August 30, 2011

The Brains at Work

Monday morning we commuted from my Mom's house.  Rachael went to work with Tony.  His colleagues say our dog works in finance because she's always nervous and stressed out.  Here she is with her buddy, Pierre.  Apparently they ordered pizza for lunch ...

August 29, 2011

Tropical Storm Irene

Irene: 1          Meg: 0
backseat buddies on the way to Granna's Sunday afternoon
What should we do with no power? Take Rachael for a walk, apparently.
my Mom's backyard
other activites that don't require power

Jill and Mom met me halfway to the bus stop Monday afternoon. Jill was so excited!

August 27, 2011

VT Before Irene

most of the ride to Vermont went well
MUCH happier when we got to Nana's house
watching Thomas
playing with Auntie Kathleen and Rachael
she taught me to do a somersault!
Jill enjoyed petting the animals: Gasper, Lucy, Webster & Rachael
A last minute decision trip to Vermont ... We left Quincy early Saturday morning and came back early Sunday morning.  It was a very quick trip due to the incoming hurricane (now Tropical Storm Irene) that we felt we needed to be home for in case the basement flooded, etc.  The weather at Nana's on Saturday was beautiful (it was raining at home) and we spent the day playing with the animals, "helping" spread mulch, watching Dad mow the lawn through the sunroom windows and learning to somersault.  Kathleen made Tony a belated birthday cake, which was delicious, and Nana seemed to truly enjoy a second weekend in a row with her granddaughter!

Work Stuff

When you've worked with the same people for nearly 5 years, they become your friends.  You're used to seeing them around the building.  You hang out outside of work.  You send birthday and Christmas cards.  You know their families.  Then your company gets purchased, leadership changes and the workforce evolves.  People leave and it's sad to watch them go.

JB's going away last month
I love this pic! It's hilarious!
Maureen & John
Laurel shouldn't leave her beer with me when she goes to the bathroom.
Dan's farewell
It was so nice to see Al!
Renee & Dan
Renee & Kristen
super admins of past & present
Polly, John & Nikki
Kristen did an amazing job helping plan Dan's party!

Rays of Sunshine and Gusts of Hurricane Force

To my many faithful followers (insert sarcasm), I apologize for the weeklong hiatus. Hey, I know at least four of you check Jill’s blog on a daily basis. What else are you supposed to do before your morning work meetings begin? Have a cup of coffee, check your personal email, facebook, twitter, linked in and the 2-4 blogs you follow on a fairly regular basis. That’s an enjoyable and less painful way to start the workday in my opinion anyway.

Potty training update: Although we’re not approaching potty training in a high pressure way, we are putting Jill on her potty first thing in the morning and before bath time. I sit to demonstrate; Tony helps Jill with her pajama bottoms; and Rachael strolls in for moral support. Tony says “sit” and Jill sits on her potty and Rachael sits on the bathroom floor. It’s cute, really cute. Twice this week Jill’s diaper has been bone dry and she’s successfully used the potty for a full night’s worth. It stinks but it’s exciting!

A trip to the pediatrician: I wasn’t expecting our next visit to be Jill’s 2 year check-up in early December. I knew we’d be back before then. I just wasn’t expecting it to be Wednesday morning after Jill woke up for the second day in a row with her left eye swollen shut because of a mosquito bite. Bugs love Jill. They attack her and nibble everywhere, including her face. My Mom called me at work Monday to apologize. She said they went in the backyard for a few minutes with Rachael and Jill had been bitten. “It’s ok, Mom,” I told her. “Jill gets bitten all the time.” What I seemed to forget was her intense reaction. Jill is super sensitive to any kind of bite. She’s been to the doctor for this before. We gave her Benadryl Monday and Tuesday night before bed. Wednesday came and we made an appointment for as early as possible – 9:30. Jill and I were the only ones in the waiting room. She seemed thrilled to sit at the magnet table with the sand and car and boat magnets.

The wait wasn’t long. And then she stepped on the scale … 26 lbs.! Dr. Oh, Jill’s regular pediatrician, was out so we saw a different doctor. He’s not my favorite. He told Jill to “use her words” when she got upset during the visit and wanted me to pick her up. I don’t know why, but that saying annoys the crap out of me. Anyways, he didn’t prescribe anything new. He said to give her Benadryl before bed for the next two nights. It’s looking much better now.

From there we drove straight to day care. Jill’s class was out on the playground. We walked around back to the entrance – Jill’s hand firmly in mine – until the gate opened and she was quickly encircled by three friends. “HI JILL!” They came running to hand out hugs. Jill dropped by hand, ran toward the mini monkey bars and didn’t turn back. When did she get so big??

First pimple: Is that another mosquito bite on Jill’s belly? No, that doesn’t look like a bite. It looks like a pimple, honestly. So I asked about said blemish during Wednesday’s appointment. Apply warm, soapy water, he said. OK, doc. You got it. (I’m a pimple popper to the extreme but I knew this could cause infection so I vowed to keep the obsessive picking for yours truly). Then a second pimple popped up on her cheek. It bruised. Great, now she looks like she’s been in the ring. Boxing her way through life with a swollen eye and bruised cheek.

Busy work week: Tony’s company has been working 4 days a week this summer. 10 hour days are tough and long but I think it’s worth it come Friday when he gets to enjoy a 3-day weekend. We’ll come back to that. This Thursday was a big day at work for both of us. Tony gave a tour to House Speaker Robert DeLeo and other state reps. I interviewed for a job in patient advocacy from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Both of our days went well and we celebrated with a few cocktails Thursday night. Friday’s forecast looked amazing – especially ahead of a forecasted hurricane – so I played the vacation day card and stayed home with Tony. (This is the tough part about your spouse working 4 day weeks. You don’t want to go to work.)

Friday: The week ended with a top 5 summer weather day. We went sailing. We soaked up the sunshine. We sat outside by the water and marina for lunch at the Inn at Bay Pointe.

lunch at the Inn at Bay Pointe
We cleaned the house and prepped the yard for the nasty weekend weather. The meteorologists seem to have varying reports of expected rainfall totals and wind speeds. Watch Channel 5 in Boston and you’d be boarding up the front of your house. Channel 7 – usually the more sensational – reported much lower wind gusts. It gave us the confidence to hit the road early Saturday morning for a last minute to Vermont. Here we come, Nana and Auntie Kathleen!

Lately Jill likes: Life cereal, Special K with berries without the berries (not regular Special K, the flakes are different you know), apple sauce, French vanilla yogurt, bananas, red grapes, cottage cheese on wheat toast and pasta. She can’t eat enough pasta!  Also new: using the word NO.  All the time.

Lately she dislikes: strawberries (never a fan), green beans and brushing her teeth.

August 21, 2011

Nana's Visit and Time on the Water

Nantasket Beach Saturday morning: It was a screamin' good time!

Nana visited this weekend from Vermont

Saturday afternoon sail with Elisa and Tim

sailing like the Kennedys

Captain Tony

Sunday morning at Nut Island
walking Walter, I mean Webster!
Jill loves Nana

August 17, 2011

Bubbles and Buddies

anticipation is killer

Jill's new thing is jewelry: necklaces, bracelets, rings, whatever she can find!