Monday, December 29, 2008

We Finished the Nursery!

I have been working diligently on getting the nursery organized over the last couple of days. It is finally finished today! Matthew helped me hang the last of the wall hangings and we put together a storage chest to keep baby blankets nice inside the closet.

I'm excited! We may have gone a tad overboard, but I think it turned out great! The only thing we are missing in the pictures is the glider we've ordered that still hasn't arrived. The glider will go in front of the window in that empty corner. Happy picture viewing!

The saying on the wall behind the crib reads: "With a butterfly kiss and a ladybug hug, sleep tight little one, like a bug in a rug.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas and Things!

Matthew and I celebrated our second "married" Christmas together and although we did not exchange gifts with each other this year, it was perfect. We spent the day at my parents house and enjoyed good company and a good meal. Dad and I schooled Matthew and mom in a game of Cranium and Scategories. Yes, I'm that competitive that I have to rub it in in a blog!

I have enjoyed my time off from work and have been able to finally put things on the wall of the nursery. I will post pictures soon. If I do say so myself, it's adorable! We are only lacking the gliding chair we ordered six weeks ago! I have also washed all of the baby clothes so they will be ready when our little ones arrive. I supposed that leaves me no choice but to focus on writing lesson plans next week. Blah!

I hit the 30 week mark on Christmas day. We only have about 6-7 weeks left at the most before Addilyn and Ella arrive. It's a little scary to think about. That's really not much time. Matthew took a picture of me, but it's blurry. He wouldn't tell me what was taking so long, and I was pretty impatient (blame the hormones) so I wouldn't pose for a clear shot. Anyhow, I'll post it at the end of this blog. I also measured the circumference of my tummy. It's now 39.5 inches around! My bellybutton is beginning to pop out a little bit.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Sonogram Update!

I had another sonogram today to check the growth of the babies. Baby A (on my left) is head down. Her heart rate is 138 bpm. She weighs approximately 2 lbs. and 15 oz.

Baby B (on my right) is breech. Her heart rate is 140 bpm. She weighs approximately 2 lbs. and 13 oz. Everything looks good with both babies. They both have hair too! They technically still have room to turn, but I don't know if they still try to turn around.

I am 29 weeks and 5 days. I see my doctor again on Monday. My last visit with him went well. My body is doing great carrying this double load. The doctor signed off on my paperwork to allow me to take 12 weeks off after the girls are born.

Matthew and I attended our baby classes. They weren't so bad until the birthing class. I'm not sure I needed to know that I'll have to wear mesh undies with a kotex the size of a baby diaper. I'm sure you can imagine the horrified look on my face. Anyhow, it is still to be determined if we will have a c-section or a natural birth. And by natural birth, I don't mean drug-free!

We have arranged a pediatrician. I will register with the hospital and also with Labor and Delivery in the next week or so. We will tour the Labor and Delivery Unit when we do this. We also purchased our car seats and double stroller. They ship out the day after Christmas. Once they come in, I'll make an appointment to make sure we have the car seats installed correctly in my car.

I am posting pictures of Baby A that were taken today. Baby B was on her tummy and would not turn around. Baby A was sucking on her fingers.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

28-Weeks Update

I officially entered my third trimester today. I can't believe I'm two-thirds of the way done cooking these babies! I only have 9 weeks to go! I am happy to report that I remain contraction free! The down side of things are that I'm a bit under the weather with my sinuses. Darn snotty-nosed kids at school think they need to share their germs with me. The nerve!

I also haven't been sleeping well. I think I've developed restless leg syndrome. I've read that it does occur in pregnancies and usually goes away about a month after birth. Boo! I even kept poor Matthew up the other night. I couldn't keep my legs still. Not to mention, turning over is a stinking process! I'm so thankful we don't have a water bed! I read that it helps to put a bar of soap under the sheets. I'm going to hunt some down and try it.

Oh, and another reason for my lack of sleep is the babies. All week around 1:00 a.m. they decide to have their kickboxing class. And yes, full out kicks and jabs. It's impossible to sleep through and usually lasts about an hour. Even though I'm dead tired after their session, I am so thankful that they are active. It keeps my mind at peace knowing they are okay in my tummy.

