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This blog was started in 2008 when we did IVF for the first time to build our family after 5 1/2 years of infertility. We now have a little boy who is getting ready to be a BIG brother! Our second IVF worked and we are expecting another boy in April 2015 ♥



Thursday, November 27, 2014

5 Months and HALFWAY Along!

On Tuesday I hit the 20 week mark! Only 20 more weeks to go until I can hold this new little baby in my arms and kiss his furry head :) Hopefully he won't make me wait a few extra days like his big brother did.

2 weeks ago (the same day as the gender reveal party) we had our Level II ultrasound, so here are some pics from that day.....





I can definitely tell my belly is getting bigger and more people are noticing the "bump" now. Thank God for maternity clothes! They are so comfy. I still haven't broken down and gotten maternity jeans...I've been squeaking by with stretchy pants and my homemade belly band for my old jeans. I'm sure I'll cave soon with the cold weather coming in.

Here are some belly pics for you guys!


I am proud to say that I have only gained 6lb of pregnancy weight so far! I am ignoring the fact that I had gained 4lb of IVF-medication weight the week before.....Ha! According the internets, I should expect to gain about a pound per week from now until delivery. Doesn't that sound fun??

As for pregnancy related symptoms, I have none! I feel great and seem to finally be sleeping better. My sinuses have gone haywire but I think part of that is my usual autumn allergies. I remember having exaggerated allergies with my last one too. I feel a bit overwhelmed with already being halfway and with the stress of the holidays upon me. There is a lot of prep work I want to have done soon but I can't really do anything with Thanksgiving and Christmas taking up my time and energy. I think in January when things calm down I am going to jump in with both feet so that I have nothing that needs to be done when the baby comes.

I hope everyone is having a fabulous Thanksgiving with your family! I am cooking a few dishes and we are all going to my mom's tonight for her dinner at 5pm, then I am cooking a big dinner of my own tomorrow for us and my dad is going to join us for that. This weekend will be full of taking down the turkey stuff and putting up the Christmas stuff!


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Saturday, November 15, 2014

The BIG Gender Reveal!

Let me start off by saying that almost everyone thought we were having a girl! On my poll here 66% of voters were for PINK, and at our gender reveal party Thursday evening there was a lot of pink shirts!

Thursday morning was our 4 month checkup and level II ultrasound. Brad went with us because he was VERY excited to see a live ultrasound, but we told the tech we didn't want him to hear the result. She wrote it on a piece of paper for us, so for the rest of the day Nick and I were the only ones who knew!

That evening we had a big gender reveal party for our close friends and family! Everyone was really excited and very anxious to find out the results. I invited everyone to wear the color of their guess, and there was a majority of pink! I of course wore blue because I preferred a boy :) I had blue food and pink food, and our big reveal was a black balloon with colored confetti in it. After everyone made a plate, we got the party started!




 ^Nick's best friend Terry and his girlfriend Meghan

 ^Me and my mumsy

 ^My SIL Sarah and my MIL Penny

 ^Me and my dad



Everyone counted down from 10, and Nick wielded a very large knife to pop the mystery balloon.....



BLUE!!
 
 ^Cupcakes that my SIL Amy made for her guess. She chose wisely!

 ^Brad and his cousin Zoe

 ^Brad eating a reveal cupcake that I made


In the middle of running around to stores for the final party preparations, I organized a quick photo shoot with Brad to make our official gender reveal picture!! (Idea courtesy of Pinterest, of course). I posted this on Facebook during the party so it was a surprise to everyone at the same time!



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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Welcome November! Pics from the Week

I have just a few more Halloween pics to sneak in! Brad had his school party on Friday so of course he had a blast wearing his costume and playing with all of his friends.





The day before Halloween Nick helped Brad carve the pumpkin. They had a fun time and it turned out great!






A few days ago I colored my hair--brown on the roots for the grays, then red on the bottom ombre part! I love it!


Tonight Nick and I attended a beautiful wedding of a girl I work with. It was the first time either of us had been to a Catholic ceremony, so that part was new and interesting! The reception was beautiful and I pray she'll have a life full of wedded bliss.







 Right now I am 17wks and 4 days pregnant, only FIVE more days until our next ultrasound!!! I just can't wait until that day, then our gender reveal party will be that night! Be sure to cast your vote on the side ---------->>


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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween!


That is my little giraffe! On Sunday evening we took him to Edmond for the Storybook Forest. We got there just as the sun was setting and he enjoyed seeing all of the storybook characters and getting candy! At the end there is a hayride and games. He had a great time!






I have to work tomorrow and I'm *hoping* to get off in time to go with them trick-or-treating in our neighborhood. This weekend I will have to squeeze in time to take down the Halloween decorations and put up the turkey stuff!

In other news---we find out in 2 weeks if we are having a boy or girl!!!! I put a poll on the side ------> so that you can vote on what you think it is!

 
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Home From the Beach

I would like to start off this post by pointing out that it is my 500th post for this blog!! Thank you for reading.

Late Sunday night we returned from our short getaway to Cancun, Mexico! We left early Thursday morning and arrived that afternoon for 4 days and 3 nights of relaxation and beach time. This was our first time there and we didn't really know what to expect, but it was AMAZING and we both had a fabulous time. Out of all of the beaches we have been to, this is definitely at the top and the best part is there were NO JELLYFISH spotted anywhere on the trip. Here are the highlights:


Sunrise on the plane


 Arrival at the Cancun airport
 

Our all-inclusive resort on the coast

 

View from our balcony
 


The water was unbelievably clear and blue
 


The mandatory "sandy feet" picture
 


We walked up and down the beach one evening and watched the moon rise for a couple of hours.
 



 

On Saturday we headed up the coast to the harbor to take an all-day boat ride to the island of Isla Mujeres. We snorkeled, swam, shopped, then had lunch on the beach!
 

That's me! I call this a "kite swing"
 



The views on the boat were just amazing. So beautiful!
 


Pulling into the harbor on the island
 



On our way back to Cancun from the island, the crew on the boat turned up the music and had some fun with costumes and drinks
 

Coming back to Cancun
 


It was a great little getaway for us, and Brad of course had a fun time with his grandparents :) When he is older he will get the privilege of going on big trips with us. I know we will be returning to Cancun in the future. We were really impressed with the kindness and helpfulness of the locals down there.

I took an underwater camera and used it up while I was snorkeling. I will get those developed soon and hopefully they turned out well! Once I get everybody unpacked and the house back in order, I will make time to get my brand new embroidery machine out of the box!


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