Why we love L’il Critters™ Fiber Gummy Bears + a chance to win a $100 gift card!

I go through hit and miss phases on vitamins. Even pregnant, I’ll suddenly realize that – whoops it’s been a few days since I took anything. Bella will actually remember every day as long as we have the gummy kind, which is why we always buy those for her.  We’ve always liked the L’il Critters™ brands and we’ve tried a few others but none of those have a taste she likes. Right now she’s taking the L’il Critters Fiber Gummy Bears, and she loves the taste. Plus they have no high fructose corn syrup, no synthetic (FD&C) dyes, and are gluten free.


With a fruity flavor and gummy texture, L’il Critters™ Fiber Gummy Bears make taking your daily vitamins easier and more enjoyable:

  • They are a delicious alternative to hard-to-swallow tablets or capsules.
  • They are more convenient, as there’s no need for water.

We’ve talked about how vitamins can help keep us healthy and fill in nutrition gaps (since she’s going through a picky eater phase). She can ask for them once a day, and usually remembers right after breakfast.

I let her pick two from the three colors. Then she tells me what part she’ll bite off first.


Usually the head. Of course.


For those of you who forget to buy more as you run low, Amazon.com offers a Subscribe and Save option that ships them to you however often you choose with a slight discount.

L’il Critters™ gummy vitamins are available at club, mass, drug and grocery stores nationwide including: Costco, Walmart, Target and Walgreens. Also, check out the vitafusion™ line of vitamins tailored to meet the specific health needs of men, women, pregnant women and those 50+. More information can be found HERE.

I received free product and payment for this sponsored post. All opinions are 100% mine.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Last Minute Plans

In a very last-minute bit of plans, tomorrow morning at 4am Bella and I head to the airport to fly to Colorado for the week.

Thursday I remembered I’d gotten Southwest vouchers on a flight home from California last year where we gave up our seats for a flight an hour later. Checking them, I realized they expire July 1 and travel has to be completed by that date. Not just booked. I kind of panicked, not wanting those to go to waste. I tried to sell them for about $200 less, call Southwest for an extension, even email them – the only response I got was they would review and let me know in 10 days.

When they had expired already lol.

I realized that it would just about completely pay for Bella and I to fly to see our family, so we booked! We’re having Father’s Day today with Sam, then I’ll be in Colorado in time Sunday evening to hug my dad too. I haven’t seen any of my family, except my mom who came for my Zimbabwe trip in Nov, in a year – so I’m very excited.

And of course I’ll get to see my also very pregnant little sister – those pics will probably end up on Instagram.

I’m off to pack, get work done, clean, finish laundry, and try to finish up as much school work as I can before we leave. And take a nap. That’s a must.

Prayers {& a Baby Name!}

I don’t even know how to begin posts asking for prayer anymore.

Don’t anyone worry – it’s not about something that’s wrong. Everything with me and this baby are ok. But, we asked our doctor today to refer us for a fetal echocardiogram (a detailed ultrasound of the heart that can also measure blood flow) to rule out cardiomyopathy. Her heart looks great on the bi-weekly ultrasounds – but again, so did Kaden’s. Always.

We weren’t sure what they would say, thankfully they all agreed that it was an absolutely legitimate request due to our history. It needs to be done fairly soon, so we should know by the end of this week/start of next if our insurance approved it, and if not – can we afford to pay out-of-pocket for one to be done.

Why I say I don’t know how to ask for prayers is simple – I have no idea what to ask for anymore. I don’t want to consider prayer the “magic lamp” of life, but it’s hard to get away from that mentality. If I pray right, things will be ok. Thousands of you prayed for Kaden and I’m sure covered about every possible thing, and yet… So that leaves me a bit empty-handed before God, shuffling around without words and wondering at times why I bother praying at all.

But here we stand again, believing that prayer is more than getting what we want, and knowing that some of you are deeply engaged in praying for us and this baby – and we love that. I often think of the people who told me, “I printed out what you needed prayer on this time around” – just wow. That moves me to tears.

As I thought of how to write this, my heart was prompted to share her name, so that those of you who are praying can use it.

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Hope Intertwined

It’s fairly easy to talk myself into a “rational” state this pregnancy. For a while.

I will not get too invested. Invested just enough.

I will not plan for after.

I will not allow myself to daydream too much.

I will stay calm and practical about this all.

I will not be surprised by pain again. I will be prepared.

However that happens.

And then I feel baby kicks. I see her little face on the screen, her hands waving wildly. I hear Bella say her name, and watch Sam put his head on my stomach to talk to her. I carry her with me everywhere I go, my mind wanders to a nursery theme, cloth diapers, packing a hospital bag.

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20 weeks and ciHHV-6 Fundraising

Today we had our 20 week ultrasound. This one truly was all about the baby’s health, we knew gender with the Verifi test at like 12 weeks, we’d had a pretty thorough scan of her organs at 18. One thing they couldn’t see were all the heart chambers. We were told it was normal, they’d check again in 2 weeks. She was only 7 ounces and bouncing around like crazy in there.

But still. With our history waiting two weeks was a little rough.

Thankfully, everything in her heart is in place and positioned ok. We’re still going to ask for a fetal echocardiogram to check blood flow, because Kaden’s heart was also great and then it just wasn’t. Nothing structurally wrong with his at all, simply the weakened valves.

So far though – everything is looking good.

Here she is!  [Read more…]