Tuesday, January 31, 2012


I am having flashbacks.  My due date with this baby is one week after Lucas and Caleb's due date. This adds just a little more to the emotional factor.  I was in church on Sunday, and was talking to someone about this pregnancy, while remembering so well having a a very similar conversation the same time two years ago.  One week.  That is really not much of a difference.  I knew, going into last cycle that if we conceived, that they would be close.  I didn't really plan on it being like this, though.  It's hard.  There are some holidays and events coming up where I was pretty much as pregnant during them two years ago.  And it tugs on the heart.

I miss my babies.  Being pregnant with Cinco is great, and I love every moment of it, but at times it makes me miss Lucas and Caleb more.  I know this pregnancy is going to be an emotional roller coaster, and I am ever so grateful for everyone walking it with me.  Every little thing is going to send my mind rushing to damage control.  But they will also send me to my knees.  I spend a lot of time praying.  Thanking the Lord for this baby, and asking for Him to let me keep Cinco.   It helps knowing that I'm not the only one praying. 

On other news, Colton received a blue stripe on his white belt in martial arts for knowing all the kicks for his belt test.  I am proud of this kid.  He had thought about quitting, then suddenly decided to stick with it a while longer.  He's doing really well.  And he tested for his instructor by himself in front of ten other kids.  Pretty amazing to watch my 5 year old do that!

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Here We Go

Trigger following...

I have thought over and over about when and how to write this.  My creativity isn't flowing very well, so I thought this will be it.

Willy and I are expecting again!  We are super excited!  Due date is Sept. 24th which makes me almost 6 weeks pregnant.  The pregnancy has had a rocky start, but it seems as though everything is settling down. 

I have been keeping a seperate blog for the past month or so and will be importing it here.  The tag for those posts will be Cinco, as we are calling this baby Baby Cinco.

This blog has transformed many times.  I really want to share about this pregnancy on here.  This place is my place to share about me and my family.  I hate to think that I may lose some readers, and I am sorry for that.  I will miss those of you who find it hard to come here.  I am sure not all posts will be about the new baby, but many will.

There is also another project that I have been working on that I hope to share with all of you next week.  I am super excited about and can't wait to share!

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Best Number


That is my HCG level as of this morning.  Yesterday's was 390.  The goal is for it to double every 48 hours.  568 is just under half of double, which is what we were looking for.  It means Baby Cinco is growing and healthy.  After two days of spotting and complete fear, I have relief.  I know she/he is doing well and there is little to worry about when it comes to the spotting.

I cannot put into words the fear I have felt since seeing the first blood on Sunday morning.  My heart was crushed instantly.  I went through all the stages of grief within a few hours.  I put myself on the couch and waited to see what and how it was happening.

I called my Dr L first thing Monday morning only to learn she was out for the week, along with my nurse W.  The nurse I talked to hadn't seen my chart and was a ltitle hateful.  She sent me to Urgent Care for a Beta-HCG test.

There I met Dr. V.  This woman is AMAZING!!!!  We went through the basic questions and she asked about previous pregnancies.  I told her about Lucas and Caleb and there were tears from both her and I.  She then shared that she is 12 weeks pregnant and apologized for losing her composure.  I assured her it was okay.  At that point she put her charts down and asked to pray for me.  I was shocked.  Most doctors won't act on this, but she did.  And I was/am grateful.

After all this, I feel better about everything.  I am now on complete pelvic rest with light duty orders.  Willy is absolutely wonderful, helping out a ton.  He also bought Baby Cinco a froggie toy the other night.

We will be telling other people over the next couple of days.  We feel that after the blood tests that things are in a good spot to be sharing with those closer to us.  I hope to post an announcement post on the main blog soon.  At that point I will import these posts to it as well.  

