Heading Home!

We didn’t get Kye in the bed until 11:00! He had gone ALL DAY with no nap and stayed up over 3 hours past his normal bedtime that night. We had to check out and head home the next day but decided not to rush. We knew Kye wouldn’t probably nap at all in the car so that would mean another day of a skipped nap (which we’ve never done two skip-nap days in a row) but we just wanted to relax and enjoy our special solo Kye time and since he didn’t have school that Friday I knew we could have a lazy day and I could manage if he was a little tougher to deal with due to lack of sleep!

Last time we let him stay up late like that he did NOT repay the favor by letting us sleep in. But this time? Kid slept until almost 9 AM! Which has NEVER happened in his LIFE!!!! For breakfast Zach and I ate our regular: Advocare meal replacement shakes while Kye had left over muffins and some fruit 🙂 There was a little table and chairs in the bedroom and Kye asked if he could eat in there instead of in the kitchen, fine by me!

A better picture of his new pins! The one he traded and the one he bought 🙂

That morning Zach had to get some work done so we headed to the hotel pool and Zach made calls and such while Kye and I swam. Um…the water was pretty chilly! My foot was also pretty sore from all the walking the day prior and I was just not in the mood for playing and such. I ended up sitting on the edge and encouraging Kye in his play. He was HILARIOUS and started creating these “interpretive swims” where he acted out different Disney characters through swim. Priceless!



Here’s a video of some of his moves 😉

We swam for awhile then headed back to load up, eat lunch, and check out!

I got creative providing Kye something to play with (we didn’t bring ANY toys with us!) while we loaded up everything. I made a fort between the beds and unplugged the phone for him to play. He was good to go. It’s SO nice having an older kid…his creative play is wonderful and makes life so much easier 😉


We ate the rest of our cube steak leftovers and I had packed Kye some food for lunch as well! We didn’t want to stop on the way home to eat anything (or spend any money) so we ate before we checked out!

On the way home we saw a plane in the sky spelling out “Jesus!” It was SUPER awesome and served as such a great reminder that HE is always with us and watching over us. I’ve never seen anything like that before and think it’s a really neat ministry. I wonder how many people could see that message in the sky and the different ways it might have touched their lives that afternoon!

My car was COVERED in love bugs when we got home! As a FSU fan, and therefore “Gator Hater”, I always had heard the story that UF created love bugs as an attempt to kill mosquitos but that it backfired and love bugs mate like crazy and are almost as annoying as mosquitos. I liked being able to blame them on the Gators…but, sadly, did a little googling on our drive and found out that the story is a lie and just a wives-tale 🙁 Now they are just a nuisance and there isn’t anyone I can blame for it haha

It was really SUCH a great trip and it made me even that much more eager to go back. Writing these blog posts has made me SO excited for when we take Britt to the parks for the first time early next year. I’m already counting down and already talking so much about it that it’s probably driving Zach nuts haha. Disney is truly MY happiest place and I can’t wait for my sweet girl to get to experience it with us!!!! For now though we’ll just keep dreaming up our next trip!

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Heading Home

After Kye’s nap Zach and Kye headed back up to the hospital so we could all go home as a family. Of course Brittlynn decided to nurse for like two hours straight (and my body decided that that was the time I’d need to poop for my first time after delivery so that took awhile…) so I was rushing around trying to get dressed and packed up and they ended up getting there before I was completely ready to go. Kye did a great job being patient and waiting though and Zach was a HUGE help! He got her dressed for her first time in one of the cute outfits Mom and Mrs. Charlotte bought for her.

Sweet girl is ready to go!

It kinda shocked me how casual the whole hospital was about us leaving. I guess because I signed all the forms in advance there wasn’t anything left for me to do? We put her in her car seat, and she did not like it.

She had to ride in my lap while I rode in a wheel chair as we left the hospital

The guys pushing the luggage cart to the car

First time outside, it calmed her RIGHT down


First car ride

Proud Big Brother

When we left the hospital with Kye we were soooo dumb. We got discharged at like 7:00 at night. We rushed home and totally forgot to get my prescriptions filled so I was in SO much pain. This time around we left much earlier in the day and Mom ran my prescription by the pharmacy before we left the hospital so we could pick it up on our way home. Typical Emily luck though…their systems were down! We ended up having to take it do a different pharmacy and have it filled. Thankfully Mrs. Charlotte was bringing us dinner that night so she stopped by and picked it up. So annoying!

Our Welcome Home sign waiting for us when we pulled in the driveway!

(it cracks me up how “manyly” it is…)

The guys and their sign

The girls!

We’re HOME!

Here’s a video of us walking in the door…once we realized the dogs were freaking out we stopped recording 😉 If you have ever been to our house before then you know something about Kye…he LOVES his room. Literally every single time someone comes over (you could be a friend, a door-to-door sales person…anyone and you could be at our home for the first time or millionth…) he runs up to them and says “wanna see my room?” He loves to show off his room and he’s so proud of it. We knew it’d be the first thing he’d want Brittlynn to see…and he didn’t disappoint. Here’s a video of Kye showing his sister his room.

