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Mark Fischer

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Well, Angela is doing really well. She’s feeling good enough to actually start going back to work in a limited fashion. Unfortunately, the original idea of bringing Kirin to work with her isn’t really going to work they decided. I had doubts about this idea, so it’s not really surprising to me, but still it means we had to seriously start looking at daycare. Daycare for a vulnerable little person who is not quite 4 months old scares the bejeezers out of the both of us.

Angela Jennings

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Michele picked us up last night to take us to the bead club. The clouds were gray and low, the wind pushing leaves about lazily. The monsoons are unpredictable. No guessing where or even if the storm would break. So we decided to cautiously venture out to the bead store. We drove north up to Skyline looking for a sandwich shop on the way. As we went north, the rain began to splatter lightly and the wind picked up a little.

Angela Jennings

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Angela goes to the doctor….again!

The leg is healing well. It needs to grow more bone and have more range of motion. I am permitted to walk short distances without the boot at home. Outside I am to use the boot and ditch the walker. Well, I am more than a little off balance so I have been using a cane. Indoors, without the boot, I am struggling and still need the walker. Despite all these rules, I am much more mobile, independent and feeling better.

Mark Fischer

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We’ve gotten a few complaints that there were no new pictures of Kirin up in the past few weeks. Very sorry for the delay! She’s eating and growing fast. She’s starting to sleep longer at night, averaging about 4 hours at a time. That’s up nicely from the two or two and a half hour blocks she was doing a week or so ago. We’ve even gotten lucky a few nights with some six to eight hour blocks.

Angela Jennings

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First week of therapy went well. They are taking it easy on me. I’ve been walking alot, which is nice. Pool therapy is fun. A few more weeks till July when I go back to the doctor. Can’t wait!

Angela Jennings

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Kirin went to the doctor last week and weighed in at 10 pounds. She is growing quickly. This puts her squarely in the 50th percentile for size. She also got a bunch of shots. Poor thing! She didn’t like that much but she calmed down quickly. They gave her the cutest little spot band-aids! Every one smiles when they see Mark pushing my wheelchair while I push the baby stroller! Got to get a picture of that.

We all went to the orthopedist on Tuesday. The x-rays are looking good. The doc said I can walk while wearing my fancy boot and start physical therapy. HURRAY!! I have been walking about cautiously since then using my walker. I hope when I feel stronger and get used to walking again that I can get rid of the walker. Maybe use a cane instead. I feel like a granny! In physical therapy I get to play in the pool. I’ll get to walk in the water without the boot! The doc hopes to get rid of the boot in another 4 weeks or so.

So now that I am up and moving around, I have to think about the full-time job offer I got from my favorite place to work. They say I can bring little Kirin to work with me. I just don’t know how that will work out. As for the big picture, things are looking better!

Mark Fischer

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It’s my birthday time! June 6th falls on a Wednesday this year, so I’m thinking about doing a party thing on the following Saturday, June 9th. I don’t think we’re going to do a huge fancy party like we did for 30. It’s just too much work right now with a new baby and all. So I’m thinking about doing just a rolling get together. If you’ve been looking for a good excuse to come by and see Kirin, this is it! I think we’ll be ready for visitors by about 1pm, so any time after that, probably until 8pm or so, just stop by, say hi, have a drink, play some Warcraft etc. My birthday list is up on the side here, and MacHomeStore.com is having a Memorial Day sale on all the remote switch stuff. Don’t sweat presents and stuff, we’re much happier with the visiting at this point. I think we’re both feeling a little cabin fever. I’ve put up a map to our house on the right side menu.

Mark Fischer

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She doesn’t always sleep. :smile: Every once in a while she’s actually awake, and not crying or eating!

Mark Fischer

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Angela’s brother came to visit last week. He and his wife had their first daughter about a year ago now, and Katie is big! They have been such a help to us by sending us TONS of baby stuff. Clothes, sheets, playpens, rockers, bassinets, toys, more clothes, bottles, you name it. Kirin and Katie got along great, and we have a few awesome pictures of them on the couch.

Angela Jennings

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Check out the new pictures from today’s family get together. Marty, Dave, Great Grandparents, Aunt Annie and the brothers came to visit. Every one got pictures of the little Kir-ling. Mark has made a lovely slideshow out of the best pictures.

Angela Jennings

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I went to the pediatrician with Mark and Kirin so I wouldnt be bored at home. She now weighs 7lbs 4 oz. She gained 12 oz over the week. She is also longer, 20 inches. Grow Baby Grow!

