Monday, December 31, 2012

First snow

Before we moved to our new house Dean would tell Will all the fun stuff they would do in the snow in our new bigger backyard once we moved; Build a snowman and igloo, snowball fights and being pulled in the sled. But what Will thought was that new house = snow! So, he was quite disappointed that our first day in the new house (in October) there was no snow. Ha! But he finally got his snow last week, and was super excited to go out and play. Will and Sam both had a blast!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas, Christmas

Candlelight service (see our picture here from last year!)

Monday, December 24, 2012

Pregnancy Diary 2: Week 14

Ahhhhhhh. I am really liking how good 14 weeks is looking! The past few days I have finally made a turn for the better, and am starting to feel "normal". It's been 4 days and counting since I threw up last. Woo hoo! I still have low energy, and have to sit down and rest every so often when my heart starts pounding. But I have been back to doing laundry, sweeping floors and venturing into the kitchen. I even made scrambled eggs for myself and Dean yesterday; THAT is big people. Today I sat at the table and ate lunch with my boys!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Little bit of Christmas coziness

I am so excited to have a nice full house to decorate for Christmas. I have been especially excited to decorate our mantle (I am pretty much in love with it)! I've had to let go of going all out this year, but we were able to get a few things up. I think it makes a house feel so much cozier. Dean and Will went out with my family to a little Christmas tree farm down the road from their house, and got us a nice big tree!  Dean strung the lights for me, I was able to help a little with the garland and ribbon and Will was awesome at hanging the ornaments. I thought for sure he would get bored after the first few, but he loved it! Here is a look at our little bit of Christmas coziness.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Pregnancy Diary 2: Week 12

I have been longing to get to 12 weeks for, well, about 6 weeks now. Things aren't spectacular yet. But I am better than I was, so I'll take it. I remember feeling pretty much back to normal around 15 weeks with Sam. I am hoping it is the same for this time around, but it seems to be dragging on a bit longer. I still have 3 more weeks til 15, so I am hopeful!

Smells are the biggest trigger for making me throw up, which still happens a few times a day. I have almost zero appetite still, but I am making myself eat. My daily staples are yogurt, banana's and cottage cheese, although I definitely wouldn't describe them as cravings. It's just plain tasting food I can grab quickly from the kitchen.

I am trying to get up more and move around, whether it's picking up a few toys off the floor or folding laundry in bed. The more I move around, the more nauseous I become and the more my heart starts pounding. I get dizzy as well, which I am very careful about. I actually did pass out when pregnant with Will (in the check out line at a store!) and came pretty close while pregnant with Sam.

Our whole household is definitely ready for mom to "come back" (including me!).

So, here is the first belly bump shot. Although, to be quite honest, I am pretty sure the reason for me "showing" is my very (painful!) backed up bowels! Oh the joys of pregnancy!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Happy 2nd Birthday Samuel!

My baby is 2 years old!

My sweet Samuel, I can't believe you are 2 years old already! You are so much fun to be around. You are starting to talk a whole bunch, and you have the cutest little voice. Although, you can be quite loud! You will say "Hi" or "Bye" to everyone you see, always with smile and big wave. You love to play outside, and God forbid Daddy and Will go out without you! You can be quite cuddly at times, but are usually on the go and making messes. Your newest thing is galloping. It's the funniest thing, and you know it! You love to wear things on your head, usually pants or Will's underwear.

Your daddy and I love you so much, and can't imagine life without you. Happy Birthday Sam!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Pregnancy Diary 2: Week 10

So far, so good with week 10. I was able to eat some food, and keep it down over Thanksgiving. The past 2 days, plus so far today, I have taken ZERO meds, which I am very happy about! I have been more nauseas without them, but it has been managable. Smells seem to be the biggest trigger, and whenever I try and walk around a bit attempting to be productive I almost always have to throw up. But I'm thankful for some progress.

