3 little Miracles

3 little Miracles

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Review & Giveaway for 0-24 Month Closet Clothing Dividers

We are celebrating the new addition that will joining our family in October by having One Month of Baby Giveaway's.  Our Fifth giveaway is from a lovely Etsy shop called Potato Patch.  I found Potato Patch when I was doing a search through Etsy for great baby products for our newest addition.  Potato Patch has many wonderful products from artwork, to teachers stickers, to fantastic children's shirts and rompers, to my favorite product and our giveaway item, 0-24 Clothing Dividers.
Our fifth giveaway is for a set of Safari Zoo Animals Closet Clothing Dividers for Boys and Girls - Set of 5 Assorted 0-24 months.  These Clothing Dividers are fantastic to help you organize your little ones closet as you purchase adorable clothes and receive baby shower gifts.  I have already put my set of Funny Farm Animals Closet Clothing Dividers to work to organize and hang up my sweet little ones wardrobe.  The best thing I have found, is that once I organized the babies clothes, I could clearly see what size range I still need to purchase and which one I can slow down or stop buying for.

The Clothing Dividers are made on sturdy plastic with adorable images that are perfect for the parents that don't yet know the sex of the new little angel, to choosing some very girlie or boyish images.  the Potato Patch provides some perfect baby shower gifts, but the clothing dividers are by far my favorite because they help the parents to be to get organized right from the start of their little ones life.

Here are a few more products from the Potato Patch

Stop by the Potato Patch
and check out all of her wonderful products.

Go HERE for all the details to enter this giveaway.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Pregnancy Journal - 13 weeks pregnant

I am starting this week with How am I feeling and how are things progressing with the pregnancy because we once again had scare and a sudden trip to the emergency room this past Thursday.  ONCE AGAIN, I was in the middle of preparing dinner (I don't think this little one is going to be much help in the kitchen when she or he grows up), when I felt a sudden pop and knew something wasn't right.  I went into the bathroom and blood was gushing and I started passing large clots (at the time I didn't know that is what they were).  I called my husband to me and he quickly went into action asking the neighbor to stay and help my dad watch the kids while we rush to the ER.  I changed my clothes and put the clots into a zip-lock bag to take with us to the ER.
We checked into the ER around 6 ish, the ER wasn't very busy but was short staffed but they still managed to get me back pretty quickly this time.  After settling me into a room the ultrasound tech came and took me for a scan.  When I got back to the room where my husband was waiting on me I had to once again go to the bathroom because I felt more large clots passing.  I returned to my room and the nurse arrived to put an IV in, it was beyond painful this time, I usually handle the IV in the back of my hand pretty well but this hurt so much I couldn't keep from crying.  Of course this was the moment the doctor came in to ask me a bunch of questions as to why I was there.  Through my painful tears I said I was 12 weeks 6 days pregnant and was bleeding very heavily and having sharp pain.  He said,  "You've been bleeding for 12 weeks and 6 days?"  I said, "NO! I am 12 weeks and 6 days PREGNANT!"

When the doctor left a nurse came in and said the doctor wants to have a urine sample and will do a pelvic exam.  I told her I already tried to give them a urine sample and couldn't because I hadn't had anything to drink since before my nap around 2 o'clock but if they would give me something to drink I could give them something in a bit.  She told me I couldn't have anything to drink because they didn't have the labs back and didn't know if I would possibly need surgery (FOR WHAT?).  She then said they would need to do an in-and-out catheter, and I said NO WAY, they would just have to wait until I could go on my own.  As it was I wasn't looking forward to the pelvic, after all I am on a "no sex" medical order as it is and the very idea of an invasive pelvic exam didn't sit very well with me, it made me feel like it could only make the situation worse.
About an hour later they did the pelvic and removed several more large clots, then sent me back to my room.  The doctor came back about an hour after that and informed us that the ultrasound showed the baby was doing OK still but that it didn't mean we were out of the woods and I could still miscarry.  I know they have to say that but we are still claiming VICTORY in the LORD that our baby is fine and will continue to be strong in His Hands.  The doctor said the blood tests were also great and they were just waiting on me to give a urine sample to confirm the pregnancy and check for a urinary track infection, both my husband and I about lost it in laughter.  COME ON, your checking to see if I am pregnant after you just finished telling us the $600 + ultrasound you performed showed the BABY was doing fine?????  After I finished laughing up my gown sleeve I asked if I could have something to drink to help things along and they brought me two caffeine free sodas, I downed them and a half hour later gave them the much coveted urine sample.

