Monday, May 31, 2010

Life is Good: Day 73

We had a great day today (Memorial Day.) We all just relaxed and played. We had a barbecue with family and played some more. The highlights were Leif having the time to play with the kids on the trampoline, Leif and the boys playing the CARS Wii game (Thanks Mandy!), Sitting under the shade umbrella and working on my prayer rug while the kids played in the water and Leif read (even if he did take most of that time to fix the fence where Lady was escaping), and reading, reading, reading. A Great day for sure!!

There was also something in the air (literally) today. It just smelled so good. I can't pin point what it was. All I can figure is Lilacs, Wild roses, and Iris. MMM! So yummy! Iris remind me of Memorial Days growing up. My mom and grandma would cut the Iris and Snowball bushes and load bottles and bottles to the cemetery. I remember the smell and the journey... Good memories!

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Life is Good: Day 74

This will be a lot of posts. But it will be good!;)

Day 74:

I love this photo. It's Caleb's genuine smile, smeared with chocolate. Who could ask for more!?
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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Life is Good: Day 75

So, From the time frame on my Baby Ticker I have 75 days left until my due date. So I decided to do something kind of fun leading up to the baby. I will do a little count down. Every day I will share a reason why Life is Good. This will keep me thinking all day about what I'm going to post that night. Positive... That's the goal!

Day 75:

This is a picture of Leif reading the scriptures to the boys. We've finally created a habit of family scripture study. On good nights, the boys sit on their special mats (to keep them from crawling all over) and listen to Leif, and we might even get to discuss what we're reading. After Leif reads, Jakob reads a verse (and is doing quite well!) and now Caleb insists on "reading" a verse. It is definitely a Life is Good moment that closes our day.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010


Today was the last day of Leif's Day Job (for the Summer.) He works at the elementary school. So we get him to ourselves the whole summer!! Oh how grateful I am for this!!! We thought about having him take his CNA course this summer, but decided it would be okay to wait on that.

Technically, Leif and I will be really busy with our online classes that we've signed up for. But there's nothing like being able to work out our own schedules and visit and help each other throughout the day. And WOW do I need his help these days! I'm blessed that he's able and willing to give it.

Hopefully we'll squeeze in some fun throughout the Summer days too. I've mentioned this before, but we're really looking forward to my sister and her girls' visit in June. Jakob is signed up for two sessions of swimming lessons. So I think we'll be covered for the fun factor. And then a new baby to top it off at the end of the season. Ahhh, that will be the BEST!!!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

New Perspective: Stephanie Nielson

Do you ever have those moments where something or someone stops you in your tracks and puts you in your place? I have had one of those experiences today.

Honestly, I'm surprised that I haven't heard of this precious woman until now. However, I think that may have been meant to be. Does the name Stephanie Nielson ring a bell for any of you? If so, consider yourself lucky. How about the NieNieDialogues blog? Well, if it doesn't sound familiar, I suggest you take a minute and become introduced. Especially if you need a bit of encouragement. There's no way I can do her story justice by telling it in my own words. So here is the best link I have found Stephanie Nielson: Plane Crash Survivor Regains Hope.

I have fallen into a funk lately and her story has helped put a lot of things into perspective.

As I sit here pondering exactly what changes have taken place in my heart, I think perhaps the most important is the fact that our mortal body is only a small part of our soul. It is not in control. When we have times where our body and our spirit are at odds with each other and feel the need to rival one another, it is most important to remember that our spirit is the control center, the one with all of the wisdom to overcome the frailties of our mortal body and conquer in the end. So, once we remember this we must humble ourselves enough to allow our spirit to overcome.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Fine! Is Just Fine.

So I need to give a quick update. Like my header says, Fine. I am doing just fine and that is good. Life is moving along and I'm just taking the day as it comes. It's working so far.

We are very excited for the Summer vacation to start because Papa will be home all day throughout the summer. We are both taking online classes. But I'm thrilled with the time we'll all have together.

We are also looking forward to a long visit from Aunt Heather and her girls! Can't wait for that!!

So, good things to look forward to!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Good News and Bad news

Well, we finally got a call from the Nurse today. I missed it, so she had to leave a nessage. To get to the point quickly, so far my test results came back normal. So that is a really good thing!

Bad Thing? I'm still feeling exceptionally unwell. I'm trying to work through it and tell myself all is well. But we'll meet with the doctor on Friday and talk to him. I'm wondering if I've become anemic again. If not, well... I have a bit of a long road ahead.

Just to let you know.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Mama's Update: Possible Complications

I need to write. To update. Maybe that will help me sleep better tonight. Sleep these days is just another task. Medicine to try to GET me to sleep, then prayer that the medicine will work and I will be able to find a decent position to sleep in, and then hope that I'll be able to stay asleep through the night without exhausting dreams and screaming kids. Yep, this post looks to be a definite venting post.

I told Leif I was going to wait to let everyone in my world know about the current state of "my world." But I think I'm just going to write. Then I'll let the upcoming days play out how they may ... Good, Bad, or Ugly.

Well, the last couple of weeks I just haven't felt well. I've felt extra big, more of a full heavy feeling. Yes the scale has definitely gone up, and faster then I liked. So I was working on living more healthy. But I've also been dealing with weird blood pressure issues. When I stand up for any amount of time I'll have sudden spells where I just feel weak all over and I feel like my breath is slipping away. I am forced to sit because of it. It seems to happen more in the first half of the day. I've had HORRIBLE headaches! And I am just TIRED, so Tired.

I was/am feeling frustrated because the way I feel is how I should feel at the very end of my pregnancy. Where, here I am a little over half way. So, for some people, these issues might cause them to wonder enough to go into a doctor earlier then planned or something. For me, I just chalked it up as my personal experience with pregnancy and was sucking it up and working through it. Pregnancy is pretty much a nightmare in my world.

So I walked into the doctors office for our routine appointment and the doctor was standing in the hall as I was coming to my room. He asked how I was. Well, at this point I have stopped rattling off all of my aches and pains to people. I sound like a crazy woman if I do. So I said with a smile "I'm fine," and walked into the room (hey we didn't have the kid's with us). I then did the routine pee in a cup.

Well, my doctor soon walked in and seemed a bit more weary or concerned then usual. But he's a very busy doctor and father of several children. So he always comes in with a smiling sigh.:) Anyway, he looked at me and said, "so, you have a lot of protein in your urine." Right away I knew what he was getting at and things started making some possible sense. So the concern that comes when you have protein in the urine is Preeclampsia. It's really dangerous for the mother and the baby. No fun at all. And I wasn't a bit surprised.

So I asked him if it was a little protein or a lot. He said it was a lot. I of course told him the reality of how I've been feeling. From there we did an ultrasound and the baby looks great! Then he sent me for blood work. I did the routine glucose test as well. And tomorrow I have to start a 24 hour urine collection (I know, too much information. Sorry!)

So, as of the moment, I have no official diagnosis. But as I said, I won't be surprised if the tests come back telling us we have concerns to deal with. We'll know either early this upcoming week. Or our appointment on Friday.

So what are the possibilities? Well, of course we'll all be on the cautious end. All of this seems a bit too close to da-ja-vou. But if things are mild, I'll take medication and check in with the doctor weekly. If things are more severe, I'll be on bed rest and probably in the SG hospital near the NICU.

So, that's my world. Right now, I'm just really tired and anxious to make sure everything is being done to keep the baby and I well.

And on that note, I'll keep ya posted! Then if all is well, you can celebrate with me.
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