So we had our ultrasound last week and while we were waiting for the doctor to come in I said to Daren, "How many do you think are in there?" He said, "One." I said, " I think there are two in there!" Then as the doctor proceeded to do the ultrasound I casually mentioned that we were curious if there were more than one in there. He did not respond. I got a little nervous. He had Daren and Aspen come stand to my side so he could turn the screen for me to see. Sure enough this is what I saw. I still had to hear him say it to believe it. That night I asked Daren again if he really thought there was one in there. He said, " No, I thought there were two but I didn't want to be dissapointed." Somehow we had a feeling. So now we are growing by four more feet and four more hands and two of most every thing else (Daren is especially hoping that we are growing by two more boys). I am sure the next few months will be challenging not to mention the next few years but we are sure Heavenly Father has a plan for us and we are just along for the ride.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
After 5 long years of waiting, wondering, fertility, frustration and tears we are finally going to have another baby. Thanks to a new doctor and a new treatment we were finally able to get pregnant. We are so excited!!! We really are in shock and can't believe it is really true. My due date is Aug. 1, 2008. Daren, of course, is hoping for a boy. We are just soooooo happy! Hip hip hooray!
Posted by Staffords at 10:37 AM
Sunday, December 9, 2007
We are preparing for Olivia and Cecelia's court date on January 8, 2008. We have been calling the caseworker, her supervisor and the babies' attorney, the Gaudian at Lidem (GAL). The pediatrician has also called all of these people expressing her concerns for the girls' health and safety. She even wrote a letter for us to give to the judge. Now it is just a matter of waiting and praying that someone with the power and ability to protect these girls actually will. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we wait.
Posted by Staffords at 10:14 AM
Monday, November 26, 2007
I know this is way way late but I wasn't blogging in May and this is the only somewhat recent picture of Daren and I. Sad but true. We were so excited for Daren to finally finish school after 11yrs. He got his DPT, Doctorate of Physical Therapy on May 12, 2007. He then spent the next 6 weeks studying for the boards. He passed and began his first contract job with his new employer on June 25. He worked at a hospital in Lincoln for 3 months and then signed a new contract to work here in Omaha at the VA hopsital but it didn't start for a month so we enjoyed having him home with us for the month of October. It was sad not having him around every day but he is really enjoying his current assignment. He is doing mostly outpatient orthopedic therapy. A worthwhile end or beginning, depending on how you look at it, to a long journey.
Posted by Staffords at 6:08 PM
Sunday, November 25, 2007
We are so grateful to live in Omaha. It has given us so many things. We have learned so much. We have made many friends. We have accomplished some of our more difficult goals and have begun goals we may never have set. This year we were grateful to stay in Omaha for Thanksgiving. We were able to share the holiday with many other families staying in town. I was so glad I didn't have to make a whole Thanksgiving dinner just for the 3 of us. The twins were on a visit to their birth mom. I only had a few assignments, a few of which did not involve cooking. I was very relieved. We hope our friends and family were able to enjoy a wonderful day!
Posted by Staffords at 7:11 PM
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Nothing much new going on right now but just an update on Daren. He has signed a year contract with the VA hospital here. His hours are good (8-4:30) and the commute even better (around 8 min.). They originally said he would be doing 50/50 inpatient/outpatient but since starting on Nov. 1 he has still only seen 2 inpatient patients. He is really enjoying outpatient. Good riddance to the bodily fluids, manual labor and grouchy nurses. We will see if we stay for the whole year depending on what happens with the twins. We are just waiting to see if they become available for adoption. They have court Jan. 8th. We will be sure to pass on any new developments.
Posted by Staffords at 8:53 PM
Well, I have finally gotten the hang of this blogging thing and am just now getting around to posting Halloween pictures. The girls all had a great time. Aspen loved going door to door and tried to go in several houses. I guess we need to have a lesson on stranger danger. She said, " Trick-or-Treat" and "Happy Halloween" even if I was the only one that understood her. The twins just rode in the stroller. They seemed to just enjoy watching the excitement. At first I was going to the doors with all 3 treat bags but I started to feel dumb since I knew full well that the girls weren't going to be eating any of the candy anyway. I guess I am finally getting old because I was so excited when we had our first kid and could finally go trick-or-treating again, at least legitamately. I wanted to go and go and get as much candy as we could. This year we didn't even get half a bucket plus we started at 5:30. I don't think we have ever gone trick-or-treating when it wasn't already dark. It will probably get more exciting again when the kids are the ones that want to go and go and get as much candy as they can. Hope you all had a great time.
Posted by Staffords at 7:48 PM
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
We decided to get out and enjoy probably one of the last nice Saturdays of the year in Omaha. Daren had spent the morning golfing so when he got home we all piled in the car and headed out to humor me with all my grandiose plans. First it was off to the trains at the Botanical Gardens we live by. The babies got their first taste of freedom. I finally felt they were sure enough on their feet to let them roam on concrete, plus I actually got them to wear shoes for the first time. They ran around for at least half an hour. No injuries ensued. Next it was off to the outdoor mall to take pictures by the pumkins. No one really wanted to cooperate by that point but I did get some cute candid shots. I got one with Daren and the girls seen on the right but I was dumb and didn't ask anyone to take the picture so I could be in it. We did get one with all 5 of us at the trains also seen on the right. We were going to go to dinner but by then everyone was crying including me so we grabbed some Jimmy Johns and headed home as "Freaky Fast" as we could. Traveling in a group of five is not all it is cracked up to be but I hope we can create good memories for the kids and forget about the chaos.
Posted by Staffords at 7:00 PM
Sunday, October 14, 2007
I have no idea what I am doing. So far the first thing I typed I had chosen the same color text as the box it was in and for the life of me I couldn't figure out why it wasn't showing. Duh! I will try to keep adding stuff as I figure this out. I thought I was computer literate but I guess I am getting old and technology is passing me up.
Posted by Staffords at 8:04 PM