Friday, December 10, 2010

Week 8 and Everything's GREAT!

We had our first "official" visit to the baby doctor this week. No new ultrasound since there was no more bleeding since last week :-( I was kind of sad Chris missed the 1st ultrasound, but it was way more important we checked on baby last week.  Everything looks good. I have a new midwife than I had last time (as mine left the practice) but she's really nice and fits in well with our since of humor! The next 7 months of visits could prove to be interesting! LOL We go back January 5th to hear the heartbeat and then February 10th to find out the Million Dollar Question is it a Boy or Girl!!! Deette (my Midwife) said we could bring Anna-Grace we told her and she's SUPER excited. She really wants a baby brother and we keep trying to explain to her she may not get what she wants, something she's totally not used to, so we will wait and see how that goes.

As far as everything else goes, I finally got in the Christmas spirit last weekend and put the tree up, Chris put up the outside decorations on Monday so it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Williford household. Anna-Grace has her own special Princess Tree this year complete with Princess ornaments and pink bulbs! My Grandma Leen gave me an Angel Ornament (in the picture above to the left of Tiny our Elf on A Shelf) the Christmas before she passed away and it makes me sad every year when I put it on the tree. I have comfort in the fact that it's her way of watching over us at one of her favorite holidays....she would have spoiled Anna-Grace rotten and would have loved how excited she's going to be this year when she opens up her presents. She would be even more thrilled to know we had another one on the way.....times like this are when I miss her the most :-(

On a happier note, we had a bit of snow while we were putting up the tree, but it was too dark for pictures and when we woke up the sun had melted it all away. Anna-Grace and I were leaving the grocery store when it started and I was pushing her in a cart. A little old lady behind us remarked about how Anna-Grace's eyes were glowing and they were, she was so excited! This year Christmas is going to be the best one yet. I may be more excited than she is!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Introducing Baby #2

So we had a sneak peak at our litle peanut yesterday......I don't go to my official 1st visit until next Wednesday but I had some minor bleeding the night before last, so they just wanted to check things out. The doctor said everything looked good, the heartbeat was strong and everything was A OK! Which was great news.

We have had one sick little girl on our hands this week as Anna-Grace has strep throat and a sinus infection. We were starting to wonder if she was ever going to feel better. She woke p this morning and seems a bit better so hopefully we have reached a turning point. Poor Chris had to take care of me all weekend as I was just exhausted and then he spent all 3 of his days off caring for a sick 3 year old (who can be quite bossy when she's sick)!  Poor thing I think he may have been a bit relieved to go back to work today! LOL

In other news, Tiny reappeared when we arrived home from our Thanksgiving travels! He works wonders. I am thinking about asking Santa if he can spare that little Elf all year long! He however, is the ONLY Christmas decoration we have up. I had plans to do it over the weekend but did not have the energy.....I haven't even taken down our Halloween stuff (whoops) Oh well, here's to getting it done this weekend!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Anna-Grace sings Princess Songs

Our Little Girl is quite the performer! She was upstairs in her room last week singing away for over an hour, I was suprised when I snuck up there to secretly videotape her that she turned right around and performed for me!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Week 6 and My New Best Friend!

I thought I would take today to introduce you to my new best friend! It seems the 2 of us will be spending a lot of time together over the course of the next few weeks (and hopefully ONLY the next few weeks).

I never had any of this with Anna-Grace, and I think God planned it that way because if I would have, I never would have had any other children!!!!

Other than the morning sickness and the fatigue things are going well. My Doctor just called me in some meds for the nausea so hopefully they will help. She did however tell me I was out of luck because they cannot write a prescription for more energy :-( so I guess I'm stuck with that one! I have been trying to decide all day how to convince our families to have Thanksgiving without food....

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Exciting news!!

Anna-Grace is going to be a Big Sister!!!

