Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Baby #3 Update & Gender Reveal

We haven't had too much to report on the status of the subchorionic hematoma, just that it was still there and sloooooowly getting smaller. Well, today at my 18 week appointment, we found out that the clot is smaller and the doctor said not to worry too much about it anymore! Praise the Lord!!! I'm finally at a place where I feel like I can breathe a sigh of relief!

We also found out...

We are so thrilled!! Jack has been saying that the baby is a sister from the very beginning, so while he was very excited, he wasn't at all surprised. He has said that if the baby is a girl, he wants to name her Mater Sullivan (Mater from Cars, and Sullivan from Monsters Inc.). He has been given the go-ahead to call her Mater if he wants, but sorry honey, that is not going on the birth certificate! :)

We are just happy, shocked, excited, and relieved to know that our sweet baby GIRL has made it this far and looks like she will continue to be healthy and strong! Thank you for praying with us over the last 8 weeks. We know that the Lord held her close and kept her safe for us. 

A GIRL!!! AHHH!!!!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Life Currently and What the Heck is a SCH?!

First of all, HIIIIIII!!!! I won't even begin to try to update you on the last 10 months since my final post. Let's just start with where we are right now.

Yup! You read correctly! We are expecting another blessing in May 2015! My big boys are looking forward to being big brothers. Jack turned 3 in July and Miller will be 20 months this weekend (they will be 2 and almost 4 when Baby comes).

We found out I was pregnant a few days before leaving for Disney World, which is just hilarious because that's what happened LAST TIME! I am 11 weeks today and everything so far has been smooth sailing.

Three weeks ago we had our first ultrasound and announced to the world that we were expecting! Our doctor showed us a small, dime-sized spot on one of our ultrasound pictures and said that it was blood and that I might experience some light spotting over the next few weeks, but it was nothing to be worried about.

Monday evening I had a sudden feeling that I had started my period, rushed to the bathroom to discover that I was bleeding a lot. Jason had just left to go work out, so I called him panicked and he came home right away. This was not light spotting! I was very nervous and worried about our sweet baby. We ended up going to the ER and an ultrasound revealed that the baby was doing fine! Strong heartbeat, punching and kicking - the doctor's words were "Looks like he's doing fetal Crossfit in there!" which was hilarious. What a relief!

The next day, Tuesday, we had a follow up appointment with my doctor, and I really hadn't prepared myself for anything negative, since everything looked so good on the ultrasound the night before. She did another u/s and showed us a large dark spot on the monitor. She said it was a subchorionic hematoma (SCH), like the small sac of blood from before, but this one was much larger. It was actually the same size as the gestational sac which concerned the doctor. She said if it were to all come out at once, it would be like passing a blood clot the size of a baseball. Okay, doc, you've got my attention. There is nothing they can do because anything they would attempt could do more harm to the baby than good. The only option is just to wait, monitor, and pray. Which our doctor did with us, right there in the room. 

We put out a Facebook update after our appointment Tuesday, asking for prayers from our family and friends. The outpouring of love we have received has been overwhelming. 

So that is where we are right now. We will go back on Wednesday for another ultrasound. The BEST case scenario is that the SCH absorbs and the baby continues to grow and thrive as normal. Other options are that I will have episodes of bleeding as the SCH releases, and the alternative, I will not let myself dwell on too much. I know there is a chance I won't ever get to hold this baby, but my sweet friend Emily told me to take it a day at a time and think "I'm pregnant today and I love this baby." 

Please keep our family in your prayers and we are asking God for a miracle!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Goodbye 2013 and Goodbye Blog

Yes, you read right. I'm hanging up the towel on the 'ol blog for now. 

Blogging hasn't been high on my priority list lately, but then I would feel guilty when I went so long without posting. This is self-induced guilt, I know, but I just need to make a clean break for now. 

I have written almost 1,000 posts over a span of 6 years. I've documented single life, dating, engagement, marriage, baby #1, and baby #2 - and I've LOVED doing it! But now my days are full of diapers, dishes, and dirty clothes; games, giggles, and Goldfish.

I could make time, but right now there are just other things needing my attention.

