Thursday, December 31, 2009
Happy New Year 2009 wasn't the best start for us. Benjamin and I lost our baby in December, and in Jan I was still having a hard time accepting things. It was also my 35th birthday which put be officially AMA (Advanced Maternal Age) - another issue I had problems dealing with. It was a rough month.
A much, much better month for us! We found out we were expecting again! It was so exciting and so scary at the same time. We also had William's 2nd birthday party at the end of Feb (even though his actual birthday is March 5th). He had a "Hi-5" themed birthday and it was then we decided to tell the family that we were expecting again.
William's officially 2, and unfortunately March found him sick. He got an ear infection and was fighting it almost the entire month. I was fighting morning sickness myself. It was a nice month for us.
April started off fine for us with a nice Easter, but it also brought us a scare. My NT scan showed us that the baby had a 1:42 possibility of having Down Syndrome. It was a scary development for us. We decided to have an amniocentesis at the end of the month to check for sure to see if the baby did in fact have Downs. We did find out that the baby was a boy! 2 boys for us!!
God can sure test us sometimes. We found out this month that our amnio we did in April did not work. So, we decided to repeat the amnio. This time it worked, and we found out that the baby was fine - and for sure a boy! Wow! What a month of "low"s and "high"s! William also got his big boy bed. Benjamin had a birthday. He turned 29. He gives me trouble all the time about being older than he, but just wait until next year buddy! I'm gonna give you so much trouble on your big 3-0!!!
Made it through the end of the school year, but immediately started teaching summer school. However, after the 1st week of summer school, I started having preterm labor. So, I ended up having to stop working and be on bedrest. That meant no more lifting William. Thank goodness I have such a great little boy, because he was a real trooper even though he didn't quite understand why Mommy couldn't pick him up anymore. This month also brought us a milestone for Benjamin. He received his degree from Colorado Tech. He had his graduation ceremonies in Colo. Springs and I couldn't have been prouder! We also celebrated my parent's 40th anniversary. We had a great party at our house and got to see family members that surprised us with a visit for the party. It was a busy, but really great month for us!!
July started off with a bang (hehehe) Happy Independence Day! Not too much happened in July. I was starting to understand why women say it is not the best being pregnant in the summer.
One word = MOLD! Darn! While Benjamin was redoing his office in the basement, we found mold behind the paneling. Luckily, we got that all cleaned up and everything was ok. I started back to work at the end of the month - with a student teacher! I was a little concerned going back with being on bedrest for the summer. However, things ended up being ok. It was hard working full time and being 8+ month pregnant. When I was that far along with William, I was on bedrest and not working.
September started off on a rocky note as I got a very bad virus! I missed a week and a half off work and ended up in the hospital for contractions being caused by coughing so much. Luckily, I did start to get over the illness. My last OB appointment the doctor told us that he was going to schedule my induction for the evening of Sept.29. This was the month we would meet our new son. My induction went well, and at 9:28am Sept 30, our little Michael was born! A month I will never forget!!!
Officially our first month as a family of 4. I have to admit, that October was a really rough month. Not only did we have to get used to sleepless nights of newbornhood, but also dealing with a toddler that was understanding that he was not the center of attention anymore. I have to say, that William really did a good job as a new big brother. He had his days of jealousy, but overall did a great job. However, it was also this month when H1N1 made its way to our household. My poor William got it. It was a rough week of fever, but as bad as they say it was on T.V., William came through it fine. I was very scared that the baby would get it, but luckily both the baby and I dodged the H1N1 bullet. Unfortunately, Benjamin didn't fair as lucky! He did make it through too. It was a long month, but we made it through!
A busy month of taking care of kids. We started getting used to the baby and our new life. We had a great Thanksgiving. So much to be grateful for this year!! My time off on maternity leave was drawing to a close. It was a great time off, but all good things must come to an end. William ended up with a couple ear infections, so we went back to the ENT and another set of ear tubes may be in future. Hopefully not! Mikey started to smile. He just gets cuter everyday!!
Bringing 2009 to a close was another great month for us. I did end up going back to work. My first week back I did cry every morning. Michael did great at daycare and I know I could count on William to look after him. William had a great Christmas. Santa, Mommy, Daddy, Grandma, Grandpa and everyone else treated the boys very well this Christmas. William really got into the unwrapping and like to help his little brother open presents. Our house is officially undecorated, and William just doesn't quite understand why Christmas can't last longer! What a little sweetie!
