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The Christmas in July challenge end

Saturday, July 31, 2010

I had SO much fun on this challenge. I was on the Spark Vixen's team and it was fun getting to know each other a little better.

We rocked on donating pounds to Santa to fatten him up! As a whole, the Rootin' for Ruby gals and guys donated 230.30 pounds to Santa so he will look himself come Christmas. All in THREE weeks!! emoticon emoticon

We also all helped Santa get from Miami to NY. As of earlier this afternoon, we walked 1130 miles! We didn't quite make it all the way into the city, but we rocked with miles logged!!

We had our pages decorated and every day we had a "page of the day". I was very surprised and happy to have my page as "page of the day today" I really enjoyed looking at everyone's creativity!

Everyday we had little mini challenges to keep us on our toes!

Thanks to all my team mates on the Spark Vixens for your support and a great big special thanks to Pixie and Arlene for working so hard to bring us such a great challenge!

We are getting ready to start the 2nd annual Pound-a-thon. We will rock this challenge too!

Ruby-lites are the best and I'm proud to be one of them!

  
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DEBSZOO74 8/1/2010 6:45PM

    Ruby Lite challenges are so much fun!

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BETHGILLIGAN 8/1/2010 8:06AM

    Great job!! emoticon

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LLTS01 8/1/2010 12:22AM

    Your team sounds like a blast.

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 7/31/2010 10:54PM

    This was a fun challenge. I'm glad I was part of it but wish I could have donated more pounds. Oh well. Next challenge.
Erin

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MTNGRL 7/31/2010 9:44PM

    It was a great challenge my fellow Vixen! I didn't do very well with the pounds but did help move Santa along. Can't wait for the next challenge to start!

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MINDYJ1 7/31/2010 9:30PM

    Congratulations to all of those that gave Santa some pounds! It was a fun challenge like always! I love this team and I love all of the Ruby-lites!

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SPARKPIXIE 7/31/2010 9:28PM

    Thanks for being part of the challenge, Carla! And I'm glad you're going to be a Team Captain on the Pound-a-thon. I'm really looking forward to the new challenge! I've pledged five pounds!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 7/31/2010 9:20PM

    That is fantastic isn't it! 230 pounds lost, WOW!

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LUCKIEST24 7/31/2010 9:16PM

    What a fun challenge!!!! The Ruby-lites did a fantastic job for Santa!!! 230 pounds?!?!?! That is awesome!!!!!

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Weekend at Mom's and Meghan's b-day

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Well, we picked a nice and hot weekend to go away!! Thought we might escape some of the DC heat, but with the exception of today, it was hotter here than at home. The first day here, we spent all day indoors! Funny we come to visit, but here is everyone of us on our computers, LOL!



We had planned to go to Paraclete to simulate skydiving, but Aaron and Amber are taking the pool table home since Mom and Larry are moving and it took a couple hours to take it apart. Hopefully we can try it another time. Here it was before taking it apart.


I really enjoy the slot machine, but I think they're taking it with them emoticon


Then we had Meghan's b-day celebration




It was even too hot to go swimming, with the pool temps in the 90's! So we spent the day inside today just playing games. We had a really nice visit and are getting ready to head home. Tomorrow I will spend the day moving stuff into my new basement space as Brandon moved out this weekend. Leaves us with the full finished basement: family room, bedroom and bathroom. I'm sure I won't have trouble filling the space up!

  
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UVAGRL928 7/27/2010 12:06PM

    I love the pic of you all on your computers... my fam is the same exact way!

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AVEARE 7/27/2010 12:30AM

    I love your computer! It's very cute and very you :)

Glad to hear you had such a nice family weekend, hope it helps you recharge for the week and apparently the weather is supposed to be a little cooler this upcoming weekend (finally!)

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BETHGILLIGAN 7/26/2010 8:26AM

    Sounds like a good time with family!! Have safe trip home!

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CANBDONE 7/26/2010 5:52AM

    I'm heading home today from visiting with children and grands...it's all about God and family, isn't it? Have a blessed week! emoticon

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DETERMINEDAGAIN 7/25/2010 11:54PM

    Sounds like a great trip! Whoo hoo!

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DEEGEE2 7/25/2010 10:42PM

    good times

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LLTS01 7/25/2010 10:05PM

    We avoided the heat too but the mall was like Christmas time- no parking. emoticon

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TERMITEMOM 7/25/2010 9:40PM

    Thank Goodmess for air conditioning! I am sure you agree, LOL.
We had a big storm this afternoon so it is blessedly cooler tonight...

