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What are you doing moon? Are you up in the sky?

 – Nora saw herself in the mirror. A strand of her hair was sticking straight up. “I have a unicorn,” she said.

–  She speaks in full sentences and tells stories about her day: “We meet baby Hanya aaaand see Seryn… aaand run around… aaand eat graham crackers and animal crackers and Seryn have some aaand we play with bubbles.”

–  She seems to finally get it that I’m a space cadet who constantly loses things. She walked into my closet the other day and said, “Uh, I’m looking for my belt. I can’t find it.”

– Randomly, she opened the door again, looked at me and said, “Let me know if you have a poop.”

–  She walked up to a little girl at the playground. “I have my jacket too,” she said, pointing at her own orange coat. “I’m Nora.” The girl just stared at her and then ran away. I was in near tears. How cute is she? Introducing herself to somebody?

(She’s transitioning out of parallel play and starting to really interact with people. This is exciting, but also nerve-wracking, because she’s about to enter a new world in which she cares what others think about her. I will have less and less control over how others treat her and how she internalizes things and that’s kind of scary. But, I realize this is an important step in her development. I’m so proud of her. Sniffle.)

–  While I was trying to pack, she put on my swim cap and held the goggles up to her eyes. “This is my mommy’s hat,” she said.

–   It happened. She climbed out of the crib. Oh boy. I knew this day would come. Nana and Poppop were babysitting and they heard a thud. They ran upstairs to find her quietly standing by the glider chair, looking a little shocked. “I bounced out,” she said. (I’m not ready to put her in a toddler bed! I can’t imagine her left to her own devices in her room! She would probably climb the walls and start eating bottles of Desitin! Has anyone been through this? Advice?)

–  We’ve been dealing with some poopy messes lately in her crib. It hasn’t been pretty, I’ll tell you that. I’ll spare you the gory details… let’s just say she likes finger painting. I’ve been strapping her into those footy onesie pajamas for every nap. I’ve been trying to concoct mixes of lemon juice and mouth wash to get the smell off her hands. I need a vacation! (Advice?)

–  She calls the stuffed animals in her crib “my guys.”

–  She squeezes our faces says we’re “so cute!” in this French-sounding accent. “Mommy’s zo cute, isn’t she? Aw, Daddy’s zo cute!”

–   She holds the page of a book in her little hand and says, “Take care of books. Don’t rip it, right?”

–   If you give her something, she might think you made it. “Daddy made these elephant banjamas (pajamas), right?” (I like the idea of Kevin sitting down at night after a hard day’s work to sew some elephant pajamas.)

–  I asked her if she wanted to hear music in the car and she said, “No. I’m singing Rockabye Baby to my sheep.”

–   Her improvisational skills are getting more and more advanced. “Old MacDonald had a stuffy nose,” “And on that farm there was a pants,” “And on that farm there was a Brianna.” She can sing Row Row Your Boat and Twinkle Twinkle little star to the tune of David Melach Yisrael.

–  She talks to people from afar so that they feel obligated to stand there until she’s done. “I have my leopard bear!” “I take my shoe off!” “This is my mommy!”

–  A woman was carrying a baby in a sling, and Nora said from afar, “See the baby hugging the mommy?”

–  She has so much ENERGY! She sometimes holds both ears, makes this weird face and shakes like the hulk. She does this while running around the yard.

–  Other funny/random things she’s said: “My name is cutie pie,” “Oh I found this in my hand!” “I wanna take a little bath and watch Dora and pelay (play),” “Kermit’s going for a ride! To the grocery store!” “That’s a biiiig poop,” “I want to hear Led Zeppelin. Is this ‘I Gotta Woman.’?” “Don’t break Daddy’s watch, right?” “The kitty cat is zo cute. Hiii kitty cat.” “I’m zo cute. I’m little. I’m a baby.”

–  We took a walk one day and you could see the white moon against the blue sky. “I see the moon,” Nora said from her stroller. “I see it,” I said. Then she yelled, “What are you doing moon?! Are you up in the sky?!”

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Prenatal yoga in Rockland County, NY

Hi everyone! I’m teaching a prenatal 4-week yoga series at the Union Arts Center in Sparkill, NY. The class will run Tuesdays Sept 17- October 8 from 7- 8:15pm. If you or anyone you know is pregnant, lives near Rockland County, NY and is interested in taking a yoga class, please spread the word! You can contact me with questions or sign up here: https://secure.mainstreetsites.com/dmn1405/register.aspx.

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Restaurant Review: OD’s Tavern in Nyack

Here’s a link to an article I wrote. I hope you enjoy!

http://sweissdesigns.com/writing/hook-march2013.htm

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Workout baby

Nora and Mommy get ready for a workout. She sported her jumpsuit, ponytail and sneaks for the occasion.

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The class was called Stroller Strides of Rockland. Moms meet in the Palisades Center for a fitness class while their babies cheer them on from their strollers. It’s a great way to get out of the house, meet other moms and get a great workout. Here’s the link: http://classes.strollerstrides.net/rockland/location/index.aspx

 

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Our house is Nora’s playroom

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Apple picking fun!

Thanks to my Mommy friends for a fun outing to Dr. Davies Farm in Congers, NY. We had some adventures, i.e. trying to figure out how to carry the apple-picking-stick with us, while also carting baby strollers and/or babies in slings across the highway and up the hills to the orchard. We took turns picking the apples (using the stick thingy). I mostly got leaves and sticks when I tried, but that’s okay. The babies had a great time and Nora took a bite of her very first apple (pictured below).

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Looking forward to fall

Well, Labor Day has come and gone and the pool is officially closed until next summer. I will miss those lazy summer days. Nora really liked the pool. She kicked her little chubby legs and slapped the surface of the water with her palms, splashing water all over her face. She laughed and squealed letting everyone see those two funny little teeth. (I mean, those teeth are ridiculous. What are they good for? They’re just cute, that’s all.) There’s nothing like wrapping Nora in a towel and drying her off so she’s nice and warm and cozy.

I realize that summer’s not officially over yet, but I see a few leaves changing colors already. Why be sad about it? One of my favorite things about being a mom is getting to do the kid stuff all over again, from a new perspective.

This fall will be about apple picking (and apple crisp) and walking in the woods. Nora will wear cute hats and sweaters that Grammy knitted for her, like this one:

We’ll decorate our new house with pumpkins, squash and scary cats (that’s about as gory as I get) and we’ll sit on a rocking chair the back porch and where it’ll be nice and breezy. We’ll take Nora on road trips up North to Cold Spring and New Paltz where we’ll wander in and out of little stores and warm our hands with mugs of hot cider. We’ll drive up to Bear Mountain and look out at the yellows and reds and oranges for miles below. We’ll invite friends and family to our home (which will smell like apple crisp. I’m fixing to make a lot of crisp this fall, people.) Our nieces will ride their bikes up and down the street. It’ll be Nora’s first Halloween. We’ll dress her up in a cute/cuddly costume (most likely with bear ears) and take lots of pictures, and she’ll think, “What? What’s the big deal?” Nora and I will sit by the Hudson and look out at the boats. There will be a chill in the air, a cool wind rippling down the river. We’ll bundle up and head back to the car, bracing ourselves for winter.

(And why be all sad about winter? Think, baby in a snowsuit.)

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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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