Monday, May 30, 2011

Back to Work - The Daily Grind

I hope everyone out there thanked a Vet today. After all, isn't gratitude and remembrance what the holiday is all about?



Enjoy your "Monday" tomorrow!

Friday, May 27, 2011

I Wish I Knew How to Quit You, New York.


According to a NY1/YNN-Marist Poll, 26% of adults in New York State plan to move someplace else in the next five years while 67% say they will stay. 6% are unsure

Of residents who expect to leave New York, more than six in ten — 62% — cite economic reasons like jobs, the cost of living, or taxes. 38%, however, report non-economic reasons such as the proximity to family, overcrowding, quality of life, schools, or retirement as the catalyst.

Adults in the suburbs of New York City — 87% — and in the city — 80% —describe the cost of living in the state as not affordable

And we’re in contract on a house in the suburbs of New York City. The greatest city in the world is also the most expensive city in the world. I try not to share with non-NYC family and friends the cost of our prospective domain to avoid the “you get WHAT for HOW MUCH?” look.

Indeed, you get a postage stamp sized yard and three, perhaps four bedrooms in a 1000-1500 square foot quaint cape for about half a million dollars. With that, you also get the honor of paying $10,000 plus per year in taxes. Isn’t NY-metro suburbia, grand? But, really, it’s a steal compared to the million dollar studios in Manhattan.

Though the year long house-hunting process has had its frustrating moments, Big D and I can agree that the extra space for the baby (and my shoes) is well worth the trouble. A reliable parking spot is really the icing on the cake. I’m crossing my fingers that we move in time to strike up the barbie on Independence Day. Wouldn’t that be fitting? Finally free from the constant crowds, half hour block-circling to find a parking spot and cement parks.

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Weddings: Celebrations of Love and Wild Night Out for Parents

Yes, we were all on our best behavior. Our best senior year of college behavior. I used to dread attending weddings...well, really just the ceremony part. I could never stay awake.

But this time was different. This is the first wedding we've been to since becoming parents and I loved. every. minute. We had overnight childcare. We had a lovely room on a lovely island off of Long Island's North Fork. And overflowing spirits. The band was phenomenal. But really, the best part, the very best part was being able to be carefree with other adults. Other MOMS who couldn't believe that we were finally out sans babes.

Some of us even tucked our husbands in and stayed until our feet couldn't dance any longer. We talked about parenting for the obligatory fifteen minutes and then we were back to kicking our feet up and enjoying ourselves.

So, weddings and brides-to-be, we parents thank you for the reminder of how wonderful this celebration of love (and a great night out) can be. And maybe one day, you too, will actually look forward to an evening out with a few tipsy moms.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Easy Transition to New Day Care? I've Got This Mom.

Mom. Seriously. You're hovering.
As you already know, Baby D started at a new child care center on Monday. I was very nervous for the little guy because he is used to being spoiled given lots of personal attention. I wasn't sure that the new teachers would be able to do that in the "big kid" room. I was wrong. After the first morning of crying, leg clenching and attempting to flee, Baby D has settled in amazingly well. By Tuesday, he was taking off his coat and staring down a fellow female toddler room denizen in the hopes of taking her bowl of cereal while she was distracted by his hypnotic gaze. Once the teacher put a bowl of his very own Cheerios on the family-style rectangular table, he pulled up his wooden toddle chair and had a seat. He smiled and dug in, essentially waving me off.

This new school is great because not only do they have caring teachers, they have a fenced and Astro Turfed playground right outside the classroom door, huge indoor playgrounds and access to an indoor pool with lessons for the toddlers. Its a kid's dream. Now I have to carry Baby D out kicking and screaming because he wants to go down the slide just one more time. Well, he isn't able to verbalize this, but something about his two hands death-gripping the sides of the ladder to the slide tells me this is the case.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

It Takes a Village...

Yesterday, we said goodbye to our daycare center. With a new move to the suburbs on the horizon, the trek to the center miles past my workplace has become too arduous. I steeled myself for this day but I didn't expect it to be as heart-wrenching as it was. In preparation, I prepared photo thank you cards with sincere words of gratitude for each teacher. I forgot the super absorbent tissues.

