Friday, December 28, 2007

2007 in Review

Let me just say - 2007 was so much better than 2006. I mean click here 2006 was definitely a less than stellar year. We had high hopes that 2007 would be much better. Fortunately we were right that it was better. In so many ways...

January 2007
- Chance continued to recover from his wounds
- We proved we can accomplish just about anything by taking a road trip with 6 puppies and 4 adult dogs in 1 car.
- Treatments were stopped yet still did progesterone after ovulation... had a positive pregnancy test at 12 dpo and then of course had bleeding to start pregnancy number 12 off with a bang.
- Beta of 84 then 48 hours later 207 - that's interesting
- Puppy trainers - yeah not really successful, but we spent a whole wad of money on it...
- More bleeding which resulted in an u/s that amazingly showed an intrauterine pregnancy... with appropriate growth

February 2007
- Puppies first snow
- Ernie destroys his kennel
- Ernie gets bit by Megan and ends up with a ear wound that creates quite the bloody mess.
- U/S shows a heartbeat with appropriate growth
- Emmy went to her new home
- Louie went to his new home
- Jodi went to her new home
- We were down to 3 puppies and 4 adult dogs
- Car accident leading to yet another u/s.
- OB's office went into high speed gear while D and I back pedaled...
- Asked the question is this your first pregnancy - no 12th - oh you have 11 kids??? Idiots galore!
- Coming out to people at work
- Continuing good u/s...
- Aunt Alice passes away... leaving behind Uncle Howard

March 2007
- Released from the RE
- Dog visits to the vet continue
- PIO was stopped
- Heartbeat found via doppler
- Passed the nuchal
- Bert becomes Grayson Albert and has a new home with a fellow infertile...

April 2007
- Feel like a fraud about pregnancy still spend the time thinking it's not going to work out.
- get outed at an EMS conference
- nuchal screen shows 1:10,000 risk of trisomies WOOHOO

May 2007
- Puppies get spayed/neutered
- Find out a good friend is having a girl - we are days apart due date wise
- A puppy play date with Gray's new owners was enjoyed by all

June 2007
- for the first year in 3 years nothing bad happened in regards to pregnancy
- had the u/s that told us what the NN was and found out that it was a stinker and would not show off the heart - fortunately a peds cardio guy took a look for me... and all was fine.
- My mom's dog Sadie is put to sleep... and crosses to the Rainbow bridge
- spent some more time at the vet
- got in a nasty argument with my mil... fun fun fun

July 2007
- car ride with 6 dogs
- Baby shower
- Dino D and Jill welcomed their daughters into the world :D
- passed the GD screen
- repeat u/s shows the NN heads up rather than heads down and heart is checked once again all good

August 2007
- rearrange our bedroom for SD to show up
- NN still head up rather than heads down
- Washing machine on the fritz but fixable without having to pay for it YAY!
- fatigue fatigue fatigue
- Surprise my water breaks and Squeak is born via c-section at 35 weeks 5 days

September 2007
- We bring Squeak home - a lazy white boy who doesn't want to eat
- breastfeeding woes
- loving our new son
- settling in as a family
- work friend has her baby girl weighing it at a whopping 9 lbs 3 oz OUCH

October 2007
- Ernie is a jealous pup
- Lola thinks Squeak is hers
- Continuing with the breastfeeding saga

November 2007
- go back to work and it's the same old
- breastfeeding begins to actually work
- Synagis is started for RSV protection
- My mom moves in and becomes the nanny
- friend's baby girl turns 1

December 2007
- breastfeeding is hard work
- pumping at work even harder
- 1st Christmas with Squeak is fabulous even though both D and I have to work
- Chance ends up getting bit by Jodi and requires stitches and a bandage on 12/28 Poor Chance...

In summary - this has been a wonderful year even with some of the downs... I would have rather not closed out the year with Chance requiring another trip to the vet during the holiday season, but apparently he has other ideas. The vet just looked at him yesterday and shook her head and said "Chance you could have just come up for a nail trim you know..." He's okay, the other dogs are all okay... D is okay... Squeak is okay and while I am closing the year out with a cold it is all so much better than last year...

I am thankful...

So very very thankful...


Maribeth said...

Oh Sweetie! What a beautiful family you have! Despite life's ups and downs, life really is good!
Happy New Year!!!

Jackie said...

I don't know if I've ever actually said hi, I've been reading your blog for a long time though.

Anyway, I just wanted to say hi, and that I think you are doing great, and that you have a beautiful family!

OHN said...

What a great picture! When you look back and see all that you went though for that little guy to arrive..seeing that smile is even more special! Have a great 2008.

Alice said...

What a great photo! That sure is a cute kid!

Rachel said...

You are a beautiful family!!!!!!

DD said...

S.D. certainly seems to think 2007 rocked the house!

You all look fab.

I have to admit I'm glad 2007 is just about over.

DinosaurD said...

Just imagine my surprise - you don't look like a "big fat shaggy dog" at all. You clean up really well.
Seriously, the picture is great. You all look incredibly happy and dare I say, content.
I suppose it was too much to hope for a complete family photo (Ernie, where's Ernie and the rest of the canine group?)
2007 was pretty spectacular for both of us, no?

Mandy said...

Damn about Chance and Jodi. Sorry, I know that I've been MIA. We made it home at 2am this morning and are trying to get unpacked, settled in, etc. This trip has been full of fun times! I'll get details up soon, or will try to call.

Happy New Year!

Vivien said...

Hey - a good year for you and your family. I wish you a great one for 2008 too.

Kath said...

Dear Sami, Happy New Year! I'm so sorry I've been away so long, but I'm all caught up now. What a beautiful family you are -- Squeak is adorable, what a smile!

And what a year it's been! Reading your summary brings it all back so clearly. I hope 2008 is very, very good to you and your family -- and I hope you'll be seeing far less of the vet (and of breastfeeding problems) in the new year...