Thursday, May 26, 2011

Dear Baby Sanders...

*Guest Blog by Daddy Bird*
Dear Baby Sanders,

Lets call you Liam Cole, as your mother, your big brother and me sit in the hospital awaiting your arrival, I reflect on what it is to be a Sanders.  Let me start with, we are not quitters.  There's a saying when you are given lemons make lemon-aid.  Although the Sanders do love to make lemonade, there is less to making lemonade than you would think.  Yeah I guess with the amount of lemons we've been given we should buy that big fancy machine, but that machine costs way more than we have...or I guess we could buy a little a used one, or we could make it by hand squeezing them one at a time.  Since you don't know me yet, here is a hint...I like to use my hands to make things.  The problem with the big fancy machine, besides the cost, yeah I know I could put every lemon I have into it and press a button and I'm done.  but we will never drink all that lemonade before it goes bad and I'd know we were just wasting it.  So as a Sanders you will take every lemon, one by one, and squeeze only enough for what you can drink and not waste anything so you will always have a fresh glass.  As you get older you will find out that a lot of your friends don't know how to make handmade lemonade.  It may be surprising but you will will know how, because it was passed down to you from your father, who had it passed down to him from his father and...you get the idea.  So to be a Sanders you must accept what is given to you.  Make the best out of it.  Enjoy even the little bit you have and know that you made it with your own two hands.  With all that said...

WELCOME TO THE FAMILY BABY LIAM

Love, Daddy.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Nesting?

This is what nesting looks like at our house...
I think we've prepared as much as we can for little Liam's arrival...so what else was there to do...but craft?

It's now after midnight and I'm about to lay my sleepy head down on my pillow to attempt to push the creeping thoughts of tomorrow's intense treatments out of mind and try to sleep.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Baby Watch 2011 Begins

Although this picture was taken a couple weeks ago (at 36 weeks), I'm actually 38 weeks right now.  This pregnancy has been pretty easy but I knew in the back of my mind that it was gonna get intense.  Once I hit the 3rd trimester that became apparent.  Apparently that was the magic point where the doctors get concerned when there are certain underlying conditions like mine.  I have a rare blood disorder called ITP that causes me to have a much lower platelet count than normal.  On a regular basis it's not low enough to be concerned or be a big deal, but during pregnancy it can cause some issues.  We found that out in 2006 when we had our first child.  During delivery my platelets got dangerously low and I was not allowed to have an epidural.  At the time it was upsetting, obviously, but these things happen right?  So we went with it and had to have a very painful and unpleasant birthing experience with complications and the treat of a risky emergency c section.  I ended up not needing the section but cause some serious damage to my body in the process.  I went back to my regular doctor after delivery and knew that the OB that delivered my baby had left Woman's Hospital to teach at Earl K. Long.  That was that.

Fast forward to this pregnancy.  My regular doctor still doesn't deliver babies anymore so she referred me to a good OB and I've been getting great care with her.  When I hit my 3rd trimester mark she sent me to my hematologist to more closely monitor my platelet count.  It was lowish but not bad so we set up periodic appointments to check it and keep it in a good range.  My doctors are finally paying attention and seem to be really dedicated to making this a great experience for our family. My OB and hematologist even exchanged cell phone... numbers and agreed to call each other directly to discuss issues as they arise, which I had never heard of! They really want me to be able to be awake for the section so they are trying really hard to keep my platelets up enough for them to give me the epi.  Last week they checked my count again and freaked out when my blood work came back showing they had dipped down lower than they were when I delivered for Zane.  They put me on steroid treatments and rechecked my blood yesterday. It's still pretty low but just up above what they need it to be in order to do the epi. They will check me again next week which will give them enough time if they have to admit me to give me IV treatments (which have to be done two days before surgery) that would boost them before the section. It's all pretty medical, which I hate but it's a plan...which I love. My mind is just racing and I'm exhausted just thinking about it...and getting very nervous!
At least we feel a little more in control and feel like things are being monitored as they should be.  We just keep focusing on the joy of this occasion and are hopeful that it will be a much better experience.

Oh the irony

How ironic?  Looks like we are not the only ones around this house expecting a baby bird.  This is what is hanging outside our back door these days...
A momma bird and two little baby birds.  She built a nest on top our meter box at our back door and has hatched her baby birds.  Such a great reminder of the cycle of life.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Adding to the Oasis

Our turtles have been so happy in their little oasis over the last two years we have had them...
We felt it was time for a little addition...so David worked hard on getting this water feature created and installed for them.   They love it and it looks great!
Naturally Z helped and was so proud that he wanted to pose for a pic to show it off!

We even showed the rest of the yard a little love with this little oriental inspired rock garden that David has been wanting.
Now our whole front yard is spruced up and ready for summer!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Buy handmade!!

Not only do I love to make handmade stuff...but I love to buy it too!  I'm doing so much more of it with this baby since I have a sewing machine but there is some stuff that is just so cute and well made that I can't help myself and buy it...

And often times it's priced so reasonable that you can't make buy all the stuff and make it for what you can find it for on places like Etsy. 

Above are some adorable diaper covers I purchased from a friend I found on facebook and below is a set of burp cloths, wash cloths and a blanket from a seller on etsy.
So pleased!  Check out etsy and buy something handmade today!!

Sunday, May 08, 2011

A day for mommies

Being 8 months pregnant on Mother's day is special. 
It reminds me of how much my mother went through and scarifies for me and my brother.  And it makes me feel extra special that I'm growing our very own little family inside me.   And my boys pampered me too;)  I woke up to chocolate chip pancakes and other brunch yummies prepared by my hubs and my daddy.  So sweet! 
I also had a wonderful surprise in our new dressing area that my husband has been working super hard on...he and Z went to Bed Bath & Beyond and got tons of accessories and finishing touches to finish off the area!  Such a sweet surprise!  They love me.  They really love me.

But the day was bitter sweet...
It reminded me of her...today was her birthday too.  She would have been beaming to see my big 'ol pregnant belly on this day.  But we remembered her and honored her just the same.  Love you maw maw Lucy.  Happy Mother's Day.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Brothers Indeed

The other day I went to grab something out of the fridge and noticed this...
There was a picture of Z from two years ago at Christmas right next to one of Liam's ultrasound pics.  My jaw dropped and I was in awe at how similar they looked.  I know it's just a crummy ultrasound pic but the resemblance is undeniable!  I just had to share!

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Cinco de mayo?

Now THIS is what I call a Cinco de mayo celebration!  Cajun Style!!
I've been craving boiled crawfish something crazy so when David told me that they were throwing a crawfish boil at work I was thrilled!  Dow hasn't done a big employee crawfish boil like this in 12 years!  So as a cleaver play on that, the them was "Party like it's 1999"...pretty cute!  So instead of margaritas and chips and salsa, this is how we spent our Cinco de Mayo!  YUMM!