Marvelous Monday

Ahhh… Monday. I’ve actually been dreading this Monday, afraid of it- if you will.

Today Addie heads to Hasbro Children’s Hospital for her MRI.

A lot of readers have asked me why I do not write about dwarfism more, and the simple answer is: because that is not all there is in our lives. Neither Adelaide, nor the Martinka family are defined by the attributes of achondroplasia, and as such, I refuse to let my writing (and my mind) be consumed by the diagnosis. On the plus side, there is a lot of information here- as well as in the blog roll- which I encourage readers to check out! All charts are updated and a great accompaniment to your regular pediatrician’s repertoire of monitoring your child, and there are different categories for other information, including one specifically about achondroplasia. If you’re looking for something specific, try the search box!

But, I find myself here. Wanting to embrace the week, but fearing its start. Addie is due for an MRI at 1pm. This means the usual things for children of such an age getting an MRI- no food for 6 hours, sedation… oh yeah. Sedation. Due to the complications involved with achondroplasia, namely the compression that is apparent in all patients (the severity is what differs), Addie has a special team and guidelines to her being under. I am thankful that we have such an awesome team behind us, but I am always fearing the unknown- especially when her previous experience with anesthesia was not good. CONSIDERATIONS FOR ANESTHESIA DOCUMENT.

As I’ve mentioned before, I want to share information on this blog, but I do not want to delve into all of Adelaide’s medical history. It’s entirety to share is her choice… but I do want to educate. So, I will share what’s been happening these past few months.

Addie has fallen a total of 6 times, and been unable to catch herself. Each time she has fallen (backwards), she’s landed squarely on the back of her head… after which her eyes roll, she goes limp and doesn’t breathe for a time of 5 to 10 seconds. After these episodes, she’s bounced back pretty well that day, with no walking or pupillary issues. But… she’s blacking out. Cold. Six times. This has more than a few of her doctors worried, and before she goes under for another set of tubes and adenoid removal, we need to confirm there isn’t a deeper issue.

Thus, an MRI.

This Monday, I ask for your good thoughts, prayers, and virtual hugs… because while I know Addie is strong enough to handle anything, I’m not sure I am.

To all the mamas and papas before me who have battled more than I could imagine, you give me strength. Thank you for your love and support- through the major, the minor, and everything in between.


But… you didn’t think I would leave you there, did you?! It’s Monday! Marvelous Monday! There is too much to celebrate in life, and this week I am more than thankful for the love and support I have, but also the opportunities. My hubby is amazing, and his hard work has afforded me the opportunity to grow as a writer and mother… and athlete. I was recently accepted into the Fit For Two Ambassadors program- which I practically begged for (really), and just in time for their awesome Instagram campaign- beginning today!

For Two Fitness is a favorite of mine for so many reasons, including the company’s commitment to moms. Whether you’re a runner, cyclist, yogi, dancer, lifter, casual gym visitor, total gym rat… or just get into the groove when you can, the products offered will give you confidence and comfort in all of your workouts. The tops are made to move with you and your babe and the bottoms to cover everything, but give you movement… both pre and post baby. I love that the company is family-owned and operated- and think all new mamas deserve the love they have for their customers. So… what was all that about a giveaway?

From today until Friday, when you post the image below on Instagram with the hashtag #fortwofitnessgift and mention @fortwofitness you’re entered to be the one lucky Instagrammer who will win a $100 gift card to For Two Fitness – the very best in maternity activewear! Bonus points if you share what your For Two fave product is… mine? Training for Two racerback tank… a must for ALL activities! Check out my IG profile @martinkadeluxe and capture the image there, too!

Don’t forget to enter yourself in this awesome contest- there are products for mamas-to-be and new mamas- and even a few pieces for in between moments! Good luck, Reader!

I hope you have a beautiful week… starting with this Marvelous Monday we have all been blessed to have!



