It has been a long time since I updated this journal. Life with Will keeps me so busy, not that that is a good excuse. Several big events have happened since I last wrote.
My first Mother's Day, seriously, could not have been more perfect. Mike and Will surprised me with a wonderful day. They made me a beautiful picture of Will's hands and also gave me a beautiful mother's necklace. We ate breakfast out at one of my favorite places to eat breakfast - McDonald's! I know, I know, but it is inexpensive and a guilty little pleasure of mine. The weather was gorgeous, which can kind of be unusual in the Pacific Northwest in spring time. We also took Will for his first Big Boy haircut and then Mike barbecued prawns for me for dinner. All in all, it was an amazing day. Even if nothing else had happened, just the fact that I had such a sweet little Will to spend the day with it made it perfect.
Yes, it's true. We have a little crawler on our hands. He took his time getting to this point and he is still not that fast, but when you call him, he can come to you. He goes after toys, the dogs, and cat with great zeal. He laughs when he gets to his destination and squeals with glee at his own cleverness. He is this close to pulling himself up on things, too. He can pull up if we provide counterweight with our hands, but he hasn't gotten the hang of doing it solo yet. I imagine it will be any day. He can pull himself into a sitting position, which is how we find him most mornings.
I debated on whether to add this to our journal, but it explains my absence and it is part of my journey. We unexpectedly found ourselves pregnant again in early May. Although a bit sooner than we had planned, another baby was always something that we wanted. After an initial shock, we were very excited. I started spotting just a few days after the positive test, so we didn't have very long to get used to the idea, but it is amazing how quickly you can start to love another child. I love Will so very much that it makes it just all the more poignant that we have lost the opportunity to love another baby in the same way. I do have hope that we will have another baby in the future. We have five frozen embryos left over from our fresh IVF cycle. With this latest loss, we have started talking about trying for another baby again, perhaps as early as next fall. In the meantime, I am still sad and find myself also grieving over the babies that we lost while trying to conceive Will. I don't know if I have it in me to endure that many losses again, but one step at a time, I suppose.
Will spent two nights away from us this last weekend so that Mike and I could spend the weekend in a nearby mountain resort town. I thought it was supposed to be just a relaxing weekend for the two of us, but I was surprised by 18 of my closest friends (one all the way from San Francisco!) who showed up to help us celebrate. I am still in shock, not only that people would give up their entire weekends to celebrate my birthday, but also that Mike was able to plan and organize such a huge surprise without me guessing! I had an amazing time, but was really glad to get home to Will at the end of it. He did great with his Grandma, but it just feels the nicest when we are all home together.
Due to congestion that has lasted for over two months, Will's pediatrician decided that he might have a sensitivity to dairy.
Despite his love for cheese and yogurt, we have eliminated that from his diet. He has been free of dairy for a week today and he does seem less congested. We are going to keep him off of dairy until his one year birthday, then reintroduce it and see how it goes. Other than that, his 9 month Well Baby check was uneventful (not even any vaccinations). He is weighing it at 20 lbs., 11 oz. and 28 inches tall. He is right in the middle for his measurements and his growth chart looks phenomenal. He impressed his pediatrician with his interest in books and also his ability to High Five.
Well, I think that captures the highlights of the past month. I am loving this summer weather and will have to post more pictures of Will enjoying all of the outside time. I hope all of you are doing well.