Friday, August 15, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Before I left the hospital with my Pulmonary Embolism, the doctor told me 5 times (no exaggeration) that under NO circumstance should I get pregnant. Coumadin can be very damaging to a fetus, particularly in weeks 6-12 of pregnancy. And because I would be on Coumadin for the rest of my life, our childbearing years were over. With heavy hearts we agreed, and were even giggling that she repeated herself SO many times.
So, we came home and tried to stay "out of trouble". We did pretty well, I thought.
But...SURPRISE! We're pregnant! I have seen baby on ultrasound twice, and he/she is absolutely a miracle!
Because I stopped Coumadin at 4 weeks pregnancy, they think baby will probably avoid any side effects of the medicine.
Due Date: February 23, 2009
Current Status: 12 weeks
I have felt nauseated, but have not experienced any vomiting. I have started to see the light at the end of the tunnel with my energy level. Thanks to a sweet summer "helper" and patience from the kids, I have been able to take a nap everyday during "quiet time". I look forward to being my OLD self again!
They switched me to a medication called Lovenox, a daily injection. It's worth it for the baby!
We have faith that the Lord is watching over us and our little lime-sized baby and He knows our needs and loves us very much.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
No pictures on this post, but I wanted to capture all that we did this week!
On Monday morning, I was feeling guilty because the kids were doing "nothing" (pretend, magnatiles, pirates, doggy, etc) while I was doing laundry and cleaning the house.
For some reason, I was feeling guilty because, obviously, we NEVER do anything fun and I need to be a FUN-ner mom! But, as I reflect back on my week, I think we had our share of fun, and I think the kids are JUST FINE to stay home one day out of the week. They don't complain one bit about it, and Grant actually ASKS "Can we just stay home and be a family today?" Isn't that sweet?
These are hours of "free play" that we just don't get during the school year, so come on, enjoy them!
Monday evening - we went swimming at the Fairlington pool for FHE, thanks to our dear friend, Nicole, and we had a great time! The kids would swim every day, so when we actually go, they just eat it up! Everyone except John, who's a lot more content in the "baby" pool, but we're working on that.
Tuesday - National Aquarium in Baltimore with our friend, Jami.
Wednesday - Playgroup at the Sprayground - a playground with sprinklers shooting out
Thursday - Claude Moore Memorial Farm - took us back to the year 1771 where we learned to card wool, crush corn, wash clothes in a basin with lye soap and play children's games - it's amazing what fun a child can have with a rope tied to a tree! TARZAN, eat your heart out!
Friday - Arlington County Fair. We climbed in a fireman's truck, watched a demonstration of Thai Chi, got lots of free candy, shook hands with the police officers, and brought home gobs of free pencils, coloring books and the like. We didn't see any animals - I couldn't find them anywhere!
Friday night, we all watched the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics! They were breathtaking! I was so impressed with the precision of the 2008 dancers who beat the drums and danced. And the boxes that bobbed up and down, run by people inside? It's beyond my comprehension how they were so completely accurate! The only word to describe it is WOW!
Saturday - Andrew took the kids to swim lessons in the morning, and John and I stayed home to watch the Olympics and clean the house. Later, while John and I napped, Daddy took the 3 "big kids" to the Air and Space Museum downtown. At dinner, they told me in full detail all about what they saw - I was amazed at what they remembered. We finished off the day with some more Olympic Swimming, and a great conversation with Mom C.
We love our family and miss them all deeply! Who knows? Maybe someday we'll live closer.