December 5, 2011

Christmas lights are up!

My husband did a great job getting the lights on our house. I love it - thanks Tim.
You're the best! xoxo

That crazy elf, Thomas

Here are some of the adventures our elf, Thomas, has been up to this year. He has become quite ornery and the boys love it! Thanks to Pinterest for the new and fun ideas! Christmas magic is alive and well at the Govier home. More pics to come ...

Rappelling and hanging upside down in the Christmas tree

Having a race with some of the boys cars

Hiding in the juice glass, standing in place of a nut cracker
and riding back from the North Pole on Lego airplane

Thomas brought the boys stickers from Santa.
But, he had to have a little fun with them first …

Roasting marshmallows – elf style

Oh, that stinkin’ elf TP’d our tree- the boys loved this one!

A time of reflection, a time to have faith, a time of thanksgiving ...

Miscarriage is such a dirty word. If you know someone who has suffered a miscarriage or worse a stillbirth – hug them and love them – they need it. As someone who has lost one in the early stages and has lost one in the 2nd trimester I can tell you it is horrible and quite frankly while life goes on, the bitter truth of loss does not weaken with time. I can also tell you those dates of loss are forever burned in my mind and as the years pass they will haunt me. It doesn’t matter how richly blessed my life is – those dates stop me in my tracks and I cannot help but think what might have been. December 25, 2009 and November 8, 2010 are my dates of reflection.

After we lost the baby in November 2010, it took me a few weeks to even recognize myself again. When I finally started to feel again, Tim and I discussed what we were going to do about completing our family. You see, just because a loss strikes does not mean your dreams of completing your family die as well. No one really seemed to get this – except those who have miscarried or lost a child. We first talked about adoption. In fact I was pushing in that direction because I did not want to risk the pain of losing again. I tried to force myself into a place of being content with adoption being our answer, which simply did not work. While the pre-approval was easy, there was a voice inside me that told me to have faith in myself. That the road to adoption, while admirable and remarkable for people who take it, was not the road I needed to take at this time. I was asked to have faith.

In mid-December 2010 I walked into the doors of Tulsa Fertility Center. Wow, what a weird, humbling moment. I felt a little out of place as I have been blessed with 2 healthy, wonderful boys – why did I need to be seen at a fertility center? What I needed from TFC was two things - first, I needed to know why we lost; and second I needed to know if carrying our own baby was even a possibility anymore. After a few procedures and lots of blood work I was told our reason for loss was plain and simple bad luck. Well, thanks for that double-shot of honesty. There were some other tests that needed to be ran when/if I got pregnant, but for the most part – there was no reason we could not get pregnant and carry a baby to term. Try again.

We got pregnant June 2011 – when we figured this out a month later, the monitoring, worry, and major blood work really began. I decided to go back to the doctor who delivered Owen and I am so glad that I did. This group of doctors in Owasso are rock stars. In short, they cared enough to roll up their sleeves and monitor me closely so we could get to a place of safety, a place we could breathe again. The goal … 20 weeks. During the every week appointments and blood work we found out what happened – it turns out that my progesterone level plummets and cannot support a pregnancy. Since progesterone levels are not something they typically monitor, it easily slipped through the cracks. I was told the first one (because of how early it was) really was bad luck, but that the second was more than likely a direct result of my progesterone levels. The solution was a simple fix; a tiny pill that allowed me to keep my progesterone level where it needed to be until the placenta effectively could take over. I am now 24 weeks pregnant and I am looking forward to meeting my 3rd son. The time of thanksgiving has begun.

September 29, 2011

Josh’s 7th Birthday

7 years old. Wow. Sweet Josh turned 7 on September 23rd. For his birthday we gave him the option of having a friend party or inviting a few people to go camping. He quickly and firmly chose camping. His first invite was to his best friend, Trent, who lives in Owasso and I am so happy he came. Josh and Trent just have so much fun together – true buddies! Seeing the 2 of them play together and joke with each other is extremely heartwarming.

I have a few coworkers who were extremely generous and let us borrow their camper and the other brought her boat to complete Josh’s camping experience. The boys had so much fun just being boys. The lake water in Oklahoma is now cold, but that did not stop Josh from “getting his feet wet” which then turned into him jumping in the lake fully clothed. Owen enjoyed pushing his brother in when he realized it was okay. I cooked outside for dinner and breakfast and that was fun – everyone seemed to like it – I think? Tim got the privilege of sleeping in a tent for the night with Josh and Trent and Uncle Gene and Avery slept in the other tent. Owen and I chilled out in the camper – because why would you sleep in a tent when you have a camper? Anyone? Anyone? Yea, my thoughts exactly. Haha.

Anyway, some other neat camping experiences were that we had 6 deer come really close to our camp site and Josh and Tim caught their first catfish together. Although I was not present for the fishing outing – it was my understanding that Josh’s expression was priceless. So all in all, we had a whole bunch of boy fun and it was the perfect birthday for Josh. Success!

House Update

We are so close to moving in! Lights are now hung, most appliances are in, and the floor is stained. Carpet will be installed next week and so will landscaping and then we just have finishing touches. Yea!!! I am looking forward to the building process being done and calling this place home … finally!

September 5, 2011

My Cute Kiddos

The weather finally cooled down so we headed to the park for a picnic. We had a great time and the weather was such a nice break from the brutal summer.

On a side note: I just love these kiddos - they are pretty perfect!

More House Pics

Just some more house pictures. Tons of updates and we are only 39 days away from closing. Yea!