08 April, 2015

31 weeks

 last week before my glucose test.

I am feeling very pregnant these past few weeks. Thankfully I had the stent removed and I feel like a new woman. Now I can complain about normal pregnancy symptoms and not having stent, ha!

This picture is an x-ray they took after my stent was removed and I thought it was cool and had to snap a picture of it.


I had my glucose test at the end of the month and it came back good. I have gained 11 pounds. I am very happy with that.

We had an ultrasound to check to make sure everything is ok with baby boy after all the drama that happened and he is doing great as well. All this that has happened has given me such anxiety because the last thing I would want is for something as "small" as a kidney stone to affect this baby boy forever. But from the looks of everything he is perfect. He is already 3 pounds.




We also set a date for his birth. June 10th. That is exactly 9 weeks away. It seems so soon and so far away at the same time. I feel enormous and knowing how much longer I have to go makes me get nervous. I have recently started to get swelling of my feet and just aches in my legs from standing too long. So that's fun. I have to realize that I have to slow down, and sit and drink plenty of water.

I do feel way more prepared now than in previous weeks. I am really in nesting mode and am determined to get everything together. I had Derek paint the baby's room and it looks great.


We are working on switching out the ceiling fan with one that isn't ancient, and then we will start setting up. We are doing a nautical theme and I can't wait to see how it will come together! The only big thing we need is a swing and I know I can find one at a yard sale so I am holding out. Same with baby clothes. I even bought his first packs of diapers and wipes! Wow it seems like forever since I had to buy diapers although it wasn't THAT long ago!


We also have a name picked out! We will probably keep it to ourselves until he is here, but you never know. We have went this long without naming him what is 9 more weeks?!

Sleeping is a nightmare and I can't ever get comfortable. I am so exhausted by the end of the day I typically pass out while trying to watch a show. I have to get up early (for me) between 5:30-6 to get to work, and that makes for a long day with this prego mama! My arms fall asleep and then I lay on my back and then I can't breathe. Oh the joys!

That about sums up how I am feeling these days. Here is hoping that these next few weeks fly by and we will soon be holding our sweet baby boy, perfectly healthy!




















Six

Dane turned 6 on March 16th. Six. I can't believe six years has gone by so fast. It really seems like the blink of an eye. I just look at him and he is so grown up, he has changed so much in the past year that sometimes I get so sad because I miss my baby. Then he says "I'll always be your baby mama" and then I feel a little better. 
His little freckles get me every time. They are the cutest thing ever. 

 He is about 46 lbs and not sure on his height, but he is right in between size 7 and 8 clothes. The 7's are too tight or too short but the 8's are swimming. UGH! So frustrating when trying to buy him clothes. He is in size 1 shoes. I just started asking his opinion on his clothes but mostly he just wears whatever I pick for him.

He is about to finish up Kindergarten. He LOVES school. He is so smart and loves learning. He is the kid who totally has to be doing something at any moment or he gets so annoyed and bored. He loves "arts and crafts" as he calls them. He draws all the time and he is good at it. All year he has been learning sight words and has started writing sentences. His teacher says he has very good handwriting for his age. I just love to see all his papers come back and his cute little writing. He is constantly counting and adding things together and subtracting numbers. His little brain is always turning.

He recently did a science fair project on which part of his house ha the most germs. He was the only kid in his class that participated. I was proud of him although Dad and Mom did a lot of the grunt work! 

He got to present the science experiment to the class and he felt so special. 
 His best friends in school are Luke and Owen, but according to his teacher he is well liked and has lots of friends. This is just what I want to hear considering how much anxiety he would get at the start of the year. He definitely gets his socialness from his dad. 

He is so much like his mother in so many ways, bless his heart. He needs to know details about everything or he gets antsy. If you are going somewhere he needs to know why, when we are going, what car we are taking, how long it takes to get there, what we will be doing there, etc. He has vivid dreams the same as I do, and a lot of times they result in nightmares or bad dreams. He goes through spurts where they are really frequent and then when there aren't any. A lot of times he wakes up really early (like 5:30 early) and will just lay in his room and wait for someone to wake up. He is an early riser like I am, unlike his brother who will sleep and sleep. He doesn't have to wake up until 7 or so for school but he is 90% of the time awake before that. 
 He loves Spongebob, Teen Titans, Uncle Grandpa, and Clerance. He also loves Minecraft and Big hero  6. He just discovered River Monsters and he is hooked! 

