Thursday, December 3, 2009

Baby Shower #1

On November 15th, Jamie and Jill threw us the most amazing baby shower. Nick and I (and baby) are so blessed to be a part of such an awesome, loving family. We are also blessed with a great network of friends that have been too nice and supportive throughout this pregnancy. Jamie, Jill, and Mom did not leave a single detail out of this baby shower. They decorated a boy table, a girl table, and a neutral table. There was pink punch. There was blue punch. The cake and snacks were delish! There was a great turnout and a couple of fun games. It was so great, Sarah Beth's Mom even mentioned how it was the most fun baby shower she had ever been to and she only knew a handful of people there.

We were showered with lots of REALLY GREAT gifts too. We left with a Pack and Play, car seat, stroller, loads of diapers and wipes,a Diaper Genie, several beautiful hand made blankets from grandma's and great-grandma's, bottles, toys, clothes, and so much more. When we made it back to Wharton and unloaded the truck, the baby's room looked like a tornado hit it. Nick re-opened all of the gifts and we tucked them all away.

On December 6th, we have another baby shower in Wharton. It looks like we may have to turn the guest bedroom over to the baby as well.

Jamie, Jill, and Mom....thank you so much, from the bottom of hearts, for making this time in our lives so special. You truly outdid yourselves and I cannot wait for ya'lls baby showers!!! :)


(Pictures coming!)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Kicking Field Goals or Pushing Baby Carriages

A few weeks ago I was in Shiner for a very dear friend/old school teacher's funeral. I stopped by Dad's office so that I could ride with them to the service. Linda and I were talking about the baby and it's movement, etc. Dad quickly chimed in with "ah, he's kicking field goals in there." Linda came back with "or pushing a baby carriage." Whenever and with whomever we talk about the baby with, you can safely bet that the conversation will be about the sex at some point or another.

Not finding out the sex of the baby has been so much fun and I highly recommend not finding out to everyone. It has been hard, but everyday I wonder what it really will be and imagine what it's going to be like when we FINALLY know. Most people say that they are planners and have to have everything ready...well, I'm a HUGE planner and I'm nosey, but this surprise is going to be so worth it. I can't wait for the doctor to say, "It's a...." I especially can't wait for Nick to go out and tell whomever is there what it is. I have found that there are lots of people out there that just DO NOT like it if you don't know what it is. I usually just say that it'll help me get through the labor. Then there are the people that say, "good for you!"

Since the ultrasound yesterday, I CANNOT stop looking at the pictures and watching the DVD. I'm on a major high right now and don't think it'll end for a long, long time. I can't wait for it to be here. I can't wait to kiss it, cuddle it, rock it, feed it, steal it out of the bed in the middle of the night when it's asleep, change diapers, take it shopping, read it books, dress it up, take it to church, take lots of pics of it, lay it on Daddy's belly, lay around with it, and LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I've loved babies since I was little bitty and always begged Mom and Dad to have more. I always knew that I wanted to be a Mommy and I can't believe that I will be very soon, well actually, I already am. Only 83 more days!

So this post is pretty much everywhere. The idea was that I was going to put a list of people's guesses so far, but I'll hold off until after the baby shower this weekend so I don't have to make another list. However, I do want to note that Mom officially changed her vote to girl today after looking through the pictures agan. Dad is still voting boy because of the muscular arms!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Our Precious Little Boy or Girl

The 3d/4d ultrasound at this stage is beyond amazing. I was soooo nervous and excited all day today. So many thoughts were racing through my head especially after dreams I've had. Everyday you just hope and pray that everything will be fine and soon we will be a happy and healthy family of 3. Since this was an elective ultrasound, it was an out-of-pocket and out-of-the-office visit. I found a place in Sugar Land that ended up being awesome, Baby Image. It's a one room suite ran by 2 men. The guys were SUPER nice and the room was great. It had a HUGE TV and a really large, comfy chair for me. Nick was thrilled right when we walked in. We told Mike that we were not wanting to know the sex so there were several moments that Nick and I had to look at each other. We were probably beaming more today than on our wedding day. So, here are some pictures. It was a great experience and I will definitely go back to the same place when we have more kid(s).


Definitely daddy's child...look at those chubby cheeks and that nose! It's blessed with the Popp nose.

Sucking it's thumb. Ick! Nick says it has my fingers. Thanks, babe!

Those are my guns! haha!
Put up your dukes!



Like every parent, I'm biased to my child, but golly isn't it cute! This just makes me want it out RIGHT NOW!!! Nick has been excited about the baby since we found out we were expecting, but he is beyond thrilled now. I finially feel like he is more of a part of this pregnancy.

Going through SD Cards

Maddie when she was a baby


And I just had to post some of these pictures after 8 months!! Holy crap, that means we will be married for 2 years in a few months. Is there a way we can make time slow down? Especially once our baby gets here?

For our year anniversary, Nick surprised me with a mini-getaway to Gruene. We didn't get to do anything to major because we had other more important things to be at....Uncle Louie's benefit. Sunday morning we headed out somewhere....I didn't know where because Nick planned it all.

The Lamb's Rest Inn....highly recommend going to this B&B. Funny thing is, it's right next door to Dave and Cathy's (Nick's relatives) place and we never knew until after we were there.



Buying a beer at Gruene Hall

The Lamb's Rest Inn

Our wedding cake...what survived the fall at the wedding anyways. It was still super yummy and moist after being in the freezer for a year.



It was a great little trip and I must say that I have the best husband a girl could ask for. We can't wait to celebrate our 2nd anniversary with our bundle of joy!

My very own piss bucket!

Excuse the yuck-o word. It's really a word that I don't like, and very seldom use, but it has a story behind it that I had to blog about.

