December 31, 2009

2009: An amazing year!

So I got this idea from my babycenter birth board. 2009 has been such a blessing!! Here are just some highlights:

Home pregnancy tests taken: 1
Cattle shows/sales attended: 10
Years of marriage celebrated: 2
Car accidents and tickets: 0
Weddings attended: 2
Trips to/from Michigan: 5
Computers purchased: 1
Friends/relatives who had babies or got pregnant: 10+
Baby showers attended: 4
Pounds gained: over 40
Pounds lost: 30
Puppies born: 8
Miles put on car in just one week: 1000
Photos uploaded on Facebook: hundreds
Ultrasounds had: 2
Times driven to and from Peoria: 100+ (in 4 weeks)
Surgeries had: 1
Days before due date I went into labor: 4
Hours in labor: 28
Hours pushing: 2
Scars recieved: 1
Prayers answered: 1000's
Miracles: 1
Days between anniversary and Lane's birthday: 6

Have a Happy New Year!!

December 16, 2009

Santa Baby

Lane is 3 months old now! Where has the time gone?? I did a photo shoot the other day with him in his Santa outfit. He looked so cute! He is now rolling from back to front - somewhat continuously - and is chatting up a storm. He is such a happy baby! He sleeps through the night 99.9% of the time and on the off chance that he does get up he's usually just dreamy and when I turn on his aquarium sound machine he drifts right back off!!

I returned back to work on December 2nd - it really wasn't as bad as some people say...the hardest part has been getting back into the routine of going to work 5 days a week and making sure that he has everything he needs for a day at the sitter's!

Here are some pictures that I've taken over the last several days!

Our Christmas Tree
we've always put it on the trunk to keep Jinx out of it and now to keep Lane out of it (next year)

Big Boy!

Helping Daddy put the bow on the tree

Santa Baby!

3 Months!
(some say he looks like Cousin Brian in this picture)

November 19, 2009


Four Generations

Really Mom?? More Pictures??

Smiley Guy!!

Cousin Troy giving some hugs!

November 18, 2009

2 Month Check Up...

Lane had his 2 month check up on Monday. Here are his stats:

Head: 16
Length: 24.5 (I think he's longer)
Weight: 12 lbs, 12 oz

I can't believe that he's 2 months old already and that it's getting closer to me having to go back to work....where has the time gone?

November 1, 2009

Halloween 2

Talkin up a storm

Our pumpkins

All nestled in the 'nest' in the trunk

We went as a family of Penguins for Halloween.

October 30, 2009


We carved pumpkins last night. Well, I gutted them and Jay carved them while Lane layed on the floor and watched.

I will post pictures of our Trunk or Treat tomorrow. We are going as a family of Penguins...

October 8, 2009

1 Month Old

Lane is 1 month old today!!! I can't believe it - where has the time gone??? Here are some pictures of our lil' guy!

September 20, 2009


Some pictures of our beautiful baby boy!!!

September 9, 2009

Our baby has arrived!!!

Lane Forrest Kocher was born last night, September 8th, 2009 at approximately 11:00 pm by C-Section. He weighed 9 lbs 6 3/4 oz and was 24.5 inches long. I labored from 9 pm Monday night until 9:30 pm Tuesday night. I didn't fully dilate until around 8 pm Tuesday and I pushed for two hours with no change what-so-ever. At 9:30 they tried the vacuum because he still was not engaging and they told us that if it pops off three times then we would have to have a c-section. It only popped off twice but he still hadn't budged (we had a very stubborn little man) so we went ahead and got the paperwork ready for the c/s. They came and got me around 10:30 and gave me another dose of my epidural to numb everything for the c/s and 4 minutes after making the incision he was out!

He wasn't breathing at first so they got him intubated immediately. And within 3 hours of him being born he was life lighted to OSF St.Francis to get better care since Illinois Valley Community Hospital was not set up to give Lane the proper care. Jay has been down there with him from the get go and is always calling me with updates. We have a Caring Bridge website set up to keep everyone updated on his progress and recovery. He will most likely be in the hospital for at least a week to week and a half.