This is a picture of a tiger fish, two sting rays and a cat fish. 

He and his brother fight like cats and dogs. They are just about as opposite as two kids could be. They just seem to be at such a difference in their age gap these days and Dane just gets annoyed by Knox most of the time. He is also a HUGE instigator. He will pick on him and then when Knox retaliates tattles.  But at the end of the day they love each other.
 I am sure this is only the beginning of many different points in their lives when they will be this way. 

For his birthday we asked him if he would rather go and stay in a hotel and go to a water park instead of throwing a party. He was all about it. I am so thankful too because I am pregnant, tired, and just started my own business where all of a sudden I am working full time, and some days I feel like I am barely keeping my head above water. But that is a story for another post. We went up to Kansas City for the weekend and stayed at Coco Key. Before we went to Coco Key we went to Dave and Busters. Dane was SO excited he could barely contain his anxiety/excitement to go play the games. $70 later...hope it was fun LOL. 

Can't you tell his excitement?!


He is dad's side kick and is constantly wanting to be by his side, working alongside him or playing games, wrestling, doing boy things. He is the sweetest boy and is always giving me compliments like "oh mama, I love your dress" etc. He melts my heart. He constantly tells all of us " I love you" which is something we do a lot in our house anyway. He has a sensitive side and gets his feelings hurt easily. He takes things to heart. When I was in the hospital he cried when he saw me in there in pain. He is so caring. :) 

He is excited to have a baby brother and I know he is going to be a big help. He already is such a big helper. I thank the lord for you Dane, you are a true blessing in our lives!


18 March, 2015

Pregnancy update: 27 weeks

I have not been blogging. I am so sorry poor little third child! You are loved I promise!
A lot has happened since I posted my 16 week update. We found out at 20 weeks that we are:


Yep, we are going to have THREE boys! I am so excited. I really was thinking it was a girl but I was honestly going to be happy with either. I know how to handle boys and I love being a boy mom. The boys are so excited. He totally has the corral chin too, when I saw him on the sonogram I thought he looked just like Knox in his sonogram!


He is measuring big, at 1 lb at 20 weeks so they moved my due date up to June 13th.

 Here is me at 21 weeks.

Here is me at 25 weeks.
At 25 weeks I was at work at my mom and I's daycare when suddenly out of nowhere I felt like I was having a UTI. I had to pee a lot and it just felt painful like I could not empty my bladder. Shortly after that the back pain started on my right side. My mom had taken her dog to the vet and so I was waiting for her to get home to take over the kids I had to watch that morning. I called my husband and he came out and got me and we went to the doctor to get a urine test to check what was happening. They were really busy that day and so after about 2 hours I was in excruciating pain and was in tears and so I kept calling until I got a hold of someone who could tell me my results and they told me that I did not have a UTI but there was crystals and blood in my Urine and with the pain I was having I should get to the ER. So my husband no more than dropped me off at my moms and I had to call him to pick me up again. He drove me there and dropped me off while he got Dane from school in Riley. By this time I was MISERABLE! They started me an IV and gave me pain meds and then I felt a lot better but still had that terrible pain in my bladder like I had to pee but could not get the relief. They took me down and did a sonogram to see if they could find a kidney stone but they were not able to find one because the baby was in the way I guess. But they were able to see that my kidney was enlarged. They monitored the baby to make sure I wasn't in labor and then they admitted me.


I ended up going in on a Tuesday afternoon and was there until Friday afternoon. The first night and the next day were terrible on the pain. Thursday the urologist did an x-ray and dye test to see if they could see the kidney stone (they were careful of taking only 2 photos and making sure the exposure was limited but I was still apprehensive. I didn't want to do anything that was harmful to the baby but they all assured me it was ok. Sometimes you just have to put your faith in the doctors and professionals as hard as that can be.) They were not able to see a stone in there on the x-ray either. So after discussing what to do with the urologist we talked about putting a stent in to help the flow of urine and possibly pass the stone. I didn't want to do it at first, one because my OB told me it would have to stay in for the remainder of my pregnancy, and that it is uncomfortable for pregnant people, and two because I didn't want to go under anesthesia. So I was a little freaked out. So I decided to wait a day and see if I was able to pass the stone on my own.

