Our miracle RAINBOW BABY BOY arrived 8/2018

1st IVF = BFN
2nd IVF = Baby A, born May 2015
3rd IVF = Miscarriage at 14 weeks
4th IVF = BFN
After we paid for 5th IVF, positive pregnancy without IVF!

Because the important moments in life just don’t fit in a status update! I started this blog when I was training for my first ½ Ironman, (70.3 miles) to record what I hoped would be growth and progress but ended up being a huge learning experience. Although fitness is one of the key ingredients to a happy life, it certainly isn't the only ingredient. My blog has evolved to document growth, progress and setbacks in other areas too. From my surprise proposal in Rome and wedding in the fall of 2013, to Mom's devastating stage IV cancer diagnosis and death 2 weeks after I found out I was pregnant. Who knows what shape it will take, but thanks for being along for the ride.

Friday, April 28, 2023

March, 2023

March was spent entirely in hotels. We were at the Great Wolf Lodge for the majority of it, but were excited to mix things up and move to the Hyatt in Huntington Beach on the 29th. Since living in a hotel, I have fallen a bit more behind on my blogging, and so this month is more of a photo collage of our adventures with a whole lot less writing. The end of the month found us excitedly preparing for the kids' first trip to Rome. The trip is so much more meaningful because we are traveling to the place where he proposed ten years ago!

I am loving my new office, which has a shared, attached patio. For the first time in about 16 years, I am listening to birds chirping while at work. It's a sound I didn't even realized that I missed.

The kids asked the Easter Bunny if he would be visiting them in Rome, like he visited them in Norway last year. He nodded in response, so we are hopeful.

In the egg hunt at Irvine Regional, Cha won a ticket to the OC Zoo, so we went there the following weekend. I love the smaller, more manageable size.

Father-Daughter dance where the Macarena turned out to be a big hit!

Things that I Don't Want to Forget:

  • I was tying Cha's shoes when he spontaneously started singing Skidamrink. I stopped what I was doing and hugged him, trying to permanently etch that moment into my mind. The video below is a re-enactment, that I just had to capture right after he was done. I have highly reinforced him for this behavior, so he does it a few times a week now. It melts my heart...and Aut rolls her eyes haha.
  • My husband received a new student who struggles with counting. Upon hearing this and knowing they were older, our children were confused. "Remember Aut, Daddy's students are special. And you are not special. Neither are you, Cha." Without skipping a beat, Aut quickly quipped "How offensive!"