When I was very little, like 3ish, I remember going with my family and Mamaw and Papa to a doctor's appointment in Houston. Well, I think it was in Houston and I think it was something to do with accupuncture that she had to have. I'll have to ask someone else all the details. Papa has always chewed Levi Garrett tobacco. When we were little we would feed his bad habit and give a case or something like that to him for Christmas. (Nick has shared with me that he and his brothers would also give his Gramps tobacco for gifts!) He always had his "spit can" or "spit bucket." While we were at the waiting room, I asked him about his "piss bucket" because I evidently couldn't say spit. It kinda stuck and I remember calling it that throughout my childhood. Every once in a while there is still reference to his "piss bucket."

When I was at the doctor and they told me that I would have to do a protein sample, I had no idea what that would entail. Well, it entailed this....



Collecting urine for 24 hours. It was gross and terrible and the longest 24 hours ever. When they handed me this jug, I immediately looked at Nick and told him it was my own piss bucket! So, we had to turn in the 24 hour urine collection in and they tested it for protein. If it would have had protein in it, that would have meant that I had pregnancy induced hypertension or preeclampsia which is not good. We are still watching my blood pressure very closely and there's still a chance that I might have to do this test again. So far it seems like I probably have underlying high blood pressure, which is still not good, but it's better than pregnancy induced. That's how we understand it anyways.

Appointment

On October 30th, Mom and Wanda came with me to my doctor's appointment. It was just a routine check-up along with the glucose test and protein test. They were both very excited about getting to hear the heartbeat, seeing the hospital, and meeting our doctor. The morning was crazy and stressful. We had to be at The Woman's Hospital by 8:00am to sign-in and drop off my urine sample. Then I had to go next door to the OGA clinic to chug the "dreaded" glucola, which ended up being an ok tasting fruit punch. Then we rushed up to our drs. appointment and then ran back down for the blood test part of the glucose test. It was lots of running around, but we made it everywhere in time...just barely. My mom and Wanda were rather impressed with how nice everyone at the clinic and the hospital were as well as the looks of Dr. Cone! When he walked out they both said how "nice looking" he was. Crazy old ladies!


27 weeks preggo


Picture with Granny


Granny and Grammy

We ended up getting very good news from the appointment. No gestational diabetes and no preeclampsia!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Baby Bedding

Here are the pictures of the bedding we have decided to go with. Ours will not look "exactly" like any of these, however we are using material from each of these to make ours. I like all of them and especially love the monogramming. We're not quite sure how we will master that minor detail, but it will be done! I'm a monogramming fanatic and might even be getting my own machine soon. :o) You can check out a bunch of other really cute bedding at www.polkatotdesigns.com As always, I love to hear your opinions!



The Name Game

I never expected it to be this much of a challenge, but I really should have known since it has always taken me a while to come up with a name to be settled on for a DOG! The main challenge is a BOY name. Having been a teacher for the past 5 years makes it even more difficult. There are definitely names that I would NEVER pick because of the little heathens that have ruined them. (I can't post those names because I would surely tick a few people off!)

Here's the run-down on what we have discussed:

BOYS
Brody Nicholas Popp (our #1 choice and I LOVE IT!)
Case Garrett Popp (scratched off the list because a distant friend just named their baby that, people may call him suitcase or ask if his other brother's name is Keg, and because my brother-in-law, Jake, informed me that he just didn't like it!) I do like getting opinions, especially negative ones, because I don't want my poor child being made fun of forever!
Owen
Everett
Max
Cohen (Nick hates it!)

GIRLS
Camille Grace or Camille Emerson Popp (our #1 choice)
We haven't really discussed any other names for a girl because Camille is THE name! I especially love it because Nick suggested it and it's so pretty and different. Nothing like a Daddy naming his baby girl. We actually came up with it when we first got married. We were going through names of girls that he was currently teaching. When he said Camille, it stuck. If you remember back to the post way last year, Tracy actually cracked the code back then. The hint was that the name was "perfect" which is what Camille means, according to some books.

Unless the name just doesn't "fit" the baby, we will have either a Brody or Camille coming soon. I just LOVE both names and again, can't wait to meet the little angel.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Fun Friday!

Last Friday Nick and I went to Babies R Us to begin our baby registry. We had soooo much fun, to say the least. Registering for wedding stuff was fun, but baby stuff took the cake. Nick hogged the scan gun as he did when we registered for wedding stuff, but he did let me have a turn with it when he went to the restroom. We spent almost 2 hours scanning stuff, but it seems like we didn't get to everything and I know there are lots of changes I need to make on the list. Of course, most of it is all "fun" stuff that we will be able to live without. Essentially, all you need is diapers, bottles, butt cream, and wipes, but who could resist all the other cute-sy things out there.

Nick testing out a glider. He's much pickier than I am about it!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Go Ricebirds!

Nick absolutely loves his job and his co-workers at his school. There isn't anything better than going to a job that you love. We are very fortunate that he has such a great job as an ag teacher. His principal has told him that he has the only job like it in Texas....due to the fact that it's the only school that has an 8th grade ag/shop class. We were REALLY wanting to go to the EC vs. Wharton game this Friday and Aunt Marilyn came through with a couple of tickets for us since they are season ticket holders. The best part of the game was that El Campo came out with a big ole "W." EC spanked Wharton...49-12. Here is a terrible picture of the baby's first EC football game. Nick can only take blurry pictures so we will have to settle with this one. One day.....wayyyy in the future, our little baby will be a Ricebird football player, cheerleader, or maybe a Derby Doll so we thought we should document the very first game.



This is my last pair of regular jeans that fit. I should be able to wear them for a couple more weeks!

Soooo PRETTY!

