Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Update on Baby Cam Cam!

I went to the doctor this week for my 26 week checkup and received TONS of great news!!

Everything is still looking great with Campbell. Her heart rate was 150 and she was moving and kicking like crazy throughout the whole appointment. Dr. P thinks she is breech right now, but not too worried about it. **I am not either! I think she is constantly flipping into different positions because I feel her kick in completely different places throughout the day!**

My cervix is still long and closed. To be specific, my length is 5 cm, which has increased from when I was admitted (it was at 4 cm) YAY!!! This is a huge praise because she said I am as long as I can possibly be. And get this GREAT news.... In her professional opinion, she doesn't think I will deliver early at all!!! What an incredible Christmas gift to our family knowing that our baby most likely will not be a premie!! I am still having frequent contractions, but the Terbutaline stops them very quickly. Dr. P thinks I might just be a "contractor" that isn't making any progress. Hopefully she is right! (And hopefully this will not be the trend for when it's time for her to be born!)

Another big praise was......... I passed the 1 hour glucose test... Meaning I do NOT have Gestational Diabetes!!! YAY!! I can eat what I want for Christmas, haha! I was for sure that I had GD because I consistently have sugar in my urine and my blood sugar has been a little high; however, I'm in the clear.

The only not so good news was my blood pressure was very high for me at 130/80 (normally, I'm in the very low 100's/60ish....) I explained that I was very anxious
for this appointment, so that could be the cause of the high BP.

Overall, everything was great! We are so ready to meet our baby girl, but want to meet her when she is a little fatter and more developed. Hopefully this will be what happens.

I'm going to update soon with pictures of Campbell's nursery, which is still a work in progress, my 27 week belly, and other things! I hope everyone is having and will have a blessed and enjoyable Christmas! I know we will!! We are leaving on Sunday for Gatlinburg and Boone, NC for a week with my family. We can't wait!!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Much prayers needed....

I know it's been so long since a good update, but the past few months have been so chaotic and crazy that I haven't even had a chance to sit down at the computer... However, this past week resulted in some scary and eye-opening changes for us and Baby H, who is a GIRL by the way!!! Her name will be Campbell Addilyn Hollinhead and she will go by Campbell!!

On Tuesday, I called my doc with concerns about a lot of what I thought were Braxton Hicks contractions that weren't hurting, but consistently resulted in my stomach getting hard as a rock a lot. I truly wasn't worried about it, but one of my friends who is also pregnant seemed a little concerned... I have thanked God everyday for her because without her worry, things might be very different right now!

So anyways, I went in to the OB during my lunch break hoping they would just tell me everything was fine and to take it easy a little more. Not exactly what happened!! Following a vaginal exam and ultrasound, both of which came back fine, I was scheduled for a Non-stress test in the office. Right before they strapped me into the monitors, another nurse rushed into the room and informed me that I needed to go straight to Labor and Delivery.... At this point, I was a LITTLE scared, confused, anxious, etc. etc. They were not giving me any information on what was going on, which made it even more scary. I finally broke down and called Clayton to meet me at the hospital, which he was there in less than 5 minutes.

As soon as I got to Labor and Delivery, they hooked me and Campbell up to the non-stress test and said they wanted to monitor me for 2 hours to check for contractions. After about 45 minutes, the OB on call (who I had been seeing in the office before I went to L&D) came in the room and informed me that I was having consistent REAL contractions and that I was going to be admitted.

**Here's a little back story to this... At this point, Clayton had already left the hospital because we thought everything was looking good. The minute I heard I was going to be admitted, he turned right around (hadn't even made it back to work again!) and came to be with me!

At this point, she told me that although I had no cervical changes (my cervix remains closed and long, which is GREAT), she felt Campbell's head pushing a little bit, meaning that she has already dropped. The plan, at this point, was to go ahead and give me some Terbutaline to stop the contractions and go ahead and give Campbell her first dose of steroids to help develop her lungs IF she had to be delivered. At that point, I loudly exclaimed that there would be no delivering any baby any time soon (I am only 24 weeks.... WAAAAY to early for Campbell to make her appearence into this world!!)

