Liam’s first Christmas was wonderful! We spent Christmas Eve at my parent’s house – dinner with both Paul’s and my parents, and my brother, A.J. Liam enjoyed sitting at the table with us and then opening all kinds of fun gifts! (sorry no pics from the Eve).
Christmas morning was a lot of fun, I think the highlight was definitely seeing Liam’s reaction to his gifts. Obviously he doesn’t understand anything about Christmas, but he definitely had fun with the new gifts. We started off with Scout – I had a lot of fun programing him, and Liam loves toys that talk to him, so he got a kick out of his new Scout plush pup!
Next was the gift hand-picked from Daddy! Liam’s very own laptop! Liam is always trying to get on our laptops, so now he’s got his very own to bang away at those keys! And to his delight it has a mouse too! So yummy!!
And lastly Liam got his first Early Rider! It’s essentially a bike, but a very cool bike. It can turn in any direction and helps to develop balance. Liam has a bit of growing to do, but he definitely seems to like it. Another thing that he can chase after Chunk with… hehehe
We also had a wonderful Christmas, and following our little family time, we headed to Gama and PaPa’s for some brunch and more holiday fun! Al in all it was a wonderful first Christmas for this growing family!
We’re so proud of our little man, we just want to share him wherever and whenever we can! It would be so cool if he got lots of votes in the Gerber Photo Search 2013! Click Here to Vote!
Following our trip to Philly, we headed to NYC to visit with our good friends Derrick and Jesus, and celebrate my birthday in the city! We got to check out their new place and have fun running around the city!
First stop, Derrick and Jesus’ place! It’s a nice spot in Jersey, a short drive from the city! They fell in love with the colorful living and dining rooms.
Next stop, Katz Deli! Paul had to get the notorious pastrami and swiss, as seen on Adam Richman‘s Man v. Food, and of course the orgasm scene from When Harry Met Sally! Everything was delish!
From Katz, we headed around town for some more pics, but ended our evening with some of Paul’s best work yet. NYC photos from Brooklyn! They turned out amazing! It was funny because this was the photo spot, and there were so many people with cameras out there.
My birthday, YEAH! All I really wanted, was some birthday cake, so we decided to head to Greenwich Village for a little window shopping and to go to The Magnolia Bakery (as seen in Sex and the City), and we got some amazing cupcakes! The peanut butter and jelly cupcake was my favorite! We decided to enjoy our deserts in the park right by Bleecker playground, it was definitely the spot to be.
From there we decided to head to China Town for a little more shopping if you know what I mean! ;) I definitely have to say, my birthday was pretty wonderful!
Before we headed back to Derrick’s we decided to stop by Time Square for a couple more pictures. Paul outdid himself for sure.
Next time – the plan will be to stay in the city… maybe the Waldorf Astoria! hehehe
So I’ve entered this pic of Liam into the Parents.com Photo contest. He was #126 and now he’s #103! That’s an improvement! So I thought I would post to my blog to see if we can’t get some more votes! You can vote daily! It would be so exciting if he won!
It’s that time of the year and pumpkins are all the rage, of course! With a new little one in the family we had to take Liam (aka Baby Man) out to the pumpkin patch for those notorious fall pictures. We headed to the Custom Wood & Garden Shop at Hamilton Mill and I-85. They feature seasonal products, and this time of the year that includes pumpkins! They had lots of pumpkins, bunnies for petting and purchasing, ponies for riding, and jumpies too!
Liam was such a great sport! It was so hard to decide which pictures to share!
After getting a lot of pumpkin shots, we decided to have a little fun with bunnies! Liam really liked petting the bunny, and the bunny was quite tolerable. I was the only one not having absolute fun, worried the bunny would go rogue on Liam and he’d leave the pumpkin patch crying with nibbled fingers. No such thing happen, and no bunnies were harmed! haha But we did get some absolutely adorable shots!
Paul’s Mom and our niece and nephew, Kennedy and Trey, met us up at the pumpkin patch for some more fun pictures. Had to get some sweet pics of the “grand-babies” in for GaMa!
We then headed back to GaMa’s house for some pumpkin carving! Trey and Kennedy made some creative jack-o-lanterns! As night fell, Paul was able to get some creative shots of all the kids with the glow of the newly carved pumpkins.
My cousin Marisa’s wedding was fast approaching and with our Baby Man – Liam, we figured it would be a good reason to make a road trip out of the occasion. The wedding was to take place in downtown Philly, so we made a plan to continue our trip beyond the wedding, but our trip started in Philly!
