Thursday, December 17, 2009

It's A....

BOY!!

And boy, are we thrilled! Brock and I both secretly wanted a boy (though neither of us told each other that until after we found out the gender). He is healthy and doing great. He slept through the ultra sound despite our efforts to move him around. Luckily, his little legs weren't folded so we could find out what he was! My due date was moved from May 7th to May 10th...our anniversary! As of now, we are thinking of naming him Daxton Timothy. We both like the name Gavin, too, but it's on on the popular lists right now. We'll see as we get closer what we definitely decide on. I'm so excited to start getting things ready for our little man. We'll probably do a baseball themed nursery with custom built "lockers" and benches from Great-Grandpa Tim. Grandma Stephanie already bought Nike onezies and some little sports shoes today. And I bought Brock some surprise baby baseball things for Christmas, despite the fact that we DO NOT agree on our favorite baseball teams around here. I figure if the baby is with me at the softball fields all this summer, he needs some baseball gear, right? We can't wait for him to join us in May!

3D Profile

It's a BOY!

Lip and Nose (looking up the nostril)

His little leg and foot (and a hand, too, I think?)

We have some 3D pictures. I just need to scan them in to the computer when I'm not so tired!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Domestic Me

One of the fun parts about working at a treatment center is we have a lot of down time with the students. Crocheting is one of the big things the girls like to do, so they taught me how a long time ago. This is the first project I've actually completed. Yes, I know it looks like a scarf from the 70's, but I had the yarn laying around and thought it would be a good practice project. I think it turned out pretty cute! I started a blanket right before Brock went in for his brain surgeries so I would have something to do in the hospital. I never picked it up at the hospital, and have worked on it little since. Luckily, with the little one coming in May, I have decided to just turn it into a "baby size" blanket so MAYBE I might actually finish it.....one day....


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Christmas Tree & Card

Here's our Christmas tree for this year. We did a red themed one the last time we had a tree that was really cute, but for some reason I wanted blue and silver this year. (I think I like the red one better...) All I could think about while decorating the tree is that next year we won't be able to put up any glass ornaments and all the ornaments will have to be on the top part of the tree so little fingers can't grab them. I can't wait for our little baby to join us next Christmas! I think I'm more excited about 2010 Christmas than 2009 Christmas, but I know we will enjoy this year, too. Plus, next year we will have a cute little one to put on our card instead of just the two of us! I actually feel very vain with the card, but I love our pictures Chelsea took and wanted to play around with them in photoshop ;)


(If you want a Christmas card and letter, please email me your address
danikchristensen@gmail.com)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Hawaii Pictures

Brock going off the rope swing

At the Luau
Spouting Horn - The water comes in from the ocean to all the rocks and there is a hole the water pushes out of. It's pretty cool to really see.
Some canyon I can't spell the name of ;)

Snorkeling with Drake





We couldn't use flash photography at the Luau so I had fun experimenting with no flash ;)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Things to Remember

Since I haven't gotten around to writing in my "baby journal" since about two months ago, I wanted to write down some things about the last little while as being pregnant!

Baby Update
15 1/2 weeks as of today
Heard the heartbeat at the last appointment
Next appointment in two weeks
Find out gender on DECEMBER 17th! This day couldn't come fast enough!

Mommy Update
Started throwing up during week 11....who does that, seriously?
Starting to feel better now (as long as I sleep in until noon....I don't know how that will work
during my next pregnancy when I already have a baby....haha)
I lost weight at the beginning, but I'm starting to feel like I'm gaining some back.... (should I be happy about this?)


Foods I can't get enough of:
Watermelon
*Cinnamon toast & hot chocolate
*Multi-grain cheerios
Cottage cheese
Lemons
*Peppermint Tea
*foods that I always at as a kid and rarely ate before getting pregnant.
Isn't it amazing our comfort foods never change?!

Baby Bump
I wish someone would have told me the theory that the earlier you tell others you are pregnant, the earlier you show....BEFORE i told everyone... My "baby bump" pretty much just looks like I did before I lost weight this year, but at least now it's not "fat." :)

SHOPPING!!!
Overall, I feel like I've done pretty good in the "not spending money" department....so far....
My sister-in-law, Holly, told me about this great deal on a Graco car seat and stroller
for $100 at Target. So obviously I couldn't pass that one up! That was the first thing I bought.
The JJ Cole warehouse just had their huge sale and I got a few more baby things there.
All together, I got a few diaper bags, bundleme car seat warmers, strap covers, burp rags,
nursery storage boxes, crib sheets, and some diapering accessories
(and Grandma actually bought most of it! Thanks Grandma Steph!)