We are super excited to announce that the newest (and final for those of you wondering) addition to our little family should be arriving sometime in July! Anna-Grace is very excited to be a Big Sister but says she wants a Baby Brother because a Baby Sister might want to play with all of her toys! Pretty smart for a 3 year old. We just keep explaining to her that we don't get to pick and we have to take what God thinks we should have, so we will have to wait and see.

The picture above was taken before Chris got home from work a few weeks ago this was how we told him I was pregnant. I love her face in this one because she truly looks excited~ we will have to see how long it lasts. We go to our 1st appointment December 8th so we will keep everyone posted.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

So She Thinks She Can Dance

Ladies and Gentlemen keep your eyes open because one day you may see this precious little face on TV one day.

Anna-Grace started her Kinder Ballet/Tap class last night. She was so excited and ready to go the second I got home from work.

Parents were not allowed to stay inside the classroom (too much of a distraction for 3 & 4 year olds) so most of my pictures were snapped through the door! She listened to the teacher very well and was all smiles when the teacher gave her a stamp at the end of class. Her recital isn't until June and I am very excited to see how much she learns over the next 10 months!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Love our Grandma Teenie!!

After we rested from a night of dancing Anna-Grace and I headed to one of my most favorite places in the world.....Grandma Teenie's house. We got to spend some QT time with her and played the piano and sat in the swing on the front porch! Something about her house just relaxes me and makes me feel at home. I just wish we lived closer so we could visit more!!

Dancing Machine~

Our daughter is a dancing machine! Daddy had to work so Anna-Grace and I had a date to my Aunt's Birthday Party/Suprise Wedding Ceremony! AG boggied all night long till she literally couldn't stand anymore......guess she gets that from her mommy ;-)

Mother's Day 2010

I had a wonderfully relaxing Mother's Day. Saturday we loaded up and headed to Atlantic Beach just the 3 of us! It was wonderful. We spent the 1st half of the day at the aquarium which she LOVED. She even got to pet a sting ray, which if you ask her she will say the sting ray tried to eat her fingers! LOL

We finished up at the aquarium and headed to the beach...though it was a bit windy it was still great, Anna-Grace is starting to love the beach, and had a blast following her Daddy while I lounged around!

We came home and went out to dinner and ended with drinking some wine out of my wonderful Mother's Day present pictured above :-)

Being a mom is by far the best thing I have ever done with my life. I just feel so incredibly blessed everyday :-)

Playing catch up as usual.....

Chris and I look forward to the spring/summer months all winter long. Being stuck in the house with a toddler all winter long can be taxing and we are people that like to go and have fun~and it's not fun bundling up just to walk to the car!! With 3 snows under our belt and all of Anna-Grace's health issues things have finally been on the upswing for us and we have been going non-stop!!

Instead of craming it all into one post, stay tuned for several post and pics to bring you up to speed! Hope everyone is enjoying their summer as much as we are!!!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Anna-Grace Update Part2

Chris took Anna-Grace to her follow up this past Thursday we didn't learn much other than all of the reflux is on the right side of her kidneys not both. The doctor wants us to keep her on a low grade antibiotic for the next year and bring her in every 3 months to check her urine. He wants us to just keep a close eye on things and if nothing changes or gets worse he wants us to take her back to have the same tests done in 1 year (soooo not looking forward to going through that again!).

So at least no surgery for now. The doctor seems to think she may outgrow this and since there was no damage to her kidneys thinks we should try to wait it out. So looks like we have to wait and see what happens!

Introducing Jackson~

After 9 long months of waiting my Godson,  Grant Jackson Boseman Jr. finally arrived this week! He was born at 10:11pm Monday April 5th, 2010 weighing 8lbs and 13 oz! He is perfect! Anna-Grace is still a bit jealous, and HATES for me to hold him, but I think she will get used to him over time. He's perfect and Amanda is doing great already a perfect mom!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Anna-Grace Update

I took Anna-Grace yesterday to have her Renal Ultrasound and VCUG Tests done to see what if anything was causing her repeat bladder infections.