After we heard the news the baby was fine, were both able to sit back and relax some, or as much as one can in an ER.  We started listening to conversations around us, laughing at things happening to me (my blood pressure cuff which I had slipped off kept pumping up on its own and looked like it would explode), playing Yahtzee, and giggling a bit at a patient a few rooms down from us who was wearing out the nurse with demands.  The nurse later came in and asked us to pray for her because of that particular patient, which we did.  IN all our ER visit lasted until just a little after 12 AM and we got home at 12:23AM.  We are so blessed that my adult niece Cassandra dropped everything to come and stay with the boys (my Mom was at a meeting when this happened and wasn't home) until we got home, she ended up staying the night and leaving for work from our place the next morning.

We are so grateful for God once again watching over us and protecting our little angel from harm.  We fully trust Him for the outcome of this pregnancy, but it doesn't keep both of us from being scared when something like this happens.  We had prayed it wouldn't happen again, and it did, and we are praying it won't happen a third time.  This time was so much worse then the incident 2 weeks ago, but this time even though I worried that this was the end of our little angel, I still had peace that God would get us through whatever we were facing that night.

I will followup with the doctor this coming Wednesday, but I am pretty much on complete rest until then.  Believe me it is hard for me to be on rest, because I am constantly seeing things that I would daily do, that my sweet MoG doesn't see as important to do.  I made an exception on Saturday to go out to dinner with my husband and take him to see Jeremy Camp and his wife Adie in concert (tickets I had bought months ago for my MoG's birthday), I will blog more about this later.  So pray we get good news on Wednesday and I will keep you posted.

How our baby is growing:

Fingerprints have formed on our baby's tiny fingertips, her veins and organs are clearly visible through her still-thin skin, and her body is starting to catch up with her head — which makes up just a third of her body size now. If weare having a girl, she now has more than 2 million eggs in her ovaries. Our baby is almost 3 inches long (the size of a medium shrimp) and weighs nearly an ounce.

How my life is changing:

This is the last week of my first trimester, and our risk of miscarriage is now much lower than earlier in
pregnancy although with my current condition we are more at risk of it happening. Next week marks the beginning of my second trimester, a time of relative comfort for most women who see early pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness and fatigue subside, however the emotional and physical roller coaster for me keeps me tired and sick to my stomach most of the time. Many couples also notice a distinct libido lift around this time, but for us that doesn't make a difference because I am on COMPLETE pelvic rest.
So we continue to read and watch for our little angel's development and leaning on God and the prayers of our earthly angels to keep us going through the difficult days ahead.  I continue to talk to my little one and make plans for how we will decorate the nursery and trust God will allow us to hold her or him in October. 

