Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Parker is four weeks old today!

I can't believe that my baby is already four weeks old. It's strange, because I can't remember life before him, but the past four weeks have gone by so fast. He was a great sleeper the first two weeks of his life but the third week has been harder. I think that he is hungry and he's not getting enough when he eats, especially the night feedings. He falls asleep during the feeding and then he wakes up about and hour and half later screaming because he's hungry again. I have been pumping so we can give him bottles sometimes. I am lucky because he has adapted well to breast feeding and bottle feeding. We have debated adding a 1 oz. formula feeding after I nurse at night so he will sleep a little better. I am just nervous about doing that. 

He is starting to "wake up" more. At first, he just ate, slept, pee-peed, and pooped but now he is staying awake in between feedings. He has the most beautiful blue eyes. I would do anything for them to stay blue. He's getting bigger and bigger every day. I can really tell that he's gaining weight. He's got the cutest little fat rolls on his legs. Two weeks ago he weighed almost 8 pounds so I am curious to see what he weighs now. He is holding up his head better. He's not near as wobbly. He was like a little bobble head. :) He is constantly stretching. He arches his back, stretches out his arms, and makes this loud squeak sound. We think it's precious! 

Chad and I have gotten out a few times. We are so lucky to have wonderful parents who are DYING to babysit. Chad took me out to eat for my birthday, we went to Sunday School this past Sunday, and we went shopping and ran errands today. It's nice to get out and have a break but we do miss him when we are gone. Chad's parents are coming over from AThens tomorrow night so Chad and I can go eat at Texas Roadhouse. We got some giftcards there and it's Chad's favorite restaurant. We'll probably do a little shopping afterward. I am in this wierd transition with my weight. I am about 7 pounds off from my pre pregnancy weight but my pants are NO where close to fitting so I am still wearing my maternity pants. My regular shirts aren't really long enough to cover the panel so everything looks bad. I am sure that everyone deals with this but I get frustrated everytime I get dressed. 

Nobody can prepare you f or the challenges of motherhood. Everyone says that your life will never be the same and they are right. But it's a wonderful change that we are so thankful for every moment! (Even when he's screaming his head off!!!) 

Monday, December 22, 2008

Parker is almost three weeks old!





Well, I thought that I would post more now that I am a mom, but I haven't found much time. I wonder why??? We have had a great three weeks with Parker. He is changing every day and he's getting some cute little fat rolls. :)  

I haven't had a chance to really update much since he was born so I thought that I would do that now. We found out when we were pregnant that there might be an issue with Parker's heart. Dr. Allen heard an irregular heartbeat for a couple of visits in a row. At first, he didn't say much about it, but as it continued, he because concerned. Of course, the visit when I found out we would have to go see a pediatric cardiologist, was the one doctor's visit that Chad could not make. I freaked out when Dr. Allen was talking to me. I tried to ask questions, but literally I couldn't get a complete thought together. I was so scared. Dr. allen had us to go H'ville a couple of days later and Dr. Isreal did not think it would be a problem. I was still secretly worried but he said that it would correct itself either before he was born or right after and of course thankfully, he was right! The last two or three visits to Dr. Allen, Parker had a regular, strong heartbeat! 

Then on December 3-Here comes Parker!!! My delivery was tough so I had to stay in the Delivery room for close watch overnight so when we finally moved to a regular room Thursday morning, we were exhausted. In the delivery rooms, there aren't beds for hubbys, so he slept in a chair. Bless his heart! We get to our room, try to catch our breath and Dr. Crenshaw begins the morning rounds. Chad and I are thinking everything is great now that my blood pressure and things are under control, but that's when we find out about his heart murmur. She explains what she hears when she listens to his heart. She tells us that it could be two things, one could just be a simple murmur, which is not a big deal, or it could be a VSD (Ventricular septual defect) She said that we hoped it wasn't a VSD. She also tells us that his billiruben level was very high and he would have to stay in the nursery under the lights. This whole conversation with Dr. Crenshaw is about 10 min. and Chad and I are just speechless. She leaves and we both look at Parker and just start crying. We are tired, overwhelmed and now really scared!!! (Parker did break the crying though with a really loud tooting session. It made us smile!)

Because of Parker's jaundice we did stay inthe hospital an extra day, but that ended up being fine. We came home from the hospital on Sat. and we headed off to huntsville on Monday to seeing Dr. Isreal. Chad and I were terrified of a serious problem with his heart. Bless little Parker, we strip him down and start the ultrasound. Immediately, Dr. Isreal says, "Oh yes, it's a VSD." Well, that's what Dr. Crenshaw said we didn't want it to be. We both instantly freak out. I felt weak. But THANKFULLY, as Dr. Isreal studied his heart, he did see a hole but it is a small hole and he feels that it should close up on it's own. NO SURGERY! That was my biggest fear! We will go back to Dr. Isreal when Parker is one to confirm that the hole has closed. 

We are very thankful for our child and we know what a blessing he is. Now, if we can just get him to sleep at night! :)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Just a few pictures!











Just thought I'd add a few pictures...I'll write more later..








Friday, December 5, 2008

We are officially parents!

