Monday, December 14, 2009
I never wanted children - or so I thought. When Sweet Hubby and I were first married, I told him we would start discussing children in 5-7 years. After our first year of marriage, he asked me when I thought I might want to start trying. I told him, "Umm, let me pray about it." A week later, God changed my heart and I was ready. Good thing, because 2 weeks later, I was pregnant!
The week before we found out we were pregnant, I had 2 SVT spells. SVT is basically a really fast heartrate. For me, it was 200-220 bpm. I didn't think anything about it because it was normal for me to have a spell every few months. By 7 weeks of pregnancy, I had 5 spells.
I met with a cardiologist who referred me to a wonderful electrophysiologist in Nashville. I was put on a beta blocker in hopes to control my fast heartrate. It worked...for 2 weeks. My dosage was increased and it worked for another 2 weeks. By 18 weeks of pregnancy, I had been to the ER several times and was given adenosine. Adenosine stops your heart and then immediately restarts it, hoping that it starts back in normal rythym. It hurts. That's all I can say. It flippin' hurts. The doctor added another medication. I had to stay 2 nights in the hospital to monitor Babbling Brook's reaction to the new med. The meds did not affect her heart rate at all! Praise God!
At 18 1/2 weeks, we had our routine growth scan. Everything looked great except for the placement of the umbilical cord in the placenta. We had to return for another sonogram in 4 weeks.
The night before the next sonogram, I started experiencing some crampiness and told Sweet Hubby I thought I was having some Braxton-Hicks contractions. The sonogram looked great. The tech had one last thing to check before we could go....my cervix. The room fell silent. She measured and measured and measured. I could tell by her silence that something was wrong. My cervix was short, dilating and I was contracting. Diagnosis: Preterm labor. Treatment: Medicine and IMMEDIATE bed rest.
The night before the next sonogram, Babbling Brook was not moving like she should have been. Come to find out, the medicine I was on (new med) caused my amniotic fluid to decrease to a dangerous level. The good news was my cervix lengthened, however, I had to be taken off the new med and continue bedrest.
We went back the next week and my cervix had shortened, amniotic fluid was back up and they were going to try a different medication and continue bedrest.
Next week, FINALLY - good news. Cervix was great, amniotic fluid great, heart rate great but continue bed rest.
Bed rest lasted 12 weeks. At 35 weeks, I was taken off bedrest and the medication. I still had to continue my heart meds though. At 36 1/2 weeks, Babbling Brook arrived. June 21, 2008 1:06pm 5lbs 7oz. 100% healthy! Praise God.
When I was originally put on bed rest, Sweet Hubby and I prayed for the small milestones: at 23 weeks, we prayed that she just make it to 25 weeks; at 25 weeks we prayed for her to make it to 28 weeks, 28 weeks make it to 32 weeks and finally we prayed that we were ready for her as long as we could bring her home when we were discharged. God listened and God answered.
During all of this, Sweet Hubby and I clung to Deuteronomy 33:25, "As thy days are, so shall thy strength be." Had I known what all we would have had to endure through the pregnancy, I might have said NO WAY, I can't handle that. I am so thankful that I had no clue.
God gives you strength to face today, not tomorrow or yesterday, TODAY.
Our sweet Babbling Brook last Christmas
Posted by Doni at 4:53 PM
Thursday, December 3, 2009
My parents and aunt joined us for Thanksgiving this year. This was my first Thanksgiving to host and it went off with out a hitch. My aunt said it was because "we are all pretty laid back." I thought Sweet Hubby was going to pass out right then and there. If any of you know my mom (or me), you know that there is not a laid back bone in our body. We had a laugh and she rephrased. She meant to say, we all get along and know how to deal with each others' personalities. We had a great visit and I am so thankful they were able to join us.
I found myself missing my sister at times. Like the time that my mom spent the entire 4th quarter of the Texas vs Texas A&M game yelling at the TV and never taking a breath. Kelly and I would have loved to make fun of her then. Especially since she was cheering on Texas for the first time. Ever. In her life. I think I remember her threatening me not to tell a soul...hmm? Wonder what she meant by soul? I think the secret is safe with us, right?
Babbling Brook came out of her shell and let her true ham-self shine. She made silly faces, fake belly-laughed to get attention, danced and babbled words that not even I could understand. Of course, with us in the kitchen preparing "the meal" she was always "hu-mee pease" (hungry please). She eats more than I do - definitely her Daddy's girl!
We had a sonogram Monday and the baby is growing (approx 2 inches) and is a wiggle worm. The heartrate is a steady 164bpm. We should find out the sex sometime in January. So exciting!
How was your Thanksgiving?
Posted by Doni at 10:15 AM
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
A few years later, we saw each other again. I was fresh out of a relationship and not looking for love. After an evening of singing (him) and talking (probably me), he finally mustered up enough courage to ask for my number. We went on one date but cut it short after dinner because I had "homework." (I really did!)
I saw him about 6 months after that date but still was not interested. You see, I had a rule. I didn't date boys that wore wranglers. I assumed all boys that wore wranglers were the egotistical cowboys that I went to high school with. I was young and know better now!!