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RUN2MYDREAMS 7/25/2010 9:04PM

    There's that pink puter! Glad you were able to spend some time with family even if it was indoors.

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HOPE2011 7/25/2010 8:33PM

    Sounds like you had a nice weekend despite the heat. Glad you had fun!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 7/25/2010 7:49PM

    Even though it was so hot, It still sounds like you had a great time

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LEAH57 7/25/2010 6:37PM

    That is so funny that you were all on the computers in the same room! Tom and I do the same thing on Sunday mornings over coffee... both of us at the Dining Room table on our respective laptops, drinking coffee and talking.... and sometimes, we even IM each other!!! emoticon

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NANFACEMIRE1 7/25/2010 6:31PM

    I am sad to see Carla, Meghan, Aaron, and Amber go home. We have had a really nice visit. That is funny that Larry took pictures of all of us (5) on our computers. He said he will have to get him a laptop (instead of desk top) and then told Brewster (our chocolate lab) he needs to get him one too. The weather was too hot to do much but we had a lot of family being together time. That was very special.

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KIMSTUTZ 7/25/2010 6:22PM

    Glad you had a fun relaxing time with your family. My son and i are headed up to lake erie to a cottage with my extended family. Hope its not too hot since we won't have air conditioning! Will have to careful on quantities of what i eat since we do combined meals and i am not up to doing much physical exercise yet.

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LELYTTLE 7/25/2010 6:22PM

  Were you all chatting online while in the same room? LOL I love that picture. I want the pink laptop. That is nice. Glad you had a great time even though it was hot.

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Christmas in July poem

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Here's a little poem for the Spark Vixens and our attempted donations to the skinny Santa:

What’s this?! A skinny Santa?!?

Who ever heard of such a folly?

Never fear, Spark Vixens are here

To put the belly back in his jolly!

It’s an SOS for Santa!

He can’t go out like that!

He’ll scare the girls and boys if he's skinny when he comes with their toys.

I know! Hey Vixens, we’ll give him our fat!

We’ll give love handles, saddle bags, and bat wings!

Donate him our muffin tops, banana rolls, and chub rubs among things.

Let’s give spare tires, wobbly arms, and an extra chin;

Our Christmas charity will lead our being thin.

Jelly bellies? Thunder thighs? Check and check.

Even though its not thanksgiving,

We’ll even give away turkey neck!

Let's go Carla and Emily and Janel and Paula, Kenchris and Rory and Lilly and Andrea!

The cellulite’s a-flyin! The pudge has heard the war call!

Burn it off! Walk it off! Run it off! ALL!

And when there’s no more fat to give

And when the Spark Vixen are sexy and slim Santa has been restored with his holiday fat,

We’ll say ‘Merry Christmas in July Santa baby!’

Put the trimmings on that!

  
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TRISH2229 7/29/2010 9:55PM

    I love this and your Santa spark page! I love all things Christmas! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REMODELINGPAT 7/26/2010 12:13PM

    clever...
emoticonGO SparkVixens!

Blessings!
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BR>Pat

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DETERMINEDAGAIN 7/24/2010 2:54PM

    Too funny! Looks like you guys are having a blast!

I hope you have a great trip!

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AKELM08 7/23/2010 12:31AM

    Carla, this is by far the best thing I have read all day! Great Job you are so talented!
And like Janel said, we are all proud you are a Vixen with us!
Thanks for the great poem
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Comment edited on: 7/23/2010 12:32:46 AM

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YAFENELRA 7/22/2010 8:07PM

    That was just so cute!! And creative!! And do you know, I have all of that myself to give to Santa. LOL

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CANBDONE 7/22/2010 6:41PM

    Very creative...and clever! emoticon

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WINNIEATWELL2 7/22/2010 1:38PM

    Cute! emoticon

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MARENAMOO 7/22/2010 12:33PM

    I certainly have some thunder thighs and chub rub to donate to Santa - what a great cause.

You are so creative and clever - great poem.

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LITTLE_QUEEN 7/22/2010 11:56AM

    This is just to cute

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NANFACEMIRE1 7/22/2010 11:19AM

    I like it. Go Spark Vixens. Carla thank you for posting it for us to read. Good job. Nancy

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SPARKPIXIE 7/22/2010 11:05AM

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Oh Carla, I just love this! Especially "Even though its not Thanksgiving, we'll give away our turkey neck!"

LOL...too funny and cute...you are talented!

