Boy or Girl??

Today we did our gender reveal party!  It has been just over a week since my step-mom did the ultrasound to find out if we were going to have a girl or a boy.  She did a great job keeping the secret!  Of course the Ramzi Theory said girl, but most of the old wives tales said boy…so of course that did not help my lack of intuition on the subject.  Sassy, however, has said from day one, without the slightest bit of doubt, that she was getting a little sister.  Being she seems to have some strange gift from God….I don’t call her a little prophet for nothin’…..I felt swayed that she would be correct, but we had to wait to find out.

We did a ‘small’ party….small based on my definition of course, because I have a lot of family.  Our theme was ‘Baseball or Softball’.  Everything turned out super cute!  Our parents really helped pull everything off.  Here are some photos:

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Of course I know you now want to know what it is, so here ya go….

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So it seems the Kees family is adding another little girl to the roster!  We could not be more excited!  God is good!


A 1st Trimester Love Letter

To my dearest first trimester,
I can not tell you what joy you have brought into my life.  I honestly thought you would never come, or that once you did arrive, you would be full of worry and stress.  Thankfully, however, you arrived with peace and comfort.  Although we had it a little rough the first eight weeks, we made it through…nauseating, exhausting days and all.  You still have not renewed in me a desire for meat or eggs, but I can live with that.  You have taught me a few things about myself that I did not know.  Thanks to you, I discovered that I am borderline anemic and O positive blood type.  Those are things a girl should know. 
We have shared joy, tears, concern, anger, happiness, frustration, and many other emotions over the past 13 weeks.  As happy as I am to be entering the second trimester, I’m a little sad to see you go.  After all, it is you who ushered in our joy and did all the work to keep our little blessing growing strong.  Seeing you go means I’ll be getting fatter very soon, and many of the clothes we shared we no longer be worn.  But it also means we are that much closer to holding our tiny blessing in our arms, and will soon know whether our joy is he or she.  Seeing you go means naming our child and making all the preparations required.  I honestly can’t complain about you.  We got along pretty well.  I am, however, very thankful for you and pray that we meet again……a little sooner this time around.
Farewell hormone raging friend!
-This thankful, expecting mother-

Pregnancy…Goodbye 1st Trimester, Hello 2nd!

We are now 13 weeks pregnant, and counting!  Yesterday was my 2nd OB appointment and we were lucky enough to pick up the baby’s heartbeat on doppler.  Doppler showed we have a very healthy, busy baby.  What a blessing!  Dr. M said that since I had some high blood pressure issues with my last pregnancy that she wanted to get a 24 hour urine sample so we can get a base-line count on protein.  We didn’t have a base-line of this last time and I had to do 24 hour collections far too many times to count.  She said it is possible that I just have a generally higher protein count than most, but at least we would know so that if high blood pressure does arise this time, we will know if it is really a big deal or not.  The high bp and swelling is definitely not something I want to have to deal with this time around, so I have been doing everything I can to prevent it.  So far I’ve been successful, but it is still very early.  It will be 20 weeks plus that I will really have to be watching it.  I am happy to report that my bp was good at this appointment, so lets pray it stays that way.  Doing the 24 hour collection is so not fun, but it is for a good reason…so regardless of how many times I have to pee in a 24 hour span (which…tmi…sorry…is A LOT), I will survive.

Pregnancy Symptoms/Issues Thus Far:

  • Some clothing is getting too tight.  It’s a good excuse to be getting fatter, but no one likes tight clothes.
  • Strangely enough I’m getting bigger in the mid-section, but have only gained 1lb in 13 weeks.  Good, but very weird to me.
  • I have had to change my eating habits.  I now eat all day long.  LOL…I eat like 6 times a day..of course not big meals each time, but it has really been different for me.  Coach swears I am going to eat him out of house and home and I need another job just to pay for the extra food cost.  Whoops!!
  • I have to pee more than I ever thought humanly possible. 
  • I struggle to get comfortable at night and get a lot less sleep than I use to.
  • Most days I feel as thought I NEED a nap.

