Thursday, September 29, 2011

Westin Lately and Some Blog-Keeping

I feel like I have so many thoughts running through my head.  So this post will be totally random with very random pictures of Westin lately. 

So according to the comments on my Mother's Day Out post, MDO is definitely a Southern thing.  I'm not sure why!  It is a great ministry that most churches offer down here.  Usually you can send your child one to three days a week for 4 or 5 hours for a small fee.  It is much cheaper than getting a babysitter.  Westin's school averages out to a little over $4 an hour since he goes one day.  It would actually be cheaper if he went two days.  So this is the perfect time to grocery shop or run those little errands that are not fun with a baby.  You Northern girls should look into bringing this to your church.  :)

Westin walking around in his sleep sack.

Apparently in my Details post, I left out an important detail.  My due date!  Haha!  I am due April 11th.  However, since it will be a c-section (since Westin was) it will be at least a week earlier than my due date.  Since I only made it to 37 weeks with Westin I am so curious how this pregnancy will go.  Obviously I am definitely praying that I do not develop pre-eclampsia again.  Oh, that was not fun.

He doesn't look very guilty to me.

I have a inbox is overwhelming me.  I had to delete everything (500+ emails) and start over.  So if you have emailed me a question in the last couple of months, please email them again and I promise I will answer them.  And hopefully in a more timely manner.  I never want to ignore you so please know I try so hard to stay on top of things.

It seems like someone asked me where I got my dining room drapes.  I got the yellow and cream silk fabric at Hobby Lobby and made them myself.  It has been about 6 years since I made them and I haven't seen that fabric there in awhile but there is one very similar.  Mine is more of a horizontal stripe fabric and the one at Hobby Lobby is sort of a checked fabric.

Westin loves to wear this yellow headband. 

This is such a "cheeeeese" face but I think it is hilarious.

He had his first popsicle the other day.  He was tired of it about half way through.

My parents have had Westin since Sunday.  I am majorly missing him but have enjoyed my break.  I have felt pretty sick all week so it has been nice to throw up in peace.  Ha!  For some reason Westin likes to be held or running through my legs when I'm sick.  Haha!  I know y'all were dying to know that.  ;)

Anyways, I get to see him tonight and I cannot wait!!  Have a great weekend!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Pinterest Project #3

Thank you again for all your wonderful comments.  I loved reading each one, even if I don't get to respond to each one.  Thank you!

A couple of weeks ago I made another pinterest project.  I first saw these HERE and knew I wanted to make one.

This was another easy fast project and only took two days because I let the paint dry overnight.  I actually forgot to put this on our door this past Saturday, although I don't think it could have helped our poor Hogs.  We still love them though! 

These are the steps I followed:

1.  Make a pattern out of poster board.

2.  Trace around the poster board with chalk onto two layers of burlap.

3.  Cut out the burlap and draw your design in chalk.

4.  I used regular craft paint to paint on the burlap with a foam brush.  Just beware that a lot of fibers from your burlap will come off on your brush but it doesn't hurt the overall look.  It also helped to sort of tap the paint brush on the fabric like you would do if you were stenciling.   

5.  Trace around your designs with puff paint.  (I was giggling at myself as I was buying puff paint because it just seemed so 80's.  Haha!)

A little tip:  You cannot tell in the picture below but the red "Hogs" and the red polka dots dried a different color.  The "Hogs" is painted directly on the burlap and the polka dots are painted on white paint.  So "Hogs" dried a little darker.  If I did it again I would paint the polka dots on the burlap too and then paint white around it. 

6.  Staple the hanging ribbon to the backside of the front of the football.  Staple around the football leaving a small opening and then stuff with tissue paper or old plastic bags and then finish stapling closed.

7.  Add as many decorative ribbons as you want.

This was fun to make and hopefully I won't forget to put it out on game days.  :)  I think it would even be cute for your kid's school too!

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Details

Thank you sooo much for all of your sweet comments!!  I feel so loved and we certainly feel so blessed.  If you are anything like me, you are wondering about the details.  :)  This post will probably have more details than you care to know but I will print this post out for the baby book so I want to remember as much as I can.

We knew we had three frozen embryos we wanted to use when we were ready to have another baby.  Of course we weren't sure if any of those would take so we wanted to try as soon as possible.  Also, we knew we wanted to go about it a little different this time.  Last time, soooo many people walked our journey with us every step of the way (which was great!), but this time we thought it would be fun to have it a complete surprise.  So only 4 close friends knew we were about to do a frozen transfer.  This was so weird (and so hard to keep from my mom!) but I knew it would be worth it. 

So on June 26, 2011, I started my estrogen patches.  I changed these every four days, increasing the amount along the way.

