Pregnancy 1 versus Pregnancy 2

**I started this post before Monday’s scare, and was just waiting to upload the most recent belly pic. Definitely not feeling quite as light hearted, even though everything turned out quite fine**

Now that I’m in my third trimester (!!!!), I’ve taken a look back on how this pregnancy has compared to my pregnancy with Viv.

The first main difference was morning sickness.  I felt just as sick this time around (moderate nausea, occasional vomiting), but it hit me a lot harder.  First, I had a baby to chase around.  But more significantly was that my “morning” sickness with this pregnancy began around 1pm and continued through the night.  With Viv, I woke up feeling awful, but would gradually feel better throughout the day. It was really hard this time to know the day was just going to get worse, especially when I was cooking (or smelling) dinner at night.

By 12 weeks, my morning sickness was mainly gone.  I had a few occasional nauseated feelings, but was getting my appetite back.  And thus began the belly pictures*.

I absolutely started showing earlier this time.  I attribute that to the fact that my uterus had already been stretched to the max, and not at all having to do with the fact that I hadn’t lost all of my “pregnancy” weight from Viv. Surely it had nothing to do with the fact that I wasn’t exercising regularly either….

12 week compare

12 Weeks on Christmas Day 2011 (with no belly whatsoever!) versus 12 Weeks on September 20, 2013


By 16 Weeks, my stomach started to feel more solid, but I still was popping out more than I had with Viv.

16 week compare

16 Weeks on January 22, 2011 versus 16 Weeks on October 18, 2013.


By 20 Weeks, I was feeling and looking Pregnant.  People who I hadn’t told were clearly in the “know” now.  We had our mid-term ultrasound, and all looks fine and dandy. We didn’t find out whether we’re expecting a girl or boy (we didn’t find out with Viv either), so there is a whole other level to this belly comparison.

20 Week Compare

19+ Weeks on February 16, 2011 (and dressed up for a work party) versus 20 weeks+ on November 17, 2013.


I hit the 6 month a few weeks before Christmas.  The belly picture with Viv was the first I shared on social media.  I purposefully wore the same shirt for the 6 month picture with this kiddo.  I don’t see much of a difference in belly size and shape! A little sister for Viv, perhaps? only Time will tell!

2324 Week compare

24 Weeks on March 18, 2012, versus 24 weeks on December 13, 2013.


28 W compare

28 Weeks on April 15, 2012, versus 28 Weeks, 4 Days on January 14, 2014.


At this point, the only “medical” difference in this pregnancy has been the baby’s heart rate: Viv’s was consistently high, in the high 160’s or low 170’s.  This baby’s heart rate runs in the 140’s every time.  So to counter the belly-image deduction that there’s a little girl cooking in there, Old Wives tell me that a low heart rate means a little boy!  It’ll be quite the guessing game until April.

* I’ve been doing the same for ultrasound pictures, because why not start the “lets compare the little sibling to its older sister” now!? But since I’m not keen on showing off pictures of my uterus, despite its adorable contents, those won’t be shared online :)



Farewell 2013

Last Year, I said farewell to 2012 through my favorite pictures.

Once again, I have chosen one picture from each month, with an explanation about why each is significant. I should note that most are “favorites” for the memories they stir up, not for composition. By far the best part about this project is combing through all of the pictures I’ve taken over the last year.  I lost track of so many of them!  Enjoy!




The Man and I spent a night away in Lake George for our 5th Anniversary. It was sorely needed – one of our first date nights since Viv was born.


What I loved about the 6-9 month stage was the cuddle-nap times. Viv LOVED taking snoozes in our bed, and I was not one to say no.



Excuse my barefooted baby outside in the end of March, but it was pretty warm those days.



I had a Court appearance for work in Elmira, where my parents are from, and where my grandparents still live.  So my Dad came with me and Viv, so she could spend some time with her great-grandparents while I worked. This was one of the outtakes of the family pictures we took. I love how my Pop Pop is playing with Viv and how Mema is smiling, looking on.



Ok. hear me out.  I went to the bank one day and got this $20 from the ATM.  I laughed. and laughed. and laughed and laughed.  I hadn’t laughed at something so stupid and silly in a long time and it felt amazing.  And no. I didn’t call (though I was tempted…)



BIRTHDAY PARTY CAKE FACE! what more could be said?  Except the fact that we really weren’t equipped to clean that up….



Baby #2 is coming! I had been feeling off, so when I came home from work hopped up on baby fumes from reading all about the new baby Prince George, I figured why not? Good to know I’m in tune with my body! ha



Another week at Keuka Lake.  Our families didn’t know we were expecting again, though in retrospect, they all wondered why I would take 3 hour naps with Viv in the middle of the day.  Thankfully I hadn’t started to feel sick yet – just tired.



Around when Viv turned 14 months, she started really playing with Luke and Lacey. before, she was a little unstable crawling and walking, and they didn’t love the sudden movements. and the ear pulling.  This is when she started to get “gentle” and the pups loved it.


andria rob's wedding

My friends Andria and Rob got married. There was a photobooth. That’s all I have to say about that.



I took this with my iPhone while Viv and Lacey were cuddling/playing in her bedroom.  Can you tell that they were not pleased with my requests that they look at me for a picture?



Christmas morning. I can’t get over that look of utter amazement.  She was either yelling “DOC” or “WOW”. Either way, it’s pretty awesome.


Thanks for stopping by today! Have a safe and Happy New Year! See you in 2014!














Christmas 2013 Recap

Is it me or did Christmas go on FOREVER this year?  Even with the short season between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I felt like the shopping and festivities went on for months!  Could be the pregnancy tired talking, though.

