Last week I flew to P'land in Oregon where I visited with family (sister Margy, daughter Kimber, granddaughter Isabella) and attended a Beth Moore Conference with my dear friend, Margaret. All my 'playdates' were held in sunny, warm locations. Below you will see a picture of Mount Adams from the plane window. Mount St. Helens and Mount Hood were equally stunning.
Isabella and I played in her yard where I swung her, taught her to 'pump' and discovered a vast array of blooming shrubs.
One of the highlights was attending Isabella's gymnastics class with her. We were forced to sit above the arena in a railed yard for parents. I got a kick out of the little ones doing pretty advanced moves. Below, Isabella is warming up with her crew of peers before going to the trampoline and the beam.
The main reason I took a flight was to be with my daughter at her first ultrasound appointment. Her DH has begun his training for a year in Afghansitan, so he isn't home for the joys of this pregnancy. Kimber's doctor is careful, needing to know if this baby is doing well. At seven+ weeks we have a strong heartbeat and development at the right pace. The baby is the size of a blueberry right now, so we refer to it as Baby Blueberry. You can see Isabella holding Kimber's 'Blackberry' with the photo. A recording of the heartbeat on the Blackberry is to be sent to daddy too. The yolk sac is the bottom circle, and the baby is above it.
To help Isabella (age 4) with all the news, Kimber got out her baby book to look at the same pics of her at this stage. We enjoyed looking at baby clothes she wore when she first came home at just 5 pounds and smaller than the doll I'd bought her.
Because daddy will be out of the country for the duration of the prenancy and early life, I've signed on as a helper, to 'be available' when the need arises. I look forward to the budding and blooming of my daugther and of Isabella as a big sister as well as Baby Blueberry. Kimber tells me the next stage is 'grape'. I am amused by all the names chosen before they finally land on the real one, which I know, but I'm not allowed to use yet.
...to be continued