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Introducing: Francesca!!!

I would love to introduce our bundle of joy! tc_baby_01

This is a picture of her birth announcement card. She is so peaceful sleeping here in a tutu and fancy headband. Headband made by me, and the tutu was a gift given to me at my baby shower. It was also handmade by a friend. These photos were taken by the talented Diana Rush of Diana Rush Photography. Here are some more from her fancy, first photo shoot.

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I can’t believe she is here and is over 5 months old now. So much has gone on and happened in the last 5 months. I can’t wait to share it all with you. I will post an update soon regarding the first 5 months and what a cluster that was… but enjoy these precious moments until then.

I am so happy that my family is complete. We couldn’t wait to meet this darling girl and now my life is so much more fulfilled with her in it. We are loving every second with her, watching her grow and change everyday. I promise to be more regular with the posts and pictures now that I have her on a good schedule!

Go Team Caspardo- XO Kelly

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My birth story…and it didn’t go as planned

Whooooooo, it has been a long and somewhat exhausting 3 months. Yes, that’s right, 3 months!!! Our precious baby girl, Francesca Elizabeth Lombardo arrived 3 months ago, on March 5th, 2013 at 10:37 pm. She weighed in at a whopping 6 pounds and 10 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long. It was truly the most memorable day of my life and I will never forget the feeling of seeing her for the first time and holding her in my arms.

It was an emotional roller coaster of a day to say the least. Nothing went as I had hoped or planned. I was reminded, yet again the rules about life from this experience. Life is like that you know, you just can’t always plan for what you want to happen. Even when you do,  life throws you curve balls left and right. You become set on an outcome but life lets you know that there is always another way, the way that is meant for you. Looking back, I would not have changed a thing. We got what we wanted, a healthy baby girl!

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Here is how it all went down…

I had my regular doctors appointment scheduled for Tuesday, March 5th, 3 days over my due date. Dom and I went to the doctor’s appointment in the morning as scheduled to check my progress. I had been having some irregular contractions for the past day, timing anywhere between 6-12 minutes apart. At the appointment my doctor checked me out and informed me that I was dilated 3cm. It was good news. He sent us over to the hospital to get hooked up to the monitors for a half an hour and then walk the hospital for an hour.

At the hospital we did just that. The hardest part was the walking, I was feeling so heavy and the baby was feeling so low at this point. The walking helped move me along to 4cm though in just an hour. My contractions were still irregular but they were certainly there. My doctor decided to admit me to the hospital around 2pm. Shortly after I was admitted, my doctor broke my water to help assist with the labor. As soon as my water was broken, I was at 5cm. Around 4pm my contractions were still irregular so my doctor decided to put me on pitocin to help induce the labor. For a while this helped move me along to 6cm dilated in just 2 hours. I was starting to feel the contractions more intensely as the drug kicked in. The pain was lingering in my lower back and I was having a very hard time relaxing. My contractions were becoming more intense every time but they were not following any pattern, they were still irregular. At 6:30pm I decided to get an epidural to ease the pain that I was having. Great decision! I could finally relax and stop clenching all of my muscles.

Once the epidural established, my contractions died down and my doctor became concerned about the baby. They put internal monitors on me to better read the baby’s heartbeat. It was frightening watching the monitor. Each time I had a strong contraction, her heartbeat would dip very low. Over the course of the next 2 hours I was monitored very closely and my labor wasn’t progressing. It was actually slowing down. My contractions were very intense but I was still only at an 8cm. At one point every nurse and doctor came flying into our room. They had to give me a shot to stop the contractions because the baby was in distress. That was a very scary moment…

A c-section was recommended at this point. I was very upset! I thought I had failed. I was so set on having a natural delivery that my emotions were clouding my judgement and I was putting off having a c-section and doing the right thing. After some quick discussion with my nerve wracked husband, I was convinced that a c-section was necessary for the safety of the baby. I was an emotional wreck as they prepped the OR and while they wheeled me down for surgery. I couldn’t believe this was happening. I was so focused on the negatives in that moment and I was being so selfish.

Once we were in the OR I realized that the health and safety of our little girl was what mattered the most, not my pride. I couldn’t believe I was so foolish to be thinking that way. The surgery was quick. She was literally out in no time. The umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck and was the reason she was in distress.

