2016 was both one of the greatest and worst years of my life.
In May, we celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary.
In July, we found out I was pregnant after just a few months of trying and couldn’t be more happy. We first shared the news with my sister almost right away and a few weeks later with my mom.
In August, we finally sold our house! There were a few disappointments along the way, and we were really upset that we lost several houses we liked a lot while waiting for our house to be sold. As it turned out, things do happen for a reason and we later found our house now which had everything we ever wanted and more. We also told Pat’s parents about their new grandchild on the way.
In September, we found out we are having a GIRL!
All these things made 2016 one of the best and most memorable years ever.
Then came October, which was hands down the most difficult month of my life. We watched our cute little boy get very sick, very fast. It was heartbreaking to realize that we didn’t have long with him and to not be able to do anything to help him get better. We had to make the extremely difficult decision to put him to sleep and it was absolutely the worst day of my life, as he was our first baby and nothing short of a child to Pat and I for almost 11 1/2 years. While Emma will definitely know of Bosco (and have lots and lots of pictures of him), it still breaks my heart that she will never meet him or come to love him like Pat and I did.
While I still am and always will be heartbroken over Bosco, I know we have so much to look forward to in 2017, specifically in March. XOXO
I have been meaning to get back to writing on this little blog of mine, but the last 2 months have been super stressful. The loss of Bosco was not something Pat or I were in the least bit prepared for and it totally broke my heart into a million pieces. We had to make the extremely hard decision to put our baby to sleep just days before we had to pack up our old house and get ready to move into the new house.
We found out in early October that Bosco had a large growth in his stomach after he had an ultrasound done. The vet was not sure if they would be able to remove it because the growth was so large and after they attempted to remove it, they learned that it was in fact too large to be removed (it was attached to all of his organs and he would have bled to death) and that the growth was cancer. After that attempted surgery, he developed problem after problem – his diabetes was affected, the wound where they cut into his stomach became infected, and he started with a fever of 104 days before we had to make the decision to put him to sleep. The vet told us that the type of infection he had would become excruciatingly painful to him in matter of 36 hrs. and that the inside of his organs were septic. They did not think he would live through the surgery to clean out the sepsis and said if he did, they did not think he would be able to recover from the surgery. So we decided we both couldn’t put him through any pain and made the hard decision to put him to sleep. We both held him through the process and to say it was the hardest thing we ever had to do would be an understatement.
I miss him every single day and will never totally get over his loss – he was absolutely like a child to us. It is still hard to believe that it has been over a month since I was able to kiss his cute little face for the last time.
While it was extremely hard to have to pack up our house and move just several days later, I am in some way thankful the move was so soon after his loss because being so busy helped to keep our minds busy. The old house also held too many memories of Bosco for me. I still think of him every day and will NEVER forget him for as long as I live, but it was honestly painful to be in each room without him there.
Pat and I have now been in the new house for about a month and we’ve been so busy trying to make the house ours. I thought I would share some progress we have made so far, so get ready for picture overload. 🙂
Our formal living room:
Baby’s room so far:
The first big picture hung in the new house: ❤
I would say we made pretty great progress in just a month considering how much stress we had.
I am 25 weeks pregnant today (and definitely feeling SUPER pregnant already). I just want to have everything done with the house before baby girl is here. 🙂
I will talk to you guys soon! 🙂 Until then, feel free to follow me on Instagram. XOXO
Yesterday was one of the hardest days of our lives.
Bosco, there are no words to express the amount of love we feel for you. We fell in love with your cute little face when we brought you home when you were just 8 weeks old, and you just got more and more handsome over the last 11 years. You made our little family complete.
I will love you and miss you for the rest of my life. You’re our boy and always will be.
RIP, my love.
After 11 years as our head of security, Bosco informed us of his resignation earlier today. While it will be hard to find a match for his top-notch security, we’re so excited to watch him take on his new role of big brother!!
❤ BABY CULLEN ARRIVING MARCH 2017!!! ❤
I know it has been forever since I posted, but I just wanted to pop in and say hi (if anyone is still reading this little blog of mine). 🙂 I have missed you guys!!
I feel like this summer has been non-stop with lots of exciting things that I will update you all on soon. After 10 months on the market, we received an offer on our house back in June but it fell through on the buyer’s side. Just recently we received another offer which we are excited about – everything is still in attorney review so nothing is set in stone yet. The only problem is that every house that we LOVED and wanted to buy has since been sold before we were able to sell our house. We are of course happy to finally have an offer but we also don’t want to have to settle on a house we aren’t totally in love with, so we’ll see!
It has been HOT in NJ. Fall cannot come fast enough!
This weekend Pat and I are going to see Kenny Chesney (woohoo!!!) and the next day we leave for vacation in Hilton Head, SC.
PS – Bosco wanted you all to know he is doing well and still very cute. 🙂
I will check back in with you guys soon. Until then, have a great night / weekend / rest of the summer. 🙂
So today is a very important day. The cutest little doggie in the world turns 11 today!!!!
That’s right, today is Bosco’s Birthday!! 🙂
I am SO thankful every single day that 11 years ago I was somehow able to find the cutest dog in the world and make him mine. Even when he can be a bit high maintenance at times (read : quite often), he has such a little personality and makes every day better.
There are no words to express the amount of love I have for this cute little boy. 🙂