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Full Speed Ahead

We have a full schedule of activities this Fall. Porter is in seventh grade, Liam is in fifth grade, and Oliver is in Pre-K. Porter has band (he plays saxophone) and he also has soccer through the city rec. department. He has also applied for the school VEX team. Porter also wants to do an additional band program where they play at eighth grade football games.  Porter is in all honors classes including Advanced Math. His elective this semester is STEM. He is currently signed up for PE second semester as his elective but we may ask to change that due to Porter’s unique struggles that I didn’t take into consideration when I selected PE as an option last Spring. In addition to school and extracurriculars, Porter will participate in confirmation classes at church. Liam will play trombone in band. He has applied to be part of the Lego Robotics team. He was an alternate on last year’s Lego Robotics team but he was very loyal, going to every meeting and even tagging along to the competitions. He’s also signed up for Science and Art clubs. Outside school, Liam has signed up for Fall Baseball through the city rec. department. […]

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Boys
Family

These Three and Painting as Therapy

These three keep me on my toes. Porter is doing a school project.  Oliver is in his bouncy seat, and Liam is currently bored and dancing around the house, because that’s what he does when he is bored. These three boys are so loved that I can’t even begin to describe it. And…I’m in the midst of a large household project that has taken on a life of its own:  painting. I’m painting the whole house, it looks like. What started out as a small project to paint the living room has expanded to the foyer and hallway, so far, which means pretty much the whole living area has to be painted since it’s an open format. It’s all half done, as per my usual style.  And, not a bit of the painting project is currently photo-worthy.  It’s just a boring white, but it brightens the place up tremendously.  I may have the foyer done soon and I’ll post a photo of it when it’s finished. I take on more than I intend to and more than I can handle, just about every single time. The painting will get done eventually, I know. Chaos knows where I live.  I invite […]

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happy, Parenting, photography

Perspective: Three and Photo Talk

That sweet face in the photo, that baby of mine, he has taken over life in our household.  The big boys adore him and even Abby, our puppy dog, understands that when Oliver is in our laps or when he is getting floor time that Abby has to be mindful of the baby.  We are settling into life with three and I am grateful he is here. The fear from the pregnancy is not gone yet, though.  Oliver will be four months old this week and his head is still wobbly as all get-out when he attempts to hold it up himself, which he will not always do.  He does better when he is on his tummy, but when he sits in somebody’s lap, it’s still full-fledged bobble-head baby.  It reminds me that this pregnancy was so very different– he didn’t move much that I could feel at all, nothing like his big brothers.  And it’s irrelevant to the fears, but that hand, the very one that’s up by his head, was just in that precise position for so much of the pregnancy and that’s a good part of the reason I was begging for a c-section by the end. […]

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Baby and Photo Talk

Baby and photo talk: that sweet face in the photo, he has taken over life in our household.  The big boys adore him. Even Abby understands that when Oliver is in our laps or when he is getting floor time that Abby has to be mindful of the baby.  We are settling into life with three. I am grateful he is here. Pregnancy Fears The fear from the pregnancy is not gone yet.  Oliver will be four months old this week. His head is still wobbly as all get-out when he attempts to hold it up himself, which he will not always do.  He does better when he is on his tummy. But when he sits in somebody’s lap, it’s still full-fledged bobble-head baby.  It reminds me that this pregnancy was so very different. He didn’t move much that I could feel at all, nothing like his big brothers.   That hand, the very one that’s up by his head, was just in that precise position for so much of the pregnancy. That’s a good part of the reason I was begging for a c-section by the end.  And then there was the heart deceleration that led to the c-section. […]

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Be-Bop, depression, Family LIfe, Writing

Forgiveness, Please Find Me

So, here I am the morning after writing a scathing lament about being alone with the brand new Baby Bump, my very own Porter Price, in the NICU. Here I am, washed out.  I hid out at a local coffee shop last night for a few hours.  I had words with Jared, to put it nicely.  I cried myself to sleep last night. I want to be a nice person, I really do.  But the reality is, I’m not.  I hold grudges.  I never forget anything, ever.  I rarely forgive. Here we are, seven summers after that NICU nightmare, and I still feel the pain like it’s happening right now.  I relive the fear.  I ache with loneliness.  I sorely miss the women on my messageboard who were my rock that summer. Once, that bitty alien baby was the baby in that scary picture I posted yesterday, the one where I was holding my firstborn for the first time and he was screaming from the pain of being cold.  I was just about as equally uncomfortable at the time, terrified I would hurt him. You know what my worst fear on taking Porter home was?  I was afraid of holding […]

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Family LIfe

Memorial Day Fun!

We’ve had a busy day today!  We spent most of the day at Callaway Gardens and we had a blast!  The boys got to see their first circus and we went to the butterfly garden.  I also got to practice butterfly and flower photography… When we got back home, we checked out the new neighborhood playground.  The new equipment meets the boys’ approval! That’s been our Memorial Day!  What a fun start to the summer break!

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