Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ok, I have been really bad at blogging again :0( But I thought I would post this awesome album I just ordered from Shutterfly. I can't wait to get the book in the mail. I was fun looking back at the past year. Hope you enjoy

Monday, January 23, 2012

If you like doing crafts, this place is loaded with endless ideas. The Wood Connection
Check it out!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

January 2012

So, here I am again. Thinking I failed at blogging again. Every year I start out so good, then life gets crazy and there goes my blog. I really want to be better at this since I don't have time to scrapbook any more, which has made me super sad, and I don't keep a personal journal.
Today, I am home alone on a Sunday evening since I am waiting for the 7pm, Eight is great fireside. I am the 1st counselor in the primary, so I get to go and talk to the girls turning 8 and telling them about Activity Days, next year JJ will be 8, so I will be going again. I am not a fan of Sunday meetings. I don't know why, they are uplifting and spiritual things to do on Sunday, but when in competition with family dinners, they are evil :0) I also did like with the church came out and said to limit Sunday meetings, so I was in full support of that.
I miss my family, but I am actually looking at the extra hours I am enjoying tonight by not having to travel an hour each direction and thinking of all the possibilities I can accomplish tonight. I have many great ideas on my "Wish List" of TO DOs, my husband asked if I was going to take a nap. That sounds so divine and I rest about 5 minutes because I have too much I want to do. First thing is to make cookies for the fireside since I thought I would avoid spending money, so now I am done and look at the time, ....yes, you guessed it. It's all gone. Why is there not enough time in the day (and energy) to get things done anymore? Does the clock tick faster than the olden days? did church get longer? Why can't I go to town and check more than 2 things off my list or errands? I am still working on Christmas returns/exchanges. AHhh!
It's crazy how busy life is these days, or maybe it's just me and I need someone to show me the way to fit it all in (anyone?)
I just hope to some day get over the day to day things so I can get around to enjoying life and maybe do some fun things, so I can look back and see the successes and good things in life. Someday....isn't that the most used word?

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Born May 6th

Ok, so it has taken me more than a month to get on here and post pictures. I forgot how crazy life gets with a new baby (or most likely, I am extremely out of practice). We had a rough start with Clark with my Platelets threatening preclampsia, so the doctor decided to start me 3 weeks early at 37 weeks to avoid any health problems for me. Well, although we cleared the safe zone for delivery, it wasn't enough for Clark. First off, he ended up being breach, so I had to experience my first C-section. Apparently the placenta was in front preventing the baby from being able to get in position and made it a little tougher for the doctors to get him out. I should add here that Clark's name was undecided until he was born. I finally gave in to the name only after he tried entering this world laying parallel across my stomach like he was flying--yep, like SuPerMaN!! Call us crazy, but it's kind of fun. I can't wait for all the costumes he will be able to wear :0)
With under developed lungs, Clark was in the NICU for a week after being born. He was also loosing a lot of weight so they had to put a feeding tube in also, so holding out little bundle was pretty difficult and annoying. The hardest thing was not only leaving the hospital without my baby, but driving the 35 minutes back and forth to the hospital 2-3 times a day to try nursing him (some times unsuccessful), which meant no pain killer for me so I could drive myself. Mike had to use a lot of vacation time to help with picking kids up from school so I could stay longer at the hospital with Clark. It was very tiring, I would feel bad when I was too tired to want to see my baby, I felt like a horrible mom, but I really needed to make sure I was taking care of myself also (which was really hard to do when you want your baby home).
We did finally get to bring him home. He wasn't quite to his birth weight at his 2 week check up, so we stressed more because of that, but little Clark is now 5 weeks old and looks great and you wouldn't even know he had a rough start.
I cannot tell you how many times a DAY that each kid randomly says how cute Clark is, even when they aren't even looking at him. They are constantly asking to hold him, but no one is begging to change his diaper :0(, I better work on that. JJ is on his second cold since Clark was born, and it nearly kills him that I won't let him kiss Clark anywhere except his head--and he wants to kiss him MaNy times a day. I am a little sad, JJ is giving all MY hugs and kisses to Clark now, I have to remind him he hasn't given me any hugs or kisses lately.
I am so glad all the kids like their little brother and are adjusting to having to do things themselves or help each other since mom can't do everything anymore since I am busy with Clark. My next step is to figure out a dinner menu that includes easy meals my girls can learn to make. I haven't taught them very many different cooking options besides Mac and Cheese and Ramon Noodles, so if you have any great recipes and ideas, please send them my way.
Well Clark is calling me!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Countdown has Begun

Obviously, the countdown didn't really just begin, but at least the light at the end of the tunnel is closer and closer to where I started to let myself get excited and start preparing. I guess it became more of a reality when the doctor set the date to be induced for May 19th (since I always have to be induced a week early to have a normal size baby). After losing my last baby, I have been very skeptical of things going wrong with this baby even though I didn't feel like anything was wrong, like last time.
I started off with low platelets with this pregnancy, just like the last, but the numbers were higher and have continued to go up. At least, until two weeks ago. When I went to the doctor on Thursday and my platelets went down, but the doctor said it was still high enough for an epidural. Until these past two weeks, I didn't know that was what the concern would be with having low platelets, the doctor never told me what it meant to be low. I turned to Google and found all sorts of things to stress me out, even though the doctor didn't seem to be concerned. So, with his only concern being whether I would have the epidural or not, I thought that might not be a big concern since I have had trouble with the epidurals working well or at all with my last two deliveries.
Not only were my platelets lower at my last visit, but my blood pressure was very high, so began the 24 hour urine test to see if I have toxemia. I returned the test and was told to go up to Labor and delivery after to have my blood pressure tested. This seemed easy enough. Unfortunately, I wasn't prepared to be stuck at the hospital waiting for the test results and having a non-stress test (NST) done. Again, this is also when I learned another new piece to why it's bad to have low platelets. The hospital staff informed me that I did not have toxemia, but I have preeclampsia. I think they are related, but I don't know how to explain it other than, I don't have high blood pressure problems, just low platelets, which still could threaten an early delivery if they continue to drop.
I now have to report to the hospital twice a week for the NST to make sure baby and mommy are doing fine. Their hope is to get me to my 37 week mark, which is May 4th before they are forced to induce. They are also guessing the baby might be breach, so with these two things, I am planning I might end up having a C-section (which sounds a little easier than the 10+ hour unmedicated delivery).
I have never had to wonder when my baby will arrive (I guess except my first child) since I have never been surprised by an early delivery or even gotten anywhere close to going into labor, so the unknown thing is something new to me this time (or maybe it's been too long to really remember). I know we all get impatient to have our little ones arrive early, which I am kind of hoping for, but at the same time, I worry about him being born too soon and having health problems, so for now I am trying to be patient, but also prepared for what ever happens.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Happy 12th Birthday

The day finally arrived! My girl turned 12!! She was so excited to hit this birthday especially since she now is old enough to go to Young Women's and hang out with her older friends again! This year she asked for a birthday party. I gave in since her last friend party was when she turned 8 years old (I am not a very fun mom). I tried to talk her into going to a fun place to play, but instead, she choose a party at home decorating cupcakes and singing Karaoke, mostly because she wanted to invite more than two friends to her party. Only three of the six that were invited were able to make it. Too bad we didn't have 3 extra seats, and we would have been able to go with mom's plan A, but I think the girls really had fun, especially Edi. She got her own set of frosting tips and a fun cupcake book full of ideas to keep us busy for quite a while.