Tuesday, May 25, 2010

It's been a while...

I know, I know. Everyone's dying for baby pictures/videos/anecdotes but things have been pretty hectic here lately. I didn't really want to post about it because I didn't want this to be a big medical drama blog but I feel the need to explain why there haven't been very many posts lately. And I was TRYING to upload a super cute video of the boys last night but the file wasn't transferring correctly. I'm still trying. : )

After getting the minivan a couple of weekends ago, we took it to Houston twice for awesome family events on the weekends and Travis has been trying to finish up his last bits of school work for the semester during the week. I've been running after the boys and going CRAZY because they continue to be in and on everything in the apartment. They're little balls of energy and it's just really hard for me to keep up these days. In my spare moments when I used to post on the blog, I've been mostly lying down trying to feel better.

Some of you probably know that I've been having back problems for a few years. Well, after many doctors appointments and physical therapy sessions the consensus is that I need surgery. My orthopedist and surgeon both agree that my herniated disks are not getting better on their own and are, in fact, getting much worse. In addition to all of the normal discomfort, I twisted my back wrong over the weekend and have been in INCREDIBLE pain since then. Luckily it will be over soon because tomorrow I am going to have a microdiscectomy at 12:30. Dr. Von Reuden has assured me that it is a very common and fast procedure and 95% of patients feel immediate relief. Most people resume light activities after a day or two of rest but a complete recovery takes about six weeks. Though I am a little anxious about having surgery, I am more excited to be pain-free and be able to walk to the park, sit on the floor, and generally play with Eli and Jude without feeling the desperate need to lie down afterward.

Travis is already enforcing my post-surgery restrictions and I already am frustrated. I know that it is for my own health and safety but it is absolute torture being unable to pick up your babies when they cry. I cannot pick them up out of their cribs or put them down into them. I cannot bend over to kiss the tops of their heads. I know I will be counting the days to that six week mark to be able to do all of the things I can't do now and especially all of the things that I've been looking forward to since I found out that we were pregnant.

I will post tomorrow about how the surgery went (or maybe Travis will, depending on how tired I am and when they send me home) and I promise that we will post more often in general! Now I have to go, I only have 50 more minutes to eat/drink!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Best Husband EVER!

First, let me say a great big Happy Mother's Day to all of the Mommies out there! I fully believe that without great Moms, the world would cease to function. And don't argue, you know it's true too.

Today has been a pretty low-key Mother's Day for us, which is how I like it. I slept in a little bit, Travis made me breakfast (cereal!) and we lounged around while Eli and Jude gave me their gift - a three hour nap - and now we just got back from a Japanese dinner with my mom and the rest of the family. Travis says he's going to make bananas foster for dessert - and I'm SO GLAD I taught him how to make it a few years ago for exactly this reason! - in a little bit but that's not what made this Mother's Day or my husband the best one out there. It was all about what happened yesterday.

Bright and early yesterday morning, we loaded up my Camry with stuff for the day and drove to San Marcos. Why? To get my new Honda Odyssey, of course! We bought a 2006 Odyssey EX that looks almost new inside for a fantastic price. I could go on and on about how awesome it is but I won't bore you with the specs. Most notably it has automatic doors, amazing safety features, a 6 disk CD changer in the dash, and room for 8 passengers... though that last seat is pretty small. We're already wondering how we survived without one for the last 16 months! Best of all, it is a gorgeous cornflower blue that doesn't seem to be very common. Can't wait for our first road trip in it, we'll be riding very comfortably! I'm also taking suggestions for names for our newest family member. : )

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Their Favorite New Hangout

The Toy Box.

Houston, We Have a Molar!

Or several, actually! At the end of last week, I was afraid Eli and Jude might be getting sick - AGAIN!!! - because they were covered in snot from the time they woke up until they fell asleep and Jude felt a little warm here and there, but not full-blown fever hot. We just got over a croup-like cough and I was not enthused to have to deal with the stress of two sickies so soon. But then on Monday, Jude opened his mouth really wide and laughed and there was a molar on the bottom left side! I felt around and sure enough, there was one molar all the way out and two more were poking through. I felt in Eli's mouth too for good measure and he has three little molars about to break!

I am SO glad that they're not sick, but the fact that they have REAL TEETH is really bringing it home that they're getting so big. I can't help but miss the little bitty lumps that used to snuggle with me all the time. Now they just want to get a quick hug and then squirm out of my arms to run around in circles and climb into the toy box. But I guess that's what parenting is all about.

Oh yeah, and Happy Cinco de Mayo! :)