Sunday, February 17, 2013

Wrapping Up a Love Filled Week

hope everyone enjoyed their valentine's celebration. we had a fun night and a great weekend with family and friends. another cold snowy night for us here in new england so we will continue this love fest cuddling on the couch.  
ipad photo booth. o'yeah.
mini photo shoot waiting for papa
love him in hearts (spit-up and all)
busy kitchen 
heart calzones with cheese and turkey pepperoni 
he slept through dinner. that never happens! 
whole foods eclairs :) yum
more loves spending the weekend
love love love them

xo, beth-ann

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Kingston's Month One in Photos

this is a long one. i have been a little snap happy...sorry.
1. long two days - the night you were born
2. under the bili lights - your amazing papa rocked that pram for hours into the night. he would never let the nurses take you to the nursery. he was determine to sooth you.
3. o'my! - who thought it was a good idea to have a baby (just kidding). mommy and daddy become expert swaddlers quickly after this
4. sleep - we put each other to sleep often
5. your daddy - papa was the first to hold you and you think he is pretty awesome
6. daddy's arms - you look so small there
7. not quite as orange
8. are you breathing? - this is a question i will constantly ask 
9. wool booties - a life saver (warm feet = happy baby)
10. finally going home - baci and voo found you this tiny hat in spain 
11. that face
12. those toes - so long 
13. do we really have to bring you home? - kidding, kidding
14. welcome home :)
15. good morning 
16. <3
17. baby bliss
18. dora - reminding me she was my first baby
19. underdog - after looking at you for a few days he finally moved in for a cuddle
20. and stayed for a while

21. <3 U right back
22. daddy loves nap time
23. first bottle
24. winter walks
25. more winter walks
26. that loving stare again
27. <3 them
28. worm - you move a lot
29. dimples 
30. and your temper - its is more like yelling than crying
31. one month
xo, beth-ann

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Sweetheart Gift Guide

when i was younger i was never a big fan of valentines day. i thought it was too commercial and a ploy for the greeting card companies to make money. this may still be true. however, as i have gotten older and the post holiday winter blues kick in, valentines day became a fun celebration of love and longer warmer days ahead for us northerners. the past few years keith and i get a little festive by sharing small gifts (sometimes we make them) and making dinner together with candle light and a romantic mix playing. below are my february picks for the cook in my life and my newest little love. how do you celebrate with the sweethearts in your life?

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo, beth-ann

Saturday, February 2, 2013

My Top 5 Delivery/Recovery Room Must Haves

when i started to plan what i would be bringing for my delivery and recovery stay in the hospital a few things came to me right away. for example, a delivery mix tape was on the top of my list. since i was not thrilled with the idea of birthing in the hospital i wanted to make my time there as homey as possible. i am thankful i had these five items.  having a few things from home really helped, especially since we ended up having to staying for six nights.

1. music
this is a sample of the long playlist keith made for me. having some of my favorite music that we listen to on sunday morning while making breakfast really was nice. we put the 114 songs on low and let it play. even the staff mentioned how much they liked coming into our room.  

2. pillows
i packed two of our coziest most colorful pillows. the hospital pillows are small and the pillow cases are stiff. we were quite happy to have our own orange paisley pillows for napping. and they added some much needed color to the room.

3. robe
a pretty robe can help you feel human again. not an old ratty terry cloth one. a pretty one. i figured no matter what i was dressed in, my own pjs or a hospital gown, i could wear my robe over it and i would  feel a little like myself. 

4. focal point
i never thought to bring a focal point until the women who gave us our hospital tour mentioned it. she said to bring something that makes you happy. the idea grew on me and last minute i packed a framed picture of keith and i pregnant that we had in the house. i figured it would remind me of the wonderful end product, a baby. if i would have known we would be there so long i would have also packed one of the pups. i missed them so much. 

5. lamp
finally, and i know this seems a little extreme but, we brought our own lamp. i hate florescent lighting.  having a small reading lamp gave the room a warm glow adding comfort at night. 

i hope this lists helps you plan for your birthing experience or any stay away from home that may need a little cozying up. 

xo, beth-ann