Well, hold onto your hats, because I'm going to take you on a whirlwind ride here through the past ten days. A LOT can surely happen in ten days, let me tell you. Not the least of which is seeing the baby boy in this picture (taken shortly after he was born in 1986)
Okay, so we were out at Notre Dame (our home away from home) with our oldest and youngest sons (our "book end" boys) on October 4--not quite enjoying a tailgate in the cold, pouring rain, but muscling through it because that's what you do when you're a die-hard ND football fan--when we got a call from son #3 with some exciting news: it looked like Preciosa was in labor and they would be heading over to the hospital. Not quite a week before his official due date, little G-Man realized that his mommy had had enough already of carrying around his 8 lb. 3 oz. self. She was anxious to finally meet him, and being the good son that he is, he decided to oblige.
|G-Man's "book end" Pearl uncles.|
Papa and I were in the stands at the Notre Dame v. Stanford game on Saturday night while our poor daughter-in-law labored, but because of the miserable weather we left at half-time (something we have never done before--but believe me, the second half was a lot more enjoyable in the warm, dry living room of the rental house we were sharing with some other family members, including our oldest son and his wife and three daughters).
The next morning, we went to Mass at the Basilica, and afterward we hopped on a plane and three-legged it to VA to meet our new grandson, with stops in Detroit and NYC along the way. By the time we got to the hospital Sunday night, it was after 11:00 p.m.; but visiting hours were 24/7, so we stayed for a few hours and got acquainted with G-Man, who is just as precious as can be. Then we spent all day Monday at the hospital with the sweet little family of three and our daughter-in-law's parents, taking turns holding the baby and running out for not-hospital food for the tired new parents.
So, would you like to see some pictures? Thought so. But get prepared for some killer cuteness. (And make sure to note the matching father-son going home outfits, which our boy received from his wife on Father's Day.)
I told you about that?)
So on the morning of October 8, I went in for surgery. And while I was still in recovery, the doctor told my husband that all had gone well, and that in the hundreds of hundreds of procedures like this he's performed, my tumor-like gland was more than twice as big as the biggest one he'd ever removed. It was about the size of a walnut, he said. When my husband told me this, I immediately smiled and said, "I win!" Because what I've learned over the years in my testosterone-heavy household is that everything is a competition. Everything. Of course, our boys came back with some hilarious comments when they heard I'd called myself a winner. My middle son, the new dad, said, "Mom, you're the Lebron James of parathyroid tumors." My second oldest son, who was texting to go over some details for his upcoming wedding, started with, "By the way, congrats on your award-winning tumor." My older brother--my bestest childhood buddy and the guy who prepared me for life as the mother of a boatload of boys--said he was going to have the gland bronzed for me so I could put it in my trophy case. Is it any wonder why I love boys so much, and why I feel privileged that God gave me five of them to raise?
Anyway, I'm totally cured of hyperparathyroidism now. The only reminder I have is a scar about 2-3 inches long on my neck, but over time it should fade and blend in with one of the natural creases that's already there. For my son's wedding in November, I plan to hide it under my vintage "Pop-It Bead" faux pearl necklace, which I can adjust to any length I want.
awesome Etsy necklace I had made specifically for the wedding...because for one, it doesn't cover the scar; and for two, I totally changed my mind, ditched the pale green suit that clung a little too tightly to my nether region and had me worrying about undergarment lines, and bought a new dress at David's Bridal. As I said, it's a woman's prerogative to change her mind...)
So, do you think all the excitement ended with the operation on Wednesday? Silly readers, of course it didn't! I spent Wednesday night in the hospital, and before I was discharged on Thursday morning, I asked the doctor if it was okay to travel by airplane the next day (because my husband got tickets to every single Notre Dame home game this season, you see, and the Irish were playing North Carolina on Saturday). And he gave me the thumb's up, saying I could do whatever I felt comfortable doing. So with the help of a prescription of souped-up Tylenol and some anti-embolism stockings to wear on the flight, on Friday morning I was winging my way out to the Midwest once again with my best guy in the seat next to mine. After spending a night with our oldest son's family, we headed over to South Bend early Saturday morning to set up our tailgater and visit with two of my husband's brothers and their wives--and our youngest son, of course, along with this buddies and their parents.
The tailgater was worlds better than the one the weekend before, because this time we had glorious fall football weather: sunny and in the 50's. It was a perfect day all around, ending with another Irish win.
|Sisters-in-law make the best friends.|
Sunday, we two-legged it back home, and that's where I am now. (Hi house! I missed you!) I'm using these rare days at home to get some things done (sewing flower girl dresses, writing the final chapter of Erin's Ring, etc.), and then Thursday afternoon I'll have a follow-up appointment for the surgery. Once I get that behind me, guess what I'll be doing on Friday? If you guessed flying off somewhere, you're right! And guess where I'm going? If you guessed down to VA to spend some more time with my little G-Man, you would be right again! I plan to stay there for about a week and a half, and then it's back home to prepare for our road trip back down to VA for son #2's wedding on November 8. Phew!!
So that's it in a nutshell, that's what I've been up to. I've missed coming here and talking to you, but lately I've just been too overwhelmed by real life events to spend much time in the blog world. However, I'm back. And it feels good!