NEW YORK, USA: Guys and Dolls

Our son is turning three next week.  He wants a baby doll for his birthday so of course, that is what he’s getting.

I mentioned this to a friend last week and she asked what my husband thinks about it.  Surprisingly, I did not even consider that he might have an opinion on the subject.  In my view, our son has asked for an age-appropriate toy for his birthday so I was just going to hop online and order one that looked cute.

Turns out, I was right, and Andy just shrugged and asked if I needed him to pick it up at the toy store near his office.  But, my friend’s question got me thinking about boys and dolls.

Chase is a typical three-year old boy, he loves just about anything with wheels.  Right now, Thomas the Tank Engine toys maintain their ubiquitous presence in our lives but he also enjoys playing with generic race cars, taxis, buses, front end loaders, cement trucks . . .you get the idea.

But, in addition to all of the “right” kinds of interests, lately Chase is also extremely into everything involving babies.  (more…)

Allison Charleston (USA)

Allison is a 35-year-old attorney-turned stay at home mom. This New York City mom lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with her 2-year-old son, Chase, and her husband, Andy. She is also expecting baby #2! In her former life, she was an attorney practicing in a mega firm on NYC’s Park Avenue, putting in long hours, working hard and reveling in the fast pace of her life. She loved living in “the city”, and when she could, she took advantage of all it had to offer. But, when Chase was born over 2 years ago, that all changed. These days, the work has changed from writing legal briefs to changing diapers and the hours are longer, but she wouldn’t have it any other way! Allison is enjoying her adventures as a metropolitan mommy, raising Chase in New York City and has gained strength from her longer-than-she-wanted-to-wait journey getting pregnant with her second child.

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