Friday, December 20, 2013

Baby Boy #2

I hate that when I start blogging (and love it), I get caught up in other things and stop blogging.  I really need to make a commitment and stick with it.  Writing is such a stress reliever for me, well so is exercising but lets get real I don't get around to that well... ever.  A lot has happened since I last blogged.  I have had a beautiful baby boy.  It was such a crazy experience the day I gave birth to him that I thought I would share.

So I was 32 weeks pregnant on a Friday night cleaning up Carter's cars off the floor.  My in-laws were coming into town the next morning to help us paint and get Camden's (that my son) room set up.  I started to feel tightening in my stomach that night, but no pain so I thought it was just Braxton Hick.  I laid down and grabbed some water. About an hour later I started feeling a pain in my stomach that was constant not in intervals like contractions.  I had this pain a few weeks before and just thought it was stretching.  So I went to bed and started to feel better, I thought maybe I was just a little dehydrated.  I woke up the next morning feeling fine but around 9 I started getting that same pain as the night before.  The only difference was this time it last about 30-60 seconds every 10 minutes.  I don't know if I was in denial because I knew they were contractions, but with my first son I only felt contractions for 30 minutes (I had my epidural as soon as they started) so I didn't remember exactly what they felt like.  About an hour later they were 7 minutes apart and my in-laws had showed up at this time.  I decided that I really needed to call my doctor.  My doctor was out of town and the other doctor at her practice was available, she is just as amazing and my doctor so I was okay with that.  She tells me it sounds like I'm having contractions and to go to the hospital.  I am freaking out and so glad my in-laws are in town to watch my oldest son.  I head in and they hook up to all of the crazy machines and put an IV in.  By that time my contractions were really strong and about 2 minutes apart.  They hurt so bad I thought I was going to die.  They kept coming in to get blood work, which was difficult because I'm having excruciating contraction while they are trying to stick a needle in my arm.  They tell me I'm already dilated to a 3 1/2 and the baby is breach.  My doctor and I had already discussed have a c-section with this pregnancy, I had one with my oldest son after being labor 12 hours.  They pumped me with magnesium to stop the contractions which I fully expected for them to stop the contractions and to go home.  The nurse told me the magnesium will make me fee yucky, but I was not prepared for the way it made me feel.  Every time I got up to go to the bathroom I would throw up, it got so bad I was throwing up every 30 minutes and started throwing up blood.  I couldn't stop crying and the pain meds weren't working, it was just a horrible experience.  Not to mention my contractions are not going away.  The test came back saying I was not into pre-term labor and they weren't sure why I was in labor.  Later they said they weren't sure if this was the cause of my labor or if it happened during labor, but my placenta tore.  The nurse said they were going to continue the magnesium, but be prepared to give birth.  They gave me a shot of steroids to strengthen Camden's lungs and would need to give me another one 12 hours later just in case they decide to take the baby.  About 9 am the doctor comes in and says my contractions aren't stopping and are increasing we need to do a c-section.  The nurse comes in gives my the second shot early.  I was nervous, all I can think of is he going to be okay, will his lungs be developed?  I had so many questions, but there was no time to get answers.

They wheel me into surgery and do my spinal.  I'm still extremely sick for the magnesium and pain meds and all I want is my husband.  They start the surgery and I was so scared finally my husband comes in and hold my hand and it made me feel better.  I hear a baby crying and I can't help but cry myself.  Next thing I remember they wheel Camden out in a incubator and I never got to see him and my husband left with the baby.  The pediatrician said the baby looks good for 32 weeks and he expects 3-4 weeks in NICU.  I know it sounds crazy but I didn't even think of him staying in the hospital.  I was so out of it and just wanted to see my baby.  They took me to recovery and told me I can't see the baby for 18 hours.  That is so hard as a mother who just went through so much to not even be able to hold or even see my baby.  My husband did get pictures and showed them to me, but it wasn't the same.