It was in writing these notes that all of the outside the home working-mom guilt came flooding back. Suddenly I wondered whether I was making the right decision in pursuing my professional goals in law instead of working inside the home. Baby D has been there for nearly a year and I really learned from these women. Sure, I reacted with visible (terrified) surprise that Baby D had eaten an orange or pasta that day. I had been afraid to try anything but pureed food even though he had reached the table food age and the news sometimes frightened me. They gave him crackers and encouraged a variety of foods that I had convinced myself were choking hazards (but weren't).

Those women helped make our little guy into a dancing, singing, Spanish-speaking superkid. They made me into a more confident, less stressed, no-longer-nervous-about-everything mom with a newly-found belief in the African proverb, It takes a village to raise a child.

There were tears. Lots of tears. They were truly our partners in parenting and I'll be lucky to find anyone outside our family who even comes close. So, Monday, we will begin or new childcare arrangement. There is sure to be an adjustment period, some flailing, some kicking. We'll also have to see how Baby D deals with it.

Anyone else out there have to say goodbye to a beloved caretaker?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Poofin Review and Giveaway!


We were first introduced to The Poofin at the 2011 Toy Fair in NYC. It debuted in 2011 and was created with a child's unique interests in mind. When we received the red Poofin Star and two charms, I knew this would be a big hit with Baby D. He loves to take small toys out of containers and put them back.

The Poofin Star is well made with sturdy seams and a super-soft plush exterior. The bright red one was my favorite, as it can be stored on our couch or in his room, giving both places a pop of color. It has a zipper in the back where parents or children can quickly stow the adorable charms. The front has a hole that is large enough for childrens' hands to access the charms and small enough to keep adults from stealing one!

At the time I ordered the custom charm that would be included in this review, I didn't know that the other charm would be the more popular of the two in our house. You see, Baby D has recently become OBSESSED with dogs. He shouts dog! woof! every time we go outdoors. And he can literally spot one half a mile away. So how very appropriate was it that the wonderful people at Poofin (clairvoyant, perhaps?) sent us a dog charm.

Well, guess what? He shouts dog! woof! every time he pulls the dog charm out of the Poofin. I love the idea that he is connecting with toy both educationally (gross motor skills/vocabulary) and on a personal level. Unfortunately, he's not yet as excited about the family portrait charm as he is about the dog, but nice family who feeds me isn't as exciting a word as dog is, apparently.

I also like that this is a toy that will grow with the child, as the charms can be added as the his/her interests change. I plan on ordering more custom charms in order to facilitate the growth of Baby D's German vocabulary. Think: soft, much-more-fun-than-flashcards charms. I have a feeling that we'll be toting the Poofin Star and its contents around for quite some time to come.


Buy It!

The Poofin Star is available for $29.95 and Poofin charms are $4.95 each. Custom Create-
A-Charms are available at poofin.com for $8.95.


Win It!

Visit www.Poofin.com and leave a comment here letting me know which charm you like the best.

EXTRA ENTRIES:

You can do any of these things for an extra entry. Make sure to leave a separate comment for EACH thing you do.



1. Follow @HitSendLetGo on Twitter

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3. Like Poofin on Facebook

4. Follow Poofin on Twitter
 
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Contest ends at 11:59pm EST on May 24, 2011  when I will draw a winner at random. Please leave your email address if it is not visible on your profile. I will notify the winner as soon as the contest ends. The winner will be given 48 hours to respond.

The package can only be shipped within the U.S.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Pirates of the Caribbean Fun this Weekend!!

DISNEY AND JERRY BRUCKHEIMER PRESENT "A PIRATE'S LIFE FOR YOU" WITH WORLD PREMIERE GIVEAWAYS



Pirates' fans can help celebrate the 5/7 Disneyland World Premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger tides by connecting nationwide on Mobile, Twitter and SCVNGR to win a trove of treasure, including a Disney Cruise to the Mexican Riviera!