The website address is - you are able to see the journal entries as well as sign the guestbook. I will try and keep the site updated every day! Keep our little guy in your thoughts and prayers.

August 27, 2009

Only 2 more weeks.....aahhhh!!!

The nursery is set up (well except for the ceiling fan, we are waiting on screws for the fan blades). The hospital bag is almost packed, all the laundry is done (for the little one) and we just need to install the car seat base (which I plan on doing this weekend). I am getting so excited!!! I'm really not that nervous about it - ok maybe about the stress of the first night home...but other than that, not really that nervous! My mom, grandma and Christy were here this past weekend helping me get stuff organized and cleaning my house and doing laundry. Things that it would take me FOREVER to do, since I can only stand for about 30-45 min before my feet and back start aching, then I have to sit down for at least 45 min to recoup. My biggest surprise so far is how it takes such a short amount of time before I am worn's crazy!

Today is Grandma Kocher's birthday - I think she was hoping for a birthday present. I told Jay when I woke up this morning that there most likely would be no baby today - he wanted to know if I was sure lol.

I can't believe how fast this pregnancy has flown by!! Even these last 4-6 weeks have disappeared. We have just been so busy this summer with fairs and cattle shows and church things and everything else.....that the weeks just fly by. There are some days that seem to drag - but before I know it, it's Friday and the weekend is here!

I still have had no major symptoms and have had a great pregnancy! Heartburn is kicking my butt, although I've found that drinking milk helps with that - so I have been chugging milk like crazy lately. I think we go through about a gallon and a half per week! And sleeping is becoming less and less comfortable as I get closer to my due date. I can only sleep for about 1.5 - 2 hrs per side before I have to roll to the other side and lately when I wake up I have found that 9/10 times I am on my back which is really the most comfortable position. But thankfully, only 2 more weeks (if not less) of uncomfortable sleep!

At my last doctor's appt last Thursday (8/20) I was dialated to a 1 and about 75% effaced. I have a doctor's appointment again tomorrow so we will see if I have made any progress.

Max and Brian will be showing steers this weekend at Bureau County - this will be my last fair before the baby arrives!! Next year at our County Fair we will have a 10 month old - CRAZY!!! Well, hopefully the next post is baby pictures!!

August 16, 2009

36 weeks

I am 36 weeks, 2 days and have less than 30 days before the arrival of our little one. The nursery still isn't finished - Roger (construction guy) came to pick up the wood last Tuesday so that he could put the sealer on and hasn't been back. I'm hoping that he comes this week because I would like to get the furniture moved in by Thursday/Friday. There is just a little bit of painting left to do which would take a total of an hour or two. So things are moving along and I am anxiously counting down the days until I can hold my little on in my arms! Then of course the sleepless nights will begin but it will be so very worth it! Hopefully the next post will be baby pictures!

August 6, 2009

A fun game......

I thought it would be fun to set up a little game for everyone to guess the arrival date of Baby Kocher as well as the time and the sex! Go to and it the top left hand corner enter in the Baby Game name: babykocher1 then you can enter your guess! Have fun and lets hope someone wins!!

July 29, 2009

We are officially crazy!!!

Jinx (our border collie) has been up at my mom and dad's this past week, they had agreed to whelp her out for us if we got her bred. So the weekend after Memorial day we sent her over to a friends house to get bred. She had 8 pups this morning (July 29th). She was bred to a blue merle Australian Shepherd and boy did we get some color! 6 of the pups are merles - some red, some blue - there is one border collie marked male only he is red w/ white color and blaze and one black standard marked border collie female. We have decided to dock all of the tails. At last report mom and puppies are doing great and there is not a runt in the litter.

