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Make room for baby!

We have been so busy getting ready for baby boy! My husband has done his fatherly duties and painted the stripes I wanted on the wall. He has also painted the changing table and crib that we bought at a yard sale.

This is my awesome IKEA lamp in front of the stripes on the wall.

While Matt is busy painting because *ahem* I’m not supposed to be breathing the fumes, I’ve been busy making little things for my baby boy.
Pee Pee Tee Pees- needed for boys only.

I ordered this material online and loved it so much. I tried to make a quilt with it. Since I only had 3 fat quarters, it turned into a little play may. Its not too big for him to use but it might be a good car blanket. We’ll see.

I LOVE this fabric. I made this little lovey with minkey on the back. ITs about 17” by 17” so its a pretty good size lovey. After I made it, I realized the baby blue MIGHT get dirty easily… oh well.

Nursing covers- more for me.

This is a bib with the guitar on it. So much fun! The other thing is a diaper pouch to carry in the diaper bag. What I loved about this tutorial was that its open on one end, so you can see how many diapers you have left.

This is the BEAUTIFUL map I found on etsy! This goes in little man’s nursery so he can begin to learn about the world.

And this is me at 25 weeks with my little man.

He’s kicking up a storm! Matt felt him kick for the first time on Father’s Day- what a cool present right? The doctor told me yesterday that I’ve gained in the first 6 months what I should’ve gained in the entire pregnancy. SO I have to start exercising. YUCK. But Matt is happy. We’ll see how that goes at my next doctor’s appt. If it hasn’t made a difference, then I will do that no more. I mean, seriously… exercising in the third trimester???


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The biggest thing going on for me is…

I cannot believe I haven’t posted since November. That’s insane. So much has happened since then!

The biggest thing that has happened since then, perhaps, is that I’m pregnant! I found out in February and my due date is 10/10/10- how cool is that???

Today was my 16 week 4D ultrasound and its a…..

BOY!!!! As much as I Love to make hairbows and frilly stuff, I wanted a boy first so all my kids have a protective big brother. Of course my husband wanted a boy so he is over the moon!!!!

Now we have to decide on a name. If it was up to me, it would be Roman but I can’t talk the baby daddy into it. So we’re off to buy a baby name book to see what we can find!

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What I’m Working on Wednesday

So much to do for November and December… crazy I tell ya! I’m working on so many things right now, so I want to organize my To-Do list here. I’m leaving on 11/24 for vacation for Thanksgiving, so everything has to be done before that!

– Mandi’s birthday present- I can’t say what it is yet, but it is due by 11/14

– Jonas’ birthday present- a Batman cape and a toy car take along- due by 11/15

– Cody’s first birthday shirt- due by 11/13

– Elijah’s birthday present- toy car take along- due by 11/17

– Aunt Pat and Aunt Pam’s birthday gifts- due by 11/17

– Lisa’s baby shower present- due by 11/14

– Josh & Jamie’s baby shower present- due by 11/23

– Anna’s baby present- due by 11/21

– Lawrita’s baby present- due by 11/24 for Mom to take to the family reunion

– My established sign- due whenever I can find the time!

– Mom’s Christmas table runner- due by 11/28 so she can decorate for Christmas with it right after Thanksgiving

Plus on 11/20, the supplies for my mom’s Christmas presents will be in and I will need to start working on those too, which will be a LOT!

This doesn’t even count Christmas. I’ve decided to focus on November projects before I think any more about December projects. Oh me oh my how time flies!

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Greyson’s Gift

October is miscarriage, stillborn, and infant loss awareness month, which I found thanks to Oops I craft my pants blog. As I said in an earlier post, I suffered a miscarriage in December 2008 and another in April 2009.  I wanted to share this because its such a worthwhile project and can really make a difference in the lives of suffering parents.