As soon as she was free, the doctor held her up and said, “it’s a girl”. All I could see through my tears of joy was a mound of black hair. Just like mommy, I thought! My husband was able to watch them pull her out of me and cut the umbilical cord. He went over with the nurses to check her out and watch her be cleaned, weighed, and wrapped up.

As soon as they could, they handed her to me. It was love at first sight! That moment when you see what you have created is indescribable. I was sobbing all over again! It was such an emotional moment. I knew then that nothing else mattered, we were a family now.

Kelly

My Pregnancy: The Full 40 Weeks

It’s been a couple of months since my last post…

Phew…Well, here you have it. A quick recap of my growing belly during my pregnancy. I made it the full 40 weeks before our precious baby girl was born on March 5th, just 3 days late. I can’t believe that when I was 21 weeks, I thought I was so big already. That bump was nothing compared to the way it bulged out toward the end.

I will admit to feeling great for most of the pregnancy though. I credit that to attending pilates 5 times a week up until week 38 when it was just embarrassing to go to classes. I would show up each week and have my workouts modified for me by the best instructors in the business. I felt so thankful that pilates kept my weight in check and me feeling great and energized.

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I was so over it by the end and couldn’t believe that I actually was pregnant the whole time. I never thought that I would last 40 weeks being pregnant. Heck, I never thought I would actually be pregnant!

In the end, I had the worst edema ever and was super bloated in my hands and feet for 3 weeks before the delivery. Thank GOD it was winter time or I would have literally died. I never thought I would see my feet and or ankle bones again. I did eventually!

Overall, I actually loved being pregnant! I wouldn’t change a thing. I loved feeling my little one kick me, even in the middle of the night. It was fun to watch my body grow (a human) and change to prepare for the baby. It was fun to pig out on sweets and blame it on all the hormones too.

Up next…the birth story! It was so not what I thought it would be, but I wouldn’t have changed a thing. The best part about it is that we are enjoying every minute with our newest family member. You will get to meet her soon!

A Baby Shower

I had my baby shower a couple of weekends ago. It was hosted by the BFF, she really went all out for this one. She turned her home into an Alice In Wonderland inspired vintage tea party. Every detail was well thought out and executed perfectly. I can’t say enough about the ladies in attendance and the generosity of their gifts and wise wisdom. shower_01 shower_02 shower_03 shower_04

Seriously, how gorgeous is the tablescape? I just loved the napkin bows, flowers, vintage clocks & doilies on the table. There were about 10-12 different types of tea to choose from and warm scones served before lunch.

For lunch we had 3 different types of salad, and 4 different types of tea sandwiches. The desert bar was complete with chocolate covered strawberries, dipped marshmallows, & cupcakes.

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One of my favorite activities from the shower was the “make a onesie or bib” station. Everyone who painted an item for me was very creative. I can’t wait to share with you how great they all came out.

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Here are just a few more detail shots from the party! I just loved the gold painted mason jars used for the flower vases and the quotes from Alice In Wonderland around the room.

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As a parting gift, all the ladies were given a shade of pink nail polish.

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Here is a picture of me sporting the pearls that I lost during the first minute of being at the shower for saying the word “baby”. I always lose that game, this time I just couldn’t help it, obviously! Most everyone came with their tea hats too! I borrowed mine from Miss Terrie who pretty much has everything you would ever need in life! A lot of the decorations came from her home. On the right is a copy of the invitation that I made for the shower. I honed in on my previous graphic design skills and created these custom invitations.

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Thanks again to Kelly B. for hosting! It was definitely a day to remember. I just enjoyed every minute with my friends and family who came. We are so thankful to all of you and can’t wait for baby girl to arrive soon!

*Kelly

My 2012 Library Review

Well, I finally accomplished one New Year’s Resolution! I set a goal in 2012 to read 35 books throughout the year. I actually read 36, not including the quick children’s story books, when I was nannying for Weston.

I am currently involved in 2 book clubs. One of the groups meets in person, once a month at a member’s home to review the book selection and enjoy some home made food and girly chit-chat. The other club is an open forum style book club on Facebook. The members vote on a primary and secondary book once a month and it’s your choice to read one or the other or both.

