Lips and cheeks combos
Whew. It’s been little bit turbulent around here lately, and by here I mean my home. Justin is back from climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and upon his return he was struck down with strep throat. We were concerned it was Malaria or some other obscure foreign illness, but thankfully a single shot and some R&R had him feeling better just a few days later.
The thing is though, I had mentally prepared to have my partner in crime back, so when I suddenly had another person to care for on top of caring for my boys, I was thrown a little off. Basically, I dropped everything except the survival type stuff and I finally feel like my head is coming above water today.
I hadn’t realized how dramatically I would be affected by Justin’s absence. He will occasionally travel for work, but 2 full weeks with very limited communication was hard on me. I missed him to the point of feeling physical pain.
Over our time raising these boys, I’ve come to learn something about parenting with him that I hadn’t quite anticipated. I knew he would be helpful and dive physically into all that goes with parenting (diapers, baths, wrestling, etc.), but I didn’t realize how deeply important the emotional support would be. There’s a camaraderie sense in a “we are in this together” sort of thing, you know? I felt like half of a human when he was gone, and am very glad that he is back.
With sadness I must also share that Justin lost an Aunt and Uncle this past week as well, in completely separate situations. So we are hurting for their immediate families, and other close relatives who lost a loved one. So if I seem a little detached, just bear with me for a little bit, okay?
On a much much smaller scale, I’ve had a handful of back to back migraines over the past week. Do you get migraines? Mine are so strange and lately haven’t even led to a significant headache. The biggest impact they have on me is impairing my vision and sometimes my speech. I go almost completely blind in my left eye, and see zigzag lines and shaky images in both eyes. It’s really strange and usually it doesn’t last more than about 30 minutes. On Sunday, shortly after getting another migraine, I was trying to ask Justin, who was looking at the baby monitor, if Luke was on his belly but instead I asked him if Luke was on his “grubby”. I immediately heard that I didn’t say the correct word, and when I went to correct myself I couldn’t do it. I said “grubby” again. It was alarming and I started to panic a little bit. Justin does so well at remaining calm at times that I become upset, but we both thought it wouldn’t hurt to go see a neurologist. So, hopefully I can learn a little bit more about why this happens and perhaps lower the frequency.
I’m getting back into the swing of things around here and have things in the works to share soon! Did you enjoy watching the hair makeover I did on my girl Julia last week? I’m hoping to film a few more of those soon. . . I just need to find willing models 😉