Then we went to Michael’s craft store. I got some new beads, watercolor pencils, stamps, paper and envelopes. Now I just need Marky to print up more baby pictures for me. I am slowly making baby picture cards and sending them to family and friends. If you dont have one yet, dont panic! I plan to get one to everybody, but that will take some time. If you dont have one in 2-3 weeks, then remind me. The memory is a little fuzzy lately.

Angela Jennings

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Good news and bad news about the ankle.

Good News! The pins and bones and things are all well placed and the xrays look fine. The inside of my ankle looks like construction scaffolding, but it will do for a while. I am allowed to wash the whole thing now. So I washed it in freezing water yesterday! Oh that felt GOOD! Got it nice and NUMB! I am also allowed to do simple exercises with it 3 times a day. The doc says he is only permiting me to do some of these things because I AM a therapist. He wouldnt trust a regular patient to do the exercises by themselves at this point.

Angela Jennings

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So this is my new journal site. All finished with the pregnancy site. 9 months of that was long enough. Time to move on. I’ll try not to bore you with the daily trivia and stick to the interesting things.

Kirin’s umbilical cord fell off today. She is officially hatched! She is growing, and eating (!), well. Her 2 week check up is tomorrow. Should have new numbers on her weight. She and Mark will probably go by themselves to the doctor. It’s such a hassle to get me out and about. My leg and boot dont quite fit in the little saturn yet. Michele took me to the surgeon yesterday in her car. its a little easier. Heh, we got stuck in the elevator at the dr’s office. Im sucha bad penny. At least they got us out quick. Then we went to my office and saw all my co-workers and had some fun with them. Sucha long day makes the foot ache pretty good but it was nice to be out and about a little.

Mark Fischer

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We finally got Angela and Kirin out of the hospital today. Everyone is doing well and is resting comfortably at home. Many thanks to Mom, Dad, Mom & Dad for getting the house cleaned up and ready to go for us. Dave and John installed grab bars in both bathrooms to help while Angela is still hobbling around, and Marty & Jan got the house all cleaned up great. Big thanks to Michelle for watching dogs and Angela and Kirin while I was off running errands the past few weeks. Thanks also to Kim, Michelle, Annette, Z, Limell, Catherine & Betsy for all the help over the past 3 weeks.

Mark Fischer

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Kirin Hale Fischer was born Thursday, April 19th at 3:15pm. She weighed 7lbs 3oz, and is 19 inches long. Angela and I are overwhelmed, and extremely happy! We’re also extremely tired! We’ll probably be in the hospital until next Monday or Tuesday, because of Angela’s broken ankle. As soon as she is well enough we’ll all come home. So enough writing, on with the pictures.

Mark Fischer

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Angela was in a car accident Tuesday. She and the baby are doing well, but Angela has a rather badly broken ankle that will require surgery. She’s currently at TMC, give me a call on my cellphone if you want more information. Wish us luck.

Mark Fischer

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We had Angela’s baby shower yesterday. Ahh one room with so much estrogen. We had a lot of fun, and are very well equipped I think for the baby to arrive. Her parents came down this weekend also, and we worked a lot on the house and the baby room. 6 weeks to go!

Mark Fischer

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We got a new sonogramothing of our daughter a few weeks ago. I uploaded it to my Flickr account a little while ago, and that got me thinking. With all the privacy concerns these days, I’m not sure how publc I want pictures of my children to be. Its one thing for parents to embarras their kids in front of their family (and likely their friends), but I think its another thing to embarras them in front of the world.

Mark Fischer

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We just got the news today. Sometime in late April 2007 Angela and I will be the proud parents of a baby girl! More to come!

Mark Fischer

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We’re pretty much moved into the new house. We put the old house up for sale last weekend, so that’s underway. We have a little bit of stuff to get out of the old garage, and LOTS of boxes to unpack at the new place. We still need to get an electrician out to hookup our dryer, I had to put up a clothesline today. :smile:

Today I get to put shelves together in the new house and unpack our books. Fun stuffs!

Mark Fischer

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We signed all the loan and house papers today, and we should get the keys to the new house on Friday! We’re very excited, and have started packing in earnest now. We played around some more with the model, and put in all of our furniture. It certainly is less back-breaking to re-arange the furniture on the computer instead of real life.

