A Day At The Fair

Today we got up early to go to the Annual Rochester Fair in Rochester, NH after a full night of sleep (thank you Oni!).  It took us quite a while to get out the door this morning as Liam was feeling emotional in the way that only a two year old can causing us to take twice as long as normal to get out the door.

An example of our morning conversation would be this:

Mom: “Lets put on your sneaker so we can go get in the car”

Liam: “I don’t want sneakers, I want boots!”

Mom: “Ok, wear you boots then, that is a good choice”

Liam: “I WANT BOOOOOTTTSSSS!” (throws himself onto the floor for a two minute fit)

Mom: ….


Finally we made it out the door and drove off to pick up Aunty Moonshine and Alvine to head on over to the fair.   It was a beautiful day, slightly overcast with perfect fall temperatures.  If you head into the fair before all the rides are open it is free to get in so we enjoyed our day for a cost of only $5 to park.  The kids, Aunty Moonshine, and I all had a blast and Liam even scored a new hat for the winter!

It is (of course) next to impossible to get both two year olds to stand next to each other and smile.

Now I am enjoying nap time to the fullest extent 🙂

3 Months of Catriona

3 Months into our newest adventure in parenting finds us falling more and more in love with our little girl every day.  I can’t imagine a life without her.

At 3 months Catriona has mastered:

  • Rolling from back to belly as well as from belly to back
  • Sitting up with support
  • Grasping toys and bringing them too her mouth
  • Cooing

She loves:

  • Mom and Dad
  • Staring at her puppy brothers
  • Her little toy bunny
  • Endless walks in the baby carrier (as long as she is facing out)

She hates:

  • When mom works more than 3 days in a row
  • Being moved after she falls asleep

She is stating to:

  • Notice her brother and sis-co, and to enjoy interacting with them
  • Play for longer periods
  • Enjoy people other than Mom and Dad
  • Laugh
  • Settle into a nap schedule

That last one is my favorite thing of all 🙂

36 Weeks and Counting!

We have reached 36 weeks in this pregnancy and are slowly trudging our way towards 37!  Catriona has spent the last few weeks stubbornly not growing (she ended up dropping 4 weeks of growth total prior to this weeks doctors appointment).  So this week we did an ultrasound to check on her growth and the amniotic fluid levels.  Thankfully everything came out well.  She is estimated to be around 6 pounds 11 ounces at this point (which is amazing considering how small my bump is compared to when I was pregnant with Liam!) and while my amniotic fluid levels are on the lower end of normal they should be fine for the remainder of the pregnancy.  Her head is down, the contractions are becoming more frequent, and we are playing a waiting game to meet her.

I continue to have (what has become) my normal migraines, tachycardia, and passing out.  For the last week my symptoms have been somewhat relieved, I even had 3 good days in a row where I was able to be up and about without any chest or head pain, but for an added treat these last few days I have been enjoying some third trimester sickness (which is amazingly just like the first trimester was).   I have a cardiology consult tomorrow and am hopeful to find some answers to what can be done for this chronic chest pressure, shoulder pain, and episodes of tachycardia.  That said, I am very aware that any medication that could be given to relieve those symptoms for me has to wait until after Catriona’s arrival, so I am learning to live with it and take it easy when things really start to act up.

On Monday my sister-in-law came over to the house to take some maternity picture for us since we are currently unable to travel to the photographer that we used to do the maternity shoot we did when pregnant with Liam (Linden Photography in Central NH).  I spent some time this morning playing around on Photoshop and touching up the lighting on the pictures.  I am pretty happy with the results, and so thankful to Aunty Moonshine for taking them for us.  Though this has been a difficult pregnancy we are planning on it being my last pregnancy and I want to be able to look back on this time and remember how it has helped us grow as a family later on.  I wish I had enough Photoshop talent to reduce the (well-earned) shadows and bags under my eyes… you would think someone who spends as much time in bed as I have been lately wouldn’t have any but I can’t seem to sleep for more than two hours at a time thanks to our little girls efforts to escape the womb.

We continue to be grateful for everyone’s prayers and well wishes.  The support of our family and friends  has truly have been an amazing help in us pulling through this pregnancy!

Three Things Thursday, 4/17/14

Ahhh, it is Thursday once again, and once again its time for a short list of things I am grateful for and/or that make me happy.


