Newborn photos

Friend’s of ours gifted us with a newborn photo session from the talented Jennifer Hall as our shower gift. She was amazing and I can’t get over how beautiful the pictures are!  Is it wrong I think my daughter is the most beautiful baby in the universe?  I am not going to show them all here since they are going to be Christmas presents (thanks maternity leave budget) so some should be surprises. But they are just so amazing I have to share some of them:

Zoe-13-BW Zoe-15-BW Zoe-32 Zoe-44-BW

Zoe-55-BWShe was 6 days old in these pictures and it already seems like a lifetime ago!


The Scary One

I didn’t want to write about this when it was happening, because I didn’t know the outcome.  Now that it is more sunshine and roses as opposed to doom and gloom so I can discuss. Thurs and Fri Brooklyn was clearly not feeling very well.  We spoke with various other puppy loving friends and they said her upset tummy was likely due to stress or a change in food.  Saturday morning it became very clear that we should probably take her to the vet. G and I both thought that we had just given her too many treats in our quest to get her to sit, so when the Vet came back with a more serious diagnosis I think we were both very shocked.  B had Parvovirus which can be a really serious puppy killing type of illness.  We had to admit her and the vet was honest about her chances…he said he really couldn’t say.  There seems to be an outbreak in Barrie lately and some dogs make it and others don’t.  Naturally I cried the entire time and felt like a total jack-hole by the time we left.  We both tried to be really positive about it but we were both pretty scared.  Garret joked that he was going to get a vasectomy because if he was this sad about our puppy he didnt think he could handle having kids.  We had to clean the house like crazy and throw out all her blankets and soft toys…so instead of Saturday being a joyous home renovatey day it ended up being me crying over a tub of bleach as I cleaned the kitchen floors kind of day.

Obviously the little Turd-meister really snuggled her way into our family and our hearts quickly.  Yesterday the clinic called and said that she was doing awesome, her temperature was down and she was eating and drinking and keeping it all down.  I picked her up last night and it was SO AWESOME to bring her home.  We had a serious Walsh family snuggle session with her on the couch once G got home as well. She was being extra turdy though so I am not sure if she just forgot her manners in the 2 days she was away, or she was just angry that we seemed to leave her behind to get poked and prodded!  But honestly we didn’t care at all because we were just so glad she was home.

sharpening her teeth

Christmas is cancelled because of MY vet bill?!

After getting some energy out she crawled into my lap for a snuggle. I took her off to get up and she just walked in a small circle and got in my lap again. After a near death experience a gal’s just gota snuggle




Closet-ish things

I am realizing in my haste to post every day I am failing to take good pictures or truly edit some of my posts—note to self: better planning would make for a more successful NaBloPoMo…there is always next year.  I always have my iPhone on me, and during our renovations our Nikon has run out of batteries and I put the charger somewhere safe, where I wouldn’t forget where it is.  So obviously I have no freaking clue where it is. And so you are treated to blurry camera phone pictures of the newest exciting developments in Walsh life….Yesterday my husband (yup still cant stop saying that without smiling) finished building me a closet. Granted it’s the guest room closet, but it is AMAZING regardless.  Current plan is to store perhaps some out of season clothes as well as bedding and other random goodies in here for now.  Garret has an annoying/endearing (?) habit of hanging up ALL 500 (conservative guess) of his T-shirts so perhaps this can be his dedicated T-shirt hanging closet?  We shall see, as for now it is a catchall everything closet as we havent finished the hall closet or our bedroom closet.

In real life it is more exciting and not remotely yellow

Please note the additional shelves for more storage….oooh baby…SO exciting



Guest book

We did some crazy cleaning and organizing today. G hung up the guestbook picture from the wedding so now when we wake up each day we can be greeted with this

Now that we have looked closer at everyone’s signatures we have noticed that a few couples have doubled up. G claims its cause the wives didn’t trust their husbands to sign…sounds like a fair assessment to me. Got me wondering how many times we have doubled up on the same thing

Couch chilling

While G is away his girls get craaaazy…
ie. couch snuggles while watching Netflicks. I had hear the crazy wind outside and feel blessed to be toasty and cuddled up inside!

Big to do list for the next two days but for now all I wana do is spoon with my fur baby! Garret and I were talking today and are both so happy about our new addition. I don’t think we knew how much we would love her or how she would make us feel even more like a family!