Thursday, December 17, 2009

Baby Update

The babies are 23 days old today. They have been doing amazing! They are all gaining weight like crazy and we might be introducing bottles very soon! That means they are close to coming home! A typical day for me right now is get up, get ready, go to the hospital. Stay at the hospital all day and go home, go to sleep. Next day start it over. If I need to run an errand, I usually do it after I leave the hospital. I don't think reality has hit that once they come home, that wont be happening.

Rylan weighs 3 pounds 10 ounces today!

Brileigh weighs 3 pounds 11.5 ounces today.

Brett weighs 3 pounds 15 ounces today!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

What a Weekend!

The Babies Are Here!

This weekend proved to be the craziest most anxious weekend of my life. Saturday I called the on call doctor with some mild complaints. She told me to come to the hospital so she could look me over, and she told me I might as well bring a bag. Well I had bags packed so I threw them in the car, I had myself convinced she would check me over and tell me to go home and rest though. That didn't happen. She checked me over and started ordering nurses about on what to do with me. I was hooked up to magnesium to stop contractions that I didn't even know I was having and given one of two steroid shots for the babies lungs. From then on I was on complete bed rest. The magnesium made me extremely ill, throwing up regularly, so I got another medication to fix that. On Sunday I got my second steroid shot, and 24 hours after that (Monday at 1:00) they started to lower my magnesium dose. They told me if I started contractions they wouldn't stop them. Tuesday morning when I woke up at 5:30 I was having contractions, but didn't think much of them. When they checked me over at 6 however, I was fully contracting, so to emergency surgery we went! It all happened so fast, I didn't have time to register what was all going on. I was just thankful my husband had time to get to the hospital. So now on to the important information:

Rylan Joel was born at 7:13 Nov 24th. He was 2 pounds 15 ounces and 16" long.

Brett Henry was born at 7:14 on Nov. 24th. He was 3 pounds 7 ounces and 17 1/4" long.

Brileigh Marie was born at 7:15 on Nov. 24th. She was 3 pounds 1 ounces and 16" long.

All three babies are doing extremely well. Breathing on their own and using their lungs to let us know they are here. They have been sucking on pacifiers very well and will start getting a little food tomorrow to see how their tummies handle it. The doctors couldn't be more pleased with how they are doing so mom and dad are relaxing a little more every hour.

I know it was everyone's prayers that helped these babies get to where they are and I thank all of you. I'm getting stronger every minute so it's getting easier to run into the NICU whenever I feel like it, expect some more photos soon!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Whew, Made it

Another Handmade'ns show over! And I made it through the whole thing. Not that I did much, but someone has to hold the chairs down don't they? We sold a lot of stuff, almost all out! Now I need to start working on next years items if I have any hope of making enough for the show. Ha! We'll just have to see how the year goes... These photos are just a couple of the ones I took before the show started. We do have pretty lights on all of the tables and trees, but I wasn't about to go crawling around to plug them all in for these photos, sorry.

For the most part the babies behaved themselves through the show. After the set up on Saturday, my little girl decided she didn't want to cuddle with her brothers anymore! She had been laying lengthwise like the boys and on top. She moved to stand up on my right side, her head up in my ribcage. That was not comfortable for me at all! Sometime during the night she finally moved, I'm not quite sure where. I guess I'll find out at my next appointment. They got measured at my last appointment, week 28, and the girl and 1 boy are 2 pounds 7 ounces, the other boy is a little smaller. He wasn't cooperating with the doctor so measuring him accurately was impossible. So the good news is they are all on track for their "age". I'm just glad to get past 28 weeks, now the next goal is 32! December can't come fast enough!

Now a nursery update, we have decided to change rooms! The room I was going to put them in sits in the corner of our house and gets a little cold. I was planning on putting up window treatments, but my husband won out and we are moving them to another bedroom. Of course I don't like the decor in there for babies so I got some paint out and he freaked! I then placed a call to a local gal who paints and she is coming later this week! After that's all done we'll start putting things together. Nothing like waiting til the last minute!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

October Update

Okay who's as big as a house? ME! And I'm only 27 weeks! What am I going to look like in the end? Maybe I should start working on the the nursery, while I can still stand. I made a trip to Walmart and Target yesterday and bought everything in bulk so hopefully I don't have to go back. I had a couple of other stops but I couldn't make them. I started have braxton hicks in Target so I checked out and went home. On a bright side, I have almost all of my Christmas shopping done! I have the women, nieces and nephews done, just the guys to do. Any suggestions? They are always the hardest. I figured I had better get going on this. If I make my goal of 36 weeks, that's January, I'm not going to be able to do any shopping in Dec! And if the babies come sooner, I wont have much time to do anything! My last check up went great, he has put no restrictions on me yet. I keep thinking one of these times he's going to say, alright, time to slow down, but he never does. I guess I'm doing a good job of knowing when to stop myself and rest. There was a time I didn't know if I would make my baby shower this Saturday, but now I'm pretty confident I'll be there. So that's exciting! And next Saturday is the Handmaden's show, I might even make it to that! Speaking of that, I got a couple more things done. Check them out below...

