Copenhagen, Part 2

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Oh look, more photos of Adelaide running. 

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One of the largest dome cathedrals in Europe.

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Just a few more photos from our walk around Copenhagen.  By the end of the day we’d walked all over the city and were exhausted.

Nothing that a big glass of wine and Danish pastry couldn’t fix, of course.

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Copenhagen, Part 1

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After we left London we took a short flight over to Denmark, where Jon had to work for a couple of days.  It just so happened that my good friend and co-worker, Caroline, was going to be there the same dates.  She was there visiting her cousin, and it worked out perfectly that I could tag along with them while Jon was at work.  Not to mention, Caroline’s cousin speaks Danish, which was a major help.  Everyone we encountered in Copenhagen spoke perfect English, but it was nice to have someone who knew the best shops and sights and could read labels on food for me.  I kept buying sparkling water and just wanted a big bottle of flat water, so it was nice to have her to tell me which bottle to buy.

Side story- we had picked up quite a few bottles of water thinking they were flat and drank all but one of them before we left.  I didn’t want to throw out the last bottle, so I decided to bring it with us on the plane.  You can bring sealed bottles of water with you if you’re traveling with a small child.  So I get to security and the security guard pulls it out and I say, “It’s for the baby!” and she looks at me and says, “This?  For the baby?”  I declare that of course it’s for the baby and she gives me a glare but relents, and sends us on our way.

A few hours later I was sitting on the plane and go to open the bottle of water and FIZZZZ sparkling water goes everywhere.  The security guard must have thought I was either dumb or just had a really fancy baby.

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We trekked over to the waterfront to see the famous Little Mermaid statue.  It was probably about a mile from where we were staying, and many say it underwhelms.  It was a gorgeous day and I’m glad we got over there to see it even though it was kind of small.  There were plenty of parks and green space along the way to sit down and relax for a bit as well.

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These next few were taken in front of the Queen’s Palace.  In Denmark you can just walk right up to the palace.  Cars would also randomly drive through this plaza which was kind of strange.

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Caroline played baby wrangler for a while.  You’ll see a theme here- Adelaide RUNS.  This kid never learned to walk, just run.  Seriously, it’s exhausting.  She hates holding hands.  She’s a pro at wiggling out of your grasp and running away at full speed.

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She became obsessed with this fountain.  All she wanted to do was climb straight in and take a swim.

You’re seeing the theme here, right?

Adelaide is crazy.

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London, The Final Part

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Just a few random photos from around London… Big Ben and the London Eye behind us.  Adelaide wasn’t very impressed, so she slept through it all.

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You would think from this post that Adelaide often naps in her stroller.  But don’t get it wrong.  This is a rare occurrence that just happens to be documented twice in one post.  Basically, she only falls asleep when we’re about to get somewhere interesting and is wide awake for times we wish she’d take a little snooze…

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Oh you know, just listening to the ocean…

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Taking a selfie in Liberty of London.  I was so excited to visit this store.  Basically, my heaven.

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Playing in the trash, as babies do.

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Adelaide was very unimpressed with her first trip on the tube.  We went 2 stops before finding out the train was no longer running due to construction, and were forced to take the bus.  Which ended up being a blessing.  The tube was VERY un-stroller friendly, and buses were surprisingly easy and stroller accessible.  In New York you have to fold up the stroller to take it on the bus, but in London there are no steps, and there’s a place to park the stroller as well.  We ended up taking the bus exclusively after that first tube ride, and I can’t speak highly enough of our experience.  I think the great bus system (and difference between the NY buses and London’s accessibility) was actually the most shocking thing about London.

the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug We sprung for the champagne package of the London Eye.  Basically because you avoid the lines and because everything is better with a little bit of alcohol.  Except when Adelaide is running around trying to spill everyone’s champagne.  Would you believe it if I told you that we were the only ones with a baby that got the champagne package??  Party of 3, please!

London, you were too good to us.  From the changing of the guard to the shops to the amazing bus system, we loved it all.  I’m even willing to overlook you going from bright sunny skies to torrential downpours with no warning.  Until next time, my friend.

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London, Part 3

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Remember that time I had a blog and actually kept it updated?  Ten years later and I’m still posting London pics, but hold tight, there are only 300 left to post.

My birthday fell over our trip to London, and it also happened to be the only day Jon had to work while we were there.  So while he was off earning the dolla dolla bills, Adelaide and I did some more sightseeing.

I stopped back at Westminster Abbey since we had gone on a Sunday (church closed except for services, and we had gotten there too late to attend) and Adelaide had been asleep.  I wanted to get some photos of her outside, and then to go inside and light a prayer candle.  That’s when I realized the line to get inside was around the block and I have a toddler, and well… you do the math. the baloney bug

Seconds after we took this photo with the leaf Adelaide grabbed a cigarette butt and that wasn’t gross at all.  #yesitwas the baloney bug Then we headed to Hyde Park to explore and run around for a bit.  But not without first taking the bus 20 minutes the wrong direction into the ghetto, but hey!  That’s why being a tourist is so fun!

