Saturday, March 19, 2011

Then one where Lu finally picks a name...

Bless me readers, for I have sinned, it's been one month since my last blog post. Sorry. Forgiven? I'm just going to go with "yes" on that one since I can't really hear your answer. And I'm going to dive right in with the good stuff. And apparently Lu's love life is the "good stuff". How do I know? Because a friend of mine related this conversation the other day:

KK: So I read the blog. Please tell me the guy Lu was seeing wasn't M!

MM: It was.

KK: What was she thinking?!

MM: I don't know. But it's over. The end.

KK: Thank God!

MM: Do you ever wonder why we're so invested in Lu's love life??

Don't worry guys. I get it. It's like a soap opera. So the update on that is that Lu and the baby's father are on very friendly terms. They aren't what one would call officially reconciled but that's because Lu wants to take things slow and make sure that the previous issues are on their way to resolution. But he's very involved with the pregnancy now. He and his mom were both at the sonogram where we found out it's a boy! And things seem to be progressing between them in a positive direction. And frankly, it's nice to see her happy. They did work together to choose a name: Dylan James Flanagan. Personally, I was partial to Milo. Her belly is ginormous. But she makes pregnancy look adorable. And thankfully, she takes after me and has a very easy pregnancy. I hope her delivery is the same. All the screenings have come back with negative results so the baby seems extremely healthy and on track. Her platelets dipped but then went up on their own. And she finally gained some weight. Here's a picture:

Isn't she adorable??!

Sean is still working as a telemarketer and comes home daily with the funniest stories ever. He meets and works with some interesting characters that's for sure. Some of his stories are funny, though kind of sad in a way. Sad that people feel the need to self medicate with drugs and alcohol to the point that they do. Even to get through the work day. I was going to share one, but suddenly I'm not in the mood. He's looking forward to vacay. And to getting to quit his job. He's working for the boy scouts again this summer and camp callahan and then travelling.

Mike is, of course, submersed in work. Always a ton of projects to do and the usual getting camp ready for summer. In fact, he'll be missing our vacation. Don't worry about him too much though. He's not a big fan of the ocean. He calls it the big puddle.

Mike: have fun visiting the big noisy puddle.

Me: Noisy?

Mike: yeah, it's constantly making that noise.

Me: You mean the sound of the waves? The one people find soothing and they put on those machines to help people relax?

Mike: yeah. It's so annoying. Give me silence any day.

Me: You just get weirder every time I talk to you.

Don't worry. I will enjoy it. I love that sound. And I'm very excited to be visiting a state I haven't yet been to. Alabama. And drinking sweet tea and saying y'all without anyone laughing at me. I'll keep you posted.

The heart wrenching part though? We aren't taking CJ. I just can't do that without Mike. I'm already having a fibro flare up and not getting enough sleep would make it worse. Also, we considered that we aren't sure how he'll do on an eight hour car trip two days in a row. Or being out of his routine for 10 days in unfamiliar surroundings. I know in my heart that we've made the right decision but that doesn't make me any less sad. But I will be taking him to my sisters in the next month or so. We'll see how he does there and keep working to get him ready to go on a vacation with us. And Mike has promised to go somewhere with me in the fall when his work slows down some. Alaska anyone?

The fibro flare was really bumming me out. I've felt so well for such a long time that it sucks to be reminded you have a chronic illness that can put you on the bench from time to time. I was throwing myself a real pity party for a couple of days. The klutziness was really getting to me. I have thrown my phone across the kitchen (not on purpose, it just slid out of my hand), dropped a dish of cat food upside down on the floor, spilled a very full glass of red juice all over the carpet, dropped and broken a glass cookie jar and sliced my thumb open on a can lid requiring an ER visit and tetanus shot. Talented, huh? I've grounded myself from using glass glasses for the duration. But the pity party ends today. Because I happened to see a show that reminded me that there are far worse conditions to have. I may be typing awkwardly with my bandaged thumb, but at least the rest of my appendages are responding to my brain signals. I may be dropping things, but I'm still able to clean up after myself. I may be forgetting things and having trouble coming up with the right word now and then, but I can still speak and see and hear and walk. And I have people who love me and forgive me when I'm moody and sick. People who take care of me willingly when I need it. A job doing what I love. A roof over my head, plenty of food to eat and a grandson on the way. I am a blessed woman.

Thank you all for sticking with me like you do. And a big shout out to my kindle readers!! You have not gotten your money's worth this month and for that I apologize sincerely. I'll try to do better.



  1. Yes Spot...she is, indeed, adorable! Hang in there and hope the strum and drang of fm lets up soon!

  2. It sounds like you've had a lot going on this past month, so who can blame you for the mini blog break?!

    It is so refreshing to see that, even though you DO have so much going on, you haven't lost sight of the things you are thankful for. :)

  3. I'm with Mike on the ocean thing -- I too am not an ocean person. And you are the most talented klutz I've met. I hope you are keeping a record of these incidents.....a book in the making.

  4. I love the ocean. Not to actually go in it...just to listen to it.

    Yes. Lu looks absolutely adorable.

    I think they need to put your family's name permanently on one of the ER rooms..... Yall come back now, ya hear? LOL

    What part of Alabama are you going to? We are only about 30 miles from the Alabama border!

  5. She looks beautiful. So happy to hear she's doing well with her pregnancy and that things with the dad are working themselves out. Dylan is a nice choice, although I have to admit Milo has a great ring to it.

    Enjoy the ocean. I love visiting the beach. I'd live on it if I could.

    Feel better soon. Sometimes it does take a shift of perspective to see the good stuff peeking out through the clouds. :)

  6. *sigh* Meanwhile I'm starting to look like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Mean 'ol, Lu.

  7. So glad to hear all is well with Lu and the baby.

    I think my hubby might like the ocean, now that he is half deaf. It's a ashame yall aren't vacationing together, but I totally get why. I can just imagine how hard it would be for CJ and yall to have his routine to be abandoned for that many days.

    Hope the Fibro flare lets up on ya.

  8. Yes, Lu is happy she and baby are healthy! Sorry about all your medical mishaps! Have fun on vacay!

  9. Not that it comes as any shock to my system as she has always been as cute as a bug's ear ... but being preggers becomes your lovely daughter. Love the name ... you'll have a "Dylly-Bear" hee hee ...

    So sorry to hear that your health troubles continue ... but, as always, you are right there with the positive - I do love that about you. Hang in there, Spot.

    Great to hear from your neck of the woods. Enjoy the vacay.


  10. Brite~ It's already better, thanks for the thoughts.

    Jess~ Good to hear from you! Thanks. I do try!

    Jerry~ Thanks. I think...

    Peg~ I wish we were going to be closer to you, but we will get that blogger get together planned!

    Mrs. Bear~ I would live on the ocean as well! Thank you.

    Elly~ yeah. She's like that. But I'm pretty sure you're looking adorable too.

    Heather~ Thank you. It has let up finally.

    Suzicate~ Thanks! =]

    Dani~ It's good to hear from you too! Thanks.


  11. I know I'm late to this monthly blog party, but DANG! Lu looks soooo friggin' adorable.

    Congrats on your being a Grand(mom) to a little boy. Awh.