Archive for : July, 2014
Today, at 7:55am, TWO YEARS AGO – our sweet baby boy came into this world. I just CANNOT believe it has been TWO YEARS.
Yesterday, we completed our own “photo shoot” at the same location where Max’s 1 year photos were taken – Sullivan’s Island Station 30. For some reason, this new blog layout only likes photos in landscape (HELP!) – so I am unfortunately unable to share some of the sweetest photos. Regardless, Happy 2nd Birthday to the light of our lives, Max Joseph!
The day you were born…
Professional photographers, we are not. Out of this world ADORABLE, you ARE!
Words cannot express how LUCKY Dada and I feel to be your parents. You are a dream come true, every single day. Love you, sweet boy!!! xoxo
2nd Birthday Facts –
You Love…TRUCKS and all vehicles, but especially construction vehicles. Right now, crane trucks are your favorite! You also love the beach, baths, Double Stuf Oreos (now WHERE did you get THAT ONE from?!), sitting/laying in between Mama and Dada, naming letters and numbers that you see in the real world, stickers, being tickled, RUNNING, being outside, your blankie (this is new!), your blue bucket hat, and being on the go.
Your Favorite Toys Are…TRUCKS and vehicles, Playdoh, shopping cart, foam letters and shapes
Your Favorite Books Are…these change all of the time, but are currently Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, I Love Trains, and I’m A Great Big Tow Truck. Sense a theme? Oh, and Goodnight Charleston :)
Your Favorite TV Shows Are…Sid the Science Kid, Doc McStuffins, Super Why, Curious George, and Tayo The Little Bus
Your Favorite Movies Are…Cars, Toy Story, A Turtle’s Tale, and your favorite…UP!
Your Favorite Foods Are…BLUEBERRIES ALL DAY LONG, chicken, bananas, “chips” (any kind of chip or cracker), marashino cherries, goldfish, and raisins. And yes – OREOS!
Your Favorite Animals Are…turtles and fish, but truth be told – you’re just not all that into animals.
You Dislike…long car rides (Amen!), all vegetables, trying new food that doesn’t resemble a “surprise,” lack of privacy when you are doing your business, sitting still
You Can…talk in fragments and sentences all day long (WOOHOO!), count 1-10 and are very close with 1-20, name all of the letters of the alphabet – uppercase and lowercase, count items, name many colors and shapes, name many of the sounds that letters make…the list goes on. You are SO SMART – you amaze us every day!
You Like To Sing…the alphabet song (m-m-m-o-p!), Twinkle Twinkle, Itsy Bitsy, and anything Zac Brown (Island Song is your favorite!)
You Are Working On…potty training (this has been a slow go!), jumping, and cleaning up your messes.
You Are Going to Miss…Your Paci and your wubby. your days are numbered, child.
You Are Best At…giving “cozys” (hugs), smiling, and laughing.
Max – you are an ABSOLUTE joy! We cannot wait to celebrate YOU all day today! WE LOVE YOU!!!
Y’all remember my Double Stuf Oreo obsession, right? Right up there with my love for Jolly Rancher Jelly Beans? Serious, serious, forever kinda love.
NO Trader Joe’s. Just, no. via
We all have that extremely unhealthy treat that is our weakness. I’m talking to you, gummy bear-lover. And YOU, the one who never lets the Reese’s run dry. We all have a treat in our lives that is worth the calories. Calories? What calories? A guilty pleasure. The kind that’s worth it, no matter what…and actually has the ability to turn your day around. A best friend, really. Ya with me?
Now. Just imagine being told that you are NEVER able to have that one thing EVER AGAIN. Under no circumstance. Not a crumb, not a lick. Don’t even kiss your husband or child after they enjoy it, for fear of leftover deliciousness on their lips. Goodness gracious, full on visual focus would even be questionable. Never again, says the doctor (armed with significant test results with your name on them).
April 18th was the day that I was handed such fate. The day my life was realized as Double Stuf Oreo-less until the end of time. No more Oreos, pizza, bread, beer, pasta…the list goes infinitely on…as I once knew it. April 18th was the day that both confirmed Celiac Disease and ROCKED.MY.WORLD. Because what the crap is gluten and why is it in everything?
