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Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Two weeks gone already?
Gracie is doing well and has become a wonderful part of our family. I will admit that it is sometimes scary when I realize there are three little people to keep track of...Fortunately, Gracie doesn't stray too far from where I have set her down.

Oh, here she is again looking for a little snack...that would explain how I'm spending most of my day.



Sunday, April 04, 2004

Noisy backyard!

We are under attack from a variety of birds and squirrels this afternoon. The backyard is quite busy and noisy. The girls are enjoying the yard again, doing bubbles, kicking a ball around and discussing the various daffodils and plants that are showing up. Madeline is quite enamored with eating the leaves from my lemon balm plant.

Drolma spent the night with "her Amy" and will return home this evening. Madeline, Lewis and I went to church for Palm Sunday. Madeline was especially pleased to have a palm to wave about. Then she thought it looked like a big pen or crayon and attempted to write with it on her bulletin.

16 days to go!

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Watering the flowers...
Since April showers haven't arrived yet, the girls are outside watering my flower beds. They'll be completely soaked when they come in. Fortunately, it's about 70 degrees or so here, so I think they'll avoid pneumonia.

I'm a little sad about my gardens this year because I recently learned that the man who taught me to garden, Bill Corbett, died last July. Some of you might remember that Lewis and I worked with Bill on his Friendship Garden project--a memorial to his wife Frances. They were both lovely and amazing people who built an incredible "underground" house on her family's farmland. Their vegetable gardens and fruit trees were amazing (I tasted my first persimmon there from one of their trees.) and the herb garden was like an encyclopedia. Is there anything more delightful that watching something grow and helping it along? Bill and Frances are together again in their garden and I am grateful to have spent time there with them, too.

Girls are back inside in fresh and dry clothes eating some oatmeal, almond and chocolate chip cookies that they helped me make. "Dewishus," Madeline raves. It's still hard to be home on this faux "bed rest" business, but I sure am enjoying my family and the time to do things with them.

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Home again, home again, jiggety jig!Well, I am home, but there's no jiggety jig or much else going on! Thrilled to be out of the hospital and hope that the next time I'm in I return home in short order with a nice, fat, healthy baby. Thanks again to all of our friends and family who visited, called, brought food and gifts and helped us through!

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Three more things...
1. Thanks to Mike, Jackie, Evan and Riley for the wonderful box o' treats that arrived today--especially the LUCKY CHARMS! They ARE magically delicious and a perfect treat for St. Patty's Day!
2. Thank you to Wanda for the lovely bag o' manicure stuff that also arrived today! I did manage to reach my feet today. The results aren't salon quality, but if I don't put my glasses on, it doesn't look too bad.
3. Finally, I can't let St. Patrick's Day pass without *singing* my favorite Irish song. This one goes out to Judy K and the hope that one day we'll resurrect the "Kegs and Eggs" event and horrify our children. Here goes:

Oh, McTavish is dead and his brother don't know it,
His brother is dead and McTavish don't know it,
They're both lyin' dead in the very same bed
And neither one knows that the other is dead.
As much as a sack of sugar...
According to my ultrasound on Tuesday, the baby was 4.9 lbs--nearly as much as a bag of sugar. I think Matthew/Gracie is probably now well over the 5-mark since the wonderful Chocolate/Grand Marnier milk shake my friends Janella and Marty brought me yesterday...All signs point toward me going home on Tuesday for a few more weeks of bedrest.

Mary continues to be a wonderful help to us all. The girls are doing pretty well, though I wonder if Drolma isn't feeling a little blue lately. I think it must be funny for her to see me here and remember her own time at Shriner's. She's going to go to a special Tibetan school on Saturday. I think this will be a great help for her. I hope to find something special for Madeline to do this summer and we're looking into pre-schools for her for this fall. (And thinking we have a deadline for potty training that will come a little bit sooner than kindergarten.)

That's what I know. CAN'T wait to get home, lose this IV thingie and eat food from our own kitchen. Why must the word "cafeteria" be synonymous with "instant mashed potatoes?" A conundrum for the ages?


Saturday, March 13, 2004

Spa Retreat--Day Three
Thanks to all of my lovely visitors and bringers of non-hospital meals! So far, so good. The baby continues to show a strong heartbeat during my three-times daily monitoring session and seems to enjoy my visits to the therapy pool. There I have learned that I'm one of the healthiest gals here and have stopped talking much about my woes. Even at 32 weeks, our little one will certainly be happy and healthy in short order. Not the case for all of the little ones who arrive here.

Madeline, Mary Geyer and Lewis came to see me Friday morning. Madeline is especially enamored with my special bed and the remote for the TV. At each channel, she stopped and said, "Mommy, I'll watch this now." Each channel was "watched" for all of 30 seconds. With more than 50 to scroll through, this activity took up a nice part of her time with us.

My mother-in-law, Mary, now a candidate for sainthood, has taken on the added challenge of trying to potty train Madeline. See the silver lining in this hospital stay for me!? I'm thrilled and plan to get some of Mary's DNA for cloning purposes.

Thanks for all of your calls and e-mails. Remember, I'm looking for more good jokes--keeps the nurses thinking I'm cute and funny.

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Greetings from another hospital bed...I'm at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Hosp. in Denver now for the next two weeks or so...not happy about all of the sittin' around I'll be doing, but I know it's the best thing for me and the little doodle. So another test of my ability to take it easy and to make some lemonade out of these lemons. I do get to go into a pool twice a day and I'm not strapped to anything. They may even let me make a break down to the lobby to the cart with the guy who makes lattes. There's hope in every dark corner. Right?

Already so grateful to have had friends and family come by--especially Mary Geyer, my mother-in-law. She's catching a plane tomorrow to help with the girls and the house and to keep Lewis from filling the backyard with big trucks. Apparently my lesson for this year is all about learning to ask for and accepting help from people...

More soon. What else do I have to do?

Want to call? My direct line is 303 839 7386 or my cell at 303.478.4126.
Bring jokes!
Greetings from another hospital bed...I'm at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Hosp. in Denver now for the next two weeks or so...not happy about all of the sittin' around I'll be doing, but I know it's the best thing for me and the little doodle. So another test of my ability to take it easy and to make some lemonade out of these lemons. I do get to go into a pool twice a day and I'm not strapped to anything. They may even let me make a break down to the lobby to the cart with the guy who makes lattes. There's hope in every dark corner. Right?

Already so grateful to have had friends and family come by--especially Mary Geyer, my mother-in-law. She's catching a plane tomorrow to help with the girls and the house and to keep Lewis from filling the backyard with big trucks. Apparently my lesson for this year is all about learning to ask for and accepting help from people...

More soon. What else do I have to do?

Want to call? My direct line is 303 839 7386 or my cell at 303.478.4126.
Bring jokes!

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