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!!

Our Weekend and a bump update….sort of

I complain about winter, too cold and too much snow! I complain about spring, darn allergies have me miserable 24/7 and I complain (sometimes) about summer TOO HOT!! Especially this summer. But you will NEVER hear me complain about fall. It’s the best time of the year!!!

We were all pretty excited to watch the Patriots game on Thursday

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Now that I’m pregnant I will find any excuse to use frosting



Megan had her first game on Friday night. I LOVE being able to go to these football games. I never went before she started cheering, wait that’s not true. I went once with a friend. But I never felt like it was “our” team until she started.

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Lucy found this giant M&M and wanted to pretend that she was back at the M&M store in London


A doggie mugshot



Saturday we went apple picking. Our usual spot was closed for the season so we tried some place new (Lucy’s idea)


Look at how old she’s looking lately. She’s gonna look like a grown up by the time the baby gets here


I wish this picture of Megan wasn’t so blurry but I still love it


Sweet Chloe

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This picture cracks me up. Maybe it shouldn’t, maybe I should be embarrassed by how much weight I’ve gained and how big I am but I’m not. This is definitely the biggest I’ve ever been in my life but I have enjoyed food SO much this pregnancy and plan on taking off all the weight. I’m not too worried.


BAM! That’s one big lady!

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We saw some sky divers while we were there


Of course Jon and I had to pose together


After a little while of apple picking my belly started to get heavy



Jon worked in the attic most of the day yesterday and then made us a big pot of jambalaya.


As for the bump updates:

I didn’t feel like doing them this week or last. I have hit my 35 pound weight gain. I’m not craving anything new. I’ve been nesting or resting this week. Depends on my mood. Last night I had a few really strong contractions wake me from a deep sleep. I was crampy all morning and had tons of pressure. I thought that today could’ve been the day but it all fizzled out. I walked to my friend’s house up the road about an hour ago and contractions started again. Then fizzled out. Walking back up in a little while with Jon so we’ll see what happens. My due date is in 2 weeks but he’s measuring a little ahead so I know that it can happen at anytime. I’ve already made it further along then I did with Lucy.

Today after doing some nesting I rested with a cup of red raspberry leaf tea, i bounced on my birthing ball and watched some pretty graphic youtube videos on childbirth.


I can’t wait to meet this little guy and fill up this stroller with all that baby goodness


Bump Update 35 Weeks!!

How Far Along? 35 weeks 5 days

Baby is the size of: a coconut (according to The Bump) Really?? Must be one of the coconuts dangling from the trees in St. Marten and not the kind they sell at the grocery store. This baby feels huge!!

Total Weight Gain: 31 pounds.

The Bump: Starting to drop

Food Cravings: still can’t get enough fruit and popsicles. I’m obsessed with Out Shine bars especially the coconut kind!

Symptoms: no new symptoms right now

Sleep: It seems like my insomnia has gone away the last few nights. I only get up to use the bathroom and fall right back to sleep. Every time I do wake up he’s in there wiggling around.

What I miss: Nothing

Names: Yes!

Gender: Boy!

Movement: He has dropped!! Over the last couple of days he’s been so low it feels like he’s ready to make his baby debut to the world 🙂 He is pretty quiet during the day but once 4pm hits he is up all afternoon and night!!

Maternity Clothes: Starting to outgrow some of my maternity clothes. ha! how is that even possible??

Labor Signs: No real labor signs but I feel like I’m being punched in the cervix about 100 times a day….. TMI??

Best moment of the week:  Our Back to School Dinner on Sunday, even though we were missing Emma.

What I’m excited about and looking forward to: My doctor’s appointment on Friday!!

Purchases: My Belly Bandit. I’m excited to wear it after he comes and praying it works 🙂

Baby’s room: Ugh! I don’t want to talk about it……


Bump Update 34 Weeks!!

How Far Along? 34 weeks 3 days

Baby is the size of: a butternut squash (according to The Bump)

Total Weight Gain: 31 pounds. Yikes!! I was hoping for 25-30 pounds this pregnancy but I guess when you eat ice cream twice a day it’s hard to keep within that range. The good news is that once my body hits that extra 35 pounds I deliver. I wonder if this boy will be the same.

The Bump: Sticking straight out

Food Cravings: fruit and popsicles. I’m not “into” dinner time at all lately. My poor family. I try to throw something together for them or sometimes I just wait for Jon to come home and cook.

