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What started out as a site to update on our daughter's cancer has thankfully grown into a site to update on our beautiful family of four. Enjoy our journey...

Monday, July 24, 2006

amazing thoughts :-) Chad and I are sitting on the couch tonight and this is what comes out of his mouth...

"this past sunday we were carefree and just running around doing whatever we wanted to. next sunday we could be running around without a clue trying to learn how to change diapers!"

what a difference a week can make! I often am amazed by how much life changes in a year, thinking about how much life has changed in the past year for people around me. and now i am thinking, how much difference one day will make in our lives once this baby makes his/her appearance!

the closer we get to the big day the more scared I am getting! i am blessed to know so many great can i live up, how can i be one of them?!

Generally before I do something, I feel like I have had some sort of 'training'...but i can honestly say that i don't know what I will do when I realize this baby is ours for keeps - and someone isn't coming to pick him/her up after a few hours.

really...the next post I make on here, could have pictures of the about making this whole pregnancy a reality :-)

Friday, July 21, 2006

single... ? ? ?

I must admit I never thought I would get to the point where I was in SINGLE digits before baby was due! I remember being in triple digits thinking...I can't wait to get to double digits!

Then I just wanted to get below 100 days - and now I am below 10 amazing :-)

I hope it will be only a matter of days before I have beautiful little baby pictures to share!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

OH MY....

I am so glad I don't have to travel more than 3 minutes to my dr. or I would be frustrated with my appointments! I guess this is a good thing that there are no complications, but geeze - it is hard to believe there is nothing he can tell me!!

NO WEGHT GAIN....what's that, you didn't hear me? I DIDN'T GAIN ANY WEIGH!!!! I know, you are was only one week - you shouldn't. Well, don't rain on my parade!!

Really, no news to report. Again he said the magic words "if you make it to your next appointment..." that really rings beautifully in my ears...but I won't get too excited over it - since he said it last time and I am still here!!

Baby will come in due time, I know this - but it gets hard to wait! I am thankful for feeling so good and having such a great pregnancy, I shouldn't complain at all. But, I am human :-)

Check out the cute pictures! Wynston is playing with his little green bear...don't get between him and his little green bear! And Kasper...well he was helping me fold baby clothes - he got nice and comfy on this warm bobby cover :-)

What cute little babies :-)

Monday, July 17, 2006

place your bets....

well - I would LOVE to pay out on Sadie's guess that the baby is coming today - but I don't think she will make her million off of us :-(

The next guess was July 21st, which is Friday. I would be okay with that!!!!!

Now that it is getting closer, anyone else want to mark their day????

17th - Sadie
21st- Jen
25th - Heather
26th - Jen
30th - DUE DATE

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Okay, so I woke up and thought...wouldnt it be neat to compare myself in the same outfit as someting I was wearing earlier in my pregnancy? So, I put on my jeans and tank that I had taken two other pictures in ....and I am.

You know, I think pregnancy messes with your brain because I don't see myself as fat as the camera does! I think usually a person thinks they look bigger than they actually do....but I obviously have pregnancy denial going on...because dang - I am fluffy and until I see pictures of myself...I really have no idea! :-( So here are the two pictures of me in the same outfit (shirts in different colors) about self-punishment. ..

Please, try not to laugh too hard. Chances are either #1 when you were pregnant you had these moments too, or #2 when you are pregnant you will have these moments too :-)

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

picutres :-)

yeah...I know I am a house compared to the last picture. Chad didn't give me the best notice before taking the picture...I look surprised don't I?!!!

I have a beachball in there!

And...on a different note - this is the NEW purse I bought myself after my pedicure tonight!!! I guess I thought I deserved pampering today :-)


well, I don't have a lot to report!

We had a dr. appointment last night - he said mom and baby were still doing well. I got the test results back from the Strep B test they do around 37 weeks. I came back positive...he has only had one other person be positive for it, so we were all a little surprised. I wasn't expecting this, so I hadn't done much research on the subject (not like me!!) but for those of you who were pretty much like me and didn't know what this meant here is a brief rundown...

"Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a type of bacteria that is found in the lower intestine of 10-35% of all healthy adults and in the vagina and/or lower intestine of 10-35% of all healthy, adult women. Group B Strep should not be confused with Group A Strep, which causes strep throat. A person whose body carries Group B Strep bacteria but who does not show signs of infection is said to be "colonized" with Group B Strep. GBS colonization is not contagious. GBS bacteria are a normal part of the commonly found bacteria in the human body. Normally, the presence of GBS does not cause problems. In certain circumstances, however, Group B Strep bacteria can invade the body and cause serious infection; this is referred to as Group B Strep disease."

What this means is that I will have to be treated with a course of antibiotics as soon as labor starts to prevent passing this to the baby. The odds are about 1% that something will be passed to the baby, only a small fraction of that 1% is worthy of concern. What makes this a little different is that I will need to make sure to get to the dr. as soon as possible once my water breaks, because that is when the meds need to be started.

My feet and hands were pretty swollen this week – if that doesn’t improve by next week he is going to do some lab work…whatever that means!

On a HAPPY and EXCITING note…I am getting a one hour and 15 minute pedicure tonight! I have never gotten one at the salon I am going to – but have heard they have a great massage chair they put you in!!

