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Monday, April 22, 2013

Colorado Trip Take 2

Wow, well it's been a while since I have posted as usual, but for good reason!
Last week Geoff and I headed to Colorado Springs (after being delayed due to a APRIL) with the help of some of our awesome friends who gave us rides, watched the girls, and allowed us to stay with them. The goal was for us to purchase our first home during the time we were there.

We looked at a total of around 14-15 houses within the first two days.  We had quite a few favorites on the first day, one of which we knew would be our first choice.  As we were putting in an offer on that house on Tuesday evening, we found out that the HOA is super strict, not allowing anything to be done in the backyard without permission (which the answer will always be no) because it backs up to a golf course.  We couldn't even have a real fence, only a 3 foot tall rail fence with nothing attached to it to keep kids and dogs in our yard.

The 2nd day we felt very defeated as we liked a few other houses, but we really loved that one, so we agreed to look at a few more houses.  We went over the details and we saw one house that stood out because it met all of our qualifications, including a walk out basement for my home studio...all within our normal price range, nowhere near our max of what we would have paid for the first choice house.
Of the 4 houses we looked at on Wednesday we had it down to two houses that we both loved.  We finally decided after about 3 hours of back and fourth on the first house we saw that day because overall, it had more things we loved about the neighborhood, school, area, and was in general cheaper.

We put in an offer that evening and heard back late that night with their counter offer, which we then accepted per advice of our agent.  Apparently when we where in Colorado in October, it was a total buyers market, but as of January this year, it is now a seller's market and she was surprised they were willing to come down at all on their offer. Also, we haven't had the official appraisal done yet, but the estimated market value of the house is at least $10k more than what they are asking, so most likely, we got a pretty good deal.

Thursday was filled with lots and lots of paperwork, and since then, we have new emails full of paperwork to be read and signed everyday.  Overall, the trip, even though super stressful, was an over all success.  We ended up getting a house that was exactly what we wanted (or pretty dang close) for the price we were hoping for.

Here is a little bit about the house:
6 bedroom (4 upstairs, 2 in basement), 3.5 bathrooms, approx 3,000 SF.
Gorgeous mountain views from the upper back deck, eat in nook, and kitchen window.  The house is set on a hill as a walk out lot, so we can also see a good portion of "city view".  The yard is sloped and sectioned into 3 levels, with a few semi-mature trees, perfect for backyard exploring.  Not a huge backyard, but probably at least 3-4 times the size we have right now.  Originally we were hoping for a little more land, but it turns out, you have to be quite a bit out of the city for that, and it was way out of our price range for our first home.  We will be doing different things with each area of the yard, including, a big patio with a built in firepit, a small garden, a large area of grass for the kids to play, and then fruit trees lining the back fence.
The walk out basement is full of amazing natural light, even on super cloudy days, so I am so happy I get to continue with natural light (I was looking into switching to as natural as possible studio lighting when I thought a walkout basement was out of our price range).  My studio will have a shooting area, prop closet, office, and a small play area for kids.  Eventually we will put some sort of wet bar so I can have a fridge, sink, microwave, etc. The house is fairly new, only about 10 years old, but when they built the house, they didn't really do any upgrades, so everything is your standard builder grade, so we are looking at upgrading some things slowly such as the kitchen, some of the flooring, and the bathrooms.  We also need to do some major painting as every single wall in that house is WHITE.  I am not okay with that :)

I took quite a few photos for our own planning purposes, but I am only sharing a few, as they owners still reside in the home, so their stuff is everywhere still.  I promise we will be posting lots of photos as soon as we move in, which will be June 5th!  Please say a prayer that everything continues as planned!

Family room (again, not our crap)

Standing in living room/dining room looking towards family room and kitchen

Kitchen.  None of the appliances match (and they are taking the fridge) so we will be replacing them eventually, as well as redoing the floor and re-staining the cabinets)

Standing in family room area looking towards living room and dining room

5 piece master bath and a huge walk in closet in Master

Love our front porch.  We will be adding some railing around it eventually. 

