Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas 2009 in Pictures









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Christmas was very Merry and Bright this year. We thoroughly enjoyed the day and the entire season. The best part of all was having our Megan with us to celebrate. What a wonderful way to spend Christmas, with a newborn baby!



Christmas Eve

We made it to service on Christmas Eve and then had the whole crew over to our home for our annual get together with yummy holiday food. Anna found a new friend in Mr. Nieter and enjoyed some quality time with him. Of course, Erin entertained the crew and Anna and Blake filled the house with lots of cheer and laughter. It was a fun time of being together!

Meeting the Big Sisters

Megan's big sisters were thrilled to meet her and get some snuggles in. Anna is very interested in her and is always bringing me her passy when Megan cries. Erin likes to talk to Megan on her own terms and doesn't pay her too much attention. The last picture was our first outing as a family of 5 on Christmas Eve - they all fit in the backseat with no room to spare! What a car full of girls!

Megan Joy Maggiore







Our third precious little girl entered the world on December 16th. After being my most difficult pregnancy (well 3rd trimester) due to the fact that she was breech, it was a welcome relief to be holding her in my arms. I underwent a breech aversion procedure at 37 weeks to have her flipped and luckily it worked so I was able to have a normal delivery. This one was different from the other two due to the fact that I was voluntarily induced one week before my due date since the thought of being in the hospital on Christmas didn't appeal to me. Despite labor being started for me, it went smoothly and quickly. It all began about 9:15 and we were holding Megan by 3:00. It was absolutely an enjoyable experience and a great one to end with!!!! The epidural actually worked this time and my recovery has been so much easier.
Megan is 2 weeks old today and we see her beautiful eyes a little bit longer each day. She's even attempting smiles already. I have to admit, I am enjoying this stage with her since Anna's first few weeks were so difficult. I'm trying to soak it all in and not rush it, although I would love to sleep 8 consecutive hours at night - I know that time will come. For now, we are just enjoying our days as a family of 5. Daddy has been off work for 2 weeks and most days we just stay inside and try to stay warm. It's been rather relaxing and all the girls are doing great!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Breakfast with Santa









It's a tradition to go to Founder's Inn every year and have breakfast with Santa. He is by far the best Santa in town, and the girls just thoroughly enjoy his singing. Anna got into it this year and enjoyed the "hand" painting and balloon. Talk about talent - this balloon guy can make just about anything. Erin went for her favorite character Big Bird and Anna got a Little Einsteins rocket that didn't leave her hand for about 4 days before it deflated. It was a morning of joy and festivities with the grandparents!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009

Erin is my sweet potato masher!

One cute, drooly girl!

Yummy...it was quite a spread.

Anna had no time to pose for a picture.

Erin and her 2 Grandmas.

What a sweet profile.

Dance party on the porch since it was a beautiful day.

My side of the family (can you see why I was referred to as a pumpkin!)

Joe's side of the family.

One of our last photos as a family of four!
Thanksgiving was so wonderful this year. It was very relaxing and enjoyable. We had a lazy morning at the house as we watched the parade and prepared our portion of the meal. Then we joined my parents at Joe's parents home for a delicious meal. I wish I had more room in my stomach, but I ate in between each of my naps. It was a gorgeous day outside so we all got to spend some time out on the back porch being entertained by little girls! We have much to be thankful for this year. When I think back to the beginning of the year and all that has transpired, I honestly feel like I could write a book. 2009 wasn't what we had anticipated it being, but I'm starting to figure out that nothing ever is quite what we anticipate. I am thankful for where the Lord has us, what He has brought us through and where He is taking us! And I'm very thankful for the people He has surrounded us with (that's you!), that make each step of life so much more bearable, enjoyable and special.

A Special Treat Day!

I've always loved the day before a holiday - I love anticipation, excitement, and this year - a full day off of school for Erin. We even managed to convince Daddy to take the whole day off! So off we went to Build-A-Bear to make a special birthday present for Megan Joy. Erin made one for Anna before she was born so we wanted to carry on the tradition. Anna had a blast with the whole procedure and she picked out the bear's dress. Erin was such a big girl and filled in the birth certificate and chose Joy Elf as the bear's name. After the mall, we had a family lunch together and then the girls fell asleep in the car. It wasn't the plan, but traffic was terrible and it took us 45 minutes to get home from Lynnhaven Mall. We decided since nap time was over early we would attempt our first movie as a family. We took the girls to Cinema Cafe and again, Anna had a blast and actually sat in her chair for the entire movie. It was off to church for our Thanksgiving Eve service after that. We had the best day as a family of four just spending quality time together! I love days like that!