Wednesday, June 10, 2009

More appointments and getting ready for vacation

Well, we have more appointments scheduled. Jeff and I have to go in on the 19th to sign consent forms and do the injection training. I'm NOT going to give the shots to myself - Jeff better learn to do them! Also, that day they need a man sample from Jeff - oh how you lose your dignity when doing all this dr. stuff! Jeff had lab work done today - I'm sure they did not take as many vials of blood from him as they took from me. I get to be special that way. ;)
Just going day to day. Trying to get everything organized for our vacation. I have to pack food (premade or the stuff to make it) for 10 days for 9 people. I also have to remember all the cooking equipment we need to bring. That in itself is getting to be a head ache. I'm at the point that I just want to get going on it to get it over with! It will be fun though - I can't wait to see my cousins and family.
Until the next one...

Monday, June 8, 2009

New Calling at Church

I have a new calling at church. I am the Sunbeams teacher. My first day was Sunday and only 2 of my 6 Sunbeams were in attendance - I'm sure due to the summer and it being vacation time. They are the cutest age group! There are actually 12 Sunbeam age children but the Primary split the group so we could have a more manageable class. I'm glad they did this. I forgot that this is the age of still needing to go to the potty and have snacks. This is also the age that is not always easy to understand. One child barely speaks - she can speak but is an introvert. The other child talks all the time! I still need to meet the other 4 children and see how they all fit together.
I'm excited about this calling for several reasons. I have found as I am older that I can have more patience with young children. They are more fun to me now than when I was in my 20s. Also, I'm excited to get the basic of all basics teaching opportunity. This week our lesson was about smelling and tasting - gifts from Heavenly Father. Next week is about feelings. Talk about fun stuff to teach! I can teach and play at the same time! Also, I'm excited because this is the class Rhys will be in next year when he leaves nursery and goes to Junior Primary. Hopefully I will be able to be his teacher then.
On the same day I started teaching the Sunbeams, we were called by the ward's executive secretary to speak in church. Jeff and I were assigned to speak on Father's Day about honoring our fathers in our homes (my subject) and honoring our Heavenly Father in our home (Jeff's subject.) I get to speak first and Jeff told me I have to take up most of the 25 minutes we are jointly allotted. I don't mind though, after doing a public presentation at least once a week for 4 years in school at University of Phoenix, I'm OK with talking in front of a big group. What is even better is that since our ward split last month, there are a lot fewer people we have to face from the podium.
So that's our exciting news for now. Still working on all the labs and tests and such for getting pregnant. Nothing exciting in that department will happen until after our vacation anyway.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Learning to share

Ok, so not everything will be about trying to have a baby on here. We have so much going on in our lives that I'm positive I have lots to share.
I have to share 2 of my children with another mother. I hate it! And what is worse, I have to share them during the week when I am at work 10 hours of the day. I don't get to see them except when I'm tired! I love doing things with them, baking cookies and cakes, going to the pool, watching movies, etc. but I'm so tired during the week that I don't want to do any of those things.
Before school let out we had the boys on the weekends. It was great! Jeff and I were able to spend lots of time with the kids and take them to church. Since school let out, their other mother wants us to have the boys when it is convenient for her - or in other words - when she is working so she doesn't have to pay for daycare. I guess I should be grateful we get to have them at all. That IS a blessing. But I'm a little chapped that it has to be around her needs and desires and not ours. Jeff told her that we (the boys and I) wouldn't be able to spend much time together but she reminded him that they are here for "daddy time" and not "family time."
I just keep reminding myself I love my boys and am grateful for any time I get to have with them. I absolutely love the excitement I see on their faces when I come home - they meet me at the door with hugs and kisses. I love that they get up early just to see me before I go to work. I'm a lucky mama that I get to have them in my life. I'm a lucky mama to have all my children in my life!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Yes, we want 1 more...

I've decided to keep a blog about trying to get pregnant. Jeff and I have decided we want an child together. This is remarked upon by many with the question, "Why? Don't you have enough?" Well, yes we do have enough, but we want one more - one of our own together - one that is hopefully another girl. We have enough boys!!
Having one more child will make our family total 9 in all. As a child I never thought I would say this, but I love big families! I can't wait for this to happen!
Before I ever met Jeff I decided I would NEVER find a good man who would want me as well as my children. So when I unexpectedly had my last baby, Rhys, I asked to have my tubes tied. My doctors kept telling me not to, that I would find someone and would want a child with them. I felt like I knew so much better than the doctors so I went through with it. Two and a half years later, we want a baby. Now we get to go through the joys of IVF (in-vitro fertilization) which is very expensive and painful (shots in my butt and belly or thighs on a daily basis.) Thank goodness for insurance and my willingness to take on the pain!
So - here is day two actually. Day one was yesterday when I went into my primary care doc to get my yearly exam, along with 4 HUGE and 1 not as huge vials of blood drawn. In order to do IVF I have to have all kinds of preliminary tests. Today I went in again to have more tests taken, these for hormonal purposes so they know what dosages I need to take for the shots.
Next on the radar, I have to get a "trial transfer" to map out how they are going to do the IVF and a hysterosonogram which basically maps out the inside of my uterus to see where to put the embryo on they transfer day. We start the process mid July (after family vacation) and should be looking at the embryo transfer in early August. We get another May baby!
So, any questions? Any comments? We are so excited to do this! I LOVE being pregnant and we LOVE babies! And yes, we love them even when the grow out of being babies - but they are still my babies - even if they are much taller than me!