Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Welcome Baby #2

Hello, friends! We are so excited to welcome our 2nd son to the world. Logan Scott Fehrenbacher! He was born on 11/11/19 at 11:12am. He weighed in at 7lb 2 oz and 21 inches long. He and mama are both doing well.

We are so thankful for this sweet miracle boy, and cannot believe that we get the honor of raising 2 sons! We are still pinching ourselves to make sure this is real life. We prayed to become parents for so long, and God has blessed us abundantly.

After Liam being born 4 weeks early, we were concerned with this pregnancy  that Logan would be premature too. We saw a high risk OB and took weekly injections from weeks 16-36, and they seem to have made a difference, as Logan stayed put until 6 days before his due date! On Sunday, my pregnancy reached 39 weeks. Sunday was a beautiful day, so Lee, Liam And I went for a slow walk around our hilly zoo. I think that walk did the trick, because I began having contractions Sunday afternoon, and by 2am Monday morning, we headed to the hospital. We joked that on 11/11 it would be fun for baby for be born at 11:11, and ironically, he was born at 11:12am. Also, after having a beautiful 60 degree day on Sunday, we got our first snow on Monday, the day Logan was born. 11/11/18 was a day of sadness for our family, as my mom’s cousin Brian went to heaven on this day last year. Now, 11/11 will be a day of joy for our family, thanks to sweet Logan, and I know Brian would love that so much. Lots of special memories for our special boy!

Logan is looking a lot like big brother Liam! We are so excited to watch these two brothers grow up together. Liam hasn’t been too interested in Logan yet, but we think once Logan gets bigger, that will all change. So far Logan is sweet, snuggly, and calm. We are so in love with our handsome boy. 😍

Monday, July 22, 2019

Pregnancy Update... Better Late Than Never?

Hi everyone! I wrote a post ALL about our pregnancy in April 2019, but just recently published it. Since it's been about 3 months, I figured I'd better update.

I am currently 23 weeks pregnancy, and our family is expecting a baby BOY in November 2019. Lee, Liam and I are SO EXCITED. Really, just Lee and I are excited. Liam is clueless as to what's going on, but he has learned to point to my belly if we ask him where mama's baby is.

This pregnancy has been progressing smoothly, and other than being super tired, I've been feeling great. I'm just now, in the last 4 weeks or so, starting to get more energy. Up until this point I've been pretty exhausted, but that is to be expected, I think, when you're growing a baby and raising a toddler.

Since Liam was born unexpectedly at 36 weeks, our OBGYN said the risk of this baby coming even earlier was pretty high. Because of that, she referred us to a high risk OB. He has been monitoring me every 2 weeks to confirm that my cervix is not shortening (so far so good), and this doctor's office has also taken over doing our grown scans, etc. So far, baby boy is doing great! We were able to learn his gender around 16 weeks with a unexpected ultrasound with my regular OB, and confirmed again at our 18 week anatomy scan (and several scans after that). I'm still meeting with my regular OB every 4 weeks, but my high risk OB is doing the ultrasounds every 2 weeks. At last week's appointment, I got the great news that since I've made it this far with no cervix shortening, I can now wait 4 weeks between visits with the high risk OB, and will continue seeing my regular OB every 4 weeks as well.

Around 16 weeks we started this injection called Makena (aka 17P), which is a progesterone shot. Its supposed to keep me from having contractions, which will ideally help prevent the baby from coming too early. We did the first shot in the doctor's office, but have done the rest of them at home. I thought this would be no big deal bc we did a bajillion shots during our fertility treatments, but this shot HURTS! Its worse than any other shot I've ever had. It burns going into my skin, and causes the back of my arm to be sore for a few days afterwards. Maybe that's why it hurts so bad- its given in the back of my arm, which is a sensitive area for everyone. I will take these injections until 35 weeks, so I have about 12 more, and then I'm done. Totally worth it if my baby will stay in keep growing like he's supposed to.

Other than all of that, this pregnancy has been very smooth, much like Liam's, and I am so thankful. Right now I'm enjoying summer break at home with Liam, working 1 day/week teaching an online class. I'll go back to work teaching full time in late August, and am hoping to work up until this baby is born!

Our next big appointment for this baby will be with my regular OB, and she will schedule my glucose test (probably next week or the week after). When I was pregnant with Liam, I failed the first test, and had to go back and do a longer one, which was no fun. Let's pray that I pass this one the first time, and that baby continues to grow and cooperate, as he has thus far. Thanks for reading! Can't wait to update again as my pregnancy progresses. Below are a few pics of my baby bump.

Here I am with the proud big brother at 16 weeks.

16 weeks!

