Friday, July 20, 2012


....Tomorrow my little man turns 1 month old and this is how we feel about it:
Dear Lord, I'm enjoying every second of my little one's life, all his funny sounds and sweet faces. The truth is I hate to blink just because I don't want to miss anything!!! And as much as I can't wait for the next step in his development (smiles and giggles!), I beg you to slow down time because I don't want him to grow up too fast!....Thank you Lord,

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Bath Time!

Luca's belly button finally fell off!!! The first bath was not the greatest! as much as Craig and I tried to make it fun by singing and playing around, he seemed to hate the water and cried the entire time!!! 

I'm thinking it was because he was hungry so the following time we timed it better and he was calmed and seemed to enjoy it, plus he slept much better afterwards :)

Friday, July 6, 2012

Picture Perfect

Lucas loves posing for the camera or at least he has gotten very comfortable in front of the camera since Craig and I are picture crazy and we keep "click-click-click" -ing away!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Our First 2 Weeks!

What an adventure this new life has been..and worth every second! Every day there is something new to smile about, whether it's a new face or a new sound or a new gesture, this boy has me (and daddy and the rest of the family) in love! 

Heading home from the hospital
In the carseat for the first time....he looks tiny!!
Mommy love
I spend most of my days staring at my little man's face with a huge smile on mine and holding him in my arms as often as I can and kissing him all over!! I can't remember my life without him. He has brought a whole new meaning to living and I truly love him more and more every day. The only thing I like better than spending time with Lucas is watching Craig interact with him. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, I thought I knew how much I loved Craig, but seeing him talking, holding, reading and dancing with our son brings that love to a whole new level. 

During these two weeks Craig and I have worked on adjusting to our new role. Lucas sleeps a lot during the day and likes to eat every 3-4 hours and because I'm not breastfeeding, Craig enjoys taking turns feeding him, especially at night! So far he has had 2 sponge baths and we are anxiously waiting for his belly button to fall off so he can have a real one! We have also visited Dr. Blanchard (the pediatrician) twice already and Lucas is growing up wonderfully!, our next appointment is scheduled for when he is one month old for his first set of shots. Lastly, we had our professional photo shoot at Picture People at the mall when Lucas was 1 week old and the pictures turned out beautiful! Here are the best shots:
...and last but not least, we celebrated Lucas's first 4th of July with fireworks and family time :)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Hello World

First and foremost allow me to introduce to you:

BORN JUNE 21, 2012 at 11:24am

But let's back up a bit so I can take you on a journey of what my life has been the last 4 days...

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20: Since today would be the last day to sleep in before the BIG day, my mom convinced me not to come to the shop but rather enjoy the day. Craig didn't get home from the hospital until about 3:30am and he didn't have to be at his training until about 1pm so we set no alarms, got out of bed at around 10:30, went to Starbucks and indulged in a delicious Mocha frappuccino and bagels from Panera and we talked a little about our excitement about the future!...that was about all the time we had before he had to go!....I decided to then head to the shop for a bit to hang out and then my mom took me to the mall to get my haircut (finally!!) before heading to 3 Amigos for dinner with the whole family! Craig and I had talked about watching a movie when he got home but he didn't make it back until almost 10:30pm so after eating a Twix Ice Cream bar with him, we decided to go to bed and watch TV from took Craig about 10 seconds to fall asleep!!!! 

THURSDAY, JUNE 21: It was a lllooonnnggg night!!! As expected, I couldn't sleep...but forget the back pain and reflux, I just couldn't believe this was it! The day that I think I had been waiting for my whole life was finally here.  At 6:15 I got out of bed and took a shower, called the hospital to make sure we were still on the schedule and we headed to Norfolk shortly after 7:20am. We make it to the hospital and as we waited for our families to join us, the nurse got me ready for the operating room. I felt surprisingly calm the whole time and even until the point when I walked to "OR 1" and sat on the cold bed in the ready position for the spinal to go in. After I got numbed and the nurses finished up setting up the room, I was happy to see Craig walk through the doors. He sat by me and about a minute later, the anesthesist said "Get your camera ready daddy and get up and start clicking, Lucas is almost here!!" I held my breath, said a quick prayer, and after feeling a bit of pulling and pressure, Craig stood up and I heard "the cry". My eyes filled with tears as the doctors cheered and welcomed Lucas into the world, gave me a quick peak of him over the drape and then took him to get checked out!...he is absolutely PERFECT! Craig went over to the warmer and brought him over to me when he was ready...we were both overwhelmed with emotions and as tears rolled down our faces, we kissed and stared at OUR son! I fell in love with Craig ALL over again at that moment and feel so lucky and so complete...what an incredible feeling!

