Just the 3 of us ... For Now

Monday, July 21, 2014

Things are setting in.  Stuff is starting to feel real.  The fact that it won't be just the 3 of us anymore is something I'm finally grasping.

Last Saturday our little family went to dinner at Cossettas (which if you live in Mpls/St. Paul, you know it's the best Italian place, like ever.)  We ate outside upstairs because the weather couldn't be more perfect.  Vinny loved watching the cars drive by down below and pointed out ever motorcycle and pedal pub that went by.  I overindulged in pasta and salad and, of course, we all topped our scrumptious dinner off with gelato as true Italians would.  We took our time walking back to our car (and by that I mean C&V walked slower for my 9 month pregnant self) and in that moment I realized this was our last dinner out together as a family of three.  This was it.  The next time we venture out for anything whether it be dinner, shopping or running errands there will be 4 of us.  Four.  Another member to our family. 

I can't wrap my head around the fact that on Friday we'll have another son or will be welcoming a daughter.  Although with the hospital bag 80% packed, the pack n' play out and assembled in the living room, the nursery finished, the diapers loaded at the changing table and the newborn car seat already loaded in my truck, it feels like Friday is months away still. 

The next few days are going to fly by so I'm positive Thursday night will be a reality check prior to falling asleep.  Tomorrow is Vinny and mama day.  Weather permitting we'll enjoy the day at the splash pad and top it off with lunch together.  I want to get in one last day of just Vinny and I before this baby comes.  I owe it to Vinny, and myself.  It's going to be bittersweet that's for certain.  Wednesday C's parents are flying in - I can't wait.  I'm so thankful to have such awesome in-laws.  They will be staying and helping out with baby #2 for the first few weeks.  Thursday Chris has taken the day off work so all of us can get any last minute things done.  My mother in law and I will be indulging in mani/pedis.  I can't wait to get my sausage feet and hands rubbed and massaged.  Once that's complete, I'll feel 100% ready.  I think.  I hope.  Then, Friday, at 5:00 a.m. we will be arriving at the hospital to get this show on the road. 

Until then, I'm soaking up my time with my little family of three. 


New Job Title: SAHM

Friday, July 18, 2014

Last Friday was my last day in my cubical, in the corporate world, under florescent lights with no window, doing a job that I hated.  I quit my job and walked out with no regrets. 

I came home and celebrated my last day with Vinny.  Over ice cream, of course.


This decision did not come easy and was discussed time and time again in our house.  With 2 kids attending daycare, the cost that entails along with the time not spent with them did not outweigh my biweekly paycheck.  Life is short.  Our babies are only babies for so long.  These are the best days of our lives and I don't want to miss a beat being stuck in an office, doing a job that I don't love.  So after some number crunching and some serious thought and consideration Chris & I decided that I will stay home.

I'm ecstatic and am in love with this decision.  Being home with my babies also means that I can focus and pursue my photography more.  It's what I truly love to do and I'm hoping this opportunity allows me to further that career.  It's been my dream for years to be able to stay home while pursuing photography and now it's all coming true.  I couldn't be happier.  Life is good.

Altho I know staying home with 2 kids is going to have it's challenges, I'm completely ready to face them.  There are days where it's going to be hard.  But the days making memories with my kids far outweigh those tough days.  There's nowhere I'd rather be than home.

Weeks 31 - 38

Hello blog!  I've abandoned you, once again.  Instagram has really killed this blog.  It's so much easier to document/post life events there than to actually compose a blog post these days.  So, if anyone even reads this blog anymore, feel free to follow along on Instagram :: court5

So since I'm sooooo overdue on posting my weekly belly pics, I'm dumping weeks 31-38 all in one post. Ready, GO.











Today marks week 38.  This time next week we will be in the hospital snuggling our newest member to the Naselli family!  I'm so anxious to find out if that will be a little miss or little mister.  I have my prediction, and it's so fun to hear what everyone else thinks along with their reasoning.  I'm 100% happy with either gender.  I don't play favorites.  Another boy would bring me so much joy as I know what to expect with a boy, have so many cute clothes to reuse, and would melt over having a brother for Vinny to play trucks and legos with.  And a girl would also be fantastic.  Although I am nervous to have a girl, being that I'm not a girly girl, don't love the color pink and have no idea what I'm in for with a girl.  The thought of having one of each appeals to me and I do have a few headbands that I purchased .. just in case .. that I'm crazy about.  Either way, my heart will be full and I'm excited to see what God has dealt us.  I pray for health, and that's all. 

30 Weeks

Wednesday, May 28, 2014




How far along?  30 weeks

Maternity clothes?
  Oh yes.  We are definitely good friends at this point.


Stretch marks?
  None - which makes me so happy and thankful. Hopefully I'll escape another pregnancy with none.


Sleep: 
It's not the greatest.  Between not getting comfy, staying up way too late editing, and not being able to sleep due to my mind never shutting off, I have huge bags under my eyes daily.


Best moment this week:
 
Again, so late on this.  So I'm answering in the now.  Best moment would be Monday afternoon.  After a lot of hard work between C&I we finished Vinny's DIY headboard for his big boy bed.  It looks so awesome - which is a separate post all together.

Miss Anything? 
My toes. 


Movement:
  Always - I love it.


Food cravings:
  I'm on the trail mix kick again.  I can't explain it.  And ice.  I love crunching ice, which I know is horrible for your teeth.  I was addicted to doing it while pregnant with Vinny also.