I only got six of these ornaments done, but I plan on making more for my website in the future. I really like how they turned out. I had covered some styrofoam balls with paper mache last year and never got around to using them for anything, so they worked great for these!

I had one more old door panel waiting to be painted so I finally got around to that. I like the old dirty distressed look. I painted this Saturday as I watched the Huskers play a pathetic football game. I guess that was a good thing, since they were playing so bad, I was able to concentrate on painting!

Well that pretty much covers what I've got to say today. Hopefully the next post I'll have nursery pictures to show off. It would be nice to get the crib boxes out of the garage!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Halloween!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Boy Boy Girl!

Well winter has come rather quickly in the Midwest! We had over a 1/2 foot of snow on Saturday! I didn't leave the house all day! Now today it is raining, and with temps in the 30's it wont be long before it gets nasty. The forecast calls for slightly warmer days in the future however. I can't help but notice how screwed up our seasons are getting! But hey cold weather calls for crafting right?? Since I didn't leave the house on Sat. and Sun I was gone only as long as the church service, I had plenty of time to craft! I have met my quota for the Handmadens craft show, which is always a relief, now I can work on extra things!

I made quite a few lights this year. Here is one example. I have multiple lights per room in my house. I love the soft glow they add to corners and cupboards at night. They are pretty simple to do. Find a container and start filling with goodies! This one has tons of greenery, candy canes and glittery ornaments. I topped it off with one of my homemade glittery white bulbs.

Now, while I stayed home all weekend, I didn't feel like getting out of bed much, so I found the perfect thing to do in bed! Penny Rugs! I started making the oval runner on Saturday and finished it yesterday. On Sunday I put together these pillows and stained and baked them. Then yesterday and today I sewed the pennies on. They are nice little projects that go rather quickly. I might just have to make more!

Okay now I know the title to this post is Boy Boy Girl, and I haven't even touched on that yet! Well at my appointment on Friday, the doctor finally confirmed that the last baby was a girl! We are both soo happy. We wanted a mix and God willing the doctors are right, we got it! Things are still going great inside. The outside, well, I am really starting to wear down. It doesn't take much for me to get exhausted. Luckily I have plenty of opportunities in a day to rest and I take full advantage of that! In a couple more months I will be getting NO rest! I'm starting to think my goal of having these babies in January isn't going to happen though. I guess as long as they are ready and healthy when they come is when they come. I just ask for prayers that the rest of the way goes as smoothly as the past!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Chili Weather!

It's hard to believe that it is mid September. The forecast in Nebraska is 60's all week! Not that I'm complaining, it's beautiful outside! Most certainly chili weather, too bad I can't eat it! I'd have to swallow a bottle of tums if I did as heart burn has become the boss of my menu selections lately. My last check up was great though! The babies are growing right on schedule! We also found out that 2 of them are boys. The third one wasn't ready to show off yet. Of course I'm crossing my fingers for a girl, but when I walked out of the clinic I was just excited that they were all doing good! I'd make an appointment every week to check up on them if I could! My appointments are now 3 weeks apart instead of 4, so that's good.

Anyways, on to crafting. I've gotten a few more things done lately! I finished the buckets I started last time. I only posted 2 of the finished ones here.

This guy turned out cute. You can't see, but the star on the top of the tree is glittery. I added some glitter to each bucket. They have been coated with a spray varnish so they can be outside in the elements and still last.

Here is my reindeer bucket, with his glittery red nose. Pretty simple but I like it. I added so greenery and red tinsel to the handle. These buckets would be nice for storing mittens and hats. Or put them outside with a lit up tree in them!

This creation was dreamed up last Sunday. The box does open, for storing all sorts of goodies inside. He's been glittered up pretty good too.

Lastly, I've been doing a fair amount of needle punching this year too. I made this piece to go on this old bread cutting board. A nice year round piece, it would look good anywhere.

I did manage to get some other things done, stitched prints and ornaments. Some winter lights and winter floral arrangements. Still lots to do! I also need to get the baby room done! That might not come together until early Nov. I'll post photos when I get that far. I might have to spend some time outside enjoying the weather...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Happy Fall!

The weather is getting cooler and it is nice! One of my projects has been to move my craft room out of the soon to be babies room. I finally got that finished and I can start crafting again! My theme for this years show is Use What You Have. I'm always on the lookout for craft bargains. I buy things that are cheap knowing I'll get around to using them some day. Well this is some day. With 3 babies coming I need all of the room I can get!

