Friday, April 29, 2011

~Life as a Mommy~

There isn't a more rewarding job in the entire world.  I had a lot of dreams and expectations about being a mom, but Cayden has far exceeded them all.  He makes everyday joyful!  I also know that having Braxton has made me "enjoy" motherhood even more.  There are so many things that may seem little to others, but they mean so much to me.  With Mother's Day approaching I find myself with mixed emotions.  I want to be able to say that life couldn't be better, but I would be lying.  Life would be complete with Braxton here.   We will attempt to go to church this year...the past few years have been rough. To add to those years, last year we spent in the ER!!!  Praying that this year will be full of excitement and not disappoint. 

What do you do for Mother's Day?  What do you get your mom?  Shutterfly has some great Mother's Day gifts that can be personalized just for your mother.  The photo flip notebooks are great to keep in purses. 

I have also seen great deals on their Mother's Day cards.  A personalized photo card always means so much.   I try to make photo cards for family members as often as I can. 

Last year for Father's Day, I made a daddy photo brag book.  This year, Shutterfly has some cute Mommy Photobooks!!!  I would love my own bragbook!!! 

I encourage you to check out the great deals and quality at .  If you are a fellow blogger, you can blog about shutterfly and enjoy 50 FREE 5 x 7 photocards (visit for more details.)   

Wishing you all a wonderful Mother's Day.  Please say a prayer for those woman who still long to be called mom. 

Friday, April 22, 2011

~painter for hire~

~Cayden just "helping" daddy paint!~

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Our Twin Pregnancy: Month 7

~Week 25& 26~ 
 I have gained 2lbs a week for the last 4 weeks (WOW!)  Dr. said that my weight gain is still on the lower side for a woman my size carrying twins. During week 25 I felt pretty good.  We got a sneak peek of babies and they were butting heads already!  Both were breech at our 25 week appointment.   Week 26 is a different story.  I can really tell this week that the pregnancy is taking its toll on my body.  My back and hips are super sore.  I am good until about 5 in the evening, and then I am pretty much worthless when it comes to doing anything productive.  I spent 1/2 a night at the hospital on Saturday for extreme mid-back pain.  I was having lots of uterine irritibility when I arrived at the hospital, but with some fluids that seemed to ease up.  They tested for kidney/bladder infection...that came back negative.  They checked my cervix to be sure that I wasn't dialating...THANK GOD that came back negative.  However, we still don't know the cause of the pain, and it is still continuing.

~Week 27~

I am doing ok.  I can do normal daily activities, but evening are a bit more difficult.  My back gives out around 6, and I am pretty much worthless from then on.  I am beginning to wonder if something is going on with my pancreas (I am in LOTS of pain after eating dinner.)  I called the Dr, but they encouraged me to just take it easy and eat bland meals until my next appointment.  As usual, I feel Brock quite a bit, but Lynlee is hit and miss.  I am getting excited about meeting them, I just can't believe that it will be in 9-10 weeks!!! 

~Week 28~

I had my Dr appointment moved up a few days, because my pain is much worse.  I have gained 20lbs so far, and I can definitely tell.  Dr ordered a gallbladder and kidney scan for Monday.  However, on Saturday night I found myself back in the hospital.  I spent 3 nights there!  They ran every test possible.  I had several ultrasounds and even a CT scan.  All of the tests came back inconclusive.  I was released on Tuesday with no definitive answer for my pain.  I was sent home with a high dose of pain meds that don't seem to even touch my pain.  I am happy to report that both Brock and Lynlee are doing GREAT.  They don't seem to be affected by my pain.  We got to see them via ultrasound two times while I was in the hospital.  I am having a difficult time admitting that daily activities (cleaning, cooking, grocery shopping, lifting Cayden,etc) are becoming harder for me to do.  I am going to have to start reaching out for help.  I just keep telling myselft 8-9 more weeks, 8-9 more weeks!   Although I am in a lot of pain, I am still enjoying this pregnancy, and I can't wait to meet these precious miracles!!  
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