Tuesday, November 30, 2010

December Eve!

Tomorrow is December 1st. I honestly can look back and say this year flew by. I feel like we were just getting our house decorated last year and Jack was aware and a bit interested, but this year it's amazing. He is in love with snowmen, reindeer, snow, Christmas trees and lights! He is fascinated by it all and I love it!

I was 26 weeks yesterday. Had my doctor's appointment today and from here on out every 2 weeks I will see my OB.

Weight gain and blood pressure look great. They are still sitting high which is good, but since they are so high, my uterus is pushing up on my stomach causing some issues....aka puking. But, since I know that's the cause I can try to just eat super small meals throughout the day and that should help!

Little Mr. Camden (he is baby A) has his feet down where they should not be...in fact my OB felt a foot :) So...he is definitely still small enough to turn around, and at my 34 week ultrasound we hope he will be head down! If not, they will schedule my C-section then. So I've decided to just plan on a C-section and be super surprised if I don't have to have one. I will keep praying they'll flip to the right position, but I don't want to be caught off guard if they don't!

No pre-term labor or real major contractions which is great for being 26 weeks with twins!

I did do my Glucose Test today and the number was 4 about the limit (basically BARELY) but that means I have to do the 3 hour test with fasting. I'm hoping it was just the Captain Crunch I ate for breakfast this morning :) So, be praying for me that this next test is a big fat NEGATIVE on the gestational diabetes! BUT if I do have it, even if it's barley...I feel quite confident. I was a medical assistant for an Endocrinologist and a Diabetes Educator for a couple years and feel very comfortable with the whole thing!

Measuring at 32 weeks, which is normal for twins.

Other than feeling large and uncomfortable I've felt pretty darn great. I am confident that your prayers along with so many others contributed to this and I trust that things will continue to go great and I will make it to February 14th!

So, that's the pregnancy update.

This week brings so many fun things! We are having our family pictures and maternity pictures taken Friday by one of my dearest friends who happens to be an amazing photographer! Check out her site here!
Later that day we're going to go cut down our tree and that night is our Small Group Christmas get-together!

Saturday is my baby shower! YAY! That same amazing photographer friend is throwing this shower....did I mention she's amazing!? And then Sunday is our Christmas program at church! Fun and busy days ahead!


We started a Thanksgiving Eve tradition this year with a fire in the backyard and roasted marshmallows with hot cocoa! Here are some pictures! Along with a couple from Jack and I making sugar cookies! OH! And have you grabbed my button for your blog yet?!?! Look over on the left hand side of my page :)


That's my sweetie!

YUM!

It was HOT!

Cooking with Mommy!

My boys :)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The ABC's of Thanks

I'm linking up with Rachel at "Finding Joy" for this post! I think is a great idea....so after you read through mine, click the pic and link up your own ABC's of Thanks!


A: Airplanes. They make Jack happy and they will adorn our twin's room!

B: Breanna. My little sister. I love her so stinking much.

C: Camden and Christian. I haven't met them yet, but they are my miracles. They are my biggest reminder to give God thanks right now, a constant reminder of His faithfulness.

D: Dad. My Dad is the best Dad anyone could ever have asked for. I have no "Daddy" issues, he was basically perfect. I know that's not true. But as a daughter...it pretty much feels that way!

E: Egg Nog. It's one of my most favorite things about the holiday season. It is SO good!

F: Friends. New ones, old ones...all of them. I have some of the very best surrounding me and I have so many I can call on at a moments notice. I'm so thankful for them and how they are all different and special to me in different ways!

G: Grandmas. My Grandma, my son's Grandma. Nothing beats a Grandma.

H: Holy Spirit. I love knowing that when I don't have the words, the Holy Spirit intercedes for me. When my heart is heavy, he carries my burden to the Lord.

I: Ice Cream. It is my favorite. I can eat ice cream no matter how full I am.

J: Jack. My firstborn. My pride and joy. My sweet precious amazing handsome son. I'm so thankful for him, he's my heart.

K: Kathleen. My best friend since 7th grade. We haven't lived in the same town for a long time. But we haven't grown farther apart. She gets me. She knows me. She STILL loves me. I'm thankful for her and her faith that has been shaken to the core, yet remains stronger than ever. She is such a beautiful example to me.

L: Listening ears. Jack's listening ears.


M: Mom. My mother. Super Mom. I want to be like my Mom when I grow up. She's the most unselfish person I've ever met. And an amazing Grandma. She's incredible. I'm so thankful she is MINE!

N: Notebooks, or journals. I love them...I have a lot of them.

