Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving is Behind Us

Sean's first Thanksgiving came and went this weekend - and it was quite busy! Wednesday night we got into Santa Rosa around 8pm. After visiting we went out with Trisha and a few of her friends downtown to see high school friends.

Thanksgiving morning I woke up and went for a run in Annadel, which is a state park in Santa Rosa with hundreds of trails for walking, running, biking, and even horseback riding. The run I did is called "Rough Go". I like it because it is a challenge, and also because of the nostalgia I experience when running it. I was first introduced to the run during high school soccer when my team would run it on Saturday mornings. 13 years later the trail hasn't changed much.

After the run my Dad and I took Sean over to my Nonni and Nonno's house (his parents) to visit. Unfortunately, my camera was low battery so I wasn't able to get any pictures.

The Thanksgiving festivities got started around 2pm when we met my mom's side of the family at my uncle Rick and Aunt Rocky's house. For many of my family members it was the first time seeing Sean.

Pictured here is my mom's cousin (my second cousin) Karen Fleming holding Sean for the first time:

Here is my cousin Wade holding his neice Mae, who was born on September 13th:

Oh, and I got plenty to eat for dinner :)

On Friday we drove out to my mom's best friend Cathy's house. She and her husband Tim, as well as their son Will, live out in the country North of Santa Rosa. Their other son Sam was home from LA where he attends college at UCLA. We went for a four mile walk as well as visited in their living room and outside on their patio. It was a beautiful day to be outside.

My dad and I shared duties carrying Sean on the walk:

Pictured here is the Tesconi's:

Friday night after getting home from the Tesconi's we stayed in for the night. Auntie Trisha just loves her nephew:

On Saturday we stayed in Santa Rosa because my friend Amy Alton was having an engagement party with her fiance Tim. We decided to bring Sean to show him off to some people who hadn't seen him yet. Even though I'm glad people got to see him, we ultimately had to leave the party early because Sean was not enjoying himself. After an hour and a half his crankiness won over, forcing us to leave. We'll use this as a learning experience. Next time we have a party to go to and have a babysitter available, we'll use it!

We drove home to Campbell Saturday night, getting home about 8.

Sunday (today) we had some visitors. First Meghan and Cat visited at around 11:30 for an hour. I watched the 49ers beat Buffalo while they held Sean. They are so good with him and are such helpful babysitters! We are lucky. They are babysitting Sean for us next weekend when we go to Darcy's company Christmas party.

Next, Darcy's friend Suzi stopped by with her husband Jeff, her brother Michael, and Michael's wife Erica. They live in Las Vegas and spent Thanksgiving in Ceres with Suzi's parents. Their flight back to Vegas from SFO was at at 7:30pm so they decided to spend a few hours with us first. Suzi had yet to meet Sean so this was a great opportunity for her to do so.

Back to work we go now with the final sprint of 2008 before xmas holidays slow down business until after new years. Darcy and I have a very busy weekend schedule in December and I look forward to keeping you all informed about it right here on Narduzzi Nation.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving is Upon Us

Time keeps flying. It's already Thanksgiving and pretty soon it will be Xmas and then 2009! Sean is developing more of a personality, is getting stronger, and now weighs 15 pounds.

Our first few weeks of daycare have gone great. We were really lucky to have found Aunt Deb, and she seems to be happy to have us as a customer.

Tonight we take off for Santa Rosa for Thanksgiving with my side. Last year we were in Ceres for Thanksgiving, and didn't even know we were pregnant yet (we found out the next week). A lot changes in a year. For another example, at work last year at this time I had just moved from Inside Sales to Sales Operations, taking a chance that it would be a good career move. Now I've been at Sales Ops for a year and it's going great. Doing anything else for a living seems like a distant memory.

I can't wait to share with you our Thankgiving experiences over the next few days, but for now, I'll leave you with some recent pictures of Sean.

Friday, November 21, 2008

After 24 Hours, Eddie is Back Home

Yesterday got off to a stressful start with Eddie getting out, and seemingly disappearing. With the busy street we live on combined with our inability to navigate the surrounding areas of our complex the way a cat could, we were already starting to imagine life post-Eddie. Some tears were shed as we contemplated the thought of having seen him for the last time, as well as him out there on his own. For all we knew he could be captured, or have wandered too far away to have a chance of finding his way back, or he could even be dead.

We went to bed not knowing where he was, or if we would ever see him again. In attempt to lure him back we put his food on the front porch, as well as his scratchy bed. Darcy had also printed out flyers with Eddie's picture on them, telling people to call us if they found him.

Click here for an old post I did on Eddie's Scratcher Bed.

I awoke this morning at 5:30am to let Bosco outside to pee. I glanced at Eddie's food bowl on the front porch and noticed a considerable amount of food had been eaten from it. This was encouraging, however, it wasn't a sure thing it was Eddie who ate the food since there is another cat that roams the complex that could have eaten it. I then grabbed his tupperware of food from inside and shook it, hoping to lure him with the recognizeable sound of his food shaking. It worked! Suddenly he appeared from our neighbors deck.

So now Eddie's back where he belongs. Darcy and I were both very relieved. In fact, I even sang, "I'm Bringin' Eddie Back, Yeah!" all morning in celebration of our family being complete again.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Eddie Is Missing!

