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A Birthday, A Surgery

Calvin had his first birthday!

Calvin and His First Birthday Cake

First piece of cake, too. He’s a fan.

Calvin and Ginger, the Dog

Nicole and Calvin


We celebrated his birthday the night before because Brandon was scheduled to go into surgery the next day.

Calvin and Brandon

Brandon hasn’t been well for a while and he delayed his surgery until after my sister’s wedding so that he could take part, but then the next available date was Calvin’s birthday. It was an outpatient procedure and I was able to take him home after a brief recovery period in the hospital. He isn’t feeling much better yet (there’s still a lot of pain), but hopefully he’s on the mend. He is supposed to take it easy and rest so that he can heal, and he won’t be able to lift anything heavy for several weeks at least, which means no picking up the baby.

Calvin and Brandon

It’s frustrating for him, feeling so weak right now. Hoping for a speedy and full recovery.

Brandon and Calvin

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  • Sarah
    October 5, 2015 at 12:09 am

    Calvin is such a cutie! Hopefully your husband feels better soon!

  • Linda D.
    October 5, 2015 at 6:09 am

    Oh my, that birthday boy’s beautiful eyes! Best wishes to your husband – hope he is on the mend.

  • Sarah
    October 5, 2015 at 7:40 am

    Best wishes to Brandon! Ugh, surgeries are the pits.

    How on earth do all of your kids look exactly the same?! So funny!

    Happy birthday to your beautiful baby boy!

  • Erin @ thh
    October 5, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Oh my goodness, what a cutie Calvin is! He is the perfect mix of Eleanor and August. I hope it was an enjoyable first birthday despite the looming surgery for Brandon. Best wishes for his speedy recovery, and for all of you too. Praying he is pain-free soon.

  • Sarah @ onesuchlife
    October 5, 2015 at 9:38 am

    A year already?! Hoping your husband recovers quickly.

  • Janine
    October 5, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Happy birthday to Calvin, but even bigger well wishes to your husband. I hope he gets better asap.

  • Marcee ... ILLINOIS
    October 5, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Please get well soon Brandon. Take it easy. Let us know how you are doing. For sure, surgery is always rough. I know from many experiences! As for (still) little guy Calvin, “Happy Birthday to Y-O-U!!” Calvin is sooo gorgeous. Baby resembles big sister. P.S. : )) Birthday cake looks delicious.

  • JessK
    October 5, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Those baby blue eyes just get to me, especially in that last picture! Happy birthday Calvin! And many wishes for a speedy recovery for Brandon!

  • Nicole L
    October 5, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Happy belated to Calvin, what a cutie! Hope Brandon is feeling better soon, can’t imagine how hard it is to not be able to pick-up the kids!

  • Lori
    October 5, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Great photos, and best wishes for Brandon’s quick, complete recovery! I also like the cake-with-no-shirt eating there!

  • judy
    October 5, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Oh– Calvin is a handsome young Dude just like his Daddy. Hope you are soon feeling top notch again Brandon -Your babies get the most adorable expressions on their little faces..part the deep wisdom of an old soul and part wry amusement with the humor of it all..

  • Mishie
    October 5, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Get well soon Brandon! Being that sick is no fun at all and surgery is NO FUN AT ALL. Hoping he feels better soon. Happy birthday Calvin! He sure looks a lot like his Daddy.

  • Alisa
    October 5, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    haven’t commented in a while but I have been tuning in, promise!

    Happy birthday Sweet Calvin… feels like just yesterday Eleanor was celebrating her first birthday!!!

    And poor B… hope all is well.

  • Hannah @ The Homesteady
    October 5, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    I can totally sympathize. My wife has been going through months of backpain while dealing with all different kinds of diagnoses and therapies. She’s finally on the mend and feeling like her ol’ self, which is AWESOME and also kind of makes me realize how hard these past few months have been! I hope Brandon feels better really, really soon <3 And happy birthday, Calvin! Love those big blue eyes.

  • Tiffanie
    October 5, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    HBD Calvin!! Get well soon to your hubby!

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    October 8, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Best to Brandon – hope he is feeling better soon! And your kids are the cutest!

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    October 15, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Sending Get Well Wishes to Brandon and Belated Happy Birthday Wishes to August!

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