Thursday, July 23, 2009

Maybe I am having a Platypus!!!


***So this is a post that I was suppose to post forever ago but better late then never. I was waiting for our pictures to get scanned but I guess I will just add them later.***


So I really wish I could get a competent ultrasound tech. Grr. So we went to our appointment on July 22nd and got very frustrated... I had already had a rough day because Brayden refused to take a nap and that's never a good thing for a mom who needs a break. Since we had such confusion with the last ultrasound my Dr. wanted me to meet with a different tech to get a second opinion. So, I did.

This guy was crazy... serioulsy! He had Rusty leave with Brayden because he couldn't concentrate with him there (mind you Brayden was actually being really good just playing with his toys). Then when I was asking that I get a few pictures of the baby, since last time we didn't get any good ones, he was like; "Why do you want them? You aren't going to be able to really keep them and put them in a book because they will fade." Seriously? What does it matter to him what I do with it? It's my baby and I want a photo! ugh.

So we do the ultrasound and everything was looking really good. I actually got to see the baby suck his/her thumb. It was so cool, but I felt awful because Rusty was missing all of it! He printed out one picture of the baby sucking his/her thumb but to wasn't a great photo. I was really hoping for a foot or hands photo. Or a picture of the spine...anything.

We did get some good news. He said that I don't have to worry about Placenta Previa because there was a good distance between the cervix and placenta.

So onto the sex of the baby. He looked at the baby and said, "I'm just not sure it's a girl". Okay, great. So he was looking and made the comment that he "hates whoever decided to tell parents what the sex of the baby is." and the he has "wasted more time trying to figure out the sex of the baby then anything else". I'm laying there shocked at his disdain towards this special moment between parents and their baby.

So since our baby was being ultra shy he had me turn back and forth trying to get the baby to move so we could see the sex. And this is the weird part. He sees something, points it out to me and says "Do you see that?" now I am NOT a trained ultrasound tech and I rely heavily on their descriptions of what I am seeing... So I say "yes, so it's a boy?" because that's that he was pointing out looked like to me.. a boy part. (now prior to this I thought a saw a boy part but he said it was just the umbilical cord.) After me asking if it was a boy he says... nothing. So I ask again. "Is it a boy?" and he will not confirm anything he in turn replies, "I'm gonna say that there's an 80% chance it's a boy. If I were you I would just have a boy and girl name ready." So I am sitting there going, 'Did I see a penis or not? What the heck!'

This is the weirdest part. I asked if I could get a picture of the "possible penis" to show to my hubby and Dr. (maybe she can tell me that's what it is) and the guy says, "No. I can't do that." He was completely serious! It was if he couldn't believe I was asking for a picture of the babies penis, if that is in fact what it was! I'm sitting there thinking that 'Why can't I have a picture? Is there something wrong with me wanting that picture? Are you thinking that it's like child pornography? ' I just didn't get it. After a short conversation he says that he "accidentally printed it out." and that I was "NOT to take the photo". At this point could see he was leaving it for me to take it but I was still unsure because he was SO SERIOUS about it, not a hint of a smile. Then he leaves and I am in the process of getting my self tucked in and what not and he comes back asking why I am still there. How quick does he expect me to be gone!

It was a very weird, confusing and frustrating experience! I ended up leaving, shared the info with Rusty who was just as weirded out as I was and left, only to realize that I had left some of Brayden's toys in the room (since I was being ushered so quickly out of there). I swear I am not going back to that place ever again!

I really like my Dr. I just wished she had her own ultrasound machine in her office so I didn't have to go through all the drama.

After all that you may be going, "So, What ARE you having?" and the answer is... I don't know!
The first lady said 'almost positive' it's a girl and this guy said '80% chance it's a boy'. I personally am leaning towards a boy but what the heck do I know.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Please Read!

I am asking that everyone please read this through. Thank you.

We have some friends that we would like everyone to pray for, here is why:

Not too long ago Kameron was diagnosed with Lupus. He and his little family have been doing well and adjusting to the changes that come with a diagnosis like this. However, this last week Kameron has been having a tough time. He first went to the ER for a 7 hour nose bleed on July 1st and by Friday he had lost his appetite and his lymph nodes were swollen. They took him to the ER again and by the time they were seen a 1:30 am things have gotten worse. He was ambulanced over from Sierra Vista to Tuscon Medical Center and admitted super early on the morning of July 4th. Since then they have done many tests and found multiple infections in his body. He started to become very weak and had difficulty breathing.

They performed a procedure on his lungs that went well, however, his breathing was still so labored that they put him in the ICU to monitor him closer. Since it was taking all of his energy to breathe they decided to sedate him and give him a breathing tube. That way his body would be able to fight off the multiple infections. The Doctors aren't sure how long he will need to be on the respirator, at least long enough to get him stabilized.

