Monday, January 7, 2013

Fort Building

The bad news is that we didn't make it out of the house yesterday. 

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The good news is that we had some exciting visitors.  My sister and her babies came over and we participated in some serious fort building.  

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Ina Mae didn't quite know what to think.  

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Jessie also brought dinner - taco soup to the rescue.  

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I forgot how tasty and filling taco soup is.  Paula Deen has a delicious and surprisingly healthy recipe.  

Before our visitors came I got a chance to hop on the treadmill for a quick 30 minute walk while reading Sarah's Key.  I started that book on the way home from Hawaii and then got caught up in a few other things.  It is about time I finish it.  

Other Food


Breakfast: Banana chocolate baked oatmeal following *this recipe*  (these make the perfect breakfast and  / or dessert)

Snack: Greek yogurt and blackberries

Lunch: ham and swiss omelet with a muffin for dessert

Snack: roasted brussel sprouts with ketchup and mustard (don't judge)

Dinner: taco soup with corn bread, sour cream, and cheese

Dessert: blue bell with a dollop of hot fudge

Today I have to return my temporarily rented pump, so Ina and I are getting ready to hit the road.  I might introduce her to my boyfriend - we will see how the day goes.  

Thought for the day

(via)  Sorry I couldn't resist.   


  1. Hi Racheal,
    I remember reading a while back that you were going to try to get your insurance to cover your pump and breastfeeding supplies... Did you ever have any luck with that? I see you mention returning a rented pump here, did you just use that because Ina was in the NICU? I'm just curious how all the pump stuff works since I know my twins will be in the NICU for sometime due to alreaady known complications. Any advice would be great :) Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Shelby!

      My insurance changed in 2013 to pay for a breast pump. Because Ina was born on Dec 2nd, I had to rent a pump for a month until I got a free one. I only ended up using it a handful of times one I got home, but it was nice to know it was there.

      The NICU at our hospital provided pumps while we were there. However, if your twins are staying in the NICU for any amount of time, I imagine you will have to spend a few nights away, so you might want to make sure you have a pump at home too.

      If I were you I would start out by calling your insurance and seeing if they will pay for a pump. If so, let your doc know that once the babies are born, you need a prescription for a pump faxed to where ever your insurance will pay for a pump.

      I hope that helps! If you have any more questions about this, you can email me at :)

  2. That taco soup looks delish. I am going to try that and the baked oatmeal!


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