Family

Our Daughter

As I sit here, watching David cuddle our one week old daughter, it still boggles my mind that I actually gave birth. We knew that we always wanted children, but there was always the lingering thought in the back of my mind of how much the whole experience was going to hurt. But when things got underway, all I could think of was bringing our little one in to the world.

Sunday, April 23rd (39 weeks/3 days)
All day, David and I did errands around town. I was starting to feel some pains of possible labor, so we wanted to get the errands done, but also to get me moving/walking just in case this was the real deal.

We were ready to go to bed at 9, but I just couldn’t get myself comfortable. I was experiencing contractions about every 5 to 7 minutes, but they were tolerable. About an hour later, they were feeling stronger and I was even bleeding. We called the hospital and they told us to head over. Thankfully being 10 at night, there was no traffic getting to St. Vincent’s in Worcester (a 30 minute drive). I was checked in and admitted right away.

Monday, April 24th (39 weeks/4 days)
All through the night, the contractions were getting stronger, but I was only 3 cm; I was thinning though and they were sure that this was it. Eventually they gave me some pitocin to speed things up, and by the morning, I was 9 cm. In the meantime, they gave me an epidural and it was the best thing ever. I couldn’t feel the contractions, only the pressure. At around 1:30PM, the midwife checked me again (after going back and forth between my own contractions and those aided by the pitocin) and I was fully dilated and ready to push.

Three hours later, at 4:32PM, Eleanor Joyce was born.

Looking back, I’m glad, and lucky, that my labor was uneventful and I came out with only a few stitches, and a beautiful, healthy girl.

We stayed in the hospital for two nights, and we had such a great experience with all of the midwives and nurses. They had to monitor her for a bit since it took her a while to urinate, but everything ended up working out. We got home on Wednesday, and now we’re navigating our life as a family of three. And we are so in love!

So Thankful For…

…my wonderful husband, who has put up with my crazy mood swings and still thinks I look beautiful. 🙂

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…my family and in-laws who have always been, and continue to be, so supportive and loving.

…a job that allows me to grow and bring my own special touch to the position (I just had my yearly review and I exceed expectations! :-))

…the fact that our latest ultrasound has highlighted that our baby is looking healthy, and growing. Oh, and the it? It’s a GIRL. 🙂

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I think she has my head-shape and nose. 😉

Thanksgiving this year was quite low key. My parents had their annual Soupsgiving the weekend prior, and Thanksgiving dinner was spent with the in-laws. I have yet to put up our tree, and I think this year I’ll just light it but not deal with ornaments. I’m saving my energy for when Christmas will involve the little lady above. 🙂

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! What are you most thankful for?

Our Latest Project

Hello everyone! Anyone still out there reading this little ol’ blog of mine? I’ve kind of disappeared for a few months but all with good reason.

Work has been pretty busy, and David and I finally finished our garage! And I finally took a vacation last week (after not having one since July 2015); I was able to relax, breathe, and get a lot done around the house. We also took a night to go up to Bar Harbor, Acadia, and Bangor in Maine. It was just what I needed to feel refreshed and return back to work.

And now that the garage is done, we’ve begun work on our newest project (well, it’s been in the works for the past few months and it’s mostly me doing the work):

WE’RE HAVING A BABY!

We’ve been planning this since the beginning of the year and luckily I was able to get pregnant the second time we tried. I’m due at the end of April, and we’re both very excited! My first few months (I just hit the second trimester) haven’t been great since I dealt with a lot of all-day nausea, but luckily I only really got sick once, and it hasn’t really impacted my day to day (except that I was exhausted by the time I got home). I’m still a bit nauseous if I don’t have something in my stomach but my energy is coming back.

I’ve done zero running since we started trying, and I’m hoping to get back into it once I feel better. We have a treadmill so I can get some miles in without worrying about the cold weather and the snow.

And that’s really about it right now! I have been out and about seeing shows (Jersey Boys, Cinderella, Mel Brooks), and David and I finally took down our old garage on the property, but otherwise I’ve been laying low. I can’t wait for the holiday season, though. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday!

What have you been up to lately? 

