May 26, 2011

Ring around the....whatha?!


While i was in the shower, enza decided to get the towel holder out and put it around bellas neck, i had trouble getting it off.......omg

This is a text message I received from Jason while I was at work in December, this is 5 days after we moved in to our house, still under construction!
I had a bag by the front door with somethings in it to return, one of those things was a round towel bar for the bathroom. Jason was getting ready after showering and had that all too common thought..."it's too quite, what is Enza doing?" He finds Enza in her room playing at her table like such a sweet little girl, which might I add is the first clue that something is wrong :) He then hears a familiar sound of a dog scratching, collar tags jingling and then what's that sound? Clink clink clink. Whatha? Jason goes out to find our Boxer Bella with the towel bar around her neck! Frantically pawing at the towel bar trying to get if off her head, hence the clink clink clink.
Jason was able to get the towel bar off of Bella's neck, but it wasn't easy. He thought for a bit that he wasn't going to be able to get it off and might have to cut it off. Oh boy, that girl! Any of you who know Bella, can't you just see her sitting there letting Enza put this ring down over her head just because someone was paying her attention to her and touching her!

May 13, 2011

Looking Back......Part III

After Enza was born Sept 25, 2008 I had the Mirena IUD inserted to prevent pregnancy. It was cheap and I didn't have to worry about daily birth control. I didn't have any complications with the Mirena, and even though over the year that I had it I read and learned lots of things about IUD's that I didn't like or agree with, I already had it and it was working. Birth control is a very sticky subject for me. I dislike hormonal birth control, I was on it for 10 years before getting pregnant. Of course it was only after coming off of it that I learned the dark secrets of birth control and what it's doing to our bodies own hormone function. It's pretty yucky stuff, and I always wondered what I was really like. How were these synthetic hormones altering my personality, temperament, sex drive, even my complexion?

So January last year I had the Mirena removed so that I could learn to chart my cycle using Natural Family Planning. No, this doesn't mean the rhythm method. It means using the Symptothermal Method. Taking my waking body temperature and monitoring cervical fluid and position. (Sorry if this is TMI for you, I'm not much of a TMI girl ;) ) I read Taking Charge of Your Fertility and started my chart.
The plan was to learn NFP for a few months while trying to avoid a pregnancy and then use it to achieve pregnancy.
1st problem, after I had the Mirena removed it took 2 months for my cycle to return. This was not what I was expecting! I saw a Naturopathic doctor and learned about the damage that could have been done to my bodies own hormone function by hormonal birth control and started some supplements and diet changes to help 'detox' my body of the synthetic hormones. My cycles were really out of wack and way long, I had always been a very predictable girl in this way ;)
Well, while waiting for my 3rd cycle to wrap up I had the signs that my period would be coming in a day or two. It didn't. So, Monday May 24 on my way home from work I stopped by the drugstore and purchased a pregnancy test. I stopped at HyVee to get a few things before going home and couldn't stand to wait. So I went to the bathroom, into a stall and peed on the stick by the grocery store. That sucker LIT up! I could not believe my eyes. Last time it took severals days and tests before it was obvious to me, but this test, it literally LIT up. Those pink lines showed up like neon lights :)

I went home (remember to my parent's home) and decided I was going to wait to say anything, even to Jason because I didn't think he could keep it a secret from my parents. But while making dinner I HAD to tell him, I couldn't keep it a secret standing right next to him! But I made him promise not to say anything.
After that weekend I made Enza a shirt to deliver the news.....

Enza was going to be a big sister and we were going to have another baby! What a blessing! My estimated due date was January 31st 2011!

Pictures of my babies

I managed to get out and get some pictures of the kiddos taken today! I absolutely dread the entire process, it is so painful to me. Yes, I really hate it that much! But I really want to have the pictures to look back at. Photo studios are NOT my friends, but photographers prices and not either, oh well.

