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This blog was inspired by 31 for 21 & is about my wonderful family.

"As a mother, my job is to take care of what is possible & trust God with the impossible." ~Ruth Bell Graham

"Never look down on someone, unless you're helping them up!"

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Three is a charm!

     We found out Saturday (9/10/11) morning that I'm pregnant!  I went to the doctor yesterday (9/13/11) & was able to see the baby on ultrasound & hear it's heartbeat!  That was very reassuring to us.  I don't like to announce anything before 12 weeks, but the doctor was confident that all is well with the baby.  He even mentioned that the baby has a STRONG heartbeat.  With my history, I have to give myself shots in my belly each day, up until the day before I deliver.  If you're asking why, here's the explanation.  I have a blood clotting disorder called anticardiolipin antibodies.  Which means that my body thinks the baby is a blood clot, so it attacks it & destroys the baby.  I give myself a blood thinning shot, which prevents that from happening.  And so far, so good.  :)  We've been trying to conceive since January.  I had a miscarriage a few months ago, but I lost it at just a couple of weeks.  Now I'm almost 8 weeks, so we're very hopeful.  I go back in 2 weeks to have another ultrasound & a check up.  We're praying that all goes well & for a HEALTHY baby.  God has shown favor on us by giving us this precious addition & we thank Him every second for that favor.
     I'm taking the boys to have their flu shots this afternoon.  And boy, am I glad that Troy doesn't have to have Synagis shots any longer!  He had such a bad reaction after the shots, but we knew that was nothing compared to the alternative.  But, still, so glad that is over!  Then tomorrow, we take Troy to the Gastroenterologist in Atlanta to see what's going on with his little tummy.  Yep, it's been a busy week & the weekend will be just as busy.  We have the Heart Walk, Joy Ministry social, Clermont Days...& somewhere in between, we have to see what our options are for buying either me a mini van or Mack a bigger truck. 
     Since I am pregnant, I can't take my melatonin to help me sleep.  Therefore, I've had MANY sleepless nights lately.  I'm hoping my hormones kick in soon & allow me to get some well needed sleep!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Decisions

Well, I've made a few decisions today.  Troy's Babies Can't Wait coordinator came for his 6 month review today & we had a nice conversation.  I told her my concerns about the speech school.  She agrees with me & is going to see about getting Troy a therapist that will come to our house & work one & one with him.  I'm so happy about that.  I know that he'll only get to have this one on one therapy for 3 1/2 months, but that's better than nothing.  She did mention that she'll come back for a visit next month to check on how the speech is going & to discuss what we'll need to decide about when Troy turns 3.  Three?  My baby will be three in 4 months!  :(
As I'm sure you've heard, Troy is on his 3rd round of antibiotics since Chancey started school one month ago.  I'm not sure if he picked up this latest bug from Chancey (who has only been a little sick once) or if he got it from his speech school.  I hope these germs stay away from my family!  So that's another reason why I decided to take Troy out of speech school.
Chancey is doing so well in school!  I am so proud of him!  I check his grades every other day & he has all HIGH A's (2 100's-1 in English, 1 in World History) & only 1 HIGH B.  I know, he's only been there a month, but this is a fantastic start!  I don't know his grade in his healthcare class, but I'm sure it's great.  I'm so proud that he's going to be in the healthcare field!  :)  Now, if only these insecure, immature boys will grow up & let him be, we'll be fine.  Oh, & did I mention that he was elected the treasurer of the HOSA (healthcare club)?!  SO proud, so proud!
Troy is doing so well, other than these infections.  He's talking up a storm & putting 2, sometimes 3 words together at a time.  He's learning his shapes & trying to learn his colors & ABC's.  He's starting to run, too...it's so cute!  We're going to our very first meeting at church for the Joy Ministry next Saturday (which is going to be a BUSY day...we also have the Heart Walk that morning)!  The Joy Ministry is for kids with special needs.  I'm hoping to also help out with the teaching sometime soon.
I'm just so blessed & I thank God everyday for giving me the perfect husband, 2 perfect boys, & for trusting me with them.  I think back to when I heard that Troy had DS.  I was devastated...then after the shock wore off & I began to accept God's plan, I thought "God has a reason for making my son special."  And now I know why He did that, it was to make me a better person.  To make me more compassionate, loving, understanding, empathetic, & protective.  I wouldn't change a thing about my life, not one little second or one little detail...it's wonderful the way it is & the people who are standing right beside me are so terrific.  Like I said, I'm so blessed.  ♥