Outside of the house (It looked really small when I posted a iPhone pic on FB, and for some reason it still does here too.  It's like a magic house that is small on the outside, but when you walk in you wonder if you went through a portal, LOL)

Back upper deck.  You can not see them at ALL, but normally that entire view is mountains.  You can also see a small portion of the yard.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Family Update

Right now our family has so many things up in the air.  We totally feel like we are "in between" so many different things right now.  Our move to Colorado is getting closer with about 3 months until the packers come to pack our household goods.  We have finally started to feel more excited about moving, and more okay with leaving Minot.  We have always loved living in Minot, and no one has ever heard us complain, unless it was wishing for more snow :).  But lately, so many negative things have been happening, that we feel ready to just move on and start our next chapter.  We are probably the most excited about buying our first house in the next month or so...something we have been wanting to do for the last 10 years, but are now finally in a place where we can and not be stressed, as we are now 100% debt free! We can't wait until we finally have our own home and can make it ours. I am sure we will post a big announcement when we have everything finalized.

Update on Abby:

We just had the girls parent-teacher conferences and of course Abby did amazing.  Her teacher refers to her as "the perfect student".  She is reading over 2 grade levels ahead of where she needs to be and all of her other subjects are scoring well above average as well.  She has been going to a "gifted and talented" program for the last two years which she LOVES.  Right now her favorite subject is still science (mostly biology).  She has no idea what she wants to be when she grows up.   Most of the time she says she wants to be some sort of animal doctor or maybe a zoo keeper.
As far as her health, it is remaining about the same.  She still continues to sleep walk 2-7 nights a week (started as a toddler when she moved out of her crib).  Her night terrors had completely gone away a couple of years ago, but have started to come back in the last few weeks. The sleep walking still remains, even after a 6 month time frame of it only happening once or started back up pretty often about a year ago.  Her migraines are completely under control with her medication, down to 1-2 headaches a year.  We did find out she might possibly have some sort of asthma or other bronchial issue as we found out she is having a harder time running and breathing at the same time.  If she does, it's very mild and we are trying out an albuterol inhaler for a few weeks to see if that makes a difference.

Update on Jordy:

Jordy's conference went great as well.  She is right around where she should be, and even excelling in a few areas.  I think right now, her biggest struggle is reading (as it is for most kindergarteners) and we definitely need to work on it more with her.  We read to her every single night, but I know we need to push her to sound out and read words more often.  Last weekend we went on our trip to Grand Forks, ND to meet with a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon.  We found out that she does NOT have Perthes Disease, but she does have some sort of genetic disorder with her hips and possibly other places in her body. Usually these cases are presented with short stature, which would explain why she is so small.  We really didn't get much information at all because he said we need to go to a genetic doctor to find out exactly what it is.  She needs full body scans as well as genetic testing to find out which marker is showing up abnormal to know what we are dealing with her.  Honestly, we didn't care for this doctor at all.  He barely even looked at Jordyn.  In fact, he thought she was a boy, after coming into the room (I get that she has a gender neutral name, but she is wearing pigtails and earrings, and he didn't even look at her).  Honestly, how hard is it to glance next to you and see what your patient looks like?  We do appreciate his knowledge and that because he is a specialist, he could tell right away looking at her hip x-ray that it was not Perthes (apparently, they look very similar, so our pediatrician still did a good job catching that something wasn't right!)  This explains why she hasn't really had much pain as this condition usually isn't accompanied by pain.  He suggested waiting until after we move to Colorado and have access to one of the best hospitals in the US (Denver children's hospital) to see a genetic specialist and find out more information.  Either way, it sounds like nothing really will be done, it's basically just so we know what her condition is.  He said most cases, once you hit your 40s, probably need a hip replacement.  So as of right now, we are pretty much back to square one as far as what Jordyn has, but it's nice to know she will probably not need any sort of surgery or treatment during childhood.

Update on Geoff:

I think Geoff is probably more anxious to move than any of us.  He has been working much longer hours with a much higher workload the past couple of months and he is getting burned out on always having extra work thrown at him non stop. We just keep repeating "3 more months".   He is testing for his next rank in a couple of weeks, and we think he has a really good chance of making it this year. He has worked very hard to get where he is and I know he is excited to see what changes come with his AF career as he moves up in rank.  Ultimately, his goal is to make Chief by 20 years.  He is excited to be going back to his intell career and starting a new job in a new place.  Right now he is taking a semester off of school so he has more time to study for his test.  His hearing aid is still not working for him and at this point probably never will.  We will probably have his metal stump removed and test out a brand new device that is pretty much his last hope of him ever being able to hear from his right ear.  He doesn't really have much free time lately between his longer work hours and studying for his test, but hopefully that will be changing soon.  He is very excited to buy our first home and all of the stuff that goes a long with owning a home (so many project ideas).  With his new job in Colorado we are hoping to have more time to travel and do fun little weekend trips since there is so many more things to see and do close by.

