Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Look Back at 2009

Here is a look back at my life in 2009!

We rang in the new year with our friends the Knights. Brian, Heather, Nora, & 2 week old Evan watched the ball drop together. We had dinner at Shogun & then back to our house for cards.

Danny & I celebrated our 6th year of marriage. We celebrated w/ a night out. We had dinner at Bonefish & then to a movie.

Also, in January~ We decided to pursue fertility treatments with a Doctor in Cincinnati.

We had our first visit to the fertility Doctor in Cinci. Dr. S told us our chances of conceiving were high. We made plans to continue on & have the IUI.

We celebrated Valentine's Day as a family. We made a fondue style dinner at home that included a yummy chocolate dessert.

We headed back to Cinci as my cycle had begun. They did an ultrasound to see what my starting point was & I started taking the injections.

Back to Cinci for another ultrasound in hopes the shots had worked. They found 3 follicles (eggs) growing. One was larger than the others.

We went back to Cinci to check the progress of my precious eggs! There were only 1 left, but it looked perfect. Dr. S wanted to go ahead with the IUI. He said that if this cycle didn't work we'd increase the injections for next month.

Insemination Day!! We went back to Cinci, this time w/ Granny & Davis. We had the IUI & then spent the day in Cincinnati trying to act normal!

My baby boy turned 4! I couldn't believe it had been 4 years!! We celebrated his birthday by having a Super Hero party at Incredible Dave's. It was a wonderful day.

I cheated & tested a few days early! It was a slight positive. I couldn't wait to share with Danny, but we were both skeptical.

Went for blood work & pregnancy was confirmed! We were ecstatic.

More blood work.... my beta was growing!

Our family piled in the mini van & headed to Virginia/DC to visit Danny's cousin & his family. This was Davis' 1st official spring break!

We went back to see Dr. S & do a 'head count' on our little bean. He counted 1, but things looked great!

It's Derby Day. Danny & Davis went to a party at a friend's. I stayed home very sick. Pregnancy finally felt real & I was so happy.

We traveled to Eastern KY for my cousin's wedding. Davis was the cutest ring bearer!

Our baby who is in heaven would have been 1! I made cupcakes in his honor.

I turned 30! Danny had a little party for me with some friends of ours. It was a great surprise & a lot of fun!

Also, in May.... Danny & coached our youth's softball team again. We hadn't done this in a couple years & it was a lot of fun.
Davis started his 2nd season of t-ball. We saw so many improvements in his abilities, but I'm afraid he's not a big fan of the game!!

We went camping w/ the Holloways. This was our first experience as a family with tent camping. I was pregnant & morning sickness was no fun in great outdoors. We had a blast & hope to do it again this year.

We took Davis to see Thomas for the 3rd year in a row. As always, he enjoys this tradition.

Also, in June.... We found out we were expecting a baby girl. I was shocked!

We went to French Lick Indiana to the KMHI Hall of Fame dinner & presentation. Kreil was being inducted & this was an honor for him & our family.

Danny turned 39!

In August things started to settle down. We enjoyed our tradition of going to the fair & had a wonderful time. The state fair is something our family looks forward to each year.
Davis started playing soccer for the YMCA. He had fun & seemed to enjoy it.

Davis started his 2nd & last year of preschool. He was a bit nervous, but had no problems starting the year out right.

Davis starting taking Tae Kwon Do. He was so excited & wanted to start the day we went for the visit. They make it so much fun there.

We went to Yogi Bear for a Halloween camping treat. We went w/ the Knights & Holloways. Everyone had so much fun, this is sure to be a annual tradition. We spent 2 nights in cute little cabins.

We continued our tradition of pumpkin picking at Huber's. Davis talks about this all year!

H1N1 hit the Barnes home. Davis had it, but it was diagnosed early & he had no complications.

We celebrated Halloween. Davis dressed up as Darth Vader! He's growing up so fast!

Davis went to the dentist for the 1st time. He did better than I could have imagined. We got a great report from Dr Nathan! No cavities!

Our baby girl was born 17 days early. What a surprise & blessing.

Eliza & I came home from the hospital to start our lives as a family of 4.

We celebrated Thanksgiving at my Nanny & Kreil's. We had a lot to be thankful for.

Eliza went to see the pediatric cardiologist. Our pediatrician had detected a heart murmur. She received great news. It's an innocent murmur & she'll grow out of it.

Davis was in our church's children's musical. This year he not only sang songs, but played a shepherd. I was so proud.

We celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ at home together!

We went out with the Petri Crew for dinner & some Incredible Dave's with the kiddos. We had a great time & was home early.

I didn't even post all we did & the places we went! We had a great year & made many memories.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Not A Creature Was Stirring...

Not a creature was stirring.... not even Davis & Eliza.
Here are my babies sound asleep on Christmas Eve in hopes that St Nicholas would soon be there!

Side note~ Yes, I'm very aware that I posted 3 times in 1 night... I had some catching up to do!! I hope to get 2 post in tomorrow to make up for lost time!

Christmas Eve...

Every year on Christmas Eve we spend it with the Morans.
This year Dana was gracious enough to host & the kids loved it! It was such a nice relaxing evening spent with my family.
This is a family where other than the 2 children I gave birth to & Geri, there are no blood relation. This is a family that has never made me, my husband, or my children feel we are any less than family. They love us unconditionally, even when we're unlovable! Now, that's family!

Picture with Santa

Somehow this season just flew by! I thought I had it all together & was ready for Christmas.... then I blinked! It was Christmas Eve & I had not only had my son's annual picture with Santa taken, but I hadn't documented Eliza's 1st Christmas w/ her picture w/ Santa.
I had so many things to do & didn't want to venture out in the cold winter air to fight all the crazy people at the mall on Christmas Eve. But, would it matter in 20 years? Would I remember that or would I just remember not having my kids pictures made?
I know me.... I know how I beat myself up.... I know how I want to document our lives together. Out the door we went! Luckily, Danny was able to help me w/ some errands & met us at the mall. It turned out to be a nice morning & relaxing time watching the 'crazy' people scramble for their last minute gifts, while we were finished, just wanting a picture w/ good Ole' Saint Nick.
We may make Christmas Eve pictures w/ Santa a tradition!
Eliza was fussy & Davis was tired, so Super Daddy had to step in. All the while, Mommy pushed the stroller & snapped pictures!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Not Me Monday!~ Almost forgot!!

I was so excited to just being posting that I almost forgot it's Monday & that allows me to confess my sins of the week!

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

I did not forget not once.... not twice, but 3 times to put deodorant on this past week. If I had of, my husband would not have made me feel bad about it, either.

I did not on a regular basis forget when I had nursed my baby. Nope, it wasn't me entering times on my Blackberry to keep up with it all.

I did not let my 4 1/2 year old son play wii one morning, so I could get 15 more minutes of sleep. I would never do that.

I have not let Eliza go back to sleep on the Boppy in my bed at anytime. NOPE, I wouldn't do that.

OK, I think that's about it for this week. I'll save all my others for next week..... If I can make it back on here by then!!


This is Eliza ready for her first Cardinal basketball game! Can't you tell she's excited? We were hoping she'd bring us luck as her brother did when he wore this outfit (sans bow, of course), but no luck!
Davis was born during March Madness & he wore this sleeper for EVERY game that UofL played. I would have to rush to make sure the sleeper was clean b/c he had reflux & UofL would sometimes play on back to back nights. We thought he brought us luck because UofL went to the Final Four that year.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

It's Deja Vu

We've been making weekly appointments to the pediatrician to check Eliza's weight because she had yet to gain her birth weight back. We took these same weekly & bi weekly trips to see Dr Jill when Davis was born. I guess my babies just take awhile to get started.
At our last visit to see Dr Jill, our baby girl had not only gained her birth weight back, but passed it. I was so happy & knew I could rest more easily & not stress during every feeding.
While we were there, the Dr did discover a heart murmur on Eliza. I came home & called the same pediatric cardiologist that Davis sees & made an appointment for our baby girl.
This past Thursday we went & saw Dr. A. He is an amazing Dr & we're very lucky to have him take care of our children's hearts.
There were 3 things they found 'not normal' with Eliza's heart. The first thing was a tiny pin prick hole in her heart. Davis has... I mean had this, too! He grew out of his, as will Eliza.
The 2nd thing was what is actually making the murmur. It's false tendons. This, Davis also has! They both will grow out of it.
The 3rd is narrow valves. This condition is called Congenital Heart Disease. It sounds a lot worse than it is (in her case, anyway). This is something she will grow out of, probably in the next year.
We had a great visit & couldn't have asked for more. Everything is fine or will be in the next year or so. We go back for a follow up next December.
Oh, they weighed her & our baby girl is now 9 lbs!