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Friday, January 31, 2014

14 Weeks Pregnant!

Officially SECOND TRIMESTER!!! WHOO HOO!!!

Baby Growth: Leo can now squint, frown, grimace, tee tee, and suck his or her thumb! At this point Leo is roughly 3 1/2 inches long (size of a lemon) and weighs 1 1/2 ounces! 
My Symptoms: Second Trimester is FOR SURE here :) My energy has gotten much better. We actually had two snow days this week from school (with no snow) and I was feeling good enough to plan FUN things for the kids rather than just watch movies and chill like we did so often over Christmas when I was freshly pregnant. 

The biggest tell-tale sign for me that I'm in the 2nd trimester is that I will have times where I forget I'm pregnant and just feel NORMAL. I def feel more like I can conquer the world (and handle three children!) when I'm feeling like my normal self instead of being so tired and achey and worn out :)

Sadly, this pregnancy is following suit of my others: I'm having the migraines. Boo. Drinking Spark every day REALLY makes a difference. But right now I just do not like the taste of it. Which is not normal for me as I usually LOVE my Fruit Punch! I gag it down most days but this week I have had a cold and just can't make myself do it. So I busted out my Coffeccino instead and it was super yummy! Hit the spot, did the job of Spark, but gave me a "coffee" type taste :) Zach also told me a trick with the Spark and I started mixing it in my shaker cup with ice and then also added ice after. It's def more manageable for me when it's SUPER cold!
Usually if I'm going to have a headache, I wake up in the night with it. Isn't that odd? I have one today, for example, and woke up this morning with the pain. I took 2 Tylenol at breakfast but it didn't help. I'm hoping my Spark and some caffeine at dinner will do the trick since it worked for me before! Even though I've been having the headaches, they aren't NEARLY as bad as I remember in the past. I'm hoping I can stay on top of my water drinking, Spark downing, and take Tylenol at onset when possible to keep them at bay as much as possible!!!

My boobs have FOR SURE gotten bigger. I wear sports bras to sleep at night now. I used to go bra-less allllll the time prior to babies, but now I have to always have something against my chest. Anyone else like that? Anyways my sports bras ride up in my sleep and it's so uncomfortable. I need to get the maternity stuff down and see if I have any larger ones in there or I need to go buy some! My boobs are also still very warm to the touch and tender. Which I know is not normal for second trimester...as usually those symptoms dissipate now rather than just get started. I truly believe it's b/c I still produce milk and my body took awhile to tell my boobs that i'm actually pregnant again :)

I am also noticing the need to hit the john more often. If I do wakeup in the night then I always have to go. I will also get hit with an intense urge out of nowhere during the day and just have to run for it! 

I have been doing more Bradley stuff and am REALLY proud this pregnancy. In the past I had issues with squats and couldn't really keep my feet flat on the floor but this time I can do 'em no problem!!! I need to get Zach to help me with the relaxation exercises as well but usually when I think to do the Bradley stuff he isn't home and at night we just wanna chillllll.

Even though I have more energy, I still get tired pretty easily. I've started to make my goal bedtime 10:30 rather than 11 and many times this week I was in bed even earlier than that. I watch tv or browse Pinterest for nursery inspirations. I may not fall asleep until 11 but I'm getting more rest which I think is good!!!

Emotional Roller Coaster Emily has arrived. I get crunk super easily. I can think of three different times in the past week that I've been SO MAD about stuff. Usually I may get bothered or annoyed but I have been MAD. Like Zach is usually the crunk one but he has had to calm me down about stuff :) Luckily none of it has been about him although I have been short tempered, less patient, and just cranky too towards him :( Boo!

Weight: Up another pound! Def gaining quicker this time than last. At two pounds total. With Britt at this point I was still under my pre-pregnancy weight, with Kye I'd already gained six pounds! Glad I'm not as bad as I was then but I do need to be mindful as I don't want to gain too much. I'd like to be around 20 lbs again if possible. 

