two pregnancies. 


As the morning went by contractions were getting stronger and closer and I was still spotting. I got in the shower to see if that would help and it didn't change anything. I called my OB office around lunch and they told me to get to the hospital as soon as possible. 


I got to the hospital around 2:30pm. I got into a bed at 3pm and when the on call OB checked me I was 3cm and 90% effaced and was having contractions 3-4 minutes apart. They had me walk for 2 hours to see if I would progress. 


I was checked again at 5pm after 2 hours of walking and contractions getting stronger and closer and was "a good 4cm" dilated and still 90% effaced. 


I was admitted to Labor & Delivery about 20 minutes later. I was put on IV antibiotics because I hadn't had my gbs test yet and got fluids because baby's heart rate would go up really high during some contractions. The fluids really helped chill him out. 





Around 6pm my OB, Dr. Cummings, came in and checked me. He said that saying I was 4cm would be very generous and he wouldn't say 4. So I had a banana milkshake because I was starving, did more walking, got in the shower to help relax myself, bounced on a yoga ball, leaned on the bed, and did some squatting. 







Dr. Cummings came back in at 11pm. No progress. Just 4cm. Contractions about 2 minutes apart. So I had him break my waters. He said he would be back around 3am. 


Holy crap. I didn't realize how having my waters broken would bring on contractions so much stronger. It was instant. And no amount of reading or what anyone tells you will EVER prepare you for how bad those contractions hurt. 


They wanted me to walk around more, but I wanted to lay there for a few to relax. Relaxing didn't last very long though and I didn't feel comfortable walking out of my room because I was moaning during contractions. 


Contractions starting getting really strong around 1am and I was wanting pain medicine just to take off the edge. Cole and my mom were both telling me no though because I had told them before that if I start asking, don't let me have them. 


2am came by and I was in an unbelievable and unbearable amount of pain. I felt like I was being tortured. I was yelling and crying out that I needed something for the pain because I couldn't loosen up or focus during the contractions and I thought I was going to stop myself from progressing. 


My nurse checked me between 2am and 2:30am and I was 6cm. All I could think about was that this was going to last for hours and I wouldn't have the energy to get through. I even asked for an epidural because at that point I didn't care what my goal was. I wanted relief. Everyone was telling me that I could do it and Cole was getting so emotional because he knew I was in so much pain, but he kept reminding me of how disappointed I would be in myself if I didn't go through with it. I told him I didn't care anymore. Everyone said just to wait for my doctor to come back in because it wasn't that long and I've already made it this far. 


At about 3am my body was starting to push here and there on its own and I kept feeling like I was going to throw up. I was trying to take my mind to a different place, I tried opening my eyes and focusing on the pattern in my pillow, I tried listening to my mom and Cole, but I just couldn't stop. I was rocking and swaying and moaning during contractions and laying down for a few seconds in between to try and rest. When my body would start pushing I felt like I was roaring like a lion. I yelled out that I was pushing and everyone told me to stop. But I couldn't stop. It was just happening. 


Dr. Cummings came in at about 3:15 and checked me. I was 9cm and fully effaced. I wasn't even happy. I didn't even have any thoughts. I was just done. He kept his hand there and said that at the next contraction we would decide what to do. Next contraction I was at 10cm and my body was still pushing on its own. It was time to get baby out. 


The bed got broken down and nurses started filling up the room. I couldn't stop moving my legs and I couldn't focus at all. I was in so much pain. 


Dr. Cummings said, "We're going to have a baby, but I need you to get him out." He told me to hold back my legs with my hands and when I had a contraction to hold my breath and push. So I did just that while roaring like a wild animal. 





On July 4th at 3:23am, after 6 pushes, Jaxton Cole Alexander Greene came into this world weighing 6 pounds 14 ounces and 20 1/2 inches long. 100% perfection.








