"When a soul recognises the will of God and shows a readiness to submit to it entirely, then God gives Himself to such a soul and renders it most powerful succour under all circumstances." - Rev. Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Monday, July 29, 2013

The fun never ends

I had my annual wellness visit (I can't believe it's been a year!) with Dr. H today and was not expecting to have anything to blog about afterwards.

But apparently the purpose of this blog is to expect the unexpected. Sigh.

First though, I just wanted to say that I brought Landon with me and Dr. H really enjoyed seeing him. "Precocious" is what he called Landon...since our little monkey is so talkative and interactive. It's entertaining, for sure...and also exhausting. But I digress...

During my exam, things were rather tender (my uterus, that is...not my stupid cervix), and when we talked afterwards in his office, Dr. H said my uterus was larger than it should be. He wants me to get an ultrasound to make sure it's not fibroids. It could be nothing (hopefully), but he wants to know what we're dealing with - better safe than sorry, as he says. So I have an ultrasound scheduled in a couple weeks.

While we were talking about everything, Dr. H was looking back at my chart to see if he wrote anything about seeing fibroids during my c-section. He did not...but what he did note is that I have a heart-shaped uterus. He probably told me that a year ago, but I do not remember and probably didn't think it mattered anyway. (On a side note, I started telling Logan about my heart-shaped uterus and he said we were told that after Levi and after Landon. So apparently my brain doesn't work.)

Well. I just did a little search online and came across this article about having a heart-shaped uterus and fertility. And I'm thinking my uterus is to blame for everything we've gone through, because there's a higher risk for preterm delivery (Levi) and cervical incompetence (Landon). Ain't that something? There is also a risk for recurrent miscarriage, which is pretty depressing...but I won't let that stress me out. I'll try to remember to ask Dr. H about all that when I see him again.

On a more positive note, my brother and sister-in-law are expecting again! And they're having twins! :)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Photo Friday: littles boys, birthdays, and way too much climbing

Pizza party what what
Dominic feeding Landon. Sweet.
That's as far as he got until he started crying
At a birthday party!
Riding the train
He was slightly obsessed with this fire truck
Sigh. My little climbing boy.

My friend let Landon have this vacuum toy since her boys don't play with it....and he loooooves it.
My troublemakers!
We're still gradually opening Landon's birthday presents, and this is the newest one. He could stay in the bathtub all day now!
Walking around the mall on Daddy's day off

(Please excuse the lingerie in the background. That's not what we were there for! Lol.)

Sometimes Landon loves Marley just a little too much....

My birthday dinner! Yeahhh

Thursday, July 25, 2013

A birthday rambling

When I was in high school (before Logan and I dated), I had pretty much decided I wouldn't date anyone else until college. I just assumed that God would reveal my future spouse to me later (if he didn't call me to religious life, that is). I had a plan that I would become a nurse at age 22, and if I got married, it wouldn't be until I was 25 - that way I could work for a few years and save up money. Then I would be married for a couple years before I started having children when I was 27 years old.

It's all pretty funny to think about how I had my life planned out back then, because almost none of it happened the way I expected. Today I turn 27! Yes, I did become a nurse when I was 22 years old, but I married Logan just a few months after that.

We thought it'd be difficult getting pregnant, but little Levi was conceived less than 2 months later.

After we lost him (the biggest shocker of my life), I honestly thought we would get pregnant again soon after. [Enter laughter here]

A year and a half after Dr. H gave the go-ahead to get pregnant again (we had to wait at least 3 months), we finally were blessed again with those 2 little blue lines. But that was after many, many tears and several "oh my goodness what if I never have another baby?!" moments. And let's not forget the foster care fun! You should really go back and read some posts from 2011 when we had Peanut....hours of entertainment, I tell you.

If you had told me I was going to lose a baby, foster 2 kids, and endure a pregnancy full of bed rest and doctor visits, allllll in our first 3 years of marriage, I would have laughed and said, "Yeah right!" That's just not the sort of stuff you're thinking about when you walk down the aisle to marry your high school sweetheart. Not at all!

But alas, if it's one thing that God teaches me over and over again is that He knows best and that I need to unite my will with His. Easier said than done, of course. And as I celebrate my 27th birthday (OMG WHEN DID I GET SO OLD?), I'm finally realizing that life is actually easier and less stressful when I just give everything to God and say, "Here you go. You know what's best for me!"

