Thursday, March 22, 2012

8 new things, including a perfect heart

1) I found myself in a pediatric cardiologist's office yesterday. I didn't tell anyone we were going except for my 2 closest friends and my dad and his wife. It isn't that I thought we were going to get bad news, but I felt very guarded about the whole thing for some reason. At Little L's 3 year well check, her pediatrician noticed her lips were blue and asked if she'd eaten blueberries for breakfast. I said no and that her lips have always turned blue when she's cold (it was rather chilly and rainy the day of her appointment). I could tell she was quietly concerned by it and told me she wanted to "think/read on that over the next few days" and get back to me. Her office called the following week with a referral to a Cook Children's pediatric cardiologist for an EKG and echo cardiogram and I was kind of stunned silent. When I mentioned it to my dad, he commented that his sister (aka my favorite aunt) had been diagnosed with a valve defect at the age of 3 and had to have open heart surgery to correct. I just prayed about it all and stepped in to the office with a pretty calm, collected sense of peace. Her EKG and exam by the doctor were so good that he didn't even feel the need to do the echo. EXHALE. The blue lips are probably because she is so fair and tends to show coloration more than the average kid... I've been able to see most of her veins since she was born. I was relieved, to say the least.

2) Have I said lately how beyond thankful I am to have healthy children?

3) Baby S barfed ALL OVER me last night. She had been acting weird all day, fussy and not really interested in eating, and I was just fighting with her to take a bottle and as I turned her around to burp her she started making this weird gagging sound and then BOOM! Barf all over me, the couch, the blanket, the floor. Amazingly, she got none on herself. I was certain she'd wake up hungry in the middle of the night, but she didn't. She still seems off.... but no fever, generally acting normal and smiling, so????????? Babies.

4) I got the bikini and cover up I ordered and, um, NO. The bikini was too revealing (seriously, no one wants to see the crack of my derriere) and the cover up made me look enormous. I returned it all and ordered a one piece from another site and got it next day and? Um, definitely NO. I am going to the beach in 3 weeks and have no swimwear but whatever. I'll try to go shopping this week. I think that online swimsuit shopping has got to be the dumbest thing I have ever tried to do. OF COURSE I have to try 500 on before I settle on 1 that is the least awful.

5) I did order this dress yesterday and it appears to have practically sold out in less than 24 hours since they posted it.

6) The soreness from all the working out has passed. I feel like I've been doing nothing but running the past 2 weeks. I also started counting calories hard core with my best friend this week. She sent me an app for my iPhone and now I'm doing the usual obsessing bit that I always do anytime I start counting calories. Did you know that in order for me to lose 1.5 lbs a week I can only consume 1200 net calories per day but for my husband to do the same he can have 2100? I enjoy being a girl but sheesh. 1200 calories is like bread and water, literally.

7) I'm hungry.

8) I'm making this pulled pork recipe for dinner tonight. Alison the Great gave it to me when I was struggling to find things to eat several months ago (during the heights of my MSPI desperation) and it has become a staple in our monthly meals. It is SO GOOD. It sounds kinda weird and "seriously?" when you first hear it, but it is RIDICULOUSLY easy and YUM. It is even Little L approved ("mom, this isn't yucky!") and I serve it with buns, onions and jalapenos for the sandwich and then roasted red potatoes and corn. Try it, you'll like it!

I hope you are all having a WONDERFUL week. I have been having a TON of "I love my husband and kids SO MUCH, how did I get so blessed? MY HEART COULD BURST!" feelings this week. I don't ever want to take one second for granted and I wish that feeling for EVERY person in the world.



  1. So glad there is nothing wrong with L.

    You made me laugh with your swimsuits. I discovered in December that I simply cannot buy clothing online. At all. Every time I try I don't like the results. But I don't want to drag E. around a mall with me. So I have no clothes...

    Hugs. Glad you are so happy.

  2. ohh so glad little L is ok! scary stuff. boo on the bathing suit drama! hope you find one soon :)

  3. Glad L is ok...that had to be a scary thing to think about!

    Wanna hear something funny?? I'm making the exact same thing right now! Except we prefer a coke in lieu of root beer. Too funny!

  4. So so so glad she's well, my heart was in my throat for a moment.

    I think I got my current swimsuit at JCPenney 2 years ago, it's a one piece with some ruching across the belly to hide my flab. :)

    Oh yes yes, the pork is divine, we had it last weekend! :)

  5. Scary about the heart thing. I'm so glad it isn't an issue. My first thought was about the blue people from Kentucky because they have been in the news so much lately. BB always turns red all over when she gets hot, so everyone thinks she's got a sunburn. It drives me nuts when people ask me about it.

    I love doing slow cooker pork. It is so easy, and it smells awesome for hours on end.

    Good luck on the hunt for a new swimsuit. I've been looking lately too and haven't had luck even finding one I wanted to try on. Boo!

  6. Love #7 after reading #6, ha ha ha ha ha! Ain't it the truth? I am like starving by 8pm and of course that's a stupid time to eat anything. Arg!!! Why does weight loss/management have to suck for us chicks?!

  7. online swimsuit shopping sucks. well, swimsuite shopping in general sucks - but i'm sure you will find something!

    glad to hear all is well with L :)