Abby Kate and I left KY around noon on Friday. It's always hard to leave my mom and dad. I cried as usual and kissed them goodbye to start the 8-hour journey back to MS. Knowing we were coming home to Mike made driving 6 of those hours through rain and wind worth it. I kept telling AK that we were going to see Daddy. So when we made our stop for gas somewhere in Alabama, she was looking out the windows saying, "Daddy? Daddy?!" So I hated myself for saying d-a-d-d-y too soon.
As we crossed the MS state line, I started getting her all excited again about seeing Mike. We drove directly to Key Field to pick Mike up. As he walked in from the plane, Abby Kate spotted him and started half giggling, half shrieking. I put her down as Mike came closer and she just fell into him soaking up his hugs and kisses with a huge grin and laughter. When he picked her up, she poked his chest repeatedly saying, "Daddy. Daddy. There she is!" (She says 'there she is' with perfect inflection whenever we ask where anything is. No matter the gender. It's hilarious.)
Abby Kate wasn't the only giddy one, I must add. I may not have been shrieking, but I felt like it! I was so happy to see Mike and couldn't hug and kiss him enough! It was so wonderful to see him walk off that plane and to see him greet Abby Kate.
Mike was amazed at how much bigger Abby Kate had gotten and how she has become more coordinated and talks more clearly. She had dozens more words to say to him, and continues to surprise him with her language as a couple days have passed.
Abby Kate has had a great time getting reacquainted with her toys as well. But there are a few things she starting to miss... namely Mimi, Pawpaw and of course Cody (my parents' dog). She says "No, no, Co-co!" randomly throughout the day.
We are doing great and have been enjoying the 75-degree weather. In fact, I've got to go now as I have three lovely faces staring at me waiting to go outside and play!