In this picture 7 out of the 8 pups have been born. Mom and Dad will be bringing Jinx and the pups back after we have our baby, when they come down to visit. By that time they will be very mobile and soft and fluffy! I can't wait!!!

July 17, 2009


At my 28 week check up I found out that my nurse midwife is leaving Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton and transferring to Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru. I had the option to stay at PMH and deliver there with one doctor on staff and no midwives or follow Angie to Peru and deliver in a hospital with 3 midwives and 2 doctors. After talking it over with Jay, I decided that I would follow Angie to Peru for my peace of mind. I am somewhat disappointed though as the reason I chose PMH was for the waterbirth option, now I do not have that option. Although at IVCH, there are jacuzzi tubs in each room so I can use the tub while in labor but when it comes time to push I have to get out. This is really aggravating! Oh and did I mention that IVCH is a 40 minute now instead of 25-30 minutes I have 40-45 min (which is what I was avoiding in the first place by going to PMH!)

This also messes with childbirth classes. I was just getting ready to set up private classes at PMH and now have to see if IVCH will offer those, as the class doesn't start until September 2nd. There are a couple of classes I could sign up for between now and then, so I'm waiting to hear back from IVCH about the classes and what the RN who does the classes wants me to do.

Also, for those family who live an hour or more away, you don't need to come visit in the hospital (a. kids aren't allowed other than siblings of new baby, and b. too far of a drive). Please come visit us at home instead.

June 20, 2009

Our little acrobat...

I am amazed at how active my baby is!!! Kicking and flipping and punching....such an acrobat! I always see my stomach moving out of the corner of my eye but when I try to watch for a movement there is nothing. It's almost like the little one knows when mommy is watching! I am so amazed by this little being growing inside me, in about 3 months Baby Kocher will be here and our lives will be forever changed! I am so excited to meet our little one! I am not looking forward to the hot summer months and the swelling feet - but the end result will be so worth it! 3 months and counting!

June 18, 2009

28 Weeks = Third Trimester!!

So tomorrow begins the start of my 3rd Trimester!!! Wow, I can't believe how fast this pregnancy is going! On June 8th I went in for my 1 hr glucose test and 26 week check up. I failed my glucose test by 2 points, and also found out that I am I get to take iron supplements and eat all the iron rich foods that I can! I go back on June 24th for my 28 wk check up and also my 3 hour glucose test. My midwife had wanted me to get in this week but I told her I wasn't taking anymore time off of work than necessary so since I was still going to be 28 wks at my next appointment she said that was fine if I scheduled it for the same day as my appointment. The swelling has gone down in my feet for now since I'm starting to eat better, even after a long day on my feet they aren't as swollen as before.

Thanks to my wonderful sister in law, the floors have been sanded in the baby's room. It took her almost 8 hours to get it completely sanded! I still have to do a little hand sanding around the edges before I enlist some help to get the polyurethane on the floor. Then the next step is painting the baby's room....I can't wait to do that! I'm still going back and forth slightly on wall design but for the most part I have the colors I want to use. I can't wait until it's all put together. I'm hoping to have the floors and walls done before my first shower and the room mostly put together so that I have places to store things.....we will see how well that goes! It seems like when I get home at night all I want to do is sit in the recliner and relax (most of the time I doze off for an hour or two). And weekends have been so busy that I'm not even home to work on things.

Starting the 29th of June life is going to get CRAZY for a couple of weeks with Shorthorn Jr. National's in Springfield and then getting home from that and turning around and going to the fair, I think I will need to take a week off of work just to sleep!!! It doesn't take much to wear me out anymore!

