Friday, January 13, 2017


I've been willing Seth to start speaking in phrases for months now, and this week he finally started stringing words together. The first one I heard was "Bye Bye Bus" as a school bus pulled away from the bus stop outside our house.

Who knew sentence construction could be so cute.

Something else he's been doing recently is calling, "Oooooh Sethy" to himself. The first time I heard him do it I thought one of the girls was just imitating his voice, but no, he parroted that all on his own.

Looking forward to his second birthday next month. How time flies.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Toddler Antics

While I was in the shower Seth got a hold of someone's dry erase markers. The girls have been warned repeatedly to keep markers, crayons, and other art supplies away from him because this would happen. I haven't decided how I'm going to punish this yet.

Seth put a streak of marker across the floor too but fortunately I was able to wipe it all away. There are traces of it left on the door, but I want to replace them eventually anyway.

Never a dull moment with a toddler in the house.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Moving On Up

Seth's time with the "Ones" at daycare is coming to a close. In about a month he'll be moving on the "Twos."

Our little smarty-pants can spell his name and count to ten. He's definitely ready for some new challenges, projects, and curriculum. Also exciting, recently I've heard him stringing words together into phrases.

Attached to this letter is a form asking about our family values, Seth's likes and dislikes, his routine, etc. It's much more personal and inquiring that his last two rooms have been, and with good reason.

We've introduced the potty, but haven't made a concerted effort lately to get him to use it. When it was clear he didn't understand what he was supposed to do with it, I decided to table that adventure until he turned 24 months. I might have it in me to try again this weekend though.

In addition to potty training, he'll be ditching the crib soon. I'd like to have him sleeping in a toddler bed before our vacation in April so that he can use either a travel bed or a rollaway. He's too big, I think, to be comfortable in a pack-n-play and he's old enough to transition.

Naps are another thing we have to consider. He's been having a hard time going to bed at night when he naps during the day, but I'm not sure how daycare is going to feel about this. I may have to wake him up earlier. We'll get it sorted out.

It's exciting to watch Seth grow up. He's such a personality.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Redeeming Gift Certificates

This year Sarah has developed a real interest in outer space, going so far as to ask for a telescope for Christmas. Buying her a telescope seemed a bit extreme to me for several reasons so instead I gave her a gift certificate for an evening out with me by herself at Buhl Planetarium.

Temperatures were below freezing in Pittsburgh so we couldn't go outside and look through the telescopes, but the planetarium movie and experience was well worth the $4pp price of admission. The evening started off with a movie about telescopes, which was more interesting than it sounds, and was followed by a question and answer session, complete with images projected on the Omnimax screen. It was actually really well done and kept my attention as well as Sarah's. (I was more worried about me than her though, truth be told).

We took some silly selfies in the ten minute intermission between the movie and the Q&A, which we had fun captioning.

I couldn't leave Emmy out since she covets time with me so I took her out to lunch. She chose Eat-n-Park. She's a different kid when she's not competing with her older sister. Emmy ordered the salad bar and I had a bagel with cream cheese and a side of eggs.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Welcome Baby Anthony

My sister delivered her second baby today. Anthony Joseph (AJ) was born at 1:21pm and weighed 7lbs 9oz and was 19.5" long.

We are all so excited to have a new little baby to love. I love that William, her oldest, is right in there age-wise with the girls, and Seth will have AJ to hang out with as they get older.

Initially I thought this baby would be a girl, but his heart rate was inline with where Seth's had been, much slower than the girls had been, so I wasn't surprised to hear she had a boy. Here he is just a few hours old.

We popped into the hospital briefly just to meet AJ, but plan to return on Monday when I have the girls so they can see him. I'd like to visit longer once they're home, but vacation will be over soon so we'll have to see how that works out.

Inevitably everyone asks if holding him makes me want another, and I can honestly say, no. I love newborns, I love the squish, their sweetness, and just holding them for hours, but I am perfectly happy as a mom of three. My family definitely feels complete.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Date Night

To celebrate our third anniversary, Sal planned an evening out in Pittsburgh. He wanted to start with a tour of The Frick, but they had overbooked their 4pm tour so we had to come up with a Plan B. We had dinner reservations for 7 so we had about three hours.

I looked up Heinz History Center, but they closed at 5 so that didn't fit our time frame. Sal suggested Phipps Conservatory. We didn't realize that they have their candlelight winter flower show going on right now so that was a sweet treat. There was no street parking so we coughed up $10 for valet parking, which ended up being worth it. It was cold and the valet parking is at the entrance and they set up huge heaters for those waiting for their cars.

We arrived right around 5pm so it wasn't horribly crowded yet. By the time we left, the line was out the door.

We hadn't been to Phipps in a couple of years, and never to the Christmas show. It was beautiful, and warm. A win/win in my opinion. We were able to take our time, take lots of pictures, and just enjoy it for what it was. To kill some time at the end we hung out in the gift shop, and then it was off to dinner.

We had reservations for 7 at Cafe du Jour on Carson Street, but were able to bump it to 6:30. Cafe du Jour is where Sal and I met for the first time. The menu is always changing and always good, and we ended up trying a chickpea and cauliflower dip with flatbread. For our entrees, Sal had steak with a potato and broccoli, and I had eggplant rollatini with fresh mozzarella. It also came with the potato and broccoli. We brought the Once Upon a Vine wine that we bought at Epcot back in June. Cafe du Jour charges $2 per stem to pour.

For dessert we headed down the street to the Milkshake Factory. After we ordered, I had chocolate covered bacon, a group of high school girls came in wearing Class of 2018 letterman jackets. Sal quickly noted that he's 30 years older then they are, and I realized that my kids, including Seth, are closer in age to those girls than I am. I think at the point we kind of wondered what the heck we were doing out on the Southside and decided to go home. It was only 8:30.

Shana told us she had just put Seth down about 5 minutes earlier, and that she had been listening to him talk to himself in his crib. We shooed her out the door (not really), and then got Seth up to play. He seemed surprised to see us, but it was nice to be at home with our baby again.

I am so excited to be working on year number 4 with Sal. It's amazing how much fun being married is when it's to the right person. Sometimes I have to pinch myself.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Sal's Birthday

Today is Sal's birthday so I stopped at Walmart to pick up a cake (have you had their to-die-for icing), and we ordered pizza for dinner. I know, fancy.

Seth thought all the candles on Sal's cake were pretty cool, and in just a couple of months, he'll have his own when we celebrate his second birthday.

I have Sal a shaving cream set from the Art of Shaving. I get this for him every year for either his birthday or Christmas.

Both of us had gone to work so our evening was kind of rushed, but we have a date planned for this Saturday which will come us some much needed us time.