Thursday, April 1, 2010

So random I can’t think of a title

I have so many things to update on and I just haven't gotten a chance to do that…
To start with, it's April fool's day, I am so on edge about it… I keep expecting someone to be playing some trick on me. I'm looking forward to that being over. This is mostly because I am so gullible I always fall for these jokes. There have been a lot of pregnancy announcements on Facebook today, but they have all been false.
I am still seeing my counselor and I love her, I feel so much more content with everything since I've started going. This feeling of contentment has really grown from just the issues that I went to see her about, to almost all aspects of my life.
Over the last few weeks, things have really started to change around our house. It seems like we have finally crossed some sort of Parenthood Bridge. For the time being, I feel like we're finally on the downhill side. Natalee is so funny now, and she is learning so much every day. We are hearing more and more words, or attempts at words. Her motor skills are really developing, and she really plays with toys now. Lately, she has been obsessed with her snuggly blankets; she wants to carry 4-5 of them around with her all the time. If you miss one, she says "Uh-oh" and points at the one that isn't in her hands.
The other day my friend CJ came over with her brand new baby, Claire. She is so tiny! A month old and still only 7 pounds, it's hard to remember Natalee ever being that little! I thought this would make me want another baby really bad, but it didn't. She is super cute, but I'm just not ready for another baby quite yet. Natalee did really well with the baby, she mostly just studied her. At one point she did reach out and pet her very gently. When Claire started to cry, Natalee brought over her bottle. Where does she learn this stuff?

Very soon, Fuzzi Bunz is going to coming out with new colors of cloth diapers, they had a contest to win a lifetime supply. I never win anything, but I entered anyway. I'm dying for some more diapers, but I want to wait until there are new colors to buy… but if I could win them would be even better. I really feel like cloth diapering has been one of the best decisions we've ever made. I want to tell everyone, all the time, about how much we love it!
And now, I want to tell you about one of the things that I am most proud of (this will make my mom so happy). A few years ago, my mom was diagnosed with Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), she saw the doctor at home and I just didn't feel right about what he had to say. I'm no doctor, but I like to think that I have pretty good intuition. Anyway, I just didn't get a good feeling about the whole thing. So, I went to visit my good friend Google. I wanted to know what it was all about, and who the best doctor was for that type of cancer. I didn't care if it was in New York or Texas, or Antarctica, I just wanted the best. I found a doctor at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), which is in Portland, just a little over an hour from our house. This particular doctor treated only CLL, he was an expert at it. It took a little convincing (ok, maybe a smidge more than a little), but I got her to agree to at least go see what he had to say. His opinion and treatment suggestions were almost completely opposite of what she had been told previously. She went through treatment and she kicked that cancer's ass… We learned today that she is officially three years in remission!! (Yes mom, I will still accept your thanks for my crazy good, life saving Google search skills). ~Hey Mom: Did you know that I count this right up there with graduating from college & giving birth?~
I think things are definitely headed in the right direction at our house…


Lyndsay said...

What a great post!!! I love all the happy news. Congratulations to your mom - that is a wonderful milestone!

Karen said...

Thanks Lindsey for all your support. You saved my life (really!) And I also thank you for giving us little Natalee, she makes us all smile! Hugs...Mom

Amie said...

I'm so glad to hear about the remission! Even if you don't win the diapers it sounds like you win for having your mom still around :-)