*I started this post 3 weeks ago and never published it. These guys keep me busy! I still need to blog about Earl’s trip home and our trip to Disney. We’ve had a busy summer!*
Josh has said this year has officially beat last year. Obviously, Earl arrived, but he also got his score for the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge exam and he did great! He did even better than Step 1, so he was very happy. His New Year’s resolution was met. :) I am extremely proud to be his wife! Then we went and stuffed our faces with seafood at Red Lobster (endless shrimp anyone?). Sorry, no pics!
The next step for Josh is applying for residency, which he does online. He applies on a website and hospitals can start looking at his application on September 15th (I believe). Then he will start getting calls and emails to set up interviews.
Unfortunately, I think I am going to have to break my resolution of running a marathon this year. :( My reasons are many:
1. It’s expensive. I want to do a fun one, like in Disney, but the cost of the race is usually around $100 for normal ones, $150 for Disney, plus hotel, gas, etc. Right now we have to be saving our money for residency interviews for Josh.
2. I’ve had some hip pain. This half marathon coming up is going to be a challenge since I’ve stopped training as hard. I did 10 miles a few weeks ago and that is when it started.
3. I’m not getting enough sleep! I just feel tired most days since Earl is still getting up at night. I also don’t know how he would do for 5 hours without me!
4. The training. When I ran 10 miles with Earl, it was awful. He slept half the time, but then the second half he pretty much cried the whole time. I don’t know that Josh would always be available to watch him.
So with all that, I’ve decided it is not the season in my life to do a marathon. Maybe once Earl is sleeping through the night and Josh’s schedule is more stable.
I just have to say how much I love this boy. Here are some facts about our Earl:
1. He is growing too fast (almost doubled his weight now) and growing up. We just got a high chair, which he will tolerate for about 10 minutes while mommy does some dishes or cooks.
2. He loves “The Wheels on the Bus” and pretty much any singing in general.
3. Now when I change his diapers, he wants to play with the stuff on the table (I keep lotion and hand sanitizer on it).
4. The past two weeks Josh hasn’t had to go in too early, so he will get up and play with Earl for a little while so I can sleep longer. Earl is still getting up about 2x a night, sometimes more. When he does sleep for a long time, I miss him! I love his nighttime cuddles.
5. He has a bee toy that he likes to play with in the car.
6. Moose will lay next to him on the floor and he grabs Moose’s hair sometimes, but Moose is patient. Once he pulled really hard and Moose yelped (oops!).
7. This boy is LONG. And his feet are too! He doesn’t fit 3-6 month socks and hasn’t for awhile. All his socks are 6-12 months now. He fits his 0-3 month pants in the waist perfectly now. But they are highwaters, haha! They are definitely too short. More like capris, hehe.
In other news, I have been busy arranging things for the next 8 months of our life. After Josh got his score on Wednesday, I couldn’t sleep that night, thinking of everything I needed to do. It was like I realized we really are moving on! I needed to contact the moving company, get plane tickets for myself and Sandi to fly home, plus Moose and Earl, and get our place in Miami finalized. Plus figure out what I’m going to do for insurance for Earl while we are traveling all over. I’ve got the moving and plane stuff all booked. I have to fill out some paperwork for Miami and have yet to decide on the insurance question for Earl. But I feel better and less stressed about it all now that I have some of it done.
On Sunday and today (Sept 12) Earl went to the nursery in church and Bible study, respectively. In church, he lasted almost an hour and then they paged us to come get him. He was fine once I got him. The nursery lady said she thought he was teething (fist in mouth, lots of drool, etc.). Then in Bible study today, he was asleep when I dropped him off. Bible study is 2 hours long, with a small group first and then a large group lecture. I checked in on him after the small group and fed him. I just have to say, God bless the women working in the infant room!!! I think I checked in right when a meltdown happened for about half the kids. There were 9 kids and 4 ladies working. They were very good and they even tell the infants a little Bible lesson and sing them songs. I fed Earl and buckled him in a chair with a toy and he was fine. Another little girl older than him was trying to play with him. I think it is going to be really good for him to go in a nursery and get used to other people and interact with other kids.
Sorry this is such a long, rambly post, but it’s been awhile and I still have more posts to write! Oh, and update on the dr- we are just driving 1/2 hour to the same nurse practitioner and his 4 month appt was an annoying ordeal in which they didn’t have his shots and we ended up at the old place. Long story short- he got all his shots and was hardly fazed by them. I think he hated the oral vaccine more than the shots! He was 14 lbs even and 26.5 inches long, which is 25th percentile for weight and 86th percentile for height. Long boy!