Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Becoming a Mom Means Worrying Like One

I became a real mom last week.  I know my baby GIRL (score!  I love baby girls!!) isn't here yet, but...she is here.  She's inside of me.  She's poking me, kicking and turning all over the place.  She is real.  I never realized I'd love her this much before she was born.  She's made me a mom.

We learned at our big ultrasound that Baby Girl Pumm (BGP) has a cyst on her neck.  Her lymphatic system isn't draining properly and it's collecting in the form of a cyst.  We were told she had a 50% chance of having chromosomal abnormalities, namely Turner's Syndrome.  We were told the cyst could get worse and "leak" to other areas of her body ultimately costing her her life.  We were told it might not leak and she would have to have it surgically removed two days after birth.  We were told that surgery isn't a guarantee the cyst is gone and she might have multiple surgeries.  We were told it might just go away "on it's own".  We are scared.

We prayed.  We saw a specialist who did an amniocentesis to check for chromosomal abnormalities.  While waiting for the results we turned to a God who never turns away from us.  He is everything to us, and without Him we would be nothing.

The results came in.  NO chromosomal abnormalities!

God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.  Ephesians 3:20 (The Message)

We know the Lord heard our prayers and the prayers of our family and friends.  I can't explain the immense gratitude I feel towards Him.  What a big God we serve.  He is mighty to save.  What a blessing!  We ask that you continue to diligently pray for BGP.  Pray for ultimate healing on her tiny body.  Pray that the cyst does just go away "on it's own".  If it does, we know it was God's will for her.  Please pray it does not leak at all!  Pray. Pray. Pray.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me,
       for in you my soul takes refuge.
       I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
       until the disaster has passed. Psalm 57:1

Check out the YouTube video below.  Great song by Hillsong called Mighty to Save.  I believe it!

Thursday, September 16, 2010


As I was looking through some old pictures, I found a large amount of evidence.  Evidence of who Nate and I are.  The truth.  The way we look at life and how we live is what really makes us "us".  Some say we are really goofy.  I deny this, and here is my proof:

We are classy.  When one is given a robe, one must wear said robe and be proper. 

We value and understand art. We copy the artistic representations we see and make them part of us.

Me at The Louvre in Paris.

Nate in Acupolco.

We salute the waters.  Only a fool would think being in the ocean is a joke.  It's a serious place that deserves our respect.

We see and take every opportunity to take framable pictures of ourselves.  Again, classy.

We have studied the correct way to take care of a child, and follow those rules to the moon! 

Nate and I are boring people.  Except when we aren't boring.  We love each other.  We love life and our dog.  I'm so thankful that God gave me my perfect match.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Farewell USA - Hello Oz!

Our dear, lucky, parents of twins, kindhearted friends are moving to Australia!  This is definitely how they roll.  I've moved before too you know.  I've lived in several cities within 60 miles of each other.  Therefore, I completely know what it's like to move to another country.  I could write a book.  Anyway, we had a going away party for them a few weeks back.  It was a night of laughter and tears.  They will be missed!

It's a challenge to get everyone looking at the same camera at the same time. 

The whole group. 

Best of luck down under Mike and Alli.  We miss you and your family already!

Some very important Australian slang:
Ace! : Excellent! Very good! 
Cat's piss, as mean as : mean, stingy, uncharitable  
Footy : Australian Rules football 
Never Never : the Outback, centre of Australia  
Too right! : definitely! 

and my personal favorite:
Wobbly : excitable behavior ("I complained about the food and the waiter threw a wobbly")

Friday, September 10, 2010

My Melon

No, my melons are not growing, my MELON is though!  No not my brain (or my head circumference).  It's the baby people!  Just the baby is growing!  This is very good news of course.  I'm loving all the changes I see each week as little BPu gets bigger and stronger. 

Week 20 - Cantaloupe

I know some ladies melons are the size of cantaloupes.  So I wanted to see what that would look like on me. It wouldn't work. 

Bella is always around for our weekly photo shoot.  She licks each fruit or veggie we use in order to approve.  Here she is with the cantaloupe!  They are almost the same size. 

Off to the weekend activities!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Halfway There!

I'm so excited to be 20 weeks along!  That is, until I think about how long 20 weeks is...then I realize how far I have to go.  Dogs are only pregnant for 2 months.  Do they know how lucky they are? (Don't remind me that they live much shorter lives, that's not what we're talking about here.)  Okay and the opossum is prego for 12-13 days!  So what if they have to finish out the process in a pouch.  Crazy marsupials.  I've been pregnant for 5 long months and I still have basically 5 more to go.  I'm going to be a house.  I know it's all worth it in the end when you get to meet your prize.  I'm willing to wait, just not patiently.

19 weeks - pumMango

I made a killer mango salsa with that sucker after I nursed it.  I've never cut a mango before.  It's a mess! 

Today I have an appointment for my 20 weeker.  I do not get to find out the sex until week 22, which is not good for the patience problem I struggle with.  Any guesses on what I'm having?

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

I've Never Won a Stick of Gum

But I did win a trip to Lincoln City, Oregon!  Yes, friends, I did.  My job sent me and my man out to the OR coast for a short weekend, all expenses paid (except for the gum I bought for the airplane ride...cheapo's).  We stayed in a room that opened right out to the beach so we could listen to the ocean at night.  We took a limo to dinner.  That was so our style.  We slept in late, and I had fish and chips for breakfast.

This is from a view from our balcony.  Love the big bad rocks!

The beach was littered with driftwood.

Nate and I usually try to match our clothes.  We're one step away from matching jogging suits. 

We pulled off the road traveling south a few times to have a look around.  This is one of my new favorite places.  Beautiful colors!

Mr. Pumm bought me a new camera lens this year.  It has an incredible zoom.  Each time I walked away from him, I'd "zoom stalk" him.  He's so cute.

It was uber foggy out when we went to check out this lighthouse.  Made for an eerie picture, ya?

On our way back to Portland we stopped here for some jam and smoothies!

Nate took a leak on their veggies.  Just kidding!  But he better be careful when the "zoom stalk" is out.  You never know what I'll catch...

We're pretty sure that was our last trip before BPu shows up.  It was a good one indeed but we were more than happy to return to sunny Colorado.  I love me some vitamin D!