Ten Months

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We are only a few weeks away from celebrating our baby girl’s first birthday, and I can honestly say this has been the fastest year ever. Celebrating her many firsts and milestones has been a highlight of my life, and the time “before Emmy” seems like a distant memory at this point. Dustin and I are so blessed by her each and every day. From her sweet smiles and cuddles in the morning to her stubborn, short tempered “meltdowns” – she is 100% “US” and we couldn’t love her more!

Over the last month, we have had lots of fun adventures. We started off her tenth month of life on a mini-venture to Raleigh, NC. We spent time with our sweet friends Elisabeth and husband Tyler, and friends Averi and husband Grant. Elisabeth and Averi are two of my Pi Phi sisters, and I love them dearly. Averi is actually my Lil Sis, and she gave birth to Georgia MacHenry (Georgia Mac) three months (almost to the day) after Emmy. We enjoyed our pregnancy together, and now we get to watch our little legacies grow up together! We planned this weekend a few weeks in advance. Elisabeth and Tyler traveled all the way from Charlotte to meet Miss Emmy Mae and Miss Georgia Mac for the first time! We started out our day together at a favorite spot of ours in college, Café Carolina. After we had our fill of lunch and cupcakes, we decided to do something a little spontaneous – to stop by our old sorority house and show our girls the house and reminisce a little. August 17th also happened to be “move-in” weekend at my alma mater, NC State, and so campus was busy and exciting and everything I remember it being and more. When we arrived to the sorority house, we had our husbands take pictures outside but they insisted on leaving to get beer instead of hanging out inside, so they headed back to Averi’s house. Being in our sorority house (my former home) and meeting several of the current NC Delta Pi Phis was such a surreal experience for a couple reasons. First, I couldn’t believe Averi and I had a seven month old and ten month old in tow as we stepped through our front door. Second, this fall marks the ten year anniversary since I started college at NC State. HANDS DOWN, my undergraduate college experience at NCSU was one of my favorite seasons of life. And it was absolutely due in part to my Pi Phi sisters and the amazing sense of home I immediately established in Raleigh with my Wolfpack Family. I was SO HAPPY to share this with my little Emmy! And I know she couldn’t understand all of that at ten months, but we will be going back to campus for family outings and sporting events as much as possible as she grows up. Eventually, I hope she starts to understand why I love my Wolfpack and all things STATELY so much, and that she may even share in that love one day as a student and alumni herself!

In addition to our Raleigh road trip, we took a slightly longer drive… all the way to Atlantic City, New Jersey for the Miss America competition!! Yes, you read that right. I am not much of a “pageant follower” though I have always enjoyed watching the competitions on TV and can remember several “girls night” sleepovers with friends gathered around watching either Miss NC or Miss America. We found our way at Miss America this year for one very good reason: my sweet cousin Beth was crowned Miss NC this summer and we went to support her on this incredible journey! We had the BEST time walking on the boardwalk and attending the pageant. My parents, brother and sister-in-law and nephew all went in addition to my grandmother, aunts, uncles, and some family friends to support our sweet Beth. Although she did not place in competition, she represented our state well at all of the preliminary events and we are SOOO proud of her! Emmy was such a doll on the trip. Everyone doted on her everywhere we went. She is just a little ham around people, and especially around other children. She LOVES kids and gets so excited and reaches towards them, kicking her feet excitedly trying to get down to crawl to them. We were so nervous about taking her on an 8-9 hour drive, but she did amazingly well. We stopped only once on the way to NJ, according to when Emmy was at the end of her patience with driving. It ended up being all the way outside of Baltimore, and coincidentally, 1.5 miles from where one of my favorite people in the world lives, my Amster. When I put it together that we were super close to her house, I texted her and luckily, she was able to meet us outside the Cracker Barrel where we were having lunch. It was such a LUCKY, spontaneous reunion and I LOVED getting to see her and Matthew!! We also got to see her sweet Mom and brother, who happened to be in town as well!! Love how the Lord works out happy little meetings like that :)