I filled out my maternity leave paperwork today as well. I'm trying to not procrastinate trivial things like that until the last minute. The lady that helped me went over all it's unpleasantness with me as well as the FMLA paperwork. I am allowed to take 60 days off with the FMLA and my job is secure. However, I only have 27.5 days of sick and personal leave accumulated. I will get docked my daily rate of pay for the remaining 32.5 days. My doctor has to sign paperwork for my leave as well. I have a substitute in mind for my class, but I need to contact the elementary personnel director to see if they are going to allow her to take my class. This is next on my to-do list. If I didn't have the girls until February 12, I wouldn't be required to return to work until May 16. There are only two weeks remaining of the school year after that.

I have 5.5 days until a MUCH needed Christmas break arrives. I'll get two much deserved weeks off of work and away from those germ sharing kids! Whoo-hoo! I'll also get more time with Matthew, and I always look forward to that. I plan to get the nursery finished, arrange a pediatrician, and get my lesson plans worked out for the rest of the school year. That last part sounds a bit ambitious, but I'm going to try my hardest. I think it would be wise to do anyway as I have no idea what it's going to be like juggling two little monkeys when they arrive.

Matthew and I take our first classes on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. While I am taking a breastfeeding class, Matthew will attend Daddy Boot Camp. Afterwards we will both attend a class called The Happiest Baby. It's supposed to help you soothe and calm a fussy baby and stuff like that.

Matthew took a picture of my quickly expanding tummy this morning. It now measures about 38-inches.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving Humor

Matthew and I enjoyed a relaxing Thanksgiving holiday. He scored the entire week off from work and I got a much deserved five days away from first graders! For both of us, it was a much needed break.

We spent Thanksgiving at my parent's house with my mom, dad, Ellen, Angela, Casey, Grayson, and our friend JB who drove in from Dallas to spend the holiday with our nutty family! I must say, this year's table conversation was no exception, we did not let JB down! He must be a glutton for punishment as he keeps coming back for more harassment! (I won't go in to details, but for those that must know, it did involve corn pudding.) We had some great laughs!

After dinner, Matthew and I pulled up our shirts and compared bellies! I think I've got him beat! I was 26 weeks on Thanksgiving day. My poor belly has a circumference of 37 inches now. The good news, Baby A made it back to her side of my tummy. Thank goodness! I see the doctor on Tuesday. I'll update again after that.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

26-Week Sonogram

Yesterday, just shy of 26-weeks, I had a sonogram to check the growth of the babies. I don't know how there could be any doubt that they weren't growing as my tummy looks as if I swallowed a basketball! All is well in the baby world.

Baby A (left) weights about 1 pound 11 ounces and Baby B (right) weights about 1 pound 12 ounces. Baby A has a heart rate of 141 bpm and Baby B has a heart rate of 148 bpm.

The night before my sonogram, it literally felt as if a rock concert was going on inside my stomach. Both babies were especially wiggly and kicking up a storm. I actually had to get out of bed and delay sleeping for about an hour.

At the sonogram, we discovered that Baby A was no longer in the head down position. Instead, she had migrated over to Baby B's side. They were head to head on my right side with their legs stretched horizontally across my stomach. I told Matthew that it looked as if they were already plotting against us! I do have to admit. I'm ready for Baby A to go back to her own side. It's very uncomfortable having two heads pushing against my ribs.

The girls are moving a lot these days. They are big enough that you can see them move through my skin and my shirt. My kids at school are amazed by this and sometimes we will sit and watch my belly dance around! It's pretty funny. I can only imagine what they must go home and tell their parents!

I see my doctor again after the Thanksgiving holiday on December 2. The following week I will enter my third and final trimester. I can't believe how quickly this time has gone by. I must say that I feel very blessed that my pregnancy has gone so well. I am so thankful that I haven't had any complications. I'm sure my last trimester will be the toughest part of this pregnancy, but all in all I have nothing to complain about.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

My 24-Week Baby Bump

24 weeks, 0 days
November 13, 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

24 Week Update

Well, almost 24 weeks...23 weeks and 5 days to be exact. Doctor visit went well today. He is very happy with how my pregnancy is progressing. My blood pressure is 120/70. I've gained 12 pounds which is neither too much or too little. He is very happy with all of my measurements. My cervix is staying strong which allows me to go another three weeks until I have to see the doctor again.

The doctor did another sonogram of the girls. Everything is still looking good with them. Baby A (left side) is head down. He got some good pictures of her today that I will post. Baby B (right side) is head up, but was looking down towards Baby A, so no good facial picture of her today. They are starting to get their baby fat and look like babies now instead of scary aliens! I go in for another in-depth sonogram on November 24. This sonogram is to make sure that both babies are growing at the same rate.

