August 3, 2014

Happy birthday to ME!

Grandma (me) and Peter @ sleepover weekend - FUN!
Opa, Peter & Auntie Alyssa
1st sleepover
Well there's a self-serving title, haha.  Yes tomorrow is my birthday... Usually I don't post on my blogs in August - just a month away from blogging, but I thought I'd post now and then let you know I don't plan to be back to post until mid-September.  Life gets busy, as you know, and I don't get to the computer as much as I'd like (in some ways) and also breaks are always good.  This summer has been busy in more ways than one - we had our first grandchild sleepover here last weekend which was soooo much fun, and tiring too, lol.  He's 14 months and a whole lot of fun!

Our granddaughter is now 6 weeks old and is smiling a lot and "talking".  So sweet! We love her so much and really enjoy being grandparents.  Sort of the icing on top of parenting! ;)

My leg continues to be an issue but I'm coping okay.  My weight is down, which makes me happy considering I cannot exercise like I used to and I was concerned about my muscles atrophying (I had this happen years ago when I had bedrest during my pregnancies and it took me so long to re-gain my strength.  I don't want that to happen this time at all, so I've been just trying to keep moving.  My sister-in-law gave me some stretches that I can do to help in this regard also.)  I still haven't heard about my test date but they have changed my required test from an ultrasound to an MRI so I suspect the wait will be a bit longer :S .  In the meantime, I have a good knee brace which makes me feel less vulnerable when I'm out and about.  I'm certainly not "active" any longer, but at least I can participate in life and this brace makes me feel that I could probably go to the beach again...maybe.  
Vanessa meets Great-grandma for 1st time

my balloon flower
I've been enjoying my new camera - still haven't figured it out and definitely have a lot more to learn on it, but its a good problem to have! ;) 

Our baby has been sick this past weekend and now I've got the cold too :( .  At least he netted two teeth through this cold deal! ;)

cone flowers
Birthday plans include a day off for everyone since Monday is Ontario's Civic Holiday - well, not everyone in Ontario has the day of since it isn't a Statutory holiday anymore (been replaced with Family Day in February) but my family has the day off, whoo-hoo.  We were going to go to the beach but it sounds like a day at-home, BBQ will be the plan instead.  What I want is a photo of hubby and I and both grandkids, that's it!

Birthday thoughts? Well, I have 2 years (Lord-willing) until my 50th (eek!) so my plan is to give myself these next two years to get the weight off.  Year one: to goal; Year two: maintain.  I have started reading Trim Healthy Mama and have started it very slowly (a lot to learn -- got any tips?)  I'm still very much a newbie but am down 4 lbs. this past week and what I do like about it is that it is geared for life, is not a temporary "diet".  I have a lot to print out for reference but need to install my new printer first... (I was supposed to go to the Bariatric Clinic for an appointment this month but haven't made any appointments since I've had so many extras with my knee/leg issue.)

ENJOY AUGUST!  Be safe! (and don't forget, you can email me if you have the time!  I love to hear from you!)

✿ To Health, Fitness and Faith! ~ Dawn

July 19, 2014

Didn't plan for THAT!

To the beach or not to the beach?
DH's fav - the beach and a good book
 Today we'd planned a day at the beach. For dh's bday - dh LOVES hot summer weather and beach time. Me? I like swimming (in clean not too cold water) and reading at the beach but hot weather isn't my fav. We were excited to go though - and the weather looked good. Then something snapped behind my knee. Wasn't doing anything fancy at the time - sat down to feed baby. That's it. PAAAIIIIIN. Honestly I don't think I cried/hollered that much during childbirth. Dil came to look after baby (thankfully!) And I waited in agony for dh to come home from work and take me to hosp.
I asked for an epidural! Yes I did. Oh pain. They gave me a shot in the hip and after a while I became coherant again. Too swollen (inside, outside looks fine) for an ultrasound but xray ruled out a fracture or something else. On anti-inflammatories for 5 days then ultrasound. Until then I'm treading softly and not going to the beach. The doc wonders if it's:
Torn meniscus?
"Bakers Cyst" (this name makes me envision all the baked goods that I've ever eaten just hidden behind my knee and causing problems, hehe)