As I look back over the past year, I can't imagine a better year. I know not everyone had a great year like we did, and my heart goes out to them. I have a feeling that 2010 will be another wonderful year!!
Monday, December 28, 2009
William is doing great. He did end up with a couple ear infections since my last post, so we visited the ENT to see about William getting another set of ear tubes. The Doc said that we could get another set or "wait and see". We decided to "wait and see" because his last infection the pediatrician gave him a different antibiotic. His last dose was Christmas morning, and he seems to be doing fine. However, if he gets another infection in the next couple months, then we will get the tubes. I really hope it doesn't come to that, but if it will help him then it will be worth it.
Baby Michael is doing great as well! I can't get over how fast he is growing. A couple weeks ago I packed away the newborn clothes and got out the 0-3month size, and even some of those are getting tight. He is smiling a lot now, but still needs to work on his neck muscles. He is a really good baby, other than his 6pm fit. I don't know what it is, but at about 6pm every night he has a crying fit. I don't know if I would consider it "colic" or not, but whatever it is, it is no fun. But really, he is a good baby otherwise! He is in awe of his big brother and a complete sweetheart! I think I hit the parent jackpot with my 2 wonderful boys!!
Benjamin is doing fine. He worked hard on the basement to put back the wall he knocked down so his bowling machine would fit. I don't think I have mentioned it on this Blog, but we are selling our house. Our old house was put on the market, so we decided to put in an offer. Our offer was accepted, so now all we need to do is sell our house. It has been on the market for about 6 weeks, and no offers yet, but we hope we will get one soon. It isn't the best time to sell with the housing market where it is, but we will do the best we can!
Here are a few pics from Christmas, and I'll try to Blog more and not let a month go between posts!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Things are going fine on the new baby front. Michael is a really good baby. The nights are kinda tough as he barely is going 3 hours between feedings at night, and sometimes after a feeding it takes a good 1/2 hour to get him back to sleep. He is starting to eat a little more and fill out a little. I have to say he still has little skinny chicken legs though! At his 2 week appointment, he weighed 6lbs 12oz, so he has gained back all that he lost (was 6lbs 0oz when we went to the pediatrician when he was 3 days old). He does some smiles in his sleep. It makes me sooo ready for that first smile he will do in response to me. William is showing a few jealousy issues, but then again he wasn't feeling all that well from the flu, so I think that added to it. He wasn't too happy to see his PaPa holding the baby the other day, but he likes to watch me change Mikey's diaper. He always lets me know when the baby is crying. It is nice to see them together, and I just think of the future when they can play together and get to be best friends.
My recovery is going well. I'm feeling pretty good only being 2 1/2 weeks after giving birth! I have been having some emotional highs and lows, and I feel sorry for Benjamin and the rest of my family to have to deal with me, but that is what happens when hormones try to regulate. I am hoping to level off soon, and have noticed things are a little better now that I am not as worried about William and H1N1. (That really had me worried for my boys!!) I have to admit that I am LOVING not being pregnant anymore. Don't get me wrong. Being pregnant was amazing and an experience I will treasure for all my life. However, there are still things in pregnancy that are no fun at all. I am loving that I can bend over, I can sleep on my tummy, I no longer have horrific heartburn, and am not so tired all the time. I'm tired from lack of sleep, but it isn't the same kind of tired I felt when I was pregnant. I am feeling almost back to my normal self which is great! Remember, I was pregnant back on October of last year, and then lost the baby in December, and I was pregnant again in January. It was like I was pregnant for an entire year, not just 9 months. It has been a long year, and it is nice to be feeling like me again!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
I did make it through my first week of school. It was a good week, but boy was it exhausting. I have a nice group of kids this year. My student teacher has been a good help, and I am really going to start getting her into teaching since I don't know how much longer I will last. I feel like I might be catching a cold, so hopefully it will past quickly or maybe it is just allergies. I have parent night this week, so if I make it to the weekend I will consider myself doing well!
So, that is what is going on with our little family. We will keep you posted if this baby does decide to make an early entrance!!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Things around our house have been good. Nothing too exciting lately. William has had some issues getting back into daycare this week, but by the 3rd day he was doing better and not crying and clinging to me when I left for work. I am hoping next week will continue to be ok.
