Don’t freak out, your Google Reader isn’t broken…I just haven’t updated my blog in almost two months. I’m realizing that there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get every thing done, which is probably why my house is a huge mess and I seriously need to hem a few pairs of jeans (or grow three inches) and nothing has gotten crafted, sewn, crocheted, or otherwise done around here. Most days I’m happy we’re all in clean (if wrinkled) clothing and fed a somewhat nutritious meal at some point before bath time.
The nutshell version is: we’re all doing well. We’re finding a system that works for all of us and are really enjoying our new little family. Brian’s been working a lot of overtime and I finally have a full house again. B3 is settling in nicely and is usually on a pretty even, albeit hyperactive, keel. We have rough days and we’re working through a lot of emotional stuff, but by and large it’s all working pretty much as well as we could ask. While it’s slightly uphill, this whole parenthood gig is pretty awesome.
I’m finding it hard to write blog posts without pictures. I really want to share B3 with you guys! Not only is he adorable (I can say that — I didn’t make him) but we’ve been doing some awesomely fun stuff this summer. So, here’s what all I would show you if I could…and some day soon I will:
*B3 meeting my parents, who promptly fell in love.
*My first Mother’s Day and the first time I took my kiddo to a restaurant, and his first time meeting his Uncle.
*Our yearly yard sale, now with cute entertainment.
*B3 meeting Brian’s parents, who promptly fell in love.
*A huge picnic with my father’s family and some family friends to celebrate Father’s Day and let folks meet B3. He was understandably overwhelmed but had fun.
*Riding his “motorcycle” up and down the back alley, including a huge wreck and our first “boo boo”. First here, at least.
*A huge storm which led to all of us huddling in the basement. B3 was introduced to Angry Birds that night and was a trooper through all of it.
*Meeting Spiderman at a local furniture store. Good call, Brian! It blew his mind.
*VA’s baby Z was born, and B3 spent his first day away from me. We survived.
*Fireworks! B3 was completely underwhelmed. I may have built it up a little too much.
*A fabulous picnic with my mother’s entire family to welcome B3. He had an absolute blast playing with cousins and making Mama and my Little Bro run all over creation on the park. We learned that he will run willy-nilly in front of a bunch of swings, repeatedly. B3 met sweet baby Em since my YaYaPrincess came down, too!
*Our first trip to WV to see Brian’s entire family. Folks came from several hours away for a giant picnic and we had a blast. B3 met his aunts, Uncle Cop Guy, Girly Monkey, and about a billion cousins. He did great on the 8 hour trip there, and when the trip home stretched to 11 hours he still did just fine. We stopped at WVU to see the coliseum and Jerry West statue (“That guy is huge!”) and he enjoyed running around all weekend meeting new friends. Saturday morning he took a face-plant into a set of wooden steps, bit into his cheek and gave me a coronary. After a bloody hour he had recovered well, was sporting a huge bruise and gash and had a good back story (“It was a bar fight.”)
*Driving over the mountain to see Uncle Little Bro and Aunt Sweet Lizzy’s new house and have lunch. B3 had tons of fun.
*Discovering my kid has an amazing innate grasp of math and reasoning, including the ability to subtract and do 30-40 piece puzzles he’s never seen before. Yeah. So pretty quick we went from “working on basic stuff” to homeschooling for real with plans and curriculum. My 3 year old can trace letters, memorize Scripture, and manipulate numbers, ya’ll. I thought I had two years to adjust to being a mama before I had to learn how to be a homeschooling mama. Nope. Our first official day of school was September 10, and he’s doing amazingly well with two 45-minute sessions each day and some review work or sensory activities in the evenings. WOW.
*My birthday. 35 feels pretty sweet. We took our first picture with all three of us, which is my new favorite picture.
*The Hill Reunion, followed by our joint daycare picnic. Both chances to run around parks and eat hot dogs. Or, as B3 would call it: Heaven.
*Two hours hanging out at BW3 to watch WVU slaughter JMU. B3 can officially hang with the Mountaineer crowd — which is good since that’s pretty much his only Daddy-permited college choice other than Stanford.
*A few trips to Skyline (we saw a bear both times!) and the arboretum, and fun at the parks in our neighborhood.
It’s been an amazing summer. Thank you to everyone who’s made our little guy welcome in the family, and to everyone who’s praying for us as we learn how to be parents. Happy Fall!