Thursday, March 26, 2009

Our little girl has been a little under the weather this week and on top of that....shots! She really does well. She just gets a little cranky for a couple of days, but add a cold to that and watch out! Anyway her well visit went great. I knew she had picked up a bit on her weight, but home chic went from 5th percentile for her age to 50th! She's right on target. And she's such a good eater. This week has been kinda hectic, but it's starting to wine down. I did get a chance to visit some really neat blogs. Wish I had time for more. There are lots of Christ loving folks out there in the blogosphere! It was very refreshing.

Pics from the week are:

Sophie Waiting For The Sun

Sophie's Easter Basket ( that was sooo much fun, it's now hid in the closet)

Sophie And Her Little Pup!

Monday, March 23, 2009

The Ultimate Blog Party

Hosted by 5 Minutes For Mom.
Come join in on the fun at The Ultimate Blog Party 09' from March 20th to the 27th!

Ultimate Blog Party 2009

They are giving away lots of neat prizes and it would be great to win any that are for a toddler girl like Miss Sophie.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Six Month Anniversary

It's almost surreal. Six months ago today I experienced a feeling that would run through my veins forever. An instant connection took place. Six months ago today, I became a mom. Going to China feels like a distant memory, but that feeling..... that feeling of unconditional, never ending, life long love is stronger than ever. We were made for each other. It was a very long and hard journey, but I wouldn't change a thing!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Nice Warm Weekend

And to answer the question of "How's Sophie Doing?"......

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Endo Awareness

So it's been a long while since I've mentioned this subject. March is Endometriosis Awareness month and as of late is has become more of a topic in my home again. Since some of you don't know my story, I'll start from the beginning but try to keep it brief. As a teenager I always had extreme pain during menstration. By the time I was eighteen the pain occurred more frequently. I finally decided to see the family physician who after just one office visit diagnosed me with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, gave me some steroids and told me to watch certain foods. Well, time goes by, sex is painful. I start taking hot baths almost daily and think a sleeping pad was just the best invention ever made. I thought this was normal. That I was just a wimp. At age 23 William and I decide we want to start our family. A couple of years go by and I decide to see a fertility doc. We do the initial work up. Everything looks ok. After charting my temps for just a couple of months, I was pregnant! At 10 weeks we miscarried. For a long while after that, I did not even want to try. Then one night in 2001 after taking 800mg of ibuprofen I was still in excruciating pain. As the night went on it got worse.....after letting out a couple of jolting screams, William calls 911. I was taking to the emergency room just to be told by the ER Doc that nothing was wrong with me..."You have just started your period." William was HOT! While we were there, they did run some test, by morning the new ER Doc wanted to admit me. I was told I had a large cyst and a high white count. We WALKED out and we to my OBGYN, I was admitted that day and given antibiotics and scheduled for surgery a month later that would tell me that I had Endo stage 4. Right after surgery the pain was present, not as extreme, but there everyday. I was but on so many different hormones and birth control to control the progression. A few years went by, everyday I was taking pain pills and taking it easy because too much physical activity made the pain worse. You felt like everyone thought you were the laziest person. You get tired of people feeling sorry for you and frustrated because they don't understand. In 07' William and I made the decision to travel to the CEC in Atlanta Georgia. And even now I still think it was the right decision. The surgery was suppose to take a couple of hours....try four. It was bad. There were four surgeon's. And they even had to reconstruct my rectum. Without getting into too much I was pain free for a good while for the first time. It was wonderful. Fast forward to now....I am back on pain pills again. I feel like I'm back at the drawing board. Lupron or Surgery. I'm not too keen on Lupron, I didn't do it before and probably want this time. In Atlanta I had a hysterectomy, they left one ovary. I'm not sure if I want to go all the way back there. Although I do believe it's my best chance of being pain free for a while. Always so many decisions. What's my next step? Right now I'm gonna just deal for a while. We'll see what the future holds. For any of you wondering what the CEC is...just click on the link. They were well worth the drive.

Monday, March 2, 2009

The Little Things

It's so easy to fall into a rut, take things for granted, or not even notice things that you should be noticing. You both work, come home tired or your mind is running a mile a minute thinking about what the next day will bring. We have a bad day and unintentionally take it out on the other. We all fall into this in one way or another. The thing is, we can't get lazy. We must climb out. To make a marriage work, you gotta work it. Sometimes it's easy, other times....not so much. But you have to do it. Where is this coming from???? Yesterday morning, it was cold and raining, we woke up the a flat tire on my Explorer. Was it a big deal to William always fixes it. But this particular morning, he had to bundle all up, move the boat out of the shop, he got soak and wet. Then he decided to go ahead and change the oil while he was in there. On top of that, this morning he calls just to make sure I got to work ok. He takes care of me so well. These are the kinds of things I sometimes take for granted. The everyday things. When I get home today I plan on showing him my appreciation.