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My name is Kelli.
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Congrats Puppy w/HH

OMG I AM BACK!!  haha.

This is the first card I’ve made since the beginning of FEBRUARY… so bear with me and give me a little time to regain my mojo!!  And I know the picture came out a little dark… gotta give me some time to get back into the swing of photographing my stuff correctly too!  haha.

This adorable Puppy with Stick image (found in the NEW category!) is for Handmade Harbour’s Midweek Paper Party… the theme this week is Summer Fun.  I thought this was a bright, sunny paper and this puppy definitely looks like he’s having fun!

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Hope you come join us over at HH.  I’d like to say extra special thanks to Wendy for being patient with me and letting me come back at my own pace.  So sorry it took so long but I’m back!!

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Gender reveal!

I know I’m a bit over my weekly blogging plan and a reveal of just who this baby is but I was busy cleaning up in here!  haha.  It’s still a huge mess and I still don’t have my stamina and strength back so I get thoroughly exhausted these days but little by little things are getting better!

And without further ado….

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Yup, it’s ANOTHER boy.  haha.

That’s is for this post… I realized that I promised a reveal and never gave it to you!  Until next time… and hopefully with something crafty!

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i’m (kinda sorta) baaaaack!

I am almost 19 weeks along and things are finally on a true upswing. I got off IV last week and got my PICC line removed earlier this week… we celebrated by taking the kids and the dogs to the beach yesterday.  I still can’t soak the site (no tubs, pools, etc) until next week but I can shower without wrapping my arm and that in itself is wonderful.  Still on nausea meds and having fits once in a while of unsettled food or holding down the vom but for the most part things are great on the food and drink front.  I haven’t thrown up in about a month so that in itself says something I think!

I am working to build up my stamina and strength though… For the most part I don’t need to rely on a wheelchair to get around because I don’t tire as quickly as I used to, but I am still adjusting to doing more than laying in bed and sitting up to eat or walk to the bathroom like I’ve been doing since February!  And in building up my stamina I’m working on building up my strength too.  I’m at -24 lbs for this pregnancy… but hey, at my worst point I was at -31 lbs so I’ve gained some weight back!!  My superwoman muscles are non-existent!!

Today marks the first time I’m sitting at my work desk on my work computer in three months. And the main thing I realized after working to clean up for almost 4 hours in my office is that THIS PLACE IS A COMPLETE MESS.  This room naturally accumulates junks and the overflow of clutter from the main house, but three months of me not dealing any of it (which means no one has dealt with it) means there’s quite a bit of it. Add to that my husband taking over my work desk mainly to use the computer but also because all our bills and paperwork got sorted from my desk (because I’m the one who did it!)… he has kinda made the space ‘his’ which means piles of stuff and nothing in the right place.

So even though I have the energy to probably get back to work and pick up on orders and building inventory for the end of the year, I don’t have the space and am so completely overwhelmed by the clutter in here that it’ll probably take me the rest of the month to be okay.

But I do plan on coming back to blog every week and eventually get something crafty done and posted too!  And next week Saturday is my big gender-revealing ultrasound (provided baby cooperates!), so be sure to stop back and see if it’s a boy like Big A wants or a girl like Daddy J wants!!  Little A and I just want a happy, healthy baby so we’ll be happy either way!

Thanks for stopping by and sticking with me.  And thank you to those who have left such wonderful and supportive comments while I’ve been out.  I haven’t had a chance to make the blog rounds but just know I appreciate you all being there for me!

lovies, =o) kel

Welcome to the 2nd Trimester!!

I am officially 14 weeks today, and starting my 2nd trimester!  I can’t tell you how excited I am that the worst 1/3 of my pregnancy is behind me.

Since I blogged last, I have, over the course of a couple weeks each, worked in protein shakes, and then solid food, and then food + liquid into my diet.  I am now at a point where I can eat 1-2 meals a day, and hold down about 1/2 the liquid I need to survive (you are supposed to get 2 liters of fluid a day and I get one through my IV and around one through drinks).

I am down to 2 different meds daily (versus the 3-4 I was taking before) – diclegis once at nighttime, and zofran 2x a day (versus the 3x a day I NEEDED to take before, so yay for lowering that!).  But believe me, I know when the zofran wears off and I need to take my next dose.  I don’t think my nausea is gone, just finally under control.  And speaking of nausea, I throw up maybe 2x a week now, versus 4x daily when I first got my IV.  I still have my nauseous moments, but am usually able to either keep it down and let it settle, or if it’s bad enough, force myself to sleep through it.

