Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Aunt Kelli and Uncle Kyle

We are officially Aunt and Uncle! Last night my sister-in-law, Mary, gave birth to Edward Layton Grampp IV. My brother is actually a Dad! Little Eddie is the first Grandbaby, and we are so excited to have him in our family! I just wish that they lived here, so I could cuddle that cute new baby!

My cute brother, a Daddy!

Mary and her little bundle of joy.

Like Kyle and myself, Eddie and Mary experienced several losses before having this baby. Looking at their experience really gives me hope, because I see that even when you have problems in the beginning, a healthy baby can be the end result! I am so happy for this new little family :) We love you guys!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Our Exciting Adventure at Huntsman Cancer Hospital!

We sure had a crazy week! I will give you the details and try not to ramble on, how's that?

On wednesday I was taken to the ER at University Hospital because I was losing so much blood. I had a CT scan the night before to see exactly what had been going on in my uterus, so while in the ER I was told what the results were...

The cells from the molar pregnancy had grown back, and had turned in to an "invasive mole". Translation: The placetal cancer had seeped through the walls of my uterus. Also, the radiologist noticed some small tumors in my lungs, most likely stemming from the cells in my uterus.

While in the ER, I was given a test to see how much blood I lost. Turns out I was severely anemic; normal score is 40 and I was at 21. So, lucky me, I got to have a blood transfusion! (My nurse was pretty funny. I asked "How do I get the blood?" And he said "You have to drink it." :) I am totally Bella!) I got 6 units of blood; the scary thing is, you only have 8 in your body!

I then got an MRI to get a closer look at how far the cells had spread.

Then I was admitted to Huntsman Cancer Institute.

The next morning, the nurse helped me up, and I was bleeding worse than ever. The nurse was freaking out; even I hadn't ever seen that much blood before except on Law and Order! The oncologists came down and decided to do surgery to remove what they could in order to stop the bleeding.

The next day I got my first dose of chemo, and my adventure at Huntsman came to an end that afternoon. The good news is the chemo should kill everything within 8-10 weeks, and I won't loose my hair! :)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

House Pictures... Finally!

Headshot :)
Walking in to the Great Room, Nook and Kitchen.

Future Fireplace... and home of Kyle's "50 inch T.V."... (Unless I have anything to say about that!)

Nook/Great Room

Backyard view! We won't have anyone behind us... yet.

Bedroom... I'm so excited!

Covered patio that Kyle finally talked me in to... I'm glad we did this now, but I was reluctant at first.

Sunday, October 5, 2008


Kyle's mom bought a Halloween ginger bread house for us to decorate. For some reason, Kyle and his dad are freakishly talented at decorating candy houses!

I don't know what is spookier... the haunted Halloween castle, or the monster with the crazy hair! Phoebe makes one cute Halloween Monster!

This picture made me laugh :)

The Exciting, the Sad, the Bad

Because I have been teaching, I have not had a lot of time to post. However, there are a few things that are newsworthy that I need to share!

1. My Dad got a job in Grand Cayman island, and he moves there in a week! My mom and little sisters will be moving there in January. I am going to miss them so much. The only plus? I now have a new vacation home in the Caribbean!

2. We had our "Four Way" inspection (yes, that is what they call it :) on Thursday of last week. Everything looked great, and they will be putting up sheet rock tomorrow. Our house will be done in the middle of December.
(Once I find my camera, there will be a picture of the house!)

3. I had my HCG levels tested, and unfortunately they went from 6,000 to 18,000. NOT good news. My doctor is in Germany, so I will be meeting with her when she gets back to discuss what we do next. My body has probably made more molar tissue. (see previous posts).

In a nutshell, our lives right now are full of surprises. I just keep telling myself that everything happens for a reason, but sometimes it feels more random than planned!

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