Rory sees Baby E

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After another great session at nursery we rushed home for lunch before heading to the doctors for me to have a scan. Today we took Rory with us so that he could see Baby E on the ‘special TV’. He was so excited and as soon as we arrived in the waiting room he demanded to see Baby E, insinuating that he would be in a room ready for us to take home. He was actually a tad disappointed with the unclear black and white images he was presented with. Nevertheless he remains excited about meeting his baby brother. Baby E is great, all healthy and looks just like Rory did. He’s a big baby, already weighing 4 lbs at 31 weeks (although the due date is still a little up for debate!) so it could be an interesting birth…. I’m just getting so excited for meeting this little wriggler.

Dumbo Arts Festival

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Today we enjoyed a day in our neighbourhood exploring Dumbo Arts Festival. We’ve spent the week watching artists get ready for the event, in particular, Rory was intrigued by the giant cardboard sculptures that were being constructed in a car park near our apartment building, so he was thrilled when the gates were open and he got to go and explore them. He was given chalk to freely explore, and enjoyed pulling parts of the structure (when O told him not to do this the artist intervened and said that Rory was right to express his creativity in any way he felt, which made us giggle a little). After a busy day, O and I were thrilled to cuddle up and watch the new series of Homeland.

Red Hook

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Today the Egan family spent a wonderful day in Red Hook. The weather is so amazing here in NYC at the moment (basically Summer highs but with a slight Autumnal twist) that it’s a pleasure to be out and about. We started at a very peaceful Ikea where I got a few little bits for Rory’s birthday party and then headed to Fairway where we indulged in all things British in their British aisle (English cheddar, cadbury’s chocolate etc.). We stopped off at favourite Baked to pick up some chocolate peanut butter crispy slices before enjoying a delicious lunch at Home made. Since we’d had such a busy morning we decided that a quiet afternoon around home was called for. Rory went out on his scooter up and down the boardwalk whilst O and I basked in the sun and watched. A lovely, lovely day with my boys.

Scooting

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Rory and I enjoyed a fabulous morning with Jennifer and Saffron and Marji, Gray and Luke working on his scooting skills. Gray and Saffron have had a scooter for a while so are actual pros at using them which was great for Rory to watch and learn from. We took a stroll along the river and ended up in the old Tobacco warehouse where the three of them could race around to their hearts content. Rory got really into it and actually got very good at it by the end, which just goes to show the power of imitation at this age. We enjoyed a quieter afternoon, mainly spent preparing our Friday family supper before an exhausted Rory went to bed. O and I snuggled in and watched The Trip, which we loved and tried to have an early night – we’re both pretty exhausted at the moment.

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Date night

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Rory and I enjoyed a fairly quiet day at the park before I got glammed up and O and I headed out to new restaurant Atrium for date night. The food was yummy and I particularly enjoyed my mocktail before hand. It’s been a little while since we’ve been out on a date night – too many little things getting in the way – and we’d forgotten how wonderful it is just to enjoy lovely food and catch up properly. We won’t be leaving it as long next time as we need to get as many date nights in as possible before Baby E’s arrival!

Beach time

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This afternoon Rory and I met up with Heather and Luke at ‘the beach’ for a lovely play date. Whilst the boys played with filling up their buckets with pebbles and collecting driftwood to make a car ramp, Heather and I caught up. It’s such an interesting time for us all as all of our children have started nursery (many at different places) so it’s nice to exchange stories and advice on how they (and us) are dealing with the transition. Speaking of transitions… I’m currently reading this recommended book all about how to baby proof your relationship when a new born arrives. It’s incredibly interesting and not just from a marriage point of view. I’m feeling inspired by lots of the exercises and advice for other relationships in my life.

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Relaxing around our neighbourhood

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We all enjoyed a good night’s sleep and Rory seems to be recovering well. With a busy week ahead, we decided an easy, local day was what was needed. I spent the early part of the morning cooking a kale, green bean, potato and parmesan soup and seasoning some vegetables and chicken with spices for a mexican feast tonight. We then all headed out in the beautiful weather and headed to the ‘beach’ by our apartment to scoop and collect stones and skim them across the water. Afterwards we enjoyed a peruse of Smorgasburg before stopping by Alomndine for a warm baguette for our soup and Foragers where I got some more of this yummy almond milk which I can’t stop drinking at the moment. The soup and bread were yummy and at rest time I enjoyed reading this article (particularly the table) which highlights beautifully the difference between main stream parenting and gentle parenting, which can sometimes be hard to achieve but sometime I try hard to aspire to. I already have the baby book (which I love) but have just pre-ordered the toddler book. At Rory’s request we popped to our local bookshop before picking up some afternoon tea treats from One Girl and enjoying a picnic on the grass. Rory was in bed early again so O and I are getting ready to make a Mexican feast and snuggle in to watch the Emmys.