Mark Fischer

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Just in case having our first child wasn’t enough excitement for us, we’ve decided to move as well! We’ve spent 2 years in this house, and while we love the house itself, the location and yard (or lack thereof) has always been a sore spot with us. Our poor dogs are really unhappy with the yard, and we finally got fed up with the neighbors. So we’re moving.

Mark Fischer

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We’re in week 11 now. We had the second checkup appointment today. We got to hear a heartbeat with a sound-o-scope thing the doc had, it was pretty cool! The baby’s heartbeat is about twice as fast as normal at this stage, growing like a crazy thing. Everything seems to be progressing well, altho Angela has been pretty tired the past few weeks. Everyone we’ve talked to said that’s pretty normal, most of them spent the first trimester nauseous and in bed. The second trimester is coming up though and most people say she should start to feel better soon.

Dave Fischer

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The late night phone call in Pisa, Italy was our son, Eric, informing us that the countertop people had called. We were excited.

“Well, the bad news is that the manufacturer made a mistake with your batch, which we rejected. Instead of the middle of October, it will be the middle of November.”

We were not excited.

Mark Fischer

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Angela had her gall bladder removed today. She had been suffering from abdominal pain for a few months now, and they finally figured out what it was and had it taken care of. She seems to be recovering well but slowly, so keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

David Fischer

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Saturday 15 Oct Greve

Today we left late. Sleep is good. Another fast trip up the Autostrada, around Florence to the south, and down route 222 to Greve. Deep in Chianti country, Greve has a wine museum and a tasting room. The museum has tools, books, bottles and other paraphernalia dating back to the late 1800s.

David Fischer

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Friday 14 Oct. The return to Firenza.

On Tuesday, we arranged for tickets to see Michaelangelo’s “David”, usually considered the world’s most beautiful sculpture. We took the Autostrada to Florence. It is necessary to stay in the right lane, as the left is for the “fast” cars. You pass on the left and dive back into the right lane only after carefully looking at least two kilometers behind you. I was comfortable at 120 kph (75 mph), but was frequently passed by folks doing perhaps 160-180. I felt I was standing still.

David Fischer

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Thursday 13 Oct

After a drive down the western coast of Italy past Livorno and admiring the steep cliffs to the ocean, Carl, Ann, Marty and Dave turned inland and headed for Volterra. This is an ancient city in a land of ancient cities. It was a center of the Etruscan world, and evideence of occupancy date back to the second and third millenia BC. By 800 BC, Volterra was a thriving community, and as late as 200 BC, held a treaty with Rome, supplying the Roman Legions during the Second Punic War with wheat for the soldiers and timber for the fleet. By this time, all the other Etruscan towns to the south had fallen under Roman dominion.

David Fischer

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Wednesday (12 Oct)

Today was Lucca. This city dates from the Etruscan period (1000 BC - 250 BC), hence the name of the region, Tuscany in English, or Toscana in Italian. The Romans conquered the region in 200 BC. The Forum and Amphitheater can still be found, although buried by current buildings (which date from 1000 AD).

Mark Fischer

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Monday Oct 10

We drove up to Pescia, the flower capital of Italy. We wandered through the town, across the old bridge, and down to the Church of San Francesca. The church is on the Plaza Mazzini, and contains the oldest know portrait of Saint Francis, dating from 1235.

Mark Fischer

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Sunday, we drove around Lucca and up to Villa Reale. This is one of the many Villas around Lucca that date from the 15th century and later. They reached their peak following Napolean’s conquest of the area.

Mark Fischer

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Friday - Pisa

We went back to Pisa on Friday for most of the day. I was surprised, but they actually let you climb up the tower. There are a lot of steps. The steps are all very well worn, as you’d expect from centuries of feet climbing up them. Climbing the tower is very odd. It is a large spiral staircase that leads up to the 7th floor. Here they number all their floor starting with the ground floor, or 0, then 1st floor etc, so 1st floor is not the ground floor. 0 based indexing! As you climb however, you move around the tower, and the slant of the tower is very apparent. Sometimes you’re leaning against the outside wall, sometimes the inside wall. Sometimes you feel like you’re falling down the stairs, othertimes the stairs are really really steep.

Mark Fischer

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We’re in Italy! Tuesday and Wednesday were spent on planes. It’s about 3 hours from Phoenix to Atlanta, about 7 hours from Atlanta to Paris, and then about 2 hours from Paris to Pisa. Ann and Mark managed to get some of their luggage lost, but there’s some hope that it will show up today or tomorrow.