Monday, March 12, 2018

Grady Update - 4.5 Years Old

My sweet sweet 4.5 year old.  He makes sure that when someone asks how old he is replies, 'I'm 4.5'.  My boy is sweet, ornery, funny, imaginative, cuddly, loving, and full of energy.  He LOVES to build with Legos, play with his Paw Patrol vehicles and pups, and more than anything he LOVES to be outside playing.  This winter has been super rough on us.  Between sickness and having cabin fever we are more than ready for the nice weather. 

Grady is doing GREAT at school. He enjoys learning new things and making new friends.  Recently they started reading groups and every time they have one he just raves about it.  I love to see him learn and grow.  He also fills us in every day about what learned about God.  I LOVE that we are able to send him to a Christian school and I love that he learns about God. 

The last couple of weeks we have been having sleeping issues.  He says he is scared to be along and wants to be right next to us.  This happens no matter where we are in the house.  If it's just Grady and I at home and I need to run to the basement to start a load of laundry he will NOT stay upstairs by himself.  He's right behind me and he makes sure that he can always see me.  When this first happened I thought nothing of it.  I thought he was just pulling our leg and trying to sleep in our bed for the night.  When I made him lay down in his bed once I walked out the store he came barreling out behind him screaming a scream I have never heard from him before.  A terrified, don't leave me mom, that breaks a mommy's heart.  The first few days our nighttime routine of trying to get him to bed was BRUTAL.  An hour and a half later and all of us losing our patience we finally gave in.  We've tried books and talking to him about what he is scared of; we have cut back TV and iPad time and we have really monitored what he is watching.  I've read several articles about how this is very common in four year old.  So tonight we are going to try another approach and hope that it will work. 

Last night Grady was in our bed and was all over place and coughed most of the night; I was also have an arthritis flare up.  So I wasn't able to take him to daycare this morning.  After Jesse left we headed back upstairs to lay down for a while.  I dozed off while he watch some TV and next thing I know he's giving me hugs and kissing me on the forehead.  It was the sweetest thing ever...melted my heart. He told me that he misses his Mee-maw a lot and that he is already a big brother to Mason.  I'm sad that we have to talk to him about heaven so much but I'm glad he believes there is a heaven and that we will see my mom, grandparents, and Mason again one day. 

He's going to start soccer this Saturday at the Y and I'm excited for him to get some exercise.  We've also been talking about signing him up for t-ball.  Just not sure on the price and if the times are going to work for us.  He will also do a couple sessions of swimming lessons this summer as well...he's already excited for those to start.  Keeping this child busy and active is so easy in the Spring/Summer/Fall but winter is just no fun. 

He's still having a hard time adjusting to my dad not being right down the street.  But hopefully with some more time it will help him.  He's excited to be a big brother and can't wait to teach him to do things, especially ride a 4-wheeler.  Our house is going to be so busy with two little boys but my heart will be full.

Friday, March 9, 2018

22 Weeks...I Made It!

22 weeks today and I must say a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders.  We lost our sweet Mason at 21 weeks and a few days so I knew my 21st week so going to be stressful..and it was.  Yesterday morning I woke up with cramps and just didn't feel like myself.  I waited a while and decided to call the Dr. around 9:00 am just to make sure it was normal. I felt Easton kicking so I knew he was okay.  The Dr. called me back and told me to drink a bunch of water and to put my feet up.  So I did that and waited a couple of hours and just wasn't feeling better so I called again around 1:30 pm.  At this point I was having some sharp pains in my upper left abdomen that would come and go.  I finally got a call back at 4:00 pm and the nurse said to just come in to get checked out. So I raced to West Des Moines to get there before 4:30 and she checked me over, listened for his heartbeat, and decided it wasn't anything serious.  She said to just keep an eye on it and if it gets worse to come back in.  Even though I felt him kicking throughout the day it was nice to hear his heartbeat on the doppler.  I went home and relaxed the rest of the night.  I woke up this morning feeling a little better.  My guess now is that it is stress related and hoping for an uneventful rest of my pregnancy.  I go for my follow up ultrasound at Mercy Perinatal next week so we will get to peek at our boy again. Hope you all have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

2018 Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day this year was pretty low key.  Usually we do a family Valentine's dinner and then Jesse and I go out on the weekends.  Well, we've been super busy so we just opted for the family Valentine's dinner.  This year we chose to go to Buzzard Billy's.  It's one of our favorite restaurants and we had a great time. 
We went out to dinner a few nights before Valentine's Day because I had pitching lessons the night of but we managed to stop by Papa Murphy's to grab a heart shaped pizza for dinner.  Grady celebrated Valentine's Day at daycare and preschool.  He decided he wanted to make a John Deere box for school.  He had so much fun picking out his Valentine's and giving them to his friends.  When he got home that night he got to open his Valentine's bucket from mom and dad.  Overall, a great day!

Monday, March 5, 2018

2018: Saying Goodbye to My Childhood Home...

At the end of January we said good bye to my parents house.  We lived there well over twenty years so it was very sad for all of us.  Scooter has never known another house, Dustin came to live with us in that house, and I spent most of my childhood in that house.  There were so many memories and having to say good bye was tough.

With my parents living there for over 20 years we also accumulated a lot of stuff as well.  We spent most of the first half of January going through boxes and tossing and donating things we no longer needed.  It was fun to go through old school papers, high school photos, and to reminiscence about old memories. Clearing out my parents room was very hard for me.  My dad and I finally got enough courage to go through my mom's clothes; that was really hard.  We kept a few to make some memory quilts and I hope to get those done sometime in the near future. 

