This was a hard recovery. I had wonderful experiences with my previous c-sections and this one was very different. To avoid going into detail, I'll just say that I'm glad we are DONE. I have 2 beautiful, HEALTHY little girls, what more could I ask?! As with everything else in life, nothing has really gone as I imagined it would. It might have for awhile, but unforeseen obstacles made sure to squash that. Through it, I have a better understanding of myself as a person and a mother, so not all bad, eh? Sorry to be so vague about this but I'm still struggling with a lot of anger and hostility about this, and I know that it will only intensify if I get started. Larger scope, me and my family are healthy and safe and that's truly what matters.
So after a ridiculous number of showings and 4 separate offers, we finally made a deal and sold our house at the end of June. The very next day, we looked at a few more houses, made an insulting offer on one and it was accepted! We didn't expect to get the house, but thought that *if* we did, it would be one heck of a deal we couldn't pass up. I'm sitting on my couch, in my new house, as we speak. :) It's beautiful with plenty of space and a studded basement, ready to finish when the girls get bigger and we need the space. It was so hard to leave Effingham. I mean, that house was amazing and filled with wonderful memories of Keira's [almost] entire life and the first 4 months of Kimber's. The friends I made in that town mean more to me than some people I've known my whole life. I was one hot mess of a mom when I moved there and these women helped shape me into the mother I wanted to become. A few showed me exactly what I didn't want to be (don't worry, they won't be reading this!) but most showed me how to overcome parenting obstacles with grace and confidence. Keira made some great friends, one of which is about the same age as Tyler and a boy, which I LOVE. And I'm pretty sure I talked about the girl who also CTT and has a daughter just 4 months younger than Keira... My sweet toddler asks about that little girl all the time. Freaking breaks my heart! And this friend had another baby the day our movers came to pack up our house. :( I did go to the hospital to see them but didn't get to see her again before we officially moved about 5 days later. I saw this girl at least once a week for the last year+. She has the most positive attitude and such a sweet spirit. It's only been a couple of week and we still talk on the phone a lot, but it just isn't the same as having our toddlers playing together while we chat and catch up. Ok, I realize I'm going off on a tangent here... I guess I'm just trying to emphasize that the friends I made there mean so much to me and although I'm sad that I'm not 5 minutes from them anymore, I'm so thankful that I'm only an hour and 45 minutes away! And there's a zoo in a neutral location where we can all get together one of these day. :)
Once we closed on the new house, we had to start getting things in order starting with removing this obnoxious tree from the front of the house (and right in front of Keira's bedroom window) and trimming up the jungle...
Ok, this post is getting super long. Just wanted to update on our crazy life! I'm working on a post about the Congresswoman's recent Potter's baby survivor. It will be an emotional one, so bear with me while I try to gather and organize my thoughts.