wife to Jake, mom to my 6 crazy munchkins, Taking this crazy blessed life one day at a time.


My crazy IUD story.

 Well, many of you have asked me to share my story about Kate and the IUD, so here it is ...

 Let's see, I guess this all started about a year and a half ago. Jonah was about 7 months old or so. Lily was 2. Jake and I were feeling pretty satisfied with our 2 kids. I mean we had it all, one girl and one boy. Perfect. We had a great little Eco-friendly car, a brand new Honda Fit, and we fit nicely in our little 2 bedroom apartment. I went in to get a Mirena IUD put in, so ensure the fact that we wouldn't have another baby anytime soon. The appointment went great, although a bit painful. Life was good. We went on an amazing family vacation to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Seriously awesome vacation- we still dream about it.

Fast forward 6 weeks to my IUD check up.

I go in, hoping for a quick in and out appointment. Jake's home with the kiddos. Doc. gets started. Can't find the string. Hmmm, that's weird. Okay, let's check again. Not there... Okay, go wait in the waiting room until we can squeeze in an ultrasound to see where it went. My heart's pounding at this point. Finally, after what felt like an eternity, they call me in. I lay down. Get that cold jelly on my belly. The first words out of Doc's mouth? "Holy Shit!" Awesome. Who wants to hear their Doctor say that???? "WHAT?!" He's says, " There's a baby in there!!". Cue the tears and shaking. What the heck is going on. Turns out, my genius of a doctor put the IUD in when I was already pregnant!! At that 6 week check-up, I was already 11 weeks 3 days along. I had told them in the very beginning that I had gotten one period, and then missed the next one. I had taken a test, but it was negative. Not to mention that I was still regularly nursing Jonah and taking the pill. So, doc should have given me a test before he put the IUD in, but instead just assumed that it was from nursing or irregular periods. Bad move, doc, bad move.

 He tried again to go up and find the string, since now the IUD needs to come out ASAP. No luck. I went home, with pictures of my new baby. I was shaking and crying the whole 8 minute drive home, trying to figure out what to tell Jake. Of course, he's on the phone when I get home. After lots of crazy gestures to get him off of the phone, I tell Jake and we start getting really worried about the whole baby with an IUD thing. We start research online- bad idea. Everything says that it needs to be removed or mom could die, baby could die. Generally, bad things will happen. We make lots of phone calls. Get an appointment to see a new doc. He tries quite a few times to try to get it out (I do not recommend this to be done to anyone- OUCH!), and he can't. It's too far up and the baby's starting to get to big to take the string out. Plus, the more times they try to take it out, the higher the risk of miscarriage. We go to another doc, actually our midwife that delivered Jonah. She tries too, can't get it out. They refer us to specialists at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. We make an appointment to be seen in 2 weeks. We thought that seemed like a long time. We wait a couple of days. While shopping, Jake gets a call from a doc. a Tufts. He says that he can't believe they made our appointment for 2 weeks- we had to be seen right away. Okay. We find babysitting for the 2 kids, and make the trip to Boston. We meet the Doc. that we would see every 2 weeks for the next 6 months. He says we should "terminate". How awful is that. Every doctor we saw said that we should abort. We said NO. Not a chance. God gave us this baby, despite birth controls,  the IUD, and lots of disruptions trying to get the IUD out. We are not getting rid of this baby. The Doc. reminds us of all the bad things that can happen if we continue. Yep, we are aware, but we are trusting God. The goals we set were to make it to 24 weeks, and then 32 weeks. If we made it to 32 weeks, we should be okay, with no major medical complications. Commence massive amounts of prayer....

