Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Back to work... and Project Gummy Bear progress

I've been back to work for three days now... I'm exhausted!!! But I'm getting into the swing of things. I am hoping that over the next few weeks I get into a routine, you know just in time for my husband to be redeployed. I have to keep telling myself "this is what we signed up for"... Errr

I am so excited to be getting Project Gummy Bear off of the ground. I would love to make it a full time job and what not. It is nice to see a vision become a reality and bloom. I have a good friend who helped tweak some concept ideas and move forward some things that were hanging on by threads. I promise to unveil my first blog posts later this week. Our internet has just been quirky the last few days and it seems when I want to work its not.

I read a new blog today... I am hoping to see if she'll be a guest blogger... because I'm only three blogs into her page and rolling on the floor laughing... More to come on that!



Return The Favor Blog Hop!

I found this through another random blog I read and was very excited. I want to expand my readers so that I can have more giveaways, review more products, and meet new bloggy friends. So here you have it friends:

Link on up and lets get to know one another!



Monday, October 22, 2012

Mommy Moment Monday... although they could be everyday lets face it~

The Life Of Faith

I have been SO busy lately. Today after 124 days of sick leave I returned to work. It was very bittersweet. I never thought of myself as a stay at home momma... until the tornado of "hell" I experienced this past summer. I promise to blog about it soon. I was diagnosed with PTSD shortly after my first discharge and well... it is still hard to discuss. I could have left 6 little ladies mommy-less and quite frankly that scares me to death. I am getting better everyday, but going back to work has made me realize I want to focus on school more and stay home and absorb every minute I have with these little darlings.

I am diligently working on our new charity. I am so happy to have support from my family with this... Not only is this going to be a good thing for the NICU mommas we are helping, it will be theraputic for me. Once I get the posts finalized (they are sitting in drafts right now) I will post a link from here so I'd love for you to follow me and  our journey!

Hubs is heading back to deployment in 114 days, which seems like a long time, however lets face it we know how quick that will go.

     Driving to work this morning I realized really quickly I am going to have to make some car seat adjustments... My ever so clever 2 1/2 year old learned how to loosen the straps on her booster seat and slip out... Yes this is concerning, however it gets better...

Me: Lybertei, what are you doing?
L: (Hysterically crying) I no like this!
Me: What peanut? Wait why are you out of your carseat? Lybertei Jaimz!!!! #outofthemouthofmoms
L: I no like! (as she strips naked, except for her shoes)

Apparently she hated the clothes I selected for her this morning because there were no pockets... She did safely slide back into her 5 point harness and retighten the straps.  I carried her into the babysitters wrapped in a blanket and explained that she didn't like her clothes for the day. The babysitter laughed and said she'd handle it. Josey then proceeded to make me feel like the worst mother in the world by holding onto my leg and BEGGING me to not go to work.. She said she didn't need to dance, we could just dance at home if I just wouldn't go... Oye!

Link up ladies!

Until tomorrow God Bless!



Thursday, October 11, 2012

moved... business ventures... charity... etc!

Pardon the mess! We moved so now I'm getting organized and can come back to blogging!!! Until then visit my website: and lets get healthy together. And finally I know its short notice, but please check out my Thirty One Party. All of my "hostess rewards" are bring used for Project Gummy Bear... more to come on the project, but we're finding 80 gift bags to NICU mommies by Dec.31 .... Our goal for 2013 is 80 per month! Gummy Best is the nickname the hubs gave our little miracle! my party is at: and look for my name. Your help is greatly appreciated! God Bless, Amanda

Sunday, July 8, 2012

A long road ahead

Since June 19th my life has been a whirlwind of days that have ran together. Rushed to the hospital and being admitted to eventually thinking it was all going to be ok, to rushed into an emergency c-section at 27 weeks... and on and on.

Our little miracle is progressing as well as can be expected in the NICU here at The Ohio State University... She still has a very long road ahead of her. I can't imagine what we have ahead of us even though I have had several friends with babies who were born at a similar gestational age. Baby Caedynce is doing well with her feeds and we are almost to the point where they will be removing her PICC line.