Gender: Well foods I like made me think girl for awhile but now that I'm showing more I am SO SURE it's a boy. My stomach is EXACTLY like it was with Kye. With Britt I had a cute little "basketball" tummy. With Kye I had a massive, fat all over, "football" tummy. I really didn't like how I looked at all while pregnant with Kye...and so far I feel the same with this pregnancy. "They" always say that girls steal your beauty but, in my case, my son stole mine ;) I will TRULY be overjoyed either way but my guess for now is BOY.

Speaking of the gender, this week's Baby Center update talked about whether or not to find out. I mean reading their lists of pros and cons for each...I don't see why more people don't find out??? The ONLY negative thing that I have found (and this is my THIRD pregnancy keeping the gender a surprise) is planning the nursery. That's it. I truly believe there are more pros to keeping it a surprise than there are reasons to find out! Maybe I'll write a post about it :) 

Maternity Clothes: Mrs. Charlotte got me some really cute jeggings for Christmas in a size 6 and they are falling off of me. I actually need to take the second pair back to exchange for a 4! As long as I have these things I don't see myself busting out my maternity jeans anytime soon haha! I need sports bras but otherwise am totally comfortable in my normal stuff! I do NOT have a cute pregnant belly this time so I do NOT want to make it noticeable. So I've been sticking to stuff that doesn't hug my belly so far!!!

Movement: A few times this week I have felt a little something! I'm not getting overly excited but it does make me hopeful for that good positioning where I'll be able to feel a lot of movement like I could last time!

Sleep: Zach had some sleep issues which caused me to have some and he actually ended up sleeping up stairs one night this week, which I hate!!! I did also bust out my pregnancy pillow and am trying to sleep on my side. My stomach is still okay but my boobs hurt to lay on them! I have had a rough week of sleep...between headaches, and getting woken up having to go to the bathroom, and Zach not sleeping well it was just rough. Hoping it gets better!

Cravings: I wrote about our NYC trip this week and totally wanted a hamburger so Z cooked some! I still am not LOVING beef the way I have before and I would trade a burger for a Subway sandwich for sure. I'm still really wanting Aligatu. We made more cocoa-no-bakes! I also have been loving my english muffins at lunch time! On Saturday Britt and I went with Casey, Courtney and Mrs Charlotte to find some stuff for Casey's nursery (and I found an awesome locker for Kye's big boy room!!!) and we hit up Chicken Salad Chick for lunch after. MY FAVORITE!!! So so so so yummy! I ate all of my lunch and then that night I ate Britt's left overs for dinner :) 
I mentioned earlier that I'm having issues drinking my Spark...well it's not just that! I cooked green beans a few nights ago, took a bite, and literally had to spit them back into my napkin! Since I can't smell my sense of taste is very mild. I know pregnancy can make it more intense and I'm thinking that's my issue? Like I can taste better so more stuff grosses me out? 

What I Miss: Being headache free :) My cute pregnant belly from last pregnancy! 

Best Pregnancy Moment of the Week: It was a BUSY but wonderful week! I really enjoyed having Kye home for the snow days and Kye and I also had a date day over the weekend. My favorite thing though was the date Zach had with Britt. They went to dinner together and Zach got dressed up so nicely and dressed Britt up too AND coordinated their outfits! Completely on his own! It was THE most precious thing ever!!!

Britt also came running my room after her bath last night yelling "Mommy! Love you! Love You!" It's the first time she's initiated saying "I love you" and it totally melted my heart! I had a great time with her with the girls Saturday. She was so well behaved and Zach said he also truly enjoyed her on their date night. We are so blessed to have two such wonderful children!

Both kids started swim this week. I kept putting it off b/c I was so exhausted and didn't want to deal with loading up in the car and everything. I'm thankful my energy is back some and they are both enjoying it!