Here is a 32 week belly picture...
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I am SOOOO done with being pregnant! I don't know how I am going to make it another 10 weeks. I didn't get to feeling this yucky until I was like 37-38 weeks with William. I have terrible heartburn! I mean, I wake up with it in the morning. Water gives it to me! All I have been eating is tums and Zantac! My back is hurting like crazy, and no matter where or how I sit, I am uncomfortable. I can't bend over. It is hard for me to change William's diaper because sitting on the floor and bending around is getting so hard. I can't get up or sit down without making some sort of noise. I am HOT all the time. Those who say it is hard being pregnant during the summer are SOOOO right. I am tired all the time, and can't sleep worth a crap. My hips hurt, and my face is broken out! Waaaaaaaa! I go back to work in 3 weeks, so maybe once I get back at work and not home all day, I will get my mind off how I am feeling on get distracted from it. But for now, I am ready for October 10th!!!
Here is a picture of me at 27 weeks.
Here is a picture of me at 20 weeks so you can compare.
Can you see how much I've grown?
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Please little boy, stay in your Mama's tummy for another 7 weeks.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Nothin else much going on. School is going fine. Only 3 weeks left! Woohoo! Benjamin is doing great and so is William. Our little one is doing great too. I am feeling him move around, but no big kicks yet. I am feeling much better and even getting a little energy back. So, I wish I had more exciting to share, but I guess I don't.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I realize that it has been a while since I have written in my Blog, and the reason for my absence is because we got some scary news when I got my full NT results that included the blood work. The nurse told us that we are at a high risk for a baby with Down Syndrome. So, even though the ultrasound measurement was good, my blood levels were off and that along with my age (I'm now considered AMA - Advanced Maternal Age) it brought my odds of having a Downs baby to 1:43. It scared us to death, so we decided we would go ahead and get an amniocentesis. We had to wait until I was 16 weeks to do the amnio. That is where they take some of the amniotic fluid from the baby and check for chromosome issues. I had my amnio yesterday. They use the ultrasound machine to find a good place to take the fluid, take a HUGE needle and poke it through the belly all the way through the uterus to where the baby is and take out the fluid. I admit that it was kinda painful, that is all thanks to the baby. They found a nice place to get the fluid, but by the time they clean off my belly and got everything ready, the baby moved right to where they were going to go in, so the dr moved the needle around while it was poked in my skin. Not fun! While they were getting out the fluid, the baby tried to grab the needle!! How in the heck could he see the needle? It is dark in there and I don't think at this age they even open their eyes in there! Well, I'm not sure how he was doing it, but he was trying to grab the needle. The dr decided he got enough, and pulled the needle out. We have 2 weeks of waiting for the results. After the amnio, the ultrasound tech did a detailed ultrasound to check the baby called a "Level II" ultrasound. If the baby has Downs, there are a few things to look for called soft markers - meaning that most babies with Downs have these abnormalities, but sometimes babies that are perfectly fine also have them. They checked for things like a nasal bone, heart problems, short limbs, a crooked pinkie, and a space between the toes. The good news is that our baby didn't have any soft markers! NONE!! He was perfect. YEA!! It was a nice long ultrasound - probably about 45 minutes, and he was moving around all kinds!! During the ultrasound is how we found out he's a boy! So, even though he still might have a problem, things are looking like they will be ok. Benjamin will scan the ultrasound pics, and we'll post them soon. I'm home from work again today because of some cramping where the needle went in. The nurse told me to go home, lay down, and drink lots of water. So, I'm home, watching a movie, and typing my blog. Hey, dr's orders! I guess now, it is just the wait. It will take about 2 weeks for the results, so I'm thinking in those next 2 weeks we can use some prayers that the baby is healthy! I guess we start thinking of boy names! That should be fun! We didn't decide on William's name until the night before I was induced. Maybe this time we will decide sooner. Thanks for reading!!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
William is so much fun lately. Last night we colored Easter Eggs, and he LOVED it! Grandma and Grandpa came over to help and boy was it fun. Even though there were come cracked eggs and blue, red, and green tinged fingers, the eggs are beautiful! I am a little worried about the hunt tomorrow since it is supposed to snow! We might have to have an indoor hunt! William is growing like a weed. Most of his pants are high-waters, so maybe Mommy and Daddy need to get him some new ones. We have also gotten him a potty chair. He's not a pro yet, but he did use it once - which I think we just caught him at the right time. I hope we can get him trained by the time the baby comes in October. That way we will only have to have 1 kid in diapers. His "Big Boy Bed' is at Uncle Eric's house, and we will pick it up when we go up to Denver in a couple weeks for the Pinball Show we go to every year. A big boy bed and a potty chair! This little boy isn't as little as he used to be!
