Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Cardiologist Appointment

Today was my cardiologist appointment. Let me first say that my cardiologist is VERY attractive and super super nice!! LOVE HIM! Anyway, he did an EKG, echo, and then sent me home with a monitor for 3 weeks. Basically, he is saying what everyone else has said...he isn't terribly worried about it. He said that if my heart is indeed doing what he thinks it is that he is okay with it and it is just going to be annoying. The reason for all of the tests is to rule out anything more serious. He said that there is medication for this irregular heartbeat but he does not want to give it to me while I am pregnant...AGREED! Anyway, I have to wear this heart monitor for 3 weeks and record heart events and then download them daily for him to read. I see him in 3 weeks and will see my regular OB again in 2 weeks.

I have decided to stop stressing about my weight gain. It is happening and it is happening quite a bit faster than I wanted but whatever! I don't feel large even though the scales say I am. My belly is big but I don't feel near as big as I did with my last pregnancy...I am talking about all over. My belly at this point is actually bigger than it was at this point with Rachel but overall I am not as big...

Here I am 25 weeks pregnant with Rachel.....



Here I am 23 weeks pregnant with Baby #2....


So...I will just keep plugging along....

OH...my blood pressure today at the doctor was 96/58!!!! That's CRAZY!!! Good, but crazy!!!

Healthy Snack



She helped herself to this apple and ate a great deal of it! I thought it was funny.

Sleep Could Be Over-rated

Rachel has been on this kick where she isn't requiring as much sleep as she used to or as I would like for her to! She has been going to bed around 9:00 and getting up at like 6:00!! That's nuts! She has done this for about a week and is only taking an hour to an hour and half nap in the afternoon. She is wearing me out! Maybe she is just preparing me for life with an infant and a toddler!!!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Short Blog...

I just have to say that I know SO MANY PEOPLE THAT ARE PREGNANT!!!! It is insane! Just found out that another of my friends is pregnant. I found out yesterday that another is pregnant....woah!

Friday, December 19, 2008

To All!!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Busy Week

This has been an insanely busy past week!!!

Let's see...I went to the doctor on Wednesday...see last post! The only thing that I didn't include is that I am going to see a cardiologist on December 23rd for my heart issues. Funny thing....since I have had the appointment scheduled my heart has not been doing what it was doing before....*sighs*

Anyway, Tuesday I cleaned like a mad woman. Somehow motivation came to me...I got all of the Christmas decorations up and the house spotless. The maids came on Wednesday to do some more deep cleaning including the fridge!! YAY!! We had dress rehearsal for our Christmas play Wednesday night. Thursday I worked....it was busy!! Then off to church again for another dress rehearsal. Brice was off on Friday and it was nice to have him home!!!! He didn't even turn his computer on. That's rare! We took Rachel to my aunt's house for her to spend the night and the dog to the boarders to have a weekend away, including a haircut which she is getting today! So, Friday night we had our Sunday school class over for the Christmas party. There were 16 adults here! It was a blast! I really did have a good time...it was great food and fellowship! Sorry..no pictures.

Saturday, we slept in...no dog, no child...it was nice! Only thing is that we both woke up at 8:00!!!! WHY??!! I guess it's just habit. ANyway, we watched TV for awhile and then went to Red Lobster for lunch for my birthday. We had good food and a SUPER dessert! We picked Rachel up and then went to the church for the Christmas play. Brice was the main character...he did a fantastic job!!! My children's choir sang and they did great too! Sunday was church. Brice had to be there at 7:00 am for a deacon's meeting where they asked him a ton of questions in preparation for deacon's ordination. Rachel and I got ready and went for the early service, went to Granny's for lunch, and then back home for a VERY short nap thanks to Rachel. I watched some football...my favorite thing to do on Sundays! We went back to the church for the 2nd and final production of the Christmas play. I think it was just as good as the first night and honestly I am really glad that it's over. It is just so much work!

Sunday night...LOVED watching the Cowboys beat the Giants!! WOO HOO!!

I now have a SUPER sore throat. I really hope that I am not getting sick again. The weather is absolutely BATTY! It was 80 degrees yesterday and like 35 out now. Geez!

This week should be filled with less excitement than last. Normal work week for the husband. I am not working at all. We have a fellowship with desserts on Wednesday, music class in the morning for Rachel. Thursday evening I am going with Brice to his work Christmas party to eat some expensive food (his words)! We will have an uneventful weekend and then start getting ready for Christmas the following week and traveling to Arkansas!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

She's so Funny!

Yes, 2 posts....both in the wee hours of the morning. Bad thing...I have to go to work in the morning!!!!

Anyway, have to tell about what Rachel said last night. We were driving home from church after dress rehearsal for our Christmas play. Brice and I were talking and Rachel was blabbering in the back seat about something. Finally she said something that sounded like a real legitimate sentence...we get these occasionally. Oh, and SHE IS SOOOO LOUD!!! Anyway, she said, "Come back!! Come back!" and she had her little hand pointed in front of her as to be pointing out the front windshield of the car. I asked her who she was talking to. Her response: "Come back little cars, come back!" We died laughing!! She was telling the cars in front of us to come back. We had been stopped at a stop light and there they were. Light turned green....they zoomed on. She wanted them to come back. So, it continues....

Rachel: Come back little cars! WAIT!!!!
Me: Baby, they will come back again (as we approach another red light).
Rachel: Yay, little cars!!
(light turns green)
Rachel: WAIT!!! Little cars, come back!!!! WAIT!!! Get a spanking!!!!

I LOST IT!!!! I laughed so hard!!! Brice says, "Oh man, she pulled the "spanking talk" on the cars!" We were laughing and Rachel was still hollering for the cars but it was priceless! It made me wonder if I threaten spankings too much!

Weight Gain!

Why am I up at 2:49 AM blogging about gaining weight? Well, I guess because it is bothering me....right now! Actually, I was woken up by my 2 year old daughter who started screaming for no reason...not that anyone could tell anyway...must have been a bad dream. Brice went to check on her (we have a gate at her door so she can't get out of bed and wander down the flight of stairs in the middle of the night and I cannot step over the gate due to shortness and pregnancy). Anyway, Brice checked on her, said she was completely sideways in her bed and completely asleep while crying. He made it all better like a good daddy would do! Anyway, as a result, I cannot sleep and I left him upstairs in the bed tossing and turning.

Okay, back to weight gain....

Today (well, technically yesterday) I had my 24 week checkup. All was okay. My blood pressure was a little high which TOTALLY freaked me out! With my history from my last pregnancy, that is not what I want to see. Doctor was not concerned....anyway, this 4 weeks.....6 lb weight gain!!!! Doctor still has said nothing. I don't know what I am waiting for. Do I want her to yell at me? Well, she isn't going to but do I want her to say, "Okay, stop eating and stop gaining weight?" Again, not gonna happen! Maybe I just want, "We have gained a little more weight than I would like. Here is what you should eat to keep baby healthy and keep you from looking like a beached whale." The thing is....I know how to eat healthy. I have been overweight my entire life, it seems. I have averaged between 6 and 8 lb weight gain every checkup. That's a lot! The first trimester you are supposed to gain 1 lb, 2nd trimester, 1/2 lb per week, and the last trimester 1 lb per week.

I can rationalize and give all kinds of excuses....here is the real excuse....I have been on a perpetual diet since my last child was born....2 years ago!!! I have done well. I gained about 70 lbs when I was pregnant with Rachel. I lost all of that in about 2 months and over the course of the following year and a half lost about 30 more lbs. It wasn't a strict diet after the inital baby weight was off but I was SO proud of myself prior to getting pregnant this time. So, when I found out I was pregnant it was like a free token to eat what I wanted. You aren't supposed to be on a diet when you're pregnant!!!!! I know, faulty reasonining but I am certain that this is what's got me to where I am. Funny thing is, I am just now to my pre-pregnancy weight when I got pregnant with Rachel. Is that supposed to make me feel better? Well, it doesn't! I was overweight when I got pregnant with her!

The depressing part....I still have 16 weeks left...or a little less! What am I going to do? I laid in bed prior to getting up and getting a glass of water and coming to the computer wondering if I should only eat salad from now until March or if I should go back to the gym and start walking again. The other bad part....IT'S THE HOLIDAYS!!!! I didn't get the luxury (if it really is) of being pregnant with Rachel during the holidays.

Anyway, what does all of the rambling amount to? I don't know. Maybe I am a stressing out a little too much but weight has been an issue for me for most of my life. Maybe I should have talked to the doctor about it yesterday but I guess at the time it didn't seem like such a big deal.....*sighs*

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The Name Game

Okay, let's play a little game. We are trying to pick potential names for our newest baby girl that will be here in March. I am going to do a poll...okay, not a fancy one because frankly, I don't know how. I am going to just put some names here and ask you to comment me and let me know what you think. There are a couple of rules though...

