Read & Watch

image source
Read & Watch: 

Kelle Hampton does it again. This Halloween centerpiece is amazing!

This hidden penthouse in TriBeCa looks amazing!

Target is gearing up to release adaptive apparel for kiddos with disabilities.

20 things you say that make you Minnesotan. Brian and Emily still make fun of me every time I saw #2.

I spent much of my childhood in the early nineties watching Supermarket Sweep. It's coming back!

Family Halloween goals.


Monthly Update: Greta at 4 Months

Monthly Update: Greta at 4 Months

Eating: When Greta was younger (0-3 months) she clenched her little hands into fists while she ate. She almost always had her thumb in between her pointer and middle fingers and often held her fist up in the air while feeding. During her fourth month she started holding me while nursing. She places her hands on my chest and arms and looks up at me often. I love it!

Sleeping: Greta is still a champion sleeper, but she is starting to wake up more throughout the night. She usually is quickly soothed back to sleep. She also tends to be wide awake around 5 am now instead of 7 am. I get up with her every morning and then take an early morning nap with her from around 8-9:30 am. Overall no complaints!

Doing: Greta is constantly rolling, playing, and smiling. She grasps toys easily now and always has them in her hands. I started packing toys in our diaper bag this month for her to play while on the go. She also discovered how fun it is to scream! She shrieks very loudly when she is happy, excited, or mad. Greta isn't laughing frequently yet, but I can usually get several giggles out of her every day. She often laughs as me when I sing to her... should I feel bad?

Latest Milestones: Greta rolled over! Both Brian and I watched her roll over for the first time on September 23, 2017, just shy of 15 weeks old. We were so excited for her! She had the biggest smile on her face when she reached her tummy time position. She now is rolling back and forth constantly and loves doing tummy time on her own. She reaches for her toys and easily grasps them now. She also discovered her feet this month!

Favorite Things: Greta loves her crinkly books! This one is a favorite of ours. She often reaches for them when she is on her tummy. She also loves rolling over and playing on her tummy! It is hard to keep her on her back these days. It is proving especially challenging after meals. She spits up a lot more these days!

Best Adventures: This month we went apple picking upstate, picnicked in Washington Square Park with our baby buddies, met Joanna while she was in town from London, and visited mommy's second grade classroom. Greta also went with me to get my bangs trimmed; she looked so cute on my lap in our shared cape!

Our Family: Greta met her Mimi and Bumpa this month! We were so grateful they were able to make the trip up from Florida to spend a long weekend with her. We celebrated Bumpa's 84th birthday together.

Favorite Part About This Age: Making Greta laugh is hands down my favorite part about her fourth month. It is the sweetest and cutest sound I have ever head.


Astoria Provisions

One of the perks of maternity leave is exploring new places in my neighborhood with Greta in tow. Earlier this summer we took a long walk down to Astoria Provisions, a restaurant that recently opened in the old Astor Bake Shop location. I first heard about Astoria Provisions on Instagram when their cinnamon roll ice cream sandwich popped up on my feed. Yes, you read that correctly, a cinnamon roll ice cream sandwich! Greta and I sat down for lunch together and enjoyed a delicious meal. I didn't have room for an ice cream sandwich after my French dip sandwich, so I opted to take home a cinnamon roll to enjoy at home later on. Everything we tried was delicious! I am looking forward to another long lunch at Astoria Provisions soon!


Read & Watch

image source
Read & Watch: 

A list of fun small holidays to celebrate this month. We can't wait for national cat day and vanilla cupcake day!

9 simple ways to update your apartment. I can't wait to update our living room soon!

I am excited to try this curried chicken sandwich recipe.

This bathroom renovation is beautiful!

Kate McKinnon nailed this presentation.

That time #Ramona made everyone smile when they needed it most.


Apple of My Eye

Apple picking is one of our favorite fall traditions and we couldn't wait to show Greta around Wilklow Orchards! We headed upstate a bit earlier than usual this year, which resulted in less crowded picking conditions. It also turned out to be our hottest day apple picking yet, with temperatures in the mid-eighties! We made the most of it and came home with a big bag of apples and a few yummy baked goods from Wilklow's country store.
Coincidentally, we ran into my friend Allison and her family as soon as we arrived at the orchard. We also saw some of my old students from New York City, who traveled with a group from another school in the neighborhood that I teach in. Pretty crazy! It made the visit even more memorable. Now, fingers crossed our fall weather arrives soon in NYC. It has been in the eighties and nineties for almost a week and we are ready for some cooler temperatures!
See our past apple picking adventures here. This was our sixth year picking apples together upstate as a family!


Read & Watch

image source
Read & Watch: 

These ballpoint pen portraits are amazing. See more of Mark Powell's work on his website here.

I love the idea of gifting experiences rather than toys. This list includes a lot of great ideas!

These sound amazing. After months of craving cinnamon rolls during my pregnancy I am still drawn to cinnamon desserts. 

I swear, Kelle Hampton finds magic wherever she goes.

I wish I had the extra space and skill set to take on this DIY project. We are in desperate need of a living room update!

I tried these energy bites this week to increase my milk supply. They are yummy and so easy to make!


Monthly Update: Greta at 3 Months

It is hard to believe that Greta is already three months old! Time is flying by with our beautiful baby girl and she is growing and changing every single day. Here are the little things about her third month that I never want to forget.

