& I’m back!

I finally feel like a normal person again! & I finally have a computer back. After some technical glitches… umm, like losing e v e r y t h i n g on my laptop, I have a fresh start. Yep. Losing everything on your hard drive is a major bummer, let me tell ‘ya. I lost three chapters of my novel, our budget, tons of medical references, numerous journal entries, and who knows what else! It would have cost at least $600 to have the data recovered, and that’s just money we weren’t willing to spend. The only thing I can take away from this whole situation is back!it!up!

In other news, I am 16 weeks preggers and no longer nauseous! Yippity skippity! I woke up on Thanksgiving feeling like a completely different person. People kept telling me *16* was the magic number. I guess they were right.

We are finally back in our home as a family. After nearly six weeks of staying with family, Emmalyn and I have been reunited with our favorite man! On the seven hour drive back, Emmalyn cried that she didn’t want to go to her “blue house”–that she wanted to go back to GG and BopBop’s house (my parents). It was so pitiful… However, once we drove down our street she was excited, and even more thrilled to be back with all her toys. It was like Chirstmas Day!

Even though I hated being away from my husband for so long (I saw him for 72 hours within six weeks), we really did have a memorable *vacation*. Emmalyn and I got to hang out with our best friends and go on multiple fun play dates. We went to Sea World once, and Disney four times.

The best part of our trip was when Daddy flew in and joined us for a Disney Princess Breakfast for Emmalyn’s 3rd birthday. Both sets of grandparents were there, and it was such a memorable and magical day! I could write a whole other post on just this day…

{took emmy to our engagement spot at epcot}

We were fotunate to be able to celebrate Emmy’s birthday with all her favorite friends from “back home”. Originally, when making the decision to take a change of scenery, I was bummed she wouldn’t have a birthday party with her friends for school, but spending her day with the little friends she’s grown to love was much more meaningful. She greeted almost all of her guests at the door and we didn’t even tell her to! I know that in the three year-old heart of hers, she was super appreciative.

I was extremely nervous about Emmalyn going back to school today. After all, it has been about six weeks. Last night she told me, “Mommy, don’t ever leave me. Ever. {holds my chin} Understand?” Yipes!! It was quite dramatic. But this morning we were talking about all her friends and the fun things she would do at school. When I dropped her off, she walked right in with a big smile on her face. & when I picked her up? Even bigger smile! She told me she had a really fun day. Phew!

So there ya have it, friends! Just a little update. More to come on “prego bumpdates”, Emmalyn’s birthday, and getting back into the swing of things!

It’s good to be back!

loyally,

katie

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Practically Perfect!

Better late than never for a Halloween pic, am I right?
We had a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious time!
Emmalyn was super excited to be a little Poppins’ penguin, and enjoyed every minute of her first “walking” Trick-or-Treating.
My *almost* two year-old had no problem waddling right up to the doors all by herself, proudly boasting:
“Trick-or-Treat… Happy Halloween… Thank You!”
 
           
The best part was when she gave out all her candy to the remaining trick-or-treaters at my in-laws.
Halloween is definitely way more fun as a parent!
Loyally,
Katie
Oh, and in case you were wondering… yes, I made her costume 😉

Happy Thanks!

Hope y’all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. And if you went out for Black Friday, I hope you were safe and got everything you wanted. I, for one, do not like waking up before the sun, nor so I like big crowds. And clearly, this year I have the only gift I want 😉

My mom has been staying with us since Emmalyn was born, and my dad came for the day yesterday to spend Thanksgiving with us.
My mom’s going back home today
(don’t wanna think/talk about it… I’m gonna bawl my eyes out!! Even though she’ll be back next weekend.)

BUT, Blake’s parents are coming today and his mom is going to stay with us for several days. Thank goodness!!!

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As for my health… I’m still trying to feel better. I was in the ER TWICE for nausea (threw up once) and dehydration, even though I’ve been downing water and Gatorade like I’m going to the desert! I’ve just been so weak that I can’t even function. Like, can’t even fully take care of Emmy. It’s been awful. I’d much rather be in pain than nauseous. 

We’re not sure if the nausea is a result of postpartum or maybe I’m just sick?? B thinks I could just possibly have the flu or a bug. Especially since now my throat is hurting. UGH! I just wish I knew what was wrong, and when it’s going to STOP! Seriously! I’ve been miserable. I’ve been trying to enjoy my angel as much as possible, but it’s hard when you feel like you’re going to throw up almost 24/7.

