It’s Gonna Be OK

For the past three months, I have been concerned about Ryder, anticipating the start of first grade, fearing whether or not he would be ready for the transition.  About a week ago, only days into the new school year, his teacher informed us that Ryder was struggling a bit, and he would be placed in a Reading Recovery Program. One half hour per day, Ryder is pulled from class to go over reading and writing lessons that are tailored just for him.


The teachers requested that we meet before curriculum night, in order to learn more about the program, and to discuss Ryder. I have been stressing since I received the email about his trouble, and I couldn’t seem to get it off my mind. I work with him after school doing my own type of lessons, and over the summer we sought help from a learning specialist, who worked with him twice a week. And, at the end of September, he will undergo a private educational evaluation, which will cost more than my first used car, but both Jason and I feel that this report will help direct us toward the proper help we need for our boy. Nonetheless, I continue to ask myself, am I doing enough for him?

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While sitting down with all three school teachers, I shared with them the busy summer of specialists, which included the behavioral evaluation results, a learning specialist, a therapist to help with his anxiety, and our upcoming educational evaluation. During this session, it took everything I had to hide behind the lump in my throat, and not burst into tears. Fortunately, his teachers were all super sweet, while reviewing his strengths and weaknesses, and it seems that we are all on the exact same page.

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I was not familiar with the Reading Recovery program, but already I feel this daily one on one time will help bring him back up to speed quickly and effectively. It’s not to say he is in the clear, but I am confident that he is getting the help he needs, right in his school. The program comes with additional daily homework, and I am invited to sit in on some of his daily lessons to observe. The teachers involved are specially trained to administer these lessons, and they continue the program until students are reading at or above their grade level. The lessons are fun, and I am looking forward to seeing my baby sprout this year.

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I realize how incredibly lucky we are to have a school like this in our neighborhood. His teachers were positive and reassuring, allowing me to leave the meeting feeling relieved, after months of turmoil. I felt ok, and truly feel Ryder will be ok!  Of course, I understand that this will not be an overnight fix, requiring time, hard work and dedication, but he (we) will get there. I know we will.

Sunday Swoon // Lot801

Fall has literally crept up on us over night here in NYC. We now need light jackets, long pants, and no more sandal type shoes. If there is one basis I stock up on for both my girls, it would be leggings. Leggings are a staple in our house and they are probably worn almost every single day. I love having a fun assortment for my girls with cool prints and not just plain colored ones.

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I have discovered a fun little shop on easy called Lot801. They offer fashionable apparel for your little babes mostly leggings and headbands, with the occasionally accessory for both boys and girls. All pieces are handmade with 100% organic cotton and water based inks, perfect for your little ones skin.

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The necklace and legging combo make the perfect gift! Gemma and Siella rocked their new leggings and headbands in the playground yesterday and loved every minute. I can’t wait to scoop up more prints for them!

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Community Of Moms

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I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for The Motherhood on behalf of the makers of Children’s MOTRIN® and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own. I first realized the sense of a “mom community” when Ryder, my… Read more »

Saturday Style || Toggery

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It seems the seasons changed overnight and we are officially transitioning into fall. The mornings now have a chill and it’s time to definitely start swapping out our wardrobe. This week Vanessa from Dress Me Up & Down is styling it up with Toggery. Toggery is a sustainable T-shirt line for women that I use to… Read more »

Work At Home, Stay At Home Mom

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I just got back from the ABC show in Las Vegas and I don’t think my feet have touched the ground yet. I came off of the red eye on Wednesday morning, a grueling sleepless flight. Not to mention Jason left for his job in LA the night before and my mom came in to help… Read more »

Four Seasons Nevis Part II { & Giveaway}


It’s been two months already since we’ve visited the Four Seasons Nevis Resort, and my kids are still talking about the trip, as if it were yesterday. Ryder has been keeping up with our adopted sea turtle, Coco’s progress, and Siella keeps asking when we will go back to our new home. It was truly the… Read more »

Sunday Swoon: Mummymoon


I mean…can we just discuss the cuteness of this brand Mummymoon. I instantly fell in love with these Sister+Brother shirts and just had to get them for my trio. Mummymoon is a kidswear brand, producing modern high quality clothing. All their items are made of love and daydreams, moreover, all clothes are handmade. Mummymoon isn’t… Read more »

Our Summer Walks with BRITAX {& GIVEAWAY}

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Living on the water in Battery Park City, winter months can be absolutely brutal, so the warm summer months are the big pay off. The past few weeks of summer have been filled with many activities, and enjoying the outdoors. The kids love taking walks along the water, which has become practically a daily ritual.… Read more »