On July 14th I had my first ultrasound to make sure I didn't have any cysts or follicles.  I got a positive report so the next day I was able to start some antibiotics and the first of many progesterone shots.  These shots go in your hip so Cody gives them to me every morning before he goes to work.  I can finally stop these shots on Monday.  I have no feeling left in either hip.  Haha

July 20, 2011 was transfer day!     

Cody took off work to stay with Westin and I drove down to Conway the night before to stay with Christina.  (This was on a Wednesday and I was leaving Friday for IKEA so we didn't want Westin to stay with a babysitter for two full days.)  She was able to come with me on Wednesday to the transfer.  I was so thankful!  It was such a fun day and we laughed so much.  As usual. 

They freeze and thaw the embryos in pairs.  We got the good news that morning that both embryos had made the thaw and had started to grow right where they left off.  The same Dr. who gave us Westin (ha!) put these embryos back in.  I love that when he is finished he says, "In God we trust." 

We only had to wait 9 days for our pregnancy test.  I just had a good feeling about it so that morning I woke up and took a test.  With Westin I did not take a home test and waited until 4:50 pm for the nurse to call me and tell me I was pregnant.  That was a loooong day!  I didn't want to go through with that again so I took one at home and saw "pregnant."  Even though I was about 95% sure it would be positive, I was still shocked and still cried.  Once you have dealt with infertility, I guess it will always be a shock to actually be pregnant.  You just don't get used to it.  I still went to the Dr. to take the blood test and it also came back positive.

The little vial was what the embryos were frozen in for two years.  You can see the date on there that says, June 30, 2009.  The dish is what they thawed them in before the transfer.  It is so crazy to me to think that Westin's fraternal twin was frozen for 2 years!  :)   

I've had three ultrasounds so far.  My first one was two weeks after my pregnancy test and it was actually kind of scary.  I should have been 6 weeks along but the sack was empty.  There was nothing in there.  The words, "blighted ovum", "miscarriage", "don't panic yet" and other scary words were said at that appointment.  My Dr. had me do some more lab work to make sure my numbers were still rising and called me that afternoon to say they were still rising just not as much as they should be.  So she had me come in four days later for another ultrasound.  As soon as she got it on the screen we both said, "I see a heartbeat!"  Of course I started crying and she said she was just amazed.  She said the sac was completely empty four days ago and she normally wouldn't even do an ultrasound this soon but since my numbers were still going up she wanted to double check before we started talking about a miscarriage.  God is Good!!  Turns out this one was a late implanter.  :)  I was measuring 6 weeks.  So it was just too soon to see anything 4 days prior.

My third ultrasound was this past Monday.  I was 11 weeks and it was my normal appointment to hear the heartbeat.  We heard it right away and then she gave me an ultrasound just for fun.  I love my doctor!  She knows infertility patients like a lot of reassurance. 

So that is my story!  It was definitely a roller coaster ride and full of emotions.  I can't imagine going through it without Jesus and I'm so thankful to Him that he never leaves us or forsakes us.  It was only because of Him that I had a peace about everything those four days when I thought I was miscarrying.  I am also thankful for those four friends (and one blog friend) who prayed us through and for everyone who is praying for us now. 

A few more details....

We told my family the night before we left for Florida.  We put Westin in his big brother shirt and had Andrew (my brother) film my parent's reaction.  When we got to their house we just let them play with Westin and it was fun to watch how long it took for them to notice his shirt.  :)  It took about 5 minutes.  They were SO surprised and excited.  I didn't know if my mom would be mad or not for me not telling her but she did say it was nice to be spared all the worry that comes with all the waiting.  :)

We told Cody's family a few weeks later when we saw them in person.  We did it the same way but they never noticed.  Haha  After about 15 minutes, Cody finally told Westin to go show Nana his shirt.  :)  They were also SO excited and very surprised. 

How am I feeling?  I have been way more sick this time around.  Like barely functioning sick.  It has not been fun but at the same time I am thankful.  With Westin I was only sick in the morning and then felt fine all day.  This time I get sick all day and even in the middle of the night.  I am taking Zofran but there is not much difference in when I don't take it.  I'm too scared to take phenegrin because it just makes me so sleepy.  I have a vision of me falling asleep on the couch and waking up to the house totally destroyed while Westin is jumping on the bed.  Haha!  I get to stop my estrogen patches and progesterone shots Monday so I am hoping that that helps.  Thankfully I haven't been as tired this time around.  I think it is because I don't have a choice.  Ha!