Her Renal Ultrasound came back great! Her kidneys looked good and they saw no abnormalities. She did amazing, she laughed the whole time and told the ultrasonographer that she was tickling her, and kept asking her if she could see the chicken nuggets in her belly!

After we were done there we then headed to another room to have the VCUG test done. This one was a lot harder for the both of us. They made me take her clothes off and lay her on an x-ray table. They brought in a lady who was equipped with toys and games to keep Anna-Grace distracted and while she was distracting her and I was helping keep her still they cleaned her up and inserted a catheter. She cried for only 2 seconds and went right back to playing with her toys. The doctor came in a few minutes later and they began filling the catheter with the dye and started taking pictures. She did great through this process. She laid very still and when the doctor needed her to roll to either side she did just like he asked. All of the nurses and the doctor were raving about how great she was to only be 2 years old.

The next part was the hardest. After they were finished taking pictures they took the catheter out and wanted Anna-Grace to go potty so they could take more pictures as she was emptying her bladder. This is when the crying started. She kept saying "Mommy I can't pee-pee on the table I have to pee-pee in the potty"! She kept crying wanting me to pick her up, she would NOT go tot he bathroom on that table. The nurse even filled a thing up with warm water and poured it over her and she still would not go. Finally the nurse went and got a small bed pan and I told Anna-Grace it was a baby potty and that she could go in that and the second they put it under her she went to the bathroom! I was so proud of her being so brave and couldn't have asked for her to be any better than she was. Some days I think she is stronger than I am.

The doctors office was closed so I asked the Radiologist if he could share with me what if anything he found and he said that he did see where she was suffering from Stage 3 Vesicoureteral reflux. Which means that her bladder is allowing urine to flow back up into her kidneys causing bacteria to get into them, which is causing her repeat bladder infections. He said there are 3 options 1- is to closely monitor her and see if she outgrows it, 2- is to keep her on a constant round of antibiotics (though this option worries me and Chris a little bit that she might develop immunities to the antibiotics and continue to get infections that could damage her kidneys)and 3- is to refer us to a urologist and see if they want to perform a surgical procedure on her to fix the problem. From what research I have done online it seems that they only do this in Stage 4 or 5 cases so I am hoping this is not the route we have to go.

The good thing the radiologist did say yesterday is that the infections she has had so far have not done any damage to her kidneys, so it’s a good thing they went ahead and sent us for these tests before it got too bad.

Chris will be taking her to the Ped's office on Thursday to follow up with the doctor and put a plan of action in place, so I will update again when we know more. For now just make sure to say a little prayer for her!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter 2010

This Easter was a bit bittersweet for us. We were sooooo happy to be back home with our monkey after being away from her for a week, but as I was downloading her pictures realized that this time last year was some of the last healthy memories we have with Anna-Grace with my Grandmother and Chris's Grandpa. I know they were still watching over her yesterday though!

She was so excited for her Easter Basket and loved everything in it. She was even more excited when her friend Ashlyn came over to hunt Easter Eggs and eat some Easter dinner!

4th Anniversary Trip to The Bahamas

For those of you that don't already know the story....while Chris and I were on our honeymoon in Jamacia we met a couple who had also been married on April Fool's Day, Chris and Kara Morgan. We hit it off right away and ended up spending most of our days by he pool and bar hanging out with them.

We have kept in touch over these past 4 years(they did live in Indiana but have relocated to Tennessee) and even have little girls that are a little over a month apart. With our 4th anniversaries approaching we decided to get together and go on a cruise sans kids to celebrate!

