An Unexpected Journey

Hey guys! I hope you’ve all been doing well this week. Our week has been a bit busy with four dentist appointments and a slew of other things happening but I wanted to check in and give you all an couple of quick updates.

So last week we found out what our unexpected blessing will be and we are so excited to meet our little one! Watch this quick video to find out:

Some of the kiddos were a bit disappointed but they quickly got over it and are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their little sister.

With the gender news we also received the news that our little one is low risk for Trisomy 18 & 13 but she is high risk for 21 (Down Syndrome).

This news was not totally expected and we had first learned of this possibility at our last appointment. Honestly I wasn’t even sure what to do with all the information they gave me and I kind of held out hope that this test would come back differently but it didn’t.

To say the past couple of weeks have been emotional would be quite an understatement. I did cry quite a bit and I guess I was grieving the thought of what I had planned.

I’ve since accepted the probability, even though they have stressed that the test was not diagnostic but they’ve also stressed that our risk is significantly higher than most pregnancies, that our little one will be born with Down Syndrome.

I’ve definitely done a lot of praying and looking through articles from others that have gone through similar circumstances. A lot of those stories though turn out to be ‘false positives’ and the babies are born ‘normal’.

But I read something the other day that really made me laugh… normal is a setting on a dryer… every baby can be normal in their own special and unique way. They are created by God and He makes no mistakes so they are perfect no matter how many people try to point out their imperfections.

I’ve also read about so many families who were unsure about how they would be able to cope with a special needs child. Many of them look back and can now say that their special needs children have been their biggest blessings.

Yesterday as I was scrolling through one of my FB groups I read a quick story about someone who had been planning and preparing for a trip to Italy. When the plane landed they found themselves in Holland.

She was upset at first because it wasn’t where she had planned but in the end she found that they were both beautiful places with different experiences.

This so describes the journey we have found ourselves in. So I’ve really been researching more about the condition although I already a child with Down Syndrome.

In a way it has been a blessing to find out this early so we can be prepared for this possibility. I know many parents that find out at birth, or shortly after, go through a lot of the emotions that we have already been dealing with. I’d rather go through this now and be able to focus all our attention on our little one when she makes her arrival.

I know this experience will be quite different from our experience with our adopted son as he was 8 when he came into our lives. He has been a blessing in so many ways and I’m sure his little sister will be also.

We’ve also been busy trying to pick out a name for newest addition and have been adding things to our Amazon registry. We have another ultrasound scheduled in mid March and we will be able to see more about what to expect at her birth.

So, yeah, I still have my moments where I get really emotional because I just want our little one to be as healthy as possible. The fact that I’ve called the doctor’s office everyday this week because they haven’t refilled my thyroid medication doesn’t help my stress level either.

I’ve been trying to stay busy and trying to prepare for our upcoming move!

We did get our final inspection and our certificate of occupancy but we can’t move in. Over the past weekend we had some MAJOR ISSUES when the power and water were cut on. (We were extremely fortunate that our house didn’t burn down and that no one was seriously injured in the events that unfolded!)

We are waiting for someone to come out and fix the issues. Someone was supposed to be sent out Sunday or Monday but they called and asked if they could come out on Wednesday.

Yesterday was Wednesday but no one showed up. I got an email this morning saying they would be here tomorrow so fingers crossed that they do get here and get it all fixed so we can start the moving process.

We had been ready to start painting the kitchen and getting the great room refinished but EVERYTHING has been put on hold as we wait for the repairs to be finished.

All in all we have been very blessed in so many ways! We thank everyone for your thoughts and prayers and pray that you all have a very blessed week!

Life Update: Crazy Days

So, I know it has been a bit since I’ve posted and I do apologize. To say that life has been crazy would be an understatement. We’ve had dentist appointments, another birthday (Ms. Caitlyn turned 13), house drama, and some baby news.

In our last life update post, we had just had Mr. Joey’s birthday and I had been working on getting some freezer meals entered into our Cozi calendar. (Yep, that’s an affiliate link and there may be a couple more scattered in the post as well.) The new meals that I’ve added to our rotation have been a big hit and many of them came from Jamerrill’s Large Family Table.

I have tweaked a couple of them to work for our family but everyone has loved them and I will soon be making them in bulk to put in the freezer. I’ve been holding off on another major Freezer Meals session because we want to get moved in so we wouldn’t be moving so much frozen food back and forth.

As far as the house goes we have had a little bit of progress:

  • the electrician has been out and finished his work
  • the electrical inspection passed… YAY!
  • the finishing crew fixed a few items but left a few to finish which we will tackle this weekend

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Now we are waiting on the skirting which is scheduled to happen tomorrow morning and then a final inspection scheduled for Monday. We are still waiting on our steps for the back door as the ones that came were the wrong size. You can see that the post falls in the center of the second door… we plan to replace these with French doors in the future and those steps won’t work!

