Sunday, December 27, 2009

She is here!!!

I have been completely out of touch with the world since Maci arrived.  My telephone broke the day I gave birth and I haven't been able to get a new one yet, and I haven't been anywhere near a computer to post pictures yet.  I promise to write a more detailed post later, on the 26 hour labor and eventual C-Section that brought our miracle to us, but for right now you will just have to settle for a few precious pictures of little Miss Maci!!


Born on December 17, 2009 at 5:37 pm
7 lbs. 13 oz.
20" Long


This was our favorite nurse Brandi.  She was awesome.


Our First Christmas Pictures!!
 




Best Christmas Present Ever!!




Milk and Cookies for Santa!!
 

 

 

Maci and Havest!! Best Friends!!
 

Mommy and Maci!




Friday, December 11, 2009

Update on My Friend Heather

I had asked for prayers in this post for my friend Heather.  Just a quick update, she let me know yesterday all is going well.  The smaller of the twins gained 3oz. and the larger twin gained 1oz.  they show plenty of fluid.  She also said the doctor didn't see any signs of long term damage.  It seems right now as if the surgery did exactly what it should have done, and the twins are doing well.  Praise the Lord!!!!  Please keep praying for this family.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Baby Shower at Nichole's

Here are a few pictures from the shower that Nichole gave me this past weekend and a belly pic or two.  It was so much fun, I wish I had gotten more pictures of the people that were actually there, I didn't even get one of me and Nichole...kind of upsetting.




36 weeks and 3 days



His Daddy is not going to let him play with us girls anymore...



36 weeks and 3 days






Monday, December 7, 2009

DOCTOR'S APPT 36W 5D

Went to the doctor this morning.  Still only 1cm.  Head down.  Sonogram showed she is 7lbs and 14oz.  I pray she is a little off.  She will be around 8 1/2 lbs if she is right.  Still have to get baskets for storage for her room, a diaper caddy, and still have some of her clothes to be washed before she gets here.  I have my bags packed and waiting.  Just keeping my hair dryer and make-up out for every day uses.  My best friends mom gave me the wreath for the door this weekend, and it is very cute I might add.  Also, Nichole made me the cutest burp cloths and bibs and diaper bag from their business Lady Bugs and Lassos (click the link on my side bar, they have great stuff).  I have pictures from the shower at Nichole's house this weekend, but I didn't bring my camera to upload them....hopefully soon.  I am so behind on posting pictures.  Sorry. 

Friday, December 4, 2009

Short Update

We should have a baby in less than two weeks.  They are going to schedule an induction to make sure my husband can be there (his job isn't very flexable for surprises).  I am already at 1 cm, and the baby is very low.  If you want to know the truth about it I am very miserable at this point (thus the reason for no heart felt blogging these days).  I am exhausted and not sleeping well, but there is an end in sight, and wonderful end I might add.  I am working shortened hours, and honestly wish I could just start maternity leave NOW...I am soooooo tired.  She should be here in time for Christmas, so I bought her a stocking, and am searching for a Christmas Dress for picutres.  All in all things are great, I just feel VERY pregnant.

Also, I have a friend who is pregnant with twins.  They were diagnosed with Twin to Twin Transfusion.  I am not sure of the specifics of the disease, I am going to have to research it a little better.  She left for Texas yesterday to have a corrective surgery, and the babies did great.  From what I understand they will have an excellent chance for survival pending what happens over the next week.  Basically I want to ask you all to pray for my friend and her babies for healing for the twins and peace for my friend, I can't even imagine what she is going through.  Her name is also Heather.

Belly Pic - A Week Late

35 weeks and 2 days



Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Maci's Room...almost finished

There are going to be a few other things hanging on the wall, over the changing table and the dresser.  Also, trying to find a lady bug to hang at the end of her name (it's kinda crooked right now, we may have to take it down and start over).  Also, I am going to get some baskets for the shelves on the changing table for storage of all the stuff that is just hangin out on her closet floor. All in all though, it's coming together nicely I think. 