I see the doctor again on December 2. This might be the last time I get to stretch my visits to three weeks. He said he wants to starts watching me more closely in the coming weeks. Apparently carrying twins makes women start having contractions around the 30-32 weeks. He wants to make sure I don't go into premature labor. I have a feeling I better get my running around out of my system before I'm no longer allowed to leave the house.

The babies move a lot now. We can actually see them move through my skin. Matthew got to feel a hard little bottom for the first time last weekend. I think it freaked him out a little! His reaction was priceless! Baby B seems to somersault a lot. The doctor did say that eventually they will run out of room to have much movement other than kicking, stretching, and moving side to side. Their heartbeats can also be heard through my stomach without a stethoscope!

I'll keep everyone updated as things progress with the babies and nursery and anything else that might pop up along the way!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Coming Along

Our nursery is coming along. Mom and Dad helped us paint it a couple of weeks ago. Matthew and dad put in the new floor and chair rail on Friday. Matthew and I put the crib and changing table together on Sunday.

Then we moved around every other bedroom of furniture in our house! It was a busy day, but things are finally coming together. I will post more pictures of the nursery as we get it finished. The rest is up to me. Finally! I have a project! I'm thrilled that I get to do something!

Doctor appointment tomorrow. I'll update again after that! Enjoy the pictures.



Thursday, October 30, 2008

Tiny Dancers...

It’s been a minute since I’ve had the opportunity to update everyone. I saw the doctor on the 21st. He informed me that the results of my 20-week sonogram were good. Everything looks great with both babies and they are growing as they should. This was fantastic news to hear. I am also doing great carrying both babies. The doctor no longer talked about me going part-time in November. I see him again on November 11.

Back-tracking to the 18th, Matthew and I were spending a quiet evening at home watching the University of Texas football stomp Missouri. Well, it might not have been a quiet evening. I tend to get a little rowdy over UT football. Anyhow, Matthew got to feel the baby on my right kick for the first time. Both girls were all kinds of wiggles in my tummy that night. I told Matthew it must be that our girls are also going to be UT fans! He didn’t think this was funny. He’s too much of a Texas Tech fan…I guess we’re going to have to work on converting him! Hehe! Really, how many sets of batting eyelashes can he resist?!?!

Matthew moved the furniture out of the nursery, and we got rid of a bed and recliner to make room for the babies and their new furniture. My parents painted the nursery last weekend. Matthew and my dad will install the new floor and chair rail next week. I can’t wait to get the furniture in there and get the room decorated! It is definitely going to be a little girls’ room. I am going to put my crafting skills to work this weekend and work on making cute letters that spell their names to hang on the walls. I’ve been looking forward to adding my personal touch to things since I wasn’t allowed to paint the nursery.

My tiny dancers are more active by the day. Sometimes one of them lets out such a big kick it startles me and makes me jump! That’s a little embarrassing when you’re in a meeting and then everyone stares at you! Getting used to the babies movement has definitely taken some getting use to. At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. It was weird and unlike anything I could even compare it to. Now, I welcome the kicks and jabs, and if they haven’t moved in a while I worry that everything is okay.

I’ve noticed my energy level draining by the week. Some days I believe I must have a guardian angel that guides me home as it is a wonder I don’t fall asleep at the wheel. I miss having energy to go all the time and I really miss working out. I look forward to when I can return to the gym.

Baby Shower planning has been in full force. Invitations went in the mail last week. My shower will be on November 15. Registering was the biggest task ever. I don’t think I’ve ever been so tired after walking through a store and mind boggled. It’s like a whole new baby world out there! Yikes! Matthew and I have much to learn. We are going to take a Saturday birthing class at the beginning of December. I’m sure this will either answer a million questions we aren’t quite ready to face, or scare the crap out of both of us! Either way, it will be interesting!

I’m posting a picture of me at 22 weeks, 0 days. Matthew actually took it this morning.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A Sea of Pink!

Today I had my 20 week sonogram, even though I’m 19 weeks and 5 days. Wow! Really, I have more to say than that, but it’s unbelievable! First of all, we found out that we are definitely, 100% having GIRLS! (The proof is in my pictures!)

Matthew got to hear the heartbeat of both babies for the first time today. Baby A (left side) has a heart rate of 140 bpm. Baby B (right side) has a heart rate of 152 bpm. Both babies have all four chambers of their heart.