Well, the moment that we are prayed for has arrived. Parker Holt Greenhaw arrived into the world, Wednesday, December 3 at 2:50 p.m. He weighed 7.5 and he was 21 inches long. He is the most gourgeous baby I have ever seen!

I will write more later because they will be bringing him in soon to nurse but, the delivery went well. I don't think that my epidural took very well, because the pain was intense. I almost didn't get to have the epidural because my platlet count was low and they never did figure out why...

I don't remember much about the end of the delivery because that is when my blood pressure went up....My hands and feet froze and quite working so I do remember being very scared. My blood pressure went to about 205/110 so we weren't allowed to have visitors or talk on the phone. We had to spend the night in labor and delivery and they pumped me FULL of more meds. Since my platelets were low I had to do poticin for four hours after delivery to stimulate contractions to help witht he bleeding. NOT FUN! Anyway, I'll fill you in about all that later.

All that matters is that PARKER is here! We are having to stay and extra day because he is jaundice....We hope to go home tomorrow! Chad wants him to watch his first Alabama game at home!

We love you all!!!

Monday, December 1, 2008

The long awaited arrival is almost here!

Well, my appointment was scheduled with Dr. Allen for tomorrow and I was ready to plead my case to go ahead with the induction, however; at school today, I just didn't feel well. I called the office and he had a 3:20 appointment open, so off I went. I had my long list of reasons why he should hurry up and let me have this baby. This past weekend I crossed the line of being uncomfortable to being close to miserable.

As it ends up, I didn't have to use my pity party that I was going to use because my blood pressure had gone up quite a bit so he said it was time to the get the ball rolling. My blood pressure has stayed really low throughoutt he pregnancy but today is was 130/85. The nurse said if the bottom number was 90, we would've gone straight to the hospital. They had me lay down and they rechecked it and it did go down some, so they didn't seem too worried.

I was around 2 1/2 cm and he schedule us to come in to the hospital at 3 am wednesday morning. We can't wait. I am sitting here exhausted but also wide awake at the same time. How do you sleep knowing that you are about to meet your child?? I can't wait to see his face, how big he is, who he looks like.... I haven't been too nervous about the labor part but I have to admit that a little bit of nerves are starting to set in...I haven't been able to sleep much at all the past few nights so I know I need to get some rest. I am offically done with work. Dr. Allen said to stay home tomorrow. I talked to the kids in my class but I do feel a little bit guiltly that I wasn't ableto completely prepare them that it would be my last day. I had a feeling but didn't know for sure.

It just amazes me that the child we are about to bring into the world was conceived in a dish and then cryopreserved (frozen) from the November to March. Wow! Not many people can say that their baby was frozen. The great part is: Parker has too sibliings frozen in a tube now just waiting on us!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Voting

I have a question..Why are schools voting locations? Oh my goodness, there are people everywhere. When I got to school at 7:15, the church parking lot up the hill was just about full, nevermind the school parking lot looked like Atlanta Interstate traffice.

Dont' get me wrong, it's wonderful that so many people are coming out to vote but it makes for a CRAZY day at school. My vote is to cancel school on election day!!! :)

I was going to try to vote before school but the line is over an hour long. I have a doctor's appointment after school at 4 so I probably won't get up here to vote until after 5, with all of the other people getting off work....Could be along day. Maybe people will see my big ole belly and feel sorry for me!!:)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Krista tagged me!

Ok, Krista-Here it goes!

20 years ago:
It was 1988 and I was in the second grade. I was in Mrs. Bailey's classroom at Forest Hills. My grandfather, Rusty Parker, (who Baby Parker is named after), was the principal at the school. Mrs. Bailey was actually a terrible teacher and she ended up getting fired for not teaching, constant paddling, etc. She was mean to all of the boys but us gals loved her. She let us bring our records to school and listen to them. I was all about some Debbie Gibson and Tiffany. Elizabeth Blazer, AKA Lizzy, became friends, and thankfully, we still are today.

10 years ago:
It was 1998 and I was a senior at Bradshaw. We just had our ten year reunion so highschool as been on my mind lately. I was dating Whitley Young, and had been for three years. We ended up breaking up the night of Senior Prom. He was a senior when I was a freshman so he just wasn't into the prom thing and it was getting on my nerves, so I broke up with him before we went. My mom still made me take him with me though because she knew that I had been voted Miss Bradshaw High School and she wanted me to have a date. I didn't know and still would've been fine without a date, but whatever. We are smiling in any of our pictures together. I was head cheerleader and I was all four years in school. I stayed so busy because I felt like I had to be in every clud and be the President. I was class president also which was fun. I was getting excited about college and going to UNA. I couldn't wait to move out! After graduation, we all went to PCB for our Senior Trip. I rode with Lauren down in her car and many memories were made on that trip, some I'm proud of, some not.

