Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving week in Dallas

We spent 10 days in Dallas over the Thanksgiving break. We started off staying at my parents house and then we went over to Dwayne and Vivian's house for the second half. The first Saturday we were there we went to Kaitlyn's 3rd birthday party. The Niswangers were in town again so we got to spend time with them all again!

Patricia and Emory (3.5)
Amber and Hailey (almost 11 months)
Rudy and John Carter (19 months)
Birthday girl Kaitlyn (3) behind the wheel and Madison (18m) and Ava Grace (19m) watching behind
Hunter parked himself at the air hockey table most of the time we were there.
We had fun hanging out with the family all week
Madison loves her daddy
so cute
and her aunt Beekah

and her jewelry

We had a great turnout at Thanksgiving. Not everyone is pictured here. Dwayne and Vivian also came over (they took the picture) and Meagan and Jimmy had already left for his family's get-together. It was SO GOOD to see everyone!
Madison and Brody had a reunion. The last time they saw each other was a year ago!

Cal, Phillip and Jordan tossed around the football after lunch
Uncle Jim and Meme
The adults had fun playing games while the kids napped
After naps the kids took turns taking rides from uncle bud in his suitcase

Papa and Vivi bought the kids Santa hats so they could take pictures of them in their sleigh

We all went to Benihana for Beekah's birthday
Madison licked her plate clean
Hunter was mesmerized
Beekah let Hunter help open her present

Madison gives the BEST hugs. She loves her Pop
Madison and Chloe had fun grocery shopping in their tutu's
Hunter always manages to find the good scratchers in the family

Jordan found the perfect size tea set for a tea party :)
The kids had fun playing with Papa

One morning Hunter announced it was time to put up the Christmas tree! Thankfully Vivi agreed. They all had fun putting up the tree together.

We left early Sunday morning to head back to Houston. Jordan stayed back in Abilene to get in a quick deer hunt. Overall it was such a good week!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Praise God!

After my appointment last week and having started progesterone I had a pretty long week of contractions that worsened through the weekend. Jordan was out of town on a hunting trip and when he got back Sunday night they were so bad I was considering going in to L&D to have them stopped. He was suppose to give my my 2nd progesterone shot the next day but after seeing how bad they were getting he talked me into letting him give me the shot a day early. Thankfully they stopped shortly after! We have prayed all week that I would get a good report at my ultrasound re-check this week because we knew that if I didn't it would mean either a cerclage or complete bedrest. With the amount of contractions I was still having we knew a cerclage wasn't going to be an option. I was starting to get really nervous about the appointment because it was a really bad week with contractions and I thought there is no way my cervix can withstand this.

After many many prayers from loving family and friends I went to my appointment this morning to find that my cervix went right back to normal! It's right where it should be. What an amazing answer to prayer. My OB wrote a prescription for Nifedipine to carry with me if or when the contractions get out of control again and she told me to come back every 2 weeks for a re-check to make sure it stays put. I cannot tell you what a sense of relief this is. God is so good and He always gives me exactly what I need. He has carried me through each pregnancy and I have faith that He will continue to do that with this one.

Because of my good report I am able to travel to Dallas for Thanksgiving and spend the week with family. How exciting! I go back in 2 weeks for my anatomy ultrasound so prayers would be appreciated that it goes well and baby girl is healthy as can be!

Monday, November 7, 2011

It's a...

We are so excited to find out we are having another baby girl! I had a surprise ultrasound at my OB appointment this afternoon. Jordan didn't come with me because I assumed it would be a boring normal appointment so it was just easier to have him stay home with the kids. There is always the chance that I will have an ultrasound just because of my history but I wasn't sure if it would happen today. Well baby girl was ready to be seen! She made it known! I was so excited to find out but I felt bad that Jordan couldn't be there with me so I thought I would do something special for him and the kids...a way that would be fun for them to find out. SOOO this picture is the moment they found out! Just before they opened it I asked Hunter what he thought it was and he said boy (he had recently said girl). Jordan and I had both predicted girl from the moment we found out we were pregnant and he hadn't changed his mind. We are all excited!

