Come away oh human child

for this world's more full o' weeping then ye can understand

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Prada - Nlegh
weirdlilfaechld
Prada was dropped off at the animal hospital this morning for a dental and removal/biopsy of the lump on her abdomen and not 5 minutes later I get a call from the animal hospital, they found a minor heart murmer that wasn't detectable last week. She is extremely stressed, and now that she is alone without a familiar person most likely more so, so the most likely situation is that the stress made an already existing murmer noticeable. It could also be something severe. That's not as likely, but possible. So she is getting an ultrasound and EKG to check.
Her blood work was great, so that should be a good sign.
I am trying to tell myself this is a routine procedure, all the possible complications are being checked out, and this will prevent any further problems and make her so much more comfortable. It's not really working.

If this is something major, I really don't know what we could do. The ultrasound and EKG pushed this from a procedure we could barely afford to a procedure we almost can't afford. We can only wait and pray. I haven't been called yet and an hour has gone by, so that's probably good, right?
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Prada - Nlegh
weirdlilfaechld
Does any know about the hepatitis B vaccine given at birth or know a good place to ask about it? I know it is usually given at birth to prevent liver disease in infants born to a mother with an active infection, but if the mother is not infected and can prove it if asked why is it still given and would you get a better response, lower response, or the same response if the first dose is pushed back to the two month appointment?

I was always taught that newborns can not form a good immune response until 7 days at the earliest, so having any immunizations at birth confuses me, and everything I read about the immune response at that age varies greatly, from hardly any response but still necessary just in case to a greater response then the same two month apart schedule pushed from 0-2-4 months to 2-4-6 months. Most say they are the same and the only pediatrician I have spoken with so far, a hospital pediatrician who does rounds in the labor and delivery ward of the hospital I will be delivering at, is indifferent about delaying that particular vaccine. We do have appointments to speak with the pediatricians that we have heard recommended the most this upcoming week, so if nothing else that will be the best next place to check.

Tortie brats
Jojo's friend
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Six years ago Hennie and Humphrey had clutches of tortoises, eight total, and I decided to keep two of them, I would decide when they were old enough and I had a safe place for them. Now stable enough to be expected to survive a full, long life and absolutely huge (they look like they are at adulthood, and a desert tortoise isn't even an adolescent until 10) only two are left. That's actually really good for desert tortoises, sadly. Rocky the fighter and one of his partners in crime (by which I mean escaping), Clyde, are the survivors, and I am pretty sure they are male. They are now just big enough that it worries us a little to be with the younger babies, anywhere from 4-2 years old and of average size for their age, but still too small to be in the rest of the yard with the adults. Hennie is the one that picks on them! Who would have guessed?

Since our new home is great and we will be staying for quite a while, as soon as it cools down (so not until October) and I have the time and energy (so not until way after October because who has time and energy for yard work with a newborn even when perfectly healthy?) I will be building a burrow and placing gates underground all around the yard. The back yard has a slope, so placing the burrow on the top facing down will greatly simplify drainage. My dad made a great burrow out of a sewage pipe (clean and new, of course) and it is far more stable and safe and took far less work for much cheaper then any other burrow either of us built (especially the ones recommended by the Nevada Desert Tortoise Foundation) so I will just follow his lead. We didn't try this at first since we are renting, but the landlord is just so relieved to have people that pay the rent on time and don't destroy the house or terrorize the neighbors he pretty much gave us full reign. He even covered some of the cost for the trees in the back yard and solar screens on west-facing windows.

What perfect timing, their shells are just starting to form the divots that they use in mating and that we use to tell their sex, so we have two males just reaching sexual maturity and just recently rehomed the adult male we had to stop the baby tortoise flood, so I need to take them no later then 2016, next year will be a perfect time to introduce them to their new home. Between six and eight is when desert tortoises are grown and stable enough to go to a new home, too. And I have never met any children who don't love to play with a friendly tortoise, so raising a baby with two baby tortoises sounds great!

Haha, this poor baby boy better love animals as much as his parents! Wuss already loves him it seems, she protects my belly all the time now, tends to stick around me as much as possible (and just me, coming from a puppy, er I mean cat that has never been even remotely clingy), and at night she cuddles against my big belly and purrs. It's very sweet!

I have more belly then I know what to do with and I still have 10 weeks to go! Yeesh
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Prada - Nlegh
weirdlilfaechld
We are finally out of the cheap, crappy pet food I had to buy AND I managed to convince my parents that Rags will benefit from a high quality pet food! She may as well get some of Prada's anyway, since I still consider her my dog despite the fact that my dad adopted her from me and two days of what feeds Prada feeds my tiny terrier terror for a month. I see no major difference in Prada, but it has only been two months and when she first went back on grocery store crap there was a very clear decrease, so it needs more time. The cats just got the good stuff last night and I won't be done switching completely for about two more weeks so obviously no difference, but if how quickly their dinner disappeared is any indication they are just as happy as I am. Rags looks great! Her eyes are so much clearer and her coat so much shinier! She has more energy but it's calm energy, not the "I am a hyperactive terrier that will jump up and down for hours and drive you batty until I fall asleep for no reason!" type. Like she had all day, every day (and most nights) for the first three years of her life.

