As you know we started using the oils in July because they helped my kids sleep. They were doing great. Then in August Ava got sick. She had a fever that wouldn't go away and she ended up getting a bunch of shots. Her awesome sleeping streak ended. She would sleep pretty good if she slept with me. If she slept in her crib, then she woke up way too often. Recently we finally got her to sleep alright in her crib but she would still wake up and when she would wake up she would scream and scream instead of slowly and quietly waking up. It was miserable and after a few particularly bad nights we decided enough was enough and she was going to have to figure out sleeping by herself. I went to the store, bought some earplugs and extra pacifiers to keep in her crib and headed home. On my way there a friend called. It was a much needed phone call! She suggested nightmares. She told me she was reading a book about trapped emotions and thought maybe the shots had caused Ava's problem. I came home, got online and found some oils that have worked for others. That night she only woke up twice in a 12 hour period. I love my oils!! We have continued to use them and have slept great. Because we were so desperate for sleep, I used every oil I had that might help so during naptime I have been trying to find which are necessary and which are not. I thought I had it figured out so last night I only used 3 oils on her and regretted it. I think she needs them all for bedtime! I put one drop of Cedarwood and one drop of Frankincense on her forehead, temples and back of her neck. I also put one drop of Peace & Calming and one drop of Joy on the bottoms of her feet. She sleeps much longer and doesn't wake up screaming or even crying. I'm glad we got that figured out!
This is my story. Why I love Young Living and how it all started. About 2.5 years ago we had a little boy. Sweetest thing ever! We love him to death, except at night. He isn't much of a sleeper. It took us months and months of doing everything we could to get him to sleep through the night. He finally did but everything had to be perfect. NO NOISE AT ALL. If he heard a mouse he would be up. So we use a fan to help drown out the world. Also no light. He has cardboard boxes in his window with multiple blankets draped over the curtain to make it as dark as possible. So he started to sleep, but he was whiny all day long. Fast forward a bit to September 2013. We had a super adorable little girl. At first she slept like a champ! She was the best newborn ever and I slept better than any momma ever! But then she got a bit older and stopped sleeping so well. Our good nights were her waking up "only" three times. How did I function?! So this went on and on for months.
During this time I met some pretty cool people, one of them who uses DoTERRa. She tried lots of things to help us with anything from belly aches to diaper rash. And I was so sad that nothing worked! I know the oils work great for her and her family so I wondered why they weren't working for mine. I decided to try some essential oils from the health food store, again with no success. So I went on using the store bought medicines and waking up all night long. Then my aunt gave me a call and told me about Young Living. I must say I was VERY skeptical and not too excited since I had had no success with essential oils before. But she sent me some oils and the first rubbed a drop of Peace & Calming on my little man before bed. The next day he was a happy two year old! I decided to try some on Ava also. She only woke up ONE time! It was the first time since she was a newborn! I couldn't believe it and honestly thought it was a coincidence! But no I continued to use the Peace & Calming oil blend on them for bedtime and they continued to sleep. It is the best oil! Since it worked so well I started using the other oils and have had awesome results with them!
- 12 drops of Cedarwood
- 12 drops of Peace & Calming
- 12 drops of Lavender
- 1/3 cup of Coconut Oil
Before I start, please know my keyboard is broken and I can't click the same button twice without waiting for a few seconds, so if lots of things are mising a leter (like those) it is because I got sick of trying to be patient.
I feel like I could write a milion things, it has ben forever and so many things have hapened. The last thing I wrote last time was about Mat's dad pasing away. It was so devastating! It is still hard to believe. We went to Nc for the funeral and it was the best funeral ever. At the viewing the funeral home owners said the only other time they had seen so many people go to a viewing was when a child had died. Mats dad was great, everyone loved him! He was super funy and friendly, like mat. The funeral wasn't depresing, but ful of great stories and it was a hapy funeral, lots of laughing and remembering. Owen would see Greg in the casket and point and say "papa papa bye bye papa" It was so sad! But also great that he remembered him, and it was weird that he kept saying bye bye, like he knew. It was nice that everyone got to meet ava and it was god quick trip.
Since then life has gone back to normal, schol and kids. Matts semester is great, he has lots of awesome clases that arent loading him with homework so we se way more of him than I expected and I love it! Owen is also loving it! He has one semester after this one and then student teaching we are a bit excited!
