Wednesday, January 28, 2009

We're halfway there!!!!

We are officially halfway there! 20 weeks down and 20 more to go!

We are so thrilled to announce that Baby Rusch is a healthy baby......


We are both thrilled and blessed to be having another healthy baby!!!

We would like to request your prayers regarding one issue. My amniotic fluid is low. I had this same issue with A, but it didn't surface until around 32 weeks of pregnancy. Since I am only 20 weeks now and still have quite a way to go, it is a bit of concern. My doctor has reduced my work hours and put me on bed rest when at home. Again, the baby looks great and is in perfect health, we just need to try to increase my fluid levels.

I am going to a specialist on February 4th for more extensive testing to ensure there isn't a problem that the standard pre-natal tests are not detecting. All of my tests have come back normal, thus far.

Please pray for the following:

Reduced stress at work - most of you know my work situation has been horrible lately so its somewhat of a blessing not to have to be there as much! Hopefully they will respect the doctor's orders and things won't get nasty.

Coordinating more time to rest for me so my fluid levels can increase- Ted's job is very demanding right now and often requires him to work late nights. Just pray that the Lord works out all of these little details so that he can meet expectations at work and I can get the rest I need at home.

Pray for A - that the Lord would quickly heal his little leg and help him with the transition at home with mommy not being able to do as much.

We are so thankful for all of you and can't wait to introduce you to our second son in June!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Is it a boy or is it a girl???

Right now only God knows, but not for much longer.... we'll share in on the good news tomorrow!

Our appointment is at 9:15am.... can't wait to share!!!

A broken bone

A has a broken leg! And I have a broken heart.

I seriously deserve the worst mother in the world award! What I thought was a sprained/twisted ankle that the doctors wouldn't be able to do anything for, turned out to be a broken leg. Yep, he broke his leg right above his ankle. He has a little red cast that he will be in for at least 2 weeks until we go back to the orthopedic doctor for more x-rays. Its pitiful and cute all at the same time!

We have already seen a huge improvement in his demeanor now that he has a cast and the "boo-boo" is stabilized. He was crawling around like a mad man last night. He put weight on it a couple of times, but he hasn't attempted to walk on it yet. He is back at daycare today and I'm hoping that in an attempt to keep up with his buddies, he will start walking again.

As a side note, am I the only mother that feels like I always make the wrong decisions when it comes to my child? If I break down and call the pediatrician, I either feel like "that mom" who over-reacts to every little thing or like a horrible mother for not having had rushed my child in immediately. UGH..

Thursday, January 22, 2009

A little progress

Last night was a good night. A got up once around 11:00 and went straight back to bed without a fight. We were able to get a much need night's sleep!

He got his first "official" injury today. He sprained his ankle on the playground at daycare. It is so sad. He keeps saying, "Mommy, boo-boo hurts." Oh, how I wish I could take it away!

Hopefully tomorrow he will put weight on it again to walk. He sat on my lap all night tonight and watched Elmo. I loved the snuggles, although I wish they came under different circumstances.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Nights two and three in the big boy bed were successful! Both nights he got up once about 3 hours after going to bed. I can live with that.

Last night was another story... I laid in bed heartbroken listening to my child scream from his room. He came into our room around 11:00 and I took him back to his bed and it went downhill from there. He ran out of his new room (formerly the guest room/play room) into the nursery and reached for his crib saying "bed, bed, bed..." He wanted back in his crib. That broke my heart! I told Hub Luv that we were just going to buy a new crib for the baby and let A sleep in a crib until he's 5. Fortunately, he disagreed and we stuck to our guns and made A sleep in his twin bed. It was so pitiful though. I feel now like I did when he was a newborn and we started letting him cry it out when he went to sleep.

I'm praying tonight goes better! Does anyone have any suggestions to offer about transitiong from a crib to a twin bed?

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Night One: Successful

Night one in the big boy bed went amazingly well.

We went through our normal bedtime routine and when we put him down, he stayed in bed. He cried out around 1:30 and I think he had woken up and was a little disoriented. I told him he was in his big boy bed. He fell back asleep until 8:30. That time he woke me up screaming. I could tell by the way he was lying in the floor that he had tried to climb down and had fallen. I put him back to bed and he slept until 10:00!

Naptime today was successful too. I"m praying night #two goes well because I'm exhausted from all of the projects around here. I feel like I have a lot to do in the next 5 months!

Side note.... who knew it was so hard to find a bed rail for a twin bed? I never dreamed it would be an ordeal, but it took us 2 hours of driving to different Targets and Wal-Marts last night to finally find one.

Putting the final touches on the room now... pics to come!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Holy Cow, its 2009!!!

Man, did the new year sneak up on me!!!

I have been in a fog of pregnancy sickness for the last 3 months, aggravated by 2 sinus infections. One of which I am getting over now. If you are one of the lucky ones who do not get sick during pregnancy, count yourself blessed that you do not know what you are missing. I want to know who named it "morning" sickness because I would have given my right arm to have only been sick in the mornings. It was 24/7 for 16 weeks. With A it was 15 weeks. But I have a healthy 2 year old and another healthy one on the way, so I'll count it all worthwhile. It has been 2 weeks since I have had any pregnancy sickness, so I think I am in the safe zone. Praise Jesus!

Unfortunately, it didn't come in time to enjoy the holidays the way I like to :( I didn't bake the first item, didn't attend all of the holiday festivities hosted by friends and family, didn't have a birthday party for Jesus, didn't make ornaments and didn't put my tree up until one week before Christmas. Now its 2009 and I'm almost halfway through my pregnancy!

We have been busy painting A's big boy room! Tonight will be the first night he sleeps in there. I"m curious to see how it goes. His room is so, so cute. I'm still hanging everything on the walls, but will post some pics when its complete.

I hope your New Year is off to a great start. I'll try to update more regularly in 2009!