Saturday, November 29, 2008

Rooollllllllll Tiiiiiidddddeee

Ok, sorry, couldn't help but gloat a little bit. Yea Alabama!!!! We had to record the game to watch when we got home. It was kinda funny, we had to stop by the Wal-mart in Cullman on the way home from Brandon's grandma's house today to get a few things and we were trying to get home without seeing or knowing the score...well, this lady in there saw Brandon's Alabama shirt and told him the score, he was a little irritated. He didn't want to stop anywhere else because he said he figured some one would have the score in shoe polish on their car window. I did talk him into stopping at Purple Onion for some much craved hummos dip and wild rice. So we made it home without knowing the final score.

Ok....about our was very uneventful. I cooked a 14 lb turkey, dressing, green beans and we had banana pudding and blueberry pie for dessert, all for the 2 of us, well 3 including Noah. He wasn't too impressed with it though, he ate spaghetti o's instead. He loves those!

Andrew is VERY VERY active. This next week I'll be 34 weeks. That is the goal the doctor set, but we are hoping with all we have and believing that I will carry him longer. Please pray that happens. We really don't want to deal with another child in the NICU. That is so painful seeing them on all the machines. When Noah was on the ventilator, our hearts just about broke dealing with that. But God got us through it and we believing the best for Andrew too.

Today we went to Cullman. Noah was actually a ham and very good. He was up about 9 hours and really impressed us. He did pitch a few fits when he got sleepy, like when he dropped his cookie and couldn't find it, he threw a tantrum and tried to pull his sock off in a fit of rage. It was quite funny. Everyone was frantically searching for the cookie to calm him down. It was finally found and all was good again. Takes so little to make children happy!

Well, I am worn out from the day. Tomorrow we are hoping to finally pick up the baby bed from my friend April. We are so unprepared. Maybe we can pull it together finally before Andrew arrives. ha.

Hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving. Please remember to keep us in your prayers the next few weeks. We have a doc appointment on Tuesday with an ultrasound. I'm hoping Andrew is a little bigger and all goes good to get us through to another week, which will be 35 weeks!

We are so thankful for our good friends and family. I have some pics and videos I took the last few days, too tired to mess with it tonight, but will try to get to it really soon.

Love you guys,

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Hey everyone!

Just wanted to update everyone on things. Had a doc appointment yesterday afternoon. My blood pressure still isn't being very co-operative. The doc said that his goal is to get me to 34 weeks, which is 1 week longer than I carried Noah. I am 32 weeks now, so we aren't talking about too far off. We're a little overwhelmed by this, especially since Andrew's room isn't ready. But that will all be ok. He put me on bed rest. So I won't be back at work at the hospital until after I have Andrew. Have no idea how long that will be.

We are believing for the best. Andrew isn't measuring very big, so we are hoping he will stay in there for longer than 34 weeks to get bigger. I will have an ultrasound every week from here on out and they will do non stress tests on him to make sure he isn't under any stress. If he does get under stress, they will take him immediately. With the high blood pressure thing, it's the mom they worry about, not the baby usually. He's just being very cautious, which we appreciate.

Basically, I have to stay stress-free, relaxed and not over do it, which is very hard for me, but I'll do it for Andrew.

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am thankful for Brandon, Noah, and my wonderful family and friends.

Love you guys,


Thursday, November 20, 2008

An Overall Good 39th Birthday!

First of all, let me thank you all for the birthday meant alot! I can't believe I'm 39. I wanted some crab cakes from Fox Valley for my birthday (what a pregnant birthday wish, huh?) so Brandon went by last night and got me some. OMG....they were EXACTLY what I wanted! I've been wanting them for a while, what an expensive thing to crave huh? We can't be getting those all the time. I do however have some birthday money that needs to be spent...maybe a little of it can get me some more crab cakes..haha. I'll have to buy something that I can show with the rest though, I hate to waste it on food.