I loved, loved, loved watching Sean and Catherine's wedding!!! Did anyone else watch? Totally an awesome highlight of my week! Sean is such an amazing example of Christ and they are both bright lights in this dark world. I know many people missed it to watch the Grammy's which was unfortunate! If they replay it, be sure to watch!

This week I started gearing up for the upcoming kids sale and I went through all of Kye's and Britt's infant clothes (up until like 9 months old). I assumed I'd want to get rid of a lot of it, especially Kye's. I mean it's almost 5 years old! I assumed it'd be super out of style? But I was happy to be wrong! Yall going through that tub with Kye helping was so awesome. He loved it! He kept holding up the clothes and we'd laugh at how it's hard to imagine him wearing them. I probably took out less than 10 things to sell! Going through Britt's felt odd b/c it feels like she was JUST wearing this stuff haha! I did find a little newborn sleeper from each of their tubs to take to the hospital with us. I thought it might be cute for Leo to wear one of their outfits while we are in the hospital :)

I am just SO thankful to be at this point in pregnancy. I have a sweet blog friend who miscarried at 13 weeks pregnant and I have had her in my thoughts so much. I talked to Zach about it recently and how connected you do already feel with your baby at this stage of pregnancy. I know the pain they have felt over that sweet baby has probably been so, so difficult to deal with. While my heart truly goes out to them, it also makes me that much more thankful to be at week 14. The golden week where so many of those concerns become minimal. I've been purposefully not allowing myself to live in fear...I know that things could still happen to Leo and I pray constantly for the Lord to keep Leo healthy and strong and safe. 

Questions/Concerns: 
  • I did look into the cramping during intimacy stuff and it is totally normal, but that doesn't make it any less nerve-wracking for me! Thinking about cramping for an hour def kills my mojo mood!!!
  • So I can FINALLY talk about this!!! When I went to my 2nd appt for Leo I asked Stacy "so you are legit gonna deliver this baby right?!?!" She said "welllll" and I was like "omg you're moving?" haha Turns out SHE'S PREGNANT! Yes, AGAIN! Our kids are all the same age haha. She will have her baby on August 4th and I'm due on August 1st. She still thinks it's totally possible that she will be able to deliver me. And I'm not that worried about it honestly. I really WANT her to get to do it finally but I've got this thing down now so I'll be okay either way :) I plan to see Theresa again at some visits since she was so supportive of my natural childbirth with Britt and I know it'll be great again if the need arises! Also Stacy found out she's having a BOY which even more makes me think Leo is a boy since we have not only had kids at the same time, but also have the same sex each time :)
  • This nursery is stressing me OUT. I would LOVE any suggestions! I want to have it be travel themed, modern in colors, gender neutral. I plan to have the bedding, curtains, etc all be gender specific but in the same color schemes obviously as the rest of the room. This bedroom will also be the baby's room forever! As in, until they turn 18 and move out haha. I know we'll change it up at some point but my goal is really for the room to easily transition into an older child room. I know, it's a LOT. And I'm pretty picky too. But if you have some suggestions PLEASE send 'em my way!!! My Pinterest board is gonna explode from ideas (which btw is an issue with the Pinterest world we live in...TOO MANY OPTIONS!)
  • Also I need help from you mama's of more than one kid!!! My travel system stroller is from when I had Kye and I really do love it! I already sold the infant car seat that goes with it and have to buy a new one for Leo. My question is: should I sell the travel system stroller I have and buy a whole new travel system? Or do you think the stroller will keep lasting for at least this baby and another one following?
  • Same question really...but moms of more than 2 kids: what items would you suggest for me to buy new??? I am probably at the "mid way" point in my world of babies. I hate the idea of having to buy something new with only ONE baby left to use it so if there are things that I should go ahead and get I wanna get them now. For example, I'm selling the high chair I used for Kye and Britt and will buy a new one for Leo and #4 to use. Any other items you recommend me doing that with?
  • And finally...I have a BIG PRAYER REQUEST!!! I went ahead and made my appointment for my shot for my foot. Basically the shot he gave me before was a guess on the location of my issues. I told him I was going to be trying to get pregnant so he did the shot where I was having pain in hopes that maybe we'd get lucky. I got an MRI and found out the EXACT spot where the shot needs to go (our guess was wrong...which duh, I don't get lucky haha). So at my appointment this Wednesday he's going to inject the exact location of my issue with the shot. Either the shot will work and I will be BACK TO NORMAL or...it won't work and we will have to do surgery after Leo is born. Yall I can't fathom having to go through surgery again. Plus since it didn't work the first time, I don't have a whole lotta faith left. PLEASE pray for this shot to work. I've had foot issues now for almost 18 months. I'm so ready to be HEALED!!! And it would be a HUGE blessing to be pain free for Disney too :)
Goals for this Week: Get through Christmas on the blog haha! I actually have another very busy week so my goal is to do my best not to be grumpy through it all! 

