Pictures of the Week *What’s She Going to Look Like?*

Our only hope is to have a healthy baby Beanette!  But since we’ve been waiting almost 39 weeks (or 9 years, depending on when you start counting) for this little addition to our family, it’s hard not to think about the other fun stuff.

::  What she will look like?  ::

::  How will she act?  ::

::  What hobbies will she have?  ::

::  Which parent will she be more likely to take after?  ::

SO many fun questions!  We can’t wait to see her and learn all about her personality.

I think it’s normal for most parents to hope that their children get the best of both of them.  So here is what we are hoping (but of course we will love her no matter what):

Denny’s nose… my ears… Denny’s pretty blue eyes…. my thumbs (they are in limited quantity in the Q family)… Denny’s calves and ankles… my patience… Denny’s athletic ability (golf & baseball mainly)… my writing ability… Denny’s Words with Friends ability (if that is even around when she gets her first phone)… my love of education (aka I’m a geek)

We also hope that she is not allergic to cats and we really truly hope she has a decent sense of humor.  If she doesn’t have a sense of humor she is going to really think her parents are L-A-M-E and her teenage years are going to be incredibly rough for all of us!

Here are some pictures of Denny and I through the years.   Take a look at what she’s working with…

LOVE this picture of Denny as a baby!!!

Me as a baby (eek!) sporting an infant-sized wifebeater and playing with a scary-looking reindeer

Denny looking super cute and very happy!

Me, and Yes I still make this face when I get caught in the Cheerios box

Denny & Scott, two cute Steelers fans!!

Me hanging out on the tire swing in my stylish matching sweat suit (and yes I have the same haircut as Scott – see above)

Right now you could be thinking, Whoa Slim Pickins for this little girl, or perhaps you are thinking Aww, she’s going to be cute!  No matter how she looks, we know she is going to be the World’s Cutest, Most Lovable Beanette and we will love her to pieces!

Now we just have to keep waiting for her big arrival!  Nine Days and Counting!


The Calm Before the Storm

What. A. Week!

I’ve been trying to prep for the impending arrival of our little girl and I’ve been trying to prep for 3 months away from the office.  Both are keeping me quite busy.  Aside from that we had a short (and fun) visit from my parents this weekend.   And we’ve been trying to find time to clean, cook and do laundry (my darn housekeeper never shows up!).  In addition from the everyday life, here’s a quick update of where we are.

37 Weeks and 5 days… 

That’s where we are!

Smack dab in the middle of She can arrive at any minute-ville!  Woah!!


I feel great !  I’m pretty big and I’m getting some crazy restless legs at night, but overall I feel great.  I’m a big believer of mind over matter right now.  In November when we lost our first pregnancy I remember thinking, “How can anyone ever complain about being lucky enough to be pregnant?”  And that is the thought I have everyday.  When I feel tired and puffy, I just think about how Incredibly Lucky I am to be tired and puffy.  It’s not something that everyone is lucky enough to experience and we are 37.5 weeks into it.  It’s pretty cool.


Anxious. Excited. Disbelief. Nervous. Happy. Blessed.  Scared.  SURREAL!

There are just not words to describe what we feel right now.  We are aware that something big, huge, life-changing is about to happen, but it is hard to wrap our minds around it.

Some days all I can think about is holding that sweet little girl.  Some days all I can think about is how or if I will ever get all my work done in time to be away for 3 months, and Some days I think a Whoa, I sure hope we can handle this.

So essentially it’s the calm before the storm.  We’re working… we are waiting… we are wondering.  We’ll keep you posted when the Beanette picks her Birthday.

Until then, have a great weekend!  🙂


Picture of the Week *Beanette’s Nursery*

Our Baby Girl has a home!!

This has been one of the most fun projects, and after months of work (if you can even call it that), we’re super excited to share Beanette’s Home with our friends & family!  

You are welcome to see the real thing, but in the meantime, here is a picture slideshow of it. 

We just hope she loves it as much as we do!

Click Here to see it… Enjoy!