1. You can't get upset if ultimately we don't pick the name you voted for.
2. You can't ask me what the names are that we pick because we won't name her until she is born.
3. You can't get mad when you ask me and I don't tell you (see #2).
4. You CAN choose to use any combinations of the names that you would like and comment me with your suggestion.

Okay, here we go....

Madelyn Elizabeth
Kathryn Grace
Allison Elizabeth
Lauren Elizabeth
Emily Grace
Anna Grace
Peighton Elizabeth
Lauren Abigail

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

New Things From Rachel

Her new favorite phrases:

"Guys, guys, guys! I show you."
"I coming.....I MADE IT!"
"Mommy, where are you?"
"Where going?"
"How you doing?"
"No, go back" - she says this when Brice or I go in the room and catch her doing something she isn't supposed to be doing! =P

I am sure there are more....

Ouch!

This morning I fell down the stairs. From the top step all the way down nearly to the landing...about 8 steps or so. I bounced on my bottom, felt like I nearly ripped my arm off, and I think I will always walk with a limp from now on!! It scared me really bad. It also scared Rachel. She was at the top of the stairs too and she started crying and yelling "Mommy!!" I am pretty sure Baby is okay. She is well cushioned and I didn't hit or land on my belly at all. She is still moving and I am not hurting in my belly...no bleeding, etc. It was just a little scare.

Monday, December 1, 2008

CORRECTION...this is hilarious to me!!!

In my previous post, I said that we got Rachel her very own Christmas tree and I said that it is 4 1/2 inches! Let's try 4 1/2 feet!!! HA HA HA!!! I just laughed until I cried about that. A 4 1/2 inch tree!! My unborn baby is bigger than that!! Okay, I crack myself up! I'm done....

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Post #4 - Day After Thanksgiving

This day started REALLY early for me! I got up at 3:15 and went to Kohl's and got there about 5 minutes after they opened at 4:00. It was CRAZY!!!! I couldn't find the cookware set I was looking for and really was too tired and overwhelmed to think about it. I got what I needed and got in the line...it wound all the way around back by housewares! I got in line at 5 til 5:00 and I finally checked out and was in my car at 6:25. It was NUTS! I had seriously thought about going home after that but I was on a mission. It was still dark outside and my family was probably still in bed. So, I headed to Arlington because I needed to go to Hobby Lobby and I was hungry! I stopped at Bed, Bath and Beyond because they opened at 6:00. It was pleasant! No crazy people! It was nice. I got most of my shopping done there. I still needed to go to Hobby Lobby for a gift for my brothers. I went by Chick Fil A and then headed to Hobby Lobby with 15 minutes before they opened. I sat in the car and finished my breakfast and went in the store...it too, was pleasant! I was thankful. After Hobby Lobby, swung by Mardel for a few gifts and then home. I was home by 8:45 an EXHAUSTED!!! I decided that it would have been a little easier carrying all of the stuff in Kohl's and standing in line for an hour and a half if I weren't almost 6 months pregnant! I was achy all over after it was all said and done.

I came home and took a nap until lunch time. I was still kinda drained the rest of the day but after Rachel's nap, we put up her little 4 1/2 inch Christmas tree in the playroom. She was so excited! We figured that having her own tree would deter her from messing with the big one...we will see! Here are some pictures! Isn't she a doll?





Post #3 - Thanksgiving Day


Well, as some of you know this year I spent Thanksgiving Day with some friends at Texas Stadium in Irving watching the Cowboys play the Seahawks. Brice was invited to go too but he isn't much on crowds and just wasn't interested in going. So, we discussed it and he said it was more than fine if I wanted to go. He and Rachel took a dish and went to my granny's for lunch.

Well, the game was SO MUCH FUN! We got there at about 10:45 and tailgated with turkey and all of the Thanksgiving goodies. It was great! Then we went to the stadium around 1:30. We found our seats (not too hard...they sit in those same ones every game). Then, we still had a good long while before the game started. Anita and I walked around the concourse the entire way around the stadium. I was checking out the food (and stopped for some Dippin Dots along the way). It only took us about 10 or 15 minutes to walk around. It was fun!

The Cowboys played an AWESOME game!! They won...AND...I even saw Troy Aikman..okay through binoculars, but still! It was a great day!!

Thank you so much Anita and Jim for a great experience!

View from our seats!

Rachel's Visit With Santa

This was prior to the afternoon in the ER.....



We had to go to the mall for some shopping and wanted to beat the Christmas crowd to Santa. Rachel was NOT impressed with Santa. She was terrified and screamed. We tried to tell her that Mommy and Daddy would stay in the picture...she was not having it! I had to get a picture anyway!

The Past Week

I will likely do several posts about this past week. It will be hard to put it all in one.

First....the heart "issues" that I previously posted about returned on Tuesday. Wednesday they got really bad and I called the doctor again. Brice was off work starting on Wednesday. The nurse from my OB/GYN's office called back and after assessing my situation, told me to go the emergency room. UGH! So...I did. They did and EKG, drew blood, and put me on the heart monitor for an hour. The blood work came back normal. The EKG showed some abnormality and the heart monitor did indeed show some irregular heartbeat. The doctor called my primary care doctor to see if she wanted me to stay the night for observation. They agreed that it wasn't necessary (boy am I glad)!! Anyway, basically this is the deal...I am having premature atrial contractions, sinus tachycardia, and irregular heart rhythm. None of these things are thought to be harmful unless heart disease is already present. It just means that my heart will beat too early and then it beats really fast to keep up with the skipped beat. Annoying but apparently not harmful. I was supposed to make an appointment yesterday with my primary care doctor but did not remember until after 5:00 so I will do that on Monday. The flutters are still present but I am trying to deal with it and not worry too much. So, Wednesday I was going to start getting things ready to decorate for Christmas but I spent the afternoon/evening in the ER.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Look At This Baby!!!



And look how much she has grown!!



Soon she won't be my "baby" anymore. Yep, I'm pregnant....and emotional!!!!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Update

My heart flutters came back briefly at the beginning of the week but have gone again. Whew.....

Rachel's doctor called yesterday and said that all of her test results were normal. She said she was a little surprised that her thyroid wasn't "off" because she was pretty sure that's what it was. Anyway, my baby girl is perfectly healthy despite her big-ness. We are on a pretty strict diet. No fruit juice at all. She can't have fruit snacks and she said to limit the french fries and fried foods. She said if she wants a snack during the day to give her fruit or veggies. Luckily my child will eat those! Her favorite food is tomatoes! =) It will definitely be an adjustment but we can manage. Thank you for everyone that has been checking up on us.

Rachel is officially in her big girl room!!! It is mostly all decorated and looks just darling. She is getting too big for me. As I was taking stuff from her old room to the current one today we kept talking about how "that is for baby sister." She is so cute when she says it.

Everything else is great. Brice is taking some time off next week and I am celebrating Thanksgiving at the Cowboys' football game. I am so excited!!!!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Catching Up

What a crazy week we have had!! It started with us finding out that we are having another baby girl (see previous post). Then, I worked Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday I started having some heart "weirdness" where my heart would skip a beat and then beat really fast. It wasn't really severe on Wednesday so I went to sleep in hopes that it would just go away the next morning. When I woke up Thursday morning it was worse so I decided to call the doctor. I went to work anyway and got an EKG done which was slightly abnormal. I had an appointment at the doctor at 1:15. She said that she thinks I am anemic and put me on a prescription iron pill. She also told me to increase my fluid intake. I started taking the iron pills on Thursday evening and had the heart issues up until yesterday morning. I haven't had any more "spells" since yesterday morning. I guess the iron pills are working. I am VERY thankful..it was odd and now I can concentrate on other things.

Thursday evening, Brice's parents and brother got here and Brice and I went to a banquet for the Pregnancy Resource Center of Grand Prairie. It was really nice. I cried...what's new??!!

Friday was Rachel's 2nd birthday! The whole gang went to Euless to Incredible Pizza and it was so much fun! We had a blast. It was fun for Rachel to run around, the food was decent and the big kids had fun too....I am thinking next year's birthday party....

Saturday was incredibly cold and also Rachel's birthday party...at the park! STUPID ME! I knew it was going to be cold a few days before the party which is why I told all of the moms to bundle up their kiddos. It was cold and windy. The kids didn't stay long and neither did we. Rachel seemed to still have a good time swinging. She got so much stuff for her birthday and had a great party.

