Saturday is Nie Nie's Birthday!

Happy Birthday this weekend to inspiring mommy blogger Stephanie Nielson (Nie Nie)! We love you so much and wish you the happiest Birthday ever! To celebrate @sweettoothfairy is baking up yummy yummy’s!!

If you haven’t read Nie’s blog before, we can promise you’ll walk away feeling more love for your family, for life’s gifts, and for your faith than you ever thought possible. Now scoot over to the Sweet Tooth Fairy Bake Shop in Utah this Saturday, from 11am to 7pm. All proceeds from the sales of the VaNIElla Squared cupcakes will benefit the Nie Recovery.

It's official – I've got skillz

I am now officially in my second trimester, and with 12 weeks under my belt I’m starting to realize that this is indeed happening. It’s a curious feeling to go from feeling like you’re finished, to finding out you’ll be welcoming a new little person into your life again. I’ve always loved babies so I’m excited, but I am not thrilled about the 24/7 flat on my butt, crazy nausea that I’m experiencing.

I’m definitely feeling down right now. HyperEmesis is no joke, it’s a really serious pregnancy disease that totally rocks your world out from under you. I’m living my life mostly from my bed, and clutching a bucket (we’ve bonded, my bucket and I). Thankfully I haven’t needed another extended hospital visit, I really am trying to keep hydrated. I’m not eating alot, sadly every smell of food is nasty to me (especially peanut butter! GROSS!). The result has been the loss of about 14 or so pounds (hubba hubba), but don’t worry I’m sure it will all pack back on in the coming weeks as baby gets bigger.

This morning Nathan awoke to find me laying on the bathroom floor, I just didn’t have enough energy after getting sick to make it back to bed. He sweetly picked me up and ushered me back to bed. I have an incredibly caring husband, and feel blessed everyday that he’s mine, I marvel at all he is doing to keep our lives moving forward while I’m so badly out of commission. If you see him on the street give him a high five.

What I wouldn’t give to have a cleaning lady right now, our home is falling down around us and there’s just not enough hours in a day for Nathan to do it all. Our family is in another city so it’s tough to drop their busy lives to come and clean our house! LOL! If anyone is feeling like a roadtrip, I’ve got several baskets full of laundry to fold that have been piling up on my couch for the past 3 weeks, and our floors need to be washed, and our bathrooms need to be cleaned, and so on…it’s never ending.

That’s the update from our neck of the woods this week. I’m not blogging as much because I don’t want to bore you all with tales of a sick preggo too much. If I can get on my feet again I’ll do some really fun things and blog those! Thanks so much to each of you who have commented, emailed and sent me energy vibes. XOXO – Daria

Breaking The Silence…My News


Yes, it’s true. Nathan and I are expecting baby #5 at the end of December (and yes it was a BIG surprise to us). I’m still trying to wrap my head around the impending big belly, sleepless nights and all of that. After our miscarriage last fall I really thought that I was done, Really I just felt that was it, but this little person has other plans so I’m excited to meet him (or her).

Sadly I’ve been bedridden, hospital prone and severely dehydrated from a pregnancy condition called HyperEmesis Gravidarum. It’s actually quite a serious condition, there’s even a website you can check out at which says:

“HG is a debilitating and potentially life-threatening pregnancy disease marked by rapid weight loss, malnutrition, and dehydration due to unrelenting nausea and/or vomiting with potential adverse consequences for the newborn(s).”

And it’s all true! I’ve been so sick, weak, tired, and losing weight rapidly. 12 pounds so far! This has caused me to need to pull back on alot of obligations over the past month or so, I’ve just had no choice. Thankfully I have an amazing family who have dropped their lives to rush to my aid and take care of me and my kiddos. I also have my Nathan who has been like a dream hubby, jumping in with both feet and taking care of all things children and housekeeping. I’m lucky to have such a great man, his Mom taught him well. Needless to say that the past 6-8 weeks or so have been trying and really tough to get through…sniff sniff. I’m hoping as I enter my 2nd trimester that my HyperEmesis will let up a bit and allow me to live a more normal existence but HyperEmesis tends to last the entire 9 months for me. In the meantime I spend most of my time in bed, in pjs, and catching up on every show on tv. ugggh! I miss feeling like me.

So that’s my big news, there’s a little baby on the way but I’m not quite in the excited phase right now. I’m more in the bitter, resentful because I’m so ill phase. Maybe some bloggy friends encouragement will give me the boost I need!

***We still haven’t heard a word about the progress of Little Misses adoption. Nothing from them in well over 12 weeks! They haven’t replied to our messages in any way. It’s crazy. We’re not pushing things at this point and just seeing what comes, but I have nothing at all to report on that front.