doctor doctor

yesterday bela had her 2 year doctors appointment. she now weighs 23.3 pounds, only at 7th percentile, but she eats like a horse so i suppose there isnt much we can do! when the dcotor came in and asked her how she was doing, she responded "awesome!". when the nurse came in to give her a shot, she was lying on her back on the table waiting patiently. when the nurse was ready, i asked bela if she wanted to see and she propped up on her elbows. she watched (just like mama!) and didnt cry or even flinch! such a big girl. we have been reading an elmo book for the past week about going for a check up, maybe it actually helped!


the shoes!

finally the search has ended. big thanks to the ladies k for this wonderful find and gift!



my mom and i have been tossing around ideas for a bela picture xmas card. this is one of the rejected ones. but it is too funny. brett hated it.


better late than never

here are some pics from lame "light up lakewood" thingy we went to with mo and andy.


there are no words

my mom took these pictures yesterday. cute.


santa, stay back!

bela is currently obsessed with santa, but only from afar. if he is on tv she gets really excited and has to make sure that i know who he is. she likes to shout across the room to him and wave, but dont dare put her on his lap or ask her to touch him. hopefully she gets over this before we take her to see him at the mall!! enjoy some pics.


my kidlet is special

light up

tonight brett and i are meeting up with andy and taking bela to the light up lakewood festival! I am really looking forward to it and hope that it doesnt rain. i dont mind the cold and even a little snow, but rain would ruin everything. santa will be there and bela is finally getting into the idea of him. this morning i asked her who santa was and she replied "presents". my camera is charging as we speak so i will be sure to put up some pics!!


some pictures in lieu of words

we had great long thanksgiving/birthday weekend!! lots of family time and good stuff. too tired and full to write any more.

i am the mother of a 2 year old

oy, unbelievable.



tomorrow i thanksgiving and that means lots of good eats. also to make things extra great, my aunt and uncle are in town from colorado. so excited to see them!!


the (seemingly) neverending quest

many of you know that i have been searching for the past 2 months for silver mary janes for bela. i first saw them in a magazine on the dainty feet of apple, gwyneth paltrows daughter. ever since then i talk about them, search the internet and pop into every store i pass. well today the search is over, karon found them! and at old navy of all places. i am so excited! thanks karon!


bela the bruiser

the other night bela and i went to hang out and have dinner with meg and bri after work. everything was great until the clock struck 7 and just like that bela turned to the dark side. normally she shares well and plays well, but at that moment when bri decided to take a toy from her, bela flipped and grabbed her head and pulled. i have never seen her so much as touch another child so i was of course mortified! all was fine and we left, but i couldnt stop thinking about it. so last night i asked mama chris. she said that bela is never even a hint of aggressive or mean. relief, i so do not want to have the bully for a child. i think i just pressed my luck with a playdate so close to bedtime. from now on they will end promptly at 6:55.


rockin cute

here is bela wearing mealeys bandana. too cute.


nyc wrap up

brittany and i went to nyc for a long 4 day weekend last week. we had an amazing time! pretty much each day consisted of wake up, coffee, breakfast, walking, walking, lunch, walking, nap, walking, dinner, walking, drinks, bed. we walked so much, but i honestly really enjoyed it!! we stayed in a sublet apartment on the lower east side and did a lot of exploring of our new, but temporary weekend home.

we found some good cafes and the most amazing coffee shop that i still dream of. of course the most important part was the food because eating is the center of both of our worlds.
on friday night we went to olives and had an amazing tasting menu complete with octopus, ricotta gnocchi and the most delectable chocolate desserts. so good. saturday night we went to a mexican bistro in soho called papatzul and had a great dinner including the best guacamole i have ever eaten in my life.

ever. of course we ate many other delicious meals and desserts including cupcakes at britts favorite spot.

yes, we did more than just eat. we walked, we shopped, but didnt buy much and we relaxed. one night we went to bryant park and sat with a cup of coffee and watched the ice skaters. it was cold and fun to watch the people who were really into it.

all in all we had an awesome time, i love nyc and britt and i always have fun together. big thanks to her for taking me away!!
thats all i can think of right now, i will make amendments as i think of it!


gunkas girl

ok yes, nyc post coming soon, i swear!! so bela seems to be back to herself finally after the week long sickness. thank goodness.she was eating like a champ yesterday!! we took these pictures yesterday morning just for my dad, his favorite bela smile.


nuggets before, nuggets after

this is bela on trick or treat night eating nuggets without costume and then with. coincidentally this is the same night that belas stomach bug started.I do not think the two are linked, just mentioning it.


two quick things

bela was so good at trick or treat, she was a quick learner and really got into it! although i am not sure whether she enjoyed the trick or treating or handing out candy at my folks house better.

also tomorrow britt and i leave bright and early for nyc!! bela will be spending lots of time with brett! good lucky daddy! nyc blog to follow, i get home on monday night.


more halloween fun

tonight bela and i are going to my folks for trick or treating fun!! more pics to follow soon!!


boo at the zoo

on sunday night we took bela to boo at the zoo. me, brett, oma, meghan, sebrina, mike (bris daddy) and bris grandparents. whole big lot of us. fun times. heres pics.i especially like the one of me on the cell phone with bela on my shoulders.


turn out the light, I'll stay if you want me to

ok so this is late, but we all know i am a slacker so whatever. on the 16th (yes over a week ago, i know i went to the grog shop with josie and dan to see the new amsterdams play. of course it is known that matt pryor is course the bext thing in my book. so with the sad fall of the get up kids
i quickly accepted the new amsterdams as a hopeful replacement. good deal. they are such good stuff. the show was amazing and matt even did a small solo acoustic session toward the end and a get up kids song. the best surprise of the show though was matts son)
was in attendance, he couldn't have been much more than 3 and cute as pie. this little guy just sat on the stage for the whole set (over an hour) with headphone on and maracas in hand. couldn't even believe the patience he had. i think i spent 80% of the show just staring at little elliot on stage. awesome. one day that might be bela. how cute would she be on stage amongst daddy, the young hots and rock? pretty darn cute, we might need to work on that.