The best cheer-leading team ever!
As many of you already know, I’ve recently started running to whip myself back into shape postpartum and it’s also an exercise that I hope to do with my entire family. Unlike yoga, Simon, A + Noodle can partake in this sport!
So I decided to sign up for my first 5K at the Fit + Healthy Mama Race with other awesome Moms and buddies that also love running. hehe
Unfortunately while I was just starting to get the hang of running while enjoying the nice weather outside, I hurt my shin and thought I had shin splints.
If any of you ever had it, it can be painful every time you take a step. I am annoyed at the fact that I finally got up to a 5-miler but then this happens, but that didn’t hinder my spirit or my stride! My goal was just to run and finish this race with a decent time, mission accomplished. It was VERY inspiring to see how fast all these Mamas can run with their strollers!
Even though I am on a break for now, I intend to heal from this shin splints and hope to run in my first half marathon next year!
Breaking a sweat after the race!
We recently took our first family trip to Houston for our cousin’s wedding. It was A’s first flight so I was excited and nervous to see how she would relate to flying. When we pack for our weekend getaways as a family, we look like we’re moving so I wanted to pack smart this time since we were so limited on space when we fly.
It was one crazy experience to say the least!
We got to the airport with plenty of time to spare…and arrived at the gate to possible get one last feeding in and then…. the announcement was made: our flight has been cancelled! Delta said it was due to the weather in NY even though there was not a cloud in the sky. What a lot of passengers was upset about was that we were the only flight that was canceled that night.
After weighing out our options, we decided to take the first available flight out the next day. My poor baby’s sleep schedule was ruined because we had to rush to the airport at 5am to catch the 7am flight. When we got to our gate (the second time around) we found out that our flight was making an additional stop in St Louis for fuel which would delay our arrival time by 3 hours. Since this flight was overbooked b/c of all the passengers that were here since yesterday, Delta was looking for volunteers to take the later flight so we jumped on that opportunity. I did not want my baby to experience a double take off and landing her first time around. It worked out in the end because we got flight vouchers and all 6 of us got upgraded to first class!
Poor babies didn’t know about the trouble we were in for….
We finally made it to Houston at 4 pm on Friday so it didn’t really give us much downtime and I am so sad we missed out on Taste of Texas (we were supposed to go there for a cousin’s lunch). But it was so worth it to be there for our cousin’s big day, the bride looked absolutely stunning at the wedding. Even though we were only in Houston for a day and a half, we made the most of it by hanging A in the first time ever… and even made a quick pit stop at Rudy’s for some BBQ.
We had many “firsts” on this trip, including her first dip in the pool! She was a little hesitate at first but she really got to enjoy the water later on…
Alexis first wedding at the Houstonian Hotel.
We really appreciated the on-site day care during the reception, that was a huge help!
I had the pleasure of helping out plan a baby shower for my good friend Nats who is expecting her first baby very soon!
Being super excited when I heard about the great news, I was ecstatic to help her hubby plan a surprise shower for her. We kept all the details under wraps so she had no idea when, where or how it was going to happen. Ray had the fantastic idea of getting the Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain as the venue which was really like going back in time for me. This lovingly restored drug store space was amazing for a baby shower, everything from the décor to the music, even the cute outfits that the waitress were wearing are from the 1920s era. Even though it was early on a Sunday morning, we had a really good turn out with some people flying in for the shower. Ray lead her to think they were going for a brunch around the neighborhood and just dropping by for a quick ice cream stop so Nats was very VERY surprised to say the least!
If you guys are ever in Carroll Gardens, this place is well worth a stopover.
This song comes to my mind: ♫
You’re like a dream come true
Just want to be with you
Girl, it’s plain to see
That you’re the only one for me
Repeat steps one through three
Make you fall in love with me
If ever I believe my work is done
Then I’ll start back at one ♫
*We’re missing a couple of the weeks but you get the idea
With the success of Toms and other like-minded companies that like to give back, I stumbled upon this receiving blanket online and just wanted to share.
The Information Blanket is ideal for first time parents that wish their newborn came with some type of an instruction manual. I can totally relate in these early months when A is wailing and tears are streaming down her face, that my first instinct is to call my pediatrician and ask for help! Hopefully, this blankie can relieve some of that stress by having the basic baby info right on it. In addition to it being useful, with every blanket purchased- an additional blanket is given to mothers in need to help reduce infant mortality rates in countries like Uganda. So if you’re ever racking your brain to find your next baby shower gift, please consider the information blanket as an option.
Everything old is new again at the Brimfield Antique Show! I recently went to this show with my friend Cheryl because we have always heard about this show from people in the fashion industry and has been on my bucket list for awhile. It was well worth it and truly a mecca for collectors and DIY enthusiasts alike!