Symptoms: just lots of back pain and some waddling. Lucy pointed out how much I was waddling the other day.

Sleep: I sleep when I can get comfortable. Sometimes that takes a while. I still get up super early in the morning and then end up taking little catnaps on the couch (or chair) during the day. Which is crazy because I am 100% against adults napping during the day. Ha!

What I miss: Nothing

Names: Yes! It’s been so hard not letting it slip lately because I use it all the time when it’s just the 6 of us.

Gender: Boy!

Movement: His little feet have been kicking right under my ribs. It feels like he’s moving up instead of down. Either that or he’s just really stretching out now.

Maternity Clothes: Still loving the summer maternity clothes. The less the better, it’s too hot!

Labor Signs: Not yet.

Best moment of the week:  Quiet week full of everyday moments that I try to capture and bottle up. Realizing that Emma is starting her second year of college this week has me thinking about how fast time goes by and eventually all of these crazy kids will be out on their own.

What I’m excited about and looking forward to: Hearing Aislinn’s baby news in exactly one week!!! Just found out his name this morning and I love it!!

Purchases: I bought 8 packs of diapers this week because Target had them on clearance and they’re my favorite brand and because clearly I have a diaper buying obsession. I also ordered his Lullaby Earth mattress this morning. Not that he has a room to put it in yet………. See below…

Baby’s room: I can’t wait to start on his room!!! The attic project is wrapping up, everything but the floors should be done by the end of the week. I meant to buy his bear rug that matches his bedding set yesterday but I forgot and my coupon expired…. Sigh…. too much going on.

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Just took this one a few minutes ago. SO glamourous! Look how much it’s sticking straight out. And look how big my hand looks in this picture. Hahaha!!

A Sprinkle For Our Son

We had such a nice day on Saturday at our “sprinkle”. I’m so happy that our family still gets excited…..5 babies later….. to share in another little Friary coming into the world. It was mostly family and of course Tracey who is like my family. Even though I know it’s a boy and I’ve been buying boy things it still seemed a little weird opening blue instead of pink. I kinda felt like I was opening someone else’s presents. Ha!

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Becky made the cute centerpiece around our Woodland Theme

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Tracey sent me this adorable collage this morning of the 4 girls from both Lucy’s shower and the shower on Saturday

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IMG_1187I feel a little guilty that this is the only shot I took of Jon all day on Saturday so I had to include it. I brought my camera with big plans to take lots of pictures of all the families but I didn’t. It was about 300 degrees outside (see pool picture above)  and I didn’t have the energy to lug it around.

Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us!! We’re all so excited to introduce you to our baby next month!!

Bump Update 33 Weeks!

How Far Along? 33 weeks

Baby is the size of: a Durian…..I have no idea what that is (according to The Bump)

Total Weight Gain: 29 pounds.

The Bump: Measuring right at 33 weeks now. The midwife thinks that his positioning a few weeks ago might have been why he was measuring a few weeks ahead.

Food Cravings: Just the usual fruit and ice cream. Just finished off two bowls of grapes.

Symptoms: Lots of Braxton Hicks contractions this morning but they’ve seemed to taper off.

Sleep: I’ve been sleeping ok this week. I usually get up early morning (like 4am) for an hour or two but then fall back asleep for a few more hours.

What I miss: Nothing

Names: Yes!

Gender: Boy!

Movement: Still wiggling all over the place. He also gets hiccups a few times a day and sometimes they wake me up in the middle of the night.

Maternity Clothes: Give me all the sundresses!! I think I might hate wearing normal clothes this fall.

Labor Signs: Not yet.

Best moment of the week:  Listening to the baby’s heartbeat this morning. ❤

What I’m excited about and looking forward to: We have a pretty fun weekend planned. Cookout tomorrow and Red Sox game on Sunday.

Purchases: The sweetest little outfit for the baby. The day after I found out I was having a boy Jon and I went shopping and I started to panic that boy’s clothes were so blah. I was on a mission to find him the cutest little outfits and I’m happy to say “Mission Accomplished”. I’m obsessed with little boys clothes now 🙂

Baby’s room: Still haven’t started it. I have a few more things I’d like to get but I know I have plenty of time. I don’t think we’ll start his room until after he’s born.

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Bump Update 32 Weeks!!!