Her CPAP is working on a minimum even though they will keep her on it regardless for at least another 2 weeks due to her gestational age. Her O2 is on 24% though which is VERY promising... We as adults breath 21%... So 3% plus time and we will be on our way.

The prayers we have received have emmensly poured through as they are what have carried us through, now if I could get healed then we would be golden! :)

That is the update thus far,

God Bless,


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

9 of the longest days of my life

There is going to be a lot of revisions to this post, however, about 2 weeks ago I told you we had a rough road ahead of us... And we do, I just had no idea how bad....

Here is the quickest version:

June 25th I was moved to Ante-partum to "cook" for a few more weeks before Baby N #6 arrived. After all I had bee stable for 4 days and no bleeding for at least 3. 9:45 am I was moved to my new room -692... The day went well. We even agreed my mom and brother would go home to rest, afterall I would just be sleeping... I sent my mom home at 7p and by 7:45 I called her because things had taken a turn for the worse. I was getting ready for my thirty minutes out of bed and began to bleed profusely.

By 8:45 I was moved back to labor and delivery because the bleeding was out of control. The Resident came in, placed me in stirrups, and "cleaned me out" with approximately 50 Mucho sized q-tips... only to find my water had broken and we were delivering thing baby NOW.

C-Section prep, etc. Baby girl was born at 22:24 at exactly 27 weeks gestation. During that surgery they determined a complete hyterectomy would be required, all the while I was awake and all was fine. Then my bladder was determined to needing reconstruction, along with my bowels. I was under the impression that I was awake for all of this, but at some point, something went wrong and they needed to put me in to general anestithia. I ended up getting 15 bags of blood, and 4 bags of plasma, etc. Little did I know until days later that they lost me on the table a couple times. We'll come back to that later. My beautiful little miracle was moved to the NICU and was doing well. She was 2lbs and 3 ounces.

One would think over the next few days I would start recovering and would be discharged... Wrong. I am still (9 days after delivery) admitted and its going to be at minimum 4 more days... I haven't eaten in days... not even clear liquids, and I'm beginning to feel the mental effects.

So that is the "basics", I'll go into the "details" later. They just administered pain meds and quite frankly I'm dosing in and out.

Please let me introduce you to:

Caedynce Hope Nihiser:  25 June, 2012
2lbs, 3 ounce bundle of joy
12 1/2" long.

Saturday, June 23, 2012


I have been wanting to blog for months. I have been following all my regulars, but with a deployed husband and 5 MSC running the roost, I've simply lost all time... Until Tuesday... That day changed a lot. I have always had high risk pregnancies and been on bed rest. This time was a little different. I have been on bed rest for several weeks. This week, though, things changed. I got up from a usual nap in the middle of the day to use the bathroom, little did I know that would change everything. I felt a gush and next thing I knew I was in pools of blood. Placental abruption. The doctors warned me of this. I didn't realize that it would actually happen to me... I've seen it on ER (remember the series) as well as other tv series... by not me! I rushed to the hospital where I was met with 5 nurses and 3 doctors all in a recovery bay (there was a baby boom that night and no rooms available) I was being asked 100's of questions, being poked, proded, you name it... good news... They got the bleeding stopped... the bad news, this is my new residence for the next however many weeks until they absolutely have to deliver Baby N... She still has no name... :(

I have been on Magnesium Sulfate, Indocin (to stop contracting), multiple IV lines, multiple steroid shots to develop her lungs, 2 blood transfusions, and on and on and on. They finally began to listen to me that I needed something for my anxiety, it has helped tremendously. They have been giving me things to sleep as it is not very good for me to be without sleep not knowing when or how this little girl will be entering into this world.

I have met with the Anesthesia team who have gone over options. They definitelty will try to grant my wishes as far as anesthesia, but only time will tell.

Next the high risk team came in and basically said day by day. IF the baby is ok and momma is stable, no delivery, the moment one of those things change... Little miss will be here!

Finally the Neonatal team arrived... their news was direct and probably the most scary. Yes knowing you are 28 and likely to have a hysterectomy doesn't sit easy, BUT that is minimal in comparrison to the fact that your baby will be tubed and put on a vent for a minimum of two weeks, then moved to a CPAP machine. From there we will ultrasound her brain daily to make sure the blood vessels are closing.  Your child runs the risk of being blind, having cerebral palsay, etc. etc. etc. All things you read about. All reality, but now it's our reality. Risks later in life also play factor.

