We’re going to Poland!


There’s some news we’ve been sitting on for a while that I’m excited to talk about! We’re traveling to Poland in two weeks!

I could not be more excited for this opportunity our little family has stumbled upon.  It will be mine and Petras first trip to Europe and it’s also going to be the first time we meet Lukasz’s side of the family. 

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it before but it’s definitely an adventure to raise a baby with two different cultures.  I knew that it would be so important to me for Petra to understand her Peruvian heritage and I know it’s even more important to Lukasz for Petra to really understand what Poland is all about.  For me, having been born and raised in the US, the idea of my culture is a little bit ambiguous but for Lukasz, having been born and raised in Poland, the things that are important to him, culturally, are more defined.

Some close friends know but we’re also trying to raise Petra to speak English and Polish as a priority. I speak to Petra in English and Lukasz speaks to Petra in Polish.  It’s an experiement but we hope it’s one we can succeed in.  The idea of our daughter communicating with her fathers side of the family is so important to us. 

So in the next two weeks, we’re trying to get everything ready and I’m so nervous at the idea of traveling on a plane for a long time with an infant.  Our flight to Poland is at night and Petra has been amazing sleeping through the night, only waking once, sometimes twice. I’ll also be keeping breastfeeding as my secret weapon to pacify her.  I’m hoping the flight will be a comfortable one for her. Any tips and suggestions are very VERY welcome. 



Review: Bugaboo Bee

You guys, I love our stroller. I wanted to write a post on my experience with my Bugaboo Bee hoping to help others when they are looking to purchase a stroller for their little one. I spent hours looking into this, so I know how stressful it can be.  In my personal opinion: look not further than this awesome stroller.

I came across the Bugaboo Bee in my first trimester in my pregnancy when Lukasz and I were taking a stroll around our neighborhood and we stepped into a baby store.  Out of the plethora of strollers in the store, the Bugaboo Bee looked like the smallest. Out of the bugaboo lineup, the Bee is definitely the lightest of the bunch, weighing in at around 18 pounds.

Here’s the thing about choosing a lightweight stroller.  It’s something I definitely knew we had to put a focus on.  Living in Brooklyn and living on the second floor of a walk up and given my tiny stature and muscle-less body, I knew I had to put weight as the number one priority.  But while comparing strollers you start to realize that you either get a super light weight stroller like the YoYo and give up space in the basket.  It’s always one thing or another.  But not with the bugaboo.

The bugaboo can switch sides so the baby is either facing you or facing away from you. The stroller can be used from newborn until around 4ish which is another thing I loved.  I didn’t want to get a newborn stroller now and get something lighter for her when she’s older, I wanted a 2 in 1. For newborns, you can purchase a cocoon for additional head support, which we did. We also bought a car seat compatible with the Bugaboo Bee system although we never used it together.  The stroller is tiny with a huge basket underneath. All of the fabric parts can be removed to be washed in case they get dirty (they will get dirty).  It also comes with a rain cover so baby stays dry in dreary weather. Plus, with bugaboo, you can buy all sorts of extras for it, if you choose! For me, a cup holder was a must.  Lukasz bought it for me so I can have coffee while taking the baby for a stroll. And of course for baby bottles when needed. 

Petra loves the stroller.  I know it’s probably not the best place, but she just loves napping in it! The buckles don’t bother her as much as I thought they would.  As we head into this fall season, I also love putting the cocoon in the stroller for added warmth.  Because she’s had it since she was a newborn, she’s growing out of it a little by now.  Bugaboo sells a muff that we’re looking to purchase to get us through the winter season, I can’t wait to try it out.  

This stroller definitely gets my seal of approval!  Of course, this is just my opinion and I would love to hear questions and concerns if you have any!



Lukasz’s Birthday

Last Thursday, my babe, Lukasz, turned 27.  To celebrate, we decided to leave the city and head up to New Paltz.  It’s the cutest little college town.  It has the small town feel that makes me feel like I’m in an episode of Gilmore Girls! 

Unfortunately, we passed the stop to get to New Paltz and ended up an hour away in Woodstock, NY! Never one to shy away from exploring, we drove around to see what fun stuff we could do.  We found a water reservoir hidden along the road and stopped to explore the forest and do a little photo op with the baby.