We went our separate ways. Both spent time in relationships that obviously didn't work out. Three years after our last encounter, we reconnected through Myspace. Corny, I know. I found him. I wrote him a message letting him know how proud I was of him. If you don't know this already, Sweet Hubby is an amazing singer! After a month of talking on the phone and catching up, we saw each other. Two days later, I was his girlfriend. This was very close to love at first fourth sight.
After 3 months of dating, one evening (8/7/06) he looked at me and said, "Marry me." I replied, "OK!!" He really didn't even ask. We set a wedding date for 7/7/07. We did get married on the original date but it was for the second time. Sweet Hubby was on tour and his last tour date was in Las Vegas. He called me 4 days before his Vegas stop and asked me to check on plane tickets. I asked him if I needed to bring a dress and ring (for him). He said yes. I booked a chapel, flight and worked out all the details for our wedding in 2 days. I arrived in Vegas at 10:30am and we were married by 1:30pm Saturday, September 30, 2006. It's our fairy tale story.
Posted by Doni at 10:58 PM
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
There are boxes still in the garage and paint samples on the walls, but we are moved in. We sleep in our rooms at night, wake up to the morning paper, and Jaxson travels down 3 steps to the backyard with no leash. Praise God! We have a house.
And a baby on the way.
I cannot tell you all of the hurdles and obstacles that were thrown in our way before we finally had the stamp of approval. I may one day write it all out but for the meantime, if you really want to know, give us a call and we will tell you the entire crazy story!
Speaking of crazy...last Saturday was a mess. Babbling Brook and I headed into Franklin for some errands - now 11 miles (15-20 minutes) away. As we were driving, the sun was directly in Babbling Brook's eyes, the backseat was warmer than I realized and before I knew it, Babbling Brook was carsick. No extra clothes, just a bunch of wipes and wet ones. Instead of traveling the 11 miles back to the house for some clothes, I chose to run into Kohl's to get her a new (on sale) outfit. I wrapped her up in her shopping cart cover and went inside. I found a cute outfit, got her dressed right then and there and checked out. We ran a few errands and then headed back home. Once home, I did the usual routine, grabbed diaper bag, keys, opened Babbling Brook's door, locked the doors, got Babbling Brook out of the car, shut her door, grabbed for the keys to open the door.....keys? Oh yeah, instead of placing them in the diaper bag, I sat them down in the backseat. Then I remembered I had 3 other keys to the other doors of the house. I went to the back door, unlocked the deadbolt but couldn't find the key to unlock the door knob. Ok, I will try the front door...same thing. Oh crap. What am I going to do. Sweet Hubby is in Ohio with all spares. Think. I don't want to call a locksmith. After an hour of calling our sellers, my husband, and trying to locate my neighbor, I remembered something. There was a cut out in our ceiling from our attic to our laundry room. The atttic stairs are in the garage, thankfully I parked in the garage so we were already in there. So, I locked Babbling Brook in the backyard (gate has outside lock) prayed for her safety, went up to the attic --but only after getting a ladder so I could reach the string to pull down the attic ladder. I found the cutout that goes to the laundry room. I went back down, found a flat head screwdriver, checked on Babbling Brook, went back up the stairs, removed the cutout using the screwdriver, shimmied down to the washer and TA DA-- was in the house. Now that you all know our secret passage way, I should disclose that we have an AWESOME alarm system. :) Not to mention, I do like to hunt and am a pretty good shot. I'm just sayin'.
Sweet Hubby and the group are still traveling every weekend. They are finishing up their Christmas album as I write this blog. I will keep you updated on when/where you can get the album!
Babbling Brook? She hasn't grown in height much - less than an inch in 4 months. What can I say, she is very much my daughter. She is sweet and loving but very independent. She doesn't like to wear socks or shoes, no matter how cold the wood floors are. She loves to chase Jaxson, play in the shade, and Sesame Street. She can already say "A, B, C" and signs "Please" whenever she wants something. She has manners. When she signs "thank you," she adds a kiss. She is smart and her main love language is words of affirmation. I love our daughter, she is probably teaching me more than I could ever teach her.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner! My parents and aunt are coming to visit. I am super excited to host my very first Thanksgiving in our very first home!!! The events of that day should be enough to blog about. I'm sure we will have some stories to tell. While my parents are in town, they will get to go with us to a doctor's appt and hear the baby's heartbeat. (last time was 169) You tell me - boy or girl?? The pregnancy hasn't been much different from Babbling Brook's. I want fruit and veggies, no meat, not big into sweets and I haven't been sick except for an actual stomach bug. We should find out at the beginning of January what we are having!! We don't care as long as we have a healthy baby. Of course, I would love to give Babbling Brook a sister. I have an amazing sister that I can't imagine life without. BUT I would also love to give Sweet Hubby a son. He doesn't care either what we have. Let's just pray this time that I have no bed rest.
Till next time-- God bless,
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Saturday, August 8, 2009
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Thursday, May 28, 2009
LOOK closely and you can see her two front teeth...she has 6 teeth total now!
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Thursday, May 21, 2009
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Friday, April 17, 2009
My first blog...I never know how to start these things. I am not eloquent in my writing skills and I am sure some of my "country" roots will shine through in my grammar. So here goes, from my heart spilling onto this screen.
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