Tuesday, July 31, 2007

I am pregnant, that is my excuse!

I know, I know, I am way overdue for a post. Lots of things happening, so I am going to give brief descriptions and you will see why.
I will start with most recent....(there is a lot to cover, so go get a Diet Coke and settle in)
I had my 32 week ultrasound today ( I am 33 weeks to be precise) It went well and we actually got some good pictures of Janey's feet and face. Since I have been back in town I have been complaining about how big my belly is. I could tell in the past 2 weeks it has grown alot. Well, found out today there is a reason. I have ALOT of amniotic fluid. My doctor said it is not uncommon with this type of pregnancy and it could cause pre term labor or my water breaking. The normal range is 8-22, I measured at 38!!!!!! The c-section is still set for Aug. 29th, so we will just have to wait and see what Janey thinks! :)

My parents, Kayden and I got back from our trip on Wed. We had a great time. We spent time with John's family in TN, got to stay at Aunt Terri's for a few days and then we made the trek to Indiana to see my Dad's family. It was a long 10 days, but we really did have a good time. It was a nice break for me and I was happy to see some friends and family that I hadn't seen in a while.
I told you this would be quick, and no pictures. Sorry, this is why...

About a month ago, John and I found a house we really liked. We were pretty far into the buying process and something didn't go through on our end so we could buy it. I was disappointed, but knew there was nothing we could do about it. After all this is when I decided I needed to get out of town and relax. I worry ALOT! And that worries my family. It is annoying I am sure, so anything to give my brain a rest, is much needed.
Wed. evening we got back to town and my Dad didn't go the usual way to our house. We went by the grocery store and then my dad turned down a different road. I said, Where are we going? And he said, I am taking you home.
My husband is a sneaky thing and bought the house while I was gone. Yes, I know, crazy!!!!!
I was very surprised. But along with having a new house (to me) there was another surprise...My friends, Patience and Nikki and my aunts, Cindy and Bonnie and my cousin, Ashley, oh and Brad, another friend had packed up 95% of my old house and unpacked it in my new house!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anyone who has ever been pregnant can appreciate this as much as me. I was crying, my mom was crying and kayden was running down the hall saying, "KK's Room"
I have a great husband who really takes care of me. He and Kayden keep me going everyday and I love them both SO much!
So, that is why I haven't blogged, I don't have access yet. But, I will have it this week, so I WILL post pictures and more about everything else.
Stay tuned....

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Hide-N-Seek and Road Trip

A few days ago I was vacuumming and John was getting ready. I was in the living room and Kayden was playing wherever. When I got finished I put the vacuum in the closet, shut the door and went to find Kayden. (We weren't playing hide n seek!) I called for her and she didn't answer. John got out of the shower and I asked if she was in there. He said no, so I started looking harder for her. We both got to looking for her because we couldn't hear her and she wouldn't answer. For a few minutes we hunted through the house. I was starting to panic that she had gotten outside somehow. We looked in bathrooms, underbeds, in cabinets. She was no where. As tears started forming in my eyes, John said, look in the closets, maybe she is hiding from us. He opened the hall closet (where I had just put the vacuum) and she had crawled into her old infant carrier and was just sitting there in the DARK!!!!! I was shaking. She just looked at us and said, Car seat, which she has a facsination for by the way. After John and I got over the initial shock, he got the camera. I think she is going to be a climber...what do you think?

In other news, my parents had planned on taking a trip to see my sister in AR and my grandparents in IN. Kayden was going with them and they would be gone about 10 days. Yes, I know, how in the world was I going to make it. Well, the past two weeks have been difficult for many reasons and lots of stuff was piling up on me. I decided I needed to get away for a while. So, I am going too. I am nervous because I don't want to go into labor without John or my doctors, but we will cross that bridge if was have to. John is very supportive and wants me to get away from everything here for a while too. We are leaving on Monday and will be gone until the next week.
I am looking forward to seeing my sister, some friends, and my family in Indiana. I know that although I am dreading the inevitable (sp?), it must happen but maybe for a week or two, I can concentrate on family and friends.
My doctor was very supportive and agreed that it might be a good idea for me to get away. I am 30 weeks (wow, it is flying by) so when I get home I will start my check ups every two weeks. On July 31st I will have my last ultrasound. Then it will just be 4 weeks to go until Janey's birthday. I am anxious for her to be here but also very apphrensive. This is a fun post so I am not going to make it a really heavy one.
I will have many pictures to post when I get home and many fun stories I am sure. I hope everyone has a good weekend and a good week.
Keep praying for us. We can feel all the strength from your prayers. Please don't stop.

