Friday, June 4, 2010

Finding Out I'm Pregnant

For a little bit of history on our journey of trying to conceive, please see the side bar time-line titled 'Our Love Story'.

LMP= Tuesday, March 2nd.
March marked our 13th month of trying to conceive. We were also on our 5th round of Clomid, 50mg, days 5-9 (a fertility drug used to promote ovulation) this month. March proved to be a very busy month and go, go, go! The month of March host the famous Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo which runs for 3 weeks. I ended up going to Rodeo 5 different times, an additional time to do some extra shopping and to start it all off, at the end of February, went to the BBQ Cookoff, Friday and Saturday nights--pretty much, A LOT of fun and partying with great friends sums it up!

I went in for my 21 day blood work on March 22, like I do every month to test my progesterone levels, which tells if I have ovulated for that month. The next week, my nurse calls to tell me that my levels were too low for ovulation and to try again next month. I had also spotted for the next 7 seven days, like I do every month of the week before my period, so this is very 'normal for me' and I waited like normal for my period to come. Easter Sunday rolled around on the first weekend in April and I still thought nothing of not starting my period yet. To me, my blood work showed that I did not ovulate and I had spotted for a week, so I just assume it will come. By the end of that evening though, I did think to myself, maybe I should take a pregnancy test tomorrow morning, just to rule it out, since I was still drinking wine and/beer in the evenings.

So, I woke up Monday morning and I had to pee so bad that I honestly forgot to test! I know, I know!!! I just shrugged my shoulders and said, "Oh well, I will just test tomorrow morning, no big deal."

Tuesday, April 6th, I wake up feeling horrible; my throat was in so much pain, I had so much drainage, was coughing a lot and I was achy; to sum it up, I felt pretty yucky! But when I to the bathroom this morning, I did remember to take a pregnancy test. This may be too much TMI, but it's my blog, so.....I peed on the stick, put the cap on, finished my business, and laid the test on our bathroom counter and proceeded to go back to bed! I was feeling this bad, I didn't even want to wait for the test result and in my mind, I just knew we would get another negative result. Scott wakes up soon after this and goes to the master bathroom/closet to get ready for work. Me on the other hand, I'm back in bed comfy again, trying to get a little more shut eye before going to the clinic by our house to finally get this horrible cold under control. Scott then opens the master bathroom doors and here is our conversation:

S: Babe, is there something you need to tell me?
A: No.
S: Are you sure there isn't something you need to tell me?
A: No. Why? What's going on?
S: What about that pregnancy test you took and laid on the counter? Was I suppose to see it?
A: Ohh yea, I took that this morning? Why.....? It's negative, right?
S: You haven't seen the results yet?
A: No. I came straight back to bed b/c I really don't feel good.
S: Ohhhhhhh.....well there's two pink lines showing....
A: Really??? You're kidding?
S: No, not kidding.
A: Oh my gosh, that has never happened before!
S: Soooooo, this means your pregnant, right?
A: YES! Yes, that is what it means!
S: These test are pretty accurate, right?
A: Yes babe, they are!
S: Well, looks like we're having a baby!
A: Oh my gosh, I can't believe it!!! I mean, they said I did not ovulate at all this past month....but obviously I did! Oh my gosh, I'm pregnant!

We then hugged and kissed and we're both smiling from ear to ear!!! We talked about a few things and how our lives had changed (for the better) in just that instant. I took another test about an hour later, a digital one, and in 30 seconds, it read back PREGNANT very clear! Here's my happy proof:

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Happy Announcement!

I am delighted to announce that we're HAVING A BABY!!!

I am currently 13 weeks pregnant and our sweet pea is due the beginning of December; December 7th to be exact.

April 6th--Cycle day 36--5 weeks
Today I am overjoyed with emotion; un-describable emotions; emotions I have been wanting to feel for so long now. Today, Scott and I got the best news ever!!! Today, we found out that I am pregnant! Yep, we are finally pregnant and couldn't be happier. I will share how we found out this wonderful news in my next post!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Okay, Okay...I'M BACK!