Once we get the final inspection we should hopefully get the go-ahead to move in by Tuesday… woot-woot! We are so ready but we are dreading the move as well.

This weekend we will be installing the dryer vent which was missing and a couple of lights in the bedroom closets. Mr. Awesome is replacing the pull chain lights with a couple of ‘can lights’ which will be wired to their own light switches… hopefully, this will keep the kids from breaking the lights.

As I’m writing this we just happened to notice that the electric company is over at the house so we should have power soon!

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Over the weekend we made a trip to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. This was our second time visiting the park and the second time we had been blessed with tickets to go. Thank you Ms. Dorothy and Mr. Ron! We all had a great time and the kids have been begging to go again.

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I found this cutie in the gift shop and had to bring it home with me for the baby:

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The little trip over the weekend was much needed as Friday was an extremely stressful day… I haven’t really said a lot about any of this to anyone but I’ve decided to share this with everyone as we need all the love and support that we can get! It really does take a village to raise a child and maybe our experience can help someone else on their journey.

Friday was my first appointment with the high-risk clinic and it did not go anything as expected. We were at the office for almost 5 hours! I was already nervous because we had already had a couple of issues earlier. The doctors had already been telling me the risks of having a baby at ‘my age‘ and it seemed that they kept stressing the chances of having a baby with ‘issues’.

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The ultrasound had been scheduled first and when the tech went to get the doctor I was pretty certain that she had some concerns… the longer we waited for the doctor the more it weighed on me. After 10-15 minutes I just started crying… poor Mr. Awesome didn’t have a clue and when I told him my fears he just reassured me that everything was going to be OK.

The doctor came in and did the ultrasound again getting even more pictures and measurements from different angles. She ended up telling us that the nuchal fold measured a bit thicker than what is considered normal which indicates an increased risk for chromosomal abnormalities. She also said that the baby seemed to have a ‘small window‘ in the septum of its heart but that this can and often does close up on its own.

She then sent us to talk to a genetic counselor. That was another experience in itself! When I say I was an emotional wreck it may be an understatement. He did his best to comfort us and then to explain the different conditions that they were concerned about… he seemed a bit surprised to find that we already have an adopted child with Down Syndrome and that we were familiar with some of the other conditions like Williams Syndrome.

We went over the risks again and the statistics before being offered some other testing. We have no family history of genetic disorders and the biggest factor is my age. We declined all invasive testing and opted for the NIPT screening which would be back within 5-7 days. It seemed like a long time but the time really did pass by quickly. 

Sigh… after all of this I still had to see another doctor who again went over all the risks associated with my age… I’m 42 not 82! I was put on baby aspirin and told to continue my meds for the thyroid issue which reminds me that I need to call them back and get a refill on that! I really can’t recall what else they might have said as everything was pretty much a blur at that time as I was overwhelmed, tired, and hungry!

We went to eat before finding the lab and then got my blood drawn before heading home… we did talk a little bit about it on the way home and we both agree that this baby is staying put until it is ready to meet the world! The blood test results show that we are low risk for Trisomy 13 & 18 but at a higher risk for Down Syndrome… we also found out the gender but I’m not revealing that yet! 

As of right now we are still not planning to undergo any further testing, we know that our baby is in GOD’s hands and although we may not know the reason for these trials that we are enduring at the moment we do know that HE has a plan! Does this mean I don’t worry? No. I really felt that I was on the verge of an emotional breakdown but Mr. Awesome has been right beside me and has helped me through this.

This can be really scary because there are so many unknowns. Yes, it seems that the risk for our baby to have a genetic issue is higher than many but we love this little one already. No test or procedure is going to be able to change the outcome and we will love and welcome this little one into our family.

We have to focus on the positive that our baby seems to be very healthy on the scan… it was dancing up a storm! The baby’s growth seems to be on track as well and we did see little fingers and toes… I also thought I caught a glimpse of the gender but the tech said it was too early and she didn’t give me a picture… I was right!

We can’t let the tests and everything else suck the joy out of this wonderful experience. I’ve had to ask GOD for strength on several occasions as no parent wants to think that there may be something wrong with their child. This pregnancy has already played a much larger toll on me than previous pregnancies and I am just completely exhausted most days.

I’ve had to hand this pregnancy over to HIM because it is completely out of our control… there is nothing that can change what is or what isn’t and HE will not desert us. I even told the counselor that those issues wouldn’t be the end of the world… it would just be something a little different than what we expected. 

I mean, never in a million years did expect that I would be having a baby right now. It is a blessing to even be carrying this little life inside of me and for that, I am so very thankful. GOD has indeed been so good to us in so many ways and I must TRUST him and HIS plan for this child.

