Jackson’s Second Birthday

This past Sunday, Jackson turned TWO! Cue all the emotions….Originally we didn’t plan to do much for Jackson’s birthday this year given that we knew we’d be dealing with the logistics of a newborn, but we decided last minute to have a small party at my parents’ house with just a few of my friends and their kids who live nearby. My parents are about 90 minutes away so at first I didn’t think it would be a good idea to go there, but Jackson is obsessed with “gamma and “pop pop,” so we knew that visiting for his birthday weekend would be special for him in and of itself, even if we didn’t have a big party planned. And if I’m being honest, having a couple of extra helping hands didn’t sound like a bad idea. With Emmy being relatively easy up until that point, we decided to brave the car ride and different sleeping arrangements, and I’m glad we did! Jackson had a blast, and seeing his many smiles over the course of the weekend made it all worth it.

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A Message to My Other Half on Father’s Day

Since the new baby arrived it has been extra challenging sitting down to write any posts, but I just had to get one up today for Father’s Day.  I’m still in the thick of life with a newborn and didn’t have a chance to run out to the store to get a card, but if I had, this message pretty much sums up what it would have said….

David, to say I am grateful for you, a guy who has taken on the chaos of fatherhood in stride, would be an understatement. I feel so lucky to have a true partner in crime to navigate parenthood with, someone who not only plays the role of dad, but who fully embraces it. I always knew you would be a great dad, and this is one of the qualities that drew me to you early on, but I can honestly say that your devotion to being a father has far exceeded my expectations. Watching your relationship with Jackson grow has been amazing, and I can’t wait to see the bond you form with Emmy. I have a feeling she’s going to be a total daddy’s girl!

I could go on and on about what makes you such a great dad, but since a picture is worth a thousand words, as they say, I figured I’d share some of my favorite “dad-moment” photos instead. I could look at these all day long. Happy Father’s Day to the best “dada” in the world! We love you!

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She’s Here! The First Week with Our New Baby

It has been exactly a week since our little girl graced us with her presence. Last Wednesday, May 30th, we welcomed Emmy Scarlett into the world and officially became a family of four! She’s perfect and we feel so incredibly grateful. Even though this was my second time going through delivery, it was still a surreal experience. It’s so crazy to think I went into the hospital with just my husband and left with another little human that we’re now responsible for. It’s both amazing and terrifying! But mostly amazing. Continue reading “She’s Here! The First Week with Our New Baby”

The Final Countdown

Exactly one week from today we’ll be meeting our little girl. That is, unless she decides to make her debut early! I have a c-section scheduled for next Wednesday, at which point I’ll be 39 and a half weeks, so there’s a chance I could go into labor beforehand. Since I’ve been so on the fence about whether to schedule another c-section or try for a regular birth, I decided to schedule the surgery a little late (they usually do them at the 39 week mark) to give my body the opportunity to possibly go into labor on its own. If it does, I’ll try to let nature take its course and deliver naturally. As of right now though, I have no signs of early labor, so my guess is that won’t happen. I’m just going to go with the flow and see what happens. Either way, I’ll be holding a baby in my arms very soon and I couldn’t be more excited!  Continue reading “The Final Countdown”

Turning 35

On April 21, I turned 35. It feels odd because the years keep ticking by so quickly but I don’t feel like I’ve changed all that much. Sometimes I almost forget how old I am! I guess that’s what happens when you become an adult. Although the year seemed to go by in a blur, I like to reflect on the past 365 days each year around my birthday to remind myself of all the good in my life. It’s easy to get caught up in all the things you didn’t accomplish in a year, or think about how you’re not where you wanted to be in life by a certain age, so I find that taking a moment to acknowledge all the blessings is really useful. I’m making a concerted effort to focus more on gratitude, and while it’s definitely a work in progress, things like this help. With that in mind, here’s a rundown of what I’m most grateful for over the past year:

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Date Night in NYC!

This past Saturday David and I spent the night in New York City while my parents took care of Jackson. Having grandparents close by is the best! It was a rather spontaneous trip that we decided to take as kind of a “last hoorah” before the baby arrives in about six weeks. Being in between both of our birthdays, it was also an excuse to celebrate and just enjoy each other’s company one on one, which is something we don’t do nearly enough of these days, admittedly.  This was actually the first time that we have both been away from Jackson overnight at the same time since he was born!

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Jackson Update: 20 Months

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The last Jackson update I did was when he was ten months old and still technically a baby, so a current one is long overdue. I certainly can’t call him a baby anymore now that I have a full-fledged toddler on my hands who will be TWO in just a few months. Excuse me while I go cry a million tears into my coffee…. Jackson has changed so, so much even since he was 16 months or so, and it seems like he masters something new almost every week now. It’s amazing to watch and also a bit bittersweet since he’s growing up so fast (a little too fast in my opinion!). I’m trying to stay focused on the moment, even the seemingly mundane ones, because I know how fast he’ll be onto the next phase.  Continue reading “Jackson Update: 20 Months”

Baby #2!

