2017 Year In Review

Okay so it’s mid-February March but I am still cruising along with 2017 recaps! Posting a 2017 year in review mostly so I have a record of the crazy roller coaster of Maya’s first year. Jumping into it….

January

Waiting and waiting and a beautiful baby shower and then more waiting and then…Maya was born! It’s hard to even describe the emotions of having a baby. Sheer exhaustion and happiness and anxiety all at once. Labor was of course painful and exhausting and almost 24 hours and then, Maya was born via C-section just before midnight. We were so excited that Maya shared a birthday with Adam’s grandmother and that she was born on the day of the historic Women’s Marches that took place around the world.

 

February

Maya celebrated her first Valentine’s Day and Adam and I attempted a quick date night with the baby. We went to Brendali for an early dinner and successfully made it through salads and bread before baby started fussing. We changed our pasta order to go and enjoyed the rest of dinner at home. Maya and I also joined my girl friends for our annual Oscars viewing party.

 

March

March was a tough month, probably the toughest of my life. Baby Maya was sick and it took several hospital visits to get a diagnosis. During our third hospital visit they decided to put a central line and a feeding tube in to give her little GI system a rest. We lived in the hospital for three weeks while they tested Maya for everything under the sun. On March 29, Adam and I celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary in the hospital with carry out from the Rusty Scupper and a cake delivered by my in-laws.

 

April

Thank god the feeding tube/central line gave her system time to repair and Maya was able to successfully digest Elecare, a hypoallergenic amino acid based formula and start to put weight back on. They ultimately diagnosed a milk protein allergy, probably complicated by a virus. On April 11, our new niece was born in DC and Maya was finally released from the hospital! Greatest day ever! Once Maya was out of the hospital, we had an anniversary re-do with dinner at Rasika in DC. The food was all incredible but the stand out by far was the cod.

May

In May I went back to work and adjusted to my new working mom routine. Maya and I also did a mommy-and-me class at the Downtown Baltimore JCC which was a blast. It was great for Maya to be around other babies (and for me to meet other moms!). Another May highlight was the Spirit of Baltimore brunch cruise we did to celebrate Jeanette’s 30th birthday! We had a blast with a buffet lunch, unlimited drinks and a fun DJ. Highly recommend if you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate with something a little different. Also in May, Maya went to her first Orioles game, I celebrated my first Mother’s Day and we had Maya’s baby naming. Toward the end of the month, I flew to Chicago for the wedding of two good friends and former co-workers.

 

June

June was a big month because we bought a house! After several weeks of searching we found a great house in Columbia. As much as we love the city, it was time for life in the ‘burbs! But first we spent the month of June soaking up as much of city life as we could with an infant. Maya had her first swim in the pool at the Royal Sonesta (where I belonged to the gym for the last few years), we went to a birthday at Johnny Rad’s, we took long walks to Federal Hill park and took Maya to Mother Goose story time at the Pratt Street Library. Adam and I also enjoyed a night out at the Science Center’s Summer Solstice celebration. I also spent a couple nights in Chicago for work and went to my first White Sox game.

 

July

We moved the last weekend in June and spent July getting settled into our new home. I think the move and adjusting to suburban life has been softened by the fact that I still work in the city and am up there at least four times a week. Also in July, my aunt visited from South Carolina so we took the family to Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard for a wine tasting and picnic. It was the perfect activity to do with a little one. I look forward to more winery days this coming spring! Adam and I also had a date night at La Cuchara. We thought our drinks and starters were delicious but were less impressed by the entrees. Maya started crawling this month and we joined Gymboree so she would have a place to explore and interact with other little ones. We also did “Breakfast with the Penguins” at the Maryland Zoo which was a blast!

 

August

In August, I went to North Carolina for work for the PGA Championship and got to meet up with my cousins! The next week, my dad came up to visit and meet Maya. We went to lunch at Himalayan Bistro in Fed Hill and took Maya to Port Discovery which she loved. We also traveled to Pennsylvania for an engagement party. Maya did not love the car ride but we all enjoyed spending time with family and celebrating Anna and Jason.