I really love how Petra has grown so much in these last few months.  Before, my idea of venturing out with a little munchkin would have me filled with anxiety. Is it safe? Is the bugs? Are there ticks? Will I be able to breastfeed?  Now, she’s just as curious as we are to head out into some unknown, safe in her dads arms.  I love it so much and it makes me excited for the days I can spend with these two, camping and hiking when she’s a little older. 

On our way back, Lukasz stopped at an orchard and grabbed a quick bag of apples and cider.  I forgot how much I love fall here.  The air gets chilly, the leaves change into beautiful warm colors.  It truly is my favorite season.

We also stopped by Lukasz’s family’s house in Jersey. They’re such nice and warm people.  There’s also a lot of polish being spoken which I love exposing Petra to.  They greeted us with delicious dinner and an ice cream cake for Lukasz.  It was a good day.  

I love this handsome and amazing man. Happy birthday, my love. ❤️



Weekly Findings

This picture best describes the mood I’ve been in lately: lazy, waiting for fall and wanting to curl up in bed with Lukasz and the baby for some quality time together. Lukasz celebrated a birthday this week and we spent the day driving away from the city.  We ended up in Woodstock, NY after missing the exit for New Paltz, haha.  I’ll be posting pictures of the day soon.  Other than that, we have been consistently busy which makes the time we’re able to spend together more precious to me. It’s hard not to feel nostalgic even for last week when time flies by so quickly and Petra is growing extremely fast. Thank goodness today is Friday.  I’m already looking forward to tonight, when Lukasz and I will share a bottle of hard cider we picked up along the road at an orchard on our trip upstate. It’s the little things!

1. Brad and Angelina are getting a divorce: And while I don’t find this news particularly interesting, this article by Vulture made me laugh. I don’t know if it was supposed to be funny but whatever.

2. Trying to conceive after Mirena: Full transparency, I’m in the market for a form of contraception and I’m really cautious about any contraception involving hormones.  I found this readers experience particularly interesting.

3. 25 Recipes to jump into fall: I’ve been sitting on this article since Monday.  I want to make everything! Can fall just get here already? PUMPKIN EVERYTHING ✊🏻

4. Nice as Fuck Tshirt: has been on my wishlist. I love this vintage feel of it.  I also believe that they might be sold in collaboration with Jenny Lewis’s bands album.  Gotta check it out.

5. No, I’m from New York: this article from the New Yorker has me cracking up! “Already ripe avocados? Get out of here with that nonsense, Ralphs. I’m from New York, where, in lieu of avocados, grocery stores put out six hundred petrified dragon eggs and shoppers must squeeze every last one of them before buying the softest but still rock-hard option, and then bring it home and watch it go from unripe to completely rotten without ever once being edible.” This definitely isn’t LA! 

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Happy Birthday Lukasz!

To my the best dad and partner in crime in the whole world, happy birthday! You are my moon and my stars.  Petra and I are so lucky to have you in our lives and we’re looking forward to all of our years together.  I hope that year 27 is one for the books ❤️ 

Starting solids

Even when I was pregnant, the day that my daughter would start solid foods was something I was super excited about.  I was excited because we live in such a huge city with so many different cuisines and flavors and tastes and I couldn’t wait to introduce it all to my little one.

I remember when my little brother was a tiny baby, I woke up one morning to my mother starting my brother on cereal.  I walked up to him, his tiny mouth a total mess and he gave me the biggest smile.  I still think about it and it melts my heart.  It’s still so strange to me that the tables have turned and now I’m the one with my precious little baby and she’s embarking on a new journey of her development. But I wanted to do a few things different…

First off, I didn’t want my daughter to start cereals or rice right away.  I know that it’s a great baby food that keeps babies feeling full but I don’t really feel that they offer much in terms of nutrition.  I also think that foods like fruits and cereal are easy.  When I was thinking of foods to start Petra on, I headed straight for the veggies. I’ve always been such a big vegetable lover.  My mother can attest that I refused to eat meat but I could down a salad with lemon juice squeezed on it like it was nobody’s business.  Even during my pregnancy, I craved cucumbers drowned in lemon juice with a sprinkle of salt, pepper and cumin.  Lukasz, on the other hand, was raised on heartier meals including plenty of meats (hey Kielbasa) and root veggies like potatoes.    So who’s to say what Petra will like more!  This is what’s so fun about introducing kids to new foods!

