November 11, 2014

Final Stretch

Last Thursday we reached a milestone - 28 weeks, also known as the third trimester.  Friday night we dressed up and headed out to Westwood to celebrate the engagement of Tara and Chris.  There we were able to catch up with my old co-workers.  It was a really good time.  I even enjoyed the non-alcoholic red wine!

November 2, 2014

Things You Need to Know

Last Sunday night as we were getting ready for bed, Jill rested her head on my belly, looked over at Tony and started talking to her baby sister.  "There are some things you need to know, baby sister," she began.

The first: "Elephants have trunks and sometimes husks."
"Humans have heads."
"Cheetahs are the fastest animal."
"I will always be the big sister."

Oh my goodness, Tony and I had tears in our eyes trying to hold in the laughter while she carried on this serious conversation with her soon-to-be little sister.
The following week we entered the third trimester, week 27, when Jill asked, "Why's your belly button so weird?"  No filter included.
The weather has been awful this weekend.  It's actually snowing right now complete with wind.  We checked out the new neighborhood breakfast spot called Boondocks with our neighbors Rob and Nancy.  On the way home we discussed cleaning up the house, putting away laundry, the typical Sunday chores, when Jill declared, "I'm a girl that a million times hates working around the house."  She informed us she would be watching one of her shows.  We didn't let that happen but it was tempting.  Bad weather weekends are tough!
"Take a picture of the baby eating from my boob, Mom!"

Halloween Fun

I'd love to start this post by sharing pictures of Jill at her school Halloween party on Thursday.  I can't do that because Jill refused to wear a costume.  We were all set to go with her Queen Elsa costume, complete with glimmering blonde wig, but Jill wanted nothing to do with it.  I suggested packing a costume in case she changed her mind when she saw her dressed up classmates.  Nope, Jill was completely content in her Halloween-themed Hello Kitty tshirt and jeans.  At least we know she doesn't worry about following the crowd!  

Halloween fell on a Friday - a good and bad thing as a parent.  Typically we collapse on the couch early evening and get to bed relatively early.  This Friday night, my brother and Jess, Guy and Max, Mel and Brian, Cole and Emma, Matt and Malia and my Mom came over just after 5.  The kids posed for pictures while the parents inhaled pizza and we were off for an evening of trick-or-treating in the neighborhood.  

trick-or-treating at Whitey's house

On Saturday night, we headed across the street to Tracie and Ed's Halloween party.  Jill actually wore her Elsa costume.  I dressed up as a cat and Tony wore a Pats sweatshirt with the sleeves folded under.  He was Bill Belichick complete with oversized headphones and a play notebook.

 Guy Fieri and his spice rack - I didn't even recognize our neighbor, Nancy!

This was another favorite outfit.  I don't know her but I love her originality!

October 20, 2014

Welcome Max

My brother, Jess and Guy welcomed baby Max Patrick at 12:07 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14. He weighed 7 lbs., 13.4 oz. and was 21 in. long. He is absolutely perfect.

Enjoying Fall

Fall in New England is full of fun activities like carving pumpkins, going on hayrides, watching football with friends, checking out the nearby Fall Show and - if you're 6 months pregnant like me - eating anything pumpkin-flavored you can get your hands on.  Here's a look at what we've been up to.

 tractor rides with Cole and Emma last weekend
 Jill being proactive of Emma
 practicing to be a big sis
 Fall Show in Dighton on Saturday
 one of the highlights of the day - petting a calf

 the other highlight

 Jill insisted on taking pictures of every single tractor for her cousin Guy
 She kept backing up to make sure she included the entire tractor in the frame. Impressive!

 walking Rachael Sunday morning
 Sunday afternoon at Araujo Farm in Dighton
 Cole and Emma waiting in line for the hayride
 Mandy, Cole and Mel
 Here we go!
 pumpkin patch pitstop
 future DBs - Emma, Faith and Jill
This was before she called the hayride "brutal" because the straw was making her legs itchy. She rode home pantless and jumped in the tub as soon as we walked into the house!
 Someday I will tell her that I hate puzzles,
but not yet.

She literally worked on this 100-piece puzzle two nights in a row and finished it!  We were so impressed and kept joking that she was a genius!

October 9, 2014

Tony's Trip Over the Pond

Tony had the opportunity to visit England for eight days through work recently.  We survived without him, though not without multiple FaceTime sessions and Jill whining that she wanted to give her Dad a hug.

October 5, 2014

Kylie Turns Two

Later that day we celebrated Kylie's second birthday.  Jill had a blast, as you can see!