The farm is finally done with planting!!!!! Hallelujah, I thought that day would never come with all the rain we've been having!! The car hauler is finally cleaned off so that they were able to get the mower over to our hasn't been mowed in 3 weeks and was looking pretty tall! I think we could have just fenced it in and turned the cows out on it lol! I came home Tuesday night to the mower sitting in the garage, I was so excited! I can't mow at all now according to my doctor, she told me not past 20 wks....which was in April. So I'm dependent on Jay or the's driving me nuts though to look at my lawn and see it so tall and know that I can't do anything about it!!!! So frustrating! Oh well - next summer I'll be back out there! I love to mow! He did get the yard that surrounds the house and the yard in front of the quansit (or as Max used to call it the 'swan shit hut') mowed, only the first round though - it will probably take at least twice to get it all mowed down to the right height. If it would quit raining he would be able to get the rest of it mowed......everyone please keep your fingers crossed!!

Well, that's all for now - I promise to get pictures posted soon so ya'll can see how 'huge' I'm getting (I've had three people ask when I'm due and were shocked when I told them September because apparently I'm so big). I'll let you all be the judge of that!

May 22, 2009

Swelling and Mexican Jumping Beans

Today I am 24 weeks! And for the past week now my feet have taken on that swollen look. Where my ankle bone used to be, there is now just a big puff.... I didn't think that was supposed to start that soon, I thought I might have another month before that happened. My fingers have also started to swell up and I'm down to wearing just my wedding band and that's only in the office, if I'm at home or outside I leave them off.

I also feel like I'm carrying around a little mexican jumping bean! The little one has been kicking and punching and probably doing flips as well. If I press on my belly he or she kicks/punches at my hand. I've also seen my shirt move twice now cuz of the force of the punches! It is such an amazing thing to see! The first time it happened I caught it out of my peripheral vision and couldn't believe that was what I actually saw, the second time was this morning as I was watching tv before work. I was sitting in the recliner with my hand resting on my belly and all of the sudden my hand moved! I kept my hand on there and the baby kept punching away as hard as could be, it was so neat! So far I haven't been woke up by movement at night but our little one sure is active during the day....ALL DAY!!!

I'm still feeling wonderful - other than mild heartburn and a sore back if I bend over too much. I have learned to take lots of breaks when picking up around the house and what not. My parents are coming down this weekend and will be helping me gut out the baby's room and patching the many nail holes that are in the room so that we can paint it. I can't believe it - 4 more months and we will have a little one in our arms!! How time has flown!

May 13, 2009

Ice Cream......or lack there of.....

So the other night Jay and I go to have some ice cream. I had a small tub of Peach Sherbet and a container of Blue Bunny Cookie Dough. I haven't had a bowl of ice cream in several weeks and it was sounding good. Well, I figured there was plenty of cookie dough for the both of us, well Jay opens it up and there's not enough for two servings. So I told him I wanted the cookie dough and he could have the other kind (I've only had one bowl of the cookie dough before this). So he gets out the sherbet and just grabs a spoon so I look into the container and it's almost all apparently someone was sneaking around eating all the ice cream!! I've realized now that I'm going to have to keep the ice cream stocked if I get a sudden craving for it so this never happens again...

April 20, 2009

Ultrasound pics!!!!!

Everything went well, the tech said that I was measuring a week ahead putting my due date at 9/3/09. Although, I will still go with the 9/11/09 as I figure I'm prolly just growing a big baby lol! It was such a neat thing to see and at one point it even looked like 'Squirt' was waving at us. "Squirt" was very calm during the U/S - he/she wasn't punching and kicking like I thought it would be - just sort of laid there all calm and relaxed. The tech couldn't get a pic of the baby all stretched out cuz Squirt was curled into a ball.

April 8, 2009

Almost to the halfway point.....

So today I'm sitting here and I realize that I will be 18 wks on Friday...two weeks shy of being to the halfway point! Have I really been preggers this long (well of course but it doesn't feel like it)??? My next Dr. appt is on April 20th and so is my ultrasound, at which point I will be 19 weeks, 3 days. WOW is all I have to say! There is so much yet to do for the little baby (like get his/her room ready) and I haven't hardly started any of it.....I guess I need to get crackin'!!!