I've got a stack of galvanized buckets that I've picked up here or there. They always seem to range in price from $4 - $20. So I've always bought the cheaper ones when I see them. Here are 3 buckets that I started on. The middle one is a reindeer. He is going to have a glittery red nose! I'll post pictures when I've got them done. It's been slow going, but it's nice to have a retreat.

Now the baby news! I had an ultra sound today at 20 weeks and we found out 2 Boys and a ?? Or as the doctor said "and the third one is a boy, no wait girl, um boy, no I think girl, hmm I don't know". So now we get to wait some more... (more importantly they are all growing at a great rate, on schedule and their hearts look awesome!) Of course I would really like a girl, but the most important thing is that they are all healthy. I'm just such a planner / organizer I really wanted to know all three so I could get going! Well hopefully that 3rd one will show off it's plumbing at the next appointment!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Hot Hot Hot

After such a nice July, why does August have to be so HOT? My garden has fallen by the wayside do to the pregnancy. I just can't make myself go out in this weather. Just getting the lawn mowed is a feat! Today I am 14 1/2 weeks, but I look like I'm 26 weeks due to the 2 extra ones. My belly came out of nowhere. My imagination can't even fathom how big I'm going to get! Enough about that! Since I'm not going outside this summer, I should have plenty of time to work on my Handmaden stuff right? Well I do work on it when I'm not sleeping anyway. Here are a couple of things I've managed to get done so far.

You can't see, I should have taken pictures of the back, I bought some old cookie cutters to make these ornaments. I needle punched designs to go into the cookie cutter. These are the two designs I've come up with so far.

Here is another one of my new creations. I'm going to try and do quite a few Santa's this year. All different of course. This is just the first one I've gotten done. I've really enjoyed making him. I want to do a bigger one and have an old candle stick light coming out of his bag. Maybe try one in burgundy, and really primitive.

Anyway, that's all I've been up to lately. There's not a lot of extra time when I get done working, after I stuff my face I'm usually ready for bed! But no matter what I wouldn't change this for anything. I can't wait for Jan. and the babies to come! I'm hoping next week at my 16 wk appointment I'll find out the sexes. Then the buying and decorating will begin!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Hmmm Where Have I Been?

Well to tell you all the truth, I haven't really been gone! Why haven't I been blogging? Well... On May 19th I found out I was expecting. I went to the hospital and had my blood drawn to confirm. When my doctor called later that day they did confirm that I was pregnant. Oh and by the looks of your levels you are probably having twins. Well, that was some news. I was happy I was confident, having twin nieces I was sure that I could handle it. My husband was surprised but agreed that it was something we would handle pretty easy. Two weeks later I went in for my first ultrasound. When we started I told that doctor that my other doctor said it was likely that I was having twins due to my blood levels. He said, No, Triplets. WHAT? I said. Right here he showed me. 1, 2, 3. Well it was a good thing I was laying down. He didn't give me that news slowly at all. I was excited but overwhelmed. My husband on the other hand was having a hard time dealing with the thought of three. (He came around quickly though.) The next ultrasound I went in and told the doctor right away if he said there were 4 I would never come back. But there were still 3. So now two more ultrasounds later, I am 10 weeks and they are all doing great, kicking and waving like mad (not that I feel it yet). So most of my free time has been devoted to planning and researching. As I'll probably be on bed rest later on I need to get things done early. Good Bye craft room... Well at least we wont have to worry about getting a room ready, other that the crib setups. Anyway, I am going to try and get some crafting in before I don't have any time for it! So hopefully I'll be able to post more in the future.
So until next time ~ Happy Summer

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Quick Update

Well, I'm a little late for a May Day post, but only one day! I can't believe it is May already! Where is the year going?? All sorts of goodies are sprouting up in the flower garden, I took a couple of photos:

Look here! I've got my garden planted! I kind of jumped the gun on the peppers and tomatoes, we'll see how they manage. I also planted (a little late) some seeds for Ghost Peppers. Google that and tell me how crazy I am. If they come up I can't guarantee that I'll try one, but I've got some crazy people lined up that are willing.

I hope everyone had a great May Day! ~Heather

Friday, April 17, 2009

Rain, Rain Go Away...

Okay I'm well aware, April showers, bring May flowers. But we really are not even getting a nice rain. Just yucky weather that spits. My house is in the middle of getting sided, but I see no end in site with this weather holding everything up! On one sort of dry day I managed to get my bunny fence up around my soon to be garden. Hopefully next week I'll have it planted (depending on the weather!) and I can relax... Until the weeding starts.

I have gotten into the craft room a little bit lately. I had sketched this guy out quite some time ago. He didn't make it out for Easter, but he's kind of an all year bunny with a primitive flair. He would look great propped up in a cupboard.
This angel is perfectly prim. I had fun putting her together. I'll be adding her to my website today. She is about 9" tall if I remember right.
Here is what I have really been up to lately. I have gathered photos from my mom and grandparents and have been scanning them, to archive to cd's. It is a lot of fun to see all of the old photos and wonder what life was like. So different from now, it's impossible to think of what life will be like in another 80 years. The photo below is of my grandmother.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Baby it's COLD outside!

How cold is it? Missy has decided the only place to hang out on a Sunday is on top of heater vent. I wish I would fit too...

I woke up this morning expecting inches of snow, only to see a dusting. The 50mph wind hadn't stopped though. I also woke up with a Spring? cold. Body aches and headache. So I've been held up on the couch all day. It has given me some time to work on my website. A while back I started building my site with Adobe GoLive. In the past I have paid $20 a month to use a self maintain it site. It has always treated me well, but who doesn't want to save $240 a year? I took this opportunity to redesign the look. Have a jump over and tell me what you think. It takes a lot of time to get everything done. Not all of the buy it now buttons have been added since I have to build each one itself through paypal. Talk about boring...

Anyway, I hope you all are feeling better than me. I see an early bedtime in my future!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Can you believe it?? Me again already? I said I would try and do better. I finally got around to finishing some items for eBay. I started these 2 things quite a while ago. This first one I bought the paper mache' egg with this kind of in mind. I don't know about any of you other crafters, but things just don't turn out like they looked in my brain. I just think too fast and I can't really remember what exactly I wanted to do. But I really like how this turned out anyway. I started by making the "grass" out of paper mache' and went from there. I used a fair amount of glitter too. The emblem in the middle is made from crepe paper and embellished with tinsel wire and paper flowers. Anyway, we'll see how it does.

Okay, what can I say about this guy? I didn't plan him out at all. I started covering Styrofoam balls with paper mache' and this is what happened. I've called him Whimsical Wilber. I guess he is my attempt at something whimsical for a change. You know now looking at it I probably should have named it Wilberette, it kind of looks like a girl with that feather neck treatment. All I know is my cats loved the left over feather boa. I had to wrestle that away from them. I guess the new owner can name it what ever they want. I started his auction at a cool $1.

Anyway I guess that is all that I have been up to lately. It snowed this morning, but since it is still March I'll allow it. Tomorrow however it better start acting like Spring...

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Blogger Alert!!

Okay Okay I have been a terrible blogger of late. I wish I had an excuse! I don't even know what I've been doing lately! The fact that spring is here is awesome. Too bad the weather wont cooperate! One day it is 75 the next it is 25... Oh well. Remember my post from way back in the fall, all of those bulbs I planted? Well some have been coming up quite nicely. I took some pictures this morning before work. They are covered in frost.

These poor flowers got a good shot of frost, they are hard to see, but there are rows of flowers popping up here. In a couple of years they will fill in nice.

This is another shot of the corner of my garden. Looks like I need a new flag.

Here is one of my goals this year, to have a vegetable garden. All last year I dumped grass clipping on my "spot". When it was warm last Sunday I raked the clippings away and I've got some good dirt underneath. The edge of the garden bed has been held up by stones, it's been in need of repair, so I dug them all out and I think I'll use treated lumber to hold the wall up since it isn't that high and railroad ties would be a little challenging to do on my own.

Hopefully the weather gets better so I can get the tiller out and dig up the ground. I've already got the seeds, I'm not planning a big one, jut a few vegetables we will actually eat. I haven't decided if I want to do any viney plants, like pumpkins. I like to have them but they just take up too much space.

What else have I been up to? Well I've had this nice piece in my garage for YEARS! I bought in on a junk jaunt for $25! I had to sand the entire thing down and restain it. I just love the finish on it now. I used a wax stain. Now I just need to build a base for it.

All of the drawers are slotted. They use to hold every kind of screw, nut, bolt and washer imaginable. The knobs are old screws. It is a good size piece, about 4 feet long. It works great in my craft room to hold all of the little odds and ends.

Lastly I spoiled myself a couple months ago and bought this neat bench. I knew I didn't really have room for it, but I managed to squeeze it in. I got a really neat antique patchwork quilt to hang on the back, but I had taken this picture before the quilt arrived from ebay world.

Well I'm going to try and promise that I'll be better at posting. I've kind of stacked lately with my crafting as well. I just haven't been in the mood. Being cooped up all winter with no trips anywhere have worn me down. Hopefully the weather will warm up and my mood will come around. Flea market season is around the corner! Til next time...