For Petra’s first food, I pureed sweet potato using a Baby Bullet my parents sent us, which I absolutely loved.  I boiled one sweet potato and blended it with a little bit of water and it made like a million servings! (Ok, more like 6)  The Baby Bullet came with a storage system as well which is absolutely adorable and convenient.  I can freeze foods for later and I can also refrigerate them in cute little containers that have a date dial so I can always make sure the food I made is fresh.

So Petra’s first taste of the sweet potato was not so great.  To be honest, I feel like the reason was mostly due to her learning how to swallow something thicker than breast milk.  A majority of the potato ended up on her bib and halfway through our feeding session, she thought it would be adorable if she could just blow raspberries while her mouth was full (she was right, it was really cute, dammit.)  And I have to admit, having never tried to teach a baby to eat before, it was a little discouraging… I don’t know if I expected her to love it right away.

But I continued to feed her one serving day after day and by the third day, she was loving the sweet potato and a majority of it ended up in her tummy this time around.  I made pureed apples and pureed avocados this morning. It’s also important to remember to try one veggie at a time, in case they’re allergic to any of them!

A couple of books I’m currently checking out on this subject are Around The World in 80 Purees which is a book about worldly baby food to start at 6 months and 201 Organic Baby Purees, the title says it all. I highly recommend both.



Brooklyn Review: Cafe Mogador

I’ve been meaning to do this new thing on my blog where I review restaurants and more activities and areas based on how kid-friendly they are.  For the time being, it hasn’t been difficult getting out and about with Petra in tow.  She’s only three so it’s not like she can throw food (thank god) and she doesn’t need high chairs or anything but it’s still a little intimidating dining out with an infant.  We’re also not big on crowds and, with Petra having an early bedtime, we tend to stick to lunch hours, usually.  It’s on a rare occasion that we’ll head out for dinner.  So my criteria isn’t like crazy but we’re preparing ourselves.  For example, I’m starting to realize that there’s never any bathrooms with a changing table in them. So disappointing!

While Cafe Mogador is no exception in the bathroom area, I must admit that it is a cute restaurant to take your kids too.  The space is open and airy which is really unheard of in New York.  The open space allowed us to park the stroller right next to our table so it was perfect.  While they also lack a kids menu, they do have easy things for kids to eat like hummus and pita chips which I’m going to categorize as healthy. (Hummus is everything). For big kids and adults, they serve brunch here until 4 so that means you can enjoy their many egg dishes with a side of mimosa.  They also delicious sandwiches for lunchtime as an option.  And if eating indoors seems blah, they have an AMAZING patio in the back.  The natural light is perfection and great for photo ops of your food and your littles. The cafe does tend to get packed on the weekends for brunch and if you walk by, you can always see people waiting outside for a table.  We happened to go on a Monday for lunch and we actually had the place to ourselves for the most part.  

I’m really intrigued with how our neighborhood is changing.  Of course, while some people have a problem with that, I personally believe it’s getting more kid-friendly.  There isn’t a morning where I walk to work and don’t spot a stroller on my way. Because of this, I’m really excited to go out and explore more with my little family and it makes me excited for the future where Petra will be able to indulge in the thing I also get excited for: Food! Here’s to hoping she’s not a picky eater!



(Photo above from Yelp! The photo of me and Petra was taken by Lukasz 💕)

3 Months Post-Partum

Where does the time go, you guys? I feel like it was just yesterday I sat down, full of emotion, to write the birth story of my little girl. How can it be that she is already 3 months old? Let’s update on both, my recovery an my daughters growth. 

Me: Three months has passed and I’m still constantly in wonder of everything my body has recovered from.  I’m not back to my pre-pregnancy size but I don’t really care either.  My main concern is that Petra is healthy and fed through my breastmilk for as long as I can produce. I have gone on a couple of runs that have made me feel good but for the most part, after returning to work, I use my free time to soak in all the love from my little family.  I sometimes get hip pain sporadically but I know that will go away.  It’s hard when I feel some kind of pain to know if it’s because my body is returning to normal or if it’s just regular old post-partum pain but I’m feeling good.  I’ve definitely been trying to eat at healthy as possible since I’m still currently breastfeeding but they weren’t kidding about the cravings.  I definitely want all the carbs right now.  I don’t worry too much about it. I know my jeans will fit eventually.  Or not, I don’t know.  My hips definitely seem wider than before I got pregnant so I might have to go up a size now. 

