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What Lifts You Up (19 Months + Catch Up 9/16)

This week has been full of what lifts me up–family, friends, food, and my Emmie. And we got involved in some fall fun, too! Catch up time 😀

First of all, if you haven’t read my dear friend Landon’s story yet, I urge you to take some time and give her guest post a read. I may have dealt with infertility (but I have (thankfully) never experienced a miscarriage. Her story is one that I know so many of you will unfortunately relate to. And for those who were asking– her rainbow baby is due on Halloween!

Catch Up 9/16

1). This past week has been a bit tough for me, in the interest of total transparency. My hip/back has been doing so well, but over the weekend, I started feeling some discomfort and changes in my glute and SI area (same area as my fracture). As a result I have been battling some major anxiety and situational depression.

I tried to take this rainbow from Monday as a good omen, but IDK

I have mentioned this before (though I always feel a bit like a fraud when I say this, because so many have been through SO much more than I!), but I have a sort of PTSD when it comes to certain types of injuries. After 4 stress fractures in 5 years and as much time spent on crutches as Emmie was growing inside me (remember, she was transferred, lol), any inkling of injury, particularly bone injury, in my pelvic region sends me into a right state.

Consequently, I have been dealing with a mentally frought week. I upped my Effexor dosage, and I think that is keeping me held together, but honestly just barely. Further, Alex is on service, so I don’t have the same easy flow of communication with him, and I don’t want to worry him.

All this is to say, I have been in need of those things that lift you up.

2) Emmie Playtime

Emmie got lots of playtime this week, and she has just lit up recently in the most incredible way. When she is comfortable, she is just a riot! We went to Musical Magic mid week, and she could barely be contained.

She is really into buckles right now, so she “buckled” herself in to Mr Bear, a massive bear that she like to tackle during class.

It took her a little while to warm up at Dario’s house, but once she did, she was all over!

Playtime at Present Place

At Strides, she has been a madwoman. Now that we are running, she just wants to run everywhere. So we chase anyone and everyone, lol.

This weekend, our friend Julie organized a trip for a bunch of us to go to All Seasons Orchard for apple picking and fun, and Emmie had an absolute BLAST.

She ran all around, then helped pick apples (the Fuji’s were AMAZING), and she didn’t want to leave! But we had to get home so that Alex could do some things (he got a rare day off, thanks to his attending for that!).

It was a gorgeous day, and she was so amped up after the drive and all the excitement that she skipped her nap (luckily she had slept in some that morning). We went to Tarascas for dinner, and soaked up a perfect late summer evening.

Sunday morning, we finally got the Wonder Twins back together! Ali, Justin, and Ryan returned from their Europe trip on Friday, and we were so excited to see them. Ali was actually a big part of lifting me up–Saturday night was not a pretty one for me (anxiety dreams, the dog needing to go out in the middle of the night, etc)– and having my friend there was just what I needed to get my head back in the game.

3) Speaking of things that Mama needs to lift her up–Mom time with Rachel, Alex being off Saturday, Ali time–I also went to Mom’s Night Out at the Warbler (through Fit4Mom). I had wine and dessert (the desserts were amazzzzzing) and unwound with my friends. I almost didn’t go, to be honest, but I am so glad that I did! This is why I love Fit4Mom and the mom group that I came to meet through Strdies–they lift you up when you don’t even know how to do it yourself.

4) In things that Emmie does that melt my heart:

Her giggle.

She now says, “Thank you, Mama/Mommy.”


I literally die.

I also love watching her use her imagination–she feeds her little animals and uses requisite sound effects “nom nom nom.” She really wants to have a bag to carry like Mama.

She holds food like a big girl (sometimes). She now insists that I dance with her (but I have to do it how she wants me to, lol)

My little girl is becoming a little kid.

5) This week hasn’t been fully fleshed out yet. I have some big things that have to happen (dog vaccinations, car serving, house cleaning), but a) I don’t want to do most of those things and b) those things are rather difficult to accomplish with a toddler. Otherwise, we are planning on our usual events–Strides, Wonder Twin dinners, playtime with friends, and maybe a few classes!

Have a great week, friends!

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