Veni, vidi, vici.
Jordan and I traipsed all over New York City with our 14 month old and lived to tell the tale! Seriously. In the coming weeks I’ll share more about our trip, especially what I learned about traveling with a toddler. Lessons such as: unless you go on large family vacations with reinforcement, vacationing with a toddler in toe isn’t relaxing. But, remember, everyday with a toddler is exhausting so why not go somewhere fun!
Would I label NYC family friendly? Probably not, but everyone was so helpful. Offering up their seats on the subway or lending a hand when we had suitcases and a stroller. Overall, it was a wonderful experience and my prediction that Phoenix would love the airplane was correct!
Do you have a specific question you want me to answer about our time in New York City?
Jordan and I are glad to be home though I do miss the little cafe below our AirBnB in Harlem — we practically became locals. Once Phoenix was asleep Jordan would go downstairs and order dinner for us. Our days started there with croissants and lattes!
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Phoenix had a blast at his birthday party. I’ve never seen him so confident. People he barely knew held him and it didn’t phase him. I mentioned last week I was baking his cake and it was delicious. Granted, a cake full of sugar and fat should, hopefully, taste good. 😉 I highly recommend Smitten Kitchen’s cake recipe and Kate’s frosting.
Phoenix and I both came down with a cold this week. My voice is still recovering. Phoenix bounced back after a day, so thankfully he was able to go to school. I sounded worse than I felt. Despite not being 100 % this week I managed to select my clothes for New York City next week! My friend inspired me to use packing cubes. Do you pack with packing cubes? Apparently, they make all of the difference.
Oh, my sweet friends at True Co. interviewed me for their Femme Friday feature. We chatted about balance, nutrition, style, motherhood and a few Nashville recommendations.
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Hi Friends! Phoenix’s birthday cake is currently baking in the oven and I’m praying it turns out alright. I enjoy baking (and eating baked goods), but I don’t pay attention to details enough to bake many things that involve layers and icing. I followed Smitten Kitchen’s recipe. Deb never disappoints. The icing is Kate’s recipe. Keeping it simple. I’ll share photos next week!
We are excited to celebrate Phoenix with our friends, but come Sunday evening I am ready to buckle down and prep for our NYC vacation. There are still a lot of details to solidify, but I’m confident I can get a good grip on everything before next weekend. My ultimate goal is to finish the logistical details so next Sunday I can pack!
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Oh, hey there! I unintentionally took time off from the blogging. Between Hurricane Harvey and Irma and DACA and Charlottesville I felt burnt out. Then Phoenix got croup and, simultaneously, (on my BIRTHDAY!!) I had food poisoning. I went to a new hip juice bar/sandwich/salad restaurant in town (while waiting for Phoenix’s steroid prescription) and yeah, won’t be going back! I’m now hesitant to order salads at restaurants anymore.
My energy was limited to the absolute essentials (i.e. my jobs, Phoenix, Jordan) and thus my break set-in. We were supposed to have a party last weekend, but we rescheduled — Croup is highly contagious. We continued to accomplish a lot at home, including buying dining room chairs!! If you caught my Instastories this week I solicited everyone’s opinion about a navy blue accent wall.
To wind down, I read almost every night. I just finished My Glory Was I Had Such Friends. It is a beautiful memoir about Amy Silverstein who, at 24, received a heart transplant. This book picks up 25 years later when her donor heart begins to decline and she goes back on the transplant wait list. What are you reading?
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Whew! This was one of those weeks that felt draining for no particular reason. Now that Phoenix is in school two days a week, I am adjusting to working in the mornings again. It’s more of an adjustment than I thought it’d be. When I initially returned to work, part-time,after maternity leave, I figured I’d pick back up with my usual morning shifts.
Phoenix wasn’t predictable at all, except for his 6 pm bedtime. Thus, this is, why I switched to nights. For many months I’d come home between 10:30-11 pm only to be woken up twice before morning. I do not miss those days!
Did ya’ll catch the Solar Eclipse on Monday? I was invited to a kid’s viewing event, but Phoenix was having a morning. I instead met Jordan at work and we watched together. We had cloud cover during totality, but it was still an awesome experience. Phoenix makes an appearance in this time lapse video.
It’s finally in the low 80s, so Phoenix and I are going to the Zoo this afternoon with friends and later Jordan and I have a date night.
