The Real World: Wilmington

This is the true story … of four family members … who chose to move to the south … live together and have their lives blogged … to find out what happens … when people stop being polite … and start having babies … The Real World: Wilmington.

Outside Fun April 27, 2011

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Warmer weather means lots more time spent outside, which makes for one happy little girl. Elly loves being outside at the beach, in her sandbox, at the park, walking around the neighborhood, hanging on the porch, etc. Tell her it’s time to come inside at your own risk. Two year olds certainly rival 16 year old girls when it comes to emotional mood swings.


Eggcellent Easter April 26, 2011

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We had a happy day filled with Easter traditions, family and fun!

Elly followed a trail of jelly beans to her basket. We had to yell “Otis!” about 800 times in order to keep him away from those beans! Miles had fun pulling everything out of his first Easter basket.

I’m glad we did some last minute egg coloring because Elly got a kick out of it. Of course the blue eggs were her favorite. The girl can’t get enough blue in her life!

Elly chose to sit with us in church, but requested to go to the nursery for the last 5 minutes of the service. When I told her she couldn’t go she had a mini meltdown, but it was nothing a few goldfish couldn’t fix.  Luckily there was some singing going on at that point.

Our trip to the arboretum was hot, but pretty. Elly was not feeling the photo shoot I was trying to implement. The nerve! Little Miles was happy to smile for the camera though.

While Miles was still napping Elly went on an egg hunt in the backyard then happily opened each one up to find out what the Easter Bunny had hidden inside.

Our little bunny enjoyed her first dip in the pool of the season.

Hope you all had a great Easter!


Happy Half Birthday April 24, 2011

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Miles turned six months old on March 12th. Six months?! Halfway to a year, really? I didn’t have it in me to make another cake after making the baptism cake just two days before. Most people probably would have just used the baptism cake pic as his 6 month cake pic, but not me, I probably wouldn’t have been able to sleep at night if I’d done that. Also, most people aren’t so crazy, er, thoughtful (?) as to make a cake for their baby’s monthly birthdays.  

I decided to keep it simple by making a key lime pie, something I’d never done before. Buuut, I managed to not keep it simple by making the graham cracker crust myself and attempting to squeeze fresh key lime juice. Ya know those little bags of key limes you can buy? When you painstakingly squeeze the whole lot of ’em you will only get 1/4 cup of juice!!!!!!!! I added some lime juice I had on hand, but still needed 1/4 cup more to get to the cup of juice the recipe called for so I added some lemon juice. The pie looked pretty nice, but I thought it was too tart. Jamie said he liked it though, but maybe he was just being nice.

6 Month Tidbits:

  • Miles is working on sitting up by himself but usually falls over after a short time has passed, the neurosurgeon said that it may take him a little longer to master this skill since his head is so heavy. He’ll get the hang of it soon enough!
  • He is starting to eat solid foods and so far he’s tried rice cereal, squash, and carrots. He seems to like eating other foods but isn’t quite as enthusiastic about it yet as Elly was.
  • He is learning to sleep in his crib and almost immediately rolls onto his belly when you put him down. The word ‘learning’ is a nice way of saying he is not yet a fan of his crib and isn’t afraid to let us know what he thinks about it. He is also still ‘learning’ to sleep through the night. *yawn*
  • He continues to like toys, adding Sophie as one of his faves. Thank goodness…that French giraffe wasn’t cheap and Elly was not into it at all, so I’m glad it’s getting some use!
  • Miles grabs and reaches for anything and everything, which does not please big sis when it comes to Miles grabbing at her precious toys. She does like it though when he reaches for her exclaiming, “He likes me!” 
  • His baby blues seem to be getting more blue by the day.
  • Overall he is a laid back, smiley and cuddly baby boy (from the hours of 7:30am-8:30pm)! We are loving watching his sweet personality continue to emerge.


Baptized Baby Boy April 14, 2011

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We recently had Miles baptised at the church we sometimes attend and it felt even more meaningful being there after all the love they showed us before we went to see Miles’s pediatric neurologist. While the pastor was holding him and baptizing him Miles put his little hand on the pastor’s face, like he was blessing him as well. He was an angel as the pastor walked around the church so that everyone could take a look at him and welcome him. He definitely has not entered into a ‘stranger anxiety’ phase yet.

