Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Liam's One Month Birthday

Noah is 1 month old

Dear Little Liam,

A little while back (on Feb. 11th!) you turned One Month old! You're now in your 6th week, so I'm sorry this is late!
You are the sweetest little fella! You eat, you sleep, you burp, you poop, and you peer all around. Such a champ! After a chunk of time where you were very fussy, your doctor came to the conclusion that you have reflux so you've started taking Zantac. We've seen improvement! You are also fussy from gas, so you are a gentle formula made to help with gas. And now, you are so much more happy and sleeping better during your naps.
At night, you've dropped your 10 o'clock feeding time (or thereabouts!) and go long stretches until the early morning hours. We've subscribed to the idea that we not run to you the second you make sounds...and usually, you will let out a yelp or two and go right back to sleep...learning to connect your sleep cycles. When you SCREAM and it doesn't let up, I know it's time for you to eat.
You've also started smiling a few days ago; and this is something I cannot get enough of. You light up like all the stars in the sky and you just make my day.
In other news, you went from 8.4 pounds at your first doctor checkup to 12.4 pounds at your one-month checkup! You've become quite round and plump much to the joy of everyone at the doctors' office. I'm happy you're round and plump, but boy, you are getting heavy!! I'm a lucky Mama...I'll carry you to the ends of the Earth and back no matter how heavy you are.
I will close this little message to let you know how thrilled I am you are here. You are such a love; a dream. I cannot imagine life without you in it and I'm so lucky to be your Mama. I love you so very much and I always will forever and ever.
I love you always,
Mama

Noah is 1 month old

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Paige lost her first tooth!

Paige lost her first tooth today! #firsttooth #meandwee #milestones

Dear Little P,

You lost your first tooth two nights ago! (Sunday night, Feb. 22nd, 2015) We were finishing dinner (I was washing dishes) and you said "Mommy! Daddy! Help meeeeee!" and you thought your wiggly tooth broke. But, in fact, it had come out! I've NEVER seen you so excited. You ran around the house, dancing and hooting and hollering about your tooth and the fact the tooth fairy would be coming that night. You even said "This is the BEST day of my life!!!!!" I hugged you and told you how excited I was for you. I also made a little groan and said how you are growing so fast. And you know what you said? "Mommy, it's ok. I'm still your little girl!!!" and then you said "I still love and need you and Daddy!" Well that about melted my heart. You lost the tooth that happened to be the first tiny tooth that grew in your mouth as a little baby. It's bittersweet. (I will try not to cry now!)
I love you so much and am so proud of you. Here's to many more tooth fairy visits!
(she gave you a dollar in the little paper tooth pouch you made...a lot of money, but it's your first tooth, so I think she gives a bonus for that.)

I love you always and forever,
Mama

Here's a video of us calling my parents (you talking to Nana and Grampa) and telling them all about your tooth. Precious!!!



Saturday, February 21, 2015

Going to Disney on Ice!

My favorite part of this little family movie vlog is how Paige shows everything she packed in her purse. She's never used her purse before and she was so excited to go on this little excursion, she got it out and packed it with her "essentials." It's funny to hear her explanations about "what's in my bag." I'm sad that she will be six in April...time is going too fast! But, I have to say she is SO FUN to be with and she says the funniest things. Love that kiddo.


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Paige has a wiggly tooth!

In recent news, Paige has her first wiggly tooth! It's all she can talk about lately. It's very cute how she's so excited, but I refuse to touch it because that just gives me the willies.
Here's a little interview I recorded with her one morning after the kids got up. I find this video hilarious because Noah refuses to let Paige have her moment in the spotlight. He keeps saying "me too!!!" after everything and keeps trying to take over the interview. He just turned three...he does NOT have a wiggly tooth. He also DOES NOT like pink. Nor does he love unicorns. But he has to copy his sister however he can. Paige gets so frustrated with him; I can't help but find it funny sometimes. Enjoy this little snippet of their relationship!


Monday, February 2, 2015

Liam's Birth Story

Here is my account of Liam's labor and delivery story; born at 39 weeks. I hope you enjoy!