I had an overall good day. We had our family Christmas picture made. I wish Noah had been more co-operative. He didn't really get a long enough nap and was kinda irritable! Hopefully we got a few good ones. I think we got some good ones of him by himself, thanks to the Christmas ornaments he liked, however he DID NOT do well for our family pictures. We'll have to wait a few weeks and see how they turned out.

The day didn't really go too well, but we persevered (hope I spelled that right) When we were bathing Noah, he slipped in the bathtub and hit his mouth and started bleeding. Thursdays aren't too good for this, since he hit his mouth last Thursday and bled everywhere too.

We barely made it on time to Kim's house...but like I said, you make do with what you got, right?

I work the next 3 days, not real excited about that. It'll be a rough weekend, BUT...then I'm off until the Friday week after Thanksgiving, so that'll make it worth it.

Noah has been eating the mess out of some spaghetti O's. He's got a decreased appetite since he turned one, so we'll take what we can get. He'll eat the veggies too, if we mix it. I'm happy with that. He's finally started to gain some weight, he's getting a little chubby. I really pray that he has Brandon's genes and not mine. If not, he'll be big as a house like me.

Well, it's bedtime and Andrew of course just woke up and is kicking and wiggling all around. He loves to keep me up at night, guess he's trying to prepare me for the many more sleepless nights I'll get when he arrives.

Love you all,

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Nothing too interesting!

Hello everyone!
Had a very relaxing weekend with my parents here. They are so wonderful! It's always good for them to visit. Me and mom went shopping Saturday for a few hours and got most of the "necessities" that were left for Andrew's room. We were going to buy the changing table, but of course they were out of them. Will try to get it this week.

I went back to the doctor Monday afternoon (and had another wonderful 3 hour wait). The ultrasound lady broke her foot and they are using fill ins and I tell you what, that wait is getting pretty old. Surprisingly though, my blood pressure was decent. Still have protein in my urine, so not an A on the report, least it buys us another week. He said we are just going to take it week by week and see what happens. Andrew was a wiggle worm on the ultrasound, and they estimate his weight right now at a little over 3 pounds. So all is looking good. This week I'll be 31 weeks, so we're coming right along.

I'm going to go buy the stuff to cook a Thanksgiving meal for Brandon and I on Thursday. I can't imagine not having turkey and dressing at least, and since I can't travel right now, I won't get to my family Thanksgiving meal. I look forward to that every year...BUT NEXT YEAR! I'll be there with Brandon and the boys, so that will be exciting. It's like a big family reunion and the only time I see alot of my huge family.

We worked on cleaning out Andrews room Sunday after my parents left, and actually got quite a bit done. We now have to get in touch with my friend April and get the bed. I think we'll both feel better once we get that here.

Well, I'll post again tomorrow or the next day and try to get more pics on here. I found an old pic on aol pictures that I didn't even know I had anymore. I took it a long time ago of the bayou behind my Aunt Janet and Uncle Buddy's house. My family lives on the bayou in MS. That's where I grew up. It was a nice surprise that it was even in aol pictures, since it's about 8 years old or so. It's so peaceful to me! Enjoy!

Love you guys!


Thursday, November 13, 2008

forgot to mention the pumpkin loaf

I made the pumpkin loaf yesterday while Noah was napping. I didn't really think it was that good. Of course, I made 5 mini loaves and 1 regular one. With my lack of sleep, I forgot the little ones don't take as long to cook and cooked them all 55 minutes. So the mini loaves were kinda brown and dry. I may change my mind when I taste the bigger loaf. Will let you guys know, but as of right now, I'm not too impressed!

Liking this Blog thingy

Well, I'm really starting to like this blogging thing. I can post once instead of a million emails to everyone to update. Plus my brother in Sweden can see it too! (HEY Tom & Asa!!!)

Noah is starting to feel better. The doctor's office didn't make us come in yesterday, they called us in an antibiotic. I was so glad we didn't have to go sit up there and wait.

