Monday, January 26, 2009
Our house has some of it's own little fairies milling about because we recently discovered the playmobile collection. My daughter acquired The Fairy Garden from Santa this Christmas. Each fairy has wings, some sort of hat (made out of a flower) or crown, and bare feet. It comes with tiny animals; a bird with a nest full of eggs, bunnies, and a butterfly. Hopefully this summer we can make an outdoor fairy garden with some of the interesting bark, leaves, and mushrooms that grow here. The magic is alive!
8 cups oatmeal
1 cup brown sugar
1 package sliced almonds
Put these ingredients in a bowl and mix together.
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
Put in a saucepan and bring to a boil, then pour and stir into the dry mix.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
This collage is created with the pictures of critters we were lucky enough to photograph in Indiana. (All except that lizard in the upper left hand corner, we found him on our vacation in Oregon.) Pictured above are a lizard, horses, lemurs, rabbit, finch, walking stick, quail, chameleon, and meerkat. The Indianapolis Zoo is amazing. The girls always enjoyed the time we spent visiting the creatures there. In our current residence, Washington State, we find a lot of new and different animals. We have a beaver dam in our backyard, see plenty of deer, wild turkeys, flickers, quail, bear, dogs, and fish. Hopefully, we can get more exciting photo's to share with you.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
- I want to learn how to use photoshop. Now I just need some quite time!
- Lots of hiking, swimming, and exploring.
- Create and organize a space for me.
- A sweet bundle of joy and love
- After the sweet bundle arrives: return to running.
Friday, January 16, 2009
The technician said everything looked good with the baby. And... it's a girl!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
The hospital is a 40 minute drive through the mountains. I felt weak from loss of blood and emotionally spent. I had grieved the loss and expected the worse.
The ultrasound technician saw me in the hall way, limping toward the room. He asked me if I had come to get my knee checked out. (My uncomfortable gate was due to the fact that I had a full bladder which is required for this kind of ultrasound.) We told him why we were there and he had me lay down on the bed and turned the monitor away from me. He started looking around and then turned the screen toward me. "There's your baby right there."
There was a strong heartbeat and a wiggling little baby. I couldn't believe my eyes. My diagnosis: Subchorionic Hemorrhage. There are three levels of hemorrhage; mild, moderate, and severe. Mine turned out to be a moderate hemorrhage. I couldn't find much information on the Internet about this, but did find this web page. It is also known as subchorionic hematoma, which means the placenta was tearing away from the lining of the uterus. My diagnosis: 50/50 chance of keeping the baby.
I went home and slept for three days. This was around Thanksgiving time. Our plans changed and instead of visiting family we stayed close to home and I rested. My doctor advised no strenuous activities but I didn't have to go on bed rest. I was told no more running.
Now I am seventeen weeks along. I can feel the flutter of movement from the baby. It is so reassuring to finally make it to the point where I don't wonder how the baby is doing. I can sense the position changes and observe my expanding belly. I really look forward to this expanding belly.