San Francisco Sightseeing

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Even though we were in San Francisco just a year ago, our trips were drastically different.  Last year Adelaide was a baby and couldn’t even sit up, and she had no opinions on what we did.  I shopped and ate out and browsed the Farmer’s Market.  I drank wine while she slept peacefully in the stroller.

This year was drastically different because toddlers have much louder opinions than newborns.  We were staying in the Union Square area, which is touristy and doesn’t have a ton for little kids.  So while Jon was at work one day I decided to take the cable car up to Ghiradelli Square.  I unfortunately don’t have any photos of that ride because it’s hard to take a selfie on a very crowded cable car while babywearing a toddler.  (Seriously, thank goodness I didn’t decide to try to bring the stroller on the cable car because that would have been a disaster.)

We got off the cable car one stop early at Lombard Street so I could snap a couple of photos.  Except I didn’t take into account that the sidewalk that runs along Lombard Street is made up of a million stairs.  Stairs that my toddler thinks she can run down once I took her out of the carrier.  I kept putting her in place to take a photo and before I could get the camera to my eye she had run up a few stairs.  So I tried a couple of times before finally giving up and walking the rest of the way to Ghiradelli.

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We sat down to share a brownie sundae, which despite what these photos may depict, Adelaide barely touched.  She had maybe two bites of the ice cream before refusing to eat any more.  Wouldn’t even touch the brownie.  So I was forced to eat it on my own.

The things a mother will do for her child.

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We shopped around the stores in Ghiradelli Square (I got Adelaide a little cable car and the book Larry Loves San Francisco! which is seriously adorable and is available for other cities, which we may just need to get.  Adelaide loves to read the book and say “woof woof” everytime she sees Larry.  Very fitting for this dog loving little girl that the main character just happens to be a dog.

Afterwards we walked down to the waterfront so Adelaide could get some energy out before hopping the cable car back to our hotel for nap time.  Of course Adelaide hates to get dirty though, so she wasn’t a big fan of running in the sand.  After a few minutes she was over it and sat down to clean off her feet, which of course just got her more sandy.

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Oh kid, you kill me.

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Golden Gate Bridge

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The last time I was in San Francisco was almost a year ago to the day.  I told Jon the only must see thing was the Golden Gate Bridge.  Not because we hadn’t seen it before, but because we had seen it before.  I’m a sucker for taking photos in the same spot, years later, to see how far we’ve come.

When we visited the bridge last year Adelaide had a pretty bald head.  Whenever I think her hair is still non existent I’ll refer back to her bald head here.  We took these photos on a Friday evening as we were on our way to a friend’s house for dinner.  Adelaide was tired.  So tired.  We try not to mess with bedtime but sometimes when you travel you get to break the rules.  And then your toddler reminds you why you never break the rules.

Because… you have a toddler.

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I love seeing how much has stayed the same and how much has changed in a year.  San Francisco will always have a little bit of a soft spot in my heart.

And the chocolate and Full House backdrop certainly doesn’t hurt.

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What Trying to Get Photos of a Toddler Looks Like

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Well, she’s got focus and dedication.  I’ll give her that.

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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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Peach Picking

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Jon and I drove upstate a few weeks ago to visit my friend Kelly and to pick some peaches at the orchard up the road from her house.  We were too early for apples, but got there right in time for peaches.  Adelaide lovesss peaches so it worked out well.

This is the third year we’ve visited the orchard, and I always enjoy our time wandering around, eating fresh fruit as we go.  Last year when we went Adelaide was just a few months old, and the year before that when I was a few months pregnant.

Yesterday Kelly boarded a flight for Switzerland.  She quit her job and sold almost all of her possessions.  It’s so crazy brave to make such a big life change, and I’m so excited for all the adventures she’s sure to have.  While I’ll miss my best friend here, I know she’s just going to thrive and flourish there.  We love you so much Kelly!

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Adelaide is obsessed with her rain boots.  Seriously wants to wear them all.the.time.  I have to hide them in the apartment or she’ll whine until I get them down for her.  And then she’ll put them on the wrong feet, whine until I get them on the right feet, walk around, take them off, want them back on again.

Toddlers.

Her other current obsession is keys.  Specifically car keys.  She has a major meltdown anytime we start the car because she wants to hold the keys.  How do I get her to understand we need them to drive?!?

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We had so much fun picking our peaches at the orchard and eating them that week.  If anyone knows a solution for getting peach stains out of toddler clothes, let me know.

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Little Helper

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I convinced Jon that we needed a step stool for the kitchen so that Adelaide could see what I was doing on the counter and “help”.  I wanted to start getting her involved in what I was doing and giving her simple tasks to help me complete.  I was making cake pops for Ashley’s shower, which I would normally do during nap time.  I decided to have her participate, which surprisingly worked out well.

She helped me put the cake into the food processor and hit start, mix the icing in and form the cake into balls.

She also ate some of the cake.

Okay, a lot of it.

I really felt like I was winning when she was helping me with the cake pops.  We were engaging in a new project, doing new things together, having a baking lesson.  But then Adelaide realized that she could use the stool to get into things she previously couldn’t reach.  Like the microwave, the knife block, the sink.  So the jury’s still out whether this was a good purchase or not.