Nursery
I cleared out the nursery closet of all of our storage yesterday so I could start putting
together the things I have bought so far. Yes, I know it's a little early to be doing this,
but I had fun ;) We already have a crib thanks to my awesome friend! But we haven't
put that up yet. We haven't even gotten in from my mother-in-law's garage...

Hawaii!
I went boogie boarding TONS while I was there. Looking back on it, I can't believe this
little on decided to stay inside me. I flipped quite a few times and swallowed TONS
of salt water. We also went deep sea fishing, but I took dramamine before and slept through
it. When I was awake, I was pretty sick. The drives up the windy roads did me in the
most though. I haven't gotten "car sick" since I was a kid, but I was definitely getting sick
on those drives! I think that trip will probably be my last time in a bikini ;)

Those are just some of my thoughts and feelings about this exciting time in my life! I'll keep updating as new news comes. For now, we are just happy to be enjoying this journey!



Tuesday, October 6, 2009

So this is totally for my mom, so please excuse the belly showing... Unfortunately I can't say that the "bump" is a baby bump....it's fat....haha. This was our first ultrasound. I'm due May 7 and everything is going great so far!!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Our Family Pictures










Our friend, Chelsea, and I trade pictures with each other. So we went out and took some "family" pictures of Brock and me (which are more like engagements since we don't have kids). We LOVE them! My friend, Liz, was so nice to do my hair for me, too, since I don't have a clue how to get it curly like she did it! These turned out better than I could have ever hoped. Thanks Chels and Liz!

Monday, August 10, 2009

What a guy

So I'm sitting in my office on the computer when I start to hear a thumping sound every 30 seconds. I ignored it for a while, thinking it was just coming from upstairs, but then I decided to check it out. I walked into my family room to find this...




I don't know if I should think this is cute or be upset that my furniture is being used as a throwing target. Either way, it was a picture moment that I wanted to share!! Some men will never get rid of the little boy inside of them! As long as the ball doesn't go through a wall or window, I can handle this ;)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Father's Day at Grandma & Grandpa Frampton's

Father's Day was a pretty good day this year. We celebrated with Tony and Brock's family, first. We had a great lunch with everyone and got in a good Sunday nap. Then we drove down to Farmington to hang out with my whole family. Mo & Chantz came down from WY, so we were all actually together to get a family picture. It didn't turn out as good as I hope, so we'll be getting another one here soon! (Thanks to teenagers who don't cooperate....and a husband who won't smile for pictures). I made Chris a little scrapbook on photoshop and had each of the kids write something in it. The theme of the book seemed to be that our lives have all been blessed by Chris, and the peace and joy he has brought back to our family. Although I definitely think about my dad a lot on father's day, this father's day wasn't a sad one. It's the first happy one I've had in a long time, and that's because I have an excelent role model and friend in my step-dad. That's something I am so happy to be able to say! I love you Chris, and thank you for all you have done for my family and me!





















Friday, June 19, 2009

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Mom, I love you! Hang in there and be happy. You're the best mom for me and you always will be. I love you so much!

Today I obviously had a lot of opportunities to think about my mother and the day that I will be a mother myself. Even though it's a challenge for us to get our first baby here, I know that I'm being prepared and every day will make me a better mom once I am blessed with a child. It's hard not having my life go exactly as I have planned, but I know Heavenly Father has a bigger and better plan for Brock and me. I can't wait to be a mom, but I know that having to wait until Heavenly Father knows we are ready will be well worth it. Besides, we have some pretty cool people in Heaven hanging out with our kids until they can come be with us!! I just hope they encourage them to come sooner than later ;)

Happy Mother's Day to all you moms and women/girls like me that are just waiting to be a mom!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

If you're having a bad day....

You can think to yourself... "What if I got to the mailbox and find".....

THIS!


















And in case you can't see it....the circled amount is $148,215.69....and no that doesn't include the actual doctor's charges, and yes we have insurance and we will not have to cover even a dent in that so this is why we can joke ;)  We just thought we would share our humor with everyone!  It's not everyday you can open a statement that shows that your health care costs as much as a house!!!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Home again!!

Well, Brock finally got discharged on Friday from the hospital.  We were there 14 days and 3 hours.....and neither of us ever want to be in a hospital again!

Brock has been doing fairly well all things considered.  He has lots of pain meds to keep him very happy and funny, but occasionally he will still hurt really bad.  His calves have been bothering him the most, although we think it's because he was in bed for two weeks without getting up at all so the walking and moving now is hurting them.  He has a pretty BIG soft, squishy spot on the top of his head we are a little concerned about, but so far it hasn't spread so we think it's just swelling.  He has around 40 staples across his head which is pretty gross, but he will get them out next friday.  He also got a bit of a face lift we are noticing now which is pretty funny.  It makes his receding hair line a little more obvious though ;)

Once again, we really appreciate everything that everyone has done for us during this time of our lives.  It's hard to keep the faith during trials at times, but it was very comforting to know that we had the faith and prayers of others to rely on.  It is great to be home and around family again and to get back to our almost normal lives. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Sad news

The doctors came in this evening after looking at all the results and told us that although they found the exact focal point of where his seizures start, unfortunately it is inoperable.  The starting point is right on the motor strip of his brain, so if they were to take it out it would paralyze the left side of his body.  This news is really hard to take.  Based on the blessings we have both received and the feelings and impressions I've had, I thought this was going to work.  I thought this was it for Brock. 

