Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Your Baby Song

When I was a little girl my mom would always tell me that I had  song. Whenever the song "Best That You Can Do" would come on the radio she would tell me it reminded her of the summer after I was born. The song was the theme to the movie Arthur, it was pretty popular and it played all the time.  She would tell me about the time I was 3 months old she flew with me to Florida to meet my great grandmother.  She heard the song every where but specifically in the airport before take off. 

Anyone remember this classic 80's song?

Now that I'm a mom I realized I have a song for my little boy. It's a coincidence that it just happens to be a song from a popular movie  and we hear it all the time too. Each time I hear it I think of my little boy and how happy he makes me. I've caught myself shouting "Jack, our song is on" while he sleeps in the back seat. When we are at home and hear it we stop whatever we are doing for a dance party. It's just funny that the title of the song is "Happy"

Does any one else have a song their parent has for them?

Do you have a song for your child?

I'd love to hear them!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

2 Years...

Two years ago on a beautiful Sunday afternoon we both walked down the aisle, vowed to always love one another and became husband and wife. 

These are some of my favorite memories from that day. There were so many great parts of April 29, 2012 but nothing comes close to the day that we shared on January 5, 2014 when we gave birth to the most perfect little boy. 

Wedding Part 1- HERE

Wedding Part 2- HERE

Bridal Party- HERE

Our Ceremony- HERE

My Wedding Gown- HERE

Honoring Our loved Ones- HERE

Wedding on a Budget- HERE 

Wedding Decor- HERE

Wedding Bathroom Baskets- HERE

Wedding Ceremony Music- HERE

Wedding Invitations- HERE

Friday, April 25, 2014

Happies and Crappies

Well I certainly haven't done one of these in a very long time. 


- I won tickets to a Yankee game thanks to signing up for the Cystic Fibrosis Walk. I got 4 tickets for a Yankees v Red Sox game in June. We are going with my best friend and her husband. I'm looking forward to a night out with great friends. Plus, you can't go wrong with baseball, beer and garlic fries. 

- I am honestly a happy mom. Jack really lights up my life. Even late at night and early in the morning I always have a smile on my face. 

- I'm finally getting used to my hair cut. I think. 

- Our anniversary is on Tuesday. I can't believe it's been 2 years already. Last year around this time while on an anniversary trip I started feeling funny and just a few days after we found out we were going to be parents. 


- We ditched cable a few weeks back. It been a bit on a downer because I'm missing all of my Yankee and Ranger games. 

- Cutting down a work day each week has taken a real toll on our wallets. We have not been spending much and that kinda stinks but the extra day off to spend time with Jack and take him to the doctor has really paid off . 

- Losing weight has been difficult. I'd like to go to zumba class but I'm afraid it will negatively effect  my breast milk supply. I'm also worried I will I'd be so behind in case. I have forgotten 

The Vintage Modern Wife: Happies and Crappies Link Up

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

How Do You Reward Yourself?

As a new mom I'm trying my hardest to find a balance between being the best mom I can be, being a good wife and being a good employee with out losing myself along the way. I am not ashamed to admit I have found it difficult treating myself well. Only going back to work for 4 days has also made an impact on our wallets so spending any unnecessary money has been outlawed around here. Before baby I would think nothing of rewarding myself with a trip to the mall and spending lots of cash on a outfits, shoes and accessories.

Since I haven't treated myself to much since January I decided it was about time to do something for me; really pamper myself. This past weekend I decided to reward myself with a new haircut. Not only did I get a cut and color but I left Jack with my mom for the day and treated myself a Starbucks.  I went all out cutting 7 inches off! I also went several shades lighter and added a few highlights.

The verdict is still out on whether on not I like it. I think it's just a shocking. I love my stylist but she overbooked herself and completely forgot about me under the dryer. My highlights were platinum blonde and I needed her to re dye my hair a bit darker. I think I need to get used to it but its a fun cut and it will be perfect for the summer.  

I was nice to spend some time on me. I can't deny I thought of Jack most of the time I was away from him. I was lucky enough to sit near a mom of a 3 year old who was also treating herself to a new cut and color. We talked about our little boys and how much we loved being mommies. We also spent time talking about the importance of treating ourselves to something that make us feel good. It isn't often that we find time to be kind to ourselves.

