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Monday, October 28, 2013

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage...

Then comes baby!!!

We are so happy to announce that Michael and I will be having a baby in March!


The morning after my Grandmother died, I had a suspicion that I might be pregnant so I took a pregnancy test and it was positive.  That was probably the hardest weekend of my life because my emotions were all over the place.  I was so extremely happy that we would be having a baby and then so sad that my Grandmother was gone.  The week prior I had spent so much time at the hospital with my Grandmother and several nights up there with her.  Less than 24 hours after I held her hand as she passed away I found out that I was pregnant with her great-grandchild.  I think my grandmother knew that I was pregnant because she kept asking me about it when she was in the hospital.  Several times she mentioned things about me being pregnant or that we were going to be great parents.  So the fact that we found out I was pregnant right after she died was so special and like a piece or her continuing on.

We decided to go ahead and tell our family about the baby even though I was only a few weeks pregnant because it was such a special, happy thing in the midst of sadness.  Everyone was so excited and thrilled about a new baby coming to our family.

We had to wait over a month before the doctor would see me for the first time.  That first month felt like it took forever!  I just wanted to know that there really was a baby in there and that everything was okay.  We had our first appointment in August and everything with the baby looked good and they found a strong heartbeat.


Once we found out that everything was good with the baby we decided to go ahead and tell the rest of our family and close friends.  Of course everyone was thrilled and we were so excited we couldn't even wait until I got past my first trimester to tell everyone else and announce it on Facebook.

So far, I've had a really great pregnancy.  Thankfully I didn't have any morning sickness, I was just really tired during my first trimester.  Right now, I am 19 weeks pregnant and feeling great. My official due date is March 23rd, but because of my surgery a year ago (Post 1 and Post 2), the doctor said I will need to have a c-section and he wants to schedule the surgery for 38 weeks because he doesn't want me to have any contractions.  So it looks like I'm at the half-way point and I should have the baby sometime the week of March 10th. 

This last Wednesday we had our mid-pregnancy anatomy sonogram.  Everything looks great with the baby!

They were able to determine the sex of the baby.  We decided not to find out the gender during the sonogram and have the technician give the results to my sister.  Later that evening we had a gender reveal party planned so that we could find out along with our friends and family.  The theme of the party was "Our little pumpkin" and everything was pumpkin themed.  My sisters had a box ready and got balloons to put in a box so we could open the box and find out if we were having a boy or girl.  

We opened the box and found out It's a BOY!!!!



We already had names picked out if it was a boy or a girl so we decided to make a banner and go ahead and reveal the name during our party.  We decided on Silas Britt, because that was my grandmother's maiden name and we wanted to name him after her somehow.


It's so fun knowing that we are going to have a boy and already being able to call him by his name.  We are so thrilled!!

Here are a few more pictures from the party.  
















Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Blog Updates


First off, thank you all so much for your kind words about my Grandmother!  The past month has been really hard, but having such wonderful family and friends makes it better.

So I've decided to change the direction of my blog somewhat.  Instead of mostly focusing on weight loss, I will be making the blog more about my life in general and still talk about healthy eating and exercise along the way.

I'm making some updates to the look of my page so it will be under construction for a little while.

Thanks again for all of your support and stay tuned for some exciting announcements! :)




Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Grandmother


On July 12th, 2013,  I lost the most influential and special person in my life, my Grandmother.  

Up until January of this year, my Grandmother was in excellent health.  The last time she had been in the hospital was when she had my aunt in 1956.  She was 85 years old and still living on her own and driving.  Around the first of the year, she developed a compression fracture in her back and was in a lot of pain.  The doctors told her that it would heal on its own, but the pain just kept getting worse and she was having a hard time getting around.  In March, she finally decided that she needed to go to the hospital to try and manage the pain.  Before the EMT's arrived she made sure to fix her hair and put on some lipstick.  She always wanted to look nice wherever she went.  She was in the hospital for awhile and started to do better so they transferred her to a rehab hospital to help her be able to transition back home.  


During this time, she was determined to attend my wedding.  She worked so hard in therapy every day so that she would be able to get in a wheelchair and come to the wedding.  None of us thought that she would be able to make it, but she was not going to give up.  On my wedding day, May 5th, 2013, Grandmother was there.  She wasn't going to let anything stop her from coming and she didn't.  



That day was so special to me and even more special because she was there.  I was able to see her before the wedding and she prayed with me before the ceremony.  It was such a sweet time with her.




