winter storm stuff

So much has happened since I decided to do a “currentlies” a week into February. Wow. I still have hope for this year, but dang if it’s been one thing after the other.

Most importantly (in my family’s world), all of the children are doing really well. We kind of jump out of our seats if Sebastian coughs while he’s eating, but eventually the emotional reactions will subside (I hope).

We were incredibly lucky that our pipes have stayed intact. Even a week later I am scared they’ll explode. They did freeze one night early on when we had the faucets dripping, but after that Daniel got paranoid and shut the water off and drained the pipes the other two freezing nights.

Our power was out for about 1.5 days, so the kids and I stayed at my parents’ house one night. Their power was also out, but they had a generator, so we could at least use the kitchen, etc, which was more important for the babies. The four of us slept in one room, which made sleeping incredibly challenging, but we made it work and are grateful for my family.

I don’t talk about the storm much because, other than lack of heat and water for a short amount of time, we were super lucky.

Lila and Alaric’s teacher was not as fortunate. Her entire home suffered damages. It’s been hard on her and her family – and it’s definitely been hard to see. Lila was in the room when I got the phone call and she freaked out. I explained things in a light hearted manner, but she’s still upset. She loves her teacher and she loves going to school. My parents and MIL are keeping all of the children until they can go back to school. I made a video and have set up some donations we’ll be giving her soon to help out.

I will be giving her the donations I’ve received so far in a few days. They are being accepted via Venmo and Paypal. More information on my Instagram profile – which you can see on the right. For some reason I just don’t want to share the information on too many platforms.

A friend recently asked me if I was going to therapy. Not in a rude way, but because of everything that’s happened to us. I hadn’t thought about that. It’s been a lot.

We are fortunate to have family that is willing to help (that includes my sister who is moving home!), but it’s another structure and routine change in less than a year. I am starting to worry that Lila’s mental health may be affected by the experiences we’ve had – especially since Alaric and Sebastian’s birth. Recently she’s been throwing tantrums pretty consistently. It could be her age, something more, or a combination.

This is all to say that we are doing well around here. We are keeping our friends in our prayers and hoping that in two weeks, when the one year anniversary of our Covid paranoia arrives, it will be the start of 2021 reigning it in and being completely amazing.

Some general updates – you may have seen in my vaccine post – my family in Miami has been Covid-free for a couple weeks now. My cousin had some medical complications and ended up having her baby boy a couple months early, but they are both doing well!

PS I booked an anniversary getaway (1.5 hour drive, in the woods) for May. So 2021 better chill out. šŸ™‚

PPS If you’d like to help with Ms. Nancy’s rebuild and are unsure how to find the information on my Instagram account, feel free to leave a comment or contact me another way.