5 years ago:
It was 2003 and I had just graduated from UNA with an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. Chad and I had been dating and we were engaged the summer of 03. I need to blog about the proposal, because it was amazing....I desperately wanted to teach and I wanted my own classroom so I went to a job fair in Huntsville and I was recruited to teach in Clayton County, Georgia. I was thinking, wow, I must have it together, they offered me a job at the fair. I thought I was it! Come to find out, they would give a dog a teaching job. Clayton County was rough and they were DESPERATE for teachers. Me and my niave self, headed off for Atlanta. I got an apartment and my friend, Emily, went also. She lived in the apartment above mine. She ended up meeting her hubby over there. We taught first grade next door to each other at McGarrah Elementary. I cried often because I wasn't too confident in my classroom management skills. Randy Lester ( I will NEVER forget that kid) gave me a run for my money. He threw chairs, desks, bit me, hit me, and pulled out some of my hair. They don't really teach you what to do when that happens. LOoking back, it was a learning experience, but I thought that I would never teacher again. Chad and I married the next summer and thankfully he was offered a job in Panama City so off I went, HAPPILY!

1 year ago:
It was October 2007 and actually this week last year has lots of signifiance. This was the week we were in our IVF cycle. We had our egg retrieval on October 24. I was so nervous that morning. They went in and gave me meds to make me loopy but I was aware of the pain. They "scrape" all of the eggs they can get. I remember laying on the table and saying to the doc, "This really hurts!" Thankfully, they gave me a little more medicine which helped for the ride home. I didn't really wake up until we were around Athens. My mom had called Chad while I was asleep and told him that my dear grandmother, Gran, had fallen and broken her hip. She didn't want him to tell me right away so he waited until I woke up. I wanted to go to the hospital but I was in lots of pain so we went home. I talked to Gran on the phone and she sounded good.

She took a turn for the worse on the 28th so off we headed to the hospital early that Sunday morning. She was only awake one time I went in to see her in ICU. I was trying to keep her awake and I kept reminding her that tomorrow was the big day, the Embryo transfer, and I needed to her make it and wake up. She opened her eyes, smiled and shook her hand in excitement. That was our last communication. She didn't pass away until about 5 am the next morning but she was gone after that. I ended up catching a stomach virus while in the hospital so I had to leave at 8 pm throwing up. I thought it was the stress of watching my grandmother pass but I was actually very sick. I still had to get up the next morning to my mom calling saying gran was now gone. It was terrible but I had to go through with the transfer so off to Bham we went. I cried and threw up the whole way. We couldn't not do it that day or we wouldn''ve lost the embryos and my grandmother would've wanted me to go through with it. As you all no, it didnot work but we were able to freeze four embryos (one of which is Parker!!) Parker was frozen for a little under six months, and we have two more babies waiting on us. My grandmother would be SOOO excited to see my belly grow and to know that I am pregnant. I called her after every visit with my fertility doc. She was not like a grandmother, but more like a mother. I know that she knows and is rejoicing with Chad and I but I sure do wish she was here. I dream about her often and recently the dream was comforting because she said that she was there to check on me and Parker!

Yesterday: October 22, 2008
I taught kindergarten and after school I had a doctor's appointment with Dr. Allen. Everything is on track and I am loving being pregnant (most of the time.)

Wow! This was the longest post ever. Sorry, it was probably very boring for you all. It's important to write down these things though so years from now I won't forget!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Am I nesting???

Well, yesterday my body turned on full speed ahead. After church I had a list of things I wanted to get done and NOTHING was going to stop me. We went to Wal-Mart, our usual Sunday routine. By the way, we are really enjoying the convience of the E-Mealz but I still haven't found as much time to cook. Yesterday, I felt a sense of urgency to wash the 0-3 months clothes for Parker that friends have given me. (thanks Nina and Raycheal) I washed all of the clothes and socks. I organized his closet, added shelves and organized his dresser. I cleaned the house, swept, mopped, and cleaned out the cabinets in the master bathroom.

I am also working on painting wooden letters with a canvas background to hang over his crib. I will post pictures soon. I stayed up until 1 doing all of these things which is so unlike me lately. Lately it's been like, "Chad, can I go to be at 8?"

Today is Parent/Teacher Conference day at school so I get to hang around the house a little later however, we have to work much later tonight. Chad left for Callaway Gardens early this morning for a work trip so I am sad. I told him he better keep his phone with him in case I need him. I have a doctor's appointment on Tuesday. Chad and I have been a little worried because I have been having soooo many contractions. It's hard to know if anything is going on since I haven't been though this before.

Have a great week!!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Krista made me feel bad....:)

Just kidding, Krista but I had been hatin on Krista for not blogging and I really haven't either so I guess I need to get to writing! So much has been going on lately. Chad and I are currently working to get ready for Parker's arrival. The crib and bookshelf are put together, the room has been painted but it needs one more coat. The one thing that is stressing me out though is his closet is a wreck. I can't organize it until Chad is done painting so I am trying to be patient. Didn't we talk about that in Sunday school this week????

I am really starting to "feel" pregnant. My feet are swelling some and by back is hurting at the end of the day. We have tiny chairs in kindergarten and I spend most of my time bending over to help the kids or tie shoes so that doesn't help. I am trying to rest in the evenings though.

I feel as though I am running out of room in my stomach. I feel full quickly and I am not breathing as well, but I will take all of these things for a healthy baby.

