Thanksgiving in Canada

October 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Last week, we flew up to Canada to spend my birthday/Nick’s birthday/Thanksgiving with my family!

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Sure, waking up at 5am and traveling for 7 hours wasn’t the funnest birthday activity, but the payoff was HUGE. We spent a quiet evening with my parents at their beautiful cottage and I ate 3 delicious birthday cupcakes, made with love by my Mom.

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None of this cupcake actually made it inside Henry’s mouth.

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Henry enjoyed running all over and exploring my parents’ place. Last time he was there, he was only crawling!

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On Saturday, we went to my sister’s place in Oshawa for Thanksgiving and met these two tiny babies!

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My Grandparents and brother & sister-in-law also met us there. My brother brought me a much-appreciated birthday gift: two giant Dairy Milk bars! (Canadian chocolate just puts American chocolate to shame.)

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For the first time, Henry got to run around with his older cousins. No one complained about him being boring this time!

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In fact, I think Henry got much more attention than he ever expected!

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Kids have been a presence at family gatherings for years now, but this time, it was like a kid explosion! Good thing they are absolutely adorable.

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My Dad needs a bigger lap for all his grandsons!

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These two just might be coming down with baby fever soon. I hear it’s contagious.

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My sister Jenn is doing an incredible job at raising four kids (FOUR!!!). I asked her if she ever loses track of where everyone is and she admitted that yes, sometimes she does. You can’t really blame her – the twins are the quietest people in the house!

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Although Henry didn’t sleep properly any of the nights we were there (he became my bed buddy), it was so great to get this trip in to see my family and meet my new niece and nephew. See you again at Christmas, Canada! Hopefully this time with more rest ;)

When Second Graders Eat From The $220 Tasting Menu

October 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

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This story from New York Times Magazine is getting a lot of attention – and one of the 7 year old tasters is the son of my sitter, Cahlen George! While most of the kids are perplexed by the fancy food (“Why am I eating soap right now???”), Cahlen actually seems to enjoy a few items.

Read into this how you will, but the moral of the story is kids usually have simple tastes. Enjoy the sweet video, complete with a toast to “Justice for all” and “Vampires!” at the end.

[photo: NYT]

Happy Birthday To Me

October 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

Lucky number thirty-three! I’m on a plane to spend my birthday (and Nick’s on Saturday!) with my family for the first time in five years. We’ll also be celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving while we’re there. I can’t even wait to hold my new niece and nephew!

Smell ya later, NYC.

11 Months with Henry

October 2, 2014 § 2 Comments

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Henry, you are 11 months old today!

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Fall is such a nostalgic time. I’ve been thinking a lot about this time last year, when I was very round and pregnant, and getting everything ready for his arrival. I can’t believe Henry will be a toddler instead of a baby soon!

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But at the same time, yes I can. He’s beginning to really be more independent in the ways he plays, and much more opinionated. He’s more his own person than ever before. Whereas when he was smaller, there was a formula to make things happen, like sleep or eating, now you have to take into account his preferences and mood.

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The last two months or so have been a real transitionary period for both of us. It took me a while to relax and realize everything is a phase and whatever’s happening at the moment is just what needs to happen; it won’t last forever. Like sleep. His second round of learning to sleep through the night lasted about 3 weeks before he started waking up and nursing twice a night again. Between his leap and the cold he had a few weeks ago, I figure he needed the comfort and perhaps even the nourishment. He’s been very distracted by the excitement of daytime, sometimes I don’t think he always eats properly during the day. My newfound laissez-faire attitude tells me to just go with it for now.

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He is managing to eat solids better these days though, which is great. I’ve been buying organic packaged baby food in addition to the food I make so that he gets a better variety and actually eats his greens. (They need to be hidden in fruits now, apparently!) He’s been enjoying things like buckwheat waffles and grilled cheese sandwiches, along with apple and orange slices.

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He “broke vedge” with chicken broth while he was sick. He slurped that stuff down! Now I have a few chicken and veggie meals to try with him, coming up in the next few days.

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I have been enjoying a newfound sense of freedom with the recent discovery that our amazing sitter, Valerie, can get him to fall asleep for a nap on her. I am not jealous of this new sharing of cuddles AT ALL. This takes a huge load of pressure off me, so I don’t have to plan my whereabouts around when he’s going to nap, as I’ve been doing for 11 months now.

