It has been a long nine months since my last post. Do you know how long that is?! You could have had a baby without me ever knowing! A lot can happen in nine months. I am terribly sorry! I guess that goes to show just how busy our family has been. Let me catch you up…
- The baby is now a 14 month old TODDLER!!! Where did the time go? We celebrated her big day with a Minnie Mouse party…she adores that bow wearing mouse.
- I survived the school year…data and all! Don’t tell anyone, but amidst all the crazy I love it!
- Sassy showed 2nd grade who is boss…as if we ever questioned that! Seriously, she blew it out of the water!
- Our softball team set some school records. We had a very successful season, and are very proud of our “adopted daughters”.
- Over Thanksgiving break we went to Disney World. Best vacation ever!
- Our end of school/summer vacation was to Branson. Not so fun….a virus began taking us out one by one the night we arrived. It was certainly memorable, but not the way we imagined.
These are the main points of the year, and brings us to present day. I am currently at a four day AP training. While the training isn’t the most fun in the world, I am here with my ‘teaching BFF’ as I call her. In all honesty, she has become a real BFF…she is me and I am her; it is freaky, but I love her. I could not have survived the school year without her. I’ve enjoyed her company immensely this week. It is the first time I’ve left my baby for more than the day for work, and I couldn’t have done it without her. I learned so many things from teaching this past year that I want to share, but that will have to wait for another day as sleep is calling my name.
I wish this post was more interesting, but I guess it comes with the territory when you go without posting so long. My goal is to be much more active on here from this point on. I missed out on sharing so much with you during the school year. I hope I can recall some of those things over the next month to share with you.
Just as the seasons change, life so changes.
Fall is in the air, and our family is adjusting to a season of change. Not only did we add another Kees to the roster, but mama is working full-time now. I certainly was not looking for this change, but for some reason God brought it to us. Mind you, on top of Sassy going to public school. Can you say…crazy!!! That is how I feel most days. It’s up at 5:00 am, home around 3:45, 2nd grade homework, coaching responsibilities, baby, teacher homework, housework, next day prep, and hopefully bed by 10:00 pm. On a good day, which seems all too rare, we get a decent home cooked dinner in. Coach is typically away from home five evenings a week, which makes this mama weary. Most days I am asking, “Why, Lord?” What was so wrong with my staying home and caring for my children? What was wrong with having a clean home daily, and dinner on the table when my husband arrived home? I haven’t figured any of that out yet. I’m working each day to survive and adjust. It isn’t easy, but it is getting easier.
As I sit here in the dark, with only the television on, playing one of my favorite Christmas movies, and soak in the sweet ambiance of pumpkin candles brightly glowing, I can only smile. The week has been less than ideal, that is for certain. However, this week did end on a sweet note. I came home and spent my evening without a million chores, or homework, or lunches to make. I spent my evening with my girls; caring for them, talking with them, and playing with them. We all needed it. My sweet baby even let me rock her to sleep without a fight. This has not happened in a very long time. It was as if she knew what her mama’s heart needed. Sometimes, amidst all the craziness of the changing of seasons, we forget to be thankful that the seasons do change, and that we are here to experience them.
I am so sorry it has taken so very long for me to post an update. I hadn’t realized how long it’s been. Time flies!
1. Rosalie (Rosie) Joy was born April 10, 2014 via c-section. She was 8lb 1oz and 21 3/4 in long. My beautiful baby is now 12 weeks old. I had been praying for a vbac, but she was breech. After trying all the flipping positions, chiropractic adjustment, and an external cephalic version, Dr. M decided for whatever reason she was not turning and at 7 days away from my due date, I was all baby and she was out of room. So 2 days later we went in for a section. It was pretty rough because Rosie was breech, twisted, and hung up in my abdominal muscles. My doctor had to extend my previous scar and cut some of my muscle in order to get her out. Aside from that struggle it was an amazing, family centered birth experience. I was able to hold her immediately and have her with me in recovery and nurse. I am so thankful for my doctor and the amazing nurses I had who fought for me to have the experience I did. Rosie now sits up with help, jabbers all the time, gives the sweetest smiles, eats cereal and 1st foods. We adore her!
