Saturday, December 10, 2011


Well it took me a little longer to get back to the blog than I originally thought, but I am here now!

We went in to have a baby on the 9th like originally planned, but apparently Chloe had other ideas.  She didn't want to be rushed.  We had to be at the hospital the night of the 8th to get checked in and get ready to be induced the next day.  Other than a couple of blown veins and painful iv's there wasn't too much going on that night.  I was having a few regular contractions but nothing close together and they eventually stopped.  They started pitocin the next morning bright and early and we waited the whole day. I started having some contractions and they were getting regular but I was not progressing in any other way so the doctor decided that baby and I needed a rest so, at about 4 they turned off the meds and let us eat and rest so we could start over fresh the next day.  I was a little frustrated because I was tired and didn't really want to have to start completely over the next day, but boy did that food taste good! 

The next morning (Thursday the 10th) they started the meds again at a little faster pace to get things moving.  I started having contraction again but nothing regular and by 2:30 Clint I started discussing and preparing ourselves for the probability of having my water broken and/or a c-section.  Due to some things that took place the night before we knew the doctor would not be sending us home without a baby.  Probably about an hour or so later (i kinda lost track of time at this point) things started progressing a little.  By 4:30 or so we knew we were having a baby that night for sure so Clint texted his parents to tell them that I was having pains and baby would be coming that night, but he would let them know when we got a little closer.  An hour or less and 3 pushes later Chloe was here.  When she finally decided that she wanted to come Miss Chloe didn't mess around!  The doctor barely made it in time!  I ended up being able to do it with no epidural, which is what I wanted. I had them give me a little muscle relaxer in the iv but by the time that things started happening and I decided that maybe I needed some pain killers we missed our window of opportunity.  After it is all said and done I am happy about that though.  Clint was great the whole time, taking such good care of me.  We were supposed to have Clint's cousin, who is a Doula, help us with the delivery, but she was teaching a conference out of town that week.  Since Chloe had to come early Meagen wasn't able to be there.  We were a little nervous at first, but quickly caught on and gained confidence about the whole process.  In the end I am very happy with the way it turned out.  There was something really special about just having Clint to go through the process with that I wouldn't trade for anything.

Happy Birth Day Chloe Michelle! November 10, 2011!

We went home from the hospital on Saturday after a very sleepless stay.  We loved the nurses on our labor floor.   They were very caring and so helpful.  After we moved to the recovery floor we were less than impressed with the nurses.  There were a couple that were very nice and went out of their way to make sure I was taken care of, but over all they were a lot less attentive.  By the end of couple of days on that floor I was ready to go home for sure.  I couldn't get out of there fast enough that day.

Since we have been home we have been extremely busy trying to get settled into our new life with a baby.  She is a full time job and then some. Then there was Thanksgiving, a major life changing situation and of course many sleepless nights and dirty laundry.  I feel like I have been buried deeper than I could ever hope to get out of.  Thanks to some hard work, a couple of long naps from Chloe and lots of help from my hubby I actually have a free evening to just take care of the baby and relax. So I thought I should get some stuff put up here before my sleep deprived brain forgot. 

Brand New!
First Family Picture
Daddy Daughter Time

I was planning to post about her first Thanksgiving and her turning one month old, but considering this post has taken me about 5 hours and I am just now eating dinner at 10:30 while Chloe sleeps in the laundry room near the washer to put her to sleep, I think those posts will have to wait for another day.  Hopefully before another month goes by!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Baby Showers

Two blogs in one day!!!  I'm trying to catch up!

The girls at work threw me a very sweet baby shower.  We had breakfast from Chick-fil-a.  It was delicious and so much fun!

I didn't even think to bring to a camera so my coworker snapped these with her phone so the quality is not great but I had to post them.

Such cute stuff and such nice people to work so hard for such a nice shower!  It was very special to me!

Clint's friends and family also threw us a wonderful shower.  It was a non traditional shower and had to be rushed along a little since Chloe is coming early.  We received the gifts this week and got to open them in our home.  They truly blessed us beyond belief in their generosity and  thoughtfulness.  We received some very special things and some things that we needed very much.  We are very blessed to have people that care for us and helped us get ready for our little girl's arrival.

