Brooklyn Bridge Pool

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Making my way down to Brooklyn to get to the pop up pool had been on my bucket list all summer.  I had hoped that my last day of work would be in June, but had agreed to work until we had hired someone to replace me.  And that’s how I found myself still working into August.

So when I woke up early on one of my first days as an official stay at home mom, with summer’s end rapidly approaching, I knew it was now or never.

I was intrigued by this pool specifically because it’s owned by the city so it’s totally free and because of the views of lower Manhattan.  Who wouldn’t want to enjoy the pool and sand with views of some of New York’s most popular landmarks as your backdrop?

The downside is that, from my apartment, it’s a solid hour on the subway.  With a toddler.

Adelaide kept herself entertained for the majority of our time on the subway with the locker lock I’d brought.  Whatever makes you happy, kid.

The pool was ice cold so Adelaide flipped out when I tried to take her for a dip.  So instead we played in the sand under the umbrella while sipping some fresh squeezed lemonade.

It was fun, I’d do it again.  We even managed to make it back to our apartment by nap time, which is a definite win in mom world.

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I love getting to do all of these things with Adelaide.  As many great days as we’ve had, we’ve had hard days.  Days where naps don’t come easy (or at all), days where bedtime leaves us both in tears, days where I’m not sure I’m cut out for this.  So I hold these good days close as a reminder of all the things I’m thankful of.

For this sweet girl.

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Biking in Central Park

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A few weeks ago I randomly got it into my head that I wanted to take Adelaide on a bike ride.  I can’t remember the last time I rode a bike, and I’ve certainly never done it in New York City or with a baby on the back.  I asked my friend Tomi if she’d want to go with me, and she immediately agreed.

I think I was secretly hoping she’d say no so I could be all, “Well, I tried” and call it a day.

So we found ourselves on the Upper West Side renting bikes and helmets and baby seats.  We peddled a few blocks to Central Park where we joined other bikers and runners on a trail.  I’ve never really thought of New York as a hilly place, but ohmygosh, this specific part of the park had so.many.hills.

Let’s recap: I haven’t ridden a bike in forever.  I’ve never ridden a bike with a kid on the back.  And, THE HILLS.  Plus it was just about the hottest time of day on a very hot August afternoon.

Basically, I was dying.

We stopped for a while at a pretty cool playground we came across, and then decided we should probably head back and return the bikes because nap time was rapidly approaching.

Yes, nap time.  That’s why we stopped.

Before we left the park I made Tomi take ten million photos with me because I’m pretty sure I’m done with bike riding for a very long time and I wanted lots of proof that I did it.

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Abigail and Adelaide have become such good buddies.  I love seeing her relationships form.

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From the playground when we stopped to let the girls stretch their legs (and not at all because this mama needed a break!) 

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When we were literally two blocks away from returning the bikes I had to pull over because Adelaide was trying to take off her helmet.  We got readjusted and were back on our way.  Two blocks later I hop off my bike to realize that Adelaide is asleep.  Asleep!  Here I am about to pass out from exhaustion and this kid is taking a nap with the wind in her hair.  She was clearly not impressed by our adventures.

A few days later we were at Target and she spotted the helmets, put one on her head and refused to take it off.

This kid.

She’s all about the accessories.

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Coney Island

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We spent a Saturday afternoon at the Aquarium and then Coney Island, which basically means chasing Adelaide all around Brooklyn.  The zoo pass Jon got me for Mother’s Day also includes the Aquarium, so on a day we had nothing to do we found ourselves driving down to explore.  We didn’t last there long since most of the exhibits are still closed post-Sandy, so we wandered over to the boardwalks.

There was a playground in the middle of the beach that Adelaide played on, and then would ask us to clean her hands.  And then play some more, and run over so we could wipe her hands.  That girl.  Doesn’t like to get dirty.

I’ve had pep talks with her telling her that little girls get dirty, but so far she’s not interested.

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the baloney bug We’re en route to California today, where we’ll spend the next two weeks in San Francisco, Monterrey, Santa Barbara and LA.  While we were in San Francisco and LA for quite a while last year, it was with a baby, so I feel like the game has totally changed.  So long are the days of Adelaide taking long naps in the stroller while I lazily walk around between shops and restaurants.  Any suggestions for fun things to do with a toddler are welcome!

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Bronx Zoo

the baloney bug For Mother’s Day, Jon and Adelaide got me a family membership to the zoo.  It’s pretty awesome- good for 4 different zoos (and parking!) as well as special exhibits and the aquarium.  We decided to go to the Bronx Zoo first.  Adelaide had so much fun running around the zoo grounds.  She didn’t pay much attention to the animals, but loved the fish tanks and water fountain, ha.

She became obsessed with that damn water fountain.

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I can’t wait to take Adelaide to the other zoos.  I just hope they have water fountains so she has a good time too.

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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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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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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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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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