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The Art of Running in the Rain

"To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift." -Prefontaine

Mira is one!

Last Saturday miss Mirabella Emma turned 365 days old. It was funny, I woke up at 4:21am and thought to myself, ‘it was almost this time exactly last year that I was grabbing our little girl and putting her on my chest.’

This year has been a wild ride, and Mira you have taught me so much about myself and this world we live in. I’m working my way closer and closer to a growth mindset. Everyone in my world is pushing me to grow as a human and sometimes it is hard, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad.

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Mira celebrated her first birthday surrounded by some friends and with funfetti cake, and she was simply in heaven!

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Since our last update Mira has had a few firsts:

-Visit to the zoo

-3 hour nap (it was glooooorious for both of us)

-Race day (Mira walked 7.6 miles during bloomsday with her aunt, uncle, and nonna)

-Extended trip from her papa

-Night away from mama

-Pee pee and poo poo in her potty (we’ve been doing some mild EC….before Mira came into the world I wanted to do it from the beginning, but it was all I could do to just survive those first 6 months with sad Mira. Now that she’s happier with life we feel like we can try it out a bit 🙂

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When talking about Mira’s firsts I’ve been trying my best to steer clear of ‘developmental milestones’ because the only people that really need to be aware of them are Mira, Dave, myself and her pediatrician. I’ve observed some parents become really anxious/concerned when sitting around with others’ talking about whose kid is crawling/standing/walking/sitting up/eating this/eating that (and I was victim of the worry as well). Since that bout of worrying, specifically about crawling, I realized that it was all this talk and comparing that was holding me back from really enjoying who Mira was in that moment, regardless of what she could or could not do. Not to mention that it’s good to get out of the habit of verbally comparing her to anyone else, she doesn’t need to be hearing/doing that. I get that it can be hard though, especially if you’re having serious concerns about your child’s development, and in that case maybe sharing with other people is the best. I just feel that it was taking away from my life rather than adding to it (every child is different, and every parent is different as well….NO judgement).

IMG_6311.jpgI have to say that I am 100% thankful for my family, friends and this blog (oh, and my therapist) because they have all been a place for me to externalize the ups and downs of this last year. I feel grateful that I am able to share all this with the world, because it’s important that people see the good and the bad on social media (it’s not all flowers and sausages). Plus I just feel like when we experience the world as it is rather than trying to construct a world as we think it should be, we are able to heal and accept ourselves and others as they are.

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**note the Oliver licking his junk in this photo**

Mira and Oliver have really been enjoying playing with each other, I believe if she could say it, dogs would be her favorite animal. She waves ‘hello’ to every dog we see. She has a specific utterance that sounds like ‘Oliver,’ it’s basically just the intonation, and it’s extremely cute!!!

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I can’t even put into words how much happiness this little girl has brought into my world. Dave and I were extremely excited to meet our little girl when she was still inside me, but I have to admit that I was also very nervous. Nervous because my love for Dave is so deep/hard that I was concerned about how this third person would integrate into our family unit. Well I tell you what folks, this little girl has made me love Dave even more, and I feel like everyday I am just so looking forward to things we will be doing together.

This year Dave celebrated his first father’s day, and I celebrated my first mother’s day and it was everything we ever thought it could be. Dave’s mom was in town and we enjoyed a brunch out (complete with endless bloody marys).

IMG_E6405.JPG Mira’s face says all that needs to be said about endless bloody marys.

Mira’s been really into dancing lately so we’ve been really enjoying some daily dance parties.

It’s been an amazing year, and I’m so glad I could share it with you all and create this virtual memorabilia for Mira. Stay tuned for year two of Mira’s life, probably not with as frequent updates, but updates nonetheless.

Be well.

Summer, Bloomsday, Mother’s Day

Can you believe it’s already June?? Where did the time go?? I felt like just yesterday it was winter break! I’m really excited for this time of year though because I’m off work for the next couple months and Mira and I will get in some hard core hang outs! Before I go too far into our summer plans I want to recap a couple of important happenings that recently occurred in the Paolone-Webb family.


First, I’ll start with Bloomsday weekend. It’s a family tradition to do Bloomsday, in fact when I got my finishers postcard this year I saw that this was the 17th year I’ve done it and I felt a mixture of pride/where did the time go? It’s a great event, centered around getting out and doing something physical which makes it awesome in my book.

