Monday, December 17, 2012

Baby Bump Rewind...

Since we've been hiding this pregnancy for 15 weeks now, I've been hoarding my bump pictures to share now that we are finally "out."

Here are a few from the past weeks and starting this week I'll also start sharing my weekly update, just like last time :)

 8 weeks

9 weeks

10 weeks

12 weeeks

13 weeks

14 weeks

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Our Rainbow.....

I can't believe it's time for this. I have been waiting for 7 very long months to make an announcement like this....I'M PREGNANT! As you know if you follow the blog our journey to expand our family again hasn't been an easy one, but our prayers have been answered and we are so very excited to share the news that our family will be growing again in June.

To be honest our road to this pregnancy has also been bumpy. I don't know if I could ever find the right words to describe what it is like being pregnant after a loss. Your joy and excitement is often over run by fear and anxiety. I have spent the last 15 weeks in pure fear worrying that at any minute we would lose our sweet baby. I hate that...I hate that I don't feel the pure excitement I felt with Brinley, but your brain after a loss plays horrible, horrible tricks on you. It also doesn't help that I was told on multiple occasions by my nurse to be prepared to lose this baby. Because of my losses they did multiple HCG blood draws, my numbers started low and barely doubled within the 48-72 hour mark. I spent 2 weeks in beta hell, the numbers kept coming back doubling when they should, but also very low. My nurse was concerned, but we kept at it and I will never for get the phone call for what she described as my final make it or break it beta. The numbers were looking good and promising, she had trouble hiding her shock, but I think she was as relieved as I was. We scheduled an appointment with my doctor for an ultrasound the next week. Ryan was with me and I could barely deal with the anxiety. There was no heartbeat, however, my doctor wasn't too concerned. It looks like we just were dealing with a late bloomer who was measuring a few days behind from what we thought. Our next appointment showed one amazing little bean with a beautiful heartbeat.
We have since had 2 more ultrasounds showing a sweet baby growing perfectly.

Brinley is "excited" she loves touching the baby and if you ask she pretty much thinks she is having a brother and a sister :) I keep telling Ryan that if she is half as good with the baby as she is with his her babydolls we are golden.

I feel so blessed to be expecting again and I can't wait share this journey with you....

I saw this rainbow the day I got my positive pregnancy test...I hadn't even told Ryan yet. A baby after a loss if often called your "rainbow baby." I was terrified when I saw those two pink lines and I think this was God's way of letting me know things were going to be just fine :)

Our sweet little bean at our ultrasound at 8 weeks 5 days. If you look really close you can see his/her eye. 

The best big sister in the world :)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Brinley has new wheels....

My Mom found this car for $2 at a garage sale and Brinley loves it! Last time we were home Grandpa found a new way to ride that was even more fun than the runs around the house....

Monday, December 10, 2012

Halloween..just a few months late :)

This year Ryan and I had quite the discussion about what Brinley would be for Halloween. Almost everything was either to cold or too old for her. He wasn't impressed with the Old Navy options, but I wanted something warm and cozy. So, I won the battle and little Miss was a cupcake. Brinley LOVED trick or treating. She said 'trick or treat' and 'thank you' at every door. She even cried when it was time to go home. She still wears the hat around the house :)

Sunday, December 9, 2012


Brinley has been singing her ABCs for the last week or so, but she would only get through A B and C. This morning she randomly starting signing it again, but add many more letters :)

Turn your volume WAY up to hear her rendition of the ABCs.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Veggie Picking....

This fall we heard about a cool farm up north that lets you pick your own veggies. It was quite the drive, but we loved it! We can't wait to go back next fall and pick some more. Brinley was digging the dirt and picking all kinds of veggies, she was so proud. She talked for weeks about how she picked all the veggies we were eating at dinner and she was actually eating them!

Finally Back....

Wow, it's been way to long! Our computer has been broken until last week and we have been super super busy! Brinley is growing and leaps and bounds and I can't wait to show you plenty of videos and pictures from the last few months.
I have made a promise to myself to be a better blogger now that I have sometime. A few weeks ago I moved to part time giving me two whole days off with Miss B. I can't wait to start some sort of Mommy and Me classes and spend lots of time having tea parties :)

For now, here are some of our family pictures we had taken a month ago.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Are You Ready For Some Football?!?!

It's here, it's here, it's FINALLY here!! Football season is now upon us and football season is a big deal in our little family. 6 years ago Ryan put his name on the season ticket July we got the notice that it was finally our time. We are now proud season ticket holders! We couldn't have gotten in at a better time, because we now have Peyton Manning :)
Brinley is quickly learning to love football as much as she loves the Cardinals. She loves yelling "touchdown!"

The view from our seats, you might be dizzy by the time you get up to them, but we're in...and that's all the matters :)
Peyton's first snap as a Bronco :)

Go Broncos!!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Happy Birthday Great Grandpa

Grandpa Chuck turned 75 earlier this summer. Brinley and I was lucky enough to be able to fly home and celebrate with him. It was wonderful to see so many family and friends celebrating such an amazing man....

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Catching Up...Lake of the Ozarks

In early August we made the 12 hour drive to my family's condo at the Lake of the Ozarks.  I've been there every.single.summer since I was 2. It's one of my favorite places in the world and I am so excited to be able to share such great memories with Brinley. 
We met my parents, sisters, and Grandpa and had a wonderful time!