I finally got my natural VBA2C and couldn't be any more thankful for my OB who trusted and believed in my body's ability to birth naturally. But I'm most thankful for Cole staying by my side this whole pregnancy and birth encouraging me, loving me, and for giving me the privilege of watching him fall in love for the very first time. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

New Changes- The Admirably Diverse Mom




New changes are coming for Admirably Diverse! I've been thinking about making a sister page for Admirably Diverse - A Sibling Adventure (Camden and Ryleigh's Facebook page) for a while now. After we got thrown in a hole financially late last week, I decided now is the time. I created a new page, The Admirably Diverse Mom, to share all things mom (my blog posts, articles, videos, my thoughts etc.) and to help promote my work from home business! Admirably Diverse - A Sibling Adventure will now just be all about Camden, Ryleigh, and baby Jaxton. 




But back to me becoming a work at home mom! 


I'm about to get really real... Over the weekend we were thrown in the hole financially. Cole and several other good men didn't get paid for the last two weeks of work they did because an evil person just felt like they didn't have to keep their word and pay them. Basically taking food out of people's mouths and diapers off of babies bottoms. It has totally devastated us. We're supposed to be moving into an apartment in about 3 weeks, we have a baby due in 4 weeks that we aren't even prepared for yet, and all of our stuff is still in Georgia! We were counting on that money to make everything happen!


Then on Saturday I saw one of my pregnant momma friends post about how you can sign up for It Works! for only $9.99!! I commented and said that I hope she does it again soon, because I just can't commit to something right when I'm about to have a baby! (My third baby in 4 years at that... but that was just me making excuses.) Then someone commented and asked me what I had to lose. I thought in my head "idk, I may not be able to buy my kids diapers this week and Cole may not have the gas money to go to work?" Me making excuses again because I cloth diaper half the time. But I told her she was right. Because she was. 


My friend sent me a few encouraging voice messages. I realized that God was telling me to do it. We're hurting so bad financially and live pay check to pay check every single time. A big sign was being held in front of my face and part of me was trying to push it away. So I told Cole and he listened to the messages with me. He told me to do it. So with only $23 in my bank, $82 in credit, and $3 cash on me, I signed up to be an It Works! distributor. 


I truly feel in my heart that this was put in front of my face by God and I KNOW that I am going to be one of those success stories. One day I'll be equally contributing financially to my family and not have to work a job just to pay for someone else to take care of my children. One day I won't have to live in apartments for low income families anymore. One day I won't have to have myself or my children on medicaid or other government assistance. 


One day *I* will be able to build my family's dream home -a home that Camden will physically thrive in. 


One day *I* will go to the grocery store and not have to use a calculator to make sure I stay within my budget. 


One day *I* will buy my own car. 


One day *I* will be able to buy Camden a crazy cool wheelchair. 


One day *I* will be able to help another family just like mine, because they deserve it. 


One day *I* will be an It Works! success story, all for my deserving babies and my man that takes care of us so well.  


***If you want to build your success story with me, then please email me at katiewhiddon@admirablydiverse.comYou can only become a distributor for $9.99 until the 30th of June! The business builder kit includes 4 wraps that you can either keep for yourself or make an automatic profit by selling them $25 each!  After that it goes back to $100 to sign up. Don't push it away like I almost did! Let's help each other succeed!!***

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Daddy's Cheat Sheet For Labor



Daddy’s Cheat Sheet For Labor

When contractions start
-Make arrangements for Camden and Ryleigh
-Make sure everything on our hospital bag checklist is in our bags
-Make sure I eat a high protein meal
-Make sure I drink plenty of fluids
-If contractions are slow at first, make sure I nap and keep the kids out of our room. 
-Call hospital/OB office when contractions are 5 minutes apart, lasting for 1 minute, for 1 hour OR if you notice sudden changes in my behavior (i.e. not able to talk through contractions)

When we are admitted to the hospital
-Remind me to contact my family
-Call your parents and family
-Have me change into my laboring clothes

When in active labor
-Make sure our birth plan and wishes are being followed within reason
-Ask if there is anything you can do for me
-Offer a massage
-Ask if I would like a drink or ice
-Ask if I would like for you to get in the shower with me
-Remind me to breathe deeply and slowly and to relax
-Offer oils on a cotton ball if I am upset or nauseous
-Remind me to change positions often/use birthing ball/walk halls 
-Repeat these lines to me:
“Each surge brings our baby closer to us.”
“You are fearless.”
“You are strong.”
“God designed your body for this purpose.”
“These surges are not stronger than you.”
“I have complete confidence that your body is working perfectly.”
“The pain that you've been feeling can't compare to the joy that is coming.”