We decked the big guy out in white, I just couldn’t picture him in one of the more traditional baptism/christening outfits, so I went with this ensemble. He kind of reminded me of a member of Boys II Men. I didn’t put his pants on him until we were inside the church knowing that any white item of clothing is just begging for some explosive poop. Luckily that didn’t happen until we were home. He also managed to pee on himself during a diaper change, “He wanted to baptise himself,” said soon-to-be Aunt Tiffany.  

We had a nice relaxing lunch followed by some cake back at our house after the service. It was wonderful to be able to celebrate with family and friends!


The Avetts April 13, 2011

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I saw the Avett Brothers live with the Mottram brothers and my soon to be sis-in-law over the weekend. Once I was able to let myself relax and get out of mommy mode I was really taken by the Bros and the music they were making on stage which included sounds from a banjo, guitar, cello, bass, piano and drums. They were great entertainers which made every song enjoyable whether I’d heard it before or not.  They didn’t end up playing my favorite song, but I won’t hold it against them.

‘If It’s the Beaches’ is my favorite Avett Bros song which is actually the first song that Miles ever listened to while we were in the hospital. Warning: if you’re feeling at all emotional/hormonal you might want to listen to it at a different time. I may have tearily asked Jamie to turn this song off during our first week home with Miles. I was most certainly not in my right mind, well as right as my mind gets anyways. I am happy to report that I just listened to this whole song without shedding one tear (I just made sure I didn’t listen too closely!).


Grateful April 5, 2011

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Grateful pretty much sums up how I’m feeling. Grateful for the abundance of support we’ve had from friends, family and even strangers. Grateful for the news we got at Miles’s recent appointment at Duke.

Jamie and I became more and more emotional and anxious as the appointment approached. Each time a friend or family member told us they’d be thinking of us and Miles my heart would swell a bit. Knowing that others were supporting us and rooting for our little Miles made me feel very lucky.

We decided to attend church the other weekend because we’re having Miles baptised there soon and since we’ve been to church all of one time since Christmas we thought it would be a good idea to get reacquainted with the place. Normally (when I say normally I mean the handful of times we’ve gone to church) I sit quietly in the back with Jamie after dropping Elly off in the nursery, listening, singing and trying to relate what the pastor is saying to bettering myself somehow. Each Sunday the pastor invites people to share good news and to share prayer requests. Jamie surprised me by standing up and telling everyone a bit about what we were going through with Miles, who was resting his head on my shoulder sound asleep, and that we were heading to Duke to find out more about his condition the next day. I whispered to Jamie that we needed to get out of there right after the service because I knew I wouldn’t be able to hold it together if people were coming up to us offering their support. Well, we didn’t have a chance to escape the kindness, it was like a warm knit blanket coming towards us and there was no way we weren’t going to get wrapped up in it.  These people don’t even know us, yet they were taking the time to talk to us, hug us, love on Miles, and pray for our family. Wow.

Here’s Miles wrapped up in the prayer shawl that was hand knit by a member of the church and given to us on Sunday. We used it as his blanket on his appointment day.

At Duke we were given the news that Miles has benign external hydrocephalus which typically resolves on its own by the time a child is 2 or 3. We saw his brain scan and the doctor showed us where Miles has excess fluid. He has treated thousands with the same condition and said he was 99.9 percent sure that Miles will be perfectly fine without needing any treatment. By the way, I think that doctor is the smartest person I’ve ever talked to, I mean, he operates on tiny brains AND answered all the questions on my list before I could even ask them.  We will be taking Miles to our pediatrician each month to get that noggin measured and to continue watching his development to make sure he’s on track, but all is expected to be fine!! We are over the moon! We received good news, but I can’t help but think about all those other kids and parents we saw who were also at Duke waiting to see the pediatric neurologist. I’m sure many miraculous things happen at that children’s hospital but it’s still a sad place to be.

At dinner that night I said I wished we had been able to get the appointment at Duke sooner so we weren’t spending the past month wondering what we were dealing with but then I thought about all that we’ve learned during that time. I learned to try hard to live in the moment and not waste my days worrying about what might be. I learned that Google  is not my friend. I learned to be so thankful and appreciative each day that my kids are healthy and happy. I have a lot to be grateful for.