36 Week Bumpdate!

36 Weeks!!

The stickers look much cuter on her little outfits than on mine

Beanette is due in exactly 4 weeks, and I can’t believe how fast the past nine months have come and gone!

Beanette is Bump-tastic!!


Starting today we visit our doctor weekly.  Apparently they like seeing us so much they have decided they can’t go more than 7 days without a visit from us… I’m pretty sure it’s due to our dashing good looks and Denny’s charm. 

The visit today went great!  We got to see Beanette on the big screen and she was looking extra cute.  Her hand was in front of her face so we didn’t get any great photos, but we’ll more than make up for that once she arrives.

Here are the other Beanette updates:

  • She is currently weighing about 6 lbs and 3 ounces (Beanette has requested that I stop announcing her weight once she turns 3 so enjoy these updates while they last)
  • She is expected to weigh about 7 1/2 – 8 lbs at birth (Lexi is thrilled to maintain her status of Tiniest McGee – at her last vet appointment  she was at 6 lbs, 13 oz).  I’m thrilled she might actually fit into newborn clothes!  I have had recurring fears of trying to deliver a 14 lb baby.
  • She is head down currently, but she hasn’t started any other steps to her arrival just yet
  • The Dr. said we have at least 3 weeks before we meet her, likely more

We are just about ready too… 

Laundry, check! 

Nursery, check! 

Carseat installed, check! 

Patience and excitement, check and check!! 




TWO Picky Stickys To Go!

It’s September! 

We are officially one month and one day away from our Beanette’s due date!


I have known Beanette’s due date since January but I don’t think I realized just how close we are to meeting her until I noticed this morning that we only have two Picky Stickys to go!  What are Picky Stickys you ask?  The best baby gift ever… check out their Website to see for yourself.  And they have Mom stickers to track how far along you are.  That’s what I’ve been using since January.  And we are down to just two stickers…

Just two stickers (one which we will use on Tuesday)!   Wow!   But I have a little confession.. I didn’t buy the stickers in January when I found out we were pregnant.  I bought mine in December of 2010 (21 months ago) when we decided that maybe, just maybe, we were ready to be parents. 

They sat in my top drawer hidden behind socks hoping that my early purchase didn’t jinx our potential to have a baby.  It took us a little bit of time to get pregnant but we did!   And then we had an unexpected loss 7 weeks into the first pregnancy, which broke our hearts.   But we were lucky enough to get pregnant a second time, and Finally have a reason to pull those Mom Picky Stickys out of my drawer. 

So here we are, just 31 days and 2 Picky Stickys away from our Sweet Baby Girls due date.   It’s hard to believe that this is about to happen.  Her room is just about completed, her clothes are almost all washed, and I think we are almost ready to say Good-bye to Mom Picky Stickys and Hello to our daughter.   We hope she is just as excited as we are!   


Oh the Places She’ll Go!!

Thanks to two wonderful showers and countless amazing and generous friends, we are making a big dent in our Baby Girl “To Buy” list!  It is SO fun to see all of the little (and big) items filling our house to make Beanette’s arrival a little cozier for her.

Two of my favorite Beanette items are her car seat and stroller!  I can’t stop looking at them.  We’ve been giving her infant car seat and stroller lots of practice drives around our downstairs and we are constantly looking at it wondering what it will be like when it is filled with a sweet little girl.

Thanks Graco, we think your Snugride is pretty cute! And we added some pink toys hanging from the bar to make it even more girlie!

I think the reason I love these items so much is because it will be what we need to bring her home and to take her to meet all of her favorite people!   I can’t wait for trips to the pumpkin farm, trips to our parents for the holidays, and maybe even a stroll through the neighborhood on warm fall nights. 

I may not be nearly as clever as Dr. Suess but seeing Beanette’s car seat and stroller reminded me of one of my favorite books…

Dear little girl, Today is your day. 

You’re entering the world soon, you’re off and away!


Oh! The Places you’ll Go!

In your little Graco

You’ll be on your way up, you’ll be visiting fam. 

You’ll join meet all our friends, in your cute little pram.


You’ll have cute hats on your head, and even cuter socks in your shoes,

You can steer yourself in any direction you (or your parents pushing the stroller) choose!

