Birthday Boy, 2!

We had Logan’s 2nd birthday party this weekend! The little guy isn’t quite 2 but my mom was going to be out of town for his actual birthday so we did it early this year.

This year the theme was cars. He’s obsessed!

My little Superman. 🙂

I pre-ordered pizza from Domino’s the day before to have it delivered at a certain time. I was a little nervous because I’ve never done that before but it turned out great. The pizza arrived piping hot right on time. I am really impressed and will definitely do that again for parties.

We had an assortment of beers, hard cider, hard root beer plus lots of different sodas.

This year was so much fun! The party was a huge success and Logan knew what was going on and he was having a great time. It was so fun to watch him understand the party was for me and to see him smile.

My friend Star made her amazing birthday cake. Dark chocolate with homemade cream cheese frosting. She decorated it especially for the birthday boy.

Last year he cried during cake time. LOL This year, he LOVED it. He didn’t quite understand that blowing-out-the-candles part, but that’s ok.

Cake is now his favorite thing. 😀

I think everyone knew that cars were his favorite currently. He opened presents and got lots of cars and a new playmate for his cars. He got a bunch of cool books and clothes and new shoes! He was super excited.

The golf set is from my dad. My mom told me that he picked it out himself for Logan.

Finally, we showed Logan the gift from us. A balance bike and helmet! He’s still might be a little bit young for it, but we are going to give it a try.

It was a great party. Fun and exciting and so great for Logan. It was a nice weekend with my mom visiting. We got time to visit and I got some time for myself. It was a good balance of everything.

Be My Valentine

I thought I’d give a bit of an update…we’ve been…busy this past week!

First, I have to say: Friends are amazing! Last week a dear friend seemed to just know we were struggling and needed help and offered to drop off dinner. She picked up amazing pizza and salad and it was SO nice of her!! Michael was basically bed-ridden at that point.

The pizza was great and we had leftovers for several meals.

I’ve been trying to do everything and taking care of Logan, the animals and Michael. And working. And doing house chores and trying to still work out. It’s a lot. I feel like I’m not doing any of it very well right now. The meal was very nice and helpful and made me feel some relief.

Michael’s mom brought us ham and bean soup (delicious)! (And over the weekend she came to babysit and brought us a casserole.)

In better news, Logan got his first Valentine! 😉

A card made by his BFF Winnie and some stickers! So cute! Another friend dropped of chocolates and a balloon! Logan is popular. 😉 He had a Valentine’s party at daycare and that looked like fun. Plus, mommy and daddy got a valentine from Logan!

Michael and I had leftovers for dinner on Valentine’s Day. Then…his back went completely out. He couldn’t walk or stand or lay. He ended up going to the ER. At least I can cross off “hot firemen in my bedroom on valentine’s day” from my bucket list…?? 😉 Made me think of that Friend’s episode.

Family came over to be with Logan and I went to the ER with Michael. He ended up getting an MRI (thankfully) and he has a herniated disk. I stayed late at the ER until he was going in for the MRI. It was going to be several hours for it and I had to get home for Logan.

I was in bed by midnight and got a few hours of sleep. I got Logan up and to daycare, went to work for a few hours, then left and went to the hospital. They aren’t doing surgery immediately. The heavy-duty meds Michael got in the hospital seemed to help a lot and relax whatever was going on and pinching the nerves. So after spending almost 24 hours in the hospital, he got to come home!

And he got to hold Logan for the first time in 6 weeks! We were all happy. <3

My cousin Anna hired some babysitting to help me out. A friend of Michael’s picked him up from the hospital because I had to go pick up Logan. It was SO nice how many people stepped up to help out. We have the best friends and family.

He’s doing better. He has a lot of follow-up appointments (Neurosurgeon, PT, spine clinic, his regular doc, I don’t even know what else). I hope we get some good answers for treatment. I really dislike that doctors just want to “manage” stuff like this with pain pills. That DOESN’T FIX the problem. And with a lot of people, it causes more problems. Neither Michael nor I are really pill people so we’re both determined to find another answer to fix this.

So it’s been an overwhelming, stressful week! Sheesh.