Catching Up…

Tanya Dodd-Hise

By: Tanya Dodd-Hise

I’ve had some writer’s block lately.  Not sure why.  Perhaps it is all of the many directions that my life is constantly moving in between.  Let’s see.  What has been going on around here?

Noah is doing better in school finally, and is enjoying the reactions that he has been receiving from moms, dad, grandma, and teachers.  He has gained limited television access back, on weekends only, and has provisionally gained his guitar back (that he got for his birthday recently).  Harrison is eating all kinds of foods now, foods that I totally enjoy making for her in our awesome Baby Bullet; consequently, she is spitting up a whole lot less, too!  She is trying so hard to sit by herself, to crawl (which she kind of does, in reverse), and be mobile.  She has found the uppermost octaves of her voice, and sits around squealing until we feel the piercing deep within our brains.  She has two teeth that are trying so hard to sprout out of those tiny pink gums, and for something so small, they are making all of us miserable.  Nicholas, as you remember, left for Navy basic training on March 1st.  After a short time there, ten days maybe, he experienced an episode that sent him to a hospital via ambulance.  It was deemed by the doctors to be a severe panic attack, and he was then monitored by medical personnel for a week or so before being sent home.  He came home struggling with negative feelings regarding the whole experience, but arrived back to friends and family with nothing but support and love for him – after all, the military isn’t for everyone, right?  We are so proud of him for the very fact that he left his comfort zone to even attempt it, because it is more than many will ever even consider.  Erikka has been back at work for about three months now, and loves being a mommy to our beautiful baby girl.  And me?  I am here, taking care of the baby during the day, trying my damndest to get ahead of housework – which never happens.  The cleaning is always lacking, the laundry never seems to be complete, and there is always more to do.  On top of all of the things that I need to be doing, I am still taking photography jobs here and there, as well as an ever-growing salsa business and a budding cupcake one!  I have done a few catering gigs with my friend’s catering company, which is fun, hard work that is great for some extra money.  There is so much that I want to do, and so many places that I want to go – I miss traveling.  We found out this past Easter weekend that traveling with an infant, even for just two days and one overnight, is an ORDEAL.  The cargo area of my Jeep Grand Cherokee was packed to the roof almost, and most of it was baby crap!  Pack-n-Play, Bumbo, bath seat, big diaper bag, small diaper bag, small cooler with baby food and water, grocery bag with can of formula, bottles, spoons, etc., Easter baskets; and then there was all of our stuff still!  The thought of going somewhere for a week with the kids….oh wow.  But I do look forward to the day when she is a little bigger, will need less stuff, and we can take the kids to Disney World and beyond.


All in all, we are busy, busy all the time.  But I don’t think that we’re ever too busy to appreciate this life that we have, and stay grateful for the family that we have built.  In a world where we are constantly hearing about breakups, among both our gay and straight friends and family, I am ever thankful for my wife and all of our awesome children – even the one that doesn’t live with us anymore.

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