But someday (hopefully not too soon), you’ll be on your own. And you know what you know.

And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.


And will you succeed? 

Yes, You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed!)


Beanette, you’ll move mountains!


be your name Gracie or Brenna or Mae

or Madelyn Brynn Caelynn or Shea,

You’re off the Great Places!

Today is your day!

Your little Graco is waiting (as are your parents).

So…get on your way!!!



Birth class Graduates (barely)

Tonight Denny and I graduated from birth class!  

(Pomp and Circumstance is playing in the background) 

It’s a feat that’s not exactly worthy of a bullet point on our resumes, but nonetheless an experience that seemed very blog post worthy.

Despite many moments that we felt were worthy of the phrase, “That’s what she said,” we did learn some helpful info.  I also have some feedback about the 9 hours we spent learning about our daughter’s entry into the world.   Here are my thoughts about it all…

  • Breathing exercises…  Really??   We are practicing breathing?  It is the only single activity I have consistently remembered to do every day of my life, so I’m not sure that I should be spending more time practicing it before I’m about to be responsible for a new life.  I’m going to be a role model for a child in a few weeks, right?  So maybe the time should be spent on other important exercises, perhaps Making your bed on a daily basis exercises, or How to make more time for healthy cooking and less time for Dance Mom watching exercises.
  • The birthing video (yikes)… If the hospital feels the need to make us watch a “real” couple have a baby, can we please get relatable characters?  Christina. the Mom in the video, might be cute for the maternity Victorias Secret magazine but her perfect blond hair (which didn’t even get sweaty while delivering), her belly button ring and her barely-there bump made me more annoyed than inspired.  If we are going to get real with the video, let’s get real with the characters… I’d like to see swollen feet, stretch marks, and a frumpy hospital gown… then maybe I’ll be able to relate.  And sorry Christina, but the sports bra and teeny tiny tennis skirt (minus the spanks) you wore during labor should be saved for the Wimbledon after-party NOT the birthing suite.
  • And finally must we spend so much time discussing The Birth Plan??  Birth plan, smirth plan… Isn’t asking the first-time mom to create a birth plan kind of like asking the 5-year old on his first flight to Disney to write a flight plan?   Don’t get me wrong, I love, love, LOVE making plans and creating agendas, but won’t our future daughter be the Director for this action scene?  The only non-negotiable item on my plan is the epidural.  My birthing slogan: No drugs, No baby.  There may not be an “I” in team but there is an “I” in epidural.  (Perhaps I’ll make pink t-shirts with that slogan for my family to wear in the waiting room).

So there you have it, my interpretation of birth class in a nut shell. 

It was slightly scary, yes…  

It was entertaining, indeed (although I’m not sure it was supposed to be)…  

And it was Informational, almost too much!  

But perhaps next time, we’ll just buy the cliffnotes.


Picture(s) of the Week *Beanette’s Shower*

We are so lucky to have had another AMAZING shower this weekend!   

This time it was for all of our friends in Buffalo.   Thanks again to Mom, Melissa, Marietta & Emma, Anne Marie, Abbi & Molly, and all of our other friends and neighbors that worked together to make the day so special!  They pulled out all the stops to make it a BEAUTIFUL shower for our Baby Girl.  I can’t say enough of how much it all means to us!  I’ll let the pictures tell the full story.

3 Generations — Mom, Melissa, Beanette & me

Anne Marie & Abbi – party planners extraordinaire!

Amazing buffet!

Even the front door was decorated

AMAZING Cupcakes for our Little Cupcake!

For the Little Cupcakes monthly photo shoot! What little girl doesn’t need a tutu?

Some of the great neighbor kiddos! Beanette has some really great girls to look up to.

Just a few of the great guests!

THANK YOU everyone for making our day really special!  Beanette can’t wait to meet all of you.  🙂

A Mommy McBlog Bumpdate (Bump + Update)

On the McGee McBlog (our personal blog). I normally do a Picture of the Week.  But with a baby girl on the way I’m not sure I’ll still have time to update both the personal blog and the Mommy McBlog while trying to be SuperMom, SuperWife and SuperEmployee… I think it only makes sense to transition everything to Mommy McBlog.