the whole fam - circa july 2014!
Here's what I've learned:
1. The best laid plans are just that: plans. Anything can change. At any time.
2. Family is the best. They pitch in when you need them most. So thankful.
3. Medical staff do an amazing job. Appreciate them. They put up with a lot, including hollering women in pain.
4. Health care coverage is awesome. Even if its broken and in need of repair, its great. This incident could have set us back financially yet we only had to pay the drug deductible.
5. Speaking of drugs, they are gooooood. (Nurse says they're "medications" - drugs are what you get on the street!) Even though I didn't get an epidural as I requested, nor did I get to take the needle nurse home with me, I did get "medication". Ohhh thank you Lord for technology to take pain away.
6. Speaking of pain, I understand the plight of those in chronic pain with much more empathy now.
7. I'm thankful that I'm still able to care for our little one - he makes me smile and is such a treat!
8. Grandchildren make me happy, even in pain. Me in pain, not them.

✿ To Health, Fitness and Faith! ~ Dawn

June 30, 2014

Updates, Updates! (finally)

Vanessa Elizabeth, grandbaby #2

 I can't believe it's been over 1 month since I posted... I'll try to do better! (thank you to those who emailed me to ask where I've been! It means a lot to me!)

Vanessa & Grandma
A lot has happened since my last post - the most exciting thing has been the birth of our newest grand-baby, a GIRL, born June 17, 2014!  Her name is Vanessa Elizabeth and she is GORGEOUS!  She weighed 9 lbs. 5 oz. and was 11 days tardy.  Mom (our daughter Suzanne) and dad and baby are all well. 

The next exciting news is that our 3rd grand-child - still in the womb - is doing well so far after some serious complication which might compromise his/her life, and mom (our daughter-in-law, Angela) is now 26+ weeks along! An ultrasound is scheduled for next week again and hopefully the news will continue to be good.

Our foster baby is still with us - growing and changing so fast!  Now moving around - rolling and beginning to crawl.  So much fun, and another phase in parenting yet again!  Soon we will hand baby over to an adoptive family - after loving and caring since newborn - so my life has been busy between meetings and getting baby's lifebook up-to-date as well as the regular "life" things that go with all things babyness and grandma-ish!  I feel blessed! Sad that baby will leave but hopeful that baby will get an opportunity at a very good life with the family God has already chosen.

So more another time soon, I hope.  For now I'll leave you with some pics!

Vanessa and Opa
✿ To Health, Fitness and Faith! ~ Dawn
yes, she was born with all
this hair!
it's soft and beautiful!

May 20, 2014

Updates & Photos

grandma and grandson Peter
I'm still here, still struggling with weight and exercise - or should I say "working" rather than "struggling"?  The truth is that my weight is up about 10 lbs. right now and I am working/struggling to get it off ASAP.... Journaling via My Fitness Pal helps me so much. I have the APP on my phone for convenience (and no excuses!)

Still enjoying fostering SO MUCH - little one keeps me busy and with lots of slobbery kisses!

Our  grandson Peter who turns ONE this week!  How can that be? 

Our oldest daughter and son-in-law are expecting their little one VERY SOON - June 6th now, our first grand-daughter! (or so three ultrasounds say!) ... looking forward to meeting her and holding her finally! 

DIL @ 20 wks, D @ 37 wks.
Peter's 1st birthday cake -
made by mommy! 
(she made me a GF cupcake, yum, yum)
Our daughter-in-law is doing very well despite earlier serious problems in the pregnancy and is now 20 weeks along.  Still early but also very encouraging and we are so thankful for that and pray that it will continue on this path.

Lord-willing we will be grandparents 3x over by the fall!  God is good (and grandparenting is awesome!) BLESSED!

DIL, son and grandson
@ 1st birthday party yesterday
(bday is on May 22)
✿ To Health, Fitness and Faith! ~ Dawn

April 12, 2014

Mirrors Don't Lie Do They?

... DO THEY?  No they don't. 
Today I went shopping with my youngest daughter - without baby (opa babysat) and it was fun -- until I saw my reflection and then my feelings nose-dived. 

I didn't like what I saw, at all.

Didn't weigh myself yesterday and missed my TOPS WI (more on that later) but I can feel the difference.  Walks haven't happened as often as I'd like them to (or want them to) and I DO need them.  So I've got to ramp things up again.  Even if it's a DVD instead of an outdoor walk.