I am so anxious to feel back to normal! It is so hard being sick and stuck in a house that doesn't feel like home yet. We moved in, found out I was pregnant 2 days later and a week later I started feeling sick. Boxes are everywhere, and walls are bare. Making a house feel cozy and welcoming is so important to me, and not being able to do much of anything has been frustrating.

I can't wait to start posting weekly belly pictures, but there is nothing there yet so I won't bore you!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Pregnancy Diary 2: Week 8

I first want to thank everyone who has reached out to me with offers for help and prayers. This past week has been rough, to say the least.

Last Wednesday, Dean had left early for work. The boys were at Grandma's. I woke up feeling awful. I finally dragged myself out of bed and to the bathroom around 10am, and I new I couldn't go on like this. My stomach was hurting so bad. I was dry heaving, sweating, shaky, had an awful headache and felt like I was going to pass out. I felt like my body was crashing. I made my way back to bed, and texted Dean that I wasn't doing well. I felt so bad, because I knew he had a busy day. But I could not keep going like that. He came straight home, and brought me up some water and a yogurt. I slowly made myself have some. We already had plans to go to my midwifes that afternoon for an IV infusion, so I just laid in bed
waiting. Just focusing on breathing and praying to God to keep my baby safe.

We got to my midwifes. I was very dehydrated. My blood pressure was super low. I usually have nice, plump, veiny hands, but they were thin as can be. I got a couple bags of fluids, and got a dose of b6. We had read about women having great results with the b6, so we figured it was worth a try.

We ended up deciding that I would start taking some meds. Something that would help with my nausea, so I could keep food down. I hate having to take meds. Hate it. But we decided that the risk of having a negative side effect from the (pregnancy safe) drug was lower than the risk of something happening to the baby from me starving. Which I was.

We had my blood tested as well, and my blood protein level was really low. Which is a sign of malnutrition. We also checked my b levels and it was actually high. So, our hopes for an easy, natural fix wasn't happening.

The meds have helped. They take the edge off, so I have some relief. I have been able to eat a bit more, although I still have no appetite. It's hard having to force yourself to eat when nothing sounds good. I still feel super icky, and am so weak. The days are long. Nighttime is my favorite time. I am grateful for every day that passes, bringing me that much closer to feeling back to normal. The 2nd trimester can't come soon enough.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Pregnancy Diary 2: Week 7

Here we are. 7 weeks and I'm sick as a dog. My good days lasted a few days longer than last time, so I had high hopes that it wouldn't get as bad. But it has. Constant nausea. Throwing up. Stomach hurting. Losing weight. Headaches and my strength is waning. Trying to stay positive, but it is oh so hard.

Dean has been great with keeping up with housework, and setting a schedule to have the boys taken care of. I miss them like crazy, but am beyond grateful to have both sides of our families ready and willing to help take care of them.

I'm seeing my midwife tomorrow to get some iv fluids and a b6 shot, and am really hoping for some relief. I would welcome your prayers

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

My Little Pumpkins


And we couldn't be happier!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Just a swingin'

I took these a few weeks ago at our "old" park near our "old" house. You know, opposed to the "new" park closer to our "new" house.

P.S. Doesn't Will look hilariously awkward in the baby swing?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I have a 4 year old

I seriously cannot believe I am the mom of a 4 year old. Like, whoa.

I am so proud of the person Will is becoming. He is so smart it baffles me sometimes. The kid has an amazing sense of direction (which he gets from his daddy), and if I get off course from the way we should be going he immediately says, "Where are you going?"

He is definitely a 21st century kid, and can play some Nintendo ds with the best of them.

He does great reading small words, sounding  out letters and matching words with pictures. He likes doing puzzles and can do a 24 piece on his own.

He is quite an athletic kid. He's got a great arm, has no problem connecting a ball and bat and has a hysterical drop kick.

He is also beyond handsome. I literally can't help but squeeze his cheeks sometimes. 

It's been amazing watching him grow up, and am so thankful for him. I love being his mommy. Happy 4th Birthday Will!

Click here to see pictures from his past Birthdays.