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I miss New York or at least a part of me misses it.  I am loving my quiet, suburban life here in PA but a part of me yearns for the city every now and then.  I think that it may have to do with the change in weather.  I LOVE the fall weather and all the changes that occur.  My last autumn in NYC was while pregnant and I have very fond memories of that time since I walked everywhere.  I even walked 20+ blocks the day before having my son and I was already having contractions!

I think that I also miss having so many restaurants to choose from for dinner.  Toward the end of my pregnancy, we (re) found a great Thai restaurant, Land, that had the best skirt steak entree around and their chicken curry puffs were so tasty.  It is an experience that most would miss, I think.

I have to add that I miss my manicure/pedicure place and my hair salon.  It takes a while to find a great hair salon and I found mine.  It is Rare salon located in Tribeca.  They are wonderful and so skilled.  The owner, Ruth, is on the floor cutting hair and always smiling at those around her.  It is worth noting that they are priced way below Manhattan standards but provide a cut that rivals the pricey ones.  And I used to go to Bloomie Nails in midtown and Dashing Diva on the UWS to get my nails done.  I could always trust that their stuff was clean and the technicians were skilled at providing manicures and pedicures.  Their manicures and pedicures would last for weeks!!

I have to admit that Central Park was never my “thing”.  I always worried that I would get lost and followed the same exact path that I knew inside and out.  I never explored the park and for good reason.  I was meeting a friend for lunch at the boat basin.  Now this place is a straight shot from the 72nd Street entrance.  Count on me to make it more difficult than necessary.  I was supposed to look for the fountain and meet him down at the restaurant.  Well, I did find a fountain, it just wasn’t the correct one.  I got lost going straight through Central Park, that is why I never explored.  But I do miss walking through the areas that I knew.  The leaves have probably changed and the air is crisp with fall smells and I am imagining a leisurely stroll with my son in his stroller.

All in all though I am happy in PA.  I love my house and my son is thriving being around family.  It makes up for the little things that I am missing in NYC.  I can always visit and probably am a better visitor than resident.

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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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C101310000000000-1If you live in NYC like I do, you will see a Bugaboo on every block in every color imaginable.  Now I have been to a few baby stores and they have demonstrated how the Cameleon stroller works and it is quite impressive.  I found that it is an easy stroller to use from it’s ability to move across sand and snow to changing out the bassinet to the toddler seat.  It comes in an array of colors that you can mix and match. 

For those who don’t want to plop down the cash that the Cameleon requires, there is the less expensive alternative, the Frog.  There are a few major differences that are worth noting.  The Frog does not have an adjustable handlebar so for those who are taller or shorter, this can present a problem.  Also, the colors cannot be mixed and matched and there not as many to choose from.  You choose a color and the entire stroller is that color.  But, it does have the same construction as the Cameleon and can go the distance.  I know many people who have the Frog and have used it for multiple children through the years.

I hope that whatever stroller you choose from Bugaboo that you are happy with it.

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image_babyIf anyone knows me they know that I am a planner.  I may not be super organized but I like to plan everything.  You can ask Tom or my family if you are in any doubt!  As Tom told me today, “You are in my world” referring to an itinerary that has not shown up yet for our trip.  Registering for baby things is no exception to this rule.  I have been scouring websites for ideas and asking my friends for advice on items.  I think that aside from the items themselves, the store(s) in which you register becomes a big question too.  There are so many stores to choose from.  You have your standard BabiesRUs (surprisingly pricier than other stores with same items), Baby Depot (decent selection but not much of what I would need), Target (surprisingly has a good selection and great prices) and PotteryBarnKids (super expensive and has lots of items that you can get at other stores).  Then you have your Manhattan/NJ stores, BuyBuyBaby, GiggleAlbee Baby, Planet Kids, etc.  It is all so confusing and takes a lot of research.  Well, I have tons of time on my hands and I have done my research and have narrowed it down to 2/3 stores.  Unfortunately, not one store carries every registry item I want.  I am not revealing the registry stores yet as I have not started the registries.  Also, I am waiting to reveal them until I am certain the baby is a girl or boy. 

The other question is about registry items.  I think that I have narrowed down my list of “must-haves” but it is inevitable that I will be running to Buy Buy Baby or some other baby store to pick up something after Baby J arrives.  I am excited to learn along the way as that is how most parents do it and I think is an important part of life.  Haven’t we all stumbled our way through different parts of our lives and learned something as a result?  Alot of us were petrified we would not make any friends when we first got to our college dorms or even kindergarten, yet we found a way and made friends somehow.  I think that this is just another step  that will end up being a life lesson.

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