Thursday, November 24, 2016

Jorgensen Party of Five!

We’ve officially jumped on the crazy train again and can’t wait to become a family of five!!  After two boys, we get to add some estrogen to our family!!  Logan and I and our families are thrilled and feeling so blessed that the events of the past two months have produced such happy news.  I always dreamed of having a daughter but never let myself think about it too much in case it didn’t happen.  I have a special relationship both my mom and dad and can’t wait for my baby girl to have that with me and Logan as well.  She already has more clothes than she could ever need but I’ve had way too much fun to contain myself.  I hope the next six months fly by!

We first met with our doctor a few weeks after Austin’s birthday at the end of May, then started the injections at the end of August, did the transfer on September 21st, and found out it was successful on the first of October.  It has been a crazy few months to say the least with many ups and downs but they were all more than worth it.  The day of our transfer was super special and I hope I never forget the happiness we felt!  We had two frozen embryos left and, just like last time, asked them to choose the strongest looking embryo without telling us the gender.  After they transferred the embryo we asked them to tell us so two nurses came in with the biggest grins on their faces.  They were so excited for us to find out!  They asked if we had any kids at home and we explained that we have two boys but that one had passed away and both had dealt with health challenges so whatever we were getting would be perfect.  They smiled and said: “Well, you’re going to have to buy all new clothes!” We were SO happy!  We both got emotional and hugged and already couldn’t wait to meet our little princess.

Things were going well until the night I turned six weeks pregnant when I began bleeding.  I bled with Austin’s pregnancy but it slowed down pretty fast so we were hopeful that this would be the same.  I went to bed hoping to wake up to no more blood only to be awakened at 3am because I was bleeding so much.  I was now passing clots and tissue and knew that couldn’t be good.  I called and woke my poor mom up and she assured me that it was okay to pass clots (I was concerned about that) but that I was likely miscarrying.  We all tried to stay hopeful and I honestly felt a lot of peace still.  The next morning we went to the IVF clinic and did an ultra sound but there was still too much bleeding to see anything.  Our doctor wasn’t convinced there was a baby but said there could be.  An ultra sound two days later still didn’t show anything so we waited a week and half or so until I was almost eight weeks and we were finally able to see our little bean!  There was still a lot of blood but we got a strong heart beat and her growth was right where it should be so we were extremely relieved.  Our IVF doctor released us from his care at that appointment and said we were free to move on to our regular OB.

Eli and Austin were both delivered by Jeff Quinn, who I LOVE!  He’s the most amazing doctor and more than worth the drive all the way out to Riverton.  If you go to him, you know what I mean!  Because of the nature of my high risk pregnancies, I’m no longer able to see him and I couldn’t be more bummed about it!  It means so much to have a doctor you trust with yours and your baby’s life.  Thankfully we fell in love with one of the high-risk doctors at IMC during Austin’s pregnancy and were able to get into be seen by him as a regular patient this time around.  We know he will take excellent care of us!  We saw him for the first time two weeks ago and were able to get a clear picture of my uterus and the baby with NO blood!  Hallelujah!  She looks great and is growing just as she should so that’s a relief.  The bleeding doesn’t seem to have slowed her down one bit!  Our doctor told us to expect to have at least as many transfusions this time as we did with Austin (2) but probably more.  He said some women don’t follow the norm and have a better pregnancy than the previous one but to not expect that.  Austin’s first transfusion was around 31 weeks and his second one was around 33.  We’re hoping to make it that far before we have to think about it again this time.  If this pregnancy is “picture perfect”, the latest they will have me go is 37 weeks so with a due date of June 9th, I’ll likely be delivering at the end of May.  That’s what we’re hoping for anyway!  Many of Austin’s challenges when he was born were a result of his diabetes so we’re hoping that was just an anomaly that doesn’t happen again so this little love can have a better start than her brother.  We’ll just take it one appointment at a time and pray and hope for the best!

You may have realized that with both Eli and Austin we decided on a name pretty fast and that didn’t change this time either.  Logan and I agreed right away that her name will be Victoria Elizabeth :) Victoria isn’t after anyone we know but it’s a name we both loved and Elizabeth is after me and my mom.  We’ve been asked a lot already if we have a short name in mind for her but I really love the full name and hope she gets called Victoria a lot!  I’m sure she’ll have a nickname too because that’s what our family is known for but I really love the full name.

We are so excited to share this news with our wonderful friends and feel so grateful to have so much support.  We know this journey will be a wild one so we can’t express how much we love having each of you along for the ride!

Monday, October 31, 2016

October 2016

October flew by!  We had a lot going on and it was all good stuff!  It's so fun to be fully immersed in the holidays now and we really enjoyed Halloween!  The weather has been an absolute dream so hopefully it stays that way for a little longer!

