I received this e mail the other day (Skimra is my sister's best friend):

Hey everyone,

Well the time has come, and yes, hell has frozen over. On August 8th, 2008, we had our final assembly at Camp O---- for the summer season. At that assembly, I asked M---- to cut off 12 inches of my hair to be donated to Locks of Love. After the hacking session, the total amount of hair, braid and all, was about 15 inches. I never thought I'd actually do it, but I think it was about time for a change, and to try and do some good in the world for those who are going through tough times. I offered Katherine my hair for little Moll
ie, but we both agreed that Mexiswede hair was probably not the best pick for her blue eyes, fair skin, and platinum blonde hair...

Here's best wishes to Mollie and all others fighting the fight... Keep going, and never give up.

For your enjoyment, here are some pictures of the epic event.


Skimra you are awesome!

Mollie and I have talked about wigs and she *thinks* she wants one. Seems reasonable, but the wig she wants is a rainbow afro!


More on that address book...

I found it!! In the diaper bag (tells you how much stuff is in the diaper bag, LOL).

What a relief!

By the way, for high school friends, Giancarlo's mom gave me that address book as a high school graduation gift!


This week should have been Mollie's first week of pre-kindergarten and she can't attend. Poor sweetie. She said, "I wonder what all of the kids in my class are doing right now..." She really misses the regular contact she's had with friends. We've signed her up for the library story hour and I'm trying to find a ballet or dance class because she loves getting out of the house.

As for what the future holds, school-wise, I can't even go there. I have so many concerns about socialization, academics, religion, etc. I have too many other things on my plate right now to start down the path of.... "If we don't get her into the right preschool then we might not get our first choice kindergarten" or, since we were talking about moving (pre-diagnosis), "What happens if we move?".

So, I'm just doing my best to keep all three of us occupied, active, and learning new things. This afternoon we went to a local park/interpretive center and Mollie had a great time looking at all the flora and fauna. Anyone know a good place to get one of those insect magnifying glasses?

After the park we stopped at a local kids consignment store and looked around. Mollie has a little "spending" money so I told her she could pick something out. There were all kinds of dolls, toys, crowns, etc. You know what Mollie desperately wanted? A mop! So, Mollie is preparing to do some cleaning with her new rag mop and the broom/dustpan she already had.


Routine? clinic visit

Mollie's ANC was good today (2400), and her hematocrit and platelets were within normal range too. The spinal tap went well and Mollie was very friendly with all the doctors and nurses.

The only unexpected thing that happened was the cafe where Mollie wanted to eat afterwards was closed. But, all she really wanted from there was a bag of Doritos, so we just stopped by the market and picked up a bag on the way home. Lunch after an overnight fast is NEVER healthy. Oh well.


Appointment tomorrow...

The last few days have been happy! We went to the park and library yesterday....

And today we went to the botanical gardens (and zoo).

Tomorrow is a clinic visit, so... NPO tonight and then tomorrow morning Mollie gets her port accessed, a CBC, and a spinal tap.