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Friday, April 25, 2014

Easter 2014

I think Logan has been asking about Easter and the Easter Bunny ever since Santa left in December! He's been so excited for Spring to get here  and he's been dying for a chocolate bunny.
We kept Easter pretty low key this year. We went to church Saturday night, and had a lovely service that reminded us of the miracle that happened Easter morning. 
We came home and got to bed early so the Easter Bunny would know it was time to come. 

I snapped a few videos Easter morning. He has so terrible bedhead, but his excitement is just too cute! 

Can you hear him enjoying this chocolate bunny?  There were lots of "mmms" coming from him.

This is what the Easter bunny left Logan. The Easter Bunny actually had to out a few of the things away in a closet to save for this summer because there was just too much. Think he's spoiled much? 

Crazy hair morning, but loving his new Legos! 

He had to pee pee during his Easter Egg hunt at Mimi's and he insisted on wearing pajamas.

 To finial off his day, He enjoyed making some special Easter cookies, too! 

We had a very special Easter and hope you and your family did too.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I Spy

Logan loves to play the game I Spy.  The idea is you secretly see something and then give the other player a clue like what letter it starts with or what color it is.  Well, Logan loves to play the game and he understands about giving the clue, but there's a problem.  He usually only picks things that we can't see and in true Logan fashion, it all ties to animals.  I love this video and I'm so glad to get his little voice recorded, too.  I love the way he says "little" right now.

Monday, April 14, 2014

5 Year Age Gap

Well, it's official. I'm not pregnant this month, which you would think I'd be used to by now, but it was a little harder to accept this time. When we first started trying last year, I honestly thought we'd have a new baby in our house and I'd be home on maternity leave right now.

I keep reminding myself of the lesson God is showing me; that His timing is perfect and He has a plan for our family.  At some moments it's hard to remember this, but I remind myself to be thankful for Logan and his health and know that we are doing everything we can to grow our family.  

At the fear of sounding superficial, this cycle was our last chance for a 2014 baby.  This means that our kids will be at least 5 years apart.  I know people have kids everyday with bigger age gaps than this and I probably shouldn't have this thought, but it is something I think about.  Again, when we started dreaming about adding to our family, I imagined our kids would be 4 years apart just like my brother and I are.  The 4 year age gap seemed perfect.  Logan would be in school by the time a new baby came, he would be more independent and self sufficient, and thinking long term, we would only have one in college at a time. I know with them being 5 (or more) years apart we will have those same benefits, I just hope it doesn't put too much distance between them.  I know we can't see the future, but I almost wish we wouldn't have waited to long to start trying for another baby.  

Alright, enough with the boo hooing...It's time for my big girl panties and time for move forward.  
I am looking forward to calling Dr. Hasty's office tomorrow to schedule my bloodwork and ultrasound appointment and trying to figure out what this crazy body of mine is doing, or maybe what it's not doing.  

Check out this awesome smiley face Logan drew the other day.  I think it's pretty darn cute!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Easter House

Granddaddy has been calling us on the way home for a few weeks telling us all about this Easter house that he passes on the way home from work each day.  We were near his office on Thursday, so we decided to meet for a few minutes to see just what all the excitement was about.  

It wasn't enough for my dad just to show Logan the decorations, he had to go knock on the door to meet the person who lived there.  He was greeted by a sweet lady, Ms. Anderson, who had lived in the house for over 40 years.  She seemed very excited to have visitors and was happy to let us take a few pictures.

Mr. Curious had to open an egg

In true fashion of my father, we just had to go inside to see even more Easter decor, since that wasn't enough.  Bless the poor woman's heart, she didn't have a lick of air conditioning turned on and there was a wasp flying around the ceiling.  The wasp is why Logan is curled up in my arms, although you may have thought it was from the forty bunnies staring us down.  

Thanks Granddaddy for another memorable adventure!  

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The New New Plan

Monday morning Chris and I awoke to horrible thunderstorms and a monsoon of rain, hopefully that was just the rain before our rainbow.  We dropped Logan off and headed to our appointment with Dr. Lisa Hasty with Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine.  Dr. Hasty was one of the starting partners with this practice over 20 years ago.  
When we went 5 years ago, we saw Dr. Carpenter in the Perimeter office, but when we scheduled this appointment we decided to try their brand new Marietta location.  We walked into a beautifully decorated office and were very anxious to hear what they had to say.  Natalie, our nurse practitioner that we will be working with, called us back and went over our paperwork and our history.  She was so welcoming and calmed our nerves immediately.  
After meeting with her, she led us into Dr. Hasty's office and within seconds I was in love with Dr. Hasty.  She spent a few minutes just getting to know us and asking all about Logan.  Then she listened as I went over the last year, and I never once felt rushed or felt like she wasn't listening.  She would respond and ask questions and I could tell she was truly interested in my care and helping us get pregnant.  I had my emotions in control up until she started going over the possibilities she believe that might be contributing to us not getting or staying pregnant.  As my first few tears escaped she was so understanding and told me it was completely normal to have so much emotion with this.  As much as I didn't want to, I continued to cry for the next 10 minutes as we made our plan.  (Once my tears start I pretty much have to keep crying until I've gotten it out.)  
Here is what she is thinking.  She took blood from both of us to do a chromosome analysis.  She explained that if we have an abnormality, that sometimes our chromosomes make a good match (Logan) and sometimes they wouldn't (miscarriage). This test takes 3-4 weeks to get back.  She said this only accounts for 5-10% of her patients with multiple losses so she didn't think this was it, but she wanted to rule it out.  She also went ahead and scheduled a SIS - Saline Infusion Sonohysterography.  This test will be done in the middle of my next cycle.  Saline solution is instilled into my uterine cavity and then an ultrasound is performed to check for any polyps, fibroids or scar tissue in the uterus.  Again, she didn't think this was it, but wanted to check it just to rule out anything else.  
She also drew several vials of blood yesterday to check for PCOS - Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, as this is what she believes may be going on.  She said I do not have many of the classic symptoms, but she believes I still may have a mild case of this.  After doing some reading, I found that this is very common and actually affects 1 in 10 women in the U.S.  I will be going in next week for more blood work and an ultrasound to check my ovaries.  If the ultrasound and blood work confirm that I do indeed have PCOS, then she said she will immediately start me on Metformin, a prescription drug that is usually used to treat diabetes.  
Lastly, she drew blood to check my thyroid levels.  She said they are very particular about the TSH level, even more picky than my general practitioner.  In order to conceive it's ideal that the TSH level be in an exact range.
She felt confident in saying that there were likely no issues with Chris or his "swimmers".  Chris was quite relieved, and so am I.  I know I would stress more if I knew we were dealing with problems on both sides.  

Chris and I left feeling great, especially after hearing Dr. Hasty say she had no doubts about us being able to bring a baby home soon.  So, now we are just in a little waiting phase until my next cycle begins.  Once it does, we will get going on our new plan and hopefully rule some things out or get confirmation for what to do next.  *There is a possibility we could be pregnant this cycle since I'm waiting to test.  It's not likely, but it is possible.  If I am, the baby's due date would be Christmas Eve!!  (Perhaps that Christmas miracle I was hoping for last December?)  I'm excited for the new plan, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't praying this was our month.  

Thanks for the prayers and please keep them coming!