Well hello there and Happy Tuesday!!! It was truly a great four days in our household, starting with Friday, where hubs surprised us with an early flight to Florida from NYC! We’ve been doing lots of back and forth flying as you know… the life of a snowbird has its pitfalls. #snowbirdproblems.
Suffice to say it was absolutely lovely, relaxing, wonderful, and filled with laughs and giggles (with minimal tears from the littles all weekend!)… and my big boy couldn’t be happier that we were all together. Case in point, every five minutes he would hug one of us and say “I love you.” #HeartMelty
My little guy, recently four months old, has also been a super champ. We started him on solids on Easter Sunday!!! True to form as a little monkey (he was born in the year of the monkey per the Chinese Zodiac), this little munchkin loooooves his bananas! We gave it to him on Sunday, mixed it with breastmilk, and he asked for it again last night as well as this morning!
It’s actually quite interesting as pretty much everything stops here in Florida on Easter Sunday (very different from New York), and in a way – though I I didn’t expect it, I truly enjoyed that! It somehow forced me to slow down a bit, take a breather from everything that I was doing, and just truly savor the moment, something I think I need to do more often.
Thanks to the good folks at the Village Shops on Venetian Bay, we met our SECOND Easter bunny of the season and took a super cute family photo as a party of four!!! (In the past, we've only ever gone to the Venetian Village for photos with Santa, turns out they do a great Easter Jamboree too!). For the occasion, mamma was projecting some Cochella vibes because… well ‘tis the season for Cochella and how can you not get into the spirit of the Free People? Besides, you know I dig me some boho chic at the best of times, Coachella notwithstanding!!
Lastly… Easter Sunday will forever have a special meaning in our hearts as that was the day that our little Rockshic Baby 2 was conceived! We did IVF so this whole timing thing is pretty darn accurate. Someday, I wish to share all of my infertility struggles (with both of my kids) with my dear readers, but for now, I just want to go back to showering my little darling baby with endless kisses and making every moment count because I know how quickly it will all go by!!!
Hope you and your loved ones had a fantastic Easter!
So this is long overdue as we are nearing the middle of April and I have a feeling that this month is going to be over before I know it… so here goes!
#Goals for April (plus some milestones)!!
There’s quite a bit going on in April, and two big things in this household are:
There goes April in a nutshell! No real travel plans on the docket and that is just fine with me!! For some reason March seemed particularly travel heavy and I’m really looking forward to playing some catch-up in April before May hits us. I see lots of archiving and writing in the near-term, and I am loving that very prospect. See post son February and March here. I’m really starting to like these! I wish I would have done one for January, but there’s nothing to say that mamma can’t do it retroactively, right?
Drop me a note and let me know what you're thinking for April, I'd love to know!
Well hello there!! I can't believe that it is already April 12. Here I was still not quite ready to let go of March… But nevertheless, here we are! In fact we've already done our first Easter Egg Hunt recently, see here for some impossibly cute bunnyvibes.
Happy Monday and also happy National Siblings Day! This was actually not the post I was intending on publishing today, but sometimes you just have to go with the moment and do something completely impromptu.
As it happens, April 10, 2017 will also mark the very first National Siblings Day that my two boys will celebrate together, ever since they became inextricably linked to one another back in 2016 when my second baby was born. Being an only child myself, my only outlet is to live vicariously through these two and experience the unique and unparalleled sibling love that they share with one another. Even as a mere observer, it is a blissful and indescribably beautiful thing to watch, as though they seem to demonstrate this inherent understanding of the other person. I say this, in spite of the fact that half the time we’re literally yelling at our older Nuke-boy to “please be gentle with your brother,” while he’s protesting back "but I want to kiss him!” #momproblems
Sigh… such is the inexplicable bond between brothers, or so I’d like to imagine as the mummy of two young boys.
Hello my lovelies!
Well... as if time couldn't go by any faster, Easter is now just around the corner! I remember this time last year I was rejoicing the fact that Spring had finally hit Manhattan at last. Seriously, what took you so long?!
Though not particularly religious, Easter has always had a special meaning in this household, especially since Nuke baby was born (see posts from 2014, 2015, and 2016). It's just too darn adorable... with the baskets, the chickadees, the tulips and bows, the eggs, the bunnies... the WORKS!!!
Really, what's a girl to do.
As my oldest gets older, he is also getting crazy jazzed about all things Easter-related (I had to talk him out of getting a sign that said "egg hunt starts here" from Target just the other day.... in exchange for some marshmallow peeps of course).
Oh, and we didn't know it at the time, but yours truly got preggars with baby #2 right ON EASTER! How fecund!!! Talk about apropos.
