Saturday, February 28, 2009

26 weeks 3 days.....and an announcement

23 weeks ago to the day I found out that we were expecting! I can't beleive that this much time has gone by and that we have less than 14 weeks to go! I know that these next weeks are going to fly by but at the same time are going to drag so incredibly slowly. 26 weeks for me brought on more than just another week into my pregnancy this week I have discovered:

1. Swollen ankles....or cankles in my opinion. The swelling has gone down and my blood pressure is okay but that was so strange to see my feet look like that!

2. Back aches that keep me up at night. Last night I woke up probably 5 times with my hips aching so badly that I would have to roll to the other side to help the pain.

3. Getting up an additional time during the night to pee! Yes....I am now up to 3 times a night.

4. The greatest part.....feeling Karsyn turning and moving so much more during the day. I have been feeling her every day for 6 weeks or so but now her movements are more frequent and more powerful.

5. A much bigger belly! I swear that I have had to go up a size in my tops because most of the ones that I currently have are too short. (Oh well, it was time for a season change anyway!)

6. And last, but certainly not least.....I gained 8 lbs. in 2 weeks! My dr. thinks that it is because I was so swollen earlier this week when I was weighed but I am not convinced! AHH!!! I guess all of those cookies everyday is not such a great idea.

In honor of this milestone here is a belly picture from Tuesday at 25w6d.

And here are my belly pictures from 26 weeks. I took these at work. :)

And for the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT.......

We are proud to let you all know that Kara and Karlee both made the A honor roll again this 6 weeks! We bought them a new Webkinz and took them to the Olive Garden to celebrate. They are both so incredibly smart. We are so so proud of them! So next time you see them congratulate them.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A Big Acomplishment...and a birthday party

We have acomplished our final of goals for the planning of the nursery! We picked paint colors!! After 2 weeks of looking for paint colors and $40 spent on samples the 3 colors and shades have been picked and are ready to be purchased! I have been stressing about finding the perfect colors because I have a vision in my head and I want the room to match that vision. We already have the furniture, the bedding and the wall decor. So this weekend we are prepping and beginning to paint. The pink will be the first color to be done and then we will finish with the green. The chocoloate is the last color that we will be painting. Cross your fingers for us that no paint gets spilled or that Jeromy doesn't strangle me before the project is complete!

Now I think that nesting is starting to kick in....not in full force but it is starting to rear it's head. With working full time both Jeromy and I use the weekends to complete everything that needs to be done. And the next 6 weekends are planned and packed. Here is a rundown of all of our weekend plans:

3/1- Ryan's 2nd Birthday Party
3/7- My Birthday!!! We have a 3-D u/s that day too!
3/15- Nestie Get together/Hospital Tours/Nanie and Nana arrive
3/22- My Family Baby Shower
3/28-Maternity Photo Shoot
3/29-Mom's Birthday
4/5- My Baby Shower
4/6- Breastfeeding Class
4/12- Easter

Then it should let up a little with the plans. But don't let this busy schedule fool you....I love to be busy. It gives me something exciting to look forward to each week! We had a busy weekend this past weekend too!
This weekend we celebrate our neice, Graycee Jane turning 1. I can't beleive that it has already been a year since she was born. Time flies way to quickly. That is one reason that I am enjoying everyday of this pregnancy. I know all too well that time doesn't stand still and that in the blink of any eye time is gone. So today, hug the people that you love and take the time to enjoy whatever it is that you are doing.

Belly pics coming tomorrow!!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

From the beginning

Well, since I just started this blog at 25 weeks pregnant I thought that maybe I should go back to the beginning. Not the beginning of time but the beginning of our desire to have a baby. I have always known that I wanted more kids. Jeromy and I went to Vegas last year for my birthday with Chris & Laura and Brandon & Jo Ann. We had such a great time and it was the perfect way for me to start my year of being 23! We arrived on my birthday and enjoyed our long weekend. Little did I know that I was in for a long year of being 23. After we returned from Vegas we talked about me being ready to try for a baby. Jeromy was still unsure if he was ready but after a lot of talking we decided that we were both ready to add another baby to our family so we began trying. We went in to see Dr. Garner for a preconception appointment the following week.

We were so lucky and got pregnant the first month trying. I remember April 23rd like it was yesterday. I stood in the bathroom holding a digital test shaking as I read the word "PREGNANT". I couldn't contain my happiness....this was it....we were having a baby! When Jeromy came home from work I gave him the "My Daddy Rocks" bodysuit that I had bought for him a few weeks earlier. He said that he wasn't surprised and that he knew that it would happen right away. We lived in bliss for the next week. The next week I was at work and noticed some spotting. I was really freaked out because with my pregnancy with Kara everything was smooth sailing. We went in at about 6 weeks and they performed an u/s. The baby was measuring just 4 weeks. That seemed off to me but we took my dr's advice and came in 2 weeks later. On the u/s we saw our little baby with a hb of 98. My dr. told us that it was low but had just started beating so we were given hope that all was headed in the right direction. I had been spotting everyday but around 8 weeks my spotting changed and I knew then that something wasn't quite right. I called my dr. and he told me to come in for a quick u/s. As soon as they called us in the room I remember looking up at the TV screen on the wall and watching as the u/s tech performed measurements and tried to find the babies heartbeat. I knew right away that the baby had passed. I knew what an 8 weeks old embryo looked like and it was not what I saw. The tech said "I'm sorry but there isn't any cardiac activity." We were both devastated. What had been looming in my mind for weeks was happening. I had a D&C 2 days later on June 4th.

