Beautiful days

I don’t think I mentioned it yet, but Nana and Granddad are here!! They arrived safely about 2 weeks ago and have been a great help since stepping foot in the US. Will is over the moon to spend time with them and show them all his tricks. Some days, I don’t even get a “hello” when I get home from work because now it’s all about Nana and Granddad – Mommy and Daddy only come into play when he’s in one of his “moods”. Anywho, it’s been great – we’ve done some fun things and have had a lot of time to just spend good, quality time together. I will elaborate more in future posts (with more pics, of course!) but for now, it’s on to this past weekend.

Yesterday morning I was told (in mid-conversation, mind you) how pretty I look when I’m pregnant and that pregnancy looks really good on me! The woman (who I work with) that told me this then went on to say that my face just looks lovely and I look so happy. She also said that she thinks of me as a “beautiful baby-making machine” (she tells me often how beautiful she thinks William is – hence the “beautiful baby-making machine” comment). She said I should make sure to take pictures of myself now so I have them. How nice!? I wanted to hug her! I should have hugged her! Especially considering that this particular morning I took the bold (read: not-so-smart) step of weighing myself before getting in the shower and realized I put on 6 lbs. in the last week…Eek! Needless to say, I have been feeling “large and in-charge” since then…So hearing this really made my day – couple that with fall-like weather (again!) and I was one happy mama!! I kept saying all day “it’s going to be a beautiful day!!”

And speaking of beautiful, we had a beautiful weekend with Pete and Kath and I got some great shots. I’m only uploading the ones from my phone since the ones on my SLR are, well, still on my SLR, but fear not! they will come off – as yesterday was also the day that I started my online photography class! Wahoo! Yesterday really was a beautiful day!

Be prepared to gaze over some much-more-professional-looking pictures in the weeks to come as I complete my (much-needed & super-anticipated) Flying Photo School course.

Saturday we took Nana and Granddad to the Phillies game, but before we hit the game, we met some friends in the city for lunch. There is no other way to describe the chaos that ensues when trying to have lunch in a public place with a rambunctious toddler other than as a complete debacle. I think we must have passed that child back and forth (over and under the table) 100 times – easily.

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Games with Uncle Steve (anything to keep this child entertained!).lunchcollage2

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Because this child was in desperate need of a N-A-P by the time we got to the game, Nick and I spent the first hour or so doing laps around the stadium (with a very upset screaming child) until he finally conked out. Success!

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He was in a much better mood after his nap and enjoyed Daddy telling him all about what was going on during the game.rainbow-1

After the game. Can you see the rainbow??

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Games with Nana on the way to the car (you can still see the rainbow!)

Here we are at Nick’s soccer tournament on Sunday.

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windyIt was so windy!

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The clouds were amazing!kathcollageEven Nana was impressed with the clouds.

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Picking daisies.

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Finally, there’s “Dadddddddy!”

We have a fence!

By the grace of the fence gods (and lots and lots of praying), we finally have a fenced-in yard for the Little Man to run around in! It was literally the hottest day of the week (month, year, century?! Weather.com actually said it was 100 degrees with a heat index of 113 degrees!) and our trusty fence experts still arrived on time and did fast, quality work – taking only 3 hours to get the whole job done! Granted, our yard is like the size of the average American’s living room, but still…Anyway, isn’t she purdddy??

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Back gate by garage.back gate-1

And look! They even left me some space to get to the back of my garden!gate - behind garden-1We are so happy with it and have been enjoying being able to be “owwwsssiiiiiide”, as William says, without having to hover over him every second hoping he doesn’t get loose! It’s been grand!

I will have to do a big, long update on the demolition and renovation of the backyard at some point to show it from start to finish. I think it looks awesome and is so much more functioning, for our purposes and needs, than it was before. Today is not the day I will doing that update though. I have pictures on my big camera, Nick’s iPhone, my iPhone, the Macbook and my work computer – just getting all the pictures together in the same place is going to be a big enough feat for me at this point!

Decorating Decisions

So over the past few months, I actually have made some progress (due, largely in part, to my mom – the forever-decorating-goddess) with Will’s new room and have had some thoughts about changes I’m making to the existing nursery, which Will is still in, and will be staying in until whoknowswhen. Anyway, for Will’s new room (our old spare room – read: clutter gatherer), we made progress by cleaning it out and getting the border off the wall. We also picked out, ordered and have received his new bedroom set, well 75% of it at least.

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Bed & chest of drawers are both from Pottery Barn Kids – Catalina Cottage Collection.

Bedding is also from Pottery Barn Kids – Patrick Quilted Bedding Collection.