If I am stressed or nervous
-Pray with me 
-Ask what you can do for me
-Ask if I would like for you to hug or hold me

When pushing begins
-Ask if I would like to use you for support
-Suggest a change in position if you notice me getting annoyed

When Jaxton is born
-Make sure umbilical cord has STOPPED pulsating BEFORE you cut. 
-Make sure he nurses before being examined, unless there is an emergency. 
-Make sure nurses and doctors do NOT retract or manipulate his foreskin whatsoever, especially without consulting us. 
-Make sure he gets the cloth diaper of your choice put on him instead of disposable. 
-Get into bed with us as soon as possible. 
-Our baby is not to be taken out of our room without the reasons being discussed with us first and nurses providing proper identification. 

After we have had proper bonding time
-Send pictures/video call your family
-Allow our visitors to enter the room
-Look at our postpartum plan for Jaxton’s care. Stay by his side no matter what. You are his protector and advocate. 
-Enjoy time with your baby boy and don't be afraid to take him away from anyone. 

If there is an emergency
-ALWAYS ask if there is time to talk about other options. 
-Make sure my mother is aware and ask her opinion, if there is time. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Pregnancy Week 32, VBA2C Update & 4D Live Photos



Week 32 has been our most exciting week yet and I am so ready to share it with you! On Tuesday we turned 32 weeks pregnant and had an appointment with my new OB, Dr. Cummings. Then Wednesday  we had an ultrasound done and was surprised to see our baby boy in 4D live!!!

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According to my favorite pregnancy app, Ovia, Jax is the size of a plastic scooter board!


And it's crazy to see that his hand has almost filled in the lines! We're so so close to being done!




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For months I have been reading about the amazing Dr. Cummings in a VBAC and cesarean support group on Facebook for the dfw area that my doula I had with Camden told me about and I was SO JEALOUS because I was living back in Georgia and couldn't deliver with him. Thankfully that all changed and we are back in the dfw area! And after two weeks I was able to get an appointment with this amazing obstetrician that I have only read good things about. I was over the moon excited when I got the call that Dr. Cummings accepted me as a patient. I got super emotional because, without even seeing this doctor, I knew that I was going to get my VBA2C (vaginal birth after 2 cesareans). FINALLY. 

My first appointment with Dr. Cummings went exactly how I imagined it would. He was so positive and confident in the ability of a woman's body to give birth. He said that he had no doubt at all that I could give birth, he just didn't want me to glamorize birth like a lot of woman who walk into his office. He needed me to know that labor is hard and that I need to prepare myself for 12-24 hours of labor, but that I didn't need to fear because he has no fear in my ability to give birth. He said to me, "You do all of the work. I just catch the baby. Leave your fears at the door." I was already confident before I went into that appointment, but I had a whole new level of confidence and determination when I walked out. I felt like a million bucks! Plus, I found out that he grew up in Georgia not to far from where I grew up and he spoke so openly about his trust in God, which just put the icing on the cake! 

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Wednesday I had a growth scan to see how our sweet Jax is doing! The lady was taking a few measurements and then all of a sudden switched over to 4D live! I was so surprised and excited! None of my babies have ever cooperated far a 3D or 4D ultrasound, but Jax decided that he would be the one! He was smiling, opening his mouth, and made a really sad face. It was so fun to watch!! He weighs 4 pounds 2 ounces (44th%) at 32 weeks and is estimated to be around 7.5 pounds at birth. We are so in love with his fat cheeks and lips. We got a few pictures and I hope you enjoy them as much as we do! 





Saturday, May 27, 2017

My VBA2C Birth Plan



Birth Plan


Mother: Katie Whiddon

Father: Cole Greene
Today's date:
Due date: July 25th, 2017
Baby's name: Jaxton Cole Greene
Doctors name
Hospital name:

My delivery is as planned:

•VBA2C 
•Repeat cesarean ONLY if mother or baby's life is at risk 

During labor I would like for my children, family and friends to enter the room as long as I am comfortable enough for visitors. 