Belly Pictures: I had a day where I didn't have to go anywhere so I wore a tight tank top under a sweater so I could see how my belly really is looking. THIS was the moment I decided it's a boy!!! Check out that GUT. I'm big alllllll the way around. Straight up football!

 I had Z take the belly pics last night again...so I look rough but oh well! You can buy the belly stickers I have here!


 Def sticking out a little more!
Past Pregnancies: You can see my week 14 from my pregnancy with Britt here! Ugh I hate how cute and skinny I look!!!! Really I think it's 90% due to being tan. I'm gonna keep reminding myself of that b/c I've just been too lazy to spray tan lately!!!

I did have a lot of similar symptoms with the cravings and feeling more energy though! 

You can see how my tummy REALLY does look the same as Kye's in this post! I was close to 16 weeks pregnant but, duh, it was my first so it took me longer to show than it does now! This week with Kye I felt tired, had a lot of headaches, had some issues where my heart felt like it was racing, felt very sad and lonely. We went garage sale shopping (and still have like all the stuff we bought that day haha) and I did my normal thing of laying out ALL THE TIME with Ashley. Gah those were the days! Foods I liked the most were milk, cereal, peanut butter crackers, and juice. I did not like chicken or any green veggies (gotta say that's how I feel now too!).

At this point I was hoping Kye was a girl because I didn't want the pressure of having the first Parker son yet. I also hoped that my child would love animals and that if it was a boy that he wouldn't feel pressure to be some big football star. Still too early to tell on that one with Kye huh? ;)

Thursday, January 30, 2014

NYC Day 3

When we first decided to go to New York I really only wanted to stay three nights. On Aflac trips I'm fine without the kids for the first couple of days, but towards the end of the trip I start getting that I-miss-my-babies itch! However, I'm very thankful we decided (well, Zach really decided!) to stay four nights for this trip. Day 2 was kinda a bust due to the weather and I'm glad we had another full day to enjoy the city!!! SNOW FREE :) I don't think I've ever been so thrilled to look out the window and not see snow falling :) 

We slept in, which was heavenly, and Zach ran down to "our" bagel shop to get us breakfast. Breakfast in bed is another small luxury you just don't fully appreciate until you have children :)
More amazing sexy pictures of yours truly ;)
Our first mission was to go back to Central Park. While it wasn't snowing, the snow was still on the ground and we wanted to get to see it!!! Both of us agreed that this was probably our favorite thing from the trip. It was just so beautiful. If you visit New York in the winter time, you MUST go see Central Park in the snow!!! There is nothing like it!





Standing in SNOW!





Sent the kids a picture of a legit snowman :)


Finally getting to see some ice skating (If I wasn't pregnant and didn't have a lovely foot issue we totally would have done it!)









