Thursday, November 19, 2015


Today our sweet baby girl has baked for 24 weeks, that means that today we reach viability.  If she were to come, she'd have a fighting a chance and we already know she can kick butt.  We certainly don't want her making an appearance yet, but it's a wonderful milestone to reach!!!

Big kids are rockin' it.  Chase just had his fifth grade music program and did so good.  He is our super shy one and did 4 solos and a choreographed part.  I was pretty impressed!  Emery just got her 2nd grading period testing and blew it out of the water.  Not a surprise, she is a smartie for sure!

Hope all are well! One more day and then the kids and I are off for 9 glorious days, can't wait!!

****I am grateful for
1) baby baking milestones
2) viability
3) our amazing kids, all three
4) the light to break is just ahead!
5) time off with family and friends

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Turns out that little 15% of uncertainly on the ultrasound scan was...

not necessary!  We had our 20 week ultrasound last week and although we don't get a follow-up until next week, we didn't sense there were any concerns and the baby measured right on track.  They also confirmed that she is a she with no doubts!  I can't believe we are half way there.

She is perfect and beautiful and we just can't believe this is actually happening.  Life is full of miracles and blessings I suppose!  Now if we could just figure out a name, right now we are debating between Phoebe Kate (yes, I know there's a movie start named Phoebe Cates but to be honest, that doesn't bother us and only we would use her middle name) and Zoey ??.

The kids are doing great, Chase just rocked another report card with all A's and B's.  5th grade is tough so I'm very, very proud of him.  He is almost done with baseball and I think this may be our last season.  We've had some bumps in the road and our little town loses and lot of boys as they reach his age, so there are only three teams and not a lot of options.  He wants to try basketball so it looks like we'll give it a try. 

Emery just turned 6 and amazes me every day.  She is doing so good in school and started to read small words and loves it.  She is like a sponge.  She is beyond excited about being a big sister, especially to a girl.  She wants to find matching outfits, so I guess I should get on that.  She is busy with dance and gymnastics and never slows down.  These kids my life full and my heart happy (well, Jeff does too).

It's wet, wet, wet here in TX this weekend and supposed to be cold, so we are bundled up and relaxing.  Hope everyone is well!

****I am grateful for
1) wonderful ultrasounds
2) big brothers
3) big sisters and baby sisters
4) 20 weeks!
5) Winter is on the way!

PS Karen, I think about you often and hope ya'll are doing well!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Happy 6th Birthday Emery!

6 years ago today our dreams came true, our prayers were answered, and we added a perfect little princess to the family! Not a day goes by that I don't question how I was the one blessed to call this sweet girl my own, but I am so thankful I was. She makes us laugh and is full of spunk and sassiness. She makes our days happier and our worlds better just by being her! She is kind, caring, and happy, everything I pray for her to be. Happy 6th birthday to our sweet Emery Faith, we love you!

****I am grateful for
1) 6 amazing years
2) I got to be her mommy.
3) birthdays
4) cake and ice cream
5) birthday kisses

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Well it looks like it's a....

So we were totally going to do the whole team green thing since we already have one of each and it doesn't really matter, but apparently patience is not our virtue.  Well, I could have waited but Jeff and the kids (and pretty much everyone else) were dying to know what this little lucky charm is.  Last week at my 17 week appt I had a surprise ultrasound so I had them seal the results without telling me what they say.  They were 85% sure, so I guess there's always a chance they were wrong, but I don't think so.  We had a local bakery that we are friends with make a gender cake and set up a family lunch on Saturday.  If you want to wait to be surprised, then look away now, but if you too want to know what our lucky charm is, then keep on looking!  Emery is thrilled and Chase is getting there too.  If like was crazy before, it's about to get crazier!! (P.S. I was the one hoping for a unicorn, but it is definitely not)

On a cute note, Emery did tell me that she knows it's not really a unicorn, but it would be awesome if it was because when it got bigger we could ride it.  How stinking cute is that?!??!

Now without further hesitation...

Another little princess, can you even believe it?  I had a feeling! 

****I am grateful for
1) almost 18 weeks!
2) pink, pink, and more pink
3) excited family and friends
4) good appointments and a healthy lucky charm!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Well there's never a dull moment!

