Saturday, December 7, 2013

Snuggly Pets

Just a couple cute pictures of my dogs, mom's dog, and my cat keeping me company while I've been down and out at home.  Who needs a heating pad when you have all this warmth laying on you all day!

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Another Surgery on our Journey of TTC!

I can't believe it's been almost two weeks since I had my surgery.  I've sat down numerous times to write this blog post, but just can't seem to get motivated to finish it.

I had my second surgery on Thursday, November 21, 2013 to remove uterine fibroids.  It was a laparotomy myomectomy with a ureteral stint placement.  The surgery went fine, but took a little longer than planned because the fibroid was a lot bigger than expected.  Even with the uterine fibroid embolization procedure I had done last year, it was still really big!  Because of the size of it, and because Dr. Gentry had already made a 4 inch incision in my uterus and didn't want to make it any bigger, he had to go in blindly and cut the fibroid up into smaller pieces to get it out.

Last time I had asked Dr. G. to take a picture of it and he forgot.  I requested it again this time and he remembered.  Thanks Dr. G.

I don't remember any of the surgery, probably because of the good stuff they injected into my back right before I woke up!  #lovemyanthesiologist

While we were in the hospital, my incision had alot of drainage to it.  I remember going to the bathroom in the middle of the night and looking down and there was blood all over the floor.  I was completely freaked out and yelled for Shawn to get the nurse.  Dr. G. assured me it was normal and the nurses helped take care of it and changing the dressing and steri-strips.  Also when the original dressing was removed from my incision, it left 3 HUGE blisters on my stomach, so they were helping to treat those as well.

My recovery and stay in the hospital was as good as could be expected being in the hospital.  All of my nurses and techs were amazing!!  Shout out to Heather I., Brandi R., Julie S., Lorna B., Brenda L, Megan, Jo Beth B., Linda C., and good ol' Trazette C.  I remembered Trazette from my procedure last year at St. Mary's.  When she says something, you do it!  #lovemesomeTrazette

In fact, they were such amazing caregivers to me and to Shawn, and because almost all of them was jealous of my snuggly blanket I had on my bed, I ordered each one of them a big snuggly blanket from Kohl's the other day.  They are all sitting in the living still waiting on me to be able to drive so I can deliver them to the girls.

I had a hard time getting comfortable to sleep, and didn't get much sleep while in the hospital.  I'm still having a hard time sleeping at home.  I know over time, it will get easier, but come on already, this ol girl is tired!

No one came to visit us Thursday evening after the surgery, which I was actually glad.  I felt horrible and was so nauseated and throwing up.  We had quite a few visitors on Friday evening:  Mom, Shawn, Uncle Dave (thanks for the yummy soup), my friend Misty, Tina and David, Heather and Kristi (thanks for the yummy cookies and Thanksgiving meal), Angie, Alex and Allesha (thanks for the yummy cupcakes), Brother and Sister Heard (she actually checked on me each day we were there since she works at the hospital), and Phil, Susan and Kylie.  Shawn and I appreciated the company!

I also know that there were many, many, many people praying and thinking about us and we appreciate and love each of you very much!  Thanks to my momma for staying at our house with our animals while we were at the hospital and then helping to take care of my over Thanksgiving weekend so Shawn could go home and be with his parents.  Thanks to my amazing husband for your nonstop care and love!  He spent 3 nights and 4 days sleeping in the most uncomfortable chair and fold out bed so that I wouldn't have to call the nurse each time I needed something.  I'm pretty needy when I don't feel good and can't hardly get out of bed.

The picture below is of my fibroid.  That is one fibroid that Dr. Gentry had to go in blindly and cut up to be able to remove through the incision in my uterus.  He said it was about 8 inches in diameter.

Finally, food!  HAHA!!  My last real meal was Tuesday night.  Wednesday I had to do a bowel prep so all I could have was some clear liquids.  Thursday I couldn't have anything before the surgery, and after the surgery I was extremely ill!  So Friday morning for breakfast I had a grilled cheese and potato soup.  That was the yummiest meal!

Relaxing and waiting on the Dr. Gentry to release me.  #readytoblowthejoint

Love the beautiful colored roses and get well balloon my Shawnie got me!  

Get well flowers from my work

So now I'm at home relaxing and trying to take it easy and recover.  I've had good days and bad days at home.  I'm home for another two to four weeks depending on when Dr. Gentry is going to release me.  

Saturday, November 23, 2013


Earlier I was in the kitchen doing something and I didn't see or hear Gavin in the living room. He's not supposed to be messing with the computer after the writing on the screen incident. So I looked down the hall way and said "Gavin, where are you?" I see him run really fast from the computer room into his room and said "i'm in my room stace!" I went in there, looked at him, and said, really? He said, well I was in the computer room, but I wasn't touching the computer! I was totally giggling to myself when I saw him room from room to room really fast! LOL!!

