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I am a 29 year old teacher of fourth grade. My husband and I began TTC in March of 2008. We conceived our first month, but unfortunately it only ended in an early miscarriage. 8 months later we finally conceived again, and she was our take-home baby! Norah Jane was born on July 16, 2009. 7lbs 0oz 19" long and amazing. We recently had our sweet baby boy, Miles! He was born on June 12, 2013 at 3:37pm, weighing in at 8lbs 4oz, 20 inches long, and PERFECT! We are loving every minute of parenthood (even the frustrating minutes!). This blog is an attempt to chronicle the baby steps, foot steps, leaps, bounds, and milestones of this journey.

Friday, August 31, 2012

SO frustrating.

So due to that ithinkitcouldbebutimnotsureandimnotgoingtogetexcited "line" that I saw on the FRER yesterday, I definitely tested this morning. I was very excited to, but also very anxious to. So I went ahead and busted out another FRER and---and--- AND?! Nothing. No line. No BFP, no control, no nothing. The dang thing was a DUD! And of course I didn't PIAC.... so-- frustrated as all get-out, I called FRER and they are sending me a refund for the entire box! $12! Wahoo!

The bad part of this scenario is that I have no idea if I am pregnant or not. I will test again tomorrow morning, but we are going to SC tonight to visit my parents. I was kind of hoping to not find out at their house (if I am).

Thursday, August 30, 2012

7 dpo and I did something shameful.

I cannot believe I did this--- I tested already. What's worse, is that I tested yesterday, too! I just like peeing on things apparently! Well, part of the reason is that I am not 100% sure of when I ovulated. Since I didn't chart this cycle, I am counting my O date as the day after I got my last positive opk. Anyway-- so I tested, and not even with FMU. My principal had me go to this professional development session this morning, and told us that we could have the rest of the day off. I was shocked, and so thankful! After I had lunch with the hubby, I came home to take care of the insurance documents for our house break in, and I decided to test.

Well...I don't know if this is going to turn out to be anything, but I think I see something. I took a FRER, and at first I didn't see anything, but then I thought I did. I keep going back and looking at it, and I can find the "line", but I am really not sure if it is anything to get excited about or not. I can't tell if it is pink or not. I can't tell anything, really, but I do see something.

I am, obviously, going to test again in the morning. If it is positive, I am going to try to hold it in for the whole day and tell Daniel while we're on our roadtrip to SC. I really hope this is it!

Monday, August 27, 2012

4 dpo

4 dpo brings nothing too new. I still have sore boobs, and if I am not pregnant, then I'm going to start wonder why on Earth they are hurting so badly. I'm having a little cramping and pulling still, but again, I may feel like an idiot when I get a stark white bfn in 10 days.

I am getting antsy about testing. I am so worried that it is going to be a BFN. I don't know why I feel like it *should* happen the 1st month that we are trying for #2, but I just do-- really, I just want it to so bady.

We'll see in 10 days.

Friday, August 24, 2012

I'm pretty sure we missed our window. :(

I'm so frustrated. Last night we had planned on not missing the window, then my husband starts saying that I don't show him that much attention when we aren't TTC. I got upset because he acted like he didn't even want to try, and I went to bed. I got a positive yesterday morning, so I'm pretty sure that yesterday was the time we needed to not miss. Sigh...

Thursday, August 23, 2012

New school year in a new school building.

Last year, in May, two days before school got out for the year, I received a text from a friend that said, "Omg! Why is ********* leaving?" I had no idea what she was talking about, so I immediately called her to find out. She told me that as she was leaving for the day, another teacher told her that she saw a press release in her email that listed our principal as the first principal of a new school that was opening up. I didn't think it was true until I opened my email and saw the same email.

People were really upset that we all found out that way, but it turns out that there was this HUGE miscommunication. The PR people were told to release it one day and the principal was told to not tell anyone until another day... it was crazy. Anyway, the next day, my principal asked me if I would join her at the new school. I almost immediately said yes. It was closer to my new house, it was BRAND NEW (I was at a 60 year old school at the time), and it seemed like a great opportunity.