Owen is stil the cutest thing alive. He has ben super whiny lately so we are thinking his molars might be coming in :( it never ends! He had a few weks of almost no naps or crying for an hour in his bed before he would fal aslep. It was anoying, but now that we have switched his nap time to earlier he has ben doing god. He is in todler lab at the schol, and he loves it! I love watchign him from the other side of the mirrors. The kids are hilarious and so cute! HE is talking like crazy, starting to do 3-4 word sentences and that makes life so much easier! He loves playing bal. His new favorite word/phrase is "go panthers" as he pounds the air with his fist :) so cute! We went to the schol one night to watch a basketbal competition and Owen was mesmerized. He just stared the whole time and would randomly say go panthers and lok at me to make sure he said it when he was suposed to. it was hilarious! He stil loves ava more than anything, but wil now take her toys :( we are working on that. he is also stil obsesed with mat, today we were playing and mat had owen and pretended to take owen away and he freaked screaming dady dady and it tok us a while to calm him down, if anything ever hapened to mat it would be unbearable for owen, and me because of owen haha.
Ava is also super cute! She doesnt slep as god as she did, but i stil cant complain. she is such a god sleper compared to owen at her age that I love it! She is a realy easy baby, she eats and sleps and plays, rarely any crying. when she is tired she wil rub her eyes and we just put her in her bed and she wil go to slep. she is god at holding onto things and tries to put everything in her mouth. She loves her litle toes and hands, she is mesmerized by her hands when she sees them :) its fun to watch! She has one litle problem. She has geographic tongue. She would scream and scream sometimes when she would eat and I couldnt figure out waht it was from. my cuz is a breast feding consultant for WIC and noticed her tongue and talked to her boss and they figured out that some of the things i was eating might be hurting her tongue when she would eat. I started paying closer atention and found out milk wil hurt it, not a lot but enough to make her uncomfy. And my prenatal vitamin. That one is bad. She would scream at each feding for days when I take the vitamin :( so no more of those! But with the milk it only hurts her at the feding right after i drink milk, so that must get out of the system quickly. it is so nice having that fixed! it was so sad watching her eat and be hurting at the same time! She is FINALY starting to laugh, she wil get realy excited but only open her mouth super wide into a huge smile. I think she has only laughed 2 or 3 times, but there are times now that i think she is so close to doing it that i hope it wil come more often!
I am doing great, I reopened my litle busines because i love it so much. we figured life is back to normal, no more pain or tiny babies to constantly be taking care of so i started it up again and we both decided i wil put more money and time into it :) which i totaly love! I have ben making lots of hairbows for ava and they are so cute! i could literaly make hairbows al day! I also crocheted some baby boties the other day, which i havent done much of because they aren't as popular as hats and things, but ava could use some booties :) The busines is going god :) i made al my money back that i initialy put into it for new suplies and advertising and things so now is just profit yay! and i love doing it so the money part is more of a plus :) we are going to save up for a surface 2 for schol. Mats computer isn't much beter than mine, his shuts down randomly so he has to remember to save everything al the time or he wil lose it. so a new computer is neded, and the surface 2 can do everythin he would ned and its smal enough to take to schol :) im excited about geting one and i hope we can son!
basicaly life is god. we are hapy and healthy (finaly losing baby weight!) and our kids are the best. here are a few iphone pics!
Today I got a letter in the mail from a girl who was in one of the areas where I served in Brazil. She would always help us teach and now she is on her mission :) It was awesome to hear from her!! She wrote all the whole letter in English, which I loved, and she told me that our old mission split!! It's super exciting that there are so many people serving right now! Her letter brought back so many memories! When I was opening the envelope I forgot that most people don't use the envelopes that have the stuff you lick to close it because those are expensive. Instead they use glue to hold envelopes shut and you always have to rip off a side of the envelope because the flap is so glued shut that it isn't worth it to try to rip that part. And the letter inside is usually glued to the envelope because the glue seeps through. That happened this time, it makes me smile. Brazil is awesome. So are Brazilians. She also mentioned a time we were out teaching when it was pouring outside. I don't remember any specific time, but I remember how much I loved the rain in Brazil! They get the best rain! I'm sure that was a good day for me!
