Monday, May 30, 2011

....Memorial Day.....

.....when we arrived at the park on the first long day of the holiday weekend, we were thrilled to see that the water was spraying.....the buckets are out, the water shoes are strapped on, the bugs are enjoying the damp and humid mist in the air and the warm breeze smells of summer.....

.....again, after working for two plus hours to get everyone up and at 'em, it didn't bother me to have to turn around and come back fully loaded with the summer gear.....in fact, it was a pleasure......summer is finally here to stay......


.....call it my Florida roots, but I love a warm breezy day......I watched the girls play in the water; filling up their buckets, dumping them in every space they could find, spooning water on the plants with their shovels......they washed their feet every time a minuscule piece of pollen landed on a toe or an ankle from the soft breeze and as I chuckled at this scene play out continuously, I thought to myself, this is so easy......winter was hard.....and like I said in my last post, I know things will eventually click and we'll be wheeling out of the house in record time by July......but as we are still adjusting, I have to confess that throwing some sunblock in my bag and tossing some crocs in the bottom of the stroller has certainly been a treat......and I am appreciating and loving the ease of preparation for departure......

.....and this sweet boy couldn't make things any easier for me.....he fusses when he's hungry or when the girls are giving him some rough love and he's had enough of the wet willies or hot breath in his eye balls.....because the new thing is getting as close to his head as they can and whispering, little buddy is sooooo handsome.......awh, Brody Austin......you are soooo handsome......all while they smother his head with their hands and mouth.....and I must confess that sometimes even when I know he is irritated, I allow the girls to love on him one more time because it's so entertaining.....sorry, Brody......


.....even when you cry, you are just too irresistible......you are so incredibly loved in this house......



.....and the weekend was kicked off with a nursery school field trip to the zoo.....it's one thing to go with friends and neighbors, but another thing to go with 10 three and a half year olds......


.....I don't think you could get the smile plastered off my face.....








.....the little ones had such a good time.....gasping at new things to see and feeding off one another's excitement....and Elsie completely surprised me when it was time to choose her ice cream treat......my pink and princess loving pixie belted out that she wanted the spiderman ice pop.....I had to ask three times to make sure she was sure.....

.....and she was very happy with her decision....



.....but hot, sticky, hungry and tired all equal meltdowns and one by one, the class started dropping like flies......and when I saw some signs that we had one brewing, we called it a day......



......and we made it out just in time for Elsie to throw herself on the sidewalk on 5th Avenue and refuse to get in the cab.....she has about 22 more years until she learns that Momma knows best and she was not happy to be going home....but within 20 minutes from the sidewalk episode, my girl was snoring in her cold, dark room.....

.....and speaking of cold, dark rooms.....we decided that at the ripe old age of 6 weeks and 5 days, it was time for Brody to start sleeping in his room, opposed to ours......when we were first time parents, Stefan and I were adamant about not having babies in our bed......we had Elsie in her crib at three days old, which looking back is quite extreme.......I laugh as I remember saying out loud that I didn't want her to get used to sleeping in our room.....hysterical to me now because what 3 day old knows where they are?.....seriously, I think they can see six inches in front of their face at that point....but it's a controversial topic in the Mommy world and I do not judge others for co-sleeping or deciding to keep their children in the family bed.......but it wasn't for us......we wanted our bedroom to be reserved for only us.....it's hard enough to find time to be a husband and wife when raising children......conversations are interrupted constantly, utter exhaustion leaves little energy for daily recaps after the house is quiet and the sky is black, and it takes effort to ensure we are Stefan and Tracy in some capacity of our lives, opposed to Mommy and Daddy......there are days I don't even know what is going on in the world, other than what Dora episode came on at 7pm......and that doesn't help for adult conversation.......

....well the third time around, I am definitely becoming a softie because I did not want to put Brody in his bed....but Stefan made some good points and I bitter sweetly prepared his crib for his first night......and as I placed him to sleep, I thought I may have gotten a small smile, telling me, it's okay, Momma.....I'm ready to be here alone.....after all, I did have all the bedroom doors open, the baby monitor inches from his little body, with the volume on the maximum setting.....and that is probably extreme too because our entire apartment is pretty quaint...but his semi smile put me at ease and made the whole thing slightly easier.....