The original goal was to be off IV and meds by May, but it seems like ‘sometime in May at the earliest’ is more realistic.  I know, I know, when I am done being sick and can get off IV is not something I have ANY say in.  haha.  I am grateful for the IV and the multivitamin + folic acid I get through my IV… I don’t have to stress about forcing myself to drink enough (because the 1 liter I do manage to drink throughout the day is at times forced down or forcibly kept down), and I really don’t have to stress about my diet and forcing myself to eat enough of the right things for this baby.  My nausea may be under control but my food aversions are still rampant and at this point, I will do whatever I need to in order to avoid throwing up again.

Baby is healthy and moving around a lot, which is reassuring.  I started feeling him/her kick from the inside… meaning I can’t yet feel it with my hands so I can’t share it with the kids or with J but hopefully I can share this feeling with them soon!  Dr. said we can find out gender closer to week 20, so I still have another SIX WEEKS until we find out if Big A gets his boy or if Daddy J gets his girl!!  Haha.  And we are definitely going to find out gender!  I don’t do well with secrets!!

That’s it for my update.  I am slowly getting my energy back but it is a very slow-going process.  We have been able to go out shopping but I either need to borrow my dad’s wheelchair, or limit my walking (mostly leaning on the cart lol) to no more than 20-30 minutes with tons of rest stops in between!  I will keep you guys updated on anything new… but thanks for stopping by and I miss you and will see you soon!!

lovies, =o) kel

Yup, it’s a baby!!

I am taking a brief hiatus from blogging and crafting… But believe me it’s not by choice!!

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I am a little over 9 weeks pregnant! And believe me, the past 3 weeks have been HELL for me and my family. Pregnancy for me comes with a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum which basically means extreme nausea and vomiting to the point of dehydration and weight loss.

Since Feb 12th, my first prenatal appointment, I’ve lost 19.5lbs, been to the ER 3x before getting approved for a PICC line (long term iv line) and iv home therapy, and at this point, do not have the ability to drink or eat. Don’t get me wrong, I try every day but 99% of the time everything comes up.

So I barely have the ability to function on my own and walk the 10 feet from my bed to bathroom, let alone walk downstairs and across the house to craft! My kids are being taken care of (and I can’t tell you how much I miss everyday with them!) by my husband, my parents and my in-laws but it still guilts me that I can’t even help them with their homework or really stand to be around them – too much energy, movement, smells for me to handle right now. Lol. But they understand and are excited for a new baby!

I’ll check back in periodically and update you guys on my condition when I can… The HG lasted 4 months with Big A and 6 months with Little A so I’m expecting to be out until at least May.

Until then, take care my friends! I’ll definitely miss you guys!!

lovies, =o) kel

Birthday stars w/DD

Made for Daydream Designs.

Using Hooty Toot Digi Papers and Birthday Hoot Journal Mat Kit.

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Hooty tooty birthday w/DD

Made for Daydream Designs using Hooty Toot Digi Papers and Birthday Hoot Color and Sentiment Set.

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Love these owls and these colors!! Thanks for stopping by!!

lovies, =o) kel

Christmas Card Sunday

This week’s card for Christmas Card Sunday uses less-old paper.  Try 2011 or something.  That’s almost like BRAND-SPANKIN’-NEW for me!  haha!!

Here’s the deets:
Every Sunday I’m hoping to post a new/different Christmas card. The rule: No buying stuff to make these cards!  I have to use what’s already in my stash or leftovers from other projects – I can buy Christmas stuff for a scrapbook layout or mini album and whatnot but I can’t buy something specifically to make a card for Christmas Card Sunday!

You might remember this layout – I used it on a thank you card a little while ago but it’s so versatile and I love it!

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pink hippo love w/KBD

Super belated edit on this post. This is for the current challenge over at kitty bee designs’ aloha Friday challenges. The theme is ‘use pink or red as your primary color’ and we are lucky to be sponsored by meljens designs. Love these images, thanks Melissa for your generosity!!

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Just a quick post… I have a big one coming up in a few days!!!

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Freebie Card w/Crafting with Dragonflies

The challenge this fortnight over at Crafting with Dragonflies is to make a card using a freebie.  I have had this freebie from Whimsie Doodles (found on their freebies page) in my stash for a LOOOOOONG time and finally got around to using it.  I think it’s just too cute!!

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And yay me!  This is all scraps again!!  I finally feel like I’m making a definite dent in my scrap stash!!  Come join us with your card using a freebie!!

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