Tuesday, March 2, 2010

For some strange reason I've had a terrible time trying to download pictures to my blogger. Taking way too long so I thought I'd post some text and then try downloading pictures at another time.

Lots of great things have happened these past two weeks. As you all know I had an incredible trip to Toronto where I met with Caroline LeBel's gals. She hosted a fabulous event and I took tons of pictures of my great Canadian friends and their beautiful stamped projects. I'll post them as soon as I'm able.

We had a another grand baby born shortly after I arrived home from Toronto. It was perfect timing. Baby Mia Lynn Hansen was born shortly after 4:00 in the morning weighing in at 7 pounds 11 ounches, 21 inches long. Lots of dark hair and a perfectly beautiful baby! Shortly after she was born we found that she was born with a VSD. It's some medical term for a hole in her heart. It's mild however there's a good chance that she will have to have heart surgery in a while. She's doing well at home and seems to be a good baby.

We've been busy with all of the to do's with our youngest son's upcoming wedding. My daughter-in-law picked out a beautiful purple suit for me to wear and she purchased a size 10 and guess what? It fit!!! I even went to the store over the weekend and purchased 4 new pair of pants, all in a size 10, and they fit perfect. I haven't been a size 10 since I was a fetus!

Went to the surgeon last week for a follow-up visit. It's been 8 months since my surgery and I've lost a total of 109 pounds. I weigh 148 pounds. I feel like I'm at my goal but he said that my body will probably still lose more weight. Possibly another 10-20 pounds. The body is used to certain set points that it will automatically try to reach. And then possibly I will re-gain 10 pounds or so in the next three years. He said that some surgeons will never let their gastric by-pass patients eat carbs again, but he feels that I can start to introduce some of them back into my diet in a moderate fashion. So .... I ate my first piece of bread in 8 months at my daughter Lindsey's home. She'd baked fresh bread and it was hot, right out of the oven, with butter. I thought I'd died and gone to heaven! I even ate a portion of a whole wheat sandwich the other day and it was to die for. I love, love, love bread and it's been very difficult not having it these last 8 months. I can live without the sweets but I love bread .... especially sandwiches!

I met a darling gal in Mesa last year at Diana Gibb's event. She mentioned that her hubby and her were having the surgery any day now. So to you... I'm thinking about you and your hubby and wish you all the best. Please keep me posted and send pics of your weight loss success. There's several of you out there who have mentioned you have had the surgery or are thinking about it. Please keep me posted as well. I love hearing from you!

More later with pictures! I'm freezing and it's time to go to bed to get warm.

Loves and Hugs!


Anonymous said...

so happy to hear about all your good news......I'll keep the baby in prayer.....Love to you, Deb

The Peton's said...

I didn't know that about Ryan and Camie's baby! Glad to hear it's mild.

And mother, your marathon-running daughter wears a size 10 pant! You and I are only separated by 3 pounds now! And about 850 miles. Shall we swap clothes when I come to town? Can't wait to see you!

ellie said...

Hi Linda!
We just got home from the hospital...doing very well, didn't need pain meds after the first day! So cute of you to mention us in your blog-I am so very proud of you and I thank you for the encouragement you gave me to go forward with this!
Congrats on the new grandbaby too!
Mega hugs~ellie:)

ellie said...

Hi Linda!! Spent the morning with Diana shopping and we chatted about you and the upcoming event that you are hosting!! Diana said that you asked about us (so sweet!) and I said I would email you...I know it's sumatra girl but I can not remember anything else and the slip that it is written on is lost under a thousand other slips!! (gotta get a better system!!)Anyhow, we are doing very well!! It has been 4 months and Ed has lost a total of 85 pounds and I have lost 55!! That's a person!!! We are very happy and have so much energy. As a friend of mine said (she had it 6 years ago) "Everyone should have this surgery!!" She's kidding of course, but we all feel so much better!!!
Good luck with your evening to remember, I can hardly wait to hear all about it!!
If you want to send me your email, send it to elstamper@cox.net