New England Aquarium

We went to the New England Aquarium today with Auntie Tracy (my sister) and Zeydee Forman (Preston’s dad).  Preston says the last time he was there was high school (circa 1987).  I can’t remember when I was last there.

It was very fun and Madeline loved it.  She learned new words: “fish” and “turtles.”  Of course when the stingray swam by she said “bird!” From her perspective it makes sense — they look a lot more like birds than fish.  Mainly though she just laughed and shrieked and pointed.  Life is good when you are well-loved 20-month-old.

After the visit we went to Legal Seafood for lunch.  My sister asked if it’s wrong that a visit to the aquarium makes you hungry for fish.

All this was followed by swimming at Nana’s house.

I’m too tired/lazy to upload photos here.  But they are all up on Picasa.  Go there now and look.  We got great photos of Maddie, of course.  But also some really nice pictures of seals, penguins, jellyfish and turtles.  And then some great photos of Maddie impersonating a fish in my parent’s pool.

Mother’s Day at the Queens Zoo

Like last year, it was another beautiful Mother’s Day in New York.  We headed out to the Queens Zoo.  It’s a cute little zoo with lots of birds, which Madeline loves.  We also saw bison, elk, puma, bears and sea lions.  Maddie really enjoyed it.  I’m too lazy to upload photos here.  You can see them all — both animals and Maddie admiring animals — at Picasa.

It’s a little hard to believe that this time next year we’ll have two …

New Sweater and New Photos

Last week our nanny was on vacation.  It wasn’t a week that Preston or I could take much time off, so Nana came to the rescue.  I think both Nana and Maddie had fun.  And I was able to take Friday off and spend the whole day with my girl, which was heavenly.

Meanwhile, Nana knit Maddie an absolutely gorgeous sweater with matching hat … These pictures don’t really do them justice, but you’ll get the idea:


Here’s a cute close up …


And here’s a cute picture of Preston reading to Maddie. I tried to get a picture of Maddie watching the pages with a look of intense concentration. Unfortunately the second the camera comes out Maddie looks up and smiles. If she becomes a model I’ll really have no one to blame …


Maddie the monkey

Maddie was a monkey for Halloween. She was non-plussed about all this Halloween stuff. She knows not of candy.

Where we live the tradition is a Halloween party where the kids get sugar super-charged and then go up and down the halls mob-like for candy. 

Maddie didn’t make it. She likes her 7 p.m. diaper change, teeth cleaning, bottle routine. She was fast asleep by the time the hoard reached us.

Great photos from Halloween are here. There are other photos also on Google.

A Day at the Beach

Aunt Tracy was in town for a wedding on Friday night. On Saturday we met up with some of her friends at Breezy Point in Queens. This is one of those magical places in New York City where you don’t believe you are still in the city. It’s a cooperative, private community. Basically you have to know someone who lives there to go there.

It was a beautiful day for Maddie to have her first visit to the beach. Here she is dipping her toes into the ocean:

And here she is with Dad:

There are lots more photos up on the usual spot on Picasa.

What we learned from this little adventure is that a day at the beach with a baby is not, well, a day at the beach. There’s the stuff you need to haul. Food, a bib, a bathing suit, an extra outfit, just in case. Plus a vat of sunscreen.

Then there’s the swim pants. Tell me, am I using these wrong? Because it seems to me that when she wears one we all end up soaking wet. Do I just not get how they work? Am I supposed to put a diaper under them? What exactly is the deal??

But all that aside we had a very fun day. Thanks to Tom & Emily for inviting us!

Baby Naming

Sunday was a big day for little Maddie.  We had her naming ceremony.  Naming ceremonies are the rough equivalent of a bris for a little girl.  Similar prayers and blessings, but no in-home surgery.   Madeline’s Hebrew name is Shana Mazal which means “pretty star.”  We choose Shana because it was the Hebrew name of Preston’s grandmother, Shirley Nowich.  Mazal we chose because the meaning actually connotes fortune or luck (think “lucky star”) and we certainly feel very lucky to have her.

All and all it was a big weekend.  She got to meet Zayde Forman, Uncle Craig and Auntie Missy.  She also spent a lot of quality time with Auntie Tracy and Nana and Grandpa.  She also got to wear a very frilly dress.  That didn’t last long.  She much preferred the comfy outfit we changed her into after the ceremony.

Oh, and on Saturday she learned a new trick.

As usual, all the photos can be seen at the Picasa site: