CareCredit + Walmart

Let me just begin this with saying, I am not affiliated with CareCredit or Walmart. I genuinely just want to share something that works for me.

When we first found out that our little embabies stuck, my intimate thought was preparedness. How much will we need of each item, and the double it for two! Diapers, wipes, formula and bottles all became top priority.

We started with diapers. Around the same time I had gotten pregnant, CareCredit rolled out the ability to purchase health and wellness items at Walmart and Sam’s Club. As someone who was working on rebuilding my credit, and this being the only credit card I had I found my niche. CareCredit has the ability to pay for most infant items. So every other week, I’d stop in at Walmart and buy a box of diapers and a box of wipes. Then, I’d make a payment on my card keeping the balance to a minimum. Did this help me? Heck yeah! Not only did I see my credit score raise steadily but I built up a stockpile.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to stock up on much anything else due to bed rest and the boys coming early. However, what I was able to stock up on is coming in handy! We have lots of diapers and wipes, and when you’re wiping the butts of two you know you need them!

What’s next? I’m going to continue stockpiling every once in a while, but I’m also keeping the balance low for upcoming dental appointments for my oldest. Additionally, the boys will have alternate needs in the upcoming months and we will bend to those needs.

Xo, Sabrina.

Where’d those names come from?

One of the many questions we’ve received is how we came how we came up with the boys names. We’re here to tell ya, grab the tissues this could get emotional. Before we begin, if you don’t already know all of my kids are named in ABC order. Andi, Bree and Caidence! The boys are named after three men who were important in our lives. Each man played a different role for us but, each man left this life too soon.

Dax Ramon Ruiz

Dax was Dax. He was the one name we never hesitated on, because it was just suiting. He had to be a “D” and so, he was. Fun fact, it wasn’t until we were looking for another name that we found this also aligned with Zoram’s Star Trek addiction. Dax in Star Trek is a deity. Dax means Leader and so far in his life that’s been true! Dax’s middle name is a passed down name to honor one of the three people we wished to honor. Ramon is Zoram’s dads name. He passed in Zoram’s childhood. We honor him by utilizing his name as Dax’s middle name, but more importantly we pass to our children the many life lessons Ramon taught Zoram growing up.

Emrick Keith Ruiz

Emrick. Let’s be honest, the name Emrick was decided on the operating table. But, we spent all morning getting names thrown at us in every which way. We had people to honor, and we knew the middle name long before we knew the first name. And let’s also be honest, thanks husband for the dig because I wouldn’t have been happy if he didn’t start with an “E” HA! Both of us liked Emerson, but we couldn’t give poor Emrick two middle names.. so he became Emrick. Emrick means Immortal. Em for Emerson. Rick for Rick Butler, an amazing man that treated Zoram like his own. I was lucky to meet Rick on a few occasions. Both he and Julie welcomed me from day one with Zoram. And although I wasn’t able to create our own memories I heard and still hear all the memories from Zoram. He is again another man we wanted to honor by passing down not only his name but the foundation he gave to Zoram unto our own children.

The final name, and the most important to me is Keith. For those of you who know me, you know this is my Dad’s name. The man who raised me to be well, me. The sarcastic, dark humored, strong willed me. When he passed in 2017, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. Hell, 2017 was the worst year of my life by far. But, we all made it through. If he were here, he’d be crazy about his grandsons… all three of them, just like he was crazy about his granddaughters. The love he gave to his entire family will be the legacy that we instill in the boys. Love without limits, love without an end.

Emrick and Dax carry on three names of three strong men whom we miss, whom we love and whom we’ve learned from. The boys will grow knowing who they were named after. We will speak their names as if they were still living. We will tell stories both happy and sad. We will not let them be forgotten.

XO, Sabrina.

A Newfound Appreciation.

It’s been one week. One week of back and forth visits to the NICU. One week of juggling two out of three girls at home, while still getting daily visits in with boys. One week of spending thirty-ish dollars every other day just to have gas to go up to see the boys. It’s been one hell of a week! This week brought a newfound appreciation, and let me tell you it’s a big one.

As most of you know our story, the story of Zoram and I, began way way back in preschool. However, we didn’t actually start dating until our best friends got married. It was an instant click for both of us, but he would tell me “just friends”. Just friends turned into a dinner date, and well..it’s all love birds and kissy faces from there. Zoram took in all three of my girls as his own. He didn’t miss a beat. It was a huge sigh of relief as I was a single parent, and I wasn’t sure what my future held. Heck, even my parents liked him and that was a huge deal!