I can't seem to spell anything correctly. Horray for spell check. All my words are backwards in some way! Am I just extra tired? Extra stressed? Why is dyslexia bothering me so much right now *whine* Extra bothersome when filling out baby shower invitations!

A BOY!
Jojo's friend
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I had my anatomy ultrasound! Everything is developing right on schedule, we are both quite healthy, and I have a healthy and perfect boy! I keep looking at the ultrasound picture that shows his face, just staring at it. I am going to be that weird mother who looks at her baby just because he is there, aren't I?

He is there, I am actually pregnant! This is actually happening. It's still hard to believe! I would never get pregnant, if I did I would never carry to term, and here I am, 21 weeks and not even high-risk. Anemic as hell but that's not a very big deal.

I have been walking a lot, since I have the oportunity to actually build muscle and not merely prevent muscle wasting. Still hurts. On top of that (and pregnancy aches), I'm terrified of using my breakthrough pain medication or a pain patch due to the slight chance of increasing the risk of problems from other medications so sometimes I have been... non-functional.

Still. I'm pregnant! It's a boy! We're healthy! Yay!

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Spike and Ein
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if anyone wants something to be sure of, it is that I will lose half my stuff while moving. Instruments, sewing supplies, and costume parts have been very closely transported and are all here and intact. Things such as flash drives? No clue.

Birds...
Cockatiel love
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I am admiring Diana eat while keeping an eye on Apollo trying to escape (poor little brat got in a minor accident yesterday, he's fine but lost enough feathers to greatly hamper flight and can't be let out without close supervision until he regains his balance or he might fall and not be fine) and I tell Diana that I love the dainty and ladylike manner in which she eats. She responds by finishing the pea in her claw and walking over to a basket, graciously sitting in it and accepting head scritches, placing her beak directly inside my ear, and squawking her appreciation. She then appeared confused when I fell over clutching my ringing ear. She's ignoring me now, deliberately turning her back on me. Probably offended.

Snow, Tammy, and Apollo thought this to be great fun and all flew to me. Snow and Tammy started to play with my hair and sweater while Apollo predictably fell down. He is still fine and now quite angry at his tail feathers. The younger girls' roughhousing was interrupted by a single adamant chirp from Autumn as she lowered herself into my lap (her arthritis is now in her wings far worse then it ever was in her legs and she can no longer fly, poor old girl). Of course she wasn't saving my hair from being eaten, she just felt it was her turn for scritches! Lemon followed in her wake but is still flying away when I offer him a finger to gaze longingly at me petting another bird and rub his head against a toy (or his sister). Poor shy little baby!

Having had her fill of scritches Autumn sat in my palm and waiting to be placed on her platform where Billy promptly nipped me, likely for daring to touch his beloved. Autumn then nipped him back and gave him her head to finish the scritches and all is fine.

Except for Apollo who is now closed in the cage to eat (since he has been trying to get away to fly around all morning and hasn't eaten a bite) and is quite furious about it and Diana who is still very silent and ignoring me.

Birds!

Snow has grown into such a breathtakingly beautiful adult, I need to post pictures. Lemon is far more adorable then beautiful, despite being well into adulthood he has retained all of his baby features and is incredibly shy and clumsy, sometimes struggling to fly. He must be more fallow pied then just pied, his cheeks are a light shade of yellow and he has now shade of yellow or grey on his body darker then what a child's watercolor set with too much water would paint. He's very cute though I worry about his physical and mental health despite having perfect vet checks. There must be some reason for a four year old cockatiel to stay in the fledgeling stage with an adult body.

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Cockatiel love
weirdlilfaechld
So I made this last week: Hotatu's Blue picnic outfit

It just needs buttons, matching shoes (because I just used materials I had left over from other projects, and didn't have any big red buttons or materials to make shoes look like that), and a hat (because I don't really like that one).

Why did I make it? I really have no idea. I was going to wear it at Aki-Matsuri but... sigh, what I wouldn't do to have some sort of transportation available. Even a bus stop I could get to without utter exhaustion would be superb.

I should really try to sleep now.

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Sick and tired of being sick and tired
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I am so sick and tired of Ensure, applesauce, bananas, broth, and mashed potatoes. Wheeeee flare of EVERYTHING. Complete with hard nodes under the skin surrounding lymphatic areas. I actually have a decent fever for once too. That feeling of sometimes not knowing where you are or what you were doing is great too. So is a pain-altered sleep schedule. Oh so fun.

Pumpkins, blueberries, and rice are still fine though.

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Oracle
weirdlilfaechld
My Rydia costumes...

So many layers... so much green... so many beads... so much shiny!

I love it and I am starting to go a bit mad. So much work and not much to show for it. Why did I decide to do all of the dying and embroidery myself? Why did the first month of doing so not change my mind about this?

And RenFaire is very, very soon. Eep! I forgot about those costumes!

Well at least there is already green thread in my sewing machine...

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