Or should I say good afternoon.
Or should I say good afternoon.
Good morning! This mamma actually crashed last night whilst feeding my munchkin #2, and then woke up SUPER DUPER early on her own (I won’t tell you just how early to spare you the shock). These days, once my little one settles in he can pretty much sleep through the night, which is nice – I’ll tell you more about that another time. In fact, more often than not I’m the one who needs to get HIM up as he’s truly NOT a morning person.
What can I say… the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Though between my quick jaunt to NYC last week, and my upcoming trip to Arizona, I’ll likely be getting up quite early myself, so this new routine is good for me!
Speaking of routine… given everything that’s been going on I figured it was high time to get some SPA TIME on the docket! I can’t tell you the last time I’ve gotten a proper massage (maybe pre-natal at the Great Jones Spa down in Noho?). So, in honor of our upcoming SPA ESCAPADE in Arizona, I’ll be sharing some photos from one of my favorite spa that I visited during our family trip to St. Lucia.
Nestled right in between the famed pitons on Sugarloaf, this is the spot for you! You’ve seen my earlier review about the Viceroy hotel on Sugar Beach, but never about the spa itself (which truly deserves its own review!). Apart from the deeply relaxing treatment I had (and believe me mamma needed some chill time during that particular period of high-power stress… why is May NEVER relaxing??), the experience itself was bar none. I never thought that I would feel like a little woodland nymph prancing in the forest, from one tree house to another, but there I was! The whole thing somehow made me feel like I was on the set of FernGully – in the most positive way I might add.
Apart from the mood setting, which was fabulous, you also get to enjoy some adult-only time (key when traveling with little people!) where you can just sit back and recline in the waiting room that literally feel like a floating lounge in and amongst the wilderness… so cool! Oh, and dare I say that the private pool time at the very end was amazing as well. I suppose if you want to get revved up after treatment, you can always go for a light hike around those tree bridges. Once you get up high you can get another glimpse of the magnificent Pitons, which you never get tired of admiring.
This is luxury pampering and relaxation at its best in a paradise location, so the only thing I can say is – you must GO! In the meantime… I hope you enjoy these shots mamma took in her then trance-like state of ecstasy.
Well hello there from NYC!
Mamma just flew in fresh this morning… the plan is to take care of some business, have dinner at Upland in Gramercy with some old friend (the Obamas and Bono dined there last Friday so now naturally it’s my turn!), get some sleep, and get back on the plane bright and early tomorrow morning to return to hubs and babies. Whew! All the while pumping away because… well you know, my baby’s gotta eat!
Speaking of babies… hubby was saying to me yesterday how “hard” it is to scroll through his phone without getting distracted. “So many cute photos of the little ones!”
Tell me about it… I thought. In fact, one of my favorite things to do is to scroll through my photo archives and revisit those magical, precious, and undeniably short-lived moments which will never be quite the same as my children grow. That’s what I love about blogging – you can some how memorialize the fleetingness of live and pay homage to it in your own special way.
So here are some casual snaps from a long, long time ago. There was nothing particularly special about that day, except for the fact that it was a lovely summer weekend in June, and we just wanted to get out of the house a bit for a stroll (that’s what I love the most about the city! The easiness of it all). Munchkin was wearing his rabbit fur vest from Bonpoint that I love so much, and we ended up going to MOMA to buy him his very first scooter (again, a very unplanned event… to think that the scooter was so foreign to Rockshic Baby back then, and now he is an unstoppable maniac on that thing!). The air was intoxicating, the energy bar none, and most importantly – we were all together. Looking back, these are the best moments a girl can wish for.
Well hello hello! I blink and nearly a week has gone by… the weekend has come and gone, we’ve had some possible false alarms with Munchkin #2 (he hasn’t been feeding well so we’ve been really wracking our brains on what to do, but thankfully it seems like things are on the mend!!).
Then again, I suppose this is what life is like as parents – always questioning yourself and overthinking everything. Or, perhaps, as a friend pointed out, it’s because we’re inherently New Yorkers so we just naturally like to over-complicate things?
In any case, I’m slowly coming out of my funk now, and again playing catch up (I tell ya, I’m still waiting for that magical “day” or perhaps even “week” when everything is aligned and thereby work exactly as it should but I doubt that’s ever going to happen!!).
I did mention, during one of my previous posts this month, that March is ALL about organization -- which means sorting through my old memory archives, in preparation for a new iPhone (haha, I know – it sounds so silly, but as a blogger, writer, photographer, I rely so heavily on my phone it's ridiculous… and when my phone is askew, well… it can really turn my life topsy turvey).
These photos were taken during our family vacay in St. Lucia (almost two years ago now!!). I look back at them quite fondly, and a part of it makes me just a tad sad, knowing that we were able to shower our Nuke Baby with so much love and care… we truly rolled out the red carpet for him in all facets!
Of course, we still love and adore our Rockshic Baby #1 to pieces, but our time and resources are now divided among the two boys instead of one, which in itself is a life changing prospect (I’ll get to that some other time!).