Brice's family left yesterday and Rachel is still talking about them. She loves company - especially when they are here for her!! =)

That brings us to today.....today was a rough day for us. Rachel had her 2 year checkup at the doctor. I figured it would be quick and painless (except for the shots) as most of her well baby checkups are. Well, not the case. She weighed 41 lbs and was 37 inches tall. The doctor was really concerned about her weight. It has increased significantly over the past 6 months and so she wanted to draw some blood to check for thyroid issues as well as blood sugar problems. The blood draw was HORRIBLE!!!! It took them about 30 minutes, 2 nurses and a daddy as well as a restraint device. Mommy left the room. They finally got her blood but it clotted before they were able to get all they needed so they had to poke her foot. It quit bleeding before she got all that she needed from that, so they poked her other foot. She also got the flu shot and a Hep A shot. Now she is sporting 5 bugs bunny bandaids and some bruises. She was calm after she got a sucker and was able to sit in Daddy's lap. She even said, "Bye bye doctor" as we left. I was emotionally drained and a little...I don't know, frustrated, disappointed, down....I am not sure what the true feeling was. I felt as though I would burst into tears at any time. I sorta felt like a failure as a parent. Was there something else I should have been doing? Is it my fault that she is so heavy? I just had a lot of emotions...which is completely normal seeing as how I am also 5 months pregnant. It was just too much. I have great friends! Heather came and sat at the house while Rachel napped so I could go do some errands. I went to Target and got some things to help with organization and such. It was a good break.

I will post pictures of Rachel's birthday party soon.

Monday, November 10, 2008

It's A.......

GIRL!!!!



We had our appointment this morning. It was so good to see the baby again. I was so used to sonograms so often with Rachel and this is only #2 for this baby. I was anxious to see the face and how much bigger she has gotten. Everything looked great. The doctor said that she usually tells people that you can't see everything on a sonogram but that everything with this baby so far looks perfect. That is such a relief after my last pregnancy. The next few months will be crucial with blood pressures and stuff since that's when mine started going up last time.

I have to say that when she showed us the girl parts (and I definitely know it's a girl) I found myself to be unexpectedly a little disappointed. The entire time I have said that I didn't care if it was a boy or girl but then I guess deep down I wanted a boy and didn't even know it. I am very happy but the initial reaction was very different than I expected. Daddy is happy and Rachel will be a great big sister. I am excited about being the mother of two girls!!

By the way, no names until the baby is born!!!! =)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

20 week picture

Here is a picture....



Pretty bad picture of me but I have been working all day and I am tired....

Friday, November 7, 2008

Boy or Girl?

So...a lot of you know that I am now 20 weeks pregnant. I have my next doctor's appointment on Monday with sonogram first to hopefully tell us the baby's gender. I was going to post a picture to help with guesses but I haven't taken any. So....here is what all of the "prediction websites" say....it's another girl.

My guess is that it is another girl. I don't have any reason to think that really. I just think so. I have had other people tell me girl too...again based on nothing scientific. However, I thought the majority of the time (until they told me it was a girl) that I was pregnant with Rachel that I was having a boy....so...we'll see!

Honestly, I do not have a preference. I really wanted a girl the first time and I got her! So....I don't have any girls in my family and I think it would be fun for Rachel to have a sister but then again I think I would like to have a boy too. So...I really don't care at all.

Names?? For those of you that were around when Rachel was born, it will be the same way. No names until the baby is birthed! SORRY! That's something Brice is adamant about.

I will update on Monday to see if the little girl/boy let us see what he/she is!

What To Do???

...when I am home alone!!!!??? Yep, ALONE..except the dog and baby in the belly! Brice is gone to a retreat with the church and I have to work in the morning so I sent Rachel to my Aunt Donna's to spend the night. After I left her with Aunt Donna, Tonya, and Justin, I went to eat Chinese buffet. Yes, I was the loser in the booth eating by myself but it was good and EXACTLY what I wanted!!! =) Then, I went to Kohl's. I got Brice a green shirt and me a red shirt to wear for our pictures on Tuesday. We are actually getting Rachel's birthday pictures taken then but decided it would be a good time to snap a family portrait or two for Christmas cards. Anyway, I also bought a Christmas present for a family member whose name I drew that I don't know very well. Got me 2 maternity shirts and a comfy pair of maternity pants. I still have my clothes from last pregnancy but I was quite a bit larger then. OH...and Kohl's was having a great sale and additional % off if you use Kohl's charge....I got 20% off my entire purchase!!! WAHOO!

I came home and did a scrapbook page in the floor and then found it hard to get up....I guess I am getting bigger! I want to do more pages but I haven't felt good all day and I think I am just going to go to bed and watch TV before falling asleep. The only thing that would make this better is if I could sleep in the morning! O'well...

By the way, I miss Brice a lot and Rachel like CRAZY!!!! I almost cried when I left her with Aunt Donna. Brice has been gone almost every night this week so I miss him too. I will see them both tomorrow night when we meet for dinner.

Sudafed or Not?

So, as I have previously posted, I have been sick. I AM sick. I called the doctor's office on Tuesday to see what medicines I can take while being pregnant. I never was sick like this with Rachel so I honestly didn't know what was off limits. Anyway, the nurse called back and said I could take Sudafed and Mucinex, Tylenol for fever or pain, and any throat lozenges. I went and bought Sudafed. After taking it for about 3 days, I quit because it wasn't working. I thought I would go to Mucinex. I went to the store and there are about 3 different kinds of Mucinex. I asked the pharmacist which one I could take and she said it didn't matter. I went home and got online to research the substances found in this particular type of Mucinex to make sure it was on the "safe list." What I found was that it was perfectly fine to take but that SUDAFED is not! Basically the FDA has said that Sudafed taken during pregnancy, especially first trimester, is dangerous to the developing fetus. It can cause a condition called gastroschisis which is a problem with how the bowels develop. It can cause a hole in the GI tract or the stomach to actually form on the outside of the body. Anyway, I have quit taking Sudafed because it doesn't work so why put a substance in your body that doesn't even help...well, I'm not. Is it safe? That seems to be the question.

Anyway, the Mucinex worked a lot better and according to the FDA seems to be safer during pregnancy anyway. So....Mucinex it is until I can sleep and breathe without medication.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A Moment of Realization!

Okay, so maybe I have been living on some cloud somewhere but I have just realized some things....

1. My child...my first born...MY BABY will be 2 years old next Friday!!!! It's hard to believe until she starts throwing her fits...then she definitely seems like she is two!

2. It is November. Okay, so it is the 5th day into the month, I have changed my calendar and I have even written the date a few times but IT IS NOVEMBER!!!! Where in the world did 2008 go!???!! It just seems insane to me. Which brings me to...

3. It is almost Christmas! C H R I S T M A S!!! Wow....

4. I am going to be the mother of two in a few months. Two kids....hmm...I am very excited, don't get me wrong. It was planned and all but things are going to be harder. Again, these are my realizations...revelations, whatever....don't say, "I told you so" or I might just...probably do nothing, but still....

5. The Dairy Queen Blizzard might just be the best thing ever invented!!! Man, I love those things!

6. And the last thing...I refuse to be too political on my blog but here goes....I am a McCain supporter...I admit that and don't have a problem admitting that. I would consider myself conservative...probably on the more liberal side of conservative but conservative nonetheless. I tend to vote Republican mainly because of my value system and Biblical beliefs that life is precious and marriage is sacred. I don't dislike liberals, generally speaking, or Democrats for that matter. I don't generally dislike gays/lesbians or even those that have chosen abortion. It's just my belief system...that's all. The bottom line is, I will pray for Barack Obama. That is my responsibility as a Christian and an American...to pray for our leader. I don't dislike him...I will just pray that God leads him in making decisions for the American people. One last thing....being the Republican that I am I think it is kinda bizarre the way that people (okay, Republicans) are reacting to him being elected. I have heard people say that the world is coming to an end, our country is going to fail, and many other devastating things may happen to our country. I do not feel this way at all. I think we are going to be okay. I mean, come on...this is not the first Democrat, pro-choice, pro-gay/lesbian marriage person we have had in the White House. I don't understand why this time it is so different than when, say, Bill Clinton was elected. Of course, then I was too young to remember if people reacted this way then too...I don't know. That's all....

Okay, I have these light bulb moments often...maybe I should share more often....

Jill Jarvis Attebery

Some of you might be tired of hearing about this but it's my blog....



