Birthday Stuff

For my birthday, I didn’t have plans until Friday when I realized I hadn’t been to a baseball game in three years. What. How. I immediately texted Łukasz, Tatiana and Jinnette and by the end of the day, it was all set. And Petra would be going to her first baseball game.

I was curious because, you know, I wondered how easy was this going to be with a suuuuper curious one year old.   Petra can hardly sit still, she needs to be wandering and exploring at all times. I was also excited to check out the play area that they built for kids this year.  It was perfect. The play area was fun and full of kiddos and they even had a couple of private nursing rooms.  We got two buckets of chicken tenders and french fries and spent a small fortune on beer but it was great. The weather was perfect with hardly any humidity.

We ended the game by getting Petra and Jackson their certificates for their first game. And tatiana too! It was her first game and she loved it. We’re all definitely going to another one before the summer is over. I forgot how much I loved going to games.  What a treat to spend this day with the people I love. ❤️

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Quick Update

It seems we fell off the map for the last two weeks.  To be honest, its been a busy couple of months.  We have a few changes coming out way in the future but we will talk about them as soon as we get there.  Change isn’t bad though!  It’s all so very good and positive.  For now, let me tell you about little Petra, something that I can talk about forever and ever.  She hit the big ONE and I’m sorry that I didn’t post any pictures. It was a low key little shindig but it was so intimate and nice.  Since that lovely party, Petra has been strutting around like she owns this apartment.  No but seriously, shes just such an avid walker and little explorer, even deciding that today would be the day she learned to climb the couch.  That’s right, she can never be left alone again, or at least until shes old enough for the rock climbing gym!  Then she can climb all she wants!  She eats basically everything.  Seriously!  But here’s the catch: she has to be in the mood for it.  I swear one day shes in love with zucchini noodles and she hates them the next.  She’s lucky I love food though. I’m more than happy to change up the menu as long as she tries everything once.  She has also taken up to talking every second of every day.  It’s the cutest thing, shes like a little boss lady walking around talking about whatever has caught her attention.  I’ve never wished I spoke “baby” more than when I’ve had this little lady yelling nonsense to my face.  She’s like a little puzzle piece that I’m going to spend my life trying to figure out.  Lukasz and I have been lucky enough to be spending more and more time together.  It makes my heart so happy to see us exploring new areas of NYC as a family.  It’s not always easy so I go all out when it happens.  We’ve gone into areas of brooklyn and manhattan that we’ve never been.  The picture above was during one of our outings on the Upper West Side, which we had spent a lot of time in yet never dined at El Mitote.  (Delicious margaritas) And this weekend we’re going to a Yankees game for my birthday!  We’ve never been and its Petra’s first game so you better believe I’m gonna be stopping by customer service for her certificate for her first game, haha. I think I’ve been rewatching to much Mad Men lately, but I’ve just felt so in love with this city recently.  I want Petra to grow up experiencing the same but I’m constantly torn between a bigger space in a smaller city or a tiny apartment in a big city.   Who knows what’s best… I just want Petra to be happy.  I think a lot of people have a misconception that raising a child in the city is a bad idea but its filled with so much culture and so much to do, I feel like I could live here a lifetime and never get bored.  I think East Coast living is the life for us right now.  For my tiny cute family.  I’ll try to post more often and more pictures soon.  I’ve tried to stay away from other social media except Twitter or Instagram so you can find me there.  

Xo,

Karen

Visitors!

My parents and younger brother were in town for a couple of weeks to celebrate Christmas and ring in the New Year with us! I was really intrigued by how things would go.  My parents are true Southern Californians, meaning they don’t do well in the cold weather.  Who can blame them? I like to escape to California in late winter/ early spring because I can’t take the New York cold anymore.  For their trip, I tried to get them to be prepared as much as they possibly could and I think they did great.  The weather actually wasn’t too bad while they were here so we got super lucky.  

It’s always fun to have people from out of town visit because we get to be tourists for a day.  We did so much in two weeks! Some highlights include:

1. Just enjoying the food: I feel like the main thing about New York and anyplace I visit is really all about the food.  We ate out so many times and Łukasz and I even discovered a new AMAZING Peruvian restaurant called Chimu pretty close to where we live.  We’ll definitely be going back.