We started the weekend by grabbing lunch with my cousins who flew/drove in from Canada.

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Always a good time with these ladies!

I spent the rest of the day with Dave and Mira, which was nice because we hadn’t seen Dave for a week! After the ladies got home from running errands and such we got ready to go!

I still laugh thinking about this photo shoot!!!!!!! I’m talking laughing so hard I’m crying!

We went to a great brewery called Iron Goat Brewing, which had some good beers and some GREAT pizza! I had been craving a wedge salad for almost a week, and this place was soooo good!

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We had an interesting uber ride home, let’s just say it involved gasoline and a lot of talk about ratings…..I thought for sure that I was going to die and become a part of his seats, but I was riding with some murder experts and they weren’t concerned so that gave me some reassurance.

The next day was more fun around Spokane, and resting up for the main event.

Sunday morning my mom, brother, and sister in law walked with Mira B so that Dave and I could run run run. Thank you so much to mom, Daniel and Aya for being so awesome! Mira had a lot of fun and was people watching the entire time.

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I wanted to talk for a minute about Bloomsday last year. I hadn’t ran much during my pregnancy and so I knew I wouldn’t be running, but I had a goal to walk, with a little running throughout. Things didn’t go as planned, I experienced a lot of weird feelings and listened to my body when it told me to take a few long breaks. Needless to say it really bothered me to see my time last year, but I just kept reminding myself that with a lot of hard work and determination I could run again. I had a lot of people tell me what they found post-partum fitness to be like, and many telling me how it would “probably” be for me. I found no ones predictions to be accurate. Some people said that weight would just fall off and things would feel the same very quickly, some said I would never be the same again, others said if you don’t lose weight in the first six months fitness would be much more difficult and you’ll probably never lose it. This is why I try never to tell anyone what their experience will or will not be like.

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It has been a long hard road, and I don’t plan on giving up any time soon. I found that along the way I tried things that did not work for me and I needed to modify and move forward. Knowing that I could do that and it didn’t mean I needed to give up was crucial! I was proud of myself that I was able to run the entire race this year (stopping once for water). I’m training for another half marathon and I plan to get it in before the end of this year (#goals).

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It was a great weekend and I’m so happy I got to spend time with my family!!


 

Guys, guess what?? It was my first Mother’s Day this year! I know, I mean technically I was a mother last year, but she was still on the inside. I was really excited to celebrate being a mom this year, but also to celebrate my mom. She has been such a tremendous help to my family. We had some child care difficulties and she really stepped up and helped us out lot, so I wanted to make this years celebration special for her as well.

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After much discussion and a few grocery store trips, we decided to have a bagel bar.

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We also hit up the bakery at Metro Market and found some yummy baked goods/berries/chocolates.

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It was nice to celebrate with all my family. Especially since it was my sister’s first Mother’s Day as well. This year we welcomed Elio into our family in February. Lot’s of mothers to celebrate!

Everyone was pleasantly full after breakfast and many were ready for naps.

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Bet you thought I was going to say Mira????? HA!

We hung out in the back yard all day and welcomed Kodi and Tara over later in the afternoon for a walk and BBQ.

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Man, when I see him he still looks like this to me…

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All in all it was a great Mother’s Day!


 

I think I’ve caught you up on what’s been going on in my life! Spring/Summer are my favorite time of year, especially now that we have a garden. I can’t wait for these little babies to grace us with their presence.

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I plan on doing a lot of gardening this summer!! We’ve never had a yard/garden of our own so we are really just getting the hang of keeping up with it and I’m so excited! I love spending time outside, getting my hands dirty, and seeing the results.

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Mira and I plan to do a lot of runs this summer. She’s been loving the stroller and jogs as long as she has a couple toys and can see people along the way.

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And we are very excited to visit family and celebrate Mira’s 1st birthday!!!!! Woohoo

Be well.

Mira is 10 Months!

Can you believe it??????????????

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Oh and just so you know, this is what happened minutes later….

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My sad lil’ bunny!

I am happy to report that more often than not Mira is lovin’ life (I know, I know, I mentioned this in the last update….but guys…..she HATED those first 4.5 months of life, that’s so much better and I still feel like I need to shout it from the roof tops).

