UPDATE: I got the pictures back! Read this for more info but the 'rice trick' worked on my poor phone and I managed to back it all up! Happy to have multiple copies saved now:)
Thank you guys so much for all the suggestions and advice!!
Stop what you're doing, click away from this tab on your laptop or whatever, put down your cold pizza or cup of coffee and for goodness sake plug your phone in and back that $%*& up before it's too late. Do it:)
'Too late' for me was last week when my phone fell in the toilet and I lost E V E R Y T H I N G on it from the whole last year. I was okay losing my contacts and the texts, etc, and I was even okay losing my tons of notes that were filled with sentimental thoughts and journal entries, etc, but what I cried like a baby over was the 12,000 (read: 12 THOUSAND) plus pictures from August of last year up to now that are just totally gone. So heartbreaking.
Such a silly, stupid move to have not saved them. Especially since my phone was basically all we'd been using to take photos with since our life got so crazy:(
All those picture-worthy moments. All those happy memories that we could relive by flipping through those photos. Birthdays, Holidays, Martin's bodybuilding competition, date-nights, our life since he was diagnosed, our treatment trip to Mexico, family trips, sleepy mornings, all our home renovations pictures, lydia's crazy bedhead, all of Evie's home-birth photos and her whole life up till now basically. All gone. So heartbreaking:(
I didn't cry right away. Not until I was behind the counter talking to the phone tech, who told me it was fried, that I shouldn't have tried to turn it back on for at least a week and that there was no hope. The tears started to come as I really thought about how preventable this all had been. About how the years with Martin may be vary few as it is and I'd basically flushed all of 2015 down the toilet (pun intended), and once they started I couldn't stop them.
Those poor girls were so sweet and comforting as I stood there crying and nodding with kids in my arms and at my feet, while they talked about discounts and such for a new phone. Two of them wrote down their cell numbers so I could text or call if I needed anything. One of them kept patting me on the back.haha
I cried while packing the kids in the car, while driving to the old house, while putting my dead phone in a bag of rice, and while driving back to the new house. Then I cried some more in the driveway when Martin came out and held me for a while.
So, have I painted a bleak enough picture for you yet? haha Don't be the girl bawling in Verizon!! Back up your photos and never ever let this sort of thing happen to you, if it hasn't already. (If so, I totally feel ya!)
Flash forward to today, I have a shiny new phone and I've vowed to back it up at least a couple times a week at least. I also downloaded the free Flickr app (not sponsored:)) and set up the auto photo uploader, so all my pictures will be backed up in multiple places. I've also used and loved Photobucket (again, free and also not sponsored.haha) for years for transferring photos from my phone to my computer and vice versa. Just FYI:)
There will be many more happy days. More giggles, more trips, more birthdays, pillow fights, spaghetti faces, date nights, and crazy ginger bed-head, and if I'm lucky enough to catch any of it on camera than I can rest assured Ill have those photos forever.
No regrets in life, just lessons learned:) ...but if you have any words on your similar experience or any consolation, they'd be greatly appreciated! Haha
Take care loves,
P.s. We still don't have Internet at the new house, but now that I have my new phone I'll be able to post on social media again as well as share happier posts daily here on the blog. Hooray!