I would like the following people present during birth:

•Father/partner: Cole Greene
•Maternal Grandmother/support person: Toni Bender

During labor I would like:

•music played
•lights dimmed
•room quiet as possible
•as few interruptions as possible
•vaginal exams only as requested, unless medically necessary 
•no residents, students, or interns present during labor or birth
•to wear my own clothes
•support person to film and/or take pictures 
•my partner and support person to be present at all times
•to stay hydrated with clear liquids and/or ice chips
•to eat and drink as approved by my doctor

I would like to spend the first stages of labor in any position that I am comfortable and progressing in:

•standing
•laying down
•walking
•in shower
•in tub

I am not interested in:

•Urinary catheter 
•an IV, unless I am dehydrated. Saline lock IS okay, but only in arm so mobility isn't restricted. 

Fetal monitoring:

•intermittent
•external

Labor augmentation:

•preformed only if baby is in distress
•first attempted by most natural methods
•preformed with pitocin ONLY if most natural methods fail
•NEVER to include artificial rupture of the membrane, unless dilated to 6cm 

Pain relief:

•acupressure 
•breathing techniques
•distraction
•massage
•meditation
•hydrotherapy

Birthing positions:

•squat
•semi-recline
•lie on my side
•be on my hands and knees
•stand
•lean on my partner or support person
•use people for leg support
•use a birth bar for support
•use a birthing stool

As the baby is delivered, I would like to:

•allow body to push naturally
•push without time limits, as long as the baby and I are not at risk
•use a mirror to see baby crown
•touch the head as it crowns
•avoid forceps usage
•avoid vacuum extraction
•let partner catch the baby 

Episiotomy:

•used only after perineal massage, warm compress, and positioning
•preformed ONLY with my consent
•preformed as my doctor deems necessary 
•preformed with local anesthesia 

After delivery:

•my partner is to cut the umbilical cord
•the umbilical cord cut only after it stops pulsating
•no pitocin, unless deemed medically necessary by my doctor. 

If cesarean is necessary:

•make sure all other options have been exhausted 
•I am to stay conscious, unless at immediate risk
•my partner is to remain with me the entire time, even if unconscious
•screen lowered so I can watch delivery of baby
•my hands left free so I can touch baby, unless limbs become uncontrollable
•surgery explained as it happens
•spinal block for anesthesia 
•my partner to hold baby as soon as possible
•breastfeed in the recovery room

I would like to hold and breastfeed baby immediately after delivery. 


Baby's medical exam and procedures:

•given in my presence 
•given only after both parents have bonded

Please do not give baby:

•vitamin K, unless visible sign of bruising or surgery is needed
•sugar water
•pacifier
•formula
•any artificial nipple

Baby's first bath given:

•given by me and my partner

I'd like to feed baby:

•only breastmilk
•on demand

Baby is to stay in my room at all times.


I’d like my partner:

•to stay in my room
•to have unlimited visiting

As needed post-delivery:

•stool softener
•laxative 

After birth I would like to stay at the hospital:

•as long as possible

If baby is not well:

•my partner and I are to accompany baby to NICU
•only give breastmilk from my breast, pumped milk or donor breastmilk via syringe/spoon/cup/tube
•to hold him whenever possible


***NO CIRCUMCISION OR RETRACTION WHATSOEVER***

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Pregnancy Update & BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

So I haven't posted any blog updates for a few weeks now, but for good reason! 

WE MOVED FROM GEORGIA TO TEXAS!! AGAIN! -woohoo!!!!!

We've been wanting to move back to Texas, and of course take Cole with us, for a few months now. And we were so excited to find out at the end of April that it was FINALLY going to happen! So we packed up our house, said the hard goodbyes to our families, and moved to Texas on May 13th. Cole has a great job working for my dad and step mom and my mom and step dad are kind enough to let us stay with them for a little while while we get our apartment stuff worked out. So thankful for all of my parents. 

