I haven’t made the time to keep up with our family’s blog, but with our baby boy set to arrive via c-section on Feb. 12th I’d like to try to start it up again so I can write about him just like I wrote about Elly and Miles when they were babies. We will see if I’m able to make it happen, but it’s a nice thought! Also, I am great at putting off things that need to get done and right now my ‘to do’ list is a mile long so of course I’m sitting at the computer doing something I haven’t done in almost a year. Makes perfect sense.
For those that know/read about the struggles I had with post partum anxiety and depression you may be like, woah, girl is crazy to be setting herself up for that again. And I’ve had those thoughts too, but I made the choice to not let the fear dictate my decisions. Choosing not to listen to my fear driven thoughts is a daily struggle for me. My mind is an interesting place to be, hello life with an anxiety disorder. But, I work hard to be as balanced as I can be, I am in a healthy, happy place, and I am trying to be better equipped to deal with any issues that may arise after my sweet boy arrives.
There was a lot of good in 2013 for my family, but just like anyone else we dealt with some struggles too.
- Family trips: Outer Banks, Oak Island, VA, Smith Mountain Lake, Disney!
- Positive school experiences for the kids
- Elly’s 1st dance recital
- Miles’ increased vocabulary (l=w)
- Monster & princess birthday parties
- Elly played soccer, Daddy coached
- Elly learned to ride a 2 wheeler
- Miles mastered his new tricycle
- Grew an organic garden
- Superhero family for Halloween
- Got a new car and upgraded to a king size bed
- We got pregnant with a boy!
Now for the not so bright and sunny stuff. We found out in May that Jamie had thyroid cancer, tough news to hear, but so grateful fate stepped in and it was discovered. He had his thyroid and some lymph nodes removed in June, not fun to see your strong man of a husband go through that. We found out about a week before his surgery that I was pregnant. We didn’t know about the cancer when we had decided to go for a 3rd child. Luckily he bounced back really quickly because I was pretty useless all summer once the nausea and such set in. In August we had to live apart for a week due to a radioactive iodine treatment Jamie received to zap any remaining cancer cells. No side effects for him thank goodness but apparently radioactivity and children/pregnant gals don’t mix. His scan several weeks later showed that he was cancer free!!!
We also lost my Grandmother, Elynor Ruth Keating, this fall. She was just shy of her 90th birthday. I’ve always had a deep love and respect for her and felt a special connection to her, I was thankful we were able to travel for her funeral. Despite the sad circumstances it was wonderful being around the extended family that I grew up with and love so much.
Now on to 2014, the year of baby brother’s arrival. Elly wants to name him Thomas and can’t wait to hold him while I cook dinner, Miles wants to name him Hulk and has mentioned putting him in jail. I think we are in for an interesting year!