It became very evident that the lowest dose of Terbutaline was working right away because my contractions all but stopped.. I still had some signs of an irritable uterus, but no more contractions. Through the rest of my stay (until Wednesday at 1:30ish pm) I rarely had any more contractions, which is a HUGE blessing.

SO OVERALL, here is where we are right now:
-Campbell is VERY healthy!! She is growing right on track, is moving like a wiggle worm all of the time, and had a steady, high heart rate the entire stay in the hospital!
-My cervix remains closed and long.
-Throughout the night, Campbell changed her position and she is no longer putting pressure on my cervix.. HUGE BLESSING!
-I have plenty of amniotic fluid!
-Contractions has mostly stabilized. I will be on Terbutaline probably for the rest of the pregnancy and will take it on an as needed basis for when I feel the contractions come back. Hopefully, this will hold everything off for as long as possible!
-I am on modified bed rest for the rest of the week, but can go back to my job on Monday. However, things have to change for me drastically including no lifting, constantly drinking tons of water, never letting my bladder get too full, never laying on my back, and coming home straight from work and laying around all night.

So what does this mean for me and Campbell??? We don't really know. Everyone said this happens to a lot of women and they end up having no other problems. Then there are the group that delivers early and the contractions just can't be stopped. We are VERY optimistic right now that I have no cervical changes and that the medicine is doing it's job. We are very nervous and in constant prayer that our sweet girl will stay in for a lot longer because she is just not ready to be independent quite yet!!!

We just ask, if you feel led, for prayers for our family, especially for Campbell to stay put for a lot longer. The best odds are for her to make it until 32-34 weeks; however, we want her to stay in all 40!!!! I know God has his plans and we will be taken care of with whatever he chooses; however, I really am hoping that his plans involve a fat and full-term baby that is delivered in March!!!

Sorry so long and I will be better about posting from now on!!! ;)

Friday, October 15, 2010

16 week post!

****WARNING LONG POST!****
Unfortunately (due to some crazy life situations), we didn't get around to taking 15 week pictures. So... here are the most recent, 16 week pictures! Of course, I am late, but only by 4 days this time!






How far along? 16 Weeks (16 weeks and 3 days)
Size of baby: a Turnip! (a little more than 5 inches long and weighs about 5 ounces)
Total weight gain/loss: Finally gained 3 lbs! I have been really nervous about the lack of weight gain, so this was a big deal!
Maternity clothes? Consistently wearing either the belly band or maternity pants. None of my pants fit anymore. We finally splurged on a nice pair of maternity jeans and I LOVE them... I really don't want to go back to regular clothes.
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep: Only waking up about once a night to go to the bathroom right now, but I wake up a lot to change positions.
Best moment this week: Hearing the heart beat at the doctor on Wednesday! (It was 150 beats per minute! Very strong and healthy!!)
Food cravings: ANYTHING and EVERYTHING! I can't get enough to eat.
Gender: Still thinking pink... AND SOME BIG NEWS! We will find out the sex on October 25th (if the stinker will cooperate!)
Labor Signs: none
Belly Button in or out? In
What I miss: Nothing! Loving pregnancy!
What I am looking forward to: Finding out if this little one is healthy and finally knowing what he or she is!! This baby needs a name other than baby H
Milestones: Hmmm.... Maybe having my first doppler this week?! I can't think of anything other than making this far through pregnancy!