Guess that is all for now! Chad took a picture of me last night, I better post it later. I have really grown! I will also post a picture of my pretty toes – if they are pretty enough!

Ta-ta for now!

Monday, July 10, 2006

look-look, see-see

my little car is almost to the finish line!!!!


Well…we had lamze this weekend! And, let me tell you – if you want to see someone get ‘hot’ real fast, ask Chad how it went!! He thinks the class was pointless and had no merit whatsoever! He said that he didn’t learn one thing in that class, and that I had taught him all of those things throughout the pregnancy.

Although I will never admit it to him, he is partially right! I was not impressed by what we were taught – we only paid $25 for it, so I can’t complain too much! It was nice to be re-educated on some issued. The part I walked away from remembering the most about was the 30 minutes session on car seat safety.

The Columbus hospital gives a lot of education at the time of registration, and I don’t think Norfolk does that – so that is why so much was duplicated. However, the Columbus class costs closer to $60…but now I think it would have been worth it – if we would have learned something. Oh-well, it is over…but boy Chad will still complain about it if he has an ear to listen!

On a different note – I cleaned the house this weekend and got all the baby things ready to go!! I dusted everything, cleaned all the counters, cleaned mirrors, Chad cleaned the kitchen floor, and vacuumed. We have a clean house – top to bottom!! We get our carpets cleaned Friday, and sometime before then we are going to try to get the windows/doors cleaned as best we can – we are both ½ invalids you know!! But we should be able to get a majority of the ones we notice!! This will be the first time the entire house is clean – and looks good…it will feel brand new!

We are so anxious for this baby to come, I can hardly stand it. How bad will it be when I am merely days away and not weeks…that will feel like an eternity I am sure!

I need to have Chad take a picture of my ever rounding belly to show, I think its been nearly two months…so I am probably a house to most of you!

I have a dr. appointment tomorrow night…but it will be pretty routine so I probably won’t post anything…but who knows!

Everybody together now….breath in two, three – and out two three, in two, three – out two, three!!! (that was probably the highlight of Chad’s day!!!!!)

Thursday, July 06, 2006

a NEW and IMPROVED (??) daddy...

Some of you may know already, but Chad had surgery in Omaha yesterday afternoon. We weren't planning on this at all, but it worked out...and so far it has been a blessing.

We went down for a very late (nearly 2 years later) follow up from a surgery he had just before the wedding - infection popped back up and we wanted to get it looked at before the baby was born. When we got there, the dr. said he wanted to do the same type of surgery he did about 2 years ago - and the sooner the better!

The Dr. made it work so he could get it taken care of that same afternoon. So - we bummed around Omaha for a few hours (bought a new diaper bag!) and then he got prepped for surgery. He was in for about 1 1/2 hours, and the dr. let him come home the same night. That part sounds odd I know, but for all of us who know Chad - it is pretty typical!

I did his first bandage change this morning - and everything looked very good. I will spare you the pictures!

Anyway - I know some of you wanted an update, so I thought this would be easiest! He is doing very well - and Dr. Fitzgibbons seems to be our miracle dr. for the second time. What a blessing to have found him.

So - now when baby comes - I hope he/she will get the best there is of Chad now...and we won't have to worry about sharing him with the hospital once the new arrival comes!

Monday, July 03, 2006

Happy 4th of July

I had a dr. appointment this morning - and all is find and dandy. Nothing new to talk about I guess. We are just playing a waiting game with mother nature now.

I am 36 weeks, the baby is considered term at 37 weeks - so technically anytime after this weekend if I went into labor the dr. would let me go. however, the due date of July 30th is at 40 weeks. (which if you do the math is 10 months, for those who don't trust me when I say that)

Our dr. said that the baby is still dropping, but is not engaged in the pelvis yet. Baby kind of pops up and down on any given day!

Last week we pre-registered at the hospital...that was kind of fun! I got to write down who could come into the labor room - there was even a spot that said "Who can absolutely not..." I thought that was funny! We got lots of neat samples of different things from snacks for mom, bottle, diaper, pacifier, formula, diaper bag, dreft, etc. We also got to ask a lot of good questions to the nurse who helped us, it was exciting!

I have started to pack my bag for the hospital. I wanted to make sure I have certain things packed so Chad doesn't have to do it (face wash, body wash, lotion, chapstick), things that wouldn't even register for him to think of packing for me if he needs to! I did put a few pair of socks and t-shirts in there - and it made me a little sad. Silly I know...but for the past 8 1/2 years and has only been Chad and I - and although we can not wait to have this baby...and we want nothing more than for him/her to make their entrance, it is a big change. I know our relationship will grow stronger and be just great - that isn't what makes me emotional...just the change itself. All we have ever known is each other...and now we are adding someone into our little circle (can you make a circle with just two people??!!) I said I know it sounds silly - but it is what it is. DON'T GET ME WRONG, I can not wait to have a baby in our lives and this does not mean in ANY way that I regret anything...I am just very aware of this big change in our lives as the time gets closer!

I guess I am just going on and on about nothing now - better get going :-)

I hope everyone has a great 4th!