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Happy Two Years to Harrison

It happened.  My baby boy turned two.


I hear people talk all the time about the years flying by – and I think I even commented something like this on Harrison’s one year update – but until these milestones hit, you really don’t realize just how fast the time passes.  The days are long, but the years are definitely short.

In the past six months since I updated the blog with Harrison’s stats, we’ve made some incredible gains.  We lost some ground along the way, but overall, we are making great strides in regards to Harrison’s health and development.  At one time, I was incredibly concerned for his development and growth.  Today I can breath a little easier knowing that he’s back on the road to health and can begin this next stage of his life, even if it is a little different than most children his age.
His growth may be at the low end of the charts, but one thing that is definitely not delayed is Harrison’s speech.  This kid likes to talk.  His vocabulary makes quite an impression on those who meet him – most likely because he is so small and people aren’t used to seeing a tiny toddler talking that much. Whether at the grocery store or at the doctor’s office, he makes his presence known with a wave of his hand and a “Hi” or introduction of himself (he says “Harrison”  motioning to his chest)  Moments like those are the ones that burst my cheeks like smiles. His dimpled grin and playful giggles are just samples of his beaming personality.

What’s even more impressive is this kid’s ability to swing a bat.  The tee and the bat are larger than he is, but it doesn’t stop him from whacking the ball clear across the room.  He makes contact with the ball then drops the bat and takes off running.  He rounds the dining room table then heads back to the tee waiting for a high five before he passes the bat to his sister or one of us cheering him on.  We have big dreams for this little guy.


Height & Weight:  22 lbs 31 inches    Unfortunately, Harrison lost some weight back in August while he was sick.  We were really getting excited to see his stats trend upwards on the growth chart, but with a month long infection that affects the intestines, weight loss was to be expected.  Thankfully, his appetite is back on track and he’s slowly gaining weight and trending back up the growth chart.




Eating:   Currently Harrison likes to eat a pretty well rounded diet.  He is on a pork kick at the moment, so breakfast mostly consists of ham, bacon or sausage with breakfast potatoes.  He loves broccoli, red peppers and green beans and eats a lot of rice.  He’s still a toddler, so his preferences change almost weekly, but I think he has a really great variety for now.  He still has so many limitations and restrictions with his nutrition, but I’m optimistic since he’s eating a good amount of healthy foods.img_6465

Sleeping:  He is back to sleeping through the night and doing so back in his crib.  We had a few weeks where we were concerned we may need to transition him to a big boy bed due to his noncompliance, but thankfully, we have successfully harnessed the parental power for bedtime habits again.

Clothing:  Even though Harrison is still very skinny, he has grown a considerable amount in height.  He outgrew his 18 month pajamas a few months ago and is comfortably slumbering in 24 month size pajamas now.  His waist is still very slim, so he can get away with 18 month shorts, pants and t-shirts.  His feet are still pretty tiny for a child his age, but he’s been rocking a pair of size 5 Chuck Taylors for a couple weeks and I hope we get our money worth because they are too too cute on him.img_2335


  • Shows more and more independence every day.  Say’s “Harrison’s turn” or “Harrison do it” whenever he deems necessary.
  • Plays with his sister and independently  The joy of watching your children play together for the first time is like no other.  Pure pride and bliss.
  • Speaks in 2-3 word sentences. Example: “Mommy’s turn” “Harrison do it” “Abuela cooking jamon”  – He speaks Spanglish FYI
  • Knows parts of the body
  • Follows Instructions Example:  Go throw your popsicles stick away.
  • Beginning to sort shapes and colors
  • Climbs up and down chairs and furniture
  • Runs, kicks, throws overhand, feeds himself
  • Plays make believe



  • Riding on the back of Daddy’s bike
  • Driving his power wheels – and he does it pretty well.
  • Playing hide & seek or tag with his sissy (sister)
  • Playing outdoors
  • Trains, Airplanes, Cars and Trucks and any related material (Choo Choo Soul, Thomas the Train, etc.)
  • Baseball, hitting the ball off the tee, playing catch, etc.
  • Ipad & iPhone games, watching those whacky kid videos on Youtube
  • Playing with the sensory table



  • His skincare routine – little Duke does not like being schmeared with lotions and ointments, but it is a necessity that he will most likely have to continue for his entire life due to his eczema.
  • His hair being messed with too much – An occasional combing is about all he cares for these days.  And don’t even attempt to wash his hair if you don’t want to get screamed at.
  • Doctors & Nurses –  to be expected since he’s had some traumatic experiences with both.
  • Bananas & Applesauce


Our little man is growing into the most amazing person.  His personality is shining bright and clear.  From the early morning calls for Mommy from his crib, to the giggles and requests for snuggles in the evening.  With a glimpse of his naked rear end running through the house just before bath time, I can’t help but laugh and take a polaroid for my mind. It’s all too sweet and precious. And instances like these are fleeting faster than I can write this post, Best not to blink or he will be grown.