As a new mom with extra weight, and clothes that don't fit I find it easier to beat myself up rather than be kind. This past Saturday was about me.  It was my reward for doing a good job being a mommy and wife.

So tell me how do you reward yourself?

Do you indulge on a new outfit, a manicure, a date night?

I'm participating in the "Give Yourself a Raise Campaign" hosted by Raise a new online marketplace to buy and sell gift cards. The reason for the campaign is to focus on the importance of rewarding yourself for all the hard work you do put into everyday. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Baby's 1st Easter

Has everyone recovered from their Easter hangover? We are getting there! Our Easter Sunday was lovely. I hope all of you enjoyed as much as we did. I must admit most things are more fun when you add kids (and puppies in my opinion) This weekend was no exception. 

We started our Easter bright and early. I can't say 5 am was really all that bright though. It was still pretty dark. No egg hunt this year for us but there was a little basket left by the Bunny himself. This year the bunny was very practical. Considering Jack wants for nothing this mommy tried to get things he could use. 

Inside Jack's basket you will find: 
Babyganics bug spray and sunscreen- $12
Easter bib- $4
Sassy Guitar music toy- $4 (clearance)
3 Pacifier Clips- $5 each
Baby To Go Wipes- $2
Brown Bear Brown Bear Book- $6.50
The Crown on Your Head Book- $7
Fisher Price Monkey Book- $1

Although I went practical I still spent over $50

Happy boy with his Easter goodies. 

After opening our goodies we surprised my in laws with a quick trip to their house. We had originally  told them we wouldn't be able to spend the day with both families. They were thrilled. My mother in law even cried she was so excited. 

What Jack Wore:
Shirt and Dockers- Carters
Hat- Old Navy
Shoes- Hand me down from his cousins 

After we stopped at my in laws we met up with my family and enjoyed a very relaxing holiday.  

Outfit change- 
Onsie- Target
Hat- Made by Grandma

We ended the night with a sleep over at my parents. Grandma and Poppy spoiled Jack with baskets (yes hat would be 3) full of goodies. They filled his baskets with formula, rice cereal, diapers, bubbles, dvds, teethers, bubbles, sand pail and shovel. He is a spoiled little boy! 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Post Baby Wardrobe

Now that I'm back to work I really can't justify leggings or yoga pants like I could when I was home for the last 3 months.  Getting dressed in the mornings has not been easy or fun lately. I can't fit into anything and it downright sucks.  I literally have a handful of items that fit over my mega hips and my NatGeo boobs. I'm really trying hard to dress myself up but its not an easy task. When all that fits are a few black t shirts (short sleeve, long sleeve and 3/4 length), 3 jeans (2 ankle and 1 bootcut) and a few open front sweaters none of which button up. I tend to stick to dark colors and with the spring coming I can't bare to wear all these dark colors. The only thing I have done to brighten up my wardrobe is add scarves to every dull outfit. My very full, slightly overloaded and colorful closet needs some attention.

I want more than anything to diet and work out hard core but I'm so afraid it will effect my milk production. I was hoping that the constant pumping would help me drop the pounds but it has not been easy.

For now I'll just fantasize about adorable outfits like these.

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Nude & Mint

romantic casual


Spring by lagu featuring studded flat shoes

Spring Mint & Coral


Gold & Orange

With all that being said my Jack is worth each and every extra pound. I'd rather have him in my arms any day than any fancy outfit! 

Any advice from mommy land on how to how to lose the pounds with out depleting your milk supply or how to dress up a very boring and dark wardrobe?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Oh hey,

What have you all been up to? I've been a bad blogger and blog reader. I've been trying to be a good momma and attempting to get a good system in order now I'm back to work. It's been a little difficult but we are trying.

So a little catching up...

- I'm back to work and it's been ok. I swear I have lost every password and can't remember much else. My boss and coworkers were wonderful while I was away.

- The weather was finally nice this past weekend. We took full advantage. We had a nice long walk with our friends.

- My little man has finally, after 3+ months has decided to nurse. We had a horrible time with breast feeding. After a while I gave up. I couldn't take the screaming or the discomfort any longer so went to  pumping. He amazed me the other day when I was pumping and he began fussing. I took a chance and he did wonderful. I hope it keeps up but I'm hurting.