So now here I am in the new school. We have had mucho growing pains, but overall, things are running as smoothly as they can. We still have a lot of materials that we don't have that we really need, but we are all making due. My principal seems like she's got a great handle on things, and I am still in the leadership roles that I want to be in. My classroom is big, bright, and beautiful-- I do wish I had a large classroom rug, though.

Anyway, that's all for now. :)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


I STILL have not had an even close to being positive on my opks. I even went out and bought the expensive first response ones , and those are more negative than my wondfo cheapies. Crazy.


Monday, August 20, 2012

The goings on

I always seem to be frustrated with something. Right now I am frustrated with a few things.

#1 Insurance claims are way too difficult. Proving you owned something that got stolen is really frustrating when you don't have receipts.

# Ollie has to have repeat blood work today. There is something else wrong with him. I'm not sure what, but he does things like drinking water for 3 minutes straight, eating way more than he ever used to, and being in lots of pain still that are worrying us. I'm taking him today after school.

Norah is wonderful though. She started crying at 5:45 this morning and came into our room crying buckets and just saying, "Ollie..." We told her that he was right beside me and she wanted to pet him, so I don't know what that was about at all. I love her though... oh, I love her. She's been playing this game where she says, "That's it!" to me as I am walking away, then I run back and tickle her. She SQUEALS with laughter. :)

She is loving Scarlett more and more every time she sees her. Now that Scarlett is walking, they interact like crazy. They play with each other, share, draw together-- I love it. I have  a feeling that they are going to be lifelong friends. :)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Opks and body signs not syncing up.

I have no clue what CD I am on. I went to go check just now on my signature, but the website is down. I think I am cd 12 or 13. I really don't know. Anyway, I have been taking my Wondfo opks daily now, and while they are getting darker by the day, they are barely getting darker, which is slightly frustrating. I say that it's frustrating because I am having all
Of my usual ovulation body signs. I'm cramping a bit, I have some minimal backache, and I just feel like I am ovulating. Who knows, though. Maybe I should be testing twice a day.

I'm still, obviously, very excited about TTC. I try to remind myself that there's no sense in getting too excited until I see those two pink lines. I glance at the baby clothes when I walk by.. I look at the baby equipment in target when we pass... I've got to stop. :) in God's time we will have our 2nd little one-- not before, and not after.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Things I don't want to forget...

*****I orginially wrote this post on May 17th, 2012, but for some reason I didn't publish it until now.*****

I forget entirely too much when it comes to Norah. I forgot how her little voice sounded when he could make sounds and babbles, but before she could talk-- fortunately I have a few videos of it. I forget when her teeth all came in an I forget all of her stats from her doctors appointments. There's so much that I don't want to forget-- for starters: Her laugh is so contagious. She wasnt falling asleep at a normal time tonight, so I went into her room. I asked her what was up and she said, "I want to feel better. I need non noms." I said, "no you don't, you're not sick, you're smiling!" then, as quick as she could, she straightened her face and said in a serious tone,"I am sick." then she started laughing, which caused me to laugh. :) she laughs constantly, and I love it. She says "emelade" for lemonade. She tells knock knock jokes, but says all of the parts. She makes up songs like crazy. "old mc Donald had a dog and bingo was his name oh!" "old mc Donald had a hairbrush!" then she busts out laughing. She calls Publix, "plag lex". She knows we don't watch woody woodpecker because he isn't nice to his friends. She is so sweet with her friends at school. She gave one, Shively, a piggy back ride the other day and thought it was so funny that they were wearing the same cherry shirt. Lol I love her, and I feel overwhelmingly blessed that God chose us to be her parents.

TTC Post 3

Ahh, the old feeling of TTC. I am in my first month of TTC #2, and I feel like I've been at it forever. The thing is, I have been excited about it forever, so I have been thinking about it forever. I have wanted it for so long, that now that the time is here, I am impatient. I am going to have to learn to be patient though. It took us 9 months to conceive Norah-- there's no telling how long this one will take.