This was a memorable week for a few reasons.
1. I had my 16 week appointment this week. Everything went great and it was a super short appoinment. Some of my concerns were addressed this week including times of high blood pressure that I have been worried about. Dr thinks everything is okay though. The doppler went great! The second she placed the probe on my belly, the heartbeat was loud and clear!! We didn't even have to search for it! I also got a flu shot, so I am prepared for flu season! The other big blessing is they are letting me come in the day I turn 18 week pregnant for our BIG ultrasound!! I have been so nervous that they would make me wait the full 4 weeks, but they didn't even seem fazed that I asked to come early! So far, everything is right on track!
2. We are closing on our new house on Monday, October 18th... However, we received some bad new that the appraisal on our current house came out lower than the sales price.... a good bit lower.... so we are out a bunch of money that we were not planning on... This has been a huge stressor for us this week and continues to be one. I know things will work out, but we were just planning on having a little more cushion....
3. The worst thing that happened this week involved Clayton. Clay stayed home yesterday to do some more work on the house before the closing. Long story short.... He hurt his back pretty bad and ended up in the ER yesterday afternoon. I left work around lunch time to meet him there and ended up getting discharged around 7:00. We really don't know what's going on (because the stupid ER refused to do an MRI or CT scan because he didn't have a spinal cord injury.... Don't even get me started). We are setting up an appointment with an orthopedic for next week so we can get to the bottom of things... We are hoping it's all muscle strain, but are afraid it may be a herniated disc... PLEASE pray that we get this figured out and Clay some relief. This has come at such a bad time because we are moving next week and he was planning on doing most of the moving. I, unfortunately, cannot help move because I am not allowed to lift more than 10 pounds, so we are completely relying on family and friends.

Hopefully, next week will be less eventful and stressful on our bodies and bank account!!

Quick 14 weeks!




Monday, September 27, 2010

13 Weeks!





Once again, I am late on my weekly belly pics! Sorry!!

How far along? 13 Weeks
Size of baby: a Lemon! (a little more than 3 inches long)
Total weight gain/loss: No gain or loss still!
Maternity clothes? Switching between belly band and maternity pants. I wore a maternity shirt today and it was still a little big.
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep: So much for sleeping better! I am having some significant back pain causing me to wake up a lot throughout the night (sorry Clay!!) Not sure if its sciatic nerve pain or just intense lower back pain...
Best moment this week: Hmmm... maybe deciding on some baby bedding? Haha, I can't think of anything important!
Food cravings: anything to drink! I am so thirsty this week.
Gender: Really thinking girl more and more.. So much that I already have this little stinker's bedding designed, haha.
Labor Signs: none
Belly Button in or out? In
What I miss: Sleep and a comfortable bed
What I am looking forward to: Finding out if my OB will let me come back to find out the gender in 2 weeks instead of 4 weeks!
Milestones: First week of my second trimester and loving life!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

12 Weeks (a little late!)





How far along? 12 Weeks
Size of baby: a Peach! (about 3 inches long)
Total weight gain/loss: No gain or loss still!
Maternity clothes? Still just wearing my belly band, but breaking out the maternity pants soon!
Stretch marks? None yet... knock on wood!
Sleep: I am sleeping a little better this week because I am not getting up to go to the bathroom as much!
Best moment this week: NO MORE MORNING SICKNESS!!!!!
Food cravings: Fruit and chips!!
Gender: Still thinking pink!
Labor Signs: none
Belly Button in or out? In
What I miss: nothing this week. I am LOVING pregnancy!
What I am looking forward to: Finding out if Baby H is a boy or girl!
Milestones: Last week of my first trimester!

**13 week post to come later tonight!!**

Monday, September 13, 2010

Let's start from the very beginning......

Since we were keeping it on the downlow, I'm going to go back in time for a few posts. Let's start with one of the most exciting days of our lives.... Go back, if you will, to Sunday, July 18th..........

Obviously, we were very observant as to when we should be taking a pregnancy tests seeing as everything with this cycle was observed under a microscope, haha! At this time, Clayton was in Washington DC for his last and final Air Force drill of his life (definitely news for another post, but yes, Clayton is officially done with the Air Force! YAY!!!) I honestly was not feeling really hopeful at this point because my day 21 progesterone count wasn't really that high (13.67). At this point, I knew that I had ovulated, but Dr. P didn't feel confident that the number was high enough to signify a pregnancy. I was so pessimistic at this point that I had already refilled my next dose of Clomid to begin taking.

