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About That Harry Potter Quidditch Update on Pottermore…

Written By: Colleen - Jul• 09•14

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Surprise! If you’ve been following Pottermore (and let’s face it, not many of us have been…), then you know that back in April, the site started producing Daily Prophet articles with updates of the Quidditch World Cup written by Quidditch Correspondent in the Patagonian desert, Ginny Potter. I read somewhere that the articles are timed to coincide with FIFA World Cup fever, but who knows? Regardless, you have to be logged into Pottermore to read them, including a special gossip column that came out yesterday from none other than Rita Skeeter.

In a Daily Prophet gossip column written by Rita Skeeter, J.K. Rowling cleverly updates us on what’s going on with the gang formerly forever known as Dumbledore’s Army, as well as some of our favorite side characters. I’m super late to blog about this, but I have a baby, so cut me a break, haha. I spend a of of time typing with one hand. Anyway, here’s some of what we learned:

  • Harry is 34 and still wears his signature glasses.
  • Harry is an Auror now.
  • Ginny is a sports reporter.
  • Ron left his job as an Auror after only two years to co-manage Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes alongside George.
  • Hermione is Deputy Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.
  • Percy is Head of the Department of Magical Transportation.
  • Charlie remains both a dragon wrangler and unmarried.
  • Teddy Lupin is described as a “wild child” in need of an intervention and spends all day “snogging” with Victoire Weasley (daughter of Bill and Fleur).

It wasn’t very long, but I loved it. She didn’t go overboard yet still gave us the facts in a concise, fun manner. I hope we get more updates from Rita about the gang in the future…

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July 2014 Photo-a-Day List

Written By: Colleen - Jun• 30•14

Hello! Here is the July 2014 Photo-a-Day list from FatMumSlim. July’s list was created by Tessa from Down That Little Lane. Happy Picture Taking!

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Zach’s First Bath

Written By: Colleen - Jun• 26•14

I know, I know; I need to make a more detailed post about Zachary’s first few weeks at home. But, I’ve been lazy and spending my “downtime” surfing the Internet, reading books, and watching my adorable son sleep. I could watch him sleep for hours – and I have, haha. I’ll get to it by this weekend, I promise. Lots of pictures.

Anyway, last night, Jay and I completed another rite of passage as parents: Baby’s First Bath. Honestly, I had put it off for a day or so longer than I should have because I was a little bit nervous about whether or not it would be traumatizing for Zach, who hates being changed. He only has three cries: “I’m hungry,” “I need a new diaper,” and “OMG I’M BEING TORTURED WITH THIS DIAPER CHANGE!” But after an incident yesterday afternoon in which someone made a poopey diaper while mommy was reading to them that was too big for the diaper and got all over mommy’s pants, the bed, and all over baby, I knew it was prooooobably time to give the kid an honest cleaning.

Turns out bathing Zachary Louis was more traumatizing for me than it was for Zach. I’m not sure if it was the vibrating tub (thank you so much, Will!!) or the warm water, but he pretty much sat there and straight chilled. I did mess up one thing, though. I forgot to wash the hooded towels we got so we could wrap him up all cute and cozy so we had to use an adult towel to dry him off. Oh well, next time…

The Before:

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The spit-up stain is from his Vitamin D shot. He doesn’t spit up his food too much, thankfully.

The Bath:

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Zach’s Birth

Written By: Colleen - Jun• 20•14

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Man, it’s hard to believe that it’s been a week since Zach’s entrance into the world. Here’s what happened:

