Posts Tagged ‘Pregnancy’


One year ago…

July 19, 2010

I have some catching up to do, so you’ll be seeing a few posts in a row, but I tried to at least write while I was on the Island since we had some big stuff going on.  So bear with me.

One year ago today (written July 17th) I was in the hospital evicting my daughter from her cozy home.  She was born early in the morning on the 18th of July…but she was nothing close to early!  At over 2 weeks late most people couldn’t believe they would let me go that long, but the did. I could have started the proccess a day earlier, but who wants to be in labor on their 30th birhtday?  Instead I spent that an an Irish pub looking like this :). 

Happy 30th Birthday!

So a year ago today I was feeling the pains of an induced labor…and the joys of an epidural!!  So many fond memories of that day, even through the pain.  It was the longest day ever, but really seemed like two, before the epidural & after.  I don’t know how women can give birth without drugs…but God Bless them!  At 4pm that day there was NO way I could stand another minute.  After I got the epidural I can remember hearing another woman down the hall hoping to go ‘natural’.  All I could think was…oh dear, is that what I sounded like?!  I made the right choice for me. 

In the evening my family came in to visit because I was nice & relaxed.  One of our favorite memories of this day was the moment my water broke.  My whole family was in the room, including my aunt Jane & uncle Kevin.  I simply announced that I thought my water just broke…and Kevin moved out of that room so fast you thought his pants were on fire…see ya, he said!  I think he thought the baby was just going to pop right out at that moment!  It was really cute.  Sadly that was not the case…we still had a ways to go.  We tried to sleep, and waited as long as we could for Maya to make her way…just befor 3am we decided it was time.  20 minutes of pushing, and there he…I mean she was!

You see, everyone was convinced Maya was a boy.  My sisters & father had seen ‘signs’, everyone told me I was carrying all out front so it was a boy…I was totally convinced she was a boy.  So when Andrew proudly announced ‘it’s a girl’…I couldn’t believe it!  That was almost more shock than having a little person put into my arms!  I hadn’t even really thought much about a girl’s name.  We only had really talked about one, so I annouced – ‘well I guess you’re Maya Carmody’.  It couldn’t be a more fitting name for our little girl, and I have been in love ever since.  Screaming from the get go our little girl is the best thing ever!

Family Photo!


Every year my dad writes a letter to me about my birth – day.  I look forward to & cherish his words every year.  I hope that we can continue to do something similar for Maya so she can always remember how excited & proud we were the day she arrived (and maybe remind her every so often the pain she put her mama through! :)).


Plum Island prep…

July 12, 2010

It’s that time of year…PLUM ISLAND!  You can learn all about our PI adventures here:  This year though…we’ll have Maya!  It’s going to be different there’s no doubt, but Andrew will still try to complete everything on this list I’m sure…with Maya in tow of course!

Now it’s packing time.  What to bring for a week at the little house for everyone…everything!  Packing is tricky, Andrew has lists (none of which include necessities of course).  And I have multiple lists!  My uncle Kevin is an excellent list maker.  I wish I had enlisted him to help us out here.  He has a perfect list for everything.  With a kid now I’m starting to see the real potential in these detailed lists.  To give you an idea of the difference between my list & Andrew’s it goes something like this:

Andrew: Fishing poles
Me: Food for Maya
Andrew: Headlamps
Me: sunblock and sun shade
Andrew: Kayaks
Me: bed for Maya, Pillows etc…

It goes on like this for while.  Andrew gets all the fun stuff – I get all the boring stuff.  But such is life.  At least he takes on the task of getting it all into the car (that has no air conditioning).  It will be a true geometry exercise.  I’m just hoping that the things that ultimately get left (there’s bound to be something that doesn’t fit) aren’t on my list!

There are stores for us to get anything we need of course, but given that we can’t leave the house once we get there…we have to make sure we have it all.  This year we’ll also be celebrating Maya’s 1st birthday on the island.  There will be more to come on that later.  But all in all it will be an adventure.  Maya’s sleeping habits aren’t the best so I’m hoping she doesn’t keep everyone awake all night.  Fingers crossed this adventure goes as best it can!  I won’t be able to post from there I don’t think…but I’ll keep track of all the stories for you & recount when we get back!

Anyone out there have favorite kid travelling stories?  Wish us luck!

Plum Island on my Due Date 7/4/2009

Side note – this time last year I was VERY pregnant!  And was at PI a week after my due date. too..I never thought it would happen!  This year will hopefully be more comfortable!