True Life: My Daughter Nearly Strangled Herself in the Window Blinds

You know those cliche phrases you hear in news stories or on-camera interviews after tragedies. You know what I’m talking about.

“I never thought it could happen to us.” “I only turned my back for a minute” “How could I be so careless?”

We have all seen or heard someone say something like this at one time in our lives. Probably on the news or in an article or blog you read. Maybe you have even spoken something like that at one time or another. You’ve probably also been recommended to find shuttercraft near you or a firm similar to have shutters installed instead of blinds because of the danger they cause. Well, I can admit that I now understand how those parents of victims feel.

Helpless. Foolish. Devastated. Ignorant.

Fortunately for me and my family, I can also add “thankful” to my list.

Thankful that I was merely steps away when near tragedy struck my family like a bad daytime movie


One afternoon, I was working on my laptop in the dining room adjacent to our children’s playroom. Thankfully I wasn’t too engrossed with my project because I could see my daughter playing nearby when I witnessed her jumping off the cube storage shelves that house the children’s toys in the playroom. Out of the corner of my eye, I could see she had fallen and appeared to be in pain or just at the beginning of a crying fit. When I looked closer, I could now see she had the cord from the window blinds wrapped firmly around her neck.

In an instant, I sprinted across the room to untangle her from the blinds. Without hesitation, I swooped up my now hysterical four year old and began to ask her if she was alright. My heart pounded and adrenaline coursed through my veins. My body trembled with unmanagable fear. I fought back tears, attempting to calm my daughter while simultaneously telling myself she was going to be alright.

After ten minutes of holding onto my daughter tighter than I’ve ever held her, I tilted back her head and inspected the mark that will forever haunt my dreams.window_cord_strangulation

With all thanks to God above for protecting my little girl, I urge parents to inspect their own homes for possible threats. Even if you think your child cannot reach the cords, trust me, they can find a way. Our blinds NEVER get pulled up because I refuse to allow any potential for them to reach the cords. However, my daughter found a way to reach it and managed to get it wrapped around her neck. It was a total freak accident, and I guarantee she will NEVER EVER touch those blinds again, but it could be a hazard for other children entering our home if we don’t act responsibly and utilize the safety measures that are easily available. In an innocent moment of my daughter tossing the cord playfully in the air, it managed to get caught around her neck and she lost her balance on the foot tall cube storage furniture on which she was standing and fell with the cord wrapped around her neck. In response to this awful accident, I wrapped our cords around the top of the window far out of reach of the kiddos. The very next day I purchased safety hooks from Amazon to permanently remove the risks from the playroom window coverings. We are also debating having plantation shutters installed instead as they are so much safer, and also look really good. That’s how important it now is to us to make our home as safe as possible.


According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, corded window coverings are among the top five hidden hazards in American homes. Please check your window coverings for exposed or dangling cords and retrofit or replace them with today’s safer products. Safety experts recommend using only cordless window coverings in homes with young children, do you have cords in your home for your blinds? Looking into a website like this to purchase motorized blinds could be a safety investment more than anything.

According to the Parents for Window Blind Safety, vertical and horizontal blinds are responsible for 75% of strangulation accidents. There have been 571 reported cases of strangulation in the U.S. since 1986. And 49% of window covering strangulations go unreported.

For more information on how to make your window coverings safe, please visit CPSC and Parents for Window Blind Safety.

Have you checked your window coverings for child safety?

Ever think you are immune to becoming a statistic?

Somewhat Silent Saturday

Ballet & Jazz classes begin

Running with my sole sisters is back to normal

Crafting Halloween Costumes has begun (September is not too early)

The Flavor is kicking (I’m running this one with my daughter today – check me out on Snapchat or Insta to follow along)

Siblings acting like they actually like each other.  

These two making me feel good about my role as a mom. 

Boats & Babes

Happy to see his smiling face again. He’s doing really well and so happy since we’ve been out of the hospital.  

This is coming back to town   

What’s so silent today that you’d like to share??

Home From The Children’s Hospital

Many people have asked about Harrison, so here’s another update.
If you haven’t been following along on Facebook, you can read my previous posts here.  