2. Sassy is an amazing big sister! She is so proud of Baby Rosie.
3. Homeschool continued on after Rosie came. It was a change, but we made it through. We are still doing some work during the summer. And there may be a big announcement coming soon about this. Stay tuned!
4. We love our new home!! The space we have here is awesome. It is so nice to be able to have the whole family over with plenty of space.
5. A few months ago we lost our sweet Dachshund, Ginger. We miss her every single day. Bolt missed her a lot the first couple days, but is doing much better. It was very sad for us, and very sudden and unexpected. That sweet girl had been through a lot in her life.
6. Since having Rosie I have had no more pcos issues/symptoms. I hope that this will continue. I have been working to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, which is a huge help for those with pcos. I gained about 12-15 pounds with this last pregnancy, and lost about 25 pounds in the first 6 weeks postpartum. I was thrilled with that!
A very sweet and thoughtful friend shared this on my facebook wall tonight…
This verse really hit home for me and put into words exactly how I feel and have felt for a very long time in our quest to grow our family. Such a sweet reminder!
Thanks again for all the many prayers!
Yesterday was my doctor’s appointment where I expected get my lab results from my 3 and 21 day tests, and put together a ‘get another Kees baby’ plan. When I arrived the lady told me she was not back from surgery but I could see the nurse practitioner. I explained my situation and we agreed I could see her and she could relay the info for me. Great! I was bummed for sure, but it was better than nothing. Once I was taken back for vitals, the ladies recognized me and asked if I just wanted to wait for her to make it back. I was up for it. (That’s how much I’m in the office btw..LOL!) The nurse took me back for vitals and explained that the surgery was very lengthy and started very late, I could wait or reschedule because the Dr. definitely wanted to talk to me. We decided to reschedule.
So, this morning I headed back to the doctor’s office; which was packed. After about a 40 minute wait, the nurse took me back for vitals and told me she didn’t want me to get discouraged, the Dr. was in L&D, but should be back soon because they had been pushing for about an hour. No problem! About three minutes later the Dr. called and told her they had just finished and she was on her way back up. Yay! It was about ten minutes later that she made it to my room. She asked how everything was going, I told her my cycles were regular (for someone with PCOS), I had dropped 37lbs, and many of the symptoms were gone or going away. I did tell her I had recently had ultrasounds that showed both ovaries were full of cysts, as expected. I explained to her the OPK’s were giving me false positives (normal for women with PCOS), and that I had 1 good month of a normal basal temp. chart, but everything else was completely erratic (also normal for PCOS). She said stop wasting the money on OPK’s and don’t stress over basal temp. charting. I asked her health/diet wise what I should be doing because I’ve read a million things as to what to take/eat/etc. I’ve heard do a low GI diet, I’ve heard no dairy and no gluten. You name it…I’ve heard it. She said do the low GI diet (b/c I had explained I had hit that inevitable wall), and to do nothing else….the diet and normal exercise, and continue my metformin. Easy! I can do that! She then told me she was going to start me on clomid next month. It would be a low dose, and probably would not work, but you never know. Once I do the 21 day and we do not see ovulation, she will up the mg for the next month. We will attempt this method for 3-4 months. If this doesn’t work, we will be off to see Dr. Storment. I def. left satisfied and happy to have a plan. What a blessing!
So please be in prayer for our family over the next few months, as well as for me and my body. I am praying for more success on the weight loss front, and a continuation of regular cycles so that I am able to take the medications correctly. I am also praying for this journey financially because just the meds and 21 day test each month will cost us about $175 or more. Should we need IUI, we are talking much more. Def. not an extra cost anyone ever expects, but we know that God is faithful to always see us through. And of course we are praying for a baby!
Thank you to all of those who keep up with our family and your continued prayer and support. We could not do this without the love and support of all of our friends and family. God Bless!