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Here are a few of her other favorite things:

  • People – she’s stares and stares, and then smiles.
  • Imitating coughs – if you cough she’ll imitate you, or she coughs trying to get you to imitate her.
  • Crawling – it started a couple weeks ago and she is fast!
  • Standing
  • Balls – throwing (or attempting), watching you throw, slapping, etc.
  • Books
  • Eating – still an all time FAV, that’s my girl!
  • Puppy – she loves watching Oliver play, trying to throw his toy, having him lick her hands.
  • Other babies – and kissing them

She also kisses herself in the mirror, she’s just one for giving kisses.

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Here are some of her firsts over the last two months:

  • Crawling
  • Swim lessons – though they fell right on nap time, so we have more consistent ones starting in August, all I really care about is that she can FLOAT!
  • Easter
  • Trip to Whidbey Island
  • Too many new foods to write

Our little bean laughs so much these days! She thinks her nonna and papa are extremely hilarious!

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My favorite part about our little bean right now is that she’s so social. The other day I was doing a workout and she was doing it right along side me in her jumper. Later that day we were playing with blocks and taking turns throwing them into a box together, it was magical!

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So I’m gonna tell you something, she is crawling all over the place, AND I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s the kind of energy I don’t mind expending! It’s the best! Everyone kept saying to watch out, it will be tiring! Maybe it will be, but currently all I have to say is that: NOTHING COMPARES TO AN INFANT THAT WON’T STOP SCREAMING FOR 4.5 MONTHS! And here’s the thing guys, I will continue to say that until I am proven wrong. Sorry. You just. need. to. know.

As far as words go she is demonstrating emergent use of the sign “all done,” though it still needs prompting. She is consistent with ‘more’ for food, actions, and toys! We have heard ‘dada’ but also ‘papa’ so we don’t have any spoken words yet, but she is babbling a storm and I can’t even wait to hear her little voice!!

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This girl is killing me guys with her cuteness, at night she has started nuzzling her head into my chest (it’s her first semblance of a snuggle…she’s never really been a cuddler) and it melts my heart. I sing extra goodnight songs so I can get extra nuzzles.

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Okay, I think I’ve filled this post with enough Mira cuteness (what? never!) Okay, okay, one more before I go.

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Okay, that one was mostly because I think Dave looks handsome in it ❤ #swoon

Be well.

Cauliflower Tempeh and Cashew Fried Rice

Okay, okay, I know what you’re thinking…

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But hear me out….because this dish is uhhh-mazing.

Before we get to the food, let’s just have a little moment about using healthier food items in place of the usual ingredients. I think there is a lot of upset surrounding this because the ingredient that is typically used (in this case rice) gets stigmatized as being ‘unhealthy.’ That is absolutely not the intention.

As a mother of a little girl, I am extremely happy about the #bodypositive movement. I think first and foremost we should love ourselves and not try to be anything other then, well, ourselves. I always tell myself, ‘I’m not trying to be like anyone else, I’m just trying to be a stronger/better version of me.’ This is a little reminder not to compare myself to anyone else. As a person who has suffered from body dysmorphia and eating disorder in the past, it’s an important thing to remember. I want Mira to know that her mama loves herself, and thus help her love herself (always). It is also important to remember that having goals does not mean that you don’t love yourself. Desiring to eat cleaner, move more, and feel better at the end of the day, does not mean that you don’t love yourself. I know that when I strive for those things I feel happier/healthier. In life I always want to have goals surrounding growth whether that be in my career, family, health, friendships, etc. I started this year with a goal of moving towards a plant based diet, and this recipe has been one of many that I’ve tried and loved.

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So in this recipe we use cauliflower in place of rice, which can be considered a healthy swap. It’s helpful if you have goals for moderation, goals for eating more vegetables, or goals for eating something super tasty. At the end of the day your goals are, just that, yours and as long as you feel contented in them, then everyone else can fuck off. But why let me convince you, when the food will speak for itself…

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Ingredients:

  • 8 cremini mushrooms
  • 8 oz tempeh
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1/4 c chopped cashews
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 bag riced cauliflower (or head of cauliflower riced)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4-1/2 c coconut aminos
  • 1/4 c sesame oil
  • 1/8 c sriratcha
  • 1 tsp Shichimi Togarashi
  • 2 tbsp ponzu
  • Optional: Cashew, extra sriracha