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Her babydoll was also on the counter, which she took breaks to feed with the bottle.  Such a good mommy.

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I dipped them later that night when she was in bed because it’s a pretty time sensitive art.  I set aside a mini one for her to enjoy the next day.

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She got one bite out of it before dropping it and Brady snatched it up.  Oh well.

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Ashley’s Bridal Shower

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I had the pleasure of throwing my friend Ashely’s bridal shower a few weeks ago, and it was so much fun!  I made a spread of what is quickly becoming my usual go-to items: cake pops, fruit cups, chicken salad on croissants and some other sweet treats.

I love that a bridal shower gives you the setting to meet some of the people closest to the bride before the big day, so that when her day does come, you know quite a few faces.  I had a great time getting to know these ladies and can’t wait to see them all again when we’re dressed in our formal wear!

 

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(family secret: croissants and pre-made chicken salad are both from Costco and neither disappoint!)

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The beautiful invitations were provided by Wedding Paperie and were seriously gorgeous.  I got so many compliments on them!  You could leave them as they were designed, or customize any detail.  I loved that you could also print on the backside for no additional charge.  If you’re planning an event in the near future I would definitely recommend them!  You can see all of the bridal shower invitations here.

 

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I know that most people toss favors when they get home, so I almost didn’t do one.  And then as I was putting my hair in a ponytail it just came to me, “Ashely and Edward tie the knot!”

Hair ties!

I already had a ton of elastic ribbon from making headbands for Adelaide, so I picked up some kraft tags from Michaels and printed up this sign that reads “Ashely and Edward tie the knot.  Please take one!” and displayed them by the door.  Every single one of them was gone, so I’d say it was a well received favor!  For those who are interested, you can buy the elastic here.

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Congratulations, Ashley!  I’m so excited for you and Edward and can’t wait to celebrate with you on your big day!

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Lots of Words About Parenting

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Alright.  Life as a stay at home mom…

The first two weeks were rough.  Adelaide was teething and not napping and we didn’t have a schedule and she was like, “How many tantrums can I throw in one week before my mom goes crazy?”

Or at least that’s what I think she said.

When Jon came home after work one day I told him, “I think I might have made a mistake.”  This full time mom thing.  It’s hard.  Seriously hard.

But then the third week started and our routine kind of fell into place.  And by “fell into place” I mean, “I didn’t dare mess with nap time”.  We started meeting up with friends, going to mom’s groups, participating in structured classes.  We kept busy and we had fun and before I knew it the day was over and she was asleep in bed.

Jon also started doing bedtime, which has quite literally changed my life.  Up until a month ago I would nurse Adelaide to sleep.  Some days it would take minutes, other days an hour.  For a year and a half.  And then one day I was going to be out and Jon had to do bedtime and guess what?  He did great.  She did great.  So now he puts her to bed and I sit on the couch with a bottle box of wine or I get to actually go out and meet up with friends.  I’ve been out more times in the last month than I have been in the last year and a half combined.  And it feels so good.

I also had my first tigermom moment.  Adelaide and I were in Ikea one day while Jon was at work.  We got to the kid’s area and they have all of the toys out so the kids can play with them.  I figured we had an entire day to kill, so she could play there as long as she wanted.  There were only two other kids in the play area- little boys (maybe 3 and 5?).  They had been playing really rough and at one point one of them literally jumped and landed on top of Adelaide.  I picked him up off of her and said “Please be careful of the little girl” and then made sure she was okay.

The kids all continue playing separately, and I distinctly remember thinking, “Where is their parent?”  We’d been there a solid ten minutes and I had not seen anyone supervise these boys.  It was almost to the point that I wanted to contact security because these children had clearly been abandoned in Ikea.

Seconds later, the younger boy runs full speed ahead at Adelaide with one of those horse heads on a stick (What are they called?  Also, how are they a fun toy??) and knocks her down hard.  Her head hits the cement floor and she immediately lets out screams of pain.  I pick her up and yell, “THAT IS NOT OKAY.  WHERE IS YOUR MOTHER??”

I would like to give myself props that my first reaction was to call out his parent for sucking.  So this woman looks up from clear across the store.  I’m not even joking, she was chillaxing across the store doing her makeup.  Her son runs over to her and hugs mommy’s legs.  I walk over with Adelaide on my hip and she says, “Oh did the baby fall” and I respond, “NO.  Your son PUSHED her.  He needs to apologize.”

So she says, “Sweetheart, can you apologize?” and little sweet innocent over here starts quivering his lip.  I just stood there staring mom down, not willing to back down.  I repeated “He needs to apologize” and mom didn’t make any effort to tell her son to apologize again.  She also didn’t apologize for her son’s behavior, which is honestly the most maddening part of this story.

I finally say, “So that’s how it is now?  Your kid can hurt another kid and get away with it?”  Mom of the year responds, “Well, I don’t think he got away with it.  He clearly feels bad.”

WHAT?  He feels bad that he got caught!  Not that he hurt a little girl!

I get that kids get hurt, that kids push and bite.  But come on lady, at least ask if my kid is okay.

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In other news, here is Adelaide doing her hair.

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And here she is creating a masterpiece.

That blue line down her artwork is when I temporarily lost my mind and let her use a marker.

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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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