After the wedding, it seemed like Grandmother lost her motivation to get better.  She stopped working hard in her therapy and on July 2nd, she told my mom and my aunt that she was ready to go home and be with the Lord.  

On July 4th, the rehab facility called my mom and said that her blood pressure and heart rate were really low and they were concerned about her. Later that evening, they decided to call an ambulance and take her to the hospital.  My mom and I met her in the ER and they ran a bunch of tests.  They determined that she had pneumonia and that she needed to be admitted to the hospital to treat it.  Over that next week she just started to get worse and had a hard time breathing.  I think we all had an idea that she wasn't going to live much longer, mostly because of the way she was talking.  She kept telling us things that she wanted us to know before she died or advice that she wanted to give us.  I spent as much time as I could with her that week and even spent a few nights at the hospital with her.  

On July 12th, they moved her to a hospice unit around noon and she passed away that evening.  It was such a loving and peaceful time for her to be surrounded by all of her family. When she took her last breath, I was able to hold her hand just like she did for me on my wedding day.  
Grandmother holding me when I was first born
I can't even begin to describe how important my Grandmother was (and is) to me.  Not only was she my Grandmother, she was one of my best friends.  We would call and text all the time and I would always tell her what was going on in my life or ask her to pray for me about things.  She wanted to know and be involved in every detail of my life.  

Growing up, I always loved getting to spend time with my grandmother and especially loved spending the night at her house.  She has 9 grandchildren and she loved each one of us so much.  Every year for our birthdays, she would take us out to eat for our birthday treat and spend time with just her.  We always loved our time with her.  Still to this day we always argue over which one of us is her favorite grandchild because she made each one of us feel like we were.  Although, I'm pretty sure it was me since I was her first grandchild.  :)  After college, I lived with my grandmother for awhile and I will always cherish that time with her.  Last year she sent me a list of 19 different ways that her and I are alike.  If I can just be a fraction of the person that she was, I will be happy.  

Grandmother with all her grandkids 

My grandmother loved and made everyone she came in contact with feel important.  She has more Facebook friends than anyone in my family.  For 10 years she was the Dean of Women at a Bible college and ended up retiring from there.  She lived on campus with the girls and made each one of them feel like they were her adopted daughters.  She started a ministry for women and traveled all over the world to 20 countries and went to every continent except Antarctica   She never complained or had a bad thing to say about anyone.  Even when she was in the hospital she didn't complain and always asked about how everyone else was doing.  

My heart hurts so much and I miss her every single day.  I want to pick up the phone and call her or text her about things that are going on in my life.  I miss her encouragement and her prayers and just knowing she was there and how much she loved me.  I know that I will see her again one day and I always have her words of encouragement to hang onto.  

I love you, Grandmother!




The following video is a slide show I put together for Grandmother's memorial service. 


Monday, July 1, 2013

Introducing Mrs. Curtis


I'm back!!  Thanks for everyone who has been checking on me.  My blog has been very neglected these last couple of months.  In between getting married and buying a house on top of everything else that has been happening, things have been a little bit crazy and I have had zero time to blog about anything.

But things are great and I'm ready to start blogging again and getting back to my healthy lifestyle.

I'll start posting some updates soon, but here are a few wedding pictures in the meantime.

Hope everyone is doing great!




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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Unfill

Okay so my goals for 2013 aren't going so great.  Part of it is me just not finding the time and making them a priority and part of it is having trouble with my band.  Over the last couple of weeks I've had a hard time getting food down until dinner time.  Even the foods that were just slider foods for me I can't even eat now.  I got stuck the other day eating chips and queso and that has never happened to me.  The other night I woke up at 4:00 in the morning and couldn't sleep and around 6:00 I drank so milk and got stuck on milk!  What the heck, how do liquids get stuck!?!  It eventually went down but took about 20 minutes for one drink out of my glass!  I definitely can't eat anything for breakfast and sometimes lunch, so I think it's time for me to go in and get an unfill.  It's so weird because I haven't had a fill in almost a year and now in the last 3 weeks it starts to get too tight.  So strange!

Anyway, I have an appointment in the morning to get some fluid taken out of my band.  I am going to a new place in Dallas that charges $50 for band adjustments that I have heard good things about so we will see how it goes.  I'll update you all tomorrow and hopefully get to catch up on some blog reading.

Hope everyone is doing great!