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On Friday, Lachlan came home.

We closed on our first house Friday morning, signed all the papers, then headed to the hospital to bring our boy to the house that will be his childhood home. Nearly three acres in the country, full of warmth and love. And, as Finn will point out ... we now have cows who live across the street and eat grass, but they don't moo, because their mouths are full of grass. Hee!

Life is beautiful. Even in the most trying of times, wonderful things can happen.

More details to come. Right now we're in a jumble of boxes and stuff, living in a limbo between these two residences. We sleep in our old place, and work all day at the new one. It's a jovial sort of busy. Back with a "before" tour before too long!

red white and blue ten days late

Of course, there have been moments of fun and joy amidst Lachlan's convalesence. It's hard not to have such moments when you live with a two year-old as well. The expression carpe diem seems to twinkle in his eyes.

Our neighborhood's celebration of the Fourth of July was cause for many happy moments. Mima and Papa helped him decorate his trike (which he can ride all by himself - when did that happen?!) and the fire engine's appearance with a spray of water made it a day to remember.





That's my dad on his trike when he was Finn's age. The family resemblance is very apparent.




We look forward to doing this with Lachlan next year!

parenting in odd places


The hospital lobby


9th floor life flight helicopter landing pad


5th floor fish tank, looking a tad crazy

First things first. Lachlan is doing great. His incision issue turned out not to be a serious thing - just a bit of dissolved fatty tissue, not too much in the way of infection. Although we didn't catch them with the camera, Lachlan's smiles are happening all the time. We're just hanging out here for a few more doses of IV antibiotics then they'll let us go home. Lachlan must have been channeling your kind wishes. Thank you so much for your words of support. That was a rough day for me, and I was bolstered by your presence in my life.

Second things second. We, the parents and grandparents, will be oh so happy to be back home again (this time for good!) You know what they say ... home is where the (healthy) heart is. Feeling grateful today for Lachlan's strength and good spirits.


yearning for normal

At a post-op check-up today, the doctors decided to re-admit Lachlan to the hospital due to an infection at his incision site.

If I can see through the tight throat and mother's heartache, I can tell you that my baby is feeling better. His smiles are more frequent, and he seemed to thrive in his nearly three days at home.

He will be getting the infected site drained this evening, and will be put on IV antibiotics. Hopefully the stay will be short. He doesn't have to be in the ICU, just a regular hospital room and he won't be hooked up to all of the wires that constantly measured his heart rate, breathing rate, etc. like before. We should be able to walk the halls with Lachlan in a sling, toting the IV pole behind us.

I'm trying to hold myself together. This isn't really a serious thing, but it is so stressful to be back in the hospital. Plus, I feel like Finn was just beginning to be at ease with his brother at home. This is tough. Wish us well these next few days.

lachlan is home

We breathed a sigh of relief yesterday afternoon when Lachlan was finally released from the hospital, 11 days post-surgery. It was a rollercoaster of a ride, one which reminded me what my mantra was when I was having a rough mothering day - "at least we aren't in the hospital." Lachlan struggled with the hospital environment even though we were there with him all of the time. I think it must have been traumatizing for him to have been poked and prodded so often.

But we are home, and now is a time for healing. He's certainly not completely back to his mellow self yet, and seems to still be suffering from the post-surgery headache that can last for weeks. So we're cuddling up here, comforting a healing baby, re-adjusting to having a baby brother, trying to find the balance between productivity and rest.

Thank you again for all of your positive thoughts and prayers! I'll (hopefully) be back in this space regularly starting on Monday.

sponsor giveaway :: nido

Read on to figure out how you can win a yard of the luxurious Nani Iro jersey fabric that "Fighting Lachlan" is sporting! Thanks to Phiona of Nido for hosting the giveaway!

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From Phiona: Nido is a unique fabric & yarn shop that offers a hand picked selection of modern fabrics and local yarns. If you haven’t already checked us out online I encourage you to take a peek.

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Nido is proud to offer fabulous Japanese fabrics, including Nani Iro by Naomi Ito. Not only do we carry the gorgeous Anniversary 2011 double-gauze line; we also have the jersey knits! Need a reminder of how cute this fabric is? Check out Lachlan's outfit! The jersey is lightweight and oh so soft.  In fact, we love it so much that we would like to share it with YOU. We will be doing a giveaway this week of one yard of the Nani Iro Uchu knit in the color of your choice. Just leave a message in the comments section of this post letting us know what you would make and/or which is your favorite colorway & Meg will announce a winner on Wednesday, July 6.

Don’t forget to stop by Nido’s blog for a bit of sewing & knitting inspiration & to keep up on our new arrivals.

Good luck to all!


Comments are closed! Congratulations to Tara who said:

Oooh, I love the Fuccra Rakuen Yellow on Purple!