First up is this picture of Lake Winnipesaukee

Lake Winnipesaukee

Lake Winnipesaukee

First off I would like to give credit to my 4th grade teacher for ingraining the spelling of Winnipesaukee (and many other ridiculously hard to spell NH locations, like Kancamagus, into my brain).

I am lucky enough to live in a wonderful location on the Seacoast of NH, and thoroughly appreciate the fact that the White Mountains and Lakes Region of this state (which are gorgeous) are only an hour or so away from us.  My long drive on Tuesday reminded me of how close summer is… I can’t wait to go hiking this year with my fancy new camera and inquisitive little boy 🙂

The next thing on my list is a song….


I seriously love this song, and so do the kids. It comes on and I am instantly happy, plus we then get to have a dance party which is always fun .

Last up….


This not so great picture of my son reading to himself in the corner . He grabbed a book, crawled away, and started reading out loud… Cutest thing ever… And I have no clue where he gets the hiding in corners to read habit from (cough* cough*)
I do absolutely love the fact that he can’t get enough of books already. Now if only he wouldn’t run away when I try to take a picture of him reading while yelling at me in baby-lish. I suspect the translation is “Leave me alone mom, I need my quite time to read this book. It’s about dinosaurs. Jeez. What’s a baby got to do to get a little peace and quiet around here?!?”


That’s it for me for this week…. Like Three Things Thursday?  Want to see MORE things??? head on over to Nerd In The Brain, the originator of the Three Things Thursday idea 🙂

Road Trip!

I have been on vacation since Saturday, and have totally enjoyed every second so far. I was able to spend quite a bit of time with my older brother who currently is living in Rome…. I also have had the opportunity to switch up Liam’s nap schedule a bit and get him to a point where he has slept through the night for the last two nights!

Everyone should now stop reading to do a happy dance with me!

So Tuesday started the halfway point of my vacation and I was feeling pretty darn good. So good I decided to tempt fate by packing up Liam and the three dogs for a road trip to Grammy and Grampy F’s house!

I am still not sure I wasn’t totally insane to take this on, but we did it! So let’s start at the beginning of the story.
On Monday my husband and I became an aunt and uncle for the 18th time! A little yet to be named boy joined our extra large family.  So Tuesday’s road trip was with purpose, I drove across the state to bring Liam to visit his grandparents and so that I could visit the new little guy (and put in my two cents about what his name should be).  I packed up the night before because I have found with one (and sometimes two) young children the only way to keep my sanity is to plan for every possible scenario ahead of time and pack accordingly.  So we packed up one bag for Liam and another  bag for the dogs.  The dog bag had surprisingly similar items in it to Liam’s:

  • Food in both bags
  • Treats for the dogs and snacks for Liam (and Momma)
  • Favorite toys in both bags
  • Changes of clothing for Liam, leashes and collars for the dogs
  • Diapers for Liam and poop bags for the dogs

Tuesday morning we woke up an hour late, but that couldn’t put a damper on my mood… Liam (and therefore Momma) slept through the night!

We left the house for our 2.5 hour drive without stops at 10 am, and arrived at the Grandparent’s at 1 (yes.. there ended up being stops).  One of my favorite things about the drive to my husband’s parent’s house is the scenery.  If you haven’t had the time to visit New Hampshire you should take a vacation here someday.  While we are lucky enough to live in the seacoast area, which is beautiful in its own right and certainly has plenty of activities for young families to enjoy, the Lake’s Region of the state is probably my favorite place.  While I wouldn’t necessarily want to live there away from so many conveniences (I really can’t fathom living more than 5 minutes away from Target) it is one of my favorite places to visit.  I also strongly prefer swimming in a lake to the (freezing cold) ocean.  So we stopped for snacks for Momma at a New England staple… Dunkin Donuts, and then stopped for snack for Liam at a scenic overlook to enjoy the awesomeness that is the Lake’s Region of New Hampshire.

