1. Do you have any traditions for father's day? Not yet! Last year was my first father's day and it was a bit of a whirlwind because Grace was just a few weeks old, so we just spent the day at my parents' house. In the past, we've alternated going to my parents' and Kathleen's parents' houses, but at the end of the day all that really matters is being with my two girls. 2. How are you planning to celebrate this year?
I've mentioned before that Kathleen is a nurse, and this year she's actually working on Father's Day. So on Saturday we're going to spend the day together and maybe take a drive down to the beach for a picnic. And on Sunday Grace and I will probably go visit her grandpa! 3. What's the story behind Grace and the pizza?
For those who don't know, for every month since she's been born, we've taken a picture of Grace with the corresponding number of slices next to her from a different pizzeria. This actually started as a joke when we announced that we were pregnant with her (with a bagel bite), and continued on as both an excuse to get pizza at least once a month and to keep track of how much she was changing. At around 9 or 10 months, she started grabbing for (and eating) the pizza, which made for some pretty fantastic shots.
On a personal note, I'm a lifelong New Yorker and a first generation American. Pizza is basically my birthright and both Vivvi and our apartment are located within proximity of the best pizza places in the entire world. Passing that onto Grace in a small way is really fun.
4. What's helping you stay sane right now?
It's been a particularly crazy few months for everyone, and I think a lot of that anxiety has been driven by feeling so out of control. So two big things have been most helpful for me:
First is focusing on the things I can control, in particular being grateful for all the great things in my life in a really active way (especially Grace and Kathleen, but also our families who have been incredibly supportive by watching Grace while we're at work).
Second is being present when I'm present. That means that I'm focused on one thing at a time. Often that feels like an Olympian or impossible task, but for me it just makes life so much simpler to say "I'm going to be 100% on X" at any given time, rather than give two things 50%.
5. What's the silver lining of being home?
Getting to see more of Grace is definitely a highlight. She's grown to be such a funny, intelligent little ball of energy, and even though she can't really talk, I feel like we're buddies with our own routines.