Monday, March 23, 2015

baby's first trip to the Met.

despite a crazy blizzard depressingly ushering in the first day of spring the day before, saturday was really delightful. it was cold, but the sun was out - perfect conditions for a brisk run in the park. i've got a few races coming up (like, really soon - less than a month now, yikes), so i'm pushing myself to be in shape enough to not embarrass myself too much. 

in the afternoon, we took a trip to the metropolitan museum of art. i really love the met on saturdays, despite it always being incredibly crowded wtihout fail. also! not only was this norah's first time at the met, it was also norah's first time at any museum ever! guys, she's a baby, i'm 98% sure she had no idea what was going on. but we love her.


when we were first entering the museum, the guards checked the contents of my purse & then said roughly to ben, "sir, what are you carrying there?" ben moved down the scarf/blanket down a little & said, "a baby." apparently the guard waited just a quick beat before breaking out into a huge smile & waving him through. 

also, ben put his admission sticker right above her head in the wrap - a wonderful small detail from our day. this little met baby:

so yeah, the met on a saturday is always crazy crowded, especially there in the main entryway. i love norah peeking out from papa's sling, looking so small & cozy among all the bustling & humming of museumgoers:

the met has a few different sculpture gardens. this one bathed in natural light is excellent:

our apartment doesn't really have any natural light (have i mentioned that, although it is delightful overall, our apartment has several cave-like qualities?), so in a place like this sculpture garden, i just drink it in:

we wandered through the african art, which is something we haven't done in a while. check out this breastfeeding statue!

...& this one where the headdress is actually two snakes that are in turn devouring small animals :O :O :O

the colors of this one [heart eyes emoji] :

& some from the oceania wing right next door to the african art:

these three guys are actually instruments! the met tells us these are some of the largest instruments in the world (you can the side of it, similar to a drum) :

this guy's like, "follow me to the oreos!"

i want to run my hands over this byzantine-era mosaic to feel all the individual tiles so badly, but don't worry. #ididnt:

persephone, daughter of zeus, holding court there in the middle:

these guys are like, "last one to the oreos is a rotten egg"

we made it all the way over to the impressionist wing to catch a few monets before norah needed a minute:

maybe one day norah will be like, "my mom nursed me in the met!" maybe. who knows what her future will hold:

these two buddies <3

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

after her statue-side feeding, norah was perfectly happy, content, & quietly taking in ALL OF THE THINGS with her particularly enormous, bright eyes (which is the state she is in 90% of the time she is awake). walking with her & ben around the relatively empty & sunlit sculpture garden, quietly whispering in her ear my observations of the artwork around us, is now my favorite family memory with her to date:

her face in these next few photos is, like, the sun & the moon right now. THE CUTENESS:

her smile in this one:

later, we got takeout from blockheads (steak burritos are a true & great thing i need in my life), put norah to sleep, & watched an episode or two of the new season of house of cards. an a+ day.



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