We are residing in the best hospital in the state and if you read a lot of the research, one of the best in the country, BUT when its in your baby, it makes things so much harder...

All this being said, the next few weeks I'll be using this page to journal our "adventure", our new life as a family with I'm pretty sure what will be a premie... I'm not being discharged until delivery.

God Bless!


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Adventure Time

I've definitely been missing in action for months. Husband is officially out to sea. OPSEC prevents further information, but ya'll know how that goes! :) So while he is away I vowed to my children we are HAVING FUN!!!! So how do you have fun, on a budget with a family as large as ours? Well here is what I have found: DiscoverOhio  provides a lot of simple, free (or inexpensive) activities to do in within the state.

Our first weekend with daddy away was spent on a hiking adventure. We went to the beautiful Mohican State Park in Loudonville, Ohio. It was a perfect day! Blue skies, 78 degrees, light breeze. No SUNBURNS!

We packed a picnic lunch for after our hike. We had a BLAST! After our picnic we packed back into the car and I saw a sign: Millersburg-12 miles so I thought, why not, JoJo LOVES the Amish, why not head that way. We did, but before we got there, all 5 were passed out! So I stopped at a local Amish farm and purchased some fresh produce and headed back home. We'll go to Amish Country another day.

I thought as a resource I would post a few tips for families wanting to take similar trips.

What to pack:
Extra Clothes and shoes for EVERYONE (mom and dad included)
Snacks or a picnic lunch
Sunscreen, First Aid Kit
Stroller for the littles (however if you buy one on the way, ahem like I did, make sure all the wheels are attached or you have scissors to remove the zip ties.)

Here are some photos from our trip on Saturday:
 Swinging in the picnic area
 on a log
 Sitting on another log... seemed like a good ide
 Caves were fun!
 Up the hills... one by one
 Hiding in a cave
 Sisterly LOVE!
 TOE SHOES-Perfect for hiking
 The kids skipped rocks (or tried) and watched a stranger fly fish.

$20.00- 5# Rhubarb (for pies) 1/2 peck of apples (making homemade applesauce), Apple Cider, 2 tomatoes, and a cucumber! :) All fresh from the garden & orchard.

 We even visited NASHVILLE (Ohio) that is. :)

 Lyons Falls. Very pretty! (1.25 miles from the car) AND THEY ALL MADE IT!
 Some pretty cool trikes along the drive (and my arm in the mirror)
Friday I'll post about the zoo... :)


Friday, March 9, 2012


Dear darling daughters-you are my world, know that I will protect you... We will get to normalcy again soon. Dear Husband-I'm annoyed that you are in California, although Ashley says it's beautiful. Drea-I know you miss your daddy dearly, I hate to see you cry everyday... but if you would talk or skype with him it might make you feel better. Payge- Thank you for being a big help.... you are definitely going to make some young man a very good wife and mother.  Sera-You know how to make me smile... I love your free spirit kinda attitude. Josey-I'm still upset you decided to cut off an entire piggy tail... although, I guess your new "do" is growing on me. Lybertei- You are starting to finally use your words more and more and I love it. Dear Husband-While I am bitter you are in San Diego... I miss you bunches and can't wait for you to come home for your leave.... and then I'll be bitter again once the real deployment begins...

Friday, February 24, 2012

I'm BACK!!!!!!!!!!!

Hey Gang! I know it has been FOREVER!!!! My life has taken many interesting turns over the last several months, however it is time to move forward and start blogging again. I will not dwell on the past and when the time is right I will share some of my trials and tribulations... Until then: FUN, Lots 'O' Fun!

I'm about to become a deployment mistress and single mother again. Oh the joys of military living... We'll discuss that later.

What sort of topics do you want to hear? I have some major announcements coming up, but they are time sensitive so when the time is right, ya'll will know. I've got some crafty posts coming up and what not... But I think its time to get some real life topics going. I look forward to hearing from you soon!!! I'll be holding a giveaway next week for everyone who leaves some love in the comment section... telling me what you wanna see!!!
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