Scenes from the weekend.

We love when Grandma comes to visit! We had a super fun weekend with my mom in town. Saturday was cold and rainy, so we spent most of the day at home working on projects. We are in the middle of redecorating our living room so there was a lot of things to get done! We did venture out for a few hours that evening for a delicious Italian dinner at Via Trenta.

On Sunday my mom and I took Greta into Manhattan to visit Downton Abbey: The Exhibition. It was amazing to see so many of the sets replicated, along with a large collection of the costumes and accessories. I just finished watching all six seasons so the opening of the temporary exhibit was perfect! Afterwards we walked to the Plaza Food Hall for lunch and admired the Berdorf Goodman holiday windows. The crystal dinosaurs in the window representing the Museum of Natural History were absolutely beautiful! I can't wait to take in all of the Christmas sights when my mom comes back in two weeks for another visit.


Monthly Update: Greta at 5 Months

Monthly Update: Greta at 5 Months

Eating: Greta has developed the very painful habit of pinching me while she eats. I try to keep her hands occupied as much as possible to avoid painful nursing sessions! I always have a few bruises on my chest from her painful pinches. We have not introduced any food tasting yet, but might start next month.

Sleeping: Greta is still a great sleeper! She is consistently sleeping through the night with minimal wake-ups. We plan to keep her in our room for a few more weeks until I return to work. I actually really enjoy having her next to me. I take comfort in checking on her throughout the night.

Doing: Greta is chewing on everything she can get her hands on! She doesn't have any teeth coming in yet, but she will be an expert chewer by the time she does. This month we also experienced our first blow out poops! Brian was at work both times they occurred, leaving me to clean up both Greta and the poop-covered clothes.

Latest Milestones: Greta graduated from her SkipHop play mat and transitioned to her activity center. She plays in there for hours throughout the day! At her most recent doctor appointment she experienced "stranger danger" for the first time. While I was sad to see her so upset, it made me happy that she was immediately calmed down after seeing me again.

Favorite Things: Greta's favorite toys include her carrot and beet teething toys, Sophie the Giraffe, and her lovey. She also loves to scream! She is a very chatty and loves to talk to mommy and daddy.

Best Adventures: I took Greta to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at the end of October. She was awake for the majority of our visit and we captured some of my new favorite photographs together. We also took Greta trick or treating for the first time. She was the cutest little lamb!

Our Family: We spent a long weekend in Minnesota visiting family. Greta spent time with her great grandparents, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, and great great aunt. My close friend Jill also spent four days with us in New York City at the end of October. Greta's big sister Emily took a babysitting class with her Girl Scouts troop and is now a diaper changing expert!

Favorite Part About This Age: Greta is so observant and curious. She is constantly watching and reacting to things around her. She always smiles when she sees me, which makes my heart melt. It also is so fun watching her dance. We look forward to our dance parties every day!


Trick or Treat!

Happy Halloween from our little lamb! I don't know if I will ever get used to trick or treating to stores instead of houses, but we had a blast taking Greta around our neighborhood for the first time last night. I couldn't stop smiling as I watched her and Brian walk in and out of businesses with her little pumpkin bucket collecting candy. We also loved seeing everyone's reactions as we walked by them. Her little lamb costume was a hit! She fell asleep in her daddy's arms after a few stops so we decided to skip the Halloween party for Astoria families at Strand BBQ and head home instead.

Is it bad that I am already planning our costumes for next year? Halloween is a million times better as a mom. I can't wait to plan our family's costumes for 2018!


Read & Watch

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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

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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

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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.
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