Thursday, November 20, 2008

Back to the doctor today! A girl??

I went back to the doctor day. Everything was great. I was measuring between 17 and 18 weeks (right on) and the heart rate was 154. I LOVE hearing the sound of that precious heartbeat!! He also gave me some "Protonix" for heartburn. He said it would change my life. :-)

My doctor told me he was betting on us having a girl. I have no idea how he came up with that, but he has told us that every time. Hopefully we will know soon! We go in two weeks, on December 4, to hopefully find out what we are having!! I can't wait!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The 3 Day Experience!

November 7-9, my best friend Jennifer and I participated in the Breast Cancer 3 Day. I was truly amazed by the generosity of my friends and family. They gave to a cause that is so close to my heart. Although my mom continues to bravely fight liver cancer and diabetes, she is a 17 year breast cancer survivor. My Aunt Mary Helen (on my dad's side) is also a 17 year survivor. My mother in law is a 10 year survivor. Most recently, a teacher at my school was diagnosed with breast cancer. So, as you can see, this experience meant the world to me!

Our adventure began the Thursday night before. Our friends Matt and Amy graciously let us stay at their home in Wylie because we had to be at South Fork Ranch between 5:30 and 6:00 AM on Friday morning. It was so nice to hang out and laugh until we almost had accidents. :-)Sweet Matt got up super early to take us. He even fought the crazy traffic to bring back my hat I left in the car. (Thanks Matt!!)

Jen and I walked 30 of the 60 miles. Jen was so supportive of me being 15 weeks pregnant! She had no shame in taking the SAG bus when I just couldn't walk any more. The first day was our longest day and I was really sore! I was having a lot of pain in my tailbone. So Jen suggested we go to the "medical tent". What an experience. I think they freaked out a little bit when they found out I was pregnant and had high blood pressure. They took my blood pressure 4 times (sitting, laying down, standing up, etc.) Seriously, my blood pressure was great. We were thinking, can you please just give me a massage, stretch my back or something? So, finally after 30 minute of evaluation, they determined I was just sore. REALLY?? I could have told you that! So, we got a sweet chiropractor girl to work on us and bring a little "life" into our body. We figured out quickly that she was as sweet as could be but EARTHY!!! We laughed about this experience all weekend.

Camping was a little rough on the pregnant girl! But, we survived! We stayed warm and that was most important!

I was so grateful that my mom, my niece, and Jennifer's mom and daughter were able to meet at us one of our cheering stations on Saturday. I was so happy to see them and so glad mom got experience the 3 day as well!

Overall, it was an incredible experience I will never forget! I will definitely consider doing it again!

I can't thank you enough for your generous donations and your encouraging notes. Overall, the 2008 Dallas 3-Day raised over 7.9 million dollars.

Jen, thank you for being such an amazing friend. I couldn't have made it without you. I will treasure the time we had together forever.
Remember...Everyone Deserves a Lifetime.

Monday, November 17, 2008

16 weeks

First I have to apologize for it taking me almost a month to post something new! I am such a slacker! :-)

I am officially 16 weeks and 4 days pregnant and after looking at the picture...officially growing! I have been feeling great! I have the occasional "migraine" type headaches, but other than that doing great.

This past weekend I went hunting at our deer lease in West Texas with Jeff and my dad. Lots of people have said "I can't believe you are still going hunting." I know, probably crazy to climb up a 15 foot ladder decked out with 3 layers of camo to sit in a deer stand by myself in 28 degree weather when you are pregnant. But, I love it! I love not only the "sport", but treasure the time with my husband and daddy. Jeff got a 7 point and my dad got a 9 point this past weekend. (Sorry for the gruesome picture. I know some of you think I am crazy, but it does feed our family.)

The weekend before my best friend Jennifer and I walked in the Breast Cancer 3 Day. What an amazing experience! I will save the details for another post!

My next doctors appointment is Thursday. Can't wait to hear that heartbeat again!!! Then, it should be about 3 weeks until we find out what we are having. So exciting!!