O: Ovens. Microwave and regular old ovens. I love them both.

P: Pizza. It's my favorite.

Q: Q-Tips. I love cleaning my ears after the shower.
R: Random movie quotes.

S: Sleep. It's amazing.

T: Trevor. My husband. My soul-mate. My everything. My constant. Every day I thank Jesus that he kept Trevor for me!
U: Uggs. Although ugly, and not adored by my husband...they are extremely comfortable and keep my tootsies warm.

V: Vacations. Specifically to Disneyland. It's our place. :)

W: Winter. I love the cold air and the need for scarves!

X: Xanax. That drug got me through my first flight alone (across the country) and some wicked rides at Busch Gardens! :)

Y: You people who read my blog. Who pray for me. Thank you.

Z:
Zoo. The zoo. We just visited one and it was one of the best days the 3 of us have had. A lasting memory!


The Blessing: By Dwelling in the House

Today I want to share with you the blog, Dwelling in the House. Ginger always has amazing pictures, and perfect short little insights that make you think and that bless you. She is also a speaker and is head over heels in love with her Savior!

 Her post about The Blessing, really hit home with me and I wanted to pass it along! So click on the picture below and enjoy!

Snow!

Okay, so I know all of my "non-Southern Oregon" readers are going to think this is crazy....calling this

                                                                "snow"....

but we don't get a lot of snow on the valley floor here!!! We can get cold, you know, like 20"s and 30's....sometimes into the teens in the night, but rarely do we get snow. In the mountains around us, yes...but not on the valley floor. Some winters we don't get any, sometimes it's once or twice. Usually in January or February.
But it's still November and we got our first snow! So, needless to say, we were pretty excited! And Jack hasn't ever played in snow before, so we suited him up and headed outside! So....don't laugh at our tiny bit of snow. It was a happy morning!

*Oh, and what is even more exciting is I bought his snow stuff at a second hand store about 2 months ago, knowing if I waited I'd be out of luck. It was all in brand new condition (because how much wear and tear can a size 2T put snow clothes through in Southern Oregon) and I paid $30 for the bibs, coat, hat, snow boots and gloves!!!*

Out our front door

He's pretty excited.

It was pretty dry, but we managed a couple snowballs

We came inside for hot cocoa :)

Oh, and here I am....25 weeks. Wow.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Miscellany Monday

Jack is on a new schedule. I love it. He's sleeping until 7:30 or 8:00am in the morning :) Some of you might think, "well, my kid always does that". But not Jack. Jack used to get up at 5:30am. Then it was 6:30am....and it has been for a long long long time..........until this whole past week. And it is just lovely. Let's just pray it stays like this for Mommy's sake!

My sister has been home now for almost a week. She is resting and resting. It will take quite awhile for her to regain all her strength, but she is making progress. Thank you for your continued prayers!

Thanksgiving. It's this week. I love it. Thanksgiving in my family has definitely changed over the past several years, and to be honest it's been a hard change. Too many things to mention. But I'm learning that change is good and it can be exciting as well. And you know what...with the twins coming next year, it will change even more. You just gotta go with the flow and remember, it's about being Thankful.

Harry Potter. Read the books. Own the books. Own the movies. Watched the new movie. Loved it.

25 weeks today! Wow. I feel massive. I honestly don't know how it's going to be...another 12 weeks of growing belly.

Egg Nog season. YUM

Could this have been a more random Miscellany Monday post? Probably not. But link up with Carissa @ lowercase letters and do your own! Happy Monday!

Thanksgiving Recipe Blog Hop

Hello everyone! I'm excited to participate in my first ever blog hop! And what makes it even more exciting is it's about Thanksgiving and food!

So go ahead and start at the beginning if you'd like, over at Robin's blog Creative 2x Mom for the appetizer and then follow the blog link on her site...you'll eventually get back here! Or you can just start from my blog and follow the link I post to the next site!

My recipe is for Pumpkin Bread. Great as a Thanksgiving morning breakfast, or snack or dessert! It's my favorite Pumpkin Bread recipe, my whole family loves it! Enjoy the bread and the blog hop!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Birthday Week

I won't say I'm spoiled. I'm blessed. But I feel spoiled :)

My Birthday was yesterday and my sweet husband took the day off to spend with me! He let me sleep in until


                                                   9:30am!

I could have slept as long as I wanted...but that's when I woke up! He took us to brunch and then I took a nap! Wow...can you say tired?!

Later we went around town and he let me do a little shopping at several stores, nothing big...but it was fun.
We had dinner at home, and stayed up way to late watching a movie.

