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THESE DAYS...

Posted on: Monday








These days, we've been homebodies, mostly. Cooking and eating and eating some more, and occasionally cleaning- that's what our days have been filled with.  We've been stewing pots of vegetables, roasting squashes, baking cakes, and simmering cocoa. Since the chill of the autumn season set in, all I've wanted to do is to fill the apartment with the warmth and aromas of hot wintery food.  Then there was that one time last week when Gaby brought home a pizza, which was a treat.  Most of the time we forget to take advantage of the fact that in New York City you can get pretty great pizza on virtually every street corner. 

These days, Biet walks, REALLY WALKS! Everywhere.  She's got the confidence and stamina of someone about a thousand times her size, and she just wants to go all of the time.  She has even begun pointing her little finger straight forward, arm extended, and yelling "go!" all day long.  Our stroller was rendered useless about 7 days ago, when Biet discovered the awesomeness that is walking the streets of the city.  Coincidentally,  it broke the next time we tried to put her in it. The company has been great and is sending us a new one, but it will take 8-10 weeks to arrive. Biet is not complaining. 

These days, we're settling back in to normal life after the hurricane, and attempting to set up some more formal routines in our house.  I realized the other day that this little boy will be here in just 16 weeks, so maybe its time to have Biet on a bit stricter of a sleeping schedule.  She's always been stubborn about bedtimes, so we are working now on straightening that out.  I think that the sleeplessness which accompanies mothering a newborn will be far easier to handle if we at least know what to expect with the rest of the family.  So these days, we've been detailing and testing new routines, some of which will hopefully stick and bring a bit more structure to our lives. 

These days, we've been feeling like a real family, Gaby and I both agree.  No longer like two parents with a baby, but like a single unified family, with three distinct personalities (four, with Nico, and soon to be five!). These days have been really good. 


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18 COMMENTS:

  1. love the last picture!

    http://kribamil.blogspot.de/

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  2. I too love the last photo! Biet will have some pretty amazing lips when she's a grown lady! As for the sleeping schedule, we had the same problem with Robin until her erratic naps (or lack thereof) were becoming impossible to handle and coordinate with Maia's schedule. So we used the Ferber method (after a lot of trepidation on my part) and it worked immediately. Our life has changed (for the better). I wrote about it here: http://islandfairy.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/a-new-routine-for-our-robin-bird/

    I am sure you'll all be settled by the time baby boy arrives. Enjoy these last few weeks alone with Biet...I wouldn't go back to having one child for the world but I do miss having more time and energy for my first-born.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing about your experience with sleep schedules! I find it surprisingly difficult to find honest accounts and experiences from other parents online, so this is really helpful! We are making a *little* progress so far. :)

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  3. Isn't that the best feeling? The moment you realize you are truly a family. Babies are wonderful, no doubt, but my favorite time was when my children were old enough to discover themselves & their own personalities. When, as you put it, you become a single unified family with distinct individual personalities. That is when the fun begins!
    Oh and the pizza...sigh. I miss having good pizza at my fingertips. I'm originally from San Francisco, where good pizza was plentiful and everybody delivered. Now, not so much. There are other perks to living in the mountains, but I do miss the 'zza {and the real sourdough, but that is a tale for another day}.

    http://aclosetintellectual.blogspot.com/

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    1. It is pretty amazing. It just happened one day, I guess- we were suddenly a real family. I love it.
      p.s.- At times I wish I could move to the mountains for a few weeks, can we trade sometime?

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  4. sleeping pictures are always the greatest :) nothing wrong with being homebodies, it looks like your family is enjoying the time together :)

    xo,
    kristyn

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  5. He'll be here in only 16 weeks?! When is your due date mama?

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    1. My due date is Feb 21st!! So so soon I can't believe it!

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  6. Love these pictures. Biet is amazingly beautiful!

    Kassi
    www.babiesandbrewskies.blogspot.com

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  7. There really is no better scent than those of the autumnal/ winter seasons. I feel like if you are able to create or recreate what I feel are nostalgic smells it somehow validates and evokes this odd sense of adulthood, yeah I think that's what that is... whatever it is I love it!

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    1. I know exactly what you mean! To me, its creating the feelings of magic and security and love, through tradition and food. The whole season revolves around these feelings, so it makes every day so meaningful and nostalgic.

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  8. Your pictures are so sweet. Can't wait to read more of your blog!

    http://www.teenyhippie.com/

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    1. Thank you Karen! I'm so happy you found us!

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    1. Thank you Kendra! And I love reading about your adventures with two- such an inspiration!

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