I had taken a pregnancy test the day before (day 28) and it was negative, so I wasn't feeling really optimistic. By this point, you will usually have a positive test. The next morning, I took another test JUST to make sure, and this is what I saw.

I'm sure you can't see the second line, but in person it was very, very pale.


I still wasn't convinced, so I took another test later that afternoon and I saw this exciting line!!!



Fast forward to everyday for the rest of the week.... These are a handful of the tests that told me the best news I have ever received!! If I would have taken a picture of all of the tests I took before I went to the doctor, you would see a pile of over 15 (I sorta got obsessive about making sure the baby was "still there", haha.

The unfortunate thing about this whole situation was Clayton was here for none of it, including my first doctor appointment to confirm the pregancy (he didn't make it home for another week and a half.) We were both so upset, but were still estatic that we were pregnant. I wanted to tell Clayton in a unique and cute way; however, I was just so excited that I couldn't contain myself!!!! I just busted the news over the phone!! I truly think that he didn't believe me at first!!! However, he was so over the moon once it finally sunk in.

I loved every second of this day and can't wait to replay this moment again one day with another baby!!!

11-12 Week Prenatal Doctor Appointment!


**Baby's arm!!

**Side shot of Baby H!! Doesn't it look like he/she is sucking her thumb?!?!

Today we had our 11-12 week doctor appointment to check on Baby H! I will admit that I was very anxious about this appointment because everything has been feeling very different this week. Prior to this week, I have been feeling pretty cruddy all of the time (nauseous, tired, tons of cramping). However, all of my symptoms have, for the most part, decreased.... This should have been exciting, but it really just made me nervous!

Fortunately, everything is looking great!!!! Check him or her out! He/She finally is looking like a real baby!

Some general updates from today:
*Heart rate- 158 (very strong heart beat!)
*Size- Baby is the size of a large plum!
*Movement- Baby was moving like crazy! He/she was bouncing all around and moving her/his arms. Baby kept his/her legs crossed the whole time.... Must be very shy or not confident with their goods, haha!! As we were watching the baby move, it just stopped moving! The tech said it must have just fell asleep, haha!
*All of my bloodwork and urine tests looked great. They were a little worried from my last urine sample because sugar was found, but everything looked great today!
*I found out (to no surpise) that I am Rh negative and Clayton is Rh positive... Not a huge deal, but this means I have to get the Rhogam shot at 28-30 weeks to prevent my body from attacking the baby's blood. It wouldn't affect this pregnancy, but could affect the next pregnancy if this baby's blood passes through my blood. No big deal at all though and just a little hiccup!
*One HUGE praise from today is that I can stop taking the progesterone suppliments starting on Thursday. Yay!!! When I found out I was pregnant, my progesterone level was low, so my doc recommended that I take suppliments until 12 weeks to maintain the pregnancy. This is definitely a bitter-sweet moment! On one hand, I am so thankful that this progesterone has done it's job to maintain the pregnancy, which scares me to stop taking it. However, I know that it's contributing to me feeling sick a lot (remember, I had to take it when I was trying to get preggo and always felt sick taking it!)I'm just glad this is one pill less that I have to take!

Everything else looks great! I will go back at around 16 weeks for a quick check up. THEN, it's the big ultrasound to find out if we are having a boy or girl!!!!!!! This will be done between weeks 18-20!!! I am so anxious to finally know what our angel is going to be!!!

11 weeks

I've decided, now that the word is out, that I will do weekly belly shots and updates on information! Hopefully, this will keep out of town family and friends happy (and I can have it for my memories!!)

So as of last Thursday, September 9th, we are 11 weeks pregnant! What's going on in my belly this week?!?