Any other moms ever experience anything like this?

*P.S. This is Emmalyn’s due date*

“Give hugs this holiday season…

…they’re one size fits all and can be returned.”

I just love that, don’t you? I’d like to take credit for it, but really I saw it on a sign driving by a church.

Over the last few days, we’ve been decorating our Christmas tree. We found a really nice 8-footer. We’re not quite sure how we got so lucky… the xmas tree gods must have been looking down on us (lol).

I have no idea how B got him to sit still long enough to take this picture (maybe because I wasn’t there for him to run to), but either way, he looks so cute ☺ And even better, we don’t have any problems with him and the tree… wait, wait, wait… let me eat my words… we haven’t had any problems… as I’m typing this, he’s trying to chew the tree. But for the most part, he just circles around it, runs away, and/or growls at it.
Lots of fun! I prevented myself from getting too OCD about placing the ornaments, ‘cause in the end, it looks good no matter what!

…taking a little break with my buddy boy…

Ta-Da! I think it looks pretty good for our first tree. Red, silver, and gold. It’s simple, yet classic.

Let the countdown begin…
10 more days til my 23rd birthday
15 more days til Christmas

Okay, gotta go to work!

I Love New York, Part 2

Well, it’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve been back from The City, but I’m finally getting around to dishing about my trip. (Thanks 10-hour work days for getting in the way.) I don’t even know where to begin. I had the BEST time with my BEST FRIEND, Dana! I’d have to say though; my least favorite part of the trip was having to drive an hour and a half to the airport at 3:30 in the morning!! WHAT?! Am I crazy? I was nervous I was going to be way too tired because B and I spent half the night talking and laughing—I was so wired with excitement; but any way, thank goodness for adrenaline because that’s what got me through the drive. That, and John Mayer’s new jams.

Apparently it was supposed to be rainy the entire time I was visiting (Thursday-Sunday), but I must have brought the Florida sunshine with me because it was gorgeous weather! Cold, but beautiful.

I couldn’t resist taking a picture with this tree. I don’t get to see this EVER in Florida. This was taken at Columbia University.


I’ve been to New York a few times, but I never got a chance to go to Central Park. This is where a scene from the movie “Enchanted” was filmed.


Again, I can just swoon over these leaves. LOVE IT!


I was a little early for the revealing of the tree, but here it is being put together. Pretty cool! AND we went ice skating at Rockefeller Center… definitely a fun (but pricey) experience.


TIMES SQUARE! I know it’s touristy and I’ve already done it, but I couldn’t resist. (P.S. I looooveeee Wicked… and B loves The Phantom, although he hasn’t seen it yet on Broadway.)



Yes, the ROCKETTES! It was Dana’s birthday gift to me. Oh, how I love her =) They were awesome, by the way, but I wouldn’t expect anything less than perfect from these leggy ladies. I’ve seen the Rockettes on TV, but it doesn’t do them justice. There’s nothing like seeing them live at Radio City Music Hall.

Hey, we’re in the window display at Bloomingdales! Bloomies was the only one who had their Xmas displays revealed when I was there.



We ate at “Serendipity” from the 2001 movie with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. They’re notorious for their frozen hot chocolate. Oxymoron, I know, but let me tell you… it was the best thing I’ve ever tasted!!! I can’t even explain how delectable it was!

Central Park, again. We rushed our first visit to Central Park because we didn’t want to be late for ice skating and The Rockettes, and since we had some time before I had to go to the airport, we picnicked in the park. I could come here everyday. It’s prime for people watching (a favorite pastime of mine—LOL).

Again… these trees!! I’m so jealous. I’m so thankful for my best friend for showing me the best time in New York. I couldn’t have asked for a better trip.

One thing I didn’t get to do and I was extremely disappointed about was visit my Grandmother’s grave. She passed away at 91 years of age when I was in 9th grade. I set up a car service to take me there before taking me to the airport. I didn’t even think about calling to see if the cemetery was open, but my dad suggested it at the last minute and sure enough, it was closing in fifteen minutes when I called. UGH! I wanted to cry. I was so sad I wasn’t going to be able to visit her. On the bright side, B and I are talking about taking a trip up to NY this summer since he’s never been and I know she’ll still be there. More bright news… when I went home to my parents for Thanksgiving, my dad let me have her wedding band. And that, I am happy and thankful for.