Safe return from vacation, maternity leave; new office hours

It was an exciting summer for me.

On July 2, my husband, Brian, and I welcomed our daughter Cora Josephine to our family. Weighing 9 pounds, 14 ounces and measuring 22 inches, she was a week late and labor had to be induced. Cora Jo skipped newborn clothes and continued to "grow like a weed," as her pediatrician said, with her height and weight measuring off the charts. At two months, she measured the size of a four-month-old baby. This is pretty standard for my family, though - we grow 'em big.

I enjoyed the time I got to spend with her these past couple of months (while on maternity leave) introducing her to camping (for our family reunion) and the beach, among many other things. I am eternally grateful for the help received from my 15-year-old daughter, Cassie, who adores her little sister.

I returned from maternity leave the last full week in August, which was kind of a test-run of juggling the duties of being a new mom with those of the Messenger. I then stole a week of vacation and headed south to my beloved Chincoteague, Va. where my extended family has vacationed for years. It was a last minute decision for Brian, Cassie, Cora and I to go this year, and was almost cut short because of Hurricane Earl. We watched weather reports all week and listened to locals who talked about flooding, the causeway closing and even the possible evacuation of the island. As it turned out, we weren't evacuated - we barely had a sprinkle of rain and a breeze. While I was thrilled to be able to stay and avoid any dangerous weather, after all the hype, I was somewhat disappointed when there wasn't a good storm.

Anyway, it's back to the grind. With my new addition comes change, namely office hours. My new hours will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 Mechanic St. in Baldwinsville. Stop in to drop off a submission, pick up a paper or just say hi. As always, I can be reached on my cell phone at 450-0904 or via e-mail at ewisneski@cnylink.com.

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