That said, brunch at the eco-chic Ladera Resort in St. Lucia (at their restaurant called Dasheene) was simply magnificent!!! Truly everything I thought it would be (and made renting a car on the tropical island worth the extra bucks). The resort itself was a small drive from our hotel (we stayed at nearby Viceroy Hotel on Sugarbeach), and the views of the Piton Mountain were positively stunning (really, with a view like that, who cares about the food?).
I loved, btw, that each table had its own little squirt gun to scare away the birds, truly a nice! touch! The menu is all about sustainable cooking using locally sourced ingredients, but it’s the yam basket, roast conch, and coconut rum spices that really got me!!! As far as scenic family dining goes, this one takes the cake.
All the more reason to go back to St. Lucia I say! Once we sort out our routine now that we’re traveling as a tribe of four. We’ve already made it to Tribeca and then sunny Southwest Florida… now just need to aim for the Caribbean!
Happy International Women’s Day!
There I can go on and on about the importance of today. Let’s just say that as a proud woman – mother, wife, daughter and girl boss – that I am more pumped about this day than ever before.
Plus, it started off on the right footing with yoga on the beach. Can you believe that I’ve been meaning to do this sine we arrived in Florida? Now… basically two months later, I’m finally making it happen.
Believe me when I say, I hope to make this a regular occurrence every Wednesday. I realize that it’s quite possible (as the beach is just a short 10 minute drive from munchkin’s school)… so long as I get my oldest up, fed, dressed, and out the door in time in the morning… and make sure to feed and pump for my little guy. Oh… and make sure that I am dressed for fitness too!!!
It all sounds simple, but I can assure you it’s trickier than you think.
Now off to make the most of the day!
So just like that, March has descended upon us in full force, which means that we’ve officially spent more than two months in Florida… and this mamma is pretty much half way through her maternity leave! (In truth, I had initially only planned on taking 12 weeks this go-around, so glad I changed my mind).
So what’s in store for March, you ask? Quite a bit actually – though possibly not as ground-breaking as February.
So about wraps things up (I believe). I’m actually starting to enjoy this monthly round-up! I started it quite haphazardly last month, for milestones in February… and now I find that the list actually serves to whip mamma to shape and helps to keep me honest. Score!
If you think I’m missing anything else for the month of March… please let me know. Most importantly, SPRING is around the corner! YEEEEEP.
As I said in an earlier post of mine that looks back at our first dining excursion as a family of four – it’s been one heck of a whirlwind since we welcomed our second munchkin into the household. Since early December, we’ve packed up our Manhattan apartment, closed and sold it (to an actress no less!), celebrated Christmas and New Year, then flew down to Florida for the winter. All while papa bird holds down the fort in NYC and shuttles back and forth, which is no small feat.
Meanwhile, I’ve had to do a lot of restocking of goodies for both boys… who each have different needs given where they are in life. My little guy needs a ton of baby gear (and diapers), and my big guy… well he needs a ton of EVERYTHING (clothes, toys, books, gear, food, love, attention, you name it). One thing that I am thrilled to give him are some nifty new hair products that are perfectly tailored for his sensitive skin. I’m talking about SoCozy’s new collection called HUSH, which includes Hush Sensitive 2 in 1 shampoo + conditioner, ultra-gentle leave-in detangler, styling foam for natural hold, and sensitive scalp serum for natural treatment (we’ve got it all!).
My munchkin is digging the sensitive 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner. It’s even got these neat little bristles at the end that allows for extra smooth gentle cleansing (gentle scalp rest at ease!). Since he was born, we’ve been using three in one stuff (i.e., body wash, hair, etc) when we take a bath, and I think that it’s about time that he graduates to at least hair-specific products.
Now as you might know, we are a HUGE SoCozy fan in this household – ever since my oldest munchkin got his first haircut there circa 2014!!! Crazy huh… I remember this event (right at the height of New York Fashion Week) like it was yesterday and yet this was nearly three years ago. I think the brand, its mission, and what it represents is absolutely fabulous. Why shouldn’t little folks have access to the best hair products, made from the best ingredients with absolutely zero chemicals… the same way that grown-ups do? After all, this is your CHILD we’re talking about.
So yes, needless to say, we are super excited about SoCozy’s new HUSH collection. Even better, we can find it right at the baby-care aisle at Target!!! (Our go-to is the Super Target at Coconut Point in Estero). Did I mention that my Rockshic Baby 1 is absolutely OBSESSED with Target ever since we got to Florida? It may have to do with the fact that he never leaves the store without a toy (or two)…
Last but not least, if you order these new SoCozy products from now through March 18th, you can also get a Cartwheel deal for 25% off the Hush Collection. Score!!! So what are you waiting for?
Stay tuned for more info regarding a giveaway opportunity with SoCozy!
Now that we’ve been living like a Floridian for over two months (OMG!), I must say that there has been some fundamental shifts in our routine. Apart from the obvious (nice weather every day, driving places as opposed to walking, more space than you know what to do with...), one of the key attributes that’s changed is that my son and I listen to tunes together all day long whenever we go anywhere.
