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!!!


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!


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! 


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!