This has been my go-to verse for right now:

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Please just keep our family in your thoughts and prayers and I promise to try to reveal the gender soon!

Have a blessed weekend!

 

 

 

 

Life Update: January 3, 2020

Whew! What a time we’ve had over the past few weeks! I apologize for not getting to post anything on a regular basis. A lot of the recipes that have posted had been typed up prior to November, when my oldest daughter left for Kansas, and then scheduled to post later… good thing I did that or I wouldn’t have had the energy to do anything all month!

I’m having an OK morning so far so I wanted to go ahead and try to type up a quick post to fill everyone in on what has been going on around here! So just in case, you missed some of our most recent news, here is a quick update:

  • Mr. Awesome and I got married on Christmas Day with a surprise wedding!
  • We also officially announced that there will be a new addition to our family later this year!

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A Christmas To Remember!

So we did get to celebrate Christmas in our new house even though we can’t officially move in yet and we had no power… or heat! We set the tree up and decorated it on Saturday and everyone had a lot of fun helping.

 After the decorating was done it was time to kick the kids out of the house until Christmas as I needed a gift wrapping station. We had all helped to bring in a lot of the boxes I had in the shed… there may still be a gift or two hidden in there somewhere!

That was a lot of work to get all of those gifts wrapped and taken care of as I hadn’t wrapped the first gift, other than a couple that we took to a party, and there were a lot of boxes!

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Life Update and A Quick House Tour

So I’ve been trying to get this quick video tour to upload but our internet has been so crappy… well you know how our internet it so it has taken me longer than expected to get this out to you. I’ve also been feeling a bit under the weather and had an ER visit on Sunday where I found out that my potassium was low… sigh… if it isn’t one thing it is another, right? The video tour will be down below but I’ll go ahead and give up a little update on the house since our last update. Continue reading “Life Update and A Quick House Tour”

I’ve been dreaming of a …

I know a lot of people have been dreaming of a white Christmas but not me! I’ve been dreaming of a big dump truck. Well, actually several big dump trucks full of DIRT!

I know once the dirt gets here it shouldn’t be too much longer before our house finally arrives. If you’ve been following along with our ‘Series of Unexpected Events‘ posts then you know that we’ve been waiting for a while now. Ever since learning that the dirt should be coming within the week, I’ve been dreaming and daydreaming about dump trucks. I’ve been a little under the weather so every time I happen to doze off I wake up thinking that I hear a dump truck but every time I walk out the door to see that there is nothing sight. Continue reading “I’ve been dreaming of a …”

Life Update: A Full Moon, Spongebob, and A B&E (with permission)

I was looking back through my posts to see when our last update was and if you don’t include A Series of Unexpected Events, Part 2, and Part 3 then I believe it would’ve been Life Update: A Jacuzzi, A Boy’s Night out, And Why We Don’t ‘Do’ Halloween which seems like it was forever ago.

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I know last week I posted 35+ Freezer Meals In One Day! where I did give a couple of updates like Ms. Bella’s birthday:

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35+ Freezer Meals In One Day!

I had to do my grocery shopping this past weekend and our internet was DOWN! This meant that I needed to physically go into the store and push the buggy down the aisles… pure TORTURE, right? Well, maybe it doesn’t seem that bad but I have been spoiled by the Walmart Grocery Pickup.

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I did survive and I posted a picture of my overflowing buggy on my Instagram that evening and had a contest for the person who could most closely guess how much I spent. The winner will be receiving a Walmart eGift card for $10.00! Continue reading “35+ Freezer Meals In One Day!”

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Our school week is usually completed in 4 days. We use a Loop Schedule where we work for a designated amount of time on each subject before moving on to the next. After their work is completed for the day the kids are allowed to have independent studies were they can study whatever their little hearts desired.

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By the Shores of Silver Lake Week 9 Lesson Plans

These weekly lessons were made to go along with ‘By the Shores of Silver Lake‘ written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. We are planning to go through the whole series and I am keeping track of the different topics we are learning about here on my blog. We hope you enjoy these as much as we have! Continue reading “By the Shores of Silver Lake Week 9 Lesson Plans”

By the Shores of Silver Lake Week 8 Lesson Plans

These weekly lessons were made to go along with ‘By the Shores of Silver Lake‘ written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. We are planning to go through the whole series and I am keeping track of the different topics we are learning about here on my blog. We hope you enjoy these as much as we have! Continue reading “By the Shores of Silver Lake Week 8 Lesson Plans”

By the Shores of Silver Lake Week 7 Lesson Plans

These weekly lessons were made to go along with ‘By the Shores of Silver Lake‘ written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. We are planning to go through the whole series and I am keeping track of the different topics we are learning about here on my blog. We hope you enjoy these as much as we have! Continue reading “By the Shores of Silver Lake Week 7 Lesson Plans”