Canvas painted by my cousin Nikki, she did a great job matching the room!!



   

     
Diaper Cake by my friend Kim at work!!  She is very talented don't you think???

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Still Here

Hi guys!  Just a quick note to let you all know I am still here (if I still have any readers).  The pregnancy is going great. I will be 35 weeks tomorrow, can you believe it!!  I have the first of my weekly doctors appointments next week.  I can't beleive how close Maci is to being here.  I am also a little freaked out and EXTREMELY busy at work trying to get everything ready to leave on maternity.  I do have some shower pictures to post and her room to reveal, I just haven't had a spare second to upload the picutres. I hope to get them uploaded and posted atleast by this weekend.  Just wanted to let everyone know I haven't disappeared off the face of the earth, and I hope you are all doing well.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Very Scary Day

We had a little scare yesterday.  Little missy decided to take a really long, really still nap on me.  Didn't move a muscle from the time I woke up at 6:00am until after 1:00pm.  I freaked!!!  I did everything I knew to do, I drank a sugary cold drink, I ate, and laid on my side (sort of, in a recliner on our showroom floor)...I poked, and rubbed, and shook my belly trying to make her move....NOTHING!!   I went to the doctor at 1:00 on the verge of a panic attack, and they hooked me up to the fetal monitors!  Her heart was beating away just fine, and about 15 minutes in to them placing the little-tiny-not-heavy-at-all monitors on my stomach that weren't nearly as aggrivating as what I had been doing to my belly all moring, she started trying to kick them off, like they were bothering her...FIGURES!!! But thats ok, I was so glad she was kicking at them, all I could do was laugh.  She even had the hiccups for a little while, and I could hear them on the monitor, so that was very neat.  I was just glad everything was ok.  Now I am counting kicks twice a day and keeping records of them on a sheet the doctor gave me, but everything is great!! I can't wait until this little girl gets here!!  Less than 7 weeks until my due date!!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Almost 32 week Belly Picture


Friday, October 30, 2009

I couldn't resist!!


Perfectly Plumped



Pinked and Pacied



Precious Pumpkin!!


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me!!

Today is my Birthday.  Does anyone rememebr this post from last year?  Well my day started out pretty much the same, I had a flat tire on my way to work, I guess it's going to be a tradition :o)

This is the last year I will be in my 20's and it's a little depressing to be honest!  I have  however found some birthday quotes to make me smile and I thought I would share them with you.


When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it happened or not.
- Mark Twain


I'm at an age when my back goes out more than I do.
- Phyllis Diller


A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's
birthday but never remembers her age.
- Robert Frost


You are only young once, but you can be immature for a lifetime.
- John P. Grier


Live as long as you may. The first twenty years are the longest half of your life.
- Robert Southey


Thirty five is a very attractive age;
London society is full of women, who have, of their own
free choice, remained thirty-five for years.
- Oscar Wilde


Of late I appear
to have reached that stage
when people who look old
are only my age.
- Richard Armour

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

1 Year Ago

1 year ago today, I started this blog. It was my outlet to scream, or cry or to remind myself that God is still there even when I can't feel him.

I lost our first baby 1 year ago on October 1, 2008. Now a little over a year later, our 2nd child is about 2 months away (give or take) from arriving in this world! It's amazing what changes a year can bring, and how quickly it can pass. I never thought I would make it to this point! The past year seems as if everything that can go wrong has gone wrong (and still continues to go wrong to a point) but in the midst of it all, no matter how alone I may feel, God has always been there, and will continue to be there, of this I am sure.

"But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.
He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit." ~ Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NIV)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Harvest LOVES her Aunt Heather!