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DAWNDMOORE40 7/22/2010 10:43AM

    emoticonpoem! Do you have any others? You should show off your talent and if you have other poems, turn them in to get published! emoticon

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JELLI-LEAN 7/22/2010 10:26AM

    Carla~ Great poem... you;ve got talent in the poem writting area girl!

All of us Vixen's are proud to have you on our team with us!

Thanks for sharing!

~ Janel :)

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COFFEEMUG2009 7/22/2010 10:16AM

    emoticon great poem

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LELYTTLE 7/22/2010 10:07AM

  I love it, great job!!! Go Spark Vixens!!

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MALLEUSMIKE 7/22/2010 9:55AM

  If I were a Spark Vixen I would certainly join the cause to fatten up Santa. I support all of you in your quest to donate all your unwanted "baggage" for a good cause. You should all get together for a group Spark Vixen photo. I'm sure you'll all be saying "Merry Christmas in July" soon!

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Thank you!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I got an email this morning from SparkPeople notifying me that I'd been selected to be a SparkPeople motivator!!

What an honor :-) I love going through my friend feed and commenting, encouraging and supporting my Spark friends. I never really thought that doing something I truly enjoy deserved any special recognition, but I have to say I'm happy people noticed and liked it and voted for me! emoticon

I've voted for quite a few people that have touched me along the way. Whether it was the inspiration they instilled in others, the great success story of their weight loss or their incredible fitness transformations or their awesome ability to be so active and supportive in the community. There are so many people who are deserving.

emoticon to the emoticon's that I have helped in some way and to all the ones that have helped and inspired me! I love you all and emoticon

PS Lori, I hope your kitty isn't in your lap! And I hope I write enough blogs to move my fireworks one to another page, emoticon

  
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RUN2MYDREAMS 7/19/2010 5:38PM

    That's wonderful Carla! You are an emoticon motivator & most definitely deserve this! GO YOU! emoticon emoticon

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NANFACEMIRE1 7/16/2010 5:39PM

    Congrats on being SP motivator. I already wrote on your page.

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FITNHLTHYMONICA 7/15/2010 12:32PM

    You definitely deserve this!

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MARENAMOO 7/15/2010 10:32AM

    So happy for you. You deserve it for your dedication and positive outlook!

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HICALGAL 7/15/2010 4:40AM

    congratulations gorgeous, you deserve it!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DETERMINEDAGAIN 7/14/2010 11:44PM

    WHOO HOO!!!

You totally deserve it! Thanks for being so encouraging all the time!

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CATHY_G 7/14/2010 11:35PM

    You deserve the recognition. I always appreciate the time you take to comment on my feed or blogs. Thank you!

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JUST_SIMONE 7/14/2010 11:31PM

    Congratulations! emoticon

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WINNIEATWELL2 7/14/2010 10:50PM

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KIMSTUTZ 7/14/2010 9:50PM

    awesome and totally deserving! you give so much of yourself to others! emoticon emoticon

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LITTLE_QUEEN 7/14/2010 9:44PM

    LOL! No the kitty is not here tonight! I still hear them though, Does anybody else hear fireworks? maybe the fireworks are an extra special way to let you know how special you are and you light up our teams with your special kindness and motivating support. Congrats to you Carla emoticon

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LELYTTLE 7/14/2010 9:36PM

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Sad day

Monday, July 12, 2010

Today a lovely young woman came into our office for her last check up before her planned C-section tomorrow of full term identical twin boys. Much to our surprise and dismay, there were no heart beats on either baby emoticon An ultrasound confirmed their deaths.

I can only imagine what she felt, I know I was heartbroken, as was everyone else...and they weren't my beloved babies that I had planned for and was going to meet tomorrow.

I haven't stopped thinking about her...all the way home and since I've been home..

Please keep her and her family and those precious baby boys in your thoughts and prayers as she goes through their delivery and then goes home without them.

Update:
Thanks to all of you for your thoughts and prayers! She delivered 2 beautiful boys, 6lb-7oz and 6lb-9oz late last night. There was nothing to indicate a problem... They got to hold them, take pictures of and with them and got a lovely memory box for each of them with pictures, footprints and a lock of hair. They are planning the funeral now and are coping as best as could be expected.

  
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MTNGRL 7/17/2010 9:41PM

    I will lift her and her family up in prayer. What a difficult thing to have happen. Thank you for sharing this so we can send prayers out in support of this young mother.

