The Limp Is Gone!

So happy to write those words 🙂  Thanks, guys, for all the encouraging comments about Lachy.  They were greatly appreciated!!! Apparently, the lady we spoke with over the phone had no freaking idea what she was talking about when she mentioned Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Way to worry some Mamas for no good reason! The doctor of Pediatric Orthopedics set our minds at ease and concluded that Lachlan must have been sick without us knowing it (seriously!) – it went throughout his body and the illness caused a limp! The ibuprofen knocked it out of his system because the LIMP IS GONE! We are so relieved and thankful that he is walking and running around like a normal 3 year old now.  Obviously, if the limp returns, he wants to see us back – but a few weeks since the follow up, and (thankfully) we have nothing to report.  Happy Mamas.

Here are some recent photos of the kidlets, as promised.  We are having a spring photoshoot a few weeks from now…looking forward to new photos of the kiddos (with Lach’s hair longer than buzz-length…did I ever tell you the story about that!?).

In other news, I’ve been decorating a little more lately 🙂  Our house was built in the 30’s and has quite a bit of charm if I do say so myself.  We have beautiful stone above our fireplace/mantle, but it’s been needing some special touches in the way of decor.  I’ve been playing around with ideas on what to do with it (just had a few candles on it before) and finally settled on an antique-looking decorative piece to be the focal point for the middle of the mantle with some apothecary jars filled with spring decor and greenery on each side. I managed to fit 2 candlesticks on there too without it looking cluttered.  I’m really happy with how it turned out (must.take.photo) and it’s motivating me to decorate a few other areas of the house! Oh, and we finally finished the built-in-corner-hutch a few months ago.  Photos on that soon.  Holy project batman.  It took several days of hard work, but after stripping the old paint (actually had to have the drawer and doors dipped to removed 7, yes, SEVEN layers of old lead-based paint), applying 2 coats of new paint and adding fresh hardware…..it looks 800% better!!! We are working on the yard a lot too – the grass looks really nice, but it’s basically just that – grass! With one nice walkway leading into the middle of the yard (where there is NOTHING but grass).  Well, Karli turns the big 3-0 next month and I plan on throwing her a big bday bash, complete with a new patio set I’ve been saving saving saving for! (K and her dad are putting down the wood patio flooring this week).   We have the A.llen & R.oth fireplace in the back yard already (thank you L.owes display discount!) and I have plans for a fish pond/waterfall down the road.   Can’t wait to begin hanging outside with the boys more now that we’ll have some seating!  I imagine we’ll be entertaining a lot more soon.

That’s all for now folks.  How are you guys doing!?

Ps.  Sent our donor a text a few hours ago that we have decided to go ahead with plans for #3.  Nervous, but excited.  Trying not to overthink the decision and just see what happens down the road.  We’re willing to give it a go!

A New Year

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Hello friends!  I’ve missed you all. How have you guys been in my absence? I’ve been following along as much as I can, trying to stay updated with your lives.  New adventures, travels, jobs, new babies!  I hope you all have started the year happy and healthy and feel blessed beyond measure.  I know I feel that way.

So, obviously I have been struggling to get back to the blog and write.  It’s not for a lack of wanting to.  But almost not knowing where to begin.  Bits of time here and there just don’t  flow well for writing.  I start posts but never return to them.  I need to come up with a game plan to set aside time to write.  February resolution maybe?  Anyway, you all deserve an update! We’ve been up to a lot in our neck of the woods.  Here is a little update, in bullet form.  More to come SOON, promise! xo

  • K and I celebrated our 10th anniversary together in late November.  10 whole years.  It’s been an amazing journey and we have been through so much together (understatement of the world).  Happy to have gone through the good and bad times with my love…I seriously couldn’t imagine it any other way. 
  • Five words:  i.met.with.my.mom (like, in person, after 5 years.) Loaded bullet there.  Maybe I can delve deeper into that…..we will see.  I’m surprisingly just fine.
  • Lachlan turned 3 years old – at Disney! We took our first FAMILY vacation.  Holy moly.  2 kiddos (16 months and 3 years), packed car.  Driving from Virginia to Florida through the night.  It was an adventure! 12 nights in Orlando and Tampa – theme parks, mini golf, days by the pool.  It was much needed and brought us so much joy to see our boys just LAUGH, and PLAY and love every minute of the undivided attention.  It was awesome.  Lots of photos to come.
  • The great debate: 2 kids or 3?? We haven’t come to a real decision yet.  We have met with our donor to let him know we were talking about the possibility of a 3rd.  He was willing to start the process again last month (as Cael is 16 months and we would want to start pretty soon if we’re going to do it for a final time), even being in a new committed relationship.  I am aware of when I’m ovulating, etc….however, we are just not 100% sure yet.  We’re allowing ourselves time to decide.  Some days we’re very close to completing our family with 3 kids…other days, we see the great dynamic we have now, and we wonder if we should throw a wrench into it or not! We don’t feel pressure about it, we are just waiting to do what feels right for us both. 
  • Still nursing Cael and not sure when I’ll stop.  I weaned Lachlan at 16 months, and Cael just turned 16 months with no nursing end in sight.  I am hoping to follow his lead….maybe we’ll make it to 2 years!?
  • I got my wisdom teeth removed – 4 impacted ones.  The 3 healed up nicely.  One dry socket = one very unhappy lady.  Those things hurt like a biotch.  3 weeks later, it still hurts pretty darn bad.  Oral surgeon packed it up well with medicated gauze and awful clove oil.  Feeling a bit better (much better when not eating or drinking) with each passing day.
  • K and I are going to do a 10k in 8 weeks! Yesterday was DAY 1 of training.  Very excited to do this with her.  I had taken a few months off from running…so definitely have to get back in the game again…but thrilled to have this goal and look forward to experiencing it TOGETHER!
  • On a more serious note, Lachy recently developed a limp in his left leg (2 weeks ago).  It came out of the blue. Our pediatrician saw us and then sent us to an orthopedic doctor.  Thankfully, the x-ray was normal, however his bloodwork came back abnormal. We don’t know much.  We have a follow up with the orthopedic doctor on Monday.  They mentioned possible Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.  A little nervous about the appointment.  Positive thoughts welcome 🙂  Hoping there is a simple solution for our sweet man – and that it isn’t very serious.  As a Mommy, it’s sure hard not to worry. 
  • Photos to come 🙂