This past Sunday was Baby Day at church and it was a wonderful day for many reasons. First, most people standing in the front are friends of ours and it's wonderful to celebrate their children with them. Secondly, last year this time, Chad and I were in the middle of our first IVF cycle. We were "shootin up" hormones every night. We were excited, nervous, and terrified all mixed together. Last years baby day at church the emotions and stress just suddenly took over and I began to sob. I tried to cover it up because I was terribly embarassed but I just could not stop crying. I was happy for my friends, hopeful for our first cycle, but nervous that we would never experience bringing a child into the world. This year was different, we were still able to rejoice with our friends, but we were also able to rejoice with each other at the miracle of our little Parker. He was conceived the last week of October last year and then frozen until the end of March. Amazing, huh? We still have two frozen embryos waiting on us and I think of my frozen "babies" often.

We go tomorrow for our 4D ultrasound and we can't wait. I hope that we are able to get some good pictures. I'll post them, I promise.

Krista, on the next post, I'll complete your challenge....Just ran out of time tonight.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Help with Cooking

Chad was listening to Rick and Bubba today and he heard about a website that he thought would be a great idea to try. (Bless his heart, I think it was a hint that he is missing me cook. I haven't cooked much since I became pregnant.)

The website is www.e-mealz.com For 1.25 a week you can choose a meal plan for your family and they send you weekly receipes and the shopping list. For example, chad and I choose the wal-mart two person low fat option. The website will post a weekly menu (five meals) every Friday. It provides a list of the ingredients and how to prepare the meals. The meals are simple and don't appear to take much time.

Obviously, we just signed up so I have tested it out yet, but I figure it's not a huge money loss if we don't like it. You do have to sign up for three months which is 15.00. You can cancel anytime.

I will let you know if we like it or not. They have options for all grocery stores and different types of food.

If anyone else tries it out, let me know what you think.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Alpha Gam Bid Day!

Holley Banks, our president, and the most precious girl!
The beautiful gals!
Yay for Alpha Gam!
Me and Jill, one of my dearest Alpha Gam friends.
Fireside at Bid Day

After 10 years, I still love Alpha Gam so much! Today was Bid Day and the chapter did great! They got 30 of the best girls that went through recruitment. I wasn't able to do as much this year because of Chad's surgery, but Bid Day sure was fun!




Saturday, August 2, 2008

My classroom

The book shelf with my math manipulatives and part of my calendar board.
The front white board.
My desk/reading table
The red shelf is our cubby shelf and it's next to the Home Living Center.

computer center

Writing Center and the Word Wall
The listening center
The posters are the rotation wheels for literacy centers, learning centers, and math centers.

My calendar board. We spend lots of time at carpet learning about the calendar.

I have been working and working on my classroom the past week and a half and I thought that I would share some pictures. I am still not completely ready but I'm farther ahead than I ususally am at this point. We have meetings alot of next week so we don't really have that much time before Thursday.



















Thursday, July 31, 2008

20 things on my mind....

1. I CAN NOT believe that I will have kindergarten students in my classroom Thursday! Where did the summer go?
2. I had my first Braxton Hicks contraction yesterday. Well, I actually had two and it stunned me at first because I didn't know what it was, but boy is it exciting.
3. I love being pregnant. I know that I am "not that big' yet and I will get uncomfortable, but it's such a joy to know that my child is growing inside of me.
4. Parker is wonderful already but he sure was expensive!! (ha-ha)
5. I dread getting up at 5:45 next week. I have been sleeping until 7-7:30 this summer and it has been wonderful.
6. I am so glad that we were able to go back to Peak of the Week last night. We have been gone so much this summer. It's so refreshing.
7. We get our class lists tomorrow and I can't wait to find out who is in my class.
8. I am really sad that my gran (my grandmother) is not hear to enjoy the pregnancy with me. I called her after EVERY doctor's appointment and she was desperate for us to get pregnant.
9. 20 things is hard
10. My mom and dad are redoing their kitchen and it looks so good. My mom still lives in the house she grew up in. She's lived there since she was four. (It still had the original countertops, so it was time for a remodel.)
11. My brother's wedding pictures are now on the Internet and they are beautiful! I can't believe she is married.
12. I love that I will get to be a stay at home mom for 8 months!
13. My 10 year high school reunion is in September and I have no idea what I am going to wear. I'm going to be huge!
14. Speaking of huge, I am in Sara's wedding in August and my dress is skin tight now in the belly. What am I going to do? The dress is pretty just not on a pregnant body.
15. Why do we spend more time with God during a difficult time that during the good times? I felt so close to Him during our treatments and struggles and now that he's answered our prayers, I think I don't need Him as much.....
16. My best friend Raycheal went back to work today after being on maternity leave with her second child. She was really sad this morning and I have been t hinking about her all day.
17. We got my uncle to cut out an opening in the wall between our kitchen and the den. He added a breakfast bar to it and I think it looks pretty good. I am pumped about it!
18. I bought a new maternity shirt today at Target that's cute. I need more clothes for school.
19. I miss Chad today. I am ready for him to come home!
20. Did I say that I can't believe that I go back to work next week!!!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Parker's Crib


We've been shopping around for a crib for the baby for awhile now and we have finally decided on one. I ordered it on JC Penny's website. We are going to use an old chest of Chad's that his uncle refinished for him. I haven't decided on any bedding yet because I think that my aunt is going to make it for us. I haven't found anything I like yet.....