The next day came and I still had not passe the stone so we didn't have any option but to put in the stent.  So I had to fast for the second day in a row and at 5 pm they did the surgery. It went well, but the doctor said he still did not see a stone as he was putting the stent in. He said a lot of times it pushes it up farther and so when they remove the stent it should either pass before then or it will come out with the stent. It was not a pleasant experience to say the least. I can honestly say that having a c-section did not hurt as bad as that pain that I felt. It was AWFUL.

I am feeling much better now but still feeling not myself with the stent in. It still gives me that feeling like I have to pee even when I just went and when I do go it still has that feeling that my bladder is not completely empty. If I stand up too long it is worse because of the baby on my bladder and if I sit upright like in the car it is uncomfortable because I can feel the stent inside of me. I have to drink water like a fish and some days it gets hard to get enough in when I am running around taking care of kids all day.

Thankfully I will have the stent removed tomorrow, I do not have to have it in the remainder of my pregnancy.


Here was me at 27 weeks. Fully prego now! I have gained about 10 lbs total. I am happy with that. Sleep is difficult these days both with the stent and the baby belly. I get so tired by the end of the day but I know a lot of that comes with working. I have never worked full time since before I had Dane, so it has been an adjustment.

We have a theme for the baby's room but we do not have too much more nailed down. We don't even have a name picked out. We have a couple we are throwing around, but I am not ready to pull the trigger. I am thankful after much research I found a car seat and a booster that will work in the back of our car to allow for 3 car seats to be in the back seat. I was stressing over this because we had just sold our minivan in May and in October found out we were going to have another one, and I didn't want to get rid of our good gas mileage car with my new 1 hour round trip commute. (We have a Toyota Camry).

It's an Eddie Bauer surefit. It is a whole inch smaller than the one most people were recommending (The chicco keyfit 30)




I think that is all to report as of late. I have my glucose test at the end of March and we will have another ultrasound just to double check everything after all the kidney stuff I went through. Hey any excuse to see baby is a good one for me!

08 January, 2015

Baby "olive" 16 weeks

16 weeks and I'm feeling more and more pregnant now. My sleep is not too great these days, just finding it hard to get comfortable and then when I do I have to get up and use the bathroom.

I have gained about a pound so far give or take. I have been really craving candy this pregnancy which is not super far out of my realm but after losing all that weight I lost I tried not to eat too much. 

I am happy that I feel like my tiredness and nausea have started to subside. For a while there I was feeling like a zombie who could barely function. I had no energy, no drive, feeling sluggish and nauseous and not wanting to do anything. I am so glad that's over because you pair that with the dead cold of winter and you can get in a funk really easily.

I have been feeling flutters for the past week or so. I wouldn't constitute them as "kicks" just yet but still exciting.

We find out in a little less of a month what the gender is and I am so nervous! With Dane and Knox both really I just knew it was a boy each time. This one I just keep thinking that it's a girl but I don't have that 100% feeling. For some reason I keep going over boy names in my head more than girls. It is just what I know I guess. I truly would be happy with either. Dane says he would love to have a girl but Knox says he is wants a boy because he hates girls. LOL. The heart beat today was in the low 140's so it sort of makes me wonder if it could be a girl since both of the boys' heart rates were both a lot higher.

Speaking of names, I am pretty sure I have a boys first name picked out. No middle name and still on the fence about a girls name. I also have a theme picked out for a boys nursery, a nautical navy blue nursery.

For a girl all I know is that I want PINK. I haven't had any girls and so if I do get to have one I want to deck everything out with pink! HA! I'm thinking grey and pink.



01 January, 2015

Christmas 2014

We had a very low profile Christmas. It was wonderful. Dane was so excited he literally stayed up all night on Christmas eve with excitement. YAWN! 

Our big item we bought the boys was an ipad mini that was on sale in November. 

Normal me would have been done in November, or nearly done, I swear I feel like I am just trying to put one foot in front of the other with 2 kids in 2 different schools, starting a business, and having a new fixer upper house with lots of projects and over 3000 sq feet to clean.

Christmas eve we went and looked at Christmas lights around town. 

Christmas Morning! 

I felt like I didn't buy that much stuff but it turns out I spent as much as last year. Last year I felt like I bought a lot of cool toys and they are now either broken or at the bottom of the toyboxes that we haven't even unpacked and they don't even care that they aren't around. So this year I tried to think of things that would get used, and would be fun and not break or lose interest in 5 days. This is tough. We had a very hard time. And the few things we did like were very expensive! But the boys seemed happy and the ipad was definitely the highlight of their Christmas. They got light saber flashlights, legos, crazy sand, minecraft sword and torches, Mario Kart for nintendo, Nerf guns, etc. Typical boy stuff. 

