We often don’t know that we’re about to meet someone who will play a significant role in the rest of our lives. I didn’t know when I was going to meet my spouse or best friends or even my business partner. There is one case though when you do know that you’re about to meet someone very important…your younger siblings. Alongside your parents you’ve likely waited with great anticipation and may already have lots of ideas about what this person and relationship will be like.

We are so excited for Eloise to meet her new baby brother when he arrives. I can’t imagine my life without my brothers. They’ve helped to make me who I am. I was so happy to find these old pictures of us meeting each other for the first time.










My earliest memory is waiting to go see my middle brother in the hospital. I had dressed myself and I sat in a dark hallway (because I couldn’t reach the light switch) for what seemed to be forever waiting for my dad to finally be ready.

Above is a picture of me in the hospital nursery peering into his crib. I’m almost 3.

Six years later we got to meet our youngest brother. It was so exciting.








when i was growing up we had a large wicker chair that we kept in the attic and brought out for people’s birthdays. Naturally, we called it the birthday chair. Today, one of my favorite blogs – Brabourne Farm, has a feature on these peacock chairs. I’d love to find one for our new house and continue the tradition.

















And here are a few shots of the original birthday chair in action at my house…

This weekend Eloise and I went to Wegmans to do a big pre-baby shop. Who wants to bother with the grocery store (even if it is Wegmans) when you have a newborn? We got lots of her favorite crackers and noodles and other pantry favorites. But a fun thing happened in the produce section…an employee group stretch break!

One of the reasons that I love Wegman’s so much is because their unique corporate culture and their commitment to their values and employees. Every once in a while you’ll hear someone come over the loud speaker to tell various departments to stretch or take deep breaths.

On this particular visit, however, we witnessed about 20 employees gather in the produce section and participate in a 10 minute stretching session while someone read out jokes and fun facts. It was cool. We stayed to watch and Eloise learned how to s-t-r-e-t-c-h as a result…(she already knows to take deep breaths when she gets worked up).

As I stood there stretching with Eloise by the apples, I was reminded of occasionally doing Jane Fonda’s workout with my mom when I was little. I’ve never been an exercise fiend but mother-daughter stretching sessions are fun. I’ll be sure to incorporate this into our de-stressing tool box at home. Thanks, Wegmans – it’s always a pleasure.

With the arrival of baby Holden rapidly approaching we’ve been talking a lot about babies – Eloise in particular. Every picture or kid she see starts off a long baby babble. She has been helping us go through her old baby things and get the baby’s room ready. Recently she has been insisting on taking her baby with us where ever we go. I suppose she’s getting prepared too…