 

September

September was BUSY. The month started out with the wedding of Zach and Chelsea and the Baltimore Museum of Industry. The weather was perfect for the ceremony on the water! The next week was spent at Bethany Beach with Adam’s family. We had so much fun soaking up some sun and surf and watching Maya explore the new surroundings. Safe to say we are all big fans of family vacation. Mid-month I took my mom to Petite Louis in Columbia to celebrate her birthday and enjoyed a champagne cocktail and a delicious ratatouille with shrimp. The next week Adam and I were off to London! We planned a long weekend away to attend the Ravens game and celebrate my 30th birthday. We left Maya in the loving care of the grandparents and had an amazing trip. We stayed in Paddington and enjoyed long walks through Hyde Park, exploring Portobello Road Market and one of the best meals of my life. I think I need to dedicate an entire post to our London trip. I need to capture the lows of the trip as well…the Ravens got CRUSHED by the Jaguars and I was hit with an AWFUL stomach flu about an hour into our flight home. Imagine the worst stomach flu or food poisoning you’ve ever had, now imagine it trapped on an airplane for the next six hours. It was…rough. To make matters worse, it was my actual birthday. I think next year I need a redo! Two more quick September highlights: seeing Bruno Mars (who was incredible!!) at the Verizon Center and a zoo day with my bffs.

 

October

October kicked off with a baby shower for my cousin Sarah at Black Wall Hitch in Old Town Alexandria. The rest of the month was full of falltivities – We took Maya to the Renaissance Festival, a pumpkin patch and a Gymboree Halloween party. We spent a day in DC at the Air and Space Museum with friends followed by a visit to the new Wharf on the SW waterfront and then headed back up to Baltimore for a distillery tour at Sagamore Spirit and a drink on the water. This is one of my new favorite spots in the city thanks to the gorgeous views and the parking lot- no fun driving around looking for parking when baby is ready to get out of the car. We also brought Maya to campus for the first time for a UMD football tailgate. She looked extra adorable in her Maryland Cheerleader gear. Maya was too small to trick or treat but we dressed up in Beauty and the Beast costumes as a family!

 

November

Adam’s birthday month! We did a birthday dinner at Peter’s Inn (which recently had a fire but is planning on reopening!). We started with the tuna appetizer which was delicious and then Adam had steak and I had scallops with squash risotto – yum. We also did a day date in DC with some shopping at Trunk Club and lunch at Jaleo. We got the potatas bravas (obvs) and some new to me dishes that did not disappoint! We went to a couple of friendsgivings this year and for Thanksgiving made the drive down to South Carolina to spend the holiday with my mom’s family. The trip was definitely tough with a baby and a dog and we ended up breaking up the drive and spending a night on the road on both ends of the trip. It was worth it though for the fabulous food and quality time with my extended family.

 

December

December was extra festive this year with our little girl!. Work highlights included a lunch at Rec Pier Chophouse at the new Pendry hotel, a trip to Philadelphia for a Flyers game and a day trip to a Bulls game in Chicago. We hosted a Hanukkah get together with friends and celebrated with family. On Christmas Eve we came into the city for an early dinner at Brendali. Christmas Day we wore matching pajamas and went to a family friends’ for an early dinner. Between Christmas and New Years we squeezed in a quick trip to NYC and made it back in time to attend the Ravens game on New Years Eve (a painful loss that knocked us out of the playoffs).

 

And yes, for those keeping score, I’m sorry, we’re not so young and we’re not so Baltimore anymore though Jeanette, my silent blog partner, does still live there. I thought about changing the name but eh, most of the content will still be about Baltimore(area) things and we’re still young(ish), right? Jay-Z told me that 30’s the new 20 and he doesn’t lie.

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2016 Year in Review

Happy New Year, Baltimore! Long time no blog, but in 2017 we will be back at it. To catch up real quick on what’s been going on, I’m here today with a year in review! See what happened in May that temporarily derailed blogging.

January – The first month of 2016 was bookended by travel – in early January, Adam and I spent a few days in Miami and at the end of the month I met my bff in Nashville for the NHL All-Star Game. Nashville is such a fun city and even though I was there for work, we managed to squeeze in some fun. Both the skills challenge and all-star game were a blast and Jessie and I snagged a pic with the Stanley Cup.

February – We celebrated Valentine’s Weekend with dinner at Brendali , made the trip to College Park to watch the Terps lose to Wisconsin and had a Galentine’s Day lunch at Cheesecake Factory. Work travel continued with a trip up to Buffalo for an event with the Sabres. Since it was my first time in Buffalo I had to see Niagara Falls and even though it was absolutely freezing, the falls were gorgeous and so impressive!

