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Is it wrong?

That all I really want for Mother’s Day is to have a day to myself, go to the movies, get my nails done, eat something yummy and have a really good margarita?

I love all those boys I live with to death, but I spend all day every day with them. And I’ve been wanting a fine margarita since about month two of being pregnant.

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If we can’t live on the Mediterranean, at least we can pretend

Last night was a rough one, baby W had some gas, not just some gas, a lot of GAS, bad gas, keeping him up all night crying gas, farting, burping, help me the only thing that will make me not cry is nursing and oops I just nursed too much and spit up all over you gas. So I had a lot of time to think.

And one of the things I thought about is how there is a strong possibility that my dietary choices are affecting this little baby’s gastrointestinal system. And maybe I should start paying more attention to what I’m eating and avoid those gassy foods (and firstly find out what those gassy foods are).

Which then started me thinking about the Mediterranean diet that has been oft discussed in the news lately. And I can really dig this diet. Maybe not as much as I dig the Asian diet, because sometimes I feel like I could live on brown rice and tofu, but I can get behind the philosophy of the Mediterraneans and their diet. Not to mention their great skin and healthy lifestyles but Yay fresh vegetables and fruits and whole grains and beans and olive oil and red wine. Boo meat and sweets…although it doesn’t say where chocolate falls into this plan. Dark chocolate of course…for the anti oxidants.

So I’m going to make an effort to walk this path. Here is dinner tonight.

yep, that’s a big ball of cheese, but it’s super fresh mozzarella. That counts, right?

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Inspiring myself to go for a walk

When Harry was born 2 years ago, it was a seasonal February, appropriately cold and I was happy to spend a month indoors nesting, getting to know our newest family member, having friends come over, napping whenever. I remember it being a quiet, peaceful time. After about a month, I was ready to get back to life and start moving. Spring was in the air, we had recently moved a few blocks away from the park and I didn’t have to worry about going in to work. I wanted to go for a walk, push my new baby in his new stroller and get some blood pumping back to my heart. At 8 weeks post partum, a friend told me about this woman who was starting a stroller fitness class – and twice a week Harry and I walked down to Grand Army Plaza and met up with a bunch of other new moms and we all worked out together. It was so much fun, the fresh air, the other moms, the exercise, the park in springtime. After the workout, sometimes I’d take an extra walk around the park just because I could, find a quiet spot to nurse the baby, go get a cup of coffee and head home, feeling like an accomplished, put together new mom. And this period of my life is what inspired me to start Stroller Strides in the first place, to bring new moms back to fitness, to inspire them to get out of the house with their kids and do something good for not only them but their kids too.

Flash forward to today – having endured a long HARSH January and part of February – where on some days I truly thought I was going to have to find some local gypsies to come over and take my child and sign him up for the circus, today it’s sunny and 50 degrees out and I am SO tired and feeling RIDICULOUSLY lazy. I truly feel as if I was in a situation that called for me to either walk the 2 blocks to the store to get a roll of toilet paper or use paper towels, I’d go for the recycled one ply kitchen option, that’s how supremely unmotivated I am (thankfully I bought in bulk last time at the store and currently do not have that issue). I KNOW that the best thing for me to do right now (and by right now I mean in an hour when Harry wakes up) is to stuff him into his stroller, put on my sneakers and go for a walk. OR, if I had my druthers, I’d sit on the couch and watch old Beverly Hills 90210 reruns and wish that the current weather wasn’t taunting me to be outside with it’s sunshiney happiness.

I’m hoping this post will guilt me into walking to the park and reminding myself of how much better it feels to get some exercise. Seriously, have you ever exercised and then afterwards, said to yourself, oh I wish I hadn’t done that. Isn’t the easy part not putting on those sneakers and making it out the door, the easy part is sitting on your couch drinking tea and watching old Bev niner episodes. Someone once told me that, the hardest part of exercise is lacing up those shoes and getting out the door, the rest comes naturally. And in just a few weeks I’ll have more than enough time where I won’t be able to go for a walk and maybe I’ll even think back to this day and say, oh you, why didn’t you go for a walk when you could…

Confession – I LOVE Keanu Reeves movies. Truly. The cheesier the better. He had this run of sports films at the turn of the century, maybe you remember The Replacements, where he plays a has-been quarterback and winds up dancing the Electric Slide with his teammates to “I Will Survive” in jail…following that movie, he made Hard Ball, where he plays a down on his luck gambler who agrees to coach a little league baseball team of misfits. It’s cute and sad at the end, and here’s my point to this…he’s trying to inspire the team and he says,

“What I’ve learned from you is that really one of the most important things in life is showing up. I’m blown away by your ability to show up through everything that’s gone on. The league never wanted you to play this game, but you showed up.”

And as cheese ball as it sounds, that quote really has inspired me more than I care to admit. That’s it though, the hardest part is to show up and once you do, you feel so much better about not only yourself, but life in general.

