winter white

The snow really is beautiful, isn't it? Well, unless you have to get out in it.

As I slushed and slid my way home last night, I thought about how thankful I am that Baby S is nestled away in our cozy little apartment, warm and oblivious to the mess outside. I look forward to the days of snowmen-building and angel-making, ice skating in Central Park and coming home for hot chocolate. Winter can be a magical time, especially amongst the lights and energy of NYC.

But for now, I find solace in knowing that my sweet Baby S is tucked away from the outside world... and it makes me even more excited to get home to her each night.


babysitting duty

With Daddy Day Care officially over (Husband started a new project on 2/15), and Nanny A beginning on March 1st, we decided to call in the reinforcements for Grand Camp 2010. For the less cheesy-minded, that would be... a visit from the grandparents.

That's right...
Two weeks of back to back parents!
All staying in our apartment!
In the middle of winter!

Acknowledging the obvious, Grandmama K might have said it best: "What are you, crazy?"

Week 1 Synopsis:
We are all still here. Check that one off the list... Grandmama K lovingly bestows her advice and childcare wisdom at random and I debate over whether or not I agree. Nanny A and Grandmama K meet and bond over "old school" mommy techniques as I stand by with a blank look on my face. Grandmama K wonders aloud how we can possibly eat so late at night (the witching hour of 8pm) and if that is, perhaps, the reason I'm having a hard time losing that extra layer around my tummy.

That being said... I am happy that Baby S is getting some undivided quality time with her Grandmama, and I love seeing the two of them together. I also enjoy having Grandmama K around, even when she reminds me that it's past 10pm and I really should be heading off to bed.

Week 2 of Oma & Grandpa/Papi/G-Daddy (name still in discussion) currently in progress...


dreaming of spring...

I could really, REALLY do with an end to winter. As in now. Right this very minute. Are you listening, Mother Nature?

Baby S has been struggling with a cold for nearly two weeks, and I have to say there might not be anything more pitiful than seeing your baby's red eyes and runny nose. Oh, and listening to a cough that could wake a hibernating bear. After calling her doctor and perusing the internet, we purchased a humidifier for her nursery, saline solution & (for lack of a better term) an electronic "booger sucker" made by Graco. Genius! Well, not so much. I have to say it's helped a little, but has not been the magic solution I thought it would be. No, apparently the biggest suggestion for a baby's cold is... patience.

First problem with this: I am terribly IMpatient. Ten years of living in NYC will do it to even the most slow-moving Southern ex-pat. The Big Apple prides itself on convenience -- most everything is JUST around the corner. I can get in an out of the grocery store and home in under 20 minutes. Restaurants from every cuisine you could possibly think of are at our fingertips (often that's the phone...) or literally within a few blocks of our apartment. Subways take you anywhere you go and are (for the most part) reliable. The F Train is another story. The flip side of convenience is, of course, I no longer like to wait. For anything. Needless to say, this patience issue always makes my New Years resolution list. And we all know how those often turn out!

So, as we wait (with teeth gritted) for Baby S to feel better, maybe I'll get some of those household projects done around the apartment... or maybe I'll just dream about spring.


quick update

Nanny A accepted our offer -- we're excited! Of the 3 ladies we interviewed, she was far & away the most engaging & personable. You can easily see how much she loves children... she & Baby S warmed to each other immediately. We were given lots of advice, but the most meaningful was "trust your gut." (thanks, Sonja!)

We did, and we are confident that Baby S and Nanny A have many good times ahead together. One day, I hope to be home with Baby S, (and any future bambina/o down the road... agh!) but for now, this is the right decision for us.

Thanks again to the G Family for the referral!
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