Thursday, December 6, 2018

Baby Update & Special Ultrasound Pictures {29 Weeks}

I have been so behind on writing about this pregnancy, and I could list a myriad of reasons.  Mostly, this has been an exhausting pregnancy in which I spend most days just barely caring for my household duties.  I do want to remember this special time though, but we have been having a lot more concerns this time around from the very beginning.  It started just a couple of weeks after we found out we were expecting this little surprise when I was about 7 weeks pregnant.  I awoke in the middle of the night to that dreadful sensation of bleeding.  Sure enough, there was enough bright red blood in the bed to raise serious alarm.  I cried and prayed, and we headed to the hospital in the morning after seeing our oldest boys off to school.  Thankfully, the bleeding had stopped in the night so it was not too severe which led me to hope for the best.  After a long and lovely wait at the ER and a very quiet and nontalkative ultrasound attendant who did nothing to relieve my concerns, I was finally given positive news that everything still appeared to be as it should be.  The cause of the bleeding was ruled a minor subchorianic hemorrage which seemed to have already corrected itself.  I still had to wait anxiously for a follow up appointment with my obstetrician to see a heartbeat and confirm all was well.  The months that followed were not too eventful, and I just experienced the increased exhaustion of pregnancy with four other children to care for.  At 19 weeks, my obstetrician wanted me to have my anatomy scan performed at a high risk specialist because of my age, hypothyroid condition, and history.  At that visit, we did see a healthy baby girl and were very relieved, but we also did find one cause for concern.  Her placenta was shaped abnormally, and the specialists wanted to keep following me closely to see if it corrected.  If it didn't, it could cause some issues with baby getting enough blood and nutrients from it later on and thus not growing like she should.  We were scheduled to come back in a couple of months for a follow up check.  My obstetrician was monitoring me in the meantime, and I was only mildly concerned that each time I walked into their office with kids in tow, I was so out of breath and tired that my blood pressure would be slightly elevated.  I had never had any issues with blood pressure before.  It was not too high to be a major concern, but it did alarm me a little.  I decided Eddie would need to accompany me to future appointments to help with the kids.  I also started back on my daily iron supplement which also seemed to help my extreme exhaustion and did seem to help keep the blood pressure in check.  Last week, we had made it to 29 weeks and made a trip home to NC to visit family for an early Christmas celebration.  While there, we scheduled a special 3D ultrasound session to get some special pictures of this precious baby.  She was a very active girl and did not make it easy to get her pictures, but she was adorable and still appeared healthy.  When we got back home, I had my follow up appointment with the high risk specialist for another medical ultrasound.  This time, they not only confirmed that the placenta was still shaped abnormally, but there was also a higher level of fluid around the baby and even a slightly elevated amount on one side of her brain.  As a genetic specialist informed me, the fluid in the brain was not a major cause of concern at this point because it was not a significant amount at this stage of pregnancy.  It would have been more concerning had it appeared earlier in the pregnancy with more time to increase.  We did some extra blood tests to check on a possible cause for the fluid such as an infection or other genetic concern and are awaiting those results.  I also followed up with my obstetrician the next day for my glucose test.  Today, the nurse called with my results.  My sugar level was in the 170s.  Normal is under 140.  Sigh.  So tomorrow I get to experience the 3 hour glucose test to find out if I have gestational diabetes.  With all that I have been feeling and the increased fluid around the baby, I am very anxious about those results.  I have never experienced any of these issues before.  The only light I can see from any of this is that my physicians will be following me much more closely in the next couple of months.  I already have to go weekly now to the high risk specialist for BPP checks on the baby.  It just feels like it has been one thing after another.  We are praying and believing that this baby and I are in the Lord's hands.  He definitely gave us this little gift!  Thank you for your kind prayers and thoughts through these anxious days.

For now, I enjoy gazing at these pictures of our sweet girl's little face and dreaming of what she will be like when she is here safely:

Such a sweet face.  I think she looks mostly like Grayson here with her little nose and lips. 

Cute little feet that would not be still. 

She has such a cute little nose. 

I think she looks like Mattox here. 

Cute little feet and toes. 

A little frown as she may not have been too pleased with having her picture taken. 

A cute little ear and maybe some peach fuzz hair on her head already.  She also had her cord close to her face.  

Puckered up for a kiss. 

We can't wait to meet you, little princess. 

All of my precious miracles together in one picture.  We have been so blessed! 

Sunday, September 30, 2018

A Big Announcement

Well, I can't seem to get caught up here these days, but I didn't want to wait too long to share this crazy bit of news.  This crazy 5 really want to tell you something...