Saturday, January 21, 2012


Baby Cinco,

I cannot, CANNOT, describe the excitement that is felt by so many people.  I am so in love with you already!  We told grandma today.  She cried.  Like really cried super happy tears.  You are a very much wanted baby.   Some day I will try to get a picture of how we told her.  Just know for now, that it was our best form of pregnancy announcement yet.  YAY!

I had a short time of fear and doubt this morning.  It just crept in so quickly and I couldn't fight it off. After talking with Dana for a few minutes, I felt better.  Just think I needed to get the fears out in the open and let some tears fall.  This could be a hard journey, but I am so ready for it.

I have also decided to quit using Google to search for things.  Nothing good can really come from it.  Better off leaving it to God.  I am trying so hard to completely trust Him, but not quite there.  It's hard to let go of the need to try and control it all.

Just a few more days until I can get in for my beta testing.  Whoot whoot!!

Friday, January 20, 2012

You Are Here

Baby Cinco,

After a very confusing week, I (or dollar store tests) have confirmed that you are here, inside me, and growing.  I am so excited, my heart almost leaps out of my chest at times.  I have a hard time really believing it here and there. 

One of three Dollar Store tests.  This was taken Jan 19 on Day 30, 13 Days DPO
The anxiety hasn't completely kicked in.  I  have moments where I fear you may not be with us for long.  It's so early and the 6 hours of bleeding on Tuesday weighs heavily at times.  I try to tell myself that I need to enjoy every moment of knowing  you are here.

You are such a loved and wanted baby. So many people have prayed for you and will continue to so.  I feel so blessed to have the amazing support I have surrounding me through all this.

The symptoms I am having at this time are:  My breasts are sore and almost hurt at times, I am crazy gassy at night, reflux is plaguing me in the evenings, and my sense of smell is off.

I will start weekly photos next week.  I  have a great idea (thank you pinterest) for these pictures.

Cautiously Optimistic,

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Never Too Long

There has been alot that I have learned in the past 19 months.  Learning seems to be a constant process with grief. 

Today has been a hard day.  Grief found its opening and barrelled its way through.  I thought I could fend it off for a little while, but the more I fought, the more I lost.  And I have to say I learned today that Lucas and Caleb are never too far away.  Their births and deaths will never be too long ago.  For anyone who is 6 months, a year, a year and a half out, please please know this to be true.  It will always be okay for you to miss your babies, for you to have days when the pain is raw and you feel frustrated with it all.

I am so very grateful for all the friends I have been blessed with.  The friends who don't tell me I should get over it, it's been almost two years.  The friends who encourage me to let the tears fall and who shower me with as much love and support as they did 19 months ago.  They help me realize that it is okay to still feel this incredible pain.  They welcome me to share it.  I really don't know how different I would be if it weren't for the amazing people I am surrounded by.

 Thank you, all of you!

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Sunday, January 15, 2012


Today's test was negative.  I first felt defeated, then it was just swept away.  It is still pretty early to test, even with an early detection pee-stick.  I thought I would do some of my own research, and found that there really is no surprise that it tested negative.  With me ovulating on day 16 of my cycle, my testing this morning is, according to their standards, like testing 5 days before my expected period.  Well, wish I would have known that several hours ago. 

Anyway, I feel like I am still in the running for this month.  I feel good today about it all.  There is little anxiety, and I know that I can't control any of it.  So I'm just going to sit back, enjoy the next couple of days, and see what happens.  If not this month, then next.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Caving In

Baby Cinco,

I feel farely confident you are a ball of cells in there growing right about  now.  My breasts are tender and I just feel off.  My breasts never feel tender around my period, so I figure it has to be baby hormones.  I am hoping.  I had originally planned to wait until day 31 to test, as that is the longest cycle I've had in six months.  But I am anxious, as always, so I'll be testing tomorrow (day 26) with a First Response test.  If it's negative, then I'll be disappointed and ready to wait again for next month.

If it's positive (feeling pretty good about that) then I'll of course be ecstatic!  I am so ready for all this. 

