How is it that another month has almost come and gone? Well, probably because it has been an eventful month. Let’s start with the last weekend in December. I was off work (given the whole week off with pay as a holiday bonus). I enjoyed spending time with the boys- just hanging out. Thursday morning I hit the road ALONE to meet Mike for a weekend JUST THE TWO OF US in NC. We met half way between here and VA. I took my time and arrived at the hotel around 6pm, got take-out from Outback and ate in lobby while waiting on Mike. He arrived around 10pm and we were able to ring in the New Year together (after I fell asleep at 11:30 and Mike woke me up at the 10 second countdown). J We had such a fantastic time just being together and doing nothing! It was quite cold (in the teens), but it gave me a good taste of what to expect next winter.
It was back to work and school the following week. I’ll tell ya, after 2 weeks NOT having to wake up so early to get Braeden ready for school, it was HARD to get back in the grove. So hard in fact, my body decided to go bonkers on me. Thursday evening as I was driving home from work, I started to feel very dizzy, lightheaded and “out of it.” When my hand, foot and lip went numb, Mike’s Mom decided I needed to get looked at. A visit to the ER and a clear CT scan later, it was determined I had suffered a severe a-typical migraine. The doctor said I was right to have come in, as my symptoms seemed to mirror those of a stroke. Well, as fortunate as I am that it was NOT a stroke, the severity of my symptoms did allow me a pass directly back to the Dr. and I was able to avoid the 2 hour+ wait in the waiting room.
What time I avoided in the waiting room Thursday night, was certainly made up over the next 3 days (also my Birthday weekend). After eating dinner Friday night at my favorite Japanese restaurant with one of my favorite friends, I developed horrendous abdominal pain. I didn’t think much of it at first as this is common (for me) after eating Japanese. When the pain did not subside as it usually does, got worse and I began having rectal bleeding, I called my Dr. who insisted I head to the ER. 6 hours later, lots of medicine and another CT scan (this time of the stomach), I was diagnosed with colitis. Since I didn’t get home until 3am and was on lots of medication, I slept most of my Birthday. When I got up, I felt a lot better and even cleaned the house a bit since the boys were still with Mike’s Mom. By 8:00pm, I was doubled over in pain and called my Dr. again (who was appalled that I was sent home the prior night). He sent me to another hospital and this time I was admitted. Over the 2 days I was in the hospital, I was hydrated and given antibiotics and pain medicine. After having my blood drawn 5 times, many tests and being spared a visit with a G.I Dr. and a colonoscopy, they went with the “wait and see” diagnosis of a bacterial form of colitis. Basically if this doesn’t happen again then they were accurate, if it does, then I will need to see a specialist and have more intense testing done to rule out Crohn’s Disease. YIKES!
So far, I have had no further issues. I went back to work on Tuesday (I used my week of vacation to “recover” last week and Monday was a holiday) and other than being super swamped playing catch up at work, I’ve been fine. I think it helped both physically and mentally that Mike came home last weekend. As I commented on Facebook- absence does make the heart fonder and I feel like no matter how long or how short we’ve been apart, when we are back together, it’s like we are falling in love all over again. Of course the boys were ecstatic to see Daddy and Braeden was especially glad to show off his basketball skills during his Saturday practice that Mike was able to attend.
SO, basketball……this is Braeden’s first year playing, but he is doing AWESOME! I am certain that his 2 years playing baseball has helped. Although he is still learning the fundamentals of basketball, he fully understands the concept of a TEAM and is a remarkable athlete. I am really happy that he has taken an interest in an indoor sport since he will only be able to play baseball during the warmer months in VA (RIGHT at the age when he would have been able to play BOTH fall and spring baseball in SC) L Anyway, he is really enjoying playing and I am enjoying watching. It’s been proven that I am the loud Mom in the stands regardless of what game my kid is playing. J Although they have lost all 3 games, the team is improving every day and Braeden is picking up on the skills and is individually doing so well. We are so proud of that little guy. Speaking of skill, Braeden brought home a letter from school stating that because of his high test scores in math, he’s been elected to take additional testing for the gifted and talented program. Hmmm, maybe he WILL be right where he should be in the VA schools (which are at a much higher academic level than SC schools). We are planning on having Braeden finish his last month of school in VA. We will be moving on the 15th of May and Braeden would have 2 more weeks in SC. We feel it would be beneficial for him to meet some kids as well as for us to get a feel for what if anything he needs to work on over the summer (depending on where he fits in academically). This means he will have to continue into the middle of June (school starts and ends later in the year than SC)- HA- poor kid.
Braeden’s team before their first game-
He plays point guard like his Mama did-
So, we are 3 weeks from Mike heading to the academy in GA and thus being able to come home every weekend until we move. I am SO looking forward to him being around more. The boys have adjusted just fine and in fact have grown closer. The other night I listened in the monitor to the two of them professing their love to one another. It was pure music to my ears. Mikey has also woken up the last 2 nights crying and before I can even get out of bed, I hear Braeden comforting him and telling him to move closer and snuggle with him. J As sweet as his big brother is, Mikey doesn’t always follow suit. After hitting Sayelor’s 6 month old baby sister 2 days in a row, I reminded him when dropping him off one morning that we do not hit Piper. He said, “OK Mama, I hit Piper GENTLE!” Ugh, at least he is grasping something! I hate to compare the two, but one example of Mikey’s “beastliness” seems to always be followed by Braeden’s pure, precious heart- We were listening to the Christian radio station and they were mentioning how we can give to the “help Haiti fund.” Braeden said, “Mama, can we give some money?” I said, “Sure we can, do you want to give your $5 allowance this week too?” Without hesitation he said, “Yes Ma’am, I will even save $10 and give that.” If only us adults can be as selfless as that sweet boy.
Out of the blue the other day Mikey said, “Mama, I go to the North Pole and be with Santa.” I asked how he’d get there and he said, “I will ride the Polar Express!” He really CAN be sweet and innocent like his big brother and he sure is cute sporting his new hair cut!