Fall Nest Update

Well, so much for blogging more regularly! I’m trying– I promise! The past roughly 6 weeks have been pretty eventful, and there have been a lot of changes around here, and I often either didn’t feel like I had time to write, or if I did have time, I didn’t know what to say. So here’s what’s been going on:

Garrett is Back!

For the safety and security reasons, I wasn’t super public about the fact that Garrett had gone on a 6-month deployment to the Middle East. Not that I kept it secret or anything– it’s just not the kind of thing you share publicly on the internet for anyone and everyone to see. Now that he’s back, though, I feel totally comfortable talking about the fact that I just spent 6 months this year solo parenting! Whew! Not easy.

Garrett got back early in October. Before going to the airport to pick him up, I had all these pictures in my mind of a big airport “Welcome Home!” with people holding signs and crying and photographers taking beautiful candid photos of emotional reunions. In reality, it went something like this:

I went to the airport and found a seat in the baggage claim area where I could wait. It was late and Will was in his PJs and acting super groggy and confused since I had woken him up to go. The girl sitting next to me was waiting for her husband too, but had apparently left her kids with their grandparents for the night. I waited for what seemed like forever, and then Garrett called and was like, “Where are you?”

And I was like, “In baggage claim waiting for you.”

And he was like, “I already have my bags. I didn’t see you though. I’m outside.”

So it turned out there are multiple terminals and I was at the wrong one. I went out to where he said he was and I could see him from a distance and then had to do that awkward thing where we could both see each other, but we were still so far away from each other that it was weird to maintain eye contact the entire time, but it also felt weird not to. Pretty sure I gave an awkward wave in there somewhere. When we finally caught up to each other we hugged (obviously) and I handed Will over to his dad. And then we headed to the car. No sappy music in the background. No onlookers clapping and getting teary-eyed. He wasn’t even wearing his uniform, so he could’ve been coming back from a 2-day business trip for all anyone knew. But it was still special for us and it felt so good to know he was home and safe.

We spent the next several days just soaking up each other’s company and spending time together as a family, including a trip with Will to the petting zoo.

Will and Garrett at Gardner Village petting zoo



Garrett was on leave until the end of October and wasn’t in a rush to go back to his regular job, so we got to spend tons of time together. And to take advantage of all that spare time…. [drumroll]…

We redid our kitchen!

Because nothing brings more joy to a home than a major renovation project.

But seriously, the timing was good. It would’ve taken us much longer if we had tackled the project after Garrett went back to work, or after we had a newborn to take care of. Start to finish, it took us almost exactly one month. That includes a lot of days spent not actually doing anything kitchen related, like waiting for countertop installation and whatnot. We probably spent about a week and a half to two week’s worth of days actually working on it. I’ll share pictures and full details later.

Baby Cox #2 is due in a month!

I was induced a week early with Will because my blood pressure was high, and we were expecting pretty much the same thing this time around, but so far my blood pressure has been totally normal. Which means we’re planning on me going into labor naturally this time!

It was nice to schedule it last time and know exactly when the baby was coming. But I’m excited to have a more natural experience this time, and hopefully less intense, since people say induction really kicks your but compared to naturally occurring labor. We’ll see.

In addition to our kitchen renovation, I’ve been getting the house ready for a newborn. I actually just started yesterday when it occurred to me that there wasn’t a ton of time left and I better get to work with the nesting thing. Since we don’t know when exactly this baby will be born, I want to make sure that once the house is ready, it stays that way so I can feel good about coming home.

So there you have it. In a nutshell, the recent happenings in the Cox family nest. I can’t wait to post some before and after pictures of our kitchen, so stay tuned!


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