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Western North Dakota , United States
My husband, Allen, and I are high school sweet hearts. We started dating Sep.99'- I kind of followed Allen home one day, and never did leave, is Allen's story. November 02' we were engaged, and on November 22,2003 - we were married. Having been married for 6 years in 2009, marked the 5th year we had been trying to start our family. With the referral of a Fertility Specialist from a friend, our IUI attempts ended up being a complete success despite my doubts. We welcomed our sweet little girl, Hayleigh into the world on June 30,2010 at 6:28am after 37wks and 1 day of gestation. She weighed 7lbs 14oz and was 20 in long. We found out that we were Baby #2 on April Fool's Day- a complete surprise! Reid Allen was born 11/13/12 3:24am 9lbs 8.2oz 21", after 38wks 5 days. Our 3rd baby, Eva Jane, was born on April 19, 2015 after suffering a pregnancy loss June of 2014. We are currently anxiously awaiting baby #4 due 2 days before Eva's birthday, so we are having Irish Twins! Our family is so blessed and happy to be growing!

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

My Little Helper

Today, we reached 24 weeks with baby Reid- 6 MONTHS! How did we get here so fast??? The good thing about this week, besides Reid weighing in at around 2lbs is that he is now considered a viable baby. I don't know about most people, but I guess once you have been in the infertility world, little things like this make you breath and sleep a little bit easier.

Reid has been kicking every night, and throughout the days now pretty consistently. I love feeling those kicks, and realize they will soon become a thing of the past. This time I plan on videoing his kicking. I don't know why I never did with Hayleigh, but I wish I had. All of the weird ways a belly can warp, and seeing a butt, or foot pushing out on a belly are truly priceless. I also cannot wait until he is kicking consistent enough to get Hayleigh to feel her baby brother kicking and carrying on inside there.

The UPS guy finally came today, and I cannot lie I get excited every time the mail goes, or UPS/FED EX guy comes by our house. It's kind of like Christmas in July..well, August now. Everything is for Reid- all baby stuff! Who does not love baby stuff?!! We got Reid's swing I had ordered off of Ebay a little over two weeks ago. I ended up saving over $50 from bidding on it online, and got it brand new drop shipped to my door. The only things we have left to really get are the crib and dresser ordered- they will take 2 months to build, since we are going with a log crib and dresser for Reid. Besides the crib and dresser, all we need is a new boppy cover, sheets, a crib mattress, changing pad, and diapers. The stroller I really want, I'm waiting to get until after he gets here- we will not be going to the mall or anywhere like that where we need to pack both kids in a stroller. I do have a few small things to get other than that stuff, but really that is for the most part all we really need. On my small list of things to get are: a carrier- I have a coupon for a free one, breast feeding shield- free coupon for that as well, car seat cover for over the top of it to hide baby- free coupon for it as well, diaper caddy for changing table, new brush, grooming set, gripe water- ready for colic, breast pads, and pads for the hospital, a comfy chair for the living room-if one will even fit, maybe a thingy for the sink for baths, and a wall decal for him, and a log bench from a local store here for his room. Over all, we are for the most part pretty much ready.

Hayleigh checking out the new swing, admiring our work.
 I felt like a pro at this- only had to check the directions once to double
 check which screw to put where out of the 4 that came with the swing

sneaking over to get a better look at the swing when she thought I wasn't looking

Putting one of her baby dolls in the swing- she would not let me do this at all!
Little Mama already-makes me kind of worry about her "helping" later to come on some things. 

I'm ready for Reid to be here, to get to snuggle with him- but at the same time not ready to not be pregnant quite yet. Some days, I'm all ready for it to be over, others, I know what is coming...sleep deprivation, trying to please a two year old while nursing or caring for a newborn. I know I will think we were so lazy here and did nothing before he was born, after he gets here. That's what I thought when I had Hayleigh anyway. Reid will also be our last baby, and that makes me feel old. I know I've said this multiple times, but it's true. Our baby making days will be gone, and we will be just raising our kids. Just one of the big milestones in our lives will be over once again- getting married-check, have kids- check, check, turn 30- ughhh not long from now... next is school, and everything that comes with our kids growing up.

 Our family will be complete, and in a way that is really nice and I love it, but in another way, the not knowing part that will be gone is kind of scary to me too. I really do look forward to watching our kids grow- Hayleigh amazes me daily on what all she picks up. Today, while on the phone with my mom, she points at the tv, (we were watching Jake and the Neverland Pirates) and says, " No, stop it Hook, go away!!" I looked at her and asked my mom if she just heard what I had. Of course, my mom did not understand her, but I did. Just last week, I dropped something on my foot, and yelped. Hayleigh came around the corner to check on me, and asks, "Mommy, are you okay?" with this concerned look on her face. Though my foot really hurt, I smiled at her, and told her Mommy was okay, and gave her a big hug and kiss. She can be so sweet sometimes, and quite a handful the next. I look forward to having two babies interacting like this, and wonder how they will react to each other. It really just melts my heart now when Hayleigh does something that amazes us both, and Allen and I look at each other smiling in disbelief of what our baby girl just did. It is hard to imagine Hayleigh a big sister, and being the older sibling, helping me with her baby brother. I'm just glad we got her first- she LOVES to help out when she can. She is so proud of herself, just as we are of her, of her helping us do stuff. I don't know what we would ever do without her.

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