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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Family Photos 2014

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I owe you all an update on how life as a stay at home mom is going (hint: it’s hard) but until I get a minute, I’ll leave you with these photos we took two months ago and I keep forgetting to post.  It’s our family tradition to set up a tripod and snap some photos at sunset on our last night at the beach.

This year was um… challenging.  Getting two toddlers to participate in photos at bedtime?  Oh, a total breeze.

In fact, getting two toddlers to do ANYTHING simultaneously is a total breeze.  No sarcasm, of course.

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Always gotta have a silly one in there.

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This kills me.  We all look miserable.  So bad.

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Hello??  Toddlers??  Do you want to sit still for a second?

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Here they are playing Adelaide’s favorite game, Ring Around the Rosie.

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And saving the absolute best for last.  Somehow Siena did not fall on her head, therefore this picture cracks me up every.single.time.

That’s all for now, I’ve got to chase a toddler who refuses to nap and is currently putting makeup on the dog.

 

 

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Copenhagen, Part 3

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After Jon got done working, we took a stroll to Tivoli which was just a few blocks from our hotel.  It’s a beautiful theme park, which Walt Disney was inspired to model his parks after.  There were tons of rides (of which we went on none, because, you know, the kid) as well as gardens, restaurants and a fun play area for the little ones.

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Oh kid, you kill me.

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Christmas Card

thebaloneybug.comI am so excited to share with you this year’s Christmas card.  I think it’s my favorite one yet. It was a blast to introduce Adelaide to the Gilbert Christmas card tradition (she was pumped, clearly).  Jon and I debated what we would do for ages, before finally deciding on this idea.

Check back next week and I’ll be sharing the {many} outtakes along with how it was done.

Merry Christmas, friends!

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Sick Day

the baloney bug Last weekend we had our first bout of family sickness.  Jon got sick while he was traveling for work, and I thought, “thank goodness he’s not home right now“.  Then Saturday morning Adelaide woke up, ate, and promptly threw it all up again.  And it happened again and again and again.  The poor thing couldn’t keep anything down but was happy as a clam.

The next morning I woke up and couldn’t get out of bed.  Adelaide was back to normal but I was out of commission.  I haven’t been sick like that in years and it was rough.  I’m so thankful Jon was home and able to take care of Adelaide and me.

And the laundry.

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6 Month Favorites

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1. Striped bear hat– There’s been a chill in the air for the last few weeks, so I picked up a couple of these hats.  They’re stinking adorable, and Adelaide doesn’t even notice she’s wearing a hat.  I’m a little obsessed.

2. Wooden toys– Who even knew Ikea had wooden toys?  I was searching Ikea’s website for something else all together and came across their toy section.  For just a fraction of the cost of other stores I could get fantastic wooden toys.  I made a trip to Ikea a few days later and Adelaide has been loving playing with her new toys.

3. Pajamas-I ordered these pj’s thinking they wouldn’t fit Adelaide for quite some time.  I had visions of her crawling around before bedtime in them.  They’re still a bit big on her, but she can fit in the 6-12mo size.  She looks like such a big kid in them.  Where is my itty bitty baby??

4. Jumperoo– My kid loves to bounce, so purchasing a jumperoo was an easy decision.  I can put her in this and she’ll be entertained and happy for quite a while.  Gives me enough time to do some dishes or use the bathroom.  Or both!  A must have in our house.

5. Lambskin booties– My sister gave me these when I was pregnant and at the time I had no idea how much use I’d end up getting out of them.  I’m seriously obsessed with these.  I’ve never used socks on Adelaide, instead I carry these with us in the diaper bag and use them almost daily.  They never fall off her feet and are crazy warm.  She’s still in her newborn size, but I’m definitely pushing it.  I need to buy the next size up, but I’m just so in love with the original pair and am in a bit of denial that she’s outgrown them!

6. High chair– We got this chair for Adelaide when I was still pregnant, loving that she could use it as a baby and well into elementary school.  You have to buy add ons for the infant seat and tray, which is a bit of a pain, but we’re pretty smitten with the smart design.  This Ikea version is a nice alternative if you don’t want to spend the money on the Stokke.

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The Dog Psychic

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We’ve spent quite a bit of time in Maryland since Adelaide’s arrival, which of course means taking Brady with us.  It’s only his favorite place in the world, so no complaints from him.  The only problem is when Brady gets together with my parent’s dog Toby.  They’re both well behaved dogs, but put together and it’s like a non stop bark fest.  One will see something in the yard and let out a little grunt.  The other will respond with a bark.  Then the first dog will bark back.  Next thing you know the dogs are running around the house barking and neither one of them even knows what they’re barking at.

And then there’s the doorbell.  No one should ever ring the doorbell at the home of a new baby.  Add in two dogs and you might as well just kiss nap time goodbye.

So my parent’s decide to be proactive and hire a dog trainer they found online with good reviews.  She gets to the house and is all, “You know how I work, right?”

Positive reinforcement?  Treats out the wazoo?  A spray bottle?  What does it matter, just get the job done lady.

Except it did matter.  It mattered because we unknowingly hired a dog psychic.  She pulls out of her purse a pendant, which she begins to spin in circles while channeling “the spirits”.

I am not making this up.

She starts with Brady, who at this point has lost interest in the lady sitting on the kitchen floor waving the piece of jewelry around and has gone far into the backyard to pee on some stuff.

“Spirits, does Brady have a blockage?  Column A, Column B… Row 1, Row 2, Row 3”

Apparently the spirits lead her around this chart she’s brought with her to determine what “blockages” our dogs have.  Once she’s pinpointed the blockage she asks the spirit to remove it and replace it with love.

Again, I am not making this up.

After about an hour of removing blockages she decides to go ahead and ring the doorbell and see how it’s worked.  Let’s just say the dogs still had a few blockages.

I think my favorite part might have been when she told us she didn’t have any formal training in this field.

No, really?  I couldn’t tell.

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A Few Randoms…

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…found on my camera

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Changing Table Diaries

the baloney bug My life basically revolves around my kid’s poop.  What color is it?  Google it.  Is that normal?  Was that diaper poopy?  Did you hear that?  Ohmygosh, do you smell that?

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I seriously can not get enough of this face.

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Welcome Baby Girl!

Adelaide Jean Adelaide Jean Gilbert was born Saturday, March 9th at 6:21pm weighing 6 pounds 3 ounces.

Jon and I have been experiencing a depth of love we’d only ever heard about.  We can’t believe this precious little girl is ours.

Our lives have truly been redefined.

 

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