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Holiday Newsletter

2008 Christmas Card

Some people love holiday newsletters. Some people despise them. Some people wouldn’t dare write one for their family, but want to read about everyone else’sfamily. So…my solution to that this year is to send out Christmas cards(and e-cards) directing people here if they want to read all about our year.

2008 was a big year for us. Here’s what happened:

  • Tucker turned 3 last January, and finally got potty trained this year. I can’t believe that he’ll be FOUR in just a few weeks!!
  • We put our Augusta house on the market at the end of January. It didn’t sell until October, but at least it sold!
  • In April, we were able to take a family trip to Walt Disney World. It was, indeed, magical! I’m not sure who had more fun: me or the kids. The looks on their faces when they saw “cin-rel-as cassle” wer
  • e indescribable and perfect.
  • In May we found out that we’d definitely need a 4 bedroom house because of a new addition to our family, due January 3rd. Since we didn’t find out the sex of the baby, we’ve been affectionately calling him/her “#3A”.
  • Marshall completed his medical training(four years of medical school and 3 years of residency) on June 3oth. (HOOORAY!!!!!!!!!!!!)
  • We moved in with my parents(in Haddock, GA) for the months of July, August, and September. It wasn’t nearly as cramped as you might think…and it was overall a good experience.
  • Marshall started his new job in a private pediatric practice in Milledgeville, GA in July. He is in practice with one other physician, and he loves it!
  • Emmie turned 2 in August. She may be only 2, but she has no trouble keeping up with Tucker. More often than not she’s telling him what to do!
  • The kids started their new “school” in September. It’s the same preschool where my brother went way back when. They both love their teachers. Ms. Pam and Ms. Wendy said that Emmie has just recently started to talk at school. I was a bit shocked by this because she’s quite a motor-mouth at home!
  • We finally moved into our new house(email me if you want the address because I’m not going to post it here!) at the end of September. Just because we’ve been here 2 1/2 months doesn’t mean I’ve taken care of all the boxes. I still have one whole room to go through!
  • November brought Thanksgiving, of course. We were enjoyed a visit from Marshall’s brother. And my family came to our new house for Thanksgiving dinner.

And now here we are in December. The house is decorated. The kids even have their own tiny tree in the hallway. We’ve watched a lot of the “old” Christmas movies with them. Things like “Rudolph” and “Frosty” and the original, animated “Grinch”. They are both really getting into it all this year. I was hoping that we’d get to go back to Augusta/Grovetown and see the awesome light display they have there, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. I spent a night in the hospital earlier this week for observation. This whole pregnancy has been hard-with nausea and vomiting and headaches. I’ve also had some blood pressure issues. I thought all was getting better until I was recently hit with a pretty horrific headache that won’t subside(hence the overnight observation). I’m now at home doing the bed-rest thing until further notice. If nothing changes between now and December 22nd, then we will go in for an induction that day. Hopefully that will allow us to meet Mr. or Ms. #3A that day, and still be home in time to enjoy Christmas with the “big kids”.

Keep checking back here at www.theiveyleague.com for updates and pictures! And feel free to visit us in Gray, as well! We love to have visitors!

Leave a comment or drop us an email…we’d love to hear from you all!

Love, Bridget, Marshall, Tucker and Emerson

Here we go again…

So, I spent the night in the hospital Tuesday night. At least I think it was Tuesday night…my days are all a blur at this point. Don’t freak out…no baby yet.

This pregnancy, as you all know well, hasn’t exactly been the most fun. I started out with nasty nausea, vomiting and headaches that lasted well into my second trimester. Then I had a few weeks of relief. I’d have an occasional headache, and I’d only throw up once a week instead of every day. Not ideal, but better in comparison.

Then, starting last weekend, I began to have this sinus-headache-like feeling. You know the type: dull, achy pain that just won’t go away no matter what you take(and of course, my medicinal arsenal is greatly diminished by my “condition”).  All weekend, it was the little headache who could.  And did.  It got worse, and worse, and worse.  I woke up in the middle of the night Monday night/Tueday morning and was in such pain I could hardly make it to the bathroom.  I tried a variety of drugs and other therapies(massage, cold compress, warm compress, pressure, etc.) all to no avail.  By the time I got to my doctor’s appointment, I was in tears.  Literally.  Now most of you know that eventhough I’m an emotional sap, I’m not really a cryer(at least in front of other people).  I could not believe that I teared up at the sight of my doctor.  I knew I felt like crap, but I also knew that I had no medical reason to feel quite so crappy.  Sure, my blood pressure was up…but it’s been up for a while now.  And, as he put it, “You look great on paper!”  But it was blatantly obvious that I wasn’t ok in real life.  He sent me to the hosptial for labwork and fluids and observation.  They tried a variety of drugs on me(one of which left me feeling completely psychotic, and I hated!) and what we figured out was that…I have a headache.  Yeah…that’s about it.  A headache.  One that’s better when I’m laying down, but rears it’s ugly head anytime I sit or stand up.  So, as of now, I’m on bed rest(again), but this time it’s not so bad.  I actually feel bad this time.  With my previous pregnancies, I felt okay…so my bed was like a prison.  This time my bed is my haven.  And all the people helping with the kids and housework?  Well, they’re saints.  Thanks to you all.

So what does this mean for you all, my adoring fans eagerly awaiting the arrival of #3A???  It means that I have promise from the docs that if this baby doesn’t give us reason to meet sooner, (s)he will be here on Dec. 22nd.  That means(hopefully) we’ll be home on Christmas Eve, and will be able to celebrate the holiday as a family of 5!  I guess I actually need to get something to put in his/her stocking, then, huh?   A can of formula maybe?  🙂