I can’t tell you how excited we are to have a baby!!  Sassy is just as thrilled as anyone, and is set on us having a girl.  Which…according to the Ramzi Theory….we will have a girl.  Can’t wait to find out in a few weeks!  I have to say it feels pretty good to be saying goodbye to the first trimester, and hello to the second!  I do not miss the nausea!

Thanks for following us and God Bless!


Prayer Requests:

  • My grandfather in CO battling cancer.
  • Coach’s grandmother’s recovery…so far she is doing really well.
  • All the ladies who suffer from PCOS and all those trying to conceive.
  • Our Government
  • Closing on our new home.  (Pending the government opening back up.)
  • MOPS Convention next Thurs. through Sun. and safe travels for all.

Hope, Faith, Miracles, and Blessings

Never doubt the ability of God to do great things.  Even in the most seemingly hopeless of times.  God has worked wonders and miracles in me, as well as my family in recent months.

A few weeks ago Coach and I both had grandmothers in the hospital, at the same time.  One had colonitis and pneumonia, along side some issues with her pace maker.  The other had gone in for a stress test due to some issues she had been having.  After the stress test she had what seemed to be a seizure and lost all ability to speak.  To make a long story short, one grandmother got out of ICU and greatly improved enough to go home in a day, while at the very same time, the other was completely healed.  My grandmother who had lost her ability to speak was suddenly able to speak without any issues.  The doctor came in with results stating that she did not have seizure, there was no sign of stroke, and that she was perfectly healthy.  Truly a miracle!

I personally have experienced the majestic powers of God.  As you know, I suffer from PCOS (Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome).  So many of you have prayed for me concerning this for months, and even years, as Coach and I have tried to have more children and considered all roads to get us to that point.  As you know, a few months ago we switched doctors and got some real answers and a real plan.  The plan was to begin taking clomid in August, for approximately three months, in an attempt to get pregnant.  If that proved to be unsuccessful, the plan was to see our local fertility expert and begin IUI.  In July we had our prescription filled for the clomid and waited for the day to arrive that I could begin taking it.  We decided that month that we would just take things easy and stop planning everything because the next 6-12 months would hold a sort of schedule for our lives like we have never experienced before.  So, we did.  Of course in order to start the clomid we had to wait for my cycle to start.  We waited….and waited.  Nothing.  For about the last year I’ve been pretty regular, so this was odd, but when you have PCOS, nothing is ever odd for you.  Coach kept asking if he could get me a pregnancy test, and I kept saying no, it would happen in a few days.  Time passed on and still nothing.  Finally Coach said he would get a test so at least if it was negative (which I knew it would be…they always were) I could have the doctor call in the medicine I needed to make my cycle start so we could start with the clomid.  I agreed; told him to just get the $1.00 test from the Dollar Store (that’s what the Dr. office uses anyhow) because there was no sense in wasting more money on tests.  I mean at this point I’m wishing I would have taken out stock in pregnancy tests.  (lol)  So, he gets the test and I take it…..totally expecting the usual negative because it is ALWAYS negative.  I mean I hadn’t had a positive test since I had Sassy…and she is six and a half years old.  Well, immediately it said….POSITIVE!  I looked again…still positive.  I called Coach, held it out and asked, “Does this say positive?”.  Coach looked at it, looked at the box, back at the test, then at me and said, “Yup!”.  We were so shocked!  I didn’t really believe it.  I called my nurse the next morning and got on the schedule to get a blood serum pregnancy test done.  She called the next day to confirm that I was indeed pregnant.  I had my step-mom do an ultrasound to make sure everything was okay.  The ultrasound showed a perfect little fetal pole and heartbeat.  I was approximately six weeks at that time.  We were scheduled for our first OB visit three weeks later.  Last Monday we went to the Dr. and had an ultrasound done there as well, and I am happy to report that everything looked perfect.  We are currently about 10 weeks along!  Can you believe it!?!  If you’ve been following our journey, you know that this is nothing short of a miracle.  I can not even begin to tell you how blessed we feel.  I have been amazed to see how God has used my story, and I know that he will continue to use our story.  For months I have seen my ovaries lie dormant, full of cysts, and now here I am carrying a child.  Beyond amazing!  So please if you, or anyone you know suffers from PCOS, or any other form of infertility, please let them know there is hope.  All you can do is educate yourself on your condition, eat as clean a diet as you can, exercise, and fully trust and rely on God.  God has a plan and story for each of us.  God is so good!