This morning Eddie got out and we were never able to find him.  I looked and looked all over the complex and no sign of him.  We notified our next door neighbor who isn't currently working to keep an eye out for him, but with us both at work all day, Eddie will most likely be astray all day. 

I'm praying he comes home in need of food and shelter, but having been locked in our condo for 3.5 years straight, there's no telling if will be able to find his way home.  Our hope hangs on the many stories we've heard of others who have lost their cat for days all for it to return.


Sunday, November 16, 2008

Narduzzi Side Visits for a Few Hours on Saturday

On Saturday my mom, dad, sister Trisha, as well as my parents westie Mac, drove down to Campbell for a few hours to see Sean... and us (well, not really, mostly to see Sean).  The only one missing was Beth, who is down in San Luis Obispo at school.

My parents picked up Trisha in SF on their way down from Santa Rosa and arrived here just before noon.  The plan was to visit, get lunch, and then head back home for a short, sweet, visit. Upon arrival it didn't take long for the cameras to start flashing.

Auntie Trisha holding Sean as he shows off his left cheek dimple.

Grandpa Dennis admires his grandson as Sean focuses in on the camera.

Here is a similar version of that picture with mommy getting in on the picture taking action.

Grandparents Mindy and Dennis hold Sean up as he smiles back down at them.

After visiting we drove them by Aunt Deb's house so they could see where their grandson/nephew spends his days while mom and dad are working.  Then we proceeded to Los Gatos, where we enjoyed a delicious meal at the Los Gatos Brewing company.  Thanks for lunch Dad!

By 3:30pm, after a less than 4 hours, they were headed back to SF to drop off Trisha on their way back to Santa Rosa.  We'll see them again soon, on Wednesday night the 26th, when we drive up there for Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Mama's Back at Work

Today our routines changed with Darcy heading back to work. Her over three month long maternity leave has come to an end, and with it, changes things a little. I'll explain.

With Darcy staying home to watch Sean I was free to wander into work super early if I chose. Now, with Darcy's early construction schedule that starts at 7am, or sometimes earlier, and with daycare not opening until 7:30am, the earliest I can get to work is 7:45 - and that is on a good traffic day. On top of dropping him off, I am also responsible for dressing and feeding him before I carry him to my car with all his essentials, strap him into his carseat and drop him off. I'm excited for the extra quality time I will now get with him in the morning. Darcy will handle most of the picking up, but I have the flexibility to help out with that as well when needed. Luckily for me, I have some flexibility when it comes to office hours as I can get a lot done from home. That being said, I still tend to work a little later than Darcy, so her being able to leave work consistently at 4:30pm is a big help.

About the daycare... It is a quick 3-5 minute drive from our place. It's a cute house in Campbell with a white picket fence and a perfectly groomed front and back yard. The inside is always tidy, and she keeps the place at a perfect temperature for all the little ones who come over during the week. She has six slots, two for infants (Sean being one of them), and four for toddlers. We're hoping daycare will be a great experience for Sean to grow up in with other children. They lady who runs it (by herself) refers to herself as Aunt Deb. She writes in a notebook every day, telling us when he ate, went to the bathroom, and anything else notable from the day. Darcy and I are very happy and relieved to have found a place during the day for Sean that we feel comfortable with.

Despite the fact that Darcy will miss spending each day with Sean, she is also excited to get back to work. She has a great career and works at a fun company.

On another note, Sean has not rolled over for nearly a week! After seeing him roll over last week we thought he'd be doing it every day, but that has not been the case. Oh well, I'm sure he'll get back to it soon, we'll let you know.

Sean has also discovered his thumb (left one primarily) the past few days. It makes it nice for us because when he's cranky and requires his binky we don't have to get up every time it falls out of his mouth because he can settle for his thumb as a consolation prize. It's pretty cute.

Tonight we are enjoying him more than ever since we both didn't see him all day. After giving us smiles for awhile, he passed out in his chair, thumb in mouth.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Sean is 3 months old!

On Tuesday, Sean turned 3 months - time is really flying! He is quite a happy baby, likes to talk (in his own language) and smile at everyone. Every morning when he wakes up he talks to himself until we pick him out of the crib, it's adorable. Yesterday was a big day too, he learned to roll over! I went to get him out of his crib after a nap and he was almost over but he didn't have room in the crib. So I let him lay on the floor and it took him about 3 minutes to roll over for the first time, from back to front. Once he was over he didn't know what to do or how to get back over to his back. I put him on his back again and he rolled over again, but this time in about 2 seconds. 

Later that evening when Jeff got home Sean showed us his new trick, but this time he did a full roll from back to front to back again. It was awesome! So far this morning he hasn't tried out his new trick, but now we have to be careful about laying him on the bed or the couch! 

Here are some new pics of Sean from the week.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Happy Halloween!

This weekend, Sean, Bosco and I went to visit my parents in Modesto. Jeff had to work so he didn't get to go :(. On Thursday night, we celebrated my grandmother's 80th birthday. It was a lot of fun, all 7 of her children were there with their families so it was quite a big turnout. On Friday, we visited the Phillips and got some pics of the babies in their costumes.  Then Saturday night, we celebrated my aunt's birthday with some portuguese food and game night. Here are some pics from the weekend.

Hope you all had a happy halloween, now go vote if you haven't already :).