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What I want

It’s a disgustingly rainy day – it’s 3:30 and the kid is still napping, so with all this time on my hands, here’s a list of things that I want, mostly because I’m preggo

Fried Chicken – the spicy Korean kind… or regular fried chicken, doesn’t matter
to be able to see my toes
sleep
fruit salad that I don’t have to cut up and doesn’t have any melon or grapes in it
CAKE – strawberry short, carrot, wedding, chocolate layered or a lemon tart or some pie
to run or simply walk regularly – waddling is for ducks
Bourbon and a beer
for winter to be OVER – okay, I’d want that even if I wasn’t pg
a really good TV show to watch – something like The Wire, but better!
to stop dropping things that take me minutes to pick up
a waistline
a full time housekeeper/nanny/driver
a bigger freezer
sleep

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How to fix play-doh

Okay, this post is fairly specific to those of you who might have some dried out play-doh lying around. My kid is obsessed with the stuff to the point where it dries out REALLY fast. Here’s a really easy fix…maybe you already know how to do this, but I’m just so proud that it worked I had to share.

Take the dried out doh and wrap it in a moist paper towel (wet the paper towel and then squeeze it out) and then put it in the container with the lid on and leave overnight.

Day two – remove the paper towel and put the doh back in the container with the lid on and leave it for another few hours.

TAH DAH – it’s like new!

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Gratitude

There’s this website I really like called Healthy Child – last week they sent out a post that made me remember that the work we do as parents is so important. Sure, it includes more cleaning up than I ever thought I’d do, and catching food that gets spit out for no real reason and then sitting there with a handful of half chewed food, and standing around the freezing cold playground while he burns himself out, but it’s also great and powerful work and more rewarding than a Christmas Bonus.

If you’re reading this and have a kid, who may never say thank you, remember how thankful they really are and how much they love you for just being you. Sniff. Pregnancy makes me maudlin.

Le Post that made me think of you…

This year, switch things up a bit and take a moment (or more) to feel gratitude for yourself.

Seriously. You are amazing.

Every little thing you do to make your baby giggle, or to help your child learn, or to protect and nurture your family is worthy of respect and kudos – because there is nothing more important than protecting and nurturing children. Nothing.

Today, feel great about you. You deserve it.

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Family Fun this weekend

I can’t believe it, but it seems as if we are approaching a weekend with no plans to visit grandparents or run off somewhere to do something and the weather is supposed to be hovering near 60! So I have devised a new plan which entails not leaving town (zip code?) and checking out some of the super fun things Brooklyn has to offer. First up is a trip to Coney Island and a visit to Ruby’s, just in case the city goes through with it’s awful plan to shut down this institution, I want to be able to tell H, hey, back in the day, you were there. Why do these things only occur to me when it’s almost too late. Sign the petition to save Ruby’s here.

But after that…here’s what I’ve learned.

Children’s Book Fair at the Brooklyn Museum – Saturday, November 13 from noon to 4pm. More than 30 Brooklyn authors and illustrators will join us at the fair, which features story books, picture books, and graphic novels. Author readings, a game for children, and cafĂ© service will be offered. At 4:30 there will be a live interactive performance from The Electric Company.

I LOVE Children’s Books. I truly can not wait til H starts showing interest in books with a storyline. I have so many favorites I want to share with him. In the meantime, we will check out the Brooklyn Museum this Saturday.

Opening at The New Victory Theater this weekend – A different kind of circus – Ok, I really don’t love the Big Apple Circus. I get it, I know why kid’s love it, but sigh…I’m not looking forward to having to sit through another evening of Grandma’s hilarious hijinks again. Especially not when there’s this! The Squirm Burpee Circus: A Vaudevillian Melodrama opens at the New Victory Theater this weekend. Described as “a dazzling display of first-class circus skills, dapper dance moves and outrageous comedy, it’s a pastiche of pandemonium full of gadgets and gizmos.” Sign me up. More info and a clip of what to expect here.

Also on Saturday at the Brooklyn Public Library at 1pm – The Mark Morris Dance Company presents a preview of their Nutcracker ballet, The Hard Nut. Get a head start on holiday mayhem and join the MMDG dancers as they get the little ones involved. Maybe not appropriate for the 21-month old set, but I love me some Mark Morris dancers and this sounds like a ton of fun and a great way to introduce your little one to the wonderful world of ballet and a preview of a super fun ballet that moves into BAM on December 10.

My favorite yoga studio – Yoga Sole is having a clothing swap this Sunday from 1pm – 3pm. I always love an opportunity to look through other peoples stuff AND clean out my closet, especially now, since I think it’s fair to say I won’t be wearing any business casual for at least another year…if not, fingers crossed, longer. You don’t have to be a member of the studio to join in and all clothing not swapped will be donated. Check out the site for more details.

Also, every Sunday at the Farmer’s Market on 5th Avenue and 4th St. the Brooklyn favorite kids band, Rolie Polie Guacamole will play along with special guests from 3pm – 5pm.

And I’m sure there is so much more out there. Shoot, a nice walk through the park, a visit to the zoo, a train ride to the beach and a before they shut down all that is good and holy about Coney Island forever. (don’t forget to sign the petition here)

What are you doing this weekend?

 

 

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