About 12 hours after my surgery they finally said I could see him.  It was scary to see him hooked up to so many wires and an IV, wires in his umbilical cord, and oxygen.  My husband and I just sat and held his finger for hours.  The next day he was off oxygen and I knew this kid is a fighter, not to mention he was already a chunky monkey.  He weighed 5 lbs. 6 oz and 17 1/2 in. long,  I was told he was very big for his age and that average was around 3 1/2 lbs. and 16 in long.  For the next 2 1/2 weeks he was doing well and had to eat through a feeding tube.  The last few days he started drinking from a bottle and did so well.  He was in NICU for 22 days.   He is now 4 months old and doing great, minus that nasty reflux.  However he seems to be doing much better with his reflux.  He is such a little fighter and I love him so much.  My oldest son is so great with him, a little scared of him because he's so little but I think they will be best friends.

Thanks for reading my story, feel free to leave comments I love reading them!!

Tiffany XOXO

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Overview of our summer

Well it's been a crazy summer! I was hoping to get back to blogging but just couldn't find the time. Every summer I've stayed home with Carter and it's been fine. Well I decided to stay at home with Carter and not go back to work. However this has been the most challenging summer. Carter is definitely in the terrible 2's. I thought when he was 1 1/2 he was in that stage, I was wrong. Two has been a challenge, one minute he's an angle and the next he's throwing a fit for no reason at all. They get so bad sometimes I don't know what to do. We do the timeout thing and it will work sometimes, he'll apologize say what he did wrong. But other times I can't get through to him and he throws such a huge fit I can't get him into time out cause he's throwing a fit and he's so big now I can't pick him up in that state. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!!!!

Other than the fits it's been great being home. Three times a week we go to Gymboree classes which he loves, and we go to the library on Wednesday for story time. He loves going to these places, but he gets so shy around the kids. That's the one regret I have about taking him out of daycare. He was pretty good about being arounds kids. Now that he's in a bigger class at Gymboree he can go twice a week to the classes and to an open gym play time. Which I hope helps him being around kids more. Any suggestions with socializing him more would be great as well.

It took long enough but I'm finally on a good schedule with Carter and still having time to clean the house. It was a struggle at first because Carter always wants to help with the cleaning ( he made the house worse if he was trying to help me lol). Now that Chris found a new job and he is out of the house I get more done.

Chris got a great new job in Addison. He was working at home before which I would find my self visiting with him more than cleaning while Carter was taking a nap. It's such a great place for him to work. They are family oriented which was important. Carter and I are going next week to his work Halloween party during the day. They cater food and give out prizes for costume it's pretty cool. The also have box seats to American Airlines center, you can sign up to get tickets. We signed up for the Mav's game so hopefully it's not reserved by the executives that night.

We are looking at different places to live since Chris took a job in Addison. It's not a terrible commute, but we wanted to move even before he got this job. Now we are trying to figure out where we want to live. We are thinking about Little Elm, Frisco or possibly North Dallas. I think we will sell our house and rent for a bit to see if we like a certain area. We don't want to get in an area were we don't know anybody either. We had that problem out here.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Southbound 35.....

Spring break was so fast!!!  Chris, Carter, and I decided to go to Austin during spring break.  We left Saturday and came back Tuesday afternoon. We were able to see Karen and Bryan's new place (Chris' parents).  We came to see his family and to look at homes. 

Chris and I have decided to move to Austin. I think it is the best place for us, we'll be near family and it's gorgeous.  It will great to get out more, we are seriously home bodies.  There is just so much to do outdoors, great for kids!!  We are looking at different areas, but we really would like to be in Lake Travis ISD.  We found an amazing builder out in Spicewood which is in the school district we like.  The view is amazing, you don't feel like your in Texas.  All of the homes back up to a green belt and are zoned to stay that way.  The view is all greenery and canyons, you definitely don't get this in Dallas. 