The Last of the Craziness

For now at least. 🙂

Between the reunion on June 4th and the wedding on June 10th our weekends have been jam packed. And this past weekend was no exception. Thankfully things will be quiet until Fourth of July festivities. And I totally just realized that the holiday is two weeks away! The months are flying by.

Friday

Before the end of the work day my boss asked if I wanted tickets to the Red Sox game courtesy of the visiting team. I called up David and he was willing to come in to the city if it meant so much to me. 😉

We were four rows from the field and right next to the Mariners dugout. Very cool! Unfortunately they lost, but it was still a fun time. Especially Big Papi’s 2-run home run!

Saturday

No-picture day but still quite busy. I worked on cleaning the house in the morning before we went over to David’s parent’s house to celebrate birthdays and holidays in May and June. Lunch was pizza and meatball subs with a frosted chocolate chip bundt cake that I made for dessert.

We hung out for a few hours before heading home. I took a 20 minute nap before we headed back out towards Boston to see a friend of mine in a play in Jamaica Plain. It was The Sisters Rosensweig at the Footlight Club; celebrating its 139th season! My friend John was excellent in it. The dialogue could get a bit bogged down with simple conversation, but he was able to bring some fun and laughter to the scenes. It was such a pleasure getting to see him perform! Makes me want to get back on to the stage. 😉

Sunday

Allll day was spent putting up the remaining walls in the garage. Thankfully it’s all done! Now we wait for the electrician. And we have an excavator coming this week to grade the yard; time to bring everything in to the garage!

And a Happy Father’s Day to my wonderful dad, Mark. 🙂

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How was your weekend?? Any fun plans for July 4th?

 

A Loving Weekend

After this past weekend’s events, love is just so, so important and should be embraced by all. ❤ 

Last Friday I got to watch my cousin, Tony, marry his best friend, Kacie, up in Maine. It was a beautiful ceremony (where the bride and groom politely asked that no one have their cell phones) and the reception was one big dance party. (They met while members of the Young Americans.)

As you can see, love was in the air and we were having a great time!

And the cupcakes were delicious! This was carrot cake with salted caramel frosting.

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It’s blurry because I was ready to dive in!

The wedding was on a Friday, and David and I were back home on Saturday afternoon. Sunday was spent putting up another wall in the garage and some grocery shopping.

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After two packed weekends, it’ll be nice to have some relaxation this coming weekend. Oh, aside from a family party to celebrate birthdays and holidays! The fun never ends. 🙂

How was your weekend? Anything fun planned for the one upcoming?

Weekend Recap…on Wednesday

Happy June 1st everyone! Summer is almost here, and we have certainly been feeling the warm weather around here. It was in the 90s on Saturday, although Sunday cooled down significantly. And actually, looking at the forecast, it’s going to be more in the 60s for the next 10 days. Works for me! I like it semi warm, not hot.

Since Friday was the day before the holiday weekend, I ended up leaving work a bit early and caught the express train home. I did some grocery shopping, and David and I ended up eating a calzone and hot wings for dinner while watching The Revenant (WOW, by the way!)

Saturday was a day spent in the garage. We lazed around in the morning and at noontime we headed in to the garage to work on putting up OSB on the walls. The first few cuts were slow going, but once we had a routine down, it went pretty quickly.

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Another low key night followed since we had to be up early the next morning.

Sunday was my cousin’s fiancee’s bridal shower in Maine. It was about 3 1/2 hours up there and we spent the majority of the afternoon with my family (on my mom’s side). The wedding is in less than two weeks and I’m so excited! I love weddings. 🙂

For a game we played “Kacie or Tony?” where we had to either point to the tiara or put up the mustache when answering questions about them. No score was kept; it was just for fun.

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I also got my hair cut, and I love the new length!

We didn’t get home until about midnight and woke up around 8:30 on Monday morning. It was another day of garage work, but thankfully my father in law came to help so that I could get stuff done in the house. Our next few weekends are packed so I wanted to clean the house and get the errands out of the way.

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The opposite wall is (almost) complete! Once the walls are done, we’ll have the finished electrical done and then the floor and we’ll be ready to move in! We have a party coming up in the beginning of July, too, so we hope that it’s all completed by then. I’ve also been looking at pavers for the outside patio too. So much to choose from!

How was your holiday weekend? Any house projects you’re working on?