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Henry is so close to walking! He can move quickly while holding onto something and can take up to 4 or 5 steps on his own before plopping onto his butt. He has started dancing to the songs his talking toy puppy plays and has mastered the art of squatting to pick something up off the floor.

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He also enjoyed meeting his newest, smallest friend, Royce Vastano last week. At one point during the visit, he made his way over and held Royce’s tiny hand. (Heart melt.)

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See you again with a ONE YEAR OLD!

Attitude Of Gratitude

September 5, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Sometimes, it’s easy to get lost in parenthood. The days blend together, and you seem like you’re living nap time to nap time, feeding time to feeding time. I get consumed by whatever challenge Henry is throwing at me that week – lately it’s a rotating roster of sleep, food, diaper changing, and drinking water issues – and I get stressed out that it’s not going perfectly. Other kids seem to be perfect eaters, natural sleepers. Sometimes Henry is absolutely neither of those things! He turns my plans upside down and exhausts me physically and mentally.

Today my sister told me that she’s up 13 times a night with her two week-old twins, but that every day is like Christmas morning. She can’t believe how lucky she is. Now that’s inspiring and something I will remember.

Henry is the greatest little person I’ve ever met. And Nick and I CREATED HIM. His closed-lipped little smile and contagious laugh are my two favourite things in the world. He’s constantly learning and doing new things and blowing my mind that he was a skinny little alien of a baby just 10 months ago. Sometimes it’s easy to forget when I’m tired, but I have Nick and Henry and that makes me the luckiest lady in New York. Thanks for reminding me, Jenn.

10 Months with Henry

September 2, 2014 § 2 Comments

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Happy 10 months, Henry – you’ve reached double digits!

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Man, is this little guy moving. For the past month, he’s been getting faster at crawling all the time. Our apartment is just not big enough to satisfy his need for speed, so we’re very lucky to have an atrium and playroom downstairs. He’s in the children’s playroom in the photo above – a room with cushy carpeting and lots of toys. It’s so perfect for those times in the day where you have already been on 3 walks, you’re out of naps, and there’s still an hour before bedtime!

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However, crawling has taken a backseat to STANDING. Henry loves to pull himself up on everything he can. The coffee table, the wall unit, hinges on doors, his crib, windows… He has been having a hard time napping because all he wants to do is stand or bounce up and down while standing in his crib! Sure, he’s fallen asleep sitting up before, but standing is a whole other story. For the past few weeks, when he actually takes a second nap, it feels like winning the lottery!

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Speaking of sleep, it’s been so challenging for the past month! We had to sleep train him for the second time a few weeks ago when his pediatrician pointed out that the reason he doesn’t want to eat solids is because he’s snacking 1-3 times a night. Also, he now has 6 teeth and drinking milk all night is not good for them.

The first time we sleep trained him, he was 4 months old and it only took 2 nights. This time, it took 5. He is sleeping through the night now – he’s just waking up anywhere between 5:00 and 6:00 am. 6:00 is like sleeping in now! (UGH). Here he is, yawning with his Dad and Grandpa Storch!

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Life is just so exciting!

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We’ve taken the East River Ferry to DUMBO a few times where we check out a very cool nautical-themed playground between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, visit a bookstore, get chocolate, and found out that Shake Shack has a stroller express line!

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The ferry is a GREAT place to meet ladies, or so Henry thinks. Also a great place to see some very big splashes out the window.

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As Henry gets older and eats more solids, I’ve been able to leave him for longer periods of time. I had my first client meeting in the city a few weeks ago, and on Saturday, Nick and I actually had a sitter put him to bed (his first time without me!) so we could go to a wedding.

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His current favourite foods include yogurt, strips of whole wheat toast, Cheerios, rice crackers, multigrain cereal with banana, apple slices, and sweet potatoes. Brooklyn Label is still his favourite restaurant.

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I hope I don’t look too tired ;)

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It’s TWINS!

August 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

I’m thrilled to announce my brand new niece and nephew were born this morning! Welcome to Earth, Charlotte Catherine and Cameron Gordon Robert Martin.

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The little ones were both weighed in at 4.6 lbs each and made it to 35 weeks of pregnancy! (Full term for twins is 37 weeks, but they rarely go that long.)

Here’s Charlotte:

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And Cameron:

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And my sister, Jenn – a total rock star at having babies – who looks beautiful and amazing after expelling two people from her body. (I don’t know how she did it! I looked like a zombie.)

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Congratulations to the Martin family!

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