Overdue Update

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!

Quick Update

I figure it is due time for a little update on life around the Kees household.

1. I will be 19 weeks along this Tuesday, and our little girl is doing great!  I go on the 26th for my anatomy ultrasound, which is where they check to make sure she has all the right parts in all the right places.  I’m confident all is well!  So far, pregnancy has been wonderful!  I have not had any problems!  That is a huge blessing!

2. Hopefully, after many months, we will be closing on our new home this Wednesday!  Of course things always go wrong, so please don’t think I am counting my chickens before they hatch here.  That is the current plan, and we are praying it happens that way, and that soon.

3. Kees Academy is on break at the moment due to the move.  During break we do anything educational, anytime we can.  It might be having a random math lesson one day, and working on reading three days later.  Sometimes I just go with whatever Sassy may have questions about…she asks, I answer, research with her, and check out books on the subject for her.  So let me just say school (and life) have been a bit interesting lately.

4. Coach is now in basketball season.  I am not sure if this is good or bad at the moment.  Football season is wrapping up, so that means the amount of time he is away to referee has greatly decreased, which we like.  However, the first week of basketball season, we only saw the man 1 day!  This week they have their 5-day long tournament.  Yes, that is correct…it is FIVE days long!!  The up side is that we will see him every single day because we will be working the concession stand.  Yes, (hopefully) all while moving to a new home.  Crazy busy, but isn’t God good!!

Please forgive me for not posting more often for you!  As you can somewhat see…it’s been a little crazy.  We love every minute of our crazy though!  Once we get settled into our new place I plan to post a lot more often!  So…something for us all to look forward to!

Thanks for reading!!

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

New Hope

A little over a week ago I called my doctor’s office and switched doctors in office.  I hated to do it because I did really like the doctor I had, but if you’ve kept up with the blog or know my family well, you know the issues I’ve had and the problems we’ve had getting pregnant.  It was to the point that I felt my doctor just didn’t know what to do with me.  He didn’t know how to help me.  So, we felt it was time to make a change; he wasn’t delivering babies anymore anyhow.  I decided to switch to a new doctor who had just come into the office.  I had heard a lot of good things about her and she is young and has had experience with infertilty on a personal level.

I was really nervous about switching and what she would have to say about our situation, but I went ahead and scheduled a consult with her to get to know her and to share our struggle and get her take on our PCOS problem.  Since the birth of my daughter, who turns 6 in 9 days, I have never left my doctor’s office with more hope concerning my disease.  She gave me more answers in 30 minutes than I’ve had in four years.  Basically, she said were on the right track with the way we were doing things, the weight I’ve lost, and the meds I’ve been on, but I needed to be taking a higher dosage of my medication.  She immediately corrected this for me.  She also informed me to call and schedule a hormone panel within the next couple of weeks when the time was right, and told us to give the good ole OPK’s another try since I’ve made so much progress the last few months.  My husband and I were thrilled to hear her say that my disease/condition (I hate calling it a disease, but that’s what she says it is.) is totally controlable and as we were leaving she said, “It’s gunna happen.  We’re going to get a baby!”.  I’ve never gotten so much positive feedback from my doctors, nor so much hope for our future.  We are excited to get things going, but we are more excited to finally be on the right track.

When I first suspected I had PCOS I was afraid I would never have more children unless I had thousands of dollars to spend on treatment or adoption.  Which, by the way, I do not have!  I wish I did that that much money so that I could adopt a child, but that isn’t an option right now.  When my doctor confirmed my suspicion of the disease I felt a bit alone.  I didn’t know of anyone who had ever dealt with this disease.  Heck, I didn’t even know of anyone who had dealt with fertility issues.  I felt like I couldn’t talk about what we were going through.  God soon brought quite a few people into my life who did understand what I was going through, and it felt so good to be able to talk to other women about their journey with infertility.  That’s why I share about my journey on our blog.  To let women out there know they can talk about it; there is nothing wrong with them.  Infertility is really tough, but there is hope and there are people who understand.  I had no clue I had PCOS until I went to my doctor after the birth of my daughter, Sassy.  And she was 3 years old then.  It took me a long time to work up the courage to go get checked out because I didn’t want to have a problem.  But I’m so glad today that I did go.  It wasn’t until this week that I found out I’ve always had PCOS, I just never knew it.  I was under the impression that it just appeared after having my first child.  I mean she was a surprise to say the least, and I had never had any problems until I got pregnant.  But I learned this week that PCOS just doesn’t appear; it’s something your born with.  I was apparently born with it and the weight gain during my pregnancy just brought it out.  Which made me realize that the conception of my daughter was somewhat of a miracle.  I believe every conception is a miracle, but apparently she was definitely one.  Many times I’ve told people that in a way she saved me…well…saved us.  (I’ll get into that another day.) But what an eye opener to realize that I’ve always suffered from a disease that makes it close to impossible to get pregnant, and the child that so many people in today’s world would have called “a mistake” or an “uh-oh” was just a mile marker on our journey under God’s incredible plan for our lives.  That’s why I have so much hope for our future in terms of growing our family.  I know God is in control!  He has an amazing plan for me and my family!

 

This certaily isn’t one of my most organized posts for you, but I felt it was important to share with you as soon as I could.  Thanks to all those who have been praying for us in this area.  I know that God hears those prayers, and we greatly appreciate your support.  We have some awesome friends and family!

God Bless!