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I am 31 weeks pregnant now! And pretty miserable. I have Braxton hicks contractions throughout the day and cramps a few times a day. Jax's head is also super low, just like his big brother's was. Another bonus about moving to Texas is that I will be able to get a VBA2C here and not have to travel an annoying/slightly nerve rattling distance. I've always wanted a natural birth, and to have it at my finger tips makes me feel so confident!! I am hoping to hear back from an amazing OB this week. He has my records and referral, so I'm going to call his office everyday until they schedule my appointment. I HAVE to birth my baby with him! So keep your fingers crossed and pray that I get my appointment with him soon. 

I've had a few requests for our registry, so I'll add them at the end of this post after all of the belly pics!


Week 30








Week 31





https://buybuybaby.com
You can find our BuyBuyBaby registry by typing in my name, Katie Whiddon, or typing in our registry ID #, 544234876. 

https://www.cottonbabies.com
You can find our cottonbabies registry by typing in my name, Katie Whiddon. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Limb-Different Buddy Wednesday: Josh Kennison

Our limb-different buddy this Wednesday is Josh Kennison. Josh was born without hands, feet, or a toungue. Despite his differences and with the support of his awesome family, Josh learned to walk, talk, eat, and even run!

A cool fact about Josh is that after only two years of running track, he broke the T-43 World Long Jump Record! No one has been able to break his record since!

When Josh isn't on the track, he spends his time coaching a middle school girls' varsity soccer team, which he's been doing for five years, and traveling to schools, businesses, and conventions to give motivational speeches about his life, all that he has been through and his amazing accomplishments!

One thing that Josh wanted me to talk about is his involvement with Camp No Limits. Camp No Limits is a camp for children with limb differences! Josh is a mentor at the camp and helps the kids learn how to do so many different things! If you have a child with a limb difference, you should look into this camp! From what I see on Facebook, this Camp really helps with the kids' motivation and confidence.

Josh is someone I, as a mother of a limb different child, look up to a lot. I go to him with questions I'm not sure about and he really helps me a lot! I hope that he will be Camden's mentor at Camp No Limits someday.





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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Baby jaxton: Pregnancy-Week 28

We're finally in the third trimester!!! Woohoo!!! I am sooooo happy to be in the last 12 weeks of this pregnancy because this baby is kicking my butt, literally and figuratively.

According to my favorite pregnancy app, Ovia, Jax is about 16 inches long and 2.5 pounds, which is the size of a coconut I guess, since that's what they're comparing his size to.



Here is his hand size. I love love love seeing how much bigger he gets this way! Makes me so excited to hold his sweet little hand.


And our 28 week belly! He was so up high yesterday, and then today he decided he was going to be soooo low. This pregnancy is very very similar to my pregnancy with Camden. I have Braxton Hicks contractions allllll day and Jax's head is basically between my legs. I'm also producing tons of colostrum, liquid gold, like I did with Camden. So hopefully I'll have an over supply of milk again and be able to donate my milk to other babies this time around. 



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Baby Jaxton: Pregnancy-Weeks 26 & 27

Our family absolutely has NOT caught a break in over a month, so here I am again posting two weeks of pregnancy updates!! I'm probably just going to do it this way for now on. I don't know. We will see! Here's our 26 and 27 week pregnancy updates from my favorite pregnancy app, Ovia, and a few bump pics!

Week 26:


Let me tell y'all something about week 26. We decided to take a family trip to St Simons Island on good Friday. If you follow the Admirably Diverse Facebook page, you saw the pictures and live video. We were out there for 5 hours having the best time and my idiot fair skinned pregnant self didn't put on any sunscreen until I was already out there for a few hours. Biggest mistake ever. I am STILL recovering from it 2 weeks later. My legs and feet are still purple and my whole body is peeling like I'm a snake, but thankfully the swelling is gone and I didn't get burnt on my belly, chest, or shoulders. I thought I had sun poisoning, but thankfully I didn't. So I said all of that to say, WEAR SUNSCREEN Y'ALL! 


On week 26 Jax was the size of a bowling pin! Sometimes their size comparisons really confuse me because one week it'll be something huge and then the next week it's something way smaller. You'll see what I mean in week 27.





