Monday, 30 September 2013

Baby H


It is funny that Henry has not even been here with us for two weeks and I already cannot remember life without him. I was very anxious about having a boy. I know girls, but boys? I don't know. I am happy to say that my anxiety evaporated the moment I held my sweet baby Henry in my arms for the first time. He is such a joy. I am so grateful I get to be his mommy. Little boys are the best! (And of course little girls too. I love my Coco).

Getting ready to take Baby Henry home from the hospital. 
Baby Henry is a really good baby. I mean really really good. He is better than Cosette, which says a lot because Cosette was a really really good baby. What I mean by good baby is that he hardly ever cries or fusses. He is just very content and happy. Henry smiles a lot, but only when he is sleeping at the moment. I have caught a couple of smiles when he is awake. I cannot wait for him to come out of the sleepy stage so he will smile more. He has a sweetest little smile that melts our hearts. He falls asleep on my chest and turns into a little baby ball are curled up. I have missed that. I think he is going to be a blondie. He poops a lot. A lot! I am not complaining because I will take a pooper over a cryer any day, but the kid's diaper has to be changed all the time. I know I have changed up to four in an hour. I am wondering where it is all coming from?

Our squishy little baby.
We are very happy to have a newborn in our home again.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Plothows Visit Day 3, 4, & 5

Okay we are back tracking again. Since Baby H's arrival we have been taking it easy around here. Back to the Plothow's visit!

Day three was dedicated to downtown. We made our first stop at the 9/11 Memorial (post here). From there we walked down to the Staten Island Ferry to sail by the Statue of Liberty. 



Our lovely city. NYC we <3 you!


Lady Liberty


Washed out photo!


I do not know what this boat is for, but I want to find out because I know Lyndon would love to go sailing around in it.

 
We ate the best pizza on Stone Street downtown at Aidrienne's Pizza Bar. Stone Street is this cobble stone street that is closed to traffic. All the restaurants have tables outside which is perfect for spring/summer weather. Aidrienne's Pizza Bar is my absolute favorite. It is not your typical NY pizza, but it is so so so good. The arugala salad is to die for as well. I could talk about it for a while.

 

Wall Street.

Day four was Sunday which we kind of took it easy since it is the day of rest. We walked to through Central Park on our way to church.


Belvedere Castle.


Cuestest girl in the world.



We picniced at Sheeps Meadow.


That night we hung out at the apartment and celebrated September birthdays. Happy Birthday to Grandma and Aunt Hannah! Cosette has the best face in this picture. She loves cake.

Day five Lyndon took them on a mini version of his skyscraper tour. We started out walking across the Brooklyn Bridge.



This is as good as a family photo for us gets.


Cosette with a yellow water taxi boat in the back ground. The yellow boat love continues.


The second stop on Lyndon's tour was the Woolworth Building.


Empire State Building. The most romantic place on Earth. I think this is what everyone enjoyed the most that day.




Outside Grand Central with Hermes.


We had a wonderful visit with the four of them and miss them lots. Now they need to come back and visit so they can meet Baby Henry.

Finally Here!

 
Baby boy has arrived! He arrived two days early and we are so happy he did.  
 
Henry Lyndon Plothow born September 17, 2013 at 6:33pm. He weighed 6lbs 14oz. 20.5 inches long. He is perfect!

 
Right before entering the hospital at 39 (almost 40) weeks.
 
 
Father and son. Lyndon is so happy to have his boy to do all of his man things with. He has a long list of things to do/teach this little guy.
 
 
First smile. I love those cheeks. 

 
Me and my babies.
 
 
Cosette is a proud big sister. She loves baby Henry. She asks to hold him a lot and gives him lots of hugs and kisses.

We all have fallen in love.
 

Saturday, 14 September 2013

9/11


This week was the 12th anniversary of 9/11. Columbia puts American flags as a memorial in the middle of their campus to help us remember all those who died in the towers.
I was only 13 years old when it happened. I remember that I was in my eigth grade english class when my teacher told us what happened. The teachers did not turn on the news and the gravity of the situation did not really dawn on me at that time.
Last year around the 9/11 anniversary I took Cosette to the memorial and that is when the tragedy really hit home (post here). Being in downtown Manhattan at ground zero makes you realize how scary and devestating the attack was. 

While Lyndon's family was in town we visited the 9/11 Memorial.
 

One World Trade Center.


Ethan by the first fountain. 


Family photo.



If there is water to play in Cosette finds it.
 

Cosette and Aunt Hannah.



The second fountain. 

It kind of breaks my heart seeing all the names of the people who died in the towers on the Memorial. I am grateful that this memorial has been built so that we do have the opportunity to honor those who perished in the attack. I love this city and I am so grateful to call it home.
 

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Plothow Visit Day 1 & 2

Part of Lyndon's family came to visit us over Labor Day weekend. Boy, did we have a blast! Only his Dad has been to the city before so we played tour guide the entire weekend. I think we showed them and did just about everything you could have done for the amount of time they were here. Our feet were pretty sore at the end of each day so I think that shows we did a lot of walking and saw a lot of things.

Their fist day here we stayed close to home. We met up down by the Natural History Museum and had a bite at the Shake Shack. We created some new Shake Shack fans. Then we headed to the Natural History Museum. We spent about fours hours there and still did not see a couple of floors. The place is massive.


In front of the elephants in the African Mammal room.


Outside the Natural History Museum with Teddy Roosevelt.


That night we headed down to Times Square. You have to see it at night. The lights are spectacular.

Day two we had breakfast at Tiffany's. It was more brunch at the Plaza because there is a nice fountain in front of the Plaza with benches. We grabbed some goodies at our favorite French bakery, La Toulousaine, and headed over to 5th Ave.


We stopped off at Columbus Circle and walked across the south side of Central Park.





Cosette took up really well with Granpa.


They were best buds the whole trip.


Minion at Fao Schwartz. We spent a lot of time there. We really enjoy that store. We found the BIG PIANO. So fun! Hannah, Lyndon, and Cosette tapped out beats on it for a while.








5th Ave.


One of my favorite places on earth. I could stay in there forever. What can I say, diamonds are a girl's best friend.

 

 

Rockerfella Plaza.


At Carnegie Deli. We love giant food.


Hannah is a beast. She ate that sandwich like a corn on the cob.


Our last stop of the day was the MOMA. We found the LOVE statue on the way over. I have been wanting to find where it was located.

At the MOMA we spent our time looking at the impressionist art. Lyndon's Mom is a fantastic and loves the impressionist. We got to see Van Gogh's Starry Night. That was a high light of the trip for everyone I think.


Husband climbed inside the "E". 

Cosette enjoyed having all the extra people around because that means extra attention. She keeps asking for more family. I guess that is good our family is getting a new member. Anytime now baby boy, anytime. 

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