Jill Jarvis Attebery was called to her home in Heaven on November 2, 2008. Born in Lufkin, Texas, she was a graduate of Lufkin High School. She earned a B.S. in Biomedical Science at Texas A & M University, a B,S, in Nursing at Stephen F, Austin University, and a Masters in Nursing at the University of Central Arkansas. She loved her work in nursing and nursing education, but her favorite role was that of homemaker and supporter of her husband, Scott, as Pastor of Wyatt Baptist Church, Eldorado, Arkansas. She was active in music ministry, womenÕs ministry and discipleship ministry. She volunteered in many educational ventures such Pregnancy Crisis Education. She had a great passion for organizing and traveling on foreign mission trips. She was widely traveled in and out of this country. Prayers were sent up here and in other countries from people whom she had touched, She impacted old and young alike and made special and lasting friendships with five young ladies from her A & M college days. Every endeavor she undertook was with a positive attitude, a winning smile, and a genuine concern for others. She wanted so much to become a Mother and had given birth to her first and only child, Bryce Baker Attebery, three months ago. She was 34 years old. She had made it clear that if anything should happen to her she wanted to be a total organ donor. We now know that there will be eight recipients of her gifts of life and health to others. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Arvel and Ollie Mae DeLaFosse, Frank and Novella Jarvis, and her uncle Earnest E. (Bo) DeLaFosse. She is survived by her husband, Scott Attebery and son, Bryce Attebery; parents, Al and Darlene Jarvis; brother and sister-in-law, Andy and Lea Jarvis and sons Aaron and Adam Jarvis; in-laws, Charles and Janis Attebery of Greenbrier, Arkansas, whom she loved like her own family; Robyn DeLaFosse Green and husband, Joel; uncle and aunt, Karol and Sandra Green and children, Kara and Troy Bohall; Leann Lucas; and Kalen and Jennifer Green. Family visitation will be Tuesday evening at YoungÕs Funeral Home in El Dorado, Arkansas. Funeral Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Wyatt Baptist Church. Interment at Resthaven Cemetery in El Dorado. The family suggests in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to Keltys First Baptist Church, where Jill grew up, to be used in an educational scholarship fund.

Published in The Lufkin Daily News on 11/4/2008






Please continue to pray for Scott and Jill's family as they remember her tomorrow. They said that there were over 400 people at her visitation tonight. That's how Jill's life was...she impacted everyone she came in contact with.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Sick

I am still very sad about my friend. Please continue to pray for Scott and Baby Bryce Attebery. Jill's funeral is Wednesday.

I am sick. I have a cold. Of course, there is very limited things that I can take. Sudafed, here I come!!!

Going to bed. Hopefully I will feel better soon. November is a big month.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Sad

A precious friend that I knew in college died this morning with injuries from a car accident that happened yesterday. Her name was Jill Jarvis Attebery. Please pray for her husband, Scott and their infant son (I believe that Baby Bryce is only about 3 months old). It is so devastating. Jill was so full life and always had a beautiful smile. She is with Jesus and for that we can rejoice but it still is hard to understand when these things happen.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween 2008

I was going to wait to post until tomorrow. Here it is 3:12 in the morning and I am posting on a blog. I woke up with a burning belly and took some medicine. I am now waiting for it to kick in so I thought I would type a little since sitting upright feels better than laying down. Anyway....

Apparently, Grand Prairie and Irving had small earthquakes on Thursday night (around midnight or so). I didn't know a thing until someone was asking about it....I was asleep and although some reported being woken up by it...not me! If only I was able to sleep like that tonight.....

Brice came home early today...like 1:00 early. It was nice. I wasn't quite ready for the day as I had just put Rachel down for a nap and that's when I normally get a shower, etc. When he got home he said, "Let's go put together Rachel's swingset." So...we did. It isn't anchored to the ground yet but she did get to slide and swing some and was not happy when we made her come inside. It's pretty cute. There were no written directions...only pictures. Brice and I did it together and it was WARM outside yesterday. We were in the sun most of the time and I started to get a little swollen....something NOT welcome in this pregnancy. After I sat down for a bit, it was better. Blood pressure was fine.....118/77. That's a relief. I check it when I start not feeling well because of my history.

We made chili and popcorn balls, dressed our ladybug appropriately and headed for our Sunday school class Halloween party at Chris and Candace's. It was a lot of fun. Rachel had a great time eating and playing with everyone.

Gotta go try and get some sleep....gotta work tomorrow AM.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

So Many Little Things To Do

I have had this list of things to do for the past week or so. Included in that list: grocery shopping, exchanging some things that I bought that didn't fit, voting, rescheduling appointments, making appointments and the list goes on. I got some of that done today. I had a jewelry party in the middle of the day so I just took Rachel to daycare (school, as she calls it). It was actually kinda nice. I was able to go to Babies R Us and get some things and do the jewelry party then take a nice nap (if the phone would have quit ringing), and then exchange a dress that I bought for Rachel for Christmas that was too small. I also got my flu shot today...my arm hurts. I have another jewelry show tomorrow during the day so she is going back to school. Hopefully I can get some more things accomplished. I really hope to vote tomorrow.

Not much new happening in our world. It is 11:34 PM and I am still waiting on Brice to get home. He had a meeting at church tonight regarding the church budget. He is the chairman of the finance committee. I expected him to be this late but I don't know how much longer I can hold out. I have done the dishes and lots of other things....

I am excited about Rachel's birthday party in a couple of weeks. I cannot believe how big she is!!!! Two years old!!! She is such a handfull but I just love her to death! Today on the way to church we had a discussion about tails. Like tails on animals. She was holding her stuffed pig and I asked her where the tail is. Well, the she proceeded to talk about Rachel's tail. I explained to her that Rachel doesn't have a tail. Then she went through everyone that she knows and we talked about how they don't have tails either. It was quite a funny conversation. She is just talking more and more. I am so thankful that God has allowed me to be her mommy!!!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Insane Dreams!

I think I actually have blogged about this before. I know I did the last time I was pregnant but I mainly talked about nightmares. I had the most bizarre dream last night. I woke up sick at about 2:00 this morning but in between sleeping on the couch and being in the bed, I dreamed something COMPLETELY impossible!

I had a dream that my aunt had a baby which in and of itself isn't impossible but she had MY baby!!! My grandmother (she lives in the same city as this aunt) called me to tell me that my baby girl had been born. So...my aunt delivered my baby out of her body that I was pregnant with. She delivered in Arkansas and she stated that the doctor that delivered her baby was one of the pediatricians that work in the office of Rachel's doctor. The most hilarious part...well, apart from someone giving birth to a baby that was conceived and carried in someone in another state....the baby was born at 21 weeks and weighed 8 lbs, 14 oz!!!!

I don't know....blame it on hormones!!!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Today

Today was a productive day. We got Rachel's swing set for her birthday. Let me explain the entire process...

The swing set that we finally agreed on is called the Little Tikes Clubhouse Swing Set. It wasn't too big to fit in our yard (which is actually quite small) but it was what we were looking for...a slide and 2 swings (to accommodate our growing family). Anyway, I originally found it on Toys R Us but beside it was "Out of Stock." Brice looked for it on Walmart.com...they had it but it was more expensive. Toys R Us was $399.99 and Walmart was $429. So...we looked other places and they were all out of stock. I kept the swing set in a walmart.com shopping cart for a few days and kept the browser open on the computer. We browsed other options but we both agreed that we really liked this one. Yesterday, out of sheer curiosity, I went back to the Toys R Us website and it said "In Stock." I was excited...it was $50 cheaper there than Walmart. Here was the catch....Walmart.com would ship it to our house for $169.00 - RIDICULOUS you say??? I did too...but wait....Toys R Us would ship it for $269.00!!!!! I was floored! Are you kidding me???!! Thus, making the one at Toys R Us more expensive now. I had pretty much decided to buy it from Walmart.com when I thought to call our local Toys R Us to see if they might have it in stock...I was not hopeful.

After about 20 minutes of being on hold, my local friendly Toys R Us confirmed that yes, they do have one, but ONLY one. They said that they would hold it for me for 24 hours. I told them to not knowing how or when I would be able to go get this thing. I called Brice to tell him the good news and start brainstorming about how we would get this, what I assumed would be, gigantic box to our house. We both drive cars! I am almost 5 months pregnant and I cannot lift my toddler, much less a swingset! Anyway, I was excited and a little determined. I figured it out....by going to Toys R Us and picking this up I would be saving $260....that's a lot of money to me! So...I asked around at church. Sure, people had trucks but these people work. BUT...our friends the Thomases came to our rescue!!!! Jack has a truck and would be available this afternoon.

After Rachel's nap we headed over to their house and Rachel played with Marilyn (who she calls Nana) and Jack and I went to pick up this HUMONGO box that has my baby's birthday present in it. I was so excited!!!! It is in the garage and ready for assembly. =)

One last note about the swing set....Krista calls me about 2 hours after I get home and says, "Um, this is going to make you nauseated but the Toys R Us catalog that I got in the mail today says that this swing set is going on sale on 10/26 for $349." Well, that's unfortunate but my thoughts are this....if I would have waited, it might not still be there on Sunday so I had to weight the options.....$50 off of what I paid or pay an extra $260 to have it shipped.....I am very glad that I have friends who look out for me....thanks, Krista!!

We also got Rachel's daybed delivered today. That's a project for this weekend, I bet...for Daddy...I have to work.

Last thing accomplished today....I finished Rachel's birthday invitations! I think they are super cute! I can't actually mail them until I pay my $75 to rent the park pavilion (which I will get done hopefully tomorrow) but here is a sneak peek for those that want to see it.....

