The Busy Giffs: May 2014

May 27, 2014

MopaShow 14

It is no secret that I love trade shows and when they are baby and family related, even better.
Denell at MoPa | Modern Parent Living invited me to attend this year's MoPa Show and I was thrilled!

It would be one of our first trips out of the house as a family of four (Little Man was only 11 days old!)

It was an adventure.
Hubs drove us to the wrong country club and when we got there (a full hour late!), we were able to get seats at one of the front tables. However, the angle was off and a had a newborn in my hands so taking my own pictures just didn't happen.
However, Denell gave me permission to borrow her gorgeous pictures from the MoPa Facebook page!
Look at how gorgeous this event was!

MoPa always puts on the best events for parents (you can see the Spring Fling event we attended last year here) and I can't wait to see what else Denell has up her sleeve!

May 23, 2014

A 30 by 30 Update!

Looks like it's time for another 30 by 30 update!
Because I need to cross off
2. Have baby #2.
8. Get my Masters degree.

I posted about Little Man joining our family here and I'm happy to say that last Friday I graduated from UMass Dartmouth with my Masters!
Giving birth only 9 days earlier kept me from going to the actual ceremony but I did it and that's what matters!

So, here's how the list looks right now:

1. Be an English Teacher (have my own classroom)
2. Have baby #2.
3. Buy a house.
4. Own a pair of Manolos.
5. See a show ON Broadway.
6. Run a 5k.
7. Weigh 150 lbs again.
8. Get my Masters degree.
9. Do a photography challenge for a month.
10. Pay for someone else in the drive through behind me.
11. Get my palm read/fortune told.
12. Go to a blogging conference.
13. Re-learn how to sew and make a blanket from Em's old clothes.
14. Own a car that's less than 5 years old.
15. Go for a weekend trip to Martha's Vineyard.
16. Adopt a family for Christmas.
17. Buy a bicycle. A regular old fashioned bicycle.
18. Go to Vegas for my 30th! (even if it's only for 1 night!)
19. Start (and keep) a vegetable garden.
20. Spend a day getting pampered.
21. Learn to crochet or knit.
22. Buy brand new furniture.
23. Have dinner out with my husband at Top of the Hub or go to Blue Man Group (he's never been!)
24. Wear a bikini to the beach... no cover up.
25. Bring Emmalee to see the Rockafeller Christmas Tree.
26. Do a boudoir photo shoot.
27. Go to a group fitness class.
28. Buy an original piece of art and frame it in our house.
29. Go on our first family vacation (must be out of state, can't be CT)

30. Make a list of 100 things that make me happy.

10 items down, 20 to go!

May 21, 2014

Disney On Ice: Frozen

It's no secret, I love Disney on Ice! The Princess and I went to 2 shows already this year!
And since she's an (almost) 3 year old girl, you can be sure she is obsessed with Frozen.
So I was THRILLED when I got an email for Frozen as part of Disney on Ice!

Here's the email:

Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond all imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! The heartwarming, Academy Award-winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into your town. You'll be magically whisked away into the wintery world of Arendelle, where you will be dazzled by amazing special effects and astonishing skating. Sing and dance along to inspiring songs, including "Let it Go." Join royal sisters Elsa and Anna, the hilarious snowman Olaf, Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven and the mystical trolls as they journey to discover that true love is ultimately the most magical power of all!

Hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, with special guest appearances by your most beloved Disney Princesses and characters from favorites like Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King, this unforgettable celebration of love and friendship will leave your family with memories to last a lifetime

CityShow DatesVenue
Orlando, FL9/5/14 - 9/7/14Amway Center  
Providence, RI9/10/14 - 9/14/14Dunkin' Donuts Center Providence
Richmond, VA9/18/14 - 9/21/14Richmond Coliseum 
Hampton, VA9/24/14 - 9/28/14Hampton Coliseum 
Nashville, TN10/2/14 - 10/5/14Bridgestone Arena 
Atlanta, GA10/8/14 - 10/12/14Philips Arena 
Hershey, PA10/15/14 - 10/19/14GIANT Center
Fairfax, VA10/22/14 - 10/26/14Patriot Center 
Baltimore, MD10/29/14 - 11/2/14Baltimore Arena
Uniondale, NY11/4/14 - 11/9/14Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 
Brooklyn, NY11/11/14 - 11/16/14Barclays Center
Newark, NJ11/19/14 - 11/23/14Prudential Center 
East Rutherford, NJ11/25/14 - 11/30/14IZOD Center
Greensboro, NC12/4/14 - 12/7/14Greensboro Coliseum 
Raleigh, NC12/10/14 - 12/14/14PNC Arena
Fayetteville, NC12/17/14 - 12/21/14Crown Coliseum
Philadelphia, PA12/25/14 - 1/4/15Wells Fargo Center 
Cleveland, OH1/9/15 - 1/19/15Quicken Loans Arena 
Rosemont, IL1/21/15 - 1/25/15Allstate Arena 
Chicago, IL1/28/15 - 2/8/15United Center 
Boston, MA2/13/15 - 2/22/15TD Garden
Dallas, TX3/25/15 - 3/29/15American Airlines Center
San Antonio, TX4/2/15 - 4/5/15Alomodome
Minneapolis, MN4/8/15 - 4/12/15Target Center
Houston, TX4/15/15 - 4/19/15Reliant Stadium
Hidalgo, TX4/22/15 - 4/27/15State Farm Arena
New Orleans, LA4/30/15 - 5/3/15Lakefront Arena
Baton Rouge, LA5/7/15 - 5/10/15Baton Rouge River Center 
Tampa, FL5/14/15 - 5/17/15Tampa Bay Times Forum
For more show information visit:

