Saturday, September 26, 2009

Dear Mom and Dad

Just wanted to tell you that I had one of the best moments of my life today and it wouldn't have been so significant if it were not for you two. Today Ben and I took Aidan and Savannah to The Big E. Walking through the gates and around the fair was definitely the most surreal thing I've ever experienced. I was instantly transported back to a hundred memories of us there as a family when I was a kid and let me tell you NOTHING has changed! We walked through the buildings of living infomercials and craft carts, took Aidan on a camel ride, fed animals at the petting zoo, went to the farm building and saw the chick hatchery and all the veggies that won awards this year, checked out the clydesdale horses, went to the Maine building for a baked potato (but the line was over 60 minutes long so we opted to go eat in the Sam Adams Tavern in the old village they have set up), we went to the Midway and rode some rides and I got all nostalgic over the machine gun game (the one you used to play Dad where you have to shoot out the red star on the paper), OH and I saw the 50 cent birthday game! (I took pictures I couldn't help myself.) Aidan had an absolute
blast and we can't wait to take them again next year, continuing my(our) own family tradition.

So I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for an amazing childhood memory that I get to share and pass down to my children.

I still can't believe I took MY KIDS to The Big E today. Wow.

Love Always,

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


The latest whirlwind of events

Savannah Rose is here!!! Born August 26, 2009 @ 2:56pm after 19 hours and 10 minutes of labor. She was 6lbs, 9oz of beautiful baby girl that had my love the second I laid eyes on her. Full head of brown hair and dark blue eyes, her little feet and hands were blue-ish for the first few hours but pinked up after that. I cried for the first week she was here, so happy to finally have the baby girl I always wanted, to be able to share that with the man of my dreams, and to finally be a complete family of four feels like a fairytale that I am not worthy of.

We politely requested that only grandparents, (and Megan of course) come to the hospital after her birth so that we could have a few private days to bond as a family before we brought her home. Everyone obliged respectively and we were able to have some really sincere, heartfelt moments alone with our new baby girl. I will treasure those moments forever. The nursing staff at Memorial was AMAZING I have all of their names and plan on doing something special for them soon.

Things I want to remember about my 19 hour labor;

Trisha the nurse from heaven moved us to the large private labor room the second her shift started, this is the same nurse that we had the Saturday before when we were in "early stage labor" and sent home.

I nearly passed out when my water broke, I had some kind of physiological reaction and literally lost my blood pressure for a few minutes. Very scary and the worst part of the entire thing.

Contractions started at 7:46pm on Tuesday the 25th. Ben kept track while he played video games until 1am.

Mum and Dad Norman were there most of the night and morning, being very supportive and trying to keep my spirits up as much as possible. I had a few moments of snapping at Mum, but I apologized the next day of course.

My midwife Michelle Palmer from East Bay was able to make it!! This was one of the best things I can say, she stuck to her word and even though she wasn't on call, she was there for me.

My husband, never left my side. Never, and actually refused food since I couldn't eat either. (we were able to talk him into eating something but the gesture was breathtakingly romantic in my 14th hour of labor.)

All in all we are adjusting nicely. Aidan is in big brother mode full swing and she is like clockwork with her sleep and feeding schedule. I barely have to look at a clock when she wakes up I already know what time it is. :)