Friday, June 26, 2015

And Then There Were Five

Hello, friends! It has been quite some time since I have written anything on the blog. To say that we have been busy this year would be a masterpiece of understatement. I feel like we are slowly emerging from a haze, and not entirely unscathed. Here's a quick recap of our past year:

I was feeling a little claustrophobic staying at home with the girls. I decided to take a job at a law firm where I was supposed be editing legal contracts based on my copyediting experience. As it turns out, lawyers aren't often the most humble of people and mine didn't particularly like having his work returned to him dripping in red. So, I mostly ended up answering phones and running errands. I found working in an office to be physically, emotionally, and spiritually stifling. However, it ended up being a blessing in disguise. For those that don't know, my health wasn't the greatest the past year. I went to so many specialists, all of whom had no idea what was going on with me, until I finally found a holistic doctor that diagnosed me with Hashimoto's - an autoimmune disorder. I'll write more about that in a later post. Unfortunately, insurance doesn't really cover holistic or alternative medicine - you know, the stuff that actually helps you get better? My stuffy boss ended up helping by not only paying for most of this care with an excellent salary, but by giving me the flexibility to leave work whenever I needed for my appointments. It took over a year and half to get better, but I did it. 

With a renewed energy, I didn't much see the point in working anymore. Especially considering I would frequently cry in the restroom because I missed my two little girls so flippin' much. And then I started getting tired, and queasy, and well, you know the rest. 

hello, little one!
I am four months pregnant and due December 6th with our third child! I finally had the motivation I needed to quit my job and stay at home with the girls again. It has been so lovely going to the park, baking cookies, reading books, making forts, and spending time with my little ones. Since most of my freelance editing is done when the girls are in bed, I was still spending my nights working and feeling exhausted. So, I have dropped all of my editing clients except for my favorite one. I work one or two nights a week instead of seven and still receive a small monthly paycheck. Now my nights are filled with yoga, drinking loose leaf tea, reading books, and of course, Netflix (I have to feed my Fringe addiction). I like it better this way. There will always be time for work and my kids are only going to be this little once. I don't want to miss a moment more of this.

Zoë, our youngest
Meanwhile, my husband had been going to college full time since we arrived here in Alaska almost three years ago. Having our time with him in the evenings being so limited was difficult on everyone. And now, all that hard work has paid off! He just graduated with a bachelor's degree in professional aeronautics. This September, we will all fly to Seattle for his graduation ceremony at the Seattle Museum of Flight. With schoolwork out of the way, we were free to focus on our next big decision - to reenlist or not. It was a tough call, as anyone who has ever been in the military (or married to it) can understand - but we decided to do it.  Ultimately, it was a good move for our family.

I feel like the past couple of weeks we have all just been decompressing from the sheer stress of this past year. This summer, we are all finally relaxing - no more school work, no more appointments, no more decisions, no more calendars to keep track of. Our guest rooms and hearts are full again. As I write, my living room is filled with family, wine, and chocolate. Life doesn't get much better than that, does it?

Baby bro. I seriously love this kid.

My mother, father, and brother are all visiting from Virginia. I haven't seen most of my family in a year and a half, so this visit has been much anticipated! My brother has only been here in the winter, poor dear, so I'm excited that we get to play in the warmth and midnight sun this time around. There will be hiking, fishing, and of course, Moose's Tooth. 

On their first day here, we all drove to Wasilla to get a gender ultrasound. I know, I know - I'm super impatient. We paid out of pocket for this one because I just could not wait until my next medically necessary ultrasound to find out what we are having. Drumroll, please...

say whaaaaat?

Yep, our third one is going to be a boy! I think because I have been popping out girls like an Easy Bake Oven, I was just expecting it to be a girl. I'm pretty sure there is enough estrogen in this house, but still, I was sort of stunned when the technician announced the news. I actually asked her, "Are you sure?" She looked at me, pointed to our son's "member" on the screen, and said, "Does that not look like a penis to you?" Well, thanks for the subtlety! I guess I'm not naming this one Emma. Any ideas for boy names?