"I'll meet you any time you want in our italian restaurant..."


PJ's first Halloween has come and gone! It was such a fun day! PJ got to Trick or Treat with his cousins along Haddon Ave in Collingswood, and I was gratified that 99.99% of people knew that PJ was spaghetti and meatballs and not a scarecrow! Only one drunk-ish lady insisted he was a ball of yarn and wondered "where's the cat?"


I can't believe that next year, PJ will be walking, may have an opinion on what his costume will be, and will want to eat his candy (drat)! I am just so happy that we got to enjoy it as a family!

"Day by day I wake up for you..."

It's a chilly Friday night and the end of what turned out to be a lovely week!

Swim class with Randi and Adam- our next-to-last class! It's been so much fun watching our boys splash together!

PJ's 11-month "anniversary"! Oh, how the time with my sweet Boy has flown!

Unusually warm and rainy, enjoyed an iced coffee at The Treehouse!

Saw the amazing Shades of Poe show at the historic Collings-Knight House in Collingswood, NJ! If you read this blog and live nearby, try and catch this show! Not only were there recitations of some of Edgar Allan Poe's best works by some talented actors, there's a tour of the house, too! It's worth it just to see the actor who did The Tell-Tale Heart. He was astoundingly good!

More coffee with some of our favorites, and a wonderful visit at their house! PJ and Ezra got to cultivate their bromance while the Mama's chatted! Later that night? Dinner with Pete's parents, since we need to grocery shop and Pete's mom set her oven on fire yesterday! ;-)
The rest of the weekend includes a flurry of activity, from grocery shopping to Pete's fundraiser at his firehouse (I'll be home with the Boy for that, but if you'd like more information e-mail me! It's a great time for a great cause) to PJ's very first Halloween! It's such a busy time of year, and I am so excited and feel so blessed to have my sweet little family to share it with!

I hope all of you have had a wonderful week and have a weekend of fun to look forward to! Now, it's off to finish sewing PJ's costume!

Good. Night.

"Let your eyes sparkle and shine..."

Dear PJ,

Aunt Marla took this picture
of you today!
You are 11 months old today! It's so hard to believe you are thisclose to being a 1-year-old boy!

The biggest change this month is the appearance of two teeeeny little bottom teeth! You hung onto that gummy, sweet smile much longer then all of your friends, but some cute, sharp little teeth have poked their way out! To your Mama, it's bittersweet- seeing those teeth just tickle me right down to my soul, but I also know that it's the end of your "baby" face and the beginning of your "little boy" face! My heart is filled with joy to see your bright, alert, observant child face, but oh! How I will miss that squishy little baby face!

(aaaaaaand cue the tears!)

You are what they call an "Active Baby"! If you're not asleep or strapped into your high chair, you are allllllll over the place! You love to crawl all over the place, and you are no 'fraidy cat! You're just as comfortable getting around the coffee shop, Nan and Pop's, Bubbe and Zaida's, or any other of of friends and family's houses as you are your own! If you see a dog or cat, you just HAVE to chase them until they let you pet them! You love people and will go to anyone who offers you a friendly smile and a leg to pull up on! You're climbing, crawling, jumping, rolling, stretching, wiggling and squirming!

PJ, you have the funniest personality! You make your Mama and Dada laugh so hard sometimes! I have a feeling that smile of yours will be a key component in your arsenal of Things That Will Keep You From Getting Into Trouble! You smile at everyone! And your "happy growl"? Oh, my goodness, I have never heard anything like it! We have no idea where that comes from, but we sure know when you're happy! "Grrrrrrrrrrrr!"

(flip flops make you happy)

We love you so much, Peter Joseph! Each stage of your life brings us more joy then the next! While your Mama may sometimes ache for the little baby I held a little over a year ago, seeing you grow is the most honorable privilege I have ever known! You will always be the very best Boy-Boy in the whole world!

Keep on grown'! ONE is right around the corner!

We love you!

Mama and Dada


Jersey Shore!!

At the playground!

"But then again, it feels like some sort of inspiration..."

I love when Monday's turn out well! Of course, as a stay-at-home mom, there's no real reason that Monday's should suck for me anymore, but there's just something about a Monday that can make you feel all blergh. Thankfully, today has been full of awesome thus far! PJ's next-to-the-last swim lesson, a lovely pre-lunch walk with my little family, and now the pearly coolness of impending rain while my sweet boy naps!


All of this comes on the heels of an awesome weekend! It started on Thursday with PJ's first official haircut! It was WAY overdue- he was looking like the baby of Justin Bieber and Gary Busey with that shaggy-shagfest going on! PJ was great and the lady who did the cut was awesome! She just plugged away no matter which way PJ turned his head, so we ended up with a smart, handsome looking guy in about four minutes! I didn't even have time to cry!! The stylist could not believe how thick PJ's hair is- thank goodness he takes after his Dada in that regard!

