Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Picture Post!

I was going to post more than 3 pictures, but the editing program I use isn't working for some reason- so here are 3 recent pictures of our growing boy!

Promotion Day at Church! I have one of each of his promotion days and will continue to take them as moves up.

Riley and Bay in the Alley after dinner. They have so much fun downtown.

I'll be back with more pictures soon- I hope!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Quick Update!

Just wanted to update everyone from my last post. I went back to the doctor last Tuesday because I had been in more discomfort and just wanted to see what was going on with my cyst. My ultrasound showed that it had grown from 5cm on the following Friday to 7cm. I was prescribed some pain meds and told what to do if I experienced a great amount of pain. After the appointment I went to work and felt fine. Well after picking up Bay that afternoon and getting home all of that changed very quickly. Won't bore you with tons of details, but my cyst ruptured and I was on the ground in pain, tears, and fear. I got in touch with Jonathan called my doctor in Birmingham (it was after hours) and waited to hear back as to what I needed to do. The on- call nurse advised me to go to the ER since I was already in tremendous pain. As we arrived at the hospital my doctor called and told me that the ER really wouldn't be able to to do anything besides an evaluation and give me a pain shot so after discussing everything with her I went home and finally after 3 pain pills I was finally getting relief.

The following day I went back for an ultrasound to see exactly what happened the night before and that is when it was confirmed that my cyst had ruptured. It was back down to 5cm so it still had more "leaking" to do. I was told to continue my meds and stay off my feet as much as possible. I'm feeling so much better. It was very scary when it happened so fast. The worst part was that I was home alone with Baylor when it happened so I was trying not to upset him,but I know I had him worried. He walked up to me while I was on my knees leaning over the couch crying and he wiped my face with his lovie a few times. It was the absolute sweetest thing. He took such good care of me until Jonathan got home.

That same I was in for the ultrasound I had a video conference with my doctor. We discussed mainly the cyst. One thing she did say is that these type of cyst are very common in women with early aging ovaries- yep there goes that lovely term again. It took everything I had not to break down during the rest of appointment, but I made it. If not pregnant this cycle I will not take meds the next cycle. My ovary needs to get back down to it's "normal" size. I was reminded that rebound cycles- break cycles after medicated cycles have a higher percentage of pregnancy rates than if no meds were ever taken. We are a true testament to that statistic- Baylor was conceived on a rebound cycle. I also will be having another HSG ( dye test to check tubes) if not pregnant this cycle to make sure my tubes are open. If next cycle is also unsuccessful we will go back to clomid,but I will begin it a day earlier. So that's "our" plan for now. We know that God has his own plans and we can't wait to see what he has in store for us. We are very blessed with a faithful God who has been with us every step of the way. Guiding us along the path he wants us to take. To God be the Glory-always!

Please continue to keep us in your prayers. Specifically that my ovary returns to it's healthy size, strength, and guidance.

I'm off the whole week with Baylor this week so hopefully I will do a better job at blogging or at least add some pictures of our sweet boy. We're heading down to the beach on Friday morning with my mom to kick off Labor Day weekend and we are all so excited to get back down there for one more summer trip. Oh and of course the kick off to college football. WAR EAGLE!!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Cyst Update

My ultrasound this morning showed that my cyst has grown from 3.6cm on Wednesday to 5 cm today. They ordered some lab work on me. They seem to be really confused by this cycle as well. The term "age related" was brought up once again- not what I want to keep hearing. I do know for sure if this cycle is unsuccessful I will not be able to take any meds next month. I've been told my body needs a break.

Please continue to pray that if it's the Lord's will we will conceive this cycle. Please also pray that my ovaries are not maturing prematurely. Also please pray for peace for us during all of this. I have found it seems to be harder the second time around. I definitely did not expect it,but have been told by other women it was also harder for the second time around as well. We are so very blessed and thankful for our sweet miracle, Baylor. We are being reminded daily just how much of a miracle he is. He definitely keeps me going. We know he will be a wonderful big brother. He loves babies!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 18, 2011


...was kind enough to deliver this to my doorstep right on time today...

Too bad as of yesterday afternoon I no longer will need to take my HCG injection this weekend. I had a early follicle check and blood work done yesterday. I honestly wasn't expecting to be in until Friday at the earliest, but my body had other ideas. I finished my last clomid pill on Tuesday and based on my blood work yesterday it looks as though my body decided to go ahead and release an egg SUPER early. The good news is I'm still ovulating. This has never been a problem. Finger's crossed it never becomes one. The bad news is ovulating this early with meds or without meds is not what you want to happen. It is a very good sign of premature aging of ovaries/eggs. I wrote about this being a concern for my doctor based on how early I ovulated last month on another drug. I have an appointment with her again to discuss what happens next if this cycle fails and hope to get some answers. I've had some other things going on with my body over the last week that have left me with some question I'm ready to hopefully get some answers too. These "things" could be a result of my miscarriage a couple months ago so it may not be that abnormal. I think I will fell so much better after speaking with my doctor.

