Chippin' Away

Moving one day, one minute, one step at a time.

Warning: Not for the weak stomached! May 18, 2011

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This has been a rough day.  I mean, super rough.  Without sharing too much information, we had to say no to a potential adoptive placement today.  It was a girl we had previously been interested in and then she was going to get placed with another family.  So we were scott free.  Until we got word her placement fell through and they wondered if we were still interested in her.  Dang.  We decided we just couldn’t commit right now.  I mean, we do have two babies after all.

So, truthfully, I’ve been pretty much sulking all day.  I feel terrible, have had a horribly unproductive day at work, and just really have just wanted to feel sorry for myself all day.  Did I mention we also had dinner plans this evening with friends?  Boy did I want to cancel that.  But, we decided to go ahead and just keep the plans.  Here’s where the story gets interesting disgusting.

I left work early, came home and got Jeff, and we rode together to pick up the boys from daycare and the babysitter.  We went to daycare and picked up Big Dude first.  Then went to my sweet friend, Rachael’s house to pick up Little Man.  Everything was great.  The boys were happy, we were on our way to Central Market to eat and fellowship.  Then, all of a sudden, get ready for it, vomit.  I hear Big Dude cough, look back, and he’s vomitted.  And then more vomit.  And more vomit.  Then projectile vomit.  Dude made it all the way to the front seat with it.  Oh. My. Gosh.  So, we have to pull over obviously.  We happen to park close to a Dollar Tree and I run in to buy towels to clean up as much as possible so we can make it home from Round Rock.  Of course while I was checking out a bought a KitKat.  Why not?

Ok, so Jeff was awesome and held the vomit covered toddler while I was in the store and then cleaned up as much as he could while I tried not to vomit from the smell and stood outside of the car eating my KitKat.  It was tasty.  Well, we put the kicking and screaming toddler back in his vomit-covered carseat (who can blame him for kicking and screaming?) and head toward the house.  Then Little Man begins to scream.  He’s hungry.  I had given him a bottle, but he’s super lazy and just couldn’t manage to hold it up by himself.  I’m sitting in the front seat, still trying not to puke from the puke smell filling our car.  And then it happened.  I reached a whole new level of mommyness.  I crawled into the vomitty backseat so I could hold Little Man’s bottle so he would stop screaming.  Apparently, vommityness is not quite as bad as screaming babyness.  What?  As I’m sitting back there, where the smell is obviously ten times worse, Jeff says, “I’ve seen such a change in you.  You are actually sitting in vomit to comfort your kids.”  My response: “please tweet that.”  I’m always thinking of the important things.

So there you have it.  Two forms of sanctification today.  One through hard, adoption stuff.  Another through vomit.  Who says the Lord is not creative?


a month of motherhood May 7, 2011

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So, I’m sitting here early on a Saturday morning, letting my sweet husband sleep in while I watch the boys.  Thankfully, little man decided to take a morning nap so I’m here with big dude, and for whatever reason he is very calm this morning!  Praise Jesus! =)

I can’t believe I get to celebrate a mother’s day.  What?!  I got cards in the mail and everything.  So fun!  As I was reading them, and as I was feeding little man early this morning I got to thinking that I haven’t shared much of the fun stuff with ya’ll!  As hard as this past month has been, it has been filled with joy as well.  I got to watch Little Man learn to crawl, and then learn to pull himself up!  All in just one month!  Big Dude is also growing fast and making so much progress in his communication.  He is using more words and much less high pitched screaming.  Victory!

Let me tell you how fun this house is now.  I get to hear baby babble all day long.  And I mean all day.  Little Man is a talker.  He squeals and laughs and I’m pretty sure he’s giggling now.  Big Dude is probably the most active 19 month old on the planet.  He loves to wrestle and run and play outside.  He has a smile that will melt your heart and I love, love, love getting him up in the morning.  He sees me walk in the room and this HUGE grin comes on his face.  Melts my heart!  I love giving them kisses “night, night” and saying our prayers before bed.  I’m not a fan of bath time, but what is cuter than 2 adorable boys in their jammies?  I’m going with nothing!  These boys have the most beautiful hazel eyes.  I mean, you can’t get much cuter than dark skin and hazel eyes.  Right? 

This month has been full of really, really, tough moments.  From visits with biological mom, to crazy emotional roller coasters, to waking up 5 times a night with a screaming, teething baby, to getting hit and spit at by an angry toddler.  But, the lessons the Lord has taught me, the joy I have in my heart, the love I have for these boys, the spiritual growth that has come out of this, and the super fun times we’ve shared have far out-weighed the challenges.  Oh, and he’s going to kill me for this, but my husband has become even more sexy with daddyhood!  Can’t beat that!  =)

I am so thankful for my boys.  And I am so much more appreciative of my own mother.  I honestly had no idea how hard she worked to care for and love of as children.  Thank you mom for all of your love and support in my childhood and now as I am on this journey.  I love you.  And Momma G….thank you for your love as well.  I immediately felt love from you and your family from the moment I met you in Marion, Ohio.  You are not just a mother-in-law to me…you are my second mother.  Thank you, also, for your love and support on this crazy journey.  Oh, and for raising such an awesome son.  =)  I love both my mommies very much!

Happy Mother’s Day!