Monday, March 24, 2008

A sigh of relief...

Ok, I had my follow up ultra sound this afternoon and it turns out everything is alright. The baby is the right size and has a good strong 160 beat per minute heart beat. According the the ultra sound my due date is Nov. 6th, and hopefully this baby won't follow in the tradition of it's brothers and it will be small. Little J. was a good size 6 lbs. 4 oz. B. was ok at 7 lbs. 14 oz. But S. was almost too big at 8 lbs. 12 oz. You may think I'm a wuss, but I'm a petite girl and it's really hard on me to have big babies.
So, in the ultra sound the part that looks like a bowling pin (where the arrow is pointing) is the baby, and the circle just below that is the yolk sac. Yay! I can finally breathe and stop wondering if the nausea is all for nothing.

Doors + little fingers = OUCH!

Last night the older boys were "playing" with S. Little J. was inside his room and B. and S. were outside in the hall. Somehow S.'s finger got closed in the hinge side of the door. I put as much ice on it as S. would allow and gave him some ibuprofen. Then I had to hold him until he fell asleep. This is what his finger looks like the morning after, I think it's going to be OK. He has fat little fingers and this finger doesn't look any bigger than usual.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Fun with Papa!

Boys and their toys...

Is that a web on your face?...
Half Spider Half Bunny

The older two boys got picked up by Papa and taken to Thanksgiving Point for some Easter fun. They participated in an egg hunt, got their faces painted, had balloon animals and swords made, played on big bouncers, and went on a wagon ride. They had so much fun!!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

"I can see!"

I remember getting my first pair of glasses when I was 8 years old. When I walked outside I was amazed that I could actually see the leaves on the trees. Well Little J. got his first pair of glasses yesterday, although his vision wasn't nearly as bad as mine, he was amazed at the things he could see off in the distance that he couldn't see before. He was so excited to get his glasses. Have I mentioned that he has ADD? When I was taking this picture something shiny caught his eye...LOL

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Life with deployment

So it seems that things are more dramatic when we are dealing with a deployment. Emotions are closer to the surface for all of us and communication just isn't the same.
I figured that I needed to make sure the boys got to the dentist and optometrist, so I made appointments. Turns out Little J. needs glasses just like his mom. B. and I haven't has our appointments yet.
The dentist was a dramatic experience. We got there early so I could fill out the new patient forms and while I was doing that they took Little J. back to start cleaning his teeth. The receptionist called my Insurance company to verify payment just as soon as we got there and once she got off the phone with them she tells me that they won't pay if use their services. The only dental office for 20 miles that the insurance won't cover is the one I want to go to. I found another office, but still.... :(
Little J. has ADD and was on medication last year and did really well, except his dose wasn't quite right and then we couldn't find the right medication to put him on. He has been worse since Big J. left and so I made an appointment for him to see a child psychiatrist and we go on Monday, St. Patty's Day. I hope that we both (Little J. and Me) learn a lot about how to deal with his ADD and dad's deployment.
Oh, and if all that wasn't enough drama... I discovered that I am pregnant. Shock was my first reaction, then "How am I possibly going to do this alone?", then finally excitement. I took the test on 3/4 and then (here comes the drama) on 3/10 I started spotting a tiny bit. There was bright red blood at first and then old dark blood. I didn't call the Dr. until 3/11 and then had an ultra sound on 3/12. The ultra sound was inconclusive. There is a yolk sack, but couldn't definitively find anything with a heartbeat inside. I swear I saw it, but the tech who was doing the ultra sound couldn't get a heartbeat to register. I went to the Dr. on 3/12 and until my follow-up ultra sound on 3/24 we don't know what's going on. The office staff kept referring to it as a "threatened SAB" (SAB = spontaneous abortion aka miss carriage). The reasoning I was given for the ultra sound results were the baby just wasn't big enough yet to see. I still feel pregnant, but it's not the same as it's been before. I just wish I could fast forward to 3/24. If all is well then I will be due the first week of November and the baby will be almost exactly two years younger than S.

Updated pic of the blanket.

The blanket is half way there. I haven't had as much time recently to work on it as I would like, but am still trying to plug away at it.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Blanket for my Soldier

I started to crochet little yellow squares a few months ago and Big J. asked me if I would make him a blanket using the yellow squares and some other colors. We went and picked out the yarn and this is my progress so far…. I have 26 of the 96 squares done there is the border to do also. I will keep updating the pictures as I get further along and then a final picture before I send it off.

I finished more squares and here it is 1/3 of the way done!! I feel like I'm accomplishing something. Before I had a bag of squares, now I have 1/3 of a blanket and a bag of squares.

Beanie Baby

I got a Beanie Baby for my birthday last year (April 2007). I don’t collect them, but I couldn’t pass this one up. His name is Salute and his birthday is Veterans Day.

Bumps and Bruises

S. was walking all over my in-laws last Sunday 2/24/08 while we had him confined to one area. Learning from his oldest brother he figured out how to “escape” and made it over to the top of the stairs. He didn’t fall down the stairs, thank goodness, but got caught on the railing and smacked his forehead against the wood floor overhang. It immediately became a large goose egg.

Still smiling thru it all, what a trooper!!