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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Anti- drug and bullying week

The kids just completed their anti drug and bullying week at school. There were some new ideas that the kids hadn't done before! We had fun looking at each day to see what they were going to do/wear.
Day #1
Turn your back on drugs and bullying. (Wear your clothes backward. Purple for anti bullying and red for anti drugs)
Day #2
Sock it to drugs and bullying
"silly sock day"

Day #3
Be a super hero not a bully
Day #4
Follow your dreams and not drugs or bullies 
PJ day
day #5
Be a team player, help a bull dog
Wear your favorite sports team
Day #6
Bull dogs are PAWS-itively drug and bully free
Wear your blue spirit shirt
I didn't do a good job getting a picture this day!!
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The sweetest pumpkins in the patch

No costumes for their current school so my sweet little pumpkins are sporting pumpkins!

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

San Diego Safari park: part 1

October was free admission for kids to the safari park and zoo. We were fortunate to take advantage of this deal this past weekend.
Amazing what they have done with the park since Ben and I were there in 2004! 
The kids had a blast and hopefully learned something in the process!
I have some great pictures on the camera from the park too!










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23 weeks baby belly

Looking down on the bump
Week 23 has had its ups and downs but we are so very thankful that it had mostly been ups!!
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A Spooky Spectacle: part 1

Isaac and I had our first mother/son date night this past Friday night. It was a dress up dinner and dance. My handsome little man decided we were going as skeletons.
These are my iPhone pictures. I will post the others when we have the computer back.


Isaac with Matthew, Daniel, and Sebastion his besties from our neighborhood.
Isaac cutting a rug!
Me in my "pretty" skeleton mask from Isaac.


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Just us....

Because it started with just us....
Because we are making it a priority to spend time as just us....
Because spending 9 months apart means its going to be just me and I will miss us together.....
Here we are sporting our jerseys this past Saturday.
Our date night this past Saturday. We ate at a little place called Hooked on Sushi in Carlsbad (so yummy!!) and polished it off with frozen yogurt at The Golden Spoon

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Gratitude.....

I pinned this idea before we left Jacksonville to do in our California home. I finally started it 3 weeks ago. I am hoping to use it more often than once a week for both Ben and the kids. It has been fun to sit with the kids and figure out what we are going to write each week.
With Thanksgiving around the corner, it is easy to remember to be grateful. I am hoping that this simple project will help us remember to be grateful everyday!


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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Choroid Plexus Cysts

3 words I had never heard until yesterday morning at 10:30.
3 words that pierced my heart & mind with worry.
3 words that I will not let define my emotions on this baby.
I will instead focus on......
And this.....
And this.....
And this.....
All of which were in my Facebook newsfeed this morning. Reminding me that no matter what happens in the upcoming weeks, God has this.

So what is CPC?
Basically it is a cyst that occurs in the middle of the fetal brain in the choroid plexus. The function of the choroid plexus is to produce cerebral spinal fluid. The fluid that protects & nourishes the brain and the spinal cord. They are commonly called "soft signs" or fetal "markers." 
1 out of 100 parents share this frightening experience.

If a CPC is found then a level II ultrasound is recommended to look at other abnormalities like the heart, head, hands, feet, or stunted growth. We will be going next week (Monday at 0930) for ours. Your prayers are coveted and appreciated. It is important to have someone trained in looking for all abnormalities instead of a normal hospital ultrasound tech. (I am holding this close to my heart!!)

Once the other abnormalities have been ruled out, there are 2 things to do:
Watch and wait or have an amniocentesis (the only way to know for sure)
Most CPC's resolve by the 32nd week of pregnancy.

If they don't cause any damage, why worry about them?
CPC's have been associated with severe genetic disease called Trisomy 18. 50% of babies diagnosed with Trisomy 18 had a CPC on ultrasound. The risk of Trisomy 18 with a CPC goes from 1 in 3000 to 1 in 300. I refuse to dwell or go into what Trisomy 18 is right now because I am at the limit of my coping abilities.

A CPC diagnosis is scary. But I am choosing to believe our girl is going to be just fine.



Good no Great things in our favor:
1. I know the plans I have for you. To prosper not to harm you.....

2. Both my blood tests for genetic screening have been clear with no risks noted.

3. In the first ultrasound, everything looked normal for the baby except for the CPC.

4. Most CPC's resolve prior to birth 

5. It is a unilateral not a bilateral CPC

6. If a CPC is found with no other warning signs, the outcome is virtually always positive.


What's not in our favor....

1. The presence of a CPC

2. My age

I debated in writing this post. I have been focusing (or trying to) on all of the positives and trying not to let the negative and what if's drag me down.
I do believe in the power of prayer and know that I feel better when I can pray for something specific so for those that know and love us...
Please pray that:
~ I don't let fear rule the rest of this pregnancy.
~ for a healthy ultrasound next week. 
~ for Ben as he has to concentrate on schooling as all this is going on
~ for Kendall and Isaac as I am sure they know something is wrong because of my crying
~ for our little baby 

Love from sunny California.
 
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

California home:part 2

I am doing my best to get the house finished. I am sure that it is some kind of record for not being completely unpacked or decorated but I am doing the best in our current circumstances! Anyway, here are a few snapshots inside the house....

This is one wall that is pretty much finished. And yes if you are in our FBC family that is you in the lower right frame!
This is the awkward cut out in our dining/living area. I am excited to fill it with our new curio that shipped yesterday!!
The front sitting room. AKA the Ben room!


view from the front door
looking from our front door towards the hallway/kitchen/living space
The view towards our front door
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19 months (and 3 days....)

Kymber Roo turned 19 months on the 20th. I have a hard time knowing what day it is let alone the date so I am 3 days late.
She is 26 lbs 2 oz and 32 inches tall.
Her favorite expressions are
Uh oh
Oh boy
Oh man
Uh nuh
Hi dada
Mama
Baba (bottle)
Bub bub (Isaac)
Sissy (Kendall)
And baby (after which she has to pull up my shirt and point at a specific mole on my belly)
Kymber you are our feisty and spirited girl. You make us all laugh even when you are exhibiting the stubborn German side of your ancestry.


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