Also, I am still praying for everyone who has asked me to.  Some of you have emailed me with updates of positive pregnancy tests and some have emailed me with stories of miscarriage.  I don't think we will ever understand why this happens, this side of heaven.  It is so unfair and doesn't make sense.  Please know I am still praying.  I'll be praying until everyone on my two page list gets a baby! 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Few More Florida Pics

I was going to show you the third pinterest project I've completed but I found these Florida pictures that I had forgotten to share with you!  :)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Fall Wreath From Pinterest

The second Pinterest project I did was make a fall wreath.  I actually do not think I've ever made a wreath!  Thankfully, Kari Beth came over and we made these together.  I first saw this wreath HERE on Pinterest.

This was a very easy and fast project but it was messy.  We set up shop in the garage to keep the mess outside. 

We took a grapevine wreath and hot glued spanish moss all over the front and sides.  Then we glued fake pumpkins on and tied a burlap knot at top.  I do love how the inspiration picture had a burlap bow though!  We didn't have a long enough strip of burlap to make a bow so it is just a knot today. 

Westin and Elle were so good while we were making the wreath.  They just played outside by us and even posed for some pictures.  :) Hopefully Westin will always be this shy when a girl tries to hug him.  Haha! 
P.S.  Isn't she the cutest?! 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Another Fun Pin

We both survived Mother's Day Out!  I got there fifteen minutes early to watch him through the one way window and he was doing so good.  He was running around playing and smiling.  That made me feel so good!  However, all week he has been so clingy.  He wants to be by my side or wants me holding him all day long.  Even when Cody gets home he only wants me, which is so not like him.  So I'm thinking when we get to MDO on Monday it might be a bit more of a struggle.  He will know what is coming.  I think it is going to take a several weeks for him to get used it. 

Also, I don't know if MDO is a Southern thing or not.  I've always heard of it and even went when I was a toddler/preschooler.  So do other areas in the US have MDO?

I love Pinterest!  I have completed three projects this week that I saw on there.  The first one I did was make my own phone cover.  I saw this idea HERE.  I hate spending a lot of money on my phone cover because I get tired of it so quickly.  So I knew this would be a great little project.   

I got some cute scrapbook paper and a clear iPhone cover.  I actually lucked out finding the cover because I was mailing something at UPS and there were some clear covers on the counter.  I'm sure you could find one online and maybe even the phone store or Best Buy. 

I have the older version phone so a regular hole punch was the perfect size for the camera hole.  I also used a template that was in another cover I had bought before. 

I used the template to trace around it on the scrapbook paper and then cut it out.  I used the hole punch for the camera and then put it in the case.  This was one of the easiest projects I have done lately and perfect for me since I can change them out whenever I want.  However, now that I don't have a boring solid color cover, Westin thinks he needs to hold my phone at all times.  He likes the bird!  :)

Monday, September 12, 2011

A Milestone

Well, it might not technically be a milestone but it sure feels like it to me.  Westin had his first day of Mother's Day Out today.  After researching a couple of places we decided on one that sounds like a great fit for Westin.  It is small and the hours are from 9-1.  He will only go on Mondays and my favorite part is that they do not take naps.  I just couldn't see Westin sleeping at school so I was happy about this.  I thought that might freak him out a bit.   

He was all smiles this morning before we left. 

His backpack is so cute and pretty much as big as him. 

Once we got there, however, his smiles disappeared and he was a little nervous.

Once we got in the room he completely lost it and I almost did.  I at least held it together until I was back in the hallway.  I definitely shed a few tears as I was watching him through the one-way window.  I know this is just a part of growing up (for him and me!) and it will be good for both of us.  I just hope he gets used it pretty quickly.

Elizabeth is also taking Asa once a week and his room is next door to Westin's.  We had to get a picture of the brave Mama's before we left.  :)  My plan today is to stay busy but I am already looking forward to 1:00!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Quick Fun Project

We've been so busy lately I've missed doing little creative projects.  On Saturday, our laundry was overflowing and there was a pile of dishes in the sink but I started a creative project instead.  :)  Cody walked by and jokingly said, "You always find something to do that doesn't need to be done."  haha  So true. 

Awhile ago I saw THIS project on pinterest and wanted to re-create it.  I didn't reference it before I bought the supplies so I had forgotten that hers was three tiered.  I like hers better but still had fun making mine. 

I bought the burner covers on clearance at Old Time Pottery in Florida but got the wooden pieces and spray paint at Hobby Lobby.  I painted the wooden pieces white and gave the burner covers several coats of the avocado spray paint. 

I glued everything together with E-6000 glue.  It has held up really well.  I can't wait until I have an excuse to use it.  This was such a fun little project.  The longest part was the drying time in between spray painting coats but I still finished everything within a couple hours of starting. 

You can find me on pinterest HERE.   I hope everyone had a fun holiday weekend!