We enjoyed walking around and taking it all in. It was still cold that day but not nearly as cold as the day prior. Def better walking around weather! I also realized that a lot of my foot pain was due to the cold and not actually all the walking so I wore boots instead of tennis shoes and it helped a TON with my pain!!! 

While we were more comfortable with our clothing...shoe choice on Zach's part may not have been too smart. Melting snow = puddles. Hahahahaha
Soaked through!


We did the horse and carriage ride through Central Park on our Honeymoon (I also did it when I went to NYC in middle school with my cousin). So, so overpriced! Something we are glad we did once, but that we won't ever do again!


After we left the park we were on a mission. A SOCK finding mission! Poor Zach. His shoes were SO wet that it was all the way through his socks and he was miserable! We went into a couple stores and finally ended up in a drug store. He found a pack of socks and was much better off!

We didn't have a lunch reservation but we knew where we planned to eat and we also knew what time our next scheduled event was so we headed to lunch. Oh yall. My husband is AMAZING at directions but we hit some bad luck and ended up all over town. We rode the subway, a lot. And were thankful we had the unlimited metro cards! I felt so bad b/c I'm ZERO help with directional skills and he was frustrated with map issues, phone service issues, and just not knowing where were going. We finally ended up calling the restaurant and it ALL worked out how it was supposed to b/c it turned out we were trying to get to the wrong place!!!!

Long story but we fell in LOVE with this pizza place in Brooklyn and wanted to go there again this trip (it's Zach's favorite pizza!). When I looked it up it said it's a chain now and that's where we were trying to go. When we called they told us we were actually closer to their Brooklyn location than the one we were trying to get to in Manhattan so we got on the subway and headed to Brooklyn. Once there we realized there were TWO pizza places. The name of the one we'd been trying to find and then the actual place we ate at before! Turns out the owner of the pizza place we loved sold his name to a franchise and that's the new place. Then he still kept his original place (the one we loved) but changed the name! 

If you are looking for the BEST pizza in NYC head to Brooklyn and hit up Juliana's!




Had to get dessert! I do not like the taste of pizza in my mouth after I eat it? Something sweet always helps :) It was called the Brooklyn Bridge so I HAD to get it!!!
Next trip we will know EXACTLY where to go for our pizza!
Yes...it's also a #1 rated :)
It's literally located right under the Brooklyn Bridge!



The other pizza place (literally next door)

After lunch we headed straight for our next show! Zach and I both reallllllly enjoy seeing plays. I know most men aren't into that kind of thing and I love that Zach is different. He truly enjoys it! With my foot issues we decided to book two shows this trip as it was a great way to stay warm, rest my foot, and enjoy ourselves!

When I did my hunting I found this play that is a prequel to Peter Pan. Duh, that was the show for us! It was actually our first time seeing an off-broadway production and it was so cool! Our seats were literally the third row so we had an amazing view!!! It was neat to see a "lower budget" performance and to see the creative ways they brought the story to life!
I want to point out that the play was titled: Peter and the Starcatcher: a GROWNUPS prequel to Peter Pan. Like it says, in the title, it's meant for grownups. I was disgusted with the amount of children there. Just as I am disgusted when parents take their children to rated R movies. You know going in that it's not appropriate!!! Often I think it's the fault of the production. Like adult cartoon tv shows make no sense to me. Hello, it appears to be made for KIDS! And if this play didn't have that CLEAR warning in the TITLE then I would have blamed the show for appearing to be child-friendly. But it was far from child friendly. And it didn't claim to be! I'm glad we were up front so I could pretend I didn't see all the kids there behind us haha!

We both LOVED the show. It was a GREAT take on how Peter Pan came to be and had some super funny parts too. It dragged a good bit at parts and that took away from it for us, but overall we greatly enjoyed it. It also gave us a chance to change out our socks and let our feet dry out a bit! Haha!
If I had to pick a theme for Day 3 it was "direction hunting." This was my view for a good part of the day :) Thankful he's easy on the eyes haha and that he didn't get too annoyed about it all!!! 

