Sunday, April 27, 2014

Family, Spring Break, and First Missing Tooth

We've been able to spend time with family recently. We stayed home for Spring Break this year, and M's cousins came and spent a few days with us. I'm so glad because it's been so long since we've had this little trio all at once. Love my nieces!

We did plenty that week: children's museum, jumpy house place, and enjoyed the beautiful sunshine at the park.  

Also, you can kinda see from this picture, that M lost her first tooth!  Sorta. One of her bottom teeth started to peek out before the baby tooth fell out.  And then that sucker started growing in. Of course as a mother, I kinda worried that my baby's teeth would grow in all weird (like mine did!). But then I consulted "Dr. Google" and her actual dentist and learned that what was happening was far more common that I thought.  He said to bring her in a few weeks if that baby tooth didn't budge.  After it didn't, we took her to get the baby tooth pulled. It was drama-free (no pain), and she was pretty proud.  And just like the dentist promised, that new tooth is already finding its way to its rightful location.

My nieces are really growing up.  

Which is a little bit sad because I know that means soon they won't care to come stay with M and Auntie Gerri. They'll be at the age where there will be far "more important things" going on in their lives. Time, please slow down!

The last time we went to the jumpy house place, M was too little for the go-karts.  This year, she barely made the height cut-off.  My baby was driving that thing! It was adorable because she was so slow and careful. I'm wishing hard that she'll be the same type of driver 10 years from now!

This was a hot mess.  Neither of the three was a fan of the rock climbing wall. Hilarious!


The girls had a blast, and I'm so glad we could see them a few days over Spring Break. Having them over was a great distraction for me, too, as my younger cousin (19 years old) was sick at the time. The doctors feared it was cancer, and kept him that week until they ruled it out. I've mentioned a time or two how cancer had miraculously yet to affect my family directly.  Never in a million years did I think our first close-call would be through my baby cousin (yes, he's 19, but he's one of the last he'll always be a baby to me).

My family was a nervous wreck that week -- lots of praying going on.  I've always been very logical/realistic, so I knew the unthinkable could actually happen. I was ready to be there for my folks and be sure they never lost sight of the fact that cancer is not a death sentence. That there were possibly options and treatments that could heal him. And while I really felt that way, and despite the fact that I feel like I'm a pretty "strong" person, I don't think my "tough" heart was ready to see my baby cousin battle cancer. Or to see my family so brokenhearted. Thank God his biopsy was negative, and his condition is less serious. THANK GOD. 

On a completely different note and because of a different medical situation, Danny's great uncle recently passed away. My heart broke for the family -- especially his wife and daughter.  We made the trip to Raleigh to spend some time with them.

I'm so glad M got a chance to know Uncle C before he passed. She's actually taken the trip to Raleigh a few times with my mother- and father-in-law (she's actually been there more times than I have).  So while her memories of him may become vague as she gets older, I'm just glad they will be there. And I know Cousin C (Uncle C's daughter) has some picture of M with Uncle C from one of her visits there. 

While we were in Raleigh this time, M spent some time with relatives she met on her last trip. She and J (the boy) are about the same age, and played the last time she was in Raleigh.

Uncle C and Auntie S live in downtown Raleigh, so we were able to actually walk to Marbles Kids Museum while we were there.  It wasn't M's first time going, but you couldn't tell that.  She loved that place.

Pretending to be Elsa...of course. 

We've been to several children's museums in different states, and this one is the best hands down.  A pretty cool place.

I hate that we were in Raleigh under the circumstances, but are glad we were able to spend time with family we don't see often.

All of this -- Spring Break, medical scare, Uncle C/Raleigh, missing tooth -- all happened in March.  Quite an up-and-down month.

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