Use the code EARLY and buy your tickets now before they go on sale to the public June 3rd!

May 20, 2014

Baby Update: 2 Weeks

I can't believe little man has been around for two weeks already!

We had his two week check up today and he is a healthy 21" and 8 lbs 13 oz!
He was 8 lbs 6 oz at birth and when we went on Friday to have them cauterize his belly button, he was at 8 lbs 8 oz! Little man can grow! And yes, I'm taking full credit since he's on the "boobie milk" (according to the Princess) diet. He's a great eater, every 2-3 hours during the day and giving me a good 4-5 hour stretch at night!

Emmalee is just smitten with him and is constantly around him.  She cried going to daycare because she wanted to stay home and play with him!
She's so in love with him and we are too!

And now... the pictures!

May 8, 2014

He's here! Hello Baby Tyler!

It's 3:30 am and I need to get all these thoughts down before I forget it all.

Lets start with the fun news- Baby Tyler is here and we are a family of four!
It has been a whirlwind day but I wouldn't have changed it for the world.

Everything started with our failed version just over a week ago. He refused to flip so we scheduled a routine c section for Tuesday May 6th.
On the 5th, I took a half day at work and spent the afternoon running around doing all the last minute errands and chores. The hospital called to go over the whole procedure, give me the details on when it would actually happen and answer any of my questions. The poor nurse was on the phone with me for 45 minutes!

We were told to be at Tobey between 5:30 and 5:45, no later than 6, because I would be scheduled for 7:45.
My mom (who is the most amazing mom in the world) was at our house at 5 am (did I mention she has a 45 minute drive from her house to ours) to take over Emmalee duty. We knew we'd be gone before she woke up and mom was more than willing to do the morning routine bring her to preschool for us.

We left the house at 5:16, panic started to set in and I got very nervous. I've never had surgery beyond my wisdom teeth, I've never broken a bone, I was spoiled with my 3 hour, natural vaginal birth with Emmalee... I'm just a big baby.

After stopping to get Dave food (he didn't have to fast after midnight), we arrived at the ER to be admitted. The lady checking us in was going over my information and commented that her sons had gone to Old Colony but were my age so I wouldn't know them. Ends up David did!

A new nurse came down to bring us to the maternity ward. When we got to maternity, they brought us to one of the labor rooms, asked me to get prepped in the Jonny, etc and she apologized because they had just had two deliveries! We had hurried just to wait! :(
In my stupid, first time way, I sent Dave to ask if I had to be naked under the Jonny, I couldn't remember!

After that, there was a series of nurses. One took blood pressure and my temperature, one hooked me up to monitors, one stuck my IV in, one asked me a million questions about my family history... It was constant. The guy who did my bloodwork was awesome and really was the first person to make me laugh/set me at ease. My nurses were wonderful but he seemed like he could tell I was petrified and was a bit more in tune with me.

The doctor (same as delivered Emmalee) came in and we did a final check to make sure he was still breech. He of course was. We talked about the Bruins and then he apologized saying it would be a bit since they had just had two deliveries but to sit tight.

The anesthesiologist came in to discuss what he would do and when he walked in my room with a bandanna with a HUGE Bruins Stanley Cup logo from 2011 on it, I felt better. We talked about my fear of the spinal, and anesthesia in general since I don't always react well to it. We talked about the differences between dental anesthesia and a spinal and then said the best thing. "I don't suck at my job but we won't do anything until you feel comfortable and you know the spinal is working". I felt better after that.

Then we just had to wait. I figured it would be a long time with the other baby deliveries but 15 minutes later the nurses were asking me to stand and walk to the cesarean operating room. David had to stay in the room and get in his scrubs while they got me spinal set up. That was my closest moment of panic, I didn't want to be alone.