I think it was last year sometime that we decided to TTC #2 in August. I am fairly certain that it was around March or so, because I remember thinking, "Dang it's not this August, but next August!" It felt like it was forever away--but here we are. :) Daniel is very on board, but he is so nervous. I think the idea of a newborn in the house again is overwhelming. I have a feeling it might be slightly easier this time around since we know what we are doing. However, it could be so much more difficult since we've also got Norah. If we conceived this month, Norah would be 3 years 10 months old (so nearly 4). I think that that'll be a good age for her to adjust--hopefully.

I think I'm on CD 10. I am not temping this cycle, but I am using OPKs. I have tested with those over the last two days. The line is getting slightly darker, so I know I'm nearing ovulation, but I definitely haven't ovulated yet. I am cramping today for some reason, and that ususally only happens with ovulation or AF-- neither of which are here. Oh well, we'll see. If I don't get the 2 lines this month, I'll probably start temping.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

My latest sewing project!

I made my first pair of pants! Woot! Well, they are actually capris, but they are stretchy fabric, and I made them in under 30 minutes!

The outfit turned out adorably! It is Butterick Patters 5020 I think. I really love how it turned out. I found the giraffe fabric in the nursery section of Joann's. And I just loved it.

I think I may make another one with this pattern, just different colors.

Loving the outfit, and loving the cheese ball that my daughter is. :)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Putting it back together.

After the incident, we have had to turn our world back around. What frustrates me is that it is taking a little longer than I had hoped. We got the house back in order, since it was ransacked, and we got an awesome security system installed today, but the insurance stuff is taking a LONG time. I am waiting on a paper that I need to fill out. The lady told me that I had to list everything that was taken, and that it had to match the police report. Unfortunately, we didn't realize that the jerks took off with our video camera, which means that the original police report needs to be amended. Sigh... Once we do that, then we have to somehow prove that the items were ours and in our possession. Unfortunately, the PS3 and the iPad were items that we purchased from my father, so we don't have receipts on them. Sigh...

Other than the insurance frustrations, things are going well. We got a new garage door installed since the thieves destroyed ours. I had no idea that new garage doors cost $855. Wow! That's most of our deductible! I really like the door though. It is 2" steel-- it's insulated, and it is completely sealed when closed, so no one is getting through that! The dude said that they would need to ram a truck into to tear it down. :)

Ollie is doing a bit better. He has had a difficult recovery from his surgery. There was damage to his liver during the accident, so his enzymes went through the roof. Because of that, he wasn't allowed to take his pain meds like they anticipated, so he is in a lot of pain. Thankfully my sisters work at the vet, so they were able to get him a different type of pain medicine.

My other issue is that I have so much anxiety when I walk into the house. I am so afraid that I am going to walk in and see the drawers open again. I am so afraid that it is going to be warm in there again. We will make it... it is going to take a bit to get back to normalcy, but we will get through.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

TTC adventure post 2

I am really hoping these posts are staying secret. I haven't hit "publish" on them, so I'm just hoping.

Anyway, I am getting anxious about TTC #2. I am on CD4 or 5, and I am a good week and a half away from my ovulation date. I want it to happen so badly this month, that I can't stand it.

Here's the positives of getting a positive this month:
* a baby!
* a May baby, which is amazing for my maternity leave.
* no stressing out over TTCing like I did last time.
* No being super pregnant in the summer next year.

There are a million more reasons, im sure. Ive got to not get my hopes up too much though. The odds of us conceiving this month are only 20%, so I've got to keep that in mind.

I am preparing myself, though. I bought some cheap opks online, and it came with a bonus of 10 hpts, so that's good. That's all for now!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

A lot can happen in 24 hours.

