One Month Old….one month late

So, keeping up with the blog is proving to be harder than I thought.  However, here it is just a bit late.  Viola is growing and thriving and we are all adjusting well.  We had a lot of help in the beginning.  Sharon and Leo came by a lot during the first couple of weeks to play with Sophia or let me rest.  Charlie and Audrey have also provided great entertainment for Sophia.  Then, my parents came up to meet Viola. My dad and Sophia became best friends and my house is at its cleanest when my mom is here!  We are so thankful for all the help our family provided.

One Month New

– Brown Hair

– Blue Eyes

– 10lbs

– Wakes two to three times a night

– Loves bath time with big sister

– The fan is her best friend

– Beautiful little girl

I love that Olaf couldn’t be left out. Haha
Nonna spent many days helping out with the transition!  Sophia had a blast.

This was Daddy’s hat when he was a baby.

Sophia enjoys holding Viola and reading her stories

My parent’s came to meet sweet Viola and helped throw Sophia a birthday party!

My dad spent time making Viola her very own bunny rabbit.  I’d like to say he helped me make it, but it’s more like I helped him.  I played the part of getting the tools together. Keep scrolling and you’ll see it!
Bath time

The Rabbit

One Month New

Say Hi to Vi

Viola Claire Baldini was born August 9th 2016 at 8:45am. She was 7lbs 6oz and 18.5 inches long. For some this is enough information. For others who are obsessed with birth stories continue to read.

Our story begins on Monday, August 8th, I was super tired and so ready for to meet my little squish. I was at that point in pregnancy where everything is emotional and you are just exhausted. I was over waking 5 times a night to pee and not being able to hold Sophia on my lap and read her stories. In short, I needed this baby to be born. Well, the stars aligned for me, that morning Carlo’s mom, Sharon, called me up and asked if she could take Sophia for the day and I said absolutely. Carlo took half a day off and we decided to go for a walk and not just a leisurely stroll. I decided we would walk Cherokee Park! Oh the hills and the heat, but I really wanted to give my best effort to get labor going. Contractions started around 3 that afternoon. We went home from the park and the contractions were unpredictable.  Determined to get labor going I decided to walk around the neighborhood. After it was all said and done we estimated that we had walked about five or six miles in all. Well, I finally decided I was in labor and called Sharon to bring Sophia back to me. I needed to spend some last moments with just her. Her world was getting ready to change (remember the emotional bit, yeah you can imagine).

So, that evening we spent time doing normal routine things and just paying attention to the contractions and giving a little extra attention to Sophia. The contractions were spacing out and I was pretty sure that they were going to fizzle out. I was getting pretty disappointed in all my effort. It isn’t everyday or ever that I walk six miles and hello at nine months pregnant. As the evening went on we put Sophia to bed as usual and then we went to bed. I continued to have contractions, but they were pretty far apart and not very painful. The contractions woke me up a few times that night, but overall I was still able to get some sleep. Around 2am, Sophia woke up and Carlo went to her room to get her back to sleep. During that time he fell asleep in her room. No big deal usually. Well, around 5am I woke up with really strong contractions. I laid in the bed and timed them and they were three to four minutes a part and no joke. I finally acknowledged this was actually going to happen! So, like I mentioned Carlo fell asleep in Sophia’s room and at this point I needed to let him know that we were going to have a baby! Our hallway, which is a pretty short hallway, like 8 steps short, all of a sudden felt very long. I went to Sophia’s room and as quietly as I could got Carlo. He called his mom and she came over to take care of Sophia. That 30 minute wait for her to get here was a very long 30 mins, then, we were off to the hospital.

On the way to the hospital, I called my mom and texted a few other people and also let my sister-in-law, Kristen know it was go time! Kristen was coming from Northern Kentucky to take photos. When we got to the hospital they sent us to triage and got us checked in. Everything was going well, I was 5cm, half way! and we were just waiting on our birthing room. The midwife came in and asked us some questions including if I would like to labor in a pool. I said sure. Why not right? Anything that could help relieve some pain naturally sounded great to me. Once everything was set up we were moved into our room and things started to get much more intense.

Kristen showed up right after we got into the room. Which was great because things started progressing quickly. The midwife and Carlo helped me get into the pool and it immediately helped with pain. I couldn’t believe the relief. Carlo was right outside the pool the entire time holding my hand and rubbing my back. People kept coming in and asking me to sign my life away. It was a little ridiculous. You would think they could have you sign some of these papers before everything goes down. Finally, after all the papers were signed there was a little bit of time that between the contractions I was able to talk to Carlo and Kristen. Then, at some point I stopped talking much and Kristen mentioned that my contractions were about a minute a part. Let me reiterate how much I loved laboring in the pool. I was pretty shocked when Kristen told me how close my contractions were. A few moments later, I asked the student midwife when Joanie, the midwife, would be back. She casually said, oh she should be coming back in a little while to check on you. I then said something like um, I need her to come back now! Haha. So, once Joanie came back she took one look at me and said, “oh, that’s a different face, you’re ready to push”. I was so impressed how intuitive everything was to her.  The midwife made me feel in control of everything and made me feel confident in everything that was going on.  I then had to get out of the pool. That was a pretty hard thing to do. I’m not even sure how I actually got out of the pool. I’m sure Carlo had something to do with this.  I just remember somehow being on the bed and ready to push. Pushing went pretty quickly and beautiful Viola Claire was born at 8:45am. Carlo and I were in awe and Aunt Kristen had a good ugly cry. It was a pretty beautiful moment.

