Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Still Pregnant

I'm still pregnant. 

I've been dealing with cramping and contractions for 4 days now. 
I went to the doctor yesterday after having contractions most of the morning. 
I was told "Not much change". Still dilated to 2. Not too thinned out. 
So I have no idea what these contractions are doing besides making me miserable. 

I'm exhausted. I stay tired. I can't clean for more than a few minutes without contractions so intense that I have to stop and take a break. Where I used to be able to clean the house without any problems now trying to pick up the toys in the living room is like running a marathon without legs. 

I always predict my baby's birthdays. I have been VERY close with each of them. I think I was a few days off with Zachary, a day off with Brennon and a few hours off with Tripp. 
When I got pregnant with this little one I predicted his birthday to be May 7th. 
Throughout the pregnancy I've changed it to May 1st. 

That is another several days away from today. And I'm wondering why I chose a date so far off. I'm really hoping I am wrong in my prediction of this child's birthday. To be honest, I wouldn't mind being pregnant until May 1st, or even May 7th for that matter... but I would really like for the contractions and cramping to stop until I truly go into labor. 

In other news... 

Brennon is doing well with his new smile. I find him often looking in the mirror smiling and admiring his teeth. His smile is bigger too. Brings such joy to my heart to see him enjoying his new smile. That's the only reason we went through with the surgery. :) 

Zachary is doing pretty good as well. He is in a terrible 5 year old stage of back talking and what seems like a really late onset of separation anxiety. He cries every morning when being dropped off at school. It's heartbreaking! I hate it. He is a pro at lying the guilt trip on me. "I just want to stay with you mommy!" "I'm going to miss you so much mommy!" "Please don't make me go mommy!" "I don't want to leave you mommy!" 
What am I supposed to say to that? I have to play the mean mommy and hold tears back in doing so. 
I can't wait for this stage to pass. My heart can't take much more! 

Tripp is Tripp. He's is my little fireball. Full of energy. He is testing his limits more now. He is beginning to pick up some of the older boys bad habits. Whining is probably my least favorite. 
He is still all over the place and has yet to develop any fear. I wonder when that will come????

Josh has been sickly lately. I finally made him see the doctor yesterday. Sinus Infection. Lets hope he starts feeling better soon. You know how men are when they are sick... 

I think that sums it all up. I'm off to start my daily cleaning chores. 
Hope everyone has a great Tuesday! :) 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

New Smile

I can't type much of an update but I promise to do so tomorrow or Thursday...

But I did want to post a quick before and after picture of Brennon's new smile. 

He had his surgery today... and while he did have some complications during the surgery he is now at home doing wonderful. 

He had a total of 9 caps put on today... and a few filings. 

We are so excited with the results!! 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Some more pictures...

Just a few pictures I didn't get to post yesterday. 

Me and my sweet niece Keira

34 weeks! :) 

Keira was so amazed that my belly was kicking her. 

Brennon and Zachary


Me and Keira
My sweet baby Tripp

Zachary and Brennon

All these pictures were taken by Lauren Coffee. 
You can find her website at the link below. :)

Monday, April 9, 2012

My Incredible Easter Weekend!

"The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances. "

I had the most incredible Easter weekend to date. 
Since moving to Sc, we haven't been able to see family as much as we would like. 
And when we do, it's always so hectic that we never really get to spend time with anyone at all. 

This weekend was different. 

It was the first time I would get to see my papa since he got out of the hospital. 
My papa is like a daddy to me. He was the only father figure in my life for the first 14 years of my life. I love this man. He is a God fearing Christian who loves the Lord and desires to be a man that others could look up to. 

Not everyone could make it to papa's house for Easter this year. Sadly we had some that were sick and others that were out of town. But here is picture of about half the normal clan.

Papa is in the purple shirt up front. :) 

Saturday was my niece Keira's first birthday party. I can't believe it's been a year since I got the call saying they were bringing a beautiful baby girl home. Adoption is hard, but Keira is proof that everything works out perfectly. She is a perfect piece to this family! 

So now I'll spam you with pictures of the party. 
She's just too cute NOT to spam you with them. 

The "babies" at the party. :) 
Alicia and Keira sharing a mommy and me moment. :) 

Such a sweetie little girl!!

My sweet boys with their daddy...

We went to Easter Sunday at my home church. I completely forgot my camera so I only have a couple of pictures of their easter egg hunt. 
*Insert Mother of the year award*

Here are a couple from some friends and family members. The rest are taken after church. 

Brennon and Tripp waiting to hunt Easter eggs. 

My sweet Zachary. 

I didn't realize Zachary was kissing my belly in almost every picture taken like this until I loaded them on the computer. Such a sweet child. :) 

This is how most of our pictures look. It's almost impossible to get this many kids to stand still for a picture. lol

Left to Right:
Tripp, Brennon & Zachary

Typical Picture of the boys. :) 

This is the best I could get from them. Too much sugar and sunshine to play in!! 

My loves. :) 

Josh and I really needed a picture of the two of us together. Add in Brennon. :)
Zachary had us laughing... so Josh's eyes are closed. Oh well

Playing with Jamie at Granny's! :) 

I also got to meet up with my bestie Kimberly this weekend too! Here is a picture from our short meet up. 

As far as an update on the pregnancy. As you can see in the pictures, I'm huge.
 My appointments with the OBGYN have been moved to weekly to monitor my blood pressure
 and also have weekly ultrasounds to monitor this little guys size.
 I'm tend to have bigger babies (that come early) and to pray for a baby that is between
 6-7lbs is a bit strange for me. But it's my only hope for another VBAC.
(Babies born with shoulder dystocia) 
So I'm praying. Hard.
I'm also praying my blood pressure stays down and doesn't keep creeping up like it has started
 to do in the past week or so. I can't be induced so I
need everything to go perfectly to assure I can get my VBAC. :)

Please keep praying...

But I'll leave you a bit of good news...

We have FINALLY agreed on name! :)

And another bit of good news... We will hopefully have our van by next week!!! :) SOOO excited!! 

Monday, April 2, 2012

Days Like These....

Days like these I remember why I always wanted a house full of kids. 

The sun is shining. 
The windows are open.
The kids are happy.
The house is filled with laughter and love.
The amount of joy that is filing this home today is overwhelming. 

And I feel so blessed.

If Josh were here with us instead of at work.... it WOULD be perfect.