I am sooo in love with this bed. It is everything that I wanted when we started looking for a bed and more. Last night we went to a wedding shower at Hinze's, came home and decided to start putting the bed. Can you believe that Nick didn't need ANY beer and there were ZERO curse words or deep sighs out of him? Putting the bed together was very easy, for me anyway. I just sat there and took pictures. Gotta love being PREGGO! Nick would just say that I'm using the baby as a crutch!

Here is the bed straight out of the box. It's gorgeous even when it's not put together.

My job was to seperate the screws. Didn't I do a good job??



The final product...


Isn't it gorgeous? Next step is to order the material so we can get the bedding made. It's all coming together very nicely.

Friday, September 18, 2009

The bed is out of the box!

And that's it! Last night I had a terrible headache so all Nick and I did was get all of the pieces of the bed out of the box. We were both really excited to see it and it looks like it will be gorgeous in the baby's room. I am so glad that we decided to go with our first choice bed. I'll take pictures of the putting together process whenever we get time to do it.

Grammy didn't have school yesterday so she rode to Sugar Land with me to pick up the bed. I thought it would be a treat for her too since she insisted on buying this beautiful piece of furniture for us. We had a wonderful time. We made a quick trip into Home Depot for a wedding shower gift for this weekend. Then we made our way to the furniture warehouse. By then it was time for lunch at Cafe Adobe. Yum! Afterwards, she informed me that she was buying us a mattress too so we needed to stop by Babies R Us. We had soooo much fun browsing through all the baby stuff. Nick and I have shopped there a few times recently and I make quite a habit of popping in. Grammy was a hoot....wanting to buy everything! We ended up with a mattress, a very cool baby tub, a toy, and a cute farm scene blankie. It's so fun having all of these cool things, but it will be even better once we get use them with our bundle of joy.

We've got a very busy weekend so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we will get this bed up. I'm super antsy and so mad that my throbbing head prevented us from doing it last night. Tonight we are headed to the El Campo vs. Wharton football game. Hopefully the Ricebirds get a W. Tomorrow we have a wedding shower at Hinze's for Jason Ward. Sunday we are meeting up with Joe and Julie to judge record books for an upcoming fair. Nick will be busy rolling up hay during the day on Saturday and Sunday so I guess that means I get to clean!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

More good news

Yesterday I got a call from Dr. Cone's office to discuss the blood results from Thursday. Everytime "Unavailable Number" pops up on my phone, I get nervous! I know it's results from the doctor. I especially don't enjoy answering it because I usually get the call when I am by myself. This blood test was called an AFP test. Not sure what it stands for, but it tests for neural tube defects such as spina bifida. Nurse Lynn said that the numbers all came back fine and we shouldn't have anything to worry about. We opted out of doing the other screens...for Downs, etc.

While we were at our appointment on Friday, I had another missed call from a Houston number. It was Baby's 1st telling us that the crib has arrived! I'm so excited about picking it up and putting it together. I think it will be another one of those moments where this all because more "real" to us. Tomorrow Wanda and I are going to run to Stafford to pick it up. She has several days off of school due to Swine Flu and other illnesses and Nick has to make hay. Last night we were talking about how weird it is going to be to have a baby bed up in one of the spare bedrooms. I feel sorry for him because tomorrow he is going to have a long night. I know I'll want that bed up before we go to sleep!

Last night was also a bit of an event for Nick. I'm always trying to make him feel the baby move. It kicks so hard and so much already that I just KNOW he has to be feeling it. There's no doubt that I do. I don't know if I can feel it with my hands or if I'm just feeling it in my belly and think my hands can feel it too. It's strange! Anyways, he always puts his hand on my belly and concentrates so hard on trying to feel it that he is never successful. He finally relaxed more last night and asked if it felt like a heartbeat (but not as consistent and a little harder). That's exactly how I should have described it to him and I actually thought about that one night while I was lying awake in bed, but forgot to tell him! So, I really do think that he is feeling it, which is even more exciting because I know it is just going to get stronger and he will definitely be able to feel it. There is only so much that a man gets to experience during pregnancy and I hope he is feeling a part of it all. All he keeps saying is that he wants it to be here already and that OVERJOYS me!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Wow....You have a BUSY BABY in there!!

The first thing I heard when we had our sonogram was "Wow....you have a busy baby in there!" This was not news to me. The baby has been VERY active for the past week and a half or longer. The sonogram was AMAZING to say the least. It made it so real for both of us, but more-so for Nick. When Nick was called into the room with me, they turned the monitor towards us and the baby raised its arm and waved at us! It was hilarious and brought tears to my eyes. We visited with Dr. Cone after we visited with the radiologist and he told us that everything looked great. On the paper the measurements show that the baby measures 5 days ahead of schedule. I would love for it to get here sooner! :)

We stuck to our guns and didn't find out the sex of the baby. We almost caved, but when we first told them we weren't going to find out they thought it was great and then told us they weren't going to ruin our surprise when we were contemplating finding out. They definitely know what it is though and I'm leaning towards boy...it's just so active that it makes me think boy. Nick always said that we could find out closer to the date, but Nurse Angela said she won't tell us. WE LOVE ANGELA and I would so love to party with her once we have this little babe
I'll post more later, but right now we are at Aunt Jamie's Bachelorette party on the River Walk. (Oh, and I soooooo want a XX!)

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Fun stuff

Saturday I went to Shiner all by my lonesome for Jamie's shower. Mom and Jamie ended up being in Victoria when I got in, so it was me and the boys all day. (Dad, Jaace, Junior, and Matt) Which means you either lay around and watch TV all day, ride the mule, look at cows, or other boy stuff that didn't interest me. Unfortunately the pool is having issues so I opted for resting on the couch and watching The Suite Life with Matt for several hours.