When my dad passed, Zoram still didn’t miss a beat. He was there constantly helping to make sure we didn’t need anything, picking up the girls, going back and forth to yet another hospital.

When I decided to sell my house, when our future home was uncertain and we didn’t exactly know what to do.. he still stood there.

When we decided I needed a car to go back and forth to pick up the kids, he quickly allowed me to pick out something I could drive, save gas, and he could easily fix.

You guys get the concept right? He’s been a non-stop support system. It shouldn’t have been a surprise when it came to our boys. But, it was. It was a huge surprise that during my c-section he chose to stay while I got stitched up instead of following the boys. It was a huge surprise that he stayed by my side and did whatever I asked. It was a huge surprise that he went home to take care of the girls instead of staying at the hospital so we didn’t have to stress. It was a huge surprise that he made sure I was fine after leaving the hospital, and every day since.

There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t appreciate my husband. He has a whole new role in our family, a role that I wasn’t sure how he’d take on…and he surpassed all of my expectations. When we talk about the NICU taking a toll on parents, but not many people talk about the changed relationship between the parents. No, we don’t talk much about the NICU. It’s an almost unspoken conversation, except for the updates. But, the little things he does is a conversation we have daily. It’s those little things that make my heart flourish.

The truth is, he’s never gonna read this… and though I can write it out in multiple words, speaking the appreciation is hard. However, maybe another NICU parent will read this some day, maybe they’ll understand because they’re going through it too.

Xo, Sabrina.

Building Credit While Preparing For Twins!

Hey y’all!

I wanted to do a short little blurb about an awesome new find that’s going to help me rebuild my credit and be prepared for the twins. Before I begin, I am in NO way paid for the following. I truly just want to share this with others who may be able to use it to their advantage.

At one point in my life, I had great credit. Hell, I bought my first house at 21 years old. I wasn’t about to let anything stop me. Expect maybe my big head…I got my hands on credit cards and when times got tough, I turned to shopping. Of course, as young and dumb as I was despite my bills being paid I destroyed my credit by utilizing too much. So here I am, 7 years later, attempting to rebuild it.

Which lead to me Care Credit. I only recently found out about Care Credit when Andi had to get teeth pulled. We tried doing it without putting her under, and despite her bravery we couldn’t get past numbing the gums. But putting her under cost double if not triple the amount upfront. The dentist advised me about Care Credit and I got approved much to my surprise. That approval paid for a decent portion of the tooth pull and made it easier on my checkbook. I took each payment and returned it on time, and saw my credit score jump!

Now, not to long ago Care Credit and Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club paired up to allow card holders to purchase specific items from stores. These include baby care such as diapers, wipes, and medications. Feminine care, adult vitamins, prescriptions and so much more.

Which means I can buy a pack of diapers and wipes every pay week and pay the card down at the same time! Leaving me the ability to also purchase a $25 gift card each paycheck for “extras”. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this!

XO – Sabrina

8 Week Bump-Date!

Happy Sunday!

Today is our 8th week bump-date! Yay, we’ve made it 8 weeks! It’s also my first day back on night shift…and we will see how that goes!

What’s new this week?!

Well first off, we have arms! Yes, the boys have developed arms. This upcoming week we should have placenta development, and possibly some movement at our next ultrasound.

I still have days in which I don’t feel pregnant. And I also have days where I feel overwhelmingly pregnant, like today. Every food makes me nauseous, every movement is exhausting, and I honestly just want to go back to bed. None the less, our hope is the pregnancy continues to develop well.

So far the pregnancy has been ups and downs, mostly ups. I’ve noticed this pregnancy has made me much more nervous and panicky about losing the pregnancy. I’ve pondered this, perhaps it’s because of Zoram wanting to have his own bloodline. Or, maybe it’s the amount of money we’ve invested into the process. Either way, every day I don’t feel pregnant I’m in a mini panic!

I’ll admit I’ve gone shopping for some maternity clothes, dresses and such. I have noticed that this pregnancy has made me feel quite bloated at times and jeans cutting into my stomach makes me feel even more miserable. So if you catch me in a dress, just know it’s out of comfort not for style.

Additionally, Zoram picked out a color for the boys nursery… he needs to move boxes and what not out of their first, but okay. I’m glad he’s really on board for this pregnancy and is involved so much.

That’s all for this week! Make sure to check in next Sunday for our 9th Week Bump Date! We can’t wait to see what the ultrasound reveals.

PS – Babies are now the size of kidney beans (with arms)!

XO – Sabrina