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66 Responses to Marvelous Monday

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    Best of luck to Addie today. I know you must be beside yourself with worry, but I am sure she is going to be just fine <3

  2. Jessica Chyko

    Prayers for Addie and Mommy&Daddy too! It so hard to watch your child go through things like this.

  3. Well I hope your appointment goes well and is not too stressful. Good Luck and the best to Addie and you!
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  4. kim

    I love your Marvelous Monday’s post – they are so informative. Good luck with this.
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  5. diane

    Sounds like the health issues with Addie are stressful but hoping things go smoothly at the MRI.

  6. Good luck at Hasbro today. Those blackouts have got to be terrifying.

    I agree about sharing, but not making our children’s issues central to our blogging. We are there to assist them in their journeys, but the journey is theirs, we are just blessed with experiencing it with them.
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  7. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today! :Hugs:
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  8. Good luck! Thoughts are with your family today and hope everything goes well.
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  9. Good luck hun! I am so sorry you have to go through all of this.
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  10. Praying that God gives you peace as you are at your appointment. Please keep us updated.
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  11. I know how scary hospitals and tests can be so lots of love and light for you and Addie! Hopefully the MRI will help to tell you what’s causing those black outs.
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  12. Wow, that sounds worrisome, for sure. My thoughts are with you and your family. Hopefully, it’s one of those things that appears to be more serious than it is. Good luck!
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  13. Sue

    She seems like such a sweetheart.. Thank you for sharing your story.

  14. Best of luck to Addie today! those blackouts would have any parent quite nervous. I hope they can find answers and you will be able to help her through to where she doesn’t get hurt by them.
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  15. How tough that is, but I bet talking about it and finding others in similar situations really helps. My prayers are with you all, hope the testing goes well.
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  16. Sending prayers your way! My daughter had a seizure once and I know how scary it can be to be a mom watching those tests done, wishing you could just do it for them. Hang in there!
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  17. Best of luck to you and your family! Health issues are so stressful, especially with kiddos!
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  18. That tee is too cute. I’m expecting a son and would love to have that top to wear while I’m pregnant.
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  19. First of all, I want you to know that I really respect your attitude about Addie. She deserves privacy and respect and that’s what you’re giving her, along with love, of course. Second of all, I love the For Two fitness outfit.

  20. I am definitely sending good thoughts to you and your family. And I am with you. I don’t write a lot about all the different health issues in our family because we are so much more.
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  21. Pam

    Praying for Addie! I’m glad you have a good team of doctors, I know that has played a huge part in my daughters healthcare!

  22. I hope everything went well today. Thinking of you and your family. Thank you for sharing your journey with us.
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  23. Great strength and resolve Mama! With that attitude, you and your family will go far. Best of luck at the doc!
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  24. Shauna

    Oh my goodness, sounds like you are going through so much, yet it is Marvelous Monday and you are still so grateful for the support around you. Hugs!

    • Without all the love from friends and family, near and far, I know this day would have been anything but marvelous… but I have a groggy, scratchy throat warrior in bed recovering better and better. And for that… it’s been a damn marvelous day, for sure! :)
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  25. Good luck and everyday we are gifted with is definitely a blessing.

  26. Good thoughts for her and the MRI. Surgery is always a scary thing
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  27. I see from some of the comments that things went well today – thank goodness for that! Prayers for continued health for your daughter!

    And… wish I’d known about the Fit for Two brand when I was prego!! :)
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  28. I would love to win the gift card and give it to my sister. I should share this post with her, thanks!
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  29. My thoughts go out to you and your daughter. My daughter just went through surgery and I was terrified and her issue was minor.
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  30. I hope all went okay for you both yesterday. I can’t even imagine what you were feeling, let alone how scared Addie must have been. Prayers and well wishes that you get some answers soon. Your daughter has such a strong spirit!
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  31. Hoping the appointment went well! Congrats on your new ambassadorship!

  32. katrina g

    prayers for you and your entire family, you guys have been through a lot for sure.

  33. I hope all went with your sweet girl for the MRI! That’s a pretty neat instagram contest, by the way.
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