Austin got the month started off right by looking through the ads during breakfast and coming up with some ideas for his Christmas list! ;)

Conference weekend is always a highlight!  We spend the early afternoon with my family while enjoying my mom's traditional brunch and then we spend the evening with Logan's family.  This year we drove to Oakley and had dinner at Logan's sister's cabin.  The weather was perfect so we had a great time outside!  Austin is finally getting old enough to explore a little bit around the cabin and he had a lot of fun outside while Logan made a fire.  We sure love spending time with both of our wonderful families!
I'm catching Austin reading books on his own more and more lately and sometimes he prefers to read them on his own even when I'm sitting right by him.  He climbs up on the rocking chair and insists on looking through them alone.  
We enjoyed a morning at Wheeler Farm with some moms in our ward a few weeks ago and, aside from Austin almost getting attacked by a goose, had a really fun time!  Austin loved sitting on the big tractor and thought the cow train was "meh".  He and Liam sat next to each other and I was nervous they were going to push each other out!  When I ran to break up one little cat fight the dumb car drove over my foot haha.  We may or may not ride that thing again for awhile!
Our neighbors own a giant black cat that acts nothing like a cat should.  It's not as scared of strangers as it should be and often sits in our backyard like it owns the place.  I took Austin outside to play one day and it was sitting next to his playhouse and he was so happy!  The cat finally walked away when he got pretty close but he was hoping the cat would've stay to play!
On October 8th, we joined the soccer mom/dad club and bought a minivan!  Several people have asked (or silently wondered, I'm sure) why we bought a minivan already and our answer is that a few different factors went into it.  We're feeling it's time for another baby and we knew we'd feel cramped in our Sonata if we add another one.  Our good friends, the Murdocks, own a few dealerships so when a great deal on a van popped up on their website, we were super tempted!  Logan's dad offering to buy our Sonata was the last persuasion we needed so we jumped on it!  It's funny how many stereotypes there are with minivans--we hear about them even more now that we own one!  Logan and I don't mind driving a minivan at all and actually love it!  It's going to be super convenient when we have more kids so we're excited to have it for the next decade or so!
Austin always behaves better at church when he has Lily and Liam to play with!  They were super cute together a few weeks ago :)
Austin had fun playing in the leaves this month and loved watching Logan mow and rake them up.  You know those perfect pictures of kids throwing leaves in the air with giant grins on their faces?  I attempted to capture a moment like that and you could say it didn't work out so well.  
Tinny loves any chance he gets to help daddy in the yard!  Here they are putting away hoses for the winter.
I have a feeling there won't be too many opportunities left for my grandpa to sit in the backyard like he loves so we're taking advantage of those moments every chance we get.
This picture does not do the situation justice but I don't want to forget it.  I made Austin Eggos one morning and after he finished eating he took the syrup-filled plate and put it right on top of his head before I could stop him.  I may or may not have waited until later that night to clean it out in the bath...
Logan had fall break this month so we did as many things together as possible while he had some free time.  An early shop and lunch at Costco was a hit for sure!
We went to Cornbelly's for the first time this year and had a good time!  Austin was still a bit young to participate in much so he loved just running around more than anything but we still enjoyed it!  I'm excited to go back next year when he's a little older!
More fun in the leaves!  I don't think he loves sitting in the giant piles too much ;)
Austin would live outside if we let him!  On days that I tell him we can't go out yet he loves sitting in the window watching people and cars go by.  
Austin is really into forts but loves ruining them before we really get a chance to play in it.  I found a way around that by making one over his crib and he thought it was the best!
My neighbor and I ran some errands together earlier this month and it was way more fun having a buddy come along!  I think Austin enjoyed having Beck there :) Now we just need to work on Austin's cheesy face.
Just an adorable picture of my sidekick :)
I love that he tried copying whatever face I was making during this selfie session.
Exploring the yard is a favorite of Austin's!
A couple weeks ago before the Utah vs UCLA game we had a neighborhood tailgating bash with the families on our street and it was tons of fun!  There was a lot of delicious food, great company, and the kids ran wild and loved it.  Austin probably ate the equivalent of three or four tomatoes so we caved and gave him can of soda all for himself and he was in heaven!  He couldn't believe we let him have it so he kept his distance from us so we wouldn't change our minds :) He also loved riding the scooter with daddy's help!  When he wasn't playing, of course he was eating.
My parents have a great yard for exploring too so Austin loves running loose whenever we go over there!  Logan had a late night with some school meetings last week so we went over to my parents' and had dinner with my dad since he was alone with my mom out of town.  Tinny loves his grandpa :)
Austin's cousin, Lily, had her fourth birthday party a few days ago and Austin had a pretty good time!  He didn't participate in anything but loved making his own fun with Liam!
Austin was being abnormally quiet on Saturday morning and I was worried he was into some crazy mischief but when I found him he was eating some food Logan had forgotten to put away the night before.  I'm sure that Asian food tasted great after sitting out forever!  Our little foodie loved it, of course :)
Later on Saturday Logan took Austin outside to play in the backyard while he mowed and it was taking him longer than usual so I went out to check on them and found this :) Austin was in HEAVEN!
Austin still makes giant messes while eating and I still hate cleaning them up!  Thankfully he has such a cute face!
We all enjoyed Halloween so much this year!  Growing up, Halloween was a big deal and my mom made the yummiest dinner that we all enjoyed before spending the night trick-or-treating.  Now that we're all older with our own families we don't all get together as much on Halloween so I tried re-creating that family tradition this year.  We invited some friends over and ate delicious chili (thank you, Krystal, for the recipe!) and then we took the kids trick-or-treating.  Austin caught on pretty fast and seemed to have a lot of fun!  We didn't go very far but he got plenty of candy by the time we were done.  I completely forgot to take a normal picture of him but I do have a few candid photos.  We were having too much fun so it slipped my mind!
And that does it for October!  It's hard to believe we're already into November--the greatest month of the year!  Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we're already getting excited!