NYC, Sunday lunch crew, and an update

Hi friends!

What did you do with your Saturday and Sunday? We had a decent amount of rain over here but that did not put a damper on our weekend.

Things started out with a potluck style get-together with a few other moms. I made some super easy blueberry muffins :) The group meets every other week at the home of one of the moms. It’s really laid back (which is my cup of tea) and we all just hang out and talk while the kids play. I can’t wait to introduce our little kiddo to his/her future playpals!

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Afterwards, Joel and I made a quick trip over to Target for a new pillow. I have been using the same pillow for about 10 years and it finally bit the dust. I noticed a year ago that the memory foam inside was hardening and breaking/forming chunks. My beloved pillow grew more and more uncomfortable to the point that my ears hurt to lie on my side. It gets old waking up multiple times trying to find a comfortable spot for my head –> I know I will be waking up lots in just a few months so I’m trying to preserve my sleep as much as possible beforehand ;) We ended up getting me this memory foam pillow. It is so comfortable and has helped me catch those precious Zzz’s.

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Then we headed to the movies –> we are getting a lot of use out of our MoviePasses! My movie snack was avocado sushi rolls again, followed by sour patch kids. The sushi hit the spot but the sour patch was a definite miss. They tasted good but made me feel icky afterwards. We enjoyed the movie though (Game Night)!

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We headed to New York City with friends on Saturday! I’m so glad we have amazing friends in our lives :)

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We met up with my brother Freddie and his wife Sonia in China Town! It was good to see them again — I love that they live relatively nearby (the rest of the family is overseas). Whenever I am in China Town I like to buy goodies/foods to bring home and freeze. This time I stocked up on steamed yellow bean buns (I usually get red bean but am interested to try the yellow bean), steamed pork buns, and baked pineapple egg cream buns.

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The Chinese New Year parade was out in full force! Lots of Chinese lions, dragons, cymbals, and drums.

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We had some incredible dim sum for lunch at the Jing Fong restaurant! Freddie, Sonia, Joel, and I have been here before, but it was the first time for Walter, Kelly, and Ro (they liked it!) The food is consistently delicious and the Jing Fong experience never disappoints. It also felt extra festive with all the Chinese New Year celebrations :) I can see why there is always a crazy line outside the restaurant… it is well worth the wait.

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After we wrapped lunch we headed over to the American Natural History museum to check out some of their very cool exhibits. We saw some really interesting stuff but didn’t get to spend as much time browsing as we would have liked –> we certainly will be back again to see more!

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We made sure to stop in at a bagel place to pick up some famous New York bagels to bring home. Our freezer is looking pretty well stocked at this point :) Joel loves ‘everything’ bagels and onion bagels (I am not a fan of either – even the smell of everything bagels makes me crinkle my nose lol). I’m happy with plain or asiago bagels. Unrelatedly, while at the bagel store I felt a deep and immediate need to chug this ice-cold gingerale –> I was super parched! Turns out walking all over NYC can sure make a girl thirsty.

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Our last order of business for our day in NYC was to grab a sweet treat from Magnolia Bakery. This was Kelly’s idea and I am ridiculously glad she suggested it! There were so many tempting options it was hard to choose just one, but I finally went with this “Magic Cookie Bar”. The coconut tasted incredible! Joel picked the exact same thing (we didn’t realize it until later when we were trying to figure out whose dessert was whose). Great minds must think alike.

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Sunday lunch friends :)

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We all went to House of Naan after church for some Indian food (Joel and I have realized that Indian food is becoming our Sunday tradition and we are ok with that). The table split these unreal Tikka Fries (fries topped with tikka sauce, cheese, and chicken –> not your average bowl of fries).

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We also had saag paneer (spinach and cheese) and lamb curry, along with rice and naan. Side note: House of Naan really does live up to its name –> they make the BEST naan in my opinion!

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Here’s a pregnancy update… (and a bit of venting)…

My energy came back when I hit the 2nd trimester and the heartburn has gone down (phew!). I feel the baby kicking on the inside which is super exciting, and Joel is looking forward to feeling those kicks from the outside too. We are really excited to find out the sex at our Gender Reveal! The cantaloupe love is still going strong, and grapes have also made an appearance on the “love” list. Our friends and family have been overwhelmingly positive and supportive, and we so appreciate everyone sharing in our excitement!

