Eleanor Joyce

Snow Days

As I write this (Tuesday afternoon), we are being inundated with our third nor’easter in two weeks. The first one, at the beginning of March, gave us about 10 inches of snow, but it was the coast that was more impacted. The tides were astronomically high at that time of year, and the waterfront areas of the city were flooded. I believe that some of the coast lines were changed, indefinitely. A few people I know were affected by that storm and I hope that they are making out OK.

The second storm brought us about 14″. Last week, I had to leave work early on Wednesday and come in later on Thursday. Thankfully we didn’t lose power, but our cable/internet was out for the majority of Thursday morning.



Today, we’re expected to see between 12 to 18 inches. It started about 5AM and will be stopping around 8PM.


We got outside before it really started to come down (about 3″ every hour!) but clearly someone wasn’t having as much fun.


We even tried to make it fun by making a little sled for her.


Womp womp.Β 

We didn’t last long, but luckily she was all smiles when we got inside, so hopefully we haven’t scarred her for life. πŸ˜‰

Is it spring yet?? Or more importantly: is it my birthday yet? πŸ˜›

Have you been caught up in these crazy storms?


Life Update

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a great week, whether you were off for the vacation week or working away (I myself was working, although we had Monday off for the holiday). I thought it would be fun to drop on in here and let you know how life was going for this “Bliss”-ful family. πŸ™‚


What can I say about this little bundle of joy that continues to brighten our day? She is turning 10 months tomorrow and has been growing by leaps and bounds.

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Health: She is in the 80th percentile for height (!) and weighs just around 20 pounds. She’s long and lean, and the doctor said that she’s very healthy. Aside from her ear infection in October, we’ve been very lucky that she hasn’t had any major health problems. With the flu kicking around, we certainly wanted to make sure she wasn’t compromised. We took her out in public, but made sure that strangers didn’t touch her (you wouldn’t believe how many people just try and touch her cheeks without asking!) and that we had plenty of disinfectant, if needed. So far, so good. πŸ™‚

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Growth: Her latest development is that she’s been pulling herself up on everything and standing for long periods of time. She’s still unsure about taking steps and hasn’t quite mastered being able to fall on her butt, but she’s making great progress! And I love the determination in her voice when she’s trying to climb up our legs or on the couch. She’s so stinkin’ cute!

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Food: Regarding eating, she’s still drinking formula for her nutrition, and we’ve begun to introduce new foods to her. So far she’s tried green beans, carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli, zucchini, pears, peaches, apples, bananas, strawberries, sweet peas, chicken, ground beef, pinto beans, kidney beans, peanut butter, Cheerios. She’s been pretty indifferent to everything, though, as she is still getting used to the taste and texture. She doesn’t really seem to love or hate anything.

Sleep:Β We have been so extremely lucky that she is still sleeping through the night. She go down around 8PM and gets up anywhere from 5:30AM to 7AM (depending on if it’s during the week or on the weekend). She really just gets up when we start making noise in the kitchen. I love seeing her smiling face over the side of the crib, ’cause you know, she can stand in it now! πŸ™‚


My job is going wonderfully! I’ve been here for three months now and I love coming in every day. It’s still weird working for a hotel, and having no guests, though. Right now things are still pretty steady but they will start to ramp up as we continue to hire people.


He’s been working away at his YouTube channel and website, and he’s been doing really well with it! If you’re interested in learning how to make energy efficient upgrades to your home, make sure to check out DavidPoz! And it’s been a blessing that he’s been able to stay at home to watch Eleanor. He shows me pictures and videos from throughout the day, to see what they’ve been up to. I can tell that they are going to have a great relationship. πŸ™‚

Random Bits

-For the month of January, we had an exorbitant grocery bill (we went to Costco a few times to stock up on formula), so we were determined to get that reduced moving forward. We’ve found a system of getting shelf items from Aldi (at the beginning of the month) and fresh items from Market Basket (once a week), and since doing that we’ve cut the bill in half! Hopefully we can keep the momentum going.

-The weather has been all over the place out here in New England! This past Wednesday was nearly 80Β°, and then yesterday we were in the 30s, with snow. But the sunrise and snow this morning was breathtaking!

-I am so excited this year, because David and I have two weddings we’re attending (his cousin in April, in Texas; my cousin in October, in Maine), a baby shower (my other cousin), and a bridal shower (for the wedding in October). There’s going to be a lot of celebrating in 2018!

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And I think that’s it from here! Like I’ve mentioned on my last post, and in Instagram, I’m really getting the hang of my camera and I love seeing the pictures that I can create! I expect a lot more updates here, with maybe a few recipes thrown in. πŸ™‚

What’s been going on in your life??

Snow Day

Yesterday David had a fun afternoon, introducing Eleanor to the wonders of snow! And it looks as though she enjoyed it. πŸ™‚

It’s moments like these that make me jealous of him getting to stay home with her. But at the same time, I absolutely love my job. (Hopefully I’ll get around to updating you all on what we’ve been up to. Nothing overly exciting, but still enough to want to share.)