I will still be around on Facebook and Instagram, so follow me there if you want to keep up with the happenings of our family!

Christmas 2013

We got back from Jamaica and found out that Miller had run a fever most of the 5 days we were gone. Then the night of the 23rd, both the boys were up constantly, and we made the decision to head to the doctor on Christmas Eve to find out that both boys had double ear infections! POOR THINGS!!! 

Not exactly how we had planned to spend our Christmas... We decided to just see how things were going on Christmas Day and go from there. 

(Jack is excited 1. because it's Christmas and 2. because Miller is pulling up ALL the time now!)

Christmas morning!!

Watching the parade and waving at Woody.

That was enough excitement for Miller. :)

Both boys were acting totally fine, so we decided to go on to my parents house for festivities. 


Then it was Jack's turn to pass out.

Christmas Card 2013

Here is our family Christmas card from this year:

And here's all the amazing photo cards we got from friends near and far:

We Went to Jamaica - AGAIN!!

So here's something crazy - we went to Jamaica again! It was a little bit spontaneous (booked a month out), and a LOT of fun! We went to the same place we went last year, Secrets St. James.

This time, since I wasn't pregnant, I was able to go snorkeling with Jason! It was such a fun experience, and the reef there was amazing:

Check out the RAY in the picture below! Ahh!

Aaaand Jason saw all these jellyfish while he was out on his own one day. 
I. Would. Have. DIED.

So we did some sea kayaking 
(Sorry for the low back shot...)

...some swimming...

...And a TON of reading!!

We had yummy dinners again at Portofino, Bordeaux, and Blue Mountain!

View from our balcony:

It was such a fun and fabulous trip! 

And our first time away from Miller!! The boys stayed 3 nights at the Millers and 2 nights at the Guins, and unfortunately Miller was sick the whole time we were gone! Then Jack got it as soon as we got home on the 23rd, so our Christmas was a little different than we expected... but that is for another post! 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Dreamy December

December is going by like a flash... My boys are now almost 2.5 and 10 months old. I always have a dream of actually ENJOYING December, and ya know what? We've actually been doing that! So here are a bunch of pictures... and a few words. 

New Bible for Kids app - so cute, so fun

Little People Nativity - resisting the urge to place them all back where they're "supposed to be", but at least I convinced Jack to put Mary by Jesus - so he wouldn't miss his mommy. 

Bathtime fun - can't believe they're finally at an age where bathtime is fun together!

Ringing the bell!! - this sweet Salvation Army volunteer let Jack ring the bell! He was SO PUMPED!

Shopping with mom - in matching jackets 

Rock City Enchanted Garden of Lights - We'd only been there 10 minutes and Jack stepped into a creek and soaked his left shoe and halfway up his jeans. Poor thing refused to walk, so Jason carried him through the whole thing! We still had a lot of fun - just had a funny story to remember too!

Sweet boy excited about all things Christmas

Decorating a gingerbread house!

Happy Birthday Jesus party!!

Daddy couldn't wait to give Jack his puzzle - early Christmas!

Intentional learning activities - I'm trying to work on some skills like pouring with Jack. He had so much fun doing this! Hence the tongue sticking out. 

Christmas tree and some of our MANY Christmas cards!

Miller-man cheesin' it up!

Oooh pretty tree!

Make your own Green Cleaning Party!

Sunday School party - Rachel, Debra, me and Becca. Photobomb courtesy of Jon. 

Nick turned 16!!!!! Cannot believe he is that old! And TALL!!

Moving the boys into the "Big Boy Room" 

Miller pulled up to standing for the first time! Trying to be like big brother...

MOPS fun with my girls!

Love our Advent calendar, but sweet Jack doesn't understand why we only get to do 1 day at a time. (Notice Jesus is already "borned".)

Everyday moments. :)

Christmas jammies!

Jack's first dentist appointment!

Little rascal keeping me up - but then he says "mama" and I melt. I'm in trouble with this one!

Welcome to Moe's! 

And this brings us up to date. It has been such a sweet month. I tried so hard to pre-plan this year, and I think it has paid off! 

One week until Christmas!


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