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illustrated blog about life in NYC apartment with 4 kids

Roo in the City:

an illustrated blog about life with four kids in a small apartment in the BIG city

Posts in NYC
Morning Routine

Roo first woke up at 3 am, so compared to the previous night, Dad felt he’d already achieved a solid sleep and anything else would be gravy. Now, when Charlie was a baby, there was opportunity to let him cry it out on his own and self soothe. But as the apartment filled with little people, Mom and Dad sacrificed their own sleep to keep the ‘middle-of-the-night-crying-child-syndrome’ contained to just one…

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Danger Roo's Playground Review: East 72nd Street (Central Park)

The originators of the adventure playgrounds wanted parents to be invisible, to blend into the surroundings. The new seating at 72 along the low wall around the outside of the play space  is great for this (and a vast improvement over previous seating and harsh iron fence). Unless you have a 1 year old. Then, as this is not a toddler space, you’ll need to be a tad more vigilant and present. “Oh no, she’s wandering toward the tire swings again.”

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Stop Requested

Early Sunday morning.

Dad pulls out his phone to double check the route. “It’s not close, but it should be easy,” he’s telling Mom. “We’ll just take the train up and—

“On no.”

 Instantly, Dad is throwing stuff into a duffel bag and yelling, “Where’s your other lacrosse glove, Charlie?”

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