A Beautiful Mother’s Day

A Beautiful Mother’s Day

What initially was going to be a quick and early brunch in the city for Mother’s Day (to beat the swarm of “NYC brunchers”) followed by dessert and movies at home turned out to be one of the most beautiful days spent out and about with my handsome little family! I couldn’t ask for a more wonderful, relaxed Sunday. Rather than take the fastest, most efficient route to a destination when you have a tiny person in tow, which is what we normally do, we decided to trek through the city in hopes that Theo will enjoy the stroll all the way through. And luckily, he did just that! It’s a bittersweet feeling partly because our little boy is maturing before our very eyes (I mean, this kid could hang no matter where we go) but also because it seems like it’s happening all too fast. He recently turned the big TWO and now after a couple weeks it seems like he’s going on FIVE. Every morning when we open his door it’s like experiencing what Lucas and I call the “Theo upgrade”. Haha! More new words, new phrases, new thought patterns than the day before…and they all make complete sense. He’s just absorbing the world around him and it’s fascinating how quickly he’s picking up on it all. But…I have to admit I find myself doing the routined “camera roll scroll” and re-watching all of his videos from newborn and on, wishing for him to morph back into an infant again (even for a brief moment). Sometimes I’ll wake up at the craziest hours of the night just to watch his old clips and begin to cry. Lucas has actually woken up at 4am to find a crazy lady holding her iPhone and sobbing beside him. LOL! He’ll always be my little baby. Oh and by the way, I should mention that after becoming a mom I’ve noticed that my emotions have reached an all-time high. I think I’ve always been a pretty emotional person, but now, the tears…oh man it really doesn’t take much. As I’m typing these words I’m already getting that ball-stuck-in-your-throat feeling. Yes, I’ve become that gushy mom type. We’re starting to plan for a second baby, but when all you’ve known for the past two years was being a mommy to ONE incredible little person, the idea of loving another seems unfathomable. Any moms out there know where I’m coming from? Regardless I welcome more babies with open arms!

I digressed again as I normally do when I think about Theo. Getting back to this awesome day – we walked all over downtown, taking many, MANY pictures along the way. Below is a little photo overload (prepare to be bombarded), but this is not even a fraction of the amount we took. I used to take New York City for granted and would barely look up or around to enjoy the views. Back then my only concern was getting from point A to point B. As I’m getting older, I find myself appreciating simple, yet beautiful things. Flowers, for instance! Put me in a flower shop and leave me in a botanical garden and I’m set for the entire day. This is pretty much why I chose to brunch at The Butcher’s Daughter in the West Village – my pick firstly because I was attracted to their gorgeous displays of greenery and antiques, and secondly because of their menu. If you’re into vegetarian dishes like us, you’ll love this place. And if you’re all about that “plant life”, even more so you should give it a try. I’m already contemplating a DIY project in our future home and assembling a huge “plant boat” installation suspended over our dining area (scroll down and you’ll see what I mean).

An entire building covered in greenery – is there anything more comforting to the eyes?

(above: floral dress by Uterqüe, wedge espadrilles by Castañer, vintage rattan purse)

Eeeeeeyyy, it’s Theo! Our two year old boy who is often mistaken as a five year old, according to many passersby.

Major *heart eyes* the moment I saw this plant installation above!

The two greatest loves of my life, sitting right over there.

It’s almost as though I’ve completely forgotten how beautiful New York City can be. The character, the charm. And for a second the thought of moving to the West Village, “making it work” in some tiny apartment creeped in our heads.

Spotted a basket of doggies – now I ask again…is there anything more comforting?

A pitstop for lattes at another charming favorite, Buvette.

Strolling around this big city with my little man, who in my eyes will always and forever be my baby. He made me a mommy for the first time and for that I’m eternally grateful for my “Teo Teo”! And of course, so thankful and blessed to have the MOST AMAZING husband and daddy (and huge role model for Theo) by my side.

Hope you all had a wonderful and memorable Mother’s Day with your loved ones!

xo,

Lauren

NYC LOVE

NYC LOVE

A special night out with my love are few and far between these days when you have a toddler running around. But thankfully, my family came to the rescue to watch Theo while we spent much of the day and evening in NYC…and oh, what a beautiful time we had! Before being a mom I used to take for granted our walks through the city, the nights we spent scrolling through Yelp to scope out the next “must see” restaurant and actually hopping on the train to try it out the same night on a whim. After work hours, time was all ours and we spent it exactly as we wished. Nowadays, going out for drinks with friends or meeting up on Friday nights after work in the city seems like a distant memory. To make a night for ourselves requires a little advanced planning ahead of time and coordinating with others’ schedules. But…I wouldn’t want it any other way.

On this lovely day, Lucas and I strolled around everywhere and anywhere while I babbled incessantly about my newfound love and appreciation for Manhattan – if anyone else was with me they’d instantly see how often I venture out without a little boy in tow. Suddenly the city was like walking through Paris and Lucas found it all very amusing. We had an early dinner at The Standard Grill, where everything just tasted amazing. I’m still not sure if that was my “OMG, I just love everything about NYC” smitten self talking that day or not, but nevertheless, I enjoyed every second. As we sat sipping our drinks, waiting for dessert, I texted my best friend telling her we were out on a date just the two of us and that “I feel reborn” LOL. To which she replied, “Get it girl.”  – safe to say I get really excited about the little things way too easily at times. And of course naturally, after dinner, I made him my designated photographer for the next 20 minutes shooting outside in the Meatpacking. That part was inevitable. Oh how I love him so! We spent the next couple of hours walking, talking about the deep questions of life, a little bar-hopping and me having to stop and admire EVERY flower shop along the way before making it to our show: A Sunday in the Park with George starring Jake Gyllenhaal. It was my little belated birthday gift to him (and maybe me too)! Never a dull moment when we’re together.

No pics of the food, I’m afraid, because we ate it too quickly – happens to us all the time! I noticed a trend on my camera roll whenever we eat out. Lots of “restaurant ambiance” snaps but rarely any shots of the food we order. But on a happy note, the dishes were good…really, really good.

(Wearing: Vintage Etienne Aigner trench coat, Zara eyelet top and boots, Levi’s jeans, weaved bag from Provence)

By the way, it may not look like it but I’m actually quite happy in this picture. The ‘itis’ though was setting in.