Thursday, February 2, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday (Take 45)

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My mother was diagnosed with thyroid cancer two years ago.  She had her thyroid removed and radiation and was pronounced cancer free a few months later.  Since then, she goes in every six months for a cancer screening and about a month ago, her results came back abnormal.  She had a PET scan on Wednesday to follow up and her doctor asked her to come in first thing this morning about the results.  Needless to say, that’s not a good sign (especially since it usually takes her three months to get an appointment).  Would you please pray for her? 

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I wrote a post earlier this week about my experiences using birth control.  It was written as the response to an weekly debate about whether parents should provide birth control for their daughters.  I’d love if you would not only read my post, but write your own response and link it up at Friendly Debates with the Danielles.

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David just applied for a post doc fellowship in Colorado.  My fingers are crossed because we so badly want to move back near our families, but I know that might not be God’s plan for us right now.  The only other fellowship he’s applied for has been here in Raleigh, and I wouldn’t mind a few more years here to explore the Southeast.  Raleigh’s been pretty good to us so far.

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Two reasons I’m grateful for living in Raleigh right now: the amazing weather and the hilly terrain.  It was in the 70s the past two days and in the 60s for at least the week prior and I’ve taken Lucia on a walk everyday.  Why the gratitude for the hilly terrain?  Because those walks are serious workouts and on the days I’ve gone on hour and a half walks, no need to go to the gym in the evenings. 

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Speaking of walks, nothing makes me feel like a member of the “mommy club” than pushing strollers side by side with another mom.  (Especially while discussing our babies’ bowel movements). 

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I had a guest post published the other day at the Cloth Diaper Whisperer about how cloth diapering was much easier than I thought it would be.  If you are thinking of cloth diapering, it’s probably not as difficult as you think (that is, once you pick what kind of diapers you want to use, all the possible diaper options are overwhelming!).

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Lucia is going to be two months old on Sunday!  She is getting so big and so strong.  Here’s a picture of her showing off her strong neck muscles during tummy time:

Thanks Hallie for hosting this week at Betty Beguiles!


  1. Yay for no more noodle neck!!  Good job Lucia.  Prayers for you and your Mom.  And I am glad you atre enjoying the walks.  It makes such a difference to get outside for a while. Have a great weekend.

  2. Gianna has that same pooh overall outfit! Although, she out grew it quite a while ago :-)
    I'm praying for your mom. I student taught under a women going through the thyroid cancer treatment. :-(
    I love stroller walks :-) We went on a great one this week.
    Congrats on the guest post, as you'll see in my quick takes, I redeemed my KC dollar points from writing posts / buying felt awesome!

    ps. I feel like it's been ages since we caught up, I hope you guys are doing well!!

  3. #1 Definitely saying prayers for her! Make sure you keep us updated.
    #3 I will try not to cancel out your prayers to move back to Colorado with my prayers for you guys to stay here haha. Joking aside, being nearish to family is awesome. 

  4. I'm praying for your mom!
    In a few years when I have children I might need your help on the cloth diapering thing. It seems like a great idea!
    Also, what an adorable picture of Lucia! 

  5. I will pray for your mother. My father just had a kidney removed this week to remove a tumour so I know how you are feeling. Jennifer xx

  6. Amy_YouShallGoOutWithJoyFebruary 3, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Praying for your mom!

  7. Prayers for your mom. If you need anything that a medical student in KS can help out with let me know. Good luck with the post doc fellowships! I'm sure 70 degree weather sounds a lot better than the 18 inches of snow they got in CO today. 

    Lucia looks so big and cute (as always.)

  8. Mandi, I don't think I ever congratulated you on the birth of your daughter. Congratulations! She's beautiful. I also read your post on using birth control. Thanks for sharing. So many women don't know about the risks of the OCP. Many of my own clients wished that someone would have given them more information before starting to take the pill. Also, I'll be keeping your mom in our prayers :)

  9.  Thank you, Josee! I don't know why the risks of birth control aren't more publicized, it just doesn't make any sense not to let people know what they are putting in their bodies - doctors should know better!

  10. Yes, definitely prefer this weather.  And I will let you know, sometimes I don't quite understand the medical terminology that my mom tells me (she doesn't understand either, just repeating what the doctor said).

  11.  So sorry to hear that, I'll pray that your father's recovery is quick and uneventful!

  12.  I love cloth diapering and would be happy to help! 

  13.  For a while, I tried not to make friends here because I didn't want it to be difficult to leave... but I was just so lonely.  At least we'll be able to keep up in the blogging world (if we don't stay).

  14. The same outfit?  That's so funny, do you have any pictures of her in it?  It's one of my favorite outfits (and I think my mom got it at a garage sale for a quarter or something!). 

  15.  Her head will still randomly flop around once in a while and it always catches me off guard.  I get really grouchy when I don't get outside the apartment at all during the day, so my husband sure appreciates me getting out for a walk in the nice weather!

  16. Mandi, 

    Thank you so much for stopping by on Friday! I'll keep you and your mom in my prayers. Your baby girl is just precious! Also, fingers crossed that you can move close to your family! It is the best!


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