My water broke at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, June 12. To my knowledge, I had not been having real contractions beforehand. I had some Braxton Hicks contractions that began that afternoon, but they weren’t painful. I was having some pain in my upper back and ribcage, but assumed they were from the BH contractions pushing my uterus out in general. Plus, Zach was still pretty high up there. As a result of this back/ribcage discomfort, I was trying to get into a comfortable position on my bed while finishing up this post reflecting on the week that my grandfather passed away last year. I was actually just finishing re-reading the final sentence of it when I felt a warm sensation and a forthcoming gush that I had no control over. “Oh shit!” I thought to myself as I jumped up and rushed to the bathroom. I pretty much knew immediately that it had to have been my water breaking. Jay, originally scheduled for a closing shift at work that day (1-10 p.m.), had managed to switch shifts and work 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. At 5:40 p.m., he had texted me that he was out a few minutes early. This was his last scheduled shift before the baby’s arrival, since he had given June 14 as the date for his paternity leave the start. The timing was absolutely perfect.

After I took a moment to process what was happening, I called Jay. “Are you almost home? I think my water just broke…” I said incredulously. Then, I called the answering service at my ob-gyn’s office and left a message for the on-call doctor to please call me back. My next phone call was to my mom, who was spending the day with my grandma because it was the one-year anniversary of my grandpa’s death. It turns out that my mom had signs all week are so incredible that we truly believe they came from Grandpa. Actually, we each had signs, and a lot of things happened and worked out too well for us to not wholeheartedly believe that Grandpa was there with us for Zachary’s birth. More on that later.

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Off to the hospital!

Since contractions had not started yet, I tried to stay calm and mentally made a list of what I needed to get done before they did start. Jay drove me to my office to pick up my work laptop. At that point, it was a little before 6:30 p.m. The doctor called us back as we were on the way and said that because I suspected my water had broken, she wanted me to report to Labor & Delivery within an hour to be checked out. Jay and I made it our goal to be there by 7:30 p.m. I waddled up to my office (seriously, walking while gushing water from your ‘down there’ IS The Look), grabbed my laptop and some food I still had in our refrigerator to eat in the car and we went back home to grab the suitcase. I was starting to get cramping in my lower back. The suitcase was already mostly packed, so I used the rest of the time to finish up things I wanted done before we left. By around 7:20 p.m., the cramping had turned into contractions in my lower back. We had started timing the cramping and they varied from 8 minutes apart to 3 minutes apart. Also by that point, the baby must have started to drop because my stomach was prominently sticking out and had changed shape a bit. A few “Off to the Hospital!” pictures later, we were on the road.

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Ready to be a daddy!

We got to the hospital a little after 7:30 p.m. and got checked in. An initial exam determined that my water sac had indeed ruptured, I was having back labor, and my cervix was very posterior. The cervical check was excruciating to the point where I ended up begging the nurse, “Please stop, you’re hurting me!” She said I was only 1-2 cm dilated at that point and because of how far back my cervix was, any more exams would be just as painful, so we would wait a few hours before checking me again. I was admitted to Labor & Delivery by around 8 p.m.

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Zachary Louis

Written By: Colleen - Jun• 17•14

On Friday, June 13, 2014, at 9:53 a.m., Jay and I welcomed our son Zachary Louis Glatfelter into the world. He was 7lbs 14 ounces and 21 inches long. He is the most perfect baby in the entire world. We love him more than we can even comprehend.

A longer post is in the works, with all the “details” as well as his birth story. I’m going to have that within the next day or so. In the meantime, here are some pictures of our perfect little miracle.

In the Labor & Delivery room after Zachary’s birth, when we finally got to meet each other for the first time.

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Zach’s first picture with his daddy, when Jay got to hold him for the first time.

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Our first family photo:

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For My Two Boys

Written By: Colleen - Jun• 13•14

This post is not going to be an update, but merely a reflection. I am feeling very reflective today.

Jay and I are about to celebrate the birth of our first child, our son. Back on the morning of October 7, when four pregnancy tests came back positive, I never thought June would actually arrive. But it has and it’s done so in such a manner that I can’t even remember the past nine months. They have flown by. They have been filled with joy and hope, with anxiety and fears. I have had a very blessed life, filled with love, family, and friends, but I have never felt as blessed as I have since October 7 and that is because of Jay.

