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"Oh, it's such a perfect day, I'm glad I spend it with you!"

So, to start off, I need to apologize for yesterdays blog! I was so tired when I wrote it I could hardly see straight- I don't know why I bothered! LAME!

I'm tired tonight, too, but the evening is so lovely it's somehow energizing me! The windows are open, it's quiet, and the air smells like spring. If I could somehow get someone to deliver me a large cherry water ice it would be perfect!

PJ has been sleeping really well the past few nights, but getting up a little earlier then usual, around 7:30 (yes, I know that's kind of late for a baby!). It's fine with me though, it means that there is more time to spend together! PJ and I usually try to let Pete sleep in since he works to late- this morning, PJ was nice enough to play in his bouncy seat while I took a shower and then we had breakfast together!

Speaking of breakfast, we started PJ on rice cereal! So fun! First, he's a riot when he eats! And second? I LOVE his high chair!! He takes a spoonful of cereal a…

"There's only one thing to do, three words for you..."

I can not stop eating the Starbusts my friend Randi brought over the night! And you have to chew them like a cow, so all day long it's been "choooooomp...choooomp..."


I should be in bed, today was a long day! I got up with PJ at 6:45 and haven't stopped going since! We had a visit this morning from Pete's Uncle Vince, who is helping us plan PJ's baptism. Uncle Vince is a deacon and was a co-officiant at my and Pete's wedding! We asked him for his help in planning a baptism, so he came by this morning to give us the information we needed and also to have some breakfast! Alot of you may know that we are not the neatest people ever, and that I am not much of a housekeeper, so there was a flurry of straightening up before Uncle Vince arrived! On the upside though, it looks nice in here! :-)

Now, all is quiet, Pete is at work and PJ is sound asleep (he only took 3 20-minute cat naps today!!)! And me? It's just a little blurb for today, because I'm…

"A heart full of love..."

I have a belly full of delicious food from McCormick & Schmick's, which is where Pete, PJ and I were taken by my mother- and father-in-law to celebrate Pete's birthday! Calamari, stuffed salmon, coconut shrimp, and an amazing trifle dessert! It made me sad that PJ doesn't have teeth yet! PJ, by the way, was the hit of the bar area, where his Daddy and Pop kept sneaking off to watch the Phillie's game!

I have an eye full of the mess in our apartment, which I should be cleaning instead of watching Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and blogging!

I have a nose full of the yummy banana nut bread candle I'm burning, which is nice because due to an allergy to bananas, I can't actually eat banana nut bread!

I have a mind full of racing, racing thoughts- thoughts of scheduling PJ's surgery next week, thoughts of what happens if we have to move because Pete can't find a job here, and thoughts about how flippin' annoying it is that American Idol keeps …

"It's a damn cold night..."

Things were quiet on this chilly, windy spring day!

PJ had to get some shots, and he took them like a champ! Later in the day, though, I think his legs really started to hurt and he had a rough afternoon before he finally fell asleep, tucked next to his very worried Mama who didn't leave his side!

I spoke with my cousin Matthew, who, at exactly one week older then me, I have known every second of my life! Things are well with him and his beautiful wife Colleen, and to my and Pete's delight and gratitude, he agreed to be PJ's Jewish godfather! Marla, of course, is his godmother, and on the Catholic side, Shelly and Carl, Pete's brother and sister. PJ is truly one lucky, lucky Boy!

There is very fervent, earnest prayer going on in this household. Won't you pray with us? Or do whatever ritual that brings about good things- cross your fingers, knock on wood, etc... We need all of the prayer/positive energy/good karma that we can get!

There was a lovely, long evening with…

"Baby, I'm so glad you're mine!"

Dear PJ,

I can't post a new picture of you because I have no idea what Daddy did with the camera! :-)

Today you are five months old! FIVE MONTHS! That is almost half a year that has somehow gone by in a flash and yet it seems like there was no life at all before you were here!

I think you have done the most changing between the start of your fourth month and today! All of your sweet blonde hair fell out, except for a cute tuft on top of your head, but it's starting to grow back! You have the softest head full of blonde-blonde peach fuzz! You are also getting H-U-G-E! You were almost 17 pounds at your last doctors visit! PJ, seriously? Your thighs are unreal! And those eyes are still as blue as can be, Daddy and I are starting to wonder if it will stay!

You have been smiling for a while, but now you laugh! It's the funniest sound and it's just like music to me! Daddy is the best at getting you to laugh! You are loving your exersaucer and your playmat, even though you ar…

"Wouldn't you agree? Baby, you and me got a groovy kinfd of love..."