We left NC a little after 9pm after Chris got off work and headed to Cape Canaveral Fl. It rained the ENTIRE time we were driving down there. We met the Morgan's early Monday morning, after 2 hours of sleep and boarded the Monarch of the Seas. Chris and I did this cruise about 6 years ago aboard the Soverign of the Seas, but everything was so similar you could hardly tell the difference. Out itenerary had us cruising all night Monday night then stopping in Coco Cay Tuesday morning, however the seas did not cooperate with us. All night long the boat rocked and swayed and since there is not an actual "dock" in Coco Cay we ended up sailing all day long and arrived in the Bahamas Tuesday around 6pm. We ate dinner and celebrated our anniversaries and headed to Senor Frogs where we quickly noticed a bunch of drunk 18-19 year olds that were going to be making a lot of bad decisions! LOL

We headed back to the ship and Kara and I danced the night away forgetting that we had to be up early for our Parasailing Adventure the next day. We did make it though and WOW was it amazing. Such beautiful sights so high up and the water was soo blue I swear we could see straight through to the bottom! We then grabbed the boys and headed to Atlantis walked around for a bit, ate some lunch at the Atlas Bar and Grill then we headed to the beach where our wonderful husbands treated us to massages on the beach!

We left the Bahamas that night and headed for a 2nd try at Coco Cay. We were more successful this time so while everyone else was waiting in long lines to get to the island we stayed on the ship where we pretty much had the whole boat to ourselves. We cruised all night long Thursday night and arrived back in Florida on Friday and said our goodbyes. We had such a blast with the Morgan's and will definetly make sure we get together more often than every 4 years! I only posted a few pictures since I took 227! LOL

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Visit with the Easter Bunny :-)

My mom and I took Anna-Grace to see the Easter Bunny this afternoon, and as you can see she hammed it up for him. I swear she did all but flutter her eyelashes. It has been so nice this year now that she's not so deathly afraid of the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus.

Time now to rest up and finish packing!!

Bittersweet Day.........

Today will be another busy day in the Williford household! A lunch me, my mom, and Anna-Grace are headed to see the Easter Bunny, then tonight after Chris gets off work we will be headed to Florida!!!

We are soooo ecited about meeting up with friends we haven't seen since our honeymoon, and celebrating our 4th Anniversaries together, but it is going to be sooo tough to leave our babygirl!

I know she will be well taken care of while we are gone, but it is still going to be hard to be away from her for a whole week! Hopefully she doesn't take it as hard as I will!

Stay tuned for beautiful pictures from the Bahamas!!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Latest on Anna-Grace

As most of you are well aware, Anna-Grace has been suffering from repeated UTI's and bladder infections. Her last one being the worst one yet (in terms of causing her pain). We took her back to the doctor yesterday and they just called me this morning to let me know her culture came back negative, so we have cleared out the infection. They are putting her on a 30 day supply of anit-biotics so the infection does not return before her appt at the hospital which they informed me would be the Monday after we return from our vacation.

She has to be there at 8am and will have 2 seperate tests run the 1st will be a Renal Ultrasound (see description below)to see if they can see any form of blockage in her kidneys.

Ultrasonography is the first imaging test used in evaluation of an infant with a urinary tract infection or as postnatal follow-up to known prenatal hydronephrosis. A renal ultrasound is a non-invasive test in which a transducer is passed over the kidney producing sound waves which bounce off the kidney, transmitting a picture of the organ on a video screen. The test is used to determine the size and shape of the kidney, and to detect a mass, kidney stone, cyst, or other obstruction or abnormalities. The kidneys, ureters, and bladder should all be surveyed.

The second test will be a VCUG (again see description below) and that will be done immediatley following the renal ultrasound.

Most children with urinary tract infections, especially if they are younger than five years old will need some testing done to make sure that they do not have urinary reflux, or vesicoureteral reflux (VUR). This is a condition that causes urine to move backwards from the bladder, through one or both of the ureters, and up to the kidneys. It is especially important to test children under 2-5 years old with a UTI and older children that have more than one infection. Up to 50% of children with a UTI may have reflux on further testing.

