Introducing Olivia Jade and Marco Alfonso….

16 Nov

They are finally here!  I had almost given up hope that they would show up on their own. Early October 24th, my water broke and we were on our way.

Marco Alfonso was born at 8:23 and Olivia Jade was born at 8:24.

I can’t believe they are finally here! These two little people that each have their own personalities. Marco is just as I imagined. A calm little boy that just looks around and takes it all in (just like his dad). Olivia came out screaming, this little girl has quite a set of lungs and is not afraid to use them but is such a sweet girl. I love their little faces and watching them sleep.

The past 3 weeks being home with Martino have been great but today he went back to work. 😦  Today we are on our own but we got this. Luckily, we have my mom and sisters and some good friends who have all offered to stop by.

So now the adventures really begin! These two little people have opened my heart in a way that I didn’t know was possible. xoxo

Here are a few pics that Tatiana Breslow took at the hospital. Can’t wait for their photo shoot this week!

http://www.tatianabreslow.com

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Etsy Love

17 Sep

Sorry for not posting more, you would think being home on leave that I would have more to say but I have been a slacker. 😦

What better to post about than my new favorites on Etsy.

At the last ultrasound, the tech joked that both babies had more hair than Martino. 😉 Now I can’t help but think of all the bows and frills I can put in Olivia’s hair. I love both this little cocoon and headband. I have a feeling she is going to come out with a head of dark hair just like her Aunt Stephanie did.

beautiful vintage green headband sizes newborn and up – $18/Little Diva and Dude Design

Of course I had to find something equally as cute for lil Marco

GREY SKULL AND CROSSBONES KNITTED BEANIE HAT – $20/Charlie Mae

32 weeks

17 Sep

I have officially been home on Dr.’s orders since August 9th. This in itself has been a challenge for me. 😦 It’s for a good reason and so far so good. Yesterday, I went in for an ultrasound and the babies look great!

Lil’ Marco is 4.9 lbs and curled up in a ball since his sister is somehow curved around him and weighing 4.10 lbs. The belly is already measuring 40 weeks!!  I still have another 6 weeks to go!  I can’t imagine how much bigger this belly is going to stretch. :o)

I have to say that for each day these babies continue to cook I am grateful. I am grateful for a body that may have had a hard time getting pregnant has managed to carry these 2 babies and for the most part I really have not had any issues other than the normal pregnancy aches and pains. It’s definitely getting harder to walk around and trying to sleep is torture but all in all things are moving along.

How far along? 32 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 29 lbs.
Maternity clothes? yes and no, but now that I am under house arrest, it’s yoga pants and tee’s
Stretch marks? no and no. Mama Mio boob tube & Bio-oil everday
Sleep: Not really. 😦 It’s hard to get comfortable and my hands hurt with pins and needles.
Best moment this week: Getting to see the babies at our ultrasound!
Movement: Movements are not as strong as before since these two are pretty cramped in there but I love playing music and feeling them dance around.

Food cravings: not many, my belly is in my throat and the heartburn pretty much squashes all cravings. I have been eating my new fave cottage cheese with cinnamon and honey

Gender: Boy& Girl
Labor Signs: NO
Belly Button in or out? It’s still an innie but barely.
What I miss: SLEEP! I miss being able to feel my hands.
What I am looking forward to: Hopefully, getting to visit a friend who just had their baby girl yesterday!
Weekly Wisdom: Going to try and increase the fluids and protein to hopefully help with the swelling in my hands. Even though I don’t know how much water I can drink!

29 weeks

26 Aug

How far along? 29 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 22 lbs.
Maternity clothes? yes and no, but now that I am under house arrest, it’s yoga pants and tee’s
Stretch marks? no and no. Mama Mio boob tube & Bio-oil everday
Sleep: Yes, but can someone please explain how the hell you are supposed to get out of bed. I get up every hour to pee and feel like a turtle on it’s back. I can’t move!
Best moment this week: So sad, but getting out of the house for a lil bit for a trip to Ikea AND my little sister might be stopping by today for a visit. yay for visitors!
Movement: Yes! Marco is so low down, it feels like a lil worm squirming around and Olivia is a dancing machine in there, the little girl does not stop.

Food cravings: Blueberries, it’s been my breakfast staple for the past 2 weeks
Gender: Boy& Girl
Labor Signs: NO
Belly Button in or out? It’s still an innie but barely.
What I miss: being able to get up off the couch or bed without assistance, lol
What I am looking forward to: Martino cleaning out the nursery so we can get started. Furniture is being delivered Sept. 8th
Weekly Wisdom: As much as I feel limited right now, and frustrating not being able to do everything I want. I am grateful for my body that has been doing a pretty good job of cooking these lil ones. They are both the same size and growing.

12 Aug

 

How far along? 27 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: a lil more than 18 lbs, ha but haven’t been weighed yet ;)
Maternity clothes? a mix of mat and non-mat. All of my long tanks are belly shirts on me now! 
Stretch marks? no and no.  Mama Mio boob tube & Bio-oil everday
Sleep: Yes, please. Ugh, I am such an insomniac lately. hate it
Best moment this week: Baby Shower on Saturday was so much fun! As of Monday I have been taken out of work, I was not expecting it. but it gives me time to rest and get some work done for NYD.
Movement: A lot more movement now. Martino was able to feel the party that was going on in my belly while I was passed out. ha ha

Food cravings: I had my red velvet fix at the shower. The cake was ah-mazing!
Gender: Boy& Girl
Labor Signs: NO
Belly Button in or out? It’s still an innie but barely. 
What I miss: SLEEP!
What I am looking forward to: dinner tonight with friends at Il Fresco. love it there! Then date night with Martino on Friday for his bday. 
Weekly Wisdom: things happen for a reason and when one door closes another one opens, so I just have to have FAITH.

Maternity Photo Shoot

6 Aug

I love how these came out. It was a gorgeous day!

Lately, it has been so crazy between work and the construction in the house. It was nice to take this time and just be with Martino and go back to a place where it all began. Our first date was at the Botanical Gardens.

Photographer Tatiana Breslow did an AH-MAZING job! Can’t wait to see what she does for the newborn shoot! 🙂

The first picture is my favorite. If you have ever seen the movie Notting Hill, at the end of the movie, Julia and Hugh are sitting on a park bench reading. This always stuck in my head and I always knew it was a picture I would like to have. We lucked out — we found a perfect bench and I love the angel statue in the background.

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25 weeks

1 Aug

A teaser pic of our maternity shoot on Friday with Photographer Tatiana Breslow at the Ringwood Botanical Gardens. The day turned out to be beautiful! I can’t wait to see how the rest came out.

I was a little nervous about being a model, but Martino was a ham and helped me to relax. Tatiana was great to work with and was so sweet to bring us some cupcakes! (red velvet of course)