Saturday, May 27, 2017

Preschool graduation

My little summer birthday buddy will be off to half-day kindergarten next year, so we celebrated his graduation from preschool Thursday night. It was so sweet! He has such special teachers who have taught him so much. We feel very fortunate that he will still be with them in the afternoons next year. 

I know Mace would do wonderfully in kindergarten.....he's so smart and such a good listener. Ultimately we decided we want him to stay little for another year! I went to half-day kindergarten when I was a kid, and I loved being one of the oldest in my class, so I hope Mace appreciates that too. Half-day kindergarten programs are rare around here, and it just so happens that my schools offers it. He is officially open-enrolled and will be in my school district for morning kindergarten next year!

Preschool grad May 2017 from Sally on Vimeo.

Singing in the rain from Sally on Vimeo.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Adios 2016

What a special year with my faves!!!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A year

HOW CRAZY is it how much things can change in a year? Well, things can change overnight too, but it is just amazing to me how fun the last few Christmases with Mace have been......and how much more fun this Christmas will be with his baby sister too! A year ago I wasn't even expecting......I didn't have any idea we would have a baby this year. And yet I just wrapped a Cabbage Patch Cutie baby doll to put under the tree for this munchkin! I'm still in a little bit of disbelief that this is my real life!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

What Child Is This

Pretty sure it was just Halloween! It seems so sudden that Christmas is here. We have had a fun few weeks preparing for the holidays....these two munchkins are keeping us busy for sure. We started off December with Mace and Remy being baptized on the second Sunday of Advent. It was so special and the church looked perfect all decorated for Christmas. During the service we sang "What Child Is This" which is one of my favorite carols.
Many family members were there to support the children which was especially meaningful to us.
The last couple of weeks have been a blur of wrapping presents and watching Christmas movies. Mace has actually been interested in watching movies lately--generally he is too sensitive to watch movies, and he knows it! He gets teary over everything. The little boy losing the ticket on the Polar Express? Tears. Kevin's mom gone in Home Alone? The absolute worst. We have managed to watch several movies lately though--Home Alone & Home Alone 2 (he just refers to these movies as Kevin 1 and Kevin 2 and knows the entire soundtracks), Elf (he really likes this one), Gremlins (he watched the whole thing surprisingly!), The Polar Express (loves the end), Finding Dory (I thought this was a good sequel. Mace was sad when Dory was alone), and of course Star Wars movies are always on repeat....although The Sandlot is becoming a favorite too.

We also watched The Wizard of Oz and Mace loved it which was really neat since it was my grandma's favorite. Whenever we watch anything, we usually talk about who each of us would be if we dressed like those characters for Halloween. No clue why, we just love Halloween :)) For Wizard of Oz, Mace thought I could be Dorothy, Remy could be the good witch, Rob could be the scarecrow......and when I was absolutely sure Mace would say he wanted to be the tin man.....he said he would be the tornado!!!! WHAT. So crazy.

Let's see...what else. We got Mace a Star Wars Lego Advent calendar which has given him something to look forward to each day.....fun for all of us actually. The Lego City one is really cute too, maybe we'll do that one next year. As usual we may have gone overboard for Christmas, but I'm not kidding when I say that the Christmas in my fantasy is the Christmas the McCallister's wake up to at the Plaza Hotel in Home Alone 2!!!

Feeling very fortunate this year to have two children to instill the Christmas spirit in.....especially looking forward to Remy Eve's first Christmas Eve.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

What's in a name?

Naming a child is hard! I remember struggling a little when we had Mace......what would his name be? It took a while before we settled on Mace. We like names that are uncommon--but not too unusual. Short names that could be turned into other nicknames as well--for example, we call Mace Macer a lot. We like a middle name that means something. Mace's middle name is Martin after Rob's dad.

When we found out we were expecting, we didn't have much trouble coming up with boy names. I really thought we would have a boy--I just imagined our family with two boys. At 20 weeks we discovered we were having a girl (although I wouldn't fully believe it until the third ultrasound a few months later.....and even still I look at Remy and think you really are a girl!) and officially had zero girl names. The girl name we would have used when we had Mace was Bridget. I still love it, but now Mace has a little friend at school named Bridget, and it just didn't feel like this baby's name.