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FITNHLTHYMONICA 7/15/2010 12:45PM

    Definitely sad...I was with a friend when she delivered her stillborn baby. It was one of the saddest experiences that I have ever had. My friend had four other children and still took a long time to recover emotionally. This family will definitely be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

How nice it was of the doctor/hospital to make the best of this situation. I think it will help the family alot as it gave them something to take home with them acknowledging the love & life they created.

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DETERMINEDAGAIN 7/15/2010 12:06AM

    Hard thing to read...I can empathize with the mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you both!

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KIMSTUTZ 7/14/2010 6:26AM

    I am still thinking about this family and my heart and stomach are just wrenched. How can you understand that? praying for God to give them the strength to carry them through. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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YAFENELRA 7/13/2010 12:23PM

    That is so sad. To carry them all that time and then not have them to hold and love. My prayers are with that family. And with you as I know how hard it is to be in your position to see such saddness.

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AVEARE 7/13/2010 12:04PM

    That is so terrible...I can't even imagine the pain that family is in. My thoughts are with her and her family today.

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CAROL3SAN 7/13/2010 11:33AM

    WOW, that is sad and very disappointing. I've almost been in heaven over the last couple of weeks since the birth of my new grandson. I was delighted that he was born healthy and almost perfect in every way. I never thought of the people who carry their children to term, and only to be faced with disappointment due to death or birth defects.
I pray for those families today that their disappoint will one day be lightened with renewed joy.

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DEEGEE2 7/13/2010 11:23AM

    This is really sad to read - my thoughts are with her and her family. I cannot imagine a loss like this.

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JELLI-LEAN 7/13/2010 10:34AM

    What a tragic story! I feel so bad right now for her and her family! I will keep her in my prayers!

emoticon emoticon ~ Janel :)

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STPJUDGE 7/13/2010 9:46AM

    So tragic, every pregnant woman's fear come true. I'm so sorry for her and her family. They are in my prayers today.

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JODIE0321 7/13/2010 9:41AM

    Oh Carla, this made me so sad. That poor family. I know how you and she feel. This also happened to my sister. God Bless their family and God Bless those little boys they are in Gods arms now.

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IHAVETOO10 7/13/2010 9:27AM

    Oh my.. My thought and prayer are with her and family!

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NANFACEMIRE1 7/13/2010 8:13AM

    We talked on your way home and you told me this so very sad story. I am keeping the girl's family in my thoughts as well as you and the other staff members. Today especially and many days to come are going to be so hard for all of you.

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CHOPOLA 7/13/2010 8:07AM

    Oh Carla that is so terrible :(

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BETHGILLIGAN 7/13/2010 7:57AM

    This is truly heartbreaking! This young woman and her family are in my prayers. You and your co-workers are also in my prayers as you deal with this difficult, tragic situation.

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MARENAMOO 7/13/2010 7:46AM

    That happened to my brother with his first born - it was a strep infection. I am so sorry for her loss - so sorry.

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RUN2MYDREAMS 7/13/2010 6:57AM

    Oh my. This brought tears to my eyes! emoticon I will keep them in my prayers! emoticon

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INDIUMRED 7/13/2010 6:35AM

    I will keep them in my prayers.

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SPARKPIXIE 7/13/2010 6:07AM

    This is so heartbreaking. I can't even imagine her pain. I am praying for her and her family.


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RORYLYONS 7/13/2010 4:09AM

    How tragic for this mom who tonight is mourning her loss. What was to be joy turns into heartbreak.
So sad for her & you too..it's never easy & you wonder why. A prayer for her unthinkable pain she is experiencing.

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JANE1216 7/12/2010 11:54PM

    Oh my -- this is just so sad -- I am so sorry to read about this young lady and I will certainly be praying for her and her family. None of us can begin to understand how she must feel. I am also praying for you and the other staff -- this has to be hard for all of you as you're the ones who have seen her from month to month and then week to week - I know it's your job, but you must get involved in some of your patients' pregnancies almost as if you were family. May God bless all of you with His strength and comfort in this most difficult time.

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LITTLE_QUEEN 7/12/2010 11:46PM

    That is so sad Carla,

Also when you go to your blogs you hear fireworks, and my cat is sleeping by me and computer, he just jumped about a mile, LOL! Looking all around.

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POOSIE12 7/12/2010 11:43PM

    My thoughts go out to you and the family affected by the loss.

My sister recently lost her baby after only 5 hours of life, complications led to an emergency c-section. Ironic thing is, the day before she was going to have a scheduled c-section but decided to cary them to term and have her naturally since she was healthy.

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