Tonight I go out to dinner with my girlfriends! It's been a great week!

This morning Jack and I made pumpkin bread. Since I can't share any of it...I will just let you enjoy these pictures :)





Monday, November 15, 2010

Yay!!

My sister is going home tomorrow!!!

The last two days she has made leaps and bounds in her recovery! We are so thrilled and not TOO amazed since we have been praying like crazy, and there have been countless prayers offered up in her name all over!

God is good. God is faithful and prayer works!
She will need to spend quite a bit of time recovering slowly at home, but it's going to make a huge difference. Own home, own bed
And.............

Now I can see her and hug on her. :) I can't even begin to explain how happy that makes me! I got the all clear tonight! Just not sharing of drinks or kisses :)

Thank you all for your encouragement and prayers!

24 Weeks

24 Weeks today
Age of Viability :)

Time Out Squirrel

Jack was bringing books and puzzles to Daddy and they were playing on the ground. Jack disappeared to the front room where all the toys were.

Then Trevor hears, "Squirrel! Hi squirrel."

(Jack has a squirrel stuffed animal. He didn't care so much for it before, but there was a Curious George episode last week with a squirrel...and now he loves it)

Jack continues:
"Cone....pine cone" (The squirrel is holding an acorn)

"Time out squirrel!!!! Time Out!!!"

Trevor watches as Jack walks over and sits the squirrel down in Jack's time-out spot. He backs up a few steps and then stands....staring at the squirrel. For a whole minute. Never once takes his eyes of the squirrel.

After a minute passes, Jack proceeds...

"blah blah...yadda yadda" Some gibberish in a very firm voice. And then.......

"All done time out, all done time out squirrel."

Hugs the squirrel and gets back to playing.


Hilarious. I loved it. And no, I don't stare at him while he's in time-out...but apparently the squirrel needed extra supervision. And I'd really love to know what the squirrel did to deserve his time-out.
*Not the actual naughty squirrel*

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Emotions

This post will be random. Just an instant stream straight from my brain........

Tomorrow will be Day 6 for my sis. 6 Days of being in the hospital. Today was a bit better...but not as much as we'd hoped and prayed for.

Gotta keep praying

When my sister was 3 she had a tumor on her adrenal gland. Causing all sorts of issues. I was getting ready to enter 7th grade. My parents took her to the Portland Children's Hospital for surgery. So they could focus on her and not have to worry about me, I stayed with some family friends for the week. I understood, it made perfect sense. But I also felt abandoned, that somehow my being there would be such a hindrance to them and I'd cause too much of an issue. But all I wanted to do was be near my sister. I wanted to see her be wheeled away, and see her right after she was done. I wanted to be there when they told my parents it wasn't cancer and take her balloons and make her laugh. We're almost 9 years apart....she was/is literally my baby sister. I prayed for her. I loved her. I hated being away from her.

Now here we are....15 years later and I again can't be with her. I understand. It's not worth the risk to me or my two unborn baby boys. The doctors have just said it's not worth it, I have to wait. But it's killing me. It's tearing my heart up. I cry at least once a day. I feel just like I did back when she was 3. Helpless.  Again, I don't argue with the facts or the common sense, but that doesn't make my heart feel any better.

My birthday is this week. We were going to have a nice family dinner, my choice. I think we're going to have to postpone that. That's okay, right now...it's not about me..(is it ever?! haha) But all I want for my birthday is my sister to be healthy and home. I want to be able to snuggle her and smother her with my hugs. And talk. And laugh and cry.

The boys are moving like crazy today. As week speak, one is bouncing on my bladder and the other is trying to make more room toward the top of my stomach :) It makes me smile.

There is STILL so much to be thankful for. I posted a week or so ago about how we got robbed last holiday season. And how this one would be different. I still believe that. It's not Thanksgiving yet. And she doesn't have an incurable disease. She will get better...it might take awhile...but she will. And we'll get back to celebrating like our family does.

Thanks for praying. Thanks for checking in and caring. I really appreciate it.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Week 23 Appointment

23 Weeks. Wow. Here is an update of where I'm at and what my Doctor had to say this visit :)

* Heard both of the boys heartbeats. It is always so reassuring and special...every single time!!

* I finally gained weight! Only took my 23 1/2 weeks :)

* I am measuring at 31 weeks. Holy Cow. This is 100% normal. I made him repeat that to me several times!! "You have two babies in your uterus, yes...this is normal!"
     * No wonder my back is already killing me and I feel like a whale :)

* I have returned to the "higher risk" category. Basically at 23 weeks I begin to be at risk for pre-term labor. It's just a fact with twin pregnancies. So we talked about what that looked like, and what to do.