Week 26 hand size!!


And here is our week 26 bump! 




Week 27:

This week has started off great! I'm not too uncomfortable or anything (probably jinxing myself) and Jax is moving up a storm as I type this! I had an appointment with my midwife yesterday and Jax's heart rate was 150! I also gained another five pounds in the past month. So that's s total of 25 pounds and I still have three more months to go!! I'm actually going to have to work to get the baby weight off this time, unless breastfeeding makes it melt off again like after I had Camden and Ryleigh. 

This week Jax is the size on a bunch of bananas!! 




Here is his sweet little crazy fast growing hand!!


And our week 27 bump!!




Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Limb-Different Buddy Wednesday: Owen



"After 10 months of trying to conceive we were so thrilled when we finally became pregnant. This baby was so loved, so wanted and we were incredibly thankful for this little life! 

I went into our sonography appointment at 21 weeks knowing without a doubt that baby would be a girl, I could just feel it. I vividly remember how joyful we were in anticipation, how playful and lively we were feeling. Joking with each other and the sonographer, it felt like such a great day! Well to my absolute surprise the sonographer told us that our baby was actually a boy, and the rest of that appointment still leaves me breathless, anxious with my heart beating fast. After much time had passed, I knew deep down something just wasn't right, almost yelling I said "just show me where his hands are", and she said "I can't find them"... 

At that point it was just her last effort to try and find what wasn't there and my doctor was already on hold waiting to give us the news officially.  Our son would be born with only a small part of one arm and missing significant parts of his legs as well. I crumbled to the ground, numb from the pain, the next 3 days are a complete blur and that day still feels like the worst day of my life. 

I had never even heard of congenital limb differences before, I was in shock, this couldn't really be part of Gods plan. At that point our doctors couldn't even predict the viability of the pregnancy and didn't know for sure if our son was still healthy and growing. 

Three days after that appointment my husband and I experienced a peace that could've only come from the Holy Spirit, people we didn't even know were praying for the safety of our baby and for our fragile hearts. At every following appointment we found that our baby was indeed healthy, growing and perfect. 

In July I gave birth to our son, Owen Benjamin, and it was by far the best day of our lives. I didn't know what to anticipate, but laying eyes on him for the first time I knew without a doubt that I'd love this little boy more than I ever thought was possible. I thought that his differences would be overpowering, but all I saw was Owen and his total perfection. He was completely ours and we were completely his. 

Having a front row seat experiencing how God has changed hearts and changed lives through the life of our son has been one of my greatest joys. I believe that God created Owen with such greatness and divine purpose for his time here on earth. His sweet spirit, wise eyes, and infectious laughter captivates everyone he meets. It's a beautiful thing watching Owen's story unfold, and I'm so honored that I get to be his mama.


Right now Owen is a healthy and active 9 month old. We don't know what the future holds, but we can't wait to see his interests and passions develop as we help him achieve his dreams. We share quite a bit about Owen and his limb differences because we've become so passionate about embracing and celebrating all differences. We want everyone to see how happy and capable our Owen is and that his differences are just a small part of who he is. There is so much life he has to experience and so many wonderful things that he'll get to do. I can assure you that there's nothing sad about his differences and he is here to help change the world! 

Be truly glad, there is wonderful joy ahead (1 Peter 1:6)"

To follow Owen and his family on Instagram- @loveintheville

The letter that Owen's mom, Casey, wrote to him before he was born- https://loveintheville.wordpress.com/2016/05/09/owen-the-great/



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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Limb-Different Buddy Wednesday: Ryan Haack

"Hi! My name is Ryan Haack. I was born missing my left arm just after my elbow. It never stopped me from doing anything I wanted, though! I started a website at LivingOneHanded.com where I share my thoughts and experiences living with a physical difference. I make funny videos showing how I do things, too! I love making people laugh. One of my favorite things I’ve done is write a children’s book called Different Is Awesome! and I get to travel around the country telling kids at schools that it’s our differences that make us awesome! You can find out more about Different Is Awesome! here: www.livingnonehanded.com/differentisawesome YOU’RE AWESOME!"




