Epic blogger fail…

Good morning, 

I had these grandiose ideas about writing quite a few posts before I left for Christmas but in reality life has been a little out of control…  We had a Christmas parade that Ryan participated in, the squadron Christmas party which was a blast and plumbers in and out of the house every day for a week… with little to no change in our plumbing situation.  We have been busy planning our trip home and getting things ready to go… and suddenly…  We leave tomorrow morning at 4am!

So I’ll be gone for two weeks.  I hope to be back shortly after our return.  I should have some pictures to share and I still have some things waiting in the wings to be talked about! 

For now however I am consumed.  We are both driving tomorrow.  We need to sell our truck and it’s just not selling in this small town so we’re taking it home to Phoenix to sell there.  We are also taking some furniture in the truck that we need to sell because our household goods are overweight and we’ll be adding another person and their stuff to our household in a matter of months!  We also have to take the boys home with us so the preparations are taking forever and way too much of my brain power!  I am NOT looking forward to this 13 hour drive with the dogs in the car, my absolute morning exhaustion and my still queasy in the morning stomach.  It’s going to be a long grueling day!  Luckily on the return trip we’ll all be in one car together so we can switch off driving!  Huzzah!!! 

In other news I’m 16 weeks pregnant today.  Ryan and I were talking last night and it’s still so surreal to both of us…  We’ve been married and alone for so very long that it’s just not sinking in that in a matter of months everything will change!  CRAZY!!!  Don’t get me wrong we’re so excited but it’s just so otherworldly for us after all these years of longing… 

Just out of curiosity…  I felt the baby kick once almost two weeks ago… I had just eaten something VERY spicy and was sitting cross legged in tight pants LOL.  Keep in mind that I have been VERY aware of what my digestive track feels like after my surgery (we were trained to pay close attention in case anything was wrong) If it wasn’t for the fact that my stomach was gurgling away I would have NEVER know that what I felt was the baby but it happened at exactly the same time as some other rumbling 🙂 and I could tell it just wasn’t from the right place exactly… all that added to the fact that it felt exactly like popping popcorn… I just knew that’s what it was!   BUT I haven’t felt anything but a small bump once in a while (maybe three times a week) since.  So I’m curious…  When did you start really feeling your baby move consistently during your pregnancy?

Okay that’s it for me today… I’m off to finish packing and getting the house ready to be closed down.  I hope Ryan gets home early today because I need help and we need to hit the hay EARLY!!!!

All my love and best wishes for your holidays with family.  I’ll be back soon,


14 (Almost 15) week appointment

Guten Tag!

Once again more than a week has flown by since my last…  How in the world did I do two picture posts a week while living in Germany?!

I have a post in the works but it will have to wait for today since my time is a bit shorter than I had anticipated. 

I am currently awaiting a surprise visit from a plumber.  We have had serious problems on and off with this house since the moment we moved in over 4 months ago.  We are now dealing with a guest toilet that has saturated the carpet all around the pedestal… (I hate carpet in bathrooms but what are you going to do?)  And my absolute favorite?  Our master bathroom shower had a leak when we moved in.  Now it doesn’t turn off at all!  We had to install a valve above the shower head so we can completely cut off the water flow…  The water is leaking into the wall and now there is a puddle of water on the floor of the garage (the bathroom shares the wall with the garage)  The home owner has been aware of this issue since we moved in and said to just live with it but it just gets worse and worse and finally we insisted.  I feel a little bad for the homeowner because it’s going to be bad and expensive.  The way the bathroom is all set up they are either going to have to cut a huge hole in the figer glass shower wall to fix it and then patch that… rip out the wall in the garage… or rip out the tile on the other side of the wall…  But you know what?  It’s not my problem.  These are unacceptable and unsafe (think of all the mold in that wall) living conditions.  So all that said… the plumber called almost 2 hours ago to say he’d be here in 20 minutes…  Yep… still waiting.

We also still have huge amounts of leaking in the living room and around (and in) the fireplace.  About two months ago he finally sent a roofer out to look at the problems.  They found that whomever put the addition onto the house not only did not follow code with the slope of the roof but didn’t use any kind of tar paper or barrier between the shingles and the plywood.  As a result, when it rains, the water puddles on the inadequately sloped roof and then runs down the nail holes and fills the roof and then the walls of the entire room.  The water runs between the panes of the six double pained windows because the moisture barriers have been compromised as well.  The home owner decided that he needed a second opinion because, and I quote, “This is supposed to be a very wet winter so we need to make sure it’s taken care of.”  Two months later we’re still waiting for the second opinion guy to come out.  We’re also very concerned about mold in the walls and ceiling of that room… because… so far… it’s been a very wet winter. 

