Saturday, April 28, 2012

Hi Everyone! (by Caleb)

Hi Everyone!

I can't wait to see all of you! :) In the meantime, I thought I'd give you a summary of my first few days at home.

My first night, I learned that I was a night owl. Mommy and Daddy said something about my days and nights being mixed up, but I'm not so sure. I think I like nighttime.

My first night, I also thought it would be a good idea to make sure all my parts worked. I soaked through all kinds of clothes and diapers. Mommy and Daddy need tons of practice changing me, so I was happy to oblige.

I slept a lot during my second day at home. Mommy and Daddy listened to everyone and tried to sleep when I did, but every time I woke up, they were right there. I don't think they were sleeping that well. I don't know why really; I'm too little to go anywhere and get into trouble. But I'm already thinking good things up. :)

That night, we had our first visitors. They were nice enough to bring me lots of fun things, like a boppy and a bassinet, so I could sleep closer to Mommy and Daddy. I didn't like it that night, but the next morning, I decided it would be okay to try it out. I was REALLY nice that night - I slept 3 hours at a time. I even slept for a few hours in the morning while my Daddy slept and while Mommy went to Mass and get me more formula. I need lots; I'm a growing boy! (Well, the doctor declared me a healthy boy, but said I had lost some weight. Just wait til I show her! Just wait til my next appointment, Doc!)

The second night, we had some other friends visit. I let them hold me and I slept. They are really nice friends. They came over when I was born and helped move the desk out of my room to make room for my crib! And, they decorated the front door with balloons, and a beautiful sign welcoming me home! It's so nice to have good friends!!

Oh, and I'm smiling for Mommy and Daddy. They love it!! They keep telling me I'm the cutest and bestest baby in the world. (Shhh.... I already knew that. :))

Well... it's time for another nap. I'll write more later.

Love,
Caleb

ps: Thank you for praying for me to find my Mommy and Daddy!! I'm so happy my birthmom chose life!!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

He is home!!

Thank you all so much for your encouragement, congratulations and prayers!!! I know we received the call on Tuesday in part thanks to all of you!! God is so good!!

I can't wait to share pictures... but we're going to have to wait a bit.

I can share the following:
Born: April 22, 2012
6 pounds, 3.6 ounces
20 inches long
10 fingers, 10 toes!!!
Super-adorably cute :)

His name is Caleb Michael. :)

We're home now, and all is well. (Although he seems to have his days and nights confused!!)

Please continue to pray for us during the 10-day wait!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

SHE PICKED US!!!!!!

SHE PICKED US!!!!

SHE PICKED US!!!!!!

AHHHHH!!!!

A baby boy, born Sunday, and we'll be picking him up tomorrow morning. He's in state, so we'll be bringing him home tomorrow night.

6 pounds 2.6 ounces
20 inches long
Lots of hair and apparently adorable :)

More later!! We're calling family and going out to get more necessities!! :)

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS!!!!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Getting Shown Again!

We're getting shown again tomorrow; morning I think. The baby was born on Sunday.

DH & I would be so grateful for your prayers!!!!!

Oh, and I got a preview of our DVD this morning- it looks great, but our SW isn't going to be showing them tomorrow... haha! :)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thankful Thursday

Some days are just a "list post" kind of day, aren't they? :)

Today, I'm thankful for:

1) My super-amazing DH. :)

2) A great dinner last week with Rebecca!! I LOVE blogger meet-ups!

3) My retreat coming up this weekend... it will be so good to be quiet for a few days.

4) Our new glider chair and dresser and crib that were delivered for when we get "the call". We have the dresser and chair in place (DH has already declared that we will need to get another glider chair so we can each have one... I think that will need to wait until we move!) The crib is still in the box in the basement. Our desk is in the way... have to sell it on Craig.slist and then get a much smaller one. Then we'll get the crib in the room. I love the furniture! We ordered a set from JCP, then had to return it as the dresser was damaged. I didn't like the color anyway, so it was just as well. Did I blog about this already? Anyway, I will take pictures and post them after this weekend. Right now, there is still a bunch of stuff that needs to be moved elsewhere. Where else? I'm not sure... :-/

5) A surprise visit from my sister M, this past Sunday. She had to fly up to the area for a meeting on Monday, called Saturday night and asked if we could watch the hockey game together. Awesome! I so miss having her live nearby!

6) Local ultrasounds! I like not having my gas bill go up by $300 for the month! I have my scan for CD12 tomorrow. I have 4 small follicles on my right, and 6 on my left. The lead one is on my left. Interesting that I still have so many, without taking the Femara. What the heck is normal? And what on earth is my body doing?!? At least it will only have to go on for a few days next week. This weekend I'm on retreat and the office is closed anyway.

7) My first acupuncture appointment tomorrow. I'm REALLY excited! Maybe she'll have some suggestions as well.

What are you thankful for today?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

4th Ultrasound Series coming up!

Thank you all so, so much for your comments on my last post. I feel much better today, thank goodness. I really was feeling so patient... but finding out we were her "second" choice was tough. The chosen family had a DVD prepared... we did not. We kind of put it off - when we went to an Ed series class, there were several family who did not have one, or who said no one would ever see their video! Plus, it's expensive. Silly, when you consider the enormous check we'll have to write out once we get chosen. In any case, we're trying to schedule the session with the videographer - and we keep having schedule hiccups. Please pray we can get that scheduled soon! I don't want to be another "second" choice because we don't have a video!

