Sunday, October 31, 2010

Emma's First Halloween

Emma's first Halloween: a summary in pictures

I went to my daddy's work for a party...

So much candy...

Mommy and Daddy were overachiever first time parents and carved me a pumpkin...
Posing with my pumpkin...

Can't wait until next year when we'll get to try out trick or treating :)

Friday, October 29, 2010

It's All About the Costume

Since the little one isn't really going to really understand her first halloween, I knew we would want to dress her up but weren't going to go crazy. A quick glance online at some $50+ baby costumes was a little concerning but luckily we were able to find something cute and cheap at Target.

But I just had to laugh at some of these pictures I'd seen on a few of the parenting websites, just too funny....Because I hate these in my car, I could never do this to my kid

A perfect combination costume for child and parent?

Actually not that inappropriate for farty kids

But this one just seems wrong

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pumpkin Picking 2010

Last weekend, we finally found the time to go get a pumpkin with Emma. Since she's so little we couldn't do any of the really fun activities (hay ride, petting zoo, causing general chaos by running around and jumping off of huge stacks of bales of hay) so Emma played it cool and you guessed it, slept for the first part

Since we (meaning me) wanted to take some pictures of Emma enjoying the scenery we (meaning me again against Larry's wishes) decided to wake her up for some photo ops.

Yay for posed pumpkin pictures with Mom...

and Dad

A perfect selection by Larry, and yet another use for the BOB

Oh what's this, we can get a free pumpkin?

Our guess of 8 lbs 14 oz (in honor of the chicklet's birth weight) didn't win :(

All in all we were in and out in a half hour (sans apple cider donuts might I add), didn't have any crying by Emma or anxiety attacks from the crowd by the parental units and Emma was back in the car sleeping again before we pulled out of the parking lot. Can't wait until next year when she is running around picking out her own pumpkin!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Two Months

Dear Emma,

This weekend you turned two months old. I think I will always feel this way but I cannot believe two whole months have gone by since you were born. It feels like the days fly by but at the same time, each day is so different and you seem to be doing new things all the time.

Even at two months you have such a little personality to you. You are becoming predictable in your ways and I love it. I love how when you are being fed a bottle, as soon as it hits your lips you immediately clamp your hand down onto the hand of whoever is holding the bottle. It's as if you are saying "I will not let you move this bottle from my mouth". Your little sounds are also my favorite to recognize. Of course there is the all out screaming when you're hungry but you also do the sweetest little bird squawk when you want to be held differently or paid attention to.

The best thing that happened this month was that you started to smile. At first, I tried to delude myself into thinking that your little smiles were just from gas and not real and was so happy to realize that they were smiles just for us! Sometimes you make us work hard for them but we're beginning to figure out the ways to get them. And just the other morning as I was getting you out of your crib (yes, that's new too, because you are sleeping for 7+ hours straight at night you little angel!) in the morning you stopped your fussing and looked up and flashed me that big gummy grin and I just melted. You are such a happy little girl and I think the smiles on my face and your daddy's face are just as big.

Besides smiling, your other new favorite thing to do is around you. When you are awake and alert, you simply just have to be looking around. If you're not being held up and facing out, you let us know with your bird squawks. You hold you head up strong and just take everything in. You love to look at the lights and the ceiling fan and are always curiously staring at the front door although I have to constantly remind you that you are stuck with us so there is no use in waiting for someone new to come through :) You also love to be held up so you can use those ridiculously strong legs to stand up while you're doing your exploring. You're doing so much exploring lately that you are napping less during the day which is nice when we are home playing but not so fun when I'm trying to run errands or get things done around the house, but luckily you love to be carried in the baby carrier (of course only if she can see what's going on) so we're still pretty much attached at the hip these days.

Before you were born, most people told us that the first 2 months would be the hardest but looking back, I can't really say that they were that hard. I've loved every minute of being your mother and I'd have to speak for your father that he has as well so if these first 2 months were the worst, I guess the best is yet to come and I can't wait for it.


