Friday, June 3, 2011


I'm pretty curious who exactly it is that reads this blog.  The links off of Facebook are only public to about 25-30 of our friends, and in addition to my Mom, I'm curious who else is out there reading?

People that know us?  People that googled "Shady Grove"?


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Third Trimester's The Charm?

The good news?  Today I am officially in the 3rd trimester.  28 weeks pregnant.  Only 12 weeks to go.

The bad news?  My pregnancy is starting to take a turn for the "not easy"

I think I mentioned that I was scheduled for another ultrasound today to check on the previa.

The good news?  The previa is moving, and I should be off travel and other restrictions.

More bad news?   I'm not.

While Baby E looks good, my blood pressure was up almost 40 points over just a week ago.  While it probably (hopefully) is just the heat and the fact that I am on antibiotics for a sinus infection, the doctor wasn't happy.  I didn't have proteins in my sample, so pre-eclampsia should be out, but the doctor wants to be cautious.

I therefore had to leave some blood for testing for liver and other functions and those results will be back Friday.

Chant it with me:  I will avoid bed rest.  I will avoid bed rest.

And the cherry on the sundae?  While Baby is measuring right on time (even a little below average size), my ute is not.

It's in fact measuring 36 weeks.

WebMD can't even diagnose that one.

I may just have a big ol' ute for a big ol' baby to grow into.

I may have developed fibroids during pregnancy.

I may be 52 weeks pregnant before this baby is born.

Who knows? 

But what it does mean is that I'm now scheduled for either weekly or bi-weekly appointments, including ultrasounds for the rest of this pregnancy.

Hold off Baby E.  We aren't ready to meet you yet.

But thanks for the new pictures?

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Viva Las Edwards

Most of you know that 2010 was a really tough year for us.  We had a house fire and lived in a hotel for 7 weeks, had a chest pain scare for Shawn, an ovarian cancer scare for me... and all of this before March. 

It's no secret that we both really enjoy poker and have had the opportunity to take a few trips to Vegas in our time together. 

In 2010, when it seemed like the baby thing wasn't going to work out as easily as we had hoped, we decided to throw caution to the wind and play in one of the smaller entry-fee events of the World Series of Poker.  (The Main Event is $10,000 to play... we did NOT play in that event)

One year ago this weekend, we flew out to Vegas, and made good on that promise. 

The saver in me justified our admission as the amount we had saved in the previous year using coupons at the grocery store. 

And I don't regret it one bit.  We now have a story to tell that no one else we know can tell.

While neither of us are going to retire on our poker earnings, I'm really proud that we did something that WE wanted to do, in a year that was full of lots of things we didn't want to do.

I don't think we'll ever get the chance to play again, unless I can talk Grandma Bookie and Grand Poobah into coming along for the adventure again in 2012. 

No regrets.

Monday, May 30, 2011


We are grateful today on Memorial Day for all our friends and family who choose to serve, particularly in this time when that choice isn't the easiest.

If we are able to raise a son with half the bravery of our good friends Chris S., Mark C., Rob M., Alex R., and countless others, we consider ourselves lucky.

Thank you for choosing to stand up for our country today and every day.