Grady helped but still didn't quite get that Beeba wasn't going to be living down the street anymore.  It was hard for me to come to the realization as the days of closing crept closer.  The last day was very emotional; we did not have a good experience with selling the house and it just made the day that much harder.  It's hard for me to look down the street and see someone else living in my parents house.  Grady still gets upset that Beeba isn't so close and the other day he said we need to move by his house so he can walk to Beeba's whenever he wants. 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Pregnancy Update

I've hit the second trimester and I'm currently in my 21st week of pregnancy.  This is the same week that we lost Mason so it's been a little stressful.  So far everything has been going well.  My Dr.'s have been monitoring me pretty closely just to keep my stress level down and to make sure everything is going well.
My first trimester went really well.  I didn't have any morning sickness and generally felt really good...just very tired.  We had our first ultrasound at about 7 weeks to verify the pregnancy.  That appointment was very nerve racking; I held my breath until we heard a heart beat.  We kept our pregnancy a secret until I had my first appointment to make sure everything looked okay and announced to our family on Thanksgiving. 

I had my second appointment at 12 weeks and. while it isn't unusual, they couldn't find the heart beat on the doppler.  That was terrifying; they got me in right away to ultrasound just to make sure everything was going okay.  When I heard that heartbeat I immediately had tears.  While I was getting my ultrasound the Dr. found out that I qualified for a 12 week blood test; this would test (I think) for chromosomal abnormalities.  With this test we would also find out the gender.  She did say it would take about 10-14 days.  They called me literally, 3 business days later, and told me the gender.  I kept it a secret until the next night when we had a quick gender reveal.  I was totally shocked when I found out we were having another boy.  At that point in my pregnancy my only real symptom was being extremely tired.  I didn't have the morning sickness that I had the previous two pregnancies.  I did manage to lose some weight during my first trimester (which isn't unusual for me).

My 16 week appointment went great.  They were able to find his heartbeat, although it took a while.  That appointment was super quick.  I didn't have any questions and I had my 16 week blood test done and everything on that came back normal as well.  Between my 16 week appointment and my 18 week ultrasound I started to feel the kicks.  It's an amazing feeling and I can now feel him multiple times a day and I absolutely love it!  My next appointment was for my 18 week anatomy ultrasound.  We ended up taking Grady with us; we thought he would really enjoy it.  We got to the ultrasound and found out that they wanted me to do a Level 2 ultrasound at Mercy Perinatal.  So we did get a quick peak at the baby and Grady got to hear his heartbeat.  He thought that was really cool.

So the following week I headed down to Mercy Perinatal to have a Level 2 ultrasound.  Everything with that went great and everything looked normal there too.  I'm to follow up with them in the middle of March to do another scan just to make sure everything is going well.  This week I finished up with my 20 week appointment.  That appointment again was really quick and she was able to find his heartbeat super fast (which makes me feel so much better!). So overall, everything is going well.  This pregnancy feels super different; I'm enjoying it more because of what happened my last pregnancy and I'm taking my weekly photos so I can see the change once I hit 40 weeks.

Grady is doing well with the pregnancy.  I don't think he really gets it quite yet with everything that happened with Mason.  I think once I get bigger and he is able to feel his brother kick I think that will make it more real.  I do think he is going to be a great big brother.  I think we will have some jealously issues at the beginning because my Grady boy is 100% mommy's boy.
I know some of you already know but we do have a name. Baby boy's name will be Easton Dale Lukenbill.  Dale is the middle name of my brother, Dustin, and my dad.  Grady, Mason, and Easton were all names that were on our list when I was pregnant with Grady.  Jesse and I can agree on boys names but when it comes to girls we have such a hard time.  Below is a picture of all three of my boys around the same week of ultrasound.  I'll be interested to see how Easton looks; Mason was a spitting image of Grady.

Friday, March 2, 2018

2018: Dad's 60th & Dustin's 40th

Hey, I'm actually getting caught up on my posts and it's feels so good.  I blog mostly to keep track of things that are going on in our lives; things I want to remember in years to come.  The month of January was a long one for us.  Grady and I both battled sickness, influenza A, most of the month.  Thankfully I have a boss that is understanding and a husband that took care of us.  At one point I called him at work and told him he has to come home because I was sure I was dying from Influenza A.  Grady got over it pretty quickly but it lingered in me for about two weeks.  During this time my dad was starting to pack up his house (which I didn't get to help as much as I wanted).  One night I went down and my brothers brought boxes to me to go through...January was a struggle.

He had to hold Beeba's hand while the chef lit the fire
Grady trying sushi for the first time; he actually liked it!
Smile Beeba!
On a happier note my brother celebrated his 40th birthday and my dad his 60th.  We celebrated both of them with a dinner out to Taki and Shelby later threw Dustin a little surprise party at Wobbly Boots.  With each birthday that I get to spend with my dad I feel so fortunate...losing my mom so early in life has put emphasis on enjoying the small things and feeling lucky to have my dad live to his 60th; something my mom wasn't able to do.  I tell my dad regularly that he can't leave us anytime soon...he has to be here on earth until he's at least 80+ years old.  Some people may think it's strange and not something to joke about but some times you have to joke about the hard stuff to make it through the day!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

New Year's Eve 2017

Like most years our New Year's Eve was spent at my dad's house enjoying company and watching our wild four year old have a great time ringing in the new year!  We ended up celebrating with New York time so this pregnant momma could go to bed a bit early.  Of course, Grady Gene, lasted until after 11 pm.  

We made a bunch of food, played games, and relaxed (as much as you can with a busy toddler).  It was a nice way to end the year because our 2017 started off happy, middle part was terrible, and we ended on a high note with me getting pregnant again.  I can't forget to add that we all had our health in 2017 and we had a sweet boy named Grady Gene to help us through the tough times.  

We hope that 2018 will be a much better year full of more highs than lows; and if there are lows I hope they aren't as life changing as they were in 2017.