Vesicoureteral reflux can either be primary, due to an intrinsic anatomic deformity of the ureterovesical junction (where the ureter enters the bladder), which is usually congenital and eventually resolves spontaneously in most cases. Vesicoureteral reflux can also be secondary to other abnormalities, such as posterior urethral valves or neurogenic bladder or other causes of bladder outlet obstruction.

Children with antenatal hydonephrosis, usually diagnosed on a prenatal ultrasound, are also at risk for vesicoureteral reflux.

The tests that are done include a sonogram (ultrasound) of the kidneys (to look for hydronephrosis) and another test called a VCUG (voiding cysto-urethrogram) that involves placing a catheter in to the bladder and then injecting a dye. X-rays are then taken to see if the dye moves up towards the kidney.

I am a little worried about how she will do with the catheter, but she's such a trooper I am sure she will be fine. I will be sure to keep you updated :-)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Annual Trip to the Daffodil Farm!!!

It's really funny how every year since we have had Anna-Grace the second I see Daffodil's starting to pop up I immediately begin to plan Anna-Grace's outfit and look for just the perfect day to take her to snap a few pictures.

With the beautiful weather we have had the past week or so, I noticed it was time. We will be leaving Sunday to head to FL for our cruise and thought if I didn't go ahead they would all be gone by the time we got back (or at least not as pretty). We decided to go on Sunday and boy was it crowded. We went around 10am thinking most people would still be in church but boy was I wrong. Most of the pictures you can see several people in the background but hey, it's a very popular place.

As usual Anna-Grace hammed it up for the camera. I take a picture of her every year next to the "Don't Pick the Flowers" sign, and it's strange to look back and see how much she has grown! This year they even had a new sign in place :-) Her hair is getting soo long and curly and I swear it gets more red every second! Not quite sure what I am going to do without her for a whole week :-(

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Our Little Model!!

A friend I went to school with, is one of the craftiest people I know. She has recently been asked to sell some of her wonderful kids clothes at a clothing store here in town. She drafted a pattern on her own that she was not sure would fit a 2T, so she asked if Anna-Grace could come try the outfit on to make sure (it fit her 12 month old daughter as well so she was a bit worried).

Of course we were more than happy to help, and went by her house for a few minutes on Sunday. She took a couple of pictures for her Craft blog and this was by far my favorite. I mean how much sassier can you get....she's got her hand in the pocket, one hand on her hip, and those eyes make her look like she's up to something. She's just rotten :-)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

T- Minus 31 Days and Counting

Until we board this ship bound for the Bahamas ------->

It has been a very stressful year for our household, work's been crazy and Chris and I thought with our upcoming 4th Anniversary that we needed some time away, just the 2 of us! We met a couple while we were honeymooning in Jamaica that we had a blast with and they are going with us. Chris and I are beyond excited (though we are DREADING leaving Anna-Grace for a whole week). Stay tuned for pictures from Paradise, and be sure to pray out boat doesn't sink and we don't get attacked by Pirates!! LOL

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Jackson's Shower!

Today was a day to shower Amanda and spoil my Godson Jackson! I can't believe it's only a month and a half away! We all can't wait to meet him....Anna-Grace especially, though we keep trying to explain to her he won't be able to play with her as soon as he comes out. I think she may be a little disappointed, but I am sure she will love him just the same!

Amanda got some great presents and I am sure she is at home right now trying to organize it all. Who am I kidding, I bet by now she has almost all of it put away!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Let it Snow 2k10!!

Finally for once this year the Weathermen got it right, and Eastern NC finally got some snow. We tried to let Anna-Grace stay up late last night so she could see it, but we finally gave up and put her to bed....of course right after she fell asleep the flakes started falling!


We woke up EARLY this am (Chris still had to go to work) to a Winter/Ice Wonderland! We played in the snow for a little bit, but it quickly turned to ice/sleet so we came back inside!

It's supposed to start up again around 5pm (just in time for it to get bad again before Chris has to come home from work :-( ) so maybe we will get to play some more!