The crib is supposed to ship the end of August! I can't wait!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Beach Trip Pictures

The whole family
This was very uncomfortable, by the way...
Johnson, the Pirate
The Greenhaw's
Chad and Carrington playing in the pool.
Amanda (Chad's cousin) and Carrington
Chad is such a big kid!
Chad and Johnson in the pool
Dinner at the Treasure Ship

As I said in an earlier post, I dropped our camera in my cup of sprite on the way home from the beach. The camera will turn on and I can view my pictures but I can't take pictures. It just makes me sick to think that I have ruined a new camera. I am just glad that I can get to my beach pictures though.

It's a ........

Well, the doctor's office was packed this morning but Dr. Allen still worked in an ultrasound for us. It was VERY obvious quickly that we are having a BOY!! As if the Sonseekers class didn't have enough, we're going to add one more! Chad and I were both very suprised but thrilled! My mom and I were convinced that we were having a girl.

We are using family names. His name will be Parker Holt Greenhaw. Yes, we know it sounds like a law firm but we love all of the names. Parker is after my grandparents because their last name is Parker. Chad's mothers maiden name is Holt.

I am dying to go buy something so I'll need to buy something blue soon. We are back in town now for good and we are excited about seeing all of our friends from church. We have been gone sooo much this summer.

Thanks for thinking and praying for us!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Tomorrow is the big day!

Well, tomorrow is the big day. I will be 19 weeks and we have an ultrasound appointment with Dr. Allen to find out if we are having a girl or a boy. I had strong girl feelings at the beginning but now I am just confused. I hope that the baby cooperates so we can find out.

We just got back from Florida a few hours ago. We went with Chad's family and we had a great time. I was planning on putting up some pictures from the trip but me being the clumsy idiot that I can be dropped the camera in my glass of sprite on the way home today and the camera won't work now. I am hoping when it dries out it will work again. My hormones are bad and I cried after I did it. Hopefully I'll have pictures to post soon!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Summer Fun!

Well, so far, my summer has been busy, but lots of fun. Between my brother's wedding, going to Texas, and then to the beach with Chad, I have been on the run. I haven't updated in awhile so I thought I would update pics from all of my trips. First I went to Texas for the Alpha Gam Convention. As advisor, that is one of my responsibilities. I was dreading the trip before we left, but we had a great time. Holly, the President, and Amy, our VP Finance went with me and we had lots of fun.


We did some sight seeing at the Alamo.
We went to a ranch for dinner.

Saying a prayer on the plane. We were a little nervous!!!


One of my best friends, Katy, had her baby girl in May. Her name is Harper and she is precious. Chad and I spent the night with her and her husband the night before we left for the beach.


Baby Harper

He's so excited about being a daddy! Isn't this cute?
Chad and I also decided to take a trip to the beach. We started thinking that it would be our last chance to go to the beach alone. We are going back July12 with Chad's family so we wanted to take a quick trip. We had a great time. We ate fantastic seafood but the weather was bad.

The view from our condo.
Me preggers at 16 weeks
Chad and I after dinner

The story of the trip...Rain......
Baby update!! We go July 17 to find out what we are having. We are so excited to find out and we're counting down the days. I am ready to start making plans for the nursery. I also found out good news this week. Mrs. Gipson is going to let me take a whole semester for maternity leave. The baby is due in December so I will be off work until August!! Yea! I am so excited!









































































































Saturday, June 14, 2008

Craig and Shea's wedding







The wedding was wonderful! We had such a nice day. Shea was beautiful and Craig was so happy!!! (sorry the pictures are different sizes. I'm to tired to fix them!!)








Friday, June 13, 2008

AMSTI IS OVER!!!

Well, now my "summer" (if you can actually call it that) has now begun! I am finished with AMSTI. The days were long but I did learn some new ideas for my classroom. The summer is going to be so short because I am going to Texas next week and then the beach. I will need to start getting my classroom reading after the first of July. They just get shorter and shorter every year. This year will be crazy! We have a new reading series, and a new science and math curriculum with AMSTI. Not to mention, we're having a baby!!!

By the way, my sister-in-law's mother did the pencil test on me today and she predicted that the baby is a boy!!!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Next Weekend

Well, next weekend is the big wedding. My little baby brother is getting married. In my mind, my brother should still be sitting in the dirt in the backyard playing with his hotwheels. It's hard for me to imagine him being old enough to get married. He is marrying the most precious person, Shea Jones. Shea and I have lots in common because we both teach kindergarten, however; she teaches at Weeden. They have been engaged for a year and a half so we have been dying for the wedding to get here. He proposed to her in her classroom. He played a recorded tape over the intercom at the school telling Shea how much he loved her and right after the tape was finished, he walked into her classroom with the ring. Shea's twin sister was hiding in the closet (Shea had no idea!) and filmed the whole thing. She was so suprised. Craig had worked out to get her a sub for the rest of the day and he had a limo waiting outside the school. Isn't that sweet. This week will be fun! I am getting a mani and a pedi (love a reason to get that done!) and I have a hair appointment the day of the wedding. I usually do my own hair so I am a little worried. I just don't want prom hair or curly tendrils hanging down.... I am skipping AMSTI on Friday because it's the bridemaids luncheon so I only have FOUR more days!!!