About one year ago, I started to have strange symptoms. Symptoms that have led us on quite the medical journey. A journey that continues to puzzle and test me and mine on the daily. Doctors, too…they’re still confused. But our bank account? No confusion there. Must.stop.now.
The details of my symptoms, tests, and results are junk for another day – primarily because I’ve already lost half of you and my story hasn’t even started ;)
Try to bear with me (via)
In summary, it went something like this….
-August 2013…extremely sensitive skin from ribcage down on right side of body. Rash. Phantom baby kicking. Only feeling it at night, every single night. No real variation from day to day. No noticeable changes related to food or drink. No pain, but just not right. Not.Right.
-Many tests and doctor visits later…Mama needs her gall bladder out. Brother and father both had theirs out this year, too – so why not?! Let’s do it right before Christmas 2013, shall we? Done and done. Surgeon threw in a cosmetic bonus that’s, too, a post for another day!
-January…same symptoms, no change. And February and March and shoot…it wasn’t my gall bladder.
-April – let’s throw in an upper GI endoscopy for good measure. Wouldn’t want to miss an ulcer or something more serious (already had ultrasounds, CT scan, blood work, major surgery, and a partridge in a pear tree). “We’re going to biopsy for Celiac Disease.” Celiac Disease? What the hell is Celiac Disease?! I, naturally, cry “JERKY DOCTOR WHO WANTS TO BLEED ME DRY FOR A RIDCULOUS, UNNECESSARY BIOPSY,” until…”Ma’am, your results were positively positive for Celiac Disease. Let’s have a blood test to back it up.”
-April 18th. Celiac Disease it is. 30 minutes on the phone with GI doctor discussing the new life that I have no choice but to lead. FOREVER.
-April 20th was Easter, but for me it was the Last Supper.
-Monday, April 21st – the first day of the rest of my life…gluten freaking free.
My last hurrah beer with the hubs at Coleman Public House. Go big or go home.
Stay tuned for what the heck all of this means, how it may impact Max, what I have learned thus far, and how sensitive (read: insensitive?) I have found Charleston’s bars and restaurants. Because, YES – I AM one of THOSE people asking for clarification regarding marinades and cooking techniques and sighing when the waiter/waitress knows nothing of the sort. I need the gluten free menu and, believe me, it is NOT by choice. I am “one of THOSE people” and I am not going to apologize. After all, don’t you think I’m the one who deserves the apology?
[I’d sing it. But, Kelly Clarkson…justice would NOT be done.]
Am I really a take-a-10-month-break blogger person? Is that a thing/allowed/gluten free/legal? Is anyone still out there? Goo!
It wasn’t you, it was me.
WELL, here I am – heart-on-sleeve – ready to do dis dang thing. Because I miss “us.” So here is what you missed in the past 10 (holy.SO.LONG.) months.
Let’s please catch up so we can be normal again. You = limb I’ve been missing.
Without further ado, a picture (of mostly Max, duh) a month. Well okay, that was my original intention.
Papa’s 70th Birthday
Snow?! (Even Max was confused!)
First haircut (Oreo in mouth)
Shock at our new hardwoods
Warmer weather and Mother’s Day
Fun, firsts, and Father’s Day
Well, I’m gonna hit July up another day :)
– Max will be TWO in 5 days. FIVE FREAKING DAYS. I can’t.
– One of my best friends in the whole entire world, Christina, moved here! YAY!
– I love Charleston!!! Oh wait. That’s not new.
– I’m terrible at summarizing life. Bahaha! There’s LOTS more to tell…
That doesn’t even scratch the surface, but girl – I need to leave a little to the imagination. To keep you coming back. Fo mo. Cause I’m gonna blog. Regularly. For my sanity. Because. YES. I’m back. [Deep breaths. Balance…I will eventually find it.]
Next time – let’s talk removal of organs and gluten free bread, shall we? Oh yeah. NOW I’ve got you hooked.
babies toddlers…I can’t not talk about those ;)
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