Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Belated Pumpkin

Since Brody made his entrance a little early, I totally forgot to post the photos from our day pumpkin picking in October. Since I was 9 months pregnant, we didn't venture very far. We love this little nursery in Brookville that has a little petting zoo for the kids. Perfectly manageable for this year =) Maybe next year we'll head out east again.









Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas Everyone!


First Christmas with baby B will make is extra special. All puzzle pieces are now in place.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Much love.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

A New York City Lucia

Slight change of plans. Since the snow is coming down pretty heavily, we ditched the car and jumped on the train. Heading to the city for our annual Lucia celebration at the Swedish church. I think Cami is finally old enough to enjoy it (baby brother is home with grandma and grandpa).

Friday, December 6, 2013

Night time is Calling



Parents seen off to the airport, all announcements and thank you cards written. Finally plopped down in bed with a glass of wine and a little time to myself. Hubby out with cocktails with a friends and I'm planning on indulging in two episodes of Homeland on the DVR. Spells a perfect night.

Disguise



Little baby in disguise. 

Navy stripes all the way—mommy's favorite!

Practice



Only 8 more days until the big show—her first one! I heard it's going to be a Christmas tap number.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Little Ladies




Girls date watching Annie at the Smithtown Performing Arts Center today. Amazing performance by the youth theatre group and Cami had a blast. She was dancing and singing along—not sure whom she takes after because—neither Rich nor I are very theatrical! I can't wait to go back to see Beauty and the Beast in February—perfect practice for good behavior, so we can see the Nutcracker next Christmas.



Happy One Month


Time is flying by and our little boy is already one month. Where did time go?!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!


In the last four weeks my life has turned from somewhat manageable to total chaos. To keep my sanity, I have had to put it on the back burner while adjusting to a family of four.

Spending Thanksgiving at home with just my baby boy and my parents. Rich and Cami joined the huge family extravaganza, but I happily bowed out and will be chilling on the couch with Brody.Mom will be making me my own private Thanksgiving dinner. Yummy!

I have so many things to be grateful and thankful for this year. A healthy little baby boy, the most lovable little girl and a wonderful husband. Not to mention everything else that has taken place this year. I even had a most wonderful surprise the other day when someone did something quite unexpected and decent. No details necessary, but it completely restored my faith in humanity. I quote Anne Frank, "In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart."


Friday, November 15, 2013

Graveyard Shift


A little past midnight and I just managed to get Brody to fall asleep. I'm finally getting to start jotting down my to do list for the weekend.

The downstairs kitchen cabinets and counter tops are being delivered on Monday, and the new appliances on Tuesday—we have to make room for all the boxes. Plus, my parents are flying in to see Brody and will be landing on Thursday afternoon, so I better get that guest room ready too.

To add to the chaos, we just got a new car—we are graduating to a three row SUV to have room for two kiddos, and parents when they come to visit. Scheduled to be picked up next week as well. To top it all off, Lucia tickets go on sale on Thursday, and Rich has promised to pop up to the Swedish church to get them.

It's going to be a busy next week. I don't really know what we were thinking when we committed to all of this. No rest for the wary.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Bounce Back







One of the many treats when you are on maternity leave—early trick or treating with the whole family.  Lots of excitement this year since we got cheated out of it last year with hurricane Sandy. I never realized that there were so many kids in our neighborhood!

Getting close to two weeks since Brody's birth and I'm slowly getting back in the swing of it. Just ordered a new spinning bike so I can get in shape again. Second pregnancy really did a number on my body =( Spent all day yesterday sorting through my closet. 80% of maternity closes are now in a bin ready for Salvation Army pick-up, but I did save a couple of things since I can't fit into my regular clothes...yet. Hopefully the bounce back won't take too long—I can't wait to start wearing normal clothes again. Sigh.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Mommy Boot Camp

It's almost exactly one week ago, baby Brody made his entrance into the world, and these past couple of days have been a little bit of a blur. It's amazing how much you forget in three and a half years—especially getting up every two hours for the feedings. Utter exhaustion.

This time around we had a little bit of a nutty delivery. I wasn't even convinced I was having real contractions for over 45 minutes, and I stuck around home for almost two hours! But after walking into the ER at 9:20 am, we were the proud parents to baby Brody just 53 minutes later. No time for an epidural (yes, I wanted to die at one point), but the recovery is so much faster and by the evening I was showered and walking around. 

Brody Alexander Karl Arthur
Weight: 8 lbs 2 oz
Length: 21 inches
Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Time: 10:13 am 

So far, he's the best little guy. 

Haven't had a chance to get tons of pictures downloaded from the camera, but here are a couple from the hospital. 








Saturday, October 26, 2013

Baby Brody is Finally Here



Overjoyed and filled with gratitude at the arrival of our son Brody Alexander Karl Arthur. Born this morning, October 26 at 10:13 am in Huntington, New York. Weighing 8 lbs 2 oz and 21 inches long.



Sunday, October 20, 2013

Prima Ballerina




Saturday mornings at the Y

Waiting Game






I can' believe it's been over a month since I last posted. It's been a couple of crazy weeks trying to finish up work before maternity leave. On Tuesday I'm finally handing of my responsibilities and wrapping up my last 10 days of work.

We finished the nursery a couple of weeks ago, but all finishing touches were finally in place this week. I think we are all set for this little monkey to be born! At least it's not more than 9 more days until my due date and I can't wait for this pregnancy to finally be over and meet this guy.

Couple of pictures from the nursery. Turned out pretty good, right?

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