Dec 9, 2008

i LOVE my Boys

My two favorite people: Andy and Ollie.
Andy has been a wonderful new father and has done a great job taking care of me during my recovery. When I was first nursing, I would get so incredibly thirsty--Andy would bring me water with a straw and hold the cup while I drank. Instead of complaining about how often he found himself doing this, he smiled and called me his little water buffalo (I know that doesn't really mean anything, but I thought it was a cute nick name).

Ollie is falling into a routine, which helps me get through my days. He's been sleeping very well during the night and enjoys bath time. He calms down when he hears running water and maybe gave us his first smile this morning. Hopefully I can catch it on camera soon or hopefully he'll become a happier baby. Either way, I'm a happy mother!

Dec 2, 2008

The Best Baby

Once upon a time... or maybe it was Sunday night... Andy and I put Oliver to sleep at 10:30 pm and didn't wake up until 5:30 am! I was soooo happy! Then to make things even better - Oliver was only awake for an hour and then slept for 3 more hours! I got my beauty sleep and then some - watch out Heidi Klum - any more of these nights and I'll be taking your place!

Nov 24, 2008

One Month Ollie

We took our little Ollie in for his one month check up. He weighed in at a whopping 9 lbs 11 oz and is now 21.5 inches long. He is getting into more of a schedule, and we are learning what his different cries mean. He eats about every two hours during the day, stays awake for at least an hour and then takes a nap. He then gets fussy every night from about 6-9 pm and then sleeps about 5 hours, is awake for an hour, and then sleeps for another 3ish hours. We are still waiting for him to smile at us, but enjoy his "smiles" as he is going to sleep or after eating. Oliver is not a snuggly baby and many times if he is fussing too much, we lay him down by himself and he calms down. We love him sooo much! Happy one month Ollie!

Nov 19, 2008

Oliver meets some family

Oliver is taking a nice long nap, which means I have time to post new pictures! Oliver has been lucky enough to meet both of his grandmas and his Aunt Kristy and cousin Charlotte. He can't wait to meet everyone else. Below are some pictures of their visits.
Charlotte loved being able to touch Oliver, but I'm not sure if the feeling was mutual.

Grandma loves the challenge of expelling those deep down burps.
Oliver spent many hours snuggling with Grandma and loved it! We miss you Grandma B.
We may not be glamorous, but we sure do look like sisters.

My sister has never been to NYC, but we didn't have time to take her to see the sights, so we decided to introduce NYC style pizza and hope she'll come back for more!
Thanks for visiting Aunt Kristy!

Nov 18, 2008

The Miracle Blanket

There was a miracle at our house for the past two nights... Oliver slept for five and a half hours straight thanks to the Miracle Blanket. This blanket keeps your baby super swaddled - almost like a straight jacket and it is easy to use. I plan on using it every night from now on until forever, or maybe just until he outgrows the blanket. Below is a picture of the blanket. To see how it works, go to I'm 100% satisfied.

Nov 9, 2008

Let the Countdown Begin!

I love counting down to special occasions - holidays, birthdays, vacations, I even count down the hours until Andy gets home from work. Counting down to Oliver's birth was the biggest countdown ever, and when he came early, the countdown ended (obviously), but I was really sad - crazy, huh? Sad that my baby came early... So when my mom asked if she should change her plane ticket to be here earlier, I said no, that I wanted something to count down to. Guess what? Only 6 more days until my mom gets here. To make the countdown even sweeter - my sister and niece found a great plane ticket and are coming to visit and will be here in 5 days! I'm soooo excited!

Nov 2, 2008

My Halloween baby!

It's kind of crazy to think I'd been planning all year for a November baby, but I was lucky - and got an October baby and was able to dress Oliver up in some cute Halloween outfits. Maybe next year we'll do a costume.

Oct 27, 2008

Pictures... and plenty of them.

This picture sums up how we all feel... so tired.

Oliver has wild arms - he doesn't like them to be swaddled.

For you Uncle Steven: "I can take you - put 'em up"

Old man pants and bunny arms - sometimes he just looks so funny. I couldn't resist taking a picture.

His first visitors.

Happy One Week Oliver!

Just one week ago, I woke up at 4 am (like usual) but this time I had bad cramps. I tossed and turned for a few hours and then finally got out of bed at 6:45 to get ready for work. I was also fighting a cold, so with my cramps and the cold, Andy begged me to call in sick to work - I'm pretty stubborn though and proceeded to get ready. Well, I noticed the pains weren't going away, so I called my doctor's office and they told me I had early signs of labor! I was not expecting that diagnosis due to the fact that Oliver wasn't supposed to come for another 3 weeks. The nurse told me to keep track of how often the pains or I guess I should call them "contractions" were coming and to call in occasionally to give them an update. After the nurse told me this, I laughed, because I thought she was joking. I told Andy that I was in labor and we totally flipped out! I tried not to get my hopes up though, because it could have been false labor... so I basically was in denial. We spent the morning doing laundry, sorting baby clothes, and packing my hospital bag. We realized we weren't exactly ready for our son to arrive, but we'd have to make do.

