Tuesday, May 31, 2011

It's Official . . .

We are now the parents of a High Schooler!  I am sometimes still in shock that I am old enough to have a child in High School.

On May 18th we attended Breanna's 8th grade Promotion.  It was a nice, short and sweet program (it only lasted about 45 minutes).  We are very pleased with all of Breanna's accomplishments this past school year.  She tried out for Volleyball and made the team.  She tried out for Softball and made the team.  She was also a member of Principals Academy and FBLA.  She always work hard to keep her grades up, and I never have to remind her to do her homework, never had to worry about her getting her school work done. 

Our Family after the 8th grade Promotion!

We are looking forward to how crazy the next year will be with Breanna in High School, Amber starting Jr High, Candace starting 5th grade, Jodi starting 3rd grade, a new baby and Jared working swing shift.  I love being busy with what activities the girls have and fully support them in their decisions, but wondering how I will be able to manage how crazy life will become.  We are Blessed to have such wonderful children.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Where do I begin?

It has been a really long time since I have blogged...and I have so much to catch up on...I have no idea where to begin...so please stick with me as I jump around and try to do a lot of catch up, but for now I will begin with the newest member of our Family!

After we lost Edward, Jared and I weren't sure if we wanted to add another child into our family.  We were very indecisive, yes...no...yes...no!  We were scared to try again for fear of loosing another child, we did want to try again so we could end our Beautiful Family with Happy thoughts.  We soon decided that we would wait a year to make the decision and take the time we needed to grieve Edward and the time we needed to heal ourselves and our Family.

Not long after my spur of the moment trip to Colorado we found out that we were expecting again.  We were excited, scared, worried, we had so many emotions going on at the same time that we didn't know what to think. We went to my Dr. and found out that I was due May 4, 2011.  We went through the pregnancy finding it hard to get excited, once we got past 21 weeks it became easier (21 weeks is when we lost Edward), but we were still scared.  Once we hit 24 weeks it became even more easier (24 weeks a baby is viable and the Dr.s are willing to help save the baby when outside of the womb).  Once 32 weeks came even more easier (every week you can keep a baby in the better the chances are).  At 37 weeks we had an amniocentesis done to see if the lungs were developed, we got the results 2 hours after the procedure was done then went in the next day to be induced. 

*Side Note:  At 22 weeks gestation I was diagnosed with a condition called PUPPPS, I was and still am very itchy.  There are many times when I want to rip my skin off.  This is why we decided to induce early, we were hoping that it would go away once I delivered, but it hasn't.

On Thursday April 14, 2011 we went to the hospital and I was induced and at 4:15pm our Son Rowdy James joined our family.

Here are the Stats:
Name:  Rowdy James Lee
Born:  April 14, 2011
Time:  4:15 pm
Weight:  6 pounds 10 ounces
Length:  19 1/2 inches

We were so Happy to hear him cry, hold him and then to bring him home with us.  He is truly a blessing.  We are having fun relearning what it is like to be parents to a newborn again.  I got used to sleeping through the night (oh how I miss those days, but wouldn't trade what I have now to have them back).  Rowdy is a very easy going baby, don't get me wrong we have our moments, but I can't complain.  I am Thankful to my Heavenly Father for sending us our Rowdy, and am truly blessed to be his mom.  I am looking forward to the joys that will come as we raise him.

Rowdy shortly after birth.

Rowdy after his 1st bath. 

Rowdy napping with his Daddy! 

Sleeping peacefully. 

In my favorite outfit, that doesn't fit him anymore!