Monday, October 29, 2007

It's a girl!

Yup, another sweet little girl for us! Ayla Rose will be her name! Gracie is already in love with "ay-yah" and talks to her all the time!

P.s. new pics on the other blog!

Sunday, September 09, 2007

What a scare

Bryce and I were in the ER for four hours last night. I had started to have some spotting and cramping around 4pm, so we decided to head in to see if things were ok. This is how my last miscarriage started, so we weren't taking any chances.

Luckily, things looked ok. We had an ultrasound and baby was looking just fine. We saw it wriggling and kicking and sucking it's thumb and looking just perfect. I'll post some pics on Blog 2 in a sec. They never found the cause of the spotting, and it has since stopped. I'm on bedrest until I can talk to my doctor first thing tomorrow morning.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Squirming and wriggling

It is such a beautiful thing to feel a little being moving and dancing inside of you. Sprout has been quite the acrobat the last few days. I've felt him/her for a few weeks now, but this weekend s/he really showed me that everything is ok. I don't think there is any part of pregnancy more precious to me than this special bond that we get to share. I look forward to the days when I am pushing that little foot away from my ribs so I can breathe.

Monday, August 20, 2007

A sigh of relief

Today we got to meet Sprout for the second time. I'm 10 weeks now, and we just had our 2nd ultrasound. I was expecting the worst, but we saw a beautiful, perfect, squirming little baby. We feel like we can breathe again, and have something to hope for now. I'll be posting the lastest pic on the other blog in a sec!

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Sprout pictures!

Ok, I'm going to post some new pics here in a sec of our first Sprout ultrasound, and of my rapidly expanding belly.

Congrats to all my friends!

Three of my close online friends just found out they were pregnant in the last week. Ann, Michelle and Nicole, I look forward to spending these next few months watching our bellies grow and our babies blossom! Ann is due April 7th, Michelle is due April 11th, and Nicole is due April 17th! Michelle has been trying to get pregnant since I began way back last summer, and the other gals have been trying since the beginning of the year, so it's so sweet that we can celebrate it together!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Hello morning sickness, goodbye sanity

You know, after escaping the evilness that plagues something like 80% of women in my other pregnancies, I thought I was good as gold. The first few weeks I was tired, and moody (nothing new there! lol) but didn't feel all that bad. Then about five days ago I feel like I got hit by a truck. Sea bands are helping, but I still feel really gross. And forget trying to be an interactive mom and wife. I basically sit on the couch/chair/floor while my husband/wild-child/pet brings things to me in the hope of getting some sort of response. Poor family. It will all be over soon, and it will all be worth it!

We have our first ultrasound, to *hopefully* see the heartbeat and rule out twins next Monday, the 30th. Also have our first real appointment with our new midwife that day! She is awesome, and we are so relieved (and lucky!) that our insurance is covering our homebirth! YAY!

Our garden is doing lovely...if you call the feeling of walking into a jungle lovely. It's become, once again (sigh) an overgrown mass of produce. Way too much for us small folk to eat by ourselves. So we will begin the task of shamelessly looking for unsuspecting souls to whom we will cast our never-ending truck-fulls of garden goodness upon. (phew!) At least this year we have pigs to feed it to. Someday, I'm not sure when, we will actually be able to toss out those tiny little seedlings without feeling a deep sense of guilt. And will admit that maybe God didn't give us all these (hundreds) of little plants so that we can share our bounty with our neighbors (who don't know what they're in for...teehee)

And to leave you with a parting shot of the awesome Grand Finale at the Hood River fireworks show on the fourth...

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Our other blog! It's listed under links. I think from now on I'll keep pics over there and chatter over here. Of course, the pics I've posted thus far will stay here.

Friday, July 06, 2007

A bunch of randomness

First, after trying desperately to deal with the pain of losing our baby, we decided to name it. It helps us to make the baby real, the pregnancy real, and the loss real. We named it Riley, which would have been it's name had it been a boy. We think it was, but Riley also works as a girl's name. So if you hear us refer to Riley, that's who we're talking about.

We now have a household of pets. In the last month we've added two new kittens and a pig(who lives next door) to our madhouse. Ellie (a grey tabby) and Miles (siamese) are siblings, and they have been wonderful entertainment for Grace. Here they are this week:

In other news, we are pregnant again! After a few more fertility treatments, we are expecting another little sprout (hopefully to stay this time!) in March. The due date is March 16th, which is also the day we found out we were pregnant with Riley. Very special day! I still can't believe I've been pregnant three times this year already!

My mom came to visit in mid-June and we had a wonderful time with her. Grace was so sad to see her leave! Here is a great pic from her visit:

Grace has been so full of life lately. She is really becoming her own little person, and gets very frustrated when she doesn't get her way. Here are a few random pics

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Great day for playing!

A hot summer day, some water, some dirt....well you get the picture.

always smiling!

Her new tires. After much deliberation (about 20seconds worth) we decided to get her OWN dirt to play in. Why not sand you ask? Because then we would have sand in our flower beds. :)

Little tarzan wanna-be...she is mad that she can't climb that darn tree!

Her new favorite at mommy while she tries to take a picture of you!

Cheesy girl! (don't mind the ribs, I swear she eats!)

More of the "game"

*sigh* and even more...

Wow, a picture with an actual smile in it!

Daddy asked her to smile, and this is what we got!

Did I mention the game?

When asked to frown...she responded promptly.

Dramatic, isn't she?

Washing off her muddy little bottom (from sitting IN the tires of course)

By the way, Grace is OFFICIALLY a peanut. Her 18 month checkup put her in the 95th percentile for height (33.5inches...meaning only 5% of kids her age are taller than her!) and 20th for weight (22lbs 9oz...meaning 80% of kids her age are heavier than her lol)

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Lots of Memorial Day Pics!

Lots of pictures from our camping trip outside of Prineville.

Checking out camp.

Possibly the grubbiest girl on the face of the earth.

Her first smore making experience!

She loves her smore!

Some more smore!

At Ochoco Reservoir:

Playing fetch with Abby and Ryan

Her first swim of the year! I think she'll like swimming this summer!

Hiking in the Mill Creek Wilderness:

There's a bug on me!

Bryce fishing on the creek.

Hiking down the trail.

EEEWWW! A fish!

Miss Shy

Misc. Pics:

Bryce and John on Hash Rock

Sleeping in Daddy's arms. Hiking is so tiring...even if you're only in a backpack.

Sleeping on Mom.

Beating Daddy with a stick was the highlight of the day!

Gotta make sure that button is still there!

Trying to figure out where we were

Panoramic of Mill Creek Wilderness

Look out for the pinecone thrower!

At an old mining camp

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Won't be many updates for a while.

There won't be any updates for a while. Bryce and I are grieving the loss of our bean. It died about a month ago, but I only started to miscarry last week. We will be trying again as soon as possible.

Monday, May 07, 2007

10 & 11 weeks, and some of the Bear

Missed the last couple of belly pics, so here's 10:

and 11 weeks!

Grace at the cherry festival, in the dress I made her especially for the parade (she loved the harleys' best by the way):

Eating popsicles with Daddy...

Friday, April 27, 2007

The best little Beaver there ever was... and some fun with dye!

Grace's custom diaper cover came today!


And here we have some old dingy prefolds we used when Grace was a newborn that I spruced up: