Monday, July 21, 2008

Baby Update

I had my 16 week baby update today. My ob was able to find 2 heart beats! One was 159bpm and the other one was 169bpm. I didn't get to peek at the babies today but we have another appt scheduled in 3 weeks for the big ultrasound. We will look at the heart and find out what we are having in terms of gender! The next 3 weeks can't go by fast enough! Jason is going to come with me to the visit.

Another great piece of news is that my mom called today and said that she is officially cancer free. A little bit of background: The week before July 4th, my dad called and said that he wanted a family meeting. That night, Jason, Nate and I headed up to my parents house. My mom announced that she was diagnosed with breast cancer. We were all surprised. My bro and his wife were there too. She had just found out a few weeks before. She said that she was going to have surgery on the 15th of July. They found the lump in the very early stages which was great to hear. Fast forward to the 15th. I went up to my parents the night before to help out that night and the next day and to support. Jason stayed home with Nate so I could focus on my mom. The surgery which was supposed to take 2-2 1/2 hours took 1 1/2 hours. The DR came and talked with my dad and me in the waiting area. She said that the cancer was minimal and contained. They did take some lymph node to see if the cancer had spread anywhere else. They did look at it and it was negative, but they needed to do some more testing and mom and dad would hear the results by today at the latest. Mom was able to come home the same day. Surgery really wiped her out. Dad took the whole week off to help with mom. Their church stepped in to help with meals and my brother and sister-in-law also stepped in to help with whatever needed to be done. Mom called today and said that the lymph node was completely clean and no cancer!!! Praise the Lord.

On Saturday, I watched some friends daughters for the day while they packed up their house getting ready to move that night. They are heading out East for the husbands job. He will be teaching philosophy at a college. Another friend came over with her 3 kids and we all had lots of fun! We ordered pizza, played in the water and watched a movie. There was another mama and her son that came over that I didn't know well from my old church. Her husband was helping the family pack up the truck. I think the whole day went very well! It was a teary goodbye to our friends. We have known them for 5 years now. Thankfully, they will be back next May for the husband to graduate and we can see them then.

Guess thats it. Have a wonderful day!

Monday, July 7, 2008

One "No Thank You" bite

This is what we tell Nate if we want him to try something new. It works! Tonight we had a yummy beef casserole dish. It has rice, beef, red pepper and salsa. When I prepare Nate's plate, I give him only a little bit as not to overwhelm him. He did take a look at it and got upset. We pretty much ignored him and talked about our day. Nate did notice a plate of finger vegies and asked for one. I gave him a small cucumber with a bit of Ranch dip on it. We said of course, one no thank you bite and he ate the whole piece! It was the size of a quarter. After he ate that, he wanted a carrot and he ate the whole thing! He finally dug into the casserole after daddy made a happy face with ketchup! He will eat anything with a ketchup happy face on it! I was so proud of him for eating something new tonight. By the way, we didn't ignore him the rest of supper. I just don't encourage whinyness at the table.

Nothing new with the babies. Last week I felt some movement. Little flutters and some thumps. Nothing since. I am 14 weeks tomorrow. My next appt is the 21st. I hope to hear the heart beats then. I will have to update then.

Last Monday, I went to visit a friend. While we were there, the doula she hired at her last birth came over. When I found out my friend hired a doula, I wanted to meet her. Jayne is her name and she has 10 kids and I think she said 6 of the 10 kids were born at home. I really like her. She asked me about Nates birth so I told her a short version. Most of you know that I had a C-Section after 12 hours of no progress past 2-3 cm. I told her I was not happy with the birth. After I filled her in, I could tell that she was upset about how the birth of Nate turned out. I am going to be calling her again around 20 weeks and interview her. I have one other doula that I will be calling too.

Guess thats it. Had a good 4th of July. Spent time with my family. Caught some fish with my nephew and we had lots of fun. Ethan made sure he "kissed" the fish before we threw them back in. My dad showed him how to hold a fish by the mouth. Ethan didn't want to and dad said that we were done fishing. Well, Ethan stuck his finger in the fish mouth very quickly!! He didn't want to be done fishing. I think Ethan caught 17 fish that day. Most were sunny's and bluegills. He did catch a small mouth bass at the end. Just a baby one tho. Ethan is just like his daddy and grandpa. Has fishing in his blood!

Take care and have a good week!