This day has a few different reasons it means a lot to me....This year it falls on Thanksgiving which is always a wonderful day with family. Last year it was just a regular day to everyone else but to me it was the day I was due with what would have been my 2nd child whom I lost to a miss-carriage at 13 weeks.
This year when I found out I was pregnant again almost one year to the date that I was last year I was given a due date of November 24th (again). My date has since been moved back to the 28th but the 24th has been the one that seemed to stick for me. I am sure at this point (with me not progressing much in the area of labor) it's mostly wishful thinking that I could hold her tomorrow and have her naturally but it's a good thing to wish for!
How amazing would that be if God chose the same day a year later to bless with me another child! On Thanksgiving no less! What a Thanksgiving that would be!
This baby has been an answer to prayer in so many ways for our family, this pregnancy has been no less than perfect and the type of experience my husband has prayed for.
I am good with whatever day and whatever way God chooses to bring Autumn-Faith into our lives...I just couldn't help think of what an amazing page that would be to add to our already amazing story!
Ayla had a thanksgiving program last Thursday night at her school. They performed a song and we ate a "thank-you" meal with her. Ayla had a table-full with Grandma and Grandpa, Nana, Papa and Mama Elsie there. She was so cute and did so well. There is a video below of her performance. We are so proud of our big girl!
So I have told you about my photo-challenged husband...well this is more proof of that...But it does the job!
I had my appointment today with Dr. E and got checked for the 3rd time....and I was still 1 cm and "thick" so I am a little discouraged. But I really didn't feel like anything had changed so I was prepared for that.
Then came the "what do you want to do" questions....I really envisioned myself having a natural childbirth...a healthy baby has always been first priority but a natural birth has been a close second. Having already had a c-section I can't be induced so it's just a waiting game.
I decided to go ahead and schedule for November the 29th-the day after my due date and last appointment. This will give her another opportunity to check me and see if I have made any progress. I hope that I will have so I can postpone the procedure but if I'm still @ 1...she's coming out!!
I am ready to see her face, look at her fingers and toes and introduce her to her sister and family!! So at least with this option I can began making preparations...but let's be clear...I am totally ok with her coming anytime!
I wanted to get the tree up so I didn't have to worry about it not getting done with the baby coming!
Ayla was my big helper!
Ayla was so proud!
Hanging her ornaments!
Can't believe how many ornaments she had this year...I remember her first and now she has so many and really enjoyed hanging them all. We even got one from Disney World to remember our first family vacation.
Christmas Tree's are so much fun! Can't wait to go purchase the girl's ornaments for this year!
So not much to report! I went to the Dr today and was still @ 1cm and "thick." So I guess Autumn is just really comfortable in there and wants to stay for her entire allowed amount. I am due on November 28th (2 weeks) so that's ok.
I got a little antsy b/c just last night 3 baby girls were born from friends who I have been pregnant with and I am jealous-I guess!
But the important thing is baby and mommy are doing well and she will come when she is ready I suppose.
I am going to start a list of projects that I want to do to pass these 2 weeks...up first Christmas Tree!!
I hope to have a picture soon to post of myself. I am looking large and I'm sure I need to document this state that I am in....
Last Sunday I hosted a baby shower for a good friend of mine who is due with her first child, a boy in January. This was my first time hosting a party like this on my own and I had a lot of fun researching ideas on Pintrest and blogs!
I got a lot of great crafting ideas and decided I would give them a try. I found out something new about myself. "I'm crafty"-when I wanna be!
Here are a few of the projects I was working on and pictures from Molly's Shower:
I made these for the Mom to be & Grandma's
I made this wreath-idea off Pintrest!
Ayla decided she wanted to help so she colored these shapes!
This was our cute "Welcome" sign
My camera was not working right..but this was an idea I loved...have guests fill out addressed envelopes to "save Molly some time"
Words of Wisdom for Mom
Ready to Pop- Popcorn party favors!
Loved this idea- to hang in his room!
Some decor in her gorgeous house
One of our tables!
A view of the gifts and decorations (and mom enjoying something-haha)
Our cupcake display
Cupcake Toppers off Etsy
Some of the delicious food we had
Mommy to Be!
Molly and I
(disclaimer: I really dislike this picture of myself but it's the only one I had)
I had so much fun planning this shower and am so excited to meet baby Caleb!
I had my check-up on Monday and everything looked great! Dr. E checked me and I was @1 cm. Monday I have another appointment for more of the same. My feet are pretty swolen and doing much of anything is becoming difficult. BUT....I can't complain...I was telling my mom that I just feel so blessed to be pregnant and having had such a great pregnancy I am not going to complain about how I feel. I am so excited about what the future holds and the not knowing is so exciting. I have packed my bags so anytime is good with me. I am trying to spend these days cherishing these moments with Ayla and our family of 3! My computer is in the shop so this is a post via phone...but I had to update..
I went to the Dr today and everything looked great! Totally "normal" appointment, which I am so grateful for. This was the last of my 2 week appointments. I go back on Monday for my next check up and she is going to "check" me to see if anything is happening with baby girl. I sure hope there is some sign of something....because I feel like there is....
Ayla offered to take a picture of me for this post....This is what I got! She is so funny she keeps saying "mom your big" "you've got a big baby" I don't know how much she understands but I know she is excited! I can't believe we are on the home stretch of all this and not knowing how it's going to happen is so exciting!!
We had a fun time trick or treating with Ayla and family this year. I made a tutu for her kitty cat costume and it turned out really cute.
It got cool here in FL so we had to layer up a bit, luckily we had matching options! We went over to some family's house and took the kids on a hayride around the neighborhood, it's always a good time.
Ayla & Papa (my dad)
Some of the kiddies...
Ayla had a check-up with Pulmonary that morning at 10 am. So we were up and at 'em pretty early to make it there after treatments and all. The appointment went well, her PFT's were way up from last time and her weight was great! She did however have a double ear infection! I guess this girl has a high pain tolerance because she never said a word! They did a throat culture to check for psuedomonas so I'm waiting to hear back from that.
Needless to say after this day we were all exhausted!
We can't list them all, but this is where were starting... 1.) 11/16/2009- Negative test result for C-diff! After a month of meds we are rid of this bug. Thanks for all the prayers~ 2.) 11/23/2009- Normal Sputum Culture, Yay!
3.) 1/3/2010- Normal results in Fat absorbtion tests.
4.) 1/23/2010-Blockage responded to treatment, didn't need surgery!
5.) 1/24/2010- No Pneumonia -as suspected by Dr's :0)
6.) 3/9/2010-Gained 1.5 lbs in less than a month!
7.) 3/10/2010-Cdiff test negative...yay!!!!
8.) 3/19/2010- We are pregnant!!!
9.) 10/30/2010-Ayla still C-diff free after RX
10.)11/20/2010-GI Symtoms have subsided lately
11.) 11/30/2010-So blessed to have such a happy little girl!