On the Train

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Kind of like J.Lo’s album “On the 6″ except with much less dancing.

I’m still babywearing when I take the subway because the stroller would be close to impossible to get up the stairs without an elevator.  Not to mention Adelaide loves it and falls asleep as soon as I put her in the carrier.

Yesterday we tackled pouring rain, the subway and two month vaccinations.  Definitely a more stressful day for mama than for baby.  Luckily there were lots of cuddles to make us both feel better.

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Spring in New York

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Yesterday was such a beautiful day, so I decided to take Adelaide on a nice long walk.  Since the weather has been getting nicer we’ve been trying to get out everyday for walks around the neighborhood.  I’ve been wearing her in a sling up until now, sort of afraid that she’d hate her stroller, but she loved it!  She was wide awake and looking around the entire time.

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the baloney bug

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It’s so great to be able to get out of the house each day, even if it’s for an hour.  Days like these make me fall in love with New York all over again.

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First Mets Game

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You may remember that Jon and I are huge Mets fans (don’t ask why, they always let us down). Remember when we took Brady to his first game?

Jon had about the best week ever- Game of Thrones premiered and baseball season started.  He may or may not have gone to three games in the last week.  Adelaide and I went along with him to the Saturday game.  Adelaide even sported her adorable “My First Mets” tee from Kristin.

I unfortunately couldn’t wear any of my gear since it’s not very nursing friendly.  I’m still working on finding things to wear that aren’t nursing tanks.  When I figure it out I’ll let you know.

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the baloney bug

Adelaide was a total champ.  I wore her in a carrier which she slept in for most of the game.

And The Mets even won, which was a lovely change of pace.  I’m so glad the weather is getting nicer so we can enjoy more days like this outdoors.

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Week 36

the baloney bug Just four weeks left to go until my due date.  My emotions go back and forth between excited and nervous, but more and more the nervousness is turning to excitement.  I can’t wait to meet this little lady who has been spending ridiculous amounts of time kicking me in the ribs. 36 weeks preggo tries not to fall Friday night Jon and I stayed inside cuddled up with some take out while the snow came down outside.  Then we spent a good chunk of Saturday outside playing in the snow with Brady.  Catching snowballs might just be his very favorite thing ever. someone wants to play snowbaby air time close up I’m so in love with my little family.  Little one, we can’t wait to meet you.

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On Why Suburbia Wins

Sunday we had plans to watch the Super Bowl at our friend’s house in Jersey, which meant taking a little trip through the Lincoln Tunnel.  This is the part of my post where I confess that I have a crazy obsession with the Macaroni Grill.  Like, I don’t think it’s normal how much I love Mac Grill.

I’ve been wanting to go for some time, but with the cost of the Lincoln Tunnel somewhere up around $10 I’d feel too guilty dragging Jon out there for some pasta.  As we were driving out there I realized quite a few things that just might make suburbia superior to the city.  I’m not saying I’m moving to Jersey (um, definitely not happening), I’m just saying there are some benefits.

1. Parking lots

Not driving around endlessly, looking at the seven hundred parking signs, deciding if you’re too close to the fire hydrant, if you can parallel park in that spot… not to mention having your car get sideswiped and no one left a note (yes, this happened to us).  What about the one time I drove out to the Target in Queens only to find out they were out of stock of everything I needed except for the $2 bar of Dove soap?  And then I had to pay $4 for the parking garage.  Fail.

yes, this is real source: http://www.newyorkparkingticket.com

2. You can get the mayonnaise.

What?  You don’t get it?  Okay, there have been countless times I’ve been out grocery shopping alone only to fill up my basket and realize there’s no way I can carry all this stuff home.  So the heavy stuff gets left behind.  Think canned goods, milk, oil and of course, mayonnaise.  I’ve actually been out of vegetable oil for months but haven’t been able to carry it home.

3. The Macaroni Grill

This isn’t a repeat!  I never even got started on how much I love the Macaroni Grill.  The rosemary bread.  The honor system wine!!  HONOR SYSTEM WINE.  SERIOUSLY.  The creamy pasta sauce and overuse of garlic.  Oh, did I mention the bread?  Or the fact that there’s a parking lot out front?

Let me reiterate: I’m not ready to pack up my one bedroom apartment in my walk up building with our street parking and mayonnaise free pantry to move to the ‘burbs.

At least not until you can order Chinese food from the place across the street at 3am.

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Three Year Blogiversary

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This week marks three years that I’ve been documenting my life on The Baloney Bug.

In the last year I enjoyed my boys:

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I tried some new recipes:

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heart cupcakes

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mini ice cream brownie bites

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I learned not to lend people my phone:

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Had a bride cut me off:

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I traveled:

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I spent time with my family:

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And the best of them all, I’m expecting our first child:

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Thanks to everyone who ever clicks over to this page and shares in what happens over here.  This blog has become my place to document my little family, my modern day scrapbook.

I can’t help but to be excited about what the next year will look like.

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Flashback

getting all 80s up in here

I’m pretty sure Jon was in a state of shock when I brought home these 80′s style pants.  He was all, “Floral…?  Floral maternity jeans?”

You better believe it, buddy.

Then when I paired them with a striped shirt AND WORE IT OUT OF THE HOUSE I expected him to walk ten feet behind me and pretend he didn’t know who I was.  But I’m carrying his child and all that jazz, so he sucked it up and walked beside me.

those are some bold pants

close up pants (non-maternity version)/top/blazer/ring/shoes

And on another husband related note, I was telling him how I woke up in the middle of the night with a horrible charlie horse (a common joy during pregnancy) and decided instead of focusing on the pain I would breathe through it like we’d been learning in our birthing class.

“And that’s just pain.  Contractions are pain with a purpose” Jon says, reciting back our teacher’s favorite line.

“That’s very true” I said, “But if you say that to me while I’m in labor I will have to slap you.”

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Week 32

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This weekend was yet another packed with baby tasks.  We went from having done literally nothing to being bombarded with schedules and to-do lists.

Saturday we had to go to Ikea (again) to pick up a couple pieces that were out of stock last weekend.  Then we had our second birthing class (of eight!!) Saturday night.  And finally, a hospital tour on Sunday.

Baby girl’s movement have gone from flutter like kicks to what feels like she’s run out of space and is stretching as far as she can.  I’ll see random body parts push my stomach up, and she’ll leave it pressed up while I try to figure out what limb she’s poking me with.

As the weeks go by we’re getting more and more excited to meet our little lady.

Luckily, we still have quite a to-do list to keep us busy until she arrives.

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2012 Christmas Card

I’m going to go ahead and chalk twenty twelve up as the best year yet. Better than the year I got engaged, better than the year I got married. Just the best year.

Lately I have been having overwhelming feelings of realizing just how blessed I am. Blessed to have my husband, my health, my family and a daughter on the way. Blessed.

Thank you to everyone out there who is taking the time out of your day to read this. You don’t know how much you all mean to me. So thank you.

 

PS. Check back tomorrow to see how what should have been a simple Brooklyn Bridge photoshoot became by far our hardest Christmas card yet. It’s almost comical how much went wrong in the shooting of this year’s card.

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Week 26

New York is officially in full Christmas mode.  The city is bustling with energy and I love every bit.  As much as I dislike the decline in temperature, I love the spirit of the city this time of year.

Jon and I have been trying to enjoy our time as a family of two (plus dog) before baby girl makes her appearance.  Just three more months until she’s due to arrive.

And we can’t wait to meet her.

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