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Painting the piano

We’ve been in home improvement mode — mainly removing wallpaper and painting. I’m a little bit paint-happy right now. My mom and I were joking — she was a little worried that if she were standing in the room, I might paint her. This weekend, we hunkered down and got to work on several projects including, painting the downstairs hallway, sanding down the closet door in the bathroom so that it opens over the rug, painting two side tables and… painting the PIANO.

We feel pretty lucky to have a piano in the first place. The former owners left it for us, which was really kind. I always wanted to give Nora piano lessons. She’s already pretty great at improvising. She bangs on the keys and sometimes gets so into it, she gnaws on them, feeling the music, being one with the music, ingesting the music.

But we needed to figure out how to work it into our space. The dark color didn’t quite go with our decor.

BEFORE

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I don’t know what’s on TV there — is that Chopped?

The color we used is Benjamin Moore’s Filtered Sunlight: 2154-60. It’s a light yellow, creamy color. I applied one coat and then realized I liked how it looked to see a little bit of the dark poking through. It gave the piano an antique look. Here’s what we have so far:

AFTER

I’m still working on decorative pieces to place on top of the piano, maybe a photo display or a vase with a bunch of sticks. I didn’t make that sound very appealing, but I’ll show you what I mean when I put it together. I might also do another coat on this using semi-gloss.

What do you think?

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Oh rice cereal

Day one and day two of Rice Cereal Project went okay. Nora took it but was not that psyched about it. Day 1: She made the face she makes when we give her vitamin D, the “yuck, this is gross but I guess I’ll eat it” face. After a few bites, she closed her lips to let me know she was closed for business.  And then she batted it away with her hand and became very interested in her octopus toy. Day 2: She still made that face and did that thing with her lips, but she ate a little bit more of it. Truth be told, I don’t think it tastes/looks/smells that great so I don’t really blame her.

Here’s a few pictures of Rice Cereal Project. Note the really awesome personalized bowl she’s eating out of. Our friend Rob Cartelli made that for her! Here’s a link to his Ceramics page: http://www.cartelliceramics.com/

Don’t know about you but I can’t wait to try bananas!

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New house and slideshow

We moved to a new house! I haven’t posted for awhile because I’ve been a little preoccupied, over the last few weeks, with home improvement projects (packing, painting, unpacking, painting) while Kevin undertook a gargantuan wallpaper-removal project. We moved on Friday, getting the last box into the house about an hour before the torrential downpour. Kevin spent the weekend setting up the kitchen while I reacquainted myself with all of my old clothes and judged whether or not they should make the cut. High heeled boots — I’m sorry but you’re a goner. I have a baby now and I need my feet to be comfortable. Do you understand? Tie-dyed t-shirt that I made in seventh grade at camp and that I have not worn since high school — I should get rid of you, right? Nah. Welcome to my closet.

Nora seems to like her new abode so far. She’s felt comfortable expressing herself here. Her new thing is to move her mouth and her tongue and make these sorts of noises: Ah, blah, blah, bah, da, blah, gah, BLAH! She has also learned to grab her foot and stick her toes in her mouth. Oh, and we bought her this new Jumparoo, (thanks Ainsley for letting Nora borrow yours), and it is an endless party. Nora does this awesome sidestep jig sort-of move and there are monkey and elephant noises and music.

Well, I am way behind on my posts, so I thought I’d include a photo slideshow to highlight some of the events of the last month. Nora got to see lots of friends and family.

Here we go:

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2 Year Anniversary

I’m the luckiest girl in the world. Two years ago, Kevin and I got married on a beautiful (and hot) May afternoon with the love and support of our family and friends.

Today, we have an amazing little family. Last night, we celebrated our anniversary by taking ourselves and Nora to dinner at the Hudson House. We sat outside, enjoyed some scrumptious food and reminisced. Nora, the party girl, liked being outside and people watching/ eating her toy/ eating her hand/ squawking. I’m grateful for these guys.

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May day blarg

It’s my birthday. Yup. 33 years old.

We’re all a little under the weather this week. The common cold: sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and coughing. It breaks your heart to hear a little baby cough. This is her first cold. And you can’t explain it to her – you feel yucky because you have a virus and your immune system is fighting it off. She seems to be on the other side of the thing — at least, I sure hope so.

Okay, I’m about to have a pity party for myself. A small one. It’ll be over soon, I promise.

Feel free to skip this paragraph entirely, or get out your tiny violins. I feel blarg (which is my word for tired, achy, hot and cold at the same time, runny, sore-of-nose, etc, etc, etc.) I did something weird to my back so that it hurts every time I cough and it’s kind of hard to pick Nora up. Oh, and it’s raining. Oh, and I wrote one whole draft of this post but somehow, it got erased when I hit “Save Draft” and I had to start over.

