Donovan was baptized a Nativity Catholic Church in Brandon, Florida on November 30, 2014. Doug and I were both raised in Christian homes so we knew that we wanted to pass our faith on to our children.
We were fortunate to have Doug’s Mom visit for the special occasion as well as many other special family and friends.
Father Gregg, who married me and Doug, was able to come up from Boynton Beach to perform the ceremony. He was incredibly helpful to Doug and I as we were deciding all of the details of the ceremony. Father Gregg has always been so thoughtful as he has supported both of our faith backgrounds.
Donovan wore the Christening gown that has been in my family for many years. A replica was made from the gown that me and my sisters wore for our baptisms.
Leah, Kristin, and Adam are Donovan’s Godparents. Leah did a great job representing the group in the ceremony. We missed Kristin and Adam!
We held a reception at our house after the ceremony. Some people still had not seen our house, so it was nice to host an event and celebrate Donovan’s baptism.
Donovan celebrated his first Halloween as a pumpkin. We did trunk-or-treat at our Church. So we dress up as scarecrows and Donovan was part of our pumpkin patch. Stella was not amused by her pumpkin costume..
Painting the House
After many years of living with white walls in the residence halls, I was finally able to pick paint colors for our home. The only trouble is that there are a lot of colors to choose from. Talk about paralysis of choice. The slight variations were just enough to make you second guess every shade. Also, after living in transition for so long, I never really learned how to decorate. I never worried much since I always knew that I would move out and I didn’t want to leave any holes either. Now that I finally had the opportunity to decorate, I found myself questioning what direction I wanted to go. All I knew was that the white walls had to go!
Doug and I made many trips to Lowes. We started with our bedroom, the bathrooms, Donovan’s room and the living areas…which was basically 75% of the house. I quickly learned that I HATE painting. I swear the low-VOC paint does not cover as well and our walls are textured just enough to make you feel like you need a second coat.
I was also reminded of a subtle difference between me and my wonderful husband. Precision. I know it may come as a shock to some, but I really don’t mind if something isn’t perfectly centered on a wall and I would probably not ever decide to center something on a wall anyway. I go with how it feels. Doug, on the other hand, has his tape measure out and ready to go to ensure that the location is correct AND that it is level. Apparently painting requires a ton of precision and Doug was quite the critic of my painting skills. I wouldn’t do a bad job, but I did need more touch ups than he did. That also might be due to the fact that we were painting and taking care of our son, so I would run off to Donovan more than Doug did.
In the end, everything looked great. And you wouldn’t even notice my little mistakes…which still have not been fixed, even to this day 🙂
Trip to Tally
We took our second trip to Tallahassee in November for the FSU vs. BC football game. Donovan was such a trooper! The weather was starting to get cool and sure enough, it rained the whole day! We did not prepare for this, so we had to swing by Target for ponchos and raincoats. Donovan slept through most of the game and somehow, we stayed pretty dry. I think he had the driest and warmest seat in the house. And, thankfully, FSU won 🙂
We celebrated Thanksgiving and Mom’s birthday with the whole Coletti family! Photo credit to the wonderful and talented, Becky.
Donovan’s 8 month-aversary fell on Thanksgiving. It was such a wonderful day spent with family and friends. And Doug and I really loved the fact that we did not have to drive more than an hour to spend it with family. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and I always enjoy reflecting on the many blessings in our lives. Donovan’s birth was the biggest one for us we are thankful each and every day that he is in our lives.
The biggest excitement on Thanksgiving arrived just after dinner. Ann and Joey Sweeney welcomed their son, Joseph Stone Sweeney III 🙂 What a memorable Thanksgiving!
One of the cons of daycare, besides the expense (!!!), is the sickness. Donovan didn’t get sick right away, but around 6 months, he was sick all the time, which made going to work that much harder. It was horrible knowing that he needed me and I couldn’t be there. Even if I couldn’t do much except snuggle him. Luckily, I was able to stay home some days, but nothing makes you feel better when your little one is not feeling well.
As new parents we didn’t know the difference between a high fever and a low one. To us, the world was ending. We made many extra visits to the pediatrician (who thought we were nuts) and started to learn when to freak out and when to just let it work itself out.
Congestion is the worst for babies. They just don’t know what to do and it makes nursing even harder! It make sleeping difficult too. I guess it is just one of those things that you just have to get through as a parent.
Anna Maria for Labor day
We got to spend a fun, long weekend out on Anna Maria Island with my family. My Godparents, who own the Alecasandra (http://www.alecassandravacationrentals.com/), invited us to stay with them on the beach. We love AMI and time with the family 🙂
Meeting Mr. and Mrs. K
One of my most favorite people in the whole world is my former high school English Teacher, Mrs. K. I have kept in touch with her over the years and we would always have lunch together when I came home for breaks. She was obviously super excited when we told her that I was pregnant with LBD and even more excited to have us back in Florida. Mr. and Mrs. K loved meeting our little guy!
Moving into OUR home!!
This was the biggest news of the month. We were so ready to out of the rental and in our first home! My awesome Realtor (http://www.kw.com/kw/agent/flrealestatebydoug) was able to keep our closing on track and we moved on September 8th 🙂
Moving is hard work and so is packing and doing it all with a baby. Luckily, my family was able to help. We celebrated with pizza for dinner.
None of our furniture was arriving until the next day, so camped out in the living room and slept on the air mattress, for the last time! The next day our bed, sofa and refrigerator arrived!
Ed and Cathy came for a visit right after the move so they could see the new house. Doug and Ed did some water rerouting project and we enjoyed seeing them 🙂