Chad left this morning for New Orleans. Lilly has a national sales meeting for a new indication for Cymbalta. He won't be home until late Thursday night. I miss him so much when he is gone. I don't sleep very well and the animals always act weird. I do hope that he is safe driving and I hope he gets to eat some good food. I am always jealous of the dinners they have on these trips!!!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Update

Ok, it has been brought to my attention today that I have fallen off of the blogging bandwagon! Everything with the pregnancy is going great. We are no longer "high risk"! We saw Dr. Allen two weeks ago and our next appointment is June 16. I don't know what to do with myself not having to go to the doctor. I have been going to the doctor on average every three days for two years so it seems strange not to be going.

I have been feeling pretty good, just so tired. I know most of you can relate. I still don't have an appetite back. I force myself to eat and after dinner is usually when I feel sick. But I still smile when I feel sick because it is all worth it. I think that I am still in shock that we are pregnant. I lived in fear for two years that I would never get to experience the joy of a child growing inside me. I must remind myself daily that it's really true.

Chad has been wonderful. Most days after work I just veg out on the couch. He has picked up the cooking most nights. He's been washing clothes and doing the chores so I can rest. What a man!!!

We just booked a beach trip in June. We figured that we should take a trip for just the two of us one last time before the baby gets here. We booked a condo in Destin for four nights the end of June. We are going back in July to Panama City with his family. They go every year and we look forward to it so we can visit some old friends.

A side note!!!! I agree with Amy and it's wonderful to be out of school for the summer!!! However, we do have AMSTI training for the next two weeks so summer really begins June 13!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

NO MORE SHOTS!

I just checked my patient voice mail and great news!!! NO MORE SHOTS! My poor hiney can heal!! I have knots and bruises all over. Anyway, this is great news and we are thrilled!!!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Update

Well, I took the doctor's words to heart and I rested all weekend long. I was planning on going to church Sunday but I woke up with a sore throat. Allergies are so bad this time of the year. The bleeding stopped Saturday night thankfully. My stomach hurt most of the weekend but other than that everything is ok. We got an earlier appointment tomorrow for a checkup. I am normally going to use Danielle Elliot but tomorrow I am going to see Pam Tate. I am also going for blood work this afternoon because my fertility doctor is hoping that I can stop the nightly injections soon. We didn't do one last night so I am going to get my progrestrone checked this afternoon. If it stays high enough without the injection, I can stop!!! Oh how wonderful that would be. I have so many knots and bruises....Another piece of good news is that I only have 11 more days of school with the kids. Unfortunately, we have AMSTI trianing for two weeks after school gets out. Yuck!! THanks to Jud for paying for Chad's wings Thursday night!!!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Our first scare

Well, I am really tired so I will give more details later, but Chad and I just got home from the emergency room. While Chad was with the guys for Guys Night Out, I starting bleeding and having really bad cramps. My mom was with me and we rushed down to the emergency room. They did an ultrasound and thankfully the baby is ok! We got to see the heartbeat again and we heard it for the first time. The nurse did see some blood on the screen and determined that I have a subchorionic hemorrage. They are fairly common but can cause some problems. The doctor put me on bed rest for two days. I don't have to stay in the bed, but I do need to take it easy. If the hemorrage grew it could cause problems to the baby. Another highlight to the night was that it took four different nurses to draw blood. They all keep sticking me over and over but couldn't get any blood. It was no fun and I am all bruised up now. We are thrilled but exhausted from the worry. Poor Chad and to rush out from the Guys Night Out Dinner. I kept worrying about who was stuck paying for his meal. :) Sweet Jud was so kind to Chad. Thanks to all the guys for praying for us. We are so blessed to have such a loving support group.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Things that I am loving right now!

So far, I have been sooo blessed to not have any morning sickness. Every once in awhile I feel sick in the evening but that has been better the past week, however; food that used to be good to me are not appealing at all right now. It's the weirdest thing. I can be starving but I won't be able to think of anything that sounds good to me. But there are a few foods that I am loving right now and they are:

1. Arby's beef and cheddar: I really wanted one tonight but I did good and I resisted, because I can't go there and not get curly fries
2. Subway-I ate an Italian BMT tonight and it was great!
3. Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches

Other things I love about being pregnant:
1. I always have an excuse to take a nap.
2. I don't have to suck in my belly fat because it's ok now that I"m pregnant!
3. That my baby is growing everyday! Truly amazing!
4. My amazing friends are always asking me about how I am doing. So sweet.
5. It's an excuse to "splurge" and eat what I am craving.
Unfortunately, you can see from the foods I'm loving now that I am not craving and fruits and veggies. Maybe later.