And I figured if I made it known to my fellow followers that I was back, it would hold me accountable to update this so called blog of mine! I do have so many post started, some finished, some almost finished, some that just need get my drift! LOL! I plan to post the date of when the original post was written because so much has happened since December when my blogging took a very long, un-intended vacation! And I want to keep things in a somewhat chronological order for my memory! So catch up and hope you stay with me!

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Everything Loved in Decmber

Christmas cards! I absolutely love getting those greeting cards in the mail. It makes this time of year that much more special. I love seeing newly wed couples with their new married name together on the card, seeing friends who have brand new babies, seeing families grow as they multiply by the years. It is fun to look back on too, how the families have grown and changed over the years. I look forward to many, many years of getting these cards aswell as sending out our own.

My brother! My brother was home for two weeks from the Army and it was such a joy to have him back home. He was able to see all of family and many friends while he was down. I know he exhausted those first couple of days home, but I could not stop smiling at how wonderful it was for him to be home for Christmas. He makes me and my family so incredibly proud!

Christmas decorations and lights! I love decking our house out with Christmas decorations and making it just sparkle with lights and garland. I also love seeing all the homes in the neighborhood light up with Christmas lights! It really off this time of year with all the lights!

Nanny's Chocolate Fudge! Oh how no-one in the family can get enough of this homemade fudge! I swear Nanny puts some kind of extra 'grandma ingredient' in it. It is too good for words to explain.

Christmas! And all the joy, warm feelings, laughter, giving, and family time Christmas brings!

Thoughts for Thursday--Age

"Life as we know it can change in a blink of an eye. Unlikely friendships can blossom, important careers can be tossed aside, a long lost hope can be rekindled. Still, we should be grateful for whatever changes life throws at us, because all too soon, the day will come when there are no changes left."

This quote reminds me that age is a wonderful thing, the older we get just means that there is that much more stories to tell and memories to be made. All age is, is a number. I need to remind my husband of this. His 30th birthday is in June and he is kind of dreading it. I plan to make it very special for him though!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Thoughts for Thursday--The Christmas Wreath

The Meaning of the Christmas Wreath

Every Christmas wreath is more than just a's a special reminder of Jesus, the reason for our celebration. The circle of a Christmas wreath is a never-ending ring, a reminder of eternal love from our Lord and King. The Christmas wreath is a sign of welcome, inviting all the enter in...a reminder of Christ's invitation for all to come to Him. The middle of a Christmas wreath is a bare and empty space, a reminder of what life would be without Christ's love and grace. So each time you see a Christmas wreath hanging from a door, may your heart rejoice in the One that Christmas is truly for.
~Holley Gerth

I love this reading! I got this reading from a card from a co-worker of mine. I am thinking I might frame it and put it our every year at Christmas as a constant reminder to all who enter our home, the reason for the season is Christ. Merry Christmas Eve everyone!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Home for Two Weeks

My baby brother comes home today from Army basics for two weeks. This is his break and we are all so happy to be able to spend the holidays Christmas and New Years with him. I am beyond excited and my mom is just over whelmed with joy and emotion. My dad, husband and I picked him up from the airport this morning, we all had the day off. He looks awesome in his uniform and he is just so happy; you can see it on his face, he was meant to be a soldier. Although, during a time of war in which we are in is very scary to say. I have always know what the word proud meant, but I have never truly 100% felt what proud means to feel. Today for the first time, I know what PROUD feels like. Seeing my baby brother in his uniform was almost un-describable. Here are some pictures from today!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Thoughts for Thursday--Simple Things

As we strain to grasp the things we desire...the things we THINK will make our lives better--money, popularity, fame--we ignore what TRULY matters--the SIMPLE things-- like friendship, family, love...the things that we already have!

