Thursday, August 27, 2009

go team Jacob

There is a new New Moon teaser- focused on Jacob. Seriously, November can not come soon enough. This looks awesome!

Oh and by the way, they are posting the release date for Eclipse as 6/30/10. =) The fun never stops.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

knowing and stuff

John and I signed up for Netflix (finally!) on Saturday. We have been enjoying the instant view movies especially since we can stream them through the XBOX 360 and watch them on tv instead of the computer. Yesterday we got an actual dvd in the mail: Knowing starring Nicholas Cage. Ok so Nicholas Cage is not my favorite actor. The only movies I actually like him in are the National Treasure movies and Raising Arizona. The rest of the time I feel like he has about as much animation as a corpse.
Anyway, Knowing was the most horrible movie I have seen in a very long time. It started with a great concept -although a little on the gruesome side- and was on its way to being a good thriller, then they brought in the aliens. Oh. My. Goodness. It was like at some point the writer just ran out of ideas and decided to fall back on the default. When all else fails, blame it on the aliens. YAWN! Then they killed off the main characters. Has this writer never seen or read a good story before? Pathetic. So just in case you were thinking about renting this movie, save yourself the money and precious time, don't.

Friday, August 21, 2009

thank yous!

I am one of those people who hates to ask for help. I have always been fiercely independent and proud of it. However, over the last 6 years or so (yes, since I started having kids), I have realized there is something to the whole "it takes a village" thing. As I am currently surviving the birth of my third little guy I can honestly say I have never been more grateful for the offers of help and food that have come pouring in from the fabulous friends and family we have around us. Friends from our wonderful church have brought us dinner all week and various friends and family members have wisked Samuel and James away for a few hours of playtime so that Matthew and I could rest and recover.
As it stands, Matthew is two weeks old today and I am physically and emotionally doing much better than I had anticipated. Usually I am a glass-is-half-full kind of girl but my previous pregnancies/deliveries have taught me to expect the worst. The fact that we are doing so well -aside from a little sleep deprivation- is because of all of you amazing people out there. So here is a big Philadelphian style THANK YOUS! (not a typo, that is how they talk out here) and please let us know when we can return the favor!!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

baby love

I am totally in love with my little Matthew. I have had my camera going non stop. I am for the most part recovered from the delivery. The only hang-up is that my hands and feet have been more swollen in the last week than they ever were during my pregnancy. And unfortunately, along with the swollenness has come some pretty severe joint pain all over. So the reason I haven't posted is that my fingers just hurt. I stopped taking the pain meds from the delivery and then had to start again for the joints so I could function. Ack.

Anyway, I am starting to feel a little better and I have the best method in the world to help speed my recovery. This is what I spend my days looking at:

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

what did he do to my van???

I had to take a few minutes break from taking pictures of baby Matthew (aka Mr. T) to tell you about a little discussed side effect of labor and delivery. It is called "Leaving Daddy in Charge."
When the time came for Matthew and I to leave the hospital, John pulled up in my recently detailed mini van to take us home. I almost passed out when I opened the door and considering I just survived labor, that is saying something. The inside was full of ... stuff. I wanted to call Clean House from TLC to help return it to its previous state of organization. So what was causing the clutter?

Here is a partial list:
swimming towels, suits, floaties, etc.
grocery bags of snacks in partially eaten states
wrappers from said snacks
shoes - not necessarily in pairs
hand written directions to some unknown (to me) destination
a really nasty blanket that John says is from his parents' house
last week's mail (did he bring that to the van from inside the house?)
components of a pink pong table complete with paddles and balls but missing the table itself
and an old water bottle partially refilled with a suspicious yellow liquid

add one newborn
all the stuff from the hospital (paperwork, samples, etc.)
my hospital bag
both my and John's laptops
and a tired but happy mama

As you can imagine the van was classified by Governor Rendell as a state of emergency for the entire Philadelphia region. It is a good thing my Mom was on her way to help out.

More pictures of Matthew coming soon!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

We have a winner!

Introducing Matthew Ryan Traverso.

more pics

Still no name but more pics.

Friday, August 7, 2009

he's here!

Baby (insert name here) was born today at 1:32pm. He weighs a whopping 8lbs 8oz and is 19" long. The delivery was uneventful and relatively easy. Hooray! Now all we need is a name!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

gotta love Google

So my brother has a google calendar on which he posts various family events. I was messing around a few months ago with it and two days ago I got a reminder:

Erin Traverso Reminder:
Baby Obi-Wan Due
August 4th, 2009

You know, just in case I forgot. =)

Today makes two days late but I am supposed to call this afternoon to see if there is a bed available so they can induce me. Woo-hoo! Here is to hoping for extra beds!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

issues vs drama

Ok, apologies to any and all who are a part of the news media these days but I have a serious contention with you. What the frack?! I have been trying to find out what, exactly, the new health care plan is going to be. Every day there is article after article about the ongoing debate or Obama's campaigning on behalf of his pet project, but NONE of the articles actually provide helpful information as to what the program will include. Isn't that the most important part of the debate???
This article posted on Yahoo news this morning is a prime example of my frustrations. For example, it cites that "The measure is designed to extend health insurance to millions who now lack it, at the same time it strives to slow the growth in medical costs nationwide - Obama's twin goals."
Thank you Captain Obvious! We have known that much since Obama's campaign for the presidency. How are they planning to do this is what I want to know! Of course, for today's journalists, that is apparently too difficult a question. This article even states what the Republican's would rather do ("seek reforms that allow small businesses to band together..."), but continues to dodge any sort of detail as to what has actually been decided. You would think that from a 1,000 page bill, as a senator disclosed yesterday, that the news reporters would be able to pick up at least a hint of what is being discussed. So far, they are doing a crappy job. From all of the reports I have read and heard so far I know who hasn't voted for the bill, that Obama is taking a hit because the bill is taking such a long time in discussion, a senator from one of the major committees on the debate has prostate cancer (but don't worry, he is still running for reelection next term) and that the different factions in both Republican and Democratic circles are at serious odds over minute points in the bill. I still know NOTHING about the bill itself! Maybe the news could focus on reporting the actual issue rather than all of the drama surrounding it! That would be oh, so helpful!!