WHAT: Pirates fans across the country have 3 ways to connect to the Disneyland World Premiere and win Pirates of the Caribbean Prize Packs including Hot Topic T-shirts, Xpand 3D Glasses, Pirates of the Caribbean Blu-ray™ Box Sets, Pirates Booty, a Disney Cruise to the Mexican Riviera and more!

WHEN: Saturday, May 7, 2011 from 9AM PST – 9PM PST

HOW:
1.      Grand Prize Disney Cruise Giveaway
a.      WHERE: Follow Pirates of the Caribbean Producer Jerry Bruckheimer on Twitter (@BRUCKHEIMERJB) all day on 5/7
b.      HOW: Jerry Bruckheimer will tweet special instructions to enter the sweeps.
c.      WHAT: A cruise to the Mexican Riviera on a Disney Cruise line and access to exclusive Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides content!
d.      No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited by law.  Open to legal residents of 50 United States and the District of Columbia, age 18 years and older.  Sweepstakes starts at 4:00 PM Pacific Time (PT) on 5/7/11 and ends at 11:59 PM (PT) on 5/8/11.  For official rules go to www.facebook.com/piratesofthecaribbean
2.      SCVNGR Hunt for the Fountain of Youth
a.      WHERE: Los Angeles; New York City; Chicago; Washington, DC; Boston; Dallas; Philadelphia; Seattle; San Francisco; Miami
b.      HOW:
                                                              i.      Download the free SCVNGR app for iPhone & Android at www.scvngr.com
                                                            ii.      Tap 'Treks' and search for "Pirate's Life"
                                                          iii.      Go to the places in the trek and do the challenges there to earn points
                                                           iv.      All participants are automatically entered for a chance to win Sponsor selected prize packs.
c.      WHAT: Chances to win prize packs including Hot Topic T-shirts, Xpand 3D Glasses, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Soundtracks, Pirates Booty and the Pirates movie poster
d.      No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited by law.  Open to legal residents of  Los Angeles; New York City; Chicago; Washington, DC; Boston; Dallas; Philadelphia; Seattle; San Francisco; Miami age 18 years and older.  Sweepstakes starts May 7, 2011 9 a.m. EDT and ends May 7, 2011 when Participating Locations close for business.  For official rules go to:   www.facebook.com/piratesofthecaribbean      
3.      Twitter Prize Pack Giveaways
a.      WHERE: Follow @DisneyPirates between 9AM PST and 9PM PST on 5/7
b.      WHAT: Chances to win prize packs including Hot Topic T-Shirts, Skull decanters, Pirates of the Caribbean Blu-ray™ Box Sets, Pirates of the Caribbean Soundtrack Treasures Collection Box Sets and Pirates Booty!
c.      No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited by law.  Open to legal residents of  is open only to legal residents who are physically located in one (1) of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia (void in Puerto Rico, all U.S. territories and possessions and all overseas military installations) who are at least 13 years of age or older at the time of entry.  Sweepstakes starts May 7, 2011 6 p.m. PDT and ends May 7, 2011 9 p.m. PDT.  For official rules go to: www.facebook.com/piratesofthecaribbean

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Like the Jeffersons...Movin On Up

Happy May Day!

Baby D is a baby no more. At least at his child care center. He's moving up a few months early because the teachers believe he is so over being a baby. I'm not so sure I'M ready yet though. He loves those ladies and they've loved him right back since the day he joined the club exactly a year ago. They let him strike out on his own, mess up the playroom and basically run the joint while the rest of the tikes are asleep. And now he's moving on to hang with the big guys. Which also means having rules and boundaries. Baby D is not into boundaries. At all.

So here I am right now typing up a list of Baby D's likes and dislikes. And getting together all of his not so awesome clothes (in case this classroom mixes up the clothes as often as our launderer does - which is REALLY often)

I'm also steeling myself for all the anti-separation arm and leg flails and the tears. My own.

Wish us luck!
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