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Belly photos

I wish I had my pregnancy photos from River online. They are so starkly different this time around. I’m a bit heavier this time around, but my belly seriously popped out so much faster this time!

7 weeks pregnant (back in November)

7 weeks pregnant (back in November)

9 weeks and 1 day pregnant

9 weeks and 1 day pregnant

How I spent most of November, all of December, and most of January....

How I spent most of November, all of December, and most of January....

14 weeks pregnant.  January!

14 weeks pregnant. January!

17 weeks 1 day pregnant.

17 weeks 1 day pregnant.

And just because its too cute to pass up, here is a photo of River and Milo as we found them asleep one night:

River and Milo sleeping

I am almost 19 weeks now, and another picture is in order. My belly just keeps growing! The fact that all of my belly shots have me in my pjs? It hasn’t gone unnoticed by me. I’m hoping to remedy this, likely by having River take pictures of me during the day time.



announcingI guess it’s time for me to formally share with everyone that these little socks will have little baby feet in them come July.

I can still hardly believe it!!!  River is so thrilled about soon becoming a big brother.


Ok, I know. I suck at NaBloPoMo. I could use the excuse of chicken pox, but the truth is that River didn’t need much extra mothering at all! He barely acted sick, didn’t complain of itching, didn’t make his pox bleed from scratching, and overall felt ok. Perhaps he slept a bit longer than usual, and I sure did let him watch WAY more movies than is normal for us. But, on the whole, it was a MUCH easier experience than I had prepared myself for. He still has some scabbed-over pox that are healing, but nothing more.

I don’t have any pictures of his chicken pox, since he was adamant that he did NOT want a picture taken. 🙂

In total, we exposed 4 kiddos who came over to play and share a lollypop. We’ll know in a few weeks if it worked. I have my fingers crossed for them.


In other news, I found out this morning that my father’s father died yesterday. He lives in Florida, and I haven’t seen him since I was 3 or so. My dad isn’t very close to him, either. We knew he was sick and in the hospital. Just odd to think about. My only living grandparent is now my mother’s father, who I would never let near my family. He sexually and physically abused about half of my aunts. He lives far, far away, thankfully.

I never grew up with ‘real’ grandparents. I’m grateful that River knows all four of his grandparents, and two (my mom and dad) live within about an hour of him, and my parents are young enough that I expect they will be a part of his life for a very long time. Yes, for this I am grateful.

Peru on Picasa

For those with some time to kill, here are all 454 photos from our trip to Peru.  I have some of them titled and explained, finally.


Peru 2008

We are off!

We don’t actually leave until early Thursday morning, but I doubt I’ll have any time to make a blog post tomorrow.

Since my cat has predominated my recent blog posts, I thought I may as well share just one more cute cat shot.

Ok, not just one.  Let’s make it two:


We leave for Peru in just 3 short days!!! I have been waiting until today to begin packing, but I think we have most everything that we need. I’m still busy trying to figure out what sorts of food to bring along with us for the very long day of travel. Airport food is so pathetic, especially when you’re vegetarian. We’ll leave home around 7am, and won’t arrive at Walter’s parent’s home until the following morning around 2am.

I’m looking forward to the trip. All of us are, I think. It shall be River’s first time out of the country, and my first time back to Peru for 9 years!!

Just for fun, here’s a photo of Athena, taken last night. She’s back to herself now, and I feel so grateful!!

She’s still alive….

So, my fear of finding her dead the next morning didn’t prove to be reality.  Athena has been healing quite nicely.  She’s not back to herself, but I don’t really know if she ever will be.

Everyday, her eye looks slightly better, and she can close it slightly more.  It’s a very sad sight to see her sleeping, as her damaged eye cannot close, and is constantly open.  The vet yesterday, at her follow-up exam, suggested we begin bathing her eye in artificial tear drops.  Oh yeah.  She really love it when I put those in her eye.  But, it does seem to be helping, so I persist.

This photo was taken yesterday:

And this one I took just 10 minutes ago:

Much improved, yes?  She’s not happy at all about not being able to go outside.  But, even if I do end up letting her go outside occasionally, I am not doing any such thing at least until her leg is all healed.