Saturday, August 29, 2009

Thoughts and Prayers Needed

Nothing can prepare a person for losses. But we can thank God for life. And we've experienced this more than once this week. It makes us appreciate what we do have, for the life we live, and what can be taken away. Jordan and I have been reminded many times this week of what we can appreciate.

The OB appointment went very well and we continue to have a healthy baby and the pregnancy is going very well. Even though I have a cold, it's pretty minute compared to other situations around us.

On Thursday evening, Jordan went dirt biking with a bunch of guys and one of them was in an accident. Jordan called me right away and I was able to contact Life Flight to launch to the site. Then, I called his wife and brought her to the hospital. These are friends of ours. He was life flighted to Rapid City Regional Hospital and has sustained C-4 (the neck part of the spine) fracture with a spinal cord injury. He has no feeling or movement from the nipple line and below. As of now, he cannot grasp anything with his hands but it is still way too early to tell of his prognosis. We are praying for his health, recovery, and for the rest of his family. We ask that you do the same for you prayer warriors. They just adopted a little girl from China in December. To keep up with his status, please visit:

Then, I found out that my friend and her fiance's house burned down. She is getting married and I'm in her wedding in November. They were able to escape with the clothes on their back, their cat, and their wedding rings. Please also pray for them as they have to rebuild.

And finally, we found out a family friend's little baby girl, who was born with a heart defect, had to be life flighted to Omaha for complications. She is doing better now and they are hoping to prepare her for a second surgery for her heart defect. Her caringbridge website is:

Needless to say, we are so thankful for all of our blessings. And we are thankful that through all these tragedies, their lives were spared and any of these could have led to dire consequences. It makes me take the time to pet my dogs or cat for a little longer, rub my belly a little more, listen to the birds sing, see the colors of the scenery, or appreciate the extra 5 seconds of a hug my husband gives me. May you remember to appreciate all those large and small things in life, too.

Monday, August 24, 2009


Most women are suppose to get this nesting instinct. Mine must be hiding under a rock. I'm feeling content even though we don't have the nursery done or even a place for the baby to sleep. So if you find my nest, please return it ASAP!

So I was hoping I was going to be one of those women who would look all nice and not have my face look all puffy. Well, so much for that as I'm either gaining weight in my face or gaining fluid in my face. All those experts talk about where you gain weight: uterus, baby, amniotic fluid, breasts...there is nothing in there about gaining weight in your face! As if my face isn't already round enough!

Yesterday after church, we walked out of a restaurant and these people passed us. Jordan happened to hear the comment, "she looks too young to be pregnant." I think that's kind of funny. What, do I look 16 to you? Well, I will take it as a compliment even though it wasn't referred to as a good thing.

Jordan's home, whoopie! I was so excited to see him after him being gone for almost 2 weeks. His travels are all done for the rest of the year, with the exception of another dirtbiking trip or touring motorcycle trip. I can't take those away from him or he'll be one grouchy daddy! I'm glad he has lots of hobbies to allow him to have a little fun, even if they are expensive hobbies.

Oh, and I just found out what my brother and sister in-law are having! They are expecting a little baby a month before us. But, I don't want to spill the beans since it's their news so you'll have to ask them! How fun!

I have an OB appointment on Thursday and I get to do the glucose screening test. Yuck, the stuff I have to drink looks terrible! Wish me luck and that I don't get sick from all that sugar! I will update you all after the appointment.

84 days and counting down! I'm 28 weeks today!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

My Blanket Creations

Here are pics of the finished products. So if you're expecting a baby anytime soon, you should expect a blanket! Well, only if you want one.

The blue one is my first one and though it has issues, it's not a bad looking blanket. The pictures don't show the pattern very well. And the pink one turned out very, very nice! You can click on the pictures to make them bigger.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Charging Into the Third Trimester

Yup, we are officially in the third trimester! I'm 27 weeks today and we continue to grow. Our next appointment isn't until next week. And supposedly I should be getting that nesting feeling. Nope, I have no nesting instincts right now. Maybe tomorrow...or next week...or next month.

So I got this terrible rash. It's on my arms silly. I think I've somehow become allergic to latex. I cleaned and used some latex cleaning gloves that I've always worn. The next day, I broke out in a rash ONLY where my gloves touch my skin. I'm not sure if it is the latex, the PUPPP flaring up, or a combination of both. Whatever it is, I'm glad it's only on my arms and the itchiness seems to be subsiding finally.

Jordan got back from Denver on Friday. He left for California yesterday. I'm a bachelorette once again for the week. At least this is his last out of state trip for awhile. I told him he needed to get all his traveling done by the end of September if possible. I know, I'm being bossy.

No other major news going on. I guess I'll continue my knitting quest. I'm almost finished with my second blanket. Pictures will be posted of the blankets soon.

Cheers for entering the third trimester!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Me and My New Tooth

After dealing with a problematic tooth (thanks to a dentist for screwing it up) for about 20 years, I finally got my crown. The last year and a half has been spent getting a bone graft and then an implant, and the last step of getting a crown. We're hoping this will be the last of my tooth trouble for at least another 20 years!

Jordan is in Denver seeing his dad. There is also a part of Black Hills Corp, where Jordan works, in Denver so he can work from there, too. Larry is doing remarkably well and it awesome to hear of all the encouraging updates.

As for the pregnancy, everything seems to be right on target as far as I know. We haven't done anything else to the baby's room. We put all the bedding on my registry I just need to buy a piece so I can start matching colors.

Everyone does keep asking about names and we have a list but we have not decided on just one, yet. Every name we think of seems to be taken by close family/friends. I was just thinking the other day how we had 6 months to come up with a name. Now we are down to 3 months, yikes! And I already know that I'm going to miss the little guy moving around and kicking me. I love feeling him and knowing he's in there.

I'm trying really hard to not gain too much weight. I'm hoping that most of this weight is just baby because the pounds just keep coming on. Yes, I know...the weight is more than baby but I can hope, right? Here is the 26 week picture!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Welcome to the Childbirth Class

We had our childbirth class on Saturday. I don't know if I learned too much new stuff except for breathing techniques and that the first thing you shouldn't grab is your shop vac if my water breaks. But, it was still interesting. Jordan wasn't too ecstatic about seeing a birth video. But, he did survive and was a good sport about it all.

Yesterday, I took a fantastic basic photography class. Maybe now I can really start learning how to use my DSLR camera that I bought last summer. The auto setting is not a must anymore. So, maybe I can take pictures like I really want to! Thanks Amy for a great job! I'll be working on the stuff you taught us. I HIGHLY recommend her. Check out Amy's work at

And while I was away for my class, Jordan moved all the guest furniture out of the nursery. He also put the new baby furniture together and it looks fantastic. We don't have any of the decorations or bedding but in due time, we will get it all finished up. I wasn't expecting the furniture for the nursery to be put together for another month or two. So kuddos to Jordan!

My father in-law Larry was finally life flighted to Denver on Saturday morning. He was suppose to go on Friday but it got delayed due to bad weather in/around Denver. In the end, he arrived and I hear they are taking great care of him.

Speaking of life flight, I'm missing my job right now quite a bit. I am a morbid person...I am willing to admit it. I love working during the Sturgis Rally! I enjoy the challenges of trauma both from an emergency and an intensive care standpoint. So what am I doing instead? I'm knitting.

Here is my 25 week picture. I'm kind of bloated in the picture. At this point, I don't think it matters anymore. Mr. Marshall and I have had a rapid growth spurt in the last week. Driving is getting more difficult since I can barely reach the pedals without my belly hitting the stearing wheel. But, it is all good!