Jay has been the most incredible partner to go through such a life-changing experience with. He has picked up my slack around the house, when I couldn’t even muster the energy to do something a simple as clean the dishes. He has cooked us healthy dinners after long work days and become quite the handyman (without even being asked). He has jumped to my side during the moments when the room suddenly became 1,000 degrees and I didn’t know if I was going to pass out, throw up, or poop myself from a fast-hitting hormone blast. He has held me on nights when I was freaked out & crying about constantly waking up on my back (scared that I was causing harm to our son’s development) to ensure that I would stay sleeping on my side, even if it meant he was sacrificing his own night’s rest. As we’ve heard of more people with a due date close to mine having their babies before us, he reassured me that my son wasn’t staying in there just because he didn’t want to meet me, but because he was comfortable with me. My pregnancy may have been easy physically and mentally, but behind-the-scenes, things have at times been…emotionally difficult for a couple of reasons. Every fear, every anxiety, every concern, every guilty feeling – Jay has been there without fail, being the most stable and loving presence in my life.

Jay,

I could go on and on, but I’ll never be able to quite capture in words just how much I love you and how overcome with the gratitude I feel when I think of how God blessed this loud-mouth Italian girl from Long Island with the perfect partner to go through life with. I don’t deserve such a wonderful man, but I’ll take him.

Love,

Me

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To my son,

I can’t wait to meet you soon. I have loved you since the very moment you were conceived, even though I didn’t know it yet. No matter what happens in your life, from start to finish, I will always love you. You are the best thing I have ever done.  We’ll have our ups and downs as we grow together, but I hope that I can be the great mom that you deserve to have. I pray that your dad and I continue to be blessed in getting to watch you grow up and be who you were born to be. Whoever that is, we will be proud of you, no matter what.

Love,

Mom

Well, baring any unforseen reasons to post, I’ll see you all on the other side. Or, as we Losties say, I’ll see you in another life, brotha. My brand new life as a mom. :)

June 12, 2014

Written By: Colleen - Jun• 12•14

I can’t believe it’s been a year. All week, I’ve been breaking down as I remember the final days in the hospital. Arriving at my grandparents’ house at 1:30 a.m. on June 7, expecting to be a part of the “Welcome home” crew later that morning but instead woken up by my mom’s phone call at 6 a.m. Her urging me and my uncle to get down to the hospital immediately. Running out of the house so fast that I slipped and fell across the lawn as my uncle hurried me to get in the car. The ride there. Pleading with God to please not let this be it. The feeling of panic, dread, and hysteria because we didn’t know anything other than, “You need to get down here right now.” The scene as when we got there. Once things started to settle, asking my aunt to hurry up since she was coming from a further distance. Begging my dad to drive faster. Telling my sisters they should come down. The anger at the overnight doctor and nursing staff for how they poorly and incompetently treated him.

Then, the waiting.

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39 Weeks!

Written By: Colleen - Jun• 09•14

Well, another week, and yup, I’m still pregnant! I know four gals who had their babies over the last four days. It feels like everyone is having babies but me. Meh, mine must take after his father, because he is still hanging out, in no rush to join us out here. I was born at 34 weeks and Jay was born at 41 weeks, so obviously Baby G has not inherited my general sense of urgency, lol. That sense of urgency and impatience is not helping me in the home stretch. I know, we aren’t even at 40 weeks yet, but I am the type of person who tries to complete a task as soon as it’s assigned. I’m one of those “Go! Go! Go!” type people. The waiting is killing me!