Well school started off with a bang and hasn't slowed down yet!!!  A week into our new school year we found out that someone on our first grade team would need to move to another school and we had about three hours to let them know who would be volunteering.  Long story short, I decided that it would be best for my team and my family, if I was the one that went, so I volunteered.  To say life has been crazy would be an understatement!  I was really worried about it being hard on Chase since he has been at our school most of his elementary career, but it turns out that having grown up in our small town and having a mommy that's a teacher, my kids really do know half of the population have had not one single issue with the move!  They LOVE our new school and are thrilled to be there.  That was a huge relief for me because I have cried lots and lots of tears over this.  I am doing well, but starting over again a week and half into the new year, having to set up a new room (still first grade), and trying to get caught up and been rough.  I'm quite exhausted and missing my team/friends terribly, but I know it will be OK once I get my feet under me!  Baby steps, baby steps.

Baseball season is about to start and Chase is also wanting to embark on basketball.  Emery is busy with dance and gymnastics.  She is counting down to her birthday and can't wait for her party to get here.  I can't believe how big they are getting.  I need time to slow down just a tad!

We are 14 weeks today, hello 2nd trimester!  We had an ultrasound last week and the kids got to go (we told Emery over the weekend and she is beyond excited), I think they were happy to know that there is a baby in there.  I am now on monthly appointments which is a big change from our weekly ones!  Baby looked perfect and measured right on schedule!

Hope everyone else is having a great month, we are looking forward to the cold front and the weekend, neither can come soon enough!

****I am grateful for
1) smooth transitions for my kiddos
2) cold fronts
3) weekends and turning off the alarm
4) good appointments for our Lucky Charm!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Boy am I bad at this!

I think about blogging often, but then when I actually sit down I get busy paying bills, reading the news, scrolling through Facebook and before I know it, it's time for bed or I've just forgotten!  Things are going great and our Lucky Charm is fantastic.  Last week at my 10w5d appointment he/she measured 11w1d and a hb of 163 bpm.  I go back Thursday at exactly 12 weeks and will be released from my RE, then go directly to my new OB to get started there!  12 weeks, can you believe it?!?!??! Chase is still so excited and Emery still doesn't know.  Chase, Jeff, and my mom would really like to tell her, so I'm thinking we will let Chase tell her soon.  Just have to find the right way.

I went back to work a little over a week ago and the kids start back on Monday.  Emery is thrilled, Chase is tolerating it.  I can already tell it's going to be a challenging year for me, but I can handle anything for a year, right!  I am thinking that I'll extend my maternity leave.  This is our last baby so I would love the extra time with him/her.

Hope all is doing well, it's going to be a big week in our house!

***I am grateful for
1) We had a wonderful summer, even if it did go too fast!
2) An amazing year ahead!
3) 11w2d today, woot, woot!

Friday, July 24, 2015

We don't do boring!

So, where do I begin?  Our Lucky Charm, our princess, vacation?

Things on the baby front are good.  Our numbers never dropped, just slowed drastically which freaked me out.  Long story short, there were two, one did not make it, the other had a beautiful, healthy, strong heartbeat and measures right on track.  Vanishing twin... again.  Bittersweet... again.  We are so thankful and blessed to still have one Lucky Charm and are learning to exhale a little each day.  Our REs feel confident everything will be just fine and we don't need to worry.  Easier said than done.  As of Thursday I was 7 weeks and that video below is from that appointment.  I go back once a week now, still on way too much medicine, shots are killing my hips, but it is oh so worth it.  Next milestone: 10 weeks!  All our levels have maxed out on what the machines go to, so no more blood work... woohoo for that!


Princess Emery had her surgery today to patch the hole left from her tubes.  This was the same surgery they did on her other ear a little over a year ago.  They also removed two small warts, one on her finger and one on her thigh.  She did fantastic and her biggest concern is where the wart was on her finger is numb and she doesn't quite understand that.  Hopefully when the meds are out of her system, it won't feel too bad.

Daddy has been on vacation this week with us, which has been great.  We spent a few days in Crystal Beach, the boys did lots of fishing, and we hung out at the beach for hours and hours.  It was great! Hard to believe the whole week has already slipped by!

School is creeping up fast and we all have mixed emotions.  Emery is so ready to go to kindergarten, but Chase has no interest in going back.  He's perfectly content hanging out at home and sleeping/playing all day.  Can't say I blame him.  I love teaching, but I also love being home in the summer with the kids (and still getting my paycheck since it's prorated for the year).

Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying what's left of summer!

***I am grateful for
1) a successful surgery
2) Daddy and Chase time when they were fishing
3) Lucky Charm's beautiful heartbeat
4) still a few weeks of summer vacation left!