Tuesday, March 31, 2009


DANE had his month old appointment today and he was a whopping 9 lbs. 10 oz. Ok, just to remind you he was born at a whopping 7 lbs. .5 oz... he is getting big FAST!!! He is sleeping wonderfuly and nursing great. He's such a good baby and he hardly cries (except for the normal things baby's cry for like- food and dirty diapers-- and even then... he's so good that he really doesn't really even cry much for those things. He's very patient and a very pleasant baby. He cringes when his big sister runs around the house screaming, but he seems to tolerate her hugs and licks (she still hasn't figured out the closed mouth kisses yet). I think he is adjusting to being in our busy home very well.

ZOE LOVES DANE and is getting quite good at helping me burp him, change him and even throw away his dirty diapers. She gets so excited to see him every morning when she wakes up and asks about him through out the day if she doesn't see him (like if he is in in his crib napping). She is hilarious and totally talking more and more. She has discovered what a phone is and uses anything and everything as a phone. She walks around talking to Nanna and Papa on her fake phones--saying "Hallo" and "Bye" and talking in total jibberish. She can say purple and yellow, and has a new and keen ear for airplanes and helecopters. She's always noticed them before, but now, even when I don't hear them she will point to the sky to the most faint engine sounds and get really excited. She is still obessed with balls, babies, and dogs and loves looks out the window to watch our neighborhood squirrels scury on our back porch. She walks around her with babies patting them on the back and burping them, and I have even caught her trying to give them a bottle every now and then. She loves to hug baby brother and hold him, but only for about 5 seconds and then she is done. She is full of life and energy.

TAYLOR Taylor is excited to have matched in Arizona and is using a lot of his time right now to help us find a home. We are having a lot of fun house searching and exploring our new stopping grounds on google map. He is doing a Radiology rotation right now and is finalizing his last few weeks here in school. He is packing, cleaning, babysitting and learning the ropes of his new job coming up. He can't wait until we move--we are soo excited. However, he says that he is sad and will miss Philly a lot--- it's definately a bittersweet moment for him.

ME I am just as thrilled about Arizona and too have had a lot of fun searching for a home to buy. I am thrilled with my growing baby boy and my little Zoe girl and how much both of them change so much everyday. I am so proud to see their individual accomplishments and have been adjusting as well as a I can to this new balancing act. I get excited if I get a nap and a load of laundry done these days. My latest exciting news for myself is that I am only ten pounds away from my pre-prego weight...and I am excited because I am almost coming up on my 6 week post partum mark-- yea- Gym here I come!!!

We are trying to do the last bit of Philly stuff here and enjoying our days as much as possible before we really have to leave. Life is stressful, exhausting and exciting...whaat more could we ask for right?

Baby Dane

Baby Dane is now a month old, but we just got back his newborn (2 week old) photo shoot. Here are a few of his pictures.

(Thanks again Danica it was really fun to take these shots-- We love them)!!!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Match Day is Here and the Verdict is in!!!!

Well after 4 years of hard work, dedication and total commitment to his goal of graduating Medical School, it has all come down to this day--MATCH DAY!! Everywhere 4th year medical students around the county open letters of where they have matched in their choosen field of medicine. Taylor interviewed with 12 different ENT programs, and hoped to match one of his top 5 choices. Well we are proud to say that all of his sacrifice, long nights and days of studying and sleepless hours of hard work have finally paid off.

We are officially going to THE MAYO CLINIC IN PHX ARIZONA- Otolaryngology -ENT- Head and Neck Surgery!!

We are soooo excited and can't wait to start this new chapter of our lives. We couldn't be more proud of our daddy and hubbie. Thanks honey for working so hard and making it all worth it in the end. Taylor's first choice was the Mayo Clinic in Arizona-- so we are as happy as we could be with this match. We are sad to leave friends and family that we have met here in Philly, you will always be a part of our lives and be in our hearts. This is a bitter sweet experience for all of us.


Below are some of our friends that we have gotten to know over the last few years.... we are excited to say that they too matched and were quite pleased with their mathces as well.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Birthday Tribute!!!! March 2nd 2009

Ok, so this is a little late, but I was sorta in the hospital on my mom's birthday and was a little out of it. So... Now I am saying Happy Birthday to the most wonderful mother in the whole world.

I really do have the best mother in the world. She has always been there for me, through good times and bad. I pretty much talk to her everyday, and I call her for just about everything. You are the greatest mom!!!

Mom... thank you so much for all that you do, for all that you are. You have always been an amazing example to me and I hope one day I can be just like you. You are a Martha Stewart and Jack of all trades. I love how you can cook, quilt, paint, design, decorate, show love, compassion, service, and good work ethic. You are a dedicated woman to your children, husband and callings. Thank you for always knowing what to say and how to say it. I LOVE YOU--HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY MOM!!!!

(Nanna came to visit and we are sad that she is gone... but know that we love you and miss you tons-- thanks for coming to visit)!!

More Pictures

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

First Day Home

Daddy and Zoe are so excited to play with and hold baby Dane. Here daddy is attempting to put his little (but huge pants) on. And Zoe in her ever famous pink chair wanted to hold baby Dane while watching her movie. It's been a smoothe transition at home and great to be a family of 4. Dane is adjusting wonderfully to his new surroundings and Zoe is loving her new baby brother. It's quite rewarding to see how special their bond is. Daddy has been a tremendous help and I am recovering well. I hope you enjoy the pics!!!

Last day at the hospital!!!

Here are some of our last photos taken at the hospital. Seen here is one of two of my most favorite doctors in the world (minus my hubbie --hahaha). This is Dr. Mehta-- the one that delivered Zoe and has been my primary ob doc through Dane's pregnancy. (The other doc is in the same OB Practice Dr. Johannson-who was also a major part of both Zoe and Dane's pregnancies). Anyways.... I reeeallly wanted her to deliver me but she wasn't in the hospital on Friday and Dr. J was in Costa Rica.... However, she's the one with magic fingers and who stripped my membranes so I can't be too mad at her. Even though she wasn't able to deliver me, she was able give Dane his circumcision. She came up to my room and surprised me by dropping by. I was so excited to see her and to find out that she did his circ. I just love, love, love her. If anyone needs a doc I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER and or Dr. Johannson. The other pictures are of us leaving the hospital in our handy dandy double stroller. And just for those that haven't had a chance to check our link of pictures...another couple pictures of Dane. Isn't he a good looking kid or what?