We also got to check out their brains, which look good, stomachs, bladders, kidneys, and diaphragms. The technician measured each one and estimates them to both weigh 10 ounces. Everything looked good. I see the doctor again next Tuesday. He is receiving a copy of my sonogram and will probably go over it in more depth then.

Both babies were exceptionally wiggly. The technician had a hard time getting Baby A to turn over and smile for the camera, but at last she finally gave in! I have been feeling them move in my tummy for the last couple of weeks. It’s the weirdest sensation. When I eat, they get really squirmy!

Oh, and in other interesting news, we have to wait until they are born to find out if they are identical or not! Ha! Yeah, that chance has not been ruled out.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

My heart stopped... when my husband told me over the phone that the dogs were missing. He went out in the backyard to make sure they had enough water and the back gate was open. Matthew spent an hour and a half looking for Jack and Izzy with no luck. Of course he calls me around 1:00 to relay the bad news, but I don't get the message until 1:30.

I literally felt my stomach lurch and had to tell myself to keep breathing as I'm yelling at him over the phone and asking why he didn't call my mom and have her continue looking when he had to go to work. I felt like I had lost a child. All I could think about was living in BFE and all that could happen to our pampered pooches.

I called my mom and she was quick to head out to our house with my aunt and cousin in tow. By sheer luck of a miracle, someone had found our dogs and put them back in our yard and closed the gate. Matthew left it open in case they came back. They let the dogs in and got them squared away in their kennels and headed back into town.

By the time my mom and I made it back out to the house, the back gate was open again. Obviously the dogs hadn't figured out to unlatch it because they were in the house. It was a stiff push to get the gate closed back tight and latched. Anyhow, Mom chained and locked all four of our gates.

I have never been so thankful to see a poop covered Izzy and dirty Jack. Yes, that's right, Izzy relished her freedom by rolling in poop. Jack and her were both punished with baths. They spent the rest of the night sleeping. I can only imagine what kind of adventure they had together. I'm just glad they are safe and at home.

Oh, and the stupid bastard that keeps opening our gate...don't you know you'll get your ass shot in the country for doing shit like that?

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Baby x 2 = Update

Today I had my third prenatal checkup. I am 17 weeks and 5 days along (almost 4 ½ months). Matthew had to work so I took my mom along for my visit since I knew the doctor was going to do a sonogram.

The babies are so much bigger now that he can no longer get their entire body in the picture. They both look great and very healthy. Their spines are straight. We even saw their ribs and diaphragm. It was amazing to see how much more developed they are in three short weeks.

Both babies have a strong heartbeat. I got to hear this for the first time today. It was fast and loud! I am so thankful that they are growing and developing as they should.

I go in for my Level 2 sonogram on Tuesday, October 14. This sonogram will go over all the health aspects of the babies. We will know then for sure what we are having. In the meantime, the doctor looked between legs today and didn’t see any little pickles. He is 80% sure that both babies are girls.

Right after I found out I was pregnant I had a dream that I was pregnant with twins and that they were both girls. Maybe my intuition was right after all. Kinda freaky to think about!

Anyhow, my cervix is holding up, but the babies are putting pressure on it. The doctor has decreased my workout activity to a quarter of a mile. He said that is like walking once around the block. He said I can no longer bend and lift anything. I’ve gained three pounds. He sees me again in three weeks.

He also told me ideally it would be best in November if I only worked part time. Not sure what’s going to happen yet, but it looks like I could end up on bed rest a lot sooner than expected. I’m going to talk to my principal and see if my mom can volunteer in my room and do my walking back and forth to the office for me. That might prolong my chance to stay working longer.

The main thing is keeping these babies in as long as possible. I’ll do whatever it takes to give them the best chance and start to life in the outside world.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Bug Guts!

The last couple of days have been spent driving down the road trying to find a clean place on my windshield to see out. My windshield was loaded with smeared bug guts and no washer fluid under the hood to clean them off with! Unfortunately, driving past the local feed yard on my way home every day lends itself to bug suicide on your windshield and grill. I'm not kidding when I say I bet on a calm day I can kill a hundred or more bugs in the two minutes it takes to drive past the stink yard. (I've never thought about this until now, but apparently bugs like poop, or they can't smell!)