One thing is for sure, Christmas was way way way more fun this year!  Have you ever read that Oatmeal cartoon about the different perspectives of Christmas for ages?  No doubt we’re in the Thirty-somethings with kids category. “Christmas for 30+ with kids = pretty damn awesome”

We started out spending Christmas Eve with the Man’s family, and Viv LOVED seeing all of her cousins.


She was a little tired from sitting through Mass, (oh wait. that was us. from chasing her around the halls during Mass. As always.) but cheered right up when there were presents to be opened!

xmas eve collage

Christmas Day was a day to Relax.  The Man, Viv, the pups and I stayed home. I’m proud to say we did not get out of our pajamas all day! It was glorious!


Viv loved opening her presents. Both the ripping and the the presents.

Christmas morning collage

As expected, she went just about ballistic when she opened her Doc McStuffins doll. Just a preview of Christmases to come, I hope!

After dinner (ham, potatoes, brussel sprouts) and Viv bedtime, The Man and I watched It’s a Wonderful Life.  Which luckily was available in full on YouTube– who knew?

We spent the day after Christmas with my parents (since my Dad worked on Christmas).  Viv got another new Baby and a crib– so now all three of her babies have a place to sleep a night.  (And boy, do they. she puts them all to bed, covers them with a blanket and tells us “shhhhh” when the lights go out).

xmas again collageA great Christmas indeed. But Wait! I”m not done! ON the 27th, my parent’s next door neighbors had all of the neighbors over for Christmas Brunch. For as long as I can remember, we’ve spent Christmas with my neighbors.  This was the first in recent memory where the celebration wasn’t ON Christmas, but it was just a nice.

Their granddaughter Isabella was born 4 days before Viv, and they’ve had a lot of fun playing together when they come to visit.  (like when they were infants, and babies)

Watching them run around, give kisses and hide under tables was GREAT.

photo 1 photo 2Viv and Isabella would say their favorite part was pressing all of the buttons on those singing Hallmark snowmen.

(like this. all together. all the time.)

We knew Viv took a liking to her friend.  She picks out pictures of babies anywhere, and simply calls them “baby”.  But with Isabella, she points, smiles and says “La-Le-Lellalala” I promise to post the cute as soon as I can capture it on video.

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. We loved our last Christmas as a family of 3 people and two dogs. Only 51 weeks to go until Baby L’s first Christmas!!


The Twelve Songs of Christmas

A few weeks ago while driving home from one event or another, The Man made an excellent point about Christmas music on the radio: that it is comforting to know every song that’s one, even if you don’t particularly like it.

And while neither of us hates any particular song*, we differ in our Christmas musical tastes.  We both like the classics – – basically anything Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, or the Carpenters.  But that is where the similarities end.

The Man loves the kitschy music: Feliz Navidad, Dominic the Italian Christmas Donkey, Frosty the Snowman, I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas and the like. Sure, those songs are fun, but nothing quite gets me in the Christmas Spirit more than what I like to call Contemporary Niche Christmas Music.

So without further adieu, I present The Twelve Songs of LiveLafeLove Christmas:

12. My Only Wish (This Year) – Britney Spears

11. Grown up Christmas List – Amy Grant (though Kelly Clarkson’s version is also fabulous)

10. Wonderful Christmas Time – Paul McCartney

9. Last Christmas – Wham

8. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town – Bruce Springsteen

7. Step into Christmas – Elton John

6. Christmas/Sarajevo 12/24- Trans-Siberian Orchestra

5. Do They Know It’s Christmas Time- Band Aid

4. Happy Xmas (War is Over) – John Lennon f/ Yoko Ono

3. Breath of Heaven – Amy Grant

2. Snoopy’s Christmas – the Royal Guardsmen

1. And of course, the classic, the queen, the star of Christmas light, Ms. Mariah Carey, singing All I want for Christmas Is You:

Merry Christmas Eve!!



*Except for Gene Autry’s version of Up on the Housetop.  I will switch to any other station rather than listen to those creepy Ho Ho Ho’s.

PPD is the root….

Every few months, a discussion of Postpartum depression pops up in conversation in social media and in the news. Recently, it has become a hot topic, presumably because of the car chase in Washington D.C. The morning after the driver was shot and killed after trying to break down barricades of the Capitol, several nataionl news organizations blasted headlines such as “Capital Car Chase Suspect Believed to be Delusional, Emotionally Distrubed” (with the web address reading a much less dramatic “depressed…” and “Miriam Carey, Capitol Suspect, Suffered Post-Partum Depression.” I only wish I could find the cite to the news article which read something like car crash suspect had mental issues.

All weekend I was waiting for something to blow up and to turn into a warning on the DANGERS of pospartum depression. Of course, there would be sprinklings of articles of “what to watch for” and “how to help”, but the focus would be postpartum depression = stalking the President

And low and behold, I read an article published on Babble, and then on Yahoo Shine, asking the public if it’s time to take notice of pospatum depression: Woman Shot at Capitol Building Had Postpartum Depression – is it Finally Time to Take Notice?

with THIS: “Over and over, it seems that when women are involved in acts of violence, often harming their own children, PPD is the root.”

No. no no no no no no no. NOOOOOOOOOOO.

This, my friends, is why so many women do not talk about their experience with postpartum depression.

And that, my friends, is why I’m going to talk about mine.

Stay tuned….

What we’ve been doing

heeeeeeeeeeeeey there! long time, no chat.  I’m finalizing Vivian’s 11 month post, and it should be up soon.  I think I’m in denial that she’s three weeks from her first birthday. WHATTTT.


so anyway, we’ve been up to a lot lately.  so I’m just going to show you a lot of pictures, cause, isn’t that what we’re all for here anyway?


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