How are you holding up this winter?Β When faced with frigid nights and relentless traffic, I’ll just look at this smiling baby, enjoying her first time playing in the snow. That should make everything better. πŸ™‚


Friday Fun

Since it’s obvious I don’t get on here as much as I would like, I figured I would do a roundup of what’s been going on in my life. That way there aren’t weeks in between each update. πŸ™‚

6 Months Old

Our little nugget is 6 months old! She had her vaccines and her ear infection has gone away (we all were sick for about 2 weeks – not fun!). She’s 16 lbs 8 oz and 27″ long. She’s going to be a tall one!

I absolutely love her personality! She loves the camera and was acting like such a ham. Love her to pieces!

The Ramblefest Half Marathon

Back on October 8th, David and I ran the Ramblefest half marathon. In hindsight, it probably wasn’t the smartest thing for me to do, since I was full-blown sick for the entire week afterwards (eventually getting acute bronchitis), but we did it, it’s done, and we’re all better now.

It was hard; I ran slow, and the weather was overcast and super muggy. I ran it in 3:03 and I came in 3rd to last. But hey, I had a baby over 5 months prior to that, so just the fact that I finished, I can be proud of that. πŸ™‚

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9 Year Wedding Anniversary

Yesterday David and I celebrated being married for 9 years. I can’t believe how the time has passed. We’ve been through several moves, a deployment, building a house, and welcoming a baby. I’m looking forward to many more wonderful years together! ❀

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We were such babies!

New Job

As of this morning, I have accepted a new job! I’ll be working for the Wynn Boston Harbor. It doesn’t officially open until 2019 but there’s a lot to be done beforehand! I’m so excited to be part of an opening team.


So that’s all the updates from here! I’m going to a family gathering this weekend and I’m making apple pie cupcakes. I’ll make sure to post the recipe!

Have a great weekend! What are your plans?


Apple Picking 2017

Apple picking this year was at Applecrest Farms in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. We were meeting some of my roommates from college, and it was the most gorgeous day. We had a great afternoon and it was made even better by having our little girl there with us.








Love these ladies! πŸ™‚


Where’s your favorite place to go apple picking? Any great apple recipes?Β I’ll probably make a crisp; it’s been a while since I’ve made one!


Smiles to Start Your Week

Happy Monday!Β 

Someone is excited for the start of the work week. And how can you not be happy, looking at this smiling face?

How about a few more?

Our happy little 5 month old!Β I’ll post an update after her 6 month doctor’s appointment.Β 

Something else to smile about: a relatively nice week ahead.

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And the forecast shows partly sunny and 70* for the half marathon on October 8th.Β I know that’s still 2 weeks away but I’m crossing my fingers!

I hope you all have a wonderful week! Anything interesting planned? Just a busy week at work for me. πŸ™‚


Road to Wellness 5K

This past Saturday (9/9) I ran my first race of 2017, and it was my first race after having Eleanor!

The company I work for volunteers at a race in Roxbury, for the Dimock Center, and this was my first year participating. I wasn’t sure how I would do going in to it, but I was ready for the challenge.

My intention was to run with the stroller, but as the start time neared, it was clear that Eleanor did not want to be in it. Luckily my coworkers were more than happy to watch her while I ran. πŸ™‚ I told them I wouldn’t be more than 45 minutes anyway…

…and I wasn’t! I was super surprised by my finish time: 31:21, which is a 10:06 pace. I walked the water stops, and a hill or two, but ran for the majority. I was so sure that I would be closer to 34 or 35 minutes, so you can imagine my surprise when I saw 31 on the clock when I crossed.


Another successful race in the books!

The rest of our Saturday was pretty laid back. On Sunday, we visited a local farmer’s market to pick up some groceries (vegetables and a whole wheat loaf). I had my cool sidekick with me. πŸ˜›

How was your weekend? If you’re local, what’s your favorite farmer’s market to visit?


Four Months

I can’t believe our little Eleanor is 4 months old already. And she is an absolute doll. Her dad and I love her so much, and we can’t get enough of her cute little face and emerging personality.


She just had her 4 month check up, so here’s the latest:

Height: 25″
Weight: 14 lbs 8 oz

She’s in the 74th percentile for her weight; 54th percentile for her height. Both my grandfather and David’s grandfather were around the 6 foot mark, so maybe she’s inheriting those genes? David and I are average height (5’4″ me; 5’9″ him).

Anywho, her eyes, ears, lungs, and heart all look and sound good. She had another round of vaccine’s, and David said she did fine with them (with the obvious crying of course).

Eating: She’s on a combination of breast milk and formula. My supply is kind of dwindling so she does get more formula than the breast. She’s eating like a champ though and eats about 20-25 oz per day.


Sleeping (Napping): She is getting SO much better at napping! She wakes up around 5 each morning, then goes down for a morning nap around 11 and again around 3 or 4. She’s usually out for about an hour to an hour and a half. Last weekend, she slept 2 and a half hours at her grandparents house!

