Pizza Party

Lucy has been taking a cooking class after school on Wednedays. She’s made some delicious goodies over the last few weeks. Today was their last class and they threw a pizza party for all of the kids’ families. They also made lemon chip, chocolate chip and sugar cookies. The kids served their own families and even helped to clean up. This was such a fun class for her and it was such a delicious dinner for us. Good job, Lucy!!


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Our lives lately consist of lots of visitors and little sleep. I’m not complaining about either. I LOVE having people here to meet Beckett! I also love my quiet time with him when he wakes in the middle of the night. I like it more when it’s every 3-4 hours instead of every 45 minutes. 

Life is starting to get back to normal and we’re definitely falling back into our busy daily routine. The photos on my phone have been piling up over the last couple of months. 

Loved this little fall outfit on Lucy!!

Megan had homecoming a few weeks ago

We celebrated Jon’s 41st birthday

My sad attempt at catching the blood moon

Megan found my cheer jacket in the closet

Life has been busy and it’s been wonderful. We’re trying to soak up all of these fun fall and newborn moments. 

All Five

We loved having Emma home all last weekend for Columbus Day. She seems to really be enjoying her sophomore year at school. She’s been working hard and figuring out what she wants to do when she graduates. She’s been busy with her sorority and even works part time. Fall is flying by and we’re already looking forward to having her home for Thanksgiving.


Megan has been keeping very busy with cheerleading 4 days a week, helping her dad with the attic project and keeping up with her studies. Her progress report was awesome this week!! She is such a hard worker and is constantly on the go. IMG_1400

Chloe has joined the 100 mile club again this fall but spends most of her time studying. Her progress report had all A’s and 3 A+’s. She has been such a huge help to me ever since I got home from the hospital.


Lucy started a cooking class last week after school. Her first assignment was sugar cookies and this week she made dinner rolls. They went great with the chicken parm we had for dinner that night. She also started Brownies this week. She’s been working really hard in second grade and as soon as she gets off the bus she runs up the driveway to see Beckett. I’ve been so proud of the way she’s been acting. No jealousy at all.


Beckett is already changing so much since we brought him home. He’s been doing great over night with only a couple of wake ups, which I don’t mind. I love that alone time with him when the rest of the house is asleep. The past couple of days he’s been giving me these big gummy smiles when I talk to him. He loves to be held and talked to constantly. He hates to be naked and only gets upset during diaper changes and when his belly is hungry. And boy, can this kid scream!IMG_1350

The best part about last weekend was having everyone under one roof. I couldn’t wait to get this following picture. I waited a very long time for it


Introducing Beckett James Friary

Also known as, the seventh Friary.

This is going to be a long winded post about Beckett’s birth. I just don’t want to forget any of the details and since I keep everything else here I figured, why not?

I went to my 40 week appointment on Friday the 2nd. I had been having contractions all week and figured I’d be sent over to the hospital to deliver. After all, she told me that if I made it to 40 weeks then she would induce me. It was a pretty disappointing appointment. I hadn’t dialated anymore since the week before and I had gained over 40 pounds. She scheduled the induction for Monday the 5th. In the meantime, she told me to take some castor oil to see if that would help. Jon and I drove to Target to pick up some castor oil but they were out so we stopped at Walgreens. I came home and took the castor oil and almost immediately began to have contractions….. they died out later that afternoon.

I took a little more on Saturday afternoon but nothing happened. I woke up in the middle of the night with a few contractions but they didn’t amount to anything.

Here I am taking a belly shot at 3am Sunday.


I didn’t want to try anymore castor oil on Sunday. I knew that my induction would be here soon enough and decided to just wait it out. Jon and I dropped the girls off at CCD and quickly went apple picking. Our last official date for a while.

My parents got to our house early on Monday morning. After sending Chloe off to school we headed out to the hospital for my 9:00 induction. I was like a kid on Christmas morning. I couldn’t wait to get the IV’s in!! I couldn’t wait for them to start the pitocin! I couldn’t wait for the painful contractions to start! I couldn’t wait for my water to break! I couldn’t wait to start pushing! I’m so weird like that…..

At 9:15 they hooked up the heart monitors……


Then I sat and waited….. and stared at the walls…….


For two hours before they came in and started my Iv’s with antibiotics (Group B positive).

About an hour later they started the pitocin. I got up to use the bathroom about 45 minutes later and my water broke. YAY! But, there was miconium…. there went my excitement. I was nervous about the baby at that point but they explained to me that it wouldn’t be a big deal and that they were going to have 2 NICU doctors and 2 NICU nurses come in while I was delivering to make sure he was fine.  I was contracting every 3-5 minutes but they weren’t as painful as I remember with the girls so I figured I was progressing slowly.IMG_0112

Around 3:30 the nurse came in to check me and I was already 6cm dialated. I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to get my epidural in time and the nurse told me not to worry and that she would go out and order it. Turns out that the anesthesiologist was out in the hallway and he could do it right then. I wasn’t in any pain… I had maybe 5 contractions that were painful but I could deal with them. I didn’t want to miss my opportunity though so I faked the pain. HA! While he was putting the epi in he kept stopping and talking me through the contractions (that I couldn’t even feel). I felt like such a fraud. Within 10 minutes I couldn’t feel ANYTHING!!  At about 5:15 the nurse came in to check me and I was ready to go. I did NOT believe her because I didn’t feel any pressure at all. I’ve done this many times and I just couldn’t be ready. She told me not to push and that she was going to get the doctor.

I was going to deliver a baby!! But first, let me take a selfie


OMG! In walks 2 NICU doctors, 2 NICU nurses, my doctor, a resident doctor and my nurse Lisa. My first thought was “these people are going to be pissed waiting for this baby to come out… it’s going to be a while” I pushed three 10 second pushes and about 3 or 4  3 second pushes and I felt him slide out. Easy as that.

Beckett James was born at 5:30pm. He weighed 8lbs 12oz and was 21 inches long. It was love at first sight


Daddy is in love too


The girls came with my parents right away. Emma was sick at school and wasn’t able to meet him until Thursday.


It’s a little blurry but look at Lucy’s face!

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The sweetest little boy I ever did meet.

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After two days in the hospital we were ready to take him home and start our new life together


It’s amazing how someone so little can complete a family so instantly.

Welcome to our family Beckett! You are already So loved!!