Once again more than a week has flown by since my last… How in the world did I do two picture posts a week while living in Germany?!
I have a post in the works but it will have to wait for today since my time is a bit shorter than I had anticipated.
I am currently awaiting a surprise visit from a plumber. We have had serious problems on and off with this house since the moment we moved in over 4 months ago. We are now dealing with a guest toilet that has saturated the carpet all around the pedestal… (I hate carpet in bathrooms but what are you going to do?) And my absolute favorite? Our master bathroom shower had a leak when we moved in. Now it doesn’t turn off at all! We had to install a valve above the shower head so we can completely cut off the water flow… The water is leaking into the wall and now there is a puddle of water on the floor of the garage (the bathroom shares the wall with the garage) The home owner has been aware of this issue since we moved in and said to just live with it but it just gets worse and worse and finally we insisted. I feel a little bad for the homeowner because it’s going to be bad and expensive. The way the bathroom is all set up they are either going to have to cut a huge hole in the figer glass shower wall to fix it and then patch that… rip out the wall in the garage… or rip out the tile on the other side of the wall… But you know what? It’s not my problem. These are unacceptable and unsafe (think of all the mold in that wall) living conditions. So all that said… the plumber called almost 2 hours ago to say he’d be here in 20 minutes… Yep… still waiting.
We also still have huge amounts of leaking in the living room and around (and in) the fireplace. About two months ago he finally sent a roofer out to look at the problems. They found that whomever put the addition onto the house not only did not follow code with the slope of the roof but didn’t use any kind of tar paper or barrier between the shingles and the plywood. As a result, when it rains, the water puddles on the inadequately sloped roof and then runs down the nail holes and fills the roof and then the walls of the entire room. The water runs between the panes of the six double pained windows because the moisture barriers have been compromised as well. The home owner decided that he needed a second opinion because, and I quote, “This is supposed to be a very wet winter so we need to make sure it’s taken care of.” Two months later we’re still waiting for the second opinion guy to come out. We’re also very concerned about mold in the walls and ceiling of that room… because… so far… it’s been a very wet winter.
Okay enough grouchy news.
This morning I had my 14 week appointment… (which got pushed back to 14 weeks and 5 days because of a scheduling issue at the doctor’s office)
Everything went perfectly and they even did another ultrasound. So of course I have new pictures!
Here is a full picture… I have absolutely no idea what this picture is supposed to show. The baby had it’s back to us and was head down (to the bottom left of this picture) that white floating dot is a hand in motion and other than that I couldn’t tell you. I believe that this picture was printed out to show the heartbeat, which was a healthy 158 beats per minute.
This picture I get! I know what all those pieces parts are (because the doctor told me so! 🙂 Can you tell?
Okay I labeled it for you because I know it’s tough. This was the coolest ultrasound ever! The baby was kicking and flailing… He/She (I hate saying it!) was pushing back against the doctor. There were points when you could see a perfect little hand with all the fingers and little bones as it pushed against the wall… We could see the spine and all the little tiny baby back ribs… oops sorry! My favorite thing to see? The baby kept it’s ankles crossed the whole time. You could see all the leg bones and the bones in the feet and even the toes! Because of the movement this picture isn’t as clear as it looked in person but you get the basic idea. So here it is labeled!
That’s about it for me for the day. I am feeling much better. I am almost out of the queasy woods though once in a while I have a bad day. I’ll take it! I have a lot more energy thanks to the extra iron and vitamins my doctor put me on I’m sure. I still feel tired but for the most part a short afternoon nap will do the job so I can get a few things done around here. Poor Ryan has done the lion’s share for months now on top of his full time and oh-so-very-busy-right-now job.
Could you all do me a favor? If there is anything you want to know about that I haven’t talked about in sickening detail ask! I’m having such a hard time getting here often that I forget what I’ve talked about and what I haven’t and I’m not an overly gushy sort anyway… so if you have a question let me know and I’ll do my best to answer you in good time!
I’ll be around to visit as I can today!