Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Daffodils!

These were taken at a local Daffodil field. It is about an acre of daffodils in the woods. It was so beautiful there. A sure sign Spring is here!

Alli C

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Happy Birthday Jack

Today is my Jack's 5th birthday! What a blessing and miracle he has been.

Daddyman and I tried for a few years to get pregnant, but being overweight, and having Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), it was impossible for us to get pregnant on our own. So we went to the BEST Reproductive Endocrinologist in the state of Indiana, Dr. Bonaventura. After many trials, there was much tribulation when I became pregnant with Jack.

My pregnancy with Jack was high-risk due to my hypertension (prior to pregnancy) and my Type 2 diabetes. I was monitored very closely by my OB and by an endocrinologist to ensure that both Jack and I were healthy.

Everything was great throughout the pregnancy, with no major issues. I never had morning sickness or Braxton-Hicks contractions. All of the non-stress tests were good, and at 36 weeks, I had an amniocentesis that showed that Jack’s lungs were not quite developed enough to induce labor. I was having some increased hypertension, so I was put on bed rest until Jack could be delivered.

I had a very rough delivery with Jack, and when he was born (via emergency C-section), he did not breathe right away. He finally did start breathing, but he never cried. We got settled, he went to have his bath, and began to have breathing trouble again. The pediatricians admitted him into the NICU until they could determine why he was having trouble breathing, and get it fixed. He spent the night and most of the next day in the NICU, but was soon released.

The first time I held him, I felt like my life was complete. Although I had wanted a houseful of kids, I was at peace with the fact that Jack might be my only child.

I am so blessed that God chose ME to be the mom of the wonderful, loving, creative, superhero-loving, beautiful miracle that is Jackson Stephens.

I love you, Bud, more than you will ever, ever know.

Jackson Stephens
3-16-05 6:23 PM
8 lbs. 6 oz. 22 in.



Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Random Tuesday Thoughts - a little late

So I am just now getting my random on, and I have 10 minutes to get dinner on the table. Why do I always get the urge to write when it is most inconvenient? Why can't I write when the kids have gone to bed or when they are having rest time? That would be too easy. Oh well.
I have been dabbling a little bit in graphic design. When I say a little bit, I mean, A LITTLE BIT. I find it fascinating to do this. It is creative, yet so easy to fix mistakes. I have designed a 600x800 button type graphic to use for an Etsy shop I am going to start soon. I don't think I am going use it, as I have decided on a different name, but I am posting the graphic any how, just to get a little feedback.

The House episode that was on last night dealt with a blogger, who blogged everything. She had a significant other that didn't like that she posted EVERYTHING about her life online. She posted about fights they had, etc. I wondered if Daddyman was upset about my blog, but then I remembered that I don't post very often, so I didn't think he would have an issue with it. I will have to ask him later if it would bother him to put everything out there. Not that anything happens to us (well, except the fall out from bad decisions).

Lots going on in the next 2 weeks...lots of things to ponder, and I promise I will share soon.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Random Tuesday Thoughts

Busy, busy, busy. That is us these days. Also sick, sick, sick. The boys and I got sick while we were in Richmond, and have slowly been on the mend. We still have stuffy noses and coughs, but no fevers!

We have had a few doctors appointments for Jack in the last few days, and I will be blogging about it soon. I am still trying to wrap my brain around things, and want to inform family via phone before I blog about it.

I am so far behind in my housework due to being sick, it is appalling. Yet, I am still zapped from the cold that I can't seem to get it under control. Hopefully soon!

Yesterday, I had a pretty good creativity vibe going on, but didn't capitalize on it like I wish I could have. I hope that this afternoon will bring some quiet so that I can work on a few crochet projects. We'll see.

OK, that is all I have right now. I need to shower for our 2nd appointment of the week.

Alli C