Happy to say the surgery was a success. It was an early rise, a quiet dark drive, and too many cups of coffee in the waiting room but when they finally came to tell me he was awake it was a relief. Travis was still groggy but it was a completely different experience than his first surgery two years ago where he woke up feeling worse than before he went in. Anyone that knows him well, knows that Travis only sleeps 3-4 hours a night (on a good night) and has never been able to nap during the day. He slept the whole drive home and later that afternoon he slept for almost six hours straight. When he was finally walking around he said the difference he felt was crazy. He said his "insides finally feel like they aren't oozing out of themselves". A week later now and he seems to really be on the mend this time. We're trying not to jinx it but he's had remarkably less headaches too. Like, way less so...yeah, so far, it's been night and day.
Thanksgiving was nice. We had dinner at Travis' parent's house joined by his extended family and two of my relatives. As I loaded up my plate with barbecued turkey, filet mignon next to the string bean casserole, crunchy mac-n-cheese, sweet potatoes, and spinach soufflé I thought to myself... Thanksgiving really is the best food holiday. Luna was in the spotlight jumping from person to person selling her cuteness. Dakota was laid back and double fisting shredded turkey. She's been particularly ripe lately - sure enough as I let her suck on my pumpkin pie dipped finger I felt the tiniest of first teeth poking through. FINALLY! She is ten months old as of yesterday.
Cliche as it sounds, I can't believe it's December. I started Christmas shopping this past weekend, a first for me to be early if you can even consider this early. I prefer to do it all online if I can and have so far. We're Amazon Prime members and that free 2 day shipping comes in handy as Christmas Eve sneaks up on me for any last minute gifts. I'm 95% finished with the girls and made a spreadsheet of what I ordered, from where, what I spent, and when its arriving along with what I still need to get and for whom. Sometimes I like to organize and control things to an absurd degree to distract me from the things I can't control. Totally normal...plus I really like spreadsheets.
These photos are from a recent drive around the area. Sometimes a nap in the car works better for everyone involved so I drive around letting the girls sleep. As they snooze I listen to Howard Stern and drink coffee from a Dairy Barn drive thru. Sometimes I get a box of Entenmanns Original Recipe Chocolate Chip Cookies if I'm deserving. So unhealthy but goes great with coffee! This was a particularly dreary day last month but I thought the Fall colors were still pretty. I'm glad I had my real camera to capture the quiet I feel while driving around sometimes. Luna can be asking me a million questions making my head spin, Dakota can be crying at nothing and then... I see them both asleep in the rear view mirrors. That switch from chaos to quiet is like a giant reset button for me. Like night and day.
This year seemed to blink by. In the very beginning I was still pregnant. Then I had a baby. I worked less and spent more time as a stay at home mom. Luna said goodbye to diapers. We celebrated a few birthdays and a baptism. We played in both the snow and in the sand. We went through times of wealth and of debt. I adjusted from one to two kids. I sold a few of my favorite vintage items in my Etsy shop. We traveled out of state a few times to visit with friends. I went from having a squishy blobby newborn baby to a walking wobbling little person. I rearranged my living room furniture seventy six times. We welcomed with sheer joy the news of some dear friends getting engaged and some getting pregnant. Travis had surgery and felt some major relief! I experienced another year of what it is to be a mother to two beautiful and funny little girls. From month to month, year to year, it all becomes a blur. It's growth and plateau, night and day, and then it's all in the past to reflect on. I'm looking forward to the new year and whatever it may bring.