So today as I was leaving work, I noticed that I didn't really need to put the sun shade in my car this morning. I seriously had enough guts to block out all UVA/UVB rays. I also noticed that my car is flat out the filthiest int he parking lot! I decide to take it through the car wash. I pull into Quick Quack and get my car all aligned in the the runners that pull you through. Three guys surround my car and start the process of debugging. One of these guys in particular made me laugh so hard. He stared at the windshield and grill of my blazer with monumental disgust. If I could have read his mind, he would have been thinking something like..."Geez, when is the last time this girl washed her car? Does she drive around looking for bugs to murder?" He was appalled and it was written all over his face.

It took these guys three tries with the bug juice (the stuff that's supposed to take the bugs off your windshield when they are dried and baked on) and three go overs with the scrub brush before they finally hit the switch to let me continue on with the rest of my car cleansing process. I laughed the whole way through the car wash!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Baby Names and Cribs, Oh My!

For those of you that have never named a baby, it's a lot harder than it looks! If you think it's hard coming up with a first and middle name for one baby, try two names for two babies! This increases your names when you don't yet know the sex of the babies to eight names!

When we found out I was pregnant, we began looking at names almost immediately. We started a list and realized that agreeing on a name was going to be difficult pretty quickly. We even purchased a baby naming book that claimed it had over 50,000 names. (It was overrated. Unless you're into really weird names!) The list of boys and girls names got placed aside and we slept on it...a lot!

Once in a while over the last four months I would look at the list of names and cross some off. They no longer sounded as appealing for whatever reason. That's okay though, it was narrowing our list of 40+ names down a bit. I think the job of naming our babies was especially difficult for me because I've taught school for 5 years. You can't help but think of some little hellion from they past! Unfortunately, lots of names go down the crapper when you're a teacher!

Saturday night we finally decided to get serious and lock in some names. Surprisingly enough, we narrowed down boys names quickly. Girls names on the other hand took some time. We were patient with each other, even when my husband decided to spout of every decidedly ethnic-sounding name and my quick retort was NO! With that being said here are the names we picked for our little ones...

Carter Grant (first choice for a boy if we have a boy and a girl)
Daniel Ellis
Addilyn Kate (first choice for a girl if we have a boy and a girl)
Ella Grace

Oh, and in other news, I was informed that cribs take 16-20 weeks to get in. Matthew and I ordered one of our cribs this weekend from JCPenney. It is back ordered until October 25. I assume it will ship after that. We can hope anyway. We will order the other crib next month. If we do have a girl, it's definitely going to be a girly piece of furniture! In the meantime, if the second crib isn't in on time, the babies will be small enough that they can share until it does come in. Now, we just need to paint and install the new floors in the nurseries!

Our Furry Felines

Ahh, the joys of cats! I'm not being biased when I say that we have very smart and sneaky cats. Matthew and I both suffer from allergies, but he is especially allergic to our kitties. To help keep cat hair off the beds we put the kitties in the utility room at night with the dogs. (Not to mention they are HUGE bed hogs!) Needless to say, Chloe and Grace are less than thrilled to be trapped in a small room with the dogs, They are less than thrilled about the dogs period!

It didn't take our girls long to catch on to my bedtime routine. I get my school stuff all together and put it on the table, iron clothes for the next day, put on pajamas and finish getting ready for bed. In the short time this take me, the cats disappear. They know I am about to let the dogs inside and put them in their kennels for the night. They know they are next! The search begins! At first I could pull out the catnip and my little stoners would come running out from their hiding places. Now, not a chance. They are wedged under a bed somewhere and you practically have to force yourself under the bed and pry them out. This is getting much harder to do with my growing belly.

I've wised up to their tactics. Before I even begin my bedtime routine, I shut all the bedroom doors. The girls are usually in the living room with me in the evenings. Chloe, our little black and white fur ball, made me laugh so hard one night as she tried to find a new hiding place in the living room. She flattened out her tubby body (don't ask me how) and scooted under the track on the treadmill. We probably wouldn't have seen her if she had remembered to pull her tail under as well! Tonight Grace attempted to to the same thing!

Grace has been needy lately. She follows me around from room to room like a dog and talks to me. This is her way of telling me she needs loves. She won't stop until I stop what I'm doing and pick her up. If I don't love on her long enough, the process of chasing me around the house will start all over again. Chloe is Chloe. She perches on the coffee table and stares at you while you watch TV. About the only time she doesn't stare is if you get a fuzzy blanket to cover up with, or bring something home from school that needs to be cut out. The blanket means she wants to lay on you and school stuff means she wants to lay on it! She will walk slowly around the cushions on the sofa and wait for you to tell her no. She's silly!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Fall Foliage

This summer I faithfully nurtured my garden that my parents painstakingly helped me start the previous summer. Finally, after all that hard work, most of the flowers are blooming at the same time. My cannas are taller than me and my mums have a circumference of at least four feet. Apparently I've got a green thumb! It makes me sad that in a very short time the colors will disappear and be replaced by dead, brown sticks. I desperately want to take a drive through the mountains and see the changing leaves. I love autumn this year.