Being at Brimfield is really like going back in time to the days when gramophones were in style and horse drawn carriages were a mode of transport.
There was a big range between each dealer among hundreds of tents- you either get a household tent which is more like a garage sale/ flea market or a big gigantic tent where it was more for the trade. The bigger tents had way more expensive prices but a much better selection of newly re-furbished products.
This was one of the bigger tents w/ beautiful $$$ items in it
Although I was drawn to the smaller tents when you really have to dig your way though all the junk to find that one “jewel”. And then it was our job to talk the price down as much as possible. My favorite line while we were there was : ‘if we buy two, can we get a discount?’ Cheryl and I used that line several times because we got some similar items.
Beautiful chandelier tent
Always shop around because you will most likely find what you’re looking for at another tent for a cheaper price. Don’t pull the trigger too fast because a lot of dealers would lower prices during closing time, especially on the last day of the show so they won’t need to lug back everything that they’ve brought. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing, there is a lot of working and if you buy a big piece of furniture you might have to carry it back to the car (make sure there’s plenty of room in your trunk).
I think it takes about 1 full day to really experience all that Brimfield has to offer, our only set back was porta potties!
If you’re thinking about making a visit, the next show dates are July 10-15 and Sept 4-9!
Time has really been flying by, I can’t believe my 3 months is almost up soon and I return back to the office as a working Mom!
It has really been a joy and a pleasure to be with my baby and watch her double in size. We feel very blessed for A and she definitely makes our lives so much sweeter each day.
Here is just a quick snap shot of what I’ve been doing with my time…. This is my top 10 favorite moments.
1. Watching the sunset from my balcony with my baby in my arms and Noodle by my side.
2. My photographer friend Jia came over and did a cutie photo shoot with A. Here’s one of her pics which also became the Baby Wu profile.
3. My favorite time of the day? Bath time!! (The 4 B’s have made A fall asleep easier- Bath, Bottle, Book, Bed!)
4. The way my baby looks up at us when we play with her each night.
5. Noodle met a new friend too.. his name is Gizmo- an 8 week old Havanese.
6. Our first trip as a family to Boston!
7. I went to the Martha Stewart show and saw how she hand made gift bows using paper shopping bags. I thought it was such a smart & pretty way to dress up presents. I tried it myself using an old Juicy shopping bag and one from one of my fav baby stores name: Giggle.
8. In between naps and feedings, I got a chance to tackle some DIY projects that I’ve been meaning to do. Our built-in bookshelf that came with the apt needed to be revamped a bit. I used these easy decorator tips from the internet and got to work. By using a spare can of paint we can leftover from our living room walls, I painted the back wall of the bookshelf and also the cabinets on the bottom. Then I stacked the books horizontally and vertically to mix & match and used some of my leftover baby shower decor.
9. My first night out in the city as a Mom… We went to Ajna Bar for my cousins bachelorette party. Woohooo… I thought those days were long gone but it was fun to feel like 22 again!
10. Sitting back in nursery with my baby makes me love even those 4 am feedings like I’d never thought possible.
Time is passing by so fast…..I cant believe I’ve already pass the halfway point of my maternity leave.
To celebrate Baby Wu turning 1 month, we are kicking it off with our first family album. My cousin Lenny (an amazing photographer) took photos of us this past weekend, spending some good ol’ quality time together as a family. This mommy is head over heels in <3 !
Hands & Feet
It has been such a joy being a new mom this past month and watching my baby grow.
I wanted to record my growing belly throughout my pregnancy, my friend Jia had sent me the idea. Since Baby Wu came so early, she got to be part of the family at 39 weeks. I must say it does feel good to get my pre-preggers body back, but I still have a double-digit # of pounds to loose to really get back in shape. Stay tuned for that!
My preggers belly from week 14-39!
Men at a baby shower? Judy does what she wants, evident by the coed baby showers with her friends and now at the family baby shower. This was my first time at a baby shower, but it felt more like a family gathering than a baby shower. I think I pictured a ton of games (we did play a game to guess the size of Judy’s stomach) and everyone circling around Judy as she opened her gifts. Or maybe that’s just what they do on TV shows? Either way, it was great seeing everyone again and enjoying some tasty food from Uncle Phil and Aunt Marion’s favorite takeout place in Flushing and a homemade s’mores treat.
And good thing the family baby shower was held that weekend because as we all know, baby Alexis arrived a little early the following weekend. Maybe she was too cramped in Judy’s stomach and wanted to upgrade to their spacious apartment? Maybe she wanted to meet Noodle? Or maybe she just wanted her pictures to be included in this blog post. Hmm, already looking for all the attention? Simon and Judy are in big trouble. Whatever the reason for her early arrival, we are all happy she is well and healthy and wish Judy and Simon all the best.
Alexis at the hospital the morning of her birth