Jun 28, 2008

I know, it has been a while...

There have been a few things that have happened since I last posted. The first and most important was my birthday. I know, I know, it's okay, a lot of people forget to observe this special holiday. I think it's because, though it is a national holiday, a lot of businesses do not recognize it as such(it was on Monday). My husband had to work, probably for the reason previously mentioned. So I didn't give him much grief about it. But my friend and her boyfriend managed to drop by for a while to highlight the top chunk of my hair(yeah, she said she'd finish, and I am still waiting, haha). They also were kind enough to bring food for the kids and Ben & Jerry's Phish Food ice cream for me(which oddly enough seemed to disappear the next day while they were babysitting and I was at an appointment, hmm). Mark came home with beautiful roses, which are still looking just as lovely as the first day. He mentioned they look fake, but that they are real. Are they really? My mom called to wish me a Happy Birthday. She happened to be the only family member to actually pick up a phone and dial my number to wish me happy birthday. Don't worry family, I still love you and won't hold it against you, as I am also very forgetful. If it happens again, I may not be so kind... She passed the phone to Andrea when she was done and we spoke for a bit while my highlights were turning white-like in color, hmm. I then showered while Mark got some din din(Arby's beef and cheddar). I ate dinner, made my cake and sat on my bum folding laundry and waited for the present opening. I received a beautiful fairy figurine holding a newborn baby(in light of future events, yes, this means I am a fairy), and a light thing that melts wax that smells good. I have no idea what it is called, but I like it.

The next day we went to the hospital for our ultrasound to check on the baby. We were hoping to get a better look at the baby's feet and also hoping that the baby had grown a bunch since we last saw her. When we got there we were told that they got a new ultrasound machine that they were learning how to use. I didn't realize this meant 3-D! You know that feeling you have when you peek at your presents for Christmas, the excited but guilty feeling? Well, maybe the rest of you are good at not peeking. I have gotten much better over the years. Anyway, yeah, that's what I got because you could actually tell what she looks like! Very trippy! We did get a very good look at her feet. They are normal feet, just turned in, but still full of cuteness.
I am one who always worries about my children being cute. I worry that I will be the one family member who gets the one ugly gene floating around the gene pool that no one alive knows about. So, this what a pleasant surprise for me. She was measuring 33 1/2 weeks in size, even though I was just barely 31 weeks. A very good thing!!
Now to get all sad on you...well, not too sad. My dad's chemo therapy did a lot for him and all his tests for that are looking good. Now to depress you all, he still has a really bad lung infection. He is still in the ICU, sedated and on a ventilator. The infection in his lungs is so bad that they cannot do a biopsy, too risky. So, they are going to find out what this infection is really all about by doing another procedure. The mortality rate for this infection is not good, if it was a grade on a test it would be a really bad F. But, we are all very hopeful and have faith that he will come through all this. We still have to celebrate Father's Day and his birthday for him, which he missed while he has been sedated. Plus, even though he doesn't live in the same state as I do, he still needs to celebrate my birthday, seeing as it's a national holiday and I am sure he will be off of work for a bit longer. That way he can celebrate it properly.
He has lost most of his hair, due to the chemo and some of his facial hair. All of those who know my dad know about the facial hair and that the majority of his life he has had some form of it. So, that will be hard to see. But, the upside is this has probably been a great weight loss plan for him and he can look forward to some new pants when he gets out of the hospital! See, always see the positive. Plus, the other day his sedation was lowered enough for my mom and him to be able to communicate for a little bit. He told her he loved her(as best he could) and they discussed a couple other things. That was very touching to hear. I hope to post more soon, with more pictures and weird stories. Perhaps some future rants. You never know. Au revoir mes amis!!


nora p said...

Hey Danielle! I'm glad you had a good b'day! Those are some awesome pics of your little girl, so exciting to see 3D! Let me know if you or your mom need anything, tell her to hang in there.

Itty_Bitty_Wittes said...

You can't have all of your posts say..."I know it's been awhile" it doesn't sound right...its always been awhile. The best way to fix this is to blog more often...just a little FYI

Jennie Sleight said...

Those are great ultrasounds. Good to hear about her feet. And I hear you about not wanting the ugly gene, but you were too cute as a kid to have ugly kids.