Now I will admit that I did not take these pictures, my SIL who drove up the day before with my camera took these.  I am so happy she did!  I always go up on sunny days (there are a ton of hiking trails in the vicinity that lead to even more awesome overlooks of the lake) and I never get a chance to capture the haunting beauty of a rainy/foggy day on the lake.  The drive itself was surprisingly uneventful.  My sweet boy played with his dolls in the back.  The dogs took turns playing musical chairs.  Momma actually got to eat breakfast… or something like it (I couldn’t quite stomach the egg and sausage on a croissant…. took one bite and decided the picture looked much better than it tasted… I had an uninterrupted cup of coffee though, which was heavenly).  We made it the grandparent’s house in one piece where we were promptly served lunch and the dogs made a significant effort to mark every corner of Grammy and Grampy F’s yard (it’s mine!).

I got to hang out with some of my nieces, Liam got to play with different toys…. and then my husband surprised his parents by dropping in on his way home from work (made possible by the fact that his job requires traveling and he just happened to be traveling in the area that day).  We then packed up all 4 adult and 3 kids to go visit the new baby in the hospital.  He is all sorts of adorable in the way that only a fresh baby can be… and seeing his older sisters (even the one who “hates babies” looked at him lovingly and just about made my heart completely melt)

All in all a very successful trip.  I love spending time with the girls, and loved being able to share in their joy in their new baby brother.  Now that I know I can do the cross state trip with an almost toddler I suspect there will be more traveling in the future for us.

I am totally pumped for a summer of fun!

A Sunny Spring Outing

Today Liam or to take his first trip to the playground. Since Uncle Bryan is home we brought him with us. As you can see from the photos below Liam had a blast! It is so nice that he is finally enjoying his time outdoors rather than crying every time he gets close to nature. It’s also fun to see the little guy with his Uncle Bry, who he loves hanging out with.

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We had so much fun!

Shopping With Two, moving on up to the two seater cart

Although Liam is (currently) an only child the hubs and I are very lucky to have family close by that had children a few months before us. One of those little girls hangs out with Liam during the week. My SIL and I do a child care swap. We both work full time jobs as nurses. So on my days off during the week I get to hang out with Liam and his cousin, The Bean. She is a pretty awesome little girl, and being just 5 months older than Liam, provides a pretty good playmate for him. They speak their own language to each other, and are absolutely adorable when they hug… Not so much when they beat on each other.

Running errands has been a bit of a challenge, but certainly not impossible. Especially since by the time Liam came around The Bean was able to sit up in a cart. They are both cuddly children so I have been wearing one and pushing the other during that golden two hour period between lunch and nap time that is my only chance to get out of the house for the day.

So yesterday I pulled into Target with the kiddos all bundled up in the car (it was a cold rainy spring day here yesterday) and I saw the two seater cart parked in the carriage return area. Now I know the warning on that cart says from ages 2-6, but my back was achey and I figured the kids are sturdy enough to handle it so I buckled then in and we were off.

My first stop was Starbucks. I finally had free hands and a spot for a delicious caffeinated beverage where the kids couldn’t reach. This automatically made it the best day ever. Then we ran into a coworker. I haven’t been exceptionally good about bringing the babies in to visit over the winter so it’s been a while since everyone from work has seen Liam… He has certainly changed over the last few months. Then we were off.

Overall the whole shopping experience was great! The kids were pretty well behaved for the first half of the store. It was easy to distract them for the last half… and momma got to drink an amazingly delicious caramel macchiato. As an added bonus they were super cute in the cart together.


Not that they aren’t super cute all the time anyway 🙂

I think we have a new and improved shopping solution…. Until we decide to have another one 🙂

Haircuts, Bed-Head, and 11 month cruising


11 months into Liam’s journey and we are watching with amazement as our little guy absorbs and attempts to replicate everything happening around him.
About halfway through the ten month mark I brought Liam in for his first real haircut, not just a bang trim this time. He does surprising well with the whole haircutting process, and looks like a little grown up with the cut. I kind of miss his bangs, and think I am going to let them grow in again. It turns out that Liam also inherited quite a few cowlicks (he really didn’t stand a chance with those between the hubs and I). The bed head with the new do is supplying me with endless hours of amusement. I now look forward to nap time for a completely different reason 🙂


Our super busy little guy is now cruising, and has actually attempted a few steps! He REALLY wants to keep up with his cousins desperately!


The hubs and I have been super busy working on some spring projects on the home front, so the blog continues to take a bit of a back seat for a while longer… but I will leave you with this little piece of adorable-ness from this morning.

Because it’s much more awesome to sit in your toys and play 🙂