Thursday, January 26, 2012

Did you miss it?

Ok so turns out our witty little holiday card has taught us something very important - not everyone READS the holiday cards when you send them out.  WHAAAAT?!?!  Who would have guessed it!

Ok so in case you missed it...we are EXPECTING...a JUNE!

Here are some things I want to remember about the first 18 weeks of pregnancy:

*Found out I was pregnant on October 25, 2011

*Uncle Scott suffered a stroke on October 26, 2011
*Post-poned our trip to California on November 6, 2011 after suffering a bad case of the flu combined with severe morning sickness
*Horrible "all day long" sickness from about 5 weeks to 14 weeks
*Two different meds to try to control said naseau
*Trip post-ponement led to the discovery of a low progestrone pregnancy (doesn't God work in mysterious ways)
*Took progestrone to keep baby safe from 6 weeks to 15 weeks
*Two trips to the ER for fluids and IV's of anti-naseau meds
*Lost a total of 16 lbs in first trimester but baby you are STRONG and pulling what you need
*First heartbeat at 6 weeks was 111; heartbeat now regularly around 144-146
*Weekly (sometimes twice a week) appointments to see Dr. Carlson from 6 weeks to 15 weeks; usually getting to see our little babe every week to be sure you were ok
*January 24, 2012 - first feeling of baby movement
*We are NOT going to find out the sex of the baby this time
*Big ultrasound scheduled for Tuesday January 31, 2012
*Due June 30, 2012
*Couldn't be more excited!  All of the above will be worth it in the end!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Who doesn't love a good surprise?!?

The first weekend of January - 16 of us descended upon New York City to give our friend Jenny a surprise she certainly was not expecting!

Jenny is getting married in Chicago the first weekend of February (she lives in Stamford, CT one short train ride from NYC) and gave clear direction she didn't want a bachelorette party.  So it started as a few of us who missed her shower in Chicago deciding it would be fun to come to NYC to do a small shower.  Then it quickly evolved into a girls weekend that NO ONE wanted to miss.

You see - Jenny is that person - we all have one - selfless, giving, supportive and wouldn't miss an opportunity to support you.  So it should come as no surprise that given the chance to do something good for a great person - everyone stepped to the plate. 

Here are some pictures from the night - I'd like to note that I made it out until 3:30 AM and only wish I had taken a picture when our cab on the drive back to Harz's apartment got a flat and kicked us out - haha! 

Fabulous weekend with fabulous friends!!

Some of the shower goodies!

Waiting patiently (or not so patiently) - it felt like the longest walk from Grand Central to Harz's apartment


Our friend Marla got a nasty bug and was headed to London after the girls weekend so against her better judgement - made the mature decision to stay home and rest up for her work trip.  She got to be there for the surprise via Skype.  Missed you Champ!

After the shower - a fun night out was planned and included tapas, sangria, dancing, shots and some amazing music!

Connor got to spend his fabulous weekend with Grandma and Grandpa Paulsrud but I find no evidence of pictures on camera's here - perhaps Grandma P has some she'll share and I'll update.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Baby Pape

On Saturday we celebrated the upcoming arrival of Baby Pape!  My friends Jenny, Shelley and I hosted the shower along with Mollie's friend Becky at Shelley and Eric's house.  Turned out to be a wonderful afternoon.

Here are some pics:

Didn't get a single picture with Mollie and I together - but we'll work on getting at least one picture of the two of us pregnant together before Baby Boy Pape arrives.  Congrats Mollie and Matt - we can't wait for your bundle to get here!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Cold Turkey

We went cold turkey - no more diapers as of 12/28/2011.  More detail on that to follow but so far things are going really well! 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Would you speak up?

What would you do if you had seen something that you knew wasn't right?  Would you speak up? Would you turn your head?  Would you spend time talking to your girlfriends about it but not go to the source? 

Consider that speaking up could change someone's life.

Please read this post today and re-blog it, post it on your Facebook page or just plain encourage people to do the right thing.

Monday, January 16, 2012

New Family Addition

The Paulsrud's would like to welcome the newest member of our extended family:

Riley Ann Sacco, born January 15 at 6:53 pm 6 lbs 15 oz. 19.25 inches

We cannot wait to meet our new (second) cousin! And a big congrats to her parents, Gabe & Amanda - love you guys!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

December 8, 2011

I've been meaning to talk about this since..well December 8th!  December 8th marked the one year anniversary of our dear friends Annie & Justin's son passing.  Jack's Angel Day holds a special place in my heart.  Such a short life, yet his impact has been so significant. 

Here is sweet sweet Jack:

So with that, a few of us organized a Light the Night for Jack on December 8th.  Without Annie & Justin knowing we had friends and family make custom luminary bags for Jack and we arrived at their house around 5:30 PM that evening to truly Light the Night for Jack. 

Here was the picture of the bags in the back of my car - I'd say this ended up being about half of the total amount:

Here is the bag for Jack from Connor:

This was another one of my favorites from the priest at the church where Dan & I (and Annie & Justin) belong - Jack's Angel Day was also the Feast of the Immaculate Conception:
 And one from Jack's Opa and Grandma:

So many people struggle with how to support our friends at times of great grief - and you know, I'm proud to say that when given the chance to do something good - people do great things.  I didn't get many good pics of the final "Light the Night" but the best ones came from my phone:

Jack will be forever a part of me and his life has touched so many.

And now - while I have the chance I'm going to get up on my soapbox here and write a little something that I feel like needs to be said and that I know not everyone who reads this will agree with.  Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is a very scary thing for any new parent.  Doctors and nurses do their best to educate us on 'doing the right things' but sometimes things like Grandmothers and Mothers chime in and say things like 'well you slept with a bumper' or 'all my babies slept on their tummies'

Annie and Justin DID do all the right things and Jack's entrance to heaven was at his daycare providers home.  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not do things that are medically proven to put our children at any more risk than they already are - I've been a mom, I know it's tempting when they sleep better on their tummies, etc. and you're exhausted but it is NOT worth it.  I wish to see no one else I know (or frankly don't know) go thru a tragedy like this.

Here are some very basics:
  • Place your baby on their back to sleep rather than their stomach or side. 
  • Select bedding carefully; you want a firm mattress
  • No blankets, pillows, stuffed animals in the crib
  • Don't use bumper pads (started to be against the law in some areas)
  • Don't overheat the baby - use things like a sleep sack in lieu of blankets.  It is proven that babies born in the fall/winter have a higher risk of SIDS for this exact reason
Maybe it worked for your other kids - maybe it worked for your Mom - but is it worth the risk?

Visit: for more information

To see Annie and Justin's blog on Jack's Angel Day visit:

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

First Movie

On December 19, 2011 Connor went to his first movie at the movie theater! 

GG (Great Grandma Betty), Nana, Uncle Keith & Aunt Sarah were all here so we celebrated this special milestone together!

We went to the Marcus Majestic Cinema in Waukesha/Brookfield, WI:

We saw The Muppets!  It was fabulous!

For 98% of the movie Connor sat just like this....

With Daddy during the credits at the end!  Toss up on who enjoyed it more!?!

Such a fun day and great movie - check it out if you haven't already!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Christmas Day

Christmas Day - Castle Rock Lake 2011:

And yes we did more than open present but that was the only time the camera was out, the rest of the time we just enjoyed the presence of family not behind the lense ;)