Saturday, January 30, 2016

Saturday in Brooklyn

Williamsburg, 2016

Quote of the evening: "Well, if we screw this parenting thing up, at least they have each other."

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Good Coffee

Williamsburg, 2016

It will come as news to no one who has ever had a newborn that my life lately is pretty stripped down to the basics: sleeping, nursing, firing off a few semi-coherent emails, picking kids up, feeding myself, buying milk. Coffee. Repeat.

Fortunately I have some very happy news on the coffee front. The Verb is back!!!! Relocated to Nassau Street, right by Manhattan Ave. I know this is sort of old news, but I just learned it was back yesterday and was so, so glad to hear it.

I was pretty sad when it shuttered a few years back, so it cheered me to no end to see Cisco (now the owner along with some very cool partners, which is wonderful) behind the counter. There were hugs. And he still makes the best lattes in all of Brooklyn. I am sort of reluctant to let others in on the secret, but it's only a matter of time, really.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Bo: Seven Weeks Old

Bo, 2016

Here's little Bo, oblivious to the giant snow storm (and his brothers A., in the same outfit, and O., both at the same age.)

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Snow Day

Williamsburg, 2016

The boys are celebrating the twenty or so inches of snow in New York with some epic neckwear. And one of our neighbors has an indoor bouncy castle, plus plenty of Champagne, so we are doing fine around these parts.

The perks of apartment living: there are plenty of kids (and their toys) just an elevator ride away!

Friday, January 22, 2016


Williamsburg, 2016

Planning on cozying up inside for the blizzard that's about to hit New York, making soup, and tucking into this stack of books beside our bed. Hahahaha, just kidding! We have three children under the age of three-and-a-half, and though I have the best of intentions to read more in 2016, it's not likely to happen this weekend.

Still, I feel like we are inching our way towards normal here. Is 'normal' the right word? I suppose I just mean that it feels natural to have three little ones. I mean, every day is still a roller coaster. The older boys have been adjusting so well, but they're quite tiny and have a lot of big emotional needs.

And I keep getting walloped by one illness after the next. I haven't written much about day to day life here lately, but between the posts accompanied by lovely photos of a sleeping baby I've had a cold, pink eye, and gastroenteritis. I guess my immune system is just fried.

I'm feeling well today, though, and excited for the big storm. And I've heard many of the books pictured here are worth a read (someday.) I feel like someone could draw quite a funny psychological profile of me from this stack.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Bo: Six Weeks Old

Bo, 2016

I vaguely remember six weeks old being some kind of magical turning point with the older two (in terms of the baby's sleeping patterns and my own recovery. Of course, that's in hindsight. I can't really tell if it's a major milestone for Bo just yet, but he is getting more plump and sturdy, starting to smile and gurgle away. And I feel semi-normal-ish, so that's....progress? Ha.

Here's Axel and Ozzy at the same age, with Ozzy already earning his first passport stamp.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Blue Eyes

Oscar, 2016

Just a pretty picture for your Tuesday evening.

Sunday, January 10, 2016


Williamsburg, 2016

I think the three year old's birthday party we attended this morning at a local tattoo parlor might have been the most Williamsburg thing ever.

On a related note, can we all just agree that toddlers' birthday parties are basically just group panic attacks? I think we just barely survived the balloon turf wars.

Aside from that, we've squeezed in a few quiet lunches with Bo on the weekends (thanks to a troupe of great babysitters willing to wrangle the older two.)

Today we hit up Chiang Mai in Red Hook which was excellent and very authentic. Hoping the little break will give us some fortitude for the week ahead.

Bo: Five Weeks Old

Bo, 2016

Little Bo is growing like a weed, making faint smiles, and still up half the night. Good thing he's so handsome.

Here's a peek back at Axel and Oscar at the same age.

Thursday, January 7, 2016


via Aqua Beba

Here's Oscar on a recent morning at his local swimming class, Aqua Beba.

They recently took some pictures for their marketing materials and this was one of my favorites. I can't get enough of it! He's been taking swimming classes with his papa for a few months now and they're having so much fun. Will says he's very close to swimming independently, which amazes me.

What a funny, intense little person. If only we could all face life with such bemusement and passion.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Off We Go

Oscar, 2016

Prince George is off to nursery school, and so is Oscar.

This week, I think it's finally dawning on me just how full life is with three little boys and their various appointments, classes, and needs (and I swear we're not just oversubscribed.) There are a lot of us now...which means bulk quantities of diapers, blueberries, and the vague feeling that I am a soccer mom (without the soccer), ferrying this one here and that one there. Like this morning: pancakes were consumed, arguments were had about getting dressed, Cheerios were spilled, and Bo had his one month check up, clocking in at nine pounds, 12 ounces. It's going by so quickly.

Anyway, Oscar, who was a baby about five minutes ago, is now attending a little nursery school two half days a week. Bo and I went with him for his first 'transition day' earlier this week, and while O. seemed a little confused, he was pretty cheerful about the experience.

Yes, that is him pushing another kid into a pillow. Playfully...we think.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Bo: Four Weeks Old

Bo, 2015

One of the drawbacks to the lively Christmas month that's just passed is that every day was so different; now that we are back to our usual schedule I am all but starting from scratch, figuring out what this guy wants and trying to remember what, exactly, newborns do.

Am I supposed to be enforcing naps or putting him down and teaching him to begin to self soothe or dimming the lights or switching them on or just carrying him all the time because that's what he seems to prefer?

I don't keep track of feeds, as I have long since realized that timing them at nighttime is especially kind of depressing ("How am I up, again?!?") But I have a vague notion that we're supposed to be making progress towards longer stretches of sleep and contentedness...someday.

Then I remember he's only four weeks old. He can (and will) do pretty much whatever he wants at this stage. It's been a bit of a red-faced, tight-fisted, grumpy week for Bo, but he's growing like a weed and will hopefully emerge from his newborn angst soon. Until then, we're winging it.

Here's a look back at Axel and Ozzy at the same age.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Oscar: Twenty Two Months Old

Oscar, 2016

Oscar turned twenty two months old yesterday, and hilarity ensued. Giant blue eyes and an outsize personality to match...

Here's Axel at the same age.

Friday, January 1, 2016

New Year, New Baby

Bo, 2015

We had a few people over for New Year's Eve last night, the last in a series of festive holiday dinners (fortunately, they were the kind of friends who arrive with four bottles of Champagne and a feast of Portuguese seafood stew and don't mind stepping around a wooden train set to get to the dining table...)

Bo and I even made it up 'til midnight and watched the countdown, heading to bed to the sound of cheers from the street and fireworks going off across Brooklyn.

I was looking back at my last post and it nearly blows my mind to think that last year we celebrated Oscar's first birthday and welcomed a brand new baby. Wow. How did that happen?

And there are just two days until Axel heads back to school, Will heads back to work, and we get down to the business of figuring out what normal life looks like as a family of five. I will be sad to say goodbye to this month of days with everyone at home and lunches out with the baby, but I'm also eager for everyone to get back to their routines. Whatever that may mean!
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