Okay enough grouchy news. 

This morning I had my 14 week appointment…  (which got pushed back to 14 weeks and 5 days because of a scheduling issue at the doctor’s office)

Everything went perfectly and they even did another ultrasound.  So of course I have new pictures!

Here is a full picture… I have absolutely no idea what this picture is supposed to show.  The baby had it’s back to us and was head down (to the bottom left of this picture) that white floating dot is a hand in motion and other than that I couldn’t tell you.  I believe that this picture was printed out to show the heartbeat, which was a healthy 158 beats per minute.


This picture I get!  I know what all those pieces parts are (because the doctor told me so! 🙂  Can you tell?


Okay I labeled it for you because I know it’s tough.  This was the coolest ultrasound ever!  The baby was kicking and flailing… He/She (I hate saying it!) was pushing back against the doctor.  There were points when you could see a perfect little hand with all the fingers and little bones as it pushed against the wall… We could see the spine and all the little tiny baby back ribs… oops sorry!  My favorite thing to see?  The baby kept it’s ankles crossed the whole time.  You could see all the leg bones and the bones in the feet and even the toes!  Because of the movement this picture isn’t as clear as it looked in person but you get the basic idea.  So here it is labeled!


That’s about it for me for the day.  I am feeling much better.  I am almost out of the queasy woods though once in a while I have a bad day.  I’ll take it!  I have a lot more energy thanks to the extra iron and vitamins my doctor put me on I’m sure.  I still feel tired but for the most part a short afternoon nap will do the job so I can get a few things done around here.  Poor Ryan has done the lion’s share for months now on top of his full time and oh-so-very-busy-right-now job.

Could you all do me a favor?  If there is anything you want to know about that I haven’t talked about in sickening detail ask!  I’m having such a hard time getting here often that I forget what I’ve talked about and what I haven’t and I’m not an overly gushy sort anyway…  so if you have a question let me know and I’ll do my best to answer you in good time!

I’ll be around to visit as I can today! 



Down and out!

I had every intention of posting today and of visiting everyone but it’s just not working out.

I’ve got a migraine…  going on three days now to be exact… and since I can’t take anything for relief it’s the dark and quite for me ladies.

It’s no big deal… I’ve always suffered from them (well at least in the last 10 years or so) and they only hit me about 3 times a year and are controllable with a cocktail of meds… But this time around there isn’t anything I can actually do about it.

The chronic stuffy nose and one plugged ear that are apparently a symptom of my pregnancy are not helping this situation either!!!

I’ll try to update tomorrow after my appointment.

Until then I hope all of you are enjoying your Christmas season and for those of you that were sick I hope you’re feeling better!


Things to be Thankful for…

Good Morning! 

I’m sorry it’s been so long in between updates from me again…  To be honest I don’t have all that much going on in life right now… I mean you can only say “I’m PREGNANT” once and you can only say I’m sick as a dog so many times… And since those two things have pretty much ruled my life since the second week of October I find myself with very little to actually say.

However, this week was a little bit different! 

For those of you who will ask, we concurred the skunk!  I’m washing the very last load of skunk affected material right now.  I’ve found that pouring a bit of vinegar into the bleach trap takes the smell right out.  As far as Gandalf goes… well, if you get right up in his face his jowls still smell of skunk a bit so we just keep applying the spray.  BUT the rest of him smells lovely from all that expensive skunk shampoo! 🙂  The worst part of this whole ordeal is that he is MY dog.  He comes to ME when he wants attention, petting, lovin’ on, ect.  And because my nose is so darn sensitive at the moment, I pretty much have to beat him off in panic if he comes up to me unexpectedly…  because, let’s face it, close up dog breath perfumed with Pepe Le’Pew’s new Ode de colon… “Week old skunk” is NOT good right now.  It breaks my heart to see his face fall and have him walk away with the “what did I do wrong mama?” face on.  I’ve been making Ryan spend lots of time with him and every time I walk by when he’s laying down I make it a point to pet on him and rub his belly with my toes… but I know it doesn’t quite make up for it.  Poor guy!

Back to the news! 