Since we have no idea when a call will actually come... I'm wondering if maybe God said no this time because he wants to do amazing things during my next cycle, right? During another ultrasound series? Yes, of course, sign me up! Oh, if only.... :)

But, yes. I'm doing another one. Dr. M looked over my cycle review and thought it was an excellent idea to do an unmedicated ultrasound cycle. So, no femara, no HCG trigger, no cytotec. I'll just be taking post-peak estradiol and prometrium and the CM enhancers - amoxicillin, B6, fertile.aid and fertile.cm. No evening primrose oil though. I told the nurse I really didn't enjoy having an oily face! That was just plain yucky. I am just really interested (slightly scared. Ok, a lot scared) to see what develops without all the crazy stimulation.

However - praise the Lord - the nurse said they have had some patients in my area use a local radiology clinic. I was all for that switch. No more 2+ hour drives?  I called and scheduled the appointments right after I got off the phone with the nurse. The nurse confirmed that this clinic has worked with a few of their patients and knows their protocol. When I called to schedule the series, the scheduler seemed to know exactly what I was talking about and knew that I'd be coming in for a bunch of scans. She scheduled all of them right away, so I should be set. It's 15-20 minutes away, and only 10 minutes away from the church I go to for daily mass. What a relief!!!

Also, Dr. M is most definitely taking my chart with her on her trip late this month to consult with Dr. H. Sweet!!! Maybe together the two of them can come up with something great.

Again, I am so grateful for your comments and prayers on my last post. Your prayers are working - I feel much more at peace today. :)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

We weren't picked.

We were her "second choice." I think I understand now why our agency doesn't normally let waiting parents know when their profile is being shown. I've honestly felt really patient up to to this point, but now, this is such a disappointment. I know God has our baby out there... but, man, this is hard.

Thanks for your prayers everyone, they are much appreciated.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Prayer Buddy Reveal

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! This Lent I was blessed to pray for Refining Journey. It was so hard to refrain from commenting on her blog as she went through her surgeries. Refining Journey, I prayed for you and your intentions daily at mass, when I prayed the Rosary and during my Adoration hour on Fridays. I also offered up many of my morning drives and frustrations with the ultrasound series for you! I will continue to pray for your recovery and I hope that God blesses you with a little one!

I also want to thank Polkadot for being a great prayer buddy!!! Polkadot, I will continue to keep you in my prayers as well!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

October Baby

Have any of you seen October Baby? DH and I have been trying to get to see it since it came out but our weekends have been booked. Not completely, but we are cheap and go to the earliest showing. :) Anyway... wow. We both thought it was excellent -- really well done. I think I even liked it better than Bella. I don't want to mention details and spoil it... you should just go see it! :) And you should definitely have tissues handy!!!

John Schneider was in it too... he was my favorite Duke boy. :)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

We're getting shown!!! PLEASE PRAY!!!

I just got off the phone with our SW. She sent DH and me an email this morning... it seems to be a pretty good situation. Without going into details, the BM is young, a college student, and is specifically looking for a Catholic or Christian family and adoptive parents with a higher level of education. We will be shown on Tuesday.

Now... the only mild complication is that she is due 4 days after my sisters wedding in June. When I told DH about that part, he said "well, it's your mom and the twins." My mom was 9 months pregnant with my twin sisters at my aunt's wedding. They were born 2 days later. At the wedding, my dad got her on video saying "I made it!" And apparently the doctor told her not to go because she was already having contractions. She didn't tell my Dad that, though!

So anyway... please pray!!! I know it's in God's hands, but I was very happy that she is asking for a Catholic family. I don't know how many there are at our agency. Our SW said she would be shown up to 6 profiles.

Wishing you all a Blessed Triduum!

Monday, April 2, 2012

HWFD? - Ice Cream Cake



Ice Cream Cake

Of course you can make this for dinner. Who would complain? And I won't judge you. ;)

Please forgive the dark photo. It was taken at night and I had to take the photo quickly before it was eaten!

This one is GF, not dairy-free. (I'm going to try a diary-free one and I'll post that one soon!)

Crust:
2 packages of Gluutino chocolate vanilla creme cookies (almost 2 full packages, I had maybe half a dozen left over. If you are using regular oreos, one package should be fine)
1/2 stick of butter, melted

Grind cookies in a food processor until you have crumbs. (Vanilla creme and all!) I did this in several batches and transferred to a bigger mixing bowl. Add the melted butter. The crumbs should be sticking together pretty well.

Pack about 1/2 of the crumb mixture onto the bottom of a pie or springform pan. I used a small piece of wax paper to smooth out the bottom and press down the crust. (I used a Springform pan so it would be easy to remove. I also liked the higher sides for a bigger cake! The pan was non-stick, although I placed a piece of wax paper on the bottom then secured the sides. It worked really well!)

Cake Layers:
1 jar Fudge ice cream topping (I used Hersheys) - I used about 1/2 to 3/4 of the jar
1/2 Pint Ice cream (I used Edy's Grand Mint Chocolate Chip) - slightly defrosted
1 small container Cool Whip (defrosted)

After pressing down the crust, I melted about 1/2 to 3/4 of the jar of fudge in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds and spread it on top of the crust. Then I added half the container of ice cream. Then add about another 1/3 of the crumb mixture (I left just enough in the bowl to lightly decorate the top of the cake). Then add another layer of ice cream. After adding the last layer of ice cream, top with a layer of cool whip - however much you like--I happen to LOVE it :). Finally, use the last of the crumbs to decorate the top of the cake. You can also drizzle some extra fudge topping. Cover with foil (I used a large gumband* to secure the foil around the top of the pan).

Freeze for a few hours. Serve to happy people. Add birthday candles for a lucky recipient (this one was for DH!)

*What on earth is a gumband you ask? It's Pittsburghese for Rubber band. Rubber bands are made out of Gum Rubber. Therefore, gumband. Stop looking at me funny. It's a fun word! :)
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