Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Oh Boy!

We're having another boy! I have actually known this for about ten weeks now, and after three ultrasounds, I feel safe saying it. We are so excited to have brothers 20 months apart (excited/terrified...all the same.)

And a quick baby update while I am at a computer. My 20 week ultrasound was a disaster to say the least. Woody was with us, and insisting he sit on the ultrasound table with me. Brooks and I knew it was taking a really long time and were a bit disturbed by the tech's lack of communication. We figured it was just that she was annoyed we brought a 15 month old to this appointment. Then those awful words, "The doctor wants to speak with you about the ultrasound."


Actually, it still really hadn't hit me that anything was wrong at this point. After sitting with the doctor, we learned that our baby boy had a choroid plexus cyst on the brain and a "shadow" on his heart (not going to lie, still a bit confused on what that means.)

This is what I heard, "Brain. Heart." Cue tears.

Both of these are soft markers for Down Syndrome, however many times, they baby has these markers and is born without DS. The doctor felt optimistic since my blood-work was good and his femur size was the right length. However, she wanted us to get a level 2 ultrasound to take a better look at his hands and feet.She told us to go home, relax, and don't Google anything.

What do I do? Go home in tears, panic, Google.

God, like He always does, wrapped me in peace and comfort though. My sister sent me the verse Jeremiah 1:5. God has created this baby, and He doesn't make mistakes. He has a plan for his life, and it is our job as his parents to give him a loving environment to grow up in no matter what.

(This is long. Sorry.) So the following Friday, we went back (without Woody) to get our level 2 ultrasound. She told us that we would still see the cyst and the spot on his heart, but she just wanted to look closer at other markers. Well, wouldn't you know that the cyst had already gone away! In a week people! He still has the spot on his heart, but she and the doctors feel that his heart just needs time to grow. She said it is pretty common to have this marker. And we are down to just one marker! Everything else looks wonderful though! We were offered the option of amniocentesis at the last ultrasound, but now that aren't even recommending it. Praise God!

Although we know there is still a chance, we feel very optimistic and hopeful. I have been overwhelmed by the love and support of family, friends, and co-workers. When I think of strangers praying for my baby, I break down. I cannot wait for this baby blessing boy to join such a wonderful community of God.

Thank you for taking time to read this long post and your continuous prayers for our family. We are covered in them.

Monday, November 18, 2013


....not my intention to go over a week without posting. Brooks was out of town last week. Ugh. I was so lucky that my mom was able to come help out with Woody. He is going through some intense separation anxiety. I know he is fine as soon as I leave, but the fits as I am trying to leave and when I first come home break my heart. I seriously cannot imagine how single moms/military wives do it. Motherhood ain't no joke people.

I am going to get it together this week though. Brooks was supposed to leave tomorrow again, but his trip got cancelled. (Cue Happy Dance.) I have been making some updates to the house (that still needs a name) that I cannot wait to share.

Happy Monday!


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Sleep Eating?

Miss B has been letting me know for some time that Woody plays so hard in the morning, that he often falls asleep in his high chair...but he continues to eat (kid doesn't miss a meal.) She sent me some pictures of the crazy guy.

And we're out...

Friday, November 1, 2013

Framed Fabric

TGIF People.... Sorry I have gone all week without blogging. It has been a bit of a crazy train, but more on that later.

Few things that I dislike more than bear walls. Luckily, husband agrees with me on this. We were dorks in college and spent what little money we had on art, thus most of our rooms in the new house were quickly filled with pieces. Then, there is the story of our bedroom...

I hung (by completely eye-balling, no marking , no measuring, call me a baller) a small gallery wall of photos, but the rest is empty. (The ginormous mirror I got for $20 shattered shortly after the move. Cue tears.) I have a lot of wall space, but not the money to fork out for large-scale art, so I was thinking of framing some of the bookoodles of fabric I have somehow found myself with and yet somehow need more of.

No source :( 

I'm not going to lie, I dig the "go big or go home" scale. Time to start stalking Goodwill for some large frames.

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