Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Where have I been?

I didn't realize it had been so long since my last entry.

A whirlwind week of work, followed by a 10-day family vacation and the first day of school had my priorities temporarily shifted.

But now that we're back, and trying to catch up on sleep, what a vacation it was!

We took the slow route to East Hampton, NY to spend some time with family and enjoy the beach. Hannah bonded with her 4 year old cousin over a plethora activities.

Some might say that the Hamptons are too swanky for kids. While the shopping and dining may be on the high end, there are plenty of kid-friendly activities catering to all of the NYC moms escaping the city heat.

Just a few of the stops along the way included...

An outdoor musical performance by the SweetBeatz at the Children's Museum of the East End

A Peaceful Planet Kids Yoga Class at Goat on a Boat in Sag Harbor

Sand castle building alongside the massive waves

And while Hannah had a ball, mom and dad had fun too even though they were second fiddle and privy to 6:30am wake up calls.

After 5 great days, we headed to NYC for a family wedding. Always a great time with delicious eats from Magnolia Bakery, Grom Gelato, Chipotle, Maoz and Levain Bakery.

Biggest lesson learned: being pregnant in NYC is rough. Besides the heat and humidity, having to walk everywhere is tough on the toes and more than bothersome to the belly. We never left the upper west side (aside from a Brooklyn jaunt for the wedding) partly because of me but also because it has everything we needed.

So now we've settled back in and Hannah had a meet and greet with her teachers. I can't believe a year ago today she started daycare. Seems like ages ago. Hopefully the first half day won't be too rough. Memories of calls to pick her up mid morning dash through my mind. Another year, a more mature little girl!

That's the recap in brief. Now its time to start focusing on baby #2!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Angry Birds for Happy Babies?

My husband gets major props for this one. Not sure how he found it but I think he may have just landed on one of the hottest baby gifts of the season.

The collection includes swaddling blankets, lovies, burp clothes and sleep sacks. Available in yellow, red and blue to accommodate both boys and girls. And while the items aren't available to order just yet they are quite reasonably priced. And best of all, shipping is available to Canada.

And wouldn't you know. The Angry Birds Baby collection starts shipping the day after my due date. Totally cool to get these as gifts but let's just hope the sounds of my newborn entering the world are nothing like that of birds being launched in the air...rrraahh!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Boden Maternity

The past 8 months have been so busy. So busy that it took an email this morning to remind me that Boden launched their maternity collection back in early 2011. And oddly enough, I haven't acquired one piece from this UK brand yet.

I love their stuff for Hannah and with only 10 weeks to go I am somewhat tempted to pick up a few items. Come to think of it a nice maternity dress might be a good investment for the Jewish holidays in the fall and a baby naming/bris (with post baby weight) to follow.

Here are some of my favourites from the fall collection:

Straight leg cord in Fig $88US

Knot Front Top $58US
This one looks great for nursing too.

The Special Day Tunic $98US

Really tempted by this last one for an upcoming party...

Save or splurge? New baby accessories or a dress? Tough call.