|Hooked up to monitors to measure baby's heartbeat and my contractions. Last shot of the pregnant belly!|
|Proud daddy with Clare, just minutes old|
|My happy little family|
|Such a blessing|
|All ready to go home|
|Growing so fast!|
The other big thing that has happened is the end of radiation -- woohoo! I started 2 weeks after Clare was born and just finished today. Compared to chemo, radiation was a breeze. More than anything it was just inconvenient -- I went to the hospital every day, Monday through Friday. Though it took less than a minute to actually receive the radiation, it took me about an hour each day, and longer on Tuesdays when I met with Dr. Small. In the last couple of weeks I've been experiencing the unpleasant burns that come with radiation. What was characterized as "like a sunburn" when I started is definitely worse than that, and covers my entire left breast and arm pit. It's not pretty, and has ranged from a sore chafed feeling to what is now a deep, burning itch. There are a couple of topical medications that would really help that I unfortunately can't use because I'm nursing Clare on the right side and they aren't safe for her. Still, I would take radiation for 7 weeks over chemo any day.
Now that I'm done with radiation and still have a few weeks left of my maternity leave, I feel like I finally have my life back. I'm thrilled to have nothing to do all day except hang out with Clare and enjoy every second I have with her before I have to head back to work.
So that's what I've been up to the last few months. Now that I've caught up with things at home and am starting to get the hang of this whole being a mom thing, I promise to keep the old blog updated. Believe it or not, I still have plenty to write about even though chemo and radiation are now a thing of the past. Thanks for reading, and for all of your support and prayers through this whole journey.