Here is what she says:

“I am looking for your help. Hospitals all across the country are in need of small, very small, baby blankets. In cases of fetal demise, babies are so tiny, even the smallest nursery blanket is much too big to wrap around their tiny bodies. what they need:12″ x 12″ and 24″ x 24″ flannel receiving blankets, in small pink, baby blue, white, and yellow prints. Use your best judgement, we don’t want the prints of the blankets to detract from very small babies.The blankets also need to be double layered. ”

Mail them to:

Meryntha Haro

 1301 East Debbie Lane, Ste 102# 162

Mansfield, Texas 76063

I’ll be making my blanket to send over soon. I have the perfect fabric in mind.

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What is PCOS, part 2

So that was March 30, the day I found out I had PCOS and started reading the book. I changed my diet, ate more protein and less carbs, and started taking Metformin, which will help regulate insulin. The hardest thing for me was sweet tea. I’m from the South, ya’ll, and Sweet Tea is constant at every meal. I was drinking a TON of tea, and thats a lot of sugar! I went 2 weeks of nothing but water and then when I started drinking other drinks I didn’t want tea because it was too sweet. If I allow myself to drink anything, I drink a 32 ounce water and then I’ll drink something else, and then another 32 ounce water.

I was free to start trying again in April and I found out I was pregnant again on April 17. I was sooo excited. I knew that God was working it all out and this baby was going to be fine. I told my parents, my in-laws, my siblings, and 4 of my best friends (we all grew up together) but didn’t tell anyone else. I decided I would tell my boss the day after my doctor’s appointment, which was April 29. The doctor performed an exam and said I was about 5-6 weeks along and everything looked fine. At my request she ordered a full hormone reading on my blood to make sure my hormones were where they should be and she gave me a progesterone cream prescription, just in case my progesterone was falling. She said that the first miscarriage was a fluke and was not going to happen again so don’t worry.

The next morning I spotted a little bit but I figured it was normal because of the exam the day before. Then after lunch I started bleeding hard- harder than I did the first time. I called my mom sobbing and she told me to go to the doctor and sit in the waiting room until they would see me. Within 5 minutes of arriving, they had me back with the doctor. They did a sonogram but couldn’t find anything at all and took blood. The urine test was negative for a pregnancy. I went home and was on bedrest that night.

They called the next morning and said my blood levels indicated that I had miscarried and they were so sorry. I remember laying in bed, crying. I was so sure that this baby was going to be fine and I didn’t know what to do next. I trust in God completely and I wanted my next step to be in faith and I was just lost. I still start to cry when I think about how lost I felt in that moment. Matt was at work and so I was home alone. I had filled my prescription for progesterone cream and used it for a week before I finally realized that it was not going to help and stopped. The good news was that the miscarriage was complete and I did not have to have a D&C.

I went back to see Dr. Armas the next week and he upped my metformin. He said that we won’t know what caused the miscarriage but he was sure we could keep going. He said when we were ready to try again, in at least 3 months, he would put me on Clomid, to regulate the hormones around ovulation. That makes me nervous because Kate Gosselin apparently used Clomid and I do not want sextuplets!

Right now we are taking a break from trying again. As you can see in an earlier post, we just celebrated our two year anniversary. My husband is studying to take the PCAT and start Pharmacy school, which he will finish in 2014. So for now, we are at peace to wait, the timing is right. But I still believe that God has the perfect child(ren) for us and they will come when He is ready for them to be here- hopefully one at a time, but we will take what God gives. I do not waiver in my faith or my hope in Christ Jesus.

If you thought you knew where God was taking you and you thought you knew His plan and it didn’t happen that way, don’t give up on God. Don’t give up on his mercies, his grace, his plan. Keep going and it will work together in a way you could never imagine. I believe that when I look at that baby one day, I will say that it was worth it to have that perfect baby in my arms.

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Happy Anniversary!

Tuesday September 1 was Matt and my two year anniversary. One of Matt’s track athletes gave him a $150 gift card to Bern’s Steakhouse, a place we would never go, if not for the gift card because it is SO expensive. We spent the gift card and $7 for our evening there. Our steaks were insanely amazing and for the first time in my life, I actually liked French Onion Soup! Happy anniversary my husband!