April 2, 2009

Can't Sleep

So it's almost 6 am and I've been up since around 3:30 am!! I have been on the computer for the last hour! So far I haven't been able to upload pics of my new nephew due to a missing cord....but for those of you who would like to know - he arrived around 4 pm on April 1 and was 9 lbs 14 oz and 19 inches long. His name is Camden James and he has a mass of dark hair on his head and is adorable!

In other news.....I leave for Michigan w/ Christy and Troy (other nephew) on Friday evening and it will probably be a long drive because we will most likely hit Chicago traffic (gag) and I will be a very tired driver!! Apparently the little sea monkey gives mommy bad motion sickness therefore I do not passenger well (specially if I am in the backseat!). I can't wait for that to go away!!! Of course I have waited to pack till the absolute last minute which means rush packing....hopefully I don't forget anything important (like registration papers that dad needs)!!!

To help me remember please send me a text asking if I have the following things:
-Registration papers
-Jinx serum
-garage sale items
-me, my bags and my purse (HAHA)

Thank you all for listening to my early early morning ramblings - I have found my camera cord (on the floor, under the desk in my old office)...Here's the little man!

March 27, 2009

BEWARE...the calf.....

Ok so upon the request of a couple of friends I have decided to post pictures of the two-headed calf.....BEWARE (they really aren't bad)

March 23, 2009

15 weeks

I met with my midwife this morning and everything is looking good - measuring a little bigger than expected. I just figure I have a big baby in there since Jay was a 9 pounder! Other than headaches I'm feeling great still. Occasionally, I will get a really bad headache but I can't take anything for it unless I will be home - can't take them if I have to go to or am at work because of the barbiturates in the I've chosen to forgo the pills for now. I have started to feel some baby movements. It just feels like a little flutter right now....can't wait to actually feel a kick or a punch (I may eat those words later on lol). I go in 4 weeks for my ultrasound! It will be April 20th! I am so excited and hopefully Jay will be able to come with! I recorded the baby's heartbeat again (after accidentaly deleting it last time) - this time I've got it locked and am not going to mess with it. It was so neat this time because you could hear the baby moving around and bumping into the uterine wall!! It was so neat!

In other news - we had some unusual activity on the farm yesterday morning. Jay called and left a message on my phone at 8:30 am that he would not be making it to church because his dad, brother and him were pulling calf. I knew it wasn't good if he was still 2.5 hrs away from church even starting and knew already that he wouldn't make it! They ended up having to call the vet to come out because they couldn't get this calf out. The vet had to do a C-section on this cow (out in the pasture because the cow was having trouble standing - hence no moving up to the barn) and he pulled out a 2 headed calf. The calf obviously didn't make it but the cow should make a recovery. The calf appeared to have two breastbones and two we are thinking that it was an embryo that started to split into twins but didn't fully split resulting in Siamese/conjoined twins. It would have been interesting to do a necropsy on this calf to see how many organs were double or joined or whatever. The vet who came out had never seen anything like that in cattle - he'd seen it in pigs before - so we figure that we have a VERY low chance of this happening again. This deformity or lack of splitting occured w/in the first 20 days of fertilization of the embryo - kind of odd to realize that the whole time she was carrying this 2 headed calf.

Jay and I now have 3 calves on the ground - 2 heifers and a bull calf. The bull calf is out of our Mona Lisa cow that we received from Steve & Julie French the weekend we got engaged and one of the heifers is a blue roan out of the recip cow that was a gift from mom and dad that same weekend (that cow gave birth to twins, one of which we lost, and she had a bull calf last year for us). We still have two left to calve - which should be any day now or beginning of April.

Next weekend I am heading up to Michigan for the beef expo - I'm pretty sure that Christy and my nephew and I will be traveling up together. It will be good to see some family and friends! Well, that is all for now!