Through this journey, Coach and I learned that we are called to adopt.  We do not have any immediate plans, but in the future we will adopt a child, or children, depending on what God calls us to do.  No matter how God builds your family and blesses you with parenthood, it is a blessing and it is your story, destined for you by God.

Thank you for all of your prayers and support!  We are blessed!

P.S. – We are under contract on a home and have inspection tomorrow!  We are so excited and blessed by all that is happening in our lives right now.

Prayer Requests:

  • Our pregnancy to be healthy and result in a healthy baby
  • My health in order to have a successful VBAC
  • Cenla MOPS (just had our 1st meeting)
  • MOPS Convention coming up in October and our travel there and back
  • Families battling fertility problems
  • Coach’s grandmother (at home ill with another issue, but recovering)
  • My grandfather, who has been diagnosed with cancer
  • Home Inspection Friday
  • Teachers, Parents, and Children….Common Core Issues

Back To School

Kees Academy is back in session!!  We started school Monday, so we officially have one whole week under our belts.  And let me tell you…it was a great week!  It was so wonderful to be back on our schedule and back to work.  Sassy had a great week and learned a lot!  She her first two ‘real’ tests Friday and did great on both.  She loves to learn and flies through her work way faster than I thought she would, so school time isn’t taking us too terribly long at this point.  Of course we haven’t implemented everything I have planned for the year just yet due to two reasons:
1. We hope to be able to make another move to a new home soon.
2. Most of the curriculum will not last her all year anyhow.
So with both of those things in mind, I decided to take the pace a little slower for now and go along with her pace and what’s happening in life at the moment.  Such a blessing of homeschooling.  No, she will not be behind because she does more than schools do anyhow, and we will be going all year long, basically.
I was honestly a little nervous about this year because it’s first grade.  She isn’t a baby anymore, and the work is a bit more than what we are use to, but this week really settled my nerves.  I’m more than happy with first grade and our curriculum choices thus far.  I’ll be posting some photos of some of our projects soon, so stay tuned.
God Bless!!
Kees Family Prayer Requests:
  • New School Year
  • Search/Purchase of a New Home
  • Fertility Stuff
  • Coach’s New Year (1st day was quite eventful)
  • All the teachers/school workers/students

Gearing Up & Breaking Down

As I was looking through my homeschool binder earlier I decided to go ahead and rotate my calendar to display August.  My eyes widened….I was stunned!  We are a mere 17 days away from starting our new year!  How can that be??  I mean…I’ve been doing some prep work and planning, getting geared up for a new year, but I am so not ready.  No, seriously…NOT ready!!!  I still have some curriculum to order!  So yes…guess what I get to do next week.  When I realized August 12th was looming very near, I did have a bit of break down inside.  Unfortunately I fear it will not be my last.  I have a lot of work to get done.  A LOT!!  I am thankful that I will not be braving the back to school crowds for supplies again this year, though.  Definitely a perk of homeschooling!  We go get all of our supplies about a two weeks after the public schools start.  Yes, many things are gone by then, but we only need the basics…crayons, markers, glue, etc., and we are able to get them on clearance.  You just can’t beat that!  So the back to school shopping will not cause this mama a break down.  But…the curriculum ordering last minute, and super last minute lesson planning very well may.  I promise I did not intentionally wait this long to get everything done!  Summer just flew by me and August surprised me.  My understanding is that this has happened to many other homeschool families, so…at least we aren’t alone…
God Bless!! 
P.S. – Pray for me!  🙂