I walked into the c section room and it was exactly like the tv shows make it look. Windows on every wall, a single table in the middle of the room, trays upon trays of scissors, and that huge overhead "surgery light". The nurses helped me climb up to the table and straddle my legs over it then instructed me how to bend forward so the anesthesiologist could do the spinal. He was so wonderful, telling me what each feeling would be before it happened and before I knew it (tear free too!) he was telling me to get my legs up on the table before I couldn't feel them anymore. I only had one leg up and it had started to kick in. I couldn't move my left leg without the nurses help. As I laid back I went "wow, that was so much better than I expected" and he goes " Told you I don't suck at my job!"

The doctors came in and I kept asking my anesthesiologist where was David and when could he come in. He kept reassuring me that we needed to make sure the spinal had worked first and then Dave could be with me.
A minute later he asked if I had any pain or discomfort in my abdomen and I said no, so he responded by telling me they had 4 pairs of tweezers pulling my stomach and asked if I was okay to move forward. I was amazed at how little I could feel so I said yes and the anesthesiologist goes "good, you can have your husband now too!"

Dave came in, sat next to my head and watched the whole surgery. The doctor made the first cut at 7:48 and other than some pulling and tugging feelings, I barely noticed it. The anesthesiologist was on the other side of my head and says "I see feet. And there are two legs. And a belly, and an arm, and the other..." giving me the play by play. Getting Tylers head out was like squeezing a toothpaste tube, the doctor just laid across my stomach with his weight until he came out! At 8 am (on the dot), they announced we had a little boy!

I didn't hear crying so I started to panic until the anesthesiologist told me he just hadn't been "jumpstarted" yet. A second later I heard the cries. The nurse brought him around the curtain to say hello and whisked him to a warming tray to be cleaned. Within minutes he was in my arms, doing skin to skin.

The first thing I noticed were his blue eyes, just like his dad and the nose I saw almost 3 years earlier. Within a few minutes, he had found his thumb so the nurse said I could try nursing since he was already sucking. He latched right on!! I barely even noticed I was still being stitched up since I was so wrapped up in him nursing. At one point he was coughing up blood and I was so nervous, but they explained he just hadn't forces the fluid out of his lungs yet but he was and it was a good thing!

It took about a half hour to sew me back up and then they lifted me from the table to my bed and wheeled me into the room I had started in. They checked all my signs again, cleaned up my belly, brought Dave some breakfast, and after an hour, it was time to weigh him. Tyler was 8lbs 6 oz and 20" long. Not long after, they wheeled us into our post partum room where we've stay for the rest of our time here.

My mom and aunt were the first to get here. Emma was sad Mimi was leaving her at school but I was happy to have her with me. They left after a while. Mom was heading to Plymouth to get my sisters and then she would be back. We spent the afternoon with Nannie, Mom, Kristian and Abigial while Dave went to get Emmalee from school.

We had bought a baby doll for Emmalee to have (from baby Tyler) and she loved that she got a "hurprise". We got some really amazing pictures of the two of them reacting to each other for the first time but Emma was genuinely concerned about my IVs and kept climbing up on the bed go be near me.

Mom and the girls took Emmalee to dinner so we could relax a bit and Nannie left soon after. They got back and David and Emma went home for the night around 7 leaving me and Tyler.

He cluster nursed from 930-11 and fell asleep. Woke up at 1, nursed for 20 minutes. And now its 5 am he's still laying them super comfy!

He's so wonderful and content and I'm just so lucky he's mine.

May 3, 2014

Baby Update: 39 Weeks! (This is it!)

How far along? 39 weeks!
Symptoms: Let's talk about what I'm NOT dealing with-- no heartburn, no waddling (I think), and my back pain is gone since I was able to go to the chiropractor and get a FULL alignment! 
Total weight gain/loss: +13
Maternity clothes? Lots and lots. But I prefer to just wear comfy sweats and my husband's large shirts.
Sleep:  Still only waking up once a night and then really early. 
Best moment this week: It's been a good week! I went to my final Masters class (although I still need to finish the work), got the confirmation that I'm graduating in 2 weeks, had a wonderful chiropractors appointment and we made our first ever mortgage payment!
Movement: Not much, his head goes from under one rib to under the other, and all the kicks feel like his foot is going to come out my vagina (super cute, right). And yes, I said his head.. little man is still breech. Waaaah.
Food cravings:  Food. In general. I just want to eat. But then I take 4 bites and I'm full. So sad.
Gender: Boy!
Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks contractions and lower back pain but nothing of significance yet. Hoping it stays this way because I do NOT want to go into labor before my scheduled c section on Tuesday!
Belly Button in or out?  In. Still. Go me. Actually, that probably just means I'm fat, right?
What I miss: Feeling like I'm in control... I'm in the process of handing over my classroom to a sub, getting ready for a csection I had never planned on and I have so many unanswered questions.
What I am looking forward to: Holding this little boy! And our first (new) family photo. And getting this csecton over with!
Weekly Wisdom:  Everything will change. And that's not exactly a bad thing.
Milestones:  This is it. Just a few more days left. So scary.

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