Monday, November 18, 2013


Hello again!
I’ve been meaning to update for awhile, but had to get some other things finished first.  Mainly Young Women in Excellence-- and that was last night.  So yay!
The day after my last post we found out we were pregnant.  We were so thrilled.  In early August we went to spend a week with Aaron’s parents.  One night we went to the Durango Bar D Chuckwagon. 

The big event of August was potty-training Eliza.  She was so ready for it and pretty much never had an accident.  So that has been awesome.  It was also spent hanging around the house being sick.  I was nauseous a lot, but only threw up once, and tired as all heck. 
At 11.5 weeks on Monday, September 9th I miscarried.  It was absolutely horrific in so many ways.  I'm so, so, so, sorry for any other woman who has one.  The bleeding wouldn’t stop.  The doctor told me to go to the ER.  Unfortunately, Aaron was out of town on business.  I called a friend to come over and stay with the kids, and called my 1st counselor to take me to the ER.  In the ER they didn’t take me too seriously and took forever to get me back.  For some reason, I thought gushing blood was a big deal.  Guess not.  I finally got back after a couple hours and they took some blood and I passed out.  From then on they took me a little more seriously...  Aaron was able to get there and be with me.  After ultrasounds, they sent me home at 2 am telling me that there was a broken off part of the sac still in me, but that they were sure I’d pass it on my own and that I’d be fine.
At first I thought it was such a blessing to not have had a D&C...  On Thursday I went in for another ultrasound and found that the sac was unfortunately still there.  The biggest issue was that we were supposed to fly out to Aaron’s sister’s wedding the next day.  The doctors talked it over and said they wanted to get a couple more opinions and that they’d call me.  We went home and waited.   We prayed about what to do.  We decided to go to the wedding and let things finish on their own.  Within minutes I was cramping and gushing blood again.  The doctor called and told us to get back to the ER.  We did and I was better taken care of this time.  The ob was able to manually pull all the rest out and didn’t have to send me in for the D&C.  I was bleeding heavily and she gave me three drugs to stop it.  And luckily it did stop.  At that point when they took my blood, I was one number above a blood transfusion.  NOT COOL.  I was sent home on many meds and luckily they all worked like they were supposed to.
We took it is as a very clear omen that we shouldn’t go to the wedding.  We were sad to have missed it.  My mom flew in a day later because Aaron had to go out of town again.  I was SO weak from losing so much blood that I couldn’t walk up the stairs without blacking out.  It was horrible.  I felt nearly dead for almost two weeks.
During that time my sister-in-law and neice also came.  They had had tickets to come for months.  Unfortuantely we pretty much did nothing fun since she just helped take care of my kids, but I was so grateful that I had her help to keep the kids entertained.
I was well enough to go with them to Old Town the day they left so at least we did that!
I know I had people praying for me and I know that their prayers were answered and I was miracously ok the day after all my help had left two and a half weeks after the initial miscarriage.  It was wonderful to be a mom to my kids again.
Though it was so horrific, we did see the Lord's hand in our lives.  We are forever grateful to those who dropped everything and took our kids multiple times and stayed with them overnight, took me to the hospital, came to the hospital to give me a blessing since Aaron wouldn't be there for a few hours, brought us meals, offered medical advice to help get me better, and most importantly prayed for us.  I felt so much love and concern for our family.

On to happier things...
Many museums were free on a Saturday so we went to this one!
These are exact replicas of the atomic bomb casings dropped in Japan.  Crazy how something so small did so much damage.  New Mexico is pretty famous for atomic bomb stuff, so of course they would have a museum about it here!
October was spent at parks constantly.  I wanted to be outside with my girls as much as possible.  We also went to a free pumpkin patch thing a couple times.  The girls loved it!
October is Balloon Fiesta month too!  If you remember last year, the morning we went, the mass ascension (when 600+ balloons go up together) was cancelled.  Unfortunately.... the same thing happened this year because of bad weather.  Talk about bad luck!  Hopefully next year our luck will change and I'll get to see one.
Some friends invited us to a children's museum so we went there too.  Here is me riding a bike on a tightrope.  Hardcore, right?!  It was pretty freaky even though there was no way to fall.

Halloween was so much fun this year.  We did lots of crafts and Eliza loved them all.  We went to the truck-or-treat a few days prior and then some friends invited us over for a party on Halloween night.  Aaron has been in busy season since September and has been working tons of hours, but his boss let him go early on Halloween night.  It was SO wonderful to spend the evening with him and let him be able to enjoy Halloween too.

We also went to the Balloon Museum on the day it was free.  One of the workers told us to get in this basket and look down scared.  I thought it was pretty funny.  :)
We've been loving the fall weather and trying to get out so much before it's gone.  This is along the riverwalk along the Rio Grande.  We look like giants.  Ha!
We went to the zoo last Saturday and enjoyed it too.  Notice the cougar walking above their heads.  Rah, rah, rah, rah, rah, goooooo cougars!
Life really is good.  The girls are amazing.  I am so lucky to have them and am trying to be a better mom to them constantly.  Eliza is so dang smart and fun most of the time.  Her horrid spell from May ended so it must have been the molars!  She is even finally showing interest in Camille!  Don't think their best friends or anything, but Eliza has shown more love to her in the past month than the whole 17 months Camille has been alive.  So I'd say that's an improvement!
One of her favorite things lately is preparing lessons for Family Night.  We use the Nursery book and write out a lesson plan for her with pictures.  We practice it a few times and then she calls both sets of grandparents and gives it to them over facetime.  It's really cute. 

Camille is now our little beast; she has turned into the unhappy kid now!  She is getting four molars so I'm sure it will end too!  She is nodding her head a lot, says "hi" and "boo" and is really starting to understand things.  It's so fun and cute.  She thinks she's so big and needs to do everything Eliza does.  She's a sweet cuddlebug occasionally.  She is fearless and runs off all the time. 
We are so grateful to have our daughters and pray that we will be blessed with more children in the future. We are grateful for friends and families.  We are grateful for fall.  And we are excited to enjoy the holidays with our littles.  :)


Melody said...

I'm glad to hear you are doing so well after such a rough patch. I'm so impressed you spent so much time getting out the past months. I really need to find more interesting things to do here. The casinos just aren't doing it for me:)

Tannie Datwyler said...

I am so sorry that you had such a hard time!!! It's so very hard not to feel normal and have to take care of your kids - believe me, I hear you. I am sorry about the miscarriage. :( I love the pictures of your girls - so very cute.

Melissa said...

So sorry for the loss of your baby and that the hospital wasn't more compassionate. So happy for you that you had your mom there for you and others helping.

Greg and Nancy said...

I am so sorry about your miscarriage -- such an awful experience, I know. I'm glad that you had people who were able to help you, though.

Mr. and Mrs. Hillarious said...

Somehow I knew this post was going to include pregnancy, but definitely wasn't expecting that! I can't imagine going through something like that. I'm so glad you were able to get the help you needed finally! And scared pictures always turn out the best!