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When my son was 3 months old, I left my NYC life and headed to the suburbs.  My marriage was not working and it was brought to light even more so by the infant I cared for day in and day out.  I was able to retreat to my parent’s home in suburban PA, for which I am eternally grateful.  I bought a house of my own, 4 houses down from my parents, in May 2010.  I encountered some problems and was not able to move in until September 2010.  Since then, I have loved having my own space.  It has been liberating to put things where I want and to care for my son day to day by myself.  However, there are times that it hits me how isolated from the world that I have become.  It took a good friend to really point out to me that I need to do what I want now and not wait until tomorrow.  We live our lives so much thinking that we will do something in (fill in the blank) years.  Well, why not do it now?  I really want to meet new people down here and haven’t thought about how I would go about doing it.  I think I will investigate taking a class or two at the local community college.  Perhaps I will be able to find a Mommy & Me class in the area.  However it turns out I will be grateful to my friend for seeing things in me that I didn’t see in myself before, even if wasn’t the best thing.

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Who’s (really) the Boss?

I would like to claim that I run my household with an iron fist and I keep my son in line. I would be lying if I did though and laugh at such a statement. The reason is that my son is so completely in charge. He determines most of our day. Don’t get me wrong, he takes naps and eats at designated times and usually complies without much complaint. However, he calls the shots in most other areas. A perfect example would be today. I was changing his diaper but he wanted nothing to do with laying down. My solution was to change his diaper with him standing up. I figure he needs a diaper change and it gets done without tears. I would love to hear your stories about your child(ren) showing you who is boss.

Gap has an annual casting call that they hold for the new face of Gap.  I thought that it would be fun to enter Baby J so I put up a few photos of him and asked friends and family to vote for him.  Well, it would be fun except that no one can vote.  The website is always down and no one can get onto it, including me most of the time.  I am lucky if I can get onto the site 1 out of every 1o times I try.  Also,  I find it very amusing that some photos have gotten over 12,000 votes.  How does that happen?  Has someone hacked into the Gap site?  If the people voting for that child have normal computers like the rest of us, they are beating the system somehow because there is no way anyone can get on to vote that many times!!

Gap, you need to find a better system for conducing this contest because the baby that does win is not necessarily the most popular.  He is just lucky enough that the people voting for him actually got on to vote.

NYC new Moms and Moms-to-Be

This is an event worth checking out:  Big City Moms Biggest Baby Shower.  I attended with a super pass (which I recommend if you can buy one) when I was pregnant and ended up winning a photo session with Leshem Loft and a Phil & Ted’s traveller.  Plus I brought home great gift bags!! You will meet tons of vendors, receive great gift bags and get to eat great food with great hosts.  You can never go wrong with Big City Moms, their events are the best in NYC.  The hostesses make you feel welcome and there are always great people attending plus you win fabulous prizes!!

 

Aden and Anais Mod About Baby burpy bibs

 

I am a huge fan of Aden and Anais.  I have their swaddles and two sleeping bags.  A short time ago, I purchased the second Aden and Anais sleeping bag for Baby J.  I was so excited since this would be his second one and it was in the next size up so he could grow into it.  I find that the muslin material is perfect for summer.  It keeps Baby J from overheating at night.  Unfortunately, this second sleeping bag frayed at the seam in the wash.  So I contacted Aden and Anais customer service and explained the situation.  They were so quick to respond and didn’t hesitate to send me a new one.  Well I opened my package yesterday, 11 June, and I was so surprised to find not only that they had replaced my sleep sack but had also sent me burpy bibs.  I had considered buying one but Baby J has so many bibs and burp cloths, I restrained myself.  I do have a tendency to buy things for Baby J that he may not necessarily need or use for very long.  I am so happy that I received them.  They are great – soft and absorbent.  Plus they have “wings” so the bib goes around the entire front of the baby.  Most bibs leave the sides open and food gets on your baby’s clothing no matter how careful you are.

It is rare to find such good customer service these days and I am now a huge fan of Aden and Anais.  I hope that you try out their items.  I can say that they are worth every penny.

Stroller Spectacular

I have to blog about this other Big City Moms event – Stroller Spectacular.  It is being held at Planet Kids on the UWS and it is worth it if you are not sure which stroller you want to purchase.  This is the first event that I attended through Big City Moms and it started what can only be called the luckiest 9 months of my life.  I ended up winning a stroller and from there have won numerous items, really too  many to name. Check out my post from the event I attended: https://uwsmom.wordpress.com/2009/05/20/i-won-a-stroller/

For all new(er) NYC Moms and Moms-to-Be, this is the event that cannot be missed.  On Wednesday, April 14th at the Park East Ballroom, Big City Moms will host the event of the season, which is held twice a year.  It is called The Biggest Baby Shower and it is worth every penny you will spend and every minute you will be walking around.  I attended in the fall of 2009 and I can’t even begin to describe.  Oh wait, yes I can.  Check out my blog post: https://uwsmom.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/biggest-baby-shower-big-city-moms/

I am so disappointed that I will be missing this event.  Please comment if you do attend and let me know what you take home.