Life Updates

Thank you so much for your support and congratulations on our big news. I am 9 weeks and due February 3 (and obviously not good at all at keeping a secret for very long). We saw a strong heartbeat at 6 weeks and if horrible fatigue, hunger, nausea and vomiting are any indication of a healthy baby, this little one is doing just fine so far! Seriously, this baby is nothing but drama at the moment…shows up unexpectedly, making his momma sick and tired all day, oy. But this little Drama Queen/King is already so very loved and wanted. We are excited.

I have so much I want to write about, but almost every night after I get G in bed, I head to bed myself, hoping sleep will take away my miserable nausea for a few hours. The timing of getting MDCP and Medicaid could not have been more perfect- Grayson’s nurse started last Monday, and has been a lifesaver. She is here every day from 8-4 and takes such good care of him. It was a little awkward for a few days, because I’m still the mom, and want to do all the things, and I think we both were trying to figure out who does what, when. But now I’ve become much more relaxed about it, and it has been so nice to be able to lay down when I’m feeling awful, go to work for a few hours, or just run an errand without having to strap G in a car when it’s 105 degrees outside. Plus, when the baby comes, I know I will appreciate the extra set of hands more than I can imagine right now.

Update on Grayson: he is thisclose to crawling. This is awesome, fantastic, etc. but the downside is it’s causing him a lot of frustration. He gets in the position and gets “stuck” and then starts to whine. Oh the whining. Give me some earplugs! This has also caused big issues with his sleeping. My little bedtime rockstar who would fall right to sleep the second I put him in bed is gone. Now, he wants to practice his crawling in his crib. He grabs the railings and pulls himself up, but then falls back and hits his head, and of course, starts screaming. Or, he gets himself in predicaments like this: (this was actually just a few minutes ago, and now he’s screaming his head off again, sigh).

We were supposed to get G’s genetic testing results back over a week ago, but are still waiting patiently. Although the test results won’t be able to tell us if we’ll have another Mito baby, hopefully they will give us some direction and we can get some genetic counseling to see what our percent chance is. There’s no prenatal testing for Mito that I know of, but once we know better what we’re dealing with with Grayson, we can be better prepared should this baby carry the same genetic defect. We are of course praying for a healthy, disease-free baby, but if we have another one with Mito, we’ll be prepared and know what to look for much earlier this time!

This is a sad time for my extended family; my Grandaddy in North Carolina is now in hospice care. I still have all 4 of my grandparents, and this is so hard. My mom and siblings are in Charlotte this week and I am planning to go sometime next week to spend some time with him and my grandmother. I am so, so blessed to have had so many wonderful years knowing my grandfather and have so many precious memories- saying goodbye is going to be bittersweet. I know he will soon be in Heaven with a new body that’s not tired or sick and will be playing the organ for Jesus, but we sure will miss him on Earth.

So there’s my update- we are surviving, if not thriving around here right now. I’m hoping I’ll start to feel better in the next coming weeks and get back to regular blogging!


  1. babyfoodsteps on July 2, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Oh Elizabeth- it was great to talk to you today… congrats again on the pregnancy and I am so so sorry you have to say goodbye to your Granddaddy, you and your family are in our thoughts. Hugs

  2. Coco on July 2, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    I am still so excited for your pregnancy! And also for how much G is advancing! Little stinker starting to *almost* crawl right when you have morning sickness. 🙂 SO glad the nurse is there to help!!! And of course, I am very sad for the impending loss of your sweet grandaddy. *hugs* to you.

  3. J o s e y on July 3, 2012 at 1:44 am

    How awesome to have the extra help with Grayson, right when you're needing it most!!!

  4. Stefanie Blakely on July 3, 2012 at 1:45 am

    OMG, he's almost crawling?! That's such awesome news!! It's tough timing with you feeling so crappy, but such an amazing milestone! Can't wait for you to catch it on video.This pregnancy is such a blessing… It's strange how things that take us by such surprise turn out to be exactly where our lives need to go. I was stunned by my pregnancy with Jack & now I know it's exactly what was meant to be.I am SO happy that the nurse has started– what perfect timing with you dealing with the 1st tri. Hopefully, only a few more weeks of morning sickness & exhaustion!! Thank goodness you can rest for a bit or run errands without dragging G along!I am so sorry to hear about your Grandaddy– losing grandparents is so hard, no matter how old you are. Wishing you much peace.Kisses to your sweet belly!!!!!!!

  5. Courtney on July 3, 2012 at 3:31 am

    I'm really sorry to hear about your grandpa. It is so hard to lose them – especially that first one. You're very fortunate to have all four grandparents still!Is Grayson excited about the baby? He'll be a great big brother!I remember the sleep interruptions that we went through when Matthew learned to roll and crawl. Oh my goodness. It should pass though. Hang in there. It is pretty exciting that he's almost crawling! He's doing more than they expected at this age of him, if I remember right? He sure is a determined little boy!

  6. basebell6 on July 3, 2012 at 4:05 am

    definitely will keep your family in my prayers; tough days ahead for sure with tough goodbyes.

  7. Alex on July 3, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    SO glad you now have the nurse to help you out. What perfect timing! That's funny – and frustrating – about Grayson figuring out crawling, and getting stuck. He'll figure it out, but I hope it's soon! 🙂 Sorry to hear about your Granddaddy. Love to you and your family…

  8. Erin on July 3, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    So glad for the good updates and that the nurse is so helpful at this time. Whoo hoo for G to be almost crawling, ugh that it means he is not sleeping. Not fun at all! Hopefully this too shall pass (as quickly) and everyone will be snoozing peacefully soon! So sorry to hear about your Grandaddy, thinking about you all. xoxo-

  9. Emma G on July 4, 2012 at 4:08 am

    As always, I enjoy reading your posts and like all the updates… It is hard when they start not sleeping and just playing in the crib, but yeah!!!! for a closer crawler:) Thinking of you and your family..

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