Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2 Month Madness

I can't believe two months have gone by and I haven't so much as looked at this blog. It has been craziness here the past few months and things are finally starting to calm down.

On October 14 (which was a Friday), I took one of these and it turned out like this:

Yes, that's right....a positive pregnancy test! We were shocked (in a good way) to say the least! We had not been "actively" trying, just letting the Lord do His work in His time and He sure did! I was about four weeks along when we found it.

Week 4: Felt great! Excited excited excited!

Week 5: Started to feel some exhaustion, but otherwise still felt great!

And then week 6 reared it's ugly head...

And so began the past two months of horrible sickness. I spent almost two weeks at work attempting to see patients and instead spent the majority of my time in the bathroom getting sick. The doctors had given me both Zofran and Phenergan to take, however they didn't touch the symptoms. I spent several days off work and was scheduled for my follow-up visit on a Friday (around the 8 week mark). I had a follow-up appointment scheduled as well as an ultrasound appointment. I was feeling so terrible that I had Kyle call to cancel my ultrasound appointment because I was not at all feeling up to it. (I mean, really, who does that?)

That day had by far been the worst day. I had never felt so bad. I couldn't even move to get dressed. And walking into the doctor's office was a nightmare. The minute the doctor saw me, he said "Let's admit you to the hospital." I was fearful but thankful. Because what we had been trying was clearly not working. Prior to me leaving the office, he told us that we really needed to do an ultrasound before leaving. And here's what we found:

Two babies!!!! No wonder I had been so sick! It was amusing, because about a week earlier I told my friend that I had a strange feeling there were two. For those who read and don't know, my dad is a twin. And I just had a feeling that I was next in line for a double dose of hormones!

After two different hospital admissions, the doctors finally decided to send me home with a home health company and a Zofran pump. Constant delivery of medicine all day long. Here is what it looks like...

Each day I have had to insert a catheter into my belly which connects to the syringe of medicine. For someone who hates needles, this has definitely been a challenge for me to overcome. It doesn't feel good, the medicine leaves knots under my skin, and for the longest time I couldn't really even tell a difference with the medicine. The nurses tell me the whole basis for this treatment is to keep you out of the hospital. It's not a miracle drug, it's not going to make all the nausea and vomiting go away, and it's not going to take care of any aversions. It is strictly to keep the vomiting to a minimum and to keep you at home instead of spending time in an uncomfortable hospital bed. And it has. It hasn't taken away the nausea, it hasn't stopped the vomiting, it hasn't given me energy back. It has solely allowed me to handle the way I was feeling independently, without being in the hospital.

I am now in week 14 of this pregnancy and I think I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. We have had several ultrasounds in the past month and the babies are doing great! Once I feel up to it, I will try and post some recent pictures of them. Because THEY are so cute!

I now love saying THEY! At first with feeling so sick all the time, it was very difficult to be excited about anything. I felt incredibly blessed that the Lord would choose Kyle and I to raise not just one, but two babies, however, I was miserable and mad at the way I was feeling, the fact that I couldn't work, and that I couldn't "enjoy" being pregnant. If I am being honest...

We are almost 100% sure of the sexes of the babies, but we have another appointment next Thursday and I'll post more pictures and let yall know what we can expect to be holding in about 26 weeks! Crazy to say that...

In other news: Our dear friends Travis and Kayla brought Asher into the world a couple of weeks ago. He is sooo handsome and mom and dad are doing great! One of my best friends is also pregnant, about a week and a half or so ahead of me. It has been nice to share with each other, and complain to each other, and to encourage each other. Kyle has started working a few days at a new location, and he is doing great! He has been incredible these past two months (not that he isn't always incredible). He has really shown me what a servant heart looks like and patience. He has been working so hard and I could not be more proud of him and that our babies have a father who is willing to work so hard to provide for his family. We spent Christmas in Crossville with Kyle's parents and brothers and sadly I have no pictures. I know so much more has been going on, but I think pregnancy brain has already began to set in...

Love to you all...

Saturday, October 22, 2011


The past few weeks have been exciting, relaxing, enjoyable.

First, Julie and Charles brought sweet Kate into the world! And man is she a cutie! Our little crew went to visit the Puryears at the hospital and snapped just a few photos.

{holding kate for the first time}

{look at that sweet little pout}

{the girls}

Last Friday night, while Kyle was with a buddy, I spent some sweet time with Alicia and Declan while Patrick was at work. We played and played and took a bath and then snuggled for a bit. I can't believe he is getting so big. He is probably the cutest little man I have ever seen! And I love that he is my godson!

