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Not just a new cut…

A few days ago, I decided that I would cut my son’s hair at home for the first time. WOW, that was WAY more difficult than it looks! Toddlers are all squirmy and did I really think that the child would sit still?!? HA! Shame on me…

So, off to Jack & Jill Salon we went. It took ten minutes, and my mistake was erased. Thank God, his botched Beatles cut was now a nice, styled Justin Timberlake-esque do.

After his hair was all fixed up, I was looking at his “after” photos, and it hit me. All of the sudden, my little dude looked SO much more like a child than a baby. I felt so heartbroken. What happened to my baby?! I busted out in tears. This is all happening way too fast!! And all of it brought on by a botched haircut?! What the heck is wrong with me!?!

Baby fever, yup. That’s totally it. I miss the baby phase. Did I just say that!?!?!? You might think this is horrible of me to say, BUT I never thought I would ever say I MISS THE BABY PHASE, considering that the first 6 months of my son’s life, it was a struggle. #thestruggleisreal Some parents experience completely easy labor, followed by a super speedy recovery, and a euphoricly amazing blissful nursing experience. Ummm, the truth is, that wasn’t me. Not even close. I had post-partum depression, it was so bad I would stand in the kitchen and cry…for no reason. I was traumatized by my C-section experience, trying to adjust to taking care of a new itty bitty person, functioning on zero sleep, while struggling to balance working full time/family/life/friend/home time oh, and that thing called “me time”. (What was “Me” time anymore?) On top of that, I was horribly ill. I was in the worst Ulcerative Colitis flare I had EVER experienced, to the point of it almost being completely debilitating. To the point where I almost couldn’t leave the house. For like, 6 whole months. It was like my immune system really liked carrying a baby, and once I had him, my body decided to attack itself from the inside out. (My guts, specifically.) No folks, it wasn’t all daisies, cute puppies and fluffy kittens and marshmallowy rays of sunshine.

And now, after all of the things I went through in order to feel sane, to find balance, to find time to enjoy every little moment with my son, to get myself back into remission….I must be crazy. I mean, CRAZY, because even after all of those things, I would do it all over again. This little dude is my #1. He’s my world. Beatles cut, or JT cut, it really doesn’t matter. He makes my heart sing. I wouldn’t take any of it back, and would do it all over again, in a heart beat. <3 [gallery link="file" columns="1" size="large" ids="396"]

Our engagement, February 21st 2011

This weekend marks the 4 year anniversary of our engagement! <3<3<3

The weekend was a winter wonderland adventure.  If you are one of my close friends, (or my not so close friends) 😉 you probably know that snow and ice are in my blood…so this was a PERFECT weekend in my world!!!

Chris and I were able to hike up into the back country and do some skiing and snowboarding together, and snowshoe through beautiful, majestic snow covered pines.  We went snowmobiling with my step-dad (his favorite pass time!), and the experience and quality time with the fam will live on in our memories and pictures forever. <3

Chris put sooOOOooo much planning & thought into our engagement. He said it took a VERY long time, and lots of work.  (In the language of Chris, I think that probably means a few months..) =) On Valentine’s Day, he gave me a jewelry box (and it was PINK, of course!) that had a small screen on the top.  I pressed the button on top of the box, and it said “You will have 11 riddles to solve”…the first few riddles I solved, included my best friends, and I had to go retrieve “keys” (RFID cards) from them in order to advance to the next riddle.   Then, for the next few, Chris installed a GPS unit in the jewelry box (genius!) and the riddles left me driving around the city of Denver to locations that meant something to us as a couple.  Once I pulled up to the place, the box would advance to the next riddle.  Eventually, one week later, it lead me to the other side of the state, to spend the weekend with family for a getaway to Grand Mesa, Colorado.  The last key, opened the jewelry box…and….you guessed it…I said “It’s about damn time!!” and then “YES!!!!”.  It took me one week to solve all the riddles, so as you probably could imagine….I was more than ready to open the damn box!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here are some pics of this GORGEOUS location! We hope to return there for a weekend away, and to take our son with us this time.

I look forward to sharing all of the meaningful places we have been with our little G man, including Grand Mesa, Colorado, and I can only hope that he appreciates natural beauty just as much as we do!

xo,

Shell