We sold our Hoboken apartment and will move to Warwick, NY on Sept 1 into a spacious house with actual stairs and rooms and yard!
This is going to be a huge change for all of us. I have mixed emotions about leaving Hoboken. It’s been so great having everything within a few blocks so I can just stroll out when I need something. Great restaurants although we order in more than going out. I’m about to experience the cliched urban to suburban wife life change. We’ll be closer to my family (10mi away) and I hope that brings only good things! I’m also hoping I’ll find time to paint outside?!
Ellie is 20mo old now and is super active & smart. She understands everything going on around her and is quite the chatterbox with a Chinese accent and lisp. She seems to have a script she is following because I recognize the storyline. Something about jumping & stomping & getting up and down. Her vocabulary has ballooned the past month and she tries to repeat almost everything we say now. Some of her words include: Leo (weo), Mommy, Daddy, Oma, Opa, Mimi, Emma, Ally, Karl, No (nyo), Eat, In, Out (ouk), Up, Down, Hoboken (boboken), Book, Duck, Truck, Car, Boat, Elmo, Bath, Cat, Hot, Hop, Doggy (dewy), Nudie (newnie). She’s also got a great sign language vocab…lots of different animals, objects & actions.
She is experimenting & testing our patience with a little hitting and screaming at the top of her lungs when she doesn’t get her way. I can see she knows it’s wrong so hopefully it will pass soon! The screaming is tough when Leo is sleeping like RIGHT NOW. Lately she loves seeing all the machines in Hoboken, the ducks, the boats, planes, trains, and all the people. But she also loves the new space in the new house & enjoys climbing the stairs & seeing the frogs in the pond. She did her first somersault in the living room already!
Leo is 5mo old and is such a little sweetheart. He greets family with a big smile now and strangers with a shy smile and then hides his face in my shoulder. He has such a cute laugh when you bounce him around. He is content to watch Ellie run & jump around. He can roll front to back & back to front, holds his head up high during tummy time, passes toys from hand to hand, sits in the exersaucer. He likes to chew on our knuckles and I wonder if his teeth are coming soon because Ellie’s first tooth was at 6mo. He is still nursing but will take a bottle during the day…so maybe we’ll transition by the time his teeth come in! We just recently moved him into the packNplay instead of the bassinet because he didn’t like it there anymore. He likes to stretch out and roll around a bit so he’ll definitely be in a crib in the new house. I can’t wait!