I kept thinking how this could have happened to us. I never thought that I could have a miscarriage. I just assumed that pregnancy=healthy baby. I cried for weeks and had a hard time getting over the pain. Jeromy was a great support and he reassured me that we would have a baby and that this would all pass. I took it a lot harder than I would have ever imagined. Finding out about other people around me becoming pregnant was a hard blow each time but I just tried to keep faith along the way. I ordered several pregnancy loss books and joined the pregnancy loss board on The women there were such a wonderful support and after my first cycle I joined the Trying to Conceive After a Loss Board. We began trying again a month after my D&C. We were unsucessful 2 months in a row and I had just assumed it would happen again immeadiately.

September was our 3rd month of trying but I was extremely doubtful because Jeromy had a business trip scheduled right in the middle of the month. On Sept. 19th I decided to test in the morning because that was my usual monthly ritual. I saw the same "phantom line" that I would see everymonth and threw the test in the trash. The next morning Jeromy headed off to the races and I went shopping with Ashley. After I got home I just decided to test just because. As soon as I did a 2nd line popped up. I was in shock! I had to work that afternoon so I put the test in my purse and drove to work. I think I took it out of my purse 5 or 6 times in my 20 minute drive to work. I just couldn't beleive it. I called Jeromy and he was so excited. We both agreed not to tell anyone until after the 1st trimester but of course I had to tell Ashley B. and Ashley D.

We had our first appointment on October 6th and I was shaking as I set in the waiting room. When they called us back we were taken into the same room that we had found out about our miscarriage so that brought back all kinds of emotions. But when the tech started I saw it immediately.....a beating heart. We were measuring right on track and the heartbeat was perfect at 122. I was so excited. Our dr. hugged us and was so supportive. We had u/s at 8 weeks and 10 weeks. Each time our little one measured on trach and had a strong heartbeat. We just felt so lucky and blessed. Even though each u/s reassured me that our baby was growing the way she should be I still couldn't shake my fear.

Even now I still get worried if I don't feel her for a couple of hours. I shake up my belly or drink tea to get her moving and I think that I still probably use my fetal heart doppler about once a week. Jeromy laughs at me when he sees me pull it out. It is hard to live each day with that fear but I will tell you that I cherish everyday of this pregnancy. Even if I am uncomfortable and exhausted at the end of the day I still thank the good lord every night for blessing us with this little girl growing inside me and I ask him to watch over her help her to continue to grow. We are looking forward to welcoming her into our family. To ease my fears I try to set small goals for myself that I celebrate when they arrive. I was so happy to reach 24 weeks because that is the week of viabiliy. (Meaning that if something were to go wrong and she came she would have a chance of surviving.) My next goal is 27 weeks so that I will officially be in the 3rd trimester.

Sorry for the long winded story but I just thought that everyone should know where we began with this journey. Thank you for being there along the way and supporting us. I have a very cute video of Kara that I am going to post later tonight. Stay tuned......

Friday, February 20, 2009

Some Pictures to catch everyone up.

I promised that I would post some pictures so here are a few random ones to show everyone what we have been up to. Hope you enjoy them.

Here is our 3-d ultrasound of Karsyn at 17 weeks. She was still very small and her features were still developing but this is such an amazing picture. She is yawning and has her hand over her mouth. We are either boring to her or she just has good manners. :) We go back on my birthday for another set and I will be 27 weeks so we should have some really good ones of her beautiful little face.
Here is Kara and Karlee on Christmas morning opening their karaoke game for their Wii. They love playing the Wii and they love to sing. It has all their favorite Disney songs on there and they sing them LOUD! Lets just hope that they may have some hidden talent that their parents don't. They could be the next Hannah Montana!

This is Kara and I at her Christmas concert that due to icy weather was postponed until mid January. She was so excited for the whole family to be there. I think that she was probably the only kid there with a 8 person audience! All the Roby family attended including John, Holly's boyfriend. (I am 20 weeks pregnant in this picture.)

Here is Jeromy and Kara getting ready to leave for the Daddy Daughter Dance. They had such a great time and Kara saw all of her friends. Jeromy said that they danced to the hokie pokie and to butterfly kisses. They drank punch and had their picture made. She had such a great time. We are so lucky to have him in our lives. He is an amazing daddy!

Here it is my belly picture from 23 weeks. I know that it is 2 weeks old but this is the most recent. I promise that we will take more soon. It has grown so much over the last few weeks. Strangers on a daily basis ask me when I'm due and people are always holding the door open. Someone even let me cut in line at Quiznos last week! (I guess they fear the wrath of a pregnant lady that is hungry!)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The First Post

Okay, since everyone keeps telling me that I need to blog I am going to give it a shot. Where to begin.....well, Jeromy and I were married on October 20, 2007 and it has really been great. We have had our bumps during the last year and a half but it has been fabulous and I couldn't ask for a better partner in life. My daughter Kara is 7 now and is an absolute mini replica of me. It is hard sometimes to discipline her because I feel like I am looking at myself. My step daughter Karlee is more like my own then my step daughter. She is 8 and is so smart. She listens and analizes everything so we have to watch what is said around her. We have a house in Little Elm and love our neighborhood. Our cat, Forrest, has been my baby for the last 3 years and he is the most un-cat like cat I have ever seen. He plays fetch and hunts us...yes you heard that correctly. He hunts his family. And now onto our newest addition....we are expecting a little girl June 3rd. We are absolutely thrilled! Her name is Karsyn Joy Boulet. Another little Boulet for the bunch. Well, I better get back to house work but I will work on more posts later and hopefully post some pictures soon. (I need April's help in learning how.)