These are the people in my neighborhood

October 6, 2013 Comments Off on These are the people in my neighborhood

Our neighborhood is blowing up and as it rapidly gentrifies, I have reminded myself to appreciate all the people who we’ve come to know over the years, people who we talk to everyday when we’re walking around, many of whom we have lovingly nicknamed as we haven’t always known their names.

Some of these nicknames are:

The “enjoy that baby” woman
The guy who sits outside who looks like my grandpa
The woman with the lunger dogs
The Linked In guy
The guy on Withers who got rid of all the homeless people
The woman with the off-leash pit bulls
The couple who sit outside and give Nukah treats
The old woman who tried to give Zevi a pint of ice cream
The firehouse woman
The sweet man who played mandolin and fiddle for Zevi and Ezra
The man who looks for cans with his corgi
The improbable couple
The guy who we suspect was a famous childhood actor
The 102-year old woman who goes to church every Sunday

We are so blessed to know all of these people. They make our neighborhood what it is.

Happy birthday, babies!

September 22, 2013 Comments Off on Happy birthday, babies!

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Today our beautiful chunk, Ezra turned two months. Tomorrow, his brilliant big sister turns twenty months.

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We finished off an action-packed, celebratory weekend with some relaxing time in McGolrick.

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So proud of my babies and excited to find out more about who these two people are. Happy birthday, Ezra!

Square Root

September 8, 2013 Comments Off on Square Root

Big changes are happening all around us right now. This morning we said goodbye to my parents who have been staying a few blocks away from us for the past ten weeks. Tomorrow will be my first day without any help at home with my two children. The weather is cooling down; leaves are falling from the trees. Rosh Hashanah is here again.

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We decided to bake challah with Zevi and Ezra this afternoon.

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Zevi was an excellent bakers’ assistant. She helped us knead the dough.

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And she volunteered to taste the unbaked loaves.

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While the loaves rose, we met up with old friends in the park for some afternoon exploring.

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On our walk home, I spotted a license plate that seemed to be made for us in this moment.

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Upon our return, our loaves had more than doubled in size.

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The challah came out perfectly.

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This is Zevi and Ezra’s first experience baking bread. I’m looking forward to many more baking sessions as markers of time.

Cleanest hippies ever

August 31, 2013 Comments Off on Cleanest hippies ever

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My friend, Rick accused Joe and me of being hippies when he found out that we didn’t give Zevi a bath (beyond sponging her down) until she was three months old. Judging by how Ezra’s size, he could be a three-month old, but he’s only five and a half weeks and today he enjoyed his first bath.

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He was as mellow as could be, as though bathing was just another part of his daily routine.

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Squeaky clean. I do love him so.

All around the town

August 18, 2013 Comments Off on All around the town

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On a drizzly summer’s day when not much is going on and everyone needs to spend some time outside of the house,

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why not take the kids on their first bus trip around the neighborhood?

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After hearing that song about the wheels and the wipers and the driver and the doors and the babies and the mommas and the papas for so long, it was time for Zevi and Ezra to stop watching the buses go by and to start riding them.

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Then when everyone started to get antsy, we hopped off at the next bus stop, and had another adventure before heading back home.

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Goodbye, B43. See you again soon. Maybe next time Ezra will wake up for part of the adventure.

Bright lights, big city farm

August 2, 2013 Comments Off on Bright lights, big city farm

To celebrate Joseph’s birthday, we took our first field trip as a family of four to Queens County Farm Museum.

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The farm is the longest continuously farmed area in New York State and only a twenty-five minute drive from our home. Plus, it’s free to visit.

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We got to see goats, sheep, cows, alpaca, pigs, and chickens.

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Mostly, Ezra slept through the trip.

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We’d never been to the farm museum before today; now we can’t wait to go back.

A New York Birthing Story

July 24, 2013 Comments Off on A New York Birthing Story

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After spending the afternoon with my parents, Zevi, and Joseph at the newly reopened post-Hurricane Sandy New York Aquarium, we arrived home. I started to feel contractions shortly after. They were regular and steady, but I waited to make plans to go to the hospital.

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We put Zevi to bed at her regular time and had dinner. Once the house was prepared for our absence, we made our way downtown so that we would be closer to the hospital. My contractions were clocking in at two minute intervals. Sitting down for a car ride didn’t sound like fun, so we opted for the train. I figured that if things became imminent, we could get off the train and call a car. I felt good after our first train ride, so we transferred for the second half of the trip.

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When we arrived downtown, I wasn’t ready to admit myself into the hospital. We became tourists for a couple of hours. Our baby’s due date was nine months after Hurricane Sandy, and a lot of his pre-birthday was spent visiting areas of the city that were damaged during the storm. Joseph and I had fun walking around South Street Seaport, which is still being repaired.

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When the contractions became longer and more intense, we decided it was time to head inside and have a baby.

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We were admitted. My parents met us in the labor room and shortly after, Ezra Kivi was born.

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Ezra Kivi. July 22, 2013. 2:05 am. 8 lbs, 5 oz.; 19.5 inches.

Ezra: Helper
Kivi: Protected

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