Happy Happy Birthday to My Wonderful Husband!

Today my sweet, sexy, firefighting, understanding, patient, hard-working husband Pete turns 32! We didn't get to fully celebrate his birthday, since my niece Sarah also had her 1st Communion today, but on my own blog? It can be all Pete, all the time!
Woo, hoo!
I totally remember the very first time I saw Pete, when I started working at Archway Programs in 2000! I was sitting at my desk at the back of the classroom I worked in, and Pete came in to talk to Fred, the teacher I worked with. He leaned on Fred's desk to speak with him, and I remember thinking how cute he was! ;-) But, at the time, we were both in pretty serious relationships, so I didn't give it much more thought then noticing his cuteness!
That said, we were buddies right away, and I always looked forward to talking with him. And a while later, when we were both single, we were able to be a couple, and the rest is history!
Pete is really, truly my best friend. We ar…

"If you only knew what my heart would do for you..."

Drumline is on!!! I lovelovelove this movie! Nick Cannon is the cutest!

Today was a lovely day, it was beautiful out and the day has a slow, calm feel to it! We all slept in this morning- PJ got up at 7am to eat, but quickly fell back to sleep, so we tucked him in next to us and snoozed together (I am not a huge fan of bedsharing during the night, when I sleep more soundly and might roll around, but during daylight, we have been know to nap together!).

Tomorrow it's suppose to rain, but hopefully, it won't put a dent into what will be a very special day, Pete's 32nd birthday and our niece Sarah's First Holy Communion!

It's always times like this when we miss Greg, and nobody more then Shelly and those gals. And how can we not- his first baby is about to have a milestone moment. It's always the first thought to say "...and he's not here to see it", but of course Greg will be there, no question. I am praying that Shelly and the girls, especially Sarah …

"Hey, sister, go sister, soul sister..."

(This is a picture from when I was alot thinner!)

Today I got to spend some much-needed quality time with my sister Marla...and the Boy, of course, who loved spending time with his Aunt Marla! We got pedicures, and were able to relax and chat while my sweet PJ was obliging enough to nap through almost all of it, and flirt sweetly with the girls from the salon when he was awake! Then we had a quick lunch and trip to Target before we called it an afternoon!

I can only hope that PJ and whatever child we might produce next are lucky enough to have a friend in each other like I have in my sister. Of course, as kids and teenagers, we didn't have alot to do with each other, mostly because of the 4 1/2 year age difference! But we have always been there for each other and as we both became adults, were able to find friendship beyond just being family! I enjoyed having her look up to me growing up, but truth be told, she did alot better then that- she's more successful, grown-up, and pu…

"Anyway, five times 17 is 85..."

The Day in 5

1. We all slept in this morning! It was nice! And of course, by slept in, I mean 9am! And that's after PJ was up at 6:45am to eat, of course. 2. PJ sounds like his nose is getting stuffy again. 3. We had a very quiet day, hanging around the house and intermittently lazing around or doing housework. 4. Finally heard from my parents, who are having an amazing time in Israel. 5. Had a great evening watching "Glee" and "Parenthood" with one of my bestest buddies!
And that was the day.

The end.

"A beam of light comes shining down on you..."

When PJ was born, he had a TON of blonde, spiky hair! Heck, before he was born, the doctor peered in and announced "I see him...he has a TON of hair!".
I was a little less excited to hear about his hair when he was still in my birth canal then I was to hear about it once he was out!
Ahem. Anyway...
Oh, that hair!!! I used to rub my chin against it when I would have his teeny little bod snuggled up to my chest! Old ladies would comment on it! But, as the months went on, that teeny bod got bigger, and that head full of blonde hair got balder! It pretty much all fell out, except for a patch at the top of his head that is getting so long I may have to trim it (and thankfully, his hair is coming back, there is blonde peach fuzz alllll over his head!)!
My sister, PJ's sweet Aunt Marla, suggested that he might look a little bit like the guy from the 80's band Flock of Seagulls (they had a hit called "I Ran" which I sing whenever someone know. Iran. A…

"Tell me what am I feeling? Well, it's hard to explain."

Welcome, my friends, to my Saturday Night! PJ is sound asleep, Pete is at work (but not working until 2am, yay!), and I am on the couch when I should be folding laundry.

Bad me.

Today was a very quiet, mellow day, marred only by a trip to Whole Foods that sucked from start to finish (traffic-didn't have what I needed-traffic). And for the record? Wegman's kicks Whole Foods ass resoundingly!. I was not impressed at all. But other then that, we did lots of laundry, watched PJ play excitedly in his exersaucer, and just generally hung out. Can't beat that!