Monthly Update: Greta at 3 Months

Eating: Greta is a great eater! We are still exclusively breastfeeding. I try to pump when I can so Brian can bottle feed her once a day as well. If Brian walks into a room when I am feeding Greta she almost always stops eating to look and listen to her daddy. I loved using the My Brest Friend nursing pillow during the first two months of nursing, but transitioned to the Boppy this month. Greta is still a bit fussy when we are nursing on the go, but she is getting much better.

Sleeping: Greta is still sleeping through the night! She goes to bed around 9:30 every night and wakes up around 5 am. She loves falling asleep with her lovey. She also still sleeps with her arms up in touchdown position most of the time. In her third month she outgrew her size small Love to Dream sleep sack, so we transitioned back to her Halo newborn swaddles for the time being until she is big enough for the medium size. Greta still sleeps in our room in her Nuna Sena. I really like having her next to me every night. I wake up several times each night to check on her and also often need to pop her pacifier back into her mouth when she gets fussy. Greta also still takes lots of little naps in my arms throughout the day. When she was a newborn she slept with her tummy on my chest, but now she most often sleeps with her side on my chest. She loves being shushed to sleep. One of our favorite things about Greta is that she wakes up smiling. Every morning I wake up to her talking in her bassinet and she instantly smiles when I lean over to pick her up.

Doing: Greta is so close to rolling over! She constantly is rolling onto her side when she is on her play mat. She often gets frustrated in this position and cries out for help. She is super playful and loves batting at her hanging toys! She also recently starting holding certain toys like her ball and corn on the cob teething toy. In Greta's third month she started holding up her head independently. She enjoys facing out when being held, but also still loves facing in when in her Ergo carrier. Greta really likes tummy time and can hold her head up at a ninety degree angle. Her chest is also almost always off the ground. We are so proud of our strong baby!

Latest Milestones: Greta laughed for the first time the day before her third month birthday! She giggled when her grandma was trying to give her a bottle. Brian was out of town, but luckily we got one of the first laughs on video to show him! It was the cutest little sound I have ever heard.

Favorite Things: Greta has lots of toys that she loves to play with. Her favorite toys are her hanging pink owl and turtle toys. She could spend all day on her play mat batting her toys around! Greta still uses a pacifier throughout the day and also loves to suck on her hands. She can fit almost her entire fist in her mouth! She also loves holding her hands together.

Best Adventures: We went on lots of adventures together in Greta's third month! We took our second trip to Minnesota after a close friend passed away unexpectedly. Greta did a great job on both flights! While we were there we spent a lot of time with friends and also visited the Minnesota State Fair. Greta and I also had some fun baby playdates in Central Park and Washington Square Park with our baby buddies Seph and Caleb.

Our Family: Emily loves her little sister so much and is getting more and more comfortable talking to her and playing with her. Whenever she hears Greta crying she quickly runs over to help sooth and comfort her. Greta talks the most with her daddy after he gets home from work. He also is able to get her to laugh more than anyone else. We FaceTime with our family in Minnesota and Florida often. Greta loves seeing her great grandma and grandpa on mommy's phone several times a week!

Favorite Part About This Age: Honestly, I love every single thing about my three month old. I especially love how much she smiles and interacts at this age. She smiles most often when someone is talking to her in a calm and happy voice. She doesn't need any tickles or tricks to get her to smile, in fact, they often scare her! I also love how much she plays with her toys. Over the course of her third month she got so much better at reaching and grasping for things.


Read & Watch

image source
Read & Watch: 

This photo brought me to tears. I would have not survived my first few days postpartum without my amazing labor and recovery nurses.

These museum doppelgängers are too funny!

An interesting look into the evolution of women in stock photos.

Sweet Martha's Cookies are one of my favorite treats at the Minnesota State Fair.

4 symptoms you should never ignore with your kids.

These puddle paintings are stunning.


What We're Watching: Maternity Leave Month 3

My third month of maternity leave was actually quite busy! Greta and I spent some time in Minnesota and planned several get togethers with friends around New York City. But, I managed to sneak in some TV time as well. Here are several series I watched while Greta napped, played, and ate during my third month of my maternity leave.

image source
The Good Place: One of the easiest shows to binge-watch! I am used to watching hour-long shows, so these 22-minute episodes flew by. The first season is 12 episodes long and the second season airs this coming week! 

image source
Bachelor in Paradise: My attention for this season of Bachelor in Paradise fizzled after a few episodes, but I found the finale quite entertaining. I am excited to watch this coming season of The Bachelor; what do you all think of Arie? 
The Good Wife: My mom always raved about The Good Wife. Because it was not on Netflix I didn't think I would be able to watch it. But then I discovered Amazon Video. Within a couple days I had watched the first season and was addicted. It is my new favorite show to watch while Greta nurses and naps!

image source
Catastrophe: I loved every second of this show. Sharon and Rob had me laughing out loud during every episode and I was so sad when I finished the final episode on Amazon Video. I was also convinced that they must be married in real life, but it turns out they're not. If you haven't watched it yet, I highly recommend that you do!

I still have a few months before I return to work in the new year. Any shows you recommend? 


Read & Watch

image source
Read & Watch: 

Who doesn't love Jim Halpert?

10 bizarre food museums to visit- I would love to see the largest collection of pizza memorabilia!

I would love to return to Zambia, one of the most beautiful countries I have visited. Vogue agrees.

Chuck E. Cheese is getting rid of their (terrifying) animatronic band.

These lace sculptures are beautiful.

The most instagrammed restaurants in New York City.
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...