May 29, 2009

Comparing Bellies

Since my belly really doesn't fit under any shirts any more, which makes it hard to get out much. I was curious...was my belly this big with Isabella? I remember it being big, but this gut is enormous. So here are some photos:

Isabella--39 weeks

baby boy--39 weeks
Isabella--40 weeks

baby boy--39 weeks
Isabella 41 weeks

What do you think?

Just visited the doctor again this morning and she seems pretty certain he'll come any day...he just needs to drop and get into that birth canal. Sunday and Monday are when my doctor is on call, so I'm doing all possible mental exercises to have this baby Sunday night. I already walk a ton around the city, but this weekend is going to be beautiful, so I'm walking everywhere! Help me out ladies: pray and send all your fantastic birthing vibes my way Sunday night. This boy has got to come!

Memorial Day

We packed Memorial Day with a ton of stuff. Brian and Spencer (his brother) biked from our place in Harlem, over the beautiful George Washington Bridge, through the Palisades to Piermont, NY.

Isabella and I drove to Piermont and met them there. If you haven't been to Piermont yet, I highly recommend it. It's only about a half hour drive outside the city and one of the nicest little towns. (Walk down the pier, kayak through the marsh, go house gazing. Quite lovely.)

While the guys finished their bike ride we played in a sweet, quiet, rural playground. I learned something new about my little girl: she's not fond of crowded playgrounds. Usually, in the city she sticks pretty close to me at playgrounds (they are always crowded) and doesn't even play much, mostly watches the other kids. But as soon as we were in this one, with only a couple mellow kids, she was off exploring on her own.

After grabbing hot dogs and hamburgers for lunch from a local Baptist Church Memorial Day fundraiser we headed to Tarrytown (across the river) and found an ice cream shop we love. Main Street Sweets! Love their homemade ice cream! The chocolate is really, really fabulous.

Last Memorial Day we were actually here with my mom, so now it is tradition...and must be continued! I'm so glad and surprised we found it again.

Isabella got her own cone for the very first time. She enjoyed every bit of it, as you can see. And she was sweet enough to share a few licks of that delcious chocolate with her mama.

When we got back into Manhattan we headed down to the Pier 88 for Fleet Week and toured the aircraft carrier. I love going to things like this with Brian and Spencer because they talk to all the guys (soldiers? pilots? servicemen? warriors? teenagers?) and we learn a ton about what goes on. Like how "this helicopter" is used to find mines underwater and all the details involed. Or how "that 4 ft long bullet with the blunt end" is used to shoot tanks hiding under the sand in Iraq, but the one with the pointed end...

Umm...I'm not so happy with my little girl touching a gun, let alone sticking her fingers down the barrel!

And to finish off a fantastic, fun day (yet very exhausting for me) we went and played in our favorite fountain at Pier 84.

(photo taken by Spencer)

But as much as she loves fountains, they just are not as fun with the cool evening breeze off the Hudson. I love that sweet face!

May 27, 2009


Isabella LOVES fountains. Who doesn't?! I've begun to anticipate the fact that we could run into a fountain (literally) or a playground with water spewing for the kids and now I regularly carry an extra change of clothes...just for these fun times.

Here's a bunch of favorite photos from the Grand Army Plaza fountain in Brooklyn. We had so much fun!

Farewell Roxy & 39 Weeks

Last weekend my good friend Roxy threw a farewell party in Prospect Park. She has lived in NYC for many years, just graduated from fashion school, and is on her way to Salt Lake City to spend a year building her illustration portfolio and prepare to go to graduate school. She is one of the most fun, creative people I've ever met and I'm going to miss her a ton.

She made that fun backdrop to take photos in front of, so I took advantage of it, and the fact that I was actually dressed cute and had Brian snap some pregnancy photos. We don't have a full length mirror at home so it is kind of funny to look at all the photos and see myself from that angle. I knew my belly was huge, but WOW. Now it makes sense why strangers stare at me all the time; that's one fabulous, enormous belly.

Most of my maternity clothes no longer fit...which means IT'S TIME!

May 22, 2009


Not sure why, at this exact moment, I all of a sudden really want a hot dog with mustard. I haven't had many cravings during this pregnancy, other than chocolate and ice cream (but I crave that all the time, even when I'm not pregnant).

Seriously! A hot dog with mustard...crazy.

Two weeks until the official due date. I went in for my weekly check and surprisingly, I'm dilated to a 2. I wasn't sure my body could actually do it! Last time around Isabella was two weeks late, natural induction techniques were used to start labor, and then after laboring for 20 hours I was only dilated to a 2. So, I'm pretty excited about this!

I think that deserves a hot dog with mustard followed by a huge chocolate ice cream cone! Yum!

The New York Aquarium

Last week I took Isabella to the New York Aquarium. It was a lot of fun and she really enjoyed it, but for me...I've been fortunate to go to (and work at) some fantastic, super nice aquariums. So, it was fun, but unimpressive.

The aquarium is right near Coney Island so we ventured out to nearby Brighton Beach. Isabella was tired and we didn't last long. Oh, how I love the beach, even for a brief New York City minute.


A couple weeks ago we went to one of the Hudson River Piers and enjoyed the kite festival. At first there was zero wind, but within a few minutes the wind finally came and the ski was filled with so many different kites. It was very cool!

Spring Finally Sprang

May 18, 2009


Lately this is what I get when I ask her to smile: a whole lot of silliness!

May 11, 2009

Big News!

No, not the baby....

I've been Nominated!

I have been nomitated for best party entertainer in New York City. That's totally HUGE! I'm only 1 of 7 that were nominated. Do you know how many party entertainers there are in NYC?! Ummm...tons!

I was nominated because I have a link on this site where parents can rate and review my parties and all of them have LOVED the parties! A good chunk of my business comes from this website, so it's a big deal.

Click on the logo below! Vote for Science Explorers! Come back everyday and vote again (until July 15).

May 10, 2009

Brian's Five Borough Bike Tour

Brian and his brother, Spencer, signed up to do the 42 mile, 5 Borough Bike Tour last Sunday. I'm so impressed that they did it! It's not only a long bike ride, but it rained, and rained, and rained. If any of you have ever ridden a bike in the rain, it's no fun. Talk about grueling!

I must confess I plan on doing the ride next year, as long as the weather is agreeable. I love riding my bike--except on busy NYC streets! I can chalk it up there with the very amazing, very fun, very grueling bike ride we did 5 years ago. We rode 300 miles (in 6 days, on old rail and canal paths) from Pittsburgh, PA to Washington D.C. We use to be so crazy like that! Now we are crazy parents...a very different, very fun adventure!

May 4, 2009

A Flash of Flavor!

Lately Isabella has been trying new foods. Last week we stopped into one of our favorite Vietnamese restaurants near Union Square (sorry, can't remember the name right now) and ordered her a plain rice, as usual. She took two bites of rice, grabbed Brian's curry noodle soup and finished it off. I was so surprised and impressed. And this silly nonsense, of trying foods, keeps happening! Yesterday she ate half my sandwich full of spicy meats. Who is this child?!

Harlem Garden

There was dirt all over the floor and under our fingernails. It was a perfect spring activity. I love my little helper. She's begun identifying herbs...well, at least rosemary.

Parsley, rosemary, lavender, oregano, and thyme.

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