* I haven't dilated at all and the babies aren't low. Praise the Lord!

* I will have my next appointment in 3 weeks along with my glucose screening. And then an U/S 2 weeks after that! :)

* Everything looks and feels great! Besides the back pain, heartburn, and all around tiredness I feel really really good!

Just continuing to pray that I stay healthy, and the boys stay healthy and stay in there for 14 more weeks! Whew! :)

I think that covers it. Here's the latest belly shot. I will post two...one from several weeks ago and one from Sunday night. HELLO BIG BELLY! :)



and 5 weeks later...............

23 weeks


Oh boy! Or should I say Oh BOYS!! :)

Update

My sister is still in ICU, but she will be transferred back to the general floor at some point today. The good thing is she will be going to the Oncology ward instead, and this is just because of their pain management skills.
They do plan on filing a complaint about their experience the last several days.

With the help of a sweet CNA, my Mom was able to wash my sister's hair. After 3+ days of no personal care, it was needed. Although it was extremely painful, my sister said it felt so nice after it was all done.

We are just waiting to hear where she will be transferred to, but at this point the updates will be I'm sure, few and far between.
Thank you again!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Update on my sister....

UPDATE: as 8:30pm 11/11/10

ICU Dr believes this IS meningitis, but it did not show up in the early spinal tap.
He also believes her BP issues are caused by the medications so they will adjust them
He thinks she is in the thick of it now, and about another week in the hospital.

We are all encouraged. Thank you

UPDATE as of 7:45pm 11/11/10
Breanna has been moved to ICU. They are concerned whatever virus she has, has moved to her heart. Her respirations are low as well as her BP. Pain has not gotten any better. She had an MRA, another MRI and one other scan. She will also have an EKG and an ECHO.
The good thing is, the ICU will be much more attentive and aware of her.

My parents are really really struggling. Please Please Please pray. We know He can heal her, we've seen it before. Thank you.
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The last day or so has been a roller coaster of emotions and information.

It's meningitis
No it's not
It's Mono

Yes, it's mono...but is it also something else?

So, she continues to lie in the hospital, in a significant amount of pain, even with 5 different pain killers in her system, while they run a gamut of tests on her.
Possibly more imaging, several vials of blood, consults with Endocrinologists and Orthopedic Surgeons.

Mono very rarely presents itself this way, looking so much like meningitis. But it isn't unheard of. Her doctor doesn't want to miss something, and although mono could be all this is, isn't willing to risk it. We so appreciate that and her thoroughness. But the waiting game is tough stuff.

Unfortunately the nurses haven't done a great job of keeping up on her medication schedule, specifically the night nurses. My parents are basically not sleeping so that they make sure she doesn't have a huge lapse in the pain meds, which is just uncalled for.

My sister continues to be gracious and polite every time they enter and leave the room, no matter the pain she is in.

Because meningitis has been ruled out, there are no masks required, which is a nice thing for my family staying there. Because we still aren't sure what the heck is going on, I am not allowed to see her. It is really really difficult.

Today, I stood outside her door and was able to chat with her, albeit she was very lucid :) But it did my heart good just to hear her voice and see her profile. We had an OB appointment today (another post on that) and she wanted to know how her nephew's were :)

Last night I dealt with a significant amount of worry, anxiety and stress. My worry about her, turned into worry about my babies and before I knew it I could feel in my body that this was having an affect on me. So, several 'please pray for me' texts were sent out, I popped some Tylenol and drank a bunch of water.
Prayer works. It's powerful and I believe my sister is going to be okay.

But that doesn't make this any easier when you see no real answers or progress. This is day 6 since her symptoms started and day 3 in the hospital. My parents are exhausted and weary.

Keep your prayers coming. They work. He is working, I know it. Thank you for your comments and emails. I pass it all along to my family.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Prayer Request

My 18 year old sister was admitted to the hospital yesterday for suspected meningitis. So far the tests for that have come back negative, even though it is presenting itself exactly in this way. She is positive for Mono, but is having severe pain, hardly manageable by morphine, and blackouts.

Her blood and spinal fluid has been sent to the Mayo Clinic for further testing, and she will be seeing a Neurologist today.

My sister has the highest pain tolerance of anyone I know, and she is in bad shape. Because I am pregnant I cannot go in and see her, this has been incredibly difficult for me and my sister because we are so close.

My family is tired, exhausted, frustrated and worried. We are all continuing to trust in God, the ultimate Healer. But we would appreciate your prayers, we covet them.