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Keeping the whole family healthy

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Rory seems a little better today but wasn’t 100% himself so we decided a slow, pampering, healthy day was needed for us all. We headed over to Tribeca where we went to Whole Foods and stocked up on lots of healthy food bits like these juices and this new porridge in a bid to stay healthy (even though we have a sneezing and coughing toddler). Whilst the boys enjoyed a gently play at the park, I enjoyed a lovely pampering pedicure at favourite Ten over Ten which always helps to make me feel better. Afterwards we all met up and went to one of our favourite brunch places in the city – Tiny’s. Once at home, O headed downstairs to the gym, Rory tried, but failed to nap and I did my pregnancy relaxation hypnotherapy. Later in the afternoon, the boys headed out for a bike ride so that I could enjoy some quiet, rest time. I poured myself one of these yummy teas and caught up on reading this month’s Red, which is the British issue, so made me nostalgic for all things home. An early supper followed by the same routine as last night ensured Rory was sound asleep by 5:30. I think O and I might be in for an early night too.

Getting over sniffles

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Even though the weather was truly beautiful today (incredibly hot but Autumnal at the same time) and we enjoyed a gorgeous morning with friends Marji, Gray and Luke and Christine, Gracie and Mason, poor Rory is still under the weather. In fact when we got home for lunch he was almost inconsolable. After lots of cuddles, a small, healthy lunch and a small dose of these vitamins I tucked him up in bed where he enjoyed a two hour nap. It’s always so distressing when your baby feels like this and you feel so helpless to help. Luckily a Skype with the gorgeous Mel helped cheer me up as well as O coming home from work early to offer support. A gentle walk when he woke up followed by a long, steamy shower with these essential oil drops and a few room preparations (humidifier, this spray, this chest balm and towels to elevate his mattress) ensured that he had a good nights sleep. Here’s hoping he feels better tomorrow…

Cooking in the kitchen

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Although a beautiful day, weather wise, Rorykin’s had developed a bit of a sniffle, due to the change in seasons I think, so we enjoyed a slow, relaxed day today. We spent the first part of the morning preparing food. We haven’t been able to get through all of our delicious organic peaches from the CSA so I chopped and froze them ready for our morning smoothies. I also used the leftover Sullivan Street Bakery bread and our fresh french feta to make a strata for supper which always goes down well. This week we got some amazing tomatoes from the CSA so I’m planning to serve the strata with our favourite one pan farro (we’re officially addicted). We headed to the park for some fresh air, where Rory ran around collecting sticks and stones and I read a little of this new book, which I’m finding very inspiring for ideas as to what we can do month by month as a family. Speaking of sticks and stones, Brooklyn Forest School got a well deserved mention as one of the best classes in the USA in Daily Candy. I was thrilled when I got a call from the doctors saying that everything was normal in my glucose test (phew) and can’t believe that I’m now 29 weeks. To celebrate I indulged in a spot of shopping for Baby E from Zara’s adorable Mini Collection. O’s colleague has just had a very sweet little girl, called Annie, and her personalised teether that we ordered arrived today from the ever dependable smiling tree toys. Rory and I both enjoyed naps today, before more fun at the park with Katherine, Oscar and Amelia. Came home to cook supper, which Rory couldn’t get enough of and am getting ready to relax with O and catch up on Broadchurch which is getting very exciting.

Spinach Strata

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 cups day-old 1/2-inch whole-wheat bread cubes
  • 2 cups finely chopped baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves, chopped

Directions

  1. Brush a 9-inch square baking dish with olive oil. Sprinkle the baking dish with lemon zest and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the olive oil, mustard, salt, and pepper with a splash of the milk. Whisk in remaining milk and the eggs.
  3. Put the bread in the prepared baking dish and top with the spinach and half of the feta. Gently toss with your hands until combined. Drizzle the egg mixture over the bread and sprinkle with the remaining feta. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees with a rack in the top third of the oven.
  5. Bake the strata, uncovered, for 45 to 55 minutes, until the egg is set in the middle and the edges are browned. Brown the top under the broiler, if desired. Serve warm, drizzled with a bit of olive oil and sprinkled with the fresh oregano.

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