......well, needless to say, the night did not go well......Brody was up three times, which was a shocker considering for several days prior, he was giving me a 7 hour stretch at night.....another tally mark under the easy, awesome baby category......so the first words out of my mouth to Stefan when we were all awake and moving from our morning brew was that it didn't go well and Brody needs to come back to our bed.....and this conversation took many different intervals throughout the day to finish, as we would get sidetracked or busy......and when we finally finished weaving through the discussion, the decision was made that he would be staying in his bed......and it was unanimous.....maybe subconsciously I wanted the night to go poorly because not only did I move him out of our bed, but I also decided that he didn't need the swaddle or the bassinet, either......or as Stefan would jokingly put it, I just tossed him in the crib in a sleep sack......

......well, the cozy bassinet in his crib the following night worked like a charm.....and he even did it without the swaddle, which is another thing I don't have to wean in the future.....tally mark two for easy, awesome baby.....and it is nice to have a clear view of my husband from my pillow, opposed to having the bassinet between the two of us.....but for the record, I'm definitely becoming soggy by the third child because I miss Brody in our bed too......

.....and to be fair, it's all three of them collectively that are wearing me down.....I am fully aware at how fast time is passing by and before long, they will all be too big for our bed......so we welcome the occasion of one of them creeping in to nestle close or the sick child that needs the extra attention.....it all goes back to savoring every minute of time......


.....and savor the summer, we will.....it's a short span of balmy, hot weather in NYC and we plan on enjoying every minute of it......







.....and although we couldn't possibly top celebrating our American heros the way we did last year, we still remember and take time to think about the sacrifices that have been made so we can enjoy our many freedoms......


.....Happy Memorial Day.....

11 comments :

Stephanie said...

What big decisions to make already for these little guys. Glad to hear Brody is so compliant for you! What a sweet, sweet boy. Looks like you had a great weekend!

Kelly said...

I see so much of Lily in Elsie sometimes! How does Brody look so grown up already? Btw, those announcements were off the ch-zain cute!! So is your adorable family!!

Nekky said...

Adorable kids. You sure had a great time. Welcome to voiceBoks. Stopping by to say hello.

Kathy said...

Great to find your blog!! I lived in NYC for 14 years, 5 married, but alas, we did leave when we had our babies and are now in the suburbs on Long Island! I think it is great to raise kids in the city! (my husband didn't agree, but he never liked living in Manhattan and was glad to leave!) What beautiful children!! The third baby does get alot of attention!! I think that's why they tend to be more easy going! Great to find you! Welcome to VoiceBoks!

Babymama said...

Hi Tracy!

New follower from voiceBoks - welcome...

Such sweet pics. And I'm thinking you're little girl (in stripes, on net hammock) looks unbelievably like a young MaryKate (or Ashley) Olsen!! ADORABLE.
Have you heard that before?

xo
babymama
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Mommy LaDy Club said...

What a lovely family you have, and it's so nice to get out together like that! Nice to find you through VoiceBoks:)
~Courtney
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Lisa Ladrido said...

What a wonderful post and pictures! Looks like the family had a wonderful Memorial Day!
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Kirsten said...

Hello -- Found you on VB!
Welcome by the way to the group, I love it there!!!

So you live in NYC huh!? I live on LI! Suffolk County that is ... the east end!

Its a pleasure to read your blog and learn about your life.

When you get the chance please stop by and say HI ;)

Have a wonderful night.
Kirsten
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Laura said...

Those are great pictures. I miss my girls being little. They are 15 & 21 (years).

Stopping by from Voice Boks!

medtopicwriter.com said...

What gorgeous pictures. You've created quite a fantastic pictorial essay here. The kids are lovely and their smiles are priceless. Thank you for sharing your sweet family with us.

Samantha from vB

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