March 2016

It’s March 2016 already… time and life gets away from me so quickly since our little Squirt officially made us a family of three. The last time I wrote a post she was 100 days old and now she’s something like 420 days!

In the last year *pt* and I have enjoyed watching her learn new things and we in turn are learning new things right along side her.

She is a perfect blend of *pt* and me! Her personality most of the time is very low-key, like her father, thank goodness for that! I have enough trouble dealing with myself let alone a little me too 🙂

I have been around many children in my life but her being my own is unique. It’s fun watching her learn to do things and reach milestones. She is so smart and funny at just barely 14 months old.

She loves to say “Hi!” She blows kisses and is slowly learning some animal sounds! It’s really cool to watch her brain absorb all that life throws at her. She loves to play with balls that we have, small, plastic, even a soccer ball!

I am fascinated when she plays with her larger Lego blocks and can figure out how to turn them to click them together. She loves when I build a tower really high so she can knock it over.

Her giggle is the most infectious thing and we love to have “tickle time” just to hear it.

She has a toy piggy bank that has plastic coins that help her learn how to count. She is so smart and has figured out that she has to hold the coins a certain way to fit in the slot.

Within the last week she started playing with her stuffed animals too. She likes to carry them from her room around the house and most of the time she gets bored rather quickly with them but for the few moments she’s hugging them it’s adorable.

She LOVES to dance! Whenever she hears music of any kind she bounces back and forth! I wonder if she’ll be a dancer? Or a musician?

Her favorite game is to go behind the couch and let us “catch” her! She makes full circles around the couch and just giggles when we play as if we are going to get her.

She is almost walking… we keep thinking any day now she will just get up and go. She walks with her toys that have wheels and along the furniture and while holding our hands but doesn’t quite want to take those steps on her own. We know she will in her own time and that will be so great to see! She is standing a lot more independently and able to balance for longer each time.
In the mean time she has this cute little scoot, always on her left knee. This mode of transportation is quick for her but makes holes in her pants. We’ve tried to use a wristband to help pad that knee.

Her teething has not been too bad, I hope I didn’t jinx it?! She has 4 teeth completely in, 2 on top and 2 on bottom with the 2 more on the top coming through!

She really is am amazing little girl and *pt* and I are so proud of who she is and know she will continue to brighten our worlds in every way!

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Our Squirt Through Her First Year!

 

 

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SHE’S FINALLY HERE!!!

Our baby girl was born January 15, 2015 at 5:08pm!

She is everything we hoped she’d be and more! 

I think *pt* and I made some pretty good decisions regarding how we handled the pregnancy and delivery of our first child. Specifically, we are very happy we waited to learn the sex of the baby was until she was born. It was such good incentive to keep pushing through. When the doctor said “it’s a girl” I had to take a moment between the excitement and ask “it’s a girl???”. *pt* said the doctor even looked as though she was checking again and attempted to show me to prove it. 🙂 

Our little peanut is with us a week already and we are all adjusting pretty well to life with one another. There are lots of learning curves for us all and a few things can be challenging but we are loving being a family of three. 

In the early stages of my pregnancy I started taking photos of my belly to send *pt* when he was on the road. I decided even though he was home now that I would continue with it. This is the ©Flipagram I made to show the progress.

I can’t wait to continue to document her life as she grows! 

 

3 days till 40 weeks

Here we are 3 days away from “Squirt’s” due date. Waiting… patiently for our little one to arrive. I had a considerable list of things that I needed to do and wanted to buy for the baby before his/her arrival, the list is just about completely crossed off and then I’ll literally be waiting for the baby to arrive. 🙂

It’s nice to be so organized, but now the waiting with not much else to do might drive me nuts. My doctor says things are going smoothly and they have been for the entire pregnancy and we will take it a step at at a time to get this baby to make their appearance.

*pt* and I are very excited, as most can imagine. We have daily conversations about how our life is going to change and what each day could possibly hold for us. We try to plan out possible scenarios of when the time comes to call the doctor and/or go to the hospital. We also continue to remember how blessed we are that he is now working so much closer to home as opposed to having been on the road almost this entire third trimester.

We recently saw an episode of “I Love Lucy” when Lucy was pregnant with Little Ricky and how Ricky, Fred and Ethel planned out and practiced how it would go when Lucy said it was “time”. It was quite hilarious because they practiced a few times and of course in the moment when it was time they were all so disheveled and excited that they forgot what each of them was to do and Lucy was left standing in the living room when all of them had left the apartment without her. Hopefully it won’t be that way for us, but we are as prepared as we can be with bags pack and a list of last minute items we should grab.

Stay tuned…

WHOA! It's January! Any day now!

WHOA! It’s January! Any day now!

Tradition Continued

A few weeks ago we were able to continue our tradition and head up to West Point Military Academy for a football game. *pt* was able to join us this year too!
We were a small group of 8, it was chilly but sunny so it wasn’t unbearable. Once we were in our seats I even had to take my coat off because the sun was warm enough and there were plenty of people around to stay warm for a bit without it.

We had lot of yummy food for tailgating both before and after the game. IMG_3140That’s right- Grilled Pizza! The only photo I took of the food but the most unique in my opinion 🙂

My dad standing during the halftime ceremony honoring our veterans and the men and women currently serving! This was definitely one of highlights of the day! I love that my dad is a veteran, it makes me proud. IMG_3143

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Army won so that definitely made the game even better!

