These past few weeks have been a bit CRAZY. The primary thing I’ve had going is sinus surgery. I haven’t breathed like a normal person pretty much my entire life. About 6 years ago I had a septoplasty, which helped some, but still left a little to be desired. Over the past year or so, things have gotten progressively worse, so off to the ENT I went again. Over the course of 3 months, I took about 2 months of antibiotics. They’d help, but after a week or two off them, I was right back where I started.
A CT scan revealed that things weren’t as they should have been in my head. Apparently my brain is crammed so full of intelligence and humor, that it pressed into my sinuses and caused some trouble there.
I had the surgery on Friday of last week and was a complete dope-head for about 3-4 days. Bless Laura for taking such good care of me and for putting up with my ignorance. I’d think the dumbest things were hilarious. Laura took it all in stride. Luckily, my parents were up to help for the first few days of it.
It should be another month or so before I really start seeing the benefits, but so far so good. I can tell I’m breathing a little better now…and for only a week after surgery, that’s a good thing.
The kids have been loving life. They would stay outside forever if given a chance and our fantastic weather and longer days are making that a viable option. Haley’s getting bigger and bigger. She surprises me with just how educated her conversations can be. I’m not sure how we did it, but Haley has a huge love for pirates. In fact, if you ask her what her name is, she responds “Haley Michelle Pirate Simons” without batting an eye. Sweet thing really thinks her middle name is Pirate. Who are we to tell her otherwise?
She’s constantly playing pirate games and watching pirate shows. She loves “Jake and the Neverland Pirates”. She names our family after the characters. I’m Scully, Trey is Jake, Laura is Cubby and Haley is Izzy. She doesn’t even call Trey by his real name anymore. Luckily, she loves “Jake” to death and is a fantastic big sister. She’s very patient with him and here lately, is having a minimal number of meltdowns.
Trey is getting in to everything. I now understand what my mom meant when she said I always left a “trail”. Trey will pick something up, carry it 4 steps, put it on the ground, pick something up, carry it 4 steps, put it on the ground. He’ll repeat this for hours. I told Laura we should stop picking up after him. That eventually, after he makes enough rounds, everything will be back in place again. She doesn’t think it will work.
Trey’s surprising us with his vocabulary growing. I didn’t think he’d ever speak. Turns out, he likes to learn on his own terms. He’s picking up a couple new words a week. And none of them are the words we’re trying to teach him. We’ve tried to teach him the color “yellow” for a month now. He still doesn’t get it. One word he knows VERY well is “candy”. The only word he knows better than that one is “No”.
Laura’s been busy making us a new baby. Not sure if I’ve said it here yet, but we’ve decided on Avery Grace Simons. Or, Avery Pirate Simons as Haley likes to say. Laura’s been a rock star with taking care of me, the kids and the house all while lugging around an extra 4 pounds. Did I mention she looks amazing? Hard to believe we’ve got less than 3 months until baby number 3 is here!
Here’s a couple of pictures of Haley pushing Trey in his favorite car and of the kiddo’s at the Tulip Exhibit at the Dixon.