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Old 09-17-2010, 01:42 PM   #31
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Just joining in on this one! Great intro to the trip and to all of you!

I have an emotional little one too and you are so right that it is hard to walk the fine line between protecting their fragile spirits and letting them get away with too much because they are such sensitive souls.
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Old 09-17-2010, 04:36 PM   #32
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Read every word.

It just occurred to me that my step-mom, who I was very close to, has been gone 9 years already. I was expecting DS8 when she passed. I had an ultra-sound the week before going to visit her (she was in the hospital for something else and no one knew then that she'd never come home) and I wanted to find out the sex of the baby so I could tell her. It was early, but they managed to find his little.....well, his "him"ness. At least she knew it was a boy. I'm still so sad that she never got to meet him. He's such a joy, she would have loved him.
That is so wonderful. MJS and I could never agree on a name for Squirt. I don't know if I've told you, but he's named after my mom. We took part of her name to make it into a boy's name, and it's nice to honor her in this way. I like to think that she knows.

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Anywho, wow!....this is gonna be quite a ride, huh?! It's funny, I've met you, but I'm feeling like I'm just now really getting to know you.

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This is going to be quite a ride. I have a feeling it'll be exhilarating and emotionally exhausting.

Well, this is me.

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Just joining in on this one! Great intro to the trip and to all of you!
Thank you, and welcome!

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I have an emotional little one too and you are so right that it is hard to walk the fine line between protecting their fragile spirits and letting them get away with too much because they are such sensitive souls.
Oh, thank you for sharing! Any time you want to commiserate, you just PM me. It can be so tough!
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Old 09-17-2010, 05:08 PM   #33
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I'm still an artist, as much as time allows, and my latest endeavors are those tie dye Mickey shirts you may see on the boards. I learned how to make them here on the DIS, and have had a blast ever since.

I so want a TK tank!


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Also, for the purposes of privacy, I've taken to giving my family DIS names. And I'd like to thank creativeamanda for this next one, which was something we discussed a while ago on the babnana thread, and I knew I wanted to use it.

My DH henceforth shall be referred to as MJS. My Jack Sparrow. Amanda, when you called him that, it was JUST perfect, believe me, and I've been waiting to bust that out ever since.
Aw, shucks. Thanks, TK.

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MJS is one of the happiest people I know. Very little in life frustrates him, and I remember how he could joke and laugh with his cousins at the luncheon after his grandmother's funeral. More recently, I can remember how he literally held me up during my mother's. I clung to him like he was the only thing that could keep me standing, and he was.
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but just recently, he told me, "I wish we could go backwards to when Mimi was here." That's what he called my Mom. Mimi. He calls me Mama. And I'm not ashamed to tell you that sometimes, he would call us the wrong name.
That is the best ever thing I've read. Children can put it so simply and so profound at the same time.

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Honestly, some days, this baby is what keeps me going. It's like my father said after Squirt was born, "Look at him. He's a pure, innocent soul with a totally clean slate. It's amazing." And my dad is right.
YOur Squirt is my Boo. Honestly.


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And sure you can say that Nemo needs me too, but it's amazing how self-sufficient five year olds are. Nemo needs me in the sense that he needs to feel loved and secure and know that even though Mimi is gone, I'm still here, and that he has a family that loves him. It's more complex, and sometimes, I'm ashamed to admit, exhausting.
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Squirt's needs are simpler. Feed him, change him, bathe him, and he's a happy boy. I've always marveled when people say babies are hard. Sure, they're hard in the sense that you don't get to sleep, but this is the easy part. The part when I can protect him, when I can shelter him, when he doesn't know that Mimi is gone.
I miss mine being babies.


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Of course, there is one last thing that I forgot to mention.

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Savvy?
I never would have guessed it.

Great intros, TK! You've described your family exactly how I pictured you!
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Old 09-17-2010, 05:20 PM   #34
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Kind of fitting that my pink plaid park bag has made an appearance in your intros since I'm pretty sure that there will be a DIS-meet in it's future!
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Old 09-17-2010, 06:51 PM   #35
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Loved the intros!! And yes I can completely vouch for the whole DH being her own MJS...the costume is amazing and he does the role well!!!!!!