Thank you all so much!!!  We are extremely grateful!!!


Well time just keeps flying by and I still can't keep up.  How is it possible for time to be flying so fast?!

A run down of what is going on:

Here we are at 36 weeks and 3 days.  Starting to get big!

We started going to the doctor every week and having my fluid checked.  I have had low fluid since 32 weeks and the doctor wanted to keep a close eye on it as the baby got bigger.  At about 37 and a half weeks (October 31st) he sent us to the hospital for a NST to make sure the baby was still handling everything ok.  He saw a very low amount of fluid and was concerned.  Chloe passed the test though and we were allowed to go home. YAY! He told us he wanted to induce labor on either Friday (November 4th) or no later than November 9th. He also wanted to start seeing us twice a week to make sure everything was good.  I pushed for having baby on the 9th.  I wanted her to bake as long as possible!! So we went back to the doctor on Thursday (November 3rd) praying that we didn't have to have a baby that weekend.  Thankfully he was able to find a little more fluid and we were able to continue to wait.  I guess the 2+ liters of water I have been drinking a day along with the resting I have been doing helped!

Here we are 1 day before 38 weeks.  I snapped this picture before the doctor visit just in case it was my last day to be pregnant.  Still growing!

We head back to the doctor on Monday (November 7th) to be checked again.  I am assuming that will be our last visit and then we head in to have a baby on the 9th.  We will wait and see what the doctor says but that seems to be the plan right now.  I can't say that I will miss the doctor visits.  These last few have been quite a bit less than comfortable.  Sometimes I am quite ready for Chloe to be here so I can actually see her little face.  Some days I am excited to not be pregnant any more.  It will be so nice to be able to stand up without help and bend over to pick things up....  Other times I know that I will miss her little movements and feeling her wiggling around inside.

We have been settling in to our new apartment. We are mostly unpacked.  I have a few little things I am still finding homes for and finishing the decorating.  It took Lucy a while but she is finally settling in too.  She hid under the bed for a few weeks only coming out at night when we were all in the bedroom with the door shut and the lights off.  She feels quite at home now though. 

She likes to watch me wash my face.

We have also been busy trying to get the nursery set up.

I love the bedding.  My sweet Aunt and Uncle gave us the bedding and I think it is just beautiful.  It is full of texture and so sweet.  Clint picked it out and I think he did a great job.  We are still waiting on her dresser and I haven't hung the curtains, so pretty much all that is done in the room is the bed, but that is ok.  That's all I needed for the baby right at first and I hope to finish getting the room set up when my mom is here after Chloe is here.

Lucy even tested out one of the blankets to test its softness.  Don't worry, I washed it and it safely put away, but I am afraid I am going to have to keep my eye on her She loves soft blankets and I think she might try to steal Chloe's soft blankets.

This week I have gotten a few meals put in the freezer, our bags packed for the hospital and most of the thank you notes written.  I feel like I could be prepared for a baby now when it's time.  I still need to go to Target and finish getting the things we need for Chloe.  I hope to do that in the next couple of days, but if I don't I can still bring a baby home and be just fine for a little bit.  Now I just need to work up my courage for labor and delivery. :)

I'll try and update again after our appointment on Monday, but if not the next big update will have pictures of a baby!!! I can't believe it!!!!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

A Little Update

Whew! its been a busy few weeks at our house!  Where do I start?


We hit 30 weeks yesterday. Wow! How time flies!  Only 10 more weeks and I don't feel prepared AT ALL!  I need a more recent picture but here we are at almost 28 weeks.

Shes growing!  I don't think she ever sleeps.  She is so active during the day especially when I am working.  All her flips and kicks are kinda distracting while I am at work. They have gotten a little painful at times too so I know she is getting stronger.   I have started craving sweets a little more lately which is probably not the best thing, but they sure do taste good!  I have started having a hard time sleeping and getting comfortable at night, which my Dr. tells me is nature's way of preparing me. Chloe does not like to be squished either so if my pants are too tight, I sit too close to the desk or lay the wrong way she lets me know for sure!  We go back for our last ultra sound in a week.  I am pretty excited to get to see her again.  It has been quite a while since we have looked in on her.


