The Kid is Alright Part Two

I was running on Thursday night, not knowing what to expect at our geneticist appointment the following afternoon and the Dave Matthews Band song, “You Never Know” came on.

“There’s not a moment to lose in the game
Don’t let the troubles in your head
Steal too much time you’ll soon be dead.”

I’ve spent the last month and a half worried.  Really, really worried.  And through this fog of worry, I haven’t really been enjoying my child, enjoying my life.  And so then on the treadmill, I decided that whatever happens the next day, I needed to enjoy each moment.  Or at least some of them.  I blinked my eyes and he was almost 6 months old.  I’ll blink again and he’ll be 6.  Then 16.  Then 26.

I had no idea what to expect at this appointment.  So in case you ever find yourself in the same situation (cause I’m sure lots of you have a pediatrician that thinks your child could have a genetic syndrome, though it did happen on Teen Mom 2), this is what went down.

Most surprising to me, Emory Genetics wasn’t on the Emory campus.  Instead, it was in a random building next to a Publix.  We filled out some paperwork and then went into a room where a nurse (or tech maybe?) weighed Alexander, took his head size and his height and took a couple of pictures of him.

Then, we went into an exam room where a genetic counselor came in.  (It was actually a genetic counselor and an intern and the intern did all of the talking.)  She just basically asked us some questions about why we were there and our backgrounds.

Then the doctor came in.  One of the first things he said was, “He does not have Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome.  I can tell you that.”  The two major things that our pediatrican was concerned with, aside from Alexander’s slow growth, were his slight syndactyly (webbing) of his second and third toes and that his nipples were far apart.  The geneticist measured his nipple distance and said it was on the borderline of normal and far apart.  He did not seemed concerned whatsoever about his toes.  He was basically just like, “Some people have that.”  FYI, I have that, though it’s not as noticeable.

He basically looked him up and down and held him and stuff and said the best thing he could have ever said to us, “I don’t see any reason to do any further testing.”

Out of the darkness comes light like a flash.”

Lee alex

Stevia for the Win

Though I like cooking, I’m not a particularly good cook.  It’s not for lack of trying, I guess.  I’m just better at following a recipe than making one up.  Case in point- blueberry banana bread.

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It looks decent but I put in too many blueberries and it made the bread way too wet.  And also, some of the blueberries turned an unappealing greenish color.  Live and learn, I suppose.

So while my banana bread wasn’t the best, you know what is?  This package that I received from NuNaturals stevia.


I’m not much for product reviews on my blog.  When I first started blogging, I wanted companies to contact me to see if I wanted to review their products.  But now, I just don’t have the time for that – unless it’s a product that I know I love.  And NuNaturals is just that product.  As my banana bread fail illustrates, I’m not much of a baker, so I don’t really use stevia for that.  But you know what I do use it for?  Coffee.  Lots of coffee.

Venti iced coffee with soy milk and no sweetener.  That’s my go-to Starbucks drink.  But I have to add some sort of sweetener.  I don’t like what Starbucks has to offer in terms of sugar substitutes so I carry my own NuNaturals white stevia packets in my purse.  One of these packets adds the perfect amount of sweetness to the iced coffee.  I’ve tried with other brands and it’s just not the same.  NuNaturals for the win!

In addition to my favorite stevia packets, NuNaturals also sent me some liquid stevia, some quick disolve tabs that I haven’t tried yet, some vanilla liquid stevia and some cocoa syrup.  The syrup was pretty good.  You have to shake it some, but the consistency is like a regular chocolate syrup, which is pretty cool.  I mixed it with some ricotta cheese and had a nice (and unpictured) dessert.  Much better than the blueberry banana bread.

Would you like to share in my stevia love?  NuNaturals is offering 4 readers a great prize package which consists of one bottle the Vanilla Stevia Liquid, a 50 pkt box of the NuStevia White Stevia Powder packets, plus, a bottle of the NuStevia No Carbs Blend and a bottle of our new NuStevia cocoa syrup.  Plus, you’ll also receive a free bonus product.  Sweet deal, huh?  Har-de-har-har.

This giveaway is open worldwide but they are unable to ship to PO boxes.  If you want to learn more about NuNaturals and see a bunch of recipes using their products, check them out on Facebook.  You can also order directly from and get 15% off your order by using promo code BLG1214 until 12/31/14.

I’ll choose four random winners on Monday (the 14th) morning, so you have until then to enter.  Just leave a comment to do so.

[These products were given to me free of charge.  All opinions are my own.]

3 Day Weekend

So I know I said my next post was going to be about stevia and I know you’re all on the edge of your seats waiting [sarcasm font], but you’re going to have to wait another day or two.  Because I have to actually make something with the stevia before I write about it.  And then I can give you some.

So yeah, thanks for your comments on my last post.  Honestly, my mood is kind of all over the place.  We have our geneticist appointment on Friday.  I don’t really know what to expect.  I don’t think they’re going to do any actual tests on Alexander.  I think they’re just looking at him.  Ugh.  I just hate that we even have to deal with all of this.

Anyway, that’s not what I wanted to write about.  I wanted to write about my 3-day weekend.  Even though the only people who probably care are my family.

We actually didn’t do much for the actual holiday.  Alexander did don his patriotic colors though.

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And then we went to Ikea.

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We got a chair…and some frozen yogurt.  Because everyone knows the frozen yogurt (for a dollar) is the best part of going to Ikea.  Makes up for the stressfulness that is getting through the entire store.

Then we met up with some friends for half-price crab legs at Fontaines.

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Seriously, mom.  Stop with the pictures.

The rest of our day/night included going to Trader Joe’s and falling asleep on the couch.  #old.

Sunday we worked on fun things like sitting.

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I know you’re jealous of my photog skillz.  He is sitting unassisted.  I mean if you count hunched over in a tripod position “sitting.”

Going along with the “my kid is almost 6 months old even though he looks like a 3 month old” theme, I also decided he needed to experience a playground. With shoes on.

Alex swing

Alex slide

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