I still smile when I read the names for your boys!! So awesome!!!!! You have been blessed with two very special boys.

I adore the tye dye shirt you made for me!! I so would have you make me another, but I imagine you're a bit busy right now with the boys!!! However I LOVE my shirt and when it gets colder I can't wait to wear it again!!!
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Checking in, even though I probably won't be around much the next few weeks. Looking forward to reading about your first trip as a family of 4!
Hey YOU! Good luck in the next couple weeks. I'll be thinking of you guys!

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When I get back we should start discussing the race design, you think?

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I'm sure there's more that will come to light in future posts, but that's pretty much me in a nutshell. (NoAustinPowers)
GET IN MY BELLEH!

Sorry...that's the AP quote that roars into my head right now.

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Obviously, judging from the headless photo above, I don't post pictures of us on the DIS. I prefer the anonymity that provides, for personal reasons. That doesn't mean I'm opposed to headless revelry or that I haven't blocked myself out of photos with lots of fun graphics for your personal amusement, so there is that to look forward to.
I can confirm, however, that she has a nice head. Not lumpy or deformed or anything like that. Very pretty, in fact.

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What can be said about MJS?
Heh, heh, heh...should I go there? Nah...

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He's the type of man who can be friends with everyone, and pretty much is. He's always seeking out the good in people, works extremely hard, and is surprised when others around him offer anything less than their best. He'll push himself, and he'd never ask of anyone something he won't do. He's my rock. He's my life, and one of the reasons I married him (Jack Sparrow resemblance not withstanding, the movies hadn't even come out yet when we met) is because he makes me laugh.
Also, he buys the GOOD prosciutto when BF and I come down to visit. He's a good man.

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MJS has a giclee of Batman and Catwoman (ha ha Kat-woman )
Woman, you crack me up.

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Our first son, Nemo was born in 2005. He's a beautiful, auburn red head with an unbelievable spirit who never fails to amaze me. He's five years old and just started kindergarten.
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Nemo is a lovable, emotional sweetheart.
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Nemo is your typical boy. He loves his Transformers and Bakugans, but there's a special place in his heart for classic cartoons, like the older Mickey Mouse and Tom and Jerry shorts. He likes to help me bake, loves to play board games, and loves, loves, loves to go to the library and read.
Also, you all should know that I'm try to figure out how to cryogenically freeze myself for the next 20 odd years so that I can marry Nemo. I love this child. He's everything Kat says and a million times more. And all that red hair...

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"I wish we could go backwards to when Mimi was here."
Awwww. I love when the innocence of a child shines through in their simple words. If only we could learn that from them and return there ourselves.

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Squirt. What can I say about this kiddo?
Well...that he loves the...well, you know.

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Squirt is a sweet baby who looks a lot like his older brother, but for his hair and eyes.
For those of you who've seen Nemo but not yet Squirt, seriously. Just. Like. His. Brother.

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But Squirt is all expressions and just recently smiles, and the ever so rare laugh.
You forgot my Pigwet's grunting.

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Squirt's needs are simpler. Feed him, change him, bathe him, and he's a happy boy.
So THAT'S why men are they way they are. They're reverting back to their infancy.
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Old 09-18-2010, 08:54 AM   #37
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He sounds like some man.
He is. I'm not going to lie and say we don't have our moments, but I feel incredibly blessed.

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That is the best ever thing I've read. Children can put it so simply and so profound at the same time.
Yes. My response was me, too, buddy. Me, too.

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YOur Squirt is my Boo. Honestly.
So glad someone else gets it.

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Great intros, TK! You've described your family exactly how I pictured you!
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I knew you would pick up on that! Will you be taking that bag in Feb?

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Loved the intros!! And yes I can completely vouch for the whole DH being her own MJS...the costume is amazing and he does the role well!!!!!!
Thank you. And I'm sure MJS would thank you as well.

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I still smile when I read the names for your boys!! So awesome!!!!! You have been blessed with two very special boys.
I have, I am very blessed.

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I adore the tye dye shirt you made for me!! I so would have you make me another, but I imagine you're a bit busy right now with the boys!!! However I LOVE my shirt and when it gets colder I can't wait to wear it again!!!
Oh, hon, please. Don't even think you're troubling me, I am dye-ing to do some tie dye! I had a couple of orders a while back and it was awesome to get back into it.

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When I get back we should start discussing the race design, you think?
For sure. I need to do a test design on one of my old tees first to make sure my concept works.

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Sorry...that's the AP quote that roars into my head right now.
YEAH, BABY!

Look what I started.

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I can confirm, however, that she has a nice head. Not lumpy or deformed or anything like that. Very pretty, in fact.
Well, thank you.

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Heh, heh, heh...should I go there? Nah...
No. It's far too complex.


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Also, he buys the GOOD prosciutto when BF and I come down to visit. He's a good man.
Well, you bring the good wine, so it's only fair.


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Woman, you crack me up.
I'm punny.

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Also, you all should know that I'm try to figure out how to cryogenically freeze myself for the next 20 odd years so that I can marry Nemo. I love this child. He's everything Kat says and a million times more. And all that red hair...
I'm in SO much trouble when these boys are teenagers.

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Awwww. I love when the innocence of a child shines through in their simple words. If only we could learn that from them and return there ourselves.
Me, too. The hard part is knowing how best to handle it when those words come out. We talked about good memories of Mimi, and that did help.


Well...that he loves the...well, you know.

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You forgot my Pigwet's grunting.
Especially during diaper changes. We won't even talk about what that means.

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So THAT'S why men are they way they are. They're reverting back to their infancy.
Pretty much.
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I'm here and I want you to know I've been thinking of you a lot. I lost my mom last Saturday and your words have come back to me over the past week several times. Thanks for being brave enough to share. It means a lot.
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I'm here and I want you to know I've been thinking of you a lot. I lost my mom last Saturday and your words have come back to me over the pas week several times. Thanks for being brave enough to share. It means a lot.
Shannn! I'm happy you're here.

And I am so sorry to hear about your mom. Please PM me any time if you want to talk, or if you want to be distracted, I'm happy to do either.
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A few days away from the Dis and I miss the start of your PTR.
I'm in for this one. Now I have to grab a cup of coffee and catch up
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I'm in for this one. Now I have to grab a cup of coffee and catch up
Welcome aboard, girlie!
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The start of the school year is such a busy time. It takes me a couple of weeks to get back into the swing of things, including making time to DIS
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The start of the school year is such a busy time. It takes me a couple of weeks to get back into the swing of things, including making time to DIS
Believe me, I can now honestly say I understand. This is my first start of a school year with a child in school, and it's a whole new world for us. Putting him on the bus every day, timing Squirt's feedings and naps around that, trying to make sure everyone's getting what they need...I can only imagine what teachers must go through as they prepare for all those kids, I only have one kindergartener to deal with, eh?
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What a beautiful family you have

I think, honestly, 5 is tough even without all that loss and change. Evan went through some similar life changes at that age, not the same but equally impactful to him at the time in similar ways and it was tough. Don't be ashamed to admit it's exhausting. It's only exhausting if you are doing it right. I found the school to be an invaluable resource to me at that age for both E's, providing nuggets of insight that profoundly impacted how we parent each of the E's. Things I couldn't know or understand, not because I was doing a poor job, but because I didn't have the years of experience that those angels did.

I am glad Squirt is bringing joy, and in his own way, a little peace and calm. A respite to the other storms.

MJS....
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I think, honestly, 5 is tough even without all that loss and change. Evan went through some similar life changes at that age, not the same but equally impactful to him at the time in similar ways and it was tough. Don't be ashamed to admit it's exhausting. It's only exhausting if you are doing it right.
I want to thank you so much for writing that. It is exhausting. It's hard to admit, but it is, and it's nice to hear that it's not just me, and not just my child. Even though in my heart I know that, sometimes I just wonder whether I can do anything right.

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I am glad Squirt is bringing joy, and in his own way, a little peace and calm. A respite to the other storms.
Squirt is a blessing. He's straight from God, that child.

Please remind me of that when he's 17 and wants to borrow the car to take his girlfriend out, would you?

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