Whew. Glad that’s over.

Here’s the upside. If I take a good look at my life on this birthday, I have so much to be grateful for. I’m a mom now, and Nora is the cutest, silliest, sweetest little person I know. I’m married to a wonderful man and we have kickass family and friends. We live in a down to earth, beautiful place with great restaurants, mountains and the Hudson all around.

This morning, I ran the shower and Nora and I steamed ourselves in the bathroom to clear our sinuses.  She squeaked and grunted at me on the changing table. We’re taking it easy, watching a little TV, taking lots of naps. So, even though Nora and I feel blargy, I certainly have a lot to celebrate on this rainy birthday.

Namaste. (It felt appropriate to say this. I don’t know why, but I don’t question these things.) 🙂

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Nora’s eventful April

This month, Nora was a social butterfly. She met up with some other moms and babies in Memorial Park:

She went to a 1st Year Anniversary & New Product Launch Party at Bee Spa & Retail Store. Here’s a pic of Nora and her friends kibitzing at the event:

She went for walks with buddies like Jocelyn, Laura and Vivien and Karen and Alon. Here’s a pic of Nora and Alon:

Nora made some bold fashion choices this month (pictured below) including a psychedelic print, a strawberry dress, red shorts that give her a British paigeboy sort of look, and a romantic flowered headband:

She relaxed with her Mommy and Daddy on the porch on a warm, spring-like evening:

She traveled far and beyond to visit our families in Delaware and Boston. Here she is, hanging with her cousins, Caitlin, Leah and Morgan the dog:

And this week, she took not one but two trips to the city (and outer boroughs) to visit Nicole and Dan in Queens, and Michelle and 5-week-old Henry. Here’s a picture of Nora and Henry. She’s hiding in the back, playing hard-to-get. You know how it is — don’t want to seem too eager around those boys!

What a month!

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New parent activities in Rockland County, New York

There is so much going on for new parents in Rockland County, there’s no time to be bored. Here’s a list of some of the activities I’ve found.

* Note: I teach a prenatal yoga class at the Union Arts Center in Sparkill, NY. For more information, please visit send me a message or visit http://www.moonrivermotherandchild.com/vlt22343.htm.

 

1)      Parents of Infants Group – at Rockland Parent Child Center

http://www.rocklandparentchild.org/programs/early-childhood-parent-child-programs/

“Parents/caregivers of infants come relax in our comfortable living room. Use the time to de-stress, ask questions and share this extraordinary time with others in a similar situation. Gain information about your growing baby and issues of importance to you, your child and your family. A group facilitator provides a welcoming atmosphere where parent and infant can interact and connect, and models age appropriate infant interaction. Visiting specialists provide information on nutrition, infant care and development, and the facilitator and parents provide links to community resources.”

When: 1-3 pm, Mondays & Thursdays, September – June
Ages: birth – 12 months
Registration information:$12 per session

2)      Music Together

http://moonrivermotherandchild.com/vlt22251.htm

What is Music Together?
“Music Together is an innovative music and movement program for children ages newborn to age five years and their parents or caregivers, that is based on the belief that all children are inherently musical. Originally offered to the public in 1987, it pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement.

All Children Are Musical!
At Music Together we believe that music ability is as basic to life as walking or talking, and that it is every child’s birthright to participate with pleasure and confidence in the music of our culture. We introduce children to the joys of making music instead of passively receiving it from Cd’s and television. And because very young children instinctively respond to and imitate their loved ones, the active participation of parents and caregivers, regardless of their musical ability – is an essential part of the rich musical environment we create. Music Together parents discover what a powerful role model they are for their child, just by having fun with the music themselves! And by providing cd’s and songbooks to take home, we hope to inspire music-making in your everyday family life.”

3)      Postnatal Yoga – at Lift Yoga in Nyack

http://liftnyack.com/

“Nyack Yoga is so excited to announce our New Postnatal Yoga Class for Moms and Babies (under 1/pre-walkers)!”

When: Mondays 10:30-11:45am
Starts: March 5th
Where: Nyack Yoga @ 42 Main
Instructor: Catherine Moon Rubin

Cost: $20 Drop in
10 Class Card (expires in 12 weeks): $150
4 Class Card (expires in 4 weeks): $60
You may also use the LIFT card as a method of payment. This also
brings the price down to $15 per class. This card does not expire.

4)      Mommy & Me Yoga – at Yoga Haven in Tuckahoe, NY (this is in Westchester County, not Rockland, but I wanted to include it since it’s such a fabulous studio.)

www.yogahaven.com

“For mothers and newborns, one month to one year after birth includes stretching and toning for the new mom, breathing techniques, deep relaxation and sharing. Attendance at prenatal yoga classes is not a prerequisite.”