We are going to put our house up for sale in August.  Houses are selling pretty quickly in our neighbor hood, we are praying that ours will be the same way.  We are going to rent a home in Austin till we decided were we would like to move and have time to build. This is going to be great to rent because we won't be in a hurry to sell and move, not to mention settle for something because we have to move.  I am a little apprehensive to rent.  We haven't rented in a while and I hate that it's not my house, so I'm not sure I'll be comfortable.  I really hope we won't have to rent for too long.

I'm a little nervous, I've lived in the DFW my whole life (besides going to Texas Tech, but I was able to come home whenever). Also, I don't have my own friends there, Chris has the friends he grew up with, which is fine.  I just want my own friends and I'm really sad to leave my friends.  I don't see my friends as much as I did before the baby, but I won't be able to just call them up and meet for lunch.  I will not be working while I am there so I'm not sure were I will meet people.  I know in the end I will meet people and everything will be fine, it's just my initial reaction.  I do feel the pros outweigh the cons.

All in all, I can't wait for this new chapter in our families lives.  As long as I have them I know it will be a great experience.

Friday, February 17, 2012


What do I love most ....clothes!!(well not most of course Carter and Chris)  As I said in my last blog I love Pintrest.  I have been getting a lot of ideas from this girls blog I found on pintrest. (  I really love her look.  I never get to really mix up my clothes, because when I go to work I just thrown on whatever.  I really don't care what I look like. 

This Saturday we decided to go to brunch as a family.  I'm getting ready for Brunch, the usually fixing my hair, putting on make up, and Chris says "Why are you getting dressed up?" I respond " Because I never get to dress up, and it makes feel better."  I'm sure some of you know what I am talking about.  When your a mommy and work full time you just never get to dress up and look nice (unless your going to a wedding).  I really like the outfit I had on, nothing special but cute.

Tank Top- Target $14.99
Sweater- Target $16.99
Leggings- Target $8.99
Boots- Not sure, my mom left them at my house, but I'm sure they were on sale

Back to brunch is was soooo good.  We went to Primo's on the lake.  It has amazing food and bottomless mimosa's.  I haven't been able to drink in along time because of my migraines.  Plus I really haven't had an urge to drink since having Carter.  However, I have tried to drink from time to time a Miller Lite, but when I do I get right passed the bottle neck and can't drink anymore.  BAM a Migraine.  I decided to try a Mimosa at Primo's (figuring if I couldn't drink it I knew Chris could).  I actually drank one and had no migraine.  I was happy (not that I want to drink a lot) but it's good to know  if I want a glass of wine or mimosa I can (I'm thinking one glass only, I don't want to press my luck).

It was freezing that day so we just went home and relaxed.  Yup you guessed it, as soon as I got home I jumped out of my outfit, put my hair in pony tail, and got in my pajama's.  I know, what a waste. But even that hour boosted my self esteem by putting on my leggings and sweater.

Friday, February 10, 2012

It's been a while!!!

It's been almost two years since I was on my blog. Can you believe it Carter will be two in June. Well I decided to get back on the blog site to include family and friends in our lives and help as a stress reliever for mommy. I really love writing, however I got really busy right after I started blogging. As new mommy and going back to work, it was just too difficult keep up with the blogging. Well I am back and hopefully I can keep up with it this time around.

How's Carter? Well he is amazing, he's walking, talking, and just simply wild. He's had a crazy ride his first 20 months. A lot of sickness, multiple strep throat, 2 stomach viruses, RSV (twice), pneumonia, and many many ear infections. CRAZY!!!! He did go to Cook Children's Pediatric Surgery Center last week and had two tubes put in his ears. He is doing great, wilder than ever. He is also listening better and his word are more clear now that it doesn't feel like he is hearing underwater.

Yes, Yes the migraines are still here. Every single morning!!! I have tried every medicine possible, acupuncture ( I know don't laugh), chiropractor, I even tried 30 shots of Botox in my head and neck. The Botox did help with it a little, but they were still there. I haven't done the Botox in a while mainly do to price. It's $350 every 3 months if I've already met my deductible(other wise it's $750). I will say even though my migraines are everyday they aren't as painful as a year ago.