How far along? 11 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: No gain or loss.... Doc says she is okay with that right now, but wants to see some new pounds at my 15 week appointment!
Maternity clothes? I am rarely wearing maternity pants, but consistently wear my belly band with all pants! Too tight to button!!
Stretch marks? None!!
Sleep: I am easily woken up and frequently toss and turn throughout the night. Plus, I am having the craziest, most intense dreams!
Best moment this week: Seeing our Baby H on the ultrasound, dancing away for us!
Movement: Baby is definitely moving around like crazy, but can't feel it yet!
Food cravings: Fruit!!
Gender: I'm leaning towards girl, but Clay says boy!
Labor Signs: Definitely not! Stay away!
Belly Button in or out? In
What I miss: Deli meat and good sleep!
What I am looking forward to: My belly growing enough where people know I am pregnant, not eating too much dessert at night!
Milestones: I get to stop taking progesterone suppliments on Thursday!

**Look out for our 11/12 week doctor visit!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

=)

We are so excited to annouce that................



We are expecting a baby!!!!!!! The baby is due around March 27, 2011. We are so excited and feel so blessed to finally be pregnant! I will post soon with much more exciting pictures, details, etc.

Thanks so much for all of your prayers because without them, we aren't sure we would be here!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Doing it.... Texas style!

Hi Friends!

Hope everyone is doing great and have had a great 4th of July! We spent ours in an airport, haha!! We went to Ft. Hood, Texas to visit Clayton's sister, our brother in law, and our nieces. We flew out Thursday morning at 6:00 AM!! Yes, in the morning! I don't remember being that tired in a long, long time! However, the trip was so much fun! We spent the majority of our time just hanging out at the Kraus's house and playing with our nieces, who have both gotten so big. Cecilia, who will be 8 in a few weeks, has matured so much since we have seen her last. Caroline, who turned 2 in May, is like a whole different child!!! She now is talking up a storm and copying everything that Cecilia does. Uncle "Pay" and Aunt "Weis" had so much fun playing and dancing with her all weekend! I also accomplished a first while I was in Texas..... Went to my first Rodeo!!!!! It was so much fun and hilarious. I will say that I got upset multiple times because I was afraid of animal abuse, but Clayton assured me that the animals enjoy what they are doing.... I am just going to believe him so I can sleep at night =) My sweet Caroline did agree with me throughout the rodeo and would exclaim repeatedly when a calf would be tackled to the floor, "NO, NO, NO BE NICE!" I can't wait to see the Kraus's again soon.... Hopefully, it will be before February when Baby #3 is due.. Yes, we are going to have another niece or nephew!! We are all so very excited and I can't wait to spoil this new little munchkin soon!

Onto other news.... I know everyone is curious how the baby front is with Clayton and I. So here is my update!
I began taking the 100 mg of Clomid a couple of weeks ago and finished it last week. It was, by far, the worst side effects I have experienced, which was to be expected since I doubled the dose. Hot flashes, among other symptoms, were terrible causing me to leave work on a frequent basis with soaking wet clothes. I felt a lot different taking the Clomid this cycle as compared to last cycle. I felt like last time, I felt some side effects but I never felt any different where I should (i.e. cramps, etc.) This time, I feel very different and feel like things are definitely moving and grooving.... I guess we will see in a week or so. So now, we are in the two week "wait." Right now, I am just hoping that the Clomid will help me ovulate and that we have timed the baby dancing right with ovulation! I will go back to the Dr. next Monday, the 12th to get blood work run. Until then!!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Our New Home!

Don't get too excited... We didn't sell our house. The new home I am speaking of is our new.........CHURCH HOME! Today (6/13/10) we joined our new church home, Trinity United Methodist in Homewood, AL. We have spent A LOT of time visiting new churches and praying over this decision. It was really important for us for a few reasons:
1. Whatever church we chose would be the church that we raise our (future) children in. I grew up very active at my church and spent so much time there. We want the same thing for our children, so choosing a church that has great programs for children was a big priority for us.
2. We really wanted to join a church that has a lot of choices for Sunday school classes and small groups so we can bond with a smaller group of people on a spiritual level. It's important to us to have friends that can help us learn and grow in our relationship with God. We figured the best way to do this is by joining a small group of some sort. Trinity has over 25 Sunday school classes to choose from and they are divided by where you are in your life (i.e. newly married, couples who are pregnant or plan to be soon, singles and career oriented people, etc.) I can't wait to start visiting a few classes to find the perfect one for us!
3. We needed a church that Clayton really felt comfortable in since he was transitioning from Catholicism to a Protestant church. After trying many, many churches, Clay found Trinity to really feel comfortable for him and would be a place where he could feel right about this transition.