Directions

  1. Heat 2 tbsp of sesame oil in a large pot on medium heat, add garlic and ginger and heat until fragrant.
  2. Add tempeh, onion, mushrooms, carrots cook down for 5-10 minutes.
  3. While the vegetables are softening chop cashews and roast for 5-7 minutes.
  4. In a seperate bowl mix coconut aminos, remainder of the sesame oil, sriracha, shichimi togarashi, and ponzu.
  5. Add cauliflower and form a well in which you will break two eggs.
  6. Stir all ingridients together until egg cooks through.
  7. Pour in the sauce and stir.
  8. Turn off heat, place lid on pot and allow steam to cook vegetables through.
  9. Dish up and place extra cashews and sriracha on top.

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It’s so yummy and filling!

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Be well (and eat well).

Mira is eight months

as of two days ago, but I mean, hey, I’m getting it done, so back off.

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Look how big she is!!! **banana for perspective 😉 **

This little girl has grown up tremendously in the last couple of months!

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She has so much to say ALL the time, she really likes the consonant sounds: /m, b, p, k, g/, and we’ve heard something similar to ‘hi’ and and an approximation to ‘mama.’ Her only true word right now is ‘more’ in the context of eating, I’m currently trying to help her generalize to toys 🙂

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Her current likes:

  • Having friends/family all around her
  • Going on walks – this one hasn’t changed since birth
  • Her lovie- bunny – thanks auntie Kate, Emily, and Lo Lo
  • When her mama dances and makes funny faces at her
  • Oliver playing with toys
  • Papa putting her on his shoulders
  • Eating ALL the food.
  • Going for runs

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Current dislikes:

  • Still hates going to sleep – the amount of tears involved have GREATLY decreased, but there are often tears nonetheless.
  • She went through a small phrase of separation anxiety, but that was short lived and she’s back to being super social.  **knock on wood, because I hear it can get worst**

I left that last one blank because honestly guys there is not a lot that Mira doesn’t like right now! She is a bad ass chick and SOoooOO much fun to hang out with. I’m just really relishing in it because developmentally she’s suppose to hate me/structure pretty strongly in a year or so.  So don’t worry, I know, “enjoy these moments!”

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I will say, I love it when I see mamas posting pics of their older children, just loving those moments too (like, they do happen!) My girlfriend recently posted the sweetest pic of a snuggle moment with her four-year-old daughter, and all I thought was “YAY, I can’t wait to cuddle like that with Mira!”

Mira had some awesome friend moments over the last couple of months, and she is really looking forward to more chances to hang out with friends!

We had to say goodbye to our boner boy, Charlie. I’m so happy that Mira was able to spend the first part of her life with him. He loved her so much, and I know he will be watching over her as she grows.

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Mira celebrated her first Valentine’s Day and thanks to her aunt Rebecca she was pretty dolled up for the occasion.

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Mira’s had a great couple of months, and we are looking forward to what this little firecracker has in store for us 🙂

Be well.

So This is The New Year…

And I feel that everything’s different!!!

Flashback to that time when my husband ran 6 miles with Ben Gibbard and then got this for me because he knows my love runs deep and I was extremely close to pushing our child out my vag:

SWOOOOOOOOOOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This post is brought to you by nap time. It wasn’t easy to get to and always requires at least 5-10 minutes of screaming; however, I know she feels so much better after it’s happened and I suspect it will get better. Although, I’ve never been a great napper so, maybe not. My best friend always says, “Hope for the best, but expect the worst” and I find that to be such a good way to live because then you are pleasantly surprised when it all goes well.

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2017 was a bomb ass year! Here’s my list of things that really rocked my world:

  • Amazing baby moon on Lummi island

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  • So much standing for equality

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  • Walk/running Bloomsday at 34 weeks pregnant

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  • Amazing baby shower

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  • Saying hello to our little wonder, Mirabella on 6/16/17

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  • Watching Mira grow and experience all of her firsts

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It’s been a whirl wind of a year.

I’m looking forward to everything that 2018 has to send my way because I know that with the wonders we learn what joy is and with the hardships we learn what appreciation is.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how I can make the most out of next year, and one of the ways I have been thinking about doing that is setting my intentions in all aspects of my life. I figured the blog was the best space to share those goals and hold myself accountable. So here goes, I’m going to share something I would like to do and something I would like to continue with…

Work

  • Create a home work space that is conducive to productivity and creative thoughts.
  • Continue coming to sessions prepared, valuing organic learning opportunities, but keeping structure in appointments.

