Cuddles and coffee …

I’m not sure if there is a better way to start my day than the way I did this morning. It was certainly MY calm before MY storm, HA!

Well, I hope you all have a day that starts with cuddles and coffee!!!

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Run down …

At the end of another busy day we found ourselves out to dinner AGAIN last night. UGH. To put it into perspective, Libs didn’t finish up at school until 7 pm and she probably could have stayed longer if I had let her. Again, UGH.

Sitting at dinner last night I was abundantly thankful that I didn’t have to cook. I really don’t like eating out during the weekdays, but I was so tired and hungry that I didn’t care. I’d even been feeling a bit sketchy earlier in the day too. Almost like I was about to come down with something. I dismissed it because I’ve been so busy and stressed these past few weeks. Add in the poor night’s sleep that I had the other day when Reese had her growing pains and it wasn’t a good equation. I, however, chose to remain in complete denial. Bad idea. Again, again, UGH.

As we were enjoying our not-homemade blessing of a dinner last night, I caught a glimpse of something on Reese’s face. SNOT. Her nose was dripping ever so slightly. I instantly began claiming that the chill in the air both inside and outside the restaurant must be causing it. As she began to drip more I moved into accusing allergens as the culprit. This was clearly a desperate stretch since the child doesn’t even have allergies! By the time we got home Reese was in full drip mode. Somehow I still managed to give her a bath, dry her hair and get her into bed a few minutes before her bed time. Moments like that, I feel like I have magical powers.

Unfortunately the magic wore off pretty quickly. My poor baby girl was not having a good nights sleep. I rubbed her back, repositioned her and cuddled her all night long. At around 4 am she seemed to be more comfortable than she had been all night and was sound asleep. I was SO THANKFUL!

So what did I do? Sleep, right?!?! NOPE. I got up and rummaged through paperwork. Really Jennifer, REALLY?!?! Oh and I forgot to mention that at some point in the darkness of night, my denial officially wore off. I began to feeling sniffly too.

1000 times, UGH.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you don’t feel run down!!!

Growing …

My sweet Reese woke up in the middle of the night last night with pains in her little legs. This just breaks my heart! I remember getting these pains when I was a child. VIVIDLY. They were AWFUL. I know that the pains are harmless, and that they are actually indicating a good thing, but knowing that my child is in pain just unsettles me. Luckily with some ibuprofen, leg massages and cuddles Reese was able to fall back to sleep. To hear her breathes deepen and relax as she became more comfortable was such a relief. A gift to this worrying mama.

Nights like these are the parenting REAL DEAL. When we are in the trenches, tired and worried, trying desperately to make sure our kids are OK. I’d spend a million sleepless nights like this just to give my kids peace and comfort. Make that 10 million because … goodness … I couldn’t possibly love them more.

Well, I hope you all have a day where growing doesn’t hurt!!!

Reluctantly back at it …

Reese and Libs went back to school today. BIG SIGH. They were definitely not happy about it. I have to admit that I wasn’t thrilled about it either. Being sick made for a very mellow last half of their winter break. Plans were changed. Trips didn’t happen and outings got postponed. I’d complain but to be honest, I love being with my kids no matter where we are and what’s going on. Sure, I could have done without the fever and cough but having all four kids home will always be my happiest of places. I think the rain we got this morning made returning to our normal school day schedule a little bit harder too. Rainy days should be filled with cuddling, hot chocolate and movie marathons. But this morning was filled with alarm clocks, lunchboxes and umbrellas. Ugh. Thankfully Sid and George don’t return back to their universities for a few more weeks so we still get lots of WHOLE family time despite Libs and Reese’s return to school. I’ll just keep reminding myself of that as I’m sloshing through town today running my errands.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you reluctantly get back at it!!!

Dozing off …

Spring Break officially ends today. Big sigh. I love it when the kids are all home. Anyway, I wanted to get Reese in bed early tonight. They all go back to school tomorrow and I didn’t want her to feel tired in the morning getting back into her routine. So about 30 minutes earlier than usual I climbed into bed with her like I normally do every night to read her a book and lay with her until she falls asleep. You can tell me all the reasons that laying with her until she falls asleep is bad, but I don’t care. She is the best sleeper out of all four kids. Plus it’s our special nightly routine and we both love the cuddles. She is just so stinkin’ sweet! Plus she can put herself to sleep easy peasy if I need her to.

Tonight G3 helped Reese with her choice in books, Green Eggs and Ham. His favorite book as a young boy. How cute is that?!? So I read her book to her, we prayed and then we laid down … and I was OUT like a light! Holy moly. I fell straight to sleep. I didn’t even realize I was that tired. If I said I was awake a minute I think I would be exaggerating! If Reese had gone to sleep at her normal time, I wonder if I would have made it to our normal routine or would the kids have found me fast asleep on the floor in the hallway! Seriously, Reese must have thought she put me to bed, HA!

Well, I hope you all had a day where you didn’t doze off!!!

My life is a TREASURE … 

Today I am thankful for so many things.

Modern medicine and speedy recoveries. They are GOLDEN!

Courage. It’s INVALUABLE because it takes a lot to get through each day. 

My family. Wait, correction. My family who acts like family. They are PRICELESS.

My friends who are like family. They step up, when others step down. These true ones are RARE.

Our health. Its’ WORTH should never be underestimated.

Little girl giggles and cuddles. They are PRECIOUS gifts!

Oh and bee keepers and ladybugs … because my life is NEVER DULL.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you see your life as TREASURE!!!

My brave little warrior …

Reese’s surgery went great. Her doctor removed her tonsils and adenoids. Her ear canals were still too small for tubes but she didn’t have any fluid in them anyway. It’s been almost a year since the fluid was previously drained. With as much as she has dripped over the past 5 months, if it was going to return, it would have already. So it looks like we are in the clear on that end. YAY!

Reese is doing better than I could have ever imagined. She has had no pain and has just been a little tired. She’s wanting lots of cuddles, which I am loving! She’s tolerated her favorite foods, banana yogurt and almond milk, like nothing was done to her throat. She’s even taken all her pain meds without any difficulty. She has been on her iPad, playing with her Barbies and even asked to go play outside. I said a firm NO on that last one.

Reese amazes me. She always has. Be it 2 pounds 15 ounces laying in the NICU or today almost 6 and half years later, she is full of love and life. She has a strength that I have never seen in another human being and a resilience of spirit that leaves me in awe. She is, put simply, my hero.

Well, I hope you all had a day where you spent time with a brave little warrior!!!