So earlier this week I picked munchkin up from school and took him to the Naples Vanderbilt beach library (right across some of my favorite post-yoga joints like "Fit and Fuel" see full feature here), where they were hosting a fun little Easter gathering. We got to make and decorate our own Easter bag and then go egg hunting right in the backyard (this is some fancy library let me tell ya. Overlooking the waters!!). The best part was that all of the eggs were empty so it really doesn't matter how many you collect (didn't stop the little ones from going nuts).... and in the end every participant gets a little treat bag to go!!!! Okay so it's a bit of a "Utopian society" approach to egg hunting, but definitely more stress-free for mamma!
Note to New Yorkers.... perhaps we should foot the same approach back home? This would at least make the whole egg hunting process a bit less competitive and (often) tears-inducing. Just a suggestion.
So there you have it! There are so many more Easter activities coming up in Naples (this is our second time spending the season here, the last time was back in 2015 before Nuke baby started school). There are a few great ones at the Venetian Village, the Waterside Shops, Miramar Outlets, and Coconut Point, just off the top of my head -- so we are spoiled for choices!
When it comes to baby swaddles, both hubs and family can attest to the fact that I have a problem… a REAL problem, with swaddles. What can I say, they’re just so darn cute! Plus they’re practically good for almost *everything* and this includes:
I won’t lie, I used to be a serious Aden+Anais girl, but after using swaddles by Milk Snob, I’m positively sold! The texture is absolutely fantastic and softer than most of the other swaddles I’ve used. Somehow the coverage also seems more ample (even after multiple washings!), perhaps attributed to the well-tailored fabric. I’ve used bamboo swaddles before but this one seem to have more bounce and durability to it… plus, it’s monochromatic which seems to be the theme-du-jour!
Fun fact: today my three year old toddler said to me, "mommy! There're NUMBERS on his blanket!" He then proceeds to count the numbers, which turned into a fun little game for all #extraproductperk
Oh, and my munchkin #2 simply LOVES it so if you ever catch us going for a stroll, taking a nap, or just generally lounging, you’ll very probably find me using this swaddle (unless, of course, it is in the wash).
P.S. Milk Snob also makes these fantastic covers that are serves a multitude of functions (i.e., nurse cover, car-seat cover, and even a great fit for your shopping cart!). More on this later, but for now I am just suuuper excited to talk about my new swaddle discovery!!! I am always beyond excited whenever I discover a new baby product that I love so much (having been well versed in the baby industry since late 2012, that’s truly saying something!).
I still can't get over the fact that it's almost the end of March!!!!! Feels like just the other day I was putting together my wish list of to-dos for the month and here I am.... Ready to bid adieu to yet another month. I tell ya, our little winter excursion in the Gulfcoast of SW Florida is going by super duper quick!!
It also makes you appreciate the moment a bit more. It all started when I was chatting with a good friend yesterday who was lamenting on the cold back in New York City and then it really dawned on me! I need to take my little guy out more often, if just for a quick walk right here within our gated community (I used to think that he wouldn't like it as it's not like there's a local cafe to go to.... what can I say -- I guess I'm just a city mommy at heart).
As it turns out, he absolutely LOVED it!
My little cherub fell asleep in his Babyhome Emotion Stroller right as we walked past the waters and by the time we walked to the pool he was pretty much in his own little dreamland. So there you have it, mamma's gonna stop making up excuses and I'm simply going to take this little one out for walks everyday, or as much as I possibly can during our remaining time here (see my recent post here on settling in with our little "routine" down here in Florida).... whilst juggling everything so that it's all within reach. #SuperMom
So tell me, what are some of your near-term goals?? They don't need to be crazy earth shattering (mine certainly are not!!!), but I tell ya... a little bit done everyday can truly make a mega impact down the road!
Happy Tuesday! Mamma's back from her whirlwind trip to Arizona -- which was really something. For once I can also honestly say that I am feeling more rejuvenated than ever!!! Traveling sans children will do that to you. That... and being able to sleep uninterrupted through the night -- which on its own made for a truly marvelous experience.
While I can't say that I did everything on my itinerary/wish list (you can't have everything eh). I *can* say that I did get to do quite a lot.
As it was meant to be a spa tour-de-force in Arizona -- what better way to kick off the experience than at the Joya spa at Omni Scottsdale Resort at Montelucia? Located just 20 minutes from the Phoenix airport at 4949 East Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley, it was literally a convenient hop skip and a jump airport to the hotel. We arrived right after lunch with a view at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain (more on that later), and wasted no time in completely immersing ourselves in the magical and decadent experience that was the Joya Spa!
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