I have really enjoyed both book clubs and have bulked up my Goodreads.com reading shelf with a ton of books that I am looking forward to reading eventually. Here is what I read in 2012.

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Most of the books were read for book club, although I did branch out and read a few pregnancy books and I read Charlotte’s Web to the baby each night for a few months. All of the books were enjoyable, some more than others. Some were pure guilty pleasures or fast reads. Some I had read before but loved reading again.

The top 5 books that I read this year were:

1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

2. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

3. Mentor: The Kid & The CEO by Tom Pace

4. Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

5. A Discovery of Witches by Debroah Harkness

My goal for 2013 is to read 25 books. I had to step it down a notch because I’m not sure I can keep up the reading of novels with a newborn baby in the home. We shall see how this all pans out. Wish me luck!

What are your 2013 reading goals?

*Kelly

31 Weeks Pregnant

This pregnancy is flying by…,

I can’t believe it is already 2013! This year will bring many exciting adventures to the Team Caspardo household. We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our little bundle of joy, due to arrive in 9 more weeks. Domenic and I are so excited to finally meet her and we just can’t wait to have her in our lives.

At 31 weeks pregnant I can assure you that even though I feel great most of the day, I still have some minor pregnancy symptoms. Mostly, overeating of sweets (tis the season). I guess the holidays are a great time to be pregnant. All in all I have had a fairly normal pregnancy with some minor aches and pains, nothing too serious. A few weeks back I had my gallbladder checked out due to some pain that I was having on my right ribcage. Apparently everything looked great on the ultrasound and I have no infection or stones on my gallbladder. The pain has minimized and I am still going to the gym regularly. Sleeping through the night is a luxury now and I can’t even remember what that feels like. I wake up a million times a night with my arm or hip going numb. Then there is the 2 times a night bathroom break. I guess I’m gearing up for all of the late night feedings and crying. Thank God for naps!!!

This past week we went with some friends up to San Francisco for a quick visit. Below is a picture of my gal pal Amanda and me. We are both expecting baby girls, due the same weekend. I think I’m looking quite a bit bigger around then she is…

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We had a fun few days in the city and visited some new places. We strolled through Golden Gate Park one morning. The weather was chilly but the sun was shining bright! We ate at a charming cafe on Haight Street near Ashbury called Squat and Gobble. Later in the day we made it to Ocean Beach and walked around the bluffs to snap this picture. After our “hike”, the two pregnant gals needed a recharge so we headed to Mitchell’s Ice Cream Parlor for a sweet treat.

My favorite new experience on the trip was eating our last fancy dinner before the baby comes. Sean and Amanda treated us to dinner at Prospect Restaurant, which is the sister restaurant to Boulevard. The creator is a female chef by the name of Nancy Oakes. The food is super fresh, found from local farms and inspiring. The first courses are on the small side, but the flavors are decadent and Earthy. All the main courses are worth the price, portion size. They are extremely rich and flavorful, cooked to perfection, and leave a lasting impression. I was especially fond of the atmosphere of the restaurant and the design quality. I will be going back here some day!

Overall, we had a blast in my most favorite of all cities in the world.

*Kelly

Thanksgiving: Our First Friendsgiving…

I know it was almost a month ago, but I wanted to share what we did for Thanksgiving this year! The holidays are always a little bit wacky for me. Lots of emotions and feelings are brought to the surface, reflecting upon old traditions, and creating new ones. This year was a little bit different for us, we decided to meet up with some of our favorite friends for turkey day! We had our very first “Friends-giving” feast this year at Sean & Amanda’s. thanksgiving_12_01

The tablescape was set up for our version of fine dining. It looked lovely with Amanda’s wedding china and the daises. We each made some yummy things to share for the feast.

 

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For starters, we had hummus and mixed veggies for dipping. A nice healthy alternative to all of the bread and chip options.

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Sean was busy tending to the meat on the bbq. He made a lamb roast for our main course, which was cooked perfectly. It was very tender and moist, perfect on the inside and out. Very flavorful and quite delicious.

