Sunday, May 24, 2009


I'm a terrible friend!

Two weeks ago I received a surprise in the mail. It was the perdy necklace "Speak Freely With Love" that my friend Sam had for sale on Etsy. I had mentioned the necklace in a post about Sam. It was mostly a plug to get you suckers to go check out Sam's Etsy page. Free advertising! :P And low and behold, this gorgeous necklace shows up in my mail box. Now, I intended to blog about this surprise at LEAST 2 weeks ago, but I hid in a cave for a bit to get my brain back and I'm sure in the last 2 weeks Sami has been wondering, patiently, if I ever did receive her glorious gift! WELL I DID INDEED! And I have worn it every day since! :P I absolutely love it! It's just beautiful. I'm so happy to finally have a powerful piece of jewelry around my neck again. Thank you So Much Sami! What a wonderful surprise! I shall post some pics here of it A.s.ap. I am honestly having some issues catching up on all that I have put on hold! LOL The down side of a Hiatus I suppose.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Prenatal Genetics

I just got off the phone with Stephanie from the Prenatal Genetics clinic. She got the results back from my blood test and the Nuchal translucency. There is a 1 in 2659 chance that baby Phoenix has Trisomy 21, 13, 16 or 18. That is awesome. I told her I was elated, then paused and thought for a moment. It's hard to say, but it's a truth. I am Elated that the baby doesn't have Down Syndrome. But I'm elated that Hunter is who HE is and wouldn't change him for the world, (except today he is uber cranky from teething). Just a strange and contradictory statement. To be happy that your second child doesn't have Down Syndrome, even though your first does. Does that make sense? Down syndrome or not, we intended to keep the baby regardless. Same if we knew Hunter would have DS, we wouldn't have done anything different. So, is there really any reason to be elated? Baby Phoenix is coming regardless!!! Woot!

Loads of Fabulous Photos!

Here we are with the camping pics from May Long Weekend
First off, Here we have the Bean Passed out in the truck on the way up to the lake.

Here is Hunter Bean in his own chair. We strapped him in with the bag from the seat. :)

He's not a fan of being strapped into anything.

And he's not much of a fan of sitting still. So we set out a place for him to play on a blanket with toys. They funny thing about this, is up until this weekend, Bean hated grass and wouldn't be caught dead crawling on it, so I figured he would stay on his blanket as he usually does.

That was NOT the case at all. We couldn't keep him ON the blanket.
Me - "Daddy!! He's gonna get a sliver!!!"
D - "Yup"

This picture sequence is all screwy but I can't fix it. These first three are AFTER the nap and the last one is obviously DURING the nap. :P

Sitting with My cousin Gage!

Hammock Time!

Stinky Feesh!

Sitting in the big boy chair.

Cookies in the lil boy chair.

Daddy wait on his feesh. That's the smart way of feeshing.

The Boys having a snooze in the Hammock.

The Dutch Swinger on another Fabulous May Long Adventure.
Are you missing it Gram? It's a heck of a lot smaller, now that I'm a lot bigger.

Ha Ha! This was awesome. I looked over at Hunter at one point and he had pulled his sweater up over his head. Gage figures he will make a good Hockey player, so long as he figures out that he has to do this to the OTHER players and not himself.
That fancy play pen there was purchased that weekend so that Dave and I wouldn't break our arms holding him. He's weighing in at 23 + pounds now.

This is where we got our water from for the weekend. There was a spring about 500 feet back in the bush along the side of the road and someone plumbed it and ran the line to a pole and there the spring ran out. Fresh and clean! Nom nom nom.

This is Cayden, Hunters lil cousin. Cayden seriously loved Hunter Bean.

Daddy and Beany being silly in their camp chairs!

More Rainbow feesh!

This is Gage! He is 14!
And even though he is 14, he was very helpful with Beany all weekend.

These are two pretty cool pics here. There was a fire going on somewhere and at one point the Helicopter (duckaduck) came swooping down and scooped up a bucket of water as we sat around the lake.
Very Neat!
Here are some more pics of the lake from my camp fire chair. Totally nice spot Kerry and Tim have picked out! I can't wait to go back.

I put him to sleep one afternoon in the hammock. He slept in there for nearly 2 hours.
We just took turns going back to give him a push!
That Cocoon is the bean!

Our steak and Coleslaw dinner one night!
Ya Ya Boring pics!

Bean and dad sharing a pickle! Bean hearts Pickles!
It's crazy how much he loves them.