Yesterday he kept saying ma, ma, ma, ma, maaaaaa. Then he'd get up in my lap and just sit there and stare at me. I wish I knew what he was thinking sometimes. Then he'd lean in and give me kisses for no reason. That just melted my heart. He has never done that without us making kissing sounds or asking for sugar. Of course, I couldn't get ANYTHING done since he just wanted to sit in my lap all day, but you know what? That is ok. Life it too short not to just do nothing sometimes. I enjoyed all the loving and slobbery kisses, and even the boogers (ewww) because it meant I got to spend quality time with my little man.

Hope everyone has a great day. My parents are coming up this afternoon until Sunday. They are so excited to see Noah, it's been a whole month and they are going nuts. (they dont' care about seeing us, just him, haha) They are going to keep him and spend tomorrow with him while I work.

I go back to the doctor Monday afternoon, will probably just update then unless I get some really good pictures or info. We are going to TRY to work on Andrews room the weekend, since we've been such slackers. Mom and I will be out some Saturday picking up necessities for Andrew.

Have a wonderful, blessed, weekend.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tuesdays Doctor Visit

Well, todays (Tuesdays) visit was a little better than lastThursdays. My BP was down about 2 points, I guess a little is better than none, right? The results from the 24 hour urine test wasn't back of course. That is the one that will tell us more, so maybe Wednesday we'll find out more. I had to take Noah with me, he is sick again with another bad cold. And I didn't have anyone else to watch him for me. It was not a good day to be getting my BP checked and dealing with him grouchy and sleepy and sick. When he screams in a doctors office, my BP is not normal. But I got over it. Poor thing can't seem to stay well these days. Last night (Tuesday night) Noah had a 103 fever. This is as high a temperature that he's ever had so we were a little freaked out and called after hours nursing.

So hence the reason I'm up at 4am. It was time for some more motrin and benadryl so that baby can breathe a little better. Brandon took the midnight Tylenol dose since he has to work today.

When he is sick, his little eyes just melt my heart. They look so pitiful. I love that baby so much and wish I could take that away. But I have to admit, I do enjoy the cuddling I get when he is sick. It's about the ONLY time you can hold him and he is still and not trying to run in 40 different directions playing or eating cheerios.

So Wednesday morning sometime I will call Greenvale and see if they can see him and we can get the little man well. Hopefully he will get better then!

Anyways, I think Noah is back asleep now, and it is 4:30 so I'm headed back to bed to get what few hours of additional sleep that I can.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day. Is anyone even reading this thing? Or am I wasting my time here? Please let me know.


Sunday, November 9, 2008

Pumpkin Pecan Loaf

This sounds so yummy, I'm going to make it this week after I go to the grocery store. I LOVE TO BAKE! I'm also going to make some homemade beef stew or soup to go with the cooler weather. Will let you know if the pumpkin loaf is any good. Here is the recipe if you want to try it!

Pumpkin Pecan Loaf
Prep time: 15 min
Cook Time: 1 hrs
Yield: 12 servings
Crisco® Flour No-Stick Spray
1/2 cup Crisco® Light Olive Oil
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup solid pack canned pumpkin
1/3 cup milk
1 1/2 cups Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons Crisco® Light Olive Oil

Preparation Directions:
1. HEAT oven to 350°F. Coat 9 x 5-inch loaf pan lightly with flour no-stick cooking spray.
2. STIR olive oil and sugar together with spoon. Stir in eggs until blended. Add pumpkin and milk. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger. Add to pumpkin mixture, stirring until well combined. Stir in 1/2 cup pecans.
3. POUR batter into prepared pan. Combine 1/2 cup pecans, brown sugar and olive oil until mixed and crumbly. Sprinkle over batter.
4. BAKE 55 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan.

