Monica Bielanko
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Father's Day, 2010

I've been on vacation in the Pennsylvania countryside. Now I need a vacation to relax from my vacation. Vacations spent with extended family tend to do that to a body, yeah?

There are many things I need to tell you. Starting with how we spent Father's Day this year. I told you how I surprised Serge with tickets to Anthony Bourdain, but I didn't tell you about the little gift Violet and I gave him earlier that day.

Reader Comments (81)

Yay! Congratulations to you and Serge! :)

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertheurbancowgirl


July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTania

Tears! I wasn't expecting to see that. I hope his expression was everything you were wanting to see.

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterskinnythighs

I teared up a little. Congrats to you and Serge and Violet <3

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChan

That was darling! Tears of joy for you both!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMidwest-Mom

Haha! I noticed you have been posting very much and figured you were! congrats.

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

Holy Crap! I don't even know you and I cried like a little girl! Congratulations to you three!!! YAY!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

Wow why to make me cry. I am so very happy for you and your family! Congratulations!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKami

Yeah! I figured -- it's nice to get confirmation. Congrats!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMzLibrarian


July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSaffoula

So precious! His reaction had me practically in tears. Congrats!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnnalise

Totally teared up at my desk - CONGRATULATIONS! What a perfect Father's Day gift!!!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Sitcom

awwwww, his facial expression was adorable! so many congratulations to you three, soon to be four :)

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermccutcheon

I knew it as soon as it was a box within a box! What a great way to tell him, and congrats!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAdrienne

That made me cry! Thanks for sharing it.

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJ

Congratulations! Unlike the smart people watching I didn't figure it out until he finally got it open and asked if you were pregnant. Totally made me cry too. I'm so happy for you!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBailey

That smile on Serge's face was angelic. Pure love! Congratulations to the growing family-- I'm so happy for you. Thanks for sharing that video~ it was perfect.

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

WAAAAHHHHHOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! Congrats!!!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYO

CONGRATS!!!!! I know how bad you wanted this and we are so excited for you both!

I can not believe you pulled it off, I would have spilled the beans as soon as I found out :)

Love you guys,

Donnie Pizza Sauce and Shelly

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShelly & Dominic

Wow- Serge's reaction was awesome. Thank-you for sharing that. And congratulations to you both!!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle


July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGreenInOC

Yayyyyyyy! I was hoping and hoping for you! :) (Nice job wrapping!)

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterel-e-e

Congrats Hun - told you it wouldn't take long at all. When you due? Hope this pregnancy isn't as sick filled as your last one. Delighted for you all.

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCrummyMummy

Round II! Congrats :)

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Another crybaby reader here. This one at work! Your husband is too sweet! I love your growing family :)

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I knew it!! Congratulations Monica. You two make very cute babies.

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine

Long time lurker, first time commenter. Congratulations to you both! That was an awesome way to tell him and I had no clue until he asked if you were pregnant. And then I kinda cried.

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKey

Jeepers Loweepers!! How FUN was that...and... HOW in the world of Baby Belienko were you able to keep a lid on it?! What a cool way and perfect day to tell him! Congratulations to you both!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGina

Congratulations!!! I thought it was going to be the photo of the ultrasound, but either way, what a wonderful Father's Day gift!! I've never met any of you and yet I'm so happy for you.

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

Awwwwww. That's so sweet. And his face was amazing:) Congrats to all of you!!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

love this happy news!!! sniffle sniffle.

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteralex

Oh my God, his face gave me goosebumps.

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteraubriane

Oh my gosh! The expression on his face make my ovaries do back flips! Many congrats to you both.

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNell

That's great!!!! ANd such an awesome Father's Day gift = ) Excellent thinking! Congratulations to all of you! YAYAY!!! (PS, it is strange to be so excited over a strangers pregnancy, but still YAAAAAy!!!)

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLori

YIPIIIEEEEeeeeeehhhh!!! Congratulations!!


I KNEW IT !!!!

Ah, that video? Priceless! Thanks for sharing, Monica!!

To a healthy pregnancy!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandra E.

congratulations! i'm so excited for you guys! couldn't help but tear up too :)

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Congratulations!!! So excited for you guys...

Congratulations!! I was hoping that is what the gift was, and not a crucifix with an Italian horn. Thanks for sharing that awesome moment with us. Hope you are doing great!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnjie B.

Congrats! Awesome! Wonderfully happy, happy news! Very appropriate box if you ask me - "The Gift of Youth" - because nothing in this world keeps us younger than our children. xo

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen W.

Never saw that coming!! Thanks for sharing and congratulations! Sniff.

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkds

I love the way you told him! That is such a great present! Congrats to you guys!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdawnmarc

That is awesome - thanks so much for sharing that brilliant moment with us. CONGRATULATIONS!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKeenie Beanie

what a beautiful gift. congrats!!!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie


July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

I knew it! Had to show my boyfriend the video, and we both thought it was beyond adorable. Congratulations and good luck to you and your cute family!

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Congrats my darlin'. I'm in Nashville right now so that's how I talk....I say darlin'. I hope you are doing well.

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRichelle

Congratulations!! I am so happy for you

July 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAimee


July 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenternanC

omg what a great present on father's day:) congratulation to both of you and sister Violet :) !!! gosh I knew you are... all the best!

July 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterana_jo

Many congratulations, so happy for you all, I had a feeling that's what it was going to be. The look on Serge's face, just pure love and joy, thanks for sharing. Look forward to reading about your baby journey.

July 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSM

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