Wednesday, December 31, 2014


2014 was obviously a life-changing year for us. To put it simply: We added another human to the mix. Major!

I always love looking back when all is said and done to see what I've accomplished (and didn't accomplish). What an incredible year it was. 2014 was the year of little Bear Ryan. "We" got pregnant and had him all in the same year...and it was truly the most wonderful and exhausting experience of my life. This will surely go down as one of the greatest years of my life and I am truly grateful. 

In 2014:

We got pregnant.
My mom and I spent a long weekend in Puerto Rico on my company trip.
We spent Valentine's in San Francisco (and a quick stop in Napa Valley).
We skied in Lake Tahoe.
We finally moved to a new apartment after 10 years in a 4th floor walkup.
I was given the most dreamy, lovely baby shower by my best friends.
We had a baby.
We made a trip to Cincinnati for Josh's brother's graduation.
We traveled to The Exumas Islands.
Josh ran a bunch of races, including the Brooklyn Half Marathon (Manhattan Half is in early 2015.)
The company I work for was honored at The Tech Awards in Silicon Valley
We had Josh's family in NYC for Thanksgiving and cooked a big ole' Turkey.
And I spent the most wonderful 3 weeks in Lake Tahoe for the holidays with my family (photo above).

Happy, happy 2015 everyone... it's truly amazing what can happen in a years time and how much your life can change. Who knows what's in store in the next 365 days! I think I will go by this for 2015.
My fave photos from 2014:

Sunday, December 21, 2014

10 Things I Swear By For The New Mom

The Ergo carrier...essential (for pretending to run marathons).
Now that I've made it through 9 weeks as a new mother (wooo!), I've realized that there are some essentials you should highly consider splurging on if you don't have. If I were to do a baby registry over again, these would be at the top of my list. Of course it's different for everyone, but this is what I couldn't have lived without these first 2 months. 
  1. The Ergo with infant insert (or any good quality baby carrier) - I started using this with the infant insert pretty early on when I was home alone during maternity leave. I love how supportive the Ergo is on the back and I found it super easy to use. And Bear loves taking naps in it. Totally essential for me. Now I do know that people love the K'Tan, the Bjorn and some whatever works for you. Just make sure you have something. I also have the Solly Baby Wrap which I love. (Tip: The Ergo Infant Insert placed on your lap is pretty awesome for plane trips!) 
    This Ergo Infant Insert doubles as a cocoon! Who knew?!
  2. My Breast Friend nursing pillow, the Boppy AND the Boppy Lounger. - Ok, so this is a lot of pillow action here, but I used all three A LOT. I originally chose The Boppy as my breastfeeding pillow of choice, but when my lactation consultant recommended the My Breast Friend, it changed everything. It literally taught me to breastfeed and I used it religiously. I have since gone back to the Boppy now that we're on a roll and the Boppy Lounger I use all day every day when I need to put him down. (He sometimes sleeps on the Lounger too...) I highly recommend them all! 
    The Boppy Lounger...the best! Bear's onesie...even better!
  3. Boudreaux's Butt Paste Diaper Cream or the Honest Healing Balm - Y'all this stuff is MAGIC with a capital M. 
  4. Sleepers. Sleepers. And more sleepers. When you have a baby shower, you receive all these super cute baby clothes (which is the best!), but what you REALLY need are sleepers. Like this. And this. Get a bunch of newborn (NB) size and 0-3 months. You will use them A LOT. Bear sometimes goes through 3-4 outfits a day, so they really don't need to be cute at this age. And I prefer ones with zippers so you don't have to unsnap a million little snaps in the middle of the night. 
  5. Water wipes - (i.e., "the worlds purest baby wipe") - We now use any kind of wipe, but for the first few weeks, we used these and they helped so much to prevent diaper rash on that newborn skin. Highly recommend.
  6. Aden & Anais swaddle blankets and one really nice, soft cuddly blanket. Must have.
  7. Pacifiers - I always hated the look and idea of pacifiers, but on Day 2 we decided they were pretty much genius. And apparently they're good for them to learn to use. These "soothies" worked really well for Bear. I still hate saying "Paci" though...don't ask me why.
    Not quite a swaddle here, but these Aden & Anais blankets are the best.
  8. MammaBaby App - I still use this every day to track feedings, sleeping time, etc. There are tons of apps out there like this, but this seemed to work for me.
  9. myBaby Sound Spa Portable - We use this religiously and I swear the noise works. I love the "brook" sound too.
  10. Wine. 

I'd love to know, what are your MUST HAVES for a newborn?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bear Hearts NYC

Let me just say – Bear Ryan has A LOT of awesome NYC gear. I mean...this blog is called "Manhattan Emily." He does love this city (I think?). When we're out strollin', he sleeps through the loudest sirens, taxi horns, garbage trucks and more. It's impressive really. I guess he got used to that quick in-utero! 

Sometimes I really can't believe we had a child in NYC. Wherever this little Bear ends up, he will always have that...and that's pretty nifty. And so is the $17,300 bill I just got today for his hospital birth (thank you dear Lord for health insurance). Even still, it is worth every little penny. Happy 8 Weeks, Bear! You're coming along quite perfectly (but I might be a little biased). 

Bear is 8 weeks old today (and over 12 lbs!) and I honestly can't even talk about. It's all so bittersweet. Being at home with him every day these last 8 weeks has been the best time of my life. I never want it to end. And every day...I contemplate that there will be an end to this time. I feel so grateful for 12 weeks of sheer awesomeness/exhaustion. I'm not sure how people manage with less maternity leave. 3 months, I think, will just scratch the surface. I still haven't figured out how to shower during the day and get out of my pj's. Hopefully I can figure that out in the next 4 weeks before I return to work. Until then, I will continue soaking up every ounce of this little guy.

More non-baby-related blogs to come...someday. I hope. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

hi december

Well, it's December and I am so overwhelmed by the fact that little Bear Ryan is 6 weeks old and that the holidays are upon us. Time seems to be going way too fast and we're really trying to soak up each maternity leave day here (note the lack of blogs). We had a wonderful Thanksgiving here in NYC with family. I cooked a lovely 12-pounder turkey and we bought a bunch of pre-made sides/pies. It was perfect. And it snowed! We will be in Tahoe for the holidays with my family and I can't wait (to ski!). This holiday season is all about family and nothing makes me happier.
our first family selfie...we will be trying this one again! haha!


enjoy every single moment this holiday season, because soon it will be over. Put down the phone and talk to those around you...well, that's my goal at least. 

happy december! 

(I also wish you lots of good Cyber Monday deals. I somehow saved $96 today on Shutterfly. Not bad.)