Manhattan Showers My Belly… and a birthday… and eating

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I know all you want to see are the photos from my shower, but first I am obligated to take you through the gastronomical events of the entire weekend (but I guess you could just scroll down and get to the photos if you really wanted, so here’s hoping I’m not typing all of this for nothing).

My parents arrived from CO late Thursday night.  Friday morning, I had scheduled an ultrasound so they could say hello to Tuk Tuk while they were here.  Tuk Tuk was shy, as usual, hiding his/her face behind little hands, but we did get to see some hair and the beautiful heart beating.  Following the appointment, we headed to a local dinner for eggs, milkshakes, sweet potato fries, etc.  The rest of the afternoon was relaxing and low-key (THEME for all food: “You can’t get this in CO”).  For dinner we headed out for Chinese at Chef Ho’s.  Mom still says it’s the one type of food she misses the most since leaving Brooklyn so long ago and it didn’t disappoint.  Saturday we went to Katz’s Delicatessen and our friend Nina (1st blog shout-out!) joined us – famous for it’s large meat sandwiches and other quintessential lower east side cuisine: latkes, blintzes, fries, egg creams, matzah ball soup, etc – we sampled everything.  We then walked around a bit in the area and then headed home…. oh and Saturday, was my 3rd annual 29th Birthday.  You can see about the first and 2nd annual here, here and here.  So in true birthday style, we had Mexican food for dinner (SHOCKING) at Mole.

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Sunday was the big day.  The day of my NYC baby shower, graciously hosted by my mother-in-law, Barbara.  And what an amazing job she did.  It was held at Alice’s Tea Cup (a favorite brunch spot), so everything was Alice in Wonderland themed.  Down to playing cards on the table, a late for a very important date clock, mad hatter hats, and a Cheshire cat (which now lives on our new glider in the nursery).  There were even little favors of tea with heart-shaped strainer spoons!!   The meal was scones, mini sandwiches, and cookies.  Oh and CANDY all over the tables.  Happy preg right here.  The amount of love from family and friends was again overwhelming and their generosity amazing.  Per Barbara’s direction, in addition to a gift everyone brought their favorite book inscribed with a  sweet message.  We now have a full library and can’t wait for bedtime with Tuk Tuk to share these stories.  So on to the photos and details (thanks, Sandy for capturing!)…

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After the shower the family came back to our apartment to debrief until we were all too sleepy and needed to take a rest (or maybe that was just me).  Sunday night we ordered-in some Indian food from Andaz Restaurant and rented Premium Rush; I really like Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  Monday, we continued to eat…. delicious bagels for brunch and Italian at Vespa for dinner.  I am full again just thinking about it.

And thus ends the food tour / birthday celebration / NYC baby shower / MLK weekend that took place.  It was so wonderful to have my parents in town to celebrate so many amazing things and I only wish that the flu didn’t keep Melissa and Hayes, and Bana and Henry, away from me.  But there will be more time to snuggle with them later 🙂

7 weeks until baby…. EEK.

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