First post in 8 months

I'm doing the 27-more-days-of-school dance today. (And only 6 more days til we finish First Language Lessons!) Yippee!!!

I am 25 weeks, 5 days pregnant today, as most have probably found out through other means. We were in the process of adopting embryos (2 families had chosen us already) scheduled to be transferred in January. Then in October, right after some medical testing for the purpose of the adoption, I found out I was already pregnant. Not what we were expecting, but ELATED nonetheless.

I called a doula today, and I plan to meet with her the first time next week. I'm not really sure what to expect, but I think if I had had a doula with Nola's birth things would have been better. And shorter. Baby was breech last time I saw my midwives, so I'm hoping for good news next Wednesday when I go again. We've had a two ultrasounds now to eliminate some concerns about the baby. (Our son died from Trisomy 13 in 2012, so that was weighing heavily on me this time around.) So far, everything looks great for this tiny girl. Or not so tiny... Biometric measurements showed her belly circumference 4 weeks ahead of everything else. Hehehe! Nola was 9lb 7oz, so I'm thinking this one will probably be in that neighborhood. Little Sister is a moving machine. I wonder if that's sign of things to come. The baby of my "old age" is the one who will keep us on our toes. God is funny sometimes...

Brent is still in school for Emergency Management and Public Safety Communications. His degree should be finished this time next year. He loves it, so I'm sure "finished" just means temporarily.

Nola is done with gymnastics as of this Friday and has a month left of homeschool co-op. She is talking my ear off about swim lessons already (the girl's a fish) that don't start until June. I'm hoping to get her in a couple sessions before baby sister gets here.

  • dawnmk23
    I'm so thrilled for you guys! I'm so glad you updated. Nola sounds like she is a busy girl!
    by dawnmk23 at 03/30/16 6:05PM
  • wifelet
    I need to get swim lessons for my kids ... they've never had them before, but they need to at least be familiar, is my thinking. So excited to meet Little Sister!!! :)
    by wifelet at 03/31/16 9:25AM
  • onelittlecandle
    That is wonderful news and I'm so happy for you all!!! :)
    by onelittlecandle at 04/01/16 11:09AM
  • andtheking
    Still super excited for you!!!! We are at about the same point in school...25 more lessons left to finish and I am READY to be done!
    by andtheking at 04/04/16 10:36AM


We started out well yesterday. (And then today I had to take a sick day already... Almost never happens.) Nola aced her spelling pre-test on the first try yesterday, a sign of good things. Most of 1st semester will be finishing the curriculum we started last year, so I don't have to order anything new til December. If I had to rate my anxiety about starting last year 1-10, it would have been 11. This year...1. Next to no stress. Which makes me wonder....what am I forgetting? LOL

I'm gearing up to host two baby showers this next month--one for my sister's first baby (they keep calling him Gus, though I doubt that'll be his real name), and one for Megan Pinto and her second son Davi. I love party planning. I wish there was enough of a need for it to be a legitimate business.

Also hoping to take a field trip to Chicago soon with Nola. She keeps asking to go, but I'm sure she has no idea what she's asking for. Zoo? Museum? Can't decide.
  • dawnmk23
    Sounds like a great year for Nola. I am sure she will do great with you. Thank you for the update.
    by dawnmk23 at 08/18/15 4:29PM
  • andtheking
    Yay for not stressing about school! We started this summer, and are taking a break now. I am a bit nervous about how Abigail will do after getting a pretty long break. Hope your school year goes great!
    by andtheking at 08/20/15 3:01PM
  • sonya05
    You can get in to some of the museums for free if you're a homeschooler! You just have to fill out a form online for the Museum of Science and Industry. I don't remember what the process is for other places. There is an amazing new park downtown. It's the Maggie Daley Park, and is right behind the Bean/across LSD off Randolf. I can't wait to go back when it's warm out!
    by sonya05 at 04/04/16 7:06PM

Poor and happy

Our refrigerator took an unexpected dump right before the New Year so we bought a new one in a hurry at 0%. Paid it off today and it feels so good. Poor, but good. ;) Next up, the last few hundred on a student loan. I'm honestly excited about that.