Summer 2014

This summer I was lucky enough to spend some time with my mom doing a little traveling. Her unexpected time off from work lead to us getting to leave town on a few sporadic trips.

In July we headed up to the Adirondack’s in New York State. My uncle and aunt own a Victorian bed and breakfast in Lake Luzerne (about 25 miles from Lake George). We spent some time with them and got to help out a little around the inn as well. It’s a beautiful area up there and it was nice to get away.

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It had been a long time since my mom was at the inn and got to spend time with her brother. I was glad to tag along with her on this sporadic trip.

On the ride home, I introduced my mom to one of my current baby “cravings”- Root Beer Floats! YUM!!!

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In August we got in the car and headed down to Sneads Ferry, North Carolina to visit my moms other brother and wife. It had been a while since my mom went down to visit them also. I had never been there.

It was a long drive down, we hit a lot more traffic than we expected but once we were there we had a great time. They live right on the water that connects to the ocean and is close to the biggest U.S. Marine base, Camp Lejeune. We got to relax and see a little bit of the area in the few days we were there. My uncle owns a boat that is docked right on the edge of his property and we went out for a ride one evening before dinner.

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On the way home we decided to take the scenic route and travel across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel. Mom and I had driven it one other time almost 10 years ago. It was a beautiful day and we reached the bridge/tunnel just between lunch and dinner. We enjoyed an ice cream cone and walked along the pier to stretch our legs. It’s a pretty amazing sight if you’ve never driven it. It’s described as “one of the Seven Engineering Wonders of the Modern World”. People were fishing off the pier and having lunch and just enjoying the weather.

The overnight trips ended there but my dad had some time off at the end of the month so we took a day trip in to the Bronx Zoo. He had never been there and my mom used to go all the time as a child. My sister-in-law and “Smushy” came with us too! It was hot and a crowded day but we had a great time.

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The other day trip we did was down to Jenkinson’s Beach in Point Pleasant, NJ. Now you have to know that my dad is not a fan of the beach. Being a Navy guy it’s strange to hear but he doesn’t really like to go in the ocean. Probably because he spent so much time sailing it. Anyway my mom and I were shocked when he said he wanted to go to the beach… well really he wanted to go to Jenkinson’s Aquarium. But we convinced him to go on a nice day where we could enjoy the sunshine as well as the fish. I had never been to the aquarium before and it was really quite neat. It was small, but the fish, seals, penguins, turtles and other sea life they had there was really awesome to see.

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 It was a great summer with these trips and swimming in my parents’ pool with my niece and nephews. According to the calendar it is still summer but since children have gone back to school and the weather is slowly changing and leaves are beginning to fall it’s unofficially Autumn. I’m boycotting my parents’ closing their pool because I don’t want it to end but I know that next summer there will be more adventures but I’ll have a little tag-along with me 🙂

I’ll embrace Autumn with everything Pumpkin, (even though my hubby says I have to wait till October to enjoy a pumpkin latte)  and finish my prepping for our little bundle of joy coming in January! This is the last season before Squirt arrives! IMG_2797

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Pregnancy With Our “Squirt”

 

 In the first few weeks of being publicly pregnant the most common question I’ve been asked is:

What are you having? Do you know if it’s a boy or girl?

I guess that’s the most intriguing thing people want to know. Well first of all I am only 16 weeks so it’s a little soon to tell. Second of all, *pt* and I are going to wait until the baby’s birthday to find out if it’s a boy or girl.

I think I’ve always felt this way about someday having a baby and now that we are here in the present and it’s all happening, I really want to be surprised!

There’s a bit of mixed responses when I tell people we are going to wait to find out the sex of the baby. Some people are concerned as to how we will prepare. I think there are enough neutral colors and items that we need to prep for this baby that I think we’ll be just fine! Thanks for the concern though 🙂

Since our honeymoon and maybe even a little bit before we started liking “turtles”. Coincidentally my brother and sister-in-law started using the name “Squirt” to refer to the baby. (Squirt the Turtle from Finding Nemo). 

I’m not sure how we will incorporate turtle’s into the nursery decor but I bet there will be a few. More to come on that…

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Next Stop On Life Tour

I made it through a rehearsal process, a tech process and the run of a show and now I am preparing for the biggest gig of my life: Motherhood!

I found out I was pregnant early in the rehearsal process for Grease and it was hard to not tell other people. I had my moments of “morning sickness”, which happened at all hours of the day but overall I felt good.

*pt* was out of town when I found out and I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep the big secret from him for very long so I decided to FaceTime him and show him his 2nd Wedding Anniversary gift.

OnesieFirst of all I lucked out because the traditional gift for the 2nd Anniversary is cotton—enter cotton onesie. The Peterbilt patch on it is because a few years ago we were driving somewhere and I saw a semi-truck had mud flaps that had this brand logo on it. The next thing I said was “Peterbilt… that’s what my babies are gonna be”. I knew immediately this would be a clever way to one day tell him I was pregnant. I searched online and found the patches. (I’ve had them for over a year)

Over the last few weeks we slowly told our immediate family and without surprise everyone is over the moon excited! We have lots to do to prepare but I hope to be able to continue using my list making skill to help us along the way.

Stay tuned for updates…

Cheers (with a kid friendly beverage of course) to the next stop in our Life Tour!

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