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My name is Kelli.
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Welcome to the 2nd Trimester!!

I am officially 14 weeks today, and starting my 2nd trimester!  I can’t tell you how excited I am that the worst 1/3 of my pregnancy is behind me.

Since I blogged last, I have, over the course of a couple weeks each, worked in protein shakes, and then solid food, and then food + liquid into my diet.  I am now at a point where I can eat 1-2 meals a day, and hold down about 1/2 the liquid I need to survive (you are supposed to get 2 liters of fluid a day and I get one through my IV and around one through drinks).

I am down to 2 different meds daily (versus the 3-4 I was taking before) – diclegis once at nighttime, and zofran 2x a day (versus the 3x a day I NEEDED to take before, so yay for lowering that!).  But believe me, I know when the zofran wears off and I need to take my next dose.  I don’t think my nausea is gone, just finally under control.  And speaking of nausea, I throw up maybe 2x a week now, versus 4x daily when I first got my IV.  I still have my nauseous moments, but am usually able to either keep it down and let it settle, or if it’s bad enough, force myself to sleep through it.

The original goal was to be off IV and meds by May, but it seems like ‘sometime in May at the earliest’ is more realistic.  I know, I know, when I am done being sick and can get off IV is not something I have ANY say in.  haha.  I am grateful for the IV and the multivitamin + folic acid I get through my IV… I don’t have to stress about forcing myself to drink enough (because the 1 liter I do manage to drink throughout the day is at times forced down or forcibly kept down), and I really don’t have to stress about my diet and forcing myself to eat enough of the right things for this baby.  My nausea may be under control but my food aversions are still rampant and at this point, I will do whatever I need to in order to avoid throwing up again.

Baby is healthy and moving around a lot, which is reassuring.  I started feeling him/her kick from the inside… meaning I can’t yet feel it with my hands so I can’t share it with the kids or with J but hopefully I can share this feeling with them soon!  Dr. said we can find out gender closer to week 20, so I still have another SIX WEEKS until we find out if Big A gets his boy or if Daddy J gets his girl!!  Haha.  And we are definitely going to find out gender!  I don’t do well with secrets!!

That’s it for my update.  I am slowly getting my energy back but it is a very slow-going process.  We have been able to go out shopping but I either need to borrow my dad’s wheelchair, or limit my walking (mostly leaning on the cart lol) to no more than 20-30 minutes with tons of rest stops in between!  I will keep you guys updated on anything new… but thanks for stopping by and I miss you and will see you soon!!

lovies, =o) kel

Yup, it’s a baby!!

I am taking a brief hiatus from blogging and crafting… But believe me it’s not by choice!!

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I am a little over 9 weeks pregnant! And believe me, the past 3 weeks have been HELL for me and my family. Pregnancy for me comes with a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum which basically means extreme nausea and vomiting to the point of dehydration and weight loss.

Since Feb 12th, my first prenatal appointment, I’ve lost 19.5lbs, been to the ER 3x before getting approved for a PICC line (long term iv line) and iv home therapy, and at this point, do not have the ability to drink or eat. Don’t get me wrong, I try every day but 99% of the time everything comes up.

So I barely have the ability to function on my own and walk the 10 feet from my bed to bathroom, let alone walk downstairs and across the house to craft! My kids are being taken care of (and I can’t tell you how much I miss everyday with them!) by my husband, my parents and my in-laws but it still guilts me that I can’t even help them with their homework or really stand to be around them – too much energy, movement, smells for me to handle right now. Lol. But they understand and are excited for a new baby!

I’ll check back in periodically and update you guys on my condition when I can… The HG lasted 4 months with Big A and 6 months with Little A so I’m expecting to be out until at least May.

Until then, take care my friends! I’ll definitely miss you guys!!

lovies, =o) kel

Birthday stars w/DD

Made for Daydream Designs.

Using Hooty Toot Digi Papers and Birthday Hoot Journal Mat Kit.

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Hooty tooty birthday w/DD

Made for Daydream Designs using Hooty Toot Digi Papers and Birthday Hoot Color and Sentiment Set.

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Love these owls and these colors!! Thanks for stopping by!!

lovies, =o) kel

Christmas Card Sunday

This week’s card for Christmas Card Sunday uses less-old paper.  Try 2011 or something.  That’s almost like BRAND-SPANKIN’-NEW for me!  haha!!

Here’s the deets:
Every Sunday I’m hoping to post a new/different Christmas card. The rule: No buying stuff to make these cards!  I have to use what’s already in my stash or leftovers from other projects – I can buy Christmas stuff for a scrapbook layout or mini album and whatnot but I can’t buy something specifically to make a card for Christmas Card Sunday!

You might remember this layout – I used it on a thank you card a little while ago but it’s so versatile and I love it!

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lovies, =o) kel

pink hippo love w/KBD

Super belated edit on this post. This is for the current challenge over at kitty bee designs’ aloha Friday challenges. The theme is ‘use pink or red as your primary color’ and we are lucky to be sponsored by meljens designs. Love these images, thanks Melissa for your generosity!!

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Just a quick post… I have a big one coming up in a few days!!!

lovies, =o) kel

Freebie Card w/Crafting with Dragonflies

The challenge this fortnight over at Crafting with Dragonflies is to make a card using a freebie.  I have had this freebie from Whimsie Doodles (found on their freebies page) in my stash for a LOOOOOONG time and finally got around to using it.  I think it’s just too cute!!

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And yay me!  This is all scraps again!!  I finally feel like I’m making a definite dent in my scrap stash!!  Come join us with your card using a freebie!!

lovies, =o) kel

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Christmas Card Sunday

This week, Christmas Card Sunday features some embossing.  Hey, it’s a big deal for me to break out the Big Shot!! haha!!

Here’s the deets:
Every Sunday I’m hoping to post a new/different Christmas card. The rule: No buying stuff to make these cards!  I have to use what’s already in my stash or leftovers from other projects – I can buy Christmas stuff for a scrapbook layout or mini album and whatnot but I can’t buy something specifically to make a card for Christmas Card Sunday!

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Whoo-hoo for snowmen!  My absolute favorite!

lovies, =o) kel

Much love! w/DD

Happy valentines!! I’m breaking my birthday owl streak and posting a love card instead. What can I say, it fits the day!

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Hope you and yours enjoy today!!

lovies, =o) kel

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