Petra: Petra’s development has literally blown me away.  It’s amazing how much babies learn in 3 months.  Petra’s eyes have developed and she looks right at mom and dad when we talk to her.  She smiles when we make silly faces and she talks all kinds of babble and sometimes that babble turns into tiny screams, which, call me crazy, but I find adorable.  Even her screams are high pitched, she sounds like a little lady, which is weird to say but so true! She also is currently dominating tummy time as made evident by the photo above.  Hopefully that means her little back muscles are super strong and she’ll be rolling over in no time. She’s drinking breastmilk only.  We’ve definitely tried to supplement some formula to kind of make it easy in case I’m not able to pump a lot but she hasn’t really found a formula she likes so I guess I’m just working harder to pump more for her. Lukasz is staying home with her until September and the cute pictures he sends me while I’m at work absolutely make my heart melt.  No one can make her smile like her daddy!



Rockefeller State Park

About a week ago, Lukasz and I decided to leave city life behind and get outside, if only for one day.  As I have previously mentioned, we had a 5 day camping trip planned but it fell through when we found out that there was going to be rain and thunder in the area.  While, usually, that seems like the recipe for a fun adventure at a lake, I wasn’t about to take that chance with my two month old precious cargo in tow.

A lot of people don’t realize this about New York City but, we actually live really close to a lot of fun day trips that lets you explore the great outdoors.  Even Lake George is just a few hours away.  On this particular day, we chose to head to Rockefeller State Park in New Jersey.  It wasn’t crazy mountains or anything, but it was nice to get out of the city and get a little fresh air.  It was nice to see cute squirrels and chipmunks as opposed to the usual subway rats.  One thing I can definitely do without is the summer bugs and ticks but it’s all a compromise, I suppose.

Another unexpected encounter was the rain!  We had barely started our walk around the lake when a thunderstorm hit.  The trees definitely made it less wet as were standing under their canopy but it was coming down fast. We all actually loved it, including Petra who sat in her stroller looking in a amazement at the water falling from the sky.  Its really fun to experience moments like that with my little family.  Sometimes things aren’t perfect and you just have to make do.  The rain did make the park incredibly humid so we hung around a little after the rain stopped before we called it a day and drove back.  It’s a good thing we did too because we stopped on the side of the road on our way back so Petra could eat and it started pouring even more than when we were at the park.  It was fun to sit in the car and watch the rain fall, like we were in our own little bubble.

We got a tree hugger on our hands.
Although slightly wet, it was a really lovely day.



Weekly Findings

This week, like all weeks now, has flown by.  Its so funny how time goes by so quickly when you have a baby that doesn’t leave your sight.  I’m literally trying to tie up loose ends as my maternity leave comes to an end and as you can guess, I am riddled with all the anxiety.  But nevertheless, I am trying to remain positive and am definitely feeling thankful that the weekend is here! Here are some things that made me smile this past week.

Theresa May’s Hubby Steals the Show:  With Theresa May being named Britain’s new Prime Minister and the second woman who has ever held this title, I was absolutely giddy when the focus fell on her husband and his style as he started his life as Britain’s “first man”.

Jennifer Aniston’s Post:  Jennifer Aniston’s editorial on how the media scrutinizes  women was everything.  She’s so honest and direct and I loved it because the media has been hounding this girl down for years always speculating if she’s pregnant.  WHO CARES. And she made some serious points women not always needing to be married or have children.  Let’s decide those things for ourselves.

Snoop Dog and The Game Lead Peaceful Protest: With all the news lately, it just seems like this world is falling apart.  It scares me to my core to think about the kind of world Petra is going to be living in and it saddens me so much to hear about the struggles that so many people are facing.  That’s why this article and video of a peaceful protest totally made my week.  I won’t elaborate on anything else, just read and listen.

The Evolution of Maternity Style:  This article randomly popped up on my Facebook news feed and it was dated a few weeks back so I’m a little late to the party but this is fascinating.  I have always wondered how people dressed if they were pregnant back in the day.  Like really far back in the day.  So crazy to see what has changed.

Beach House, the band:  This isn’t exactly news but gosh, I just love this band. I’ve been really into them lately.  Victoria Legrand’s voice just kiiiiiills me, its so beautiful.  I also received a record player for my birthday so I’ve been busting out my old Beach House records to have a listen.  Here’s a playlist on Apple Music of the best Beach House songs.

Enjoy your weekend.



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