All the Sun For You

A mom, two boys, a husband, and a whole lot of adventure!

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Going Back!

We were an hour from my sister’s when she called to say she thinks she’s in early labor… and that based on history she has about 16 hours until the baby arrives. She has invited me into delivery with them. Well… I invited myself last week and she said yes. So we are on our way back!

This is my only chance at seeing a natural delivery, and B knows how important this is to me. He’s being a good sport and supporting whatever I want to do. Such a great husband!

Please make your debut today or tomorrow, Baby E!!!


Clink, Clink, Clink

M and I went to visit my friend, Denise, and her two girls today.  Denise is also our WONDERFUL photographer, but first and foremost, she is one of our closest friends.  Her girls, Rachel and Clare, are fantastic and they just love M!  When I go there, I have two little babysitters just waiting to dote on him.  Today was no exception, and he was fully entertained while Denise and I chatted.  The girls had him wearing goofy hats, playing with funny disguise glasses, and climbing stairs.  YES – CLIMBING STAIRS.  I was shocked that M was able to do it, but he was!  He even knew how to climb down.  I got a chuckle when Clare sent Rachel up the stairs and wanted to see if M could make it to the top by trying to get to her.  Denise and I asked that we keep him focused on just the bottom two stairs for now, please  😉

So I mentioned a while back that M won a photo contest that Denise was having.  What we won was his photos on her splash page and a necklace with a photo charm of M.  Denise had my necklace ready for me today.  I love it!  I love it for many reasons, but the biggest reason is that the chain is such that the charms make a little clinking sound when I’m on the move.  Tonight, I went to Target all by myself.  M was at home and in bed, and we needed some things for our impromptu trip to Chicago tomorrow.  I have not been to Target by myself since before M was born.  It was weird to be out without him – he’s my constant little companion.  I was a bit lonely.  But as I walked through the aisles, my new necklace made its little clinking sound and I felt my little buddy’s presence the entire time.

Clink, clink, clink.  What a peaceful sound to this mama!


Whirlwind Weekend and Big Week Ahead

Wow – it’s been 4 whole days since I’ve blogged.  We’ve been busy around here!

We have a new geothermal unit and I am relieved!  It’s so nice knowing that the water is no longer a threat to M, that we’ll have cool air when we need it (of course, our heat wave snapped the day after we got the new unit), and that if we need to turn the heat on again, that we will have that too.  It’s amazing how much stress can be relieved with one action.  Since buying this house almost two years ago, the geothermal has always been a problem so we would hold our breaths every time we’d switch from heat to cool, etc.  That anxiety is gone now, and I am just so happy about that!

M is feeling just fine – so fine that he got his first hair cut on Friday!  He handled it so well and actually enjoyed it.  He smiled and laughed through most of it, never cried, and made it really easy for all of us (hair stylist included)!  I had no idea how much work was going to go into his hair cut – she even pulled out the clippers!  It looks just great and I’m pleased that he still looks like my baby and not like a big boy just yet.  He got his first balloon too and that put the cherry on his sundae!

We had a nice little picnic with our friends on Sunday and it was 80 degrees out – almost too hot if you weren’t moving around.  I cannot believe this spring so far – it feels like summer and it makes me worry that the summer is going to be insanely hot like it was last year.  There’s nothing we can do about it, but I really am hoping for a nice break in the heat just to get things back to where they should be for the month of April.

I mowed the lawn yesterday – one of my favorite things to do in the summer months (truly!) – and that was so nice!  I didn’t want to come inside.  M was sleeping so it gave me time to really focus on what I was doing and I loved every minute of it.  The grass is perfectly green!  We did set M in the grass for a few pictures earlier last week but I took more yesterday after cutting the grass and they are really cute!  He loved playing with the grass and tried eating some of the clippings.  I really think he’s going to enjoy the summer!

