Home At Last!

Oh, happy day.

You can hear me singing, can’t you?

After being at Shalae’s and Jon’s for over a week, I moved back home today. For the first time in days, I was able to use the bathroom alone and a long shower was such a delight. I even got to shave my legs!

Of course, I hadn’t planned on staying at the Brown’s quite that long. My week with Shalae was supposed to be up last Thursday. I planned on sending Jon and Shalae off on a date to mark the occasion and then planned on coming home to my own warm bed—and more than two hours of sleep at any one time—when they came home. So much for planning!

Jon came home from school on Wednesday feeling kind of yucky. He didn’t complain much, but you could tell he wasn’t feeling very well. He ate a few bites of dinner and then headed off to bed. At about 11 p.m., Shalae popped her head in the room where Phoebe and I were settling down for the night (who am I kidding? We were settling down for a couple of hours!) to tell me that they were heading to the hospital. And six hours later, Jon was recovering from an emergency appendectomy.

You know, sometimes life can be tough. So, with Jon in the hospital and Shalae wanting to be with him and needing to feed Phoebe every few hours or so, I decided to stick around a little bit longer.

So, while it's been exhausting, I am so thankful for the last 10 days! I get teary-eyed just thinking back on the wonderful moments I’ve enjoyed with my grandchildren. I don’t know what I’ll do when my girls stop having babies! There’s something magic about those stolen moments at 2 a.m. in the morning, when you’re trying to rock a newborn to sleep. And when you’re the grandma, and know that you’re heading home in a few days, you appreciate it more than an exhausted mother, who isn’t sure when she’ll see a solid four hours of sleep again.

Just so you know, I took my camera with me and planned on taking lots of pictures to post. And you’ll see by this photo-less post how successful I was at that. It’s not that I didn’t think about it. There were several moments that I wished I had captured to share with you. But they were moments when I was sitting in the backyard, holding Phoebe and watching the boys play in the bright sunshine. Shalae was upstairs dutifully sleeping, as she’d been instructed, and Jon was either at school (earlier in the week) or sleeping himself (after the surgery). Of course, now I realize I could have asked Ashton to take a picture, and I’m sure you would have loved to see those moments through the eyes of a three-year-old, but at the moment, I didn’t think of that.

I also thought you would find it amusing to see a picture of me at 2 a.m. in the morning, in PJs, with tousled hair and no make-up, quietly stamping birth announcements while burping Phoebe and rocking her to sleep. I really did think about taking that picture, but it just seemed ludicrous to run get the camera, try to find a place to put it, set the timer, and then snap the photo, all while soothing a newborn to sleep. Wasn’t going to happen. So I let that moment slip away too. Besides, the picture you’ve created in your mind while reading this is probably good enough!

If it’s any comfort, I do have a photo of the announcements, as well as the invitation we stamped for a Phoebe celebration we’re having this Thursday evening. (And I promise I’ll post photos from that!) Those of you who attended convention will recognize these; I showed them on stage during my Main Stage presentation. But I hope the rest of you enjoy them.

And I do want you to know I’m thinking of you! And I am sorry I haven’t posted sooner, but as you can tell, it’s been a hectic week and a half. And I am so tired! I was the first one up in the morning, and the last one to bed at night. I worked hard to finish all the things on Shalae’s list. And I’m not complaining a bit. I’m SO GRATEFUL for the opportunity I had to be part of the Brown family during this special time in their lives. And now I’m SO GRATEFUL to be heading to bed! I’ll miss my little Phoebe (and Ashton and Cooper. . .and Shalae and Jon), but I’m going to enjoy sleeping straight through the night!