February 25, 2009

11 weeks and the heartbeat

Everything is going great! I met w/ my midwife yesterday and everything looks good! Our little one's heartbeat is 150 bpm, going healthy and strong. It was so amazing to hear and I was able to record it on my phone so that I could let Jay hear later on. With Grandma in the hospital and Doug having to watch Uncle Johnny - they are a little shorthanded so he thought it best to stay home and work on the farm.

The only thing that she told me to do was to eat more veggies!!! It is so hard when preparing a meal for just us to make a full course meal cuz we are terrible about eating the leftovers, they usually go to waste. So i'm trying - I'm buying more veggies now I just have to remember to actually cook them! And I just bought a bunch of fruit cuz Jay is in this kick where he's having (almost) no desserts. Occasionally he will crack - but he wants to start eating more fruits and healthier sweets as an alternative to desserts...we will see how that goes though!

Well, I guess that's all for now - soon I will get a belly pic up! Although I'm not growing to fast so it might be a little while.

February 18, 2009


I do not feel like I'm 10 weeks along already....I haven't had any symptoms. I feel absolutely wonderful!! There are still days when I wonder - am I just eating too much and that's why I've put on the weight or am I really in fact preggo??? It just doesn't seem real just quite yet! Next Tuesday is my second appointment with my nurse midwife, we will go over my blood work and I'm hoping we will get to hear a heartbeat.

The last two nights I've had several strange dreams...two nights ago I dreamed that I had twin girls. Even though we aren't going to be finding out what we are having part of me is hoping for a boy. I've always wanted to have a boy first to be the protective older brother of his little sister...anyways back to my dream. Such a strange dream - the whole birth process was totally skewed (I will spare you the details). All I know is that it woke me up. And the one I dreamed last night was so very strange I won't even mention it...LOL! I guess that's what pregnancy does to you!

February 11, 2009

All About Moms

Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of ?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mos tly use string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's moms like me.

What kind of little girl was your mom?
1. My Mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What did Mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mom eats a lot.
2 She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that Mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What's the difference between moms & dads?
1. Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller & stronger, but moms have all the real power 'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend's.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?
1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it and not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.

Have a nice day and be good to yourself

February 6, 2009


Wow, am I really 9 weeks?? Jay and I are so very excited about this new little bundle of joy and sometimes I have to almost pinch myself because I have a hard time believing that it is real!! I can't wait to get started on the nursery and as soon as I am actually going to be at home for a weekend I will get started on it! I need to move my office out of the nursery, but between school work and travel I haven't had much time to do that. Still feeling wonderful (I keep waiting for it all to hit...m/s, fatigue, and all other signs). Here is what is going on w/ my baby this week from

Big news! You may be able to hear the heartbeat this week with the help of a Doppler, an ultrasound device that captures the chug-a-chug sound of baby's heart. The first time you hear baby's heart, your own heart may skip a beat—it's the first real evidence that there's someone growing inside you! If you can't hear the heartbeat, no worries, your doc will just check again in a few weeks. Other amazing developments this week:

Baby is beginning to move, but you won't be able to feel anything for some time.

Baby is growing nipples and hair follicles (although there's still a chance you'll be giving birth to a baldy!) His pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and anus are all in place, ready to poop and pee a dozen times a day when he's born. Your baby's head is half the size of his body and his little chin is tucked into his chest. His tiny tail is beginning to shrink away, giving Junior a more human and less amphibious look.

Until now, all pre-babies look the same "down there." This week, however, your baby will begin to develop either male or female genitalia. In layman terms, your baby is beginning to develop her hoo-ha or his wee-wee. While you won't be able to find out the gender of your baby for several more weeks, the version you'll give birth to is being developed right now.

At this stage, your developing fetus is 1-inch in length, about the size of a martini olive (you remember martinis, don't you?) and weighs a mere 2 grams—a little less than a penny.

Amazing huh?

January 24, 2009

Anatomy of A Wreck by Baxter Black

Since I love this story by BB so much, I thought I would share it with y'all....

