Saturday, January 30, 2010


Thank goodness because it takes me so long to post blogs this is now a request of prayers and thanking those for the prayers during this situation. Last Friday, my friend and co-worker, Brandi's life changed in a second. I commented on how we had just finished a good loud laugh about something, which is common for the two of us at work, when a friend came in and told her she needed to come with her to the hospital that her dad had been in a cycling accident. I will never forget Brandi's face when she turned around to grab what she could and run to her friends car.

Mr. Mike was on his regular morning ride on his bike, bicycle that is NOT motorcycle, when a car that did not see him, hit him from behind. Mike was awake at the scene, but soon had a seizure and was life flighted to the hospital. Side note, Brandi had just given him for Christmas the Road ID with his name, age, medical history, numbers to call in case of emergency, to wear on his shoe. They are worth the $20 for any athlete that you know, runners, cyclist, walkers, anyone who is on the road with vehicles around. So the Air Med guys new his information and who to call just by him having the small tag on his shoe, a gift from a few weeks before that made his family aware of what had happened almost immediately. Yay!

Ok, so Mr. Mike went into brain surgery almost immediately after arrival at the hospital. He also had several broken vertebrae in both his neck and back, brain at this point was most severe and #1 on the list of things to fix. He made it through the surgery great and went straight to ICU, where until this past Thursday was his home. Other than coming in and out of a deep sleep from all of the sedation meds, there was not too much action, however, every time a nurse or family member would ask him a question, Mike gave the correct answer!! YAY! He knows the current year, who is speaking to him, his name, family members around him and continues to become more aware of his surroundings. Now in his own private room, out of ICU, he has such hope for his recovery.

Please continue to pray for Mike, Sharon his wife, Ashley and Brandi his daughters. They appreciate the support and prayers from everyone!!!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

15 weeks and Dr Update

Ok so this is old news....I am actually 16 1/2 weeks now but Blake had our computer for awhile and was out of town.
First, I am in my running clothes for this picture because I ran the Houston Half Marathon my week 15.

I will talk about my running experience in a bit, but first cover the highlights of the doctor appt. Blake was out of town for this one, an important one to be gone for because we found out we are having a GIRL!!! Little Payton Lane will be here in July!!! My mother-in-law came with me for this appointment, I was so grateful that she came, I am nervouse to go to any of these appointments alone for some reason. I was uneasy to step on the scale and have the nurse put my weight over the loud speaker, but was glad to find out that I finally gained weight!!! 2 lbs up from my starting weight before I was pregnant!! I would like to gain gradually thus reducing my chances of stretch marks :( uggg!!! We heard the strong, healthy heartbeat again, talked some more about my violent vomiting problem, and my migrain headaches-both which pregnancy has given me for the past 7 weeks. I broke down and had both perscriptions filled-JUST IN CASE!!! I have not had to take anything yet, but knowing it is in the cabinet, makes me feel like there is releif if I choose. I will post the ultrasound pics as soon as I can scan them, she has grown into what looks like a baby!!! She has arms and legs, fingers that can grasp, eyelids, and so much more than that first picture revealed!

So everything still looks very healthy and good!! She is measuring right on schedule, I am measuring, belly-wise about 3-4 weeks behind :( This is probably because I have continued an active lifestyle which has been approved and encouraged by my doctor.

Ok, now for my running readers!! I once again, wussed out of the full marathon in which I was signed up for, and chose to run just the half. My mom, dad, and little sister came to the race, which I am so thankful for their support! Everyone who knows me, knows I am all about the support system at a race! My friends, Adam and Courtney came as well-so grateful for such wonderful friendships!!! The picture posted is one my sister took as I was approaching the finish and stopped off to kiss my family before continuing on to cross the finish.

This is only my second race, both were 1/2 marathons, being pregnant so I have learned to be less competitive in the sense I know I need to listen to my body and know my new limitations. I was still very upset with my chip time, 2:47, which did include waiting in a port-a-potty line to go to the bathroom at mile 10, some lower abdominal cramping also at mile 10 and walking through water stations to insure I stayed hydrated. My watch time, which timed only running and walking through stations was 2:35, but race officials don't care that I chose to wait in line to use the restroom, so my official time that haunts me is 2:47. My worst time by far in my career of running. Mile 12 was an emotional mile for me. Running has always been a very emotional and spiritual time for me, but this time was different, my eyes filled with tears with the thought that this was the last long competitive run for a good while. I am signed up for the full Houston marathon next year but that is a YEAR from now!!! I do have several 5K races to look forward to, but this goodbye to what I love more than almost everything, was so hard. Yes I am cleared to run as far as like everyday, but it is the competitive race that my heart longs for and that my body needs. Blake snuffed it off and didn't understand, but how could he-he does not have the runner's heart. My sports medicine doctor discussed it with me and was extremely supportive and understanding, however, he too possesses the runners passion and understanding. To give up something you truly love, is tough. But I am focused on the reason I am giving this love up, for a greater baby girl!!!!! She is going to owe me big though, I told her on that mile that she will just have to like it when I strap her into the jogging stroller for a run to train for my 1st marathon post baby in January 2011!!!
Well lets just say I learned a lot this past week about being a mom...thank you mom for giving up that things that you enjoyed doing most, to love and raise me!!

Friday, January 8, 2010

My Heart is Broken...

Hook 'em Horns!!! I am sad to say my team lost. Bummer!! Well, I did find this interview on YouTube that I want to share. My boy, Colt McCoy gives God the glory and states he stand on THE Rock! What a testimony! I hope in my everyday life when the time arises to give God glory, I do.

Ok, after 50 attempts I cant post the stinkin' video!!! So go to YouTube and type Colt McCoy in the search. The first one that comes up is his after game interview. Watch this one, it is great!!!

Have a wonderful weekend!!