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Zach’s First Time at the Dinner Table

Written By: Colleen - Aug• 21•14

Man, this is my third video post in a row and I have one more for tomorrow or Saturday. Having a baby has made me lazy, lol.

Since Zach loves to sit up or be held up to look around and has been able to hold his head up on his own for a while now, Jay and I decided to try sitting him in his high chair for the first time tonight while we ate dinner. We weren’t sure if he’d be able to sit up on his own for very long, but thanks to the support of the insert, he was able to sit up the entire time we ate (probably about 20 minutes).



We were so proud of him! I’m happy that I have another option for entertaining him during the day, haha. We propped up a soft book for him to look at when he started to get fussy and it kept him entertained. So, we’ve got the neck strength moving along nicely for sitting up. He still refuses to do Tummy Time, though. He screams bloody murder when you put him down on his stomach and can’t be calmed for up to an hour afterwards. It’s an awful experience for everyone involved, haha.

Anyway, here’s a little video we took of him during dinner. He was so happy to be a part of the action.

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Jack, Dale and I Get Iced

Written By: Colleen - Aug• 19•14

We did it. It was cold, but a lot of fun.

Jay Gets Iced

Written By: Colleen - Aug• 18•14

Jay’s friend and Zach’s godfather, Cole, challenged Jay to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge yesterday. [Confession: Even though this has apparently been going on for like two weeks, I had NO IDEA this challenge existed until I saw a video of Oprah doing it on Saturday; no joke! I then proceeded to delightedly watch like 30 more videos in a row, haha.] He lived up to the task tonight and challenged me, Jack, Dale, and his friend/co-worker Anson to do it within the next 24 hours.

Here is Jay’s video:

I think this whole thing is a great way to raise awareness for a cause that otherwise gets lost in the mix. One of my mom’s best friends died of ALS six years ago at a young age (late 40s), leaving behind three children (the oldest was 25 at the time). It’s a horrible illness and I hope all of this money raised somehow does, in fact, make it into the right hands who will help make strides towards treatment and a cure.

I hate the cold but I look forward to pouring ice over myself in some fashion tomorrow. If you want to donate, you can visit

    Meghan Trainor at Crabtree Valley Mall

    Written By: Colleen - Aug• 17•14

    So today, I took Zachary to his first “concert.” Jay is obsessed with that song “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor and played it several times during our drive to and from Long Island last week. As luck would have it, when he returned to work on Friday, he noticed a sign at the mall announcing that Meghan Trainor would be performing there today. Always on the lookout for something to do, I decided to take Zach up there and check it out. She performed three songs on her own and one song with a boy band called AJR (they performed first). AJR performed first, but I missed them. Trainor was good. I’m unfamiliar with her other music, but I’ll go check it out now. She sounded different than she does on the radio edit of “All About that Bass,” much better. Since Jay got stuck at work and ended up missing the performance, I took a video of it for him. Enjoy!

    August 2014 Photo-a-Day List

    Written By: Colleen - Jul• 31•14

    Here’s FatMumSlim’s Photo-a-day list for August 2014. This month’s list was designed by Jayde at a website called Little Paper Lane. Happy picture taking!


    About That Harry Potter Quidditch Update on Pottermore…

    Written By: Colleen - Jul• 09•14


    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…

    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!


    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:


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

    The Bath:


    Zach’s Birth

    Written By: Colleen - Jun• 20•14


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    Our first family photo: