Saturday, October 31, 2009

Revelations and Tears

This week has BY FAR been one for the books in the land of parenthood. I doubt Evan and I have cried as many tears, hugged as many hugs or slept as minimal as...well, scratch the last one, we survived those first months on barely any...

Needless to say it's been a rough week but today, we got answered prayers!

I took Avery to her 9 month check up on Wed. and was excited that it was the one check up where she wouldn't have any shots, I even told her in the waiting room how happy mommy was to not have to see her get those mean ol' shots today.

Next time, I'll hold my tongue.

During her 9 month check up her doctor was concerned with some things...Averys pigmentation in her gums and skin were a bit too pale to his liking and her weight is under the average for her age and she had several bruises on her legs that even though she's trying to walk and is falling a lot he was not liking how many small ones there with that we were sent to the lab where they took lots of blood, plasma and did a swab to check for infections and everything from A-Z! 

They were mainly looking for something in all her cell counts both red and white.

Her doctor threw a lot of scenarios out to us and gave us information on all things that could be possibilities(anemia,diabetes,vitamin deficiency, leukimia, lymphoma we heard it all!) while trying to reassure us that this is just a precaution and they haven't diagnosed her with anything and hope not too!

We had to wait for results by FRIDAY. FRIDAY. As in 2 whole days of anxiety and stress and fear and lots and lots of prayer. She does have a small bacterial infection that a cream will fix and an ear infection thanks to cutting two teeth this weekend. Poor girl was just having a rough week but remains a smiley, happy baby!

Evan and I were kinda hit by a bus so to speak...our baby, our daughter, who we cherish and can hardly believe is almost 1 showed no symptoms to us of being ill and now, we're being told she's being checked for cancer? A simple check up turned into the most terrifying moment of my short time in mommyhood. Worse, we were reminded in a not so easy way that Avery is human. She is fragile and she can bleed and be sick and although God has a plan for her and is in total control, we're not given a timeline of her life. Every day is a treasure.

All the stress, emotions, fear, confusion and all over a "Precautionary run down."

So today as I was being distracted by the never-ending chore of laundry her pediatrician called me with the results. The great news was she didn't have leukemia or lymphoma, no cancers at all! The bad news, she does have Anemia and a vitamin deficiency. On top of the anemia and vitamin deficiency he said her red blood count was abnormally low and more alarming was that even though she is fighting 3 infections right now her white blood cell count wasn't elevated to show her body fighting them off..which means something isn't on track. Her body is playing catch up on a number of levels and he is worried that if she were to get sick right now, how would her body handle it? Yeah, with H1N1 and the flu at a pandemic level that's what I needed to hear! But, I'll take my blessings.

So, our plan of action? We go back monday for another blood work up but instead of waiting we'll have results within the hour. We'll go over a list of diet changes and supplements she will be put on until her 1 year check up in 8 weeks to see if anything changes. We attack the anemia with vitamin C. There are 3 types of anemia and luckily hers is most common with infants and children that is not permanent. If at her 1 year check up things haven't changed then we go see a specialist but, we'll cross that bridge when we get there. We also go back in 4 weeks to get the H1N1 shot since he put her on the list to get one (yay, more shots).

They don't warn you in any parenting books about moments like these. Thank God for the power of prayer and a army of friends and family. I thank you all so much for the calls, texts, prayers and distractions. It's overwhelming to know how loved we are.

Much Love-Britt

Friday, October 23, 2009

yeah, I have a sense of humor.

This little my new best friend.

After using it yesterday I woke up with only a headache, everything else was gone and I feel so much better! Just in time for our trip to Odessa tomorrow too. I'm not big on nose stuff but I bit the bullet on this one and think I will have some on hand the rest of the flu season just in case..

I'm also kinda thinking about doing something like this Naughty or Nice? for Evan as a Christmas/Anniversary gift. A friend of mine in California had these done and I LOVE them. I'm not the skinniest girl or prettiest girl but I think there is something in pictures like these that make EVERY woman feel confident and sexy and just for her hubby, I doubt Evan would complain. :P Although, if I were to get something like them done they would be classy and I would be covered up more rather then wearing 2 band-aids and a patch of fabric...I've had a baby and I happen to be built like a real, natural, WOMAN.

What do you ladies think?

I leave you with a few more pictures of the's what I do.

10 months old and I look like my daddy.

Miss center of attention much?

Mama Bear & Baby Bear


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Am I dying?!

Ugh. I feel like I'm dying.

