Five Ryans In Five Years

Day #29 & 30-The Seven Degrees of Separation

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2011 at 12:45 AM

Monday was the normal chaotic day where the entire family is just recovering from getting up early on Sunday.  The kids and I slept in a little late so not much got done in the morning (or in the afternoon) but HEY who’s counting?  hehehe

However, I did get some pretty fun pictures of the kids!  Enjoy!

Cora showing off her hair pretties for the first time!

As soon as Avery saw Cora, he loudly proclaimed that “Cora is beautiul!”  Okay, now is the time for the entire blog-sphere to say:  “Awwwwwww!”

Jasmine looking adorable in her "piggies."

Avery smiling while enjoying his short sleeve t-shirt that was given to him.

Collin getting ready to run across the living room.

Titus standing guard over the laundry for Mommie.

Today, I suffered from Seven Degrees of Separation….from my bed that is!  I have heard people say they are tired.  And everyone has every reason under God’s golden sun to be tired, even if its their own personal fault.  Both Mike and I had many people tell us while Titus was in the NCIU to get your rest now because you will be exhausted later.  Well, they were right.  Both Mike and I are exhausted but not for the rests most “new” parents are.

Our journey to this new level of exhaustion started last summer when all four kids were sick with serious chest infections for a month straight.  Since they each required neb treatments at a drop of a hat, I slept most of September on a make shift cot designed from couch cushions, blankets, and my portable sewing machine/bag as a head board.   Once the kids were healthy again, Mike and I were gearing up to get some much needed rest, right?  NOT!  That’s when the REAL fun started!  We had found out we were expecting Titus during September and were looking forward to the pregnancy, the birth, and a new homecoming.  Well, Titus had SLIGHTLY different plans.

First Degree of Separation:  Kids being sick (September 2010)

Second Degree of Separation:  Early complications of pregnancy, meaning, mild bleeding (September-October 2010)

Third Degree of Separation:  Moderate complications, more bleeding (October 2010)

*DISCLAIMER:  If by any chance you are a bit squeamish about blood and girly things, just keep past the rest of the list.*

Fourth Degree of Separation:  Serious Complications, MORE bleeding and clots (Mid-October-Early November 2010)

Fifth Degree of Separation:  Being put on total or moderate bedrest for three weeks (Early November-Thanksgiving Week 2010)

Sixth Degree of Separation:  Started having contractions, huge gush (SEE DISCLAIMER), go to hospital and then sent to DSM Mercy Triage for a week (Wednesday, November 24, 2010-Sunday,November 28, 2010)

Seventh Degree of Separation:  Delivering orange sized clots in the wee hours of Monday, November 29th, emergancy c-section of Titus, losing 6 pints of blood, and starting the emotional roller coaster of the NICU)

Now, all that being said, I/we are not looking for sympathy.  I realized there was just simply degress of exhaustion.  If I could take my pick of which one I’d do over again, it would be NONE of them!  Each one had its own set of trials and rewards.  Now that Titus is home and our family, extended family and friends, and church family are adjusting to a new normal.  I’d like to celebrate our new found tiredness and….(YAWN!)……go to bed!  Good night all and sleep well!



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