May 12, 2013 Comments Off
Everything about today was just right.
While I slept in, Joseph took Zevi and Nukah to the flower stand. Zevi picked out this bouquet of flowers for me, which is just about the sweetest gift ever. I love the blue flowers and Joe thinks Zevi chose this bunch because it has berries that look like grapes, which happen to be one of Zevi’s favorite treats.
April 29, 2013 Comments Off
It’s been a super busy week at our house in Brooklyn. My parents came to town, we had a garage sale, Joe’s dad came to town, and then the renovations began. To prepare our home for the new baby, we switched our bedroom with Zevi’s nursery.
We still need to hang new curtains in the nursery, transfer the artwork from Zevi’s old nursery to the new one, finish up the wall above the new door track, and assemble another shelving system for the new baby. More pictures to come.
In the meantime, I’m amazed by the work that went into preparing our apartment for another baby. This renovation has made our new pack member that much more real. We’re in the last trimester and time is zipping by. It’s comforting to make room and to have a physical space to see/think about what’s mostly been happening internally so far.
April 21, 2013 Comments Off
April 13, 2013 Comments Off
After almost two trimesters of not drinking any caffeine, today I allowed myself one morning cup of coffee. I waited until my twenty-sixth week, which is a week longer than I tortured myself without coffee during my first pregnancy. Because I am a creature of habit, once again, I drank one cup of Alex’s Blend freshly brewed from Porto Rico Importing Co.
This time, Back to Coffee Day falls the day before my birthday, hence the beautiful chocolate cake baked by Joseph in the background of this picture. Far be it for me to complain, BUT later I’m headed to brunch at Pies ‘N’ Thighs and I’m still not going to be able to drink coffee with my meal, which is slightly tragic. Still, this morning’s cup felt so natural, so normal, like I’ve been drinking coffee all along. It’s like riding a bicycle.
It’s good to feel human again.
March 21, 2013 Comments Off
By 9 pm, on my walk home tonight, the cement had been repaved with no sign of “ZeMa” to be found. Oh Brooklyn, this is not the last you’ll see of us. Someday, somehow we will make our mark, and our mark will stick around, at least for longer than a day.
March 21, 2013 Comments Off
This afternoon, we finally found our second opportunity to make Zevi a permanent part of Brooklyn’s finest sidewalks. She was only four weeks when we tried the first time, and that was repaved within hours. Today I botched the first attempt to write ZeMa on another corner of the same cement square, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they repave the whole thing.
We won’t give up.
March 17, 2013 Comments Off
While Joseph and Zevi meandered around lower Manhattan, I took a tour of the Tenement Museum for a class assignment. I stood inside one of the tiny apartments in the building, reflecting on what life might have been like in the late 1800′s and early 1900′s. I started to think that our apartment in Brooklyn isn’t so small after all. We have what we need and we’ve really enjoyed the way our space fits us so well. Our neighborhood is so lovely and our daily commutes are convenient. Before Zevi arrived, we were nervous about having enough space. Now that we have another baby coming in July, those old nerves are working at us again. But the more I stood in that little apartment on the Lower East Side, where entire families of six to sometimes twelve people managed to find themselves at home, I started to regain confidence in our ability to live in close quarters. Once again I completely feel like our home fits us.
February 22, 2013 Comments Off
It’s been several months since our family had a no-screens day, and tomorrow we will power down to continue the tradition. Winter is a time of hibernating, vegetating, and generally losing ourselves in brainless activities. There’s been an over-saturation of iPhone and laptop time in our lives, so tomorrow, we revert to the Luddite tradition. I’m not convinced that I’m a happier person when I know what’s going on everywhere at all times. I’m excited to take a breather and spend time with the fam. We’ll be making hamantaschen in preparation for Purim. If my blog is accurate, we haven’t made them in three years, so we are overdue.
February 9, 2013 Comments Off
This blizzard really didn’t seem to have much impact in Brooklyn, unlike the amazing one three years ago. Still we all enjoyed ourselves.
January 26, 2013 Comments Off
Zevi’s papa, Joe made the beautiful double layer chocolate cake, the same one we made when Zevi turned six months.