16 Weeks

Matthew took a picture of me this morning. I am 16 weeks today. Only 12 more days until we hopefully (*fingers-crossed*) find out what we are having!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Second Prenatal Visit Update

Today I saw my doctor for my second visit. He did another sonogram, but didn't share pictures with me. Everything looks good. The babies look healthy and on track with their growth. We should find out the sex of the babies in three weeks on my next visit. It's going to be a long three weeks! The suspense is killing us, not to mention my mother who has been sewing up a storm.

The babies gave me a laugh as the doctor and I watched them through the sonogram. They are already your typical siblings. I wondered when the fighting would begin between the two and found my worst fears confirmed today. Fighting starts in the womb! Baby A, the one on my right side, was kicking baby B. Baby B in return, punched Baby A back! It was comical to watch, but even more amazing to see that life inside of you move so freely. Since the babies are in two separate sacks it's not even possible for them to touch each other.

I am 14 weeks and 4 days. I officially entered my second trimester 4 days ago. Matthew took a picture of my growing belly at 13 weeks, so I will post that picture since I have no sonogram pictures to post! I will keep everyone updated on how things are going!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Holy Crap!

Ah, yes, those are the exact words I muttered under my breath when the doctor informed Matthew and I that we are having TWINS! I'm still in shock...and not just about having twins, but finally getting to see our babies. It was such an amazing experience.

The babies are right on schedule. Baby A (right side) is measuring 10 weeks, 5 days and 3.79 cm. Baby A was sleeping during our sonogram. Baby B (left side) is measuring 10 weeks, 6 days and 3.84 cm. Baby B waved at us and kicked! Both hearts are beating and both babies look healthy.

My next appointment is in four weeks. Carrying twins puts me at a higher risk, so I will see the doctor every three weeks after my appointment next month. I will also have an ultrasound every visit. My due date remains March 5, but it's more than likely that I will not carry to date and we will have the babies sometime in February. The doctor has already told me to watch my physical activity. Instead of walking a mile, I'm only supposed to walk half of a mile.

I feel pretty well. My morning sickness is beginning to subside and I feel like I have a little more energy during the day. This is a good thing considering that I return to work tomorrow. Matthew has been working out daily in preparation for our little ones. We are both so excited that words cannot even begin to describe how we feel.

Baby A

Baby B

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Beginning

After a year of marriage, it dawned on me that a blog (outside of MySpace) would be a great way to keep our family and friends up-to-date on what's going on in our world. Let me catch everyone up!

We are still working on the house. Last year we painted and painted, and painted some more. We installed new wood flooring in the hallway and main bathroom. Two weeks ago Matthew and my dad installed the same wood flooring in our living room. It looks fabulous! I never thought I could be so thrilled about a floor! I am still working on the kitchen. Painting a wall is easy in comparison to the kitchen!

We also rescued a 10-week old puppy the last month of school. We named him Jack. The poor little guy is a trooper. He had a broken back leg when we found him and was tick infested. He wore his cast for a month, then contracted parvo and had to spend a few nights in the vet's office. After all of that drama, we got him neutered. Then it was Izzy's turn to get sick. She came down with kennel cough and tape worms the week after! YUCK! Finally, both dogs are doing well! Izzy and Jack are best buds. We just hope he gets a little bigger so he has a fair chance at play with Izzy. Izzy is 75 pounds and Jack is only 25 pounds! She likes to herd him around with her butt!

Aside from all of that craziness, Matthew and I got some very exciting news four days before our first anniversary. We found out via home test that I am pregnant! We are excited, a little shocked, and a bit nervous. My first prenatal appointment is August 12. By that point I will be almost 11 weeks! I never thought I'd say this, but I'm ready for that doctor's visit! We should get to hear the baby's heartbeat and hopefully he will do a sonogram so we can see the baby. I think seeing is believing! Although my morning sickness is doing a pretty convincing job! We will keep everyone updated with our excting news.

Until next time...