March – Obviously I was feeling the travel bug in 2016 because in March I flew to Athens for five amazing days with a couple of my best girlfriends. We ate Greek yogurt and Greek salads with tons of fresh feta, souvlaki, spanakopita, moussaka, octopus and it was all fabulous. We rented an AirBnb downtown and walked all over the city from the Acropolis to Lycabettus Hill. We took a ferry to nearby Aegina and rented a car to spend the day exploring. The whole trip was super affordable and we felt so welcomed by all of the Greeks that we met. Every morning we made a pit stop at Coffee Island (a coffee chain that’s probably the Greek equivalent to Dunkin’ Donuts) for frappes – an icy, sweet drink made with Nescafe instant coffee that I wish I could find in the US! Greece was clearly my March highlight, but I also did some fun things when I got back in town: Jeanette and I ran the Shamrock 5k and had a great time at Light City and Adam and I celebrated our first anniversary!

April – Since apparently I can’t stay in one place for too long, I flew to Chicago for a night in April for a Chicago Blackhawks game for work. The rest of the month was spent in Baltimore, celebrating Jeanette’s birthday and running my first 10k – the Sole of the City – completing one of my goals for 2016.

May – We packed a lot into May, we celebrated Mother’s Day, made a trip to the Maryland Zoo, saw Beauty and the Beast at the Hippodrome, and had friends over to watch the Preakness.  But, this particular May will go down in history as the month we found out we were expecting!

June – Most of the summer was a blur of morning sickness and exhaustion, but in June I celebrated the wedding of Adam’s cousin, ran walked the Baltimore Women’s Classic 5 and had a staycation at the Hyatt. June also marked the final blog post of the year because let me tell you, pregnancy is no joke and making it to work and home to bed was pretty much all I could manage.

July – Still not feeling so hot, but spent a week in Chicago for work including an afternoon of sightseeing in Millennium Park and dinner at Shaw’s Crab House. We also celebrated the wedding of friends at the Sheraton Baltimore. The ceremony was beautiful and we had a blast dancing and taking pics in the photo booth.

August – In August, we spent a week at the Outer Banks with my mom, soaking up the sun, drooling over Duck Donuts and playing miniature golf. We also spent a long weekend with Adam’s cousin and her boyf in Ocean City. People usually knock beach food, but we had a great dinner at Liquid Assets.

September – Back  to the beach, this time to Bethany with Adam’s family. We ate at Off the Hook (my fave kale caesar with a crab cake) and played more mini golf. Later in September, I celebrated my birthday with a few friends at Brendali followed by froyo at Afters. Brendali – with it’s no frills look and delicious food – was perfect for a festive group, especially since it is BYOB.

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October – The month of falltivities: Renaissance Festival, Larriland Farm and my cousin’s gorgeous fall wedding at the Homestead. I also spent a week in Houston for work and was finally feeling completely over morning sickness!

November – Celebrated Adam’s birthday with an amazing dinner at Charleston and spent a weekend in DC for a little baby moon. We stayed at a Marriott downtown and enjoyed great dinners at Zaytinya and Le Diplomate. We also made our first trip to the Newseum and to the famed Daikaya for ramen. We enjoyed Thanksgiving with Adam’s family and by the end of the month I had sort of almost recovered from the shock of the election.

December – Another busy month to close out the year! A weekend of showers with a bridal shower for one friend and a baby shower for another, two Terps games, a festive Christmas Eve dinner at Grano Emporio,  a visit to 34th Street in Hampden to see the lights and New Year’s dinner at Sobo Cafe.

And now here we are, January 2017 and baby due in three weeks! Hoping we won’t go silent for another six months and we’ll be able to update you all on our escapades in our favorite city.

Best wishes to everyone for an amazing year!

Young(ish) Year in Review

Wow, it has been quite a year in for us in Baltimore. Good times and bad, quite a few big moments and a lot of delicious food. Before we move forward into the new year, let’s take a quick look back at our 2015.

January – this year started with a bang: I began a new job in Baltimore (which I can walk to from my house!!), my amazing baby nephew was born and I traveled to the Bahamas on a cruise for my bachelorette party. In sports new, I went to my first Maryland Big Ten conference game and the Ravens, who were actually good last year, beat the Steelers in the first round of the playoffs only to lose to the pre-deflategate Patriots.