And to answer my longtime reader "Sapphire's" question in my previous post: Paige is going to be 6 in April, Noah has just turned 3 (a post about that to come soon!), and now Liam is here! He was born 3 days before Noah's birthday! Looks like we'll have a busy January from now on! And your idea to do a post/video about our routine with 3 kids is a good one! I'll work on that soon; especially once I HAVE a routine with 3! Ha! We're muddling it out right now...so far so good! And I also will be doing a video about my Mommy Must-Haves, now that I've had 3 kids and a bunch of perspective in hind-sight. See y'all soon!
To see frequent updates, you can follow us on instagram! Our user name is @meandwee.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Welcome Liam Philip Carty!

We are thrilled and proud to announce the arrival of our third (and last!) precious baby:
Liam Philip Carty
Born on January 11, 2015 at 8:32 pm.
8lb. 12oz, 22.5 inches long

Did I capture a smile? #newborn #meandwee #kidsofinstagram #kidstagram #baby #milestones #smile

Quick facts: Born via C-Section almost 2 hours after we got to the hospital because he was transverse breech (sideways in my belly!) and I was totally dilated and ready to go! Also, it turns out his umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck 3 times! (I had a feeling). He is cute, he is cuddly, he is a great eater, he's a good sleeper, and he's a good little fella. *sigh*

More details to come!

We all know you really just wanna see photos...so here ya go!

Togetherness and 2 days old. #newborn #fatherhood #kidstagram #kidsofinstagram #baby #meandwee

We are home now! Liam's almost a week old. He is dreamy and wonderful! #meandwee #kidstagram #kidsofinstagram  #newborn #baby

Liam bids you good morning! #kidstagram #kidsofinstagram #newborn #baby #meandwee #over

Liams Birth Week

Liams Birth Week

Liams Birth Week

Liams Birth Week

Liams Birth Week

Liams Birth Week Liams Birth Week Liams Birth Week This is right before we put him in his car seat to bring him home from the hospital. He'd just spit up all over his going home outfit, so on went the oversized onesie! I love those little kicks.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Depression during pregnancy, My Story

Here's a vlog I quickly put together regarding my antepartum depression because I just couldn't fathom typing out the whole story! Lazy, or genius? I'm sorry this post is so late! I have much to update you on, so I bet more vlogs will be coming your way asap! (It's so much faster than typing and much more fun!) Excuse my messy bed. Making it wasn't a priority today. Too bad! :)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Paxil Withdrawal and Pregnancy

Hi friends!

So, I'm 35 weeks into this pregnancy and feeling exhausted, sore, crampy and every other thing that makes it hard to function. But I'm thrilled to be in the home stretch and feeling excited to see little "baby bean!" I thought I'd take some time in this post to discuss the very beginning drama of this tricky pregnancy.

If you have followed this blog, you might remember that I suffer from depression and anxiety. I'd been managing and getting by for a while using Paxil (after unsuccessful attempts with Prozac and Lexapro). I felt fine enough, but I was still severely lacking in motivation and "oomph." The day I found out I was pregnant (SURPRISE!!!!! And we'd JUST donated most of our baby stuff!) I realized that Paxil is a Class D drug and not for use during pregnancy. So, I stopped taking my pill that very day. I figured, "eh, I'm feeling good enough. I'm going to have to tough it out without it for the sake of the baby."

Oh my. I ended up having severe Paxil withdrawal. The next day, I woke up and felt so seasick. I had severe vertigo and began throwing up. This went on for days. I never had morning sickness with my other kids and this felt different somehow to things I'd heard. It was the same response my body had at other times on days I forgot to take my Paxil...I would become incredibly dizzy and nauseated. I would then spend the day throwing up. But I always felt better once I took my Paxil and it took a while to make the correlation that THAT was what was making me sick. My body depended on it.

It took me exactly 3 weeks for the "seasickness" to end. I couldn't drive or function normally during that time. I had to lay down all the time and it was so hard to take care of my kids. I depended on friends who brought Paige to and from preschool those days when I couldn't move or lift my head up. I had horrible night-sweats where I had to change my clothes 2 times per night. There wasn't a moment where I felt good. It was awful.

It was such a relief when the withdrawal ended and I felt like myself again! I will NEVER go back to taking Paxil. NEVER. Please know that this drug keeps you physically addicted by making it almost impossible to come off of. I wouldn't wish the hell of that sickness on my worst enemies. I wish I had been warned about this before ever taking it in the first place. I share this post to let others know my story so they don't feel alone if they are going through the same thing. A friend of mine who suffered similarly said "I'd rather go back into basic training than take that drug again." Sounds fair to me.

