12.14.2017

Monthly Update: Greta at 6 Months


Monthly Update: Greta at 6 Months

Eating: Greta is still exclusively breastfed. Unlike most babies, she does not like to nurse before bed. I am not sure if it is because my supply is lower by this time of day or if it is just too much work for her, but she often cries after latching for a minute or two. We give her a 5-6 ounce bottle before bed every evening before she falls asleep. At the very end of the month we introduced infant cereal. We are excited to explore lots of new foods in her seventh month!

Sleeping: After five and a half months in our bedroom, Greta transitioned to her crib this month! She was much too tall for her Nuna SENA Mini Aire and started to wake herself up several times a night as she hit the sides. I also think being so close to us was causing her to wake up as well. She took to her crib right away and is sleeping much more soundly. I had a very hard time with the transition and slept in her room with her the first few nights. I turned out I was the only one who needed to "cry it out" during her crib sleep training!

Doing: Greta loves grabbing our faces. She always touches our cheeks and noses when we cuddle with her. She also is an expert at giving slobbery, open mouth kisses- we are still working on that one! We are practicing sitting up every day. Greta constantly talks and screams while she plays and loves to smile.

Latest Milestones: Greta is starting to say a couple consonant sounds. She often babbles "ba, ba, ba" and we are constantly encouraging her to say mama and dada. At the beginning of December Greta started rocking back onto her knees during tummy time. She looks like she is about to take off crawling all the time!

Favorite Things: Greta loves her activity table and plays for hours every day. She also really likes listening to books. We have a few Christmas books that we read every day together.

Best Adventures: Greta took in all of the Christmas sights with Grandma while she was visiting the first week of December. She LOVED looking at all of the lights on the Christmas trees in Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park. She also met Santa at Macy's on 34th Street.

Our Family: We celebrated our first Thanksgiving as a family of four. Emily and I watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with Greta while Brian cooked away in the kitchen. I have never felt more thankful for all of the love and joy in my life.

Favorite Part About This Age: What is there not to like? I love watching her learn new things every single day. She has so much fun playing with her toys and is curious about everything! I also still cannot get enough of her little laugh.

11.20.2017

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.

11.19.2017

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!



11.01.2017

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!

10.18.2017

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.

10.12.2017

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.

10.06.2017

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!

10.04.2017

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.

9.28.2017

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!
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