Humor

Here are some of my less serious posts:
Why I'm Still Breastfeeding
5 Diets
December 3, 1975
What Is Butt Dust?
10 Things Guys Should Do When Their Wife Is Pregnant
Oh So Pinteresting - Mommy Humor
Oh How Pinteresting - Made Me Laugh
Conversations with my Family

All funny stuff HERE :)

Poetry

Poetry on my blog:
Me Without You
My Beautiful Baby
The Memory Of A Kiss
Night and Day
Elemental
The Sun Will Rise
Fiercely and Completely (at the bottom of the post)

All poetry about Steven HERE and by Steven HERE
All poetry about my girls HERE

And the rest of my poetry can be found HERE :)

Health Issues

Absolute Madness (post I wrote when Kay got sick)
Kaylee Update (post I wrote while Kay was in the hospital)
Summary of Kaylee's Recent Health Issues (explanation of Kay's brain infection)
Kay's First Dentist Appointment
Not The Most Fun Family Outing Ever (Kay's dental surgery)
So It Turns Out I Have Eosinophilic Esophagitis (my trip to the ER, well one of them anyway)

All posts about eczema
All posts about allergies

All posts about Kaylee's health issues
All posts about my health issues

Parenting

Some of my favorite parenting posts...
TV Is Ruined For Me!
Letter To My Toddler
Oh So Pinteresting - Baby Fever
Oh So Pinteresting - Mommyhood
Oh So Pinteresting - Mommy Humor

All pregnancy/baby/child updates
All Mommy & Me Monday posts
All sibling link-up posts

All posts about Kaylee Rebecca
All posts about Brynna Rose

All posts about baby signing
All posts about baby-led weaning (letting babies self-feed when they start solids)
All posts about baby-wearing
All posts about breastfeeding
All posts about weaning
All posts about TTC & pregnancy
All posts about miscarriage
All posts about cloth diapering
All posts about potty-training

All posts about parenting in general

Mental Health

TTC / Pregnancy / Loss

Pregnancy:
Pickles & Ice Cream! (all my weird pregnancy cravings)

HERE is my pregnancy diary that I wrote when I was pregnant with Kaylee.

Here are some of my favorite posts from when I was pregnant with Brynna...
Pregnancy announcement
The day I heard B's heartbeat for the first time
First ultrasound and gender announcement
My 20 week pregnancy update
My last update for my pregnancy
The post I wrote when I was in early labor
A summary of my pregnancy

Here is my attempt to look on the bright side and find the humor in pregnancy!
10 Things Guys Should Do When Their Wife Is Pregnant

Birth stories:
Brynna Rose
Kaylee Rebecca

TTC:
HERE is one of the posts I wrote when I was TTC... I remember the feeling so clearly, and it makes me feel so lucky to have my rainbow baby now. :) If you are someone who has been TTC for a while and are thinking of giving up, don't! Keep trying, or pursue adoption, but don't give up on being a parent if that's what you truly want. It can be such an emotional roller coaster, but it will be so so worth it in the end!!

Loss:
HERE are all my posts about my last miscarriage. I think the taboo on talking about miscarriages only hurts women and makes them feel alone and isolated. I chose to blog about my experience, so others know they are not alone, and to maybe help people feel less uncomfortable when someone they know is having or has had a miscarriage.

Click here for all posts about TTC, pregnancy, and pregnancy loss

Breastfeeding & Weaning

Some of my favorite breastfeeding related posts:

Why I'm Still Breastfeeding (A humorous post about breastfeeding a toddler)
Why Are You Still Breastfeeding That Child? (A serious post about my decision to let Kaylee self-wean)
NIP! (Normalize it, people! An ongoing link-up about normalizing nursing in public)
Night and Day (A little poem about nursing Kaylee as a toddler)
The Only Mammal That Doesn't Utilize Mammary Glands: Humans (An essay I wrote in college that I got an A on! :)

Click here for all posts about breastfeeding and weaning!

Family

Some of my favorite posts about my husband:
5 Years ♥
Wordless Wednesday - Father's Day Edition
Happy Birthday To The Best Husband Ever!
Oh So Pinteresting (Luff)
Oh So Pinteresting (More luff)
Oh So Pinteresting (Marriage Humor)
All posts about Steven HERE

Some of my favorite posts about our daughters:
Kaylee's Birth
Kaylee Quotes
Some Cute Videos Of Kaylee ^_^
I Know I Say This About Every Milestone...
Kaylee Singing The Alphabet For The First Time
This Moment - Kaylee Singing A Song For The First Time
Perfect Day
Plus Sign
I Just Got Back From The Birth Center...
Just Some Videos :3
Just Got Back From Our Ultrasound!!
Videos of Kaylee and Rain
Kaylee Saying Her Bedtime Prayers
Mommy and Me Monday
41 Week Bumpdate!!
Brynna's Birth!
Brynna at 3 months compared to Kaylee at 3 months
Kaylee's 4th Birthday Parties :)
Flashback Friday - comparing Kay & Bryn in the same outfits
Flashback Friday - Baby Kaylee Laughing
Kaylee's 4 and a half year update
Brynna's 1 year updates
All pregnancy/baby/child updates HERE
All posts about Kaylee HERE and Brynna HERE

Some of my favorite posts about my extended family:
Happy Birthday, Grandma
Today, and always, I am thankful for my Grandma
A Day With My Family
Flashback Friday - 1989
Conversations with my Family
Flashback Friday - my mom as a baby
Flashback Friday - my brothers and me
Flashback Friday - my mom and me
Visit To Grandma's :)
Flashback to 1991 - my brother and me
All posts about my extended family HERE

Some of my favorite posts about my in laws:
Kaylee's 4th Birthday Parties
Easter 2012
Christmas 2011
All posts about my in laws HERE