I must say though, all of the pregnancy bliss has not been without a dash of weirdness.  -_-  Case in point: one person recently made a comment about my bump being “big for 21 weeks” and it did not make me feel good at all. Even though I know that the baby and I are healthy, in normal range, and the person has not even seen me in years (the comment was about a photo), I STILL felt hurt and judged. It’s hard to articulate exactly what bothers me –> it just came off as insensitive and thoughtless. But I’m shaking it off and focusing on being thankful that the baby is healthy and all is well. I won’t let the comment make me feel bad for another millisecond. That concludes my venting…phew! Thanks for letting me get that off my chest. I feel better now :)

Weird comments aside, I am definitely enjoying the experience of being pregnant. In all honesty, I am PROUD of my bump and our precious nugget inside it! It genuinely makes me happy to see that belly growing, and know that the baby is growing right along with it. Sidenote: it’s also a nice perk that I actually look pregnant now instead of just bloated lol ;) Every day our kiddo is bigger, stronger, and more ready for the world. I love having my little companion with me everywhere I go, and am incredibly amazed by the entire process. Can’t wait to meet our cutie :)

Words of advice on how to handle those weird situations? Any suggestions on places to go for our next NYC trip? What’s your favorite thing to bring to a dinner potluck? What about a brunch potluck?  

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17 thoughts on “NYC, Sunday lunch crew, and an update

  1. Everyone’s bump looks different in pregnancy! For example, there was a teacher in my high school who always looked like she would go into labor at any second very early in the pregnancy. Then there was someone else who barely looked 5 months pregnant when they went on maternity leave. I like that your attitude is “my baby and I are healthy so who cares”. Definitely the way to approach it in my opinion.

    Hm for NYC trip…I really enjoyed this one place called Stout. There’s a few locations and the food was delicious!

    1. Very true, every bump is different! And every mom carries a little different too. Oooh I haven’t heard of Stout but I will look it up! It’s always fun to try out new places. Thanks Maureen 😀

    1. It was such a good day in NYC! I’m glad we got to go. You’re so right — it doesn’t make sense to worry what others say! Thanks Julie! 😊

  2. I hate that people think pregnancy and parenthood gives them permission to share their thoughts and that they feel they get to tell you what they want even if it isn’t productive. So many people from now until your itty bitty is in college and beyond will feel the need to tell you what is best and what you should and shouldn’t be doing. I’ve learned to just let all these things roll off my back with a thanks for your opinion/ suggestion comment. One thought I typically say to new moms is just listen to whatever people say, but do what you feel is right.

    1. That’s so true, for some reason being pregnant (and beyond) makes people feel like they get to weigh in on your body, your decisions, etc. It’s definitely something I need to wrap my head around and get to the point where I can let the comments roll off my back. I agree with the mentality of listening but doing what I feel is right. Thanks so much Lori! 😊

  3. Oh my goodness, if I had a dollar for every time people asked me if I was *sure* I wasn’t having twins, I’d own an island somewhere. As if I needed it pointed out to me how huge my one-baby belly was! I do have a mirror and a camera, thank you. Happened with each of my first two pregnancies (and my “huge” babies turned out to be less than 6 and less than 7 pounds, respectively).

    People say the weirdest things to pregnant women. I think sometimes it’s because they want to say something and aren’t sure what else to say, so they just blurt things out without thinking. I try to take it as a good thing because it means they’re interested/supportive/etc. – just unfiltered. :)

    And now I’m craving Indian food. :)

    1. Oh man, people really do need to think twice before saying some of this stuff! They may have good intentions but the comments can be insensitive. I really like your perspective of seeing the silver lining! 😊 Thanks Rebekah!

  4. It looks like an awesome weekend.
    I take everything people say with a grain of salt. Sometimes things don’t come out the way people mean. Just keep that positive outlook and don’t let others ruin yours and Joel’s special time:)

    1. Very true AJ! The best perspective is to take it all with a grain of salt, give benefit of doubt, and not let it get to me! 😁

      1. Always easier said than done, but just keep the important thing in the forefront of your brain- you and the baby are healthy!

  5. O wow looks like an eventful day with your crew. I love me some sour patch! China town is a place I always take the time to visit in every city!

    1. I do love to check out China Town in various cities too, it’s a ton of fun and of course very easy to find incredible food! :)

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