Just as the nurse said, the contractions would come every 30 minutes, 20 minutes, and so on. My contractions jumped from coming every 20 minutes to coming every 8. By 2:30, my contractions were every 3 minutes. I called my doctor's and they said I could go to the hospital. Andy and I didn't want to push the limit and wait much longer because we would have to fight the Holland Tunnel traffic, so we left at 3:30 for the hospital and checked in at 4:00. (By the way, I was still in denial and kept thinking that once we got to the hospital, they were going to tell me I wasn't in labor and to go home.) We hadn't had time to take a test run to the hospital, so Andy hands me the directions and says "I'm going to need your help - there are a lot of turns." I just laugh - how much help am I going to be if every 3 minutes I feel like throwing up and am in pain, but I actually think I was a decent navigator considering the conditions and we made it just fine (plus Andy's a great driver - you should have seen him weaving in between taxis - two hands on the wheel and a thumb on the horn - our new saying.)

Andy got me checked in while a nurse checked my progress and told me I was dilated to a 3 and something about 80% effaced and something else - I was not very with it. So, I was in labor! At this point, my heart started racing as I realized, we were going to have our baby tonight! I couldn't stop shaking with nervousness - I did not enjoy the hospital very much - too many people asking me questions, hooking me up to things, and it was very hectic, but luckily everyone was nice. They admitted me to a labor and delivery room and the fun began! I was hooked up to an IV, which was actually quite painful - I still have a bruise on my hand and arms from where they poked me with needles. I had a nurse trying to ask me a million questions about my medical history, and then I got interrupted by medical students asking me questions and wanting to know if they could be a part of my delivery... uh... hello... no way! I don't want more people in the room than necessary. I'm kind of indecent here. Labor at the hospital wasn't quite what I expected. I thought I'd be able to walk around and talk to Andy - we'd brought a few things to do while in labor, but I spent each painful contraction, breathing and trying to answer the nurse's questions or trying to hold back from throwing up - didn't do so great on that one though, I was also gushing blood because of something my doctor told me after I'd delivered (something wrong with the placenta, which is why she thought Oliver came early and thinks my future children will come early). I was so weak and exhausted. At about 8 pm, my doctor showed up and checked my progress - I was at 8 cm! They had been waiting for my Group B Strep test results to come back and had just found out I tested positive, which meant I had to go on Penicillin. They weren't sure we'd have time for all of the doses, but I did. I fully dilated to 10 cm by 9:30pm, but my water hadn't broken yet... so it was about waiting. Finally at 11ish, the doctor said I was ready to push. She broke my water and little Oliver arrived at 11:57 pm. My goal was to have him out before midnight - he just barely made it. I was so happy and giddy. Here are a few pictures of the day.
Right before leaving for the hospital - I know the picture isn't great, but hey... I was at least trying to smile.
In between contractions - hmmm... I wonder why Andy looks happier than me...
Holding my baby for the first time. We almost forgot to take pictures after the birth, but luckily the nurse reminded us. I love that Oliver seems to be looking at me.
Andy holding Oliver for the first time.

Oct 21, 2008

Extending Our Branches

We had a very exciting and unexpected start to this week...

Oliver Alan Bontorno decided to join us two and half weeks early. He was born at 11:57 PM October 20, 2008 at 6 lbs 13 oz. He is the cutest little guy and we are thrilled to have him join our family. Mother and baby are doing excellent. Thanks for everyone's love and prayers.

Oct 9, 2008


I've now progressed into the nesting phase of my pregnancy with only 4 weeks to go. I'm anxious to get everything ready for our baby's arrival - I'm probably driving Andy crazy with all of my to-do lists, but he's such a trooper and helping whenever he can. A few weeks ago, I went home to MI for a baby shower with friends and family. My sister and mom threw me such a wonderful party and it meant so much to celebrate with my family and old friends. Here are a few pictures from the shower and my trip.
My almost 4 year old niece took that picture of my sister and me - she did a great job!
This is from one of the games we played at the shower - everyone made a baby out of play-doh and I got to choose my favorite - it was really fun!
A view of the happenin' party!
Two of my friends from high school were able to come to my shower - it was awesome to see them.
This picture makes me laugh - Olivia and Charlotte were both fussing and I'm in the process of telling my dad to just take the picture while also trying to smile. So much for getting a great picture of us girls all dressed up, but I guess I should get used to the difficulties of taking pictures of children.

Aug 31, 2008


Have you ever wondered what happy, multi-grain cheerios look like? Well, wonder no-more... It really doesn't take much to amuse us in the morning - my smiley face is on the right, Andy's is on the left.

August was a busy month for us with travel and work. Andy has some projects at work with crazy deadlines, which makes for some long days. (FYI: he's currently working on a redesign for Zyrtec and Lactaid.) Andy's brother, Pete, got married last weekend in Palmyra to a really great girl - Ashley. Two weekends ago, we attended a family get-together/memorial service for Andy's grandma who passed away. All in all, we've stayed busy, valued the time we have at home together - even if I am sleeping on the couch next to Andy, and have spent about 24 hours in our car. I decided after this last trip, that we won't be doing any more heavy traveling until after the baby comes, which is only 10 weeks away!
In honor of Andy's grandma, we gathered at her favorite lake in upstate NY and had a wonderful time with family.
We also camped overnight at the lake. Here we are enjoying the outdoors.
We were the test couple for the photographer - he wanted to make sure his camera was ready for the bride and groom to walk out of the temple - the last time I did this, I was wearing white, now I'm wearing pink with a big belly... time flies.
Here's the bride and groom outside of the Palmyra temple with the Sacred Grove in the background.
I'm 30 weeks! I noticed that a lot of the pictures taken of me don't include my growing tummy, so tonight as we took a walk through liberty state park, I thought - hey, how many times am I going to be pregnant and have the Statue of Liberty in the background, so I asked Andy to take a belly shot.