Life

A Musical and Some Family Time

Since going back to work in July, the arrangement that my husband and I have with our daughter is that he will stay with her during the week, and I’ll have her on the weekends while he’s working. For the most part, our weekends have consisted of grocery shopping (if you follow me on Instagram, I post the weekly haul in Insta-stories, along with our menu for the week), going for long walks and runs (David and I are training for the Ramblefest Half Marathon in October!), or visiting with the grandparents.

This past weekend was a fun one; it consisted of a musical, a long run, and time with both my parents and David’s parents (No groceries this week since we already have so much in the fridge 🙂).

Saturday

On Saturday, my mom and I went to the North Shore Music Theater to see Young Frankenstein: The Musical. I absolutely love the classic Mel Brooks/Gene Wilder movie, so I was intrigued to see how they would make it into a musical.

The verdict? It was pretty hilarious. The gentlemen who played Frederick and Igor were quite spot on, and I enjoyed Inga and Elizabeth. Of course, no one can compete with Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, and Madeline Kahn, but they all did an awesome job. Ah, who am I kidding, the woman who played Frau Blucher (*horse neighs*) was hilarious too! Not as much as Cloris Leachman, but overall, I very much enjoyed it.

Before the show, my mom and I enjoyed some chicken quesadilla’s and a beverage in their Garden Cafe.

During the afternoon, since David was at work, his parents watched her and they had a blast! And I love the fact that they take pictures of their afternoon; I love seeing her little smiling face.

I think my daughter looks like Curly from the Three Stooges. Ha!

After the show, I had dinner at their house, and then it was back home for her bedtime.

Sunday

Sunday was my long run day! The plan had 6 miles, and we ended up doing 6.5 with run/walk intervals. I have to say, it’s a lot of fun running with the stroller. I feel like it actually pulls me along on the road. And for the most part, Eleanor enjoys the runs too.

In the afternoon, we met up with my parents to have lunch and check out their new house under construction. That night, when we got back home, I watched Young Frankenstein (of course!) and gave Eleanor a bath.

Overall, a very enjoyable and activity-packed weekend. 🙂

How was your weekend? Doing anything fun as a wind-down to summer?

 

I Love Maine

Weekend #1 | Bangor

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My aunt held a late birthday celebration for my Grandpapa this past July (his birthday is in April) at her house and it was, quite possibly, the most perfect day. The weather was amazing, and there were so many wonderful members of the family to celebrate with. (My Grandpapa is an only child but he has an abundance of cousins. My great grandmother – I believe – was one of 12.) The food was delicious (the potato salad up there was garnished with curry) and the beverages were refreshing. And the first picture makes me smile every time I look at it. Now that’s a look of love for his great granddaughter. 🙂

Weekend #2 | Rangeley

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This past weekend was the wedding of my sister in law, Grace. The wedding took place at the Farmhouse Inn, and I have to say that it rivaled the weekend before it in how perfect everything was. The venue was gorgeous, with the lake views and the open field, and the weather was a beautiful 70 degrees with a partly cloudy sky. I actually broke out my fancy camera (with some iPhone photos thrown in there), and it’s encouraged me to get out there more and test what my Canon Rebel can do. 🙂

While most of the family stayed at the Farmhouse, David and I stayed at the Rangeley Inn down the street. The location was perfect, staff were friendly and accommodating, the rooms were spacious and clean, and they offered a free continental breakfast. I would definitely stay here again if we ever traveled up this way.

Have you ever traveled to Maine? If so, what’s your favorite area? I am partial to Bangor but I also love visiting Bar Harbor in the fall.

Life Lately

It’s almost time for me to return to work, so I thought I would take this opportunity to recap the first two months of motherhood.

In short: I’m loving it, but there are still so many things that we are learning and figuring out. It’s definitely not easy, but totally worth it.

If you follow me on Instagram, I’m sure you’ve seen the plethora of pictures that I’ve posted. I just can’t help myself. I mean, how cute is this face?

And how has Eleanor been doing? At two months and six days old, here are her latest stats (we just had her two month doctor’s appointment).

Height: 23.5″
Weight: 11 lbs 5 oz

Her eyes, ears, heart, and lungs look and sound great. She did have her first round of vaccines, which definitely wasn’t easy to witness. She did have the delayed crying, but as soon as Dad wrapped her up afterwards, she was able to calm down.

Eating: I am breastfeeding, although we do supplement with formula on occasion (Similac). She eats about every 2-4 hours and latching has come easy for both of us (thank goodness). She does spit up quite a bit, and no matter how much I try and get her head on the burp cloth, we obviously end up with some dirty shirts. That’s what washing machines are for though, right?

Sleeping (Napping): Right now, she is not the best napper and we haven’t quite gotten her on a routine yet. I know that she’s still young though, and we’re determined to get her on one in the next month or two (hopefully). She does go down around 10 in the morning, but it only lasts for an hour at most. And she doesn’t really nap all that well in the afternoon. I think she may be a bit colicky at that time, which is why she’s tough to get down. If that happens, I’ll either take her on a drive or a stroller ride to make sure she gets some shut eye. She is also able to doze off when either David or myself are holding here.

Sleeping (Nighttime): Right now I am thanking my lucky stars because she has been sleeping all through the night. When she was under the month and a half mark (this just started in the last couple of weeks) she would go to bed around 8pm, wake up at 11pm and 3am for feedings, before waking up for good around 7am. Now? She’ll go down between 9 & 9:30pm and wake up anywhere from 6am to 8am. And at times, we’ve put her down when she was still awake, and she’s been able to put herself to sleep. I do know that this could all change in a heartbeat so I am basking in it while I can. (And I’m sure you can imagine how “full” I am when I wake up!)

Likes: eating, sleeping (at night), smiling, kicking her legs, resting on daddy’s chest, car rides and stroller rides, walking down to the mailbox (she loves looking around)

Dislikes: Being put down for too long, having her face wiped

Port Wine Stain: As you can see, she was born with a birthmark near her left eye. Because of its proximity to her eye, the pediatrician at the hospital recommended that we see specialists to make sure that it’s nothing that could interfere with her sight. (She has a chance of developing glaucoma.) We currently have her visiting an ophthalmologist and dermatologist that specialize in pediatrics, and they are both wonderful. So far, her eye is looking fine, and it looks like the mark is responding well to the laser treatments.

Despite the little hiccups we’ve encountered, mainly with sleeping, she is an absolute love bug. She impresses everyone that she meets and she’s been doing great when we’re out and about (i.e. she slept the whole time at my sister-in-law’s bridal shower, and she falls asleep when strapped to one of us during our grocery trips).

How I’m Doing: Really quite well actually. It did take me the full 6 weeks to heal up and get back to running again. And of course, it’s slow and steady; I know I have a long way to go before I’m back to the shape that I used to be (if I’ll even get there at all).

In terms of weight loss, I’m about 20 pounds away from where I would like to be. I’m concentrating on eating better though, rather than trying to run the pounds away. I am watching what I eat by using MyFitnessPal, but I am also making sure to take in enough calories to be able to feed Eleanor.

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In just over a week, I will be returning back to work. As much as I’ve enjoyed staying home, I am looking forward to having the routine again and to interact with my co-workers. David will be going to part time so that he can stay home to take care of her during the week (daycare is NOT cheap!). I really am glad that our schedules have worked out in such a way that one of us can be home to watch her. 🙂

And I do hope that I can actually find the time to write more posts on here. I certainly do miss blogging.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend everyone!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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. 🙂

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