Here I am at 19 weeks! Lee snapped this pic during our weekend away in STL for the MCAI Convention. 

Here I am on vacation in Daytona Beach at 21 weeks. 

This is me and baby boy enjoying the Rise Conference in Dallas at 22 weeks along. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

What's Up Wednesday

Hello out there!! Once again, I'm writing one of those, "Its been a while..." posts! I had ambitions to blog regularly at the beginning of the year, but time has gotten away from me! Today, I'm linking up with Shaeffer and Shay for What's Up Wednesday:

What we're eating this week:

Monday: Azzip Pizza did a give back night for our Church's mission trip, so we got pizza to-go and ate it at home. 
Tuesday: Spaghetti and meatballs. Had to break out our toaster oven because the oven is making our house too hot with no AC on yet
Wednesday: I'll be teaching my usual night class, so Lee and Liam will have leftover spaghetti. I always try to plan to have leftovers or something easy for them on Wednesday nights. 
Thursday: Grilled pork chops and sunflower crunch salad
Friday: Grilled steak, Brussels sprouts, and sweet potatoes
Saturday: Easter with Lee's family
Sunday: grilled teriyaki chicken and veggies, rice, and crab Rangoon 

What I'm reminiscing about:

Easter last year and how little Liam was! 

What I'm loving:

This awesome weather we've been having, minus the rain

What we've been up to:

My last post was in February, so since then we've

  • Taken my  niece and nephew skiing at Paoli Peaks
  • Lee and I took an adults only trip to Phoenix, AZ for a conference
  • Spent another weekend in March with my niece and nephew. We went to Sky Zone and spent an evening playing Ticket to Ride
  • Celebrated Easter with my family, and have one more Easter celebration coming up this weekend with Lee's family 
  • Completed teaching my first accelerated course at work, and also had my first teaching evaluation. Both went well! 
  • Visited my grandparents in St. Louis
  • Took a weekend trip to Chicago to celebrate my bff's son's 1st birthday. It's so fun to watch our babies grow up at the same time.
  • Took Liam to his first St. Louis Cardinal's game!

What I'm dreading: 

The gross amount of laundry I have to get caught up on this weekend...

What I'm working on: 

Lots of grading at work as I near the end of the semester

What I'm excited about:

Summer vacation at home with my little guy... less than 3 weeks away!!! 

What I'm watching/reading:

I haven't been watching much lately, but am still kinda keeping up with Grey's Anatomy, although its kinda blah these days. Listening to Girl, Stop Apologizing on audio book, and having a hard time getting into it. I think it's time for anew audio book. 

What I'm listening to:

Mostly listening to Garth Brook's Sirius XM station as well as The Message station, but of course if Liam's in the car, he wants nursery rhymes. 

What I'm wearing:

Lots of dresses and capris at work, despite my pasty, white legs. 

What I'm doing this weekend: 

Celebrating Easter with Lee's family, and getting caught up around the house. Maybe planting my garden if I can get Lee to find time to till it up for me.

What I'm looking forward to next month: 

SUMMER VACATION!! and my 30th birthday!
Can't wait to spend my days with this cutie. 

What else is new: 

All kinds of exciting things going on around here, and I'm hoping that once school is out, I can find time to blog again! 

Happy Wednesday, everyone! 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Weekend Recap: Snow Ski Edition

For Christmas, Lee and I told my niece and nephew that we'd take them skiing at Paoli Peaks. My niece had never been before, and we took my nephew once, probably 5 years ago, and he's been asking to go back ever since. No one else on my side of the family likes skiing, so we were excited to know that our niece and nephew wanted to learn how.

Friday afternoon I left straight from my faculty meeting and drove to pick up the kids. They live about 2 hours away, so once I picked them up, headed for my house. We grabbed a quick dinner at Subway when we were about halfway home. Once we got back to my house, we all fell asleep watching a movie.

Saturday morning we woke up bright and early. Lee made breakfast while I helped the kids make sure they had enough warm clothes and gear. We dropped Liam off at my in-laws' and hit the road. We asked a few people working at Paoli about young kids coming, and they said the youngest they've had ski is 2 years old. Liam will be 2 next winter, but we don't know if he will be quite ready. 3 might be a better age. We'll see.

We drove the 2 hours to Paoli Peaks, and got all bundled up. Lee and I took turns teaching the kids in the morning. They both got frustrated, and we got a little nervous thinking they might not enjoy it, but with more practice, they got the hang of it. Once they got their groove, we moved from the practice hill to the bunny slope.