Nola is done with swimming lessons as of today. Last day=fun day. They get to go down the water slides and jump off the diving board. She's pretty pumped. She's not the most coordinated kid when it comes to sports, so she's often discouraged (like at t-ball), but she absolutely LOVES to swim.

Rose is still doing ok. We had Julia, L&K's other daughter, yesterday to give Laura a breather.

We got into homeschool co-op for this fall!! We have been on a waiting list for a year, so Nola will be so excited.

Headed to Jake Diestelkamp's wedding in Sycamore next weekend. Will I see some of you there?
  • dawnmk23
    So glad you are on top of things. It is so exciting about the coop. Lots of fun. :0)
    by dawnmk23 at 06/19/15 11:12AM
  • wifelet
    I'm interested to hear more about this co-op!! Wish there were some way to see y'all while you're up this way ... we'll just have to drive down to you for a play date sometime. :)
    by wifelet at 06/19/15 12:43PM
  • whipsmile
    I need to get B back into a swim class. The kid LOVES the water!
    by whipsmile at 06/19/15 1:15PM
  • nchantment4u
    I'll be at Jake's wedding, Lord willing!
    by nchantment4u at 06/20/15 1:54AM

Happy one month to Rose!

Holding this sweet baby was so special for me. I, in a state of shock and grief, chose not to hold our son, a decision I will regret for the rest of my life. So holding this sweet girl made my heart so happy. She's absolutely TEEEENY and precious and smelled sooooo good. Brent said he had a hard time even seeing her, that it was all he could do to hold it together just before worship started (as he was giving announcements yesterday).

Rose is one month old today! She was able to be off the oxygen long enough for Keith and Laura to bring her to worship yesterday. So SPECIAL. I know they've been wanting to do that more than anything else, a prayer answered for them. We are are so thankful to God that he has given them this much time with her. We don't know how much time is left so tomorrow Laura has asked that we have a 1 month birthday party for her! I thought it was a wonderful idea. I'm hoping to find balloons and blowers for the kids and the whole bit. Someone is also making cupcakes. Can't wait to take pictures. :)
  • kendrad
    Sorry, the photo is not linking correctly. :(
    by kendrad at 06/08/15 1:47PM
  • dawnmk23
    Now you've got me teary. Give her some love from us. I love this idea.
    by dawnmk23 at 06/08/15 1:57PM
  • holly_ann
    Precious girl, precious family.
    by holly_ann at 06/09/15 2:57PM
  • whipsmile
    I wish I could see the photo, but the words are very powerful.
    by whipsmile at 06/11/15 1:29PM
  • curlie
    by curlie at 06/15/15 6:48PM

06/01/15 9:18AM

We are DONE with school! Well, we were done last week, but we had a week of wild babysitting first before relaxing. My friend Brittany owns a cake business and had 3 wedding cakes, a groom's cake, a tiered 1st birthday cake, and cake pops to make all for one Saturday. We spent 3 days at their house watching her littles. I love them like they were my own kids. 3

We have also had 2 other days with Keith and Laura's 2 year old while they are at the hospital with Rose. I forgot what it's like to have a 2 year old--and she is not one you can turn your back on. LOL. Wednesday at Culver's she decided to pour out all the salt and pepper and lather her arms with ranch dressing. Her mama is good at this, and I am...inexperienced. :D

On Rose: She is having more frequent apnea episodes causing her blood oxygen levels to drop. This is normal for a baby with T-18 and often (combined with heart failure) what causes their passing. Laura said the median age for children with Trisomy 18 is 14 days. Today Rose is 23 days old. Pray for Keith and Laura. The stress of having to balance so many things right now (both children, their business, medical decisions, etc.) is really hard on them. They have shown such great faith. They are constantly and prayerfully looking for opportunities to glorify God through this.

  • dawnmk23
    So glad your school year is winding down. We're praying for baby Rose.
    by dawnmk23 at 06/01/15 10:19AM
  • whipsmile
    Woot woot
    by whipsmile at 06/01/15 4:23PM