{bath time with declan and his duck tub}

{playing in the water... look at those cheeks, both sets :) }

Last weekend, Springer and I took in a little matinee. We saw Memphis at the Orpheum. It was INCREDIBLE! I cried. I laughed. I got mad. GREAT SHOW!


{springer enjoying her adult beverage out of a sippy cup - amusing}

Tuesday, my boss and I and another therapist, headed down to the FedEx Forum to be the physical therapists for the dancers from season 8 of So You Think You Can Dance. I was too chicken to ask to take pictures of the dancers we got to work with, but we got to meet Melanie, Nick, Missy, Marko, and Ricky. So sweet! All of them! And incredibly talented!!!!


{that's us!}

Not much excitement this weekend, except my boss' wedding tonight. Will definitely post pictures from tonight later on.

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pumpkins, Leaves, and Mums

This weekend was spent relaxing and doing a whole lot o' nothing...

I somewhat decorated for fall... As in I randomly placed fall-themed objects around the house.

But before I did that, I spent Saturday morning garage-sailing with my friend Lee. I was looking for and only gave myself permission to buy a reading chair. I needed a quiet place to read, spend time with the Lord, etc. I totally despise our office. It's not comfortable to me, it's too manly, and every time I look at it I want to take everything out and start all over. So I created a little reading area in our guest bedroom.

Saturday morning must have been my lucky morning, because at the first stop, I found a chair for $15, but only paid $10. It was clean, in good condition, and had a funky pattern. So I bought it! Here it is:

Sunday after church, Kyle and I headed to Second Baptist Church right down the street from our house. They had a great little pumpkin patch and I was ready to pick some up for our house.

{HUGE pumpkins}

{perfectly round}

{my wheelbarrow man}

{pumpkins, mums, gourds}

Once we got the pumpkins home, I headed out to shop some. Found some neat little things. I am starting to appreciate and love Williams-Sonoma, and it has become quite dangerous that the outlet is right near our house. A little too convenient.

{this pasta sauce just seemed right for fall. heated it and poured it over cheese-filled tortellinis. delish}

{for dessert, i made this pumpkin spice bread. sooo good. especially with the cream cheese topping}

{cream cheese topping - my kitchenaid mixer made this way easy}

Here are just a few pictures from around the house. Just quick pics from the iPhone.

{right when you walk into our mudroom. that candle is the "sage and citrus" yankee candle and i loooove it. has a very clean scent}

{bumpy gourds and pumpkins in a gray bowl on our coffee table}

{apothecary jars on the right side of the mantle}

{side shot of the mantle - clearly my clock is not set}

{glass leaf and another yankee candle - harvest something...}

{my friend bubba made this shelf for me from scrap wood. having a hard time deciding how to organize it}

{cute ceramic owls that i found at kroger of all places}

{straw pumpkins from the dollar spot at target}

{buffet in the brick room}

{fat pumpkin, fat candle - mullen cider scent from walmart}

{pumpkin candelabra from hobby lobby}

Now, if Memphis weather could drop below 80 degrees we could really welcome the fall...

Hope everyone is finding themselves preparing themselves for the holiday season with gratitude and a right perspective.

With love....

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Asher + Kate

Last night, Kyle and I attended a couple's shower for our friends Kayla + Travis and Julie + Charles. Both of these ladies are getting very close to meeting their little additions.

I have already told you a little bit about them here, but definitely wanted to share some pictures with you from last night.

I love these two women like sisters, have so enjoyed watching them grow in their walks with the Lord over the past year, and absolutely cannot wait to meet Asher and Kate. Kate will be here in just a few short weeks and Asher will be more of a Christmas present :)

{the spread}

{one of my favorites - grape tomatoes with mozzarella and basil}

{twice baked potatoes}

The ladies let the men do most of the present-opening. I think they loooooved it!

{travis and charles loving their bath towels}

{sweet jammies from kyle and i}

{audrey, me, and kirsten}

{adorable knit hat for kate}

{that's asher inside kayla's belly :) }

{charles thinking about all the boys he is going to have to ward off when kate wears this cute little thing}


{trammells - gracious hosts}

{julie + charles}

{jb + audrey}

{me + kirsten}

{kayla + travis}

{kayla and her sister summer}

{the preggers and me}


{the ladies at the party}

Kate and Asher, the McShans love you already and can't wait to meet you and love on you and tell you embarrassing stories about your parents.

Kayla, Travis, Julie, and Charles - we love you guys and are so proud of you! You are going to be great parents and we know that these two kiddos couldn't be any luckier!