December 12, 2016

Goodbye Houston... Hello Fort Worth!

In October we made a big move! We are now Fort Worth residents and we couldn't be more excited! Leaving our hometown, families and friends was hard but we knew it would be "worth" it. See what I did there? ;) We are loving our new area, and home and neighborhood. We've settled in quickly and the kids have adjusted better than we could've hoped for. It's been so refreshing to have beautiful rolling hills, scenery, and a fun new city to explore!! Fort Worth is just gorgeous and there's so much to do. We are loving discovering new restaurants, hiking, decorating our new home and the weather is amazing!!!



One of the hardest parts of moving... saying goodbye to our awesome neighbors!! We miss them so much! 
These kids were inseparable! We can't wait to go back and visit soon!!!


It was so hard saying goodbye to our house, but we were excited about our new adventure. 

The last picture of our old house...

And the first picture of our new house!


More pics to come of our new house! 

November 15, 2016

Coming in May...


I am 14 weeks along, and feeling good for the most part. Our last doctor's appointment was at 11 weeks and baby was measuring one day ahead and the heart beat was 154 bpm. My due date is May 13th which just seems like forever away. This pregnancy has been pretty easy except for some evening sickness and a lot of exhaustion. I feel like I've been pregnant forever already, I'm so happy to be in the second trimester. We can find out in one week if we are having another boy or another girl! Chad is trying to convince us to be surprised, but I told him the pregnancy itself was surprise enough, ha!

Claire wants a sister and Graham wants a brother so I'm trying to prepare them both.  They are super excited and ask all the time how big the baby is. Claire is excited for it to be the size of a banana (20 weeks).  I asked Claire if she would be sad if the baby is a boy and she said "No! I'll be sad if it's a grown up." Me too, Claire. Ouch!

I've had two dreams it's a girl and one dream that it's a boy, so really I have no clue. I can't tell if it's more similar to my pregnancy with Graham or Claire, not that that really matters, anyway.

We are so thankful for this new little life. I sometimes still can't believe we will have another baby in our house in 6 months but we can't wait for our newest little love to join our family!

January 4, 2016

Christmas Cuties

Usually we try to do fall family pictures and I'll use those for our Christmas cards but this year, time just got away from me... so I decided to take some pictures of the kids myself in our backyard! I love how they turned out, and you can't beat the free price, ha! (Daddy was especially happy about that.) Dad's just don't  understand the whole family photo thing like us mamas, do they?! It only took about 500 pictures and maybe some lollipops for bribery to snag these. ;)










December 30, 2015

Answers

Back in October (23rd)  I had my post-op appointment. I was really looking forward to getting the all-clear from my doctor and moving forward with life. Basically putting this little chapter behind us. Emotionally I've been doing really well and getting on with life as usual. Physically I'm doing even better and am 100% back to normal. So, I fully expected to be given a clean bill of health and told we would be able to try again once my cycles resumed. When my doctor came in, she explained that my pathology hadn't come back yet, but that it was possible the pregnancy was a partial molar pregnancy. This was the first time my doctor had mentioned that, so I was pretty surprised. It's a pretty rare condition, from what I've read it occurs in 2-3 of 10,000 pregnancies (not sure how accurate that number is, but it's pretty rare.) Coincidentally one of my good friends (who has my same doctor!) had a partial molar pregnancy once, so I just happened to be familiar with the term. My doctor told me that they would call me with my pathology later this week when it came in, and I had another blood draw before I left.

I'm obviously not a medical expert of any kind, but I've done some research on molar pregnancies, and there are two types. Full molar pregnancies, and Partial Molar pregnancies. In a full molar pregnancy, a sperm fertilizes an empty egg (an egg with no DNA), and a baby does not develop at all (although you will have symptoms of pregnancy and have a positive test), but the placental tissue is abnormal and develops into grape-like cysts.

In partial molar pregnancy, two sperm fertilize an egg at the exact same time, resulting in an embryo with 3 sets of chromosomes (1 from the egg, 2 from each sperm) a total of 69 chromosomes instead of the normal 46. The chromosome abnormalities are not compatible with life, and most are miscarried early on in pregnancy. If there is any placental tissue that is left in the uterus, it can sometimes develop into a type of cancer. You have to be monitored for several months to make sure this isn't happening.

That afternoon, the nurse called and told me it was in fact a partial molar pregnancy. She told me that I would need to come in every 2 weeks until my hcg level is back to zero. Once it hit zero, I would need to come in for 3 consecutive weeks, to make sure it stayed there, and then once a month for 6 months after that. After the 6 months is over, with my level staying at zero we would be cleared to try for another pregnancy.

My level hit zero near the end of November, so that's where we are now. I need to go back in for more blood draws, but I'm pretty confident it will be smooth sailing, especially since my levels dropped to zero fairly quickly.

It was a bit of a shock to find out that it was such a rare condition, but I'm thankful to have an explanation for the miscarriage. Only 1-2% of women go on to experience another partial molar pregnancy, so that's definitely reassuring. I'll list some websites below that I found helpful through this process.

http://miscarriage.about.com/od/pregnancylossbasics/g/partialhydat.htm

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases_conditions/hic_Partial_Molar_Pregnancy