Just so you know, I have every intention of keeping up with my blog…it’s just going to be awhile before I can figure out how to balance my new life with my old hobbies. It seems like by the time the day is finally done, I’m so exhausted that I haven’t been able to find it in me to sit down and write. It’ll come back; it’s just a lot to juggle right now so most of my posts might be mindless and full of pictures for a few more weeks! At least it’ll keep serving as a family journal that way though. Oh, and as an update on my postpartum saga, my incision seems to be doing a little better. My OB stuck a LONG q-tip as far inside the wound as it would go to make sure it doesn’t track anywhere (aren’t c-sections awesome?!), and it really doesn’t. So, we’ll keep an eye on it and I’ll see her again in 2 weeks. I was happy to learn that as of Monday, I’m down 30lbs, 21lbs to go. The boob is better too, thanks for asking;) I appreciate all the great advice on mastitis - I especially liked the suggestion of dunking my boob in warm water before feeding Finley. I think I’ll try that just for the experience. Also, Yiayia (my grandma) is in town now helping me and I’m SO grateful she was able and willing to drop everything to come be with me. I thought I was emotionally stable, but after spending all of 1 half day alone, I don’t think I’m quite ready to be by myself just yet. Oh, and Travis cut his mullet!! It’s not reflected in these photos, but he really did. He’s no longer rockin’ the Kentucky Waterfall you’ll see in these pics (Jamie, thought you’d be happy to hear that;)!
There are more on the way of our munchkins, but here’s 1 picture our friend, Kevin, took of us at the park. Here’s his photography site - check it out.
So, our friends have all gone their own directions again and we’re going through ‘Caca Crusader’ withdrawal (that’s how we jokingly refer to our little group). Travis and I say all the time how we can’t figure out how lucky we got with our friends. We have such incredible people in our lives and have gotten so much support during our times of transition (how’s that for a euphemism:). It was so awesome to get some time to reconnect with our friends. One of the nights, after the babies had all gone to bed, the guys were drinking beers and joking around, and Dom, Sarah, Mel, and I had a chance to really talk. The crazy part was that the discussion eventually turned to “if you’d known then what you know now, would you do ‘it’ again” (’it’ being medical school). 3 out of the 4 of us said no, and the 4th said she’d have chosen a more lifestyle friendly field of medicine. I think for a lot of us, we chose medicine because we were idealists and it was more of a calling than a practical career choice. Then things changed when we had kids. The reality for me is, I committed to a profession that required me to go into massive amounts of debt upfront, and now I have to work just to pay that off and break even. The fact that it’ll take me 8-10 years to break even on my education investment is just insane. I have so many feelings on this topic, and I hope I can sit down at some point and really get them out. To be honest, it’s not total regret, but the way I feel about my choices is just complicated. It was just really nice (and therapeutic) for me to be able to talk about it with close friends who are in a similar boat with regards to family and career.
Here are a few fun pictures from our weekend with friends (me & babies, Dom & Cata, Mel & Ashlyn, Sarah & Bryson):
The “Caca Crusader” babies:
Jackson and his Godsister, Ashyln…I think this one sums up our attempted group photo shoot pretty well!
Brad (Jack’s Godfather) & Shane
Since we have an ongoing quote list from each of our family gatherings, I’ll keep record of it here on my blog too.
2nd ANNUAL Caca Crusader Family Reunion
Colorado, April 2008
1. â€œYeah, our neighborhood looks like a set off the Truman Show, huh?â€ (Travis)
2. â€œItâ€™s amazingâ€¦someone always has shit in their pants!â€ (Sarah)
3. â€œMan, Iâ€™m sorry my daughter bit your daughter.â€ (Kevin, to Brad)
4. Laurie to Jackson, â€œ Can you guess whatâ€™s on your nose?â€ Jackson: â€œSnack!â€ Laurie: â€œNo, itâ€™s a booger.â€
5. â€œGive ME the gold(fish).â€
6. â€œCheck out the girl-on-girl action â€“ itâ€™s like Babies Gone Wild!â€ (Sarah)
7. Laurie regarding Jackson: â€œIâ€™m not sure if this is normal, but itâ€™s incredible how he tolerates a huge diaper full of caca.â€
8. â€œThis pen is covered in something slimy.â€ (Melanie)
9. Melanie in reference to Jackson straddling Cata, who is spread eagle on the kitchen floor: â€œIf we find you guys like that when youâ€™re 16, youâ€™re in big trouble!â€
10. Sarah: â€œThe school he is in is actually no nuts. Itâ€™s a nut-free zone.â€ Travis: â€œheh heh.â€
11. Laurie: â€œJackson, who lives in the cold?â€ Jackson: â€œPen-jins.â€
12. Melanie: â€œMaybe we should take a naked group photo.â€ Travis: â€œWell, weâ€™d need a wide-angle lens for Bradâ€™s ass.â€
13: Melanie: â€œAre you sure you donâ€™t want to get some stuff from the hotel?â€ Kevin: â€œNaw, I have milk, a tent, and bourbon. Iâ€™m good.â€