Our first stop once we hit Philadelphia was of course Pat’s King of Steaks, and it was definitely true to the classic Philly Cheese Steak. We tried ours with American cheese, but apparently it’s supposed to be good with cheese whiz…. hmm not sure what I think about that. So we could check Philly Cheese steak off the list!The wedding was at The Bellevue Philadelphia, and we were lucky enough to be able to share a suite with my parents. It was great considering we had Liam with us! The rooms were awesome and the living space was great for hanging out and visiting with family before the wedding.
After settling in we couldn’t resist taking pics of our little man it this posh suite!
So our first night in the city we went to the Philly’s game, thanks to my brother. It was ironically the first and only baseball game I’ve been to this year. It was definitely a fun time, and so convenient to our hotel as we were able to take the subway! And I was happy to get my Phillies cap of ice cream, and was able to bring a souvenir back to baby man!
Day 2 in Philly: We had some time to sight-see and visit with family before the wedding! We got to see the LOVE sign, and I must say it wasn’t as impressive as I imagined, but that was another must-do that got checked off the list. Liam really enjoyed it!
And the day continued with a fun visit with family! I was able to meet up with my cousin Beth and her daughter Ramona, who was born just three weeks before Liam! It was a lot of fun, so awesome to get to see everyone! Ramona is a cutie pie, and she and Liam had fun – I can’t wait to see how they are together as they get older!
The wedding was fast approaching, and we were getting ready to head to the wedding. Thankfully my parents made arrangements with my Dad’s cousin Valerie to watch Liam and she volunteered to take both Liam and Ramona! Thank you again Valerie! You were an amazing baby sitter and it was also very nice to visit with you and catch up for the short time we were able to spend with you!
The evening continued with my cousin Marisa’s lavish wedding! It was by far the most extensive wedding Paul or I have ever been to! The ceremony we slow to start (in a funny way), but was a very sweet ceremony! And from there we went to an awesome cocktail hour with shrimp cocktail and oyster, dim sum and sushi, and delicious cheese and meats, not to mention the various items served throughout the room. And the reception was even more pleasing with a delicious salad and shrimp cocktail, a pear sorbet palette cleanser, and a delicious fillet and crab topped white fish! Absolutely amazing! But it didn’t end there, they had a 12 or 13 piece band that had no problem getting everyone on the dance floor between courses, and a closing with a delicious piece of vanilla wedding cake with raspberry filling with a scoop of chocolate chocolate chip ice cream! And you’d think that would be enough, but you could also take a little desert night-cap with you of eclairs and other sweet pastries! Mmmmmm…
Day 3 in Philly: Started off with an extensive brunch! We were excited as we wanted to be able to show off the little ones. Beth brought Ramona and we brought Liam and both of them got to visit with all the cousins and extended family. It was nice for everyone to be able to gather one more time.
It was our last day in Philly, so we decided we couldn’t leave without doing a little more sight-seeing!
First we went to the Philadelphia Art Museum to see the notorious Rocky steps! So cool! The funny thing is the Museum is more visited because of Rocky than because of the exhibits…
We checked Rocky off the list and one last stop before we headed to NJ and NYC! The Liberty Bell! I hadn’t been there since I was a little girl and it was definitely cool to see if as an adult. And it’s exciting that we were able to take Liam to all these cool places, even if he won’t remember any of it.
It looks pretty much the same, except they tore down the awesome tree I used to play on that was in the front yard. Was pretty cool to drive through the old neighborhood, even if it was only a small part of the trip!
See more photos from our Philly Trip! Click Here
We were up into the late hours playing with all the pictures and some video that we’ve collected of Liam so far and couldn’t resist putting this little video together!
Hope you enjoy, it’s short and sweet! I can’t imagine what it’ll look like when we’ve got a year of photos!
Liam is just shy of 3 months, now 11 weeks and he is doing great! He’s been right on track with all his growth and checked out great with the pediatrician, cardiologist and neurologist! We couldn’t be more excited at his amazing progress! He’s an amazing baby “man” and we love him sooooo much!
He’s not sleeping all the way through the night just yet, but I’m sure we’ll get there soon! He is a good sleeper when he does, and when he’s awake he’s all about checking out everything and being a part of the action – just like his daddy! He’s smiling and laughing all the time, is ok with bath time, but absolutely hates being rubbed down with lotion! We’ll have to fix that! We are all about the softness in this house! ;)
Check out these photo collages of Liam from day one until now!
