Life

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!

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? 

Volunteering at Run to Home Base

One of the best things about the hotel that I work at is the community that it fosters and the feeling of family and camaraderie. This past Saturday, David and I, and a few other colleagues, volunteered at the Run to Home Base run at Fenway Park; the wake up call was early (4AM!) but the experience was well worth it.

IMG_0274

When we arrived around 5AM, they had the volunteers enjoy coffee and breakfast items while we waited for our assignments. We were located in the Champions room so I was having fun checking out all of the memorabilia.

Fun Red Sox fact: My grandfather’s good friend was the Carlton Fisk’s coach in high school.

We ended up waiting around for quite a bit, but were soon led down to the concourse where we would be helping out at the Military Appreciation Area. For the whole morning while we were there we were arranging items on a long section of tables and then tasked to put together care packages to send to the troops. Last year they did 9,000 boxes! Not sure what the final numbers were this year.

IMG_0270

After a while, more people were helping to put together packages (consisting of things like DVDs, activity books, socks, foot powder, ear buds, etc) along with a handwritten thank you note.

During the morning, I did sneak out to catch a bit of the ceremony.

The first picture in the post features some of the runners coming on to the warning track (right side), then they’re lined up to cross home plate.

Flashback to 2014 when I  ran this race!

David and I had such a great time helping out. Due to the early wake up, we ended up taking a 3 hour nap that afternoon!

And of course, more garage work! The interior is done! We completed the storage shelf on Sunday.

shelf

Yep, that’s me up there! It’s huge and overbuilt, but I wouldn’t expect anything less from David. 🙂

How was your weekend? Do you enjoy volunteering at races? I’ve also volunteered twice at the Harpoon 5-Miler; always a fun time!

My New Running Routine

I suppose after 3 successful runs, you can call this a “routine”. 😛

Ever since I got my hair cut in May, my day to day routine has switched up a bit.

Just to show my new ‘do.

Before I got my hair cut I would religiously straighten my hair with a flat iron each morning. But ever since my new cut, I find myself showering every other night and let it air dry while I sleep. In the morning it’s a simple task of adding some dry shampoo, hair wax (extremely light), hair spray, and just ironing out the bangs, and I am good to go!

So for the past week, every night that I have to wash my hair, I go for a run. I get home from work around 6:45, and I only go for a couple of miles (or less – it’s HOT outside!). Once I’m home it’s shower time and then dinner time.

running

So far I have been loving this routine. And I’ve been getting compliments on my hair! 😉

What is your routine each day? Have I said routine enough?

Life Lately

I guess that’s the generic title for those posts that are just a mish-mosh of things going on in my life. 

It’s all been same ol’, same ol’ around here. Work, garage, work, garage. Thankfully a(n) (somewhat) end is in sight since we’ve been working on getting the garage ready for our BBQ this weekend. That means go-go-go for the past couple of weekends.

GARAGE

First step was to grind down the concrete so that it was more level. Then we vacuumed and mopped up all of the remaining dust.

I was in charge of getting the epoxy on the edges of the floor, then David followed me around with the roller. All told it took about 3 hours of painting, with a full day to let everything dry.

FullSizeRender.jpg

And it looks fantastic! The weather is looking a bit dreary (80% chance of thunderstorms) so thankfully we have the space inside for our guests.

IMG_0214

And this is under the overhang! The pavers are on back order so we may have to make due (do?). 🙂

IMG_0213

Thankfully the weather was gorgeous all weekend!

CELEBRATIONS

As you may have read online, or seen on the news, Marriott International has acquired Starwood Hotels and Resorts…the company that I work for. So in a few weeks time, I will be a Marriott employee. It’s exciting, but a bit saddened to see Starwood disappear. Before the acquisition goes through, hotels were encourage to show that they were #StarwoodProud. We had a few days of department decorating, ice cream trucking, and having the executive committee serve lunch and dinner in the cafeteria.

IMG_0195IMG_0197IMG_0207

Make sure to check out Sheraton Boston on Facebook to see our awesome video!

Aside from the garage work, we were able to go to a friends house for a BBQ and pool party. Unfortunately the pool was too cold, but we did enjoy the food and company. I contributed Janae’s delicious s’mores bars again. Always a hit! 🙂

And that’s our life up until this point! I can’t wait for the party this weekend; should be a great time!

How were your Fourth of July festivities?

The Garage Work Continues

This past weekend David and I finally had nothing on our schedules. It was time to start getting supplies for our party next weekend, as well as work on some more of the outside garage work.

IMG_0184

So many beverages! And on a side note, I love Costco. I don’t love the crowds on the weekends, but I love the samples and their selections.

We ended up making a trip on both Saturday and Sunday, and the rest of the time was working on leveling the area under the overhang. We’re having some pavers installed (eventually) so we had to work on making sure the shape was right and that it was all level. David worked the tamping machine while I watered everything.

