Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A little of this, a little of that...

I've been thinking I need to update, but just haven't had anything to update about.  It's been a while though so bear with me.. this may become a bit disjointed and rambling, but it's my blog and I can do what I want with it! 

So a bit of an update since it's been almost two weeks since I last wrote anything.  I'm 2 weeks post-op and feeling pretty good.  Have a tender spot on my left, lower side but it's feeling better every day.  Kind of feels like a side-splint when you've been running or walking too much.  Otherwise, everything feels pretty good.  The port is in an awkward spot.  It's positioned right where I lean over a counter on my belly, so it hurts when I lean over something.  Another thing I can't change, just annoying and I'm learning. 

I can tell my innards are healing because my hunger is back!  I'm on "soft" foods now and have to chew everything to a mush, but it sure is nice to be able to chew food again!  Mike and I took Nate and Rachael out to one of our favorite Mexican places yesterday and I asked Rachael if she wanted to order off the "big" menu and share with me.  She was game and we ordered enchiladas. I gave her half and hate about 2/3 of what was left.  Before surgery I would've eaten the whole darned thing and not batted an eye!  It sure tasted good, though.  One thing that I'm really having a hard time with is not drinking anything with my meals and for 1/2 hour after I'm done.  I never realized how much I enjoyed drinking with my meals and I'm thirsty! As for my weight-loss, it has kind of stalled a bit, but I was told that was pretty normal in the weeks between surgery and getting fills.  I just keep chugging along, trying not to step on the scale and getting discouraged. 

Rachael is still asking questions, but she's so sweet.  We were having a conversation in the car the other day and she asked something about eating too much and my band.  It's so hard to explain to a 5-year-old that I had the band so I wouldn't eat too much and to help me lose weight so I can do more things with her.  She asked if she ate too much and I told her she was perfect and she didn't (and she doesn't!) It's such a slippery slope teaching her to be healthy and confident with her body image when it is a huge issue with me.  Explaining that we need to eat food to help our body grow and be able to have the energy to do things and not eat too much so we gain too much weight which is harmful for our body.  To make wise choices with the food that we eat and to keep treats as treats.  I feel blessed that, at 5 1/2, she makes pretty good choices with food.  She likes a variety of vegetables and is open trying new foods.  Now, she loves "the junk" as much as the next kid and would be willing to have fruit snacks for breakfast, but accepts the idea that they are a treat, not something to eat all the time. 

I just am so blessed with a supportive network of people surrounding me.  My husband, my kids, my family and friends.  Mike has this week off between jobs.  He's excited about starting next week at the new place and has been able to slow down a bit and breathe in this week in between.  He went up to Duluth camping over the weekend and came back on Monday afternoon.  I could tell when he walked in the door that a load had been lifted off his shoulders.  Thank you, Jesus.  He went camping with some friends from church including our pastor and his wife.  The rest of us were invited, but I just was not comfortable going being only 10 days post-op and not able to eat much at that point so I opted to stay home with the kids and told him to go with my blessings.  Had a good visit with my parents on Friday with Ty and Rachael and then Saturday, went to a friend's house and had fun at their place.  Sunday, I dropped off Ty at camp and picked up Nate in Cannon Falls.  He had spent the weekend with my brother and his girlfriend.  Monday we hosted the youth group with our study group for dinner and had a great time. 

This week has been nice with Mike home.  Just laid back and relaxed.  Still feels like the weekend!  Sometimes you need a week that feels like a weekend! 

Anyway... I want to start doing some photo-journaling and may try to do more of that.  Everything is better with pictures, right?

So here are a couple from the last week or so.  Enjoy!

 This one cracked me up because my beautiful daughter loves horses and when we flipped to the Olympics and saw the horses she got so excited!  She watched the equestrian events all morning and played on her little stuffed horse.  So here she is, on her horse with the riding events going on in the background!

I can't claim this one. Mike took it while he was camping this past weekend.  It's so tranquil and relaxing, though and I can close my eyes and imagine sitting there soaking in God's majesty.  It was taken on the North Shore of Lake Superior.  God is so good and He spoils us with the beauty He surrounds us with!

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