I'm Pregnant!

Here we go again!  By the title, you can see, we are expecting baby TA number 2!  I'm really excited and I'm VERY happy to be 3 days away from the second trimester.  I had a very difficult pregnancy with Ella and while still difficult, this pregnancy is going a little better, thank God.  I thought I would do a quick recap of the first trimester and let you all know whats been going on! 

We very much wanted another baby.  I found out I was pregnant at twelve days past ovulation, or 3 weeks and 5 days pregnant.  It was a stressful week because Matthew got the flu!  I remember sitting with him in the doctor's office, looking at my toddler, knowing I was barely pregnant, and thinking about all the terrible ways this could pan out.  God touched my heart in that moment and I felt a peace come over me.  It would be ok.  We set Matthew up in the basement guest room, I went to the store and got two medications for him, we doused everything in Seventh Generation anti-bac and viral spray, and we got through it!  Matthew got better very quickly, in about 5 days total, and neither Ella nor I had as much as a sniffle.  

Then the next hurdle came:  I requested my progesterone to be checked with my HCG level around 4 weeks and it came back extremely low.  The level was actually considered non-viable, and I was counseled that miscarriage was nearly unavoidable.  I began aggressive progesterone suppositories two times a day.  Once again, fear took over and I felt strongly that God was using this pregnancy for something-I just didn't know (and still don't) what.   

At this point, I was beginning to get the severe nausea that I had experienced with Ella and my doctor gave me a medication called Diclegis.  Talk about a miracle!  Up to this point, I've only thrown up a handful of times, whereas with Ella, I threw up multiple times a day for the first twenty weeks.  

At eight weeks, we had an early dating ultrasound and saw the heartbeat: a strong 168!  Both Matthew and I were emotional seeing our little miracle on the screen.  

I'm thirteen weeks and four days at the time of writing this, and I stopped the progesterone four days ago.  So far, so good, and I'm still trusting God through it all.  I want to keep going with updates weekly at this point.  

Thanks for reading this far, and as always, I apreciate any prayers you want to send our way! 

Ella's 18 Month Update

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I can't believe my little girl is already a year and a half years old!  She's so perfect and precious to me.  Verbally, she is excelling.  She can say over fifty words confidently and will try to mimic any word we say.  I feel like everyday she learns something new!  Two of my favorite things that she says are flower and butterfly, because her little voice sounds so sweet.  She has started to string together some sentences, like "bad dog no" and "more milk please".  She asks for her favorite movie, Trolls, a lot.  Speaking of movies, this past month marks the first time she saw a movie!  We wanted to wait until she was 18 months old, as per the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for screen time.  We showed her the Little Mermaid, and she was very interested!.  She loves to make people laugh and has an amazing memory.  We recently switched her into a booster seat at the table and put her high chair into storage.  She still is a great eater, but is picky depending on her mood.  Her favorite food is cheese.  Ella does well in the church nursery on Sundays and loves to play near other children.  She still loves books and "reading" them to herself.  Her favorite toys are her babies and she carts them around with her.  She knows some colors, can count to three, and knows the first part of the alphabet.  I'm so proud of my litte girl!  She began physical therapy here in Denver last week with a nice and experienced lady named Barb.  We are hopeful that she will walk soon.  We just loved her therapy team in Las Cruces and were sad to leave them.  Barb has already said that she wants her evaluated for orthotics due to the way Ella pronates her feet inward.  It's hard to watch her struggle, but I've never known a toddler with such perserverance.  I'm exceedingly proud of her and I love being her mommy!

German Chocolate Cookies

Holy chocolate-y goodness, you have to try these.  I'll be honest with you, I'm not a big nut person.  I prefer my cookies and brownies to be nut free, but my husband is the opposite and likes nothing more than a good pecan brownie.  That being said, I devoured these.  They're both crunchy and chewy and cooked up perfectly here in Denver's high altitude.  I hope you like them as much as we did! 

 

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German Chocolate Cookies

makes 2 dozen

Ingredients

1 stick butter, melted

1/2 c. brown sugar

1/2 c. granulated sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 egg

1 and 1/8 cup flour (or just do a heaping cup)

1/4 c. cocoa powder

1 tsp. b. soda

1/2 tsp b. powder

pinch salt

1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 c. sweet coconut flakes or shreds

1/2 c. chopped pecans

 

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350.  Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.  Cream the eggs, butter, sugars, and vanilla.  In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.  Add slowly to the creamed mixture until blended.  Stir in the chocolate ships, coconut, and pecans.  Drop by tablespoon-fuls onto the baking sheet and cook for 8-10 minutes.  Eat a few in secret before you tell your family they're finished baking.  

An Introduction

This is me.  Muffin maker.  Husband kisser.  Baby wrangler.  Dog snuggler.  I'm Katie and I live in Denver with my family: Matthew the husband, Ella the baby, and Mugatu and Lela, the dogs.  I couldn't be happier, and I want to use this space to document my musings on all things motherhood, wifehood, and just womanhood.  Thanks for stopping by my slice of the internet!

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