So today, we went to a Membership 101 class at 10:00 with the pastors followed up by joining the church at the 11:00 service! Everyone made us feel so much at home and really expressed how happy that we were there! We definitely feel like we made the right choice in choosing a new church home and can't wait until we find our place within the church!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

It's time


Doesn't it seem like whenever someone has taken a blogging hiatus for an extended period of time that something big is going on in their life? I guess it's true to say that I have taken a "leave of absence" from the blogging world for quite awhile. I guess you can also assume that we have been going through some events that have consumed our life. I have been very hesitant to write about this on my blog; however, I have recently taken strength through other's experiences by reading their blogs. Maybe my words can be a source of comfort, friendship, or camaraderie for those going through similar situations. So here it goes..... The beginning of our journey into infertility.

About 7 months ago, Clayton and I decided we were finally ready to start adding to our little family. I had finally graduated from grad school, got a great job, Clayton was making a name for himself at his newish job, we were finacially ready, etc. etc. If you ask any of my good friends, I had it all mapped out. I start my job in January, we put our house on the market, it takes maybe 1 month to sell, we move to Homewood right about the time I get pregnant, and we live happily ever after. It's so funny to look back on it now because I thought I had figured it all out. I had made our plans, when in fact, God had different ideas. Instead, our house has been on the market for 5 months with no buyers in sight and I am sitting on my couch lethargic from fertility medications..... So much for planning, huh? =) I'm not quite sure why I thought it would be that easy. I guess it was just wishful thinking. I have always had a nagging fear that I would have trouble getting pregnant, but I was just hoping that it was my glass half empty mentality to everything. Unfortunately, my feelings were right and we have to put a little more effort than some into having a child.
Around April, I decided to contact my OBGYN (who has been incredible through all of this!) because I had not yet started my period after getting off of BC in December. I had been scouring the internet on whether or not this was normal and found that it was, in fact, NOT normal and should be of concern. However, the overwhelming majority of people explained that OBGYNs won't take you seriously until you have been trying for at least a year.
**At this point, I want to praise God for laying it on my heart that things were not okay. I can't imagine the frustration level, anxiety, and heartbreak I would be feeling at a year from now if I would have waited. He knew to let this weigh on my heart early on. Thank you Lord!**

So, I contacted my Dr., who immediately explained that this was not okay and I was probably not ovulating on my own. (For those of you who are not in the infertility know, you have to ovulate, or release an egg, in order to get pregnant. If you don't ovulate, then there is no signal for you to have your period. Your body continues to build up the lining in preparation for a fetus...) While I was waiting to come in and get a full fertility workup, she prescribed me Prometrium, a progesterone supplement, to see if it would induce a period. I would take a pill one time a day for 10 days. The goal was for my body to start a period either while I was on it or by at least 14 days after ending it. Thankfully, I started Aunt Flo on Day 8 of taking of the meds, which I was overjoyed with!! This indicated that I, indeed, was not ovulating and this could all be a hormonal problem.

So next step: Fertility workup! I will admit, I was very anxious during this appointment. I had no idea of what I would be going through. Thankfully, Clayton went with me to help ease my nerves.
**I also need to take a time out to acknowledge how incredible Clayton has been through this. I could never go through the hardships of this process without him. He has been my rock through this, has taken my mind off of things when I have been deep in sorrow... I love you!!