I spent the day with grandma today while scrapbooking.  I think she knows something is up. She kept asking questions that easily could have led to us TTC and stuff.  I did quite well fending them off, but it was torture. I want to share the happiness of where we are with her so bad.  But that would ruin the surprise of her finding out.  I get that.

Well, I'll be back tomorrow either way. 

Friday, January 13, 2012

Snickers and Snow

I have posted many pictures of Snickers on here.  The dog is crazy, that is for sure.  He LOVES to chew on rawhides.  It was at the point where he was eating one every three days.  That adds up in the money department.  We thought we would get one of mammoth sized ones for him to see how long it would last.  He loves it.  He was so excited when we brought it home that he hopped in circles around it.

It is a rule, no bones on the furniture.  I caught this the other morning.

We finally saw some snow yesterday morning. The kids were wired, along with their mama.  It was super cold, but I let them play out for 5 minutes while the van warmed up. 

It took 30 seconds for Colton to form a snowball.  And he was aiming for me.

This year is going to be fun.  Both boys get it.  They had a snowball fight outside, and were laughing the whole time.  Just warms me up.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Baby Cinco,
So, I have to write somewhere...and I really hope that I can figure out how to import all these posts into our family blog when we announce to the world we are expecting you.  As of now, I don't know if you are currently forming inside of me, but I truly feel the need to write to you. 

A few weeks ago, your daddy and I talked and agreed we would begin trying to conceive.  This was HUGE!!!!  I've wanted this for so long and there were truly times when I didn't believe it was going to happen.  The excitement I feel on a daily basis is impossible to describe.

Now, 7 days into the 2 week wait, my mind often wonders to you.  Are you in there, growing every day?  In a few weeks will I get to hear your heartbeat for the first time?  Or will it be a few more months before you come to be?  I am really trying to be patient with all of this, but geez.

I have prayed for you for months.  I have prayed for you to be here, to be healthy, and just plain alive.  The reality of the baby loss world really sucks at times, especially in the place I am in right now.  I know what can, and does, happen.  And I know it's not just a one time thing for every mom.  I worry about you already.  I am really trying to trust the Lord in all this.  And I know there are so many who are close to me praying for you also.  Some days are easier than others. 

I hope writing here will help some with all of this.  I am  getting ready to launch a new support site for moms experiencing subsequent births and raising their rainbow babies.  I have so many dreams and ideas for this site.  I really hope it takes off well.  You help give me inspiration for this, sweet baby.  Thank you!

Lovingly yours,

Monday, January 9, 2012

How it's Going

It is so nice to be back into our routine!  Both boys are back in school, activities are running, and bible study has started back up.  I love the predictability of our days and week.  I am enjoying cooking every night and am currently busy re-stocking our freezer with meals. We ate many that we had during December, so it's looking a little bare.

Believe it or not, I have yet to turn on my camera in 2012.  Not really sure what is up with that, but in realizing it I am going to take some just for fun shots this week.  It's really weird for me to not have my camera in tow.

I can sense grief trying to find it's way in right now.  I feel really good emotionally, but every once in awhile, tears creep in for no reason.  A sad thought brushes my mind and I know it wouldn't take much for he bucket of tears to pour.  It's really weird, thouh.  I don't feel like I am fighting off grief, just that it's around the corner somewhere.  I've been really distracted, both emotionally and physically.  I am grateful for this.  But I also know that most of the time, the longer grief stays away, the harder it hits. So, really, I am just kind of waiting.  Not really an active when-is-the-other-shoe-going-to-fall kind of wait, but more I just know it's there, lurking in the shadows.

In general, though, we are doing pretty well.  Everyone is healthy, and the year is off to a pretty good (and promising) start! 

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Look

As a Christmas gift (a little late) to Lucas and Caleb, I am changing the look of the blog once again.  I found one with a dragonfly and it just looks rather perfect.  Please excuse the different mixed looks while we are under construction.  When it's done, it will be fabulous!

I am also updating my blog lists on either side. 

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