June + July 2017

Totally patting myself on the back right now -- both boys are napping AT THE SAME TIME. Let's see how much I can get done before someone wakes up 😉

Daniel is nearly six weeks old and has started to smile a bit, but of course it's never when I have my camera out!  He's been really fussy lately and not sleeping well overnight at all, so we're all pretty exhausted, but hopefully this little phase will end soon.

Jojo is still doing really well with the new addition to our family, all things considered. It was extra challenging at first while I was recovering from my C-section and couldn't pick him up or do some of our favorite activities. We had to get creative to figure out fun yet sedentary things for me to do with him... lots of arts and crafts projects, "picnics" in our big king-sized bed, and watching "Moana" over...and over.

Although it passed by rather unceremoniously, July 13th was a pretty special day (and by "unceremoniously," I mean it was one of those days where I was just happy we managed to keep everyone alive). Not only did Daniel turn one month old, it was also the first anniversary of Jojo's last open heart surgery, the Glenn procedure.

To be honest, I didn't even remember it was his "Glenn-iversary" until an "On This Day" notification popped up on my phone from my photo storage app.

The irony isn't lost on me that Jojo getting the Glenn in the first place is what afforded us the stability to be so swept up a year later in the typical tedium of caring for two small children that I entirely forgot what day it was.

"Normal" really is wonderful (although I do need to remind myself of that at times, especially while we're in the throes of sleep deprivation again).

Getting to take our new, healthy baby home from the hospital right away, for example, was so exciting.

And Jojo just doubled his previous record and got a SIX MONTH CLEARANCE from cardiology. Aside from a check-in by phone with his dietitian next week, he has no scheduled appointments for the rest of this year!

With this cardiologist-approved freedom, we'll be spending the rest of the summer trying to work Jojo up to getting all the way in our pool. He's got a fear of water and so far he's only stuck his arms and legs in it. I was hoping the pool would have a magical enticing effect on him, since he still won't really take full baths either, but no such luck. Baby steps.

Some snapshots from the past six weeks:

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