In my next post, I will talk about the ramifications I went through during my pregnancy after I stopped taking my anti-depressant and what I had to do to fix it. Depression and pregnancy is very serious and no joke. See you soon!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

I'm on Artfinder now!

Abstract Acrylic Painting by Megan Carty
Greeting Sandman, Nov. 2014, 22x28 inches, Abstract Acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas, wired for hanging. Sparkling gold-leaf details throughout.

Hi friends!
I'm thrilled to announce that I applied to sell my original artwork on Artfinder... Artfinder.com/megancarty and I got accepted! Hooray! It is a wonderful marketplace where you can buy ORIGINAL paintings, photography, and limited edition art prints. They cater to all price-ranges from artists all over the globe. It's so easy to find original art to adorn your home that you can afford! I'm so thrilled to be part of it!
I've removed all my original work from my Etsy store and I'm going to keep that shop focused on open-edition prints/nursery art and greeting cards. Artfinder will host all my originals. It's such an easy-to-use website and if you become a member, you can keep track of your favorite pieces of art and you can follow your favorite artists. You'll get emails whenever your favorite artists list new work for sale. It's so inspiring to browse and see what other artists around the world are working on.
Be sure to check it out ...follow me and favorite my work if you are so inclined!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Maine Landscape Painting, Ferry Beach

Hi there!
Maine Landscape Painting

I'm excited about a new body of work I'm exploring. My latest watercolor painting depicts Ferry Beach...a well-known Maine beach with shallow water perfect for romping and frolicking children. So many people have cherished memories here. I created this painting to be a jewel on your wall...a small treasure to enjoy whenever you pass by. It is vibrant, colorful, and will remind you of warm breezy days on the beach. It comes to you already professionally mounted and framed; you simply have to put up a picture hook and you're finished! This heirloom-quality piece of original art will delight for years to come as the gem it is. These make wonderful gifts due to their small size and the fact that they are one-of-a-kind.

Here's the details:
-watercolor and gouache painting on aquabord
- measures 5x5 inches
- float-mounted by me on an 8x8 inch acid-free marker board and inserted into a black shadowbox frame.
- The frame measures 8 7/8" x 8 7/8" x 1.5" deep. There is sawtooth hanging hardware on the back for easy hanging on a picture hook.
- The art is titled, dated, and signed in pencil on the mat below the piece.

Float-mounting Painting

I am planning on creating at least 10 landscape/seascape paintings in this style and will mount them in this special way. I am even working with a lovely woman who makes hand-made frames using rustic wood in warm tones...I'm excited to share them when they come. These are going to be great heirlooms and great gifts!

I also do custom commissions if you are interested! Mail megan (at) meandwee.com to inquire.

If you are interested in this particular painting, go to the Me and Wee shop to learn more!

Seascape Painting

Landscape Painting detail

Maine Seascape Painting

Friday, October 31, 2014

An Art Studio of One's Own

Art Studio

Art Studio

When we moved here a year ago, one of the biggest selling features for me was the fact that this house had a separate studio space...it's own entrance, a powder room, a kitchenette with granite counters, sink, and cabinets and lots of nice lighting. The previous owner was a massage therapist and reiki practitioner with her own business so I was able to sort of just move right into the space she'd already set up. Before this, I'd always had a little corner somewhere or a space in the cold basement. Now, I'm on the same level of the house as the rest of my family...heat! electricity! running water! windows! There's even a door that locks to the rest of the house so I can work "uninterrupted" (I put that in quotes because when you have kids there's REALLY no such thing, ha!).

