Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Andrew Update

Andrew has been enduring his second serial casting round after botox injections to help with the contracture in his left ankle. He has done very well and we were finally able to remove the last cast this week. So glad it's over, his skin was beginning to break down and the cast was so stinky. It's been a nightmare trying to keep him out of the sand and mud at school every day and every week the cast got bigger so we couldn't get pants on him for the cooler weather.

He made great progress and regained a lot of the mobility that he'd lost from growing so much this year.

Up next is ordering a new pair of braces and we are also awaiting a trial of a new device called a Walkaide (http://www.spsco.com/products/walkaide.asp)

If anyone out there has experience with this I would love to hear some feedback on it.

This has been a crazy two months, driving to Houston twice a week for casting and physical therapy. I'm glad to get back to our regular schedule of only one trip to Houston a week for pt and then twice weekly OT in town. In addition to that he's getting nearly weekly OT through the school district.

Andrew is a very busy preschooler! I'm so proud of all his hard work.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Mommies in Vegas

In October we took a girls trip to Vegas. Since Dana & I both have babies on the way, we figured it would be a long time before we get a chance to go back again. And you know, who could fit in better in Vegas than a couple of pregnant chicks, lol.

We watched the Aggie game at Emeril's Stadium where we were required to stuff ourselves with every item on the menu to reach a guaranteed minimum in order to hold a table there during the game. It's hard to reach a minimum when 2 of 3 guests can't drink more than a soft drink ;-).

There were even tv's in the ladies room so you didn't miss any of the action

Eating Asian Fusion

Why yes, This is a tree of funnel cakes! We enjoyed these at the W Steakhouse, our babies were making us quite hungry!

Enjoying Serendipity III

I've never played a machine like this before but I hit 1,000 quarters on one of my first spins!

I put in $20 and walked away with $463, not too shabby.

Pa sent us the beautiful picture from the ranch to show us what we were missing back home

Thanks Granny for such a fun last girls trip!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

We have so very much to be thankful for! What a great year this has been. I pray that everyone out there is spending this day with the ones they love!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

All about "Bean"

We are so very grateful and excited for this precious new life that God is knitting together. The boys pray every night for their baby "to have a heart beat and grow big so it can come live at our house and we can be big brothers =-)".

This baby has been a journey of perseverance, compared to getting pregnant with the boys who were a piece of cake. With the boys we did one cycle and that was it.  With this baby we did a total of five cycles (three fresh and two frozen), which I said I would never do. Never say never I guess. I just knew that we needed to keep going and that I would know when it was time to stop. Fortunately my doctor felt bad at all our poor outcomes and helped us out quite a bit with discounted cycles.

I did not get pregnant at all on my first two attempts and then got pregnant three times in a row on all the rest of the attempts. Cycles 3 & 4 resulted in early miscarriages. So for Cycle 5 we tried a few things to help prevent miscarriage.  One theory for all our poor outcomes was that my body had developed an immune response to our embryos and was basically attacking them, preventing implantation or preventing the pregnancy from progressing. To counter this I did two intralipid infusions, one just prior to the transfer and another once I got a positive pregnancy test. The thought behind this is that it helps to suppress to cells that could potentially attack the baby.  The second theory was that my blood was over-clotting and not enough blood flow was getting to the uterus and thus to the baby. To help overcome that that I began taking daily lovenox injections from right before the transfer until I was 10 weeks along, plus a low dose aspirin that I'm still currently taking. The shots were horribly painful and left me with giant bruises but I'd do them again in a heartbeat. Anyone who has recurrent pregnancy loss or ivf failures, I would recommend asking your doctor about these treatments.

So finally the 5th time around and we have finally made it to the second trimester!  I'm so very grateful! It took us nearly two years to get to this point and I'm pretty sure we were close to the end of our efforts. I'm so very thankful to Kenny for sticking this out even though it was very tough for him and also to everyone who prayed for us on this journey. Because of all our poor outcomes they've kept really close tabs on us and we've gotten to see "Bean's" amazing development over these weeks.

First Picture of "Bean" at 5 days old 
(2 weeks and 5 days cycle-wise)

Bean's 1st Ultrasound at 5 Weeks (no heart beat yet)

Bean at 6 Weeks (still no heart beat)

Bean at 7 Weeks
(we finally saw a heart flicker but could not pick up the rate)

Bean at 8 Weeks
(strong heart rate 178)

Bean at 9 Weeks

Bean at 10 Weeks and looking more like a human
(Adam says he is waving to him in this one)

Bean at 12 Weeks
(sucking one hand and other hand on his ear)

Bean at 14 Weeks
(my first 3D ultrasound and looking a bit alien ;-)

This baby is much higher up than the boys were and I'm showing so much already. I started feeling the first little baby flutters at about 13 weeks, way earlier than with the boys.  They can't wait until they can feel the baby move too. Those little flutters have been really reassuring and about the sweetest feeling ever.  I'm so in love with this baby already! Please Lord watch over our precious little one.

Sunday, November 20, 2011


Today we celebrate 7 years of marriage!

Engaged 2004

Married Nov 20, 2004

Honeymoon Maui

Bringing Andrew Home Feb 14, 2007

Bringing Adam Home Feb 18, 2007

Easter 2008

Christmas 2008

Christmas 2009

Christmas 2010

We've had a blessed 7 years and counting!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Surprise for Daddy

Kenny recently celebrated his 30th birthday so before the big day I decided I would surprise him with a little get together in honor of the big 3-0. It's really hard to pull that off on the person that you live with and I nearly blew it several times, lol. Good thing I never told the boys until that night!

My mom made her famous German sweet chocolate cake and I put out several of my favorite pics of Kenny over the years.

YUM! I haven't had this since the last one of us got married, mom made all three of her kids grooms cakes for their weddings.

The boys were so excited to yell surprise at Daddy

A big thanks to all Kenny's friends that came out and to everyone who helped me get everything pulled together.

I think I pulled it off, he was VERY surprised. 

We played a slide show of Kenny pictures on the wall tv

I like this one of the 4 of us

A big thanks to Drew for helping me trick Kenny into coming up to the design center with him ;-)

The boys singing Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Kenny!!