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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Kenten visits Santa at the Harley Shop!

Last weekend Kenten got to see Santa and tell him what he wanted for Christmas! This was the first year there was no hesitation. Kenten saw Santa, and could barely get his coat off before he ran up to Santa to tell him his wish list. It's a good thing there weren't any other children there because Kenten took a long time to talk to Santa. He told Santa he wanted a long cowboy gun (shotgun) and a robot. Grandma Faust came through with the long cowboy gun. We'll have to see if Santa brings the robot. Since Grandpa Tice got a Harley last fall, it has become our tradition to go to the Harley shop to see Santa. Plus, we get to watch Grandpa drool over all the new bikes and the chrome he wants for his bike.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Putting up the Christmas Tree

After the allergy problems of last year, we decided to go with a fake tree this year.  Here are a few pictures of the events!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Sono Pics

The radiologist said she just has her hand close to her mouth. She's not actually sucking her thumb.

two little feet

profile of leg and arm



You can't even begin to imagine the excitement we felt when the lady said, "It's a girl!"

Friday, October 17, 2008

It's a ....

We found out on Wednesday that our baby is a girl!! And they said it couldn't be done. Branden's family can go back several generations without any girls being born. Needless to say, we are very excited. Yes, we have a first name picked out. We will share her name later when we've decided on a middle name.

She is still due March 1. I am very glad about this. Maybe I will be able to finish state assessment tests with my students. Kenten's sono moved his due date up 11 days.

The lady that did our sono said everything looked fine to her. She said the baby weighs about 12 oz and is about 6.5 inches long from head to bottom. We go to the doctor on Wednesday to get the full report.

I'll post pictures when I can get them scanned.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Monday, September 15, 2008

Kenten is all boy!

We got to make our first injury related trip to the emergency room Sunday night. While waiting on us to come out to work in the yard, Kenten thought he would get a head start. He found the potato fork, small pitchfork with three tines, and began to dig. He managed to stab himself on the top of his left foot. Of course Branden had to run a quick errand, so I was home alone with him when this happened. We took Kenten to the ER thinking he would need stitches. After several hours of waiting, the doctor thought maybe he might have broken a bone and ordered X-Rays. Kenten did very well having "pictures" of his foot taken. Then we waited another hour or two for the doctor to come back and say it wasn't broken and he just wanted to put one stitch in so it would be a smaller scar. He didn't want to suture it completely because he was afraid of leaving debris in the wound. We discussed leaving it open, since we doubt he'll be a foot model, and we really didn't want to hold down an exhausted terrified little boy. He agreed to leaving it open as long as we understood it would seep a lot and have to keep it very clean. Finally around midnight we got to take our very tired little boy home.

Today, Kenten would not put his foot on the floor, so he crawled quite a bit. I'm not sure if he's really in that much pain or if he's just milking us for all we're worth. Pictures to come.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

15 weeks (and a few days)

Not too much has changed since our last post.  I haven't had any nausea for a few weeks now.  Only in the last couple days have I been able to feel little flutters in my belly.  Kenten has become very interested in the baby.  A few days ago he got up from his nap, came running out to me, and asked if the baby had come out of my belly yet.  We keep telling him it won't be until after Christmas.  Hopefully that will keep him satisfied for a while.  I'm not sure what we will tell him after Christmas.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Finally, a heartbeat at 13.5 weeks!!

On Tuesday, Branden accompanied me to our "first" OB appointment. It was much better than the last one. The doctor and nurse were both great. I really felt comfortable with both of them. We were able to listen to the heartbeat, 160 beats per minute. Well within the acceptable range. When I got home I looked up the wive's tale that predicts the sex of the baby by its heartbeat. According to the wive's tale, if it is above 140, the baby is most likely a girl! Very exciting news.

We haven't yet decided if we are going to find out if the baby is a girl or a boy. We didn't find out with Kenten. If we find out and the baby is a girl, we can start stocking up on clothes. If the baby is a boy, we can start stocking up on stuff like diapers. Decisions, decisions!

In other news, Kenten has been having fun at school. He has been having a few problems paying attention, but I think things are getting better. After all, it is only his first full week of school, ever. Branden took Kenten to his last dentist appointment, until his next regular cleaning. Now that we've got all those fillings done, we are getting better with brushing and flossing. We have decided that Kenten will be seeing a pediatric dentist from now on. As a side note, I would recommend all children see a pediatric dentist.

Also, Branden has accepted a job with SM&P. He will start training on Sept. 16. He will be the guy that comes out to mark the utility cables in your yard if you have to have work done. We are really looking forward to him working again. Plus, he will start out making a little more money than he was making at his previous job! Now, we just have to hold out for a couple more weeks and pray nothing happens that will require money. Thank you to everyone who has been praying for us. It has been a very difficult three and a half months.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

First Day of Pre-K!

