Donovan’s Baptism

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.

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We were fortunate to have Doug’s Mom visit for the special occasion as well as many other special family and friends.

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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.

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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.

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Leah, Kristin, and Adam are Donovan’s Godparents.  Leah did a great job representing the group in the ceremony.  We missed Kristin and Adam!

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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.

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With Love,

From Me to You

Donovan: Month Eight

Halloween

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..

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Come on Stella, I'm a pumpkin, too!
Come on Stella, I’m a pumpkin, too!

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Showing off the sweet sign Doug made!
Showing off the sweet sign Doug made!
The little pumpkin!
The little pumpkin!
Me and my little guy!
Me and my little guy!

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.

Picking out paint colors!
Picking out paint colors!

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.

Donovan playing while we painted.
Donovan playing while we painted.

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 🙂

Painting our bathroom.
Painting our bathroom.
Our bathroom finished!
Our bathroom finished!
Starting Donovan's room.  Isn't Doug so sweet?
Starting Donovan’s room. Isn’t Doug so sweet?
Two tone green in Donovan's room!
Two tone green in Donovan’s room!
Finished Guest Bathroom..it is the same colors as our bathroom but the light makes it look different!
Finished Guest Bathroom..it is the same color as our bathroom but the light makes it look different!
Our bedroom, finished but still a mess!
Our bedroom, finished but still a mess!
Starting the Family room!
Starting the Family room!

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 🙂

On the road to Tally!
On the road to Tally!
On the way to the game!
On the way to the game!
Before the rain!
Before the rain!
The guys.
The guys.
After the rain...
After the rain…
I promise Donovan could breathe!
I promise Donovan could breathe!

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Post-game
Post-game

We celebrated Thanksgiving and Mom’s birthday with the whole Coletti family!  Photo credit to the wonderful and talented, Becky.

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Brunch at Andrew’s.
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Spoons got a little crazy!

Thanksgiving

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.

Donovan hanging out in the new fire pit.  The backyard looked awesome!
Donovan hanging out in the new fire pit. The backyard looked awesome!
Friends that are like family :)
Friends that are like family 🙂
Uncle Pat and Doug singing by the fire pit!
Uncle Pat and Doug singing by the fire pit!
The babes :)
The babes 🙂

The biggest excitement on Thanksgiving arrived just after dinner.  Ann and Joey Sweeney welcomed their son, Joseph Stone Sweeney III 🙂  What a memorable Thanksgiving!

Other 8 month moments:

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An Italian Thanksgiving with the Zecs!
An Italian Thanksgiving with the Zecs!

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An early Baptism gift from Great Grandma Maxine Calhoon!

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Sick again :(
Sick again 😦
Sick selfies.
Sick selfies.
Donovan LOVES peas!
Donovan LOVES peas!
And yogurt.
And yogurt.
And he loves Stella :)
And he loves Stella 🙂
And Stella loves him :)
And Stella loves him 🙂
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Avoiding Bedtime…
Such a happy guy!
Such a happy guy!

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After the French dinner Donovan found a part of Jack's costume!
After the French dinner Donovan found a part of Jack’s costume!

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With GiGi and Grandad
With GiGi and Grandad

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Our little family 🙂

Eight Month Photos:

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Family :)
Family 🙂

With Love,

From Me to You

Donovan: Month Seven

October was a pretty calm month.  We spent most of our time getting settled in our house. It felt nice to finally unpack some boxes that had never been unpacked from our wedding!

Donovan likes to eat his crib...
Donovan likes to eat his crib…
or play with toys...
or play with toys…
We moved him into the bath tub!
We moved him into the bath tub!
We needed the "baby jail"!
We needed the “baby jail”!
So cute :)
So cute 🙂

We had a horrible stomach bug and we had a few lazy days recovering.  Donovan had more sinus issues and we started to get used to handling the sickness.

At the doctor again...
At the doctor again…
My little sick guy.
My little sick guy.

We took an impromptu trip to Tally for the FSU vs. Notre Dame game.  Thankfully FSU won 🙂  And Donovan got to experience the best University ever!

Donovan and Auntie Rach!
Donovan and Auntie Rach!
Family!
Family!
Go Noles!
Go Noles!
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with Gigi!

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Cousin Becky!
Cousin Becky!
That purse looks good on him :)
That purse looks good on him 🙂

We enjoyed lots of time with family and friends!

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Evey Motley’s 1st birthday!

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Donovan meets Natalie and Vinny!
Donovan meets Natalie and Vinny!

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First walk in out neighborhood!
First walk in our neighborhood!

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We cheered on Leah and Becky in the Chicago Marathon!

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We went to a pumpkin patch to get ready for Donovan’s first Halloween!

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Donovan started eating more solids.  He loved avocados 🙂

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And we moved just in time for Donovan to start crawling 🙂

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He wasn’t feeling too great and he officially boycotted the laying down photo.

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With Love,

From Me to You

Donovan: Month Six

Sickness

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.

That time Donovan got hand, foot, and mouth..
That time Donovan got hand, foot, and mouth..
And the day he came home with a purple foot :)  It wasn't contagious!
And the day he came home with a purple foot 🙂 It wasn’t contagious!
Donovan loves this little swing!
Donovan loves this little swing!

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 🙂

Breakfast with the fam at Peaches :)
Breakfast with the fam at Peaches 🙂
The boys went for a morning walk on AMI
The boys went for a morning walk on AMI
Uncle Nick is trying to hide greatness aka FSU!!
Uncle Nick is trying to hide greatness aka FSU!!
Smooches from Aunt Vicki!
Smooches from Aunt Vicki!
Pool time!
Pool time!
GO NOLES!
GO NOLES!
Snuggles with GiGI
Snuggles with GiGI
Auntie L and Donovan
Auntie L and Donovan
Helping Daddy pick his fantasy football team!
Helping Daddy pick his fantasy football team! Wish he brought him more luck 🙂

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!

Pearls of wisdom from Mr. and Mrs. K!
Pearls of wisdom from Mr. and Mrs. K!

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!

Last dinner in Ruskin!
Last dinner in Ruskin!
My little guy :)
My little guy 🙂
Homeowners :)
Homeowners 🙂
Good-bye rental craziness!
Good-bye rental craziness!
Hello moving!
Hello moving!
Stella loves her back yard!
Stella loves her back yard!
Helping Daddy with his crib...and watching football.
Helping Daddy with his crib…and watching football.
The men installing the garbage disposal.
The men installing the garbage disposal.
Bears and Packers
Bears and Packers
There seems to be a trend with house work and football...
There seems to be a trend with house work and football…
Doug loves to do yard work...or so he says now :)
Doug loves to do yard work…or so he says now 🙂

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 🙂

Donovan and Grandpa Ed!
Donovan and Grandpa Ed!
Nap time!
Nap time!


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My sleepy boys!

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Doug's attempt at babywearing...
Doug’s attempt at babywearing…
6 month check up!
6 month check up!

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6 Month Photos

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Family :)
Family 🙂
So over pictures :)
So over pictures 🙂

With Love,

From Me to You