.the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express." ~ Romans 8:26

Thursday, November 4, 2010

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year....

This is by far my most favorite season of the year. I wait, not so patiently for it to roll around. It starts with the leaves falling, and the crisp mornings. But it really kicks off for me with the start of November.

Our church is host to an annual Country Christmas Bazaar. It has an incredible reputation in the valley, it's hard to get a booth because it books out so far in advance. It's HUGE. We have a well-known bake sale where my Mom and her best friend are in charge and my sister and I get to help out! It really kicks off the season and the sights and smells are glorious!
Then it's my birthday, followed by Thanksgiving and that crazy day of shopping right after! Before you know it we're picking out our Christmas tree and the house is filled with smells of cookies, cider and Bing is playing in the background. We try to watch a Christmas movie every day the month of December!

I have to say, since having Jack I look forward to this season more and more each year. I get excited thinking about what he'll notice this year that he was to young to notice last year. I get excited thinking about what he will participate in, what he will talk about and dream about. It is fascinating to watch it all through your child's eyes!!

This is our last Christmas as just the 3 of us, and I want to soak in every moment with Jack and focus on him and see things at his level more than ever before. I want to take loads of pictures. He won't ever remember a Christmas without the twins, but we will and I want him to look back and know that life didn't start when they were born. He was the apple of our eye and we took every opportunity to share, explore, teach and celebrate with him! I can't wait to teach him about giving, about what Christmas is really about, teach him the words to Away in the Manger and to soak it all up, knowing it comes just once a year!

Another reason I am looking forward to this Christmas is because we feel like we got well, just plain cheated last year. I lost the baby just before Christmas and had my D&C just days before. In all honesty, Trevor and I talk about how we don't remember much from last Christmas. There were happy moments of course, and our family was incredible. But it didn't make the pain or the sorrow go away. Christmas is our favorite holiday, our favorite season...we have so many fun little traditions. And last year was so tough, and so emotional....we didn't get to experience Christmas the way we always have. My sweet husband had to go lead the Christmas program, and sing and play basically the same day we found out we lost the baby...and then days later lead the Christmas Eve service. It's such a blur...including the months following. We can't even remember what he did for his birthday which is in January...or if we did anything. It just plain sucked. And THIS Christmas, there is SO much to celebrate, so much joy and gratitude! I cannot wait to enjoy this year, and celebrate what He has done for us. Okay, all done...BLAST this emotional post!

I leave you with some of my favorite pictures from the last 2 Christmases :) Looking forward to all of your Christmas/Holiday posts and pictures as well!!
Jack's 1st Christmas

Cute lil Bug

Jack's 2nd Christmas...he loved Santa!

My boys on Christmas Eve

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Excuse the blogging mess....

Yes, new design.....for now. And I think it has issues. I just found out the person making my new design is taking a blogging break. So.......not sure when that will be up :)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Miscellany Monday

1) Trunk or Treat was fabulous! Despite there being a misprint on all the fliers saying we started an hour earlier than we actually were going to, and the rain earlier in the day....it went great! Jack absolutely loved handing out candy to all the kids and he was enamoured by the costumes. And he kept his Scooby-Doo hat on which was a miracle in itself!

2) Halloween day included football and friends and yummy food. Hot apple cider and yummy zucchini bread along with my Saints winning, made for a great evening! Jack loved answering the door for the very few trick-or-treaters we had. I think on our street we were the only house with a light on, so not too many kids stopped by.

3) Did I mention my Saints won?

4) 22 Weeks today! Holy cow! I really can't believe it, and my shower is just over a month away! Bedding is in the mail and we'll pick out room paint in the next few weeks!

5) Trying to potty-train Jack again...we're doing no pants in the house and a potty in the front room. I'm sorry, but who said no diapers is easier?! This is a TON of work...for ME not Jack. My highest hopes include him being potty trained by the time the twins get here...but I'm just not sure.

6) It's my BIRTHDAY MONTH! :) 16 more days....our family celebrates the whole month yes we do! November is awesome. Church holiday bazaar (this weekend) my birthday, Thanksgiving, crazy shopping day, and FALL :) :)

7) I have lost my brain. It's gone. The other morning I was wondering why my house smelled like food, and I hadn't made anything yet. Then I remembered I had put dinner in the crock-pot :)

Velma and Freddie! Who knew?! :)

Velma and the cutest Scooby Doo ever!

The Mystery Incorporated Gang!

Daphne and Shaggy

Scooby Doo digging in for some candy! :)
                                         Have a great Monday and great WEEK for that matter!

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