Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Happy Birthday Megan Renee!!!

Seven years ago today I was on my way to the hospital to have my beautiful baby girl.  Since my first pregnancy was pretty much unexciting (meaning....great and no symptoms, well other than a growing belly) this pregnancy was the exact opposite.

It all started with finding out I was pregnant on Christmas Eve which was quickly followed by morning sickness.  The funny thing is my morning sickness went on sometimes all day long.  I often found myself locking myself in my office to avoid any smells or otherwise I would end up in the bathroom.  This lasted pretty much the entire pregnancy BUT it was not as bad as I've heard other ladies having...thankfully.

Next was gestational diabetes.  Do you know how hard it is for a pregnant lady to be on a diet?  And then to have the doctor question every week why you are losing weight?  Gee...doc...because I can't have the chocolate zingers that you told me to stop eating!!!  Anyway....because of the diabetes I had to have weekly stress tests and sonograms.  Now don't get me wrong I throughly enjoyed seeing that baby every week on the screen.  What I didn't enjoy was hearing the tech mention every week how big the baby was getting and how much bigger she could get by the time I delivered her.

Let me take you back to my oldest son, Dalton, who weighed in a whooping ten and half pounds when he was born.  The doctor was worried that our baby girl would be as big if not bigger if we didn't monitor the progress.  So a week before our scheduled C-section the tech says, "She's weighing in at almost nine pounds and you still have a week or more before you deliver.  I wouldn't buy any newborn diapers if I were you!"  REALLY?  Did I just hear her right?

Needless to say, the day of the C-section I was a little anxious about the delivery.  But leave it to the second child to surprise us as much as the first child.  Megan Renee Trussell was born at 1:16 p.m. weighing it at 7lbs. 11oz.  Our petite little girl!

This precious little girl started off her life in a quiet, happy, content state.  The baby that slept the entire first night home from the hospital.  The baby that would sit and smile for hours.  The darling little girl that ventured into her independent state.  Fiesty, witty, and full of _____ & _____(I'll let you fill in the blanks).  And yes she gets all of her traits from me!

Megan is funny, clever, creative, and has a mind of her own.  I wouldn't have it any other way!  Eight wonderful years with this angel sent from!  You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are gray...Happy Birthday Megan!!!

Some favorite pics of mine...
Just a couple days old

4 months old

18 months old

3 year old "Truman Tiger" for Halloween

Megan drew this when she was 4-5 years favorite

What a pretty girl!!!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Facebook: Good or Evil?

Facebook:  Good or Evil?

First I must say....I, Michelle Trussell, am a Facebook addict.  I admit it.  I am not ashamed.  Facebook is on my cell phone, I receive notifications via text messages so that I'll know what is going on, and I check it routinely throughout the day.  Will that change?  Maybe.  But is it bad for me? 

The last couple of weeks I have had several friends determine they were no longer be on Facebook because of something that has happened in their lives. I have had friends say Facebook has ruined friendships and relationships.  And I've heard stories where people have gotten fired over things they have posted on Facebook.

Let me put an editorial comment in here.  The following is simply my own personal opinion.  I feel that Facebook will only harm me as far as I let it.  I don't post specific things about my job because I don't want to in anyway harm my career or livelihood.  I try not to post negative thoughts or feelings about situations and/or people (I said try).  I don't like to get involved in political comments or discussions because I don't think its the place. 

Facebook is a social network site.  Plain and simple.  In my opinion it allows you to connect with old friends, co-workers, family, etc that you may not have the opportunity to connect with on a typical level.  I have reconnected with family that I have not seen in 30 years.  I have reconnected with a brother that I have not seen in probably over 25 years.  I have reconnected with old schoolmates and friends, that except for the occasional run-in, I rarely see.  I enjoy seeing people's funny posts, stories about their kids, accomplishments they have, or goals they are making. 

Do I allow people's comments affect MY goals, values, or morals? NO.  Will I allow it to ruin my relationship with my kids or husband?  Absolutely not.  If I would allow it to enter my mind that much then I'm essentially allowing Satan to take control over my life.  My life is in God's hands.  I have to follow His guidance and teachings and allow Him to affect my life. 

I guess my point....Facebook is for fun, mindless activities.  When you start to read too much into posts, comments, etc. that's when the trouble starts.  Let God be your sounding board...not Facebook.