Art Studio

Art Studio

Art Studio

 Art Studio

Art Studio

Art Studio

 It's nice to have my own little space here at home. Truth be told, though, is that it can get lonely. When I left my corporate job to freelance several years ago the first huge adjustment I had to make was working alone without my awesome co-workers. I used to love passing by the cubicles and saying hello...having funny conversations through the day...eating lunch together and sharing funny stories. That all ends when you are home and alone in your own space. No interruptions, no distractions, no banter, no laughter. It can be isolating. Now, Facebook has come along and become my go-to social center through the day...it's my own little water-cooler and line to the outside world. I'm taking care of our kids now, so I'm pretty busy with them most of the time. But, I must say, if I were still freelancing and childless, I would consider renting a shared workspace. Have you heard about these? I've seen many creative freelancers flourish in this relatively new concept. There's a place called WeWork that does provide the perfect sort of atmosphere where people can still freelance but have an actual workplace experience with other people in similar situations. I would love to have other people around to bounce ideas off of, share resources with, laugh with, or just eat lunch with. Being able to work around others is the best part of going away to work (I always thought anyway).
WeWork is a co-working company that does just that...they transform buildings into collaborative workspaces and provide infrastructure, services, events and technology so that entrepreneurs and small start-ups can focus on doing what they love. I think it's such a cool concept. It's also such a great way of finding others to team up with in different specialties.
For now, I'm a work at home Mom and am thrilled to have a studio of my own...and a chance for a little peace and quiet! Who knew?

Check out WeWorks various locations in other major cities. 
Photos by Denise Carty Photography

Art Studio

Art Studio

Friday, October 24, 2014

Abstract Watercolor Paintings for sale

I've been really enjoying creating these abstract paintings! I call them jewelry for your walls. I really believe it's possible to have original art at affordable prices to add something unique to your home that is one-of-a-kind. I'm kinda passionate about that. Original paintings have a soul that you will not get in a manufactured print. Here's some paintings I'm hoping to sell at tomorrow's artisan fair that I'm participating in I mentioned in an earlier post. Otherwise, they are for sale in my shop.

Abstract Watercolor Painting

Abstract Watercolor Painting

Abstract Watercolor Painting

Abstract Watercolor Painting

Abstract Watercolor Painting

Abstract Watercolor Painting

Abstract Watercolor Painting

Abstract Watercolor Painting

Abstract Watercolor Painting

Monday, October 20, 2014

28 Weeks Pregnant

28 Weeks Pregnant

Whoa. This pregnancy is zooming by with zest! This poor little babe...being the third I think he's already getting shortchanged, especially in this space! No pregnancy posts or bump progress shots! That's what happens when you are caring for two small children and working on a side-business. There just doesn't seem to be enough time in the day for all the things I'd love to do. SIGH!
Things are progressing nicely with him. I'm huge already; just like my last pregnancies at this time, Ha!  I waddle around and am already hurting everywhere! I hope 3 months will go by fast! The kiddos are excited to meet this little baby; they hug my belly, kiss it, and talk to it every day and it just melts my heart! I was scared about the prospect of having a third child at the beginning, but now I realize I have 2 other little ones who can help provide "entertainment" as needed. I think you know what I mean, *wink*. I already know what I'm doing and I don't feel so alone like a deer in the headlights.
I have so much to talk about when it comes to this pregnancy and the time keeps getting away from me. It's been filled with a lot of emotional and personal drama that I never anticipated. That's what's so funny about life, isn't it? So many ups and downs and we navigate them as best we can. Despite all this, this entire experience has made me stronger than ever so I can be grateful for that. Even in my darkest trials, I feel like God is guiding me to the best outcome and I've learned to trust in that. I'll gather my thoughts and share a few more posts on this topic soon as I think being transparent could help lots of other people like me. I'll see you soon!!!

28 Weeks Pregnant

28 Weeks Pregnant

Friday, October 17, 2014

Artisan Fair

Art fair

Art fair


Hi friends!

LOL, aren't those photos funny? My baby belly can't stay away from anything I'm doing. I was going to edit it out but I just didn't have the heart! Ha!
I'm participating in a local artisan fair next Saturday, Oct. 25th! I'm so excited to be able to sell my original paintings and greeting cards in person and meet new people! This is a chance to get some of my original work before it is gone! This is a small intimate event, perfect for finding a one-of-a-kind gift for a loved one, or find a unique goodie for yourself! If you want to come meet me and grab some affordable art for your home or as gifts, here are the details:

What:  Pepperell Fall Artisan Fair
When:  Saturday October 25
Time:  10AM-5PM rain or shine
Where:  Inside a Victorian home and a country barn (at Shenna Shepard's 29 River Road, Pepperell, MA and Kris Vogelsang's across the street at 36 River Road, Pepperell, MA)--parking at both locations, but more at 36 River Road--you can walk across the street!