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What is PCOS?

Today is September 4. Though I don’t know the exact due date, I know that I would’ve been expecting a child this week, if not for PCOS.

On Christmas Eve 2008, on a whim I took a pregnancy test. I was always irregular, so I wasn’t too worried about a slightly late menstrual cycle, but I took it anyway. I was shocked when the test was positive! Matt and I had been married for 15 months and we weren’t planning a pregnancy, but we weren’t preventing either. So I, in my romantic holiday-loving personality, decided Christmas gifts to announce the pregnancy were in order. My parents had 6 grandchildren at the time, so I got an ornament with 7 kids and put “Baby Hurley coming soon” on the seventh baby. For Matt’s parents, this would’ve been their first, so I got his Mom a Brighton charm bracelet with a Baby charm. They were so thrilled. We shared the news with the grandparents, siblings, everyone in the family, but did not want to share outside of the family and close friends. However someone posted it on Facebook and so it was out. People I work with found out and at the time, I was okay with that.

Two days after I found out, I started bleeding a little bit. I was in Tallahassee with Matt’s family and so I called my mom. She said most of the time its ok, but rest a lot and if its still happening on Monday, go to the doctor. I was scared and I read that sometimes its ok and sometimes its not. Most books say “a lot of bleeding” is bad, but no one defines “a lot.” I couldn’t decide if it was too much or if it was ok and I was so scared.

Monday morning, I called my doctor and told them what happened and asked to come in for an emergency appointment. The nurse actually told me that I had to go to the ER, they couldnt determine anything in the office. My sister-in-law had gone in when she bled in her pregnancy to the same doctor’s office and they ran tests and everything in the office, so I know that was not true. When she refused to see me, I found another ob/gyn who had high ratings in my mom’s book and went there. I am so glad I did. Dr. Barron saw me immediately and ran a pregnancy test- it came back negative. He wanted to do a blood test to confirm the miscarriage and then he wanted to see me again in a few days. That was on December 28.

I went back on Friday and met with Dr. Armas, the leading practitioner in the group. He specializes in hormone issues. He said I needed a D&C to complete the miscarriage and sent me to the hospital to Dr. Watkins right away, to beat the Friday night rush at the hospital- I didn’t even know there was such a thing. Dr. Armas looked at my hormone levels and said my progesterone was low and that could’ve caused the miscarriage, or it could be a result of the miscarriage, we don’t really know he said.

I didn’t even fully realize that I was pregnant before I started bleeding so it never really set in that there was a baby inside my belly. It didn’t really set in that I was miscarrying until after the D&C and I was back at work. The people I work with that saw on Facebook that I was pregnant- they were congratulating me and asking when I was due and all that. It was so hard to tell them “It didnt take” and try not to cry. Dr. Armas told me to wait 2 cycles and then I could try again and I planned on trying again as soon as I could.

Dr. Armas wanted to test my hormones during my cycle to see if that could tell what went wrong. I got my blood taken on Day 3 and 23 of the cycle and then met with him to find out the results. When I met with him on March 30, he said I had PCOS- Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome. Despite the name, its a hormonal imbalance stemming from insulin imbalance. They’ve only recently been able to do research and really figure out the causes and effects of PCOS, but one of the effects was miscarriage. Basically, the body doesn’t absorb carbs properly, which causes the body to release extra insulin (which is a hormone) and the extra insulin causes the other hormones to get out of whack. The imbalance in the hormones causes:

– irregular ovary release cycles which lowers your chances of pregnancy

– miscarriages and repeat miscarriages

– extra weight gain especially in the midsection- I’d gained about 30 pounds in 4 years, after I LOST 15 pounds in my freshman year of college

– hair loss- my husband constantly complains that my hair in the drain is so nasty

The doctor gave me a book, What to do When the Doctor Says its PCOS, and I started reading that every day. It talked about how to limit my carb intake, what type of diets to eat, and other life changing things.
More of the story to come on another post…

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