Tomorrow is Sunday and the start of yet another week! I have alot of things I am hoping to get accomplished- I am feeling the winds of change blow by, and would like nothing more then to be swept away by them! For now, though, it's just about time for bed!

"It's just my job five days a week..."

It's a rainy spring night here in our little corner of New Jersey!

I adore evenings like this- when I am in for the night and able to just relax and enjoy the sounds of the rain and, even better, the smell coming through an open window! If it weren't for my terrible allergies, spring would be my favorite time of year!

PJ was lucky enough to have a cousin-filled week! I am so thankful that he is surrounded by cousins who all love him! Even the little ones love to play with him and sing to him! We ended our week with some barbecue at his Aunt Shelly's, where PJ got lots of hugs from his Godparents and his Nan! And his Mama got to eat an AWESOME burger!!

The only thing missing? My husband, of course. He works evenings and he does it six nights a week, so he's often left out of alot of family gatherings. It sucks, of course. It's been on my heart alot lately, Pete's struggle to find a nursing job. He has applied to what has to be at least 100 jobs with no luck at all.…

"I love your smile..."

It's very quiet here at the Latini homestead- Pete is at work and PJ is sound asleep after a busy, fun day with our friends and family!

(asleep, I might add, after putting himself to sleep without crying or fussing for the first time ever! I heard him play with his paci for a bit, then heard nothing, and when I checked, he was sound asleep in his usual "hold-up" position (arms up!). My baby doesn't need me anymore!! Sniffle...sniffle...)

And now is where I take a second to wax poetic about Facebook! I. Love. It! I love knowing what my friends are up to by reading status updates, I love seeing pictures posted, I love the little "Like" button! I'm not super into all of the games, but as far as feeding my nosey, need-to-know-right-now, ADD temperament? I heart Facebook! It's like an online reunion! Via Facebook, I have made tons of connections with people it might have been easy to lose touch with otherwise. Which is how I connected with my friend Tammy …

"Uh, uh, B.I.G..."

The Stats
(as documented at PJ's 4 month check-up...which was actually 4 months, 1 week, but anyway...)

26 inches (75th percentile)
16 lbs, 5 oz (75th percentile)

Can you belive it? This is the same teeeeeeny little 6 lb, 19 in. thing I brought home from the hospital, he's huge!!! The doctor was all together very pleased with his visit, and he even took his shots like a champ! Except for not being a great napper, I'd say he's pretty much perfect! I can't believe that he will be starting solid foods soon!

Although it does mean we get to roll out his sa-WEEEET high chair! :-)

"You can bend me, shape me anyway..."

One of my favorite magazines, US Weekly, has a section called "25 Things You Didn't Know About..." and you can fill in the blank. Tori Spelling, Jennifer Love Hewitt and other such stars. Now, I am a compete celebrity gossip whore, and will read the details of Britney Spears' parenting skills, Paris Hilton's latest lover, and the wanderings of Jesse Jame's penis dog, Cinnabun. But, even to me, the "25 Things You Don't Know..." section seemed to pander a little.

So of course, never one to miss the chance to be self-serving, thought I would try it. So, without further adieu:

25 Things You Didn't Know About...BREEZY!
1. I have to sleep in tee shirts and underpants, because I can't sleep with anything on my legs, even when it's freezing out!

2. I love to take pictures (even before PJ!) and dream of having a better camera.

3. I remember the very first time I ever laid eyes on my husband Pete, and thinking how cute he was!

4. My "stage debu…

"But all my words come back to me..."


It's a warm, breezy evening, my sweet PJ is sleeping, my cat is at my feet, and there is peace throughout the apartment!

I haven't been able to sit and blog about anything of substance lately, save for posting pictures of my beautiful son! But there is something about this warm, summery weather that seems to have dislodged a bit of the gunk in my head, and the things that have been on my mind aren't making me feel so sluggish anymore! So, I have decided to briefly touch on the things that have been weighing me down, and will offer up something that makes me happy for each one:

It's been one year since my Mom-Mom passed away. On the eve of her passing, as is a custom in Judaism, I lit a yahrzeit light, a memorial candle that burns for 24 hours. There is no traditional prayer, so instead, I lit the candle with PJ and told him stories of his Mom-Mom, and how he will always be my gift from her, since they passed each other on the way to and from Heaven. It was a hard, …

"In my life I loved you more..."

when left to their own devices...

...PJ and Mama... to walk by the pond in Knights Park... to cuddle...
...and make silly faces...

...but most of all...

....they love to love...