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Ignore me while I do my ‘Friday happy dance’ around the living room.

What a flippin’ week.

Maddie has been on a rip and tear, which has resulted in calls from daycare 3 of the 4 days this week (so far!).  Teething?  Tummy virus?  General bitchiness?  Who knows?

So, that’s led to some stressful days.  Fortunately, HRH FAL (Her Royal Highness Princess Fusses A Lot), has been sleeping pretty well at night.  A little fussy to get to sleep, but she manages to stay asleep for a good period of time at night.

I don’t feel like I’ve got my ‘rhythm’ back at work, and this week sure didn’t help with lots on my plate, plus calls from daycare and a fussy baby in the evenings.


I thought I might be able to sneak in Maddie’s 4 month pictures last night.  Boy, was I wrong.  I didn’t even try.  She had a meltdown over a diaper change- can you even imagine the meltdown over an outfit change?

I can’t believe it’s been 4 months.  And, this week also marks a year since I peed on six sticks (because my husband didn’t believe the first 5) and our whole world changed!  What a ride it’s been…

So, with that, I’m off to take the last few minutes before 6am and waste it blissfully with some coffee and some Pinterest

Hope you have a lovely weekend and I’ll be back next week with Maddie’s 4 month update and mine!  Woohoo!

XO, Mer

These were the only pictures that I managed to get last night, on the way upstairs to change the diaper, where the meltdown happened… :-)  Also, ignore the fact that I need a cut/color.  How do you Moms with great hair find the time for basic maintenance?

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I Need Another Weekend…

One weekend is definitely not enough to fit in the laundry, errands and baby cuddles that I need to fit in!

So, I’m going to be brief this morning- you’ll have to come back for a wordier post when I’ve got more wine, more coffee and/or more time!

So, this morning, suck down your coffee and enjoy the photo recap of the weekend- that’s what I’ll be doing (as I race around in my SPANX trying to find a suit that still fits…).

I started my friday night off right-

A special package from Steffi J- with Maddie’s first CD (and 5 others for Momma!).

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And, as if that mail wasn’t enough!  A magical box of needlepoint came from the stitching fairies.  They are so nice to send me *free* gifts every few weeks :-)  It makes my husband so happy when they arrive…

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Maddie and I had craft time on Saturday- prepping things for Meg’s bridal shower!  She was incredibly enthusiastic, but not particularly productive!  But, we had lots of baby giggles…

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This was my view on Sunday morning… we slept in until 6:30am and Gabby and Fendi were NOT happy about the delayed breakfast service.

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And, Bon Jovi was playing at Patriots Place, which we totally didn’t realize when we stopped at Trader Joe’s there to do our weekly grocery shopping… There was a woman so decked out for the concert with the largest watermelons that we had ever seen… Brian has been talking about it non-stop and made me take this photo to help Lance better understand the situation.

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And on that note, I’m off to start the work week!

What were your weekend highlights?  Can you even imagine boobs that big?

XO, Mer


Weekend Love!

Well, we survived the first week of daycare and full-time, back-to-work-with-a-3-month-backlog Momma.

I think survived is probably the best terminology.

There was nothing pretty about it, and there were more tears, feelings of guilt, and baby cuddles with a side of Chardonnay then I’d really care to admit. There were also 8:30 bedtimes, a little bickering between the parents, and more then a few moments of wallowing in self-pity. MegaLottery winners that win it and spend it, I’m givin’ you the stink eye.

However, I’m a firm believer that these things get easier with time, and as we get more into a routine. If anything, the past 3 months has taught me that I’m really not stay-at-home mom material. I have nothing but respect for those of you that go that route- by the end, I was craving the schedule of my job, the adult interaction and complex problem-solving that it requires.

But, that doesn’t mean that it was a piece of cake to drop my baby off with a daycare provider that I’ve met 3 times, and spend 9 hours away from her wondering if she’s having a total meltdown, has her diaper been changed, or is she in the swing having a helluva good time?

So, we will put one foot in front of the other, pack our Vera Bradley lunch boxes (her’s with bottles, mine with rabbit food), and forge ahead into this new week. Because, as Grammy told me yesterday, ‘you’ve GOT to walk to take some of that fat off’.

OMG. Can’t handle it.

