Inlaws Oregon Visit

The inlaws came to town for Memorial weekend last month. Match’s dad is doing much better, and every day he gets stronger. His speech is back to normal, and he only needs his wheelchair for longer walks. It was so good to see them, and best of all, Piglet had a blast with his grandparents.

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We had fun showing them around our new town and going for walks in the neighborhood. Match’s sister and brother-in-law came over and we enjoyed a nice BBQ at our place.

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It wouldn’t be an inlaws visit without a little bit of conflict. At one point, after yet another critical comment, I said to my MIL, “One day I’ll finally get it right. One day!” I think she didn’t even know she was being critical, because after that, it was nothing but sweet comments, and she made sure to tell me how nice everything looked. It felt good to be heard, and it felt good not to bottle up my feelings. Match’s parents said how happy they are that both their kids live so close to each other, making it so easy to visit all of us at once. Now we just need to convince them to move up to Oregon too!

 

In-Laws Visit & The Mango Incident

The in-laws came by for a visit this past Monday. It had been way too long since they came over for a visit, even though they live just an hour and a half from us (don’t get me started!).

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Match and his dad both had birthdays this month so they exchanged gifts. Piglet once again had a blast helping daddy open his presents. The MIL brought a couple books for Piglet too, which he loved.

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Match went to work and the in-laws stuck around to take Piglet to the park. It was the first time they’d played with him at our neighborhood park, and they had a lot of fun with him. I just wish they would take more time out of their schedules to have these days with Piglet. He’s growing up so fast, and I’m afraid they’re missing it. Match and I both wish they were more involved grandparents, and it makes our hearts sad that we have to practically beg them to come visit.

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After they left, Piglet was acting really strange. He seemed tired, even though he’d had two naps, and I chalked it up to over stimulation or a growth spurt. I had just finished nursing him, and was going to lay him down in his crib when he threw up all over himself, his crib, and his Blue bird. It was awful! I was so worried about him. He threw up a couple more times, in between nursing sessions and sips of pedialyte. He didn’t have a fever, and he seemed happy, just a little lethargic and of course the vomiting. I had just introduced tofu into his diet, and I thought maybe he had an allergy, even though for the past few days he didn’t show any signs of a reaction.

Thankfully he stopped vomiting after just a little while, and kept down some applesauce, oatmeal, and breast milk. The next day he woke up happy, but then at lunch, I tried giving him just plain mango, and he immediately threw it up. So I think he may actually be allergic to the mango, not the tofu. I will avoid both for now, just to be on the safe side, until I talk to his dr at his next checkup later this week.

To all my mama friends out there, have your babies ever had this kind of reaction to food? Did they ever outgrow the allergy?

Sleepover at the In-Laws

Lisa: Hey Mom, can Juliet sleepover?
Marge: Are your parents okay with that? They’ve never met us.
Bart: We could be murderers.
Homer: Could have been, if we hadn’t had kids. –The Simpsons

After working from home the last three days of the week, I started getting cabin fever. I love our new home but being there for the last 70 something hours straight was a bit much. My cold was almost gone by Saturday so Match, Monkey and I were able to take the night off from all of the academy stress and get out of town. We made the hour and a half trip North to visit Match’s parents. Monkey was thrilled to be seeing his buddy again. It was the first real rainy night of the season. Call me crazy but there is just something about rainy nights that I love. We had a delicious meal of Match’s Dad’s famous green chile. Then Match and I took a hot tub in the rain. Have you ever hot tubbed in the rain? It’s incredible. We wore baseball caps and laughed as the rain pelted on us.

After our soak we ended the night with board games with the in-laws. We were able to sleep in and then had a big breakfast before heading back to our real life. My internal alarm clock always wakes me up pretty early but I love the morning quiet, especially when it’s raining. I curled up with Monkey and Puppy to read my book while we waited for the rest of the house to wake up. Match woke up to this scene:

Monkey makes a great pillow. 🙂 Don’t mind my horrible hair and no makeup but I’d just woken up. It was so nice seeing Match’s parents and getting some much needed R&R. I know Match loved coming home and his parent’s place has become a home away from home for me too. Match’s Mom and I talked about Thanksgiving plans and we’re both excited for the holidays coming up.

After breakfast we rushed home and got the house ready for Match’s study session. He had a few of the guys over from his academy and I got a chance to meet the men he’s been telling me about. They were a great group of guys and were thrilled when I made them cookies for their study sess. I liked having them study at our house but I also didn’t know what to do with myself. I couldn’t watch tv since they were in the living room so I ended up hiding out in the office looking up foreclosures and daydreaming about buying a home with Match.

After the boys finished studying I asked them if they’d be interested in coming over sometime with their wives for a wine and beer night. The guys seemed excited by the idea so hopefully we’ll do something in the next few weekends. I figure these guys are going to end up being Match’s coworkers and he’ll be spending a lot of his time with them. I’d love it if I clicked with some of the wives, especially since they are in the same boat as me. I’m really hoping to make friends in this new county we’ve moved to. Maybe Match and I can finally make some couple friends here that can hang out on a regular basis!

Birthday Twin and the In Laws

The truth is hard. The truth is awkward, and very often, the truth hurts. I mean, people think they want the truth, but do they really? -Meredith, Grey’s Anatomy

This weekend as a Mother’s Day gift I took my Future In Laws to the Spring Release Party Birthday Twin’s winery was throwing. My Future MIL loves wine and BT’s family makes great tasting wines so it was the perfect gift. Unfortunately because of his schedule, once again Match had to miss out on all the fun. I didn’t mention my history with Birthday Twin because I felt like it was something the future in laws just didn’t need to know. This proved to provide for a rather awkward yet funny conversation later that day. Continue reading Birthday Twin and the In Laws