Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Week 16 or 16 weeks and 3 days

This was a hard month. It was so hard not knowing if the baby was still alive and growing. On Monday I had another appointment with Dr. Trites. I wasn't expecting too much except for a blood draw.

She did take some more blood for ANOTHER test for Down Syndrome and she also went over my results from the previous tests. Everything was very good EXCEPT for my Vitamin D level.

Apparently, the normal range of Vitamin D for adults is between 50-75. For pregnant women, it should be in the higher range of 65-75, mine was 30 or 32. So now I am taking 50,000 IUs of Vitamin D for 8 weeks to try and get my level up.

At the appointment on Monday she also used the Doppler to listen to the baby's heartrate. Phew, there is still a heartbeat, that's a relief.

The due date has changed again. According to Dr. Trites, the new one is September 12. I just hope the baby is late rather than early. I really do not want to have the baby on September 11. I guess it's not that bad as long as the baby is healrhy, right?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Week 15

I can't believe it. I am already 15 weeks pregnant as of today. This baby is growing so fast, even though you can't tell by looking at me. When you are counting the weeks, pregnancy seems to go so slow, but when you think about it overall, I am almost half way through. That is crazy to me, just 5 more months and Baby Bowling (a.k.a. Rasp or Wild Thing) will be joining John and I in our apartment.

We are getting so excited to be in our new apartment and have a place that we can call our own and begin nesting. We are sad that we are no longer going to be living with our friends Justin and Amy but we know we will see them again. It is just the right time for all of us to go our own ways.

I have my next appointment on Monday the 29th and I am really looking forward to it. I don't know what they are going to do to me, but I am sure it will include another blood test and hopefully an ultrasound. I know we have one scheduled to determine the sex of the baby on April 13 but that just seems like forever. We also have an appointment on that day to see Christy, the genetic counselor to go over testing options, prices and more information that she has researched for us. I am eager to hear what she has to say.

I really want to know if the baby is going to be a boy or a girl. I am desperate to start buying things for the nursery and for the baby (well, continue buying stuff). I have already purchased a couple of little outfits/rompers.

Tell me what you think I am having, boy or girl?

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Things To Do

Here is a list of things I need to do in the near future:
1. Make Dru Draper's wakeboarding DVD
2. Make Mitchell's wakeboarding/intertubing DVD
3. Sew some pants
4. Sew some more pants
5. Find a gift for a gift exchange with the staff
6. Print pictures of kids from Honduras
7. Mail printed pictures to Honduras
8. Save money to go to Japan
9. Go to Japan
10. Get my fingernail fixed (I broke the tip off)
11. Exercise
12. Eat healthier
13. Learn more about Fibromyalgia diet plans
14. Stop drinking soda altogether
15. Blog more regularly
16. Finish the Twilight series

There you have it...what needs to be done.

Now here is what I WANT to do:
1. Sleep
2. Eat anything and everything
3. Lay on the couch
4. Watch tv
5. Repeat numbers 1-4 over and over again

Sunday, August 09, 2009


I am sitting here watching LA Ink and thinking about my first tattoo.  I am pretty determined to get one I just need to decide where I want it.  I really want to get a flower tattoo to memorialize my grandmother.  I am set on getting a hibiscus flower and maybe a plumeria too.  I found one online that I really like.  

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Bit by the Baby-bug

It has been on my mind and heart since we got married.  I would love to have a child.  I have been babysitting since I was 9 years old and have always loved holding and caring for small children.  I know that I am meant to be a mother.  

I am so ready, but at the same time, I know that I still have a lot to learn and grow from but I really do want to have a child with John.  It is hard to be around his family and get the question, 'when are the kids coming?' or 'when I am going to get grandchildren (from both families)?'  

I am looking forward to being pregnant and having my own child to take care of.  Don't get me wrong, I love looking after Adelaide and Ezra, but I want my own.  I know I am still young and have many years ahead of me, but why not start now?  I want to have a child while we are still living with Justin and Amy so that I have live-in support and guidance.  With John being done with school so soon, it would be nice to start thinking about, and talking about, the possibilities/options of conceiving our first child.  

Ultimately, I have to remember that God has a plan for me and my life and in due time he will grant the desires of my heart.

Monday, April 27, 2009


I have officially started treament for my Fibromyalgia. I am nearing completion of week #1.

After visiting with my Kelley Kennedy, I decided it was time to face my FM and stop dealing with the pain. I have to fix this and beat it. I am not going to let FM take over and keep me down.

I went to the doctor a week ago and asked for a treatment plan. The doctor gave me two meds: 1. Trazodone - an anti-depressant medication to help me sleep through the night as well as to help with my lack of motivation and down spirit.
2. Salsalate - an anti-inflammatory medication to help ease the pain and reduce the inflammation in my muscles.

So far I haven't really noticed a difference in the overall pain and fatigue that is caused by FM. I do feel like I am sleeping better at night and getting more sound sleep. However, the pain and muscle aches have not subsided at all. I know medications take some time, but I thought the pain reliever would be faster acting. I have another appointment scheduled in a month to go back and check my progress.

Please pray that this will help and that I will be able to be motivated again and pain free eventually.

Monday, April 20, 2009


John and had a great time away this weekend. On Saturday we went to Oceanside to visit another church and were very sad by the way we were met. It just wasn't a fit for us. It was a long drive down on Saturday morning but we decided to turn right around and head home later that evening so we could sleep in our own bed and get up and go to our church.

On Sunday morning I got to sleep in and go to church at First Pres. Is was refreshing to be "home." John and I really love our church and the friends and family we have made here. It was so nice to be back with people we know and love.

After church we went with some of our closest friends (the Souza, Lofgrens, Sperrys and Emily Van Voorhis) to Zuma beach. It was such a hot day yesterday that everybody had the same idea. We sat in traffic on Los Virgenes and on PCH for quite some time. Little did we know there was a Chumash Indian Pow Wow happening near Pepperdine. I would have loved to go see that but we were on a mission to get to the beach! It was so nice to just lay out in the sun, have great conversation and play a few games. We ended up staying until almost 7:00 p.m. On the way home we stopped in Calabasas to eat at Red Robin which was refreshing. I give props to Kiley for not having a meltdown (no nap and she was still going strong at 8:30 p.m.).

These weekends and times are the ones that make me want to stay in the valley for many years. I don't want to leave these people and this church. If we could just transplant that would be ideal but I know that would never happen. I have never felt like I belonged somewhere like I do here. I miss my family in Washington and Oregon, but I have a bigger family here and besides, John's family is close to us now. This is my "home." It is where my heart is. I hope this process of searching is over soon. It is very tiring and emotional draining. God has a plan for us and we (really I) just need to be patient.