Some of my favorite posts about my friends:
[Mostly] Wordless Wednesday (Cody visits)
Flashback Friday (Monica visits)
Uncle Cody Visits :)
All posts about friends HERE

Holiday posts:
Valentine's Day 2012 2013
Easter 2010 and 2011 2012 2013 2014
Mother's Day 2013
Father's Day 2013
4th of July 2012 2010 - 2013
Halloween 2009 - 2011 2012 2013
Thanksgiving 2013
Hannukah 2011
Christmas 2009 - 2011 2012 2013
New Year's 2012 2013 2014
All holiday posts HERE

All Mommy & Me Monday posts (I post mommy/daughter pics every Monday:)

Favorite posts about family in general:
It's The Little Things
Sisters
Wordless Wednesday
Carnival and Beach Pics :)
Vacation to Mexico
Makes My Monday
Wordless Wednesday
[Mostly] Wordless Wednesday
Playing Outside
The Griffiths Family (a collage of our family pics over the years)
Flashback Friday - Steven and me, as kids
Trip to Wheaton Regional Park
A Day In My Life :)
Mommy & Me Monday - some of my fave pics ever
Trip To TN

Pets are family too!

Click here for all posts about family! :)

Fur-babies

Here are some of my favorite posts about my family's pets:
Molly The Carolina Dog (American Dingo!)
Our Rescue Story
Happy Half-Birthday To Arie Berry!
Meet Maggie!
Kaylee and Her Doggie Siblings :)
Happy Birthday, Aries!
Why Do We Have A Pit Bull? (Addressing common Pit Bull myths)
Goodbye, Priscilla :(
Flashback Friday - Pets I've Had In The Past
Flashback Friday - Missy and Kirby :)
Meet Our New Addition...
Flashback Friday - Happy Birthday to Molly
Sisters
Aries

For all posts showing the positive side of Pit Bulls, click HERE

For posts about our dog, MOLLY, click HERE.
For posts about our dog, ARIES, click HERE.
For posts about our hamster, LYNNIE, click HERE.
For posts about our chinchilla, PRISCILLA, click HERE.
For posts about my mom's dog, MISSY, click HERE.
For posts about my mom's dog, KIRBY, click HERE.
For posts about my grandma's dog, MAGGIE, click HERE. (She went to live with my cousin when my grandma passed away.)

For all posts on pets, click here.

Summary of Kaylee's Recent Health Issues

To sum up all of my posts about Kaylee's recent health issues... In the end of October 2013, Kaylee started acting odd. All of her existing behavioral issues were magnified by 100. Basically, she was having giant tantrums and mood swings. She wasn't listening and doing dangerous things, like running into the street. Her doctor thought this was normal for an emotionally sensitive 4 and a half year old who might possibly have some minor sensory processing issues. We decided (her doctor, Steven, and I) that it was just the trauma of her Gigi (my grandma) going into hospice.

Later in the week, her behavior worsened to the point where I knew something was very wrong. She was hurting herself and others, had memory loss, and very severe mood swings. I had to call my brother to come help me restrain her because I didn't feel like I could keep her safe and watch Brynna too. She also developed symptoms of trichotillomania, and pulled out so much of her hair that we ended up having to shave it all off. (I later shaved mine off too, to make her feel better about losing her hair because she was pretty upset about it.)

Long story short, she was hospitalized for a week. She had to be sedated for a lot of it and kept in a padded crib because she was a danger to herself. She had a million and one tests and they finally decided it was a viral infection that had spread to her brain and caused severe encephalitis (brain swelling). This caused the mood changes, memory loss, and severe behavioral changes. They told us she would probably make a full recovery within the next 3 months.

It's still rough right now. Sometimes it feels like her progress is two steps forward and one step back. She can't read, write, do math, etc. as well as she could before she got sick. She still has episodes where she will cry uncontrollably, be scared for no reason, get violent, laugh crazily, do dangerous things, etc. She doesn't sleep through the night and has a lot of night terrors. But it's not nearly as bad as it was and she is continuing to slowly improve.

Right now (November, 2013), we're just struggling to settle into a routine. Our new normal is going to multiple appointments a week (she now has a therapist, psychiatrist, neurologist, grief counselor, and a few more). She needs a lot of extra attention and supervision. We are all grieving for my grandma (Kaylee's Gigi) so that makes it even harder. But we're focusing on the progress Kaylee has made. When she was in the hospital, all we did was pray that she'd survive. Now she smiles, laughs, draws, does puzzles, plays with her sister, runs around outside, loves school, and does great at swim class! There may be rough parts, but she's come so far, and we're so thankful for that. :)

Update 1/14/2014: Kaylee is doing SO much better. We recently went on a gluten-free trial so we think that may be contributing to it. It could also just be time passing and her brain healing. But the point is, she is doing great, and we hope it keeps up!!

Update 1/25/2016: In the past 2 years, we've had good days and not so good days. Kaylee still has pretty severe mood swings. We've learned to avoid a lot of her triggers. She's made a lot of progress; we all have. A huge lesson we've had to learn is be happy when things are going well, but not be disappointed when we're having a rough time. We were really attached to the idea that any progress she made would be permanent, but now that now we are more used to the fact that while she does make progress, she will still have her ups and downs.

We have tried medications but are taking a break from that right now. She had a pretty bad reaction to the last one we tried and ended up in the ER. So right now, the plan is to just keep doing what we're doing. We are going to keep figuring out ways to help her make progress, and but also ways to improve how we deal with things regardless of the progress she makes.

There are rough times. I don't want to downplay that. But all in all, we have gotten pretty good at staying positive. We're really optimistic about the future. Kaylee truly is an amazing little kid. :)