10 vendors will be selling their wares inside both a Victorian home and a barn.  There will be repurposed/refinished vintage furniture and housewares, barn wood signs, fine woodworking (such as birdhouses and sports memorabilia), wool felting, jewelry, melted glass wine bottle cheese boards, landscape and abstract paintings, greeting cards, vintage envelopes, Halloween and Christmas d├ęcor, Victorian/Art Nouveau decorative arts and multi-media sculptures and more!  We'll have hot cider, water and cookies.  Please bring your friends!

Check out some of our vendor's sites: www.nancyafrench.com; On Facebook:  Cricket Acres Studio, Box 121 Antiques, Me and Wee, and Shenna's Vintage Creations; On Etsy.com:  shenvintagecreations.etsy.com; bowiespapershop.etsy.com; meandwee.etsy.com.

If you are in the New England area or central MA area next Saturday, Oct. 25th I would love to meet you!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Custom Abstract Art for Nursery, Bedroom, Bathroom, and more

Custom Nursery Art

Guess what? I can custom create a 6x6 inch or 8x8 inch abstract watercolor painting with gold or silver leaf details in your own color choice! This is an incredibly stylish and impactful way to add something special and unique to your nursery decor. This is REAL original art that will grow with your child...never to go out of style or too babyish!

NOT just for a nursery! This chic and glam painting style is also a great way to decorate any bedroom for any age. A series of these works great to make a real decorative splash in the bathroom, hallway, or family room! Grouped horizontally or vertically, these will make you smile at any time of day and make your guests say "Wow!"

DETAILS:
-size: 6x6 inch square or 8x8 inch square (the prices vary slightly between them)
-painted on high quality Canson watercolor paper
-paints used are Holbein Acryla Gouache (a vibrant, high-quality, rich opaque paint with watercolor qualities) Faux gold or silver leaf details are used depending on which matches best
-FRAME IS NOT INCLUDED (this saves you money in shipping AND allows you to choose your very own frame designs. The frame pictured is from Michael's craft store)
-CUSTOMIZED to YOUR color scheme!

How it works:
Simply make the purchase at Me and Wee and tell me all about your color requirements in the "notes to seller" section upon purchase. I will then get right to work on your own custom piece. Please allow 5 business days for this to be completed (although it may take less than this!). I will then send you a digital photo of the piece via Etsy Convo for your final approval. Once you've approved, the sale is final and I will ship your painting via USPS Priority Mail, safely wrapped in a cello sleeve, cardboard, and a bend-proof mailer.

I hope you will consider this idea for your own space or as a gift! I'm super-excited to be able to offer these!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Stylish Art for Nursery or Home

Small Abstract Watercolor

Small Abstract Watercolor

I've been having a lot of fun lately putting together this new line of chic original art...
They are small abstract squares (some are 5x5 inches and some are 6x6) of high end watercolor paper painted with Holbein Acryla Gouache (ultra fine paints that act like a really rich opaque watercolor).
I love putting happy colors together to see how they harmonize...and the results are so pretty and impactful! I love the surprise as each painting unfolds to life.

Small Abstract Watercolor

Small Abstract Watercolor

Small Abstract Watercolor

To increase the style and glam factor, I added bits of gold leaf (or silver leaf where applicable) to the design. I think it adds a delicate gleam that makes the pieces much more special.

Small Abstract Watercolor

Small Abstract Watercolor

These are all one-of-a-kind and totally affordable! I'm selling these original small abstracts for $45 each, unframed. It saves my collectors money to be able to choose their own frame and not pay for my markup. It also saves in shipping costs. These are small, but the frame makes all the difference! Also, you can put more than one together and fill an empty wall quite nicely! I only have 6 for sale now, but plan on making a ton more so that collectors can choose several in one colorway at once. I'm also taking custom orders for these if you want your own special color combination! I also think I'm going to offer a line of these at a larger 8x8 inch size for a higher cost.


Small Abstract Watercolor

Small Abstract Watercolor

I can really see these adding a special punch to a chic nursery or to a stylish glam teen's bedroom. I'm definitely making several for myself for my own master bedroom and bathroom. I want something that isn't everywhere else, you know? Something pretty and soothing.

Small Abstract Watercolor

 Small Abstract Watercolor

Anyway, I wanted to share my excitement with you and I'll let you know when more paintings are listed in my shop. I hope you like them too!!! I welcome your feedback in the comments!

Small Abstract Watercolor

Small Abstract Watercolor
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