Adelaide’s most favorite game is chasing pigeons (such a city girl) so that’s what we spent most of our time in the park doing.  I’m not sure it was necessary to fly across the pond to chase some pigeons, but it sure made her happy. the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug

We ended our day with shopping at Selfridge’s and Regent Street.  Adelaide insisted on slamming this stroller buggie into the wall, pulling it back and repeating.  Over and over.  And then had an epic meltdown when I tried to leave, where I’m sure everyone was talking about how that American woman can’t control her kid. the baloney bug

Overall we had a great day.  I drank a ton of Starbucks as I was constantly popping in to use the wifi and refresh my maps to figure out where the heck I was going.  I checked off a ton of places that I wanted to see and enjoyed quality time with my little lady.

Thank you London, for a lovely birthday.

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London, Part 2

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Our first full day in London we decided to take the Tower of London tour.  Jon had done it while in college, but seeing as this was my first trip (and Adelaide’s!) we thought it was worth visiting.  I’m glad we did because it was one of my favorite parts of the trip.  The tour was really entertaining and I’m glad we decided to do that instead of walking around by ourselves.

I try to let Adelaide out of the stroller or carrier as often as possible, but there were a lot of stairs here, so she had to be contained for the majority of our trip.  I always try to let her run around for a bit and burn some energy before we leave, though.  Kid has enough energy for all of us, so a little play time is essential.

the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug We completed our trip to the Tower of London by stopping at a pub for a pint and fish and chips.  Adelaide was all about the chips, not so much the fish.

Clearly she takes after her mama.

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London, Part 1

the baloney bug Apologies for the radio silence, blog friends.  Since the last time I posted we’ve been to um… 4 different countries.  We took a weekend trip to Toronto (pictures of that to come, sometime).  Then we took a little over a week trip to Europe where we spent a few days in London, a few days in Copenhagen and a very brief day trip across the border into Sweden.

Adelaide is nothing short of an amazing traveler.  She does so well on planes.  Generally she’s awake for boarding and then we nurse during takeoff, which paired with the white noise of the engines, puts her right to sleep.  I joke that the only time I get to watch movies is during plane rides when she’s asleep (this trip I finally watched Frozen, as well as American Hustle and Dallas Buyers Club).

Our flight to London was scheduled to depart NYC at 8:30pm, but we sat on the runway for a very exhausting 2 hours before finally taking off.  We landed the next morning in London on very little sleep only to hear that our hotel room wasn’t ready.  We decided to walk around and ended up catching the changing of the guards.  Then Adelaide and I ran around outside of Buckingham Palace for a while until she fell and then no one was happy.

the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug I swear all I do these days is chase this girl.  She is FAST. the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug Adelaide’s top and shoes // My sweatshirt, pants are old Gap (similar) and  shoes (on sale!) the baloney bug Oh hey, stroller.  I’ll try to do a post one of these days about how we make it through the airport.  We’ve brought our stroller on every flight we’ve ever taken, but always checked it at the desk and I wear Adelaide through security and the airport.  And then I get a chuckle at all the other parents trying to get that thing through security. the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug These next few photos were taken at the end of the day when we were walking back to our hotel and realized there were way less people outside and tried to snap a few more photos:

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London, you were too good to us.

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Easter Recap

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Jon had to travel the days leading up to Easter, so Adelaide and I took the train down to Maryland.  Jon ended up flying in on Easter and driving back up with us.  There of course was time to snap a few photos before we hit the road.  Adelaide wasn’t really interested in posing for nice pictures, so we ended up swinging her and letting her run.

I had a great time visiting my family, as always, but the ride back was less than spectacular.  The 3 hour drive ended up taking 6.5 and Adelaide didn’t sleep at all.  But we finally made it back in time to put her to bed, unpack and crash. the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug http://www.thebaloneybug.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/14-04-20_Easter_321.jpg the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug I absolutely love this age.  Adelaide is getting into everything, and I love seeing her mind work as she explores new places, new textures, new everything.  We’re headed to Toronto tonight (my first flight alone with her!) and I’m a little bit nervous and a lot excited.

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One Year Update

the baloney bug I wanted to get some “official” one year shots of Adelaide, so last weekend we went to Jon’s office where he has a mini studio set up.  Little girl had quite a difficult time standing on her mark because ohlookoverthere.

She wanted to do anything but stand in one spot, so I was pretty busy chasing her around while Jon tried to snap some photos.

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An attempt to get her to sit still and get some mama baby photos.  Also, unsuccessful. the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug Latest tricks:

Jon and I are constantly amazed by this kid.  It seemed like at the beginning milestones were so far apart.

First there was the smile.  Then weeks later, roll over.  Months later, sit up.  Now she’s learning and growing at lightening speed.

Walking- She now walks exclusively.  If she falls, she’ll get right back up and keep going.  She often looks like a drunk lady, but that makes it even better.