Okay, back to the fertility workup. So after ultrasounds, blood tests, and pap smears (SORRY TMI) everything looked great except for my progesterone levels, which indicates that I am anovulatory (not able to ovulate.) As depressing as this may sound, Dr. P explained that this is the best fertility problem to have because we just have to figure out the amount of hormones it will take to help me ovulate! YAY!! I am just so thankful that there are no cysts, endometriosis, or anything big that has lead to this. In addition to getting my workup, Clayton also got to participate by means of a semen analysis, haha! He was such a good sport about it, even though he has expressed how uncomfortable and embarrassing the experience was. Thankfully, everything on his side looks great!

So, the plan was.... Begin taking Clomid. Probably anyone who has gone through infertility has been prescribed Clomid. Basically, Clomid stimulates FSH hormone production, which stimulates LH production, which stimulates the ovaries to produce eggs and a ovulate. It is usually the first step taken with infertility treatment. Along with the Clomid, I had strict instructions on how this cycle would play out:
-Take Prometrium until a period occurs (which would be Day 1 of my cycle)
-On Day 3 of the cycle, begin taking 50 mg of Clomid
-Continue taking Clomid until day 7.
-Baby Dance starting on day 8 and do it every other day until day 21
-Day 21, go back to Doc to get bloodwork to check progesterone levels to see if I ovulated.

Well, I'm sure you know the outcome to this story.... I did not ovulate. Just to show you how much it DIDNT work....... My progesterone level before clomid was 0.9 and after clomid it was 0.73. It actually DECREASED! How does my progesterone DECREASE after all of the drugs I took!! Dr. P. explained that the decrease wasn't actually a big deal. All it meant was that the 50 mg wasn't enough to make me ovulate. So... here we are now....

The plan for this cycle is to take the Prometrium again to induce Aunt Flo and then start taking 100 mg of Clomid on Day 3. Hopefully, the higher dose will do it's job and help me ovulate!

To say this process has been hard is putting it lightly. Not only is it hard emotionally, but also physically. I am one of the lucky few that experiences side effects with both of the meds I am taking... extreme tiredness, cramping, mood swings, depression, nausea, etc. However, I don't mind the side effects in the least if it will lead to our ultimate goal, an amazing baby.

So, welcome to our journey into infertility!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Pictures from New Years

As I was going through my pictures so I could post some shots from my surprise birthday party (see post below) I found some pictures from New Years that I never posted. Quick recap, we went to Destin, FL with a bunch of our best friends for New Years this year. It was one of the most fun times in my life. I love these people like they are my family because really, we are kind of like a funny, dysfunctional family, haha. Here are some pictures, mainly of just Clay and I.
Clay and I on the beach after we ate lunch on the day we left. So beautiful, but so cold. (Pictures taken by Courtney and Ben Henson!)




Me and sweet Riley Andino, my niece dog. I was a little sick after dinner and she was making me feel better!


Me and Clay at Louisiana Lagniappe for dinner.... Not so good.....



Rock Band.... The theme for the weekend!


Clay and I on New Years Eve (we didn't get to the beach until 11:00 pm on New Years.)

Okay, okay.... Here is my updates!

I am VERY sorry about the lack of posts, especially after that teaser. Things didn't go the way we planned and I just really didn't feel like posting about it for awhile. BUTTT.... here is what was going on. As many of you know, our house in on the market and we are in the process of looking for another house that is bigger and closer to friends and family. After a week and a half on the market, someone put an offer on our house and after some negotiations, we accepted their offer. In a race for time, we went ahead and made an offer on another house that we thought we loved. Wellllllll.... everyone said that this was too good to be true, and they were right. The people who had put an offer on our house had TERRIBLE credit and were not able to obtain financing (yes, they told us they were pre-qualified... liars.) Once that feel through, our offer basically fell through (it was actually a lot more complicated than that, but I don't want to get into that, haha.) So, we were back to square one. At this moment, we have had some more interest in our house and are having an open house today (Sunday.) We actually fell in love with another house, but found out last night that someone else put an offer on it. UHHH the joys of buying/selling a home. This truly is one of the most stressful things we have gone through, and I can't wait for it to be over. Just to throw this out there, we have officially looked at over 60 homes so far. It is NOT as fun as you may think it is.