Baby John Update

I am so so thrilled to report that my friend's baby, John, is doing really really well. He will be a week old tomorrow (which would actually make him 31 weeks gestation) and he is completely off c-pap. He is in a normal isolette and completely breathing on his own. He has been off c-pap for 24 hours and is doing well. They were monitoring him for a respiratory infection but is off antibiotics now. He also had some air in his belly due to the c-pap but they aren't terribly concerned because it should clear up now that he is off c-pap. He is just doing remarkably well. Mommy Ruth and Daddy Matt have been able to hold him some and he is getting a little bit of fat on his body. This is truly a miracle from God and again....reason to rejoice!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Good

The past two days have been hard...lessons are being learned. I am growing. God is teaching me much about myself that I really didn't want to know but in order to be more like Him, it's a must! It's okay. I am good. I feel good about myself. And that is....Reason to Rejoice! =)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Apology

A public blog is not a place to "air out dirty laundry" and I apologize.

Matthew 18:1 says, "If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you....."

Also, I Corinthians 13:4-7 says, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, IT KEEPS NO RECORD OF WRONGS. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."

Monday, October 20, 2008

Our Weekend

Most will find this post boring....there will be no pictures because I didn't take any pictures! =P

I went to an all day CEU thingy on Friday in Fort Worth. Let me just say...it was about death. 8 HOURS ABOUT DEATH!!! UGH!!! I mean, most of the information was helpful and useful and thought provoking. I didn't agree with most of what this man was saying but he was a good speaker. He kinda came across as a "quack" to me but whatever, it was 8 FREE CEU's, FREE breakfast, FREE lunch and it only cost me $52 in childcare!!! =) Gosh, what a poor attitude I have!

Saturday..let's see....we had lots of plans of doing things around the house..none of which we did. FABULOUS! I wanted to get some stuff ready for Rachel's room and her bed to be delivered this week....didn't even go in the room. I wanted to clean the carpets...nope. Instead, we sat around and did nothing. It really was nice! I watched football which I love....didn't love that the Razorbacks are stupid and lost by 1 point.

Sunday...hate that the Cowboys are stupid too! Went to church....as we do every Sunday. After church we went to the park with some international students from DBU for lunch and a time to visit. This is something we are doing with our small groups on Sunday night. It was good times except for my fussy child (which I predicted beforehand...it was her nap time). Sunday lunch time is HORRIBLE for Rachel. She is such a pill! We took a little nap...I did some dishes. We were getting ready to go to Chapps to eat a cheeseburger (my craving at that particular moment and my husband is ALWAYS willing to oblige if it means Chapps) and Anita and Courtney showed up to watch the kids like they do every Sunday night...except we didn't have small group last night! SO....they took Rachel to the park while Brice and I went to eat. I packed Rachel a nice little lunch and they ate and played. It was a nice break! THANKS, GIRLS!

It's Monday...back to the week. I realized this weekend how much I enjoy having family time with my husband. I like us all being together. Can't wait to have another one to share it with! =)

Not much else going on. This morning Rachel woke up earlier than normal - 6:45. That's early compared to her normal 7:45-8:00. I am not sure that she doesnt wake up until then but at least she is content in her room until then and lets me sleep. Not this morning...she was SCREAMING at 6:45. I went and got her and she was so fussy! We went downstairs and she watched Dora (what else???) while I did laundry and dishes. I had the carpet in the dining room clean, 3 loads of laundry, and the dishes done by 8:00 this morning!!! WOW! AND...I got a shower before lunch time! The laundry is now almost finished..completely (it's 2:55 pm). I love productive days!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Prayer for A Friend and Baby

My friend, Ruth, had her baby boy late last night/early this morning....about 10 weeks early. Baby John wasn't due to arrive until sometime in December but he graced the world with his presence a little early. Ruth had a placental abruption last night just after midnight and was rushed to Harris Methodist HEB where she delivered via emergency c-section a little after 2:00 am. John weighed 3 lbs, 13 ounces but is actually doing very well. He is only on CPAP with a very small amount of oxygen. He isn't quite out of the woods yet but he is doing well. Ruth is very tired and she gave everyone a scare with the amount of blood that she lost but is doing better. She will likely go home on MOnday or Tuesday and Little John will have to stay for 6 weeks or so in the NICU. Please pray that he gets stronger and stronger everyday. Ruth says, "We are just so amazed and blessed by God's mercy and grace." It has been a rough road for them conceiving and carrying a child...John is certainly a blessing to us all!! I can't wait to see him. Also, pray for Ruth and Matt as they deal with John's issues and being 1st time parents.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

October 15th

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Pictures, Images and Photos

October 15th....today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. Most people don't know that this day even exists...well, you know, outside of it being October 15th. I just pray for those that mourn the loss of their little ones everyday...not just one day. I am sure that most don't need a special day to miss their babies. My heart goes out to you.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Not A Lot to Post

I haven't been posting much because there's just not too much to post about. I had a doctor's appointment today. It was super quick. The heartbeat was 160. Rachel had to go with me because my babysitter fell through. She was an angel the entire time...I was really surprised. She liked hearing the heartbeat although she didn't know what it was....we told her and she said, "Baby heart." So cute! I got stuck again for the quad screen tests. We didn't do this with Rachel but decided to go ahead and do it for this one. Again, she said no news is good news. All seems to be well. I feel the baby move all of the time now which is neat...my absolute favorite part of pregnancy.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Pumpkin Patch and Petting Farm

I wanted to take Rachel to a pumpkin patch last year...REALLY bad but for some reason no one else wanted to go and I just couldn't really find one close. So, on Brice's last day off we went to Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie for their petting farm and pumpkin patch. My impression of it...Rachel liked it but it was WAY over priced! It was $12 each for Brice and I. It was just a huge field with animals and then you get to pick a pumpkin at the end. Anyway, it was fun but we probably will not be back next year. It's almost worth the trip to go to Flower Mound where they have a FABULOUS pumpkin patch...I hear. Anyway, I loved the baby pigs and had the discussion with Brice on the way home that I wanted to raise them....he found me to be completely random and STUPID! =)







After the pumpkin patch, we went to the Oasis Restaurant that is right by the park at the Joe Pool Lake marina. Rachel loved the ducks and the fish were HUGE!!!!! The food was good....again overpriced but good. It was a good day! Tomorrow it's back to normal....it was fun while it lasted!



Hope Trip

We left last Thursday afternoon for a little visit to Hope. Brice hasn't been to Hope since April of this year and wanted to go visit. We had to stay in a hotel because my mom's house is only partially liveable at the moment. I have to say it was wierd staying in a hotel in the place where you grew up!

On Saturday we got to see Alison, her mom, and THE BOYS!!!! I finally got to see the babies. I was so excited! I wish I could have loved on them longer. They are so sweet!



Then Saturday evening we went to Christy's daddy's house for some good ribs and company! Rachel and Adi played and the adults visited. I forgot my camera...boo for me!!!! They aren't going to be able to come to Rachel's birthday party this year so they gave her a present while we were there. It was a total hit. It was a Dora bag with colors and stickers in it. SHE LOVES IT!!!!

Sunday, we went to my church in Hope and then after a short visit and lunch with my mom, we drove to Hot Springs to see Christi, Charlie and Will. We haven't seen them in a really long time. Charlie is preaching now in Hot Springs so we got to hear him which was a major blessing, and then we visited with them afterwards....included was some PIZZA!!! YAY!!! Will is rough but Rachel LOVED playing with him!



The trip was complete after a drive home on Monday....in the POURING down rain!!!!! It was really bad but we are okay. About 2 hours after I got home, I went to Bible study! I was tired, but it was worth it. I love Beth Moore!

Texas State Fair!

Today will consist of several posts...I am trying to catch up from the weekend. Brice has been off since last Wednesday and we have had the best time. We went to the Texas State Fair last Wednesday. Rachel loved the animals. I loved the corn dogs! We didn't get any of the crazy fried foods this year...and they ARE crazy!



Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I LOVE THIS FACE!!!!!!!

Okay, I confess...I love this whole kid!!!


Saturday, September 27, 2008

A Busy Day!

Well, I thought that today was going to be a day where we had to choose between several things to do. Turns out, we did them all!!!!

I went to work this morning and had a busy yet not too eventful day. Working in the ER, you never know what kind of day it will be. So, that was good. Then, I came home and got Rachel and we went to what seemed like the other end of the world to Gage's 3rd birthday party!!! It was so much fun! Rachel had a blast. She played on the swings and slide and in the sand and ate hogogs (hotdog) and cookies. She really did have a good time at "Dage's" party! Brice went to a men's fellowship at the church then we all came back home. The other thing we wanted to do is watch the Razorbacks play. We caught glimpses of it but judging from the score, I don't think we really wanted to watch it anyway.....Let me just say...

I AM EXHAUSTED!!!!!!!!!!!!! Between being pregnant and toting around an ever growing belly plus a 40-lb toddler, getting up early and working at a steady pace, I am just pooped! I did get to hear the baby's heartbeat today....a nurse friend of mine got out the doppler...LOVE hearing that sound...it was 146. Slower than Rachel's ever was.....wonder if this is a boy!!!?? We shall see.