I forgot to add this a week or two ago. A little girl in my room who is very "animated" came up to me with a very curious look on her face. She said, "Mrs. Greenhaw, are you having a baby?" (I had not made a formal announcement to my class, but most had picked up on it.) I answered yes and she looked up and said, "Oh, good, well, who's the daddy?" :)

Monday, April 28, 2008

4-28-08

The appointment today went well besides the fact that I had to get up at 4:30 a.m. I was so tired as I drove over. We got to see the baby today and it was so much bigger than last week. As my Katy said, it looks like a teddy grahm. THe heartbeat was still strong! Next Tuesday is going to be our last Huntsville appointment because they are going to release us. YEA! We thought that we would have to go to Huntsville for the next four weeks. I am still trying to decide which OB in town to use so if you have a suggestion, please let me know.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Another request

Sweet Avery Ann has received her angel wings. She left us and went on to be with our Father at 2:30 this morning. I know that her parents and family need to be showered in prayer. If you can, please add her to your prayer list. She was such a precious child but she had been in a lot of pain the last few months. She is now in Heaven dancing and singing and doing the things that she couldn't do here on Earth. I will sure miss her at Camp SAM.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Please pray for my dear little friend, Avery

As many of you know, I have attending Camp Smile-A-Mile as a counselor for the past 10 years. Camp SAM is a camp for children who have or who have had cancer. It's a precious place and I have made many dear friends. One sweet camper, Avery Ann, needs your prayers. She has taken a turn for the worse and needs prayers. Her parents are soldiers of the Word and they have inspired me through their faith over the past few years. You can visit her page and read more about her......

www.averyann.net

You can also visit the Camp Smile A Mile website at www.campsam.org

Monday, April 21, 2008

We saw the heartbeat!

Well, the title gives it away. We only saw one heartbeat therefore; we are pregnant with one precious child. Seeing the heartbeat on such a tiny thing was amazing. When she said there was one, I could see the worry leave Chad's face. We are so excited and blessed to be expecting our first child. My mom had a dream that it's a girl so we'll have to see. My due date is December 10, which was actually my due date when my mom was pregnant with me. Wierd, huh?

I need to go. The roofers are banging on the roof now. They are all classy gentlemen, I should add. So much for my afternoon nap. I don't know what I am going to do at work tomorrow. I have gotten spoiled this week taking naps.

I'll try to scan the ultrasound pics later and post them.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

It's a wild house!

I am sitting on my couch and there are two plumbers in my laundry room whom both smell like 30 cigaretts and both have a nice crack, I might add...... The chain length fence guy is in the back yard removing the dog pin, the painter is in the kitchen repainting the cabinets that the granite guys stratched up....My husband and in-laws will be here any moment with two truck loads of our junk...soooo, it's a mad house today! My dog is going to have a heart attach and my cat is all but foaming at the mouth.... and I'm sad because it's already WEdnesday and my spring break week is going by too fast!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

We're in the new house!

Well, yesterday was a long day but we spent our first night in our new house last night. We were about to go to sleep around 10 and we remembered that we left my injection medicine at the other house so we had to drive over and get it. We were so tired.

We got a second opinion on our roof situation and we think that it looks better than we originally thought. We think that we can remove the chimney because we will probably never use the wood burning fire place. THe chimney is the source of all of the leaks in the sunroom.

I went to the doctor early yesterday morning for bloodwork. Everything looks great so far!!! My HCG, pregnancy hormone, was 191 when we found out that we were pregnant and this week it rose to 4,429. YEA! My progestrone and estrogen are also staying high. I will go to the doctor to every Monday. This Monday we will get to go find out how many are in there :) and we will see the heartbeats. (hopefully!)

Chad and I are loving this time. Thanks for checking in on us!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Big Day tomorrow!

Well, the first week of pregnancy was wonderful. I enjoyed all of the hugs and smiles that we received. We have so many wonderful friends and we love that everyone is truly happy for us. I go back to the doctor tomorrow for more bloodwork to make sure that my HCG levels have gone up and to check my progestrone. My progestrone typically stays low so Chad has to give me injections of a progestrone oil every night. The needle is really long and it hurts pretty bad, but it's necessary. I am sure that every Sunday will be filled with nerves before my doctor's visits on Monday.

We are also moving tomorrow! We have been working on our new house for a month now. Painting, cleaning, etc. My Aunt Judy, and my mother-in-law, Charlsa, came today to give the house a good scrub. It smells so clean. tHey are actually there now. We are excited about the new house but we have had lots of drama with it. We found out that there is a major roof leak. (The previous owner lied about fixing it.) Someone broke into the storage closet one night and stole my granddad's handtrucks. We have basically redone the kitchen and we ordered granite countertops and we have had a terrible time with those also. The installers basically slammed the granite into everything in their path. They scratched the wood floor, they scratched the newly painted cabinets, and they busted off a door frame. They were a week late being installed and they left razor blades all over the kitchen. Needless to say, Chad was ready to put a for sale sign in the yard a few days ago, but all is well now. The counter tops are in and I must say they are beautiful! The granite company is paying our painter to come back and fix what they messed up so all is well!

I'll let everyone know how the appointment goes tomorrow. It's just bloodwork so it will be quick. I am going to try to get to Huntsville by 7 so I can get home and direct the move! Being pregnant during a move is awesome! You don't have to lift any boxes!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Yes, it's true!

