Thursday, July 24, 2008

Return to Lake Woebegone

I know you are all loving my multiple posts today.  I just wanted to forewarn you that I will be taking a break from blogging as I am returning to my home state for a good long visit- Land of 10,0000 mosquitos, the great MN State Fair, Garrison Kellior and most of my extended family.  Here is one last picture of our blue eyed girl to tide you over until I return!

Tough Break

How many times can I break my bones in this life?  So far I have accomplished this feat three times.  The most recent break happened this past weekend when Lance's Aunt Nancy dropped us off at the Sacramento airport after Elisabeth and I had spent a few days with Kara, my sister-in-law, and her children.  

How did this happen?  Well, I slipped off the curb, twisted my ankle and heard a small "pop" in a matter of seconds.  I didn't think I had broken my foot it at first.  I thought I had just been clutzy.  I walked all through two airports and went to an outside wedding later that evening, walking on my bum foot.  

The next day I went to urgent care.  My doctor/HMO nightmare started here.  They took x-rays and confirmed that I had indeed fractured my foot. They told me to go to the pharmacy to pick up some crutches and stay off of my foot but they couldn't give me a cast because my insurance wouldn't pay for it.  What????  I broke my foot, I am not supposed to walk on it and you aren't even going to wrap it up with tape or an ace bandage?  The doctor told me to have my nanny take care of my baby when I asked him how I was supposed to walk with an infant.  Guess I need to hire a nanny.

Monday morning I went to two doctors - my PCP and then a podiatrist.  All confirmed I had a broken foot but were unable to give me a cast due to my HMO rules.  All said to stay off of it (as if that can happen with a small baby at home.)  The podiatrist said I was to be extra careful because I may have to have surgery if I didn't get a cast soon.   I was told to wait until Tuesday and then go see a Orthopedric doctor to finally get my cast.  Wow.  This really makes sense.  Isn't a broken bone a big deal?  Why can't I get a cast???

Three days after the accident, I was finally fitted for a walking cast boot and was given some crutches.

Lessons learned:
1.  Our healthcare system stinks.  The expensive PPO looks very, very appealing.  Maybe a move to Canada is in order?  Lisa, do you have room for us?

2.  Go to the ER if you break a bone.  They have to treat you there and give you a cast, no matter what your insurance says.

3.  Baby swings are a gift from heaven.

4.  My neighbors and ward members in the area are the kindest, most helpful people I have ever met.  They have walked my dog, gone to the grocery store on my behalf, chauffeured me to countless doctor appointments, helped me pack for my trip to MN, done some of our laundry and brought us meals.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!


Elisabeth's first 4th of July 
(and first time matching her parents.)

Elisabeth's Blessing at church.
(She is wearing my christening gown and was blessed to have Grandpa Ray, Grandma Bev
Grandpa Mickie, Uncles Chris and Ryan, Cousin Eden and many friends in attendance.)

First time meeting Grandpa Mickey.

First plane ride to go play with her cousins and aunt while her dad took a 
patent bar review course.

First wedding Elisabeth attended.  

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Happiest Place on Earth

Yes, we are crazy parents.  Yes, Elisabeth is only eight weeks old and will not remember this trip.  Even so, Elisabeth went with us and our friend Tia to Disneyland last week.  She went on two rides - Pirates of the Carribean and the Haunted Mansion.   She lasted about four hours at the park, which was more than we were expecting.  The best thing is the park has a Mother's station - a neat little area where you can breastfeed, change diapers, fix bottles, etc. in a cleanly, airconditioned environment with staff members dressed up in old fashioned nanny dresses and aprons to assist with all your baby care needs.  Pretty neat!  Definitely a family friendly place.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

I Would've Died for This

After watching the following video, I have been reflecting on the journey we had to embark on to have our little girl.  I will never forget the moment our bundled girl was placed in my arms after two days of labor, 40 wonderful weeks of pregnancy, six long years of waiting, three expensive infertility treatments, and two losses.  This was the moment I would have died for and had desired with my whole heart for my life.  Infertility nearly broke my heart and my spirit as I longed to hold a baby of my own in my arms.  Now I can't believe the little angel is really here and our prayers were answered.

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for the blessed gift of our sweet girl, Elisabeth Dorothy.   May we never take this blessing for granted.

Loving Family

We were blessed to have Lance's mom and our sister-in-law, Kara, and her two children come to visit two weeks ago.  We had a great time taking adventures to local parks and spending time with each other reading scriptures, eating tasty foods, and just enjoying each other's company.  Sofi loved having so much attention and walks from the family and Elisabeth and I were spoiled by having so many willing hands to help.

Ari admiring her new girl cousin.  Ari was a great help and always picked out
Elisabeth's clothes.

Lincoln was afraid of Sofi at first but he eventually warmed up to her.

Elisabeth snuggled up nice and cozy with Grandma Bev.