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For side dishes we had pumpkin corn bread, mashed sweet potatoes, cranberry nut stuffing, green bean & mushroom casserole, with artichoke & cheesy scalloped potatoes. Each side was so rich and flavorful. We went back for seconds on everything because it was all so good.

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Here is my first round plate with all I could fit on it. We had so much food for the 4 of us, we had to take some extras home, which were eaten for a few days after! Not complaining here though because it was all so tasty.

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No champagne for the pregnant girls, so we sipped on some sparking cider.

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For dessert, I made some pumpkin whoopie pies that I found a recipe for on one of my favorite blogs. It was so easy to make from scratch and they tasted amazing. The filling was made from scratch too using a lot of powdered sugar and marshmallow creme.

I just can’t wait until next year for our second annual Friends-giving. Whether we partake in it on turkey day or not, it doesn’t matter. We have started a tradition! Next year we will both be able to share it with out lovely little baby girls. Sharing the holidays with friends that you consider your family is such a great blessing for me and Domenic, we love knowing that we can be a part of other people’s families when ours is so small.

*Kelly

Otis & Sylvester: Who sleeps like this?

It has been a while since I have posted anything in regards to the two silly guys we have running rampant around our house. We are getting ready for the baby to come and the weeks are just flying by now. Every night there is a new situation brewing with these two, whether they are jumping into boxes strewn across the living room, getting caught in the crib springs, hiding out in the bookcase… Or apparently getting a snooze in where ever they land.

I am having a hard time looking at this picture without bursting out in to full fledged laughter. Seriously, who sleeps like this? Apparently my little baby boy Sylvester does. Face all smashed into the wall, next to the toilet mind you. He doesn’t seem to be bothered by it but I think I might be.

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Otis on the other hand has a more reasonable approach to sleeping. Always right on top of the headboard, facing the window, dreaming the day away.

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Gotta love these two maniacs! Never a dull moment with these two running a muck at the team Caspardo house!

*Kelly, Baby, Otis & Sylvester!

Hawaii Vacation: The Resort

Things have been crazy busy since we got home from our trip last month. We have been in baby prep mode and work mania since Hawaii.

Anyway, we had an amazing vacation at an amazing resort and I just wanted to share our experience will you all. We brought Dom’s parents along for the week long trip to Ko Olina, which is on the West Coast of Oahu. We stayed at the Marriott Vacation Club and enjoyed each and every minute. Here is a brief overview of the resort. resort_01

The villas sit at the end of a row of coves on the south west side of Oahu. The Marriott is 2 coves away from the Disney Resort, Aulani. Each resort has their own private cove that you can swim in.resort_04

Domenic pretty much lived in the cove whenever we were hanging out at the resort. As you can see, the water is beautiful and clear. We had many warm, relaxing days on the sand looking out onto the ocean.

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The resort had many great features including a general store, koi fish ponds, bbq’s, 3 pools, a fitness center, spa services, 2 restaurants, shaved ice, and a luau. We took advantage of eating at Longboards restaurant a few times. The pulled pork and fish dishes were amazing! Apparently the mai tai’s were great too, guess I’ll find out next year!

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We had perfect weather throughout our trip, except on the last day when it rained a little bit on and off as it typically does in Hawaii. We really enjoyed the resort and all of the amenities that it had to offer. It is a great place to take children of any age, there are a lot of activities for children and adults that are provided by the resort daily. They do painting, lei making, snorkeling, hula lessons, and other fun activities. Next year we will be going back and taking baby “Caspardo” with us.

Stay tuned for Pearl Harbor and North Shore posts, coming soon.

*Kelly

 

Back from Oahu…

We are back from our wonderful vacation to the islands. Domenic and I had a relaxing trip in Oahu, Hawaii. We stayed at the Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club Resort for 7 nights and enjoyed each and every minute of our time there. We are so pleased that we agreed to keep the time share from my mom. We know how much she loved it and we are so happy to be able to call it home for a week each year. Thanks mom!!! You are truly missed and in our hearts today and everyday. Now we understand why you loved it so much and went there 4 weeks a year.

 

More to come from our adventures in Oahu in the coming days. For now, enjoy this beautiful hibiscus flower!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

*Kelly