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Catching Up

Has it really been two months since I blogged? I feel so lazy. Truth be told though, I’ve been super busy. Teaching has been an adventure, to say the least, and I find it hard to keep up with grading all the projects. Currently, I’m on spring break and I still have 160 projects and 110 quizzes to grade. Here are some of my Middle school and Elementary school students’ work.

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In addition to my busy school schedule, I have to mention that my photography business has really picked up. I have a wedding, a new born session, a maternity session, an album design, and three religious ceremonies that all need edited and uploaded by the end of next week.

And with all that on my plate, I’m taking tomorrow off to take my son to the zoo. It’s been raining the last few days and tomorrow’s forecast is 75 and sunny, so we’re taking advantage of it.

Speaking of my son, he’s growing like a weed. He’s 18 months old now, weighs over 25 pounds, and is about 34 inches tall. He is super smart too. He’s running now and his vocabulary is ever increasing. He’s become obsessed with the show Little Einsteins. So obsessed in fact that he wants to watch the shows over and over, all in a row, and he starts crying when each episode ends. He’s also learned that he can watch it on the computer and if he clicks the mouse the next episode starts.

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He’s still very active though. We think it may be time to buy him a riding toy.

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He still loves to read too. We’ll go through his entire book collection (30-40) three times before he gets tired of it.

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He has a thing for trains now too. We had to pry him away from this set at Toys R Us (resulting in a complete meltdown), but we did surprise him with his own train set when we got home. He’s played with it for hours on end and takes the engines with him everywhere.

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All in all, this has been a very full two months.

Family is everything

I have a big family. I am one of six children. Both of my parents are one of five children. I have 17 first cousins on my mom’s side and 24 first cousins on my dad’s side. We’ve always been close, never perfect, but willing to do anything for one another.

So when I met my husband, I was excited to find such a wonderful man to start my own family with. Family is very important to me. Unfortunately for my husband, his family is not close like mine is. His family is wrought with grudges, pride, and selfishness (mostly on the part of his parents and their siblings). So he was equally as happy when he found me to start a new family with. On the 21st we celebrated his 33rd year of life. We went out, just the three of us, to dinner at a restaurant he picked and had a wonderful time.

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Fatherhood has been difficult for him to adjust to, especially since he is not close to his own dad, who was often out at sea (Navy) when he was growing up. He is trying very hard though to be a good dad. So far he is doing a wonderful job and has been ever so helpful in ensuring our son is well cared for, especially when I have evening meetings. Tonight, I returned home from one such meeting to find this beautiful display of love between a father an his son.

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All things new

Well, I’ve been MIA for over a month, and with good reason. I blame this little guy.

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Parenthood is certainly an adjustment and I can’t believe how quickly my maternity leave is passing by. I only have two more weeks of 24/7 contact with my little angel. But enough of that for now. If I dwell on it too much I’ll start crying.
My baby boy has really made life interesting so far. Everything from peeing all over in mid diaper change to sleepless nights, to inching his way closer and closer to me in bed, to his very first smiles.

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There have been moments when I’ve just stopped everything so I could sit and cry, either for lack of sleep or just from being overwhelmed or feeling all alone. There have also been moments when I’ve wanted to be nowhere else than holding my baby. The tough times are well worth it when the good times come around. And as he grows I know there will be other challenges.
We’re facing one of those challenges now with nursing. We have a yeast infection we keep passing back and forth to one another when he nurses. So we’re both on medicine for the next two weeks, and a very painful two weeks it will be for me until this infection is gone. But look at this face.

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He is so worth it!
I am trying very hard not to turn this into a baby blog, which is part of the reason for no posts. He is a huge part of my life though, so if you’ll let me indulge every now and then, I promise the photos will be cute. Hey, look, another one. 🙂

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My husband is also experiencing the newness of fatherhood. He misses us when he’s at work and can’t wait to get home so he can hold his little man.

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He is counting his blessings because shortly after Louis was born we were back at the hospital, not for the baby, but for my husband.

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Late one night he woke up in severe pain. Upon taking him to the ER, we learned that he had appendicitis and had to have emergency surgery. Three days later, he got to come home, and now he holds the baby every chance he gets. I never thought I could love two men at once. 🙂

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Whatever life brings our way, I’m happy that I have my husband and son to share it with.

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