Pizza to Pork Pie

July 22, 2014 | 05:08 PM | 24 notes

I’m going through my limited pictures from our way too short time in London, and I can’t help but crack up at these pictures. She is obsessed with phones at the moment. She puts it up to her ear and goes “Da da?”. Anything can be a phone too, including a banana and her foot most recently.

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July 22, 2014 | 02:34 PM | 17 notes

Before I forget, if you’re ever flying out of Heathrow, I cannot recommend the Family Lounge enough. We went in there on a whim expecting it to be a room with chairs where you could let your kids run wild and we were pleasantly surprised. As you can see from the pictures (stolen from someone’s blog because I didn’t want to get in trouble for taking pictures, which was against the rules).

The family lounge is free and you must have a child to be admitted (to keep the creepers out). Be sure to pack some socks, but if you forget, they have some free socks available and the socks for 3-8 year olds will fit a 33 year old man with size 11.5 feet. There’s no time limit and they have separate areas for babies, kids and bigger kids. There’s also a baby changing room and a nursing room.

Wish this was available at all airports!

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July 19, 2014 | 11:32 AM | 14 notes
Meanwhile in NY, Nate appears to be getting along just fine.

Meanwhile in NY, Nate appears to be getting along just fine.

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July 19, 2014 | 11:31 AM | 31 notes

We made it to England for Fergie’s friend’s wedding!

We were originally scheduled to fly out Wednesday morning and had pretty much given up hope that the visa would come through. What do you know, of course after I pick up 3 pounds of bananas and 2 pounds of strawberries at Costco, I get a call from Fergie at 2:30 on Wednesday afternoon saying we can go.

I called Virgin to change the flight and started frantically packing as we had a 7:40am flight the next morning.

As I feared, Gemma was a bit of a nightmare on the flight, but that’s another post.

No fridge in the room, so it’s bottle service for Gemma. I’m not particularly good about just rolling with it, so it’s a bit of a struggle trying to adapt while we’re on vacation. I need to tell myself that while she usually drinks organic whole milk, and here she’s been having 2%, she’ll be FINE.

One bonus of jet lag was that we were able to keep her out later than usual. She spent the day with Fergie’s parents and then we brought her to the wedding in her pjs after dinner. She pretty much owned the dance floor. That baby has some moves!

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July 14, 2014 | 01:41 PM | 55 notes

A few weeks late, pictures from Gemma’s birthday party. And with this party, I think I have finally unlocked the crazy Pinterest Mom badge.

We did a Very Hungry Caterpillar theme and hosted the party in our apartment building’s picnic area. Thank goodness the weather and other residents cooperated!

The party went off without a hitch, and to say Gemma loved having happy birthday sung to her would be the understatement of the year. Just look at her face in the 3rd picture!

Fingers crossed she wished for some more hair when she blew out the candle!
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July 13, 2014 | 01:04 PM | 23 notes
Another wild and crazy Saturday night here. Made some finger puppets for Gemma that are currently being eaten.

Another wild and crazy Saturday night here. Made some finger puppets for Gemma that are currently being eaten.

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July 09, 2014 | 02:02 AM | 28 notes

Today’s fashion choices - I bought a dress for Fergie’s friend’s wedding that we’ll hopefully be going to ($35 on super sale at Banana!) and Gemma wore a box on her head.

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July 07, 2014 | 07:02 PM | 22 notes

Gemma’s obsession with dogs continues. Of my mom’s 3 dogs, Bonnie is by far the most patient with her. She’s also completely fascinated with eyes lately. I think she’s pointing out Bonnie’s in the 3rd picture. I’m so sorry Bonnie.

Any tips for teaching a beast of a baby the word gentle?

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July 02, 2014 | 05:18 PM | 39 notes
Totally normal Wednesday morning.

Totally normal Wednesday morning.

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July 01, 2014 | 11:48 AM | 30 notes

This child is a beast. Three times she shook my hand off so she could walk alone in the baby pool and completely face planted. Head totally under the water. She looked surprised, but kept going.

And look at her just gnawing on that lemon slice. Total beast.

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