 Late Thursday afternoon we were finally discharged from the hospital.   We are now back in the comfort of our home and he is doing well. 

While kept in isolation at the children’s hospital, Harrison was tested for many, many different things.  

After insufferably being poked and prodded, test results uncovered he was not only suffering from one ailment, but three separate viruses & infections: Rhinovirus (which is a fancy way of saying the common cold), Enterovirus (a bacterial infection that affects the gastrointestinal area along with respiratory system), and a new-to-me bacterial infection named C. Difficile (this causes diarrhea and inflammation of the colon). 

While in the hospital, Harrison was given an IV for fluids to help hydrate him, Tylenol, for his fever and he began a cycle of antibiotics to treat the C. diff.    

Doctors and nurses evaluated his vitals around the clock and expressed their concern for his weight loss and low body weight

When we left the hospital yesterday, I was concerned we may be leaving prematurely because he was acting very mopey and still sick, but since we’ve been home he’s been in good spirits and has been making strides in the right direction, but we are not out of the woods quite yet. 

 At the recommendation of his gastroenterologist, he will undergo an outpatient gastrointestinal endoscopy at a further date to determine if there are underlying issues with malabsorption or inflammation from his allergies or infections. There is much to be learned through a biopsy, and the information obtained  will greatly aid in our constant quest to provided him with the proper nutrition.  

Additionally, we will be retesting his allergies through blood work to determine if he has developed more or outgrown some.  Many children outgrow their allergies by their two year birthday, which he will celebrate this month, so I am hopeful.  Please continue to lift us up in your prayers as we move forward with treatments.  Harrison lost 20% of his already-below-the-chart body weight during our struggles in August.  Much of our challenges are due to his allergies, so his nutrition is a huge part of getting him back on track and thriving.  As much as we think gaining weight is easy, it’s very difficult for a picky toddler who is so restricted in his diet. 

Thanks for all the calls, texts and messages over the week.  Everyone has been so great and wonderful in our time of need.    

Getting Tasty With The Flavor Run

*** I received two free entries from The Flavor Run in exchange for spreading the word about their event.

***This post contains affiliate links.***


One of the things I personally love, and, quite honestly, don’t get to experience very often, is the opportunity to fuse together my love for running with my family life.  Typically I run early in the morning before my family has even rubbed the sleep from their eyes.  Even my husband has commented that he sometimes feels like running has become my secret life away from him and the kids.  Thankfully, there are amazing events out there, like The Flavor Run, that allow me to incorporate all of my family in a spectacular running event right here in my hometown.


The Flavor Run is coming to Tampa, Florida on September 10th, 2016.  You can join me, along with hundreds of others, for fitness and fun sprinkled with a whole lot of flavor, as we take on the Flavor Run 5k at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

Even better, I’ve got a giveaway for you to enter.  Keep in mind, if you don’t win the giveaway, you can also use my discount code HALEYD.   (Make sure to enter my giveaway at the bottom)

My family loves to participate in these style of fun runs, and with all the focus on flavor and healthy living wrapped into this fun run, we just couldn’t miss out on this opportunity.  And neither should you!!!

Flavor Run Map



What is The Flavor Run?

The Flavor Run is the original MADE IN THE USA fruit-flavored color powder run.  It’s a family focused, quality 5k event with local flavors:  Blueberry, Orange, Strawberry, Grape, Watermelon and Banana.  The Flavor Run also features a post-run flavor filled festival that includes everything from fresh fruit, healthy vendors, children’s activities, and live entertainment.

How does it work?

Dress yourself in ALL WHITE ATTIRE and prepare to be doused with flavorful celebration in the form of color and flavorful powder.  The fruit flavored powder is made right here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. and is 100% safe, FDA approved, and absolutely delicious.

Do you need to be a runner to participate?

No way!  Participants have the option to run, walk, skip, dance, side step or roll in a stroller or wheelchair.


What does registration fees cover?

With your registration to the event, you’ll receive a Commemorative Flavor Shirt, Flavor Tattoo, Flavor Race Bib, Flavor Color Packet, Flavor sponsor Swag, and finally a FLAVOR MEDAL!04-Banana-Medal

Flavor run promo code

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below telling me who you would bring with you to the event and why you are choosing them.    VERY IMPORTANT!!!  Please make sure to list your email in the comment so that I can contact you if you win.  Contest is available for entry to the Tampa Flavor Run on September 10th only!!   Contest Runs until Friday at midnight.

11-Contest Ticket