Tuesday, October 21, 2014

19 Weeks

And this is why I try to do these pictures when Tom is otherwise occupied....

You'd think I'd  have been on alert after that one, but...slow learner, apparently. And now you get to see some outakes that should never see the light of day, but Tom was so pleased with his photobombing skills, that he insisted I share. I had no idea he was there...


Until he busted up laughing and revealed himself... Weirdo.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Music, Lately

"Lately" is kind of generous, but we've been to some fun concerts in the past few months, and I want a record to prove to Baby Boy Shackmano that we were cool, fun people before he came along. I mean, I assume that we will continue to be cool, fun people after he's here, but just in case...

Billy Joel at the Hollywood Bowl - I'm not sure that attendance at a Billy Joel concert really supports my claim that we are fun, cool people, but whatever.


Wynonna at The Annenberg - again, perhaps not the hippest artist, but free, outdoor concerts are always a good time. Also - I can't lie, The Judds' Greatest Hits album is my jam.

Jay-Z and Beyonce's On The Run tour - ok, I should get some points for this one. Thanks to the fact that Jay-Z's musical director is a Korg artist, Tom was able to get us passes to the On the Run show at the Rose Bowl. This was a spectacle like I have never seen before. 

I never get that worked up about going to shows, but this was pretty awesome. We had all-access wristbands, so we hung out backstage (and on stage!) beforehand, and then watched the show from the floor and side stage. If I weren't afraid of The Beygency, I might have tried to find Queen B's wig room... Forgive the amount of pictures I'm about to drop in here - I was really excited about this one.


 No Doubt - thanks again to Tom's connections, we got to go to the "friends and family" dress rehearsal for No Doubt's performance at the Global Citizen Festival in New York. The dress rehearsal was at The Forum, and because Tom is the coolest, we also had Forum Club passes where we got to enjoy snacks that included a cake with pictures of the band members on it.
{You will have to take my word for it that that is Gwen Stefani. You should also know that she seems to be aging backwards. Don't Speak!}

Jamestown Revival at Way Over Yonder - if you have not already had the pleasure, go buy this album now. So good. Perfect music for a fall Saturday on the pier in Santa Monica...

I shall leave you with this barely discernible photo of Gwynth Paltrow, GOOP herself, on stage with Holly Williams who was opening for Jason Isbell at The Roxy.

LA is weird.

Friday, October 10, 2014

18 Weeks

Dear Baby To Be (Hopefully) Named Later,
As soon as we found out that you were on your way, your dad instituted Wicket as a placeholder for whatever your real name turns out to be, but I can't bring myself to address you as that. I mean, as far as characters from Star Wars go, ewoks were pretty cute, and I think Wicket was the head ewok (maybe?), so there's that, but still... And, actually, I just now went to look for a picture of Wicket, and...not that cute.
Kind of terrifying, in fact. In any event...last week was a big one.
We found out with 100% certainty that you are a boy! Between that and the fact that my belly has really started to pop out, you are becoming more and more real to us every day. Now if we could just agree on an actual name for you... In fact, if you have any thoughts on that matter, I'd really appreciate it if you could send me some sort of trans-placenta mail. That would be incredibly helpful.

I await your input.


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Bump Progression/Exercise in Narcissism

So because I am a human woman with a Pinterest account, I am familiar with the trend of weekly photos of ones growing belly during pregnancy. Despite the fact that I feel like an ego maniac taking and editing multiple photos of myself every week, here we are...

Imma give Kim Kardashian a run for her money selfie-wise it seems...

This is happening...

{June 30th's discovery}

 Yep. Come early March, we'll be adding a Cusimini to the team!

I took a pregnancy test one Monday morning on a whim, not really thinking much of it since we hadn't technically been "trying." What we'd expected to take six months or more had taken more like six weeks, so my heart did a somersault when I saw that I officially had a passenger on board... I blame Full House for what happened next.

Remember that one episode where Aunt Becky tries to tell Uncle Jesse that she's pregnant by cooking him an elaborate themed meal? No? Well, refresh your memory. Had I rewatched that particular YouTube clip before deciding that I wanted to tell Tom in some clever way, I may have reconsidered since things didn't quite work out the way Aunt Becky wanted them to... (foreshadowing).  Anyway, this was big news, and I didn't want to just unceremoniously throw the pregnancy test at Tom (spoiler alert: also foreshadowing). I wanted a moment.