How Far Along? 32 weeks 2 days

Baby is the size of: a squash (according to The Bump)

Total Weight Gain: 29 pounds. I can explain that extra pound from this week. Just see “best moment of the week”

The Bump: Round, low and wiggling all around. He is constantly having hiccups too.

Food Cravings: Everything! I have been so hungry this week. Fingers crossed that what they say is true and baby is now getting all of these extra pounds.

Symptoms: I have been so tired lately. All of my energy is gone. I went upstairs to make the bed yesterday and fell asleep for almost 2 hours.

Sleep: I slept great last night, minus the 3 bathroom trips.

What I miss: Nothing

Names: Yes!

Gender: Boy!

Movement: He is head down (according to ultrasound) and all of his movements have been very low. The girls used to sit right up under my ribs and I haven’t had to deal with that this time.

Maternity Clothes: I live in dresses and skirts. I love being pregnant in the summer!! I really do. The less clothing the better. Ha!

Labor Signs: Not yet.

Best moment of the week:  Jon and I celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary on Friday. We went to dinner at The Capital Grill and I had the seared tenderloins with 2 lobster tails. OMG! We split two sides, the lobster mac and cheese and truffle fries. They surprised us at the end with cheesecake and chocolate espresso moose. OMG!! I have never been so full in all of my life! It was delicious!!

What I’m excited about and looking forward to: Jon and I are taking Chloe and Lucy to their first Red Sox game next weekend!

Purchases: Nothing for the baby, just lots of school supplies and clothes for the girls.

Baby’s room:Luckily the baby will be with us for the first few months. I can’t see the attic being done before he’s born.

Time has dragged on this entire pregnancy until recently. I can’t believe the girls go back to school in 3 weeks!! Emma moves back to school in less than 3 weeks and I’m officially not ready to let summer go.


Bump Update 31 Weeks!

How Far Along? 31 weeks 5 days

Baby is the size of: a pineapple (according to The Bump)

Total Weight Gain: 28 pounds. I spoke too soon about my weight gain slowing down. I have been starving this week!!

The Bump: Round and low! My bump was measuring 2 weeks ahead at my appointment last week.

Food Cravings: Sweets! I’ve always had a bit of a sweet tooth but this is crazy!! Having leftover birthday cake around hasn’t helped at all.

Symptoms: No new symptoms.

Sleep:   Back to not sleeping. Plus, I’ve been so hot at night!!

What I miss: Nothing

Names: Yes!

Gender: Boy!

Movement: He moves constantly at night.

Maternity Clothes: Dresses are my best friend.

Labor Signs: Not yet.

Best moment of the week:  Seeing the little Mister on my ultrasound scan last week. He weighs 4pounds 2 ounces already. I think if I go to term I will have another 9 pounder!

What I’m excited about and looking forward to: Our anniversary date this Friday, 16 years!

Purchases: Nothing this week. I have officially run out of room. Plus, I started school shopping for the girls this week.

Baby’s room: The baby’s room hasn’t been started but the attic is coming along nicely. It’ll be great once the girls are up there so we can get the house back in order and start his room.

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Bump Update 30 Weeks!!

How Far Along? 30 weeks 3 days

Baby is the size of: a cucumber (according to The Bump)

Total Weight Gain: 25 pounds. So surprised that I didn’t put any weight on this week. Most of my weight came at the beginning of the pregnancy.

The Bump: Round and low!

Food Cravings: I’m not having any cravings lately besides the usual, fruit and ice cream.

Symptoms: I’m still getting Braxton Hicks contractions. My body is also TIRED!!

Sleep:   It’s been a little better lately besides getting up 3 or 4 times a night to go to the bathroom.

What I miss: Nothing

Names: Yes!

Gender: Boy!

Movement: all over the place! I love being able to feel the little feet poking out now.

Maternity Clothes: I’m living in dresses and skirts still. I also bought a pair of maternity leggings from Gap that are out of this world comfortable!!

Labor Signs: Not yet.

Best moment of the week:  It was a pretty quiet week around here. My parents came up with Colton last week and it was great having him around for the day. Megan went to Taylor Swift so visited with Jon’s parents so the girls could swim. Thats about it.

What I’m excited about and looking forward to: My ultrasound on Friday!! Can’t wait to find out how big he is!

Purchases: diapers, wipes (still obsessing about having enough) and a video monitor I found on Groupon.

Baby’s room: The baby’s room hasn’t been started but the attic is coming along nicely. It’ll be great once the girls are up there so we can get the house back in order and start his room.