So we spent our weekend doing errands and stuff on Saturday, so Sunday could be low-key filled with a walk to Starbucks, some grilling and week meal preps. We spent a little time in the garden, weeding, clipping herbs, and planting the last few herbs from Lowe’s that were sooooo overwatered that they’ve been sitting outside for the week and are still damp…

Here are some pictures from our weekend! I hope that your’s was equally productive and relaxing!

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Did I happen to mention the MASSIVE piss stain that we found when we pulled up the rug last weekend to make way for the living room makeover?! No? Hmmm… it must have been because I was so PISSED OFF! Which, after these last few months, I do know is better then being pissed on.

Anyway, Cruzan had been using the coffee table as his personal toilet- not because he wasn’t being let out at regular intervals, but because he was pissed that we brought a screaming, demanding, erratically moving baby into his house.

So, one day while we were doing tummy time on the floor, I started smelling gross things, only to find that the rug and floor had been completely ruined. We’ve managed to bleach the floor and kill all of the bacteria and smell, but this weekend we also had to stain and seal the repair work. We are still trying to find the right color for ’1960s Orange Hardwood’, but it looks so much better than before!

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A little gift for the hubby! Periodic table magnets from Target- already being put to good use on our fridge!

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And, Maddie’s new way to view the world! She loves to stand up and look around at everything!

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Until Wednesday…

XO, Mer





And, we aren’t talking about my work pants/suits (those SO DO NOT fit!).


Our new couch fit through our backdoor and into our living room beautifully!  Bravo to the two hardworking, hot, sweaty, built-like-a-brick-shithouse, ex-military men who made it work.  You can move my couch anytime ;-)

So the deal is that we really wanted to update our living room.  When we moved from our 596 sq ft. condo in Cambridge, we had very little furniture.  Very little meaning very few pieces…

When we moved, we didn’t want to spend a lot of money on furniture because we were going to redo all the walls, remove wallpaper, and we wanted to get an idea of how we would use each space.  I found a couch/chair and dining room set on Craigslist for cheap and we loaded up a U-Haul to pick it all up one weekend.  The items have all held up, but 3 years with 3 dogs and the couch was starting to look a little worn.  Plus, it really wasn’t to my taste/style for a comfy living room.

So, enter Restoration Hardware.  I’ve lusted over their catalogs for years.  I met with a design consultant and plotted out the room I wanted.  I just about died when I started adding up an estimate for the room: $16,000.


Not only is that not in my budget range, but I also wasn’t sure how the furniture would hold up to the constant beating with the animals, the baby and the husband.

And, then it happened.  Last weekend, I was innocently sipping my coffee, pursuing Craigslist (no it’s not all crazies and rapist, Mother) and stumbled on a post for a Restoration Hardware Belgian Sloped Arm Sofa in Beige Linen.

FOR $400 at a Boston Consignment shop.

Mothers around the world, you would have been AMAZED at how quickly I got the infant and the hubby packed into the car and to the Needham store room to check it out.  I’m pretty sure it was like 15 minutes total, and that included a shower.

With visions of a neutral, beachy living room in my eyes, I slapped down my debit card, barely breathing and not even really considering how we’d get it in the house.  Oh, and I also bought the two armchairs that they displayed with it.  While Brian had heart palpitations.

The OH SHIT moment of: How the EFF are they going to get that into our house? That came later.

So, this is a really long way of saying that those hot, sweaty, gorgeous men tried the front door and failed, took the feet off, moved every piece of furniture on our first floor, removed the back door and all porch furniture and got the couch in the house.


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Ignore the other furniture placement in the first picture- that was temporary as we moved the recliner on the other side of the couch to the curb!  WOOHOO Good riddance, I’ve hated you since you arrived broken from Overstock.com!

I thought about doing a ‘staged’ photo shoot this morning, but honestly, I’d rather just natter at you while nursing a cup of coffee then rush around and stage everything to look perfect.

A new rug comes this week, so I’ll take more pictures then!

And, doing all of this moving meant that a lot of other things had to move around.

The dogs broke the bed in our spare guest room.  Like legit jumped on it so many times that the metal holding the headboard and base together was totally stripped.  They loved it!  It made a great bit of noise every time they wrestled on it.

It drove me nuts.  To the curb it went.