FRIDAY, JUNE 22: Shortly after being born and while I was in recovery, Lucas was taken to the nursery and spent his first 6 hours there doing his little best to regulate his own temperature! By the time he was able to prove to the doctors and nurses that it was ok to come see mommy and daddy (around 6:30pm), our parents had left for the day and since they only got to see him through the nursery window, they were eager to come today to get their first real look, steal their first kiss, and hold our little man for the first time in their arms! We spent most of today entertaining visitors and taking about a million pictures of our little miracle

SATURDAY, JUNE 23: Last night we were told that although our discharge date was set for Sunday, that we could opt to leave Saturday if we wanted to and after thinking about it, Craig and I decided that we were truly in no rush to get home. We wanted to make sure we took advantage of the help and knowledge we could get from all the nurses, get the hang of pain control, we didn't want to rush any procedure or test that was pending, so we spent the day today asking all the questions we could think of, resting, we watched a movie and the soccer game and just really taking it ALL in...we both agreed that Sunday would come soon enough so we truly enjoyed some good quality only the 3-of-us time today :)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

This Is It!!!!

How far along am I? 39 weeks!!! Holly Molly!!! I don't think anyone expected me to make it this far! Today when I went to the doctor, Dr. Dattel even seemed a little surprised! she said she was ecstatic at how "easy" of a patient I was!...and looking in retrospect, I'm amazed also, although I feel like by seeing a doctor every 2-3 weeks throughout the whole pregnancy really helped!
Total weight gain? It is official!!!, I have gained a total of 30lbs (exactly) during my pregnancy and with only 2 days to go I don't expect to tip the scale anymore!!!
Sleep? It is completely overrated!!!...right?? on a less sarcastic note, I'm trying to get as much rest as I possibly can and I'm taking it as easy as possible during the day I promise! Unfortunately the back pain keeps me up at night and occasionally brings tears to my eyes. Also the frequent peeing is getting out of control! moving in general is getting pretty difficult  so needless to say trying to get out of bed multiple times a night is crazy!
How am I feeling? I'm feeling great!! as uncomfortable as I am and as ready as I feel, I just can't wipe the smile off my face long enough to complain (too much!!). I can't believe in less than 48 hours he will be here, in person, and I will be able to kiss his face and touch his little nose and look into his little eyes and fall in love over and over and over again!
Best moments this week? Putting together Craig's "Dad-To-Be Survival Kit" for his first Father's Day, watching his face light up when I gave it to him and almost being done with the nursery (only a couple of pictures still need to go on the wall and that's it!) 
Movement? Lucas loves kicking mommy's right lower ribs and pressing with significant force on mommy's sciatic nerve!! I also think because he has dropped, I feel his kicks lower and he is putting some pressure on my pelvis...ouch! 
Belly Button? No change, still flat and smooth!
Food cravings? Nothing really although plain M&Ms are always welcome :)
What am I looking forward to? Thursday June 21st at 10:30am!!!
Baby milestones? I think Lucas is ready!....or at least he will be in 2 days whether he is ready or not!!!! As for now, his brain keeps developing rapidly and he's getting smarter by the day, his nails extend past his tiny fingers and he is probably able to flex his limbs now

Sunday, June 17, 2012

First Father's Day

Not a dad just yet, but with only a few days to go before making it official, I decided to make Craig feel special today :) ...So for his first Father's Day, I went the creative route for his gift and made him a "Dad-To-Be Survival Kit".

SURVIVAL KIT: Eraser - To remind you that every new dad makes mistakes, Tissues - To dry the's mommy's and yours!, Rubber Band - To remind you that flexibility is key, Paper Clip - To help hold it ALL together, Puzzle Piece - To remind you that you're an important piece of this journey, Coins - To consider that every penny counts and we need to save!, Clock - To remind you that time passes by too quickly so enjoy every second, Hershey Kisses - To help replace the ones you'll give away, Beer & Aspirin - When everything else fails...take them together and take a nap!  

 ...he smiled as he read it and I think he really loved it!!!

...And then I surprised him with a Blue-Ray Special edition of "Act of Valor", a movie we have been wanting to see since the moment it came out in theaters but we never got the chance!!....all in all, it was a wonderful day :)