Then started 6 months of daily worrying, praying, "taking it easy" with a 2  year old and 7 month old, bi-monthly appointments and ultrasounds (this is one well-photographed baby!!), and constant wondering what's going to happen. We had so much support from friends and family and thankfully, we had a generally healthy pregnancy. I usually told people that it was like a normal pregnancy, but with a lot of things that could potentially go wrong. We made it to the big 24 week mark. If Kate was born after 24 weeks, she could survive, but with lots of complications. Then we made it to the huge 32 week mark. That was the biggest relief ever. We went out to celebrate. After 32 weeks, we were told we could leave Tufts and go back to our midwives. Hooray! Best news ever. I love my midwives :) 
My friend Kaitlin and I, preggo together! I'm in the pink. I think this was August?
  The last couple of weeks, Kate was starting to slow in her growth, and we weren't really sure why. We were monitoring each appointment how much she grew and it was dramatically decreasing each time. We scheduled a last appointment, where we would then set up a time to be induced. Jake and I decided to go on one last weekend away, just us. We dropped off the kids at grandpa's, and went to the White Mountains. We had a great weekend and then went home Sunday night. Later Sunday night, my water broke. 3 weeks early. I was panicking. I was not ready to have a baby! I had a whole list of things to do before Kate came, and nothing had been done yet. My bag wasn't even packed. But, of course, we had to go to the hospital. The only obstacle left of this whole IUD ordeal, was that the IUD had to come out with the baby. On Monday, November 16th, 2009 at 1:50pm, Kate Roxanne Kreyling was born weighing a whopping 5 lbs 1oz. And yes, eventually, I delivered the IUD too (they asked me if I wanted to keep it- seriously? Gross!) . PRAISE GOD! Kate and I were healthy. It was amazing. We did have a couple of setbacks at the hospital with Kate due to her small size, but all is well. She is still a little peanut- only 15 lbs at her 9 month appointment, but I could not love this little girl any more than I already do! She is the best baby and has changed our family for the better.

We didn't expect to be a family of 5, but God knows what's best for us and our family. Adjusting to 3 kids 3 and under was really hard, and it still is, but finally I feel like I am getting a better hold on this whole parenting thing.

 I am sure that I missed a few things that I wanted to say in this, but it's really long already.... Good job if you actually read this far!

Well, there you have it. That's my crazy  IUD story! If you have any questions, feel free to ask and I would love to answer them.

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I've been Tagged!

Mel, from Funny Little Peanut, tagged me in the 8 questions game. Here it goes!

1. When do you do your blogging? Naptime? After bed?
        I usually do my blogging after the kids are in bed. They go to bed around 6 or 6:30, so that leaves me with a little time to work on the blog. Sometimes, like right now, I work on it when 2 of the 3 are napping. Lily is outside playing on the swings, so I thought I would try to squeeze this post in.

2. What is your all-time favorite dessert? Feel free to share a recipe if it's fatty and delicious!
        Oh boy. I don't think I can pick just one. Dessert is probably my favorite meal of the day :) Once a month I treat myself to one of these bad boys from the Godiva store:

                                                                   Yep, it's amazing.
 I usually just have some ice cream (Turkey Hill cookie dough is our favorite!) or make our own cookie dough, eat some, and make the rest into cookies. I think I could talk about desserts all. day. long.

3. What is the most annoying thing your husband/sig other does?
      Hmmmm, well, since he works outside all day long, whenever he comes home, he's really good at tracking in mud, grass, dirt, and sometimes grease onto my clean kitchen floor (okay, that's giving myself a little too much credit. I guess it's not that clean, but still...) and staining the carpet. That's pretty annoying. He also blows his nose really loudly. I can't think of anything else right now, but I am sure there might be a few more :)
4. What are you most proud of ?
         I think right now, I am most proud of how hard I have been working the past few months to change my attitude and behavior and become a better mommy to my munchkins. I wasn't feeling like a very good mom, and wasn't happy or enjoying motherhood. I really needed to change, for my whole family. And it's been working and we all have been a much happier family. Really, it has made all the difference!
5. When I say comfort food what comes to mind?
      Beef stew, mashed potatoes, turkey dinner, chicken potpie, homemade chicken noodle soup. YUM!!
6. What is your favorite holiday?
      Christmas, hand down. Each year we've been trying to make it special for our family, starting new traditions and such. We are not doing Santa with our kids (the kids still get presents, but from us, not Santa), but instead tell our kids about the story of Jesus and that Christmas is Jesus' birthday. It's not about the gifts, but about family and celebrating the Christmas story. I'm already getting excited for Christmas this year!
7. If you could have a super hero power, what would it be?
        I think I would like to be able to be in 2 places at once. That way I could get a ton done, and still have time for napping and going to bed early :)
8. How would you spend a million dollars?
      I would buy a house, not a mansion, but a house big enough for our family and for entertaining. I would put some into savings and I would donate the rest to charities, or go on a big missions trip and build an orphanage or something like that. Or maybe adopt a bunch of kids. I'm not sure. But I wouldn't keep most of it. Just enough to pay off a house.