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I couldn’t be happier to share that David and I are expecting baby number 2 this spring! The due date is three weeks before Jackson turns two. We shared the news with our families at Thanksgiving and on social media the Friday before Christmas, but I’m planning on creating some pregnancy-related content on the blog, so I wanted to announce it here as well. Believe it or not, I’m actually about halfway through the pregnancy already (I’ll be officially 20 weeks along on Monday), and fortunately, it has been uneventful so far. I can’t believe how fast the time is flying!

Although I’m a little nervous about how we’re going to manage two kiddos, I’m overjoyed to have the opportunity to be a mom to another little human. While motherhood certainly isn’t all fun and games, it has made me happier than I ever thought possible, and has enriched my life in so many wonderful ways. That probably sounds cheesy, but it’s true!

Stay tuned for more pregnancy content soon. In the meantime, if you have any advice to share on transitioning from one baby to two, I can take all the tips I can get!

First Snow!

At the time I’m writing this, we’ve actually had a second snow, but I wanted to share some pictures David and I snapped last weekend on our first snow day of the season. You’d think having grown up in the Northeast, I’d be totally indifferent to snow at this point, but there’s just something about the first snowfall each winter that will never get old. It helps when you don’t have the pressure of having to get anywhere, and since the snow hit on Saturday, we were able to lay low and really enjoy it. I’m sure a couple of months from now I’ll be longing for sun and sand, but around the holidays, I’m all for the snow! Seeing the snow through Jackson’s eyes made it all the more magical too. We got so many cute pics of him experiencing the snow for the first time and I’m so glad we were able to capture such a memorable day. Here are some of my favorites:

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Whether you’re a fan of the snow or not, I hope you enjoyed seeing these photos and Jackson’s reactions. Too cute, right? Have a great weekend!

Life Update

After a pretty lengthy blogging hiatus, I’m excited to get back into regular posting. Over the past several months we’ve been busy with some pretty major life changes–mainly buying and moving into our first house!–but things are finally beginning to settle down and it’s so nice to have a place we can call home for the long haul. Bring on ALL the holiday decorations!

It’s kind of crazy to see that my last post was a ten month baby recap because in a little over a week, Jackson will be 18 months! He has grown and developed so much since he was a 10-month old. I’ll do a separate post for that, but in the meantime, here’s a quick rundown of noteworthy life events since my last post to get you up to speed.

Jackson turned 1: On June 24th, Jackson became a 1-year old! We threw a little party for him at my parents’ house last minute since most of our family and friends live near there, and it was a lot of fun. I was a little worried about how he would do with all the commotion, but he was a total trooper. He even started walking for the first time! Although I didn’t get many good pictures because I was mostly running around, here are a few that capture the day.

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We took our first plane ride with Jackson: Over labor day we took a trip to Arizona to visit David’s side of the family. His dad lives out there along with four step-siblings and their kids, and it’s always a good time when we all get together. Since it’s a bit of a trek, we don’t make it out there much, but I’m so glad we decided to go in September because we had a blast and Jackson really enjoyed playing with all his little cousins. I was absolutely dreading the flights there and back with Jackson (I don’t enjoy flying to begin with but adding a baby to the mix takes it to a whole other stress level), but Jackson actually did better than I thought. It would have been very tough had I been by myself with him, but with David there to balance the chaos, we managed just fine.  This was Jackson’s very first plane ride and it was a long one! But at least now we know we can do it. Some highlights from the trip…

  • Visiting the Children’s Museum of Phoenix (I highly recommend it if you’re in the area!)

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  • Swimming for the first time

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  • Checking out the aquarium

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  • Eating at True Food Kitchen: I’ve been wanting to try Andrew Weil’s restaurant, True Food Kitchen, forever, and I finally got my chance! The food did not disappoint. It was flavorful, nutritious, and delicious. Now if only they’d open one in CT….

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We bought a house and moved to CT: Lastly, after two big moves in less than two years (first to Michigan and then to NJ), David and I bought a house in Connecticut! We closed in September and moved in at the end of October. It feels so good to be able to unpack and know that we won’t be packing back up in a matter of months. We’ve been wanting to settle down and buy a place for a long time, but the timing was never right until now. We actually almost didn’t get this house because we were originally outbid by another offer, but that offer fell through and we swooped back in and got it! I knew when we first saw it that it would be perfect for our first house and it felt so right, so we were super bummed when we were outbid. But things have a way of working out how they’re meant to and fortunately for us, this house was meant to be for us! It has taken a while but the house is really starting to come together and it already feels like home. A few pics from the closing…can you tell how excited we are??

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Okay, I better end here before this turns into a novel! More to come on Jackson and the house, plus some new yummy recipes. Have a wonderful day!