Update on Me:

Well, after 6 weeks of weekly blood draws, my blood levels are finally back to pre-pregnancy and we are now waiting on blood work to tell us if I have any sort of blood disorder.  11 tubes...11 tubes of blood they took this week for these tests!  Part of me hopes they find something, because then, I will have an answer.  A reason why we lost him.  Right now I am mad at my body.  I am mad that my body formed a blood clot and made us lose our perfect little baby.  I know I had no control over the situation, and I did nothing wrong...but  we lost him because my body did something wrong.  He was strong enough. He held on until the very end.  He would still be safe and sound, growing stronger inside me right now. This is the longest it has ever taken my body to heal from a miscarriage, which is to be expected because I was much further along, but I just want it to be done and to feel back to "normal".
Right now....I am just tired.  Flat out tired.  Emotionally and physically.  I feel like I have just been going from one doctor appointment to the next between the four of us.  I am the one factor that never changes in each situation, and even though I wouldn't have it any other's exhausting.  I am blessed to be able to be there for every appointment, every phone consultation, and every "Mommy, my legs hurt more today."  Of course I would rather us not have to go through all of these trials, but I am thankful that we get to be together as a family, and that we are where we are supposed to be.  I am thankful for the doctors and the knowledge they have.  I am thankful for the Air Force and the medical coverage they give us so we never have to pay anything out of pocket.  I am thankful for the family and friends who love us, pray for us, and support us.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Perthes Disease

I feel like all I have done lately is blog about not so awesome things going on around here.  I kind of hate that...but it will be continuing with this post.  I try to blog important stuff so family and friends can stay up to date to what is going on with our family. Usually it is all wonderful things, but lately, not so much.  Most of you know I am 100% not a phone talker (plus I love you all, but I just simply do not have the time to call all of you), so blogging helps everyone know what is going on.

Yesterday, Jordyn was diagnosed with Perthes Disease (click for more info).  In summary it is a condition in her hip joint that will need to be treated so it does not worsen.

For the last month or so, Jordyn has been complaining a little here and there about some stomach pain.  We didn't think much of it, but I kept an eye on her and paid attention to how often she said something.  She would say her stomach hurts (usually in a happy tone) but then run off and continue on with her happy, carefree ways of Jordyn.  She started to say it more and more so I started to think something might really be wrong.  Of course, I asked her if she needed to go potty, or felt like she was going to puke.  Both answers were always no, and she was going #2 normally still.  The strange thing a lot of you know about Jordyn (one of many strange things actually) is that she has a super high pain tolerance and she never gets sick.  So when she complains of something more than a couple of times, it probably really is bothering her.

So I made an appointment with the pediatrician on base.  We have been seeing Dr. Padial.  If you are stationed at Minot and you do not take your kids to him, I highly recommend him.  I don't take my kids in for random colds and stuff like that, and it is usually something pretty serious when I do take them in, and he understands that.  He is always very patient and seriously listens to what I have to say.  He right away thought she might be constipated (it can still happen even if you are still going regularly).  He said we are going to try and give her extra fluids and if its still bothering her in a week or so, we will do an X-ray.  Well...of course it wasn't really bothering her (it never really was) but she had still said a thing or two about it.  So he said we are going to just do one and check so we can know for sure.  Well we did the x-ray of her tummy and were shocked to find out she was COMPLETELY backed up.  Like her entire digestive tract was FULL.  He was honestly shocked she was not in serious pain all day long.  So he prescribed her some Mirelax and said she would need to be on it a while to give her bowels a chance to heal and empty when they are supposed to.  (This was on Monday of this week)

