Thursday, March 30, 2006

Gonzalez's Heart

4 days and counting....

The anticipated day is just a few days away. We are so excited and nervous all wrapped in one. We still are not sure of the name yet for the little bundle. We are working on it but it is very hard to pick a life long name that helps describe a person.

So I called the Dr. at the U of M and they said I need to be there at 8am on Monday. I probably won't be actually induced until around 9:30 am.

I will try and write after the baby arrives or assign someone to do it for me so everyone knows what is going on as soon as possible. We will find out in hours of delivery what will happen and when it will happen. Keep checking.

Love to you all, Steph

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Gonzalez's Heart

I am soo excited to meet the liitle Gonzo, and I agree what a grand entrance into this world! But what a loving family this little one gets the pleasure of joining!! We have some pop tops for you as well in the office here, and I'll bring them with me when I come. Anyhow, we are all counting the hours now... tick tick tick. Can't wait! Talk to you all soon
Love Robyn
We just got a lot more pop tabs today from Ashley's school... It is so cool to see everyone coming together to help out with this project of pop tabs. It is an awesome feeling to see the support.

We only have 5 days till the time little gonzo joins our happy family. We are so excited. Sleep definitly does not come easy. Of course I am uncomfortable with my belly, baby moving, heart burn, hands falling asleep and most of all having to go potty. But mostly just being so excited to meet this little one who can't just enter the world easy but with a grand entrance. We obviously know that this little one wants to be noticed. The only thing is I am not sure if that comes from the Krueger side or Gonzalez side of the family!!

I will be talking to the doctors in the cities tomorrow. I am having minimal cramping now so I decided not to call until tomorrow. Hopfully that is a good sign.

Talk to you all later.

Love, Steph

p.s. Krista what is your blog site again? I have not been able to go to it.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Gonzalez's Heart

Sorry I have not updated as soon as I should have. I know a lot of you have been calling and wondering how everything went at my Dr. appointment.

First I will let you know a little about the weekend. On Saturday dad, Robyn, Bill, Wendy, Jose, Sal and I worked on things around the house (and 3 wild children). We carpet cleaned, organized, cleaned out the van, worked on laundry, packed and ordered jewelry on eBay. (Compliments of dad... Thanks dad!!!) We grilled for dinner.... Thanks Sal. No one let me do much of anything and that was very hard to just sit here and watch everyone. I have been having a lot of cramping and lower back pain so it was a little easier to sit because I know I need to stay off of my feet to help keep this little bundle inside. Thank you everyone for helping out on Saturday. We had a fun day and got a lot done and it helped me be at ease...

Sunday Robyn, Bill, Kelly, Jose, Sal and I had a nice ham dinner and then did some more work around the house. Of course I still had to stay off my feet so I stayed home from church to make sure and not over do it by being out and about. Kelly brought supper over which was yummy and it was nice to not have to cook. So we pretty much got everything done that needed to be done before the baby came. Thanks guys for coming over and helping. It means a lot to us...

Monday early morning I had my Dr. appointment. I only dilated to 3 (from being at 2 at the end of last week). I guess staying home and off my feet helped. My Dr. did say that I might want to call to the U of M and tell them where I am at for dilation and that I have been having a lot of cramping. She thinks I should maybe see if they want to induce me Thursday or Friday instead. I will call them tomorrow and see what they say. I will let you all know.

Today we brought home a lot of pop tabs that some of the kids and staff from Ashley's school collected. It was very fun for Ashley to get those and it helps her to feel more a part of everything that is going on. The rest of them should come in by Thursday. The support from the St Cloud Christian School has been wonderful.

For now just keep praying for things to go smoothly and for this baby to hold off until it is time to come. Your prayers are so appreciated and very needed.

Thank you to all, Steph

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Just remember, they are watching over you...

Hey Gonzalez Family!

I was looking through some pictures I have online and this is one of my favorites of Grandma and Grandpa!

I thought I would share it with everyone and remind you that they are watching over you and will help you through what lies ahead.

Take care.

Luv, Stacy

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Well, everything at the doctors office went well today. All things are normal and where they should be with me. However, I am dialated 2cm and -1. The baby has dropped and is getting ready to come. Dr. Reagan said just be prepared to possibly have the baby this weekend. She made sure I understood that if I did go into labor, I would need to deliver at the St. Cloud hospital..

If that happened, they would then take the baby immediatly after delivery to the U of M hospital. I would not be released until they knew all was fine with me which would be to long for me. So we all need to send messages to this little one to not be to anxious to come out yet. Dr. Reagan said it is not completly uncommon for women who have already had children to start dialating early but gave me her cell number to call if the baby did come. She made sure to tell me many times to go to the St. Cloud hospital. (As if she was predicting the baby to come this weekend.)

This weekend, my dad will come on Saturday to help with some things and Kelly will come on Sunday. Robyn and Bill will be coming around to help with what is needed also. I plan on cleaning my minivan really good then packing and loading the van. I want to be packed before Monday and ready to go.

I hope you all have a great weekend. I am looking forward to it and will enjoy this last weekend at home (for awhile) with our family and friends.

Love to you all, Steph

This was when the hospital sent Ashley and Ethan their own medical kits. The kids loved it and it helped us in explaining what is going on with the baby.

They have really enjoyed playing with all of the items because they are all real and not pretend. It was a great thing the hospital did to help the kids in dealing with what is ahead.

Now they should not be so scared to see all of the things that will be on the baby and people around the baby.
Thank you Robyn and Bill for the beautiful flowers. It was a great surprise! It came last night around dinner time. It was a nice ending to our day.

Thank you.........

Love, US

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Gonzalez's Heart

Our family is so blessed to have such supporting family and friends. Thank you to all who called to offer help, sent e-cards, flowers and for your continued prayer. It means so much to us. This is what will keep us all together. Whether you know it or not, all of those wonderful things have helped lift me up. I just know everything is going to be fine but I am the kind to try and take on the world. Obviously, no one can do that and it just makes it that much harder for me to just step back.

Today was so much better. I had said to Sal this morning, "I wish you could start work late so we could go out to breakfast." He thought he was not able to. I still decided to take Ethan to my friends, Steph. When I was leaving her house, Sal called and said his morning runs were not going to ready for a few hours so he could have breakfast with me. I was so happy. Tonight, our Awana club had a skating party. We all went and Sal put on his rollerblades and we took the kids around. The kids looked like noodles and it made me laugh so much. It felt really good to laugh like that. Sal even bought us icee's and cotton candy.

Wendy brought Amber to the vet yesterday and after 3 different tests they found she has Lyme's disease and Pancreatist. She had to stay the night and was treated with Catheterization and was started on her medication. We picked her up this afternoon and she was so happy to see us and she looked completely refreshed and better. It felt good to see she was all right.

Well off to bed I must go. I will let you all know what the doctor says tomorrow. Sleep with the Angels and dream well.

Love, Steph

Gonzalez's Heart

Hey there Steph and Sal... Sounded like you were having a better day today:)) hopefully! I know this a challenging time for you. This was put in front of you to work through. Even though it is very hard, remember we are always here for you. I am just a phone call away, and don't hesitate to call us at anytime. Bill and I also plan on coming over this weekend (I'll be back in St. Cloud then). So you'll have a house full but I know we can get you ready for your time away, and by sunday you should feel better about your upcoming journey. Plus there is a bonus you get to hang out with your most beautiful sister in the cities when you are down here, seeing how I'm already working here everyday! Looking forward to spending some time with together! Keep your faith and your eyes on the finish line.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Gonzalez's Heart

Hope you all enjoyed this weekend and the nice weather. We had a little bit of a hard one. Sal and his dad spent all of Thursday, all of Friday and most of Saturday working on one of our trucks for FedEx. They kept running into problems and were completely exhausted. They were not able to finish it so Sal's dad is working on it alone today. I called Robyn on Saturday and asked if she wanted to come and hang out so it would be easier for me. She spent along time here and we were playing on our computers. Thanks Bill for letting me borrow her!!!

Sunday I woke up not feeling so good. I had a little melt down. Everything had just crept up on me and it seemed I had so much to still get done. Plus everything seems to be going wrong all of a sudden. I am in the nesting phase and I just felt like in order for me to be o.k. leaving for possibly a long time, that I would need to get all of these things done. It seemed overwhelming.

On top of all of that, everything keeps happening. Our dryer broke the other day so we had to buy a new one. Then our dishwasher broke Friday and water leaked into the playroom closet and got everything soaking wet. Now we have to deal with all of that, cleaning it up and sorting it all. Plus, Amber (our dog) seemed to just all of the sudden get very sick. She is just not seeming to do very well. Of course with all of the stuff going on with our little baby, I am scared to take her to the vet. She seems to be worse than just having a little bug in her system.

Sal got a major account for work (which usually is a good thing) but is going to be extremely busy until the baby is due and there is no way physically I will be able to work on the playroom mess and emotionally I will not be able to take Amber to the vet to see what is wrong. I will ask Wendy if she will take her but they kind of need me or Sal to hear her history and how she normally acts.

So today, I woke up very tired and a little down. After I brought Ethan to pre school, I took a nap and am now hoping to pop out of it and know things will be fine and I need to let it go.

But I could use a lot of prayer right now for me to just be able to relax and let things be how they are. God is definitely testing me right now and I want to pass this test with flying colors and not let it all get the best of me.

Thank you for the prayers. I have my next Dr. apt. Thursday. I will let you know how that goes. It is 2 weeks from today that we will deliver this little baby. Very soon..

Love, Steph

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Gonzalez's Heart

Happy Birthday!!!

Just wanted to shout out a happy birthday to a handful of wonderful people. Sorry I am a few days late.

Bill (brother in law) turned 30 on Wednesday. Way to go Bill, what a great age. ;0 Mom had a birthday on Thursday (where she spent most of the day at the airport. Sorry mom. :( Pat (Kelly's mom) had a birthday on St. Patty's day. And Rod (Bill's dad) had a birthday yesturday.

Hope you all had a great birthday!!!

Saturday, March 18, 2006

This was the lobby of the hotel:) I love the seasons of Mn, but waking up to palm trees wouldn't be that bad either, huh? good seeing you today. We'll have to come over tomorrow and play cranium!

so nice to be home

Ahhh its so nice to be home in the lamd of 10000 lakes, cold, snow and ice. To make it worse.. i just turned 30!

Just having fun checking out posting more photos. This is the kids last year when we were at Disney. They loved seeing the princess's. Even Ethan :)

Ruby's Exceptional Blog... If you can find it

hello most beautiful sister, how's your campfire mocha. mmmmmmm! i like mine too. Just checking in to see everyone's updates

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Gonzalez's Heart

After Krista had told us all about the pop can tabs and sending the little houses with her son to school, I decided that would be a great way to start our stay there. I am collecting as many pop tabs as possible. I am sending houses home with Ashley's classmates and also am asking a lot of other people to help collect them. I did not want to go empty handed to the Ronald McDonald House. I have never been one to ask for much help. I usually am on the giving side so this whole experience is quite hard for me. So I figured what better way to except help but to give in return. So any of you can definitely save your pop tops and send them to us or the Ronald McDonald House.

Many of you keep asking what you can do for us and still the biggest thing we ask is for prayer. Prayer for a miracle, prayer for the surgeons wisdom, ability and steady hand and prayer for a very healthy baby in every area of its body. The only other thing we would need would be meals/groceries. I want my family to eat healthy while I am not here to make dinners and to make sure they are getting their fruits and veggies. Other then that, we really can't think of much else needed at this time. Thank you for the helpful thoughts.

We are very grateful for your continued support!

Love, Steph and Sal

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Hello Gonzalez family!!

That is a great family picture! Hard to believe you will soon be adding another member!
Glad to hear that things are going well. I agree with Krista, if the doctors aren't worried, you shouldn't be either.

Yes, I also believe that Grandma and Grandpa are watching over us. I told Krista that they would be so proud to see that our new favorite hang out is the gym!! My weightloss journey has been great and I can't wait to celebrate with my 50 mile walk in September! (our shopping trip in a few weeks will be pretty exciting too!)

I think about your family often and pray that all goes well. It is so nice that everyone can keep up to date here!

Take care and thanks for keeping us posted!!

Luv, Stacy

Gonzalez's Heart

We do not know if we are having a boy or girl. We always like to be surprised at time of delivery. We are even happier we did not originally find out this time because then it gives us a little more to be surprised about.

Sal's dad is flying in tomorrow night and will stay with us for awhile. He is coming to help fix a FedEx truck which will be used when Sal and the kids are down in the cities for the delivery and surgery time. This will take a lot of stress off of Sal and it will be nice for Sal to have help fixing the truck, but mostly it will be nice for him to have his dad here for support during this extra difficult time.

We told Ashley and Ethan what is going on and Ethan does not get it yet and Ashley is already really sad and keeps saying how she is going to miss me. She is however very excited that grandma will be taking care of her and Ethan Monday's and Tuesday's. She asked if she gets to stay with us at the hospital so she can be with the baby and help take care of it. Very sweet.

Well that is it for now. Hope you all have a great tomorrow.

Love, Steph

Monday, March 13, 2006

Gonzalez's Heart

Gonzalez's Heart

We are relieved because we were having a hard time finding someone to cover one of our days for watching the kids while the baby is recovering. At church on Sunday, we found someone to help with the kids. So now everyday we need help is covered and we do have a few back up helpers for if someone is unable. We are excited at the people we have to help and feel very confident with their ability to do a great job with the kids.

Sal has found someone to cover for him with FedEx while the baby is being born and the surgery is taking place. So pretty much we have everything lined up and all we need to do is a few last minute things around the house and I still need to pack my stuff.

