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Tuesday, June 30, 2009



Sebastian talking to Baby V!! 21 weeks and 2 days pregnant

22 week mark today...

It is amazing to know that now the baby can hear and before long we are past that magical 24 week mark where babies can survive outside the womb...off couse I am hoping that Baby V will stay put for a lot longer than that.

Our neighbors brought home a sweet baby girl just yesterday. She is just beautiful and looks so peaceful while sleeping....M&M before long you will get to bring home your sweet baby girl - I truly am so happy that I can help make your dream come true.

Baby has been very active today. I have felt a few very solid kicks and I am certain they could be felt on the outside of my belly as well. I may need Rio to come and hang out on the couch with his hand on my belly!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

21 weeks and counting...

Wow I cannot believe that we have reached past the halfway point of this pregnancy - it has gone by really fast! I feel great and baby V is very active at this point...I love feeling her move - it is so reassuring. M&M's little girl is growing big and strong .. and my belly is getting out there. Sebastian loves to pet the belly and ask about the "baby-egg"...he is so sweet.

I have my follow-up ultra-sound scheduled for later in July to take another look at the heart. Hopefully everything will look great. I am very excited to go as M (mom) will get to be there too - I hope that it will be a wonderful experience for her. Hopefully by then Baby V's kicks will be strong enough that they can be felt on the outside of my belly as well so they can feel her move.

My own three kiddoes have started summer vacation and Magnus and Olivia went off to camp today. This is the first time they are going to be gone for a whole week on their own. I think they are going to have lots of fun and I know Sebastian is going to love being an "only-child" for a bit. Later this summer we will be taking a trip down the Oregon Coast to explore the beaches futher south and to visit the Sea Lion Caves.....yeah I love summer!!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Thank you...

M&M thank you for the beautiful flowers. Your thoughtfulness and care is so appreciated.

How can life be so right and still so wrong...

Today is a very very sad day for me. My sister just called and told me that they have now begun the end of care for my father.
Life is so fickle and fragile and although I know in my mind that this is best for my dad...that he will now have peace and no longer be in pain. My heart hurts and it is difficult to truly know that I shal never see him again. As I sit here really quiet, I try to listen for the memory of his voice...it seems like I cannot find it right now. I get so scared that I will never hear him again that my memory of his voice will somehow be locked away in my brain forever....
I have many wonderful memories of my dad ... so many of them are rushing through my mind. I feel like they are rushing too fast and I try to grab them all and hold them tight.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Ultrasound...

Today we went to the Maternal Fetal Health Center at Legacy Emmanual Hospital for my ultrasound of baby V. M (IF) came to the appoinment as well. We had an hour long genetic consultation where we talked about the different aspects of this pregnancy and chances for fetal abnomalities and risks of doing an amnio.

It was agreed that given all the data already gathered about the pregnancy and health of baby V that we would not do an amnio. Instead off we went to a very indept ultrasound...and baby V looks great!

She was very active in there. It always surprises me how active a fetus can be without being able to feel it. I have felt her move plenty now and do so at least a couple of times aday. But the feelings are still faint...but very reassuring.

Everything in her development looks great. The doc had some trouble seeing all of the heart...so we will go back for another ultrasound a little bit later on. At this stage of the development it can be difficult to see all aspects of the heart and doc said that between 20 - 24 weeks that would be easier. He said he did not think it was anything to worry about - but a good thing to follow-up in case there is a problem and then make arrangements for delivery accordingly. For now, I will just continue to enjoy Baby V's movements and pray that everything will turn out just fine.