Below are some photos Aunt Kristen took of the birth and visitors at the hospital. A huge thank you to her for capturing these beautiful loving moments for us.

The Most Supportive Husband Ever

Signing My Life Away Between Contractions

The Moment Time Stood Still

Meeting Our Beautiful Baby

Tiny Fingers

Proud Parents

Loving Father

Family of Four

Nonna and Viola

Grandpa and Viola

Best Big Sister Ever



Proud Aunt

Viola Claire Baldini

We are Back!

So, our website was down for a bit, but we are back and at it!  A lot has happened over the past year including having another baby.  So, lets start there.

We found out I was pregnant back in December.  We were super excited.  A new little squish due in August.  We anxiously waited until the 20 week ultrasound to find out that our baby was a little girl.  Sisters.  Music to my ears.  I always wanted a sister growing up.

We announced that we would be naming her Viola after my grandmother while visiting my parents.  My mom’s face was priceless.  She couldn’t believe we would be naming her after her mom.  She was excited.  My Grandmother’s response was something I will never forget.  She immediately said, “I knew my name was pretty”.  HaHa.  It was a pretty special moment.

A couple months later, my mom and sister-in-law hosted a baby shower for me.  It was perfect.  It was nice to get together with family and my best friend was even able to come.


Later in the summer we had maternity photos taken.  A big shout out to Emily Forgey for those!

The last bit of baby fun before the actual baby was hosted by my sisters-in-law Angela and Kristen.  It was a beautiful baby sprinkle from the decorations to the cookies.


Happy Thanksgiving!

We had such a great Thanksgiving down in South Carolina.  It was a balmy 70 degrees every day before coming back to the mid 50’s.  Sophia had so much fun playing with her cousins!  We were able to spend time with so many people.  If I had to say so myself I think my mom did an excellent job hosting!  Gotta love them brownies.  We may have indulged in apple pie, pumpkin pie, nut bread, raisin bread, an oreo pie, and banana pudding too.   What can I say, my family knows what is important at dinner time!  The dessert of course. 🙂

In all seriousness though, we are so thankful for our family and friends.  They are everything to us.  Thank you for being in our life.

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Happy Birthday Sophia!

Wow!  What a year.  I can’t believe the little girl I have in front of me today started out so tiny just one year ago.  She has gone from 6lbs 14 oz to about 20lbs, from a little short cake only at the 30th percentile to the 77th percentile, and from a baby to now a toddler.

12 Months Old

– started walking one week before her birthday
– first bite of cake! 
-first birthday party!
-first word was doggie (also says dada, mama, duckie, dolly, and uh oh)
-favorite game: peek a boo
-favorite food: Apple
-favorite Song: Crawdad hole
-favorite book: any lift the flap book
-holding strong at 8 teeth
Here are a few pictures from Sophia’s birthday party!  A big thanks to Aunt Kristen for capturing these moments. 


Eleven Months!

This little girl has so much personality!  She is an explorer and oh so daring.  She wants to know everything that is going on and is moments away from walking.  I can feel it.

This is world breastfeeding week and along with that I’m so excited to be one month out from hitting my goal of breastfeeding for an entire year!  It wasn’t always easy, but it has been completely worth it.  It wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for my amazing husband, my mom, and my lactation consultant.  The support was amazing.

11 months old

– still cruising the furniture
-standing on her own
– loves walking with her push walker
-imitating everything we say
-quite the conversationalist
-favorite game: Peek a boo
-favorite food: sausage
-favorite song: Hello Song
-favorite book: Baby Talk
-8 teeth: yes, that means 4 came in this month!!!  

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Two to go!

That’s right Sophia is 10 months old!  Only two more months until a year.  She is becoming more and more independent and her personality is starting to shine.  She is strong willed, so smart, and most importantly happy.

10 months old

-cruising around furniture
-feeding herself
-signing “more”
-went hiking for the first time
-favorite food: watermelon and blueberries
-4 teeth with two more trying to make an appearance
– jabbering 
-can show you her hair!
Favorite Book: In My Tree
Favorite Song: Merry Go Round

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9 Months out!

It is hard to believe that Sophia has been earth side for as long as it took to bake her!  She is 3/4 of year old.  Before I know it, I will be planning her first birthday party!  She is always on the go and eating like a champ.

9 Months Old

-pulling up on EVERYTHING
– crawling as fast as I can walk
-waving bye bye
-Favorite food:  Turkey, Chicken, Watermelon
-4 teeth (the two on the top about half way in) 
-went to the zoo for the first time
-Favorite Book: Peekaboo Pets 
-Favorite Song- The Hello Song

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8 Months old!

How did  we get here already?  8 months old sounds so old.  She was just a tiny baby yesterday.  Right?  Now, she’s sitting up, crawling, pulling up, time please slow down.  She is well on her way to being a little girl and not just a baby.

8 Months Old

-pulling up
-favorite foods are bananas, meat, apples, and carrots
-still two teeth
-loves to swing
-says mama! dada and dadoo
-favorite song- “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad”

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Lucky number 7

Yep!  Sophia is now seven months old!  She is becoming her own little person.  She loves playing in her play pen, riding in her stroller, and spending time with people.  Carlo and I are amazed to see her grow every day.  She still isn’t crawling, but she sure can get around by scooting.  No more leaving her on the floor in one spot and expecting her to stay there!

7 months old

– scooting
-babbling (saying dada)
– First Easter
-enjoys stroller rides
-delights in being outside
– very social
– loves bananas, apples, broccoli, and meat!
-favorite song: The Itsy Bitsy Spider

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