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Will’s Christmas, 2013, Round 2

We've had a few more Christmas celebrations since the last post, Will's Christmas, 2013, so we wanted to share more photos:

Will coming downstairs on Christmas morning.

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L & V (in Love)

Last night we celebrated the marriage of Vinny (Marc's brother) to his beautiful bride, Liz. To say the ceremony and reception, held at the Villa, was beautiful and lovely is a major understatement. All of the decorations, flowers, dresses and tuxes looked like they were straight out of a wedding magazine. Marc and I had a great time and I even treated my 8 1/2 month pregnant self to a much-needed new maternity dress. Here are some photos (sorry for the low-quality) of us and our relatives at the wedding.

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Halloween Fun

This year for Halloween I wanted Will to wear a Curious George costume (his current all-time favorite character) and for Marc to be the "man in the yellow hat." After scouring the Internet and Craigslist for a few weeks, I was able to find both costumes for a total of $20 (yay!). You might be asking what I was for Halloween. Well, I was the pregnant lady, of course! I made these fun skeleton t-shirts for Marc and I to wear to a separate party. Here are a bunch of fun photos of us in the past few weeks:

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The Day After Mother’s Day

You could say that last year I pretended to celebrate Mother's Day, because even though I didn't physically have a baby in my arms, I was 3 months or so pregnant with our dear William. This year, though, it was exciting to celebrate my first official Mother's Day with friends and family. I received a handful of cards, a balloon, beautiful flowers, and we even went out to eat twice with both sides of our family. 

A Mother's Day balloon and purple orchid.

Becoming a mom was something I had talked about, dreamed about, prayed about, pretended as a young girl and had wanted for a long time. It was surreal when it finally came true. Just a few months ago, Marc and I would look at each other and say something like, "are we really parents?" On the other hand, having Will in my arms sometimes makes me feel like he has always been there or makes me almost forget what life was like before he was here. Having a baby does crazy things to you!

Now that Mother's Day has passed, I've thought about it a bit and have decided to claim the day after Mother's Day as a day for me to reflect on being a mom and to set some new mom-goals for the year. What can I say, it's the teacher in me. While the words "reflect" and "goals" might sound too philosophical or too clichè, what I really mean is that I will take 5 minutes—because that's really all I can spare—to come up with a short list of things I either want to accomplish or change as a mom. Here are some items on this year's list and some mom-photos for you to enjoy.

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Posted , by Sharon, in: Mom, Photos

You Look Like You Need It…

A few weekends ago, Marc and I needed to check off some things that had been lingering on our to-do list for far too long. One of the items was to bring two of our large comforters to the laundromat so we could use their jumbo size washers and dryers. We decided to park in their parking lot, drop off the comforters and then head to a local coffee shop for lunch with baby in tow.

While Marc waited outside of the laundromat with Will in the carriage, I ran inside and shoved the first comforter into the front-loaded washer. Just as I gave it one last heave-ho, I felt and saw white flecks of powdered detergent fly into the air and land in my hair and on my face. Awesome! I quickly gave myself a few brushes with my hand, started that load and then got the second comforter in and running. When I went back outside I asked Marc if he could brush me off, because I knew there were probably more flecks lingering in my hair and on my shoulders. He helped me out and then he told me I'd have to let my hair down to give it a shake. When I had finished doing this and had put my hair back up, he told me I looked good (Remember this part!).

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Posted , by Sharon, in: Health, Mom

Will and Sharon

Will’s Birth and First Week

Please welcome William Joshua Amos to the world! Will was born on Saturday, November 26th, 2011 at 1:50am, at Beverly Hospital. At birth he weighed 9 pounds 10 ounces, and he was 23¼ inches long.

Sharon's labor began around 3:00am the day before and by 1:30pm her contractions were close enough together to know that it was time for us to head to the hospital. Sharon courageously labored through the afternoon, evening, and late into the night until, at 1:50am, Will was born!

As I write this, it's been almost two weeks since he was born and Sharon and I are so grateful to have him in our life. We've gone from being a couple to being a family. He's healthy, he's happy (90% of the time), and life is just grand so far. Sleep has definitely been interesting—it's certainly a huge adjustment for us, but we're adjusting to it well enough.

Enough words, lets get to the photographs! Below are photos from moments after his birth, all the way through to the end of his first week.

Moments after Will was born we took our very first family photo.

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Amazing Friends

Throughout the pregnancy, I've been blessed to have such great friends around; supporting me, encouraging me and genuinely listening to whatever new pregnancy issue is on my mind at any given moment. Recently, though, I've been overwhelmed with their kindness towards me in a seemingly undeserved kind of way. As my friend Katrine put it, "everyone is really excited about Baby Will, but you're still special and important, too."

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Posted , by Sharon, in: Fun, Mom

The Push Present

As time has passed during this pregnancy, the topics of conversation with our doctor have changed from things like lists of foods to avoid to labor and delivery procedures. During one of our last appointments, I felt the need to voice my concerns again (for what is probably the fifth time) about possibly having to push out a ten pound baby, if this baby that I am currently baking stays on track and goes a week late. Normally, my doctor laughs and explains how women's bodies were made for this and it wouldn't be the first time a woman has given birth to a big baby. On this occasion, however, she stated, "well, that's why there's a push present." Marc and I quickly shot confused glances at each other to signify we hadn't heard of this "push present" before.

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Posted , by Sharon, in: Dad, Fun, Mom

Pre-birth Photos

Sharon and I wanted to take a bunch of photographs of the last days before Will's birth, so we went to the nearby Lynch Park on an abnormally warm November afternoon and took a lot of random shots. Here are 10 of the best ones:

Sharon and I at Lynch Park.

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