Clapping- She’ll start clapping when I sing, which I judge her a little bit for, because mama can’t carry a tune.  She also does the “round and round” motion when I sing “Wheels on the Bus” which is crazy adorable.

Peekaboo- This is my favorite of the games.  She’ll pull something over her head and I say, “Where’s Adelaide?” and she pulls it down and starts laughing hysterically.  Love.

Food- Still a struggle, but we’re seeing progress.  We’ve discovered she loves oatmeal with bananas, still loving meat (chicken, kielbasa, pepperoni), yogurt and hummus.  She also loves throwing food on the floor, which is Brady’s favorite part of meal time.  And she may have shared an ice cream cone while riding in a wagon with our friend’s two year old son.

Stats- At her 1 year check up she weighed 17lbs (3rd percentile) and was in the 43rd percentile for height.  Tiny peanut.  Our doctor is no longer worried about her weight.  She’s just a tiny girl.

Hobbies- Playing in Brady’s food, eating Brady’s food, spilling Brady’s water.

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Adelaide’s Donut Party

the baloney bug I never thought I’d feel so emotional about my baby turning one.  I always hear moms talking about their kid turning one and think, “Okay, it’s not really that big of a deal.

But it is.  In so many ways.

I mean, first off, I survived a year of parenting.  I think that alone is worth a party.

There were days over the last year that just dragged on, but then somehow they turned into weeks and before I knew it, I had a one year old.  One who is walking and doing tricks and constantly making me laugh.

I keep thinking back to a year ago when my water broke, when we walked the halls of the hospital, when I trusted my body and when I became a mother.  I think about that call I made to my mom to tell her I was in labor and how I started crying thinking about how my life was about to change, while she told me I could do this.

My life has stayed the same in some ways, and simultaneously changed in every way.

I sometimes forget that I’m a mom.  When I go to work or when I am out without Adelaide.  I’m just another normal person on the street, except I’m not.  I’m a mother to a precious girl.  A one year old.

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I decided a while back that the party theme would be donuts.  And yes, donuts can be a party theme.  Why not?  We served donuts from Doughnut Plant which were a huge hit.  Since our party was at noon, I wanted to serve brunch type foods.  We had also rented out a space, so I couldn’t serve any hot foods.  I finally decided on donuts (of course), bagels, donut shaped cake pops, chicken salad on croissants and fresh fruit cups.  And booze. 14-03-08_1st_Birthday_05 the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug

The majority of our party was adults, so we set up a bloody mary bar (so much fun picking ingredients for this- even made some bacon which was a hit), mimosas (with orange and grapefruit juice), water and coffee.  I had a dream a few days before the party that we forgot celery for the bloody mary bar.  The horror!

We also asked that our friends not bring gifts.  We live in a tiny apartment and just don’t have the space for extra things.  Plus we wanted to just have our friends all gather and come have a good time without have to worry about picking out a gift for a one year old.  Our friends are so generous though, and literally every person asked if they could bring something or help out in some way.  In hindsight I might have asked them to bring food or toiletries for the shelter my church supports so that they didn’t feel awkward showing up empty handed.

The room was filled with our friends and family who love us and love Adelaide.  To look every direction and see the people that have helped you raise your daughter is a feeling like no other.  I know how lucky I am to have had the support I’ve had over the last year and I’m eternally grateful for every single one of those people.  It really does take a village. the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug I was hesitant to have a smash cake at the party for a few reasons.  We’d have to get a high chair to the party location, Adelaide would of course get messy, but how messy?  I decided to suck it up and go for it.  The cake was made at a local bakery (I just asked for a plain white 4″ cake) and I put donut shaped cake pops on top.

I brought a change of clothes for her and a ton of wipes. 

Turns out we didn’t really need them because girlfriend doesn’t want any cake.

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She was not at all interested in the cake.  She picked off the donuts one by one and tossed them to the ground.  She wouldn’t even touch the cake, so finally Jon put his finger in the icing and gave her a taste.  She was still skeptical.  Finally, we got her a fork and she took a few bites off of a fork and then tried to stand up and get out of her chair.  Basically, it was the cleanest smash cake you’ve ever seen.  She didn’t wear a bib and didn’t get a speck of icing on her clothes.  She kills me. the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug I still can’t believe I have a one year old.  I’m so lucky to be her mama.

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Thoughts on Having an Almost One Year Old

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^^Getting some walking practice in before bath

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^^The subway doors opened, this guy got on  one knee and proposed.  Then the subway doors closed and they were off.  It was awesome.

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^^Brady steals Jon’s seat on the couch

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^^Loves snow.  At least someone is enjoying this winter.

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This weekend my little baby turns one.  It’s hitting me much harder than I expected.  My heart almost feels heavy thinking that she’s not a little baby anymore.  I’ll save the rest of my mushy thoughts about this for her actual birthday post.

We’re full swing into party mode in our apartment.  I’m so excited to have all of the people who have supported us and loved on her over the last year in one place at one time to celebrate.

Bring on the party!

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