Friday, July 10, 2009


Thank goodness it's Friday!

I don't know why, but this hasn't been the best week. Maybe it's my monthly visitor that left my grumpy on Monday. (What a way to start the week.) Maybe it's our old, uncomfy mattress on our bed. (New one coming tomorrow.) Maybe it's the lack of tutoring and being around the kids I love. Who knows really.

Today I was going to take Zachariah to his first movie at the movie theater. A few weeks ago we got free passes to go see the new "Ice Age" movie. But we couldn't use them for the first week, because they won't accept passes. Today is the first day you can use passes. I checked the ticket again this morning to make sure I didn't miss anything, and I found out it's only good Monday-Thursday. So, we'll have to wait until next week now. I did promise him a movie here at home complete with popcorn.

Matt and I are ready for a vacation. We usually take an early summer vacation, but that just didn't work out this year. We really were waiting until I was done tutoring to schedule something. And he also has a few work conflicts that haven't come up in the past. So we have to work around that also. I think we did settle on a location finally, but we'll have to pick a week and hope we can get into a hotel. I think we'll both feel more settled after a week away.

My sister had her 6 week check-up with her OB/Gyn yesterday. In case you didn't know, my sister miscarried her first baby a while ago. They paid to have an autopsy done. They thought it might help them get some peace of mind (or possibly help them understand and problems she may have carrying babies).

Rachel was very active during her pregnancy (just as she is normally). With her doctors OK she had continued playing hockey, working at her job (which involves lifting heavy packages for a well-known delivery company), and driving her motorcycle too. When she found out at 18 weeks along that she'd lost the baby somewhere around 16 weeks, she was devastated. Of course she wondered if it was something she'd done. It never appeared that way, and she never had any problems while doing any of her activities. From the beginning the doctor did not think the miscarriage was anything that she did. But there was still that nagging in the back of her head.

The doctor told them about the results. Basically the baby had a developmental problem. The urethra did not form properly and started to invert into the bladder. I can't remember the name of it, but it is VERY rare. This doctor didn't think he'd ever seen it before, and the chances for it happening again for a future baby for her as almost nothing.

Rachel felt good about hearing the results. It was nothing she did. It was not a genetic problem that would keep happening to other babies. There is nothing wrong with her. And there is no reason they can't have many healthy babies. She got the go ahead to start trying again.

Fortunately for them, they got pregnant right away the first time. So I have no doubts it will happen quickly again. I pray that all goes well next time. This has been a growing experience, and that's how Rachel has looked at it. She mourned for a short time, and then knew that it was meant to be. God led her through this, and she has a better outlook on life now.

An amazing woman...that's what my sister is!


d e v a n said...

I'm glad that your sister got some peace of mind!

Nowheymama said...

I am so glad your sister decided to find out. I'm sure it would always bother her, otherwise.

Jana said...

Sorry you've had a bad week, but I bet your little guy is going to love going to the movies next week. What fun!

I'm so glad your sister got some answers and some peace of mind. I can't imagine going through life wondering if I'd done something to cause a miscarriage.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to hear how much you love the new bed!

So glad your sister got some answers to bring her peace.

desperate housewife said...

I really want a new mattress, sometimes. Other times, I hope that our waterbed lives forever, because in the winter, in our fah-REEZING bedroom, the warm water mattress feels like heaven. In the summer... not so much.
I'm so glad your sister got some answers, and answers that can relieve any feelings of guilt she may have had. I'll be praying for a quick and successful next pregnancy!
(And for you, too. :)

Pam said...

I hope you feel cheerier soon. Get some rest, some sunshine and enjoy what you have (cheesy advice, sorry).
Your sister sounds like a strong and wonderful person. I hope she gets pregnant soon.

Melissa said...

So sorry to hear your week hasn't been going favorable. But good news is that next week is looking up!!

Great news with your sister, she is truly strong. Tell we are all routing for her with baby!!