When Mom and Jamie got home, I started talking to Mom about the baby bed we had picked out since day 1 of baby bed shopping. I pulled up the website and much to my surprise they were offering "Vacation from Taxation" on all baby stuff at Baby's 1st Furniture. I immediately called Nick and told him that Sunday we were headed to Houston to make the purchase. After several text messages from cousin Abby, I knew that this bed was completely fine for a boy or girl. We plan on using the bed for at least 2 or 3 babies so it will be a while until it is used as a full-size bed, if ever. If we end up with 3 boys, the baby bed will go into storage. We looked at sooooo many beds and we both ended up coming back to this one. We have another 3-5 weeks until it comes....I can hardly stand the wait! Nick's mom also was in love with it when we showed her the picture...so in love with it that she bought it for our babies! Wowwwwwwwww!!! I've said this a million times, but I have the best family and I married into an amazing family as well. Thank you soooo much, Grammy and Popsy!! ;) Last night Grammy gave us a pair of pink Wrangler's diaper cover. If it's a girl, she will be super cute in them when we take her to the Houston Livestock Show next year. Nick already has his eyes set on boots for a boy and a girl. She is already set with a pink, sparkly Daddy's Princess paci, rhinestone ballerina shoes, and so much more. No worries though, because if it's a boy he is set with the cutest Janie and Jack sportscoat, several button down shirts, cowboy onesies, etc. I've got pictures of this chaos that I'll download sooner or later.

Have a great weekend! We are headed to Shiner tonight. Nick is pumped about Jaace's steer tag-in tomorrow morning. We have 2 weddings Saturday and a wedding shower Sunday morning. So much to do on weekends, so little time!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Baby beds

I never would have thought that picking out baby beds is as hard as picking out baby names...boy names anyway! We have made several trips to Baby's 1st Furniture and a trip to USA Baby, among lots of browsing online.

We found one at Baby's 1st that we LOVE! It's a bit princess-ish, but I also say that it can pass for a little prince bed with the right bedding. We also love the bed because it has lots of detail and seems like an antique. I love a white or ivory baby bed...seems more innocent and baby-like to me. Nick seems to agree with that, especially since we already have a huge ivory Pottery Barn armoire that I'm not parting with anytime soon. The only dilemma is spending $800 on it! Jeez....I had no idea baby beds were so expensive. We're pretty much sold on it though since it does convert to a full size bed ANDDDDD because the one that we liked at USA Baby was just a tiny bit cheaper, but not nearly THE bed.

Soooo....now, I need your help. I couldn't get the picture big enough for my blog.
http://www.babys1stfurniture.com/products.php?idprod=1116&idcat=150
This link should work...let me know if you think it could be a boy bed too. Of course, this will be a bed we will use for another baby or two.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Another doctor's visit down!

Yesterday we had a regular check-up. Weight, blood pressure, and heartbeat. I can't wait until the day that we have an UNstressful appointment, which doesn't look like it will EVER be in our future. Our nurse, Angela, did the weight, bp, and then it was time for the heartbeat. She was having lots of trouble finding it with the first doppler because it was very static-y. She went and got an old dinosaur one and within a few seconds she found the heartbeat. It just scared us because she was not finding it with the other one. When she found the heartbeat, the baby would quickly move and she would have to find it in another spot. As she pointed out, baby is bouncing around all over the place. That's a great thing, but Lord, please don't give us a hyperactive child. :)

We waited (for quite a long time, which is unusual) for Dr. Cone to come and do his visit with us. We chatted for a little while and then he told us that my blood pressure is going to be an issue. WHAT?? I've never been told anything about my blood pressure before...at ANY doctor I went to. He said that it is a genetic issue since I have it so early and that your blood pressure goes up anyways during pregnancy so they have to monitor it closely so that they will be able to tell if they will need to induce pregnancy early. Just what I needed to hear!!! When you try to keep stress OUT of your life, it seems that's all that you are dealt. I very rarely had stress before this past year! Jeez! Anyway, Dr. Cone is an awesome doctor and made me feel very at ease with everything. There is no doubt in my mind that he will take care of all of us.

None of this surprises me though. Why, you ask. Well, a few years ago Jennifer Pekar and I went to a palm reader because we were bored in San Marcos. Usually I would think it is all a hoax, but this lady obviously hit the nail on the head more than one time. Nick and I had been dating for a few months at this point, and she said that I was in a very long, bad relationship and then I would have one shorter one then marriage. TRUE! She also said that I would have 3 children and that all of the pregnancies would be tough. She couldn't tell me exactly what would be "rough." She said that it could be anything like bed rest, etc. While we were leaving the doctor's office, I thought about this right away. Right as we got out of the door, Nick said, "Remember what that palm reader told you?" Crazy that he remembered too.

There's no doubt that everything will be fine, but it just scares ya. I'm really thinking we might adopt our next child. ;)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

15 Weeks and Counting....

I'm definitely not sad that the time is going by quickly...I'm so ready to meet this little guy/girl. I think I'm finally getting over the days of morning sickness. It still comes and goes and I still dry-heave while brushing my teeth.

Nick and I are constantly having discussions about whether it is a boy or a girl. He has been calling it her name for a few weeks now. Neither one of us cares what it is, as long as it is healthy, but it's fun to guess! I know he would love to have a boy, but deep down, I think he wants a Daddy's girl. Either one will be perfect for me, but the poor baby if it's a boy...there is very little cute boy clothing out there.

~If you have acne while pregnant, it’s a girl. It’s thought that acne during pregnancy is caused by the extra hormones.