I am 16 weeks (and some change) and feeling pretty good! My contractions have slowed way down since I started taking magnesium again. I found out this summer that I was deficient in Magnesium and was low in Progesterone both of which can cause contractions, which may be a contributing factor to all of the issues I've had with each pregnancy. I took my normal prenatal vitamin in the first trimester and as soon as hit the second tri Jordan reminded me about the magnesium so I started taking it again and the contractions slowed way down. I also started the 17-P injections this week. The nurse came to the house today to "train" Jordan on how to give me the weekly shots and then he will take over for the remainder of the pregnancy. Our insurance covers the weekly nurse visit at 100% but it is kind of inconvenient to have to wait around every Monday for the nurse to come and it's hard on the kids to have to stay away from mommy while I go through the full checkup and shot. So it is a huge blessing to have the option of Jordan being able to give me the shots. He has done it before, in a pinch when we have travelled, so it's nothing new but we still have to go through the "training" for insurance purposes. Now we will be able to do it at anytime (between 6-10 days of each other), which will be so much more convenient.

I am feeling great, no more morning sickness, and my energy has increased quite a bit although the progesterone makes me sleepy the first few days after the injections so I tend to go to bed a lot earlier and sleep like a baby. My checkup went well but my cervix seems to be shortening like it did with Hunter. We aren't in the danger zone yet but we are in the grey area. They want to re-check it next week and then make a decision on where to go from there. It really all depends on what happens next week as to what direction we will go. A cerclage was brought up but I am not a great candidate for it since I have so many contractions so we will have to weigh the options and determine the best approach to make with this one. It's totally possible I could go in and find out my cervix is longer next week....because that actually happened with Madison, so I am not ruling that out either. Our prayer is that it either stays put where it is... or even better...goes back to where it should be until term. I am confident God will pull us through whatever happens because He has been so faithful all along. The bright side is I get to see baby girl AGAIN next week *happy dance*

Thursday, November 3, 2011

18 months old

We had Maddie's well visit this morning followed by a girl's day out of shopping (cold weather clothes for her and brother) and lunch at La Madeleine's bakery. It was such a fun morning! Daddy and Hunter have their guy nights out all the time after Madison goes to bed so it was fun to take Madison out with just me. I like to rotate which one I bring with me if I am going out and have the opportunity to spend some one on one time with them. With Jordan being home in the afternoons this makes the single outings a lot more frequent! She is at a great age right now. I LOVE 18 months. It is just so precious. She is talking (mostly in single word expressions and LOTS of pointing) and she understands just about everything we say. She is so incredibly sweet, loves to give hugs and kisses. She isn't as much of a snuggler as her brother....yet. She loves hugs but they last about 5-10sec tops and then she is off doing other things! Busy busy. The older she gets the more we can see her personality come out...which is so fun.

She loves to hide in tiny places....this one really scared me. She was under my feet while cooking and suddenly she heart sank when I starting walking around looking for her and she was no where to be found. After about 5 minutes I heard something in one of the cabinets and started opening them all...the last one I checked she was in...just sitting there smiling :) It was so small I didn't even think to look there because I didn't think she could possibly fit in it!
She LOVES to try on shoes

She seems to be a laid back go with the flow kinda girl. She's tough and doesn't cry at times were I would expect her her shots this morning. She follows directions and obeys VERY well for her age. And has some backbone to her when she needs to (like when brother is in the mood to pester). They both LOVE to be outside and would happily stay there all day.

Going on a walk with daddy is always a highlight

Jumping on their trampoline

Or playing in their sandbox
morning snuggles are my favorite

She is a great eater....still our vegetarian mostly. She is the kind of eater I thought I could only dream to have bc she loves fruits and veggies but isn't a big junk food girl. If you give her a cookie she will take one bite and set it down and walk away. She likes pasta and rice but not bread or big chunks of meat...she actually picks out any visible meat and sets it aside. She will eat it if it's ground up like ground turkey or hamburger in a casserole or pasta but that's about it. She gets her daily does of fruits and veggies x 2 or 3!