Emma, 2 months

Friday, October 22, 2010

100! - Part 4

Last, and certainly not least is the newest little Ciccarelli. It's amazing that in just 2 short months, Emma has developed so much of her own personality. It's funny to see what traits she is picking up from both of us and then the little bits and pieces that are all her!

  1. Full name is Emma Martha Ciccarelli
  2. Emma was the only name we considered for her
  3. Emma’s middle name is named for her paternal grandmother
  4. Was born 4 days late
  5. Weighed more at birth than father and two of her cousins combined
  6. Born with blue eyes
  7. Born with strawberry blond hair, not red. If you say my child has red hair, our conversation is over
  8. She yawns exactly like her daddy
  9. Has earned many of her nicknames because of her tendency to squeak like a bird
  10. Makes grunting noises for at least 5 minutes before she wakes up
  11. Farts when she is waking up (she will not like that I told people this when she is older)
  12. Loves to nap on mommy’s chest
  13. Nicknames include birdie, swaddle ninja and poopie monster
  14. Always has fuzz in between her fingers
  15. Loves music and songs, especially the made up songs sung to her by her daddy
  16. Always has the hiccups (this apparently is a continuation from being in utero)
  17. Sneezes a lot
  18. Likes it rough when being hit on the back, the harder the better
  19. Enjoys long walks with lots of bumps in the sidewalk
  20. Flexes her toes out when she is eating and curls them up when she is pooping
  21. Has a huge big toe like her father
  22. Loves to be swaddled when sleeping
  23. We knew she would be a girl when we both woke up one night after both having a dream that I was having a girl
  24. Has become the star of the family and receives all attention
  25. Is the most beautiful, perfect baby and is loved so much by her parents!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Emma's First Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

We recently had the opportunity to spend some a morning playdate with Auntie Brooke at the pumpkin patch. Emma and I trailed along for a photoshoot with Julie and Lyla (check out those amazing pictures here) because I loved Silverman's so much last year when we went apple picking with the Sforzas. Brooke kept saying how much she couldn't get over that last year the four of us and been there and all of a sudden Emma was here!

I happen to share the same exact sentiment. I find myself constantly comparing any point in time to the exact time last year. Sometimes it's still hard to get over the fact that we were granted the miracle of this sweet little baby and she is all ours and will be with us forever!

More photos to come from the talented Brooke Allison since I win Mother of the Year award for plopping my newborn down on a bale of hale in the middle of the bright sun for a photo op :)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

100! - Part 3

I always find interesting to find out things about couples we know. I think I enjoy finding out their quirks because I know that Larry and I share so many. So without further adeu, a glimpse into our relationship with 25 facts about us for Part 3...

  1. The first time we met, we got into a fight (over a dorm room)
  2. The second time we met, I had forgotten who he was
  3. The third time we met (having now absolutely remembered who he was), I coerced Larry into helping me move into my new dorm room (source of the fight from our first meeting)
  4. Shortly after this, I began calling Larry my boyfriend to my roommates (although this was absolutely not true)
  5. When we met I thought, Larry had a funny last name
  6. Larry “asked me out” on 2/9/03. It was after party and we were in his room eating leftover food from his roommate’s work
  7. Our first kiss was after watching top gun
  8. Our first date was to blockbuster to buy a movie (I am still confused as to why the movie was bought at Blockbuster and not rented), our second date was to Panera
  9. For our first Valentine’s day, Larry cleaned my dorm room and gave me homemade cookies from his mother. It was one of the best gifts I have ever received.
  10. When one of my friends asked my mother about Larry shortly after we starting dating, she said she didn’t think it would last
  11. Larry said I love you to me first
  12. We were engaged in Rockefeller plaza in new York city on 5/25/07
  13. The first person to congratulate us was a random security guard who watched the whole thing unfold
  14. We were married on 10/10/08
  15. If we could do it all over again, we could get married just the two of us in a private ceremony, no drama, no fuss and way less expensive
  16. We are the exact same height and Larry hates when I wear any shoes with heels
  17. We don’t buy each other gifts for holidays, anniversaries or birthdays, instead usually splurge on a nice dinner out
  18. Marli considers taking out the trash and killing bugs man tasks and won’t do either if Larry is around
  19. Our primary argument is about watching TV in bed
  20. We rarely agree on any TV show (due to the cartoons and reality TV)
  21. Larry will talk to anyone and Marli is antisocial, we both hate it about each other
  22. Larry won’t send flowers to me at work anymore because the last 2 times he has done it, I have happened to be out of the office
  23. Larry is the maker of breakfasts, handles the grilling and makes amazing milkshakes… Marli will make almost all other meals
  24. We settle all arguments with rock, paper, scissors
  25. We have our own special way of saying I love you. It is too weird to explain.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