For now we are counting down the days. Ashley made a heart out of construction paper and we wrote numbers to count down to the day and we color them in every night. We now have 21 days.

That is all for now. Love, Steph

Friday, March 10, 2006

Gonzalez's Heart

Gonzalez's Heart

Hello, it is great to hear from you all. I love coming on the site each day and seeing what everyone is up to. It is such a good way to keep connected to everyone. Today I had a doctor appointment and everything looks good with the baby. The doctor said "For only having 2 heart chambers formed, this little bundle has a very strong heart beat......" Maybe a miracle will still happen.

I do have a little protein in my urine (sorry for the too much info guys) which is the beginning signs of pre-eclampsia. Hopefully that does not get worse. She was not concerned at this point which is great.

The kids are playing outside today, it is so beautiful. Ethan insisted on wearing his flip flops. That did not last more then a minute. Wendy and Audrey (Sal's sister and her daughter) are hanging out today with us. The kids love playing together and I love the company. Wendy is always such a huge help when she is here which is so nice because then I can have a little break. We are going to make enchiladas and rice water for dinner. Yummy yummy. My favorite food is Mexican which before I met Sal, I would never eat because I did not like it at all.

Anyway, I better go and get groceries so all my little ones have something healthy to put in their tummies.

Love to you all and have a great weekend, Steph

Monday, March 06, 2006

Gonzalez's Heart

From our family to all of you......

We wanted to extend our thank you's for all of your support. We could not do it with out all of you!!!

Love to you all, Steph, Ashley, Ethan and Sal

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Gonzalez's Heart

Gonzalez's Heart

Friday was a very long and difficult day for us. We had many appointments (3 with doctors and 3 tours). It took us six straight hours to have them all. We did not even have time to get lunch so we bought a bag of chips. I know really healthy!

The first appointment was our tour of the NICU. We saw all of the little sick babies (I wanted to give them all big hugs). They showed us where our little baby will be and what kinds of things will be hooked up to it. We saw where we will be delivering the baby as well. The family lounge is pretty small and will be entirely filled up with our family and friends who will be there waiting to see this little angel. We also talked to the Neo-Natologist who is in charge of the floor. He went over a lot of information with us. And told us all the tests that will be given to the baby after it is born to help with a smoother surgery.

After that, we went to see the doctor who will be delivering the baby. We set a date to be induced. Are you ready? Grab a pen. Are you ready yet???? This will be when every single person needs to send ALLLLL of their prayers and positive energy our way. The date is April 3rd. It is a Monday and they are planning on doing it at 8am. My other 2 deliveries were pretty fast. Ethan (the last one) only took 6 hours. We are hoping that there are no other problems that occur during/after the delivery.

Our next appointment was the hardest. It was with the surgeon. She basically explained the problem all over again and the procedures in complete and very raw detail. It was very hard to hear. She also told us other complications/defects this little baby could be born with that are common with this type of problem. She said the surgery will be anywhere from 3-7 days after delivery depending on how the baby is doing. The surgery will take approximately 6 hours. So these hours are going to be another time where everyone needs to send all their prayers our way. They will then have to keep the baby sleeping for 3 days to help reduce risk of serious inflammation, infection and any other complications. That part will be so hard for us all. We will be able to be by the babies side but will not be able to hold it at all. So these 3 days we will need a ton of prayers sent yet again. From there, the doctor said that if things go well and with no complications it will be a minimum of one month recovery. The next surgery will be at 6 months of age. Recovery for this one will only be a few weeks.

After this appointment we went to tour where the baby will be recovering. Saw the bigger family lounges which are incredible. Then from there we went to tour the Ronald McDonald House. This is an incredible place. We will be staying here for all of the procedures and recovery times. If you have never toured a Ronald McDonald House, you definitely need to. They are so great. This one has 45 rooms and are full most of the time. They even have a K-12 grade classroom that is completely free for the families. It is the last classroom like this one in the state of Minnesota. We are very lucky to have a place like this to stay at. Tammy, Kelly and mom have already been recruited (by me) to have sleep overs with me during the weeks. Sal, the kids and his dad will be coming to stay with me and see the baby on the weekends.

Thank you to Tammy for watching the kids for our very long day. I know it was long for you as well and we really appreciate it.

We are still trying to figure out who is going to watch the kids on Thursdays. Amber (our dog) will stay with dad at Medallion during the delivery and surgery time. Thank you dad. We also think we have figured out who will help with Amber on the weekends. We just have to confirm with everyone to make sure it will be fine.

That is all for now. Thank you all for keeping our family in your prayers. It means so much to us.