I missed my TOPS WI yesterday because I babysat our grandson.  Our daughter-in-law is expecting again but has been having difficulties and even thought she'd miscarried last weekend.  She ended up in the hospital on Sunday evening. We are thankful that she didn't and baby is active and well and is 15 weeks along now. 

Our daughter has only EIGHT weeks until she delivers her first child!  Our first grand-daughter, or so two ultrasounds say.  If this little one isn't a girl, he'd better like pink! ;)

our grandson, Peter (almost 11 months)
Life stays busy for me - the last two weeks have been waaaay too busy, but with busyness that couldn't be helped.  I am glad that I have a few breather days coming up (hopefully).  My mom is declining more and more - walking with a walker now (if she remembers it).  She sleeps a lot and can't carry on much of a conversation anymore.  I'm thankful to have baby to bring along to visits - she perks up with baby and it makes visiting much easier. 

We finished our 1st YEAR of fostering and had an excellent review.  We feel blessed to have helped three children in the past year!


✿ To Health, Fitness and Faith! ~ Dawn

March 24, 2014

It's MARCH...hehe

the "spring" day
Did that title get your attention?  Maybe you ignored it, thinking it's almost APRIL! Well, shows you how long it takes me to get to blogging now...

Thank you for your responses re: to blog or not to blog.  I think I will continue, however, I will aim for 1x per month, and if time is generous for me, I will try an extra blog post mid-month too... IF...

Life has been busy - but baby is getting easier so I'm getting into a semi-routine (very "semi" still) and am not so tired myself.  This really is a dream "job" for me - I enjoy it so much (if you don't know, we foster babies).  We just had our ANNUAL FOSTERING REVIEW - 1 yr!!  Amazing.  One  year of fostering and three children helped!  This is our pro-life views in action. 

the next day :(
I am really missing my walks.  Winter has been, well, WINTER, here since November.  We usually get gray, rainy, blaaaah, cold winters - with some snow here and there, which I don't like either.  Especially the grayness - which is tough for my SAD.  This winter was snow, snow, snow, and more snow.  And cold, cold, cold.  It was also sunny, sunny, sunny, so that was the good part.  But certainly not a winter for even bundled-up walks with baby - especially a premie baby.  Got a nice walk in a couple of weeks ago - it was cold, but not COLD and felt so springy.  I was in spring-mode.  The next day my exercise was hauling snow - A LOT of it.  Quite discouraging.  Right now we've got a windchill so even though it's a sunny day and the roads are clear of snow, it's not a baby-walk day :( .  Maybe soon.

Trying to get to doing an indoor exercise DVD but that has been tricky.  Baby doesn't seem to like to give me the 30-45 minutes it takes to do it.  I have gone to the mall and walked.  Am wearing my pedometer again but I'm getting around 6,000 daily steps.  A lot less than my 10,000+ steps last year. :( 

My weight has been slowly going down and I hope to have something good to tell you about it next post. 

HOW ARE THINGS GOING IN YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS?  Has spring arrived for you (other than in name only?!)

✿ To Health, Fitness and Faith! ~ Dawn

February 27, 2014

To Blog or Not to Blog?

Hi everyone, I haven't forgotten you!  Thank you to those who have contacted me, missing me!  It feels good to be missed!

Lots has happened here - and a lot of it has to do with us being foster parents, so I can't share what I'm up to here.  And that has been one of the reasons why I've been AWOL - besides being busy with a baby, and all that goes with babyness, and I can't share since it's all private.  So I feel like I don't have a whole lot to say here anymore!

Of course there are other things in our life - we are expecting two more grandchildren this year!! and our grandson is now 9 months old and starting to get into everything!  He's so cute! 

Besides all of that - I'm not sure how much info I want to share online anymore.  With fostering I've learned a lot about online safety and some of it really scares me - like personal photos that get taken and used for other websites, often not good things. 

I could make this blog private, but I know how difficult it is to blog-hop already, and if you have to sign in each time, will you still come back? 

So I'm asking - what do YOU think?  Should I continue to blog or delete the blog??  LET ME KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS!  I'll see if anyone replies and see what the consensus is, and then make a decision!

✿ To Health, Fitness and Faith! ~ Dawn