I am almost embarrassed by how spoiled I am. It's the truth.
We had a full week of visitors helping us with the girls. It was really wonderful for them to have so much attention. Then, Aunt Manda and Noni had a GENIUS plan: take the girls away from me so I could possibly sleep and not become insane.
Lily begs me practically every day to go to Aunt Manda and Uncle Zack's without me. They live 6 hours away, so trying to get here there and get her home is quite the logistical issue. So, it hasn't worked out in...years? Well, Zack and Amanda were leaving Saturday, and Melissa was going to Bham Tuesday morning for Anderson's eye appt, so it really worked out perfectly. Mom happily volunteered to get Reese from Amanda on their way through Knoxville, and then Mom and Pops would get them back to me. HEAVEN for everyone involved, especially me. I love them, and I hesitated for about .2 seconds for Lily to miss school. But, it was really too perfect of a plan for me to fight.
PLUS, Hughes' schedule changed while I was in the hospital, and he had to work a week of Night Float, starting Saturday night. He hasn't had any time off since Levi- he even worked while I was in the hospital- and this would mean he was leaving for meetings/work from 3pm-7am all week. He would come home and nap and then go back. His work group is really wonderful, and they are so fair. It was just bad timing with how the schedule fell. Levi was born during Spring Break for a lot of people, so several other docs were out of town. So, I would basically be completely alone in the parenting duties for the entire week. With the one week old. I was not ready to take on this challenge quite yet. And, I am not even supposed to be lifting anything over ten pounds (Levi's head size= several stitches...overshare?), so I really didn't need to try and deal with Reese anyway. AND, I really had a bad cold that was preventing me from sleeping during the 13 minute spans that Levi would allow me.
Of course, all of that justification is to relieve me of my mom guilt and inadequacy at being able to actually handle my three children alone, yet. I like to put off actually parenting 3 kids for as long as possible.
I am grateful it worked out perfectly!
As the pictures reveal, both of the girls were also really grateful. Nobody missed me, I am sure of that.
Aunt Manda, introducing Lily to places she didn't even know existed.
Reese and Max love each other so much. Cousins are the best.
Lily is such a believer.
They made a tie-dye cake.
I just realized right now that Mom made a photo collage! Good job, Mom!
The Mister over there with his stitches.
She even got to see Kyler home from college!
Big Cousin Noah.
Just another day in Paradise.
Of course she talked them into DQ.
Her happiest place on Earth.
I love that she still wants to ride carousels.
My nephews are such troopers.
I cannot even make this up. Maybe it is the hormones, but I sort of want to cry right now thinking about how lucky we all are.
Some giant stuffed animal you can ride around the Mall? When your kid is with Aunt Manda and Uncle Zack, OF COURSE you get a text picture of her on a giant stuffed robot animal that she is riding around the mall.
At a lacrosse game. This reminded me of old times when we lived there!
I love my family!