My MoG's Birthday

For David's 46th Birthday I planned a night out for just the two of just.  IT has been a very long time since we got to spend time alone and too many weeks to count since I have been placed on limited activity.  So months ago, I purchased tickets to see Jeremy Camp and his wife Adie in their "unplugged" tour and planned dinner out at my husbands favorite restaurant.  It was an AMAZING evening, fantastic dinner, wonderful company of great friends at the concert, and God's Holy Spirit filling the place and us through Jeremy Camp and Adie's talented voices.
Our friends Shalyn and Rebekah sat next to us for the concert.
This is our view of the stage, yes we were up in the balcony and the last row, but it ended up being perfect because I had a column next to be to lean on and I had to sit through most of the concert and my view wasn't blocked.
 Adie (Jeremy Camp's wife) opened the concert and I LOVED her, she brought me to a place of worship pretty quickly with the songs she selected to sing.  HANDS IN THE AIR PRAISE GOD ON HIGH!!!!
Then Jeremy came out on stage alone and opened with a solo piece on the piano (my husband had no idea it was him until he moved to the front stool and picked up his guitar), then his band members just started drifting out onto stage and joining in.
Toward the end of the concert, Jeremy invited his daughters out on stage so they could dance to one of his songs and then he kissed them goodnight and they went off to bed with the nanny.
Finally Jeremy's wife Adie came out on stage to join Jeremy to close the concert, this fantastic over the top Spirit FILLED concert went on for almost 3 hours.
We had such a fantastic time.  
I am going to have to look for more Christian concerts in our area so we can do that again SOON ;-)

**Concert images courtesy of Big Fish FM on facebook

Friday, April 23, 2010

Show Us Your Life - How you met Your Husband

Show Us Your Life with Kelly's Korner

David and I met in 1993 when we both started attending McCotter Blvd. Baptist Church.  I had started attending there after moving back home with my parents while I was going to school.  I did not want to be in the single's class because it was made up of mostly 18-20 year olds and at the time I was 24 and didn't want to be in a class of "fresh out of high school" individuals that I didn't have anything in common with.  Then a few months after I started attending, my Sunday school teacher invited a friend of his from work to come to church, and he didn't want to be in another class, he wanted to stick with his friend even though it was the young married class.
 Singles group meeting at my house (now our finished basement apartment in my parents home) I am on the back row with a white shirt and red shorts, my husband is on the front left.
Our singles group (vast age range 18-late 40's) attending a singles conference at Fort Caswell, North Carolina.  I am in the front middle with a pink shirt on and my husband is on the left in a stripped shirt.

Our best friends in singles group (from lower left) Kathryn, Terry, David, Gina, and then myself in the front middle.  The four ladies on the back row and the gentlemen on the far right are from another singles group in our area that we grouped up with at a singles conference at Caswell.

SO, our friendship began with both of us hiding out in the young married class at our church.  Then after a while we started attending the singles class and inviting more people our age and through the growth of the single group our friendship also grew.  After a while both of us started being told ALL THE TIME by my family, friends, and church family, that we would be perfect together, that we looked like we belonged together.  It took us until 1999 before we finally started dating and took our friendship to another place that God directed us to go (with the help of some nagging from our family and friends at church).

David proposed to me Christmas 1999
We were married June 30, 2001
"Come and get it darlin!" 
It's been pretty fun since that wonderful day.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Tuesday's List - Typical Grocery List

Typical Grocery List. Show us what your (Bi) weekly grocery run looks like! What are the items that seem to always find their way in to your buggy?

 Overnight Diapers
4-5 gallons Milk (we freeze some)
Kraft 2% sliced cheese
Individual Snack Cheese
Oscar Meyer Shaved OR Turkey Breast
Frozen Raviolis
Tyson Chicken Nuggets
Gordon's Fish Sticks
Microwave Pancakes
Jimmy Dean LITE Breakfast Sandwiches
Caffeine Free Diet Coke
Paper Towels
Dishwasher Tabs
Dish washing liquid

Multi Grain Cheerios
2 bottles of Sugar Free Syrup
Multi Grain Gold Fish
Multi Grain Snack Bars
3-4 loaves of Whole Wheat Bread
Flour Tortillas
Whole Wheat Pasta
Ground Turkey and Ground Chicken
Bananas, Apples, Oranges
Roman Lettuce
Couple of Walmart Pizzas for freezer (family night)

What ever other ingrediants Mom and I have planned for the menu's of the week

1 Month of Baby Giveaways! - Giveaway Number FOUR

We are celebrating the new addition that will joining our family in October by having One Month of Baby Giveaway's.  I would like to introduce you to our FOURTH sponsor and fantastic Etsy shop for a happy baby and a happy mom.  Our FOURTH giveaway is for a fantastic product that any busy mom could use from Snuggle Bug Slings. One lucky winner will get to pick the fabric they want from the cotton reversible slings.