~The Mayan tale adds the mothers age at conception and the year of conception. If the result is a even number then mom is having a girl. If the result is an odd number then a boy is on the way! According to this, we are having a girl.

~People believe that if you are craving salty foods while pregnant, you can count on having a boy. If you crave sweets, fruit, and orange juice, you are having a little girl. *All I want to eat are sweets!

~The Chinese Gender Chart claims to have an accuracy rate of over 90%. It is based on how old the mother is at conception and the month that she conceived. This tale tells me that I’ve having a girl.

~Basically you are having a girl if your beauty disappears during pregnancy. It is said that the girl “steals” the mother’s beauty. If you think that pregnancy has never made you look more beautiful, you might just be having a little boy. -I feel like I look horrible, even when I dress up and put makeup on!

~If you have dreams that you are having a boy, you will have a girl. If you dream about having a girl, it will be a boy. Dreams show the opposite of what you are having. -I had a dream that we were having our "big" sonogram and they showed us the boy's tee-tee! I was upset with them because we didn't want to know what it was!!!

~If a pregnant woman prefers to lay on her left side, she’s having a boy. If she prefers resting on her right side, she’s having a girl. -Always on my right, but have been trying to sleep on my left as much as possible because I read you are supposed to due to oxygen getting to the baby.

~If you had a smooth pregnancy with no morning sickness, it’s a boy. If you were sick or felt really nauseous during your pregnancy, count on a girl. -Definitely had morning sickness.

~What color is your pee? If it is bright yellow, you will have a little boy. If your urine is a dull yellow, plan on a girl. -Finally...one that points to a boy!

My gut feeling is a girl, but only time will tell. What's your guess??

On another note, Monday we have another appointment. Blood work and listen to the heartbeat again. On September 4th we have our big appointment where we could find out what we are having. I can't wait to see what the baby looks like now that it looks more like a baby than a blob.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Telling everyone

Most people think that you should keep the pregnancy hush-hush until the 2nd trimester. I thought I would agree with it the 2nd time around, but there's no way for me to keep such wonderful news quiet! I was bursting at the seams the minute I found out. Nick and I agreed that we would tell our parents after the 1st ultrasound. I did have to tell a few very important people before that, just because I HAD too!! I told Jamie and Jill immediately via text message. (A picture of the PREGNANT pregnancy test!) Then I had to call my BFF Stephanie who has been there through all of the ups and downs with me. She also knew my "schedule" better than I did so she was waiting to hear if I would get a BFN or BFP this month. They were all very very excited about the news. I also had to tell Sarah Beth one evening while we were at the Popp's. After our first ultrasound, Dr. Cone said everything was looking great. We told the Popp's one evening when they came over for supper. Well, we had a Grandma and a Grandpa bib waiting at each of their seats. When they walked in, Wanda saw it right away and had a "What in the Heck?" look on her face. She had tears in her eyes and gave us big hugs. Wayne, well he caught on a few seconds later and was very happy too. That weekend we went to Shiner and I had a picture frame that said BABY on it for Mom and Dad. On the insided I had put Feb. 3 on a piece of scrapbook paper. They were THRILLED, but they didn't quite get the Feb. 3 part because the b looked sort of like a t and it kinda blended in with the paper. Mom thought it was Fetus 3........UM HECK NO!!!! Coming February 3rd, which is Mom's and her twin brother, Uncle Allen's birthday. It would be very neat to have the baby on their birthday, but I'm hoping he/she gets here sometimes in January. I'm so anxious to meet it already!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The story...

We were given the ok to go ahead and start trying for a baby again in February. With the official ok and me constantly behind the computer, I knew that we would be preggers again in no time. I had googled so many tricks that I knew them like the back of my hand. Unfortunately, it didn't happen the first or second month like everyone wishes...instead it was 3 loooonnnnnggg months of charting temps, peeing on ovulation predictor sticks, the dreaded 2ww (2 week wait-the time from ovulation until pregnancy or restart of cycle), an acupuncture treatment, about 50 million pregnancy tests, and countless prayers and bargains with the Lord(Please, I'll take all the morning sickness anyone can handle)! I know, a bit ridiculous!

Nick always knew when AF (Aunt Flo) decided to show up because I would be in tears in the restroom. It was terrible and I feel for people that have gone through what we did or struggle with infertility. It is a very unfortunate, but definitely makes you a better person.

On Memorial Day weekend, we had planned a trip to San Marcos with Jake & SBG and Jill & Tom. Of course, there was going to be drinking involved with tubing so I stocked up on a bunch of cheapie pregnancy sticks for the trip. I took about 5 of them on Friday and a few on Saturday. They were ALL BFN's! (Big Freakin Negatives) So I decided that some Gruene wine and beer were ok to have since it obviously was another bum month. We all had a GREAT time to say the least.

Sunday I took a few more cheapie tests, all BFN's. On Monday, I rested and Nick went to his pasture to check his cows. When I decided to wake up, I figured that I would take my last digital pregnancy test. I did what you have to do with those nasty little things and say in the restroom with my eyes closed, peeking at the stick every once in a while and praying that PREGNANT would show up on it any second. It took FOREVER! I waited and waited and waited. Finally.....PREGNANT!!! WHAT??? NO WAY!!!!!!!!! I didn't believe it, but a false positive is very rare. I called Nick to see how much time I had until he would be home. He could tell something was up with me...I tried to act down in the dumps so I could surprise him. Well, I got in my car and headed to his place in Pledger since I only had about 30 minutes til he would be at home. As I was driving there, I met him on the road. Since my car was only a few days old at the moment I thought that he didn't recognize me, but he immediately pulled over. He jumped out of the truck and looked sooo stressed out. He came very quickly to me and asked what in the world was wrong? I showed him the test and his eyes nearly came out of his head. Both of us were super excited and super shocked. It wasn't the best way to tell him...there were so many other ways I had planned to tell him, but I had no time to prepare for it and there is NO WAY that I could have kept it a secret from him for any amount of time!

