March 2006

Did God authorize this?

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I love corned beef possibly more than anyone else in the world, so I can't blame anyone for wanting to bend the rules. I'm not Catholic though...

-Fran

I had the $240 and I had to have the puddin'. Awwe yeah.

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I just bought 500 diapers. Holy cow.

-Fran

Down for the count

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Things are officially getting scary – I mean, exciting. We’re down to less than four weeks before D-day (due day). Additionally, after my appointment yesterday, my doctor said she thinks I’ll probably deliver early, and said to make sure we’re all set by the end of this week. Kind of crazy. I feel like we still have a lot of loose ends to tie up, so that was the kick in the pants I needed to get going on those last-minute things. Of course, being the pessimist I am, I’m convinced I’ll deliver two weeks late. Good to be prepared for the other scenario though.

This past weekend, Pat’s parents came into town. The majority of the rest of Pat’s family is in the Rochester area, so they all came over on Saturday for a par-tay. We wanted to have them over to witness the glory that is my huge belly, and to enjoy some time with them before the baby comes. It was really nice – Pat cooked up some pork tenderloin, and I put together some other vittles. We just hung out for a few hours and caught up. We also got some fun gifts for the wee baby.

Here’s a quilt that Pat’s mom made. It’s super cute and very ornate. It even has a personalized message for Greta on the back. The Reeds are quite possibly the craftiest folks I know. In addition to the quilt, we got a hand-crafted rocking horse from Pat’s dad, quite a few crocheted blankets and outfits from Pat’s grandma, and some hand-painted ceramics from Pat’s mom.

In other news, there is no other news. It’s all baby news here at pnf.com for the time being. Soooorrrrry. It is my sincere hope and goal that we won’t turn into complete retards (horrible word choice, I know) once the baby comes. If we do, feel free to give us a swift kick to the pants. (Reminds me of that David Cross skit, where he talks about how his friends with a child start saying things like, “Billy looked at a grape today. Isn’t that great??”)

-Fran

Please welcome Elise Clare!

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Mike and Holly, two of our favorite partners in crime, gave birth to their daughter, Elise Clare, on February 27th. After what Mike called an "easy" labor, Holly gave birth to their little girl, weighing 7 lbs., 2 oz. The labor itself was about 6 1/2 hours. I'm definitely going to get some pointers from Holly on how that whole 6 1/2 hour labor thing works and see if she also found the labor to be "easy."

Here's a picture of Greta's future best friend.

-Fran

Late Weekend Update

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We had a wonderful weekend, so I want to pay it homage. Yup, it was that good. Sorry for the late nature of this post.

Well, Friday was pretty non-eventful, so I won’t bore you with the details of that. Saturday, on the other hand, was quite eventful. That afternoon, we braved the snowy weather to go out to my aunt and uncle’s house in Syracuse for a Jack and Jill baby shower. My entire McCarthy side of the family was there, and it was fantastic! There was sooo much good food. I was quite content with the delicious appetizers. Can you say bacon-wrapped shrimp w/ bbq sauce and bacon-wrapped scallops (to name two)? But then I found out there was a full meal and dessert. I was in heaven. We’re talking beef tenderloin, a delicious Greek salad, ham, and a delicious cheesy potato concoction. AND THEN…my Aunt Marianne busted out one of those new-fangled chocolate fountains with tons of fruit and other delicious things to dip in chocolate. It’s like she read my pregnant mind. Chocolate and fruit have been my absolute two biggest cravings throughout my entire pregnancy. So good.

Here's a picture of me with my aunts that threw the party. Best aunts ever.

We also got an overwhelming amount of loot. There was even a fun theme. In addition to the already awesome gifts people gave us, they also all gave us a book and a bottle of booze. Many of the books were ones the gift giver loved as a child (or books they know I loved as a child), which was super cool. Then, the gift giver also gave us either a bottle of wine or champagne, with a note about when we should drink it. For example, the first time the baby sleeps through the night, etc. It was a great idea…and now we have a huge collection of books and booze!

My mom had two surprises for me, and I was so happy and overwhelmed when I saw them. One was a stuffed dog for Greta – a Fifi La Femme. I was obsessed with this stuffed animal, as well as their male counterpart, the Le Mutt, all through my childhood. These stuffed animals were discontinued years ago, and apparently my mom had bought up at least one extra and kept it in pristine shape. It is going to be Greta’s favorite toy for sure. The other surprise was my mom made Greta a pink gingham blanket. This had a huge significance to me, because my mom had made me a yellow gingham blanket when I was a baby that is probably my favorite tangible object. My blankie got pretty nas-tay by the college years, so she did make me a replacement, but it still carries the same significance. Again, I’m just sure Greta will love her blankie as much as I love mine…because even if she doesn’t, I will force her to. Um, kidding.

Here's my slack-jawed expression once I realized Greta received a Fifi. (Pat understands the magnitude of this gift, so he is in awe as well.) Also featured in this photo is a huge portrait of my cousin, Rory, and some kind of tropical plant life.

Here's Pat and me surrounded by our booty.

After the shower, we spent the night at Phil and Becky’s. We just hung out, chatted, and watched the Olympics and ultimate fighting. The boys got into the scotch, and we had some pretty deep discussions on parenting. Of course, we’re all going to be perfect parents. Yeeaaah. It was so much fun though; who knows when we’ll get to hang out and just chat until the wee hours in the morning.

In other news, I feel like I’m coming down with something. I’m definitely grumpier than usual, which points towards illness. Additionally, I’m having some cold symptoms and feel kind of like I might throw up. Not good – especially because Pat’s family is all coming over this weekend for a party. Hopefully I’ll feel better soon.

-Fran