Okay, here are my questions:
 1.)  How old were you when you had your first kid? What were the positives/negatives to having kids at that age?

2.) What is a fun craft you like to do with your kids?

3.)  What is your favorite recipe to make for dinner?

4.)  What do you do to relax/relieve stress?

5.) What's  your favorite part about parenting?

6.) What's the hardest part about parenting?

7.) What's your favorite room in your house? Why?

8.) What is one of your favorite memories you have with your hubby?

 Okay, there are the questions, now here's who I'd like to hear from:

Have Fun!!

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Wordless Wednesday

Look how TINY Kate was!! This was the day she came home from the hospital, just under 5 pounds. We had to get a special car seat with custom made wedges in order to take her home. She failed the car seat test in the car seat that we planned to take her home in. I can't believe she was so small!

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Lily and the Ladybug

Well, I admit, I have been a blog slacker. Sorry folks. There's just not enough time in the day, and I'm not about to miss out on even one minute of sleep just to blog (don't get me wrong, I do love blogging and have actually been going a little overboard lately, but sleep is just too important to me). But, we've had a lot on our plates lately. One big thing on our minds has been a house. It's a really long, somewhat complicated story, so I'll just say, please pray that this will work out! It seems that God is lining things up and everything is really going in the right direction. But it's still up in the air. So please pray with us! If more comes of this, I will say more, but for now, just pray :)

Anyway, the other day, while out for one of our daily walks, a ladybug landed on me, and Lily was just crazy about this ladybug. She named him Mr. Ladybug, and was just so cute holding him and watching him crawl around on her :)
Laughing as  he crawls on her fingers.

She may or may not be squishing him in between her fingers right here. She was so excited to hold him and she was afraid he would fly away, hence the squishing. He actually did survive!

We bumped into Daddy while on our walk and Lily was beyond excited to show her new friend off. He did eventually fly away- to "find some lunch".  

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Wordless Wednesday: Take Two

 They do love each other! :)

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Wordless Wednesday... On Hold.

I have been trying on and off all morning to upload my pictures for this morning's wordless wednesday, but of course, blogger isn't letting me upload anything. Stink. Hopefully later today it will let me.

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Having kids is expensive!

We all know how much it costs having kids, and how important it is to save money. Even if we are super thrifty, it still adds up.

Will you help us win $1,000 by voting for this cutie??

Lily's picture has been chosen by Parents Magazine to be in the running to win "Kid of the Week" photo contest! But we need YOUR votes! You can vote once a day, each day this week.

Please go HERE to Vote! 

Thank You!

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I do love a good deal...

Daddy was working all day Saturday, so that left me with the 3 munchkins. I decided to hit up some yard sales, since I can't resist finding a good deal (it's kind of becoming an obsession...). I drove by a couple sales, but didn't stop, since it has to be a pretty promising yard sale for me to get all the kids out of the car and into the stroller plus loading up on snacks and things to keep them distracted while I look. It's quiet a process. So, it has to be a really good lookin sale to get me out of the car. But we did make it to 2 in the morning, where I got a pretty good deal. We walked to another one after naps, but I forgot about it and didn't include those things in the picture. Total, I spent $9.50 and got a leapfrog table (hubby's not to excited about this purchase, but all 3 kiddos love it!), 3 new Veggie tales movies, a pair of shoes for Jonah, a "bubble" for Jonah next summer in the pool, 2 pairs of tights, a sweater and winter hat for Kate, plus 2 books and a cute wooden car. Pretty good deal, right?

