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My Finds Friday – Thankful

Let’s be thankful!

I believe that you should always be thankful for things in your life, but November is an especially good time to look back over your life and share what you are grateful for. I thought this week’s My Finds Friday would be dedicated to being thankful and how to celebrate the thanks you want to give.

thankful projectI am also linking up up with Chasing Happy blog and her Thankful Project. Today’s prompt is to share “A Person” you are thankful for. This is such a difficult prompt for me, I am so fortunate to have some amazing people in my life and there is a reason to be grateful for each one of them.


Since I write so much about Emmett on this blog and you know how much I love him, because I spew it constantly, I’m going to go with Seamus. He has been an amazing person in my life since we met, but especially over the last year as we’ve grown together as parents. We’ve absolutely had our growing pains, but overall, there is so much love between us. He is so good at taking me from a deep, dark mood to one where I am laughing hysterically. He almost always instinctively knows what I need in a situation or even how to diffuse a one, if it should get blown out of proportion. I love him and am thankful nearly everyday that he answered the email I sent him (yes, we met online). I look forward to seeing what our long, exciting life will bring us.

Next up, My Finds Friday – Thankful

  • Some of these steps might seem like common sense, but sometimes we all need a reminder on how we can be more content with what we have and where we are in our lives. wikiHow provides some great ways to be more thankful for things in your life.
  • Every so often we need a reminder on what things in our lives that are good and should be thought of as such. This is a list of 60 Things to be Grateful for in Life.
  • A list of 8 Things You Forgot to be Thankful For. Seriously, check this list out!
  • I’m thankful for the blog, Outfit Posts. The author posts an outfit almost everyday and I have gotten COUNTLESS work outfit ideas from her blog. I love mixing up my outfits and she has helped me do that! Check her out!
  • And finally, I am thankful for recipes like this Stuffed Acorn Squash, from Emily Bites.

Alrighty, that about rounds out My Finds Friday for this week. Be sure to click on over to all the links above and the share any of your finds, using the link below.

Want to check out previous posts of My Finds Friday? Click here.

Emmett’s Dad, My Husband

If you’re not in the mood to read a mushy, sappy post then you should probably stop reading but I’d much prefer you continue to read because I want the world to know how thankful and in love I am with my husband.

Seamus and I met online through match.com. I had actually cancelled my membership the day that he contacted me, but Match was still sending me notification emails, so I was alerted that he had sent me an email. Going off his picture and his profile, I figured it would be worth it to rejoin for one month, what could it hurt? It was one of the best decisions I ever made.

He has always been a constant source of support in my life but never more so than throughout my pregnancy and the past 6 months of motherhood.

WeddingIt has been no secret that I have been suffering on and off with depression since Emmett was born and there has not been one single moment where Seamus has made me feel guilty or like less of a mother or wife. Quite the opposite. When I was continually putting myself down and saying I was a terrible mother because I was still struggling so much with just being a mom, he was the one who was there telling me I was being too hard on myself, that I needed to stop adding more pressure to myself and just experience life.

wedding 2He is kind and loving to me but even more so to Emmett. Every time he holds our son and they play, laugh or cuddle together it warms my heart knowing that I chose the right man, a man who is able to love me and our child through even the most difficult of times. He has handled Emmett so well from the very beginning, which is amazing because he had no experience with babies before E was born.

Spending some quality time with daddy.

Spending some quality time with daddy.


It is because of Seamus that our son is still breastfed. Our second night in, Emmett started to cluster feed and would not stop crying. I was ready to give up, in fact, I probably already had. I was ready to give him formula but Seamus reassured me, telling me we’d get through the night together, that he was willing to do whatever I needed him to do and he was absolutely right. He hugged me and helped care for Emmett, while I took some time to compose myself. If he hadn’t given me gentle nudges towards continuing to breastfeed, Emmett would most certainly be formula fed today.

Feeling safe and secure in his daddy's arms.

Feeling safe and secure in his daddy’s arms.

jan-20-2There is no way to ever express everything I truly feel for him, but Seamus is the most amazing man I have ever met. I am grateful that he is my partner in this crazy world because without him, his love and his guidance, I’m not sure I would survive.

Emmett and I are so lucky to have him as a part of our lives.

I love you!




The Week From Hell

Last week was literally a week from hell!!

Sunday night into Monday was one of the worst sleeping nights that Emmett has had. Typically even if he gives us a hard time going back down after waking in the middle of the night, it doesn’t take longer than an hour but that night I was up with him for almost an hour and a half and then Seamus was up with him for probably about 45 minutes. The thing is, even if Seamus is the one up with him and caring for him, I’m up too because I usually can’t fall back to sleep until I know Emmett’s going to be asleep for good. In total, I ended up with 3 hours of sleep.