This is such a difficult thing for this young family. His wife, Jamilyn, is so amazing. I cannot even imagine what it would be like to be her and see the man you love in that situation while trying to take care of a 2 year old. She has so much strength and faith it just amazes me.

All I ask at this time is prayers for this family. Here is a note that Jami put on her blog,

"I am asking each of you who reads this to fast for Kameron's recovery and health on

FRIDAY, JULY 10th

Fast, pray, meditate ... please just do what you do.
Kameron will be healed by his faith and by the faith of others."

I know that if we all do this he will return home quicker than if we don't. Thank you for reading this!
The Haban Family.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Insomniacs Anonymous

For the last two weeks my insomnia has hit hard. I thought I had a good handle on it but for some strange reason it has decided to come back with a vengeance! No use trying to lay in bed and wait 4 hours to fall asleep and yet I feel so guilty when I actually stay up because I do NOTHING productive. Back in Elementary, High School and College I at least accomplished something during my long nights of no sleep but now they have a thing called facebook in which I just play the same stupid game over and over and over and over again. Pretty pointless.

So if this happens again, and I'm sure it will, I will try to actually do what I said I was going to do and get caught up on all of my blogs. And trust me, there are a lot. I guess it's a good thing I don't have too many followers that way I don't bore too many people to death. For those who do read this, thanks.
Here are a few fun Cartoons that hit close to home.

Monday, July 6, 2009

4th of July Weekend!

We had a very busy 4th of July weekend but it was so much fun! Rusty had Friday off and I just love when we get to have a full free day with him. We don't really do anything too special but it's nice to just spend that time together. Here is a rundown of our weekend:

Friday
Hang out playing fun "indoor" games...
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This is one of Brayden's favorite games.

Head off in the car.

Brayden rocking out his Finding Nemo Sunglasses.

One of our stops, the mall. We got to just walk around and Brayden played in the play area. His favorite thing was to ride on the mini merry-go-round.He would switch on and off from the boat...
to the train. The train was his favorite.

We stopped in some kids clothing stores wishing I had the money to get some of their really cute outfits. In the kids stores they have TV's with kids programs so the kids can sit while parents shop (pretty smart idea). With Brayden, he really gets into what he's watching and I don't know if you have seen some of the kid shows lately but they are crazy! Like, high on LSD crazy. Poor Brayden has never been exposed to these kind of shows since we don't have Television. He was in some kind of trance trying to figure out what the heck was going on!Do you see the confusion on his face?
The funny thing is he just sat there staring with out blinking it seemed like. Poor boy, he is like me where he has permanent dark circles under his eyes, so it looks like he is a TV zombie who hasn't slept in days! haha.

Luckily we got him out of there just in the nick of time. :) We went home a spent a nice night at home with some yummy left overs from our Hawaiian Haystacks we had the other night. After such a fun day we headed off to bed. While getting Brayden to bed he decided he needed to go potty. So we go into the bathroom and Brayden sits only the potty and decided to catch up on some light reading...
It just really made me laugh! I got a less blurry picture however it would need to be censored so this one will have to do.

Saturday
When we started the day we still hadn't really planned anything for the fourth of July. However we were continuing yesterdays morning activities:
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I really wanted to do something special this year for the 4th of July because although we had fun hanging out with friends last year, we didn't really do much and we didn't get to see fireworks. So I went online to see what was going on in the valley for free and a link came up saying that Rawhide was open with a chance to see a western shoot out and free fireworks. Rawhide is out in Chandler about 15 minutes away from Rusty's folks place so we thought we would see what they were up to for the 4th.

We knew they had a full house since they have the grand kids from Texas staying with them for a few weeks (Kyle and the twins Ethan ans Allison) plus their own Derek and Tiffany. However, they had no real plans so we headed over there with some fresh corn to go with hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad and apple pie. I have to say that my favorite was the grilled corn! Yummm.... Only thing missing was the watermelon.

After eating and getting all the kids ready we headed off to Rawhide. We got there around 6:15 and it felt like it was Noon! The sun was still high in the sky and it was sooo incredibly hot! We were a little bummed because online it said that Rawhide would be a fun free celebration, however, upon arriving we found out it cost $10 for anyone over 5 years old. Rusty's folks were gracious enough and offered to pay for us and in the end we were a little grateful for the price because it meant it wasn't too busy.

Here are some photos from the day.
Brayden sittin' comfy on his saddle.

With one of the awesome Rawhide workers.

Mommy, Brayden and Daddy in the Rawhide Museum in front of two old carousel horses. They were beautiful, the craftsmanship was amazing.
Brayden sitting in a buggy.

The cousins sitting together in the buggy.
Front row: Ethan, Brayden and Allison
Back row: Kyle and Tiffany (Derek had plans with his girlfriend that day so he didn't come.)


Waiting for the Rodeo to start.
Brayden excited to see the bull's!
Rusty and his Dad also waiting for the mini rodeo to begin.