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M and I met B for lunch today.  B was having lunch with his coworker and they informed me that they need to go to Chicago TOMORROW for an impromptu, but very important, meeting with a client.  I invited M and myself along because my sister lives just north of there and we were supposed to spend this past weekend with her but couldn’t due to wanting to be close to home in case M got sick again.  So we are taking a road trip in the morning!  It should be a lot of fun!  My sister is expecting her 3rd baby (but 4th child) any day now, and I asked today if I could be in the delivery room with her if she has the baby while we’re there.  She’s a good sport and said yes, so we’re all hoping that that happens this week.

I am just so excited to see my sister – she is my best friend. M is going to love seeing his cousins – he loves being a little brother.  B and I are excited to spend the final night of the trip together, with M, downtown for a little getaway.  I had no idea just yesterday that this week was going to be so exciting!


NOC (Note of Cuteness) – 2

Matthew helped me with the laundry today.  He is always trying to get into the laundry room, so I let him come with me to switch some towels from the washer to the dryer.  When I started the dryer, he pulled himself up on a laundry basket to watch the clothes spinning around.  It was adorable!  I took a few photos so B could see the cuteness!

I spoke with my sister on the phone afterwards when M was taking an epic 2.5 hour nap.  She mentioned something that hadn’t dawned on me.  She said that she loves it when her kids are seeing something, something that we may find mundane, for the very first time.  She said that she forgets sometimes that everything is new to them.  I hadn’t really thought about the fact that watching the clothes spinning around and around was probably very enlightening to M.  When my sister said this, I pictured all of those neurons firing in his brain!

It appears that I now have quite the helper around the house.  I wouldn’t have it any other way  🙂


Back to Urgent Care

We went back to urgent care today.  We pulled into the parking lot for Matthew’s first haircut and as I was getting him out of his seat, he started vomiting all over.  We called the doctor and made an appointment and were told to go to urgent care if he kept throwing up.  He did.  Two hours later, we were on our way back home with a tired, but happy, baby.  They retested his liver enzymes today and they are going down, which is what we’re expecting and wanting to see.

We’ve been using bottled water for M but had to cool some heated bottled water because it was too hot – so we grabbed an ice cube out of the freezer.  We thought those cubes were made before our Freon leak.  This happened again with oatmeal so we thought maybe he’s allergic to the oatmeal, but the doctor says no and that he thinks it’s our water.

The geothermal unit is being replaced next week.

I am exhausted!  B is exhausted!  M is exhausted, but is sleeping peacefully right now!

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When I met my husband, I knew right away that he was “the one” for me.  The first day we spent together, I thought to myself (silently, of course), “I would marry him if he would marry me.”  Honestly!  With those types of intense feelings, feelings I’d never had before in my life, came new emotions that were foreign to me.  There would be moments of extreme love and I would then feel an intense panic that maybe this would all end.  I’d always catch myself and tell myself that of course he’s going to be with me forever, but I remember those initial moments of panic and how they made me feel.  As bad as that initial wave of panic felt, the reassurance that immediately followed made me feel happier than I’d ever felt in my life.  Those moments always moved me to a happy tear or two.

I felt that feeling again today.  I was standing in the kitchen, washing all of M’s dishes and my pump accessories, with M crawling on the floor behind me.  I heard his sweet babbling and as I thought about how much I love that sound, that panic of “what if this ends?” washed over me.  And instantly, I told myself that this is never going to end and that he’s mine forever.

And I cried a few happy tears.

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She’s Pregnant!

Quick update on my friend who I wrote about last week.  Her FET worked and she is good and pregnant!  She had a super strong beta (863 at 12dp5dt) so we are all hoping that she is D-O-N-E with treatments for the rest of her life!

So happy for her!

I did tell her that I’m a little jealous that all of this IF business is behind her now.  I know that IF leaves you a scarred person even when you’re done building your family, but she now knows how her family is going to look 9 months from now and for the rest of her life – and that has brought her a great amount of peace.  I am in no hurry to have another baby just yet, but it sure would be nice to not have to wonder if we’ll even be able to give M a little friend all his own.  That is all.

My own jealousy aside, I am over the moon for her!