I will post pictures from Gage's party tomorrow or Monday. Too tired!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Stuff

YAY!! My friend, Krista is pregnant and I can finally blog about it!! Our first children, girls, are only 3 months apart and our next ones, according to due dates, will be about 2 months apart. I couldn't be happier for them!


I am ready to feel this baby move all of the time! I know that sounds weird but I don't like being in the stage of not really feeling him/her consistently and then thinking that something is wrong because I don't "feel" like I think I should or because one of the symptoms I have had is now gone. I like knowing that all is well. Being pregnant is a huge faith builder. It is something that you can't see yet believe that it's there and thriving. Hmm....that could be a whole other blog....

We got some of Rachel's new "big girl room" stuff yesterday. We got the sheets and the entire bedding ensemble. I ordered them last week and they came yesterday. Here is the bedding:


The room that she is moving to has a red stripe around the center of the room so this will go perfectly. We got the hamper, the comforter, the dust ruffle, pillow sham, window valance, and the little hanging squares for the walls. It is super cute and Rachel wanted to lay on it last night after I took it out of the bag. What is this bedding going to go on? Glad you asked!!!
This is her bed. I think it is very cute! We did get the trundle too so that it could sleep one more person, if necessary. We also go matching chest of drawers and a nightstand. Her toybox that she got for her birthday last year will go well and we will need to get her a bookshelf. The bed will be here the middle of October and the trundle is backordered until the middle of November.

Got a busy weekend ahead....going to have to choose which of a couple of things to do. Brice is off starting next Wednesday for a week and I am so excited!! I think we are going to take Rachel to the fair...it starts tomorrow!


Monday, September 22, 2008

Lots to be Thankful For!

I cannot tell you how many people I know right now that are pregnant. I started to write down names and then count them but I would assume that it is around 20-25. It is insane!!! I guess I am just at that age. I am so incredibly happy for all of my prego friends!!!! I love sharing this time with others that are experiencing the same things. For those that are pregnant with their first, I love being the one to tell the newly pregnant mommies to enjoy every minute because it is over before you know it! I remember thinking that I would never have the baby when I was pregnant with Rachel and then longing to feel that kick and movement inside after she was born. It is absolutely the most incredible thing EVER!

I also am reminded of the fact that there are so many that want to experience these things and can't. I find myself feeling almost guilty for being insensitive to the fact that I have so many friends that I love dearly who have lost babies in the womb or shortly thereafter and those that could/can't conceive at all. Is it fair for me to be joyful when they are watching person after person have the one thing they long for and can't have? I have often thought that I would want to be a serogate mom. Really! I have even mentioned it to Brice before...he wasn't thrilled with the idea...I think it is just a desire I have for women who want to be mothers so bad to be given that gift. Then, I have to step back and think about God and how He plays into all of this. He is Sovereign and He is supreme. He gives us just what we need when we need it. I certainly do not have all of the answers to life's problems or as to why God allows things but I do know that He is all powerful and all knowing and if He denies someone something, it is for a reason. The verse says that He will give us the desires of our hearts but those desires have to be His desires as well. I know that these things are easy for me to say....one who has a child already and one growing in my womb. Know this....my heart hurts DEEPLY for those that have lost children or those that cannot conceive. I cannot tell you how much it hurts me to know that some women cannot have biological children. I consider it a true blessing and a miracle from God that He has allowed me to birth a child and the privilege to carry my unborn child as I type this. When I was pregnant with Rachel, I looked at Brice (as if a light bulb went off in my head) and said, "Wow....God does love me. God does forgive. This is God's way of showing that to me. God is giving me a second chance." Do you know exactly what I meant? Probably not but the fact is that I do not take lightly the privilege and responsibility of being a parent...more specifically...a Mommy!

That was NOT the original intent of this post...but apparently, I needed to say it.

I started a Beth Moore Bible study tonight. It is her new one....Stepping Up. I think it will be really good. It is about the Psalms...more specificially, The Psalms of Ascent. I will keep you posted....I am excited!

Well, since this post lasted way longer than I intended, I guess I will wrap it up now. I am getting sleepy. I do have a few new pictures that I will post tomorrow!

Love you guys!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

WARNING! May Be TMI!

Well, what a horrible couple of days I have had! About 2:00 yesterday I started having awful pains! Almost felt like contractions in my stomach and my back but it was continuous. It lasted all night long and I didn't sleep hardly at all. I thought maybe it was just those growing pains that you get when pregnant but for 12 hours???!!! I took Tylenol....notta! It was so bad that I had a dream that I miscarried. It was horrible. I woke up at about 6:00 and got something to drink because I was so thirsty...I think I was a little dehydrated from not drinking enough water yesterday. Anyway, got up this morning, still hurting pretty bad. I ate breakfast and then later on in the day realized that the pains were from constipation!!!! It was so bad! Worse than I ever had with Rachel. I felt better at about 2:00 and I have felt great since. Lesson learned: drink LOTS of water during the day!!!!!

Um...found out yesterday that my 17 year old cousin jumped out of a moving vehicle that was going 55 mph. He has 2 spinal injuries, fractured neck, and MANY MANY broken bones in his legs. He is at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock. This is the son of my uncle who committed suicide in March. He said that he doesn't know why he jumped out of the truck. It is hard to tell if he did it to kill himself or if he was just being a dumb teenager. He has needed therapy and will probably get it after this incident!

I am still loving the weather!! We are staying busy though. I am working this Saturday and next Saturday. I start Bible study on Monday night and Rachel started music class on Tuesdays last Tuesday morning. Brice is about to complete 12 years with Ernst & Young at the end of this month!!!! I am so proud of him! He really is my rock!

I FINALLY decorated for fall. We are having to start storing things in the attic instead of the extra bedroom because the extra bedroom will soon become Rachel's room! We are going to start transitioning her when we get her furniture....a good while before the baby gets here.

Guess that's about it....going to drink some more water! =)

Monday, September 15, 2008

All is Good!

Well, we are good here in the Hester household! We had a really good weekend. Rachel was a really good girl. Her old ball pit busted so I went to Toys R Us and got her a new one. This one is way cooler! And...it is DORA!!! My child is obsessed! =)

Anyway, she LOVES it and just plays in it...um....pretty much all day! I also got her a little miniature Dora doll because I realized that she doesn't have anything Dora. I bought a couple more things for her birthday and Christmas while I was there. I can't believe it is coming up so quick! We are thinking of getting her a swingset for outside.

Speaking of outside...the weather is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!! I love love love this weather! Highs in the 70's....me like! I just hope it stays nice for awhile...I hate the heat.

So, we got the garage door fixed. It was a broken cable. For the moment everything is working properly...yippee! My mom got hit hard by Ike this past weekend. She lives in Hope, Arkansas and a huge oak tree landed in the middle of her house. It did quite a lot of damage and the insurance adjusters will be out to give them quotes today.

I had my 12 week doctor's appointment today. Everything is good! Heartbeat was perfect and all of my labs were great from last time. It was a quick and easy appointment. No surprises! The baby is growing....and so am I...I gained more weight than I should have but she said it was probably water weight. I don't think so, but she can think what she wants!!! =) Next appointment is October 13th where we can do the quad screening tests if we choose to and then we get another sonogram to hopefully tell the sex of the baby in November!

Friday, September 12, 2008

FRUSTRATED!!!!!

Do you ever feel like there are days when NOTHING works right????!!!! It seems like that has kinda been the trend since we moved into this house. Let's see if I can list all of the things that we have done since we have been here.....I am not going to list things that we have done prior to moving in like painting and replacing carpet....

changed light fixtures in several places
Brice worked for HOURS trying to fix a lighting problem in the office
air conditioner went out
replaced faucet (because it wouldn't work anymore) in the guest bathroom
had to pay a HUGE amount to get the alarm system reinstalled b/c it wasn't done correctly
the phone line was out for weeks because whoever installed it did it wrong and it was between the house and something else, so the line was pinched and wouldnt work....that took FOREVER to convince the phone company and the internet company that something was definitely wrong

I am sure there are lots of things that I have left out but here is the latest....

Our internet has been out for a week (that had nothing to do with the house, it was a router problem) but still it didn't work. Our directv box in the bedroom is wigging out and will only record and play certain shows....go figure. Then, I was trying to leave today to go to Toys R Us to look for a Halloween costume and the garage door decided to quit working. This is the ONLY working garage door we have left. We have already disabled the other one and locked it because it stopped working. I was trying to examine the door as to why it wouldn't go all the way down and I noticed this rope like metal wire hanging down in front of the door....unusual and certainly did not seem like it was supposed to be that way.

Anyway, so I called husband who gets frustrated with me because he can't understand from my description what is wrong. Then I get frustrated because he is asking me stupid questions. Rachel is in the car because we were trying to go to the store. Well, then she started screaming. I finally got off the phone with husband and started for the store and Rachel was screaming at me. I just turned around, went to Whataburger, got lunch and came back home. We ate lunch and now Rachel is in bed.