Once settled, we swaddled her up and put her down to sleep before her next feeding time. Right out of the hospital she was going about 3 hours between feedings but nursing for an hour to an hour and a half each feeding…she was keeping me busy! Yes, it’s a blue swaddle…don’t worry I bought some pink ones 🙂

Mr. Rusty and Mrs. Charlotte came by to visit and give us dinner. She made a roast and omg I was STARVING so that meal was literally one of the best meals of my life!!! I LOVED It. The next day I ate it as left overs and poured the sauce from the roast all over everything on my plate…so unlike me b/c I hate for any of my food to touch.

Cuddling Big Papa

and G-Mama

Kye was the dr and had to “check” everyone

Meeting the dogs, Sadie and Levi

Before Mr. Rusty and Mrs. Charlotte left, I had them take some pictures of us to remember Britt’s big homecoming! Kye has been the only child for over 2 years and has TONS of pictures with just him in them…I think it’s very important to try to get pictures of Brittlynn alone too. Someday she’ll get married and she will want the pictures for her wedding video or something and won’t want her brother in every single one!!!

Our new family!

Our first night home wasn’t too bad…I got like 3-4 broken hours of sleep which isn’t great, but it’s not horrible. I know I’m comparing to Kye a lot but that’s just going to happen. He’s all I knew before she came along so it’s natural to compare the two experiences! With him we were up ALL night. Mom stayed with us and none of us got any sleep. You can read about our homecoming with Kye here, and about his first night home here. This time around everything was so much better. We even had an extra kid at the house and no one else to help and did great…and no one almost died 😉


  1. Chrissy
    December 28, 2011 / 9:02 pm

    Wonderful pics! So happy for you guys! xxx

  2. Katie Roberts13
    December 28, 2011 / 10:35 pm

    Is that painters' tape holding the sign up? haha!You had the same 1st night experience we did the both times. Kid #1=NO SLEEP, kid #2= sleep!

  3. Forddygirl
    December 29, 2011 / 1:31 am

    hahah! i'm cracking up at the painters tape and the fact that "no one almost died"! love you!

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Heading Home

Before leaving the hospital they weighed me! I’m lucky in that I had my check up the morning I went into labor so I know exactly how much weight I gained overall. 39 lbs! Thank the Lord I had Kye the day I did or it for sure would have gone over 40 haha! Well when they weighed me I had lost 20 lbs in ONE DAY! So awesome! I had never planned on telling Zach my “number” but he was in the room when they weighed me and I said “Dang 20 lbs!” So he could do the math…let’s just say it was a number I never ever hope to see again!!!

Even though Kye didn’t get done with his circumcision until later than planned and I had to feed him before we left and we waited a million years for someone to come cut our hospital bracelets off, we still got out of there before 9:00. I know a lot of people will think I’m dumb for coming home that late but I don’t care. I really really wanted to get HOME and I’m so thankful I did!

Mom, Mr. Rusty, and Mrs. Charlotte were all at the hospital to help us get ALLLL our stuff to the car and to officially see us leave as a new family! We dressed Kye in one of the little outfits Mom and Mrs. Charlotte bought him. Zach wore his “push present” and I wore a dress with dressy shoes. I may not have looked hot, but I wanted to feel pretty when heading home!

All the way to the car the child SCREAMED in the car seat. I was worried that he would be an awful traveler…especially with all the traveling we do! Zach is such a natural parent though and he said, “He’s got gas.” So he took him out of the seat, burped him, and he quit crying! He didn’t even let out a whimper the entire way home.

As soon as we got in the car my tears started to fall again. Mom said it was hormones, which is probably true but I’m just so thankful for having such an amazing husband. You should see him with our son. I know they say that a mother has a natural instinct but I really feel Zach has that same instinct. He’s just so good with Kye and so good at figuring out what he needs. The way he handled the car seat situation just impressed me and made me overly emotional! I think I said, “I love you so much” like a million times on the drive home.

When we got home I went in to visit with the dogs for a little while and Zach stayed in the car with the baby. I thought they would be super hyper and pumped to see me, but nope. Before we left for the hospital we filled their Kong toys with a new flavor of treat (liver…gross) and put it in their crates with them. When I got them out of the crates to visit with me Levi cared more about the Kong than he did me!!! I went and told Zach to go ahead and come in with Kye and we’d see how they would do.

Other than breastfeeding, the dogs reaction to the baby was one of my major concerns while pregnant. Well I am so so so proud of my babies! They both approached the car seat and smelled him and were so excited (but not overly excited). To be honest, I have gotten jealous because they care more about the baby than they do me! Now when Levi barks instead of running to the door he runs to protect the baby. He also will follow the baby wherever he goes and will “check on” the baby constantly. If Kye lets out even a little sigh Levi is right there to make sure he is okay! Isn’t that precious?

We were so so so happy to be home but were not fully prepared for the night ahead of us…

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  1. Rachael
    March 21, 2009 / 9:38 pm

    Your pictures are great… you look awesome. I am so glad the dogs did fine… it gets even better! 🙂 Don’t you have a greater appreciation for Zach? I don’t think I could ever live without Greg!

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