After a few times down the bunny slope, we took a lunch break. After lunch we skiied some more, and even ventured to the family slope a few times. The kids did great! They were both so proud of themselves for figuring it out. Here's a few pics from us throughout the day:

Monday, April 8, 2019

Pregnancy #2

Pregnancy #2... I can't believe I'm typing those words. Does anyone remember how long it took us to get to pregnancy #1? About 3 years, 7 rounds of fertility treatments, a LOT of tears, prayers, drugs, and heartbreak.... all of that led us to the 2nd greatest blessing (our greatest blessing being salvation) of our lives: Liam.

The last 18 months with Liam have been scary, exhausting, fun, happy, exciting, joyful, exhausting, and full of gratitude. Lee and I have learned and grown so much, and we are humbled daily by the colossal opportunity that parenthood is.

After experiencing all of that, we knew we wanted more children. We just weren't sure how realistic that was for us. If you remember, when we did IVF to conceive Liam, we had 2 embryos that were viable for transfer to my uterus... we transferred both of them at the same time, and got our sweet boy. So that meant that if we needed to use fertility treatments, we would be starting all over again, financially, physically, and emotionally. Liam is so incredible, that we were prepared to do that.

If you wanna get real personal here (as if a blog post about the conception of your children isn't personal enough), we've pretty much been trying, or not preventing, for baby #2 since Liam was born. Despite our lack of prevention, due to breastfeeding and everything else a woman's body goes through after birthing a baby, I didn't have a menstrual cycle until 12 months after Liam was born. So although its possible, we weren't really expecting a chance of conception until after that. It took about 3 months for my cycle to get regular, and then I could really tell what was going on in my cycle. Even more so than before Liam. Things really did feel different... I knew to the day when my cycle would start, and I thought I was doing a good job identifying signs of ovulation (thanks to Natural Family Planning!!!). So once I got to that point, we were really counting days, and being intentional with trying to conceive.

Although I was identifying ovulation, I was not keeping a chart. I didn't want that daily pressure, stress, or reminder of the fact that we want another baby. Lee and I talked about it, and we decided that if we didn't conceive on our own, we would go back to our Reproductive Endocrinologist (fertility doctor), this summer and give IVF another try. We both assumed that despite our efforts, natural conception wasn't in the cards for us.

Can you just go back and read that last sentence again..., "We both assumed that despite our efforts, natural conception wasn't in the cards for us." HOW AWFUL DOES THAT SOUND?? Real faithful of us, right? True prayer warriors here trusting that Jesus will take care of us LIKE HE ALWAYS DOES. Time and time again God shows us that despite our unworthiness, he provides for us. We are constantly showing how undeserving we are of his forgiveness, of his blessings, of his care, yet HE STILL SHOWS UP. Talk about being humbled to the max.

Lee and I were lucky enough to take a trip together to Phoenix, AZ for a conference, and this was the first time I'd left Liam for more than a night. I was nervous and sad to leave my baby, but excited to spend some quality time with my husband. Of course we have a 4 day trip together and I'm anticipating the start of my cycle, but I've only had 5 cycles since Liam being born, so who knows if they really are THAT consistent yet, or if the last 3 just happened to be lucky timing. So maybe I won't start while we're gone? News flash: I didn't!

One morning we were sitting in a conference session listening to Lori Grenier from Shark Tank, and I noticed my wedding ring being tight and my hands a little swollen. This hadn't happened since I was pregnant with Liam. I also remember being super tired one morning, which was odd because I had slept uninterrupted for over 8 hours the night before, which is unheard of at home. The last thing I noticed was that I enjoyed this frozen fruity cocktail by the pool one day and noticed that it made me feel AWFUL. I was so bloated and uncomfortable from one single drink! So I told Lee I thought I might be pregnant, and he totally blew me off.

Let me give him some credit here: I literally say every single month, "Oh my gosh I'm so bloated right now... maybe I'm pregnant!" "Ouch I have some cramping... maybe that's implantation cramping!" "Hmm feeling emotional today, maybe those are pregnancy hormones..." You get the picture, right? I say these things EVERY SINGLE MONTH and have for most of the last 4+ years. So OF COURSE Lee thinks I'm crazy because I've only ever been right ONE TIME out of dozens. We opted not to go get a test, but I stopped drinking just to be safe.

We arrived home on a Wednesday, and it was LATE. Like 11:00pm. By the time we got settled at home, Liam was starting to wake up. My mother-in-law headed home, and Lee put Liam in bed with him. I needed to finish getting ready for bed, which actually meant take a pregnancy test. The infertile girl in me keeps these things on hand ALL THE TIME bc every time I have one of those "symptoms" I might wanna test, just in case, right? So I took a test and it was POSITIVE!! I was so excited and was trying to quickly think of a cute way that I might plan out and tell Lee the next day, but ultimately I gave up that plan and I just went to bed and whispered (over Liam between us), "Hey Lee...? I'm pregnant!" Lee was shocked because he really didn't think my "symptoms" were pregnancy symptoms, and we whispered and hugged as not to wake up our sleeping baby.