This week we had unexpected guests!  Ryan’s parents, Denny and Cheryl, surprised us a few days before Thanksgiving and asked if they could come to us for the holiday.  We, of course, said the more the merrier!  This was the first big holiday that we’ve been with any of our family since Christmas of 2005 so it was a banner day for us!  They got in on Wednesday night and stayed until early Saturday morning. 

In those two and a half days I got exactly ONE picture!  Pffffftttt….  I whipped out my camera just before we ate and got a picture of the spread and only my Father in law, Denny, is in it because he was ready to eat!

We had; turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry stuffing, vedalia onion cornbread, sweet potato pie, rolls, green bean salad, corn nuggets (these lovely little local bits… cream corn breaded and deep fried! YUMMO) and of course off the table are my famous Pumpkin Cheesecake (I hope everyone I shared the recipe with found it a great addition to their holidays!  I know it’s one of my very favorite recipes!) and a homemade Pecan Pie.  It was quite a lot of food for four and I have to be honest… I left out a few of the traditional family dishes just to cull it down a bit!  CRAZY!


As for the rest of the time they were here…  There isn’t all that much to do in Del Rio…  we spent a lot of time just visiting, which is a GREAT use of time in my opinion!  On Friday we had a slow morning and then hit the town.  We took them on a tour of the town… it took about 30 minutes 🙂  Then we went to the base and showed them all it has to offer… That took about 15 minutes…  Then we showed them Ryan’s office and headed home.  Then on Friday night we hit the town for some good old fashioned Texas BBQ.  They treated us to dinner at Rudy’s which is a fun place to eat.  I have pictures from a dinner when my mom and dad were here but I FORGOT MY CAMERA this time.  I was so bummed!  I was looking forward to doing a post about the Rudy’s experience (you sit at long picnic tables and eat off of a wax paper placemat with your hands then wash off at a trough when you’re done… it’s a blast!!!) and I still will but I wanted pictures of both sets of parents…  BUMMER!  I’ve just gotten out of the habit of taking my camera along these days… there isn’t all that much to see around here.  🙂

All in all we had a lovely time!  It’s always fun to have some good one on one visit time.  We’ve been the visitors for so many years now that we almost never have a chance to get a lot of time with any one person or couple during a trip.  Having a HUGE family and usually only 10 to 14 days to visit all of them does create a very busy trip! 

The only problem with their visit was that we could NEVER stop talking and as a result we were all up until 2am on Friday night.  They woke us up on Saturday morning at 6:45am to say goodbye and hit the road for their 13 hour drive after only 4 hours of sleep.  THAT I wouldn’t wish on anyone.  YIKES!  They made it home safe, sound and exhausted!  We had a great time… Thanks for the last minute visit Mom and Dad!!!

The last bit of news is that I am now in my 2nd Trimester!!! 

After 9 years and 3 miscarriages I’m only a few weeks away from feeling my baby kick for the very first time… It doesn’t feel real… not one bit.  No matter how sick or tired I am I just keep expecting to wake up! 

One thing that’s making it feel a little more real now is that I already can’t button my pants… In fact the little hairband trick isn’t working for me anymore either!  Because of the nature of my surgery five years ago the doctor doesn’t think I’ll gain very much weight during the pregnancy because I’ve maintained a solid weight for over four years now.  I seem to have the perfect balance of getting just the nutrients I need and nothing more.  This is why, in my doctor’s opinion, I am VERY anemic and they’ve now put me on B-12 supplements as well.  He thinks I get just enough for me and the baby is taking it all so I’m running on empty!  LOL  In fact at 13 weeks and bit pregnant I have a HUGE pooch and I’ve actually lost 3 pounds.  I can’t even throw up so who knows where it’s going.  I now have to up my calorie intake as well.  So they are anticipating a small gain and due to the nature of the surgery and my body shape (as in I literally have 4, count ’em, FOUR inches between the bottom of my rib cage and the top of my hip bone) they think I’m going to look like a torpedo!  Should be fun…

All that said…  Everyone is asking for belly pictures and I happened to actually feel good enough to get out of my PJ’s today… so here you go! 

This is the only comparison picture I could find.  This was last Christmas on my four year anniversary of my surgery and I have not changed a bit since then… well UNTIL I got pregnant.


I swear I’m standing up perfectly straight.  I’m straight up and down with that bump.  INSANE! 


Well, that’s it for me today!  I have permission from my sister to share all of my pictures of my new nephew, Aaron, so those will be coming soon. 

Auf Wiedersehen!  (Yes I know I’m on the border of Mexico… but I just can’t switch… I love the German!)