Fast forward to yesterday (Wednesday).  I was sitting at the allergy clinic with Geoff during his lunch break.  He gets shots twice a week.  When you get allergy shots you have to wait 30 minutes after your shot before you can leave to make sure you do not have any sort of severe allergic I go and with with him so we can spend time together.  While we were there I get a call from Jordyn's doctor (the peds clinic and allergy clinic are next to each other and share a waiting area).  He tells me that he was so shocked by the severity of her being backed up (and her not being in pain) that he didn't really look super close at the x-ray and was just seeing all the poop....and when he went back to look better at it he noticed something else wasn't right.  At the VERY bottom of her x-ray, you can see the very top of where her hip connects to her femur and he suspected perthes disease. Of course neither Geoff nor I had ever heard of this so he tried to explain it to us.  I got off the phone with him and told Geoff and we decided we should just see if he could come out and talk to us.  He brought us out a hand out with info about perthes and said she needed to get another full x-ray, but of her full hips as soon as possible.  As soon as she got out of school I took her to radiology and had her x-rays done.  After, the girls and I waited around until he could look at them and let us know the results.  About a half hour later, he confirmed that it was in fact perthes disease in BOTH of her hips.

This came as such a huge shock to us as she hasn't every complained about her hips hurting, like at all.  But the space between that shows perthes, is pretty big so it seems like its advanced enough that it should be bothering her.  I asked her if she has any pain in that area and showed her exactly where, and she said, she does.  She said it hurts pretty much all of the time.  She just never told us.  I am not really sure how much it hurts, or if it even hurts her at all.  She said she doesn't know why she never told us, and we tried to set up a time line to figure out when it started hurting...and from what she pointed out, it may have been around Thanksgiving, but who knows.  Jordyn has NO sense of time at all, and even when we do explain it to her, she still just changes the time frame to whatever works in her favor.  If she asks how long til her birthday and we tell her about 4 months, she says "you mean 4 days, right?"  We say no, 4 months, which is over 100 days.  And then the next day she says, yay its only 3 days til my birthday now! So we really do not know how long this has been doing on.  We feel horrible that we didn't know and that for some reason she didn't feel like she should tell us.  We always tell them they need to tell us everything, especially if something is hurting for a while.    Honestly, we may have not found out about this for a long time, until she was in severe pain if it were not for Dr. Padial randomly finding this.  We are so thankful that he took the time to go back and look for something he didn't even need to be looking at.

Jordyn very excited to have her mattress on the floor.
(and no, Jordyn does not wear glasses, these are fake ones but she wears them all of the time)

Right now the girls have loft beds (which I never wanted by the way, I was talked into them).  We were going to be selling them when we moved, but decided to try to sell them a little earlier now with the news.  We didn't like the idea of her climbing up and down the ladder anymore.

We found out that this condition is very rare for girls as it is 4-5x more likely in boys.  She is in the normal age range for diagnosis, and if diagnosed before 6 years old, the outcome is usually awesome and with a full recovery.  We have a referral for a pediatric orthopedic in Grand Forks.  We are hoping to find out every last detail, from when this probably started, to how severe it is, to what the next steps are.  From what we have read it can be as mild as bed rest and physical therapy, to as severe as surgery and months of braces and casts.  We honestly do not know what to expect at this point.  I will be sure to update when we find out more info, but for now we are taking precautions and are remaining more aware of what she is feeling.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Two Weeks

It has been two weeks since we lost our sweet baby boy (yes, you read that right....we were having a boy!  It IS possible for us McDonald women to conceive boys!).  Right now, we are taking things one day at a time.  It's still hard to believe he is gone.  Some days, I still wake up thinking it was all just a horrible dream.    Today I would be 15 weeks and getting ready for our big ultrasound.

13 weeks.  It may not sound like very long to most people, but to me it felt like much longer. Apparently by your 6th pregnancy, you start to feel things much earlier.  In 13 weeks I heard my baby's heartbeat, almost everyday.  I felt little tiny kicks.  I felt the misery of morning sickness, all day.  I had food cravings, and food aversions.  I saw our perfect little baby on an ultrasound, moving, kicking,  and almost fully formed, just needing to grow.  I had so many ups and downs during those 13 weeks.  Every symptom giving me hope. And then something would make me take a step back and know we are never in the clear. In 13 weeks I had hope that I might actually get to hold this baby come July.  But still, knowing all of the things that can go wrong, I knew the chances of probably not bringing this baby home with us someday.  I will probably never know what God's plan was for him.  But it's there and it's bigger than I can even imagine.  God gives and God takes away.  But even knowing all of that, does not make me miss our baby any less. It doesn't make the idea of trying for another baby scary as crap. I would give anything to have an innocent view on pregnancy.  To fall pregnant and to instantly think everything is going to be okay and I WILL have this baby.  I envy those who have that.  That is long gone. That disappeared almost 10 years ago with our first loss.

