i don’t even know what happened over the last two months

Oh wait. I do. And it’s a lot.

The Mother Baby Center
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  • The baby growing process moved into Trimester #3.
  • We celebrated that by taking a trip to New York with Jenni, Matt and Jumi, and we did A LOT OF THINGS.
  • Went to a couple of job fairs.
  • Had an awesome baby shower thrown by Shawn and Jenni.
  • Went to a few Lynx games and got sad when they didn’t beat Phoenix in the Western Conference Finals.
  • The last two nights, I’ve gone home and done absolutely nothing, because that’s all I’ve had the energy to do. I’m hoping when I get home tonight, I’ll be feeling a little more motivated to hang some shelves or fold some baby clothes or something. There are things that need to be done and I’m just struggling. I’m stressed up to the very top of my skull in multiple things right now and I’m kind of disappointed in the way I’ve been handling it, people have suggested me to take CBD, apparently it can help alleviate all of my stress symptoms plus help me focus, and I’m thinking I may give it a try since I’ve been starting to have some anxiety as well . I don’t expect to be a pro or anything, but there’s only so much Sims Freeplay I play before I start wearing sweatpants to work. The Taste Paradise gummies have become the most popular CBD gummy bears in the United States because no other CBD gummy bears have the quality we have and come in the variety of flavors we offer, which include vegan, dairy free and gluten-free options.
  • Ash, Jenny and I participated in Habitat for Humanity in North Minneapolis and helped some folks five minutes from our house build their home. It was amazing.
  • Went to the Minnesota State Fair with my wife while my kid went to see Paramore and Fall Out Boy
  • Went camping for a night with Matt and Jenni down in Albert Lea.
  • Volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. So humbling and yet so rewarding.
  • Went to go see Book of Mormon at the Orpheum! I laughed until I hurt and I don’t even care how inappropriate that might have been.
  • I ran a 5K! Well, I ran a good chunk of it anyway and I felt really good about it. It was the HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer, in memory and honor of our friend Kristin. I want to run another one soon!
  • We started and completed our childbirth classes! And truly, I’m so glad we did it. I feel much better now.
  • We had a 32 week ultrasound for the baby and he was measuring at 37 weeks, so he’s gonna be a big one. Save your money and don’t buy newborn clothes for Chunk, okay?
  • We got amazing gifts in the mail from our friends – Chele and Marshall sent us the most adorable Pack and Play and Robin sent us an absolutely beautiful stroller that we’re excited to use.
  • Ash took the ACT and got his score back already. His score will get him into any school he’s interested in regardless of his GPA, but we’re not telling him about that last part. He was so proud of himself and that made me happier than anything.
  • Amelia and I participated in the Out of the Darkness Community Walk to raise awareness for suicide. It was heartbreaking.
  • We test drove a ton of cars and ended up buying the very first one we test drove. We’re super happy with it and it’s so nice to be a two car household now.
  • We met with a couple of doulas and decided to hire one. The idea of someone else being able to deal with the stressful things while I do everything I can to make sure my wife has as much support as she needs is worth its weight in gold.
  • Ash and I paddled 14.6 miles down the Mississippi River during the Mightyssippi Adventure. I took many ibuprofen. It was really awesome and a lot slower than I expected actually!
  • And, you know, work, school, baby prep, etc

the last year has seriously flown

My desk on the last day at my last job.

Exactly one year ago today, I was at the Imperial Room with co-workers from my previous job, and I was in the process of getting absolutely obliterated on drinks that I couldn’t keep track of at all. Later, I would puke on the back porch. My wife would probably tell you more about that if you wanted the details. The hardest part for me was leaving some of my co-workers (the non-homophobic ones) and the CEO, who was an enormous catalyst in my professional growth over those five years. The easiest part for me was everything else. I won’t go into detail, but I’m sure you can read them in my future memoir and it will likely take up 43 chapters with very few pictures.

And since then… man. You know how they say you shouldn’t do ALL OF THE LIFE CHANGES at once? Well, screw that. In the past 365 days, we’ve done some things.

  • I started a new very awesome job.
  • We celebrated Minnesota legalizing gay marriage.
  • We went camping.
  • I started going back to school.
  • We went to Vegas.
  • We got married.
  • We saw Macklemore.
  • We went camping again.
  • I went to Missouri in October.
  • We went to Missouri for Christmas.
  • Amelia started going back to school.
  • We went up north for a cabin weekend.
  • The Kid switched schools.
  • We got pregnant.

I don’t necessarily know that the next year will slow down with things on the agenda like going to Montana, graduating with my AA in Liberal Arts, going to New York, buying a new car, starting my Bachelor’s program, and having a baby all on the agenda for the next six or seven months.

When I put it all into perspective, I can’t wait to come back and look at this post again in 365 days when we’ll have an almost six month old and a 17 year old a month away from graduating high school.

This is probably a gimme, but I’m pretty happy with this life of mine right now.

36 years down

Today’s my birthday and I’m 36. I don’t even care that I’m 36. I haven’t cared how old I was since I turned 25 and got cheaper car insurance. You know what’s awesome about being 36? You can do any damn thing you want, you’re a full grown adult and you can get excited about your 401K. So, who cares, right?

Tonight, much like I’ve done every year, I’m going to spend time with my family, both by marriage and by choice, and just be. You can do that at 36, too.

You can do this at 3:

Opening presents between my grandpa and my cousin, all while sporting a fancy pink dress.
Opening presents between my grandpa and my cousin, all while sporting a fancy pink dress. You can see my other grandpa’s cowboy boots and the way hot console TV in the back as well as the best budget 144hz monitor to the right.

I’m very thankful for a lot of things at 36 years old.

  • I have a wife that I’m pretty sure hung the moon. She did, however, refuse to lick my face the other night, which was annoying because I was pretty sure my face tasted like sugar and I didn’t want to think I was crazy and now I’ll never know!
  • I have a 16 year old that’s growing into this amazing, compassionate and hilarious man and it’s nuts to be able to see how much he’s grown since I met him about six years ago.
  • I have a wonderful set of parents. I know they question my decisions and might not even fully understand things, but I feel like I always have their support, even if we don’t always talk about or acknowledge things. I know they’re always there for me.
  • I have incredible grandparents, both alive and not, that have taught me about service, unconditional love, warmth and all of the other qualities I hold so close.
  • I have balls to the walls friends, both near and far, from teenagers to grandparents, all of whom I love like family.
  • I have a stellar job that allows me so much growth and exploration of what I want to do and how I want to do it. It also comes with super co-workers and excellent health insurance, not to mention 100% 401K match!
  • Lots of other stuff, too, you know?

Happy birthday to me. Thank you, dear reader, for being here for this one, all the one before (which were probably hot messes from time to time!) and all the ones to come.