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. ❀️

Xo, 

Karen

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.

Xo,

Karen