Wednesdays 11:15-12:15pm in Tuckahoe

Taught by Debi Mancuso

Questions regarding Mommy & Me Yoga please contact debiyogahaven@aol.com.

Your First Class $10  Drop-in Class $20 5 Class Card $80 (expires in 4 months) 10 Class Card $150 (expires in 4 months)  20 Class Card $260 (expires in 4 months) 50 Class Card $525 (expires in 10 months) 1 Month Unlimited $140 3 Month Unlimited $345 6 Month Unlimited $600 Kids 8th Grade & Under $12 Teens $15

5)      Mother Goose Time – at Nyack Public Library

https://ny.evanced.info/nyack/lib/eventcalendar.asp

Event Type: Children’s Program
Date: 4/4/2012 (and other Wednesdays)
Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Time: 11:30 AM

Description:

“For infants up to 18 months with caregiver. This lap-sit program is a gentle way to introduce your baby to the library. We will read simple stories and do rhymes, songs and finger plays.
No registration necessary.”

59 South Broadway, Nyack NY 10960
Location: Children’s Story Hour Room
Contact: Children’s Room
Contact Number: 845.358.3370 x228

6)      The Breastfeeding Cafe & New Mom Support Group – at Lift Yoga in Nyack

http://liftnyack.com/

“We are so loving this amazing group of beautiful new mamas and babies!   Each week we offer a different topic as a jumping off ground for discussion. But we never stay on topic …. as we laugh, smile and even cry a bit through all kinds of fun and informative conversation!  And each week we end with a guided relaxation & gentle touch ritual to help bring calm and routine to your evenings and nap times.”

Join us every Wednesday

10:30am – 12pm

$120 for 8 wks advance

$20/wk drop in

7)      New Mommy Friendship Circle – JCC Rockland, West Nyack NY

http://jccrockland.org/parentingcenterprograms.htm

Wed May 23, 2012 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM and Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Community Member $25.00
Fitness Member $25.00
Public $30.00

8)      Play at the J– JCC Rockland, West Nyack NY

Jan 25, 2012 to Jun 20, 2012
Wed 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
FREE

Jan 24, 2012 to Jun 19, 2012
Tues 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
FREE

9)      Rockland Mommies

Check out the “Rockland Mommies” Facebook page for information about moms’ activities and nights out.

* My friend Ashley also suggested I added the Mommy and Me swim class at the YMCA: http://www.rocklandymca.org/aquatics/aquatics_main.htm
Good call!
* And here’s another addition! Bring Your Baby Matinees on the first Tuesday of every month!
* And check out this Facebook page: “Rockland Parents Social Group”

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DIY cartoon drawings for the nursery

If you’re new to our blog, welcome. If you’ve been here before, you may have noticed our new header and perhaps you are wondering, who are these fine cartoon fellows? They are Nora’s good friends, (especially Mr. Owl. She reserves a special smile for him.)

This was a little project Kevin and I took on ourselves, and I think they add a personal touch to her nursery.

Here’s how we did it:

We drew the animals in pencil first, finding some inspiration online by googling “cartoon elephant,” “cartoon monkey,” etc.

We went over each outline with a black Micron pen and then colored it in with Prismacolor markers.

We had each drawing laminated at Kinko’s and then taped it to neutral colored matte from Michael’s.

Then, we punched two holes in either side of the matte, threaded ribbon through the holes and tied it in a bow.

We staggered the pictures and hung them on the wall right over her changing table like so:

I feel a little bad that Mr. Lamb didn’t make it onto the header.

It was only because we ran out of room but we love him!

Here are the other guys:

And here’s another look at the header we photoshopped:

It is pretty cool to see Nora start to notice them and smile at them.

Can you guess which ones are mine and which ones are Kevin’s?

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Nora’s first laugh

Oh joy! It really starts to get fun now. Over the past two weeks, I’ve heard Nora make a few laugh-like sounds, but never a full on giggle like this one. Kevin got right on it and swooped in with the video camera.

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Ooooh stretch

Even if she’s only been asleep for three minutes, Nora sure enjoys the luxurious process of waking up. A yawn, reach the arms overhead and streeeetch. And repeat. Just watching her makes me want to crawl in bed, fall asleep, and then wake up rested — like I’ve slept for ten hours on a fluffy pillow rested — vacation rested. I’d stretch like that if I knew there was a cappuccino, some OJ, french toast and bacon waiting for me downstairs. I’d stretch like that if I knew the only things on my agenda for the day were to sit on a beach with a good book and take a dip in the ocean. Maybe put a margarita in my hand too.

I love that Nora seems to enjoy waking up so much to whatever the day has in store for her. It might be my sleep deprivation talking here, but doesn’t this look delicious?

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