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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Baby Jaxton: Pregnancy-Weeks 24 & 25

Okay, I slacked again last week on a pregnancy update. I was sick and adjusting to the kids being back home from their vacation with all their grandparents in Texas. But hopefully we're all done with all the sickness. I'm ready to be back to our normal! But anyway. Here's our weeks 24 and 25 pregnancy updates from my Ovia app and bump pics!

Week 24:
For week 24 Jax is the size of a GI Joe! I thought it was funny that last week they had him at Barbie size and now this week he's a GI Joe! 



And here is his hand size for week 24. 


And our 24 week bump! Ryleigh just loves my baby bump! And she gets verrry territorial if anyone pulls up my shirt and rubs my belly. It's the cutest thing!



Week 25:
I guess week 25 is the start of the struggling during pregnancy. Yesterday I was just sooooo uncomfortable and Cole said my belly got so much bigger than just the day before. The skin around my belly button hurts and I can't even bend over anymore. And I just can't stop thinking about how miserable I'm going to be at the end of this AND I'll be 9 months pregnant in the middle of the summer. I'm just hoping I'm being dramatic and it's not going to be THAT bad. 

This week Jax is the size of a baseball glove! 


And here is his sweet little hand size that I love so much!!




Our 25 week bump!




Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Limb-Different Buddy Wednesday: McKoy


"I found koy was going to be like this at 20 weeks. Koy was born on October 31 2012 he was diagnosed with phocomelia. He has over came so many obstacles and he is in school and is very smart. He loves church and fishing!"






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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Limb-Different Buddy Wednesday: Jeremy

"My name's Caroline and me and my kids love your blog and your facebook posts. 
We live in Madagascar where I'm a missionary. I adopted three kids, and youngest one Jeremy was born with 3 limbs missing, and just has one hand with 3 fingers. His birth parents gave him up, and He came to live with us when he was 3 months old. He's now 3 1/2 and he's so fun! he loves to ride his skateboard and his favourite thing ever is to go swimming! 
He also loves looking at your photo's of Camden. He loves to see a little boy who has similar limb differences to him, and he always asks to see his pictures over and over again. 
Jeremy has a facebook page called Little Mr Jeremy. 

Thanks for all you do in showing people what a joy and blessing your children are. I really can't imagine my life without these gorgeous little blessings!"






*If you would like to be a part of Limb-Different Buddy Wednesday, please send me a message on the Admirably Diverse Facebook page or email me at katiewhiddon@admirablydiverse.com with your photo, your story, and links to your social media if you would like for others to follow you!*

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Baby Jaxton: Pregnancy-Weeks 22 & 23

I'm sorry that I didn't post a pregnancy update last week! Last week was very hectic for us traveling to Texas on Wednesday, having my brothers wedding rehearsal Thursday, wedding on Friday, and then we drove back to Georgia Saturday night. Camden had a fever the whole time we were there and Ryleigh had a snot nose and cough. We left the kids in Texas so my parents could trade them back and forth for 2 weeks since they haven't seen them in 10 months. Thankfully my mom is a pediatric nurse and all 4 of my parents have car seat safety beat into their heads, so they're in great hands!

This week I will be covering weeks 22 and 23 of my pregnancy.

Week 22:
According to my pregnancy app, Ovia, Jax is the size of a water bottle! I was slacking last week and forgot to download his hand size, so you won't be seeing that for this week. Sorry!!



I didn't take an official week 22 belly pic, but this is from last Thursday at 22w2d.



At 22w6d I had an OB appointment! I gained 5 pounds in the past month. When my midwife was trying to find Jax's heartbeat he decided that he wanted to be stubborn and move all around. She had to literally grab him to keep him still enough and he was STILL moving around, so she didn't get an exact number for his heart rate, but you can hear all of his movements and little glimpses of his heart in this video.



Week 23:
For week 23 my Ovia app says that Jaxton is as big as a Barbie! He is now over 12 inches long and weighs over a pound. From here on out he's going to start packing on lots of fat! I'm huge this pregnancy, so I predict that he is going to be my biggest and chunkiest baby!



And here is his sweet hand!



Our week 23 belly!!!