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EM @ 10 Months

Weight: 23.5 lbs

Firsts: Emmy went to NC State’s campus for the first time, and to the Pi Phi house there as well! She also met Elisabeth and Tyler for the first time. She also went on her first big roadtrip to NJ. She got two more teeth this month, this time up top! They broke through, finally, after several miserable days. Emmy also got Hand, foot, and mouth this month :( After three days of absolutely horrible pain and refusal to eat/drink, our darling girl started feeling like herself again. She never actually got any blisters anywhere externally, only had them on her mouth which made eating a miserable activity. Fortunately, she is better now! Emmy was also in her first official “public” photo shoot as a baby for a campaign ad of a good friend that’s running for office. She was perfect and adorable in all the shots, of course. ;) The shoot as also at Pullen Park, one of my favorite places in Raleigh and we took full advantage of our time there after the photo shoot. Emmy rode the train and the carousel for the first time and loved it! :)

Sizes: Still in 12-18 months clothes. Diapers: Size 5

Likes: Shrimp! This girl loves eating tiny bits of fried shrimp. She also loves crawling as fast as humanly possible and is walking VERY quickly with her walker. She maneuvers that thing like a race car! :) She has now conquered the “NO” headshake, and is the typical response when I ask her any question. She is beginning to toss her spoon around and mimic feeding herself. She also transitioned down from 6 bottles (~24-30 oz) of breast milk a day, down to only 2 sippy cups of breast milk (~8 oz day). This allowed mommy to STOP PUMPING this month, which mommy loves! :) We still have a great stock pile going so she still gets her breast milk and

Dislikes: Sharing, being told “No” and when she is diverted from doing anything potentially dangerous. Her fingers are like magnets to light sockets and/or anything small and round that can block her airway. She keeps us on our toes, 24/7!

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Apothecary Ball 2013

Right now I should be preparing for our first OSCE of the semester scheduled to take place tomorrow morning. Or I could be studying for our first exam of the semester coming up Friday. But instead, I’m doing what I really want to do…which is to post memories from my first Apothecary Ball!

The night started off at Caffe Luna with two other PA couples for dinner before the ball. It was delicious, as always.

After dinner we made our way to the ball. The Apothecary Ball is an event for the Pharmacy and PA students held each year at the beginning of Spring semester. The theme this year was “Fire & Ice” and so naturally, I aligned myself with the “Fire” side and wore Red.  It was such a fun night.  I was looking forward to the event being held at the Brownstone hotel — the same place where we had our Initiation party my freshman year on the day I was initiated into Pi Beta Phi!  Being in a sorority, we had formals and semi-formals each year. I was SO EXCITED to finally be able to take my sweet Tar Heel to our first “formal” together.

And we had a GREAT time!  Granted, I think the Tar Heel had pretty low expectations given his former formal experiences. Poor guy just wasn’t lucky enough to experience a Pi Phi event at State. BUT, the Apothecary Ball made up for all of that.:)

I think this was during Ke$ha’s “Die Young” song – sooo fun!

We even had Class Superlatives. They included: Best Dressed, Most Likely to Misplace Their Cadaver, Most Likely to Flirt with their Supervising Physician (this was a little awkward for both the peeps who received this since they are married/engaged…gotta love it), Most Likely to Yell at their Patients, and Most Likely to Cry in a Corner on the First Day of Rotations.   Seriously.

Alex made me promise this pic didn’t go on FB. She failed to mention the blog… Love this girl. :)

The night was simply perfect. It ended shoeless – a proven indicator of any worthwhile formal event. We even stopped by gumby’s for a quick pit stop before the trek home to Holly Springs.  Yes, this was a great event to relive my “glory days” of Pi Phi formals and carefree nights of pretty dresses and sweet drinks… but this night was better than any of those simply because I finally had my forever date with me – my sweet Tar Heel.

So, cheers to not having to pretend when your reality is better than anything you could ever dream up. :)

Pi Phi Wine & Design

Without a doubt, one of the best outcomes of moving back to the Triangle area is being able to once again be involved with the NC TriAngels — the Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club for the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill areas.  I was pretty involved in 2008 and 2009 right after I graduated from undergrad, but when I moved back east I couldn’t really attend any events and after moving to Savannah, I ended up joining the club down there.

