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So long sanity

All signs point that I have completely lost it.  These pups have flipped my world upside-down and I'm still trying to get caught up...mostly on sleep :)  Just Monday, I completely forgot about a dermatologist appointment.  It wasn't until I was heading to zumba that it dawned on me that it was earlier that day.  I've never forgot anything like that before...I can't believe it happened!  Now, I'm too embarrassed to call back and reschedule.

Perhaps I shouldn't admit this, but I find myself just talking to the puppies.  Of course they don't answer back but they look at me so intensely that they must understand me or be trying to (sometimes I just get blatantly ignored as well).  I sure hope the neighbors don't hear me when I'm outside with them.  Its constantly "No", "Leave It", "Hurry Up" (that's our go potty key words), "Don't eat that", "Don't bite me", "Good Girl", "Good …

CF Education Day

I attended my first CF Education Day on Saturday, which was held by my CF Center in Augusta, Georgia.  I had the privilege to be one of the patients asked to be on the panel to discuss and answer questions about my experience with CF.  I wasn't really sure what to expect or who all would be there, so I asked some of my family to tag along with me.  Will, my mom & brother Taylor joined me for the day (had a last minute cancellation, won't name any names, but you know who you are!). 

The day started with some Jeopardy!  The room was divided into groups and we answered trivia questions about CF topics...I must say our team was awesome!  It was a fun interactive way to break the ice and get the room talking.  Then, we had some sessions on CF Research, which is always exciting to hear about.  They discussed the VX-770 and VX-809 drugs that are in the works - fingers crossed they are approved by the FDA for patients soon!  Then, my doctor spoke and shared some statistics about …

My latest read

I had intended to write about the book I read on Friday morning, but of course the craziness of the day took over.  So, I will continue with my original thoughts.  I just finished "Always Something There to Remind Me" by Beth Harbison.  I heard of the book from Emily Giffin's Facebook Page (the author of Something Borrowed and several other, which I've written about reading).

It was a great love story about two people that dated in high school and continued to think and love each other as they grew older and led separate lives.  I laughed out loud in some parts as the book was describing how teenagers see love and express love.  The notes, the mixed-tapes and the thoughts that you are madly in love with the person you are dating and imagine that they are who you will marry.  I remember the days of note writing and listening to a song and relating it to how you feel (the whole rainbow of emotions)...heck, sometimes I still think a song was written for me.  But, its t…

1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back

Its only 9:00 am on this dreadfully rainy Friday morning and I'm about to lose my mind.  I woke up to the barking of puppies (as usual) and the pouring rain - literally pouring!  Needless to say, the pups weren't thrilled about going outside in it, but Will took one for the team and put a rain coat on and headed out with them, one-by-one.  We had success, they both went #1.  But to my dismay, the lovely Stella took it upon herself to crap all over one of their beds in the pen moments after coming back in.  Not the nice solid stuff either - yuck!  So as I was cleaning that, she remained in the pen and Will took Sarge back out to try for #2 since he probably had to go to...no luck.  However, when I walked back in the room, the wonderful Stella had left me MORE poop to clean.  Isn't she kind? 

So, in my attempts of picking the sheet up, I have 2 puppies attacking it (and me) while I'm yelling for Will to get them!  He comes and starts gagging at the smell so he grabs the…

CF Appointment

Happy Monday!  I'm happy to report that after feeling like complete crap yesterday, I'm feeling better.  My body is still a bit achy, but I've regained some energy. 

I had my quarterly CF appointment on Friday which was rather hectic.  I arrived at noon for my bone density scan only to discover I wasn't in the system.  Luckily, they managed to squeeze me in.  Then, I was off to the blood lab at 12:30 pm, to again find that they didn't have a work order for me.  After a few minutes, they called me back and only took 1 tube?!?!  That never happens!  I asked if that was all they needed for the Glucose test and the tech said they didn't have an order for that.  OH MY!  So, after the one vial was drawn I went to the office where the clinic is held and the receptionist started to track down my nurse to get the full order while I headed to X-Ray.  A few minutes sitting there, the receptionist told me that the full order was at the lab, so I ran back over there.  Then…

Puppies & PFTs

Its been pretty quiet around our household this past week...well, actually not.  Two puppies are quite noisy when they get to wrestling.  Will had gone out of town and left me on puppy duty all by myself!!  I was taking them out every 30 minutes, when awake.  But, they still managed to have a few accidents.  So, I was exhausted, still am.  I had to take them to the vet last week all by myself too!  They were actually pretty good and I managed to get some help toting the little rascals around by some strangers.  Bulldog pups aren't seen very often, so they get lots of attention!  Stella weighed in at 11.5 lbs and Sarge was 10.3 lbs. 
 I had the wild idea yesterday to see what they weighed.  I could tell they had gained weight...they eat 3 cups of food a day (each) so how could they not pack on the pounds.  Stella was 14.6 lbs and Sarge was 12.5 lbs, so they are GROWING!  I'm such a proud mom :)  They go in spurts, but they are starting to come when I call them and are doin…

Never Forget

September 11th is a very significant date in the history of the USA.  But, to me it also is the anniversary of losing my Grandaddy.  Yesterday marked 3 years that he's been gone and it just seems so strange that that much time has passed.  Grandaddy is actually my stepdad's dad, and I didn't even know him until I was about 9.  He welcomed both my brother and I into the family, just as if we were blood.  I was the first girl as Munner and Grandaddy had 3 sons and 2 grandsons, so my girlishness was a welcomed change to them :)  Grandaddy was one of the funniest guys and you couldn't believe a word he said!  He would tell us grandkids about how he used to jump out of planes with knives in his mouth, how he rode across the desert on a camel and was even struck by lightning (this story was actually confirmed to be true by my grandmother - haha!).  The man loved to tell stories and my gullible self always believed them!

The last year of Grandaddy's life, he grew very ill…

The woes of a new mom

It just so happened that I started my Cayston treatments this weekend (still trying to determine if its helping my cough).  Talk about making me insane!  I feel like I'm either doing a breathing treatment or running a puppy outside.  Plus, now that the weekend is over, I'm working!  I'm exhausted - mentally, physically, emotionally - every way humanly possible.  I haven't even taken a shower yet today (5:00 pm now) because I figured I have to take the pups out again soon and will somehow manage to get covered in pee, poop, drool, dirt or who knows what else! 

It was rainy this weekend and as you can imagine, that's no fun when trying to potty train a puppy!  I'm soaked, they are soaked - just a bit of a mess.  BUT - its great at the same time!!

I've got several friends that are new moms (of two-legged children) and I'm feeling their misery joy!  Having a puppy has a few upsides versus a human baby:
I don't have sore nipples, nor am I leaking milk (g…

Bully Baby Heaven

My sweet bulldog babies have arrived!!!  Will and I drove up to Lynchburg, VA on Friday evening.  We stayed downtown and had a nice evening and got lots of sleep as our last night before babies.  Then, Saturday morning we headed to breakfast then met up with the breeder to pick up our precious babies.  Here's our new family photo:

They are just as cute as ever and have quite the personalities.  Sarge is pretty chill, but when he gets all excited, he loves to wrestle.  Stella is a diva - she thinks she rules the roost already but can be super sweet when she wants to be.  They both love biting and chewing everything.  My fingers have been victims a few times and it hurts!!
Needless to say, I'm in heaven.  I can't stop looking at them...they make me so happy.  I told Will yesterday, that I feel complete.  Its been hard without Sophie and these babies bring back all the wonderful memories I have of her.  They do some of the same things she did - its hilarious.  I can't wait …