We also had someone grade the front yard and ramp up the driveway so that it was a gradual incline into the garage.

I love how everything is turning out! Can’t wait to get that old garage out of the way, and we’ll have some more land to work with.

And a peek into the (almost) finished garage!

IMG_0187

David is so proud of himself; as he should be. 🙂

Do you have any fun plans for Fourth of July? We’ll be heading to our friend’s house who hold a party every year. Weather is looking good for this weekend!

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. 🙂

5

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

 

10 Year Reunion

This past weekend I was able to reconnect with some of my roommates and friends, and indulge in an amazing time with some equally amazing women.

IMG_2330

The afternoon was spent at Misselwood enjoying lobster and steamers by the ocean.

The weather was so weird on Saturday as it was changing between bright and sunny to foggy and overcast. Either way, it was wonderful being back on campus again.

4316

IMG_2331

Townhouse 1!

2

The evening was spent in Salem Harbor and then the newest bar on campus: Gullys.

7

Things I definitely miss about Endicott (and Beverly): Souper Sub, the proximity to history, being by the ocean, and laughing myself silly with these ladies.

Us

Until next time! Which will hopefully not be in another 10 years. 🙂

Did you go to your college reunion? Where did you go to school?

Friday Bucket List

It’s just one of those days where I think a list would be a lot of fun! Friday is here, and it’s National Doughnut Day! I certainly celebrated. 😉 Stolen from Janae’s site!

IMG_0028

1. Fired a gun– Yes

2. Married– Yes

3. Fell in love– Yes

4. Swam in an ocean– Yes (although I prefer the lake)

5. Gone on a blind date– Not really a blind “date”, but I’ve been blind “let me introduce you to my friend who I think you might like.” They never worked out.

6. Skipped school– In college, my friend Kristal and I skipped a day of classes to watch our friends play whiffleball at Fenway Park. Best decision ever!

7. Watched someone give birth– No

8. Been to Canada– Yes. I really want to go back to Quebec City, and visit Vancouver for the first time.

9. Been to Hawaii– No

10. Been to Europe– Yes; Ireland (best country ever!), Spain, France, Switzerland. Ireland and Spain were with school; France and Switzerland were on my own.

11. Been to Las Vegas– Twice. Both times I’ve stayed at the Paris. I love that hotel!

12. Been to Washington D.C.- Couple of times; once with school and more recently with David.

13. Been to Nashville– No, but I really want to!

14. Visited Florida– Yes, my grandfather lives on the west coast

15. Visited Mexico– Yes, as a community service with Endicott

16. Seen the Grand Canyon in person– No, but it continues to be on my bucket list!

17. Flown in a helicopter- No

18. Been on a cruise– Not yet, but I think we’re planning on one in the near future

19. Served on a jury– Almost; got called for duty but didn’t stay

20. Been in a movie– No, but I have the connections to hopefully make that one come true!

21. Been to Los Angeles– Yes, my aunt and uncle live just north of the city

22. Been to New York City– Yes

23. Played in a band– High school band; I played the trumpet because I’m cool like that

24. Sang karaoke– Yes; I love to sing!

25. Made prank phone calls– All the time when I was younger…uh, I mean no, of course not

26. Laughed so much you cried– Yes and it’s the best feeling ever

laughing

27. Caught a snowflake on your tongue– Yes

28. Had children– Not yet, but it’s in the works!

29. Had a pet– Hamster, guinea pig and rabbit (not all at the same time though)

30. Been sledding on a big hill– My house was on a big hill so every winter and ice storm was wicked fun. Thankfully the house was on a cul-de-sac

31. Been snowboarding– No; not big into skiing/snowboarding

33. Been water skiing– No, water tubing though!

34. Rode on a motorcycle– No

35. Jumped out of a plane– No

36. Been to a drive-in movie– Yes, my hometown has the best one ever!

37. Rode an elephant– No, but I did ride a camel when I was 5

38. Been on TV- No(?) I don’t think so

39. Been in newspaper- Yes

40. Stayed in hospital- Not stayed, but been to a hospital when I sprained my ankle

41. Donated blood- Yes

42. Gotten a piercing- Yes, my ears

43. Gotten a tattoo– No

44. Driven a stick shift vehicle– Yes, I loved my little Mazda Protege!

45. Driven over 100 mph- No, but I’ve been a passenger in a car that’s gone that fast

46. Been scuba diving– Yes…although I would say snorkeling instead, in Mexico

47. Lived on your own- Not really; it was either with my parents, with David, or with his sister

48. Got a speeding ticket- Yes, but not since 2014! I’m getting better. 🙂

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Feel free to add in your own bucket list in the comments! 🙂

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.

1

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.

2

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.

3

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?