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On Sunday, February 11, we were discharged from the hospital, after a slight hold-up due to a quick visit to the NICU. Alex’s breathing was funky sounding, particularly when he cried. The pediatrician and nurses evaluated him and noticed his oxygen levels dropped when he would cry, but after monitoring, they would always come back […]

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Introducing Alexander Thomas!

He’s here! Alexander Thomas, born on Friday, February 9 at 10:22 p.m. He was 8lbs 4oz and 20 inches long at birth. He looked a lot like his big brother did when he was born, but now, at four days old, the postpartum swelling has come down a bit and his own individual features have […]

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Zachary Lou Turns Two

So, Zachary turned two on June 13! I can’t believe I have a two-year-old. It feels like both yesterday and forever ago that he was born. I cannot believe how much he has grown over the last two years. He can play with trains and trucks masterfully. You can talk and explain something to him […]

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June 12, 2016

Words cannot describe how much we miss you. Sorrow is not just for Shakespeare and poetry. I wish that my son had the chance to get to know you, his namesake. I love you more. Tweet

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You know how sometimes you have these moments that mean nothing to anyone else, but mean everything to you? I had that happen to me today. I haven’t gone for a walk in over a month, at least. This morning, Jay, Zach and I went to mass for the first time in a month or […]

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Katelyn Rose Got Married

My sister Katelyn and my new brother-in-law Chris got married last Saturday, on October 17. My youngest sister, Christie, and I were the maid/matron of honor. The wedding was a lot of fun. Kate put a lot of work into having the wedding of her dreams, and it really paid off. She looked beautiful and so did everything […]

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Today is my grandparents’ 60th wedding anniversary. I always remember something that my aunt said to me in the stairwell of the hospital as we were leaving after he passed. I can’t remember the reason, but it was just the two of us who decided to take the stairs. Everyone else (I think) went in […]

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the greatest of these is love

My grandfather would have been 84 today. I still have a lot of emotions about his illness and passing, but this isn’t the time for that. I’ve done a lot of thinking and had a lot of realizations over the last 21-months, but again, not the time. However, I do want to share one of my favorite […]

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Ugly Sweater Party ’14

Since we were going to celebrate Christmas with my family on Long Island this year, on Sunday, Dec. 21, Jay and I had his family over for an early Christmas celebration. We decided that the theme was going to be Ugly Christmas Sweaters. I love theme parties. It was a lot of fun.  We got Jay’s […]

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June 12, 2014

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 […]

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