Thursday, September 30, 2010

Most recent update...

Well, I sit here very confused and, for the first time during this whole process, scared.  We received completely different news at our cardiologist appointment today. At this time we're not sure if it's good news or bad news.  It's all so confusing at this point, and I'm even in the medical field.  I'll give it a go anyways... try to follow along if you can.

Remember on August 4th we were told that Preston had a problem with the right side of his heart, and that it appeared the right side wasn't developing well if any at all.  Well, today the pediatric cardiologist told us that the right side of his heart and all the valves on the right side look good and that the problem seems to be on the left side of the heart specifically the aortic valve, which is considered the most important part/valve of the heart.  Still following?

So the new diagnosis we are currently trying to swallow is Aortic Insufficiency... moderate to severe aortic insufficiency.

image via etsy
The left ventricle is the one that's hypertrophied (large)--- which made the right side look smaller than normal initially--- and the aortic valve is insufficient meaning that Preston's heart is not effectively pumping out blood to the rest of his body.

Unfortunately the cardiologist doesn't have the same optimistic outlook on this new diagnosis.  Why? Because they don't see this often, and they aren't sure what to expect.  You see they diagnose right hypoplastic heart syndrome about 3 times a month and left hypoplastic heart syndrome about 4 times a month at Texas Children's Hospital.  She can't recall the last time she's seen a case of AI (aortic insufficiency) in utero.  Therefore, there is not much experience with treating this condition, and unlike the first diagnosis given she can't give us a firm "we'll do three surgeries to repair it and the prognosis is good."  It's more of a "we'll have to wait and see how your baby does when he's born" kind of prognosis.  They just simply don't know and can't give us the firm answers we were seeking.  Since the left ventricle is the powerhouse of the heart and responsible for pumping blood out to the rest of the body patients with AI can often experience congestive heart failure.  It could be that they'll just need to give Preston medication indefinitely to keep his heart function stable or it could be that they will need to perform a valve replacement (which is commonly done in adults but more rarely done in babies).  Again it's a "we'll wait and see how he does after birth" kind of thing.

Confused yet?  We sure are.
image via etsy

One thing is for sure though... I will keep praying daily for healing of Preston's heart.  The right side of Preston's heart is developing well, and I will give Him all the glory for that!  I will pray that Preston will be stable after birth, and that he will have a happy and healthy childhood with a good quality of life.  Preston looks good otherwise, and he doesn't appear to have any problems with growth as he remains normal size.  I believe her exact words were "you have a good-sized baby" when she commented on how he measures a few days bigger than he should.

For the first time during this whole process I actually feel afraid and scared, but I can not and will not let my faith fail.  Thanks for the prayers, good thoughts, texts, e-mails, and phone calls today.  Please keep those prayers coming.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Matthew 6:34

September 30th... P's heart

We could use some prayers today as we head back to Texas Children's to meet with Preston's cardiologist.  I'm excited about getting to see Preston in action for an extended period of time during the echo, and I'm hoping for a good report from the cardiologist.  I specifically pray each day that Preston's heart be healed, and that his heart condition does not get worse.  I know that he's on many prayer lists, and I thank you all for that.

I still hear this song on the radio a lot... probably on a daily basis.  I remember when I heard this song for the first time, and even after two months it's not getting old... it constantly reminds me that He has a "much better purpose" and a "far greater plan."

image via etsy
i love
westwillow designs
We went to St. Luke's hospital on Saturday for a tour of the maternity ward.  It took longer than expected, but it was comforting to see where P will be delivered and where they will take him shortly after delivery (there are double doors in St. Luke's labor and delivery that lead directly into Texas Children's neonatal department).  At the same time it was a bit disheartening and I did get sad... thinking about how P will probably not be able to nestle in the room with me after delivery and that we'll probably miss that special bonding moment they talk about when they place the newborn directly on the mom's chest after delivery.  Not to worry though, Sweet P, I'll make it up to you and then some after I get you home... I promise.

Do you have any idea how spoiled this boy is going to be?  ha!

I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well
 Psalm 139:14

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Product of the week

Trish McEvoy No. 9 Perfume (Blackberry and Vanilla Musk)

Four years ago Tony bought a bottle of this for me for my birthday, and it's still one of my favorites.  Not sure why but I tend to wear it mostly in the fall... maybe because it reminds me of fall since that's when my hubby surprised me with it.  Who knows?  I do know that I've been sporting it all week with the cooler temps we've had.  (Thank you Mother Nature.  Much love, the Pregnant Lady)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Let's talk about paint.

My new favorite paint color is Martin Senour's Linen Weave, and it's finally on the walls in P's nursery.  I love it!  It's soft and makes the room feel bigger with erasing that warm and cozy feeling the nursery has.

linen weave in P's nursery

Another favorite color is Restoration Hardware's Silver Sage. I knew I loved it but wasn't quite convinced if I wanted it last Fall when we were choosing paint colors for our new home.  The manager at RH sealed the deal when he offered us a 5-gallon bucket of Silver Sage for the price of just one gallon (that was when RH was transitioning from the Silver Sage on the floor to more of the darker grey colors).  I love how it changes between different shades of blue, green, and grey as the lighting in the room changes.

silver sage in our dining room

There you have it, my two favorite paint colors and a picture of the new paint color in the nursery.

Monday, September 27, 2010

H & M, Houston?

For the past few weeks I've noticed a H&M commercial airing here in Houston. I never seen one here before. What does that mean?  Could it mean that Houston (or even Texas for that matter) is finally going to get a H&M?  I sure hope so.

image via here

Thursday, September 23, 2010

the wonderbar: official review

Better late than never, right?

Remember that post about the wonderbar? Well, I just remembered that I promised you guys an update/official review.


{drum roll}

I think it is worth every penny. 

image via

I haven't used any type of coverage (I used to wear tinted moisturizer on a daily basis for light coverage) other than a little spot concealer here and there in over a month.  Is it mind over matter?  Could I just be experiencing good pregnancy skin?  Or am I blind and none of you are telling me that I truly need some coverage?  Who knows, but I swear my pores are smaller, my skin is smoother, and my T-zone is less oily at the end of the day.  Now I just need to find a miracle potion for these dark circles under my eyes.

I will say that I'm still working on the tiny bar pictured here.  It's lasted almost 3 months and I still have another few weeks in it.  I'm not diligent with using it twice a day every day (as directed)... sometimes only once a day... sometimes I skip a couple of days... but my skin still feels better.

There is one small little downside though... I experienced the pubertal-like acne which I believe they refer to as the "healing crisis" during the first couple of weeks.  It was real fun {insert sarcasm}. Just to be honest, this is the reason I used it every other day.  I notice that my skin is still prone to breakouts if I use it too regularly. That's alright by me though... it'll make my money last a bit longer.

Well, there you have it.  I love the wonderbar.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Nesting: via Anthropologie

I've had my eye on these knobs from Anthro for a while and initially wanted to add them to the changing table. I decided against them on the changing table, but I was set on using them in the room somewhere sooo I popped them on the closet doors.

via Anthropologie


You know you're getting old growing up when you get more excited about the home finds at Anthropologie than the clothes. They seriously have the most adorable knobs. Since we're on the subject, Hobby Lobby isn't too shabby either when it comes to knobs and hardware (especially when they have them marked 50% off).

Happy Hump Day.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Da Bump: 6 months/24 weeks

I can hardly wait to meet you Preston. 

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,
plans to prosper you and not harm you, 
plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, September 20, 2010

Best. Job. Ever.

Do I like working?   no.

Do I like my job?   absolutely.

I take care of some pretty special people, and they in return take care of me. It's very gratifying. My patients are slowly (it's amazing how much they talk to each other and how news spreads fast amongst my patients) finding out about my pregnancy and about Preston's heart condition. They are constantly offering encouragement and prayers for Preston's healing. I'm constantly learning from my patients. It's actually pretty amazing.

One particular patient friend, with whom I've been an open book and adore, came to the office the other day with this note for me. She said that after her daily devotion/prayer time she sits and meditates/listens, and she heard this one day...

"Tiffanie's son will be fine. I am covering him and protecting him-
he will be healed completely!
He will serve Me and bring much joy to many. Share this with her.  
Remind her that I am her hope and her faith is rewarded."

This is the kind of stuff that keeps me going, that restores my faith day after day, that allows me to remain hopeful. When I feel anxious about anything, I find myself pulling out Preston's journal (where her note is safely being kept) and reading it.  

