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The Life of a Toddler in New York City

By ilanawiles |

I often wonder about how different Mazzy will be from other kids her age based on growing up in New York City.

Instead of a yard to run around in, she’s got city sidewalks to explore. Instead of a jungle gym in her backyard, we take her to one of many local parks. Instead of swimming in a pool, she runs around in NYC sprinklers and fountains.

In addition, she’s got access to some of the best restaurants, museums, theater and shopping there is— whether she appreciates any of them or not.

She wakes up every morning and looks at a fantastic view of Manhattan from our 12th floor apartment in the East Village. When we run of out of milk, we take a walk to the corner bodega where she encounters countless kinds of people from all walks of life just within half a block.

We take her to the suburbs often, almost every weekend to visit her grandparents in the Hamptons— but as much as she loves it out there, at some point in the weekend, usually towards the end, she asks to come home.

I hope she loves Manhattan as much as we do, because it certainly costs a hell of a lot of money to raise a child here.

Below are twenty photos of Mazzy’s life in Manhattan taken on Instagram. You can follow me @mommyshorts.

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Raising a Kid in New York City

Mazzy's Preferred Mode of Transportation

Sitting high atop Daddy's shoulders gives Mazzy the best vantage point of NYC. It's also much easier than navigating the sidewalks with a stroller.

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Ilana Wiles writes Mommy Shorts, a humor blog geared towards new parents. She is one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Blogs and one of The Huffington Post's top 20 women to follow on Instagram. She lives in NYC with her husband, 2-year-old daughter and a newborn baby girl. Read bio and latest posts → Read ilanawiles's latest posts →

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