Sunday Afternoon

Hey again,

Brandon and I are FINALLY starting to get over this stomach virus. We actually ate today and didn't puke it up ( i know, ick) We are both still weak. Noah didn't get the stomach virus, Thank goodness, however, the little man has a cold. As most of you know, I DO NOT deal well with boogers. Anything but those. They nauseate me. So guess this will be a fun few Triaminic filled days.

In the meantime, I'm having a great time peeing in this jug until tomorrow afternoon when I take this thing back to the doc. I'm sure I won't feel weird at all walking in there with a huge brown jug filled with urine. Just sounds nasty.

Hope you all had a great weekend.


All of US

Friday, November 7, 2008

Doctor's Visit

Well, didn't quite get the news I had hoped for yesterday at the doctor's appointment. After having a stress test on the baby and waiting for 2 hours to get it, I saw the doctor. Andrew is fine, they made him really mad jiggling him all around to make wake him up...feet were kicking EVERYWHERE. They say the goal is to raise their heart rate 15 beats, wellllll...Andrews went from 140 to 188 he was so mad. Looks like we'll have another stubborn little guy on our hands..

Of course, my blood pressure is cutting up again. As most of you know, we had Noah at 33 weeks. The doctor said we will probably be lucky if I get to 33 weeks this time. So I have to pee in a jug for 24 hours, take it back on Monday and see what the protein numbers are. I'm fully expecting him to probably put me on limited bedrest and start steroid shots. Until then, I have a stomach virus that Brandon brought home and missed work today and Saturday...ugh...I'm trying to take it easy and stay calm and just believe that God will look out for us and Andrew. We were really praying to not have a long stay in the NICU this time around. But we can handle whatever is thrown our way. Please pray that I can carry this one as long as possible.

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A few older favorites!

A few Pictures

Fall 2008

Been meaning to send out an update, but will just post on here for now. That way, if you want updates you can come here instead of me bombarding everyone with mass emails.

Noah is walking so good! He is everywhere. He is such a sassy little thing. Walks around our house like he owns the place barking orders at all of us including Max and Maggie. Of course you know he DOES own the house...haha.

His vocabulary is expanding aside from the jabber we have no clue what he is saying, he says yeah, no, hey, max, maggie, da eee (daddy), mama, baby, woah (noah), and more. We are constantly amazed and feel so blessed to have him in our life. I can't imagine what we did for entertainment before he came along. We are getting pretty close to Andrew arriving. The doc seems to think he will make his arrival sometime around Christmas. That isn't too long. We are getting kind of nervous since we just moved and his room really isn't ready yet. Although I did finally order the bedding. My mom bought it for him, the theme is firetrucks. It's so cute. Can't wait for everyone to see it. I'll take pics when we get it ready and put them on here.

Halloween was last week and Noah was a cowboy. A co-worker of Brandon's was nice enough to let us borrow the costume since her child was small at a year old too. We weren't going to dress him up because he is just 1 but since they offered the costume, we couldn't resist and are glad we did. He was just adorable. The cutest cowboy I've ever seen. (of course I'm a little biased) We don't normaly get into Halloween, I guess with kids, we'll have to start, right? Will post some pictures as soon as I figure out how to.

We had alot of fun, even though we didn't do much. We went to Publix just to get out and about and to some church family friend's of ours (Bill & Kaye are so wonderful). Then we went and met some new friends, Addie, Jennifer, & Chris. (Julien wasn't home to meet). They were so sweet. And Addie was just beautiful in her tutu and angel wings.

Hope you all had a great Halloween and are enjoying this nice fall weather.

New to this blog thing

Hey all,

Brandon and I are creating a blog for friends and family to check out for updates on life and pictures. We will try to update it several times a week. So check back and let us know what you think. We are in the designing stages right now, so bare with us.

We love you all,

Just an FYI...we have finally decided on a name for our new little one that will be arriving soon. His name will be Andrew Keith Butler.


Terrie, Brandon, Noah and Andrew