I sometimes wonder if I should still be recapping. I know the blogging world has evolved, but sometimes, it feels therapeutic to hop on here and blog. I’ve been doing it for so many years that it feels weird not to. I know some of you love the recaps, and I hope to continue them for as long as they feel right. Finding blogging time is hard, especially since I’ve been fully diving into photography lately. I miss the full-time blogging world of recipes, recaps, and travels. I know once Bugs get a bit older and require less of my time, I’ll be able to take on more. I know I could hire someone to watch him while I work more, but he’s only little once, and I enjoy spending every moment with him. I’m not a night owl, so I follow behind once he goes to bed. I have been waking up around 3:45 every morning to get quiet time to work on the computer, which has been so helpful! I know 3:45 seems early, but I go to bed around 8 pm, so I’m still getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night.
The past two weeks served up the most beautiful fall scenes. It’s starting to look more like winter now, but I’m so happy we soaked up all the fall weather, foliage, and fall activities.
We took a long morning walk with a few friends at the Riverwalk, which was stunning. After our walk, we had lunch at Blend, a new healthy spot right by the water. I ordered a Greek sandwich, a baklava smoothie, and a smoothie for Bugs. He had filtered water, banana, and avocado in his smoothie. He loved it, especially the cold fruit on his teething gums.
One meal he’s been loving lately is butternut squash, banana, raspberries, cinnamon, and avocado blended with oats and his formula.
I made the chicken & parm dinner again last week. We love having the leftovers in the fridge all week. I have wanted to visit the Union Exchange farm for a while now. It’s a new farm with a coffee shop, pumpkins, a huge lake, pizza on the weekends, and the swings by the pond was so relaxing. I will be back soon because this little day trip was so relaxing. I’m glad this spot exists.
We ordered two cappuccinos and the most delicious oatmeal cream pie to split. They had so many delicious desserts to select from, and I will have to try the lemon bars next time.
I loved all of the photo backdrops they had set up.
We sat on the swing for well over an hour. The weather was perfect, and swinging by the water was so relaxing. On the way back, we stopped at The Hunter Farm. We picked up coffee from Mud + McQueen for the drive home, which was delicious. We also stopped at Whole Foods to grab groceries for the weekend, and my mom and I split the falafel wrap.
Last Saturday morning, we did fall family photos. We even took our first family photo with Tux! He’s still afraid of new people, and we don’t like putting him in situations he’s not comfortable with, so we decided to do some of them in the backyard so he could be a part of them! They turned out so good! I was proud of him.
After the photos, we had pizza, watched the Eagles game, and carved pumpkins.
I think they looked cute!
I dressed bugs up as a tennis player for Halloween! We love tennis in this house, so I thought it would be fitting. I bought the outfit and accessories on Amazon. I bought an iron-on patch, which made the costume come together! I knew he’d be asleep during Halloween night, so I had to take him to the tennis courts to get photos of him in his costume.
We had so many trick-or-treaters! My mom and I had a coffee date with Bugs at Knowledge perk. I’ve never had a coffee flight, so we decided to try one out! I will stick to my go-to cappuccino because I’m not a fan of the coffee syrups, but it was fun to try them out! We always swing after dinner, walk, or play on the skip hop so I can keep him awake until bathtime! We are finally (knock on wood) past the sleep regression. He’s finally sleeping in his crib from 6:30 pm to 7:00 am. I thought this day would never come! I’ve been all about the zoodles lately! I try making dinner around 4 pm so we can eat together. I know that seems early, but it makes sense since I go to bed so early. He always puts his feet up on the handlebars, and it’s so funny! He’s into babbling on our walks, and I love it. I feel like he’s just talking to me the entire time.
Before I explain what’s happening here, I want to start by saying I am completely fine!
For the past four months, I have been experiencing abdominal pain that has not let up. It comes and goes, but it feels like pins and needles in the same area. At first, I thought it was diastasis recti (abdominal separation), but the doctor said my abdomen felt fine, so it must be something else. Over the past few months, I’ve done a few ultrasounds, and then last Friday, I had a contrast CT scan. There was an enlarged lymph node (that you could feel by pressing on my stomach) and a benign mass on my liver, and they wanted to see if there was anything else that could be causing the discomfort/loss of circulation.
An hour after my CT scan, I got a call from the doctor’s office, and they said I needed to get to the emergency room as soon as possible because my CT scan showed acute appendicitis. Hearing that freaked me out, especially if this was the pain I’d been experiencing for the past four months.
When Kyle and I got there, the ER doctor said that I would have to have my appendix removed either that night or in the morning. I was so confused because I thought appendicitis was this crazy painful thing, but mine was only mild. A few hours later, the surgeon told me they would remove it first thing in the morning after monitoring my white blood cells all night. Before bed, they hooked me up to IV antibiotics, fluids (since I was going on 48 hours of fasting), and blood thinners.
After a long night, a second surgeon told me he didn’t want to remove it because he didn’t think my appendix was inflamed because of appendicitis (based on my pain level and normal WBC count).) He said he believed it was a GI issue causing the inflammation and lymph node flare-up and wanted me to come back for GI testing and rule everything out before possibly coming back to remove my appendix.
I felt a little defeated because I was happy to have final answers to why my abdominal was in pain, and I hated that I was back at ground zero again. I’m happy I didn’t have to have surgery, but it will be a little upsetting if I come back in to have it removed after a night of preparation.
So they kept me for the day to monitor my levels after taking in food, and then they let me go home.
Next week, I’ll be going back for GI testing, so hopefully, I can get some answers. It feels strange to walk around with an inflamed appendix, but I probably never would have known if I hadn’t done a CT scan.
After not eating for two days, I treated myself to an oat milk latte while waiting to get discharged. The worst part was being away from Bugs for the first time, and I watched him on the monitor all night. It felt weird to be sitting in a hospital and nurses coming in to ask how my pain was and give me pain medicine. I was like, I’m fine. I felt no pain at all.
I made a smoothie with about ten cups of spinach when I got home! My iron levels were so low because I had started my period the Friday night, and being anemic, I needed iron when I started my cycle, and since I couldn’t eat, I felt terrible.
For dinner, I made chicken breast with broccoli and zoodles.
I felt like baking on Sunday afternoon. It helps me when I’m stressed, and Kyle loves bringing treats to work, so it’s fitting. I made The Fresh Cooky’s sugar cookies (the ones I make weekly!), and I’ve been testing a new frosted gingerbread cookie for the blog, and I’ll be posting that recipe soon! They taste like my gingerbread bars!
On Monday, I took Bugs to the polls with me to vote. He was so good in line (because he had a filled belly and nap.) We waited about an hour and a half, grabbed a matcha latte, and went on a walk with Leo when we got home.
For lunch, he has loved avocado, oats, banana, cinnamon, and formula mixed together. I don’t think I’ll be doing BLW because it scares me! I’ll give him his food in a purée form until 9 months or until I think he’s ready.
I did a big meal prep yesterday after PT with healthy oatmeal breakfast cookies, jalapeno burgers, broccoli salad, and roasted vegetables!
I appreciate anyone sticking around this long to catch the recaps! I have some fun recipes planned out for the holiday season that I cannot wait to share, including the gingerbread cookies.
The family is coming to my house for Thanksgiving this year, and I’m so excited! ♥️
Questions for you!
- Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year?
- What is your favorite Thanksgiving dessert?
- Have you had any holiday drinks yet?