Saturday, July 30, 2016

MatTina 2016 Wedding


On Saturday, July 16, 2016 Sarah, Elijah and I had the honor of attending the wedding of Matt Salvesen and Tina D'Amico. The wedding was held at the beautiful C.V. Rich Mansion in White Plains, NY at 6 PM.

My biggest fear bringing a four week old baby was that he was going to cry and fuss throughout the ceremony. I knew he would live on throughout Matt and Tina's lives as 'that baby' when they watched their wedding video. I am happy to say that Elijah behaved so well during the ceremony and I don't think he even made a sound. 
Elijah wasn't even the youngest child at the wedding, there was a two week old and a nine day old baby there also! All of the newborns were so well behaved. I think it helped that Elijah was nestled in close to his mommy the whole time though.

Before we knew it the time came for Matt to kiss the bride (after he waited so patiently) and my worst fear of the day was over. 

Following the ceremony it was time to mingle and enjoy the festivities with friends and family.

We even went as far as to let Uncle Steve hold baby Elijah during the reception. He seemed like a natural to me! Watch out Stephanie!

After a great day of celebration with Matt and Tina's family and friends it was time to take Elijah home to unwind.

Can I suck daddy's nose and get milk too?

Home at last, look mom we match! 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Perfect Little Model

A few weeks ago, Elijah had his first photoshoot. The talented Diana Balnis who had also done our maternity shoot, was behind the camera. Elijah slept through most of the session and Diana was able to pose him in many different hats and outfits. We love how they all turned out and hope you enjoy them too.

He's so handsome!

Daddy's very own dalmatian.

Look at those lips!

So relaxed!

Wearing Daddy's tie.

My little monkey.

Future all-star.

He often puts his hands like this.

I think this was right before he peed on Bryan.

So much cuteness in this picture.

Our family.

& Elijah has had enough!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Babe and The Boob

A Lesson in Sharing From a New Dad...

I recently became a dad for the first time. There have been a lot of lessons that I've learned in my first two weeks of fatherhood. One important lesson is the need to share. There are many things I've enjoyed sharing over the course of my life; sharing meals and desserts with my wife for example, sharing dreams and aspirations with those that I love but ever since being a new dad I've learned to share the babe and the boob. Before now my wife has never been the meal for someone, the way that she provides nutrients and food for our newborn Elijah.

One thing that I knew going into fatherhood was that newborn babies sleep a lot. It's true and when they are awake they do get hungry and there's not much at this stage of his life that I can do to help his hunger pangs. Someday I'll be able to get him a slice of pizza or a cheeseburger when he wants to eat but these days the menu consists of milk, milk and more milk. I love holding Elijah in my arms but I know that when he starts to cry and fuss that he needs a meal only his new mom can provide him with. It's at these times that I must share the babe and the boob.

I want to be able to do more but when he's awake and starts crying or fussing I know that I must share the babe and the boob. Maybe someday they'll find a way for men to naturally be able to provide milk to their babies...

As a new father I can handle the responsibility of changing a dirty diaper while my wife has a much needed rest from sleepless nights and the toll that nursing can take on a new mom.  Thankfully I work for a healthcare company and I have an endless supply of gloves at home!

When it's time for Elijah to sleep I can help by reading him a bed time story so that Sarah has time to rest during the night as well.

I love being a new dad and I am willing to do everything I can to help raise our son into a great man one day. A special thanks to Sarah and all of the moms out there for all of the pain, uncomfortableness and labor that you go through to bring new life into this world!