The sleeper sofa from the basement went upstairs and the room was *instantly* converted into a playroom for Maddie.  It gives us a great spot to store her toys and set-up some of the bigger ones without having them take over the living room (with the pack n’play and the swing, there isn’t much room…).  Moving the sofa up, means that we still have an extra guest room, but we also have a spot for sitting, playing and reading with the grandparents when they come for visits!

Here are some pictures I snapped when we were playing this weekend:

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Someone loves their exerciser or whatever the heck those things are called!

So we got that room set, then moved the leather sofa and chair into the basement for a ‘Man Cave’.  Brian and Chris (after a few beers) decided that the best time to move the sofa would be during the finale of the fireworks and right as Debbie sat down and put her feet up.  I think she rested her ankles for about 10 seconds before they literally moved the coffee table away and started picking up couch cushions.

LOL.  Timing is everything in life…

Before we got to heavily into the redecorating, we stopped for a quick photoshot with Meghan and Chris.  I call them our MA Family!  They are a part of our family and we have been welcomed into their families as well!  We met a lot of Chris’ family when we hosted their Wedding BBQ last summer, and then Meghan’s family at the wedding in October.  Chris’ Mom was the first one to send us a baby gift- a blanket for the nursery!  Chris’ Aunt sent a knit sweater with the most adorable kitten buttons!  And, as if that wasn’t enough, Meghan’s Mom sent a beautiful afghan- pink with white trim!  I treasure each handmade gift that we’ve received, and whenever we use one, I always tell Maddie what I know about the person that gave it to us (only the good stuff ;-) )

I’ve been wanting to snap pictures to send them, but I’ve forgotten the last few times that Meghan and Chris were over.  So, we had a mini photo shoot!

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And, I’m wrapping this up because it’s going WAY TOO long!

If you are still reading, I’ll say that we also spent some time at the outlets on the 4th, and if you were worried about Maddie having to go naked… you can forget that!

Her nursery is all organized and her drawers and closet are stocked!

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I think my nerves about going back to work are showing in the cleaning, reorganizing, redecorating…

Oh well… it gives me something to do and I’m going back to work feeling like my house is ‘in order’!

Hope you are having an awesome holiday weekend!

Friday Favorites: Ottoman Edition

So, I really, really, really want to redo my living room.

Like, drooling over magazines, pricing furniture in different stores, ready to schedule delivery ready to redo my living room.

But, I have a few issues (well, more than a few, but let’s focus on furniture here, shall we?!):

1) It’s got to be rugged.  With 3 dogs, 2 cats, 1 infant and a husband, we are talking like military-grade fabrics.  Plus, one of the things I love about my couch is that it sits in front of a huge picture window that gets afternoon sun, which means that it’s got to hold up to fading…

2) I can’t quite decide on what the final product looks like, and I’d like to do a few pieces at a time, rather then redo the entire room.  Ok, well that’s kind of a lie.  I’d really like to take all of our current furniture and haul it to the curb today with a sign that says ‘FREE’, but realistically, I’d like to only have to buy 1-2 new pieces at a time.

3) I can’t find a dirt colored rug that I like!  This is substantially harder then I thought!  It has to be dirt colored, because our dogs have not yet learned to wipe their feet, but also light enough that it won’t be so obvious if I miss a day of vacuuming Croix’s super light dog hair…

4) There has to be enough storage to ‘hide’ some of the ‘kid clutter’ at the end of the day.  I’d like a space that we can pick up quickly at the end of the day (after Maddie’s bedtime!), and enjoy without stepping around tons of toys!

Oh, and we are getting ready to start daycare and have’t won the lottery, so price points have to be balanced with quality…

But, I found this ottoman on Pinterest and I’m seriously thinking about giving it a try!




Our Joann fabrics has a new section of indoor/outdoor fabrics.  I’m thinking of heading over there to see if I can find a rugged fabric that is fairly neutral that might work.  I also want to head to lowes and see if I can find slightly taller ‘legs’.  I’d really like to be able to put a basket or two under the ottoman- one for toys and one for blankets!

What do you think?  Am I crazy?  Ever tried something like this? Did it work or was it a complete disaster?  Any ideas on where I can get a wood pallet?

Happy Friday!

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