We're EXPECTING!!!!

I don't have much time to post because we are about to go with Jamie to take her bridal portraits, but today we had our 2nd ultrasound and according to Dr. Cone everything looks AWESOME!

I will post more when I get back home and update on our wonderful new journey!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Unnmotivated Blogger

I'm not sure what my problem is, but I just don't feel like blogging this year! I'm sure that I'll pick up the habit of doing it daily sooner or later. We've got plenty of blog-worthy things going on in our lives, but I'm just being lazy. One day I'll regret not posting about them, I know.

On Friday, May 1st we hosted a 30th Wedding Anniversary for my in-laws. It was a great success. Lots of friends and family members celebrated with us. Wayne and Wanda had a blast which was our main goal.

Saturday morning we headed to Shiner for Heather's wedding. I did a great job reading....which means that I held back the tears!! I've decided that I will NEVER accept the job of reading at weddings ever again. I just get to thinking about all of our childhood memories and how we are adults now and I get all emotional. Heather made a gorgeous bride and Casey was a very proud groom. It was so great to see our wonderful photographers, Alice, Eric, and Efro! I absolutely love these people! I can't wait to see them again at Jamie's wedding, but we already have tentative plans to meet up before then since they are just down the road from us. If anyone needs a wedding photographer, our entire family HIGHLY recommends them.

Sunday we hung out with Mom, Dad, and Jaace for a while and then headed home. I did some cleaning up around the house, played with Maddie, and relaxed while Nick went to visit with his parents. When he got home we ended up chatting until 2am. It's fun to do that sort of thing every once in a while. It reminds us of our good ole dating days where we would stay up for hours on end getting to know each other. Those were some AWESOME times!

This week we will be frequenting the Wharton County Youth Fair. Tonight we will be watching the steer show (Nick's fave) and cheering Garet's team on in the Ranch Rodeo. Tomorrow will be bull-riding, which is always stressful to watch, but fun. Friday we will be going to visit with Dr. Cone and then a visit to Uncle Louie. Saturday we have a funeral to attend for one of Nick's co-workers and then off to Shiner for Mother's Day.

See, we have PLENTY to blog about!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Happy One Year Anniversary to Us! (March 29th)

Wow! Time flies when you’re having fun! I cannot believe that it has been over a year ago that we were saying our “I do’s.” It's been a very fun and trying first year of marriage.

We are hoping and praying for a less eventful second year of marriage. Of course, we love the exciting events and don’t want those to end. We could just do without all the stressful, yuck stuff.

On Saturday, March 28th, there was a benefit Dinner/Dance/Auction for Uncle Louie. We all had a GREAT time. They had a wonderful turn-out and best of all it was VERY successful. Thank you to all the people that helped and supported this event for the wonderful Buzek Family.

Sunday morning Nick and I left for a one night getaway. We would have loved to have been gone for a longer period of time, but our busy schedules are not allowing that to happen until this summer. Nick had the night planned so it was all a surprise to me. All I knew is that we were going to the hill country. He ended up reserving a room at The Lamb’s Rest Inn Bed and Breakfast in Gruene, Texas. It was splendid! So peaceful and absolutely beautiful! We checked in and lied around for a while. Then it was off to town to do some shopping and lots of wine sipping. We had a beer at Gruene Hall and then made our way to all the stores. The entire town was so busy and packed due to some music awards that were happening that evening.

We ended up eating at Huisache Grill in New Braunfels that night. The food was very good. We had fried Brie for an appetizer. My main dish was chicken pasta and Nick’s was some sort of steak with cheese and we shared crème brulee for dessert. The B&B served a VERY yummy breakfast…a pasty with strawberries and cream, English muffins, and an egg soufflé. It was all so good. We had a late lunch at River Pub on Monday. Usually we are too full to ever try their dessert, but I made it a point to try the rollo de canella this time. It’s cheesecake in a pastry that is fried. Needless to say, it was scrumptious!

The long weekend was, unfortunately, super fast. I've got lots of pictures to share of the weekend soon.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Ode To My Big Sis, On Her Birthday!

Jamie, you have always been someone that I have looked up to and admired. You are what every little sister wants in a big sister. Here are just a few of my many fond memories of our lives together as sisters:

-You never minded having an annoying little sister tag along with you everywhere. I always got to hang out with you and your friends during your slumber parties/dance parties. I'll never forget playing a game with those Kaeppa glow-in-the-dark triangle things with you and all the girls.

-I always did what the annoying little sister did when the big one was away. Search for the "DIARY!" Oh how I got a kick out of finding that thing. (I'll never forget those baby blue eyes! :o) hehe! It made me mad when I read that you were keeping track of things for me. Jenny can wear makeup at.... Jenny can shave when she is __yrs old!

-I was always the rule breaker and you the rule-abider! I decided to shave my legs and you called me out on it. I tried to talk you into not telling Mom, but you did.

-You and Desi telling both Mom's that you were staying at each others houses and then got busted because Mom called Desi's mom to tell you to put the clothes in the dryer.

-Jaace falling off the bed when you were babysitting all of us and you talked us into not telling Mom and Dad.

-Riding in the Ponty with you, on our way home from Yoakum. You had to slam on the breaks for some reason and we both looked at each other and said "WHOAAAA NELLIE!!" We ALWAYS would complete each other's sentences. WEIRD!

-You, Jill, and me laying in my bed and singing "If I could Turn Back Time" into my awesome tape recorder.

-Jill and toenail. No further discussion!

