Thursday, August 3, 2017

Pregnancy / Maternity / Big Sister Photo Session and our New Baby's Name

As promised, here is some of the best photos from our recent pregnancy announcement / big sister photo session. Thank you to Anya W. Photography of Lockport, IL.  I will just let the pictures speak for themselves. They are beautiful and I know I will get a few canvases ordered to go up on our walls, as well as a photobook.
Thank you LORD GOD for our beautiful little growing family. We have faith, health, love, and happiness....most importantly: we have each other. What more do we need ???
So many exciting things ahead: We celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary in August, my 27th birthday in September, and our baby girl will be here in October! Also, I wanted to share her name that Violette had picked out waaaay before we even knew her sex. Our baby girl's name is Gabriella. Our clever little 18 month old Violette talks about her baby sister Gabby in mommy's tummy on a daily basis. Such a blessing. Also, for her middle name, considering Faustina - since she is probably my favorite Saint that is closest to my heart.
Also, I just wanted to mention and give a shout out to my husband. He has been out of work for the last 2 months and has been at home with our little Violette. As much as I hate living check to check on one salary (while paying off mortgage, big student loans, 2 cars, etc etc), I absolutely LOOOVED him being home with our baby and not having to worry about where she will go on what day (it's between my mom's and sister in laws on the days where husband works). My husband has been doing an amazing job at home! He is a role model father and he just loves his little girl to death. He has been cooking, taking care of the garden and the farm animals, and keeping the house clean. Between work, doing some laundry, and organizing the house a bit...I have been able to spend so much time this summer with my little girl outside. She going out there with us to feed the animals and enjoy their company. She loves to chase the chickens, too :-) After a difficult / stormy spring, summer came literally and figuratively in our lives and things have just been so much easier and so much more bearable. God is good. Just have to remember to trust him ALWAYS.




Thursday, July 20, 2017

Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, It's a Girl, and a sneak peak into our "new life")


HELLO !!! :-)

First, a most up to date picture for attention.
In this picture: Violette is 18 months and Mama is 25 weeks pregnant with baby girl #2!

Yes, we are having another girl!

But we already knew that way before our 20 week ultrasound as Violette named the new baby Gabby (Gabriella) 2 months before we even found out the gender.


I added new suffix to my name.

Agnes N, PharmD, BCPS (Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist)

Studied like 900-1000 pages of materials all while going through hell at home with a non-sleeping, sick, teething baby and living with my MIL for 3 months, which was very stressful for me.

Will snap a picture when that diploma comes in the mail :-)

Thank You God! I can move mountains with you!


We moved to NW Indiana last fall to begin to live out our dream of livin' the country life...and have now officially started a little farm. We started with some chickens, then got 4 mountain sheep, then got a baby kitten, and now most recently over 4th of July weekend, we unexpectedly brought a 5 month old Great Pyrenees from Kentucky. She is a livestock guardian / shepherd dog and does great herding the chickens / sheep back to the barn in the evening time. We LOVE LOVE LOVE our "new life." It really does feel like we are living a whole new life. It is so much fun coming home from work every day - we are never bored! All these animals are so much fun to watch, interact with, feed, and take care of. Also have a veggie garden, as I always have, but this one is much bigger :-)


A finally,
Here is a sneak peak of our pregnancy announcement / maternity / big sister photo session.

More to come soon!


Monday, March 20, 2017

What's the news Agnes?

Hello readers, if you still exist. Maybe you gave up on me and left my blog. I promise I have not abandoned you. I'm still here! Life has gotten the better of me. Not so easy to find time to blog now that I am a full-time working mother. Just wanted to quickly share some news with you, which I will blog about in more detail later on (I know I always say that, but then it doesn't happen for weeks/months).

We sold our house in the suburbs of Chicago and moved to Northwest Indiana, a pretty small rural town. We bought a pretty humble house but it has 5 acres of land, on which we plan to start a "little farm." We already have a rabbit in the barn that the previous owners left us. Next, we are planning on buying some chickens...and down the line maybe some sheep and horses as well (previous owners had 2 horses, so barn and backyard is set up for them). Let me tell you, the PEACE AND QUIET of country living beats any day in the city. Would NOT go back in or near the city. Thanks but no thanks! I feel God's presence here :-)

As you know, I finished my residency last summer (thank God, HA-LLE-LOOOO-YA) and have been LIVIN' THE DREAM since then. They almost killed me during residency, but I survived and I love my job - my calling - my vocation. I am dedicated to my role as clinical pharmacist in a small [very] Catholic community hospital (which is part of a very large 14 hospital health system).

Now I am busy studying for my BCPS exam. It stands for BOARD CERTIFIED PHARMACOTHERAPY SPECIALIST. Pray for me. I have a month left until my exam and the study materials are probably like 900 pages, I kid you not. One of the chapters I tried reading yesterday (moreso on pharmacoeconomics and patient outcomes than pharmacotherapeutics), I swear was written in Chinese because everytime I read a page I had absolutely no idea what it meant. I probably read 10 pages of that chapter yesterday and I cannot recall a single thing I read. And apparently that stupid section is the highest percentage represented on the exam. I can tell you how to treat diseases and what medications are first/second/third line and what the side effects are, but I cannot do some crazy chinese sounding pharmacoeconomic/financial analyses.

Anyways, if I pass, more initials after my name. Agnes N, PharmD, BCPS ;-) I better pass, because it was $600 just to sit for the exam, not even counting the study materials. Prayers please!


Little Violette is 14 months old. We recently took a family vacation and Violette had her first plane flight. Violette is currently fighting with some nasty stomach bug. It is now day 5 of her diarrhea. 3-5 loose stools per day. And now her butt has a nasty diaper rash to the point of skin breakdown and raw skin. My heart breaks for her. I hope this bug goes away soon, as most of these are caused by self-limiting viruses. If it doesn't, we'll be visiting the doctor soon. Biggest fear is dehydration. Today I noticed she did not have much pee pee going on, just wet diapers from diarrhea :-(

But on the other hand, this MAMA is having more puppies! We just found out we are pregnant last month, just by pregnancy test, lack of menstrual periods, and breast tenderness. Have not seen the doctor yet - I need to find a new OB in NW IN - so we have no yet announced the news to anyone. Once I confirm that the baby is in there, alive and well, I will then make the grand announcement to the world. Baby is due late October 2017, so little Violette will be 21 months when we welcome our next little bundle of joy. Pretty good spacing I think :-) This was totally God's spacing/timing. We are always open to new life, and this is when God decided it was time to CREATE new life.

That is all the major news in a relatively short blog post.

Will try to hop on here more, especially once I'm done studying for BCPS.

And here are some more pictures for your enjoyment, since I have been MIA :-)

God bless you all,