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.