Thursday, December 26, 2013

It's Official... We're Having A....

We are now unashamedly accepting donations.

Why? You may ask.

Because...


Our family is being filled with more bows, tutus, and tiaras!

I think the hubs and I were both a little shocked, as we were kind of thinking it was a boy, but honestly I'm sort of relieved on the amount of money we will save on allthegirlythings because goodness gracious there's a lot of it!

Plus, Emmalyn's reaction was priceless. I sincerely thought she wouldn't *get it* but when we told her, she screamed and jumped into my arms, patting my back. It was beautiful.

It took a couple of days for the news to settle in, but we're extremely thrilled and feel incredibly blessed to be bringing another little girl into the world. I mean, we did so great the first time around... ;)




loyally,
katie

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

On Turning 27


First of all, *27* is an odd number and I have a weird thing with odd numbers. They're just not as cool as even numbers. Don't ask.

But speaking of weird, I also have a weird thing with birthdays. I'm not a fan of celebrating my own. It's not that I mind getting a year older--because I don't. & hopefully by turning a year older the lady at the nail salon will quit asking me if I'm single because I look too young to be a mom. True story.

But I digress...

I absolutely l-o-v-e celebrating other people's birthdays! Just not mine. I really don't like the attention all on me. I get so uncomfortable. And then there's the whole cake thing. I don't like cake or cupcakes so what do I blow out the candles on? A cucumber?

Twenty-seven is so young, yet I have already done so much in my life: graduated college, been married 3 1/2 years, mommy to a daughter and another baby on the way, moved three times in my adult life...

Twenty-seven makes 17 seem like a lifetime ago! At seventeen, I was thinking about college, although secretly wanting to dance my life away on a cruise ship, while still semi-obsessed with a boyfriend who was totally and completely toxic. Thank goodness for college and finding The Man of My Dreams! For reals. When I think about turning thirty-seven in 10 years, I think about how I will be a mom to a full-fledged, crazy teenager (Lord, help me!) and a mom of a nearly ten year-old. I imagine Blake and I will be semi-settled in a city we love, although honestly, we probably still won't be home-owners since who knows where in the world the military will have taken us by then?!

Being twenty-six this past year has been jam-packed-full with all sorts of emotions. I was on such a high of excitement, with thoughts of moving out of my hometown. I was enthralled to move to a new city and time zone; make new friends and start a new life with my little family. Twenty-six brought the breathtaking news of adding to our family, but it also brought an almost complete meltdown. Twenty-six brought on the realization of ceasing to strive to be Super Wife and Super Mom, something I feel profoundly proud about now, as I see those older than me still struggling with this concept. A part of me wants to slap them upside the head and say, "Just say no! It's not worth it. You'll be a much better person if you say no and do less." The benefits will be so much richer and sweeter for you and your family. I think that's a pretty deep thing to discover at only twenty-six.

Now, I don't fight the fact that twenty-seven is quite young. After all, more of my friends are single than they are married, and only a few have started having children. But having a baby at twenty-three sky-rocketed me into adulthood a little sooner than most. I skipped the whole Getting Your Shit Together and Finding Yourself project, and jumped head-first into the role of Mommyhood, where, let's be honest, you quickly learn no one ever has their shit together. I saved myself a lot of trouble by learning that little secret.

I pray my twenty-seventh year will be one of peace. Or as much peace as a gal can have when having a second child. Okay, let's be real... this next year is going to be completely chaotic! But I think with everything I've learned while being twenty-six, I will be able to handle it with more knowledge, poise, and grace than ever before.


& just for fun, here are 27 Things I've Learned by 27: 


... just say no

... ask for help

... it's okay to put yourself in uncomfortable situations. the outcome is almost always worth it

... moving far away is thrilling

... moving far away is scary

... it's impossible to live happily in the past and the future. we only have here and now

... happiness is a choice, not a reward or privilege

... family is everything

... standing by what you believe and not stepping down is imperative, even if people don't understand it

... just because a friend is in a different "season of life" doesn't mean you can't still be friends

... 'say what you wanna say, and let the words fall out, honestly i wanna see you be brave'

... change is scary

... change is amazing

... thinking of '27 things i've learned' is tough!

... it's always more important to be grateful than to be anything else

... never forget to take care of yourself

... prime time comedy can cure almost any bad day

... letting go is hard, but the benefits can be so rewarding

... a messy house means a happy house, not a crazy one. okay, maybe a little crazy--but in a good way!

... bad memories from the past don't have to stay bad. you can learn from them and turn them into something positive

... doing nothing at times can be just what your body and mind needs

... nothing is every worth losing your cool over

... grace and tact can carry you a long way

... waking up before your child is a lifesaver

... hanging on to your muchness is crucial

... figuring out who you are is a journey that will last a lifetime

... 27 is not so odd after all



loyally,
a new 27 year-old,
katie


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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Bumpdate: 17 Weeks ~ Baby #2


How far along: 17 weeks, today.

Symptoms: Sporadic headaches, terrible allergies (I had this happen with Emmalyn, too), awful groin pain, making it quite uncomfortable to walk at times (already?!)

Maternity Clothes: Living in mostly regular leggings, although my maternity ones from H&M are much more comfortable. I have a pair of maternity jeans from Target and a brown pair of skinnies from Motherhood Maternity since I no longer fit into my pants! Since I'm pregnant during a different season this time around, I purchased long-sleeve maternity shirts, as it will get a lot colder in our new city.

Total Weight Gain: 3 pounds. I'm definitely showing a lot sooner than I was with Emmy.

Gender: This Type A Girl is anxiously awaiting! I was originally told I would find out next week, but could not get an appointment until December 31! I'm so bummed because I wanted to find out before my birthday, which is next Thursday (the 20th), but it looks like I will have to wait. Hmph! I'm impatient! Although.... it may be kind of cool to announce it at midnight...

Movement: It's funny how this time around I was able to detect the little flutters right away, at around 11 weeks. I'm sure it had to do with the fact that I already knew what it felt like. Just this week I've started feeling the baby move around while I'm up and moving, too, whereas before it was just when I was sitting or lying still.

Sleep: When I'm not blowing my brains out into a tissue, I'm sleeping pretty well. I have finally stopped peeing a million bazillion times a night, so I'm thankful for that.

Cravings & Aversions: Nope to both!

Funny Moments: Uncontrollable peeing.

Not So Funny Moments: Uncontrollable peeing.

Nesting: I definitely have a lot more energy now that the first 16 weeks have passed. Before, I was so nauseous and felt like I couldn't move from the sofa. Now, I am going from one errand to the next, and getting out more with Emmy.

Best Moments This Week: Hands down, having Emmalyn go to our ultrasound last Wednesday. The doctor let her *do it* and when she saw the picture on the screen she said, "Look Mommy! It's our baby!" It was the most beautiful moment. I can't wait for her to be a big sister. She's going to rock it!

What I Miss: Having a little bit of alcohol at a restaurant.

Looking Forward To: Looking a little more pregnant. Right now I'm at the "is she, or isn't she?" stage.

loyally,
katie


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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

& 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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