Our miracle RAINBOW BABY BOY is on the way! Due 8/2018

1st IVF = BFN
2nd IVF = Baby A, born May 2015
3rd IVF = Miscarriage at 14 weeks
4th IVF = BFN
After we paid for 5th IVF, positive pregnancy w/o IVF!

Because the important moments in life just don’t fit in a status update! I started this blog when I was training for my first ½ Ironman, (70.3 miles) to record what I hoped would be growth and progress but ended up being a huge learning experience. Although fitness is one of the key ingredients to a happy life, it certainly isn't the only ingredient. My blog has evolved to document growth, progress and setbacks in other areas too. From my surprise proposal in Rome and wedding in the fall of 2013, to Mom's devastating stage IV cancer diagnosis and death 2 weeks after I found out I was pregnant. Who knows what shape it will take, but thanks for being along for the ride.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mother's Day + Mom's Next Steps

We had a lovely Mother's Day down at Crystal Cove. Our reservations were for The Beachcomber at 5:45pm and we were seated right away. Mom had the filet mignon, and opened her gifts to a beautiful view of the ocean. It was the perfect time of day, because the sun was getting ready to set.

Nate told Mom I was up really late painting this oil on canvas.

 Afterwards, we walked along the water's edge and made her (and ourselves!) laugh by my repeated attempts to get on Nathan's back for a piggy-back ride.  
It's not as easy as it looks, folks!
But we finally got it right.
This time was a welcome distraction for all. I just received word that Mom is going to have surgery on Thursday to install a port in her head so that chemo can now also be administered to her spinal fluid. She will stay in the hospital for two days. All signs are pointing to her now having cancer in her spinal fluid. This is likely the cause of her loss of vision in one eye. 
Ommaya Reservoir
We're not thrilled that this has to be done, but have little choice. If we leave everything as is, she could loose the sight in her other eye, and her ability to swallow. If she responds to the chemo, she could regain her vision...something that would vastly improve her quality of life. It is the one side effect that bothers her the most. 

Courage, strength and grace

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