On Sunday, I had a moment in mass where I suddenly realized that everything I've prayed for, truly prayed for, has happened. Logan and Landon are proof! It was definitely one of those God moments full of grace that I will look back on and remember when the going gets tough.

God really does give us the desires of our hearts, and He really does answer our prayers....just not always in our timing or in the way that we expect. But perhaps it's better that way! Keeps us trusting, and keeps us praying. 

Matthew 21:22 - Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Photo Friday: and the fun begins

We have a climber! Eek. (This was the only time he touched the knobs....he's obsessed with pressing the buttons now)

Seriously, he loves the floor
Hmph. Needless to say, I turned the gate around.
Landon thinks our table and chairs is an obstacle course....and then he freaks out when he gets "stuck"
Yep, we definitely were like this for over 2 hours thankyouverymuch!

Someone is looking very, very sleepy

Ah, enough with the climbing!

Daddy's little helper
I don't know what he was thinking - just climbed right in. Love my goofball!

Monday, July 15, 2013

More family pictures

We got more images from our family session so heeeeeere you go! This post and the other post have my favorites....you should tell me which one we should put in our living room (I'm thinking one with all 3 of us) on a BIG canvas. I can't decide!

 Elise told me to look cute. I apologize for not pulling it off so well. My guys look good, though! :)
 Gotta love that face

Saturday, July 13, 2013

7 Quick Takes (vol.6)

It's almost halfway through July. What the heck? I have this list of projects I wanted to finish this summer but have only crossed off 2 of the 10 so far. It's not looking good, people. Life is too busy! Ahhhh.
After a long break of not crocheting, I started back up again lately. It forces me to sit and take a break, so I'm trying to crochet on a regular basis. I have high hopes of crocheting a lot for gifts (specifically Christmas), buuuuut I have so many other projects I want to get to that I'm not sure if that will happen. Look at the washcloth I made! Part of my gift for a baby shower was baby wash stuff so I made a couple washcloths to go with it.
*Fertility update alert* (You've been warned.) I never thought I'd be content with just one child, but at this moment I totally am. Which is a good thing considering my uterus isn't working after all...it's been almost 6 weeks and I still haven't ovulated. I was charting but gave that up last week since I don't really care what happens right now and it tends to make me crazy. So yeah. I scheduled my annual gyn appt with Dr. H at the end of the month, so that'll be fun. Ha.
Ya know, the other day I was thinking about how I always seemed to be in this "waiting" stage. First I was waiting to finish nursing school...while discerning marriage/religious life. Then I was waiting to get married. Then I got married, got pregnant, and waited to find a new job. Then I found a job but lost Levi, and waited even longer to get pregnant again. We also waited to find the right house. When I finally got pregnant, we waited 9 looooong months for it to be over (just kidding. kind of.). We also waited entirely too long for Logan to find a new job. Those periods were so hard in the moment because you just want things RIGHT NOW but looking back it was all part of a pretty amazing plan and I'm thankful for every moment. And I'm happy to say that I don't think I'm waiting for anything right now. Whew.
Yeah, that little guy was worth waiting for.
I usually don't watch a lot of TV, but lately I've been slightly obsessed with Lark Rise to Candleford. You can stream it on Amazon Prime and I love it (we got rid of Netflix quite awhile ago because Prime is cheaper plus you get free shipping and all that! Subscribe & Save is wonderful too). It's one of those BBC shows which I love because the late 19th century and early 20th century were interesting times. Plus I don't feel bad having it on with Landon around because there isn't anything inappropriate in it. :) 
I'm being thinking a lot lately about judging and making assumptions. I'm not saying I don't judge or assume things (heck, I'm human), but I'm realizing that many, many times I jump to conclusions about people, there is a reasonable explanation. So every time I get frustrated with someone, I try to think about why they might be doing what they're doing...if that makes any sense. Basically, I try to give them the benefit of the doubt. It helps me stay calm. :)
For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Photo Friday: out-of-town edition

I was at my parents' house with Landon for most of the week, and I'm home now and catching up on things ...which explains the somewhat late posting.
Love love love
Birthday party fun
Max was showing off his new swimming skills
Landon was showing off his piano skills (not really)
Landon has his own set of keys so he doesn't have to take Mommy's
Poor Marley
I know this is blurry but I had to show you him walking around the house "reading"

Maggie was the lucky dog of Landon's affections this week
Helping Mimi with her exercises (post knee-surgery)
Yeah, I think another tooth is coming...hence the drool


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