Hangover? Monday? Life? Poop?

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Those are all possible titles for this entry. None really capture the essence very well, though.

I really want to emphasize that I had an absolutely marvelous weekend. I did. I swear (see, I told you the titles aren't very good at indicating that). My family (most of it) was together to celebrate Ayyam'i'ha. We had loads of yummy food (bao, best pancakes ever), fun gift-giving, overloaded on Pinky and the Brain and gobs of superb chocolate. We partied with friends. Found out my longest-time friend (how do you say that?) is engaged - yay for her!

Sunday, my sister (with assistance) threw this fine baby of ours an "early birthday party". Wow, Mark and I were overwhelmed by all the love, support and beautiful gifts we received. Thank you to everyone who planned, coordinated, came, partied, gifted and loved. Party-goers each decorated a onesie for the little one to eventually wear. They all seriously rock. There's everything from "I (heart) M & M" to pastoral scenes to Mondrian to storybook classics.

A photo, as promised, of a sampling:


See? I had an awesome, exhausting weekend.

Then came Monday. I had two doctors appointments. An ultrasound, since all previous ultrasounds had been done in Israel, and then on to see my midwife.


I've had a pain in my left side for a week now. Figured it was ligaments stretching in combo with the baby kicking that very region, which some of it certainly is. However, it turns out I have a VERY SMALL ovarian cyst. Not quite half a centimeter. But there all the same. "Must be monitored". Of course, I know a thing or two in tumor terminology - that's called "watchful waiting". I ain't, unfortunately, ignorant. Largely, I think I reacted so emotionally to this news because of dealing with my mother's cancer for the last year and a half. It's so likely to be benign it's ridiculous, but it's simply over the top, in my humble opinion.

Oh, and that's not even what the midwife is worried about. No. Not going to even think about it again until after I deliver the baby. Her beef? (pun intended) The baby's too small. I need more protein in my diet. Could be I just need more protein in my diet. Or it could be a problem with the placenta and if that's the case, they may want me to deliver early (as in 38 weeks, not 40 - nothing extreme).

Somehow, something with a clear and obvious solution with very few possible repercussions, such as a baby who is only in the 32nd growth percentile, is much less concerning to me than anything related to cancer, however remotely.

But today is Tuesday. Today we have other things to do. And if the weather is nice to us, we will be able to go hear our friend Dick talk about his recent trip to Ghana, which I am very much looking forward to (BWC peeps - he was part of the crew that visited Haifa after the Black Men's Gathering in Ghana).

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A great party it was ... I am SOOO glad we were able to come! Oooooh, so you may be able to hold and cuddle your baby a little earlier than you expected? That's great! The power of positive thinking! I am a pro of turning something worrisome into something positive. You (both/all three) all will be fine, of that I have no doubt. You are looking absolutely vibrant!!!! I'll be in touch ... maybe not for a little while ... did I tell you this weekend how our next 3 weeks are looking (omg, there's road trip scheduled for 2 of the next 3 weekends!) Take care ... and again ... so great to see everyone this weekend! :)

Great onesies! That is going to be one trendy baby! Sorry to hear about the ovary thing....hope you soon don't have to worry about it anymore. Maybe you just have a little baby :)Everytime we go to the baby centre they try to freak us out because Shiori is still in the -5%....yeah that's NEGATIVE, but I'm not worried since neither Shingo or myself are big and the fact that she eats like a horse. Maybe the teeny tiny asian jeans are kicking in early...does Mark have any teeny tiny relatives? :) Anyway, I hate to make light of your worry, but sometimes things sound much much worse than they really are. I am looking forward very much to seeing photos of your cute and CHUBBY little bubba! love amelia

Thanks, Amelia. And yes, Mark definitely has some teeny tiny relatives! :-) (consider the other Filipinos you know in Haifa [except Paul, heheheh])

Mark has a 2 year old nephew who is as big as his 4 year old niece - there's no telling, and of course both are just fine.

You forgot, "some clown outfits, obnoxious puns, random scribbling, and a freakin' dragon!"

I don't know how to best respond to your Monday except that we're here (your whole family) to support you through everything

Even if it is a benign cyst.. it totally sucks. I know that they are painful.
I hope your white demons eat it up (blood cells) though I don't klnow if they ever do that.

You know, thinking of it, (though you would never know from looking at me) there are some small people on my side of the family. Mimi was only 5'2".

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I feel like CRYING when I read about someone 14 who tells me that they need to go on a diet. The best way to destroy your relationship with your body and to get into a trap of diets/weight loss/weight gain is starting already now dieting. diets don't work. Ever! You need to add some healthy food to your diet and find some exercise that you love, that will give you a slim, healthy and strong body for a lifetime.

Thank u so much for your comment! a long while interested in diets as well as losing weight while I’ve already lost twelve kg.

Thanks so much for this comments! too long involved in diets and shedding pounds whereas I have previously lost 12 kg.

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