100! - Part 2

Luckily for Larry I have no shame in posting semi-embarrassing facts about myself so here it goes, a continuation of 100 facts about us...

  1. Full name is Marlaine Michelle Ciccarelli (formerly Marlaine Michelle Milardo)
  2. My mom wanted me to be known as Marli, after a soap opera character (Another World)
  3. Born and raised in Middletown, CT on Milardo Lane
  4. My grandfather has a street named after him in Middletown
  5. I love to bake, especially cakes and cupcakes. I took a cake decorating class from adult ed and loved it
  6. Celebrity gossip is my vice. I used to be an avid reader of books when I was little but now cannot wait for the US Weekly to appear in my mailbox every week
  7. I couldn’t tie my shoes until the 4th grade. I relied mainly on Velcro and friends who would tie them for me until I stopped being lazy and wanted to learn
  8. Never broken a bone
  9. I hate to admit it but I love reality TV
  10. As a child, played soccer, softball, the flute played on a bowling league, danced, horseback riding… infamous for trying things once and then never wanting to do them again
  11. My celebrity crush is Ryan Seacrest
  12. My first concert was new kids on the block (I was in kindergarten)
  13. Getting into bed at night with fresh clean sheets is one of my favorite things in the world
  14. I tend to obsessively clean the day before I get my period
  15. I love to nap
  16. I hate my hands (looks like a child’s) and feet (ugly toes)
  17. I dislike turkey and always ate shrimp cocktail for thanksgiving dinner when I was growing up
  18. I can’t whistle
  19. I can’t snap my fingers
  20. Am one of the few people in the world who absolutely hates Lance Armstrong
  21. My first car was marlim, named for my vanity license plate (which I hated)
  22. Sunday is known to be a no shower, no bra day for me
  23. I was set a microwave meal on fire in the microwave but have since bounced back with excellent cooking abilities
  24. I got into a car accident when I was 16 in the drivers ed car on my very first lesson (not my fault)
  25. I have never drank coffee in my life and I can’t stand the smell of it

Friday, October 15, 2010

2 Years

On Sunday, we celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary. It is absolutely crazy to think that much time has passed since we were married and I wonder if I will always think that. We decided to keep the day low key since we had some things going on and also because emma=maternity leave=broke, we didn't want to make a big to do. We spent the morning outside on what ended up being a gorgeous day (must be something about this weekend because last year it was nice as well and of course 75 and sunny on our day).

Since we usually try to go out for nice dinners for our anniversaries, we decided instead to make something special at home...

Bacon wrapped scallops, steak, stuffed clams, asparagus and twice baked potatoes followed by a buttercream frosting cake... yum!

It was funny to think that we went from sitting at dinner last year talking about wanting to have a baby and wondering if we would have one at this time to this year, sitting in our own home watching little Emma sleep (who wonderfully cooperated for a nice quiet dinner) while we ate. What a difference a year makes!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

100! - Part 1

Switching it up a bit today in honor of the 100th post on this blog! Thought it would be fun to list out 100 facts about the Ciccarelli family broken up into facts about Larry, Marli, Larry and Marli and Emma.

First up is Larry. Because he would not contribute, I will not apologize for any facts that he wish weren't made public...

