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Day 4 | My Favorite Holiday Memory

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Day Four:

My most memorable Holiday memory would be with out a doubt my first Thanksgiving with my husband. I decided I wanted to roast a turkey for just him and I and not go anywhere. James had just recently returned from Afghanistan so we wanted a quiet and intimate Thanksgiving together. Now, I wasn’t a great cook back then. I’m surprised he married me haha, I couldn’t even fry a chicken cutlet! I’ve even bombed making pot roast, yes I know. How is that possible? That’s a story for another day… Read more…

December 4, 2018

My Blogger Recognition Award

I am in awe that Failure to Thrive No More has been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award! My friend from Witte’s World has nominated me and it truly means the world to me. I’m thankful to be recognized by such a wonderful blogger like Linda! She has created an amazing support group at For the Love of Blogging [GO JOIN], writes amazing travel posts at Witte’s World, and has helped me on my journey of blogging.

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November 3, 2018

I N S P I R E D Y E A R | Planner Review & Giveaway

I N S P I R E D  Y E A R | Planner Review & Giveaway
*Disclaimer: I received this planner from One Love Paper Co in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own.
I wasn’t one for planners until the beginning of last year, after our youngest Jaxson was born. Jaxson was in and out of the hospital, I was trying to work full-time at a Chiropractic office, shuffling the kids to daycare, etc. I was overwhelmed and needed something to keep my hectic life together… cue planner! Some may use their cellphones/smartphones to keep up with their day to day lives but nothing is more satisfying then writing down your appointments, goals, and crossing them off one-by-one.

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October 24, 2018

Our Move to NC and How Jaxson is Thriving!

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New Beginnings

As a military family we move every three to four years. Our chapter in Pensacola ended on September 29th and our chapter in Jacksonville began September 30th. We purchased our very first home that did well with Hurricane Florence, and we are settling in nicely. We’ve unpacked everything and now we our doing little changes here and there.. my husband painted our bedroom gray and the living room, painted the front door an antique red (so much better then the green!) and we will be painting JJ’s bedroom a blue. I am going to attempt to paint or draw captain underpants on his wall after it’s done.

My husband was able to make a barn style gate to keep little Jaxson from getting into the dining room and kitchen while allowing the cats easy access. Our cat Oreo is getting old and developing arthritis so it makes it difficult to jump over regular baby gates. Jaxson is quite the escape artist, it’s hilarious and gives me heart failure at the same time. He definitely has NO FEAR.

Barn style gate, DIY
He’s climbing onto every single thing, it is getting more difficult to baby proof everything. He’s got a one track mind too, once he sets his sights on something he’s going to conquer it! I love that determination!
Climbing onto his brothers table

We are in the process of establishing care with new specialty doctors, we have our first appointment at Duke Hospital with the Pediatric ENT there. I’m currently waiting on a package from his Early Steps therapist with their recommendations for here. We are hoping to do in home care for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. We are also waiting for GI, Neuro, and Genetics referrals at Duke Hospital but we are waiting until his primary doctor receives all of his records first. With the impending hurricane in Florida it might be next week before they receive the records. STAY SAFE EVERYONE!

I’m really love the area, we are literally 5 minutes from the beach in Surf City! There’s a Publix right down the road for all of our grocery and pharmacy needs.. just need to find a Target! I’m having Target withdrawals.

Daddy and JJ shopping at Publix

Jaxson Update

Jaxson just recently started waving to us, it is absolutely the cutest thing.

My husband taught Jaxson how to high-five last week!

When we ask for kisses, he comes over and brings his forehead down for a kiss.

Jaxson is starting to babble more frequently, still no words but I’ll take it!

I put on his dinosaur shoes yesterday at his Sick visit and he was able to walk with them! Definitely progress because he couldn’t walk with them at all a couple months ago.

Baby pouches.
He wasn’t able to suck the puree out of the pouches a couple months ago either, he would just squeeze it all out. Now, he knows to suck out the puree and to squeeze from the bottom up. If he can’t do it himself he will hand it to us to have us do it for him.

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October 10, 2018

Peek-a-Boo! | Jaxson Update

Occupational Therapy Consult

Hey friends it’s been a little bit! This momma has been extremely busy since our last post. Daddy came home on the 14th (a day earlier to surprise us) and we have been nonstop with purging and packing for our PCS move. 
Jaxson had his Occupational Therapy consultation a few days prior to daddy returning but I haven’t been able to update you all on it. The session took about an hour and he did such a great job. She was amazed with his progress because she went over his notes that went back to when he was just a couple months old. She couldn’t believe the leaps and bounds he’s made since starting therapy at Sacred Heart Hospital.
The Speech therapist and Physical therapist both warned her that he doesn’t do well if you take him away from momma right off the bat. She allowed him to stay next to me and kind of venture out on his own. I was actually amazed how quickly he warmed up to her because he’s never seen her before. He was very curious about all the goodies she had in her box! 
You might wonder what Occupational therapy is for... Occupational therapy is to help individuals with improving their cognitive, physical, sensory, and motor skills. She did notice how he had a lot of sensory processing issues and recommended that we do some deep pressure to help him go to sleep–right now he loves to bang his head repeatedly on my shoulder/collarbone.. it’s definitely painful for me, I can’t imagine it being good for him. She also mentioned allowing him to crawl through bean bags prior to bed. Right now we are in a middle of a PCS move but I’ll definitely look into finding more bean bags for him.
His test results were:
Grasping: 13 months old age equivalent
Visual Motor Integration: 11 months old age equivalent
So that puts him at about 12 months old which was to be expected. I already knew that he was going to be delayed greatly in everything. I’m not upset because we are proud of his accomplishments, he has come a long way.. he’s definitely not the little baby they met over 17 months ago! He’s eating so much, gaining, signing for “more,” and walking!
Jaxson ready for Halloween!


We’ve also noticed how much of a personality Jaxson has developed over the last month. I’m actually astonished with what he is doing now. He is a lot more friendly and outgoing with strangers–he tries to “talk” to them by making “eh” sounds or yelling. He loves to play games to where he’ll reach out to them as if he’s going to go to them and then the last minute pull away. 
He’s definitely very smart! He plays a little game of peek-a-boo with myself and his Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist from Early Steps. He would hide behind something and then poke his head out and giggle, it is absolutely the cutest thing ever. Last night while we were with our friends for dessert he was intentionally “falling” down to the floor because he knew that my husband would pull his legs and playfully drag him on the floor. He did the a few times before finding something else to do.
It is just amazing what this little Dyrk1a Warrior can do!
Jaxson playing outside

PCS Update

As most of you know we are PCS’ing to North Carolina next weekend and we originally planned on closing on our home on the 13th.. but mother nature had other plans. Hurricane Florence came to town and evacuated many people and caused a lot of damage. Our lawyer told us to hold off on signing until the storm passed and we reassessed (or post disaster appraisal) the house. So far the only damage was the fence–it was slightly lopsided due to the weather. The appraiser is suppose to come by tomorrow and let us know how the inside looks.
As of right now we are HOPING to close on the 26th.. cutting it SUPER close because we are leaving Pensacola on the 29th. If you’re reading this, please pray for us haha. We are hoping that everything goes smoothly and we are able to move in as soon as we get up there!
Thankfully where we are going they have a Developmental Pediatrician at the Naval Hospital.. I’m just dreading finding new therapists and respite provider. Just when Jaxson gets use to our current provider… we leave! 

September 21, 2018