So here is the new Mommy McBlog segment, Picture of the Week!

Well, here she is…  Not me, Beanette (she’s not able to be in a picture without me, so you get me by default).  Then Lexi heard that we were taking a picture of the cutest little girl in the house and she jumped in too.   

Beanette is growing and growing (aka I am growing and growing, eek) and getting closer to her big arrival day. 

32 Weeks!
Up Close 32 Weeks, whoa!  Apparently the camera does add 10(ish) lbs    🙂

I’ve been getting all kinds of questions from friends and family so I thought I’d do my best to answer them all in one post.  Here goes…

The Good: Mostly everything!  I really love being pregnant.  It’s been pretty cool to feel her move around and know that there is a little girl in my belly.  She kicks the most in the morning and late afternoon.  I think I even felt her hiccup the other day.  So cute!

The Bad:  Other than a few regular trips to the chiropractor for some back pains, I’ve been feeling really good still.  Let’s hope it continues.

The Ugly:  My sausage feet.  They don’t hurt but they some nights they get quite puffy.  Gotta love Denny for being an amazing hubby and making me foot baths with Epsom Salt.  🙂



The Name:  Still a secret (mainly because we still have not decided on it).  You can keep asking us, but we won’t say a word until she’s here.

The Heat:  Still not bothering me, but I get asked all the time if it does.  Luckily, I’m fine with it.


The Prep:  Maybe I’m biased but her room is looking SO cute!!!  Some days I sit in there and get teary imagining the first time we get to bring her in there and all the nights we will read her books and rock her to sleep.  Just a few more projects to go and I think her room will be totally Beanette ready.  I’ll post lots of photos once it is complete.

The Waiting:  We’ve had a lot of people ask us if we are ready to meet her.  Honestly, I don’t mind being pregnant and we are enjoying these last few months with the two of us.  We would love to meet her if she surprises us in September.  If not, we are fine waiting for a little October baby.


The Nesting:  Yes, Yes and Yes!  I’m getting a little nuts with the organizing, but I guess it’s all part of the fun.

The Cravings:  I haven’t had too many crazy cravings during the pregnancy, but I definitely won’t turn down a Popsicle or ice cream.  I also have been loving those neon gummy worms.  Perhaps Beanette will glow when she arrives?



So stay tuned and we’ll keep you all posted during the next few weeks as the countdown continues to parenthood! 


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A Day in the Life of my Daughter-to-be!

Despite having never met my daughter, (aka Beanette) I’ve become very familiar with her daily schedule.  Fellow Moms, I imagine that you can totally relate to the 100+ bathroom trips per day.   It’s pretty fun to have her bouncing around inside your belly.

Someday I’ll have to confirm this with her when she arrives but here are my thoughts on her daily activities.  If I am missing anything feel free to let me know! 


5:30 AM 

Beanette wake up call because her big sister Lexi (our cat) is dancing on my head for her morning Fancy Feast buffet.  Beanette can’t wait to meet her sister, kicks me in excitement and sends me to the bathroom.

6:00 AM

I‘m pretty sure she is back to bed by this time, she apparently takes after us and likes to sleep late.

8:30 AM

Wide awake and ready for another Bring your Daughter to Work Day.  She grows brain cells (250 per minute) while I try to make my way through morning e-mails.  I’m not sure where she gets her ambition.

11:00 AM

Beanette kick boxing lessons.  It appears that she is going to have a really strong core by the time she is born.  I make trips #11-25 to the ladies room.

1:00 PM

More napping.   She seems to do this during much of the afternoon gearing up for a fun evening of activities

7:00 PM

Beanette playtime!!  I’m quite certain that this is how my bladder looks to her:

I can’t blame her for being excited.  I would want to bounce too!

10:00 PM

She’s been jumping and kicking for a few hours now and finally seems to be tuckered out! 


Sweet Dreams Beanette, can’t wait until we really get to tuck you in bed!