Hope yall had a Merry Christmas!

2014 in review

I know I am a day late, forgive me I'm pregnant and tired and was in bed. NO I didn't stay up until midnight. That's crazy talk. Even 10 sounds ambitious.

We have had a pretty big year, possibly one of the biggest yet! It has been a year of ups and downs but we always come out on top, looking towards the future.

I lost about 27 lbs (but who's counting?? ;) )






I worked very hard from weight watchers and calorie counting to come to lose 27 lbs. I am so proud of the progress that I have made and I look forward to continuing on this journey after baby!


We got a new cat named smokey. He has been an interesting and crazy addition to our family. He is nuts. He is silly. He is loving. He is cuddly.




He is curious, he is playful, and he thinks he is a baby. He loves to be held like a baby.

Derek and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary.

I seriously fall more deeply in love with this man every day. After being with someone for 8 years, you really get to know them on a such a more intimate level, you get to understand things about them that you didn't before. You get to know yourself better. You learn when you need to compromise and when you need to stand your ground. You learn when you need to be the shoulder to cry on and when you need to be strong for the other person. He is the most hard-working man I have ever seen, and the most selfless. He thinks of his family first, and does anything and everything for all of us without even a flinch. Every day that I spend with Derek I seriously just find more and more things that make me fall in love with him all over again. He truly is a blessing and I am so thankful that I get to call him mine :)



We gained 2 new nieces, Zavah and Chelsea. They are such dolls, and it is so refreshing having girls in the mix now!




We lost 2 of our sisters ( my sister Heather and her family, and Derek's sister Cherrika and her boyfriend) to the sunny beaches of  Florida this year. It was really difficult as I am very close to my sister and her kids and over the few months before they moved we were able to spend a lot of time with Cherrika and Jake and that made it all the more sad to see them go. I know it is only a plane ride away but it is still tough some days!

We made the very big and and very scary decision to move to a new community and buy our first and forever home in Riley. It was probably the most difficult and anxious decision that we had to make together. Grown up choices are for the birds right!?


 Well we have been here for about 5 months now and we are so thankful for the decision that we made. You never know the path that your life is going to take even if you try to plan it out as carefully as you can. And the older I get the more I appreciate the ride and try to just breathe in every moment because life is so short. There are times when you just have to do what you can do and let God lead you in the direction you are meant to go, and I truly believe he lead us here.

We have been working our butts off since we moved in. So far, we have painted one side of the house that was left unpainted (16 windows and 3 stories! Yikes!!)

We re-roofed the carriage house (garage) we removed some broken concrete that used to make up a patio/staircase in the back, and replaced it will a new concrete pad. We have painted 5 of the million rooms and added a closet in the "maids room" or guest room. Derek just finished installing and refinishing a clawfoot tub in the downstairs bath and I am so thankful. I have missed baths and so have the kids!




Dane started Kindergarten and Knox started preschool. This was something I was anxious about for a long time (Dane going to Kindergarten) I have been with Dane day in and day out and it was a big leap of trust to hand my kid over to other strangers 5 days a week all day long. There was an adjustment period for everyone but now he loves school and is so excited to go every day. I couldn't ask for more than that.


Knox loves preschool. He is such a different kid than Dane in so many ways. Dane has always been outgoing and not shy about being around kids. Knox gets anxiety and is nervous to be around new people. I knew I put him in good hand with Miss Stacy who was also Dane's preschool teacher. He loves her! 



After not living in the same state as my parents since I graduated high school almost 10 years ago(yikes!) My parents finally got the amazing opportunity to move back to Kansas. It has been so awesome and one of the highlights of the year for sure. We love having them around and most importantly the kids love spending time at Grandmas!




 We got the surprise of our lives when we found out that there will soon be 3 Corral children in our household! I was in complete shock and am still trying to wrap my brain around it! It was completely unexpected and not planned but it is something we always talked about in theory but never pulled the trigger on. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason in the time and the fashion that it is supposed to, and I can't help but wonder if Grammy (Derek's mom ) was up there in heaven pulling some strings ;) She always wanted us to have another one, particularly a girl!




 
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