Mind

  • Journal and/or meditate daily 5-10 minutes, either before bed or first thing in the morning
  • Continue reading every night before bed.

Body

  • Complete a half marathon, my first group run is tomorrow!!
  • Continue getting in 2 strength training sessions a week and 2-3 super sweaty cardio sessions.

Family

  • Set aside 30 minutes a day to talk to Mira in Spanish, between 6-8 months is when babies brains are really becoming hard wired to a certain language (nows my chance to impact that)
  • Continue to unplug when I am with my family.

Love

  • Take Gottman’s bringing home baby class. While I feel like Dave and I are getting the hang of it, I also feel that a relationship that isn’t constantly looking for ways to improve is often leaving someone’s feelings behind, so I’m always looking for ways to make our love better.
  • Continue to put keeping myself healthy first, then my relationship with Dave second, and finally our family. As my cousin likes to say “put your air mask on first, because you ain’t shit to no one if you don’t” – OK, I remixed that last part Em, but it was something like that right?

Food

  • Move back towards a plant based diet. While I was pregnant with Mira I craved meat (like Phoebe from friends style) and I decided to go for it. But I feel I am ready to move back to my pescatarian diet.
  • Continue intermittent fasting. My mind feels more clear, I sleep better, and (TMI…) my GI tract feels so much better when I give it a 16 hour break from digestion.

Blog

  • Blog MORE!!! Also, get back to why I started my blog as an accountability for healthy living. That means more WIAW, fitness, fashion, recap, and Friday favorite posts.
  • Continue with my Mira updates, they are so fun and I really think she’ll love looking back on them.

So those are my 2018 intentions. I’m so looking forward to an amazing year with my family and friends. Thank you all for the impact you continue to have in my life.

Be well.

Nicole

 

Mira is six months!

Mira is half a year today! It feels like it has been five seconds and it feels like it has been ten years all at the same time. I missed my month 5 recap so this will be a mash up!

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I keep hearing, “cherish this time,” “these are the best times,” “I miss that time,” and while I try not to judge (motherhood has humbled much of my judging Judy nature), I have a hard time believing that it won’t ALL have it’s good aspects. Annnnnyways, that’s neither here nor there, because here we are at 6 months and Mira IS as cute as can be.

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Here’s an update on our little bean:

-Mira is sleeping through the night!! I hesitate to write this because I don’t want to jinx us

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-Mira has eaten the following foods: sweet potato, banana, delicata squash, butternut squash, pear, cereal, chicken, ferro, carrots, broccoli, peanut butter, strawberries, hemp milk, black berries, and a few other things we’ve baby-bird fed her. She seems to like all foods, but she’s in the ‘try/like everything’ stage so we’re trying to capitalize on that.

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-A few of Mira’s firsts: Halloween, photo shoot, house, Christmas light drive, flight, trip to the Seattle Center, trip to Orange County, Thanksgiving dinner, trip to the beach (both at home and the OC), while she didn’t make it into Disneyland we did meet at downtown Disney, date night babysitter who wasn’t a family member, there are probably more (I mean she’s a baby, everything is a first right?) but I’ll leave it there for now.

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*Halloween was during the time with Mira that we like to call “I hate this world, why did you bring me here?!?!?!?!?!?” So this picture is the best I can do….also I blame Trump for her feelings.

Dave told me that a friend of his recently said “I’m so glad things have gotten better, because it sounded really hard.” Dave said, “I thought things were hard for your kiddo in the beginning too?” and he replied, “Yeah it was challenging, but Mira sounded a lot more.” And I have to tell you, hearing that always feels so nice. It was REALLY hard during those first 5 months, like unfathomably hard. I’d say the turning point happened when sleep got better. One day she took three naps that each lasted about an hour and I thought to myself, ‘is this what it’s like when you have a baby that sleeps???’ She still cries painstakingly when going down for most naps and at night, but it has gotten so much better.

