Happy Birthday Mr. Man! You’ll get cake and presents this weekend! I love you.
As I was lifted into an ambulance at seven months pregnant, I couldn’t help but recall my own childhood. Like most others, I dreamed of riding in a police car or ambulance. I hoped one day I would be able to explore where the EMT’s sat or maybe even hear the sirens blare. Hearing the sirens in real life was far less exciting, in fact it was terrifying. A routine ultrasound had revealed a major loss of fluids and a lack of movement from my baby. I wondered if someday she’d be mesmerized by emergency vehicles too.
The hour long ride to the hospital that was better equipped to handle a premature birth only gave me more time to worry. By the time I arrived at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital I had convinced myself that I was going to give birth that day. That didn’t happen though. I stayed there on bedrest under close monitoring. Nearly three weeks went past before they couldn’t hold off inducing me any longer. They did one last ultrasound before induction that estimated my daughter, who we had already named Kiera, at a little over five pounds. After 28 hours of labor Kiera was born at three pounds and five ounces.
Her brain was properly developed and she could breathe independently. Still, she needed to reach a healthy weight and she had to be capable of eating all of her meals independently before they could consider sending her home. They inserted a feeding tube and placed her securely in the incubator, while I prepared for the long journey ahead of us. I healed quickly and was released from the hospital, Kiera, on the other hand, would need to stay much longer. Our home was approximately an hour from this hospital and making that trip multiple times a day was not only illogical, but it would have drained our savings account when we had more urgent things we needed to buy for her.
It was overwhelming, Kiera had to be fed every three hours and while the nurses in the NICU were more than happy to help I felt that my job as her mother was to feed her. I wanted to avoid treating her any differently than a full-term baby would be treated. After considering countless possibilities and potential schedules I realized that this would be impossible. I vented to a nurse at the hospital and she told me that there was a Ronald McDonald House within walking distance from the hospital and that parents who could not travel, but had children admitted into the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital could stay there for a nominal donation.
I’ve always had big aspirations. I want to travel and see so much as does my family. I’ve decided to compile a list of Thirty-Two places we want to go. I think it’s a good idea so we remember to stay on track to reach our goals.
- Kiss the Blarney Stone
- Spend a week at Walt Disney World
- Cruise to Castaway Cay
- Tour the Ripleys Believe it or Not Museum
- Go to Harry Potter World in Universal Studios
- Attend San Diego Comic Con
- Disney Land
- Tour Alcatraz
- Drive over the Golden Gate Bridge
- Attend Anime Boston
- Boston Museum of Science
- Attend New York Comic Con
- Walk around Times Square
- Get a Picture at all the places on the Monopoly Board
- Wagon Ride through Central Park
- World Trade Center Memorial
- Edgar Allan Poe Museum
- Tour Eastern State Penitentiary
- Spend a week at Mall of America
- Nickelodeon Studios
- Tour Salem, Massachusetts
- Go back to England – Do all I missed
- The Shire – New Zealand
- Do Las Vegas
- Waste money at a Casino
- Visit a Disney in another country
- Cruise to Nova Scotia
- Take a Long Roadtrip
- See Niagara Falls
- Do a European Cruise Tour
That’s our list. I’d love to hear suggestions of sites to see at our destinations and I’d love to hear what is on your Bucket List!
Summer is just weeks away and we are ready to make the most of it. I remember summers during my childhood seemed magical. I would wake up each morning with a newly found sense of curiosity, never knowing what each day would hold. I was encouraged to use my imagination. This will be our families first summer with two kids and I am excited to see that same sense of wonder and adventure consume them.
We bought a state park pass for this year so we are planning to do a little tour of Maine. We love nature, swimming, and hikes. We go to Range Pond and Popham Beach state parks often and this will be a big money saver. My husband is quite the history buff and we are looking forward to visiting forts and other historic monuments.
We can’t wait to blow bubbles, find wildflowers, and run through a sprinkler on the front lawn. We are going to make a giant slip and slide and show our kids that it is okay to be silly. We will have many campfires and late nights under the stars. We want to go to an amusement park, Funtown or Storyland will do. We want to travel to Boston. We want to roam the streets. We want visit the museum of science. We want to tour on the duck bus. We want to explore.
At night we will cuddle up with a good book or I’ll show the kids Disney movies from my childhood. We will build blanket forts and have picnics right on the living room floor. Our kids will know true joy of the summer season.
The first day of summer is June 21st. How are you planning on spending yours?
The last couple of days we have been building a new swing set for the kids and starting to makeover our backyard. Living in a rural area has its perks but one of the downfalls is a lack of places to just hang out and have fun. To counter that problem we are turning our own back yard into a hang out spot for both kids and adults Continue reading Backyard Discovery Swing Set Review and Start of Backyard Makeover
Toys, collectibles, and childhood memories are a hobby of mine. So I am going to expand on my hobby by documenting and reviewing new toys, subscription boxes and much more! I am a wife and mother of two so I will have a wide variety of items to review! I can’t wait to get started. My blog is still in the beginning stages but feel free to browse around and be sure to check out my ME & WE page . Thank you for joining me on my new venture!