Thursday, July 24, 2008

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep . . . be prepared to cry

I was catching up on blogs, since I haven't had internet access for a little while. One of my girlfriends, Phyllis, wrote about a segment she had seen on the Today Show regarding NILMDTS (Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep). Wow, after seeing the segment and going to the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep website, I wept and wept and wept.

Over 3200 volunteer amateur photographers take pictures for families whose little ones didn't make it or didn't survive birth for long. Very moving.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Isabella walking; and Isabella with her lovey, Henry

I took all the pictures from this post while we were at Moon Beans this morning.

The first three images are of Isabella walking towards me.





Isabella's not sure what to make of the pouring rain outside.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

My 6-week wellness check with Dr. Daley

At the end of the day, I felt wiped and crummy.

I still have a gelly belly, and some days that makes me feel pretty bad. Doesn't help that I found out, from my visit with Dr. Daley this afternoon, that I have a hernia. I described a little hard bump that can be felt from putting a finger in my belly button, on one side. It's sore and a bit painful to touch. What caused the hernia? PREGNANCY. Great. The two sides of the abdomen separated and thinned out. Does it need to be surgically repaired? Not now. Not unless it becomes painful all the time and sticks out.

Want to know what else is not exciting? Still a bit of incontinence from delivering vaginally. Not too much of a problem. It's just that when I realize I really need to go to the bathroom, I had better go, quickly. No delays. Sneezing or coughing doesn't cause any trouble. Dr. Daley told me to work hard at Kegel exercises. They really do help. The problem should get better within a few weeks of dedicated work. Sounds good to me.

What else sounds good at the end of a tiring day? Being the same weight as the first-week post-partum visit. That's right. From the delivery date to the first-week post-partum visit, I had lost 22 pounds. I can't believe I've maintained that weight, considering I eat serious amounts of food, and I eat quite frequently. Once I had half to three-quarters of a steak and half a chicken breast. In one sitting. Friends will not deny that I can and do put food down. Thank goodness for breastfeeding. Speaking of which, Victoria calls.