I also found out yesterday that my cyst that was discovered last week has grown from 2.7 cm to 3.6cm. I will return to ART in the morning for another ultrasound this time not for my normal follicle check,but to see what my cyst is doing. If it continues to grow there will be some options on what to do next for it so it doesn't get so big that it injuries my ovary-permanently. I will update after I get the results on it tomorrow.

There is still a chance of pregnancy this cycle so please keep us in your prayers, that if it's God will we will become pregnant this cycle.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

21 Months

In 3 short months my sweet boy will be 2 years old!! This age is so much fun, but at the same time I hate how fast time passes. He is still the sweetest, cutest, funniest little boy I've ever put my eyes on.

Here are some things Bay is up to:

It's been a week and a half since we converted his crib in to a toddler crib and his is not adjusting well. We think he may be having nightmares and wakes up screaming every night. It breaks our heart to see him like that. If any of you have any tips please send them my way.

Any time it's time to get out of the car. He HAS to sit up front for a minute. Of course if he's in the driver's seat he wants these keys and will ask for them.

He is going through the bashful stage. He use to not mind strangers coming up to him now a lot of times he just puts his head down, finger's in mouth, or even covers his face with his hands.

When we see babies he says "Baby" and when he see's toddler or children a little older he also calls them baby. HAHA

He can count to 4! He counts to 2 all the time and go... 1,2, GO! He gets that from his daily races with his buddies at Gin Gin's.

He names the animal noises when you call them out which is done for a while now, but his pig sound is seriously one of the cutest sounds I've ever heard. Oh and I also ask him "What does Baylor say?" his response is Mama- yep I taught him that!

When we ask if him if he's ready for be he will crawl up to one of our pillows lay his head down and starts snoring. He is so funny!

He has been calling Chloe ( Clo Clo) "KeKe." It cracks me up when I hear him say it.

He weighed 26.8lb as his doctor appointment last week. It was another sick visit- viral with ulcers on the throat, but he's doing just fine now.

I use to carry Baylor in every morning to Gin Gin's now he likes to walk up the driveway and in her house by himself.

He knows a few of our "regular" stops and voices them. Target he says "Ball" before we even drive up past them. Storkland/The Name Dropper he says "Choo Choo" when he pass by it and he gets upset if we don't stop. Granna's he knows before we pull up where we are and starts kicking his legs saying "Granna" and a bunch of other stuff we're not sure he's saying.

There are some of the cute things he's doing these days. It's amazing how fast they change and learn things. I'm going to leave you with a few pictures of him down at my Grandparent's (Bay's Great- Granny and Great- Papa's land last weekend.

Watching the fish eat after DaDa feed them!

It's so peaceful down there!

Cabin my Paw Paw built.

Look DaDa!

Riding the golf cart. He ran back and forth between the two golf carts. He would jump on and say "I ride."

Sweet boy with rosie cheeks!

This one I just thought was sweet so I posted it too. DaDa and Bay napping after church!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Little Update!

I know I have been slacking big time on blogging about our treatments. I've honestly felt completely defeated. This last cycle was such an emotional one for me. Everything that could gone wrong did- only one good follicle (which I guess isn't horrible), ovulating super early, low progesterone even with progesterone support, my uterine lining was thinner than what the doctor's like to see it at for a good implantation, horrible side effects, and of course a failed cycle.

We are now moving on with another round of treatment, but going back to my old meds (clomid) at an increased dose. Here's to a cycle with better results even if it doesn't result in a pregnancy- it as to be better than the last go round.

Sorry for the Debbie Downer post, but for those of you read my blog bc your going through treatments too, I wanted to post a little update.

I'm so glad it's the weekend and going to take full advantage of having my Hubby home before fall classes start back Monday evening. Only one semester left after this one. So proud of him!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

It's a...

My brother and sister- in- law are expecting another baby this winter, Baby #3!

It's a GIRL!!

They are pretty excited after having two boys to add a little pink in lives! So are we!!


Bay eating his cake!

The sweet big brother's in the sister shirts!

They are starting to look more and more alike. Tab and MB get asked if their twins pretty often these days. I think they are so handsome!

Wild Man with Uncle Tab!

They are still working on a name and it narrowed down to a few, I think. MB's due date is right around the middle of January so it will be an exciting kick-off to 2012!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. As far as us, we're stuck at home. I have a stomach virus and it couldn't have happened at a worse time. I was a host for one of my bestie's shower's today, Linds who just adopted sweet baby Easton. I also had another baby shower I was going to have to miss already due to timing with both showers. I hope Lauren had a wonderful time celebratin Baby Henry's upcoming arrival. We were suppose to end the night tonight at my 10 year HS reunion at the Biscuit's game. I even went and bought a cute new outfit to wear. Sigh...Hoping to make it out of the house tomorrow.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Toddler Bed!