Our plans for Easter are a breakfast a church, then church, and dinner over my Grandparents. It should be a very nice day. I hope everyone has a great Easter, and enjoys time with family.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
The baby is doing great!! I was so scared that we would get bad news today, but I was sooo wrong. I was very excited to see the baby looking like a baby with a beating heart! The baby resembles a little gummy bear. I go back in 2 weeks for an NT scan. That is a special ultrasound where the technician takes a very close look at the baby, taking lots and lots of measurements, to make sure everything is ok. It will be too soon to find out the sex. We will find out if it is a girl or a boy when we are closer to 18 weeks. YEA!!! Maybe I can breathe a little easier now that I know the baby is alive and well!!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Oh, and here is the size of the baby at 9 weeks (which I will be tomorrow). A green olive!
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
How are other things going on? Well, Benjamin is doing pretty well. He is on his last set of classes for his degree, so in about 3 - 4 weeks he will be done with school. He has worked so hard for this, and I am really proud of him. I'm doing ok. I am struggling with working along with morning sickness. When I was pregnant with William, I was home on summer vacation when I had morning sickness. This time around I am working full-time and have the added bonus of a very active toddler (that is sick on top of it). As you can guess, I am struggling to survive to spring break. I've been eating a lot of crackers, plain toast, and any other crazy thing I've heard on the internet to get some relief. I guess it could be worst and I could be vomiting everyday. I've just been nauseous all day. I guess the best thing I have found so far that helps is a Jolly Rancher. My next appointment isn't until March 24th, but we should be getting an ultrasound at that appointment. Part of me is excited to let the cat out of the bag about this pregnancy. I'm terrible at keeping secrets; especially really good secrets. However, part of me kinda wishes I would have waited until the end of the first trimester in case we have another miscarriage. Oh well. We will enjoy this child for as long as we can. Well, I'm off to give my little boy his medicine and see if I can find a Jolly Rancher!!
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
In other news, tomorrow is my birthday. I usually like my birthday and look forward to it, however, this year I'm not exactly happy. I will be 35 and officially "advanced maternal age". Ugh! I guess I am feeling old. Now I'll round up to 40! (Ok, maybe that is the math teacher talking hehehe)
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
What a crazy year! Let's take a trip through 2008...
Jan & Feb
These months consisted of planning for William's first birthday. It was a nice time in our year.
William's first birthday! How amazingly fast his first year flew. It was a lot of fun to plan.
April & May
Just regular months. However, we started getting issues with William's daycare late in May and we decided to pull him out. It was then I decided I wanted to be a Stay at Home Mom.
Ah, school was out and we started getting ready to sell the house!
The house SOLD~! Packing, packing, and feeling a little sad about leaving our home, but thought it would be for the best.
Moved in with Mom and Dad. It was a full house, but we are very lucky we have such wonderful parents that would even let us do it. We also tried to get pregnant this month by doing a FET (frozen embryo transfer). Our hopes were high and then came crashing down when we found out the cycle didn't work.
Problems with qualifying for a home loan. I contacted the school district to see if they would let me come back to work. This was a hard time for me as I was not sure the distrcit would let me come back, and I was feeling very guilty for not really enjoying being a Stay at Home Mom. After some interview, rejections, and all that, I finally got hired at Somerlid! Things were starting to look up.
We bought a new house! How exciting! We were also getting ready to try another IVF cycle, but found out on Oct 28th that we wouldn't need it; that we were expecting! WOW!
Nervous news about the baby, as at our first ultrasound the baby measured behind. It was a very tough month. We tried to stay positive, but it was hard with distressing news in our minds. Benjamin and I did have a nice getaway to Las Vegas and got back just in time for Thanksgiving.
Miscarriage. Sadness. Tears. Dispair. Surgery. We still had a very nice Christmas and a toddler that is the light of our lives.
This year had its ups and downs. We will learn from our experiences and hopefully 2009 will have more ups than downs!