Anything making you queasy or sick:
  Nope!


Gender:
I'm going to say girl until the date he/she arrives given that this pregnancy has been so different.

 
Labor Signs:
  No.


Belly Button in or out?
  Out!


Wedding rings on or off?
  Off. 


Happy or Moody most of the time: 
Why isn't emotional wreck an option?


Looking forward to: 
Friday because it's mani/pedi day. 

29 Weeks

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Late posting this, again.  It's beginning to be the story of my life these days.



How far along?  29 weeks

Maternity clothes?
  Of course.  I dare not to even try to squeeze in normal clothes (pants mostly) at this point.


Stretch marks?
  None - which makes me so happy and thankful.


Sleep: 
Sleeping good still until about 1:30/2:00 a.m.  Then it's toss and turn central for me.  A lot of facebook stalking happens at that point.


Best moment this week:
 
Since I'm answering in the now I'm going to have to say our maternity photo shoot with my good friend, Natalie.  It's always a good time when she photographs us. Vinny sported a bow tie and he was the handsomest thing on this planet.  I'm dying to see our pics.

Miss Anything? 
Sleep right now.


Movement:
  Always - I love it.


Food cravings:
  Chocolate milk this week. 


Anything making you queasy or sick:
  Nope!


Gender:
Still thinking girl.  I purchased a few headbands on Etsy last week to bring to the hospital - just in case we are dealt a girl.  Surprisingly, holding those tiny little headbands kinda makes me hope for a girl this time around. 

 
Labor Signs:
  No.


Belly Button in or out?
  Out!


Wedding rings on or off?
  Off.  Off.  So, so off.  I did something really dumb.  Since we were having our maternity photo shoot I wanted to wear my rings for the photos.  Can't blame a girl, right?  Granted, they have been off for a few weeks due to my swollen fingers/hands.  But, I managed to get them on easily enough and proceeded to our shoot.  That night there was no budging them off.  Sunday I tried everything - soap, lotion, Vaseline, Windex, preparation H, oil.  Nothing worked.  My fingers just seemed to grow and grow every time I tried something new.  By Monday my rings were so tight and wedged on that I couldn't even twist them.  They started cutting into my skin causing me to  bleed.  Sadly, I had to go to our jeweler and get them cut off.  I'm devastated.  I cried when they were cut.  I could still cry thinking of it.  But on the flip side I don't need my finger amputated and my rings can (and will) be fixed once baby no. 2 gets here and my swelling subsides. But, regardless, it's something nobody wants to have happen. 


Happy or Moody most of the time: 
I'm a mixed bag at this point.


Looking forward to: 
Memorial Day weekend, of course!  I can't wait to spend it with my little family.

28 Weeks

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Oh man, I'm slacking.  I'm just about 29 weeks and I'm writing my 28 week post.  Well, better late than never, right?



How far along?  28 weeks

Maternity clothes?
  Yep, and loving it.  Comfort trumps fashion these days.


Stretch marks?
  None!


Sleep: 
I may have jinxed myself saying I'm sleeping like a rock in my last post.  The past few nights insomnia has set in, which of course leads to Esty purchases at 3:00 a.m.  Hopefully the insomnia ends soon or my checking account is going to suffer dramatically. 


Best moment this week:
  Since this post is late, again, I'm answering in the now.  I would definitely have to say Mother's Day.  It was such a nice and relaxing day spent with my boys.  They gifted me a new camera to boot! 


Miss Anything? 
Oh ya know, being skinny.


Movement:
  So much-all the time! 


Food cravings:
  This week it's been trail mix.  Random, I know.


Anything making you queasy or sick:
  Nope!


Gender:
I think I'm officially going to say girl.  Yep, that's what I'm going with.  Things this time around have been much different than my last pregnancy.   

 
Labor Signs:
  No.


Belly Button in or out?
  Out!


Wedding rings on or off?
  Off. 


Happy or Moody most of the time: 
I'm still on cloud 9 from receiving my new camera!  I've been lusting over it for over a year.


Looking forward to: 
My doctor appointment this Friday.  Hearing the heartbeat every time is so reassuring.

27 Weeks

Friday, May 2, 2014



How far along?  27 weeks

Maternity clothes?
  Of course.  Thankfully all of my maternity clothes I had with Vinny fits right into the same season this time around. 


Stretch marks?
  Surprisingly - not one!


Sleep: 
I'm sleeping like a rock lately.  So much to the fact that I woke myself up a few times snoring! 


Best moment this week:
  Leaving work on Wednesday.  It meant I was officially on vacation until May 6th.  Words can't even express how much relief I felt walking out of the elevator.  See ya day job!


Miss Anything? 
I'm off to AZ for my annual girls trip so naturally I'm going to miss C&V so much. 


Movement:
  So much.  It's so reassuring to know we have an active baby in there!


Food cravings:
  Milk, golden oreos and more milk.  Seriously, let's buy a cow already.


Anything making you queasy or sick:
  Nope!


Gender:
  I have no idea.  It's killing me a little not to buy some gender specific clothes, that's for sure.


Labor Signs:
  No.


Belly Button in or out?
  POP - it's out.


Wedding rings on or off?
  Off. 


Happy or Moody most of the time: 
Happy but I definitely had my bouts of crying spurts.  My emotions are definitely getting the best of me lately.  Thank you hormones. 


Looking forward to: 
My girls trip to AZ, seeing the sun, laying in the pool and catching up on some sleep!
 

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