Don't they look excited? 
Well, this crew of 5 is about to be...

Yes, their parents are a little bit crazy!

Becoming a family of 8. 
So yes, we are expecting AGAIN.  Yes, it was a bit of a shock and surprise, but we will never consider a new baby anything but a blessing from God! 

And yes, we have been blessed with another baby girl made with love. 

She appeared very healthy at her 19 week ultrasound. 
Yes, I am getting rather large already after five pregnancies.  

We shared the special news with her big brothers, and they had a special gift to open. 

Brody loves presents and couldn't wait to see what was inside. 

Grayson was even curious. 

Hmmm, Brody that is not the appropiate way to hold a baby. 

Big brother Evan shows them how its done.  Big brother Mattox is already a baby lover. 

Sweet big brothers

And Grayson came to see. 

Brody was very interested in seeing the baby's pictures. 

Grayson wasn't too sure about holding the baby yet. 

But he sweetly accepted his duty. 

Check out that sweet smile. 

And I think he is ready to love her! 

Very special kisses! 

I love this big baby boy! 

Giving baby her paci will be part of his job. 

And Mattox has a lot of love to give his baby too.  

Already a pro at being a big brother. 

And Mommy loves her special little boy. 

Mommy and Daddy are especially excited to meet our little Valentine princess. 

Yes, our baby girl will be joining our family around Valentine's Day next year.  We thank you for all of your positive thoughts and prayers in the months to come as we anxiously await her arrival.  We know she has her special big sister Mattie watching over her too! 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

15 Years of Us ~ 2003 to 2018

15 years!  Man, time flies when you're "having fun" or working hard, breathing, and raising kids.  Haha!  Through the ups and downs and highs and lows, it has been a good life, our sweet love story.  It is still being written day by day, and while I love looking back on all the happy memories, I am also excited about the future of the story as it unfolds.  In the words of the beloved Forrest Gump's mama, "Life is like a box of chocolates.  You never know what you're going to get."  (Unless you cheat and look at the descriptions on the box, but who would do that?  Ha!)  So happy 15th anniversary to the man who shares the starring role in this drama-filled love story, and here's to many more.  As has been tradition on these "milestone" occasions, I like to look back at where the journey has taken us:


Our wedding day dawned bright and sunny, and we hoped its perfect weather would be a foreshadowing of the days to come.

Our Honeymoon in Hawaii ~ a romantic picnic for two in Hana, Maui


A Trip to the Big Apple in a very cold January ~ on top of the Empire State Building in the freezing cold! 

Our very 1st Anniversary in our 1st home together! 

About the only picture that exists of us together in 2005 because "someone" deleted all of the pictures off of our new digital camera right after Christmas before I could download the pictures.  Not naming any names here though.  Ha! 

We celebrated Eddie's 10 year high school reunion and the pending arrival of our first baby. 

Our first baby boy, Evan, made us a happy family of 3. 

We enjoyed our first Christmas with Evan. 

Our family Easter pictures became a family tradition. 

We enjoyed Evan's first real trip to the beach. 


We traveled to California to visit Evan's Great-Grandma, Yosemite National Park, Napa Valley, and San Francisco. 

We attended my first law school formal. 

Beach time is always our favorite. 

We just loved being Evan's parents. 

Our family grew by one more bouncing baby boy as we welcomed our sweet Brody into the family. 

Christmas was so fun with two boys. 


We attended a masquerade ball for another law school formal. 

We took our kids to Disney World for the first time. 

And we had more fun beach time. 


Sherry graduated from law school after four long years of working full time and going to school at night and being pregnant twice.  She was also almost 9 months pregnant with our first baby girl. 

We welcomed our angel, Mattie Claire, to forever live in our hearts. 


We visited our nation's capital for Spring Break. 

And we finally announced we were expecting our little rainbow baby. 


Our beautiful Mattox arrived. 
Our family moved to Holly Springs, NC. 


Our little rainbow Mattox turned 1. 
We visited Hogwarts and rode the Hogwarts Express.

We visited the Gulf coast of Florida. 
Our beautiful second rainbow, Grayson, arrived. 


We moved to the Savannah, GA area. 
We visited Disney World again as a family of 6. 

Our family just keeps on growing. 

Our baby boy turned 1. 


Our little family is growing and growing. 

And as we grow old together, our love keeps growing too. 
Here's to many more years together and even more wonderful memories to come!   Happy Anniversary, Eddie!  Thank you for putting up with me for over 15 years.

Your devoted wife


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