I have not been very public about it, but for those wanting to know what happened, I will give a quick summary.  My last blog post, I posted about the scare we had with a few bleeding issues that began on Friday the 4th.  I was put on bed rest, and we thought things were going to get better.  Over the weekend I was still bleeding but it wasn't severe.  We checked for a heartbeat every few hours and every time it was amazingly strong.  Early Monday morning, I woke up around 4am having mild contractions, no longer just cramping.  Right away I knew something wasn't right.  We checked for the baby's hearbeat, and there it was...beating strongly at 180bpm as usual.  Little did we know that this would be the last time we would heart that precious heartbeat.

We called the hospital and the dr said contractions can be normal with my condition as the blood really irritates the uterus.  At this point I still wasn't bleeding very much. But he said to call my regular OB and have him put in an ultrasound to do later that day. After hanging up the phone, 2 minutes later the contractions began coming stronger, harder, and faster.  My bleeding increased to very heavy.  I was in full blown labor by 5am.  I was having severe active labor contractions from about 5am-6:30am.   The contractions stopped around 6:30 and I knew it wasn't a good thing.  We checked for the heartbeat, but we could not find it. Geoff had to go into work, so I was alone and continued to look for a heartbeat.  Sometime between 5 and 6:30, our sweet baby passed away.  I delivered the baby right around 7:30.  Geoff came right home and I called my Dr to see what he wanted me to do.  They set me up with an appointment for about an hour later.  They said if we wanted to, we could bring the baby with us and they would do testing to see if there was any genetic issues with the baby.

Going to that appointment was hard.  I did some major praying for strength before we even left for the appointment. There were new moms in the waiting room with their new babies.  And of course, photos of babies everywhere.  But I know I needed to go.  I needed to know why this happened.    I am thankful I have an OB doctor who cares and took all of the time we needed to answer our questions.  Between my ultrasounds and a quick glance at the baby, he gave us a preliminary report.  He said that the blood clot they found on Friday, was really small, but it quickly grew, and most likely, completely detached my placenta, and at that point, I went into labor because my body could no longer support the baby.  I love that he was honest and told us he believes our baby was 100% healthy and it wasn't the baby that caused this.  I have been reading a lot on the SCH during pregnancy.  They are fairly common and It seems more often than not, they are harmless and most women go on to have full term babies.  We are praying this was a one time thing.

For those who don't know much about miscarriages, most of them occur because the baby stops growing, or there is some sort of genetic defect and so your body sees that and stops it. This is usually sometime before 12 weeks. That was the case with my other 3 losses.  My first loss was a "missed miscarriage" at around 11 weeks.  The baby never developed properly, but my body just continued thinking I was still pregnant.  We had no idea until we went in for light bleeding.  I miscarried that night.  My 2nd and 3rd miscarriages were both around 6-7 weeks, most likely due to "blighted ovums" which again, the babies never developed properly. But because this baby was alive with a strong heartbeat until I went into labor, my doctor believes it was because of the blood clot.  Knowing that the baby was fine, and would have been fine if it were not for the clot has been the hardest part for me. I know nothing could have been done to stop this from happening, but at the same time, I can't stop reliving the whole thing over and over in my head.  I just can't imagine those who do not have a relationship with they can get through something like this?  I know I could never do it without Him.  Without the scripture to comfort me.  Without prayer filling in the darkness and emptiness.  Without his constant reminder of all of the blessings and love.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11    This has brought me so much comfort....knowing everything is part of His plan for my life.  

Telling the girls, that afternoon when they got home from school, was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do in my life.  I prayed so hard for God to give me the right words.  But how do you tell your children, who are so excited about a new baby, that their brother/sister died?  How to you protect their little hearts and help them understand why?  This was the first time they have ever really had to deal with death.  Jordyn was completely devastated. She immediately burst into tears.  I just held her and cried with her.  She has always been one that is so outward with her emotions. She is still having a hard time grasping that the baby is gone and not coming back.  Pretty much everyday, she tells me she is sad that the baby is gone.  Abby on the other hand, is a little bit more like Geoff.  Her emotions stay more inward when she isn't really sure how she feels about something.  It didn't really hit her until later that night at bedtime when she realized she couldn't sleep because she was so sad.