This bull rider had the best ride of the night but he got injured right in front of us! He went head first over the bulls head right when the bull threw his head back. His horn hit the riders head and landed practically at our feet. He tried to sit up but went flat on his back. His head was bleeding and they called the medic out to the ring. Eventually he got up with the help of a couple of people and left the ring. It was kid of frustrating because people were running over to see the injured rider. It was like no one had any respect.
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They continued the show and here is a video of another rider.
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Here is the last ride of the night, if you look in the background you can see the ambulance that came for the injured rider. From the looks of what happened we think he might have gotten a minor concussion and possibly some stitches.
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Here we are trying to lasso a steer. First is Brayden, then myself followed by Tiffany. After the guy actually showed me how to do it properly I did a pretty good job.

They had a fun little playground that Brayden had fun playing on and the other kids got to ride on burros. Brayden was really happy to watch the donkeys. He kept saying "donkey" while doing the sign and was say "Hee Haw". It was really cute. He even tried climbing through the gate trying to get closer to them.

As the kids waiting in line for the burros we went and found a nice spot on the grass to watch the fireworks. It was great because they had a stadium you could watch them from or the grassy area. Most went to the stadium so it wasn't very crowded in the grass area. While waiting Brayden was running around playing with some other little kids he just met. Although it was past 9 pm it still felt like it was 115 degrees outside. Notice how red Brayden's face is in all of the following pictures!

This was the best family photo we could get...
Brayden with Mommy
Brayden with Daddy
Brayden hitting Daddy in the face with a flag. This was Rusty's real reaction...not an exaggeration! Haha, it was funny.

I love Rusty's laugh!

My patriotic little boy.


He had a lot of fun playing with the flags.

Still red in the face... why does Arizona have to be so dang hot?!?!

Rusty with his niece Allison. She is hilarious! Rusty got a kick out of some of the things she would say.

Brayden sitting on Dadd'ys lap to watch fireworks for the first time.

Brayden loved them! He wasn't scared at all. He just laid back watching them, ooing and ahhing and clapping when the show was all over.


Just in case some people missed the fireworks this year here is a long and short video of some of the fireworks we saw. I know that Glendale's show was canceled this year do to the budget so I hope you enjoy them:
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After the fireworks show we caught the last "Shoot out" show that Rawhide had. I really wasn't that impressed but it was still fun. Brayden didn't jump at all during the fireworks show but when they shot the guns for the first time I swear he went up at least 2 inches off of my lap. After the show we headed home and Brayden passed out in the car. We got home around 11:10 and were still hot and very tired.
Brayden completely knocked out.
He did stir a little bit during this picture and I think his face is really sad looking. He looks tired and in pain and uncomfortable. poor boy.

He slept until a little after 9 am Sunday morning which meant we got to sleep in too. It was too bad that Rusty and I both forgot we had to teach Sunday morning so we had to rush with showers and getting ready and trying to prepare or lessons (Rusty was teaching Priesthood and I had Sharing Time in Nursery for the first time since being called as the 1st Counselor). Luckily it all worked out.

Well that sums it all up. If you made it through this whole post I am pretty impressed. Hope your 4th of july was great and remember to thank a soldier for the sacrifice they made for our county and our freedom!

"Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ" ~ Ether 2:12


God Bless America!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Response to my post "Husbands and wives"

Just wanted to add a quick note about my "Husbands and Wives" blog. So I got a couple e-mails in response to this post from some people worried that maybe my marriage is having some difficulties. Some even worry that if my marriage is in trouble I am taking too much responsibility on myself... I just want to clear a few things up.

First off as the first rule in A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; "Don't Panic!" :) With all honesty, Rusty and I are doing great! We are happy, we love each other and our little family and we are coming up on our four year anniversary, excited to know that it's already been 4 years toward our eternity that we've been able to spend with each other. We do, however, like many couples have little moments/problems that need adjusting.

My Aunt Cathy said it just right, that after 33 years of marriage that even they can use improvement and tend to take their relationship for granted. And that's what my blog was about. We need to constantly improve ourselves and our marriage. My husband always says "That which is not growing is decaying" and that's all that I am trying to prevent; decay.

Secondly, I promise that I am not trying to take on all of our little problems and thinking that I alone am the one to fix them. It wouldn't be a healthy relationship if I was. I am lucky to have the handsome husband that I have who is not only understanding, and willing to see his own faults, he is also a great communicator. When there is a problem, we talk about it and discuss where we both need improvement and where we are excelling. Rusty has helped me a lot in the marriage department. I come from a home where my folks divorced when I was 8, then my mother was in a very dysfunctional and abusive marriage to my ex-step dad for 6 years which was then followed by 6 years with my mom being the head of the home. I had not had a chance to witness a healthy marriage up close and personal but I know that despite all of that, with Rusty I can and will have a great marriage.

So I hope that this post puts some worried minds to ease. We are happy but we also recognize that there is always room for improvement. I am lucky to have my amazing husband and he is lucky to have me (because I'm awesome!).