Saturday, December 29, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Since I'm not officially at 37 weeks yet, she said I am "threatened preterm labor" until tomorrow when I turn 37 weeks. No big deal with that though. The ultrasound also showed my placenta is getting old, which means it's about to quit working and kick the baby out. As long as fluid levels stay ok I won't need to be induced but if i notice less movements then I will need to go to the hospital and get checked out.
Progress! Baby! Wheeee!
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
At the Rices:
Christmas Day with Papa and Mimi, Grannie and Tracy, Melody and Cody:
Thursday, December 20, 2007
We are already home from the surgery and Caleb is sleeping away. He is totally out of it. He woke up very angry from the anesthesia and it took Greg manhandling him to calm him down, and even then it was hard. He cried so much! When they brought us back for the after-surgery doc consult we could hear him screaming down the hall. Less than 5 minutes later (it's usually about 20) they came to get us to try to help calm him down. I tried to but he kept wiggling and kicking me in the stomach so I gave him to Greg.
Anyway, the surgery was successful and the doc said he had a "pretty significant blockage" so that was reassuring that the surgery was necessary. Now he has a tiny tube in place for 6 weeks. Greg said he could see it up his nose but I haven't looked yet.
The coolest part about it all was Dr. Norman prayed with us before the surgery, and it was his idea. We were both blown away and completely reassured by that. It was so nice to know that our little guy's life was in another believer's hands. God hands us such blessings as that just to keep us going forward and to assure us that we are His precious children.
Thanks for thinking of us today! It went really well, and we hope the rest of tonight goes just as well.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
We take him tomorrow for his eye surgery at 1 pm. We have to be there at noon, and he can't have anything to eat after 7am and no drinks at all after 11. Poor guy, he's almost always attached to a sippy cup so it's going to be hard to distract him for two hours. It also means Greg and I can't have lunch until he goes back for surgery. That would just be mean to eat lunch in front of him. So our plan is to give him breakfast early, then give him a haircut and a bath, then get going to the mall or someplace to get him out of the house and distracted. Otherwise he'll be hanging on the fridge door by 9 am asking for juice, juice, juice..So pray for Caleb's surgery to go well and for him to react well to the anesthesia. And pray for me to have calm nerves about my baby being asleep without me! The hardest part is relinquishing control over my own child's wellbeing.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Tomorrow is the last day of CDO, probably forever for me. I was going to try to go back in January, but it looks like my doctor expects me to have a baby before then. I'm not complaining about not going back to work, but I don't really want to have the baby that early. However, come Feb 1st it will be easier to have an older baby than a week-old one when Greg starts communting (the most likely situation at this point) to Longview. I am torn about what to do right now. Anyway, back to CDO, I hope we will be able to find a program for Caleb in Tyler because he has benefited SO much from being with the other kids in this one. His words have increased a lot and he listens pretty well (for an almost-two-year-old).
Caleb's eye surgery is this Thursday afternoon. We won't find out what time exactly until the day before. Pray for the anesthesia to go okay and for me to not be too worried about my baby being asleep without me!
Saturday, December 08, 2007
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Saturday, November 24, 2007
Abby (Abigail but will go straight to calling her Abby)
I can't remember if I mentioned this yet, but I got in trouble at the doctor this week. The time before I had gained 4 pounds, but this time I had (allegedly) lost one pound. I only saw the nurse practitioner so she didn't get out the switch and whoop me, but she did tell me, "If you don't gain some weight by your next appointment when you see the doctor you will be in BIIIIIIG trouble." Of course she didn't say it just like that, but that's what she meant. I really need to gain about 10 pounds to catch up with the "normal" range, but as I have said before, I'm am SO not normal.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Please disregard the animal abuse that appears to happen... she probably deserved it anyway. :) (He didn't actually hurt her. She was growling at the open windows and passing cars.)
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In other news, I got my official letter from the real estate commission telling me that my license is on inactive status. Now if we could just get moved and settled in a new place I could start working.. well maybe I'll wait a bit longer, like after baby girl is born.
Monday, October 22, 2007
You can call me Mrs. Real Estate Mama now! ha
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Preschool rocks! Now that we are in cribs, the kids actually sleep! Today, Caleb even slept in his crib in our room. It was simply amazing. It may have helped that he's on drugs for a sinus infection, but he was so pleasant all day (not that he's not lovely all the time) and he didn't have his paci except for sleeping times. A miracle! Starting tomorrow, no more pacis besides to sleep with. Today was a turning point on that. And I got to thinking, if he's not totally off them by the time baby girl gets here, it will be even harder for him to give it up if he sees little sister sucking on one. So that's the new goal. No more pacis by the arrival of little sis. Potty training can wait, and so can a big boy bed, but the paci has to go! Now I need the will power....