We have not gotten back the full lab results from the baby yet (waiting for the genetic testing that takes a few weeks), and I will be getting some testing done as well.  The tests we have gotten back said that the baby was perfect.  He was measuring the exact correct size and had no health issues. My dr. believes that I might have some sort of blood/clotting disorder that is triggered by pregnancy. There is a chance I could have another subchorionic hematoma if I get pregnant again, so I would be on blood thinners.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Because I suck at being pregnant....

We all know that.  I do not like being pregnant, and being pregnant does not like me.  I never have and never will, mostly because of all the ridiculous complications I have every single time.  This pregnancy is proving to be no better than the others, possibly even worse.

The purpose of this post is to give our family and close friends an update on what is going on.  I will try to explain stuff in the least graphic way possible,  If you think you might not want to read certain things about pregnancy complications, then you need to just stop reading this and go back to playing Angry Birds or pinning random stuff on Pinterest.

This pregnancy started off normal for the first few weeks.  But then right around 7 weeks I started having some spotting off and on.  With my history of losses, of course I right away thought the worst.  As annoying as it was, it was reassuring that through this all I feel miserably sick all day, everyday.  Eventually, right around 9 weeks we were able to find the baby's heartbeat on our home doppler.  It was a beautiful 180bpm.  Then we made it to my first dr appt at around 10 weeks, when we got to see the baby via ultrasound and were reassured that everything was going well.  This whole time, still having spotting off and on.

However, Friday morning (almost 13 weeks), I randomly woke up at 4am with very heavy bleeding.  Much more than I have had before.  Right away I pulled out my home doppler and found the baby's heartbeat, again beating away nice and strong.  Finally when my OB's office opened at 8am I was able to speak with a nurse and after explaining everything from the last few hours, her and my dr agreed I needed to go and get an ultrasound, but my appt was not until 3:30.    Of course, because it was at the end of the day, I was warned that I would not hear any results until sometime after Monday.  UGH.  The ultrasound looked good from what we saw. Baby was moving like crazy and had an awesome heartbeat as usual.  We assumed nothing serious was going on since they let me leave (my nurse told me if they let me leave without calling my dr, that it's a good sign and probably nothing serious).  We left feeling a little more reassured everything was okay.

That is, until this morning, I started bleeding pretty heavy again, and now having mild to moderate cramping off and on.  The cramping was really starting to worry me.  Finally, I decided to call the "on call OB".  I was expecting him to say "If you are worried, come to the ER, whatever".  But I really lucked out and spoke with a very nice doctor who was willing to explain everything to me and answer every question.  Right away he found my ultrasound and started looking it over and gave me the results right then and there.  He said that the baby looked awesome and healthy.  But, he did find a couple of problems that were causing the bleeding.  First he said I have a Subchorionic Hemorrhage (you can click the link to read exactly what it is) as well as a Partial Placenta Previa.  While waiting around all day for my Ultrasound, I did a lot of research and figured out it was probably one of these two conditions causing the bleeding, but I was a little freaked out when he told me I have both.  Both of these conditions are usually not harmful to the baby at all, and usually both sort of "fix" themselves over time.  I love that he took the time to explain everything to me and told me what will happen over the next few days and what I needed to do.  He told me I need to be on pretty strict bed rest, and that will hopefully help the hematoma to heal and the bleeding to slow down (I have been on partial bed rest for weeks due to the severe nausea and the spotting).

Thankfully, I already had my next appointment scheduled with my regular OB for Tuesday, so I will be seeing him soon and will get more information and answers.  I will also probably have more ultrasounds until they both subside to keep an eye on the bleed and to see if my placenta moves up where it should be.  I am very lucky that this happened on a weekend when Geoff could be home so I could get true bed rest.  Im hoping after two days of only getting up a few times the bleeding will slow down and can go back to partial bed rest on Monday, when I have to get the girls ready and home from school everyday.

The good news, we got to see the baby getting bigger and actually looking like a baby!!!

We will try our best to keep you all up to date on everything, and in the meantime, we always appreciate the prayers!