- I have created a team in honor of my little Jack for a Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides walk. We already have 13 members and hoping for more. We are raising money too. I very rarely ask things but if you have any interest in supporting our team, Super Jack we would appreciate it greatly. Click HERE to see our team page.

- We finally got Jack into his Bumbo. He seems to like it. I can't believe this little boy is getting so big already.

- Mommy is finally going to take care of herself. I'm getting my hair done this weekend. I think I want a nice change. I need something different. I haven't gotten my hair done since October! Ridiculous right?!?!?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Baby Jack - 3 Months (Already!?!?)

I can't believe Jack is already 3 months old. Jack changes everyday. I can't believe I lived so long with out him in my life. He makes everyday better. He makes everyday happier. He is the light of my life.

Weight and Height- 
At Jack's last appointment he weighed 11 pounds 13 ounces.  I'm sure he is more now. We have increased his food intake to 5 ounces every 2-3 hours.  I have noticed he has started to slow down and he's not sucking them down like he did the last few weeks. His doctors, especially his nutritionist was thrilled he has gained so well! Jack is also 22.75 inches long!

Jack continues to go back to his group of specialists. They are wonderful. We are lucky to have such an excellent children's hospital so close! We continue his nebulizer and percussion therapies 21 times a day. Jack seems to be handling it better which means so am I.  When he would scream through them I would have a break down each time. It's a much calmer routine these days. We are all feeling grateful and relieved! He has a slight cold. He started coughing a few weeks back and it scared me to death. With his CF we have to be extra careful. We rushed him to his pulmonologist who checked his lungs. Thankfully they were clear and he is slightly congested. 

Jack is a great sleeper. He always has been. We have to wake him up every 4 hours He isn't pleased and usually falls asleep through his feeding so I have to tickle his toes to keep him awake. 

Jack barely cries. The occasional air bubble or treatment make him cry out but that is it! He is such a happy little boy. He doesn't even cry when he wakes up in the morning! Most mornings he's shaking his legs and smiling away! 

I swear it changes every day. His eyebrows and hair have a hint of strawberry blonde. It almost looks red but not really, if that makes sense. He definitely isn't the dark Italian baby like his daddy. 

Blue, blue, blue! 

Jack is wearing 3 months. He still fits in most 0-3 as well. My sister in law just sent over 2 more storage bags FULL of clothes! His little drawers are full. Plus his mommy has a Carter's addition. I can't keep my hands off little rompers for the summer!!! 

Breast milk and I've had to supplement with some formula. I hate that but I'm just not pumping enough for him.  I'm taking Fenugreek and drinking Mother's Milk tea in hopes of increasing. Jack's nutritionist is glad I've started to supplement. I actually pump more now that the stress is off. It's been tough going back to work but I've been strict about locking myself in my office to pump every 2 hours. I get a ton of work done during that time too. No interruptions! 

We have one down. Most days start at 4am. We begin with a bottle, wait an hour and do his treatment. He usually falls asleep after his 8am bottle and again in the late afternoon. 

He is so incredibly happy and friendly. Jack reacts to me so very well! Every time I speak to him he smiles. He has become more trusting of me, his dad and his grandparents. He goes to anyone and enjoys being held by every one. 

Bath time although he has been pushing himself into the deeper part of the bath. He loves being almost completely submerged! 
Music- We all love the Frozen station on I tunes Radio. He still like when I sing to him. 
Family- He loves his grandmas and grandpas. He spends each day with older cousins, 1 and 4 years old. 
Bouncy seat- We got everything plus more at our shower but this little guy loves this $3 find from a yard sale. We burn out batteries like nobody's business. 

Getting his boogers sucked out. 

I'm getting back to work and it's tough. I think I'm getting there. I'm surprised at how much better I'm doing this week. I hate being away from my little man but I like the routine of getting out of the house. Showers each day are a good thing! I'm so used to less than 5 hours of sleep I'm feeling good. I'm hoping getting back to work will help mr loss some weight. Sitting on the couch for 3 months only made things harder. 

Jack holds his head up so well. He focuses really well on items and familiar voices. He even giggled for the first time the other night. He was out cold but it was awesome. His eyes are so bright and inquisitive I can't imagine all the great things he is learning and processing. 

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