Category Archives: KIDS

Happy 1st Birthday #dailybabyavery! Boca Raton Cake Smash Photo Shoot

My dearest Avery,

Happy 1st Birthday my sweet girl!  I cannot believe it has already been a year since you came into our lives. I’ll never forget FINALLY having contractions after 12 extra days of waiting past your due date, getting my hair blown out, receiving all of our extended Boston & Maine family (who were so excited to meet you!) at our Hell’s Kitchen apartment and finally trekking uptown to the hospital on foot.

Yes, that happened.  Dada was not amused.

Boca Raton cake smash

7 lbs, 13 oz and 21.5 inches long, born on May 1, 2013…it was love at first sight.

Boca Raton cake smash

You were a sassy city girl from birth, happiest when we were out and about on one of our adventures in the Baby Bjorn, yet you hated your car seat. You’re easygoing and adaptable–comfortable in a coat while visiting Grandma and Grandpa in Maine or in a swimsuit at the beach, thriving in the South Florida sunshine!

You had a vibrant personality from early on. You have tons of honorary Aunts & Uncles and a big family (MorMor & Grandpa and your Godparents too!) who adores you.  And, you even have your own hashtag! #dailybabyavery 

You’re beautiful and smart and I am so lucky to be your Mommy.  I love you bubba.

Cheers to many more special birthdays like this one!

xoxo,

Your loving Mommy


Boca Raton Cake Smash Photo Shoot

In honor of #dailybabyavery’s 1st Birthday, we had a very special Boca Raton cake smash photo shoot last weekend with South Florida’s Dawn Renee Photography.

Dawn was fantastic with Avery! She got down on her hands and knees in the dirt and sand and brought fantastic props. It is not easy photographing a squirmy child! Especially one who is hot and covered in frosting from her Boca Raton cake smash photo shoot…

Avery didn’t quite “smash” the gorgeous cake from The Yellow Rose Cakery (NOW CLOSED) as she did tentatively touch the butter-cream icing and then get upset when her hands got sticky. Such a little lady.

Oh well– you can’t predict how these things will go! Regardless, it was a lot of fun and I’m so happy to have these memories.

Here are her BEAUTIFUL Boca Raton cake smash photos from that special day!


Disclaimer: This Boca Raton cake smash photo session and cake mentioned in this post were sponsored in part.  As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

A Walk in the Park: Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton

Let’s talk about Patch Reef Park in Boca…but first: I really miss throwing all of my baby gear into the basket under the stroller, walking out of my apartment and powering along the paths of Hudson River Park in NYC (in the spring/summer, obvi) with beautiful city views and #dailybabyavery smiling in the sunshine!

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It sounds so idyllic…

The reality was that I had to squeeze our big stroller through our tiny apartment door, carry it down a bunch of stairs and then bump it and #dailybabyavery along over multiple broken sidewalks to even get to the park in the first place. It’s easy to mentally block out that stuff.

Yesterday, I took my baby to Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton. I had heard through the grapevine that there was a paved, fitness trail at the park, so I threw my jogging stroller easily in my trunk, grabbed a couple waters and a snack and drove the short distance to check it out. No squeezing through doors and broken sidewalks for suburban MBMom!

Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton, FL

Patch Reef Park in Boca has 55 acres of passive and active recreation facilities. Park facilities include a community center, softball and baseball fields, soccer/football fields, basketball courts, a fitness trail, a children’s playground, picnic pavilions and tennis courts.

I parked at the tennis center (which was beautiful and had a restroom- score!) and hit the trail…

Patch Reef Park in Boca

It was a smooth trail and the majority of it was shaded, so it doesn’t get too hot.  I also packed a blanket, so we could stop and play (and MBM could check her emails).

Patch Reef Park in Boca

I would love to come back another day with #modernbocadad or a friend to take advantage of the fitness stations.  They look challenging (enough), but aren’t intimidating. And, it’s a free way to exercise!

Patch Reef Park in Boca

 

 

Patch Reef Park in Boca

Last but not least, there is a killer playground called Pirate’s Cove with water features. It was built on a bouncy, cushioned, poured-in-place surface. I know that Avery will love it when she gets older!

Patch Reef Park in Boca

For my tennis aficionados, I checked out the programs that Patch Reef’s Tennis Center offers for kids. These are the two classes that really stood out to me. Cardio Tennis for Kids and they even have a Mommy and Me program for children 2-5 years old.  How cute would that be?  Where do you even buy a tiny tennis racket?

It was a great day in the park!


Now it’s time to hear from Modern Boca Moms: What’s your favorite park?  Post in the comments below!

Should You Take Your Baby to Disney on Ice?

Should you take a 10 month-old to Disney on Ice South FL?

That was the burning (freezing?) question when offered a complimentary ticket to ‘Disney on Ice: Rockin’ Ever After.’

The answer…

Baby in Minnie Mouse Outfit Disney on Ice South FL

YES! At least until Beauty & the Beast comes on.

Disney on Ice South FL

#dailybabyavery had a great first ever Disney experience. #modernbocadad had the honor or escorting our own princess to BB&T Center and reported back that she was very much engaged…until ‘hangry’ lunchtime hit and then it was time to bolt.  Sorry Belle.

Disney on Ice South FL Rink BB&T Center

Happy baby at Disney on Ice South FL

The only incident to report was a 3 year-old girl falling backwards through the “hole” of her folding chair near #ModernBocaDad’s seat. He said it looked painful. She cried and Mickey didn’t help apparently.  Sorry little girl.

Overall, the show was fun and featured all of the favorite Disney characters. It is a little long for short attention spans, but overall enjoyable, even if you leave early.

We’ll keep you posted when the next show comes to South Florida!

Donald Duck at Disney on Ice South FL

Rapunzel at Disney on Ice South FL

Donald Duck and Goofy at Disney on Ice South FL

Smiling baby at Disney on Ice South FL