Nap time for me too!! I hate getting all worked up and it is worse right now!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

I'm BAAAACCCKKKK!!

MAN....being without the internet was both good and HORRIBLE all at the same time! Good because I spent more time doing things I needed to be doing. Horrible, because well, my computer is vital to me. I do business on it and I email because I am not fond of talking on the phone! Anyway, I went into Staples 10 minutes before they closed tonight and finally purchased a new wireless router, husband installed it, and tada.....internet working like a charm!!! YAY!!!! I honestly felt completely disconnected to the world! What did they do 30 years ago??????

Not too much going on this way. I have my next doctor's appointment on Monday....ready to hear the baby's heartbeat again! Okay, some people that read this post might say that I am completely ridiculous and losing my mind or making crap up or something, but I can already feel this baby move!!! YES, I am only 12 weeks, NO it is not gas!!!! I know what it feels like and I don't care what anyone says, I feel this little person wiggling inside! So, argue if you like...I know what I am feeling. I felt Rachel early too...not quite this early! I probably won't tell the doctor because I don't want her to think I am an idiot...I guess I don't care if the readers of this think that...hmm.....

We had potty training success....twice. Rachel peed in the potty last weekend at my grandmother's house and she poo-pooed (gosh, I don't know how to spell that!!!) for me at the beginning of this week! I was so excited!! She told me she needed to go....so we went into the bathroom and she did!! She got a sticker and she was completely terrified of the whole event...probably why she hasn't gone again! O'well....it was exciting while it lasted. We will keep trying...I hear it is a long process....OH BOY!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Just To Say A Little

So, I haven't blogged much about this pregnancy. I am 11 weeks today!!! YIPPEE!!! All is going well. I have had a little morning sickness...nothing major. I have definitely been more nauseated with this little one than I was with Rachel. HOWEVER, it has not kept me from eating! =) Suddenly being off my diet when I found out I was pregnant was like a celebration but I probably won't be celebrating when I go to the doctor next!

With Rachel I craved fruity things...especially chewy candy like Starburst. So far with this one I have just wanted cold things. Not necessarily ice cream but really cold things. Mainly, I just like to eat!

Like I posted previously, we had our first doctor's appointment on August 18th and it was good. Since I work at the ER, I get to see the baby a little more than your average person. A friend of mine and I like to sneak a peek occasionally with the machine in the ER. We got to see the little person yesterday. The sono machine at work isn't great and neither was the sonographer (ME)! We did see him/her though and it was just precious!! You could see the little hands and feet, head and body. He/she was moving around and flipping and jumping! I could have watched him/her all day!!!!

Speaking of him/her.....we are trying to decide whether or not to find out the gender of the baby. I had mentioned to Brice not finding out but he said that it was ridiculous! I was a little surprised. I figured that he would want it to be a surprise. He also followed that up with, "Come on. As inpatient as you are, do you really think you could wait to find out?" My answer sounded something like this..."probably not." I like being as prepared as I can! We found out with Rachel at 16 weeks and then she told us again at 20 and then I had my 4D sono at 31 weeks and we knew for sure after that! I was SO happy! I wanted a little girl so bad. HONESTLY and people don't really believe me, but HONESTLY, I don't care whether this one is a boy or a girl. We had a discussion about this yesterday because I really wanted to know if Brice wanted a boy. He said he would like to have a boy but it really doesn't matter to him. He said that there is always the feeling of wanting to carry on your family name but another girl would be fine too. He didn't really care the first time either but I wanted a girl really bad! I think a little boy would be good so we could have one of each and I think little boys are precious but I think that it would be great for Rachel to have a little sister. I never had a sister and always wanted one. So.....we will probably find out but not for another month or two.

I know a TON of people that are pregnant right now...I am talking A BUNCH!!! I will have to write them all down and see how many there are.

I go back to the doctor on September 15th but it will likely be a quick visit. They will probably just find the heartbeat and do blood pressure and that sort of thing. I will update when I find out more. For now, I am pregnant and I am doing well! We are all doing well!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

As Visions of the ER Danced in My Head.....

Okay, so you ever have those times when you have just witnessed something that could have been awful and you replay in your mind a thousand times "what could have happened?" Well, last night was one of those times for me.

It was about 8:45 and we were about to get Rachel ready for bed. Well, she was crawling from the ottoman to the big chair, as she usually does, except this time they weren't as close together as they usually are. Brice is literally an arm's length away from her and as he says, "Rachel, be careful, they are too far apart...." DOWN SHE GOES!!!! All I see from across the room while I sit on the couch is her head (the front of it, mind you) going straight for the fireplace....the BRICK fireplace! Brice snatched her up as she is screaming and I ran to her. He was comforting her and my maternal instincts tell me to look for blood. I checked the mouth for broken teeth and busted lips. I don't see blood anywhere. I found where she hit...smack in the middle of her forehead. It was immediately purple and a HUGE knot appeared. I know enough about injuries to know that a visible bruise and an outward knot are good signs so I didn't flip out too much.

After I saw that there was no skin broken, no blood I went for the fishy out of the freezer. That is our boo boo ice pack thingy. Rachel loves the fishy but won't let you put it on the boo boo...she likes to suck on it. So after a few minutes of sucking on the fishy, she sniffles and looks at me and says, "Rachel's okay." It was so sweet!! Melted my heart. Then she started crying again... I am sure her head was throbbing. It was so sad! I checked her vision and her pupils and then decided after some well deserved juice and Motrin to mask the pain, she could safely go to sleep.

Well, needless to say, that scared me to death!!!! We have the ottoman in front of the fireplace for a reason....so she won't run and smack her face on it. Let's face it, this could have been a whole lot worse. She really could have done some damage. So, in the aftermath, I am thinking through it and this is the scenario I envisioned......

*cue fade and music to another dimension*

Rachel looking at me with blood running down her face. Me panicking but still doing the mother thing, getting the towel and trying to stop the bleeding. Trying to put her in the car seat with me holding the towel on her head and all of us rushing to the local ER (where I happen to work), and getting all of these stitches while she is screaming bloody murder. Then she has a huge scar and I will have to tell her stories about how it happened.....

*Okay, back to reality*

The reality is that she is fine. Just minor bruising and scrapes and she might hear the story but won't ask due to scarring!!!!

Motherhood.....there's nothing like it!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Nightmares and my Bilingual Toddler

Well, it's started...the horrible dreams!!! I had awful dreams with Rachel and they have already started with this one! Let's see, in the last 2 days, I have killed someone (and my husband, in my dream, convinced me to cover it up, ha!), last night I can't remember the first one but it was bad and the second dream I had was AWFUL....I won't go into details but it was a "go into labor early" dream. I had those with Rachel too...probably nerves! Some of my dreams I can't explain and honestly, I don't want them explained...they are pretty graphic.

Now to the good stuff....MY CHILD IS GIFTED!! Okay, maybe not but whatever. Yesterday we were at my Granny's house and I told her to count for Granny. Well, she didn't and then after awhile, she was laying in the floor and I heard her saying something sorta rhythmically (how do you spell that???) Well, she was saying, "Cinco, seis, seita....." I was like WHAT???!!!! She continued and counted all the way to 10. I told her to do it again and she counted from 1-10 in Spanish!!!!! I don't know where she learned it from. Probably school, probably Dora.....maybe a combination...I don't know but I was so proud! She can count from 1-10 in English and in Spanish. I have asked her to do it several times since then and she does. I love it!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Excitement Around Our World!!

Well, things around the Hester household are interesting to say the least. We are quickly approaching the terrible twos with our little one!!! She is a MESS!!! She will even tell you that she is a mess. She had a terrible incident yesterday which involved waking up totally distraught from her nap and going immediately to the bathtub....I will spare the details but I am sure you can fill them in! We try time out...works sometimes, others not so much! She does get spankings when needed as we are not opposed to them....they seem to work well. Rachel is, as her daddy put it, stubborn. I can't tell you who she gets that from....in all honesty, probably a little of both. Her new favorite thing is to scream when she doesn't get something she wants....we are quickly trying to fix this!

In other news, we have known for about 5 weeks now that we are going to have another baby!!! We had our first doctor's appointment today and all is well with Baby Hester #2! The due date is March 27th and we could not be happier. The baby's heartrate today was 158 bpm! I am feeling good....just occasional nausea that goes away and then kinda lingers....it is different than with Rachel when I felt great the entire time except for I slept ALL OF THE TIME!!! I feel like I have a little more energy with this one. I go back to the doctor on September 15th.





Took Rachel to the park yesterday afternoon....here are some pictures!







Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Busy as a.....Jewelry Lady!