2. WTC: In the four years I had been here, I had not gone to ground zero or visited the surrounding area.  I feel like there’s something so sacred about those grounds.  I don’t feel like it’s made for my consumption as a tourist so I never wanted to venture myself but I did go to the museum while my parents were in town. It’s all so heartbreaking. On a different day, Łukasz, Petra and my family took a trip to the top of the tower. The view was spectacular.

3. Chinatown on Christmas: With my parents and brother squeezing into our one bedroom apartment, there was no way I was about to cook Christmas dinner.  In the past, when Łukasz and I celebrated just the two of us, we went with a few friends to Chinatown for Dim Sum.  It’s always delicious and full of people.  I definitely had to have my parents experience that themselves.  My mom also loved the area because she was able to find some crystals and rocks for good prices.  She loves her crystals. 

In addition to the above, we also went to the museum of Natural History and my parents did some exploring on their own: Central Park, Times Square and more of the upper west side.  I know my dad was a natural by the end of he trip. He totally understood the subway system that actually took me months to get used to. But I think their highlight was being able to spend time with Petra.  It’s such a bummer that we live on two different coasts but hopefully we can travel back and forth more often. Hope they can come visit again soon! Maybe during the summer when it’s a little warmer. 😉

Xo,

Karen

Happy New Years!


Happy New Years! It’s 2017! We celebrated with an early bed time around these parts (#MomLife) but I felt great when I woke up on the first of the year.  To be honest, the year went out on a negative note for me, personally.  I SOMEHOW ended up catching the Stomach Flu and it was one of the worst weeks of the year that I’ve experienced.  It’s really difficult to take care of a seven month old when you have to throw up every 10 seconds. And so, I will give a special thank you to my parents who have been in town these last two weeks, and to Łukasz, who left work early one day to take care of me and Petra when I felt completely awful.  

Petra celebrated her first Christmas! She got a few presents that she was excited about for, like, 2 seconds, ha.  It was really awesome to watch her celebrate her first Christmas.  It’s rather difficult to impress a seven month old baby but Petra seemed pretty happy.  We all did an unconventional Christmas dinner and celebrated with Dim Sum in Chinatown, an area that my parents loved. The next day we headed to New Jersey to spend Christmas with Łukasz’ extended family. It was all so sweet and cozy and my parents got along with his extended family really well.  I couldn’t have asked for a better holiday!

And now that the New Year is here, I’ve spent the entire week that I was sick thinking about New Years resolutions. I personally love the idea of resolutions because, while I don’t need an excuse to make major changes in my life, it’s nice to just have that idea of a fresh start.  I love wondering how I can do things differently this time around. I definitely want to treat my body better by eating healthier and exercising more. I’m sure that’s a common one! But on a more personal note, 2016 was a difficult year for me as I got my bearings as a first-time mama. I questioned myself often and I worried a lot about what other people were thinking.  

I had a conversation with my coworker recently about how I hate having hangovers and I don’t drink often because of this reason and then he said “plus you have a baby” which took me by surprise. I almost felt the need to defend myself and say that havinga baby really had nothing to do with having a drink. That having a drink or a hangover didn’t make me a bad mother. That maybe sometimes it’s nice to get a babysitter and go out and have some fun. But I didn’t. I didn’t defend myself because I wanted to try this thing out where I just stop caring what people think.

It’s surprising, the amount of advice people will give you when you’re pregnant and when you have a baby. It’s also surprising the amount of judgement they will pass when you forget a baby’s socks and people wonder if her feet are cold OUT LOUD to you or if you have a glass of wine with dinner and people ask if you’re breastfeeding…

So my New Years resolution is to stop caring what others think and to also be easier on myself. And if Petra is happy and Łukasz is happy and I’m happy then I think things are going right. Oh, and also to travel more, but that’s a pretty common one too!

I hope everyone has a great year! I’m too excited for words just imagining what’s to come. ❤️

Xo,

Karen

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 ❤️