I had some pain yesterday that started out of the blue and wouldn't go away. I thought it would go away if I pushed through the pain so I paid bills, took down some Christmas decorations, laid on the floor moaning, then dropped off the dry cleaning, picked up the clean dry cleaning, mailed the bills and came home again. Pain....still there. Back to the floor with a heating pad. I realized this wasn't your typical cramping. Abdominal pain with nausea and vomiting isn't good, but I had stuff to do. No time to be sick.
Well, a visit to the walk in clinic and I now have a diagnosis of a kidney stone with a pain med prescription. Evidently, my kidney has forgotten that I have this thing about having a clean, organized house with the all evidence of Christmas put away. My joints are selfish little things. When another part of the body gets more attention then they do, they get a little up tight and decide to swell. Ho-hum. Hate it when this body of mine has a mind of its own.
My doc said that I knew what that was......a baby! No fertility treatments! Nothing short of a miracle for Christmas! I took the ultrasound picture to show mom as Eric was working and I really was in quite a daze. We wrapped a small box , put the picture in it, and headed down to his office.
Eric totally wondered why I wasn't at work and what was wrong. I gave him his early Christmas present. He opened it and turned completely white, ashen! He quickly sat down! We were both so astonished as we had recently decided that we were done with the treatments. We had decided to try one more that coming January, and then we would just let it go. I really think we had just settled in our minds that it wasn't going to happen. Going through fertility treatments, you never expect the surprise pregnancy!
So you see, we love getting kiddos for Christmas! Very Special!
He talked a lot about the times he stayed in the orphanage. He points to the picture of the orphanage and shows me the "high" room he stayed in. One of the upper levels. He said there were "lots of babies", and he's sure to tell you that they cried! He told me today that he cried when he laid down in the bed at the orphanage. Then he said something in a very matter-of-fact way:
(If any readers get a sec, head over to Allygirl's blog and participate in her photo project. You can post anonymously. I'm sure you'll have to put your thinking caps on! LOL)
I'm sure you all are just dying to know if I've stuck with the gym and lost some adoption weight. You're on the edge of your seat and biting your nails just waiting to find out. I usually only "glisten", but this weight loss thing took some work. I found out that I actually do sweat! Gasp! The thought of it! Yes, I've lost 5 1/2 pounds or six depending on when I weigh myself. Only problem is that with the holidays, it is difficult to keep on track. Either way, my joints feel better overall when I exercise. That is, if I don't overdo it and cause them to be more swollen! (I've done that a few times!)
Ally's study skills, anatomy, and history are officially on break for Christmas. She has a vital lung capacity project she's working on over the holidays though. Grammar, Literature, Math, Spelling/Vocab., typing, and photography are still happenin'! We've had some "talks" about doing are best even when we don't feel like it. And, honestly, math is a thorn in our flesh, but we are trudging through. I've still been scouting out what curriculums other schools are using. She has a part in the upcoming Christmas play at the school she is registered in as a homeschooler. She's also playing on the basketball team too! I'm hoping she'll be willing to play some songs on the guitar for family at Christmas. Ally can be a bit shy in situations, and we've been working on that this year. As well as working on manners and etiquette. I've been encouraging her to be more independent to boost her confidence a bit. For example, at the beginning of the year, just going into the post office to mail a letter, would have caused her to slump her shoulders and meekly ask for a stamp. Not anymore! She's been taking charge on different "everyday life" kind of tasks and doing great. She's definitely gained confidence so far this year.
Ally is growing in so many ways. I have no idea where she put the 8 pounds she gained in one year, but they must be somewhere! She is so tiny! At her pediatricians visit, her increase of 8 pounds and 2 inches put her in the 10 percentile for weight and the 25 percentile for height. Definitely petite!
Jake has been leveling off on his weight gain. He still enjoys food a lot and has days when he literally eats all day long (2 breakfasts, snack, 2 lunches, snack, snack, snack, dinner, seconds, then snack!). He's a healthy eater and doesn't really care for bread or fried foods. Funny thing is how tall he is. I should check to see what percentile he is in now. I was helping out at his preschool and noticed as he was lining up with the other children that he was one of the tallest in the class! When you undress him, though, you can still see every rib and those skinny, muscular legs. In China, I remember how badly his pelvic bones protruded out. Those are slightly more hidden now!
Grant is our tank. He is 100% Kazakh! He doesn't have any fat on him. I think God made him with lead. He's our die-cast figure of a boy. Several weeks ago, I went to pick him up and plop him on the counter. I quickly realized, there was no possible way of moving him. Being one of the shorter kiddos, he's stocky and solid. I love those Kazakh guys!
Sunday after we drove home from NC, picked up the dog and the tree (thank you McD family), unpacked, and did laundry, we set up the Christmas tree and got to work on decorating it.
Jake story to remember:
- Don't run with chopsticks in your mouth.
- Stop wrestling! Your brother is tapping out!
- Stop dipping your green beans in your juice
- Let me get that boogie for you.
- I'll keep shopping until you all start to behave!
- Stop peeing on the bathroom floor.
- Don't store your pretzels in the hallway table.
- Take that bag off your head!
- Stop drinking the bath water.
- No, you cannot have a latte today.
- No, not today. I'm cooking dead cow tomorrow.