I am truly thankful for the wonderful, simple things in my life: my husband, our home, our dog, our two vehicles, amazing family, wonderful friends, my job, my husbands job and the One, upstairs who makes it all possible.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Thoughts for Thursday--The Good

"Look for the GOOD in the people in your life. Don't be an excessive complainer.. (Remember) A fault finder will find faults in paradise! God is Love"--Rev Run

Very true and very simply put. I love me some Rev Run!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Snow in SE Texas Two Years in a Row?

If you read my post here from last year, you will know that snow is a big deal here in SE Texas. We just don't get snow here, let alone two years ago and we barely get a winter. A freeze warning has been issued for almost all of southeast Texas from noon Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday. I am super excited about this and can't wait to see the snow!

Here are a couple of facts.
"Since 1895, it has snowed 33 times in Houston: eight times in December, 12 times in January and February and once in March. It has never snowed two years in a row, but that record may fall as the last snowfall was on Dec. 10, 2008." It also has never snowed this early in the winter season either.

**Update** It did indeed snow! And it snow a lot for Houston! I went to my parents house in the Jersey Village area of Houston, around 12:30pm Friday to take pictures because the snow was really coming down. It snowed a lot where they live compared to 20 minutes away where we live in Cypress. The snow did not even stick at our house. I am happy I got to enjoy the snow for a while and get some good pictures!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Thoughts for Thursday--Attitude

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes.” - Charles R. Swindoll

I truly believe that attitude is everything. Attitude is how you view yourself, your spouse, your children, your family, your friends, your co-workers, political leaders, and the world! I choose to have the best attitude I can and to always stay optimistic.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Everything Loved in November

November always holds a special place in my heart. It is the month that Scott and I started dating. November also really kicks off the holiday season with fall decor already in full swing and Christmas decor that shows up around Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a special time of year for my family to all gather at my parents home and for all to be reminded of everything we are thankful for. We lost my uncle this summer and my brother is away at bootcamp, so we sure did miss those two dearly. One of my best friends Jessi, from high school got married, another best friend Jenny, had her first baby and our sweet Neice Danica turned three! It was a very enjoyable month.

ZipFizz! I can not say enough about this product. I simply love it and am just about addicted to it! My best friend Shelly introduced me to it back in October and I have absolutely hooked since. Zipfizz is an all-natural, healthy energy mix, with only 10 calories, no sugar, and 2 net carbs. "It contains 25 nutrients that give an energy boost usually in about 15 minutes. It is “the healthy alternative to energy drinks, sports drinks and coffee.” Zipfizz transforms water into a healthy, energizing performance drink" without the crash. My favorite flavor is Orange Soda!
The Nutcracker Market! I wrote about that here last year. This year I came home with some beautiful large faux poinsettias for my Christmas tree, a new jacket and beautiful scarf, a calf sized leather cow hide for our ottoman, some Christmas presents for family and a whole lot more decorating ideas!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thoughts for Thursday--Giving Thanks

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.
Psalm 107:1

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! I have so much to be thankful for this year. I am thankful for my husband, who stands by me everyday; our beautiful home that provides a roof over my head and plenty of food in my kitchen; our vehicles, they are by no means new but one is an SUV and the other a truck to get us around; my parents, who continue to show their un-conditional love and support everyday; my family and friends, whom it would be almost impossible to function without; mine and my husbands health, being healthy is everything and we are so fortunate; mine and my husbands jobs; we still have them and grateful for that everyday; my doctor, who has been very pro-active with seeking fertility treatments to help me ovulate and get us pregnant, and lastly the precious Lord above, with him, everything is possible.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

8 Years Ago Today

8 years ago today I started dating this handsome guy right here; my HUSBAND! We have so many wonderful memories together in these past eight years and then the past two that we have been married have been even greater. I can't even imagine how much more wonderful our memories are going to be when we have children, I look forward to that so much. It just brings joy to my eyes and a huge smile on my face to think of the day we have our family! I love you honey! Happy 8 years!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thoughts for Thursday--Success

The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, red lights called Enemies, caution lights called Family. You will have flats called Jobs. But, if you have a spare called Determination, an engine called Perseverance, insurance called Faith and a driver called Jesus, you will make it to a place called Success.