So, I won't have actual prints to share until next Saturday, so I thought I would share the link with you so you can see them now. These are the rough un-cropped images.
I ordered: #10 Enza laying on her tummy
#11 Enza & Grayson
#22 Grayson in basket
Here they are!

May 4, 2011


With the news about Osama Bin Laden's death, I felt proud that America stood up for themselves. But at the same I felt sad that he died, I felt so silly feeling that way. This man was responsible for thousands of lives lost, it should feel good that he was dead, right? A friend on Facebook posted a link to this article on Mom2Mom, a local website/forum for moms to connect. It resonated with me, so I thought I would share it. Maybe it will with you as well.


May 2, 2011

Looking Back....Part II

Sad News
That Saturday evening after everything was moved, we still had plenty to do at the house. That night we got to my Parents house where we would be living the next few months to unpack what we needed right away. My mom and Step-dad had spent the last couple days out at my grandparents home. My grandma Jeanne was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer right after our wedding in 2006, and her cancer had stopped responding to treatment. Not long after getting to our new home, I got a call from my mom. Grandma was gone. She had lost her battle with cancer. While sad for those she left behind, a relief to not have to see her suffer any longer. Before Grandma passed my mom said to me that she now understood why God allowed our loved ones to suffer as they do sometimes when terminally ill. It is so we are able to let them go. Although it always hurt immensely to lose them, there is comfort in knowing that they are no longer suffering.
The next week was filled with funeral preparations, and family coming into town. My parents went from living alone, to us 3 living in their basement and my brothers, John & Jason and my nephew Casey filling guest rooms. I enjoyed having all my family together like that. It was fun to huddle around the computer with my siblings and look at pictures or watch stupid videos on YouTube :)
Grandmas funeral was Thursday, May 20 2010. My Grandma's 3 children and every single one of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were there to lay her to rest. This may not seem like a big deal, but we do not all live close to each other. So it was really wonderful to have us all there to honor Grandma.

Jeanne L Brantner 1929-1951

Looking Back....Part I

The last post I wrote on this blog was April 6 2010. One line from that post caught my eye this morning, "It's been a good 5 years." Because all I can think right now is, it has been a bad year. Which is why I haven't wrote. While we've have great times in the last year, everything seems overshadowed by the trials we have faced.

Jason Gets Sick

May 6th 2010 was our 4 year anniversary. We spent it at home because Jason was 'prepping' for a colonoscopy. May 7 2010 one week before we had to move out of our house Jason went in for a colonscopy because he had been experiencing severe diarrhea with bleeding. It took 3 nurses and about 6 tries to get an iv started before the procedure because Jason was so dehydrated. He was gone for over an hour and when he came back, the GI doctor came and told me that he was admitting Jason to the hospital, he was going to have to spend the weekend there because he was severely dehydrated and his colon was hemorrhaging. I was shocked. His diagnosis and cause for the bleeding was Ulcerative Colitis. He spent the weekend in Centerpoint Hospital on iv fluids, iv steroids, colitis medicine and antibiotics. By Sunday(Mother's Day) he was released and feeling MUCH better. He was sent home with orders to follow up and continue the colitis medicine.

The next Saturday, May 15th we had a large group of generous men from our church show up to help us move. We still had quite a bit to do considering we had lost the last week. They stayed until they had literally packed up, loaded and moved our entire house. I'm not kidding when I say those guys wouldn't leave until it was all done! That was a huge blessing for us to have that help.

January 10, 2011

Maternity/Family pics

Excuse the total lack of posts this year! So much has happened I feel like I need to go back and recount everything I've missed posting. But who knows if I'll ever actually do that, so I guess I should start back anyhoo, right?
We had some maternity and family pictures taken New Years Day. Last time it will just be the 3 of us, although technically Grayson was already in these pictures. Anna came to our home and tried to take some pictures, all the while Enza was way more interested in dancing, singing and showing off for our company as you'll witness in a few of the pictures.
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