On Saturday afternoon my mother-in-law was sweet enough to gift PJ with a new pair of shoes! He got an adorable pair of See Kai Run sneakers! PJ got a kick out of having his feet scanned to measure his size! I was very impressed with the staff member at Olly Kids that worked with us- he was very knowledgeable about PJ's shoe needs and was very sweet and patient! We also had PJ's pictures done that morning thanks to a great coupon for The Picture People (click to see the pics!!)- they will be sent out with the thank you notes for his naming!

That night, PJ and Dada got to have a Boy's Night In and Mama got to go out! My sisterIL Shelly and my cousinIL Jen went out to The Melting Pot to celebrate Jen's birthday! MMmmmmm....oh, my goodness! The drinks! The food! The DESSERT!!!! Ooohhhhh, the dessert! So, so yummy! I pretty much died and went to food heaven (where you get to dip CHEESECAKE in melted chocolate!)! I didn't managed to get a picture of all three of us, I'll steal one from either Shel or Jen later, you'll have to settle for this picture of Shelly and I! Either way, we had a blast! We ate, chatted, and laughed our heads up all night- can't ask for a better evening out then that! The only bad part was getting home to my cranky husband since the Phillies lost (boo).

On Sunday PJ and I had a quiet day together since Pete had to work. My parents, Marla, and her husband Steve came over for a pasta and meatballs dinner! Poor Marla couldn't eat much since her face was still terribly swollen from having her wisdom teeth taken out, but we all had a good time hanging out and playing with PJ! We watched video of him at his swim lessons!

It was a wonderful, fun weekend followed up with a great start to a new week! There's pretty much nothing else anyone could ask for (ahemhoverhighchair)! It makes me so happy to know that I am blessed with such great friends and family and that, even better, so is my son!

Yay! :-)

"Yes, I know what you think of me, you never shut up..."

(this is a long one.)

Woo! Two days in a row of Tori Amos! Can you tell I'm moody???

(by the way, her album Little Earthquakes is one of my all-time faves. every song is right on point for me. it's one of those perfect albums.)

Anyway, it's Friday and the end of what has been an uneventful week for us! PJ and I were both sick for most of it, so there was a lot of pajama-wearing, Sesame-watching, boogie-dripping, cough-cough-coughing for me and my sweet one! I just flat out had a cold, but I am wondering if PJ's malaise wasn't due to something else- mainly, the two bottom teeth I see coming in! Finally! It's teeth for sure this time, I can see them coming and they feel sharp when he noms on my hands! I am hoping by his 11-month birthday they will be here!

For now thought, it's (finally!) time to rewind to his 10-month birthday, which was the day of his baby naming! It was cloudy and cool- perfect weather for having a bunch of people over!!! PJ looked sooooo cute in his outfit, especially his teeny yarmulke that my parents brought him back from Israel (stay tuned for a pic of him in said outfit!). The ceremony, performed by the very sweet, gracious, and warm Cantor Marlena Taenzer, was lovely! Prayers and readings were read my PJ's grandparents and his newly-appointed godparents, my sister Marla and my cousin Matthew! Cantor Marlena's beautiful voice made the Jewish prayers, sung in Hebrew, even more moving and special. The best part? Officially giving PJ his Hebrew name, Gedalliah Aron ( I'll post the full story of his Hebrew name sometime soon). He's named for my grandmother Anne, my Uncle Gary, and my brother-in-law, Greg. We presented PJ with a scrapbook, filled with pictures of them an stories about what they were like and why we wanted to honor them by giving our son the name we chose. Later that afternoon, the book got passed around, and I know for everyone, Mom-Mom, Uncle Gary, and Greg were right there with us.

After the ceremony, everyone enjoyed eating the absolute ton of food that there was to offer (with much thanks to my Mom and Dad, who were kind enough to not only provide the food, but indulge their oldest daughter..ahem, me...with the amazingly delicious Ben & Irv's )! There was lox, kippered salmon, whitefish salad, and sable surrounded by masses of fresh tomato, onion and cucumber and just waiting to be placed on top of a bagel spread thick with cream cheese! YUM!!! There was even plenty for the non-fish eaters! My Aunt Sandi even spoiled me rotten by bringing a tray of her string bean casserole, my fave!! And the desserts! Brownies made my my sister-in-law Shelly, cookies made by Pete's Aunt Barb, a delicious cake supplied by my parents-in-law, and super-duper cute Star of David cookies made by Pete's cousin  Jen! Everyone we love gave a little bit of themselves and it was wonderful! We even
got to spend time with some family that we really didn't get to know until very recently, via Facebook of all things! It was SO nice of them to come, to meet PJ and bring our family together again!

My sister Marla and her husband Steve were psychotic generous enough to host the shindig, and the house was the perfect place! Everyone enjoyed the graciousness of their beautiful home and even the large number of people were able to enjoy the day and be comfortable! I'm so, so proud of her that she is able to be the owner of such a gorgeous home, and that she was willing to let it be filled with so many people to honor her nephew/godson!

