Tuesday, January 17, 2017

After the Cheering Stops by Cyndy Feasel {A Book Review}

I choose my first book of 2017 to be After the Cheering Stops: An NFL wife's story of concussions, loss, and the faith that saw her through by Cyndy Feasel. It caught my eye from the start because it was about football of which I am a fan and it opened my eyes to something I didn't know anything about.

After the Cheering Stops is written by Cyndy Feasel, the former wife of Grant Feasel. Grant and Cyndy met in college when he was a college football player and immediately fell in love and were later married. Grant was incredibly intelligent and planned to go on to be a doctor on dentist. He fell more in love with football as college progressed and when he was drafted, he decided to pursue football and see where it got him.

Grant played for several teams as a nose guard over the course of several years and as Cyndy states, Grant had his "bell rung" often. He received many concussions over the course of his career as well as many injuries. As a result, by the age of 35, he was in incredible pain most days from knee, neck and back injuries.

Grant and Cyndy were of Christian faith but as Grant's circumstances changed, their marriage changed and their faith became less of a focus. Once Grant retired, he became a daily drinker where he had never drunk beforehand. Over the last 17 years of his life, he drank daily, drove their lives further into financial ruin as well destroyed their family.

Cyndy shares more and more about his life and their lives together throughout the book. Once Grant passed away, it was discovered that Grant had CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) which was the cause of so much of his decline. CTE is caused by repeated head injury and concussions which Grant received in the NFL.

I appreciated Cyndy's openness about how she struggled to care for Grant and support him throughout his final years. She shared about her regretted affair and how she realized she wasn't trusting God. I really enjoyed this book and think any NFL fan would enjoy it.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Maddox {Month 7}

7 Months OLD!!! This was a HUGE month for this little guy. Let's see what's been going on! 

We don't go back to the doctor until next week so I'll try to update then.

Same as height

Head Size:
We won't have this measured again until 9 months old

Maddox-Man, Brother, Ma-Mix,  Bug, Bud, Love Bug, Brother Brother, Mad-Dog, Rooter Tooter, Wormy (because he moves constantly during diaper changes!!)

Maddox is still eating four 8 ounce bottles each day. He eats every four hours during the day and he is now fully on formula. We finished the last of the the breastmilk this month. We are using the store brand of Gentlease.

As for solids, we are moving on along. I was glad to moves full speed ahead with this after holding out for such a long while because of sickness and the horrible diaper rash. This month Maddox had puffs (12/27), carrots (12/9), green beans (12/23), squash 12/27, carrots 1/2, peas 12/30 and obviously, oatmeal cereal and the continuation of applesauce. We have also given him some bits of 
whole foods, as well. 

Maddox is still sleeping great at night. We had a few mornings of slightly early wake-ups but not bad. Morning nap (9-11) has been great as well as evening nap (5-6) but afternoon nap (1-3) has been awful! We are trying to problem solve through that but so far, no luck!

Whew, this was a frustrating month with diapers. We ended up trying three different types as well as wipes because it seems Maddox has sensitive skin and had an allergy. We seem to have found something that works in Target diapers and Pampers sensitive wipes. So thankful for that. Size 5!!

This guy grows like a weed. He is in size 9 and 12 month clothes and some 12-18 month clothes. He has a few pair of overalls that a friend handed down to us and he is so handsome wearing them!

--Maddox learned to wave "hi" and "bye" this month and it's so cute when he does it! (1/1)
--smiling at strangers and friends alike
--first babysitter in early month and liked her
--loves to play with his brother especially

New/fun things from this month: 

--Rolling almost to sitting at beginning of month 
--doing it on his on by 1/2
--sitting when placed for 30ish seconds by 12/7; able to sit without issue by end of month
 --First tooth 12/9
--army crawl 12/11,
-- ear infection/yeast infection; stopped foods for nearly 2 weeks trying to clear up rash
 --crawling 12/19,
 water from cup on 12/21; doing really well by 1/2, 
second tooth 1/1,
-- standing for up to 30-45 when placed against couch, toy etc
--sooo close to pulling all the way up

--bath time with Mason
--eating especially puffs
--crawling all over the place
--chewing on toys, especially Sophie (thanks, Kris)

--sitting in his seat without being fed
--the carseat from time to time
--when his brother messes with him and he doesn't want to be messed with ;)

This little guy is in such a fun stage. The mobility is fun, most of the time, and loves to play with Mom when he can get my attention from brother.

Daddy is the bath time King and Maddox sure loves that. SO much fun. They love snuggling together, too. Pure sweetness.

Pure love for his little brother as well as pure annoyance at the same time. HAHA! Maddox is interested in toys now and Mason's not a huge fan of that. :)

Comparison Pictures:

One Month:

Two Months: 

Three Months: 

Four Months:

Five Months:  

Six Months: 

Seven Months: 

Brother Comparison Pictures 
(Maddox--7 months)

(Mason--7 Months)

Hi, Mason!!


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Snow!! {January 7th, 2017}

Since Christmas morning, Mason has been asking for snow. One day I asked him who made the snow and he responded, "God!" So I told him we had to talk to God about it. On January 7th, we got it!!! 
Mason woke up and we told him to look out the window. He smiled so hugely and then fell back into his bed dancing! Then, he said "I go play!" 

It was so beautiful! 

Getting ready!

First thing Mason did when he went outside was make snow angels. Love it!

Maddox was a bit unimpressed.

Chilly Morgans...

Happy guys!

Sledding is fun!

Itty Bitty snowman

While Matt and Mason played outside, Maddox ate breakfast and I made yummy Dutch Pancake. (I need to share this recipe!) I also made hot chocolate topped with marshmallow cream. YUM!


Hard to see but I was trying to catch the snow plows...

After breakfast, I rested and Matt and Mason watched shows while monitoring the snow fall and Maddox napped. Lunch was yummy sandwiches and smoothies. Then playtime!

He loves looking at himself in the camera. 



Guess we were all tired!

Goodness me!

Nap was a bit crazy because of overstimulation. But whatever. After nap, we bundled back up for round 2! 

Matt had to get icicles off of the AC unit. ha!

Maddox was finally impressed!


We did some sledding!!

Attempt at a family photo after we were inside...not a total fail but not a win.


For dinner we had bacon, olive and mozzarella pizza and some yummy mini dessert pizzas. Cookie butter with chocolate chips and Nutella with butterscotch chips. YUM! 


The night ended with a dance party which is always a complete win!! What a fun snowy day!