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Today at preschool started off alright but went downhill very quickly. By lunchtime we had especially fussy and tired kids, and naptime went the same as usual. I have said it before and I will say 100 more times. Whoever thought 18-month old babies should sleep on the floor on mats was seriously demented. The one boy who always sleeps did sleep so that left six backs to rub and pat and four hands to do it.. which doesn't add up quite right. Caleb, as usual, refused to lay down at all, the twins cried loudly, and another girl kept popping up and escaping to play. (I think there was speed in her lunch or something, because she was seriously hyper.) So an hour into rubbing, patting, crying, and being asked by the adjoining teachers to please hold it down twice, we scrapped naptime altogether and decided to go for a walk outside. (For the record, I didn't think it was a good idea to start with but I'm not experienced enough to say so, so we went anyway) The kids got hot and sweaty and even more tired and cranky so we went back in. On the way in, we passed two older classes and in the confusion, ours just scattered. Seven kids ran in 7 directions. I chose to chase the two who were running toward the treehouse (large indoor McD's type playscape) to rescue them, and by the time I got those two back to the elevator nook, we only had six. The one missing was Caleb. My coteacher tried (unsuccessfully) to corral the remaining 6 while I went to find Caleb. After searching the entire first floor, meeting the director halfway up the stairs, and about 5 minutes later I still couldn't find him and was starting to freak. By then the director, music teacher, receptionist, and librarian were all trying to hang on to our kids and find Caleb. Then the resource lady called down from the second floor saying, "Umm, I have Caleb upstairs." So up we went, with four adults, six kids, and me in tears. (of relief, anger, embarassment, and exhaustion) When we got off the elevator at the THIRD floor there was Caleb with the resource lady. My son climbed two flights of stairs!! I'm still trying to figure out what he was thinking and where he was going. He normally hates those stairs and insists on being carried up them. All the other adults were very surprised that he would strike off on his own since he hardly ever ventures very far from me. I'm atill just baffled.
Soooo, the ending of the day decided that we are moving our class to a room with cribs. Thank Goodness!! So hopefully no more naptime trauma.
And I decree that Tuesday, September 18th, 2007 no longer exists.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Just look how long it was!!! (The scissors are just for size comparison. I only used them around his ears, which doesn't look so great)
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Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Oh, looky there, it's raining. How bout that.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Also, Greg asked the church secretary last week if she knew of any part-time work that was needed and today she called with a possiblity for him. It's also at the church doing maintenance/moving type work. Not glamorous, but it's money and we're glad for it.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Another thought. Maybe God was trying to scare those kids into going to church. Hah!
Monday, July 23, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
Melody's graduation: May 18thish:
Vacay to the desert- Dad's "1000-acre wood" (Razor-sharp mesquite shrub, that is.)
C walking the lonely road. Classic!
C driving the golf cart. Notice the tan soft-sided weapon case next to him, complete with loaded weapon inside. Ahh, the country life.
Me, in a deer stand.
Greg and Caleb in a deer stand. Notice the completely awesome view behind it.
The wildlife. Ewwww. Eeeeeeek.
The views from the land. My dad owns this ridge, yes, the one in the far distance.
This is the rest of it.
This one too:
Here is a closer-up of that first ridge. Dad says he's climbed it. We were going to try but there was lots of weedy grass growing on the path and we were afraid of getting into chiggars. You know, those little invisible bugs that burrow into your skin and itch you for days... we turned back. Maybe in the fall when the grass is all dead?
Highlights of the trip: I did DRIVE up a small slope in the golf cart with everyone haning on for their dear lives. Great fun. Sleeping out on the windowed porch was a cool deal, I only wish the stars would have broken out from behind the clouds. In the span of 2 weeks since Dad had been out last, it had rained 8/10ths of an inch which is a lot for the area. It was pleasantly cool and slightly muddy. There was also the nice old man that runs the combination Gas station BBQ smokehouse that gave Caleb a quarter when we stopped to stretch our legs. He was probably the mayor of Robert Lee. Robert Lee is located in Coke County, Texas where there are literally 5 towns in the entire county. Robert Lee, I believe, is the county seat, which is funny to me because the population is about 87. Or maybe 187. Close enough.
Check out the Babe blog for more pictures of Caleb's life.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Friday, June 01, 2007
Our house is showing today for the first time in a while. Paid the big mortgage last night. It really hurts to write that outrageous check every month. Someone just buy this house! We are still having faith that God will take it when it's the right time, but man it's getting close.
Friday, May 11, 2007
www.hyenacart.com/AlexiaJean is the link to it.
I have lots of ribbon blankies for babies, burp cloths, crib bedding, and coming soon are cloth diapers, Boppy covers, custom curtains, and other custom creations. If you have an idea for something let me know and I'll see if I can do it up for you.
Please think of me next time you need a baby gift (or have a baby of your own!)!
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Here are two things that I have made and I am thinking of opening an internet store selling these things and other cutesie things like them. This first is a taggie blanket, or a lovey for babies. The second is just a bag I made, it's not a diaper bag, just a cute tote. A custom order baby business is where it's at baby!
As a bonus, check out my diaper stash: I have a few more but they were in the wash.
We've been busy going in circles. Like a holding pattern, that kind of circles. It's not the funnest place I've been but I know it could be worse. Here are a few pictures from the last month or so:
Another walking video. He's gotten a lot better since this one too!
Hunting an egg at Grandma's. Apparently one was quite enough!
My big boy in Whitehouse:
tending the garden:
This is one saucy toddler!
Four inch faux-hawks are the bomb baby!
Mommy's new hobby - cute cloth diapers!
I'll take one to go please!
So, I guess that pretty much covers the last month. We've learned to walk better, started using cloth diapers, planted some free flowers in the back yard, gotten in the pool once, and just been hanging out. Greg's job is getting better, but he's still going forward with the Dallas Police process. Yesterday a detective called him who has been assigned his background check and said it will take two or three weeks before she can get to him because there are about 7 people in front of him. So, at the middle to end of June, expect to get called by Detective Hensley of the Dallas Police Department and say all good things about Greg!! (We had to put down EVERYONE we know, except extended family (aunts and uncles), with addresses and phone numbers, so you WILL get a call.) If all goes well and he chooses to do this, academy starts in July, or September.
That's that I think!