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“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” Anne Lamott
My little baby started school this week! He’s in a twelve-month class two days a week. This is such a blessing as it gives us more childcare consistency. Phoenix is adjusting (particularly learning to nap with other kids), but I know he’ll grow to love going.
As you know, this week was heavy. While preparing Phoenix and myself for school (and starting new work projects) Charlottesville happened. To be quite honest with you, I missed a lot of the aftermath. Phoenix is all consuming and it’s easy for me to completely miss major cultural events.
I want to stay informed, so I’m listening to podcasts and trying to educate myself on what to do…where to go from here?
How do you keep yourself informed?
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Several years ago, Jordan and I took my parent’s film camera out of storage. I used to play with it as a kid, but somehow I never broke it! We brought it with us to California last year, but only finished enough rolls for development recently. I’ve missed the excitement behind getting film developed. You never really knew what you’d get back!
Tuesday night, Jordan and I joined friends to see John Mayer live. This was my fourth time seeing Mayer and even if you only casually like his music, he is worth seeing in concert. This particular tour was a combination of full band, acoustic, and his Trio. I first saw Mayer in 2003! My friend, Lauren, and I went together. Her mom drove us to the show and I assume waited around until it was over! Several years ago I explained how Jordan officially asked me out at a John Mayer Trio concert.
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Phoenix was in rare form this week — equal parts cuddly, sweet and crabby. His top molars are cutting through and he was very uncomfortable on Monday and Tuesday. Despite the hard days we enjoyed a few last minute playdates this week. One of which was to a new restaurant in town — Caviar + Bananas. It reminds me of Dean & Deluca.
I officially know I’m the parent of a small child because I missed the openings of an entire slew of new restaurants.
Before Phoenix was born I envisioned myself to be the kind of mom who went to Le Leche League meetings and Story Time. Both of which never happened as he was the kind of newborn who randomly melted down. I also didn’t really struggle with breastfeeding, but that’s a tale for another time. Most Story Times in Nashville take the summer off, but I’m excited to work story time into our week. I think it’ll be a nice way to break up our day.
When Phoenix starts school in a few weeks I plan on starting the transition to one nap a day. He probably could still take two naps for a few more months, but for consistency sake I’m going to transition early. We transitioned early from four to three and from three to two and he napped better after each transition.
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Snacking (on) | Fruit, especially peaches. I could live off of fruit and so far Phoenix is the same way. I have yet to make a crisp this summer, but I have plans to make one this weekend. Gwyneth Paltrow has a recipe
Anticipating | Phoenix’s first day of “school”. For the past six months we’ve been coordinating baby-sitters, but Phoenix will attend a parent’s-day-out program two days a week. This allows me to work during the morning (instead of at night) and alleviate the stress of finding childcare.
Borrowing | My friend’s air mattress. We finally bought our own, but when my brother came to visit a few weeks ago we needed another bed.
Admiring | Warby Parker’s Lauren 17 in Rose Quartz. I almost bought new glasses last year, but I was hesitant as I didn’t know if my eyes would change while I was pregnant. Jordan and I went into their storefront last week and I fell in love with this pair. The rose quartz is like a blush pink.
Purchasing | Glass Spray Bottles for my homemade cleaners. This makes me sound a lot more “green” than I actually am. I wanted to pair down our supplies and keep this area of my life more minimal. Products I already keep on hand (vinegar, Castile soap, essential oils, baking soda, rubbing alcohol) can be used for cleaning products, so why not use them more!
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Hey, friends. How was your week? Sunday night my best friend, Lauren, and I saw Tig Notaro live. Tig is one of my favorite comedians (maybe my favorite?). If you are unfamiliar with Tig’s varies comedy specials begin with this clip on Conan. It’s the reason Jordan and I are fans. One note on comedy shows, it’s weird how early they get out! Her set was done in an hour. I kept thinking, wait, no encore?
Phoenix turned one yesterday! I’m having a hard time putting my thoughts into cohesive words except that he’s the best (and most exhausting) part of my life. His birthday was quite relaxing. Phoenix and I met up with Jordan at Wilder Études. We wanted to take Phoenix to the nearby Legato Gelato once Jordan’s meetings were over. Phoenix didn’t quite know what to think of the gelato, but that simply means more for me! P.S. their vegan chocolate gelato is decadent and creamy.
It’s so hot in Nashville right now. It’s the kind of oppressive heat where even if you have access to a pool you don’t want to be outside in it. I suppose every summer (around Phoenix’s birthday) I’ll be reminded of how swollen my feet were while pregnant! 😉
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