Last night I went to my first Triangle alum event since 2009ish at the Raleigh Wine & Design.  There were a few familiar faces and lovely new faces as well.  I re-connected with two sisters from my own chapter and met several sweet new girls.  Everyone was so welcoming and it was like picking right back up where we left off.  I love those types of friendships.

Aside from getting to see everyone again, I was SO excited for this event specifically because I have been wanting to go to Wine & Design for soooo long!!  In what seems like a former life now, I actually once loved to paint, draw and had a special gift with chalk pastels.  In high school, I spent hours in art class and took every class imaginable.  Anyway, it was my escape and I loved it and I was fairly good at it.  But ever since starting college, I haven’t had the chance to hone my skill or even just let go and paint a little.  Aside from the random silly craft, I just sort of let that hobby go.  I was really looking forward to holding a brush for the first time in far too long.

In the end it was a fantastic night of catching up with old friends, good wine and some pretty decent painting if I do say so myself.

Happy to be back, Raleigh!

 

 

Spring days

We have so many wonderful updates, I’m not sure where to begin!  The Tar Heel and I are slowly but surely settling in together and figuring out this whole marriage thing.  It is simply amazing to me how much we have learned about each other over the last few weeks, and even more amazing how much we think alike.  We find ourselves often thinking the exact same thing at the same time and we never even have to say anything aloud. It is kind of creepy.  It happened before when we were dating, but never to this extent nor this often!  We have to just laugh at how eerily similar we think from time to time.

Last Thursday I went home to NC for three days to present my final master’s thesis equivalent, a research study my partner Kelly and I have worked on for the last year.  It is amazing to think that three years of work (2 years of classes and one year of research) came down to one, 45-minute presentation.  Kind of scary!  But, after our practice presentation Tuesday night we received rave reviews of our research project and results, so we felt much more comfortable presenting to Campbell faculty on Thursday night for our final presentation.  I am so excited to say the final presentation went well, and I am officially done with my first master’s degree!  I can hardly wait until May 13th when I get to walk across the stage and receive my hood and new, shiny degree.

The Tar Heel and I have enjoyed finding our place in this new city and I am finally making new friends!  A couple of weeks ago I joined the local Pi Phi Alumnae club here in Savannah and I have met the sweetest ladies.  I attended a Panhellenic Luncheon where fifteen sororities were present, with Pi Phi being one of the largest sororities represented.  Both the Tar Heel and I were invited to so many homes for dinner and churches to visit with these new Pi Phi sisters after that day, and it was a wonderful reminder of why I joined the organization.

Being in Savannah has been the most wonderful experience for the artistic side of me.  I have always had an interest in art and I love that the Tar Heel has such an incredible appreciation for the arts as well.  We have even started collecting interesting pieces and we have acquired some amazing artwork.  And every single weekend there is something going on in Savannah that is centered around the arts.  This past weekend we went to the SCAD Sidewalk Art show in Forsyth Park.  It was aaaaamazing!  The Tar Heel had to take advantage of the many photo ops, and I had to take advantage of the opportunity to wear my floppy hat for the first time this spring.  It was beautiful!

The next time I post, I hope to share good news regarding a job I am interviewing for this Monday.  Please please please say a prayer for me! :)

Founders’ Day

For those of you that don’t know, I am a member of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women.  Fun Fact: We were founded in 1867, before the word “sorority” was coined. Today is the day we recognize the 12 founding women who started Pi Beta Phi and I am oh-so-happy they did because I loved my time as a member in undergrad and now as an Alum.  My chapter at NCSU was actually being started my freshman year, so I had the pleasure of being a charter member of NC Delta and served as our very first Vice President of Fraternity Development. 

I did some digging and found some pictures from my first year as a college freshman and a brand new baby Angel :) *Angels are our unofficial Fraternity symbol. *

A few of us after NC Delta’s very FIRST function, Semi-Formal, Fall 2004.

First Tailgate of my Sophomore year with my Pi Phis, Fall 2005. It was a devastating last second loss to VA Tech for the season opener. I can still remember the bitterness I had for that game….!

My Lil Sis and I after the Big/Lil Reveal!! Yes, this is the infamous Southern Sunshine. I love my Lil :)

RING CHING!