so honored to be a part of well rounded NY’s round up of #20Under1toWatch this year. they gathered together some pretty adorable babies and super cool parents for this round up in partnership with cybex and photographed by shawn brackbill.
i’m behind… i mean, WAY behind on posts. i think i am just in that stage of life where there isn’t a spare moment lately. anyway, i didn’t want to go without posting about ak’s sixth birthday party!
since alexa is such a great little artist we figured it was appropriate to have an art-inspired birthday party. we decided to have the party at this cute little spot in williamsburg called the painted cloud.
i’ve been a huge history buff since i was a kid… my favorite classes (other than art of course) were always tied to history. i still remember my world history teacher in high school and my art history professor from college pretty much changed the course of my studies and therefore future. understanding where we came from is so important, even at a young age. while explaining the state of our nation and political atmosphere is not appropriate for our kids, sharing about the history of our country certainly is.
hayden has always been such a warm hearted and charming boy… but hayden in “big brother” mode might be one of the cutest things i have ever seen. he is so wonderful with rowan. he always wants to hold him, feed him and entertain him. it is hard to believe hayden is going to be 5 this summer–where does the time go?! i started blogging when he was about to turn 1 year old. now he is all boy–full of energy, laughter and charm. he still smiles as much as he did when he was a baby… and still makes girls blush with his effortless flirty nature–we are in trouble with this kid and the ladies!
i still can’t figure out what rowan’s personality is going to be like… can’t wait to see these three kiddos in action playing together.
i blogged about this awhile back, but i felt compelled to write again about how amazing plum print books are.
the amount of art that children create is actually beyond what i thought was possible. seriously. i am not sure what my mom did with it all, having had four kids. she tells me that when i was young she covered the walls of our garage with all of our art. well. that is clearly not an option for an nyc parent. i have a big white box where i keep all the drawings the kids made because, for me, the back of our front door is pretty much the equivalent of “wallpapering our garage,” and as you can imagine it fills up quick.
i made a plum print book about a year ago and just made another one again because my “art box” was overflowing. the process is super easy. you order a plum print box, fill it with all the art you want and send it off. plum print then scans all the art and turns it into a book. they send you a pdf to view first to make sure it is just as you want and then, voila, all done! they will send you back all the art with the final book if you like… we didn’t do that because i have no where to house all the art :-)
the kids love looking through their little masterpieces… pointing out who drew what, when it was made and sometimes checking to see how much their hands have grown since they made their pieces.
another amazing aspect of plum print is that they offer more than books… you can make throw pillows to decorate a bed or couch, notecards to send thank-yous from a birthday party, a shower curtain to decorate Grandma’s guest bathroom, etc. all with kids art.
a couple weeks ago alexa woke up after being asleep for a bit and told us her vision was blurry… that she was seeing double. she was looking a bit cross-eyed and we just thought was a fluke incident. it happened again a couple more times so we decided to take her to the eye doctor. i took her, never thinking that she would need glasses, but it turns out she did. i think i was more shocked than she was. she didn’t take to the idea very well at first, but then she came around a bit when i said she could pick any style out that she wanted.
we took her to a cute kids optical shop in greenwich village where there were a ton of options for her to choose from. she was such a great sport and had a very specific opinion about what she wanted. when i suggested some cute black hipster looking frames she quickly let me know that those were “mom” glasses. oy. my bad! :-) she ended up picking out these adorable cat-eye pink and purple frames with small little diamonds on the temples. she knew they were the best for her–and i have to agree. she looks adorable.
rowan takes the cake on the biggest baby in our family! i’m not quite sure how our little babes turn out to be in the 97th percentile across all categories, but they do. i am super thankful though because i suppose a little chunky is better than being afraid that he doesn’t eat enough! we just started feeding him baby oatmeal and some pureed veggies. i remember when alexa was 5 months old and we were given the green light to feed her, i was so excited until i started to feed her. seems simple to feed a baby but turns out that is not always the case. all alexa did was spit out the food and make faces. rowan, on the other hand, started eating as if it was all he ever knew to do. no mess, just mouth open and swallowed it down. hilariously cute.
we try our best to only feed the kids organic at home. rowan is on earth’s best organic sensitive formula, which we have loved so far. he just started eating happy baby oatmeal and earth’s best pureed veggies. earth’s best, happy baby products and stony field products have practically raised our family!
it is hard to believe that rowan is this big already… it is even more so hard to believe that we have three kids. i know it has been over 3 months now, but i am still in disbelief when i look at the three of them cuddling together. Continue Reading…
today is the first day we have left the apartment with the kids in over a week. all three of the kids were sick… it was the worst. on top of all that it was fashion week for me and nate had knee surgery. seriously? you can’t make up these scenarios. i kept trying to put it all into perspective and tell myself that it wasn’t that bad, but i definitely had a couple of moments where i thought i was totally unraveling (some of my mom friends in our building can attest to that–thanks for helping with the “sick baby stuff” ladies!). since the kids are seemingly on the mend, we thought they could use some fresh air so we took a stroll along the brooklyn bridge waterfront.b Continue Reading…
it pretty much goes without saying that 7 a.m. enfant is a lifesaving brand for stroller-pushing city moms (and nannies) on the go. the WarMMuffs are one of my (and our nanny’s) favorite winter accessories.
it’s pretty genius to have gloves that attach to the stroller handle bar with velcro and keep your hands nice and toasty–plus they are roomy enough to still keep your gloves on if you want.