The next morning I called our fertility doctor and our OBGYN to see where we needed to start. Our fertility doctor said the OBGYN was the best place to start, and our OB scheduled blood work for that day. Later that afternoon they called back and said I was definitely pregnant, but it was a super early pregnancy, so they'd have me come back for follow up blood work.

So that was it! Lee and I were so excited and thankful that we were PREGNANT with no medical intervention! We never thought that this would be a reality for us, and we were so wrong! I'm 8 weeks pregnant at the time of writing this post, so I'll write a follow up to tell you all about the pregnancy and how things are going. For now, I'll end with reminding you  and me that God is bigger than ALL of our symptoms, diagnoses, illnesses, etc., and HIS plan will always prevail. If you've made it this far, thanks for reading! If you're praying, we'd love for you to pray prayers of thanksgiving, and ask that God keep both me and the baby healthy, strong, and full of growth over the next several months.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Weekend Recap, 2/2/19

I don't always recap our weekends, but this one was especially great, and these are the kinds of memories I want to look back on someday. No major plans, just lots of quality time with my favorite people.

On Friday night, I hosted a Galentine's Day Recipe Exchange Party. My girlfriends came over, and everyone brought an appetizer. I compiled all of the recipes ahead of time so everyone could have them. We ate, chatted, voted on best recipe, and ended the night before 10:00pm. Haha... Mom life!! I didn't take a single picture.

Saturday morning, Lee, Liam and I got up and got ready for the day. We ran some errands and then went to Milk and Sugar, a local ice cream shop, to celebrate National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. We met some girlfriends and their kids there for waffles and ice cream. It was delish!
In this pic, I'm going to say that Liam is shocked he got to have Ice Cream for breakfast

This is the face Liam made when we didn't feed him ice cream fast enough.

After "breakfast" we headed home.. Our mailbox has been hit approx. 283947389 times this year, so Lee replaced it, again. While he did that, Liam and I played, napped, and cleaned up. By dinnertime, neither Lee nor I wanted to cook, so we opted for Buffalo Wild Wings since we had a gift card for there. We didn't take into account that IU was playing Michigan State that night, so it was a LONG visit to B Dubs, but overall still good.

Sunday morning Liam woke up at 5:00am, so we got started early! Lee made sausage and french toast, and Liam at more than a whole piece himself. He LOVED it!
This happy boy loves French Toast

We headed to church. After church we got groceries and came home for lunch.
Looking so handsome for church. Ignore our pile of mismatched socks... Liam and I folded laundry before bed Saturday night and we left those socks out hoping to match them up with other clean laundry this weekend. 
Liam napped while Lee and I cleaned up, and once his nap was over, we headed to the zoo. On Friday, the local schools were out bc the roads were super icy and slick in the morning (Just 2 days prior, it had been 0 degrees). By Sunday, my car said 67 degrees...CRAZY! Anyways, we took advantage of the warm weather and walked around the zoo. Liam did lots of walking, and had a blast. We don't let him roam around on his own much when we're outside of the house... he always seems to either be in the cart or we carry him. He was loving the freedom.
Lee and Liam checked out the otters from this tunnel

It was 67 degrees this day, but the birds were standing on ice in the pond. I guess that's what happens when you go from Polar Vortex to spring weather in a matter of 3 days

family selfie at the zoo! 

After the zoo, we stopped at a friend's house for playtime with their kiddos and a Superbowl dinner. We headed home about 10 minutes into the game bc Liam was getting tired, and their kids were ready for baths. The rest of the night we spent playing with Liam and watching the Superbowl. He went to bed right after half time, and I feel asleep on the couch not too much later.
For Super Bowl Sunday, Lee and I rocked these Rams jerseys I had from the early 2000's 

Although we didn't have anything major planned for the weekend, it was so nice to spend lots of family time together at home and around town. Lee and I both talked about how much we enjoyed being together and doing everything but nothing all at the same time.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Tuesday Talk: Infertility Update

Hi everyone! It's been a while since I've updated on our fertility situation, so I figured now, at the new year, would be a great time to do so.