Side note: I thought those touch screen gloves were "must haves" for our trip but they honestly didn't work that amazingly! We kept taking them off to use our phones!

We had some time and still hadn't gotten the kids a prize from the trip so we headed to the Disney Store at Times Square. It was AWESOME!!!





We debated and debated about what to buy for the kids! Finally we picked the perfect presents :)

The Statue of Liberty Minnie Mouse was a MUST for me! Even if Britt didn't really need another dang stuffed animal...I mean it's awesome and I'd totally take it if she didn't want it ;) For Kye we got him a plane from the movie Planes. We hadn't yet seen the movie but knew he'd like a toy plane since we flew on one to go on our trip!
For dinner on our last night I wanted to end with a BANG! and booked us the #1 rated Italian restaurant in Little Italy :) Pellegrino's! Walking down the street in Little Italy really did take us back to LEGIT Italy. People were standing out front of their restaurants trying to lure us in, just like they do there! 
Had to get some gnocchi!
I was pretty crunk about my lemon chicken!

It was a bit of a crowded, loud, experience. The table beside us was pretty intense but gave us some good entertainment! We had a great meal! Zach LOVED his. Mine was good, but I was sad that it wasn't enough lemon for me to be able to taste it (since I can't smell, I also can't taste very well so I need stuff to be STRONG!). We still had a great experience though and would def try it again!
For dessert Casey recommended a place called Ferrara and when I did some research it was also top-rated so, duh, we hit that junk up!
Yes, we were FREEZING the ENTIRE trip but we couldn't resist: we had to try the gelato!
It was good for sure! I've avoided trying ANYTHING that is called "gelato" since we've been back from Italy. I know it won't compare and I don't want to risk tainting my amazing memory of the deliciousness! While this was good, it wasn't the REAL DEAL for sure. I actually also got a canolli and ate it later on in the room and THAT was phenomenal
Since getting back I had a friend ask me if I thought NYC was a good place to go with just my spouse or if it'd be better for a girl's trip. I LOVE traveling with Zach. He's my favorite travel partner FOR SURE but I def understood the question. I mean there are places that are just more fun with the girls ya know? Personally I think NYC is great for BOTH. While I've never gone on a girl's trip there, I really really really hope we can afford for me to take Britt when she's engaged :) We saw a mother-daughter duo on the flight with all their wedding magazines and I would LOVE to be able to do that. I think it'd be a blast to shop with girl friends but other than that everything is so FUN with Zach that I def think it'd a great place for a mommy-daddy getaway :) There is so much to do and it's very easily romantic too :)

On our way back to the room we passed by this...there were TONS of limos out front and people dressed in mega fancy gowns. I was freezing. I was tired. But if I had been there with girl friends you better bet we would have sat our butts outside that door to catch some celebrity sightings!!! It is NOT Zach's thing so I didn't even ask to do it. He would have not had fun but I will say that is the ONLY thing I think would be better as a girl's trip than with the hubby. Dudes don't care much about celebrities. Girls do and you know if I did have a girl's trip there our motto would be "Celebrity Hunt" haha!!! Much like if Zach had come with some guy friends they probably would have tried to sneak into the Heisman Award Presentation ;)
I googled around the next day and found out that Anchorman 2 had premiered in NYC that night! What we had passed by was actually the after party!!! I think we were too early for everyone to really be there yet and I think a lot of the limos we saw were people arriving from the premiere! Pretty cool huh?
Summary of our LAST DAY!!!
I was hoping to get an early flight home the next day but the flight from Atlanta to Valdosta was the same no matter when we flew from NYC so instead we slept in, again. And it was amazing, again! When we got room service they had actually overcharged us so to make up for it they gave us free breakfast :) Whoop whoop! Love us some freebies!!!
Being well rested and warm does my looks some good huh? :) Probably the only decent pic of me from the whole trip!!!
Before we left we really wanted to go to the roof of the hotel to check out the view, it was super COLD (especially in our Valdosta-ready travel clothes) but it was cool and I'm so glad we did it! One last look at the beautiful city!