To my dear patient friend (she reads this blog), thank you for your prayers for Preston, thank you for sharing this with me, thank you for caring for me. Oh, and thank you also for the big basket of Leaves scented goodies. My casa smells delicious.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Product of the Week

C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve

It smells good, it's inexpensive, a little goes a loooong way, my lips love it, you can use it on other parts of the body (in fact, I read somewhere it's good for diaper rash and blemishes).  Available at Bath & Body Works.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Nesting: craigslist

After going round and round in our search for a changing table/dresser I stumbled across this one on craigslist.  It's in great condition, solid wood, and 1/3 the price of some of the other changing tables/dressers we looked at.  I love it.  I had plans to change the hardware, but the chunky knobs are growing on me.

Only other thing I need is that cowhide rug I mentioned. YES, WE'RE REALLY DOING IT!  Stay tuned...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Do you hear what I hear?

I've officially started my Christmas shopping for this year.  I know it's way early, but have you seen my list (I do all my dad's shopping too, and we have a big family) and do I need to remind you I will be a very nine months pregnant during December!  I will not fight the crowds this year. Repeat, I will not fight the crowds this year.

{image from here}

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Pier 1 Love

I came across this tufted chair at Pier 1 a few weeks ago and immediately fell in love with it. I finally decided it was to be the chair for P's nursery.  It's the perfect size for our nursery, which is small and cozy, and I love the details of this chair.

love, love, love the nailhead trim.
close-up of the tufting and fabric

Now I just need to find at ottoman to rest my feet on.

via PotteryBarn
via PotteryBarn

 Here's what I really want though... just need to find out that fits the budget.
love this leather ottoman.
via CopyCatChic

Friday, September 10, 2010

Hide my credit cards, puh-lease.

I came across this website a few days ago, and immediately wanted to order up a little bit of everything.  I refrained, but I can't stop looking and dreaming. I love, love, love the prints... a bit whimsical, a bit bohemian.

love this blanket/duvet 

I definitely want a diaper pouch to hold diapers and wipes.
I think the seahorse design is perfect.

cute baby, cute bib, cute shoes

No doubt about it...
if I were having a girl these little bloomers would be en route to my front door.

{all images via Rikshaw Design}

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Mamas don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys.

Not sure if Preston will be much of a "cowboy" living here in the city,
(my aunts & uncles feel differently though & state they already have a horse for Preston to ride)
but I do know I can't wait to see him sporting these around in a few years.

These boots belonged to my brother and are now sitting in P's closet waiting for little feet to fill them once again in a few years.  

I'll have no problem with Preston being a little cowboy like my brother...
{my good looking and single brother}
especially if he loves me like my brother loves me
and is the gentleman that my brother is.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Product of the week

The 2011 Cavallini calendars are out and available for purchase.
I like them all.

The prints are nice.
The ivory paper is extra-nice.
I can't decide which one I want for Twenty-eleven.
They tend to go quickly. 

And they're pretty enough to frame.
Here's a page from Flora & Fauna 2010 framed in our dining room.


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

"Option Pending": One Year Ago

It's been a little over a year since our offer was accepted on our new house. I saw it hit the market at noon one Friday, our fabulous agent got us in to see it by 5:00 p.m., and we signed the contract just before heading out of town for the weekend.  Our offer was accepted by 8:00 a.m. the next morning, and we shared a celebratory mimosa toast with friends.

Here's what a year can change:   

dining room: before
dining room: after
guest bedroom: before
guest bedroom: after
kitchen: before
kitchen: after
Please excuse the flowers I have drying in both the kitchen and the nursery.
nursery: before
the beginning of Preston's nursery
family room: before
family room: before
Family room: after
family room: after
 1st bath: before
1st bath: after
1st bath: before
1st bath: after (still need to finish the lighting)
master bedroom: before
master bedroom: after
laundry/Mud Room: before
Laundry/Mud Room: after
breakfast area: before
breakfast area: after
Office/Study  (No before picture to compare)
Please excuse the half-dead plant...I'm trying to revive it.
Entry way (Again no before pic to compare)
It's been a year of hard work.  We removed paneling, put up sheetrock, painted the entire interior, put down hardwood floors throughout the house, ripped out the built-in cabinets, changed out most of the hardware in the house, replaced all interior doors, removed wallpaper in the 1st bath, and replaced mirrors and faucets in there as well.  As for decor we worked mainly with what we already owned, and we worked with a fairly tight budget.  

Eventually we want to renovate both bathrooms and update the kitchen and laundry room cabinet doors. We'll see how/when/if the budget allows now that our family of two will be growing by two feet. I hear that children are expensive.   :)