Bean was a bit cranky by the end of the weekend cause he was pretty constipated. He seems to not like pooping out of his element! lol He got better when we got him home!
^ Cranky Bean^

Just a few quick notes. That Sunday night there seemed to be a fire and the helicopter was one of probably 5 different aircraft flying over the lake. At one point there were two large water planes with big water bellies (I don't know what you call them) circling around and around. There was another lake near to us that I am pretty sure they were getting water from as our little lake was so teeny tiny! At one point there were some folks who stopped by to put their tin can boat in the water and go fishing and they mentioned that Phyllis lake was evacuated and Dave figured we were probably next. Not long after that there was a helicopter that landed in the field of the Conservation society place, thingy, area. You probably can't see it very well but it was directly across from us on the lake. The Duckaduck landed and we figured the Conservation officers were being told that they needed to evacuate the area, but that never happened, and as night came on we noticed that even the Conservation society had a camp fire going so it must not have been too serious a fire issue.

Friday and Saturday night the weather was decent. We used the furnace all three nights that we were out there. Sunday was the worst. The day was lovely but by about 9 pm it was threatening to rain and it poured pretty much from 9 am till it started snowing early in the morning. We knew that there was a chance of rain/snow so we had everything packed up and ready to go before bed. Dave wanted to be ready so that all we had to do was hook up the trailer, throw a few things in the pick up and drive. I think we left at 6:30 am.

It was super nice to get home. I napped for 2 hours on the couch. Best Nap Ever!

Dave and I found it ironic that when you go camping, your intent is to relax and take it easy, but cooking and cleaning and living in a tiny 1976 Dutch swinger isn't relaxing! And the clean up involved when you get HOME is excruciating. All the blankets and pillows need to get into the house, then into the washing machine THEN into the dryer BEFORE going back on the bed! So no one is sleeping till THAT all gets done first! Then there is the copious amounts of left over food, drink and snacks that need to come into the house and be put away. THEN LET'S NOT FORGET THE STINKY LAUNDRY! Or the Coolers with the fish and fish blood... ANY WAY!!! It's a lot of work.

There are some things that Dave and I are leaving for Saturday. I was way too exhausted to handle putting all the dishes back in the cupboard. Apparently when we left, I forgot to close the cupboard door on the dishes. They were absolutely EVERYWHERE when we got home. And... in our haste we also forgot to lock the fridge. Sooo, there were cans of pop rolling amok. Nothing broke, nothing spilled, just clutter. Phew! In my defense, I was super tired and cold and I had to get Bean all sorted out and into the truck as well as make sure we weren't leaving anything behind.

We didn't really get much sleep that weekend either. Hunter was having some sleeping issues and woke up pretty well every 2 hours the first night. I thought he might have been cold but I'm pretty sure that wasn't the case as you see from the picture, he was well bundled. The second night wasn't any better. Both those nights we ended up putting him in the bed WITH us. Dave refers to him as a telepost. If you know what a telepost is. He's so small but he can sure take up a lot of room and make two very large people, VERY uncomfortable! There were some naps to be had on Sunday! Sunday night D says to me "If he wakes up again tonight, he can sleep with you and I'll go sleep in his bed." And so he did. Hunter woke up, daddy grabbed him and I snuggled him and rubbed his belly for a bit till he fell back to sleep and dave snuggled up with Sam and slept next to Hunter Bean's Sleep Sheep.

The freaking Furnace in that camper is an All or Nothing sorta dealio. If you turn it on, be prepared for warmth. Here it is, snowing outside, and all of us are sleeping with no blankets. On the first night Sam slept in the top bunk. He woke up at one point and said he couldn't breath, so he came down and slept next to Hunter on the double bed. On the third night, our options were, Heater On = No blankets + Too hot to breath or Heater Off = Freeze yer tits off. It was great! I felt bad for D who was sleeping with Sam who is a bit of a blanket hog and Hunter's Blankets aren't exactly big enough for Daddy! So when I finally couldn't take the heat and asked if I could turn the furnace off, Dad had to suffer. The heat dispurses fast in those little campers, so probably 30 minutes after turning that furnace off, I'm sure dave was freezing. I however, had the Bean who is a tiny, flesh furnace, a quilt and a duvee. :) And, for some reason, the cranky Bean actually SLEPT after he got tucked in next to his mommy!

Phoenix May 20th Ultrasound

Yesturday I had the FTS (First Trimester Screening) for lil baby Phoenix. That was pretty much just a Nucal Translucency test (Ultrasound) to measure the fluid in the baby's neck, and a maternal serum screening, aka a blood test. With these two tests they should be able to get more information about the baby and any chance of genetic problems. It's about 85% acurate. If the tests come out higher than normal then we many concider an Amniocentesis to test for genetic abnormalities but thats a last resort as I would like to try to be as non-invasive as possible right now.

But, here are the 12 week, 6 day ultrasound pics. :D