It’s no surprise that my oldest is a huge music fan (see past posts on music lessons in Manhattan and right here in Naples), I’d like to think that it all began with Baby Blanket Music back when he was just a wee little thing. Nowadays, however, our car is basically playing Justin Roberts’ songs on repeat – so much so that both hubs and I basically know all of the words to his album.
Apart from being incredibly talented (Justin Roberts is a twice-Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter), I also love the fact that his songs are perfectly geared toward boys my son’s age. The contents range from skipping out on Dodgeball (something his father would never allow him to get away with! Apparently my husband loved dodgeball growing up in New Zealand, who knew?!), to enjoying Valentine’s day as a boy ("I don’t want to be yours, and you don’t want to be mine"). Since we just celebrated all of the Valentine processions you can possibly think of in this household, you best believe that this particular song was on repeat both morning and night!
Oh, and let’s not forget the cover song “Lemonade,” which my boy would instantly request pretty much every day when I pick him up from preschool. The song, much like Roberts' entire album, is backed up by all acoustics (think ukuleles, banjos, percussion, and the like), and makes for easy-listening for both mummy and son! Win win!!
You can check out more info about Justin Roberts here. I highly recommend his stuff!
Oh, and also check out this article covering Justin’s music back in 2010 in the New York Times. “I FELL for Justin even before I had kids,” comments the author. That sounds like pretty high praise to me, though I can’t say that I’m terribly surprised given how intimately appreciative we all are of Roberts' Lemonade album in this household.
Now, we just need to get some more Justin Roberts songs to mix things up a little.
Whoa! I literally blink and it’s already the end of Saturday. Seriously, where did the week go? Earlier this week we *finally* had our closing (henceforth checking off the last item of our February "to do' list). Tomorrow I plan to bring my (recovering) older muchkin to the annual Naples Strawberry Festival (last featured here) – super excited!!
In the meantime, I’m also happy to say that my younger munchkin (who just turned 12 weeks!!!) is getting stronger by the day. We recently started doing tummy time with him (by recent I suppose I’m really talking about the last few weeks or so... what can I say, I lose track of the days). At his two months well visit, the doc rolled him over and my munchkin was lifting his little neck up like a nimble little baby sea turtle. I quickly came to the realization that I had completely forgotten about the merits of tummy time! (In truth there are lots things I’d forgotten the second go-around, so perhaps I’m not the pro I thought I'd be!)
“You should definitely let him practice tummy time to help promote upper body strenth,” advised the doc.
So off we went searching for that perfect tummy mat. A lot of what’s out there is almost a tad too big and wide, in my opinion, and since we have mostly hard-wood floors in the Florida condo I didn’t feel comfortable putting him on the floor just yet – so it was really important that I could find something which fitted nicely on my bed in order for this hawkish mummy can keep a watchful eye.
Enter… the Sassy Tummy Time Playspot! I love the Sassy line in general since my older munchkin always loved their tray dining toys. Along the same vein, the Sassy Baby tummy mat is well made, fun, and incredibly baby appropriate. I like the mat for its lightness and durability, not to mention the many items which are great for my little one. The high-contrast colors and black & white mirrors are great for vision (and helps to train his focus), and the rattle plus teether attached are perfect complements to help promote both texture sensitivity and sound/location skills.
Although the tummy mat comes with its own little mirror, I felt that it was slightly too small, so we matched the playspot with Sassy’s floor mirror – which is much taller and wider, and comes with these nice extra touches such as a spinning ball that rattles, crinkling leaves for additional discovery, and a little bumble bee on top for further exploration. Together, the Sassy tummy mat and floor mirror make a terrific set, and are super duper cute to boot!
Now the tricky part is keeping my big guy off of his little brother’s things. I tell ya, these days I am having a really tough time with sibling jealousy from Rockshic Baby #1. Any tips to help me combat this phenomenon from veteran moms? Pass them on please!!! I am all ears.
Happy Monday! We’ve had a rough week last week, given that our little munchkin fell sick and pretty much turned everything topsy turvey for us.
Good news is that things are on the mend! It’s a brand new week (and almost a new month!!), and mamma’s feeling pretty good overall -- ready to turn my blogging game back up a notch!!!
This brings me back to some older post that I’ve been meaning to publish for some time now. This one was taken just a few days after my Rockshic Baby #2 turned two weeks (so little!). He’s eleven weeks now, crazy how time flies (see Baby Milestone here). Hard to believe that February is almost over!
We met up with some friends downtown (who brought their own fresh munchkin). It marked our first brunch (or dining outing of any form) since we became a family of four, and it was actually much more relaxed than I had anticipated. Granted, we kept it pretty short and sweet, chose Sarabeth's Tribeca as our destination -- pretty much the most family-friendly location I could think of (visit City Baby Dining for similar spots!), and mamma tasted her first cocktail in a long, long time! Bubbly Bellini’s can fix anything, I tell ya.
Oh… and we were still in NYC at that stage, hence the layered garb that you see once we left the restaurant. How cute is that gray plaid cashmere shawl btw? I got it from this Tosave in Gray – you can find it here. For the savvy fashionista in all of us! Munchkin's adorable new dino hat is from KooKooShka Kids -- which we bought when we went to the Holiday Train Show in Grand Central!!!
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