The kiddos are doing great. In the beginning Ava was cute to look at, but was basically a lump on the floor or the couch. She is getting cuter and interacting more so that makes her more than a lump :) She is starting to smile at us which is the best!!! She is super cute and is an awesome sleeper at night! She wakes up at 3 and 6, so if I got up at 6 I could say she only gets up one time in the night, but I prefer to keep sleeping, which is hard because I only get and hour or two of sleep after that feeding and it is soooo hard to wake up after such a short sleep!! One of these days I will just get up at 6 and get some stuff done. That will be a good day. She has had a hard time pooping, she cries and wiggles and it takes her awhile to get it out, but when she does she is a happy camper. She seems to be getting better so I hope it is passing. She has thrush :( I read a bit about what it is and how to get rid of it and it is super complicated!! It reminds me of getting lice and all the crap you have to wash and everything. Annoying. She is getting fatter YAY!! She is already over 10 pounds and its super cute. Her legs are still super skinny, but they are starting to get rolls! She is a super loud sleeper, snoring, nose and throat clearing, loogie making... It's nasty and used to wake us up every second but now we sleep through it. She is also a choker :( Owen has had a hard time with choking his whole life and I think Ava is going to be worse. She chokes on milk every time she eats, how do you choke on liquid?! Owen started solids late because he has such a hard time but he never choked on milk! Hopefully she will get over it.
Owen is still the best ever. He loves Ava like crazy. The other day I had to go to the car and move her car seat to a different spot so I took him and let him run around inside the car while I was doing that. Usually when we do that it is super hard to get him to come out of the car and he screams and cries when we finally catch him. (It is a Ford Expedition, so lots of seats and room to play.) This time when I was done I tried to get him to come out to the door and he stayed in the back where I couldn't reach and instead of going into the car and getting him I just told him we forgot Ava and we had to go get her and he came out :) SO CUTE!! He still shares his Barney and blanket, which he calls Po. He tries to put the binky in her mouth, which she doesn't like. She isn't super in love with the binky like most babies, but she will use it every once in awhile so when Owen tries to give it to her half the time she doesn't want it so it just makes her crying worse. But it is sweet he tries to help. She likes to look at people and when she is crying and I am busy I will tell him to go see what is wrong with her and he will look at her and poke her and tell me she is crying, which gives Ava someone to look at so it helps me out!
This past weekend we blessed Ava :) It was sweet. Matt's parents came on Thursday and then my parents and siblings and their kids came on Friday. Saturday we went prom dress shopping. It was way fun!! It makes me want to wear a pretty dress!! We also went to a fun Halloween thing, it was too crowded, but the weather was perfect! It was a stressful weekend because of all the people, I was happy when everyone left so was Owen. He got really cranky and whiny toward the end!! Sunday was horrible. Church ends 20 minutes after nap time should start, so he has a hard time days when he isn't already in a bad mood. So we didn't get any pictures because he was as bad as he could be and we were sick of it and annoyed. There were some pictures taken of Ava by herself on our floor :) That's enough for me!
Yesterday was the last day of the rexburg farmers market and they were having a little halloween type theme for kids so we decided to check it out. We went with my cousin Alaina and her two kids. She has a boy, Nathan, who will be 3 in a few months and a little girl, Eliza, who is 4 months, and they live in the same apartment complex as us so we were super excited about our kids being so close in age. But her little boy and Owen DO NOT get along and it drives us crazy!!! We need to fix it since we hang out all the time. Luckily there was so much going on at the farmers market that they decided to completely ignore each other and spend their time trick-or-treating and decorating their pumpkins. It was a quick visit, but a nice way to get out of the house. Owen doesn't get out nearly as much as he used to before Ava came along and I feel bad so whenever we have an excuse to go somewhere we do! It will be nice when she is old enough to be around people. The boys dressed up, Owen was a ninja turtle and Nathan was Thomas, they looked super cute. Owen didn't really get the whole trick-or-treat concept, this is his first time doing it, but it was nice we had a little practice run before Halloween.
Today we're vendors at a craft fair in Idaho Falls. It was terrible. It was at a fitness center and there were barely any people selling things, we later found it was because a lot of the people who were planning on selling worked at the fitness center and there was a huge layoff that took place a few weeks ago so all those people dropped out and basically the craft fair was a big dud. Luckily for us we made enough to cover the cost of the booth, gas to get to Idaho Falls, and we even had extra, so it wasn't a complete waste. We did spend HOURS sitting in an almost empty gym with two kids so if we had known how it would turn out I think we would have rather not have the extra money and sit at home instead. I think we were the only people who made more than $20. Sad! Owen and Ava both did great. Ava literally slept in her car seat the whole time, except when she was eating, and Owen playing in the racquet ball court or chased a ball through the gym the whole time. So in a way it was nice there wasn't many people so Owen could run free. At the end we found out Owen had turned lights on in our car so it was dead and had to be jumped, that's always annoying. But we made it home and I got to take a much needed nap. Now Matt is doing homework, Owen is crying in his room because our sucky upstairs neighbors are ridiculously loud and woke him up, Ava is asleep in her crib and I am sitting on the couch wishing I didn't have to get up to get some water. This next picture is Owen on the way home, he missed his nap so he passed out pretty quick in the car :)