Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Great News!

Nicole and Bryan got the call today that San Francisco wanted to do the in utero surgery. We will know tomorrow what day, but they wanted her there the end of this week or the beginning of next week. We are so excited! Now I am needing to make a bunch of casseroles to freeze and catch up on laundry. I still do not know if we are going to fly or drive yet. But either way I am done with daycare on Friday. So I do not need to worry about that while I am gone.

Anyway, thats all for now. I will post as things transpire. Also, I will be posting to Christians blog while we are in San Francisco. www.babywithefe.blogspot.com

Thursday, July 26, 2007

R.I.P. Barney and Remi

Sunday morning we woke to find Barney and Remi dead in their kennels. They were somehow poisoned. We do not know if it was intentional or if they got into some poison wild mushrooms while playing in the yard. We will miss the horribly. We are still crying a lot but hopefully will pull ourselfs together.

Blog for Christian

I made a blog for Christian. The address is www.babywithefe.blogspot.com

I will be posting to it as things unfold. Tomorrow is going to be a huge day for us. We meet with the pediatric cardiologist in Portland.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show 2007

Well Ladies, finally a post with out too much drama! Thanks to you all for your kind and wonderfully supportive words. We appreciate them more than you know.

Saturday was great day for the largest outdoor quilt show in the world! Sisters was booming with over 50,000 people in town to enjoy over 1,000 quilts hung from storefronts, rafters, balconies, and entire buildings. Unfortunately for me I was confined to one small area on ambulance duty. But I did get to see some of the wonderful challenge quilts and also the kids quilting challenge quilts. They were all fantastic! The quilt that won Grand Prize in the kids catagory was made by the most adorable young man. A 12 year old boy from Sisters won. His brother won last year! I asked him if they were up for adoption but they declined my offer of good cooking and free use of my sewing machine. Hmmmmmmm. The penguin quilt is the one he made and won a new sewing machine! The fire station even has its own quilt that we take every year with us to display. people love it!

During my manning of the ambulance we had quite a few calls for assistance. Since it was 104 degrees there were many heat emergencies. Also we had many falls from people taking pictures of the quilts while backing up. They would fall off of the curb of the sidewalk. Poor people. We had to send one lady to the hospital in the helicopter when she suffered a heart attack. It was eventful. We also had a water dish for dogs since it was so hot. I have one picture of a visiting dog the really enjoyed our shade and was hugging the water bowl to himself. It was very cute.

Anyway, I am attaching some pictures of the area where we were parked surrounded by the quilts. If you have not ever been here for quilt show week you really should try to come. I have some limited space here in my home, but it is always free for my quilting friends. (I have 3 extra beds that can sleep 2 each)

Have a great day. I plan on quilting this morning and finishing up my tablerunners for the CycleOregon event coming up.

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Baby Christian David 7-6-07

Nicole had her scan yesterday. The news was not good. Of course we were all hoping for the doc to come in saying it had all been a big mistake, but no such luck. The baby has a very large heart with small chambers. The valves are not working properly and the blood is backing up, going the wrong direction, and just not moving properly. SOOOOOO, if (BIG if) the baby makes it to birth they will do a valve replacement ASAP and let him grow a bit. Then he will be a great candidate for a heart transplant. But it all hinges on if he makes it to birth. Needless to say I have been an emotional wreck! I cry off and on all of the time.

But on a good note, the baby is a boy. His name is Christian David. Currently he is 10 inches long and weighs 12 ounces. Everything else seems fine with him. He is on target for size and his brain looks perfect.

Please keep us in your prayers and thoughts. We are going to need them.

I plan on sewing today as a way of taking my mind off all that is going on. I volunteered to make 5 table runners for the CycleOregon event. They will be needing those soon. I should be able to make all of them in aboiut 2 hours. I will slap on some earphones with some good ol' country music blaring and forget all my troubles for a short time. Then reality will come up and slap me in the face! At least I will have a little bit of time to forget.

Please check back now and again for updates on the baby. I will post as I know stuff. Also, I actually will get back to posting some quilting things! Thats what this blog is for. I got a bit off topic, huh? Sorry for that.

Hugs to all you who have sent well wishes and to those of you that have thought of us. It is all so much appreciated.


Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Baby Boy Christian David Ruwaldt

Well here are some pics from the ultrasound for my grandbaby. Come to find out it is a boy! The bad news is that he has an abnormal heart. The doc was pretty grim but would not give much info since she is not a specialist. We have another appointment on Friday morning with the pediatric cardiologist. We will know more after that and I will post that information.

Needless to say we have been on an emotional roller coaster. I have bouts of crying intermixed with happiness because everything else seems perfect with him. I hate these emotions because going back and forth gives me such a bad headache! I am loving the Tylenol right now!

Bryan and Nicole are understandably distraught. Nicole is an emotional person like me, so we were crying buckets. Bryan is stronger but still had a good cry when he got home.

Anyway, I will post more as we know more...