Friday, July 13, 2007

August 29th

This will be a quick update because I know there are a few people wanting this info. I had my check up today. Everything is fine and we set a date for my c-section. I will go in early on August 29th and hopefully will get to be first on the list. I was very anxious about getting this date on the calendar and now I can put it out of my mind for now. I will post more this weekend but just wanted to let everyone know.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Prayer Request

I have a prayer request that hits really close to home for me. I just talked to a girl named Jill who two weeks ago found out she was carrying a child with anencephaly. I was given her name and number from a lady at church on Sunday and I was very nervous about calling her. What would I say? How would she take me calling? How is she holding up? I tried to get some things in my mind to say to her when I called.
As soon as she answered, I knew that we wouldn't have a problem talking. She is very sweet and this is a little of her story...She is 17 weeks, carrying a boy, due in December, has a little boy already.
I ask that you keep her and her family in your prayers. It hurts my heart that there is someone else going through what we are at the same time, and my hope is that we can lean on each other and through our faith in God provide each other with support.
I couldn't believe some of the things we were both thinking about, wished or said that were exactly something the other had already thought.

I haven't posted a lot about my thoughts and feelings over the past few months, one, because it is too hard, two because I don't know how to put it into words, and three, it is too hard. In church on Sunday, the preacher talked about Job and his trials that he went through. He lost EVERYTHING! It confuses me how he could go on from day to day. I pray that I can have that strength and faith in God.

A passage from Matthew stays marked in mine and John's Bibles. It is Matthew 6:25-34. I think I should read this everyday. Too often I get caught up in my worries about things in my life that I forget it is not up to me. I think I can control things and worry about the insignificant things. I am so blessed to have a heavenly Father who loved me so much he gave up his SON! Church has been really hard for me lately for a few reasons. The songs get to me. Sometimes I can apply every song to us or Janey and it is hard to focus. The other reason is when I think about God giving up his Son willingly, I wonder if I could do the same thing. Janey is going to be with God and I don't have a choice in that. I wish it could be different but I know I will see her again.

I am very blessed and I thank God everyday for the blessings he has given me. I have a wonderful family, husband and daughter. We are healthy, have a home, food to eat, clothes on our back. He has given me a way to go to Heaven and be forgiven of my sins. I have a church family that loves me like I am each of their own. My friends go above and beyond to make sure I am ok.

While you are praying for Jill, please pray for me too. Pray for strength and faith for me. I know so many of you are praying for us daily, and I beg you not to stop. We have a long road ahead, we know that. So, one day at a time is what we do.
I know this is kind of new for me to be writing so much about Janey and how I am feeling, but it was on my heart and felt like it was the right time. Next time I will put a disclaimer to warn you! :)

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Our 5 year Anniversary...

Yesterday, John and I celebrated our 5th Anniversary. We didn't have much planned so while John's parents watched Kayden, we went out just the two of us. It was nice to get some quiet time and time to just be with each other. We ate dinner, then went to a movie and ended the night out with some yummy Brusters ice cream. John and I are very simple, so this was a good date for us. We had so much fun and if you know John you know how he keeps me laughing.

I asked him what his favorite part about the past 5 years has been and he said when we bought our own house in Cabot. Mine was having Kayden. We have had a great 5 years and our marriage gets stronger every year.

2007 has been a rough and trying time for us but knowing that John is by my side has helped me get through everyday. I love him more and more each day and am truly blessed to have a wonderful husband who works hard so I don't have to.

In the past 5 years this are some of the things we have done...

Gotten married...been to the Bahamas...worked while John was in school...moved to Valdosta...bought a dog (tank)...J-gone into the military...M-worked at Target...lost a bunch of weight...moved to Sherwood...worked at Wal-Mart...bought a car...bought a house in Cabot...went to Hawaii...bought another dog (Kaz)...wrecked my car...bought a truck...started with PRemier jewelry...got pregnant...quit working...had KAYDEN...moved to Valdosta, again...J-worked at Wal-Mart, Valdosta Tech...bought pool business...got pregnant...5 years later.

The picture above was taken at our reception at the Crescent in Valdosta. This is my favorite picture so thought I would share it. (I think John looks about 16 years old.)

Thursday, July 05, 2007

The Ezell's visit

Last Thursday, Adam, Candace and Austin came to visit. We haven't seen them in a while and Austin has grown so much since then. We didn't have a lot planned so we just hung out around the house and the guys did their thing and Candace and I did some shopping and lots of talking. Austin is so sweet and gave Kayden a run for her money. He is 10 mo. old and is about the same size as Kayden.
We had tons of fun with them and look forward to seeing them again. Thanks for coming down. We love you guys.

Cutie Austin

Playing with Uncle John

Kayden trying to entertain us.

Kayden was giving Austin some love

On Monday, my Mom, Kayden and I took the Ezells to the airport in Jacksonville. I wanted to do some shopping and eat at Chilis so we called the Eason's and they met with us for lunch. Here are the kiddos after lunch. They all really enjoy playing together. I am so glad their family is only a few hours away. We love them and always look forward to our next visit.
We have more family coming in town today. Paw Paw and Grandmama will be here through the weekend and my grandparents from Indiana came yesterday and will be here until Sat. Kayden warms up to people very fast so it hasn't taken her long to get to know my Grandparents. We don't get to see them often so she doesn't remember them as well.

We have a busy July, so hopfully I will be better at posting and try to stay on track.
HOpe everyone had a good 4th. Some of my family came over and John grilled some yummy ribs! We were all stuffed afterwards. Hope everyone had a good holiday!