After double checking that this was, in fact, happening with a second pregnancy test (in the bathroom at Costco, as it happens), I decided that I would order the book Dude, You're Gonna Be a Dad and have it gift wrapped and mailed to Tom with same day delivery. So, I ordered the book and waited. While I waited, I googled all the potential ways I had damaged my unborn child with wine and oysters and Advil before I knew I was pregnant. [Pro tip: don't do that.] I don't think I got any actual work done that day as I tried to wrap my mind around the fact that I was really and truly pregnant.

The package was supposed to arrive by 8 o'clock, so when 9:30 rolled around with no delivery, I pretended to go to the bathroom and called Amazon. They said the package was marked as delivered, so it must have been left at the wrong address...blah, blah, blah. At this point, I had been sitting on this knowledge for 12 hours, and I couldn't wait another minute to tell Tom the news, so I grabbed the pregnancy test from where I'd hidden it in my purse, and - you guessed it - tossed it in the general direction of where Tom lay watching TV. It was the definition of unceremonious, and not at all what I envisioned, but good news is good news regardless of the presentation, right?

After spending the next couple of hours talking about all the ways in which our lives were about to change, we had finally started to fall asleep just before midnight when the buzzer for our front gate rang. In a turn of events that I still don't quite understand, it was the delivery guy dropping off the package that had supposedly been delivered hours earlier...

He's been studying up ever since.

More soon, but for now, your first glimpse at Baby Cusimano...

Friday, September 26, 2014

And then there was Finn!

{Welcome to Earth, Finnian!}
On June 20, my brother's wife delivered the most perfect nephew I could have imagined. At five pounds, eight ounces, Finnian Oakes Shackford was a teeny, tiny bundle of pure love. Crushingly, it would be almost a month before the West Coast contingent could make Finn's acquaintance, but it was well worth the wait.
{Ah, Breakwaters... Where I once threw back Alabama Slammers, I now cuddle my brother's kid. Crazy doesn't cover it.}
Tom and I came a bit earlier than the rest of my family to hang out with his grandparents.

Finn got in a little pool time too.

Ok, let's see... How about some gratuitous pictures of Sir Finnian sleeping like the little tiny angel he is?

Obviously this kid is beyond cute when he's asleep, but when he opens his eyes? Forget about it...
{It's like his hand is reached out in benediction, "I bless you with my adorableness."}

Sidenote, while Finn was obviously the main attraction, Vermont in July is also pretty outstanding.
We stayed at a camp right on the lake and spent more than a little bit of time soaking up the Vermontyness of it all.
{I love this picture so much.}
{The view from my room/magical forest lair}

Where was I?  When my parents and Midgey arrived, we all met up at an amazing place in South Hero, and I was able to take a few quick pictures of Mike, Erin, and Finn before dinner.
{Go here. Fine dining in the middle of (practically) no where - the best kind of surprise.}
 This is one hell of a good looking family....

I always suspected that my brother would be a great dad, but seeing him in action was...beyond. He is so patient and so loving; my heart practically exploded watching him cuddle his son. 
{This picture is everything.}
A couple of weeks after he was born, my brother and Erin asked me and Tom to be Finn's godparents. After momentarily questioning their judgment, we happily agreed. In all seriousness, it was a huge honor, and we were thrilled to take on the role.

And now, my favorite picture from Finn's baptism, in which he gives Tom the judgiest eyes I've ever seen.
After the baptism, Erin's parents, Vickie and Ernie, hosted a lovely brunch at their home. There was plenty of delicious food, but everyone was mostly interested in devouring Finn.


{Well, hello there, Deedee!}
What else? This has gone on long enough already, so I'm just going to dump the rest of the photos here...

Mo brought supplies and we all decorated onesies for Finn - here's my contribution.


Annnnd, here's the fam, plus a Golden Doodle named Amador.

So, to sum up - Finn is perfect and amazing and I can't wait until December 26th when I get to cuddle him again.