To see more pics of Liam from his 8 week shoot click here!
It’s been a process… Liam’s Room is for all intensive purposes complete and we are ready to share it with the world!
We like to think it’s a space for Paul and I to be able to share time together with our little man, so it’s definitely a room we can enjoy as “adults” with touches of baby here and there! It was also super important to us that it would be a room he can grow into! We were going for a more modern car/sign feel! And I definitely feel like there is room for more personal touches like pictures of our little man and maybe even more fun car stuff!
So we start with the process with… PAINTING! The room was previously a milk chocolate color and we decided to go with some neutral yet cool colors!
We purchased the paint at Sherwin Williams, and it turned out awesome! I love the Light French Gray and White Stripes!! We also updated the ceiling fan to a more modern clean feel of stainless steel! Perks of the new fan!? Multiple speeds on a remote and a DIMMER too! YAY!!!
So now for the big reveal!!!
Now here’s the low-down!
Crib: Babyletto Mercer Crib
Dresser/Changing Table: Childcraft by Sauder Shoal Creek Double Dresser – Matte White from Target.com
Ceiling Fan: Don’t know brand – bought at Home Depot
Closet System: allen + roth 8-ft White Wood Closet Kit at Lowes (FYI – “white” is off white – kind of a bummer, but that’s what doors are for!)
Closet Doors: KVARTAL – Triple curtain rail, aluminum color from IKEA. We bought three panels the Grey Twill Color and the stop and bottom metal pieces too! (all pieces sold separate! including the wall mounts!)
Sofa: Was my grandmother’s and we had it re-covered. It’s a sofa bed! Great for guests!
Rocking Chair: Paul’s family’s and that was re-covered as well!
White Side Tables/Storage-Toy boxes: Paul made those! With a bit of help from Kevin! (email us if you want to know more about that!)
And of course the accessories and decor!
LIAM and ROUTE 66 Sign: Purchased the Route 66 Sign on eBay and had the same vendor do the custom Liam sign! www.theelectricmoon.com
Glass Shelves: LINJAL - Glass shelf, clear glass – from IKEA
Curtains: Eclipse™ Fairfax Thermaweave Window Panel from Target
COOL Car Walker: Combi All In One Activity Walker – Black GT on Amazon
Dachshund Light: MyPetLamp Dachshund Accent Lamp (online)
Quilt: Made by me! Email me for details about fabric – here is the tutorial!
Sofa Pillows: Made by me!
Mobile: Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim-Mobile (FYI – the arm didn’t fit our crib so I had to buy an alternate mobile arm!
License Plate Map: All Metal U.S. Map with License plate design – on eBay
Jingle Jugs: Compliments of Paul’s friend Shane White! Paul got these a couple Christmas’ ago from Shane and is now insisting they stay in Liam’s room… we’ll see how long that lasts! But he did get them in the pictures!
Sock Monkey-Dachshund: In honor of Chunk Master we had to get Liam a “Sock Chunky!” from SockMonkeyFarm on Etsy!
If there’s anything else you’re curious about don’t hesitate to ask!
I can’t believe it’s been an entire month since I’ve posted a blog, but I guess that is par for the course when you are preparing for a baby on the way! And we couldn’t be more grateful as we had an awesome baby shower! It was a mustache bash for our little man Liam!
We had such a great turn-out I was super overwhelmed with everything our little man will have to make life that much easier! We couldn’t be more excited and thankful for everything everyone gave us! We had some fun games like word scramble, baby bingo, guess the m&m’s in the bottle and my favorite “Guess that Stash”. Paul designed the invitations as well as the games, and it was a lot of fun! Then it was onto opening gifts! It was mostly the ladies for the event, but the men came back toward the end and Paul got to help me open a couple of the last presents.
I want to thank everyone that came out (from near and far ;)) and were so gracious to give all these wonderful gifts and I of course want to thank my mother-in-law (Marty) and sister-in-law (Elizabeth) who did an awesome job hosting and pulling things together, my friends Kristin (Storey) and Yarden for helping to set-up, clean-up, and MC… not to mention paint mustaches on mugs with me! And of course I also want to thank Elaine for taking all these awesome pictures!
If you’d like to seem more fun pics from the shower, click here! It won’t be long before Liam will be here so stay tuned!