Saturday, September 29, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Yes, it's hard for me to imagine, too, but this little booger is going to be a Big Sister. And at the ripe old age of 22 months. How about that?
So yeah, that means I'm 13 weeks pregnant, as some of you are aware. We are very excited to be welcoming another little one into our family. Might as well do it while sleep deprivation is fresh in our minds, right? Or at least that's what we'll tell ourselves.
So for the last 8 weeks or so I've had one motto in mind: Get. Through. The. Day. I know pregnancy is different for every woman, but for me, the First Trimester is the WORST of the WORST. Even at the end when I was huge and swollen and back hurts and having contractions and can't get comfortable enough to sleep, I remember saying out loud to Brian, "Yeah, but this is nothing compared to the first trimester." Ugh. I feel exhausted and nauseous and bleh and tired and just...barfy. BUT! The good news, no, the GREAT news, is that this First Trimester was significantly less miserable than with Katy. Still yucky, but at least I was able to function this time. Much, much better. So do you think this means if I have another one it will be even better??? (I know, I know, I can hear the chorus now, "I bet you're having a boy.")
I had my OB appt. yesterday to make sure everything was okay after the accident (this was another scary thing about the accident - and probably why I was having trouble breathing - can we say panic attack?). So everything is fine. The heartbeat was strong and she said at this stage the uterus is well protected and that it's rare for a car accident to cause a problem. Shew.
That's my news for the day. I guess I will need to change the name of the blog eventually. Any suggestions?
Saturday, September 15, 2007
We rented a house on Norris Lake in Tennessee and rented a pontoon boat for the week. The house was really great and provided a terrific haven for our families to enjoy the area. For the first part of the week, Brian's family joined us, and we had perfect weather to get some play time on the lake.
And Katy makes four blonde granddaughters...
Overheard: "This is awesome!" and "Let's come here every year!"
A family swim...Katy's not quite sure what to make of this whole lake thing...
Uncle Mark sets Carrie up for the tubing experience of a lifetime...
Aunt Kelly and the other girls watch the tubing...Katy's the only one who didn't get a turn. :(
For the 2nd part of the week, my mom and Greg and Melanie joined us. We didn't have quite as much success with the weather, but we still managed to have a really good time. We spent a lot of time relaxing at the house (evening hours watching 24 - man that show is addictive), grilling out, spending time on the water, and of course, outlet shopping. No vacation with my mother is complete without a serious shopping trip. It's just what we do. And it's a blast.
A week without the internet? Impossible...keep trying.
Mom and Mel, enjoying the scenery
I learned to drive a boat. I know, it's really hard.
Between duckies and doggies, Katy had lots of entertainment for the week.
So about that New Life Perspective I mentioned earlier... it's very strange as I look back, because as I was packing for this trip, I had this worry/fear/premonition that something bad was going to happen while we were gone. I wasn't sure what form it would take (national disaster, death in the family, etc.), but I just had this weird feeling. And then it also occurred to me that we would be gone over September 11th. And ever since 2001, I just never think that 9/11 is a normal date. There's something about it that has a gloomy cloud over it's head.
So on Tuesday, September 11th, we woke to find a forecast of rain, rain, and more rain for the day. So we decided to count our losses and take off for the outlet malls in Pigeon Forge. My mom, sister, and I took Greg's Nissan and headed for our destination. As we were making our way through Knoxville, we were in the left lane of a busy highway, passing a semi on the right. Suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, we hit a patch of water and hydroplaned, swerving and spinning between the semi and the cement wall on the left for what seemed like several seconds. By the grace of God, we spun around and hit the cement wall head on, and somehow all that traffic swerved to miss us, and we sat stunned and panicked. We all seemed ok. An emotional wreck, but ok. I was sitting in the back seat, and was having some chest pain, neck pain, and faintness. In the next hour that was a blur, emergency vehicles arrived, I was strapped to a backboard, taken to the hospital, x-rays completed, and Brian arrived. Everything came back ok, and they determined that I probably have a fractured rib or two, and other minor bumps and bruises. Mom and Melanie had bruises and scrapes from seat belts and air bags as well, but relatively, we are amazed at how well we walked away from this accident. There were so many "what-ifs" that could have been more serious. I'm so thankful that Brian offered to watch Katy so she wasn't with us when it happened. I'm thankful that we hit the wall instead of the semi, the more forgiving of the two, I think. I'm thankful that somehow no one else hit us, which I still can't understand to this day. And I'm thankful for the emergency response team that "just happened" to be driving by when it occurred, so we had immediate help on the scene.
So on the one hand, this put a damper on our trip. We had to deal with insurance and rental cars and all this from out of state (you can read my mom's version of the story and see her new car here). But on the other hand, although it was scary, I am just. so. thankful. I really appreciate the chance to be alive today and enjoy my family and be healthy and safe. And I'll take that as a warning to be an extra cautious driver from here on out. Dually noted.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Monday, September 03, 2007
Of course, in the midst of all of this we missed the first OSU football victory (Go Bucks!). Katy has a board book called Where Is Brutus? The theme of the book is that this little boy has a stuffed Brutus Buckeye doll, and that his Dad and his friends figure out that the Bucks only win when the stuffed doll is in the room where they're watching the game. So I had mentioned to our friend JT on his way to the game on Saturday that I hadn't been able to find a stuffed Brutus doll for Katy. And look what we found when we came home!!
We figured out after a few hours that when you squeeze his belly, he plays the OSU fightsong. Perfect. I wonder if Stadium Hat has a little competition?
Next we visited with our friends Pam, Craig, and Jack. Jack and Katy had a blast playing the pool and the play ktichen set. Katy was cracking me up as she kept opening and closing the microwave door and pushing the "buttons" on the front. I guess you have no idea how closely they are watching you all the time. So as I said, Katy's into kissing... I just wish she was a better judge of who was interested, or else she's going to get hurt!
Finally tonight we went to a BBQ with our church Life Group. We had a blast eating a delicious meal, playing a cornhole tournament, and a little crochet in the side yard. We were also able to get a group photo, just in time before Brian and Karin move in a couple weeks. We'll miss them.