The day was amazing- more then I could dream of and more! Pete and I continue to be amazed and astounded at how many people love our sweet, blonde Boy! What a blessing for my son to be surrounded by so much joy! He is a lucky, lucky little one- and we are lucky parents!


So, our day-to-day lives have been far less exciting then the day of PJ's naming! PJ is still loving his swim lessons (thanks, Randi!) and we still have coffee dates with our coffee favorites! Pete started his new job as a registered nurse! He's in his third week now and has completed all of the HR-ish stuff and is now on the floor working regular 12-hour shifts! I think that getting up early has been a rude awakening for him, but he seems to be enjoying getting his feet wet as a nurse and really, is just so happy that his...ahem, extended job hunt is finally over! He wears his personality now in a way I haven't seen in a long time, which is not weighted down with the stress of looking for a job and dealing with disappointment after disappointment. He comes home exhausted, but feeling good about himself, which is worth more to me then that first paycheck! And the perks! For one thing, I can finally tell Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield of NJ that they can kiss my ass since we will have new insurance as of November 1st!

I really hate Horizon.

That aside, things have a sweet feeling nowadays. We're still getting used to this new schedule and new way of being- and we will have to allover again when Pete switches to night shifts! Newness aside, I can tell Pete is happy!

There is only one fly in our ointment, and it's not one that I am sure we are ever going to be able to swat- at least, not until the advent of some Back to the Future-type items (hover chair, anyone?). All we can do is the best we can, and hope that our dream of our own home comes sooner rather then later!

And that's life lately.


"I've got something to say, you know, but nothing comes..."

Okay. Go ahead. Scold me.

Really. Make me feel shame. I have been the laziest blogger in the whole world this month! And there's so much to talk about! PJ's baby naming! Pete's first day of his new job! PJ's swim lessons! His first haircut!

But, as I am prone to do, I just find myself in one of those moods where I don't have much to say. I hate when I get like this because I always miss the freedom of blogging and getting out everything that's on my mind! Still, when I get into one of these writing funks, I sit down at the computer and just...nothing.

I'll allow myself one more day of nothingness, then it's back to it! This blog is almost like an old friend- I can pour out my soul and not be judged, scoffed at, or scolded no matter what I have to say or what I have done. And I so want to tell you all about PJ's baby naming- what a wonderful day!!

So, I will see you tomorrow. Let's call it a date.

"Papa, can you hear me?"

So, this is how it's going to be, eh?

Humph. ;-)

"A new, fantastic point of view..."

Dear PJ,

Just a few days ago you turned 10 months old, and your Mama does not know where the time could have gone!

You are now thisclose to your first birthday, and we are having so much fun planning your party! And as it turns out, your 10 month birthday was an extra-special day outside of your "anniversary" as it was the day you received your Hebrew name, Gedaliah Aron. I will tell more about the story of how we chose your name, but know that we hope you always carry the strength, grace, kindness and generosity of those you were named for!

You continue to change at a rate that is leaving us breathless! You are suddenly so tall, having shot up since your last doctors visit! All of the cute 6-12 month clothes I picked for you are going to have to swathe some other baby, because you have outgrown most of them before you even got to wear them! You have lost much of the baby roundness you had and are really starting to s-t-r-e-t-c-h out- a trait you clearly do not get from your Mama, who is both sort and round! I look at you and see flashes of a big boy, and it somehow makes my heart sing and makes my heart break at the same time!

You're a man on the move, buddy! You love to climb the gate we have around the TV stand, cruise along the furniture, squirm while we change your diapers, bounce while we get you dressed! The funniest thing ever is when you crawl towards something you are not supposed to and then stop juuuuust short of reaching it when you hear us say "No!".

We have been having so many adventures together, like swim lessons, story hours, park trips and walks! Swim class is a favorite! You love the water and are so brave! You splash, smile and kick the whole time! At story hour, you sit sweetly and listen to the story, and you always get so excited when you see other children! An afternoon at the playground with your friends is another favorite!

PJ, you are also a hungry baby! You may not have any teeth yet (And really. What is up with the no teeth thing?) but you have no problem putting away anything I put in front of you! Potato, meatballs, chicken, veggies, yogurt, cheese, whole grain bagels, and your recent nomnomnomnom of scrambled egg yolk! You devour cantaloupe, blueberries, grapes, banana, and apple, and wait patiently while your Mama cuts them into ninetyjillion pieces!

Your personality shows more each day! You are a smiling sweetie, and happy to see everyone! But you can also be stubborn and show your temper! You are always happy to see your friends, your cousins, your family! I love that the people in your life make you so happy, and I hope that you are always so lucky!

Peter Joseph, this has been the best ten months of our lives, and we know that the best is yet to come! You make us so happy every single day, baby Boy, and we are so thankful for you! You are the BEST Boy-Boy in the whole world, and your Mama and Daddy love you so much!

With love,
Mama and Daddy