I do not get sick, seriously. I get sick maybe once or twice a year so yesterday when I started feeling achy, I ignored it, that was until I woke up at 2am in a sweat and thought my head was going to explode. I have no fever but I have a headache, sinus pressure, achey all over, chills, sore throat and a slight cough. Just all around BLAH.

I called into work and Nan who is the BIGGEST blessing, took Avery to MDO so I could have 6 hours of peace and quiet. I stayed in bed until 1pm then moved to the couch. Evan took off work and came to Denton to let me be baby free and I've taken a lot of meds to get me back on my feet. I hope this isn't the flu. I've had 2 of my kiddos out with it and the LAST thing I want to do is get Avery sick.

Wash your hands people, wash your hands.

Tuesday, our sweet friends Alanna and Brent finally had their baby girl. Marin Danette Powell was born at 10:41am weighing in at 8lbs 6oz and I am now seriously in "Baby Envy", we're not ready for another one just yet but man, how I forgot how small and sweet they are...

The new happy family!

She's so precious!

I think she looks like her mama.

Evan and I are offically going to move back to Denton at the beginning of the new year. I am so excited yet I am also praying we can find a rent house in our range and with the things we want all in a nice neighborhood.

What we want:

  1. A fenced yard.
  2. a slab foundation
  3. good water pressure and hot water.
  4. a huge bathtub.
  5. something in the 700$/month range
  6. 2-3 bedrooms
  7. NO paneled walls.
  8. NO crazy neighbors.
  9. NO side streets!
  10. Pet friendly.
Think that can be found? If so, let us know! We're not looking to buy since we may be going outside of Texas when Evan goes to Grad School (whenever that may be). Plus, we don't want a company realtor for a landlord we'd rather have a private landlord like a family renting an old house for extra money or something.

*sigh* I'm going back to bed. Hope you guys are doing well...seems like everyone is too busy to blog lately.


Monday, October 19, 2009

Changes.....stink at times.

Still Alive.

I've been emotional all weekend. Evan said it's almost like a death in the family except we know our friends are alive and well and we'll see them soon. Hope you enjoy finding new places to love in KC. Happy First day at your new job too Therese!

Update coming soon. For now, a few recent pics of the cuteness. We took her in her costume to a local Pumpkin Patch along with Gary, Nicole and my Nephew Chevy-Ray (Ray). Avery LOVED it as did we all, definetly a new tradition!

She's 10 months old today. Wow.


Avery @ The Pumpkin Patch 10-17-09

Our Fam-Fam Minus Paris & Gus

I Love My Nephew.

Ridiculous, Right? It's Illegal To Be So Cute.


Friday, October 2, 2009

Prayers Work.

Seems like it's been forever since I last posted but it's only been a few days! Weird. Maybe because my comments have been very non-exsistant I feel like I am just no longer interesting enough to keep you followers entertained.....

SO. I have failed to inform you that I am no longer UNEMPLOYED.

*happy dance* Indeed, all your prayers worked and after 5 months of despair and trials and tribulations I am now working not one but TWO jobs and because of which some things are going to be happening in a big way for the Hartfield clan.

I'm now teaching Pre-K at my church's MDO program (Mother's Day Out). I have my own classroom, 8 lovoly 4 year olds and a huge responsibility of planning out the lessons for the week with a curriculum that frightens me! I'm sure once I get my routine down and they get used to me it'll be a blast but until then, this huge 4inch binder is intimidating and I feel like the new kid in class that everyone ignores...

I love shopping for my class though which is EXPENSIVE but I feel so cool. I feel like I am doing something good too. I get to teach the love of Jesus Christ into the lives of children before they enter School where Jesus isn't accepted as he should be (my opinion). Avery will start in January so she'll be just a few doors down from me which I am going to L-O-V-E.

I now work in Denton 3 days a week and the commute is not so bad. However, I may need to find another part time job and Evan has already declared that come March we are moving back to Denton. YEAH! We're moving back to Denton 2 years sooner than planned!!!!! I am so happy about this. (can't you tell?) Just makes more sense. Our families are in Denton, 90% of our friends are in Denton, our Church is in Denton, and we want to raise Avery in a town like Denton (nothing against Fort Worth). Funny, I always wanted to leave Denton but now I want to be back there! I doubt it's where God wants us to stay permanent but the thought of living out of state has never crossed my mind and another option for Evan after he gets his bachelor's degree has brought up possibilities of Japan or even Germany!? Still about 2 years off (or sooner) but still, lots of praying between us on God's direction.

I have lots of cleaning to do before we get our new TV, Dining Table and Couch tomorrow (gotta love hand me downs!). So I'll close for now. Hope you all are enjoying the fall weather and that God is blessing each of you.



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