*After my last blog post, I had a case of writer's regret. Had I said too much? Had I been too raw? Was I too emotional, too negative? There was an outpouring of support from family and friends who had read it, and it made me remember that there are a couple people out there who do actually read what I write - which, in turn, made me feel a little overexposed for a second. Naked. Like I had stripped away the smiles and the "life is AWESOME!" facade for a moment and let it all hang out there. Sometimes, actually most of the time when I write, it's for me. To free my brain of stress, to document our lives so that I don't forget, to give CK something to look back on when she's older. And I think last week I hit my breaking point in a few ways and just had an UGHHHHHH moment. And I let it show. And sure, I do feel a little naked from the whole experience, but at the end of the day I want to always be real and honest and genuine. And that post was definitely those three things.
*And on that note, we have had the BEST WEEK this week! WE GOT OUR GIRL BACK, FOLKS! While I was away this weekend (more on that later), Cameron Kate broke out in a rash, confirming our suspicions that she had roseola. (A common virus - Google it if you're curious.) By the time I returned on Sunday afternoon, she was back to being herself. Funny, giggly, wild, and independent with a few tantrums thrown into the mix. And since I returned, I have been soaking in every ounce of her being. I hope my last post didn't lead anyone to believe that we aren't having a great summer. Because it has been AWESOME. And the fun has continued this week with tons of mama/daughter play time. I have to say I am so relieved that the beast who took over my child last week has left the building.
*And speaking of my weekend away, it was GLORIOUS. I won't go into too many details, but I truly feel like we were able to spoil my baby sister and give her the bachelorette weekend of her dreams. You can read all about it on my sister's blog... it is certainly a weekend I will never forget!
Think she's excited about marrying her most favorite man?!
*Um, guys, I have been dying to scream this from the rooftops... I'M GONNA BE AN AUNT AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My brother and sister-in-law are expecting their first baby in early February. Since the day they said "I do," I have been wishing and hoping and praying they'd become parents. And it's finally gonna happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*I had my first back-to-work dream last night. Nooooooo!!
*I am LOVING our Tuesday morning gymnastics class. The best part is in the very beginning, when they call roll and each child runs to the middle of the circle and says, "Ta-Da!!!" Cameron Kate LOVES to do this, even when we're warming up (before roll call). She'll run to the middle and just stand there with her arms in the air yelling, "Ta-Da!!!! Ta-Da!!!!!!" while everyone else is doing the butterfly. Love.
Watch out, Gabby Douglas.
*I was honestly a little bummed that Kate Middleton had a boy. I wanted a princess!!!!!! But hey, at least we know who Cameron Kate's future husband will be. Hello, royalty!
*We recently adjusted our schedule so that we have dinner around the table as a family every night. (What did we used to do, you ask? Well, CK went to bed so early one of us would sit at the table with her while she ate, then we'd put her to bed and T and I would have our own dinner together
*I am obsessed with the Runkeeper app!! I have no clue what took me so long to discover it (Thanks, Lu!). It makes me kick my own butt!
*Yesterday, when T was putting on Cameron's shoes, he asked her if they were too small. Her response in a cool, casual tone? "It's not so bad." Let the toddler-isms begin!
*Y'all... we officially have enough hair for pigtails.
*I have an obsession with grilled hot dogs. I cannot get enough! It started as a pregnancy craving, and never went away.
*I also have an obsession with bad summer reality television, like the Bachelorette and Big Brother. I blame the fact that there is NOTHING on during the summer - I am dyyyying for Homeland and Parenthood to start again!
*Cameron Kate and I have had a BLAST at the pool this summer. She's a little fish in the water - you'd never know she still has her bath phobia?!
*And I'll leave you with two of my new favorite quotes:
"My house isn't messy... it's decorated by a toddler."
"Don't let your worries for tomorrow rob your joys of today."
Have a great rest-of-the-week!!