  1. Full name is Lawrence Anthony Ciccarelli III
  2. Larry was born January 1st 1983 weighing in at 3lbs 7 oz.
  3. Larry played soccer in Europe during high school
  4. Has been known to memorize random things like entire credit card numbers
  5. His favorite TV shows are cartoons like Family Guy and South Park
  6. He loves video games (and unfortunately is made fun of by his wife)
  7. Loves Tax, no further explanation
  8. Is afraid of heights
  9. Hates flying
  10. Gets carsick, boatsick, airsick
  11. Has gotten into two car accidents as a designated driver
  12. Only likes buttercream frosting, which luckily I am pretty awesome at making
  13. Loves Tom Cruise
  14. Once owned a Porsche
  15. Snores when overly tired or has been drinking
  16. For some reason, gets terrible breath after drinking milk
  17. Loves to drink Pepsi (see above pictures of Extreme Gulp from 7-11 that he once contemplated getting)
  18. Loves to eat bacon
  19. When concentrating really hard, sticks tongue out of mouth
  20. Favorite days are rainy days
  21. Gets red spots over his eye lids when he vomits
  22. Hates bad driving
  23. Likes to spend his birthday doing nothing
  24. Will only eat tuna fish with potato chips (and if made at home, must be washed after taken out of the can)
  25. Could be a member of best buy’s geek squad due to his infinite knowledge of technology. Unfortunately for him, many of our family and friends already know this fact and he is asked to make frequent house calls


Friday, October 8, 2010


Not the 2010 Halloween costume, just a cute baby in an adorable hand me down perfect for a rainy day

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Separation Anxiety

This past Saturday was our first night out since Emma was born. Although Larry grudgingly goes to work every day and has had a few outings, this was new for me. In the last 6 weeks, I've only left Emma 3 times, all for an hour or less so going to a wedding in New York was tough.

One hour in, I was checking the time on my phone compulsively. I almost lost it in tears during a slow dance. But in the end? I was fine. Not fine enough to stay to stay long enough for dessert though as I made Larry leave around 11:00 so that we could be home and relieve the grandma of her babysitting duties. And boy did I miss the little one. I'm sure in a few years I will be dying to leave the house for 8 hours but not yet...

So I survived. It was a fun night and a great wedding. One of the coolest parts of the reception (which was pretty phenomenal) was a photo booth... evidence that I was able to loosen up and have some fun is below.

Friday, October 1, 2010

O'Rourke's Diner

the original O'Rourke's diner

In keeping with the theme of firsts from earlier this week, Emma also celebrated a major milestone last week - her first trip to O'Rourke's Diner. I mentioned last year that we celebrated Thanksgiving at my uncle's diner (O'Rourke's Diner in Middletown, CT) and how it had become a special tradition for us. Well, the reason it is so special is that because we almost lost it a few years ago. My uncle's diner burned down in 2006 (after the steamed cheeseburger machine was left on over night and sparked - ironically the maker of my favorite item at the diner). Because my uncle did not have fire insurance, the cost to rebuild was in the $350,000 range. Miraculously, almost half was raised through fundraising and donations (did I mention that O'Rourke's diner is like a Middletown and CT landmark?) the diner reopened in 2008 and we were able to resume our tradition.

Since it's reopening, the diner has continued to thrive and be a huge success. Not that it wasn't insanely popular before, but all I know is that everytime I drive by, there is a line stretched out on the sidewalk for people waiting to get in. Constant press from local media agencies and a spotlight on the Food Network doesn't hurt either. And of course, the main reason people love it is because my uncle is a phenomenal chef and just about everyone who has ever heard of the diner learns that quickly!

An addition to the "new" diner, reading "a hundred thousand welcomes" in irish gaelic

The diner has been in my mom's family since 1941 and I could never imagine not being able to go there. We even held our rehearsal dinner there the night before our wedding which was such a special night for us.

Anyway, last week Emma and I took a day trip back to the hometown and Emma got to visit the diner and Uncle Brian. Hopefully the first visit of many more to come!