haha Lookin' cool with that hood up ;)



We had a pretty long wait at the airport but I got to finish my book (Divergent! Can't wait to read the rest and see the movie!). I also got caught up on my social media. Ugh. It is the worst thing EVER to get back from a wonderful trip and find out a bunch of bad news. I mean when we got back from Italy I checked FB and found out a sweet woman from our church had died while we were gone. This time I found out a sweet couple from our church had to deliver their baby who had passed away at almost full term. So, so sad. It is def a jolt back to reality to hear about such sad, sad news. 

Sent the kids a pic of our plane!
On our lay over Mrs. Charlotte called and told me Kye was running a fever. I was already missing my babies SO BAD but I was dying to get to them when I heard he wasn't feeling well!!! 

Back in May, before we even thought of going to NYC, I was crunk when I heard Justin Timberlake was coming to Atlanta! I saw him 10 years ago when he did a tour with Christina Aguilera (and Black Eyed Peas Opened!). It was AMAZING. He is BY FAR the most talented artist of our time, in my opinion at least!!! I spent a good part of a day getting tickets for the show for Robyn and her sister as well as for myself, Casey and Jordan. Jordan surprised Casey with the tickets for her birthday in September and I was SO PUMPED about the show!

Well. Timing was not so great because we actually got back from NYC the day prior to the concert. So that meant I'd get home, turn around and drive to Atlanta the next day, then come home after the concert that night. Kinda a lot! I was still very excited about the show though and worked it out where when I got home from NYC I went to SLEEP. My plan was to sleep in as late as I could the next day and then be refreshed for the concert. 

Kye having his fever changed everything. I told Mrs. Charlotte to call me the next morning and wake me up if he still had a fever. I told Zach that night when we got home that if Mrs. Charlotte called me I for sure wasn't going to the concert. Kids come first PERIOD. 

Sure enough, she called me that morning. I hurried to get dressed and met her with the kids at the walk-in clinic. It was SO great to see the kids. Kye was so, so pitiful. Mrs. Charlotte took Britt so she wouldn't be around all the other sick kids and I sat with Kye, literally in my lap. He wanted me to hold him and kept saying he just wanted to go home. If my mind hadn't already been made up about the concert, that decided it right there!!!

He tested negative for strep but had all the symptoms of it so we decided to treat him for strep. Bless is heart it was THE sickest he's ever been. His fever lingered and would drop then go back up. After a couple days I got sick. It was the start of the longest phase of sickness our house has seen! At first we treated me for strep too then I finally broke down and went to the dr (a whole week after we got back!) and tested positive for the flu. I assume then that Kye also had the flu but that it just looked like strep. We got through it but, whew, it was tough being pregnant with a sick kid and being sick myself...and especially with having a WELL kid. Britt was FINE!!! She never got sick at all, which is a huge blessing, but also made her tougher to handle! Kye was cool with chilling and watching movies...wild child Britt needed entertaining ;)

Thankfully I was able to sell my Justin Timberlake ticket within 10 min of posting it on Facebook. I sold it for what I paid for it which they were going for three times that. I wasn't out to make money, I just wanted someone to get to enjoy the show since I couldn't and be able to get back what I had spent. While I am SO SAD I missed it (I mean when I heard he SANG ELVIS I died)...it was a proud mommy moment for me. I had no doubts or debate about what to do and didn't regret it at all. My baby needed me and I was there for him. And that was worth more than any concert! (Yes, even when it ended up getting me sick too!!!). 
Overall we had such a wonderful time together in New York!!! I always cherish alone time with Zach and every time we go away together we come back refreshed in our relationship and our love for one another. Plus we get to add more memories to our wonderful love story :) 


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