Thursday, September 27, 2012

NYC with the In-Laws

New York City September 2012 with Mama Swan and the Swanberg Sisters
Mary was lucky enough to be assigned to President Obama's "international event" at the United Nations in New York City this year.  That means she was staying in the fanciest hotel in New York City--The Waldorf Astoria!  We were invited to spend the weekend with her and got the chance to live like the 1%.  Luckily, it worked for all of our schedules and we had our first "Swanberg Girls Weekend" complete with wedding dress shopping, cupcakes, and many bars!

Going into this, I knew it was going to be really hard to keep our little secret from Mme. Andrea all weekend.  It would be pretty obvious that I was not drinking any alcohol.  I also knew that Mary would be an adult beverage "pusher" and make a big deal out of my not partaking, drawing even more attention to it!  Caleb and I agreed that we had to enlist Mary's help.  All I did was text Mary, "Can you Skype right now?" and I immediately got the response, "OMG, are you pregnant?".  I can't believe she guessed it right off!  Caleb and I let her and Ian in on the secret.

On our first night in NYC, we all went out to the Marriott Marquis for drinks in the rotating restaurant.  There were great views of Times Square, although, our stomachs were all a little unsettled by the spinning.  Mary sneakily ordered me a virgin drink which I took a picture of!  It looked legit to me!  Hopefully Mama Swan didn't look at the drink menu too closely and realize that it was a nonalcoholic beverage!

Other memorable events from our first night in NYC include:
1.  Taking a picture with a random cartoon character on the streets of NYC.
2.  Seeing a naked person playing guitar.
3.  Having some drunk guy hit on all three of the daughter-in-laws by singing "Champagne Supernova" by Oasis.  He had his arms draped around all of us.  When he started talking about taking us into the bathroom with him, we dropped the bomb, "Have you met our mother-in-law?"  His reaction was priceless.

Day 2 I decided that I couldn't tell Mary and not Lisa.  The picture below was taken when we woke up Saturday morning.  This was either right before or right after I told Lisa the news.  Caleb called Seth the same day.

First order of business on day 2 was to head to the Bronx to go wedding dress shopping with Mary!!!  Yay!    Here we are waiting for our train in the subway station.

Once we arrived in the Bronx, we had some navigating difficulties.  We ended up roaming the streets and Mme. Andrea got sucked into buy a tiny, half-full glass of tap water from some kids on the side of the road for $1.  Mary took the picture below which definitely looks like a paparazzi photo.

Finally we found our way to "Gowns by Louise".  Needless to say, Mary looked gorgeous in every single dress she tried on!  I will not post any photos of the dresses (obviously) but I WILL post a picture of the owner, Louise DeLucia's, wall of fame.  This is basically where she has framed pictures of herself with various celebrities.  People of note were Joan Rivers and Dr. Oz!

On our second night in the city, we were able to meet up with Hollis!  It was great but involved yet another bar.  I was proactive and offered to get everyone the first round!  I asked the bartender for something that looked alcoholic but wasn't.  He gave me a tonic water with a lime and two little straws.  Again, it looked legit to me!  Hopefully it fooled Mama Swan!

This was a wonderful, memorable weekend!  I hope that this is not the last time all four hens have a girls only getaway.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

My Contribution

Melissa has asked that I contribute to this blog, so I thought I'd post this excerpt from an email she sent me:

 It speaks for itself!

- Caleb

Thursday, September 20, 2012

5 Week Belly Shot

Not much to show this week.  Just a bit of bloating!  I think it will be a while before we start seeing any real changes.

Are We Crazy!?!

Welcome family and friends!

What a busy summer it has been for Caleb and I.  Caleb finished his first year of medical school, we got married, honeymooned, went to many weddings, and Caleb started his second year of medical school.  The most recent news (which none of you knew at the time this post was written) is that we recently found out that we are expecting our first child!  Let me recap the last month or so for you!

It all started with a date night at Tasca and a pitcher of delicious sangria.  I think we all know how this story goes, so lets fast-forward two weeks!

On Saturday September 8th, 2012, my aunt Patsy, uncle Dale, and cousin DJ came to visit us in Boston.  We had a great afternoon filled with Mike's Pastry cannoli and Pour House for dinner.  At this point, we were not positive that I was pregnant, but we had a sneaking suspicion, so I abstained from beer at dinner.  Hopefully it wasn't too obvious!  As soon as we dropped the Thomas's off at Fenway for their Red Sox game, we decided to stop by CVS for a pregnancy test!  We didn't have much time since Caleb's friend, Riley, was arriving a few minutes later.  I took the test as soon as we got home and waited patiently in the bathroom to see if a little line appeared.  Caleb was trying to remain calm on the couch while waiting for me to say something.  Sure enough, after a minute or so, I saw a line form.  It was kind of hard to see at first, but  then it got darker and I burst out into the living room to tell Caleb the good news!  We both laughed and cried about our new little secret.  We calculated it and found out that we were about 4 weeks pregnant.  This means that Baby Swanberg will be arriving sometime in mid-May 2013!  Perfect timing since this is right after Caleb's board exam in April.

Next, we had to dispose of the evidence before Riley came over!  When he arrived, we tried to act as normal as possible.  Riley begged me to have some beers and go out with them, but I told him that I was too tired and that he and Caleb should go alone.  It wasn't easy, but I convinced him that this should be a "Guy Night".

The next day we had lunch with the Fosters in Salem, MA and afterwards bought our first pregnancy book:  What to Expect When You're Expecting.  Caleb also bought a journal for us to document these nine months.  It will make a great gift for our little one when they graduate or get married!

The first week went by incredibly slowly. We bought more pregnancy books:  The Expectant Father:  Facts, Tips, and Advice for Dads-to-Be and The Complete Book of Baby Names.  I also made an appointment with Dr. Agatha Critchfield in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Tufts.  My first appointment is October 18, 2012, which seems SO far away at this point!  I had no idea I would have to wait until I was 10 weeks pregnant for my first check-up!  Caleb and I can't wait to lay our eyes on Baby Swanberg for the first time.

I hope we're ready for this crazy journey we've started on!