What a day. I came home yesterday after work to drop off groceries before I went to pick up Norah and go to church. When I walked in I notice that it was a little hotter than normally the house, but just brushed it off. Then I noticed that there were several drawers in the kitchen open, but I have a 3year old, so no big deal. Then I noticed t that our door down to the garage was open. That's when I became suspicious. I walked into the living room and said to myself,"if we've been robbed, our computer will be gone." sure enough, it was. I walked around and saw that every drawer, every cabinet, and every door was open. I found out that they came in through our garage by bending it up and entering through there. They took off with so much stuff. :( thankfully though, everything they took is replaceable.

So then, as we were filing out the police report, our dog Ollie got hit by a car. :( we raced him to the vet, and they took lots of X-rays. Long story short, his major injury came from one of the thieves kicking him really hard. :(

We took him back this morning to have surgery. The surgery went really well, thank goodness, and he's doing ok. We are so thankful that he is ok. The vet had to put a drain in for a huge hemotoma, and she repaired very thing she could.

What's nuts is that on the way to the vet, I got hit by a car. Someone rear ended me.:( thankfully the car is ok and I am ok. It was just one more thing to add to the list. It's going to take a long time to get our lives back together, but we'll get there. God is in control, and I trust him.

Since my sisters work at the vet, we were able to see Ollie during surgery.
Poor little guy... I just can't believe that he put himself in harm's way for us. I just love this little chiweenie.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

It's been SO crazy busy!

Life has been so crazy busy this past week-- holy moly. This week my husband was on vacation, which was so fantastic for many reasons. #1 He was home when I got home everyday, which is always nice. #2 Since he was home, he did MANY things around the house (like take down the satallite dish from the previous owners, pressure wash our driveway and patios, and reclaim our backyard from nature!), #3 He took Norah and picked her up from daycare nearly every day so that I didn't have to worry about it.

So he had this nice relaxing week. Me? Well, I opened up a brand new school this week. I transferred schools this year because my former/current principal, who was at my previous school, got named the first principal of a new school in the city. She asked me if I would go with her, and I accepted. The first day of school was this past Wednesday, but because the school was not even done being built yet until This past Monday, we couldn't get into the building until recently. Which meant that I had to be up at the school every day the week BEFORE I had to be there to set up my classroom. It was crazy. Now that the first and second days of school are done, I am really hoping that things will start to settle a bit.

Speaking of starting new things...Norah started her new daycare a little less than 2 weeks ago. She loves it, and we love it. She was the 2nd kid who started at that daycare, so we were really apprehensive about it. It was brand new, and had only been open a day when we toured. I went with my gut and registered her. Now there are 13 kids her age-- that's in under 2 weeks! Their enrollment is going through the roof!

That's all for now. I am going to enjoy the rest of my Sunday before starting the first full week back tomorrow. :)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

TTC adventure begins!

This post was originally written in the beginning of August, but failed to save correctly. 

I am, quite hopefully, keeping these TTC entries private. I really want to chronicle the journey, but I don't want anyone but myself and Daniel to know that we are TTC. I will post all of them once we do conceive and let the cat out of the bag. 

Anyway, we decided a long while ago, probably a year and a half ago, that we were going to try for a second one in August of 2012. It's crazy to me that that seemed SO far off when we began to talk about it, but... Here we are! 

I am really excited about the idea of us having the rest of our family    complete. There are times when we are doing something as a family, and I. Any help but feel like we're missing someone. I can't wait to find out who that someone is, and when they are getting here! 

So we are beginning this month. Two days ago should have been CD1, but I haven't gotten my period yet. It's rather frustrating if you ask me, because I am so anxious to start the cycle. And before you think that I'm pregnant. Ow... No, I'm not. I took a test today and two days ago-- stark white-- not even an Evap line. 

I decided not to chart yet. With Norah I got pregnant nine months in to us trying. I think I started charting around the 3rd month... Honestly, I can't remember. I just know that I don't want to stress about it if I don't have to, and waking up early on the weekends to temp is stressing to me! 

So, cd1 tomorrow (hopefully!). Im crossing my fingers that we will get lucky and get pregnant on our first month. Haha! We'll see. :)