Thursday, September 11, 2014

38 Weeks!

Here's a couple views from this week... my belly looks way bigger in the lighter colored tops. I feel huge though, no matter what I'm wearing. Haha!

Baby I is doing great- has had perfect health throughout my entire pancreatitis ordeal and is just snuggled in nicely, waiting for the right time to be born... which hopefully won't be too soon, since I haven't even begun to get ready!  

Saturday, September 6, 2014

It's Been a Rough Week...

My wonderful mother passed away last week on Friday. She had been fighting stage IV lung cancer for about a year, and in the end it took her pretty quickly in her sleep. I'm thankful that she's not suffering in pain any longer, but her absence in our lives will be felt for a very long time.

On Saturday, the very next day after her passing, I was admitted to the ICU ward of our local hospital. I had been having extreme pain throughout my stomach, back and chest, and after extensive testing, they found that I had acute pancreatitis. I was kept there for four days, three of which I was on a strict starvation diet, where I was not allowed to have any food or water. I couldn't even brush my teeth or use lip balm. Here I was, 37 weeks pregnant and not allowed to eat. It felt like torture.

My lipase enzyme levels were in the 23,000s upon admittance (hospital staff were shocked how high they were), but by the next day they were sharply dropping. My hospital stay was much shorter than anticipated, since my pancreas was responding nicely to the "bedrest" it was on.

I was discharged on Wednesday, and my mom's funeral was Friday morning. I'm so glad I didn't miss it. I feel extremely worn-down and my body is still recovering, but hopefully I'll have all my energy back before I go into labor. So, at this point, I'm perfectly content letting this baby grow for another two or three weeks. I can't imagine having a baby any time soon, feeling the way I do.

Monday, August 25, 2014

First Day of School

Oldest Daughter started school last week at the local high school. She is a sophomore.The two boys started homeschool today. Son "J", who is in 2nd grade, loves school and couldn't wait to start, but Son "P", 4th grade, says he hates school.

County Fair Horse Show

Despite the near 100 degree temperatures, the kids had a great time at the county fair horse show. This was the boys' first horse show ever, and all the kids did really well.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Belly Lovin'

Baby W loves to kiss and rub my belly. He knows his baby brother is in there!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

33 Weeks!

We're certainly getting closer to having our sweet baby in our arms. Now, if we were just getting closer to agreeing on a name...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Boy and His Tractor

Now 18 months old, Baby W loves to spend as much time outside as he can. He's always been a lover of the outdoors, but now he thinks he should be able to go outside whenever he wants and will try to open the front door. It's a good thing he hasn't figured out how to open it yet.

Feeding the Kids

Baby W loves giving the goats some cut branches and pulled weeds.

Swim Time

Friday, July 4, 2014

Workout Buddies

All the boys love to "workout" with Handy Husband.

Baby W's First Camping Trip

Our first camping trip of the season was also Baby W's first camping trip ever. It would have been a fun time, but it had to be cut short due to an emergency at home. It turned out to be a blessing though, as it poured down rain the following morning and our tent doesn't have a rain fly.

Airing out the tent a couple of days prior to going to the lake. This is our old tent that we haven't used in years, so we were worried about spiders. Thankfully, there were none.
We camped at a state park just a few miles down the road from us. Our campsite was right on the lake. It was beautiful.

Furry Friday

Here we have Nala and Jasmine, who just can't seem to decide if they like each other.