We picked a pretty blue color to paint the walls – similar to the light blue in the comforter – it’s by Valspar but I’m not entirely sure of the color – when I get home, I will find it and update this post.

I’m also thinking of adding one of these to his room, which currently has a funky turquoise-y/green carpet (same one that’s in the nursery), to break it up and add some “fun” to the floor:

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The top rug and bottom two play mats are from IKEA.

As far as what other accessories are going in his room, I’m kind of unsure. My mom wants to get him the desk that goes with his bedroom set and then he just needs some fun stuff in there – like some hooks to hang his jackets on and maybe some kind of storage apparatus for toys/books/gadgets. Oh and I forgot to mention, I want to do Roman shades instead of curtains. Shopping for curtains for the nursery last time was pain staking and I don’t look forward to doing it again, so for now, the shades will do.

I will probably do something like  this – but maybe in a more fun color, depending on how I’m feeling:

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As for stuff on the walls, I have a few things from his nursery that I will transfer over to his big boy room, but I haven’t gotten to the point where I’ve actually looked for things for his room. But, being that I already have the car/truck theme in his bedding, it shouldn’t be that hard.

And the nursery. I’m making a few updates. Since we didn’t find out what we’re having this time either, it’s staying neutral, but I am getting rid of the over-sized, kinda junky dresser we currently have (which also doubled as my changing station, but ended up being too high for me, so I relegated changing to the floor on the pad…{Mother-of-the-Year, I know}) and replacing it with either a changing table, which can be used as shelves after the baby is bigger, and a smaller dresser, or perhaps just a nicer, smaller dresser that can still be used as a changing table too.

Here are the ones I found so far that I like and that are in my budget:

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dresserBoth are from IKEA.

I will post pics as I get things in place and it all starts to look nice and lovely!

Cheese!

One of my favorite things that Will has learned to do is say “cheese”. With a big ol’ cheesy smile on his face, he blurts it out and poses for pictures. PTL! I feel like it has taken all of the last 18.5 months to get this child to cooperate for “cute” pictures – and we are finally there. Who knew that all it took was telling him to say “CHEESE!!!”

He makes my whole heart and soul smile. God, I love this kid.

My little cheeser.

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Baby Naming – ugh.

And so it begins. Well, actually, it began about 0.09 seconds after the two, bright blue lines showed up on a certain test in late February: The Baby Naming Dilemma. I am 19.8 weeks pregnant and don’t have a clue what we’ll call this child when we meet him/her in, what I’m sure will be, a short 20 weeks.

Wait, scratch that. I know exactly what we’ll be calling Baby if she’s a she. However, if Baby is a he, we’re screwed – at least as far as I’m concerned. Nick doesn’t seem to be too concerned. In fact, every time I send an email/text or start a conversation with “hey honey, if the baby’s a boy, what do you think about —– ?”, Nick likes to remind me that we weren’t this hung up on William’s name and that we weren’t even that sure of William’s name when I was pregnant. Um, maybe he wasn’t, but I certainly was! I knew, even before I met Nick, that I wanted a son named William with the nickname Will. I just knew. I always loved Jack and John too, so we went with John as his middle name to honor my maternal grandfather, who is super special to me, and it’s also Nick’s middle name, so it was a great fit.

But this time, it’s different. Since we still have the girl’s name we had if Will had been a girl, we’re set there. It’s the boy thing that I’m seriously struggling with. And then I was skimming over a blog today regarding this same quandary that apparently is a world-wide (or maybe just us crazy Americans) issue for parents-to-be these days and came across this:  “There’s also a Caden in my 1 y.o.’s class. Very popular in our circle are Williams, George, and Henry. Several Ryans, too.” LITERALLY, every single one of those names mentioned – George, Henry (Harry), Ryan – are or were, at one time or another,  all on our list of possible names. And we already covered the “William” in that statement! Sigh.

I just have to paste in this email conversation Nick and I had the other day on the topic of boy names. It still makes me chuckle:

 On Tue, Jun 4, 2013 at 10:19 AM, Spillane, Megan wrote: How about Leo?? And I just saw the name Penn, which I thought would be cute, but then remembered we already have a “William” and then our kids would be “William” and “Penn” like “William Penn” as in, William Penn – the founder of Pennsylvania and The William Penn Inn, where we got married, Bahahahahahahaha! 

 On Tue, Jun 4, 2013 at 11:40 AM, Nick Spillane wrote: William Penn!! And the next one you will want to call Teller! Leo’s not bad. Couldn’t image calling our son Leo though! Maybe for the wild name we go the Wilmo route and call him Cash!!! Seriously – Cash! Ow my!

So? What to do? Maybe we will just call Baby No. 2 “William II” or perhaps, “John William”… Well, I do have 20 more weeks, right?