I'm joining the Tuesday Talk Link-UP with Ashley and Erika, so I'll do a quick update for anyone new: 

My husband, Lee, and I married in 2012, and started trying to have children in December 2013. We planned an awesome trip to Europe (Rome, Venice, Munich, Berlin, and Paris), and assumed it'd be our last big trip as a family of 2). We quickly realized that wasn't the case. 
This is us in Rome on Christmas Eve 2013

I'll skip forward to January 2015 when we did our first IUI. It was not successful, and we went on to do 5 more between February and June. 6 total IUIs, and they all failed. We were feeling exhausted and defeated after those 6 months and decided we needed a break. 

Throughout the rest of that year, we did some natural family planning, and took a break from fertility treatments for over a year. During this time I started the MBA program at our alma mater, the University of Southern Indiana. We went back to our fertility doctor in the fall of 2016 and began planning for IVF. I graduated with my Master's Degree in December 2016. We had our egg retrieval in January 2017, and on Valentine's Day, we had our embryo transfer. 
Here's us on Valentine's Day, the day of our embryo transfer

THE IVF WAS SUCCESSFUL, and we welcomed our sweet baby boy, William (Liam) Andrew, on October 6. He has been a JOY to our lives, and we love being his parents. 
I was so lucky to have a pleasant pregnancy. I loved being pregnant! 

This little cutie is our favorite.

Now that he is 15 months old, we know without a doubt that we want more children. So for now, we are trying on our own, using some of the natural family planning methods we learned before. We're not being super structured with it, though. I'm being aware of signs of ovulation, and we're being intentional with our timing, but I'm not keeping any kind of chart. Just keeping track of when my cycles end and begin. 
We love being his parents 

We don't want all of the stress and daily pressure that we put on ourselves in the past. After earning my MBA, I was fortunate to be given an opportunity to be a full-time business professor at our local community college, which has been a great transition for our family. I have a much more flexible schedule, and get to spend all of my Fridays, school breaks, and summers off work with Liam.  That being said, we've decided if we don't get pregnant on our own, we'll call our fertility doctor over the summer. If we're going to do IVF again, we might as well use time to our advantage. If we go that route, we'll try to do IVF in August or September, so that if successful, the baby would be born early summer, allowing me a 'maternity leave' without actually having to take time off of work. 
We thank God every single day for giving us Liam. Being a family of 3 is so much fun. 

So we are spending our time enjoying our sweet boy, and pray that God provide us with peace and guidance with growing our family. 

Monday, January 14, 2019

Weekend Recap 1/12/19

Happy Monday!! I started back to work from Christmas break last Monday, but today is my first day of classes! I'm so excited!!

We had a nice weekend at home, and I'm starting the semester feeling excited and refreshed.

On Friday, it began snowing and was COLD. We opted to have a quiet night at home.
After dinner Liam was messy, but it was kinda early for pjs, so Lee put a random mix of comfy clothes on him (Christmas pants, haloween shirt)... but Liam didn't want to stay still on the changing table, so the shirt got buttoned later... over the pants HAHA! We've been occasionally having Liam wear shoes in the house to encourage him to walk more flat footed, and less on his toes. 

Saturday morning we woke up and had breakfast, then we got all bundled up and headed outside.
This boy LOVES when we have bacon for breakfast. We also had French Toast and strawberries, but he was most excited about bacon. 

Lee and I took turns pulling Liam around in his new sled. He was gifted this sled for Christmas, along with his snow suit. I'm so glad we got to use them this year. 

First time eating snow :)

We built a snowman and named him Olaf 

Not our best selfie, but still turned out cute. 
After playing in the snow, we came in and played inside. Saturday evening we ran some errands at Hobby Lobby, Sam's Club, Bed Bath and Beyond, and ended with some dinner at Olive Garden.

He enjoyed OG.
On Sunday, we went to church, redeemed our reward for a free coffee at Starbucks, and came home. We played at home, and Lee and I took turns doing some work. Lee and Liam ran to Lowe's in the afternoon, and Lee and I both did some work while Liam napped.

We had Mexican chicken rice veggie bowls, and Liam was pretty happy about them. 
We ended our weekend with a short visit to my sister in law and  brother in law's house. My brother-in-law's birthday is today, so we brought his birthday card by, and caught up with them for a bit, and played with our two nieces. I failed and didn't take any pics, but trust me when I say, our nieces are adorable :).

Sleep training with Liam still went well this weekend, despite our daily schedule being a little off since Lee and I weren't going to work. Now that we can get him to go to bed at a decent time in his own bed, we need to work on keeping him in his own bed at night... after that we'll try to tackle nap time. 

This is going to be a somewhat busy week for me since classes start, but it shouldn't be too busy for our family as far as the evenings go. I'm looking forward to meeting all of my new students this week! Happy Monday everyone, have a great week! :)