Hi and welcome back to my little corner of the internet! I am so glad you are here. It’s been a while since I posted here. Thanks to COVID-19 and cancer, life has been pretty busy the past two years. I wanted to create this post to remind you who I am, where we started and planning for the future.
When did LivingAmidst start?
I created LivingAmidst back in 2018 when my son Parker was about 4 months old and I was a stay-at-home mom. As a first-time mom, I was struggling, both with figuring out who I was now that I had a tiny human to take care of, and with staying home all the time with him. A dream of mine had always been to start a blog, so at the time it seemed like the best idea.
Since 2018 a lot of life has happened. We welcomed our second child, Hadley, into our lives in May of 2019. Having two children under two was overwhelming. I would blog here and there, but it fell by the wayside.
Then came 2020, yes we all know what happened then. Covid-19 turned everyone’s lives upside down. I was stuck at home with two kids that I had finally felt comfortable taking out on my own. We were now socially distancing ourselves from loved ones. It was hard. On top of all that, I was diagnosed with cancer in July of 2020. I went through a Stem Cell Transplant on February 25, 2021. That was a very rough time in my life. I am still trying to find the words to explain what happened during my month in the hospital and the time following.
Who is behind LivingAmidst?
Here we are today, July 8, 2022. Two years past my diagnosis and one year past my stem cell transplant. I feel like I am finally in a good place to start this blog back up. I need my creative outlet again. Time is moving too quickly, and I want to remember and share our lives with people. I am a mom just like most of the people reading this blog. We have been through more than words can say in the past two years. I see you and am here for you!
I want to take this time to introduce you to who you will see regularly on the blog!
Katie (that’s me!)
Hi! My name is Katie! I am born and raised in Cincinnati, OH. I am an only child but grew up surrounded by a ton of cousins. My dad is from City Island, NY in the Bronx and I still have family there. We travel as much as we can but life with two small children after a pandemic is hard!
I went to college at Northern Kentucky University where I majored in Public Relations with a minor in Marketing. My dream job growing up was to run the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. After college, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I found a job being a Marketing Assistant at a home health care company until I became a stay-at-home mom.
Over the past two years, I have gotten back into reading just like many people in the world. Last year I read 23 books. So far for 2022, I have 26 books, with the goal of 50. I would love to share here what I have read so you can get inspiration if you are in a reading slump. You can also follow my Bookstagram to see what I am currently reading.
Three of my biggest accomplishments in life are my two children and being a cancer survivor. Never in my life did I think I would be diagnosed with cancer in my 30s. I went through 7 rounds of chemotherapy, 3 hospital stays, a stem cell transplant, multiple surgeries, and lost my hair. Being on the other side of it all is still amazing to me. I BEAT CANCER!!
CJ (my husband)
My husband and I met in high school, he went to the all-boys school while I went to the all the girls. If you are from Cincinnati you understand, but if you aren’t, I promise same-sex schools are normal here. We married on what ‘Miss Congeniality’ considers the ‘perfect day’ on April 25, 2015.
CJ went to the University of Dayton and studied computer science. He currently works as a developer for Caregiving.com. This job has been remote so he works in his basement office. Parker at one point thought all dads work in basements. It was hilarious and cute!
CJ keeps our family running especially after everything I went through in the past two years. He is our rock, the best player with our kids, keeps us all laughing, and is just the best person!
Meet Parker Joseph, my first born! He was born on September 29, 2017, which happens to be ‘National Coffee Day.’ Mr. Parker was 10 pounds, 10 ounces when he made his grand entrance. He is a gentle, creative soul, with a vibrant imagination. I am always impressed by what his imagination will lead him to build or create; as well as the games he will come up with. He loves deeply and always thinks of others. When asked what he wants to do when he grows up, “build cars or houses for my friends.”
Parker will be going into another year of preschool next year. He has one of those tricky birthdays at the end of September. As a family, we decided to have him do another year and be one of the older kids in his class. We feel this decision was best for him in the long run. This summer he also started playing TBall. I’m not sure if this will be his sport in the future but it’s a start in learning to be on a team and interacting with other children his age!
Little Miss Hadley Marie was born on May 8, 2019. She was our surprise, with Parker it took a while to get pregnant. Hadley has been exactly what we needed in our lives. She is strong, fierce, happy, adventurous, and always trying to keep up with her big brother. I like to call her our sour patch kid! Many people always know her by her hair. Hadley came out with a full head of hair and it hasn’t stopped growing. It is currently down to her butt. I like to say ‘we have never cut her hair, just things out of it.’ When asked what she wants to be when older, “a builder and a princess.’
I truly believe this little girl saved my life. When Hadley was born I wasn’t sure if breastfeeding would work out for us. In the beginning, I decided to take it week by week. My eventual goal was to make it one year, but secretly I was hoping for more. A little after Little Miss turned one I found my lump which would eventually lead to a cancer diagnosis. I truly believe I was so in touch with my body that I knew something wasn’t right. Had I not breastfed, that wouldn’t have been the case. Ms. Hadley Marie is our miracle baby for lots of reasons!
Winnie (the dog)
Can’t forget about our little Winniferd Fearless aka Winnie! We adopted Winnie in November of 2015. CJ and I had talked about wanting a dog but wanted to wait until the right time. We bought our first home in July of 2015 and waited till all our weddings were complete that year. Winnifred is a Husky/Corgi mix, the best of both worlds! She was one of 3 puppies we went to look at, the other two were the same color of corgis.
Winnie is full of energy and loveable. She is very patient with Parker and Hadley. They love to give her hugs, be in her bubble, grab all her body parts, and play with her! We couldn’t imagine life without our little Win-Win!
What you will find here at LivingAmidst
At this point, you are probably wondering what LivingAmidst is all about. This blog I want to share about all our adventures. We love to explore Cincinnati, tips on what to do with your toddler, true life of being a mom, my post-cancer journey as I move on with my life, and things in between. This corner of the internet can be a safe space for you! I am a woman, wife, mom, daughter who is experiencing life just like you. We have all lived through two years of a pandemic and experiencing mental, financial, and physical problems.
I hope you will stick around with me. Things aren’t always what they look like on the internet. Let’s talk about the ‘real life’ that goes on behind the scenes!