November 16, 2014

The other day I visited with my daughter and grandson in Brooklyn. I planned to accompany them while they walked the dog, Latch. He’s a strong, friendly dog with one floppy ear.

DOG #1

My daughter is expecting a baby any day now and during our walk she told me that she was getting small contractions. Nothing to worry about, she said, but part of this last stage of waiting for a baby.

DOG #5

Latch is a rescue dog and was quite a handful when they first got him a couple of years ago. But with a great deal of training and personal attention he’s turned into a lovely, well behaved dog. We stopped walking the dog long enough to eat lunch and Latch did not take his eyes off the door the entire time we were in the restaurant.

DOG #6

My grandson is learning about the importance of walking the dog, too. They run and play, but walking the dog in a city is serious business and this is an important lesson to learn.

DOG #4

Walking the dog gives everyone an opportunity to see interesting things. On one street we saw a man and woman sorting through bottles and cans they were preparing to take to a recycling center.

DOG #2

We stopped to look at this garden squeezed between two houses. I think this is supposed to be a driveway my grandson says.

DOG #10

And while walking the dog in Brooklyn there is no end to finding curious graffiti.

DOG #3

We stopped here long enough for Latch to smell the fence, look around and then once again scoot on up the block.

DOG # 15

Here’s an interesting display of graffiti that almost takes up an entire block.

DOG #11

While Latch stopped to sniff a fenced-in tree, my grandson performed some major jumping abilities.

DOG #12

We stopped to chat for a while just before I went down the subway stairs to catch a train and head back home. The contractions are small, my daughter assured me. I don’t think anything is going to happen tonight. She smiled, looked down at the dog and added, but you never can tell.

DOG #16

The street art outside the subway station caught my eye. This character seemed to ponder something. I gave my daughter a hug, kissed her on the cheek and told her that I hoped it all went well. I reluctantly left her side knowing that I most likely will not see her again until after the baby is born.

DOG #13

My grandson, in the mean time, had run down the subway stairs to wait for me. He looked lost in thought when I saw him. Well, he does have a lot to think about. Soon he will no longer be an only child and he’ll have a younger sister to share his life with.


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  1. Trish Mayo on November 16, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Wonderful photos of a very interesting and colorful neighborhood. Congratulations to you and your family on the pending arrival of the new baby!

    • Pushing Time on November 16, 2014 at 9:25 am

      Thanks Trish for stopping by and leaving a comment. As of now, Sunday morning, we are still waiting. It’s hard to think of anything else.

  2. Susan on November 16, 2014 at 9:19 am

    This feels like half the story – the last time seeing your daughter before the baby, and the to-come first time seeing your daughter after the baby. Now I can’t wait for the pictures of the next part….Wonderful story, as usual!

    • Pushing Time on November 16, 2014 at 9:26 am

      Hi Susan, you are right, this is a half told story. As with many things in life, there is always more to tell. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  3. Robin Lettieri on November 16, 2014 at 10:49 am

    love this
    can’t wait ti meet the baby

    • Pushing Time on November 16, 2014 at 10:54 am

      Hi Robin, thanks for coming by and leaving a comment. Yep, any day now. Every time the phone rings, I wonder….

  4. thelma straw on November 16, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    ohmygoodnessgoodnightmrmoon…whatta lotta stuff goin’ on in your life!!!!! I’m waiting on hooks too to hear about the new baby!!!! DO let us ALL know asap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a tremendous change in life it will be for your boy, as he has been the apple of so many eyes for so many moons now… But i’m sure with such good family watchers he will slide gracefully into his new role as BEEG BROTHER!!!!!!!!

    • Pushing Time on November 16, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Oh, Thelma, thanks you so much for you wonderfully celebratory comment!! You are right we’ll keep a very close eye on handing out the love and attention!! You will certainly get the word as soon as we know when the new addition to the family arrives. Thanks again. You are the greatest!!

  5. Annamaria Alfieri on November 16, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    What great pictures, what a lovely time in your life. Your grandson is beautiful! Can’t wait to see the baby.

    • Pushing Time on November 16, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      Thank you so much Annamaria for stopping by and leaving a comment. We can’t wait either!! What fun to have a baby to start documenting the way I did with my grandson. And now to get them together!! Well, does it get any better!

  6. Sharon on November 16, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Wonderful changes in your lives. Lots of adjustments too! Congratulations to all of you and a bundle of joy for Christmas!

    • Pushing Time on November 17, 2014 at 8:16 am

      Yes, Sharon there are some major changes in this family system. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. This Christmas is certainly going to be a very joyous occasion!

  7. Chloe C on November 17, 2014 at 3:19 am

    Making popcorn to wait for the rest of the movie.
    Just kidding.
    Wonderful photos in this post!
    What a beautiful daughter.
    Can hardly wait to see what your young Grandson grows up to be.
    Will be looking in more often, waiting for the little one ♥

    • Pushing Time on November 17, 2014 at 8:19 am

      So nice to hear from you Chloe. Mmmm, I think I could use some popcorn later this afternoon. It’s dark and rainy and it certainly is a movie day. Thanks for leaving a comment and, btw, how’s that little one of yours?

  8. Toddi on November 17, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Liza looks like it is time for that little girl to get here. Yes, Devon has been the ‘top dog’ (excuse the pun) for quite some time, but he is mature in so many ways and knows he is loved. Marge, I know that all of you will make him part of his new world and will continue to nurture him. Please let us know when the big event arrives!

    • Pushing Time on November 17, 2014 at 11:27 am

      Hi Toddi, so glad to hear from you. Yep, Liza is about ready to give forth!! But as of this morning, all is just practice contractions. Still waiting. Thank you so much for you kind words and thought. We’ll let out a bit Yahoo! when this little girl arrives. :-)))))

  9. Barbara Bent on November 18, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Marge, I always love your posts. The photos are fabulous. What exciting times for you and the family. Let us know when the baby arrives.

    • Pushing Time on November 19, 2014 at 1:48 am

      Hi Barbara. It’s so nice to hear from you. Yes, this is a very exciting time and I’ll be sure to let you know when the event occurs.

  10. Triss Stein on November 20, 2014 at 7:06 am

    This was a great walk in the city. Thanks for taking us along with your words and photos. And all good wishes for the baby arrival!

    • Pushing Time on November 20, 2014 at 7:10 am

      Thanks Triss for stopping by and leaving a comment. Yep, we’re pretty excited about this new arrival. And as of this morning at 2:00 AM it looks like it’s REALLY close. Stay tuned.

  11. Angela Orlando on November 20, 2014 at 7:14 am

    An interesting blog of this exciting time in your family’s life…
    wishing many blessings on your family in these wonderful
    days of anticipation and celebration:)!!!

    • Pushing Time on November 20, 2014 at 7:16 am

      Hi Angela! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Yes, it is a wonderful and such an exciting time. We will soon be greeting another member of our family! A blessing, for sure!!

  12. Carol Foresta on November 20, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Nice! Love the photo essay. My best wishes for an easy delivery and a healthy mother & child.

    • Pushing Time on November 20, 2014 at 9:47 am

      Thank you Carol for stopping by and leaving a lovely ‘best wishes’ comment. We’ll see what the Dr. says today. Waiting patiently!