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Ashlee is Mama of one darling boy. A 28 week early bird, now 1 and some change, doing beautifully. She lives near Chicago with her sweetheart husband and French Bulldog. She's a thinker not afraid to get her silly on. Babywearer, veggie queen, photography nut. Before the domestic days Ashlee was pursuing a future in developmental psychology but has happily shifted gears in favor of staying at home and couldn't imagine doing anything else. In her free time (ha!) you can find her whipping up babyslings, holding down the fort at Mama Speaks and spotlighting as an Itsy Bitsy Yoga Instructor.

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Yes, we're all still breathing! The past week or so has been a whilrwind, I feel like we've been on the go non stop and am just starting to put the brakes on a little.

Xavier had two dentist appointments last week. A follow-up with his usual dentist and then a third opinion with our super spectacular new dentist. After a two month wait we returned to X's dentist only for her to tell us she wanted to pull his front four teeth and essentially leave them that way until his adult teeth come in. A scary thought, and not just for cosmetic reasons, but my mind jumps to his speech and eating and of course what other kids would say when they start to notice these things. So of course we set out for another opinion. I already had the name of a doc who came highly recommended from our last search, so we set up an appointment for the next day. The difference was night and day! These people were seriously angels! And best of all the dentist can save his teeth! He'll still have to have surgery, but the options and outlooks are so much more optimistic and I'm very comfortable with the hands he'll be in. We have to go to the hospital today to meet with the anesthesiologist (he has to be put under- the scariest part!) and get his pre-surgical physical, and then next Tuesday (May 29) he'll have surgery. Deeeep breath!

Saturday my cousin got married and she had the faith to hire me as her photographer! Sure I'm always snapping pictures of Xavier but I had forgotten how much I love being behind the camera in a somewhat professional way. My dad's brothers and sisters (he's one of 5) were all in town for the first time in almost 20 years, and while my thoughts were leaning towards disaster it was great. We were even all able to get together for a good ol' fashioned Greek restaurant breakfast, complete with chain smoking and all.

And most importantly, the X-man walketh. None of that hand holding, walking my mama's side stuff. I'm talking big boy, on his own steps. Complete with giggle soundtrack. Really makes me appreciate the novelty of being able to move on your own! And the past two days have brought an onslaught of boy-ness... the climbing and jumping, bopping one's head and laughing hysterically while yelling "Ouch". And then there is the fascination with geese (geeeeesths) Thankfully we have a park withing walking distance that is occupied by a zillion little goose families, because at least once a day we must make the trek to feed the geese. Actually once we get there X zones in his favorite few and I feed them while he eats the bread he's supposed to be throwing their way...

Ahhh, life is good!

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  • Blogger Stephanie Precourt says so:
    9:31 AM  

    Life is sooo very good! I can't wait to see him walking and everything. And last time we went to feed the birds, GRAY ended up eating the bread, too! Ha!

    Steph top

  • Anonymous Anonymous says so:
    10:10 AM  

    I was just going to get up and get ready when I saw that you posted!! Yippee!! X is walking!!! theBeast kept pointing to his pictures. We have a park with geese, but we have to drive to get there :( I wish we had a nice park to walk to! Hope you're having a great day!

    Oh, and I'm so glad about his teeth! And the getting put under part is scary! theBeast will have to be put under to get the tubes in her ears. My mom is freaking out about it. Shes told me at least a million times to make sure they go by her weight and not her age. top

  • Blogger Life With All Boys says so:
    11:45 AM  

    YAY for walking. And my kids always ate the bread too. I wish we had a park in walking distance.

    As for X's teeth, scary, but you survived 45 days in the NICU. You can do this too! top

  • Blogger Awesome Mom says so:
    4:57 PM  

    We are facing dental surgery too! I am glad that he will be able to keep his front teeth. They are truly very important. Evan has his two top front teeth and one of the side teeth and one molar that are going to be worked on. top

  • Blogger Butterfly Mama says so:
    5:22 PM  

    I'm glad to hear that they can save his teeth, but we'll be praying on Tuesday for his safety and the Drs too.

    Wahoo for the walking - what a big kiddo and my son LOVES Geese too, and falling and giggling and boys will be boys!!! top

  • Anonymous Anonymous says so:
    9:22 AM  

    Wow, lots of big stuff! Hope all goes well with the surgery. So glad you found the second dentist - the first just sounds so extreme!

    Yay for walking and geese! top

  • Blogger Lisa @ Heaven Sent says so:
    1:01 PM  

    Wow. That is a lot going on. We'll pray for X next Tuesday. Keep us posted on how everything goes.

    I never knew you took photos professionally. I love your photos of X, but that is so great that you can use it as a way to make a little money... if you want to.

    And yeah for walking and trips to the park! I love this weather! top

  • Blogger Elizabeth F. says so:
    10:22 PM  

    One of my co-LLL leaders from Valpo had a baby that had to have dental surgery as well. It all turned out fine, just as I'm sure X's will as well. I think she had caps or something put on them. The dentist also told me that baby teeth are needed to be spacers for the Adult Teeth.

    Good Luck with that! Hooray about the walking. It's so exciting for mama-especially with the first baby.:-) top

  • Anonymous Anonymous says so:
    11:42 AM  

    Walking & surgery & dentists... oh my!
    Sophia won't eat the bread for the birds because it has dairy in it. But she loves throwing it at them! top