-LONDON TRIP!!!! Nikki and I went to buy some souvenirs and came back to you, passed out at the table!! We had to much "ether" alcohol to drink that night.

-I was always excited about getting toys and bikes for Christmas. Not you! You were THRILLED to have gotten a new DESK! And those hideous white boots!

-Mullet!!

-You can do the Vanilla Ice dance better than VI himself! Wait til we break that out at the wedding!

-REGULATORS! We always jammed out to that song in the Ponty. I hated that song before, but LOVE it now!

-Everyone knows that the Chumchal girls song is "Any Man of Mine." All three of us have to sing it wherever anyone will let us!

-Last but not least....You brought Jenn and I to our first dance in Hallettsville. What an interesting night that was! You ALMOST helped us get our first MIP too!!

I've got lots of other memories too, but I have to save some for next year. Thank you so much for being a wonderful big sis! The three of us have a very special bond that will NEVER allow ANYTHING to come between us. HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY! I Love You!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

25 Random Things About Me

I've been a poor blogger lately and that probably won't change for a while. I'm cheating and just going to post my note from Facebook.

25 Random Things About Me

1) I married the love of my life nearly 1 year ago. It was and still is beyond magical!!

2) Nick and I have had the BEST and WORST days of our lives in the past year. We miscarried during our first pregnancy in January.

3) I have a love/hate relationship with old people. I love them and hate when they are alone….especially when they are eating out by themselves. DQ is a doozie!

4) For some reason I look at the clock at 9:11 ALL the time. It's weird and I haven't figured out why it happens. (The only reason I thought of that is because I just clicked my phone and what do ya know?!)

5) I've been driving without my license for about 4 months, but finally renewed it last week.

6) My elbows are pointy rather than knobby. Nick says if I'd dip them in ink and dot them on the wall it would look like a ball point pen mark. (They really aren't THAT pointy, but it's funny!)

7) I'm a dork and am about to learn how to crochet! (I want to make baby blankets for all my special peeps!)

8) I've been teaching for 5 years and this is my worst year EVER.

9) Almost all of the jobs I've ever held deal with children. Sitter in high school, nanny in college, gave swimming lessons, and now a teacher. I even worked in a daycare for about 2 weeks. The one job I want most is to be a mommy. We're praying that happens soon.

10) I've only driven Toyotas, but am contemplating getting a Tahoe.

11) Nick and I are ordering new couches today(Fri.)! Happy V-Day to us!

12) I never seem to finish projects. I get started and accomplish most of it, then get bored and start something else before finishing. (Mainly painting!)

13) My family is the best and coolest! I don't care who you are, you will fall in love with my parents.

14) I met one of my very best friends (besides my hubby, sisters, and Shiner girls) this past school year. Nick calls us Pancho and Lefty. It seems like we have known each other forever. Our friendship reminds me of the part on Step Brothers when they finish each others sentences and say, “Did we just become best friends?” We're inseperable!

15) I met my hubby when I was drunk at Bocktoberfest. We've talked EVERDAY since that day.

16) I really miss going out in Austin with Alicea, Debbie, and Shelly. I miss you girls! :o(

17) I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to move back to the Hill Country.

18) Or Shiner! How wonderful it would be to raise little Shiner Comanches. It's truly the BEST place in Texas. I'm still trying to talk Nick into it.

19) I have my first doctor's appointment next Thursday since the d&c. It's the appointment where we get the go ahead to try to conceive again. I hope it's as easy this time as it was last time, but successful.

20) Jeans and pajama pants are my favorite.

21) I had to steal this one from my cousin, Jenn….I spent 18+ hours in a van with 11 family members going to Disney World. I would LOVE to do it again to see how hilarious it would be now that we are all adults.

22) I made Hamburger Helper for the 1st time last night. It was strictly because Nick loves it. I have to admit that it wasn't that bad.

23) I've got a superb menu of lobster pasta, prosciutto asparagus, and strawberry tiramisu picked out for Valentine's Day. I can't wait to cook it!

24) My work hours are from 7:30-4:00 and I think that's ridiculous for a school teacher.

25) We're going to Cozumel or Cancun to celebrate our 1year anniversary.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Uncle Louie

As many of you know, Nick's Uncle Louie was in a hog hunting accident Wednesday evening. Please pray for Uncle Louie and his friend Greg.

If you are able to give blood, please do so. You can go to any blood donation center or blood drive.

The website to find a location near you is:



Use the search mechanism to find a location near you by zip code.

Provide the donation center/drive this information to assure it gets to him:

Louis Buzek

Memorial Hermann Hospital

STICU- Herman Pavillion

Our cousin, Abby, has set up a blog to keep everyone updated on Uncle Louie's progress.

www.prayingforlouisb.blogspot.com

Friday, January 16, 2009

Up and Down Days

I guess you can't help but have those days when trying to deal with our current situation. So far I've been doing rather well. Being a “Tough Cookie” as Nick would say. Last night was rather rough and so was Tuesday night. It just hits me when we are lying in bed together talking about everything and anything. We had so many talks about the fun things we were going to do with our baby and that has all been taken away. Now we are back to talking about what we are going to do with our baby “when” we get pregnant again. I HATE IT!!!

Last night, Steph, Tricia, and I, along with their kiddos went to Chili's. It doesn't make it any easier when you are around and see cute babies all the time. You can't help but think about the baby you no longer have. Of course we are going to start trying whenever we get the go ahead, but that seems like an eternity right now. We've only got 1 week down! Plus, who's to say that we will get pregnant right away? It could take us months to get pregnant this time. The next time we do get pregnant it will be scarier than this last time.