Ok, after going to church I realized that my peeps read by blog so I better get writing! :) Yes, the news is true, Chad and I are expecting! I know that I did not post about our second attempt. One reason is we kept getting discouraging news as we were trying to do another transfer. My lining was too thin, or the office was closed for spring break, etc. We started visting the doctor again over a month ago. We had four frozen embryos that were waiting on us. We planned on transfering two embryos this time, since one did not work for us the first time. The morning you go for the transfer they update you on the progress of the "thawing" of the embryos. We were nervous as we drove to Birmingham because we knew there was a chance that they would not survive. Thankfully, the first two they thawed out survived so we were able to keep the other two frozen for a later transfer. It's really an amazing procedure. You lay on the table and check to make sure you have a full bladder. When the doctor comes in and she gets everything ready, she calls the embryologist (?) to come in the room with the embryos. She comes in with them in the surenge (?) sorry, I can't spell, and they shoot them into your uterus through a catheder. It's amazing and Chad could see it on the screen because they keep the ultrasound thing on my stomach so Dr. HOnea can watch what she is doing on the screen. It's an emotional moment to see those babies floating where they need to be. Our doctor is amazing and she prayed with us after she transfer them because she realizes that at that point, it's ALL in the hands of the Lord. You have to lay on the table for about fifteen minutes and then you are free to go.

The ten day wait is the hardest part of it all. I went in for bloodwork on Monday and they check your HCG levels, progestrone and estrogen. My HCG level was high at 191 so they said that I was, "Very pregnant!" . My progestrone looked good also at 56.6. My progestrone is always low, usually around .4 so that number is amazing for me!

I will still continue injections every night, along with lots of pills. We just pray and need everyone else to continue to pray for the pregnancy. We only had a 20% chance of getting pregnant this time and we are still considered high risk. Please pray that my progestrone levels stay up. We are so excited and we appreciate everyone being excited with us. We know and completly understand that it is very early and things could still go wrong but we are stepping out on faith that the Lord will protect us and our baby (or babies). Thank you for all of the prayers, hugs, and support. Chad and I have felt your love and support throughout the entire ordeal.

I go to the doctor again MOnday for more bloodwork. I will go to the doctor every Monday until they release me to a regular OB. How exciting to go to a regular doctor!!!

Love you all!!!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Psalms 50:15
"I want you to trust me in your times of trouble, so I can rescue you, and you can give me glory."

Thursday, March 13, 2008

I'm Back!

Ok, I haven't posted anything in forever. The last five months since our failed IVF have seemed to fly by in some respects but terribly slow in other repects. Losing my grandmother the same day as our embryo transfer was bitter sweet. She was thrilled for me and Chad about the possibility of parenthood. Her last communication with us was when I went in to see her in ICU and she woke up when I called her name. I told her that I loved her and that I needed her to wake up because tomorrow was my big day, the transfer, she opened her eyes, smiled, and raised her hand in excitment. That was the last communication we had. She slipped away early the next morning.

My precious husband bought me a great book for my birthday called Hannah's Hope. It is written by a woman who suffered with infertility for ten years!!! She provides wonderful Biblical advice for dealing with the longing for a child as well as practical advice for others who are suffering with infertility.

I was reading the author's blog the other day and she had this poem and I wanted to share it. I feel that everyone has something in their lives that God has asked them to wait for.... (it didn't copy and paste in the format I wanted it to but hopefully you can follow it. It's taped to my mirror in the bathroom.)

WAIT(Taken from "Follow Me!" by Russell Kelfer, copyright 1995.Published by Discipleship Tape Ministries, Inc., and Into His Likeness Publications.Used by permission.)

Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried.Quietly, patiently, lovingly, He replied.I pleaded, and I wept for a clue to my fate,And the Master so gently said, "Child, you must wait.""Wait? You say wait?" my indignant reply."Lord, I need answers, I need to know why.Is your hand shortened? Or have you not heard?By faith I have asked, and I'm claiming your Word."My future, and all to which I can relateHangs in the balance, and you tell me 'wait'?I'm needing a 'yes,' or a go-ahead sign,Or even a 'no,' to which I can resign."And Lord, you have promised that if we believe,We need but to ask, and we shall receiv.And Lord I've been asking, and this in my cry:I'm weary of asking: I need a reply!"Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fateAs my Master replied once again, "You must wait."So I slumped in my chair, defeated and tautAnd grumbled to God; "So I'm waiting, for what?"He seemed then to kneel and His eyes met with mineAnd He tenderly said, "I could give you a sign.I could shake the heavens, darken the sun,Raise the dead, cause the mountains to run."All you see I could give, and pleased you would be.You would have what you want, but you wouldn't know Me.You'd not know the depth of My love for each saint;You'd not know the power that I give to the faint."You'd not learn to see through clouds of despair;You'd not learn to trust, just by knowing I'm there.You'd not know the joy of resting in Me,When darkness and silence was all you could see."You would never experience that fullness of loveAs the peace of My Spirit descends like a dove.You would know that I give, and I save, for a start,But you'd not know the depth and the beat of my heart."The glow of My comfort late in the night'The faith that I give when you walk without sight;The depth that's beyond getting just what you askFrom an infinate God who makes what you have last."And you never would know, should your pain quickly flee,What it means that 'My grace is sufficient for thee.'Yes, your dreams for that loved one o'ernight could come true,But the loss! if you lost what I'm doing in you."So be silent, my child, and in time you will seeThat the greatest of gifts is to get to know Me.And though oft' may My answers seem terribly late,My most precious answer of all...is still...wait."