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3 Years, A Busy Weekend, and A Winner

Three years ago today, J and I said “I do” in front of 250 of our closest friends and family.

We’ve certainly had our ups and downs along the way, but I wouldn’t trade what we have right now for anything in the world. The amount of love and respect I have for this man has grown exponentially since we first started dating 8 years ago, and he continues to amaze me every day.

It also doesn’t hurt that I still catch him looking at me with the same expression as below:

(photo by Danny Weiss)

Happy anniversary, my love. Here’s to many, many more to come.

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We celebrated our anniversary this past Saturday with a lunch at my favorite steak house and a visit to Discovery Times Square for Harry Potter: The Exhibition. My surf & turf was superb, and the Harry Potter exhibit was worth every penny. It was a bit more crowded than I would have liked, but I was giddy like a little schoolgirl the entire way through and am really regretting not having purchased the audio tour.

J and I had a fantastic anniversary celebration despite the torrential rain which continued throughout the day.

The trouble started when we got home.

My eyes started itching almost as soon as we stepped through the front door. I immediately took off my contacts and washed my face, taking care to remove all eye makeup.

But the itching and tearing continued through the night and I could hardly sleep. By the time the sun rose Sunday morning it even hurt to keep my eyes open. Light sensitivity added to my list of symptoms, and I was so miserable that I was sobbing. I was also scared — I had visions of Claire growing up with a blind mother and J having to take care of a blind wife.

We called J’s brother and luckily my SIL was able to come over to watch Claire while we headed to the ER. After the doctor put some numbing drops into my eyes I finally started to feel better. She checked for scratches on my cornea (there was none) as well as other symptoms of allergic reactions. Because the swelling, tearing, and itching subsided after a series of steroids, antihistamines, and antibacterial eye drops, the doctor concluded that it must be an allergic reaction…but we weren’t sure from what. It could be the circle lenses I had donned the previous day, or the old eye shadow I had applied. The doctor seemed to think that the cause stemmed from the antibiotics I had been taking for the past week as a result of a root canal.

The good news was that I seemed to be responding to the treatment, so the doctor wrote me some prescriptions and sent us home. I spent the rest of the day recovering in bed and I’m happy to say that I’m feeling much better today.

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With all the excitement I had almost forgotten about the Magic Sleepsuit giveaway! Well, better late than never, right? Drum roll please…

The winner of the Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit is…

#51 is commenter Olivia, who had the following to say:

Congratulations, Olivia! I will be emailing you shortly!

And thank you to everyone else who entered! The past month has been a HUGE month for this blog (more than 95k unique visitors!) and I owe it to every one of you. I have stated in the past that I do not make money from blogging, and I am still quite happy with the status quo. That being said, if I do hit 100,000 visitors in a month, I do want to do a big giveaway in celebration. So stay tuned, and keep reading!