Friday, August 07, 2009

Five Years Ago Today

Five years ago, hubby and I stood at Cape Spear by the old lighthouse and spoke our wedding vows.

At the water's edge
(c) Donna Ramsay

I met my husband online, through a singles website (oh-so-shocking, I know!) in 2000 and I knew right away that he was the man for me. We didn't connect for months, but when we finally did meet up, it was love at first sight. We just knew.

At the time, he was separated from his (now ex-)wife, living in a one-bedroom apartment across the river in the province of Quebec, and his children were just 4 and 6 years old.

With the kids
(c) Donna Ramsay

But we knew. We just knew it would all work out. And regardless of what comes into our life, it will all work out. I love you honey. Happy Anniversary.

The Kiss
(c) Donna Ramsay

Edited to add:
Just got a phone call from hubby. He's been accepted to start a second career program (as offered by the government to selected individuals) and he'll be going back to school as of Monday, to pursue a career as a practical nurse! Congratulations sweetie!!!

Petit Update
Yesterday I had an ultrasound and another OB appointment. Petit is doing marvelously and hubby and I got a wonderful profile pic.

37 wks 2 days

Petit's heartrate is normal (150s) and weight estimates put him/her at 5 lbs 14 oz; the low range of normal at the moment. The placenta is far from the baby's neck (something I always worry about) and is still functioning really well. And Petit is still head down, and starting to engage. I feel like the baby is going to drop out when I walk! Luckily, I only have one more week at work and then I'll be able to put my feet up a little bit. I hope!

No protein or glucose in my urine, and my blood pressure is great at 130/86. I've gone down 2 lbs, for a total weight gain of 5 lbs over the pregnancy. I've no idea how I did that; the only thing I can think of is that the baby is drawing what is needed from my stores. God knows, there's plenty of THAT to go around!

But I did get bad news: my Group B strep is positive. So I'm frantically researching alternatives to requiring an IV during labour and delivery. If you have suggestions (not about how to handle the IV, but about what other treatments are available), please LET ME KNOW. I'm desperate.

Thinking of...
Loribeth and her husband at The Road Less Travelled, who are marking 11 years since the stillbirth of their daughter, Katie. Stop by and let her know that they're in your thoughts.

And Mo and Will at Life and Love in the Petri Dish. Their baby passed away in utero sometime during the last week and I am so terribly, terribly sorry to hear their sad news. Go over and give them a hug; they need all the love in the world around them right now and if they were closer, I'd hug them in person. Blessings to you both as you travel this impossible road.


Pam said...

Happy Anniversary (again since I said it on FB already) Those pictures are terrific!!...we're looking forward to seeing you guys tomorrow!

Way to go hubby (but I said that on FB too) :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary!

The Unproductive One said...

Congratulations on your anniversary!!

loribeth said...

Thanks for the shoutout, Gil! & happy anniversary -- those are gorgeous photos!

Vee said...

Happy Anniversary!!! I love your pics, you are such a gorgeous couple :)

Petit is just perfect.

Saje said...

Congratulations!! What an amazing journey over the last 5 years.

RE: strep B. The antibiotics are not a requirement. I do know people who have gone without them. I have a well versed friend who knows far more about it than I do. If you want to get in touch with her, let me know.


Nearlydawn said...

Happy Anniversary!!! You guys are so freakin' cute!

I can't believe you are down to your last 17 days!!! Can you imagine?!?!

btw - did you ever finish packing a bag? If not, now's kinda the time. :)

decemberbaby said...

Sorry to hear about the Group B strep. I know nothing about alternatives to the IV, but I hope you're able to find one!

Shinejil said...

Here from LFCA... Congrats on reaching term and on the anniversary!

I've heard re: GBS that you can ask for a heparin or saline lock for the two doses of antibiotics they want to give you during labor. This means you won't be tied to an IV the whole time and you'll be able to move around during labor (if that's part of your plan).

The whole GBS testing and treatment thing is somewhat experimental, as in there is no hard evidence yet (from what I just learned in childbirth class) that treatment necessarily equals better outcomes. You can, if you do some research and weigh the risks/benefits as we know them, decide to refuse the antibiotics (at least here in the States, where you can refuse almost anything).

Angie said...

Happy belated anniversary! Petit looks adorable!

Mick said...

Happy Anniversary! Those are wonderful photos.

The scan photo is one of the clearest I have ever seen. Fantastic! Not long now... :-)