Archive for October, 2008

Thanksgiving on Halloween

Today, we are celebrating Thanksgiving.

Ms. Thaing and her brother, T-Boy, are visiting for the week.

Our menu consists of:

Turkey Ballotine
Green Beans
Wild Rice Stuffing
Butternut Squash Soup
Pumpkin Pie
and last but absolutely not least
Pecan Pie


Hopefully I’ll remember to take some pictures!

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The ugly truth

I am a mean jealous person.

I am.

Maybe you never knew it (maybe you did).

Oh, and I’m bitter. Baby, I am one bitter person.

Where is all this coming from?

My sister in law is pregnant. She didn’t know. She wasn’t trying. In fact, she was not trying. Her son is well, a difficult child. He’s just way different than Bubba Joe – who enjoys reading books and drawing and being creative and playing the piano and running around.

Oh, and she’s almost done with her first trimester before she even suspects that she’s pregnant.

And I hate her.


I said it.

I hate her.

We busted our asses. We’ve been through hell and back with Bubba Joe’s pregnancy. I can’t even begin to tell you the number of times we went back and forth as to whether to try again. I mean, the risks may be low, but they’re there. They’re higher, than say, my sister in law’s.

I mean, at some point, isn’t there a risk that I may lose it all? My life? My child’s life? My Bubba Joe?

And there she is, not even trying and finding herself pregnant. No prenatals taken before getting pregnant. No high-risk pregnancy for her.

But for me.

It’s all there for me.

I don’t want to be reminded of how inadequate my body is during pregnancy.

I’m reminded of that daily when I have to take my BP 3x. Or when I poke my finger to draw blood and check my sugar levels. Or of all the many appointments with doctors to keep an overview on my health.

And there she is – barely 9 weeks behind me.

And I feel mean and hurtful and spiteful and bitter.

I hate preeclampsia.

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It’s amazing to me …

but I really come up with quite a few stunning blog posts in the middle of the night.

And by the time I wake up, they’re long gone.

I’m pretty sure the next blog I write (excepting this one in which I’m writing about nothing) will be about things I like about living here in Germany. I don’t think I’ve really discussed that much.

BTW – I voted last week. My first time voting overseas. Quite an experience. I liked it!


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By now, most of you know that I’m very passionate about preeclampsia education.

Preeclampsia robbed me of any ideas I had for a normal, healthy birth. Preeclampsia is what I blame for Bubba Joe’s ongoing health issues.

A few months after Bubba Joe came home from the NICU, I found the Preeclampsia Organization. They are an online support group – but they are also so much more than that. Founded by, and supported by, top researchers and victems of the disease, they’ve produced the following video. Please check it out. And please share it with any woman you know who is pregnant or considering becoming pregnant.

As GI Joe once said (at least I think it was him!) knowledge is power.


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Duelmener Wildpferd

Fall has arrived and unlike last year, the trees are actually showing some reds. BJD, Bubba Joe and I today decided to go and visit the Duelmen Wild Horses – one of the only things that Duelmen is well-known for in Germany.

These horses are slightly smaller than modern horses. And from what I read online, they are considered endangered. Their genetics goes back hundreds of years and they have not been mixed with any other horse breed.

They are stunning.

Annually, the horses are round-up and you can buy tickets. But as we just found out this week, the tickets for next spring’s round-up are pretty much sold out – unless you want to stand for the entire 4 hour show … which of course, we don’t.

Bubba Joe enjoyed visiting with the horses … though he had just as much fun walking through the field behind us and stomping on the dirt mounds the local maulwurfs had dug up (something he and his dad do often in our backyard).
It cost us 2.50 Euro per adult entrance fee. They’re supposed to charge 1.50 Euro per child, but they guy didn’t. He was more interested in asking BJD about our Citroen, which BJD was more than happy to talk about! They are only open until November 1st, on Friday’s and Saturday’s, and only if the weather is nice. Wow. Those are a lot of restrictions – especially considering the weather here is more unpredictable than that in NE Ohio!!!

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Breathing Treatments

Okay, so this is a week old already, but I wanted to share a few pics of Bubba Joe getting his breathing treatments …

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Where’dya get those glasses?

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