Monday, March 12, 2012

December 2011

I am just getting back into my blogging. I haven't posted much in a very long time. For those of you who don't know, we found out we were going to have another baby back in December. We were so excited for a new addition to our family. We had tried off and on with no luck. I have had a very difficult time getting pregnant. Many doctors told me it would most likely never happen, so I already proved them wrong once!

Our joy was short-lived. A few days before Christmas, I had some complications. I was having a lot of abdominal and back pain. I had my first ER visit when I could barely walk due to the pain. They confirmed the pregnancy, but could not give me a firm answer of how far along I was. They eventually sent me home with the strong advise that I go see an OBGYN immediately following. I called around and found an excellent OBGYN, but she could not get me in to see her for a week. I went ahead and made the appointment.

Two days later, I started spotting. It was very light at first, so I called my doctor's office and they told me that it was normal. They said that unless I had severe pain and a lot of bleeding, that I shouldn't worry. Later that evening, I started to have an extreme amount of pain. I went to the restroom and that is when I noticed the bleeding had gotten a little heavier. I had some clotting and other masses present. I couldn't bring myself to look at it. I called my doctor's office and they advised me to go to the ER again. So off I went. When I arrived, I told the nurse at the front triage desk what had happened while I was in the restroom.

This time, they did a full mark-up and I had several ultrasounds done. During the ultrasound, there was a moment when the technician became very quiet, like she was really concentrating on something. She was very sweet and kind. I was quietly sobbing because, in my heart, I knew something was not right. She held my hand as she completed the intrauterine ultrasound, which was quite painful. As soon as she was done, they wheeled me in my hospital bed to a room. Alone, I sat with my thoughts. I was scared, sad, anxious, and many other emotions.

Finally, the doctor came into the room. As he spoke, all I could think was that I knew that my baby had passed away. He said the nurse informed him of the clotting and masses. He then asked if I had brought it with me! I just looked at him with a blank stare. I had tears streaming down my face, and he scribbled something down before excusing himself to send in the female nurse. She came in and asked me if I was alright. All I could do was cry.

When they released me, not much was said by the doctor or nurse. I got dressed and headed out the door. The nurse caught up with me and handed me some discharge papers. I took them and continued walking. Eric had gone to get the car. Things are a blur. I remember being almost home when I looked down at the papers and saw the word "Abortion" on the front page. In parenthesis it said, "Miscarriage". That was the first time it really hit me. I was immediately angered by the word, "abortion" and saddened by the word, "miscarriage".

Basically, the papers said that I was in the early stages of miscarriage. There were some instructions that if the baby came out, I should bring it to the hospital for testing. I won't go into the details, but I will just say that my baby did come out and I chose not to bring him/her into the hospital for testing. Eric was with me when it happened.

Things immediately went back to "normal" because Christmas was just a few days away. We had both of his girls visiting and I had to take care of all the kids, so things just sort-of got swept under the rug. Eric and I barely spoke of what happened, and still haven't. He said he didn't want to hurt me by bringing it up, but not speaking about it hasn't helped either. I have battled some depression and have been going through some other emotions and situations since that time. I am going to counseling in the hopes that it will help me to cope.

To those women who have experienced such a loss, I sympathize and hope that you were able to get some help in dealing with your feelings. I feel such an emptiness at times. My heart aches. I know God has a plan for us, and I know that this happened for a reason. I still get emotional when I think about it, but I wanted to share my story. If anyone ever needs or wants to talk about their loss, I am a great listener. The most important thing is to never feel like you are alone. I don't know if I will ever look at Christmas in the same way. I used to love Christmas, and it was my favorite holiday. Not any more.

Preschool Already?



It has been a very long time since I have posted. Last September, Jarekah started preschool. She loves it! The local high school has an early education class for the high school students, which means Jarekah gets to have a blast hanging out with the high school kids. Of course there are two teachers who monitor the entire time, and Jarekah loves both of her teachers. She has made a lot of friends and I got to volunteer for her Christmas party. Her best friends are Alice and Riley. I can't believe my baby is a big girl. Time has flown by so quickly.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I Love A Good Deal!

So, I have been procrastinating on buying Jarekah new clothes. I noticed many of her clothes and shoes are getting small. A few days ago, I was in a hurry to get out the door and grabbed her favorite shoes to put on her feet. They were way too small, so I decided to make the trek to the outlets to see what we could find for her. Children's Place is one of our favorite kiddy stores. I was pleasantly surprised to see just how great their clearance racks were! I got all these clothes and two pairs of shoes for only $20.41! I just love a good deal!



Sunday, March 21, 2010

UPDATE

So, it has been a LONG time since I have posted anything. I wanted to give a quick update...back in November we moved from Vancouver to Independence. Eric received a promotion at work and it sent us packing to Independence. We knew it wasn't a permanent move for us and that someday we would have to move again. Well, who knew that someday would be RIGHT NOW?

Yes, folks, after only 4 months in Independence we are moving AGAIN! Eric just received the news that we are being transferred to Portland. This will be a permanent move (unless something goes wrong, but we do not anticipate anything going wrong) and we are very excited about this new opportunity. Eric received another promotion, only bigger this time. He will be managing more employees and is being transferred to the 2nd busiest store in the company. I am so proud of my hubby for being such a hard worker and so dedicated. At least this time we got more than 3 days notice...we move in a week!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Our Crazy Christmas...

So, we have many families to visit for the holidays. We picked up Eric's girls from their mother and on Christmas Eve we visited Eric's father and step-mother first. After there, we headed to Eric's mother's house. The girls received so many presents we could not fit them into the car. We had to go back and get more, and we still have another trip to make before we get the rest of them. (A little spoiled, you think?) We came home and opened our presents to each other. Christmas day we headed to Astoria to my parents' house. We had so much traveling, but it was nice to see everyone.

I am a bit melancholy after how this Christmas went. I am the type of person who enjoys watching others open their gifts. I think it just didn't go as I had hoped. Upon much reflection, I know it is because the focus was too much on presents and not enough on why we celebrate Christmas. So, next year I am going to focus more on the celebration of Christ and less on the giving of presents.

Here are some of our fun family pictures...











Monday, November 30, 2009

Happy Birthday...

...to my wonderful husband! Today is Eric's 35th birthday! Happy Birthday daddy, we love you! So glad you have today off so we can celebrate together. Eric is the best husband and father and we are so lucky to have him! To celebrate, we did the traditional Red Robin Birthday Burger. So yummy!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Oregon Coast Aquarium

Yesterday we woke up and decided to venture out to the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Eric's Dad gave us one year memberships, so we plan to go more often. It was a stormy day, but when we arrived the storm passed long enough for us to see everything we wanted to at the Aquarium. There were not many people there, so it made for a very nice trip! We saw some fish that we had never seen before. Jarekah had a blast and so did Eric and me.