I love this child and I think she loves me!! What do you think???
She is making me so anxious for Maci to get here. Harvest is absolutely beautiful! She is the sweetest baby, she doesn't fuss that much, at least not that I have seen. She is just a happy, content, beautiful little baby and I love her!!!
Also, I haven't been doing very good with this, and honestly, this isn't a very good shot. I do have a "pregnant belly" finally although I wasn't turned enough to the side in this picture to really see it. Mom took this picture Sunday at her house. Promise, I will get some better shots later!!
30 weeks and 4 days
Also, on a side note, my birthday is Wednesday. My parents bought me a digital camera and a 4GB memory card to go with it. I have been told (by my parents) there is no excuse now for not having lots of pictures of Maci when she gets here. I think it was a purely selfish gift {wink}..but one I desperately needed, my digital has been dead for about a year now. I was really stressing about needing one before Maci made her arrival, and now I have one. I am so excited, they couldn't have picked a better present if they tried.



Monday, October 19, 2009

It's Harvest Time!!

Here are a couple of new pictures of my beautiful niece Harvest. I just have to say how proud I am of my little sister too, she is doing such a wonderful job with her, she and Wayne are the kind of parents every child deserves. They are great with her!







Couldn't you just kiss those little cheeks off!!! I think I love this child!!!



Thursday, October 15, 2009

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Rememberance Day

Today I remember my baby that I lost last year, October 1, 2008.


I still believe...


For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139 13:14)


I don't understand why these things happen, and I know I never will. I don't have anything really profound to say, and it's really for me to think about. Last year was a bad year for me. I am just asking you to take some time today to pray for anyone you know that has a baby living with Jesus rather than with them.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Harvest Ann is here!

My sister had her baby yesterday. It was a long hard day, but she is here and we are all so excited...I can't wait to see her in person tonight (I only got to see her in the nursery)

8lbs, 15oz.
21" long
Born at 5:22pm

Now back to work, I am SLAMMED becasue I was off yesterday!


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Ladybugs and Lassos

This is a business that my friend Nichole and her Mom (my adopted mom) started. Check it out, they have some beautiful things. Very talented people.

http://ladybugsandlassos.com/

Jaycee Leigh

Here are a couple of pictures of my sister-in-law's new baby girl.
6 lbs. 2 oz.
19 1/2 inches long

Day after she was born!

Both of my nieces. Aren't they beautiful.
(sorry for the bad quality, it's a scan)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Quick Update

My sister in law had her baby girl yesterday. Both mother and baby are doing great! Jaycee Leigh Allen was born on October 6, 2009 weighing 6 lbs 2 oz and 19 1/2 inches long.

A quick prayer request. A friend from high school had her twins this week, she was (I think) a week ahead of me or a week behind me, not sure exactly. The boys are WAY early, and each weighing only around 2lbs. They are having lots of medical intervention, but given the circumstances they are doing well. Please pray for my friend and her new baby boys.

Also, my sister is due at the end of this month. I can't wait to meet baby Harvest. Please pray for her to have a quick and easy labor and delivery when it comes time.

I had a doctor's appointment yesterday as well, everything is fine...other than the fact that I had to sit there until 4:00 before ever being called back to a room when my appointment was at 2:45. It was understandable yesterday though, my doctor was called away to do an emergency C-Section and was running behind. It wouldn't have been so bad if it didn't seem to happen that way EVERY time I have an appointment.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

It's been a while...

I know it's been a while since I have posted! I am really neglecting this blog and it bothers me a little. There are so many things going on in my world and I haven't quite figured out how to put them all into words without sounding like I am whining, so I have remained silent on most of them.

Everything with baby Maci is fine, and the pregnancy is going well. I am now on the every 2 weeks schedule with my doctor, and time is flying and creeping by all at the same time. Aside from the normal swollen feet, aching back, and reflux that keeps me up all night I really feel great, I love being pregnant. Baby girl is doing well, and I can even see her wiggling around now. It's the coolest thing to watch my stomach jump around and roll when she moves. I will have to work on another belly picture soon (probably minus my head, I hate the way my face looks right now)!

Just thought I would drop in to let anyone who might still be reading know that I am still here, and the pregnancy is going great.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

4-D Sonogram













Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Dirt Cake


Wow, how long has it been since I've posted a Tasty Tuesday. I am still here, alive and well. Just BUSY!!

Just as a side note before we get to the recipe my sister sent me, I am having a 4-D sonogram Thursday afternoon. I will post pictures as soon as I can.

Now, back to you regularly scheduled program post!

You will need:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
2 packages instant vanilla pudding mix
3 1/2 cups milk
1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 pack Oreos

Crush Oreo cookies into pieces and keep to the side.
Mix butter, cream cheese, and sugar together in a small bowl.
In a large bowl mix milk and pudding.
After pudding and milk is mixed, fold in the whipped topping.
Combine pudding mixture and cream cheese mixture together.
Layer in a trifle bowl, starting with cookies then the pudding mixture. Continue to layer ending with crushed Oreos as the top layer.
Chill until ready to serve (at least 1 hour).




Wednesday, September 9, 2009

How Rude!


My biggest pet peeve has got to be, people that come to work (or anywhere) sick. I mean really, the rest of us do not want to share your germs with you.

The most aggravating thing to me is when someone comes to my desk, then backs up two steps and says “Don’t get close to me, I have (fill in the sickness)” If you are sick, and you are going to touch things around the office (or wherever) your germs are still there when I touch that door or faucet or whatever after you! If you are coughing all over the place, the fact that you aren’t breathing directly into my face is not going to keep your germs off of me. If you are sick, don’t come near me, don’t come to my desk to tell me you are sick and for pitty-sake, do not think, for one second, you should touch anything on my desk. Do not cough into your hand and then use the SAME hand to pick-up something you are going to hand to me! Please just stay home if you are sick. I am pregnant, and my immune system isn’t where it should be right now. It is very dangerous for me to get sick, it could mean life and death for me and my child in some cases. What may seem like a harmless sickness to you simply isn’t harmless to others with lowered immunities or to those of us who have much more to loose than a few hours of work.

Wash your hands, and try to stay well....no matter how hard the inconsiderate people make it!!

And while I am on my "soap" box so to speak, check out this post by Ellen at Profoundly Seth...I have got to get one of these signs before little Maci gets here (and yes, I am going to be one of "those" mothers I am afraid)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

For those who foolishly asked....



.....here is a "pregnant belly" shot (if you can call it that) standing in my mom's kitchen at 22 weeks. I am sure it's obvious by looking at my face I was oh-so-happy to take this picture!

Take it all in, this may be the last picture you see of me until after Miss Maci is born and I drop around 85 lbs!! Enjoy {Wink}


Monday, August 31, 2009

22w 1d Sonogram

Maci - 22 weeks 1 day
I know I am late getting the latest posted from my doctor's appointment last week. Things have been so hectic, I just haven't had much time. I went for a routine appointment, and mentioned that I had not been feeling her move very much that day and only a handful of times for the past 2 days. My doctor got a concerned look on her face and ordered a sonogram and to make sure my fluid was at the proper level off I went in a tizzy. This is the first doctor's appointment that I have gone to alone since I miscarried last year, for precisely that reason. I didn't want to be alone for any surprises. Either my mom, Nichole or Bill have been with me for every appointment. But of course Thursday of all days, Bill had to work, Nichole had a sick baby and I told my mom that I was fine, I had been feeling some movement and we didn't have a sonogram scheduled, so I could be a big girl and go by myself this one time....HUH....well I had to wait forever for the sonogram since they were working me in, it gave my mind plenty of time to wander and think of every horrible scenario possible. Finally, they called me in and I hopped up on the little table, and right away she started kicking and squirming and moving all around. My fluid levels were fine. They told me I have an anterior placenta and that it is cushioning some of her kicks and movements, and that is why depending on where she moves and kicks I don't feel her for a while. They say once she gets bigger that won't be a problem anymore, I will feel her no matter where she moves. So all is well, and little Miss Maci is doing just fine. My next appointment is at the end of September and I will have to do the dreaded glucose test...I am not looking forward to that, but I will also go that same week for a 4-D sonogram, I am super excited about that, can't wait to post the pictures.