This week has been a bit of a rude awakening.
Here’s what happened this week:
Gordon went to work! Well, technically more training for this serious job of his (which is not in town). He left last Sunday and got home very late Friday night. We spent the weekend together and then he left again last night to get back to it. So, I was left with still no stuff in our apartment and 3 kids to keep busy for the week.
I keep trying to find new things to do here because it’s NEW YORK CITY, but honestly, I am perfectly happy alternating days going to the grocery store, the park, and the splash pad. We are simple folk.
We went to the splash pad twice this past week; the first time was busy, the second time was claustrophobic busy. My kids hardly made it to an hour before ditching and just wanting to go home. But, turns out Eddie LOVES getting sprayed in the face with water and won’t back down from the big kid sprinklers that were there. That made for a fun time for me. I saw all the other moms and nannies on their phones in the shade and just sighed as I got pelted with sprinklers.
I don’t like grocery shopping here with all three kids. The two stores that I’ve been to have very narrow aisles which are not simple to navigate with three kids and a stroller. The checkout ladies look at me like I’m a spectacle (which I totally am.) I don’t blame them. I’m the mom with three kids in New York City. Who else has three kids here? No one.
My life was a circus before we even got here. Now? OH BOY.
I get similar looks on the subway too, though people usually stare for at least 3-4 stops before they realize we are not freaks of nature and start smiling back at Eddie or waving back at Blake. We’ve even gotten a few nice comments on the subway like: “your family is beautiful” so at least we’re hovering above the menace to society category.
There were a few moments this week where I’ve felt completely alone. How ironic, right? I now live in one of the largest cities in the world and I feel alone. I think the lack of familiarity is getting to me. I don’t have friends yet. I have a handful of acquaintances, but no one to put on my daughter’s emergency contact list for school. My kids don’t have friends yet either. There are zero kids that live in our building and the little corner of our neighborhood doesn’t have a ton of kids in it. I mean, I see kids but don’t I sound like a psychopath if I’m like “Hi kids, come be friends with my daughter! Where do you live? What school do you go to?” TOTAL CREEPER.
Since we don’t have curtains, Brooke has made “friends” with a girl who lives in the building across the street. They wave at each other from time to time and it only reminds me of Friends and ugly naked guy. Not that this new friend is ugly or naked.
This week, we were able to take a longer day trip and visit Brooklyn Bridge Park and more of the Piers. We stopped when we found something fun. By the end of the day, we were beat! Also, don’t go to Brooklyn Bridge Park and except to ride the carousel on Tuesday. They’re closed. Brooke was not very happy about that.
I tried ordering online groceries this week to avoid those darn checkout ladies, but the produce I got was not good quality. Like, Clicklist was the bomb…this new one is thumbs down, big time. Oh, and did you know that milk here is $5 a gallon and a small box of Ritz crackers is about the same? Yikes.
FINALLY on Saturday our movers arrived and we got our stuff back! I was never more relieved or excited to see boxes of items ever before. We unpacked and organized as much as we possibly could on Saturday and part of Sunday before Gordon had to leave again. Having a few pictures on the wall and getting my amazing bed back put me in a great great mood! Also, being able to cook dinner for my family after not being able to cook dinner (for 6 weeks!!) I felt completely in my element. For a moment, I got a glimmer of hope as I was chopping zucchini and heard my little ones playing in the background. A little voice gave me a little reassurance that “see? Its not so bad.”
I think my kids are much happier now that we have their toys, their clothes, and their beds and sheets. Things are coming together.
Oh, and we got the kids a wii. My parents have one and they both had such a good time racing each other on mario kart. Gordon thought it would be a good thing to have incase I need a break or a good reward for them helping me. Time will tell.
The kids have been sleeping in their triple bunk bed for a few days all in the same room (Eddie is still in a pack-n-play) and it has been rough. Mostly because Eddie has been waking in the night again. I’m thinking he has another ear infection. The more I read on message boards about tubes, the more I’m on board with them. I’ll be finding a pediatrician this week. Waking up to a screaming kid at 4:30am for the last few days that won’t go back to bed does not a happy mother make.
Coming up this week:
Trying to not go insane with all this lack of sleep. Oh wait, I’m already there.
I’m hopefully going to find one or two fun day trips for us where we have to take the Subway again. Blake loves the subway. Looking for something not too crazy.
I’m in the market for a babysitter to help me 2-3 days a week that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.
I’ll hopefully get to one or two body pump classes! I love that darn class so much.
Recipe testing!! (Say whaaaat?)
Tonight, we’re making chocolate chip cookies for family night and giving them to our neighbors with a general “sorry we’re loud” cards.