Anyway, the good news is that I’m finally 1cm dilated. I know this means absolutely nothing, but at least it wasn’t the same old “soft but closed” news from the past three weeks. I took that as a  step in the right direction because at least something is happening. I’ve had very little cramping and Braxton Hicks contractions in the last week, so I wasn’t expecting anything. 1cm was a pleasant surprise. The other good thing was this ob was one we’ve seen before (unlike the one we had last week) and was much nicer about giving us hope that he’d be here soon. She also talked to us about scheduling an induction date. If he hasn’t arrived by next Monday (June 16) then we’ll pick a date that’ll fall within the next week. So, by June 23, Baby G will definitely be here, whether he’s decided to come out on his own or not!

This may or may not be my last update. Hopefully, by this time next week, I will have a baby announcement post instead of a “40 Weeks!” update. Otherwise, see ya next week. Same time, same place.

Stats:

  • Doc made a guess that Baby G is currently around 7.2-7.4lbs. I have no idea how they make these guesses, haha, but I’ve been convinced that he is going to be a 9lb baby. Maybe by June 23, he will be, haha.
  • The fundal measurements have him right on track.
  • Weight gain: 25lbs. I’d lost 2lbs last week, but gained them back again this week.
  • Doc said things were “progressing right on schedule” and wouldn’t be surprised if Baby G was born right around his due date. Part of me thinks she was just saying that to keep my spirits up, though.
  • My leg randomly goes numb when I walk. I have to kick it out, like I’m a dog or a horse, in order to wake it back up. I must look SO funny to anyone passing by me when I’m walking. Ah, the perils of a big uterus and a bunch of nerves!

Pics:

Taken on June 7, at 39 weeks:

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Nursery, Phase 3: Decorating!

Written By: Colleen - Jun• 05•14

Jay & I have made even more progress on Baby G’s nursery! We still have a few things left to do, but this is pretty much the finalized look. We got the shelving from IKEA and the wall art/mobile/bedding from Babies R Us. A word of caution to anyone considering buying bedding from Babies R Us: I washed everything very, very carefully on Sunday and both blankets don’t look right anymore. The stitching on the comforter is already starting to come undone and the “fuzziness” of the blanket is gone. I want to exchange them, but I used a coupon when I bought them and I’m not sure if I’d be able to exchange it for the same price without another coupon. So, this is just a word of caution to anyone out there: Beware when buying the themed bedding from Babies R Us!

Other than the actual bedding itself, I LOVE the theme. I’m not much of a decorator, so Jay took the reigns, coming up with the idea for the shelving and putting up the wall art and decals. When we first went to look for a theme back when we were adding things to the registry, I wasn’t sold on anything we saw until I saw the Rockstar Monkey theme. I love the Rockstar Monkey because the monkey plays the guitar, just like Jay plays guitar. Jay has been playing a lot of guitar to Baby G lately and he has started responding by moving a lot more while he plays, even if he was not moving at all beforehand. Hopefully we made the right call on the theme…and if not, then someday, he can tell us he hates it and we’ll change it, lol.

There are a few things left to do: We need to put up a mirror above the dresser, set up the video monitor, put a few things on the wall still that we got as gifts, and get bookends for the shelf. I am considering making bookends myself, so I was a busy little Pinterest-er last night, haha. I was looking to buy guitar or music themed bookends from somewhere but everything I found was a lot more money than I wanted to spend. I may make my own using the same wooden guitar art that we put up on the wall. I haven’t totally thought it through yet, so we’ll see.

Anyway, here’s some pictures of the nursery. It feels great to pretty much have it finished. Now I just hope that Baby G gets here sooner rather than later. Come on, baby!

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59.

Written By: Colleen - Jun• 04•14

Today is my grandparents’ 59 wedding anniversary. I’ve already had two good cries this morning and it’s only 8:30 a.m. I love you, Rosie and Louie. Thanks for teaching me about love and family. I hope Jay and I can follow in your footsteps and live by your examples as we start our own family.

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I really wanted to have a baby today. It was the only day I had my hopes up about. Oh well. Can’t always get what you want. I also wanted my grandpa to be alive to celebrate his own 59 wedding anniversary. Life sucks like that sometimes.