Family

Aunt Courtney

You know what’s better than renovating and blogging and most things in general?

Being an aunt.

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I’m spending the week at the beach in Stone Harbor with my sister, Kelly, and her baby girl, Lily.

Mama Kelly lets me help with the feedings and I get to play with her and rock her to sleep.

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Lily is the tiniest little thing and yet she makes the LOUDEST noises…sometimes we’re not sure what end they come out of. 🙂

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Getting the punkin to go to sleep is the biggest challenge and deserves to be celebrated with a glass of wine once it’s accomplished!

Mama Kelly has wayyyyy more pictures on her blog: http://www.kellybrennantv.com/blog

It’s amazing how babies bring so much JOY into a family!

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Babies, blinds and beer

My niece, Lily, has quite the life.

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She eats, sleeps and gets her aunt and grandparents to lay on the floor and applaud every time she blinks.

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I want to put her in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Most Amazing Baby Ever.”

Even though I could hang out with Lilypad all the time, we needed to work on the house. Mark finished sanding and put the final coat of polyeutherane on our stair treads.

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He bolted them in and they are BEAUTIFUL.

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We take turns walking up and down them…Vanna White style making sure to showcase every step.

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There’s a slight complication with the railing. It’s metal with mesh wiring along the sides. The specifications don’t EXACTLY fit, so Mark will need to weld an “L” bracket to secure the top of the railing to the wall.

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I’m sure that will take us another 5 years.

Our espresso wood blinds came in, so we put up the window trim and secured them in place. (We know we’re missing the trim on the right side…miscalculation!)

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And we can’t go one weekend in Lawrenceville without exploring. Saturday night was spent at the famous Nied’s Hotel with Miller Lites and live country bands.

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On Sunday, we gave thanks with more libations at the Roundabout Brewery on 49th and Butler. Our favorite was the Pacific Ring IPA!

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Absolute PERFECTION!

I discovered something new this week. I found out that my sister is one TOUGH Mama Bear.

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We all were soooo excited when Kelly went into labor and got her room at Magee Hospital.

Things were good for the first few hours, but then it got DIFFICULT.

For 36 HOURS, my sister battled ridiculous contractions. We took turns being with her in her room and sleeping in the hallway.

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The doctor finally said Kelly needed a C-section and so she went back into the OR with Kevin by her side.

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At 10:07 on Tuesday morning, Lillian Jane joined our family.

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Lily is perfect. She’s the best eater (and pooper) on the floor and has the most beautiful little face I’ve ever seen…look how sassy she is!

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Everyone is in love with her! And she already made her TV debut! CLICK HERE TO SEE IT!

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Whoa baby!!!

Mark and I (and my mom & dad) used our DIY skills this past weekend for my sister’s baby shower…

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Who are we kidding…we totally just bought everything. This was definitely not a girly Pinterest baby shower, but it was still awesome.

Kelly and Kevin were the stars of the day as our family and closest friends celebrated the pending arrival of Baby Lily!

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It was a guys & gals shower at the Fox and Hound restaurant in the North Hills.

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We had burgers and beer and beautiful cakes from Bella Christie in Lawrenceville.

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I did love this photo frame idea. This is about as crafty as I get. 🙂

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I still have to get Lily a tiny little construction hat so she can help Aunt Courtney and Uncle Mark with the house.

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I’ve got friends in low places…

Garth. Brooks. Rocks.

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His concert last night at the Consol Center was amazing!

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Me and my hot date, Aunt Trudy, rocked out with my $10 Bud Light.

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My brother-in-law, Kevin, LOVES Garth and we got him (and the rest of us) tickets as a Christmas present. Check out the best t-shirt of the night…

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It was Garth’s birthday & Big Ben and the Steelers surprised him onstage!

And then we made the jumbo-tron…Night Made.

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Hell just froze over

I am cooking.

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Correction…I am cooking AND baking.

This has never happened, and I’m not even that happy about it.

But when your very pregnant sister, who is one of your favorite humans, throws a Christmas party and needs you to bring food…you get in the kitchen.

For starters, I turned the oven on but left a bunch of pans and plastic tops in the drawer underneath.

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Now, my Pyrex lid looks like this.

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But I am not deterred. I will forge on…but first, a quick walk up to Arsenal Ciderhouse for some hard apple cider. Maybe that will make me a better cook!

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Baby stuff is WAY more fun than house stuff

My husband went to Toronto this past weekend to hang out with his brothers, and so (naturally) I did absolutely no work on our house and just hung out with my sister.

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Kelly is in her second trimester. I went with her and her husband on their first trip to buy baby stuff. Kelly literally fits in the crib she will put her child in.

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There were SOOOO many crib choices. This one looks like a pink glitter fairy exploded…

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Another pink fairy exploded here too…

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Before leaving, I made sure everyone in the store knew how excited I am about my little niece or nephew.

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The only person MORE excited than me is my mom. She keeps telling us that she is going to take the baby EVERYWHERE. I think my mom might make the baby might live with her instead of Kelly and Kevin.

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Kidding 🙂

Kelly’s BABY blog: http://www.kellybrennantv.com/blog

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My brave and beautiful sister

Kelly is my younger sister and I’ve always seen myself as the one who needs to protect her, but now I know she’s stronger than I ever imagined.

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Today’s post isn’t about our house, but about something that happened to Kelly that was heartbreaking for our entire family.

Back in May, Kelly told us she was pregnant. It was a COMPLETE SURPRISE and the whole family was so excited that we didn’t know what to do with ourselves.

It was going to be the FIRST grandchild and my parents were OVER THE MOON.

Kelly and her husband got their first ultrasound and heard the heartbeat. Then, last month, Kelly had a miscarriage.

We all were DEVASTATED…especially Kelly and her husband. She decided to write a blog about what she went through in hopes of helping other women. She is so brave and honest and just the most special woman I know.

Please click here for her story: http://www.kellybrennantv.com/blog

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