What We're Watching: Maternity Leave Months 1 and 2

Let's be serious, I watched A LOT of shows during my first two months of maternity leave. Between my recovery, a follow-up surgery due to some complications during my labor, and the countless hours of nursing, I found myself sitting on the couch for hours at a time holding Greta. Here are several shows I (binge) watched while holding my sleeping baby.

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The Great British Baking Show: You guys, this is how all reality television should be. Every weekend on The Great British Baking Show amateur bakers come to the tent to complete in three challenges: the signature bake, the technical challenge, and the showstopper. The contestants are polite, charismatic, and entertaining. What I love most is that after each episode they return to their normal lives. There is NO drama between the bakers. In fact, they often help each other during their baking crises! We are currently halfway through the third season. The most challenging thing about watching this show is resisting the temptation to eat baked goods constantly. Brian has made several trips to our favorite local bakery after watching episodes to pick up cookies and cakes! We also now feel like we are experts on sponge, layers, and meringue.

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Master of None: Aziz Ansari is pure genius. I plowed through the two seasons of Master of None and was so sad when it was over! I especially loved the first episode of Season 2 and the Thanksgiving episode. Master of None also showcases so many beautiful moments in New York City. I think I am already ready to re-watch it all. I miss Dev!

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Friends: Brian and I have watched all ten seasons of Friends more times than we can count. It is one of our all-times favorites! During the week leading up to my surgery we had it on constantly. It's hard to be in a bad mood when watching this show.

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Bachelorette: Yes, I am a member of Bachelor Nation. I liked Rachel's season, although it was a little less drama filled than usual. Anyone have a prediction for who the next bachelor will be?

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World of Dance: I danced for 12 years growing up, so dance competition shows always appeal to me. I liked World of Dance because they only showed the best of the best from the very beginning. I am never a fan of the audition shows, so I was happy to see that this was not included in the series. I was disappointed with who ended up winning the show, but I still loved watching it all.

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The Office: This is another series that I have watched again and again. No matter how many times I watch, the episodes always make me laugh out loud! One of my all-time favorite scenes is the opening scene in the episode Stress Relief where Dwight starts a fire. I almost pee my pants every time I watch Angela throw her cat into the ceiling and watch Oscar's legs fall through as he tries to escape.

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The Sinner: Three of the eight episodes in this close-ended series have aired. Some scenes have been difficult to watch for me, but after the first episode I was hooked. I am so intrigued by what will happen to Cora!

Any recommendations for what I should watch during my third month of maternity leave?


Long Island City

A few weeks ago Brian and I took Greta to Long Island City for the first time. Before walking along the waterfront park we stopped in LIC Flea & Food for lunch. We started with an empanada from Empanada Papa and a BBQ sandwich from Miss Holly's Smokehouse. The BBQ was so delicious we went back immediately to Miss Holly's for a second! It was really nice enjoying the summer day as a family of three.


Welcome Greta Girl!

On Monday, June 12th we welcomed our beautiful baby Greta Rose into the world. After a traumatic delivery for both mommy and baby, we spent a little extra time in the hospital and NICU recovering together. We are incredibly grateful for the amazing care Greta received from her NICU doctors and nurses. My doctors and surgeons were also fantastic. The team at NYU Langone is truly special!
Since the moment we first held her, Greta has been stealing our hearts. Her cuddles, smiles, and adorable little baby noises bring me so much joy and I simply cannot get enough of her! I will be on maternity leave through the fall and am so excited to spend the next several months with my Great girl.

I hope to return to more regular posting soon. For now I am cherishing every minute with my baby and trying to sneak in as many naps with her as possible!


Read & Watch

Read & Watch: 

Gal Meets Glam's 5-day guide to Tulum makes me want to go back there as soon as possible!

Wow! Bette Midler's Manhattan penthouse is stunning.

These lemon shortbread cookies sound delicious.

What one traveler learned about packing after living out of a suitcase for six months.

This $8 rosé was rated one of the best in the world.

Millennial parents need to chill.


Flashback Friday: Gallery Girls' Day

Emily and I had an awesome girls' day in Manhattan back in January. We set out to see the photography show Henry Chalfant: 1980 at the Eric Firestone Loft on Great Jones Street. I taught Lee Quinones's son last year and was eager to see so much of his work on display. We spent almost an hour wandering the space, admiring each and every photo. It was an amazing collection! Henry Chalfant happened to be there while we were visiting, so we also chat with him for a bit about his work and process.

We always make sure to eat lots of yummy food on our girls' day. Emily was so excited to try Georgetown Cupcake and I was eager to introduce her to Pomme Frites. We also stopped for pizza at sLICe in Astoria at the beginning of our day.

I can't wait for more girls' days with both of my girls this summer and fall!


Read & Watch

Read & Watch: 

I am looking forward to trying Rebel Donut Bar this summer when I am in Minnesota. Who can resist a donut flight?

The feminist legacy of The Babysitter's Club.

8 things kids need to do by themselves before they're 13.

I can't wait for the DeKalb Market Food Hall to open soon- it is right next to my subway stop for work!

These before and after photos reveal how New York City has changed over the last 100 years.

I can't stop watching this dance.


40 Weeks

We are officially at 40 weeks and eagerly awaiting baby girl's arrival! The hospital bags are packed, the carseat is installed, and the smell of Dreft fills the air every time we open the nursery closet. I am so grateful that we were able to capture these pictures back when I was 34 weeks pregnant. Franzi, one of the photographers from Deer Baby Photo, did a beautiful job photographing my growing baby bump. We can't wait for her to take photos of our newborn very soon!

Time to eat some more spicy foods and take a long walk... come on, baby!


Read & Watch

Read & Watch: 

I need to get to Rockefeller Center as soon as possible to see Jeff Koons' inflatable ballerina, on display now through June 2nd.

I love the idea of taking the same photo every year. Our first anniversary is coming up on June 10th!

The best farm to table restaurants in every state.

21 things people under the age of 16 won't believe we used to do on the internet.

Rosa Park's Detroit home gets a second life in Berlin.

A beautiful video capturing a rare full cloud inversion inside the Grand Canyon.

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