So he will go into surgery for the last time tomorrow morning to get the grids out of his head.  Hopefully we will be leaving the hospital on Friday.  More than ever, I just want to get home now.  So does Brock.  We can't wait to get back into our normal lives.   I just worry this experience is going to make his seizures seem even worse, knowing where they start and not being able to do anything about it.

On the up-side, the doctors said they learned a lot about Brock's seizures from this, and it sounds like there will be some new techniques out in a few years that could help them.  They just are FDA approved yet.  Maybe one of these will work for him, but I wanted this to work for him.  He deserves it, and it's hard to understand why he just went through two weeks of hell for nothing really.  

Thanks again for all your love, support, and prayers.  Please keep us in them.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Monday Update

Great news!  You can all quit praying for seizures!  Seriously....please....haha.  He has had four seizures now so they have him doped up on all his anti-epileptic medications so he won't have any more.  Unfortunately, he didn't have the seizures before the OR was scheduled so he has to wait until Wednesday for the last surgery.  He was pretty scared coming out of this last seizure, and rightfully so.  He actually went into one, came out of it for about five seconds, and then went right back into another one!  Scary! Luckily he doesn't remember when that happens because he is unconscious, but it was not fun to watch.

The next step is to do what is called "cortical stimulation."  Essentially, the neurologist will send electric waves through the electrodes in his head.  This stimulation will make his body move in a specific way so the doctors know which areas of the brain they can take out and which areas they cannot.  Although it sounds painful, it's not. The brain doesn't actually have any feeling so all he'll feel is his body moving.  For example, if they stimulate a part that is charge of his hand movement, his hand will involuntarily move.  Right now, it looks like the seizures are coming from his "pre-motor" strip, so the biggest risk of the surgery is that he will be a little "clumsy" on one side until the other side of his brain takes over the particular spot of concern.  The doctor said this only lasts a couple months, but that would mean he wouldn't be able to play in the May-Day softball tournament.  So hopefully that's not going to be an issue.

Surgery will happen Wednesday, and I, along with many others, have felt that this is going to work for him.  I really feel like he will be seizure free after this, so please still pray that will happen.  We appreciate more than we can express the support and love we have felt from many during this process.  We were able to have a good heart-to-heart this morning, the first time we have really talked since the first surgery, and it made me feel so good.  I know this trial has blessed my marriage in ways that could not have been attained in any other circumstance.  Our testimonies have both been strengthened, and although it was not easy, it has been worth it.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Sunday Update

There isn't a whole lot to report on, but I thought I would mention a few things.  Brock was able to eat a little today which is great.  He has only nibbled on things here and there for over a week now, so I know his body needs the nourishment.  

Great news....he finally had a seizure last night.  Crazy that's great news, right?  He felt it coming on for about ten hours, and it finally hit at about 4 am.  His third and final surgery is scheduled for tomorrow, but he still needs to have two more seizures before they will take him into surgery.  It's really rough for him because he is off all his medication which causes him to have really really nasty seizures once he goes into one.  It's pretty scary to watch and I'm sure it's even worse for him.  

Thank you all for your prayers.  Please keep Brock in them so he can have the seizures he needs to get back to surgery tomorrow.  Thanks and love and appreciation to all!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Update on Brock

So I have had a lot of people asking how Brock is doing so I'm just going to start posting updates on here for people to see.  I can't get reception very well on my cell phone so this will probably be the best way to get updates to everyone.

Brock is having a series of brain surgeries to help neurologists find the starting point of his seizures.  If everything goes as planned, the doctors will find the spot and surgically remove that small part of his brain.  This will keep the seizures from starting and the hope is he will be seizure free after the last surgery.  If they can find the spot, his seizures will at least get better, but we are really hoping to get rid of them.

Brock went in for his first of three surgeries on Friday, March 27.  The first surgery was to put electrodes on top of his brain to get a better idea of which side the seizures were coming from.  He was in a lot of pain waking up from the incision that almost goes ear to ear and the bone they had to remove from his skull to get the strips in.  Unfortunately, the first few pain medications didn't do anything for him.   So he didn't get any relief the first day.  Can you imagine coming out of surgery with no pain killers!! Ouch!!  His sister, Tiffany, was his nurse the next day and she did awesome at figuring out everything that works for him.  It helped him settle down and get some rest so that was great. 