In the midst of all of this stress, my sweet husband has shined through and won the best husband in the world award!!!! My birthday is next Sunday, March 7th, and he really wanted to make it special this year. Boy, did he make it so special!! On Friday night, we had dinner plans at 7:30 to go to dinner with some of our good friends, Maribeth and Manny, at Dave's Pizza in Homewood. In reality, Clayton had planned a SURPRISE PARTY for me!! I had absolutely no idea what was going on. When we walked into the restaurant and I saw everyone, I stood dumbfounded, looked at Clay, and asked "what is going on???" Obviously, I was shocked!

20 of my best friends were there to make my night incredible. We ate dinner, then went to a good friend's, Blake Hensons, house. Finally, we ended the night at Rogue Tavern. It was one of the best nights of my life!!! Clayton is the best husband in the world and was definitely rewarded for his hard efforts, haha!! Here are some pictures of the night. None are really that great, but thought I would show everyone that was there!




Sunday, February 7, 2010

Holding my breath...


I'm not able to post any details yet, but I might have some exciting news to post in the next few days!! Stand by tomorrow for some exciting news from the Hollinheads!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Betcha thought I wouldn't come back!

I was kind of thinking the same way! I have just had an apathy for wanting to do a post on this blog. Everytime I signed on so I could catch up on everyone elses blogs, I would literally sigh out loud because the thought of actually writing a post of my own sounded downright miserable. However, I THINK I am coming out of this lull. THINK is the word though... Only time will tell....

So I guess I need to update everyone with the many happenings of the Hollinheads over the post month or so.

1. I started my new job!! YAY!! I started at Children's Hospital of Alabama as an occupational therapist on January 4th. To say I was nervous is an understatement. Thank goodness they have been so great to let me mentor with other therapists and gradually letting me transition into being a tried and true OT. I, now, have my own patients, but still don't have a full schedule. This has definitely helped get me back into things without making me have small anxiety attacks everyday, haha. I am going to be so happy at Children's and love everyone I am working with!! Plus, having an extra paycheck ain't that bad ;) My first paycheck came in the mail last weekend (the first paycheck always has to come in the mail before they do direct deposit), and I was tempted to just hang it on the wall and never cash it... Yeah, that thought went out the window in about 5 seconds.

2. One of my best friends, Meredith Boggs (now Cleveland) got married to the love of her life, Brad!! It has been so special getting to play a part in my friends weddings. I especially feel honored with my high school best friends, who truly are the sisters I never had! We are all so close, although not in distance (2 in Bham, 2 in different parts of North Carolina, 2 in Atlanta, and 1 in New York.)I love these girls more than they will ever know and am so happy for their friendship. Here are some stolen shots (thanks Lelia!) from that weekend.









3. Our house is on the market! I'm not sure if this will stay excitement forever, but right now we are so pumped up! We have been in talks of putting our house on the market for awhile, but really thought it would be smart to wait until I started my job and got my first paycheck (to make sure it was really real, haha.) We have loved our little home for over two years, but are ready to MOVE ON UP! One of the big reasons we are moving is to be closer to family and friends. We currently live in Mount Olive, which is a little north of Birmingham. It really isn't that far from everyone, but it just sucks to make the 30 minute drive all of the time, especially when we eat and hang out with friends (which we do at least 2-3 times a week.) Another reason we are moving is to get some more house! This house has been great for the two of us, but we are looking for more space for the near future. So, just in case some blog reader is looking to buy a home in the Gardendale/Mount Olive area, here is our MLS listing on Realty South!
Our Home for Sale!

We would love it if you would pass our home onto friends who may be interested in buying a great starter home! We are also currently looking for a new house for us! We are primarily narrowing our search to Homewood and Vestavia. So, if you have a home you are selling in these areas, we would love to look as well!