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Likes:

  • Oliver & Charlie (she smiles and talks to them like crazy)
  • Walks
  • Sweet potato/squash, chicken
  • Kisses/tickles
  • Being thrown up in the air
  • Peek a boo
  • Other babies/people
  • The ‘good morning’ song
  • Being worn

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Dislikes

  • Hyponagogia (“neurological phenomenon that can occur when one is going to sleep. It is an in-between state where one is neither fully awake nor fully asleep”) —- like she seriously HATES this feeling.
  • When mama or papa leave to quickly.

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For Thanksgiving we took a trip down to Orange County and Mira was able to meet so many of Dave’s family members and some really good friends of ours. It was such an exciting time for all of us, and Mira did so well on the flights to and from. The Ergo was intricate in napping on the flight and keeping our bean happy.

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Dave’s grandma and sister were finally able to meet Mira, and there was a lot of long awaited gushing

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Our little bean has had a pretty wild first six months of life, and she has definitely brought us so much joy. There are still moments when I look at Dave and say, “Can you believe she’s ours?” “We have a daughter!” “She’s our little girl.” and it feels surreal. I’m going to hold on to that feeling, forever. She’ll be thirty (and obvs changing the world) and I’ll look at Dave and say “that’s our bean!” and it will feel unreal all over again.

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I love you Mirabella Emma.

 

Mira’s 4 months!

Well, I missed three months, so this will really be a recap of Mira’s third and fourth months of life.

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Our little bean is extremely adorable, especially between the hours of 7am-5pm. It can get a little shady anytime after 5pm, see this video to find out just how Mira’s doing at 3am.

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Our little girl currently enjoys:

-Balls

-Hitting her toys with her feet

-Whenever her nonna says “piccanina de la nonna”

-Her good night stories for rebel girls (we read 2-3 a night before bed)

-Her night time songs: “You are my sunshine” “Baby mine” “Golden slumbers”

-Water (pool, bath, shower)

-Other people/babies

-The dogs

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She also really enjoys dancing

Mira’s dislikes:

-5pm or later (as I mentioned before)

-She continues to hate sleep, outside of the first couple of weeks of her life, she really hasn’t fallen asleep without some level of tears.

-Loud laughing (cue my anxiety ****sensory disorder?!?!?!!!****)

-Tummy time – we do it anyways, but man does she hate it. Oliver sure makes it more appealing.

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Oliver isn’t so sure. I think it may be jealousy, but it’s not about her it’s more about her toys….

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Mira experienced two big firsts this month:

-Swimming

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-Pumpkin Patch

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both were so much fun!!

These last couple months have had there ups and downs (we made sure to get footage of both so Mira knows the good, the bad, and the ugly), but it has definitely been so amazing to see Mira laugh and really interact. Her personality is really shining through and it’s been so fun!


As you probably saw in my previous post my nonna passed away a couple weeks ago. Last week we went back to the town where I was born and attended her funeral. It was a really hard time, but it was also really nice to see family.

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Nonna got Mira the jacket and cap and I thought she looked really cute in it!

We miss nonna every day, but I’m just so happy that there’s a little nonna in me and my mom and everyone in my family and we can share that with Mira.

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Be well.

Oh Nonna

I can’t sleep.

I just need to write.

Today we lost one of my favorites. My Nonna. Emma Morelli.

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If you have even met me then it’s very likely you have heard a story about my Nonna. You probably know that she’s hilarious, giving, and sensitive.

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My earliest memories of nonna were when she would watch my siblings and I while babysitting a neighbor’s child. Her house always had homemade bread, pizza, pasta, sugo, antipasto, and tons of other delicious Italian foods that I can only hope to recreate for my family.

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Some of my favorite Nonna quotes:

“Buh, I guess so”

“Oh nonna”

“Pick’nm’up’dat’ting”

“I carry on, carry on”

“I love you with allamy heart”

“How’s Dah-veed?”

“Ciao baby”

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I know that we are all put on this earth and one day we will leave, but today a large hole has been left. I’m sad for so many reasons, but something that really has me down is how Mira won’t get to know you like I did.

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I promise to tell her what her middle name stands for. I promise tell her your story, how life was definitely not always fair to you but how you worked hard to make it better for us. I promise to share your food with her. I promise to teach her how to play dice.

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I love you so much my Nonna, and I will carry you always and forever in my heart. You are a part of me and now you are a part of my daughter, Mirabella Emma. I know that you are with Nonno now, and I’m sure there’s a rock somewhere that we’ll hear about later.

xoxo

Nicoletta

 

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