I have to say that I have been kind of disappointed with yard sales this season. The main thing I look for is stuff to stock up on for the kids- clothes, shoes, things like that. I didn't really find any of that this summer. Thankfully, I've been able to find awesome deals at Savers (even better deals on 50% off day!) and at "Fill a Bag" at our local kids consignment shop. What can I say, I LOVE finding good deals! I don't know the last time I bought something brand new for my kids, when it comes to clothes.

I hope I'm not the only one getting great deals this weekend! What kind of deals did you find?

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Flashback Friday

This is one of my favorite baby pictures of Lily (at 3 months). I loved it so much that I took similar pictures of Jonah and Kate, and now have them all framed.

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Friday Blog Hops (plus a pic of one cute baby)

Welcome blog hoppers! I hope you enjoy your visit!  I don't really have much to write about today since I wrote a big long post yesterday.  Leave a comment and tell me who you are and I'll follow back!

I LOVE the footie PJ's! Yay for cooler weather!
Happy Friday!

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One thing that made me smile today was...

 a blog award from Heather over at Family Friendly Frugality! Thank you so much Heather- it made my morning!

 Here are the rules of the award:

1. Accept the award. Post it on your blog with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.

2. Pay it forward to 15 other bloggers that you have newly discovered.
3. Contact those blog owners and let them know they've been chosen.

 This is hard because since I am new to the blogging world, I have recently found so many awesome and fun blogs!

  A Funny Little Peanut

 Life on a Stick

Her Good Intentions

Lovebugs and Monkeys

The Barefoot Mommy

Diary of a Devil Dog Wife

Mommy Minded

Crazy About My Baybah

A Good Life


Mama to Three Blessings

Marine Parents

Mom of Two Boys

That 22 Year Old Housewife

Trying to Stay Calm

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What is this feeling?

 Could it be? I think it is! It's Happiness! Today, I am feeling genuinely happy. Now, it's not that I haven't been happy before, but today it just feels different. I feel content. I am not feeling overwhelmed by my 3 kids, like I have been feeling for, well, since Kate was born actually. Also, all three seem to be in a good stage right now and have actually been pretty darn fun to be around! It's about time!

Last night I actually sat down and wrote out a schedule for today, and so far, I have stuck to it! And that's even including running, with all 3 kids, this morning. Whoa- I haven't been running in a while. Like a month or two. My summer goal of running 3 days a week went out the window at week one. Whoops. But, I went this morning! That's good right? I am starting slow, since I am an out of shape mom of three that is pushing the two littlest ones in the stroller while big sister rides her bike. I started off great, and I think I could have run the whole mile without walking ( my first milestone) except for THE ITCH. I was just starting into my third lap when it hit. This awful burning itch on my legs. Now, this isn't the kind of "wow, what a great workout- I can really feel the burn" kind of burn. This is like " wow, this itchy burn is so unbearable that if I start scratching it will only get worse and I think I will scratch the skin right off my legs" kind of itchy burn. SO, my questions to you is "What the heck it is?!" It is because I am more out of shape than I thought? Is it an allergy? I don't think it's from being too hot. Ugh. It was awful. I ended up walking more of that mile "run" than I wanted to.

Proof that yours truly did, in fact, go for a run this morning with the three kids (all bundled up since it was only 50 out when we left!)
In other news, baby munchkin is 10 months old today! Isn't it such a great age? I wish I could freeze her like this and keep her as my little baby forever. I wish I had more time to snuggle her- she is such a "sweetie girl" as Lily like to call her :)
Can you see her one tooth??

 Happy Almost Friday friends!

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