After figuring all that out, the pressure to have seizures started.  The whole purpose of the electrodes is to read the frequency patterns in the brain when the seizures start.  The spot with the highest frequency is the focal or starting point of the seizures.  The doctors took him off almost all of his medications, which in any regular situation would make him go crazy with seizures almost immediately.  Unfortunately, it took Brock until Tuesday to have his first seizure that wasn't medically induced.  The pain killers and nausea medication supress the seizures.  We were also told that the actual electrodes tend to put pressure on the focal point in the brain which also can suppress the seizures.  It wasn't until the doctors told Brock that they were going to go in and take the electrodes out even though he hadn't had a seizure did he finally have one.  He started leaking cerebral fluid from one of the incisions.  This created a risk of infection that the surgeon didn't want to take.  The surgeon and neurologist felt they knew the right area so they could go in and take the electrodes out.  

Brock ended up having a generalized (gran mal) seizure about two hours before his second surgery.  It was absolutely awful to watch and they are really scary for him, but he took it really well.  It knocked him out for a while but it was comforting when the neurologist told me that their suspicions were correct.  

The purpose of the second surgery was to take the electrodes out and put in grids.  Grids are more invasive because they go into the brain, but the electrodes are more concentrated.  By placing them all around the area of suspicion, they can get a 3D look at the focal point if they can find it.  We didn't know for sure if this surgery would take place this stay in the hospital or if we would have to come back in a few weeks.  We were under the impression we would have to come back which really sucked because this is all just awful for Brock and we all felt it would be better if he could just get it over with now.  When the doctor came in and told Brock he was getting the first electrodes out, he gave him the option to get the grids put in at the same time or wait the few weeks.  Brock decided to just get it over with.  That second surgery was on Wednesday. 

He slept pretty much all day yesterday because he was on such a high dosage of pain medication.  Coming out of surgery was a lot better than the first time because the nurses knew what medications worked for him.  He said it hurt worse though which made sense because they took pretty much the top right side of his skull out to get the grids in.  He has been more awake today, mostly because he has something stuck in his throat (most likely from having the breathing tubes during his surgeries) and he's been working on getting it out for about the last three hours.  I tried to eat while he was doing it....that didn't last too long.  GROSS! ;)

Brock is holding up alright.  It's really hard to watch him go through all this.  He really just wants to get out of here.  I was actually really surprised when he told the doctor to put the grids in during the second surgery.  He was so down that I didn't think he would go another step with it.  I think with the pain and the boredom of being the hospital, it's hard to see the positive outcomes that can come through this.  There isn't too much positive for him right now, but I strongly believe this is going to benefit him and help him to have a better quality of life in the end.  We have both received many Priesthood blessings from our awesome families, and that has been a comfort to us.  Although it's hard to not constantly be asking "Why us?" I feel like we will really gain a lot from this.  I hope it brings us closer as husband and wife, although I worry it will take us time to get back into our normal lives after this.  

I'll try to keep updates on here.  At this point, we are just waiting for him to have three seizures....again....and so far, nothing.  So, as crazy as this sounds, if you include him in your prayers, please ask that he will be able to relax enough to have seizures!  It's crazy how the things that in the past you prayed wouldn't happen, I'm now begging Heavenly Father to make it happen.  I know if we put our trust in Him, no matter the outcome, it is part of His plan.  If there is one lesson I have learned lately, it's to quit making plans because mine are never right!  Just kidding, but it definitely feels like that sometimes.  I listened to a CES fireside last night on my iPod from Elder Holland.   It really helped me to feel comforted in my circumstance and taught me to draw closer to the Lord while I am going through this trial.  It was an awesome talk and I recommend all to read/listen to it.  

Thank you all for your love, prayers, and support.  We cannot express our appreciation enough.  This is really hard, but I know we'll get through it. 

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Hawaii!!


Brock and I bought tickets to go to Hawaii last night! Neither of us have ever been, and we are so excited.  My ticket was my graduation gift from my mom and sister.  We're staying with friends so we don't even have to worry about paying for a hotel or anything!  We are going October 8-17 so we'll be there over my birthday, too.  I can't wait to go and lay on the beach and be warm, especially when it's so cold here right now.  

Some more updates on us while I'm at it.... Brock is going in for surgery on March 27.  We're hoping this may possibly cure his epilepsy, but there's a chance it won't.   It will be nice for that to be done and over with because he'll be out of work for about a month and half.  And the best part is that he still wants to play in the May day softball tournament....We'll see about that!!  He's a little concerned about the scar he'll have on his head, too.  I told him scars are hot though ;)