The first name we loved for a girl was Philippa--which oddly enough doesn't really match up with what we typically like in names....so maybe that is why we didn't ultimately name her that? We also really like the name Mika, but it didn't feel like this baby's name either. And I'm not even sure where we came across Remy for the first time, but we loved it right away. We wondered if we should spell it Remi to be more feminine--but decided to just stick with the most common spelling after all. Even though we loved this as a first name, it was hard to commit to it because we could not find the perfect middle name. And--we would still go back and forth between Philippa and Remy. Somehow we (probably Mace) let it slip to some of our family members that Remy was a name we were considering.....and then people started referring to her as that. By then, we did really, really wanted that to be her name, but it was hard too because we weren't absolutely certain--and we couldn't decide on a middle name.

If we would have had a boy, his middle name would have been O'Brien which is my grandmother's maiden name. I really wanted to find a name that would honor my side of the family in some way--and since O'Brien represented an entire side of the family, it would have been perfect! For a girl though, it didn't feel right--and it didn't feel girly enough. A few names we considered for middle names were Marie (my mom's middle name), Michelle (my aunt's middle name), and Mikelle (a sort of combo of Michelle and using a K from my mom's name Kristine). None of these felt like her name though.

I looked at tons and tons of name lists, including a lot of fall and Halloween themed names since Remy's due date was Halloween. Eve was a name that showed up on a lot of those lists. My association with it was not Halloween though--it was Christmas!

Eve reminds me of all the Christmas Eves spent at my grandmother's house.....my grandmother who passed away a couple years ago. We spent one final Christmas Eve in her house in 2014 without her there......and then our holiday tradition changed forever. When I landed on the name Eve, it was just so special to me, so perfect to honor my grandmother as well as all of the family members I think of when I remember the Christmas Eves I grew up with. More perfect than O'Brien even because it was not only girly, it just made me think of so many special people and times. Eve I think also represents a time of anticipation and excitement--and that quite perfectly describes our time leading up to having Remy.

It was more of a challenge to name Remy than it was to name Mace, but it just took time to find the name......the name that felt like her name. And now I think it's crazy to look at her.....and just know that is the perfect name for her.....and wonder how she could have ever been anyone except Remy Eve.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Introducing...


our sweet daughter Remy Eve. 

She was due to arrive on Halloween but had plans of her own and came in a whirlwind on Wednesday morning, October 12th. She is a tiny little doll baby at just 4 lbs, 14 ounces, and she is perfect.

The Tuesday night before she was born, I couldn't sleep because of contractions that were coming every ten minutes or so. They weren't terrible, but I couldn't sleep through them. However, they never progressed like when I had Mace. They were just irritating and kept coming. Wednesday morning I called into my OB and they told me they'd like me to come in to check my cervix--to see if I was in active labor or not. My appointment was at 10:30.

At 10:40, my doctor declared that my cervix was closed and that I was not in labor. I texted Rob that he could carry on with his day, no baby today! Then I was hooked up to the nonstress test monitor to check on my contractions and baby's heartbeat. Ten minutes into the NST, the nurse took the print out to the doctor to read and quickly returned--with two doctors and a couple other nurses. The baby's heart rate was decelerating with every contraction and the doctors said she needed to be delivered NOW. 

When I tried to call Rob back, he was in a meeting, so I had to frantically text him that I needed him RIGHT NOW. When he called, the nurse told him that they would take me by ambulance to the hospital around the corner and he should meet us there. We would be doing an emergency c-section as soon as we got there.

I was more scared than I've ever been in my life. The doctors and nurses were reassuring--the baby's heartbeat was good, it just dropped with my contractions. She could not tolerate contractions anymore and needed to come now. It would be okay. It was just going to happen now. As reassuring and calm as they were to me, their urgency was the message I got. We were not going to wait around for me to be induced. The baby needed to come ASAP.

The c-section was fast and went perfectly, and one of my favorite doctors did the surgery. Remy was born at 11:57am, not even 90 minutes after my OB appt. I think I'm still in shock as to how fast it all happened and that she is actually here.  
Mace is absolutely thrilled to be a big brother and is a great helper, although I'm sure it's hard on him too and such a big change. He was very surprised to have Daddy and Grandpa pick him up from school on Wednesday and tell him they were going to the hospital to see his sister. Mace replied, "But it's not Halloween yet!" 
At her doctor appointment at five days old, Remy was already back up to her birth weight. Her bilirubin levels have had to be checked a couple of times, but they are now down, so she should be off doctor appointments for a while.

She is absolutely perfect and I still can't believe we have two children!