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February – included an Abby and Jeanette Galentine’s Day date at Papi’s where we feasted on tacos and skinny margaritas before meeting the fellas at Max’s Belgian Beerfest. February ended with a beautiful bridal shower thrown for me by my cousin, aunt and bridesmaids, but the month will always be remembered for an epic nine hour drive to Atlantic City in a snowstorm. Our amazing friend navigated the icy roads and Jeanette and I hopped out of the car multiple times to push us out of snowbanks on 95-North. While it probably wasn’t our smartest move, the drive was ultimately a success and we got to AC in time to celebrate our friend’s bachelorette.

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March – the month I married my best friend and love of my life. Our wedding weekend at the end of March was like a dream (albeit an unseasonably cold dream), we celebrated with a rehearsal dinner at the Rusty Scupper before saying our vows in front of family and friends at the Royal Sonesta.

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April – In April we traveled to Turks and Caicos for our honeymoon and enjoyed a week soaking up the sun in paradise with fish tacos, frozen drinks and our first time scuba diving. After we returned to Baltimore, the city flipped upside down. Freddie Gray was killed, riots broke out and the city was occupied by the National Guard. It was a weird time for our city. The sound of choppers overhead was incessant as 4-6 media/police helicopters were constantly circling around downtown. My office in the Inner Harbor was closed for an entire week. They played an O’s game two blocks from our apartment in front of zero fans. We obeyed the 10pm-5am curfew which felt particularly surreal – especially when last call was at 8pm so bartenders and staff had time to get home before 10. Hopefully, everything that happened in April was a wake-up call and the start of change and healing for Baltimore.

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May – we started this blog with our very first post! Adam and I also celebrated our five year dating anniversary on 5/15/15 at Cinghiale, enjoyed Memorial Day weekend at Breaux Vineyards and dressed like mustard (and Jeanette relish) with our bocce team. We also saw O’Malley announce his candidacy for president.

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June – officially meant summer, the return of happy hour and going to quite a few O’s games. I also spent a weekend in New York for a friend’s baby shower, went for a jog through Central Park and had a delicious brunch at Hundred Acres.

Baltimore Orioles Game New York City Brunch

JulyIndependence Day in Baltimore brings parades, fireworks and celebrations. Also in July we went to a wedding, more O’s games and Kastles matches, had a staycation in DC and had two amazing meals at Parts & Labor and Salt.

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August – and September brought some travel. I spent a day at the beach in Rehoboth and visited a friend in Williamsburg. Jeanette scouted a great groupon for kayaking in Essex at Island View Waterfront Cafe where we spent an awesome afternoon on the water followed by the best half and half crab soup. And let’s not forget that Tiger Woods lost his 20th major since 2010 when I bet Adam that Woods would win a major other than the Masters in the next five years. Boy, was I ever wrong on that one.

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September – Birthday month! I felt like I was everywhere but Baltimore in September: NJ for a wedding, a long weekend at Bethany Beach and a trip back to New York City. I celebrated my birthday with dinner at Wine Market Bistro, a day trip to Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard, and brunch with family at Crepe Du Jour.

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October – was non-stop falltivities: A trip to pumpkin patch, a pig roast, tailgated at a Maryland football game, went to the Renaissance Festival (where we ate literally everything: corn dog bites, mac and cheese on a stick, gyros, s’mores on a stick, warm cookies, and probably other things on sticks) and dressed up for Halloween.

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November – During Maryland homecoming, Jeanette, Adam and I returned to the freshman year dorm where we all met ten years ago. I’m pretty sure we also forgot that we aren’t in college any more since we spent the entire day drinking and didn’t even go the game. We also celebrated Adam’s birthday at Food Market and traveled to South Carolina for Thanksgiving with my mom’s family.

Turkey Balloon Food Market Cocktail

December – closed out the year with quality time with family and friends celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas. Jeanette and I exchanged gifts and had a festive day skating at the Pandora Ice Rink followed by lunch at Cheesecake Factory. Adam and I spent Christmas Eve with his family at Grano Emporio where we had an amazing Italian feast including antipasto, lasagna and a blood orange martini. After dinner we walked over to 34th Street and saw the fantastic light display and an equally fantastic cross-section of life in Baltimore. The block was packed with families and couples, groups of friends and several dogs, everyone was smiling and in a good mood because it was Christmas and it was Baltimore and it was over 60 degrees. What a perfect end to 2015.

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What was a highlight of your year?