So how's work? Do I even need to go there? Well I teach two resource remedial math classes and still have inclusion( help in a general ed classroom)classes. The paperwork for special ed. has always been intense, but this year it's beyond anything we can handle. I feel like I am doing two different peoples jobs in an 8 hour day. Needless to say this will be my last year of teaching. I will miss many students and the people I work with, however I need watch my stress level and stay home with Carter.
My stress is out of control due to work. Since having Carter I have lost 47 pounds (26 of it was baby weight). I know how ridiculous do I sound,"Why are you complaining about losing weight?" I'm losing it quick and I'm not trying. My appetite isn't there, which makes me tired all of the time. I could tell something wasn't right, not to mention my hair was falling out like crazy. I went to the doctor and they did find out that I have a thyroid disorder. I am on medication and have notice a small changed my appetite has improved a little and my hair isn't falling out.... as much. The only other thing my doctor could think of contributing to this is my stress level. I know I will continue to have stress if I do not work, however that will be an elephant size weight off of my shoulders. I feel like I am drowning and there is nobody there to save me. Even though I am not coming back to work next year I still can't shake the feeling. It's because I don't want to do bad at my job even though it doesn't matter anymore. I shouldn't invest so much time, I won't be there next year, but it's not so easy. I do absolutely love some of these kids and I love my co-workers. I just can't do it anymore.

I want to end on a happy note. Being home with Carter is what I truly believe I am meant to do. I never knew I could love somebody so much, he is amazing. He brings so much joy into mine and Chris' life. Of course I'm going to mention my husband, I didn't forget about him. He is so great. With all of my migraines and other health issues he really has stepped up to help out.... a lot. He is AMAZING with Carter. Carter is so obsessed with him, I go pick him up from school and he smiles and hugs me, but the first thing out of his mouth is "Dada?'. Really?!? He just really loves his daddy.

I'm still going to make this blog about my family to share. However, I am so obsessed with Pintrest. So I will post from time to time all of the amazing things I find on there to this blog. Especially, the fashion!!!! If you know me, you know I can shop for hours and spend next to nothing so I'm going to share this!!!!!

Happy Reading!!! :)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Poop King

Everyone told me this day would come!!!! Last week Chris told me about he went to change Cater's diaper and poop shot up the back and almost reached his hair. I thought it was hilarious when he told me this because it happened to him and not me. Oh don't worry I got pay back in the worst way. The very next day, after my laughing session, I woke up with Carter at 6:30 am. He had a poopy diaper but not much. So I change his diaper and I turn to put the diaper down and I hear weird noise. HOLY SHIT, literally. The kid had poop go flying across the changing table and somehow got it on the wall (I still can't figure that out). So I'm trying to clean this up as quick as possible and boom he starts peeing everywhere. I screamed so loud it woke Chris up and he came running thinking something was wrong. Oh there was something wrong only he though it was funny!!!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Austin bound to first time shots

Last week we were in Austin to visit Chris' parents. We had such a great time with Chris' mom and dad, they just love Carter to death. I noticed while we were there that Carter started cooing more. It was so cute, he is talker now. While we were there he was making you work for his smiles. He didn't give it up easy, but this week man he is laughing like crazy. I love seeing his personality grow.
On a different note, Carter got his first set of shots last week. I think it hurt me more than it hurt him. When she stuck him the first time I had tears in my eyes. I hated hearing him cry due to his shots. When they were finished we picked him up and he immediately stopped crying. I know we had more shots to go, but I don't think it will get any better for me.
We put Carter in his bumbo for the first time two days ago. He seemed to like it a lot. He can't sit in it more than a few minutes, I don't think his muscles are strong enough yet. We have been putting him in the bumbo for the past 3 hoping hoping to strengthen his muscles. I hope it works because right now he doesn't like tummy time. I think it has to due with his acid reflux. I was reading that when they have reflux they don't like pressure on their tummy's.