Sunday evening when we returned home from the beach we (Jonathan) converted Bay's bed to a toddler bed due to the "incident" that happened before we left. I'll be honest we were very concerned about how we were going to get him to stay in bed now that we were making it so easy for him to get out. Here is how the first night went. We put him down around his normal bedtime and less than 5 minutes later I hear his door knob turn he walks out and heads right into his playroom. We then decided to wait until he was asleep to put him back in there. This called for a much later bedtime. What child wouldn't want to hang out in Mommy and Daddy's bed as long as they could before just passing out because they couldn't fight it anymore?! Baylor! After he was good and asleep we put him back in there with a child- proofed door knob and never heard a peep out of him the rest of the night. Jonathan had to wake him up the next morning which isn't a new thing, but he stood up and held his arms up. I guess he completely forgot that he had easy exit right there in front of him.

The next 3 nights we decided to let him fall asleep and put him in his bed. Again he's been going to bed much later now. He did great! Last night we decided to try putting him bed awake to see how he does. A few minutes pass and he flips his bedroom light on with the help of his pottery barn chair. Then we hear him going through his drawers. Daddy gets in there first to find him trying to put his Thomas undies on over his jammies- HA! He had one leg in and was getting ready to work on the other. He cracks us up. I wish I had taken a picture, but didn't get to it in time.

I guess the good thing is he's not screaming or crying not wanting to be in bed alone. It's just he has a lot more things now that he could be doing rather than sleeping, so he get's up and does them. I'm really hoping we get to the point where we can put him down while he's awake and if he gets up for a few minutes will climb back up there when he gets tired enough. I guess this problem is a much better problem to have than one sleeping in our bed. I have friends that are trying to break that habit now and I've heard it's VERY difficult.

If anyone has any tips on helping him adjust to toddler bed please pass them along! We definitely were not expecting to have him in a toddler bed so soon.He's growing up so much faster than his Mommy and Daddy want him too.

Couple last pictures of Baylor in his crib!

He has his tool in hand ready to help Daddy get to work.

I'm free!

Thinking about all the fun he's going to have pulling everything out of his closet and drawers.

Toddler Bed!

Trying it out.

Sleeping tight.

Monday, August 1, 2011

July Beach Trip!

We got back from the beach on Sunday afternoon. We had a great trip down with Papa, Aunt Tracey, Emma, and Aunt Tracey's friend, Julie. Nana wasn't able to make this trip down and she was missed. This is the first time in SEVERAL years that we have stayed in Panama City. Papa is able to get 2 of the company condos each year. We always stay in the Destin condo, but this is the first time staying in PC. The place was nice with a lot to do. Panama City has done a good job at trying to make the city a more family friendly area and it's definitely better than it was. I don't anything could ever come close to our Family of 3's favorite spot 30A or Destin. We ended up headed down to 30A 2 different times and of course had a wonderful time.

I share the rest of our trip through pictures- Warning! I've posted a lot. If you want to see the rest check out my FB page it is so much easier to post on there than here for some reason.

Emma loves holding Bay!

Not sure if the feeling is mutual?!

On Papa's back getting tickets for the train ride.

Choo Choo ride!

Handsome Beach Bum!


Waiting for dinner at the Back Porch in PC.

Yes, I was down there too. I'm usually behind the camera.

Mr. Independant!

He loved standing on the rocks and playing in the waterfalls. One perk this condo had a better/bigger pool area.

Shaved ice!

He enjoyed feeding the turtles that were outside our condo.

We did this several times.

Seaside! He wants in the cut-out every time we're down there.

Checking the water out in Seaside.

Golf Cart ride to the beach. Since our condo was across the street from the beach we had to use the transit. We were very thankful for it.

He decided that he wanted his puddle jumper on and he did not want us to help him at all. He swam around kicking his legs have a good time. Big Boy!

My Beach Boys!

Checking out the view from lunch at the resort's Bar and Grill!

We made a trip down to WaterColor to let him pick out a new Thomas the Train. This has become a tradition on our beach trips.

He always wants to hop on this elephant too.

Ice Cream at Heavenly in Seaside- a must stop every trip!

Outside Bud and Alley's petting Jake. I've got pictures of him for several years back. Such a sweet old man. Some of the employee's said he's about 12 years old. Living the Good Life- no doubt!

Looking at the Wa Wa!

Playing outside Angelo's Steakhouse

Family picture at dinner.

Crabbing for the first time.

He loved playing with the phone. This conversation consisted of " Hey! Choo Choo, NO."

Now we're back home getting back in our routine which includes sleeping in a toddler bed. Post to come that soon. Can't believe summer will be over soon. Our family of 3 and my Mama are heading down to Seaside to enjoy a long Labor Day Weekend to end the summer off right.