We finally settled on a day to be my last day at work.  I will work through the end of October, which is about 2 weeks before the baby is due to arrive.  I have been working really hard trying to get some projects done there.  I have a certain number of things I want to get done so I feel like they are kind of caught up before I go.  I don't know if all the projects will all get done but I am giving it my best shot.  It is bittersweet to be leaving.  They are a great group of people and I have really enjoyed working there.

The Apartment:

Oh where to start with the apartment.... A couple of weeks ago we had record breaking temperatures here in Houston.  The temperatures were 105 or higher for several days and since we are in the middle of a really bad drought right now, there were no clouds or raindrops to cool things off.  Those kind of temps make a pregnant girl go a little nuts.  Saturday morning of the heat wave, our air conditioning decided to stop working.  After a call to our emergency line and a visit from the maintenance man it was decided that they could not repair the unit over the weekend so they gave us a window unit in the mean time.  Poor little thing couldn't keep up with the temps and we were forced to endure a long hot weekend.  Monday finally came and they said that we needed a whole new unit which, thankfully, was installed that day.  Yay!!  I was one happy girl!! 

 Poor Lucy was so hot!

Now I am deep in the process of getting us ready to move.  Our big move is just one week away.  September 16th.  We are moving to a two bedroom apartment in a little city called Texas City.  We are all so excited to be moving out of the big city and a little closer to some family.  We will have to drive further to work but, Clint doesn't mind and I only have to do it for about 5 weeks so I think I can handle it.

 Ahh the joys of moving.

Well I guess, that is about enough for this post.  Don't want it to get too long and I am hungry again so I guess I better find some cereal or something. Yummmm....cereal....

Saturday, July 30, 2011


Once again, my how the time has passed.  Life gets busy and heavy and time gets away.  There really isn't a good excuse for my lack of posting except life.  I have been told that for little Chloe's sake I needed to update here [Hi Meagen! :)]

What's that?  Who's Chloe?  Hmm.  I guess I should back up a little.  Big changes are underway in our little world.

We spent a year and a half trying to get pregnant, experienced some heartbreak and some pretty painful life lessons.  None of these things were pleasant, but as I look back now I can see how these circumstances were necessary to get us to this place and how we definitely did not need a baby during that time. God's timing is perfect.

In February we got quite a surprise.
Yup, that's right.  I was shocked.  After so many negative tests it is quite shocking to finally see a positive.  I was excited, I was terrified, so many conflicting emotions.

Time passed, sickness and yuckiness came, mostly in the evenings, chocolate milk was my friend, I found that I was starving all the time.  I needed at least one nap a day, although I didn't always get one.  We told our families first thing and made the announcement on Facebook.  I had a couple of little things come up that were not quite normal right off the bat so we decided to wait until our first trimester was over to let all of our co-workers in on our little secret.  It was one of the hardest secrets I have ever kept. 

Here is baby at about 16 weeks.
Just starting to make an appearance. 

The second trimester finally came.  We broke the news to our co-workers.  I finally started feeling a little better and got some energy back.  Although the past couple of weeks I have felt like I am back in my first trimester.  Where has my energy gone?  I have been so tired.  I finally started feeling baby move around week 19.  Our baby is a very active little one.  She has lots of fun in there.  On week 20 we found out we were having a little girl.  We were both super excited to be having a girl. Our unusual complications cleared up.  So far our second trimester has been a super busy one. We have been looking for a bigger place to live, make decisions concerning work and the future and trying to find the perfect name for our little one.  We are slowly crossing things off of our to do list.  Hopefully soon we get to do some fun things like registering for baby stuff.  I am super excited for that. :)

Meet Chloe Michelle (at 12 weeks)

Here we are at almost 23 weeks.
She's growing!
Well that is our big news for now.  We go back to the doctor on Monday so we will have an update after that.  This has turned in to  pretty long post so I will be back soon.