She wears size 4 diapers, 18-24 months clothes, size 5/6 shoe, and 24 month sleepers. She has all the teeth she is suppose to have (until her 2 year molars come in) and her hair is getting so long! It's almost ready for a real pony tail.

She is 33.25" inches tall (90%), 22.6 pounds (22%), and her head circumference is 18.5" (64%). Her doctor said she has stayed consistent and is still tall and lean! She got her Flu vaccine today (brother got his on Monday), and she also got Hep A. Neither one seemed to bother her. She gave the nurse a dirty look when she got the shots but then was distracted by the super awesome bugs bunny Band-Aids.

The biggest development for month 17 is her increasing interest in going on the potty. I wrote about her poop success after dinner 2 days ago. Well the next morning (yesterday) she woke up and started tugging on her diaper like she wanted it off. We got downstairs and she saw the potty and walked over to it and said tee tee and tugged at her diaper again. So I took it off she sat down and peed! We didn't have any plans out of the house that day so I figured why not give it a shot. I let her roam naked all day and she had 2 poops and 4 tee tee's in the potty with zero accidents! I put her in a diaper at nap time and she stayed dry! I couldn't believe it! But she has taken over and seems to want to really do this! So today I knew would be a challenge because we had her doc appointment first thing in the morning and we had to be out of the house till noon for a showing. So 6 hours away from the house for a girl who has JUST started to learn to go on the potty was going to be a challenge. I put her on the potty when she first woke and she went! Then I put her in a diaper for a run to target to buy her some panties since we didn't have any. I bought some trainers too (they have the water proof covering over the panty to hopefully save the clothes in case of an accident). I changed her into the trainers and she stayed dry all the way to the doctor (even thru target) and I put her on the potty when we arrived at the doc. She looked really apprehensive on the big public potty. She said she needed to poop but looked scared. So after she sat for a bit I got her down and she immediately squatted down NEXT to the potty and pooped. :/ I talked to the doctor about it during our visit and she encouraged me to follow her lead and go for it but to get a portable potty topper for public so it won't feel so scary for her. We left the doctor's office and found a portable potty topper at the store and the rest of the day went great!! She continued the success with two poops and two pees in the potty! After dinner she got down from her chair marched right over and pooped on the potty again! I am going to continue to just follow her lead on this and keep the potty available and her tooshy naked at home for a while and hope this is all it takes! Technically if we were doing the 3-day potty method tomorrow would be day 3 but since she is a little younger I will prob keep doing it this way until I am confident that she's "got it" even if it takes weeks of her running around bare bottomed :) I never would have guessed this is what we would be doing this week!

Hunter likes a front row seat when she is going potty. He coaches her up and is so encouraging!
We woke up to a very chilly house this morning so this was her bare-bottomed attire. She's checking out her successful potty visit :)
In other news, she starts swim lessons on Monday. Hunter started back last week and was the only one in his class (there is another class at the same time with boys he knows from church) so he is actually in the pool with them but he has his own teacher. At the pedi today I asked when we could start Madison in swim lessons (since she has tubes I was under the impression swim lessons were out of the question until the tubes fell out). Her doctor said she was fine to do swim lessons and the tubes weren't at risk of falling out unless she went like 4 feet under. So I called the swim school and got her in the same block as Hunter as a semi-private lesson with Hunter and his teacher! This will be awesome because we didn't start Hunter until much later when he had a little bit of a fear of the water. Maddie has no fear at this age so it will be interesting to see how she progresses!

I think that about sums up Madison for the month. We look forward to each passing day with these two kiddos. They are so incredibly precious and such a wonderful blessing from God they continue to amaze us everyday! Jordan and I just love being their parents and can't wait to meet our 3rd! God is good!