So, I had my first jewelry show on Friday night. It was good. Not many people and not a very big $ show but it was fun. My next one was Saturday night....about the same amount of people and I will not know $ amount until Friday...when she closes her show. I had another show last night....AWESOME!!! There were about 12 people there and it was a pretty high $$ show!!! We will close that one on Friday too! I have another show on Thursday night and one on Friday night. I work Saturday night and then have 2 more shows next week!!! Whew!!

Surprisingly enough I have not been completely exhausted. I do get a nap during the days when I am home. The jewelry parties are fun so it isn't a lot like work for me.

More later....next week is a big week for LOTS of things!!!! =)

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Our Life...Lately

So, our 4th anniversary has come and gone and it seems to have just flown by! For the actual day, Brice gave me a Willow Tree figurine holding a bundle of apples (can apples come in a bundle?) Anyway, Brice is very traditional and back on our very first anniversary he started buying gifts that were actually what tradition says to give. This year it was fruit and flowers. I got him a blender filled with apples, peaches, and strawberries! =) He always gets me the best cards. They are usually everything I would love for him to say to me but he buys them in a card...sometimes you just gotta take what you can get! No, he really is an amazing guy! I love him to pieces...he is so very good to me and our child.

I did work some this last week and have had 2 jewelry shows both of which turned out better thatn I had expected. I only forgot one important piece of information at the first show....o'well, I will get better with practice, I suppose! Good thing is that I will get plenty of practice this month...I have 9 more shows to do by the end of the month! YIPPEE!!

Today was Chelsea's 2nd birthday party at the carousel. Rachel used to be terrified of the carousel but today we couldn't get her off of it. Daddy went round and round and round. Before it was even finished, Rachel would look at Brice and say, "Gin, gin (that is short for again, not the alcoholic beverage!)" She had a blast. We were 30 minutes late because I didn't feel well this morning.

I am super excited about the olympics. I love them! I love that Michael Phelps just blew the competition out of the water!!!! It was awesome....didn't enjoy the fact that they messed up the US national anthem....REALLY BAD!!! And women's fencing....we took all 3 medals..who woulda thought!!! I didn't even know what fencing was...I thought it was where people ride on horses. Brice informed me that what I was thinking was jousting with is NOT an olympic sport and has not been around for many years...so, I need to brush up on my sports....sorry!!!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Incredible Weekend!

We just got back from our weekend getaway! Okay, so it was only across town but we had a great time!

Friday after Brice got home from work, his parents arrived from Arkansas to stay with Rachel for the weekend. We visited for a short time and then we left for our dinner. We got to Houston's off Preston Rd in Dallas at about 5:30 and it was very crowded. It seemed like it took an eternity to get there to begin with. The wait staff told us that it would be a 25 minute wait and fortunately my husband was already thinking we would have a wait so he wasn't too cranky about it. See, he HATES to wait...HATES it!!! Anyway, it only took them about 10-15 minutes tops to get us to a table. The service was excellent, the food was even better, and it was just a great meal time. Thanks, Mike for the rec!!! After dinner, we drove back to the hotel and we watched some nonsense TV and went to be early. We stayed at the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Las Colinas. It was SUPER nice and I felt fancy!!!

Saturday morning we woke up at about 9:00....and not to the sound of a crying toddler...WOO HOO!!!!! We watched TV until about 11:00 and then went to Taco Diner for some lunch...it was....different. Then we went to Grapevine Mills Mall just to stay out of the heat and kill some time. We also checked out Rooms 2 Go Kids for Rachel some toddler furniture...they have none. After that we went to Toys R Us for 2 gifts for Logan and Ester, Rachel's friends who both had parties yesterday she had to miss. =( Anyway, then it was off to the spa! We went to Daired's in Arlington. Brice got a 50 min swedish massage and I got a 70 minute Thai pedicure which was fabulous!! Then it was dinner time again....we had a wonderful steak at Hoffbrau. Then we went to the Ulta store...it was right there. Then went back to the hotel. Went to bed kinda early again..I love the bed at that hotel.

We got up this morning... kinda missing our kiddo. Funny how most conversation was about her while we were away....kids just do that to you. We ate a late breakfast at Cracker Barrel before returning home.

Rachel had a great time with her grandparents and we had a great stay-cation!!!

I really needed the break this weekend to become rejuvenated for the month of August. It will be crazy to say the least. It starts this Friday. I am working 2-3 days every week and I have 10 jewelry shows before August 29th!!! WHEW!!!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

What's Going On?

With us? WORK....a WHOLE LOTTA WORK!!! I am at work now about to get the day started. Not much new to report.....just dealing with a toddler....a very needy, cranky toddler. She has a sinus infection and is on Augmentin again. Maybe the antibiotics will cure the temper tantrums too...ya think?!

I am ready for August to be over...oh, wait...August hasn't started yet, has it? After August I will not be working as much. I just find it difficult to keep up with everything. I am hitting the jewelry business hard and heavy next month - doing 10 shows in the month! I have to slow down working 3 and 4 days a week or I will crash and burn.

We have several activities going on soon...birthday parties, anniversary getaway, more work, jewelry parties.......the list goes on! It will make the time go by faster....before I know it, my child is going to be grown.....maybe that's the cure for temper tantrums.

Yesterday Rachel went to daycare because I had to work. When I picked her up, she was fine until we were on the road for about 10 minutes and then she began to scream. I hate screaming, especially in a closed vehicle....I have no escape. I turn the radio up to drown her out, she gets madder! Anyway, finally, I just hollered at her. After taking her shoes off, socks off, offering her every book and stuffed animal in the car, I hollered. I don't like yelling...I don't yell frequently but I guess you could say, I lost my cool. I just said (very loudly), "Stop crying. JUST STOP. That's enough. There is nothing wrong with you! JUST STOP!" Well, she stopped. We talked quietly back and forth the rest of the way home until she saw Brice's car as we turned onto Carrier Pkwy. We apparently got to that point at the same time. She had a fit......"Daddy's car, Daddy's car. Daddy!!!!!!" Brice was going to the grocery store to get some chicken for dinner and I was going to take Rachel home. Well, that was the plan...how quickly it changed. We followed Daddy to the grocery store and we all went in "soppin" (aka, shopping). I immediately found some Cheetos...the entire time she was screaming in the car she was hollering for pretzels. I could not find a small bag of pretzels so I got Cheetos. She was happy....for the moment. I decided to venture off on my own and get some batteries and Brice had Rachel...WRONG!!! She started screaming, "MOMMY....NO, MOOOOMMMMMYYYYY!!!!" I went back and she was happy. She did the same thing with Brice. Neither of us could leave her side. Got finished shopping and took her back to the car. She was fine all the way home. I looked at her sheet from daycare when I got home...she only slept yesterday from 12:35-1:15....NO WONDER SHE WAS CRANKY!!! She was exhausted!!! I was already worn out from work and she just made me nuts by the time we got home. She went to bed at 8:20 and we went to bed at 9:20....it was blissful!!!

Gotta get to work!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Whirlwind!

Yeah, so my headline totally describes my life lately! Let me just say, to summarize, GOD IS AMAZING!!! There is so much going on with us right now. Here is some of it.....

I had my training show last night to kick off my jewelry business and my friends really came through for me! There were 20 people there not including me or my sponsor!!! My house was packed and I enjoyed every bit of it!!! We ate yummy snacks and played in tons of pretty jewelry! I had a great show in terms of sales and I got a lot of free jewelry. I am so thankful to God for the awesome friends in my life. I can't wait to pick out all of my free jewelry! OH...and I got 10 bookings in August!!! I will be a busy lady but I will meet my goal if all of the shows go through!!! I am so excited about this new adventure.

This week is VBS and boy am I ever exhausted! The kiddos are learning the songs and the motions and are doing a great job but I feel like we sing the same song about 15 times a day....wait...WE DO!!!! It is a lot of fun and honestly I am ready for Friday night to be over with. I am in charge of Family Night this year and it is Friday night where all of the kids' parents come to see what they have done this year during VBS. It is a great outreach opportunity.

I am not working at all this week because of VBS and it feels kinda weird after working so much the past several weeks. I am actually enjoying being at home for part of the day.

The next couple of weeks are going to be really busy for us. We have Brice's parents coming this weekend and we are excited about that!!!! Sunday is a baby shower for Erika and Israel who are going to have baby #2 soon, Marco Emanuel. I think she is due August 12th or something like that.....Next week Brice will be in Miami Monday-Thursday. I am so used to him being home that this will be difficult for me. I am working 3 days next week. Hopefully we will get to do some playing with Josiah next week. The first weekend in August Brice and I are celebrating our anniversary. Our 4th wedding anniversary is August 7th and we are celebrating the weekend before because we can't miss Chelsea's birthday party on the 9th!!! We are going to go to a nice hotel for the weekend and Brice is going to get a massage and I am going to get a really cool ice cream pedicure that I am TOTALLY excited about!!! After that, August will be half over!! Seems unreal that we are talking about August! Where did the summer go???!!! Before long, it will be Christmas.....



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