Sleeping (Nighttime): We are crossing our fingers and thanking our lucky stars that she’s been sleeping through the night. She’ll go to bed around 7:30 and wake up at 5. She seems to like that amount of sleep, too, because yesterday she went to bed at 6:30 and woke up at 4. And she always wakes up happy. I love seeing her smiles from the crib. πŸ™‚

Likes: Going out in the stroller, being carried while we walk around the house, eating, standing up on our laps, bath time

Dislikes: Not being held for long periods of time, being confined to the carrier for too long (she loves being held at the same intensity that she loves being free; I guess it’s all a matter of the length of time :-))

Port Wine Stain: She has responded so well to the laser treatments for the birth mark. She has had 4 so far and it’s already lightening up. She has one more today and then we’ll reevaluate to see if we want to continue the treatments.


Mobility: She isΒ so close to rolling over. She can get on her side but just can’t quite get that arm under her. And she has great head control when she is on her stomach.Β Gotta love the little spit-up just as I was taking the picture.


How I’m Doing: I’m doing pretty well actually! I’m back to work full time (as I’ve mentioned before), but being away from home for 12 hours each day has become a bit tiring. I’m jealous that David gets 5 days with her and I only get 2. πŸ˜‰ I’m in the throes of half marathon training, and I love that I’m back out on the road. I’ve had no issues or felt any pain while running, and I’m confident that I’ll have a good race in October; slow, but good.

So that’s the latest on our little girl! I just love watching her discover new things each and every day (especially her hands and feet)! We absolutely adore her. πŸ™‚

Any readers out there have kids around this age? Any advice on what we can expect next?Β I’m still waiting on that 4 month sleep regression.


Family Day in Boston

For the past 10 years, I’ve been a member of an amazing organization: the Greater Boston Concierge Association. And every year, they provide a day for the concierge and their families to enjoy the sites of Boston. Since David works on the weekend, I decided to partake in this years events. My mom and sister-in-law accompanied Eleanor and I on a Duck Tour, lunch in Faneuil Hall, and the New England Aquarium.

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Eleanor did great during the Duck Tour, but became a little overwhelmed at the aquarium. 😦 We were able to get in a great afternoon though. The weather was absolutely perfect, and it was the best day to be a tourist in my own city.

It’s Myrtle the Turtle! She’s 80 years old and over 500 pounds. She’s lived at the New England Aquarium since 1970.

Sunday was a great day: went for a 5K run, grocery shopped, and cleaned the whole house. Now it’s time for another work week. πŸ™‚

How was your weekend?Β 


Phil & Teds Stroller

This is in no way a sponsored post; I just love my jogging stroller so much and wanted to share my thoughts on it with you all. πŸ™‚

When it came time to look for a stroller, I was admittedly very overwhelmed with all of the choices. I knew two things that I wanted/needed though: a jogging stroller and the fact that it didn’t have to match the car seat. (We have the Graco 4Ever seat which doesn’t come as a detachable infant carrier.)

Luckily, however, I had a great resource in my uncle who lives in California. He had a baby in 2004 (so, relatively recent) and is a runner, so I asked him what brand of stroller he used.

He responded back with the Sport by Phil & Teds.




Adorable baby not included. πŸ˜›

The middle picture is featured with the shade screen. I also have a storm cover that fits in the same way.

One of the reasons this stroller came so highly recommended was because of the fact that it reclines a lot further than most jogging strollers, meaning I could run with Eleanor as early as 2 months old. And because of the way it lies (lays?), it almost acts as a shock-absorber when we go over any bumps. Her head will move from side to side but never up and down.

I can’t actually attest to how easy or complicated it was to assemble since I had my husband, father-in-law, and brother-in-law do it. It looks as though all the pieces were used, though, and nothing has fallen off. πŸ˜‰

It is a breeze to break down to put in the trunk, however it’s a bit heavier than it may appear. You simply squeeze the lever (behind the red button) and push the red button forward. (As easy as it is to do, it wasn’t so easy to figure out in the first place – thank goodness for YouTube!)


Then, to keep the stroller folded, you make sure the latch on the left is joined with the small button on the right. To unfold, simply unlatch the two and fold the stroller outward until it clicks. (Again, YouTube was a saving grace to figure this out in the first place!)


And a great safety feature is the Auto-Stop brake. To engage the tires, you have to depress the red handle, and if it’s disengaged, the stroller will brake. No runaway strollers here!

Since I was looking for a jogging stroller, I knew not to expect some of the bells and whistles that come with regular strollers (i.e. a lot of storage and cup holders). This may be a turnoff for some, but if you’re in the market for a jogging stroller, but don’t want to have to deal with another, every-day stroller, this is the one for you. It’s a bit on the pricier end, but the quality and reputation are well worth it.

There are also a ton of riding options available, so I’ll be looking forward to those if/when we have a second child.

What type of stroller do you have? Do you own a Phil & Teds?Β I ask because I have yet to meet anyone (aside from my uncle) who has and I’m curious about your thoughts! πŸ™‚