It just goes to show you how quickly a walk in the park can turn into a 4-alarm stampede. The only thing that kept this wreck from resulting in permanent damage to man or beast, was that the soil on the plains of Eastern Colorado is loose and sandy.

Paddy, not his real name, and a couple of neighbors were moving some of his cows from one big pasture to the next. Things were going smoothly, the cows knew the way, the sun was shining, the grass was still holding up good and what could go wrong?

Paddy was riding his big gray gelding. The kinda horse that can do it all, even the horse was whistling a tune. Suddenly a dingy heifer broke out of the bunch and turned back. She caught the drovers off guard, squirted between them and headed back where she'd come from. The ball of twine began to unravel....

Paddy whirled the big gray and in two jumps they were flyin' across the plain. The crew watching could see Paddy and the heifer appear and disappear up and down across the rolling grass prairie. Gray overtook the heifer and they headed back in the direction of the still plodding herd. The big horse was feeling his oats and had built up a head of steam. The heifer pounded down a sandy ridge past the watching cowboys, followed by horse and rider. Midway down the side Gray stuck his front feet in the loose dirt and exploded! He seemed to stand straight upon his front legs; imagine a pole vaulter, a medieval catapult or stepping on a sand rake.

Very few bronc riders could have stayed on and Paddy was not one of them. There was a scream like someone falling off a cliff, followed by what might have been a giant zipper being opened, a whip cracking, two thuds, a whoomp and a crumple.

Old Gray regained his feet, unhurt. Ten feet away Paddy appeared to be standing on his head, shirt down around his shoulders, boots sticking up in the air and completely pantless! He keeled over like a felled tree.

During the cleanup they deduced that when Paddy was ejected he must have hung his belt buckle on the saddlehorn, because his jeans were torn completely off his body. It took two of them to pull his had back off his nose and a set of wire cutters to get the sagebrush out of his ear.

The lady who told me the story was an artist but she'd never been able to paint the picture. She said she couldn't ever get the flames just right.

Are you rolling on the floor yet???

January 23, 2009

7 weeks

This week your baby's brain is growing at a mind-boggling 100 cells per minute within a see-through skull. If you could peer inside, you'd see those tiny brain cells growing and growing and growing (about as quickly as you feel like yours are shrinking and shrinking and shrinking with your "pregnancy brain"!). More high points include:

Your baby's face is becoming more defined this week. A tiny mouth hole (which will be ready to wail before you know it!), tongue, nostrils and ear indentations are visible. His or her eyes are wide open, but he doesn't have irises (the colored part) yet.

Baby's arm buds are growing. At this point they look more like microscopic ping-pong paddles than arms. Baby's leg buds are also forming and will look like tiny paddles by the end of the week.

The umbilical cord—the connection between your baby and the placenta—is now visible.

Your baby is now between 1/3 and 1/4 inch long—about the length of a Tic Tac and about as heavy as an eyelash. While that sounds tiny, he or she is approximately 10,000 times bigger than at conception. Crazy, huh?

January 21, 2009

So Happy

So I've tried keeping this wonderful exciting news to myself for way too long!! On January 3, Jay and I found out that we will be expecting a new arrival. I immediately got online to figure out my due date (from and found out that I am due September 11, 2009!! We cannot wait and are so very excited!! I am 6 weeks and 5 days today!

My first doctor's appointment is January 27th, I have been anxiously awaiting this day for the last several weeks. We told our parents and close family the week after we found out - Jay would come home at night from working on the farm w/ his family and ask if we could tell them yet. I finally broke down the following Saturday. We went over to his parents and then told his grandparents and aunt & uncle. We called my parents on Sunday evening.

I feel absolutely wonderful! I have not yet had any morning sickness or any of the other symptoms that go with early signs of pregnancy. I am thanking my lucky stars for this right now. Although I am having slight vision problems, I stare at a computer screen all day and some days my vision is slightly fuzzy, so I'm thinking that I need to get in to see my eye doctor.

Well, that is all for now - I will update as soon as I know more!