Shop owner Name: Julie Garcia

How did you get started on Etsy? I used to sell my slings on Ebay then I heard about Etsy and I never looked back to Ebay. I just love Etsy.

How did you decide on the name for your shop? I knew I had to come up with a really cute name for my slings so I tossed a bunch of names around in my head for a few days and SnuggleBug Slings just fit.

Where do you get inspiration for the items in your shop? Cute fabrics. When I see a really cute print I can just picture what it will be, whether it is a sling or bib or some kind of bag.

What item is your personal favorite? The slings have always been my favorite but every time I finish making a bib and burp cloth set I just get a big smile on my face because they are just so darn cute.

Do you make custom orders? Yes! All of my slings are custom order. Because I let you pick the fabric print you want for the outside and the solid color you want for the inside and also the size so it fits everything about you...your size and your style. I don't pre-make my slings, they are made when your order is placed. Oh.. and they are normally shipped the same day too!

What is your biggest hurdle with running your shop? I don't have too many hurdles running my shop. Only when it is time to update my fabrics. It is very time consuming to take all the pictures of the different fabrics and keep them up to date when some sell out.

How many years have you been creating? 3 1/2 years.

How long has your Etsy shop been open? Since October 1st, 2007

Are you running any current promotions or coupons? Yes, if you buy 3 slings you get the 4th sling totally FREE! It is a great time to stock up on baby shower gifts.

Is there anything else you'd like to add? I love to get your sling to you SUPER FAST! I know when I order something online it seems to take forever to get to me and I hate to wait. I make and ship my items the same day the order is placed. So my customers usually get their items in 2 or 3 days in the US.

Snuggle Bug Slings has more then just baby slings, here are just a few of her other gorgeous products.  

Stop by Snuggle Bug Slings 
and check out all of her wonderful products including the sling.

Go HERE to our Giveaway & Review page for details and to enter!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Getting to Know YOU

1. Mens chests..hairy or hairless?
SKIPPING this, because it isn't important for you to know and I like my MoG the way God put him into my life.

2. How often do you run red lights?
I don't, it isn't just my life that I would be foolishly running a red light with.  So I may squeeze the lemon but no cherries for me because then I will get a blueberry in my rearview mirror wanting to give me a ticket.

3. If you could raid any celebrity's closet..whose would you raid?
Well let me first say, there are not too many starlets who's wardrobes I would fit, so lets just say I like their style and would love to have clothes that are like them in my size ;-)
Reese Witherspoon
Kate Hudson
Sandra Bullock
4. Would you rather have more followers/friends on Facebook, Twitter, or your Blog?

My blog of course!!

5. What makes you feel sexy?

When I buy a new outfit and model it for David and he whistles at me or makes a sweet complement about how I look in it.

6. I get excited when...........?

When I am at an event where I get FILLED up by God's Holy Spirit
My kids are excited about something
We we are leaving on a family vacation
When I get to go shopping by myself
When I find a fantastic sale or great purchase for our home

7. Are you the "outdoorsy" type or more "indoorsy"?

I am more of an indoorsy kind of girl, only because I hate being out in the sun for too long, I FRY easy.  However, I do love to go camping and hiking when we get a chance to, but camping to me means a camp ground with bathrooms, showers, and maybe even a pool ;-)  BUT I don't need my makeup, blow dryer, OR curling iron.

8. Would you rather have your dream home or a million dollars?

Million bucks! I would rather be guided by God in how to spend the money, pay our debt, and buy a modest home that fits our needs.