Today was Kenten's first day at Pre-K! Branden and I both got to take him to school this morning. Last week, Branden was able to take him to open house to drop off all of his supplies and see his classroom. He seemed right at home this morning. He went in, put his bag in his cubby, moved his name for attendance, sat on the rug, and never looked back. He didn't want us to take his picture with Mrs. Ricke. Usually he jumps at any chance to have his picture taken. When all the teachers came for a home visit on Monday, they wanted to take a picture of him for his cubby, he insisted they take his picture while he took a bite of his pizza.

Luckily, I had to go to work this morning, otherwise I think it would have been really hard for me to leave him there. Starting tomorrow, the babysitter will take him and pick him up. He seemed to have had a really good day. The babysitter said he was really excited when she picked him up. The teachers said he had a great day also!

Thursday, August 14, 2008


Yesterday was my first day with students. I hadn't fought exhaustion too much until yesterday, and even then I didn't realize how tired I was until I got home and sat down. Luckily Branden cooked dinner so I could rest. I've gone for about a week and a half without feeling any nausea, until last night. I'm not sure if it was dinner or the pregnancy.

Branden is still looking for a job. Things are starting to look a little better. He has been working towards becoming a bus driver for Wichita Schools, we're still not sure if that is going to work out or not.

Kenten will begin school on Tuesday. He is very excited to get to go to school this year. Every day for the last couple of years, he has asked me about going to school. Now he finally gets to go! He will go every morning for just a couple of hours.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


We went to the doctor yesterday, fully expecting to hear the baby's heartbeat.  We were shuffled in and out without any chance to ask questions for ourselves.  On the way out the door, I was finally able to get in a quick question and asked to hear the heartbeat.  She laughed it off and simply said, "They'll do that at your next appointment."  But thats not for another three weeks.  We also had some insurance problems with that doctor.  So we decided maybe it would be better to just change doctors.  We now have a new doctor that we've never heard of, and again our next appointment isn't for another three weeks.  I just want someone to listen to my belly and tell me everything is ok.  I'm sure it is, I just want that reassurance.

Since my last post, I have had horrible nausea with vomiting this time.  Saturday was the worst by far.  Sunday was better without the nausea, but I felt very weak and dizzy every time I stood up.  My appetite is slowly coming back and my newest craving has been seafood and Subway sandwiches.  I think it's their bread.

Branden has found a job!  He will be driving a school bus for the Wichita school district.  Hopefully during the school year he can find another job that he will like better.  In the mean time, its a job that pays well and will train him for a class C driver's license.  He will continue taking classes this year working towards a Bachelor of Science Degree so he can pursue a career in construction safety, which is what he really wants to do.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

9 weeks

Today, I am 9 weeks pregnant. I've grown just a little bump, but it's big enough to make most of my clothes tight. I'm still not having too many problems. Only occasional, and mild, nausea without any vomiting. Surprisingly, I haven't had as much of an appetite as I was expecting. I ate constantly when I was pregnant with Kenten. I am always tired. I'm not sure how that will work once school starts. I've been going to bed around 10:30 and sleeping until 8 or 8:30, and taking a nap when Kenten does. I go to the doctor in two weeks. I'm a little nervous. Last summer I got a letter from my OB that said she was leaving her practice, so I had to find a new OB. Hopefully she will be as patient and loving as my last OB.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The dentist was not much fun :(

Today was the 2nd of Kenten's 3 visits to the dentist for fillings.  We went in last month for his first cleaning only to find out he has 3 cavities.  Since Kenten is not very good at sitting still, we had to plan 3 visits to get them filled.  The dentist was very patient with him, much more so than Branden or myself were.  They even had a Game-boy for him to play games on.  Luckily they had a Spiderman game.  All in all, it wasn't horrible, but we are definitely not looking forward to the next visit.  Hopefully with all this work, next year we won't have any cavities.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

It's official!

I was finally able to go to the doctor today.  Her test came back positive as well!  March 1st is the official due date, which makes me about 6 1/2 weeks along.   I'll be scheduling an appointment in the next couple weeks with an OB.  Hopefully we'll get to hear the baby's heart beat.  

Sunday, June 29, 2008


We found out on Friday that we will be having another baby! By my calculations the baby is due on March 1, 2009. Although....Kenten came a week and a half early, so I'm expecting this one in late February. We are all really excited! Many of you know we have been trying for almost a year and a half, so to finally see that "+" sign was a huge deal at our house. It was a little hard to believe so just to make sure I took a digital test also. The results were the same!

As expected I'm beginning to feel some of the normal early symptoms of pregnancy. I have been very tired. I have not had any nausea! Hopefully I won't have any nausea since I didn't have any with Kenten.