Heading into work was hard, I made through half a day and decided to come home and sleep. I woke up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated for about 2 hours and then my stomach started feeling “off” and then the nausea came. I decided to go to bed when Emmett went to bed around 8:30, I slept until about 10:30 when I had to rush out of bed to the bathroom to puke. I immediately felt better so I thought it was just something I ate but as the night wore on, I got sick again and then again. Ugh! I hadn’t had the stomach flu in probably 4 or 5 years and wasn’t thrilled to have it again, especially knowing how contagious it is and having a little baby that I wanted to keep healthy.

I did everything in my power to try and keep my germs to myself. I sprayed everything with Lysol after I touched everything and I washed my hands any time I went near a sink but it wasn’t enough. Sadly, Emmett came down with the stomach flu on Thursday morning. I went into his room to feed him and get him ready for day care and he just seemed so lethargic, poor guy. I didn’t think too much of it because it was so early and I had woken him, rather than him waking on his own. I got him dressed and took him back into our bedroom so I could get dressed, when I picked him back up he was whimpering and crying just a little bit and as we were walking back to his room he puked like the scene from the exorcist.


It went everywhere! All over me, himself, the kitchen floor and then eventually his changing table. It wasn’t just a tiny amount either, it was PUDDLES worth. It is kind of amazing that his belly could hold that much milk. Towards dinner time I could tell he was feeling back to normal because his smiles were back and he was having fun playing.

Seamus hadn’t gotten it yet so I was really hoping that he’d be lucky enough to avoid it but no such luck. He came down with it on Saturday morning and spent pretty much the entire day in bed. Emmett’s day care was hosting bonus Christmas babysitting, so I took him in while I went out to shop and get some last minute gifts. It ended up being a really good day for Emmett and I because we got lots of time to play and cuddle but poor Seamus was asleep in bed. He was feeling a little better on Sunday but wasn’t 100% until Tuesday.

Now that we’re all back to good health, I’m hoping everything else stays away. I can handle being sick and Seamus himself being sick but a sick baby is just so sad because they do not understand why they feel so awful. I’m hoping to avoid any more illnesses!

Things are finally feeling back to normal, well as normal as they can be with Christmas next week. 🙂

Anyone else dealt with any Winter illnesses yet this year?


Emmett’s Birth Story (Part 6)

His first cry was the sweetest sound I think I’ve ever heard. It was strong and loud and I knew he was here!

I have no idea how Seamus managed to capture this picture at the precise moment that they pulled Emmett out and he began to cry, but he did. I immediately teared up and wished I could just hold him.

As the nurses were walking with Emmett over to his cradle they kept saying he had red hair and asked whether anyone in our families had red hair. I have a cousin with red hair and Seamus’ beard comes in red in certain areas, so we knew that having a red head was possible. I personally was thrilled!

After they had E in his cradle they told Seamus he could go over and take some pictures while they examined him and cleaned him up. I just wanted to get up off the table and join them but I was stuck, being put back together.

The whole time Seamus was over there snapping pics of him, he was crying on and off. I hadn’t even seen him yet and all I wanted to do was hold and comfort him. The bond I felt with him was immediate and so strong, it was pretty unexpected! I figured I’d bond with him quickly but I had no idea that site unseen, it would be that strong.

There came a point where one of the nurses held Emmett up for me to see him but because I was still dealing with an ocular migraine, I had the auras in my eyes and could not see anything beyond the blurry spots in my eyes. It was kind of sad but I knew I’d get to see him soon enough.

The nurses worked quickly to get him all cleaned up so that I could finally meet him.

I am so grateful that Seamus was there to capture this picture. It was my first moment meeting Baby Emmett and even if the memories ever fade, I will always have this picture. It warms my heart and still brings tears to my eyes.

When they have the baby in the OR, they don’t yet give him a bath. They simply wipe him up good, they give them a bath later on typically after the mother has had a chance to hold and breastfeed the baby, if the mom is breastfeeding, which I was.

After I met the baby, they handed him over to dad who was prouder than ever, of his beautiful little boy!

At this point, they took the baby back and put him in his cradle and had Seamus follow him to the nursery. They had a few more tests to do before they would bring him back to us in the recovery room. I was freezing and shivering uncontrollably by now. It had been about 40 minutes since Emmett had been born and I was ready to be unhooked from everything and hold my son. Once they were finished, they had me move from the operating table back to my bed and threw THE warmest blanket on me. It felt like a delicious warm bath. I continued to shiver but once we got back to the recovery room they threw 2 more blankets on me and I quickly warmed up.

While at the nursery with Emmett, Seamus snapped some adorable pics!

As I waited for Seamus to get back and for them to bring Emmett, they gave me some pain meds for the pain from the surgery and also for my migraine which was still acting up. But FINALLY it was time, they brought me my little boy and I was finally going to get to hold him.

In case you’ve missed them, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5.

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