Gavin wanted to type his mom a note.  I let him do it in my FB status.  It goes like this...
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I asked him what it says.  He said to me "I don't know Stace, I can't read!"

Lazy Weekend at Home

Our lazy weekend at home!

Gavin stayed with us last weekend.  We didn't really have anything planned to do other than church, which is definitely unusual for me when I get Gavin.  But I thought it would be fun to just have a lazy Saturday at home.  I had things in mind for us to do around the the Wii, work on our shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, bake cupcakes and deviled eggs for church on Sunday, and just relax at home hanging out.

Friday night after I picked Gavin up, we stopped in Hatfield and visited my friends Tina and David for a little bit until Shawn got off work.  Then it was off to dinner at our usual Friday night spot...Jalisco's.

Saturday was kind of busy at home, but was lazy too.  We just lounged around and played the tablet some, played the Wii some, vacuumed, worked on our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, baked some cupcakes, and made deviled eggs.  Then later that night Uncle Shawn had people over for a UFC fight.


Gavin makes a lot of paintings in school and Beth has them hung up all over the kitchen.  I asked for one of them and got this fun green one.  I bought a frame for it and am going to hang it in his room. 

Working on our coloring pages for our shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.

Taking a break to play some Super Mario Brothers!

Licking cake batter off the beaters!  It's yummy Stace!

Shawn had a fight night last Saturday, and Zoe and Kiley wanted to bake some chocolate chip cookies!

Sunday we headed to church and celebrated Pastor's Appreciation Day!

There was bad storms Sunday afternoon taking Gavin home.  Luckily and thankfully, we were behind them the entire time.!

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Pastor Appreciation Project

Sunday was Pastor Appreciation Day at church.  Instead of just tucking our money in a card, I wanted to do something different with it, more of a gift.  I saw someone post a similar idea either on FB or on Pinterest a couple weeks ago so I tried to go off of it, only I couldn't find the original post to go off of. 

I think mine turned out pretty cute!  And I'll definitely reuse this idea for future gift ideas!

I just used a glass jar I bought at JoAnns, decorated it with a few different ribbons, attached some stickers to a piece of card stock, and stuffed it full of 100 one dollar bills!

Our Pastor's name is Bill.  Get it....Bill's bills!  LOL!

I didn't take many pictures that day at church.  And the ones I did take are below.  Our theme this year was Hand in Hand with our Pastor!  Happy Pastor Appreciation Day Bro. Heard!  We love you and Sis. Heard very much!  Our Pastor's son-in-law preached a great message and then we had a meal afterwards with fried chicken, ham and all the fixins!

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child!

This year, Gavin and I did two boxes.  One for a boy ages 2-4 and one for a girl ages 2-4.  And once again I packed the boxes so full, I had to ditch these plastic totes and go upstairs and confiscate two of Shawn's shoe boxes to use!  They were much bigger than the plastic totes and I was able to get everything in them without squishing anything.  Note to self for next year...don't buy plastic containers, use actual shoe boxes.

This year, I did all the picking out for the shoeboxes.  Kind of defeats the purpose of Gavin and I doing them together, but I get so excited about them!  So next year, we are gonna have to add more.  Two that Aunt Stace can do, and two that Gavin can do!  Note to self for next year....don't be greedy buying everything without Gavin.  Spend the day shopping with him and let him pick everything out for two boxes! 

A close up of the boy's box

And a close up of the woman's box.  Not a girl's box, but a woman's box as Gavin calls it!

We did spend Saturday morning coloring our pages and filling out the questions and going through the goodies again to get them packed just right in the boxes!

Some of Gavin's answers to the questions:

Fave drink:  Water
Fave food:  Mom's spaghetti
Fave color:  Green
Fave game:  Legos Starwars
Fave thing to do:  Play mom's Kindle
I love Jesus because:  Jesus loves me :)

(Ignore our crazy Saturday morning bedhead please ;))

If you wrap the boxes, you are supposed to wrap the lid seperately from the box.  I guess so they can be opened and inspected?  Well last year, I wrapped the entire box so I'm wondering if that's why my box wasn't able to tracked?  This year I wrapped them seperatly.  Note to year, wrap the boxes before you put all the stuff in them, they will be easier to manuever  Also, don't use a shoebox with a lid attached on one side...if you do, your wrap job will be horrible.  Second note to year, buy decorative Christmas themed boxes that look they already have wrapping on them.  It will be easier!

Now I just have to drop the boxes off tonight and I will be done.  I pray that these boxes fall into the hands of a child who will be blessed because of their contents.  I pray that these boxes lift the spirit of that child.  And I pray that God blesses that child abundantly and beyond! 

I'm ready to start shopping for next years boxes!