It's absolutely horrible! Sorry for my little pity party.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Our Rollercoaster Ride

Friday was an early morning. We left the house at 5:45am for a repeat scan before we went through with the scheduled D&C. We needed one more scan to ease our minds and reassure us that this pregnancy truly was over. Nurse Becky (absolutely wonderful) said that we needed to be at Women's Imaging Center by 7:30am so that they could squeeze us in. We were in the parking lot at about 6:45am. We checked in and had a little bit of a wait. The doctor came in and did the scan. He was soooo sweet and supportive. He reassured us that we are lucky that we know that we can easily conceive and that lots of his patients are fertility patients. He told us the exact news that we were expecting. We left the Imaging Center and went to Crave, a little café in the building. Nick had breakfast while I watched and drooled!

We were told to check in at Fannin Surgicare at 10:15 to complete paperwork. We were there a bit early and took care of it all. Nick napped in the chair while I read magazines, made calls, texted, and read kind emails. At about 10:30 I was called to go change into my surgery attire. Nick came back and sat with me as I did more paperwork with the anesthesiologist and several other people. Right when I lied on the bed and looked at Nick I started to cry. You could tell he hated to see me in this situation and be in this situation with me. He did a much better job at fighting back the tears than I did. They started doping me up when the nurse told him to give me one last kiss because if he waited any longer I might not remember it! We kissed and they rolled me away. TERRIBLE TERRIBLE feeling! I remember scooting onto another table and people all around me. They told me to think of my favorite vacation spot. St. Lucia! I heard them start talking about how they had Chinese food for lunch and I was gone. When I woke up, Nick was right there. My mouth was so dry and nasty tasting. They brought me a Dr. Pepper right away. Nick helped me change clothes and get me in my wheelchair. He got the car and off we were at about 12:30.

I was starving at this point, but could only eat light food. We stopped at Chik-Fil-A where I ate a disgusting grilled chicken sandwich. We made it home and lied around the rest of the day. Jill and Thomas came to visit for the weekend. After all of the horror stories I've read and heard, I just knew that I was going to be in pain all day. Surprisingly enough, I haven't been in any pain at all since the surgery. Friday we ate at Greek Bros. because I have been craving it for quite some time. Nick doesn't ever want to drive back to El Campo after he's there all day so he promised me that we could go if I was feeling up to it. We went and also stayed around long enough to see Jake get surprised by all of his friends there for his 21st birthday. We got home and crashed until about 10 that morning. Jill and I went to Wal-Mart for a few groceries and then it was more lying around. That night we played several board games to pass the time. Jake and SBG also came to hang out with us. My dear husband sent me a beautiful arrangement of flowers to school Wednesday after our crappy appointment on Tuesday. The flower shop delivered a beautiful cross and angel to our house Friday from my super sweet girlfriend, Stephanie and family. I'll blog about Stephanie and how we became friends another day. (Crazy how the world goes round!) Amy, another sweet girl that I work with brought over a cake on Sunday when we made it back from the Bridal Extravaganza.

This entire ordeal has been a whirlwind. It has been extremely devastating, but our chins are up. Amazingly enough, Nick and I have grown even closer together. Our marriage has been wonderful already, but things like this inevitably bring you even closer than ever. He has taken such good care of me and I love him more than I knew possible.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Series of Unfortunate Events

On December 22nd we went for our second ultrasound. Dr. Cone found a heartbeat, but said there were a couple of things not measuring correctly. He told us to come back in 2 weeks for a follow-up ultrasound. Monday was the follow-up. From the information we got from him, I went on the web and looked in the books I have and found lots of information, with nothing positive. From the 22nd u/s, we gathered that the yolk sac was a little bigger than he liked to see and the baby wasn't growing as fast as it should. A heartbeat is a trump so we tried to be as positive as we could with that.

Monday was total HELL! I was nervous all day long. Nick said that he felt like he had my morning sickness on the way to work. I tried to stay positive throughout the entire time, but it's so hard when you don't find any positive information. We made it through a half-day of school and headed for the appointment. My stomach was in knots the entire time. I lay on the bed waiting for the even more dreaded ultrasound for about 20 minutes. Evidently, the doctor was tied up with someone else because we never wait that long. He came in and well, did the wand. I looked on the screen and immediately saw that the sac was not good. I turned to Nick and said, “It's not good.” Dr. Cone didn't say anything for a minute as he searched. He didn't have to say anything because I already knew. You could definitely see the baby, limbs and all, but he said he couldn't find a heartbeat. He told us that we had several options. Wait it out and pass it on our own or do a DNC. He also said that we could have another ultrasound done with a different machine. Right now we are in limbo. I'm waiting to start spotting, but nothing so far. It's pretty much proven on the machine, but doing a DNC without spotting or some “for sure” sign that the pregnancy is over just makes me think abortion. To put our minds at ease, I think it's best that we wait for spotting and to do another ultrasound. I've already heard how traumatizing DNC is as if this hasn't been hard enough already.

Nick is the saving grace behind all of this. He has been amazing once again! Without all his love, support, and uplifting words this would be much harder than anyone would ever dream. We asked how long we would have to wait to start trying again. The doctor said that you need to wait until you are emotionally ready. When we got in the car, Nick asked me what I thought about that. I didn't have an answer. He said that he is ready to start right away! His theory: “When you get bucked off a horse, you get back on it and show them you are the boss. You don't stay off and show them you are whooped! Then they have you beat.” Funny enough, I understand his theory and agree with it.

All of this is out of our control. We know that God has a plan for us and having a baby in August wasn't part of that plan. All we can do is keep our chin up and pray for a healthy baby in the future. This is, by far, the worst feeling in the world, but I can't sit here and feel sorry for us. We have to move on and be strong. Thank you all for the numerous prayers, phone calls, texts, and emails.