the walk to school

November 3, 2010 |  Category:   life nyc

Claudine’s preschool meets in the Park one day a week. Check back with me when it gets really cold, but so far, it’s been really lovely to walk into the park, walk by this gorgeous building pictured above, through a short wooded path, and into class. She spends most of her days with her class group which is only 7 kids big, but the 2 older classes merge on this day for a bigger class with their 4 teachers.

This is what the street looks like these days. Not as majestic as Storm King, but still very pretty. The walk up to the park is just about a mile. At the beginning of the school year, it took us about 40 minutes to walk with Claudine, some days with lots of stopping and wailing. I have to remember that she just got out of the stroller a mere 4 months ago, so we need to be patient. 2 months into the school year and she is doing much better. She’s been conditioned to walking longer distances. Aside from the fact that I physically couldn’t push her in the stroller anymore (the walk up is actually a slight hill and she’s huge for her age), I think it’s great for the kids to walk. I do dislike all the strapping and unstrapping of car seats every time we want to get to someplace in the burbs. It’s nice to be able to leave your apartment and just walk to wherever you need.

But like I said, check back with me during the dead of winter. Hoping it won’t be as brutal as last year.

ps. I’ve had this horrible migraine-like headache since Sunday early afternoon. When I close my eyes and touch them, it hurts (I know, so don’t do that). What does it mean?

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  • Lois November 3, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Hi Jenna, whenever I get those kind of migraine headaches (right in the eyes), for me it’s usually the sinuses. I find using a neti pot sometimes helps to relieve the pressure. Hope you feel better soon.xo

  • ROBIN November 3, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Sinuses. Weather and pressure change is freaking havoc on my head too. Head cold will follow unfortunately but that pressure needs to escape somehow – will so in soggy tissues YUCK!

  • Renee Alam November 3, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    That does make for a beautiful walk to school! 🙂 It seems like winter is coming fast so I won’t be jealous about your walk for very long. 🙂 I agree with the other commenters,it could be something with your sinus, but have you maybe also had your eyes checked lately?

  • mixette November 3, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Allergy season hits me exactly like that: headache + eye ache.

    I am a dunce with the neti pot and end up with water down my sleeve, but this squeeze bottle does the trick http://www.neilmed.com/usa/sinusrinse.php. You can get it at pretty much any drugstore.

  • Renita November 3, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Hi Jenna – my boyfriend is a neuroscientist and has this to say about your migraine .. “Her vasculature is pain sensitized, thus the pounding migraine… neurokinins adhere to the intimal wall inside the vasculature pain sensitizing them… and the touch on the eyes compresses the vessels and they hurt. Often ice on the head helps with the inflammatory vascular issues… some people find that compressing the temporal areas helps reduce the pounding… if this is the case, then ice can help with the inflammation… also 2 Tylenol will help reduce the chemistry for the vascular sensitization somewhat (not entirely, but every bit helps.)”

  • Wendy November 3, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    no help about the migraine (the advices above might be enough), but, wow, the last picture is very very pretty.

  • Jane November 3, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Your neighborhood is exactly what New York looks like in my daydreams 🙂

  • c November 3, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Claudine is going to be tall…is she nearly 3?

  • Catherine November 3, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Love the photographs and the walk to school looks lovely.

    Have you tried sinus medication for the headache? I often get sinus headaches when the weather gets cold and pain reliever along with a decongestant work for me. If it doesn’t go away soon, I would suggest a trip to the doctor (blah). Good luck!

  • lil November 3, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    I get migraines (sometimes regular old migraines and sometimes the really fun ones with other neurological symptoms like loss of vision). if it is a migraine it should be primarily on one side of the head (if the pain is really bad it might feel like it is all over, but it really isn’t). if it is a migraine, try excedrin migraine. I tried a couple of different prescriptions but actually found the over the counter excedrin migraine is the best at getting rid of the migraine quickly without completely knocking you out.

  • raquel November 3, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Hi Jenna
    I get migraines from time to time and go to acupuncture for relief. She also gives me herbs for when I feel on creeping on. Have you tried it? Good luck!

  • Jenna November 3, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Thank you for all your headache advice! And for the very scientific explanation Renita! I’m pretty sure I don’t have a sinus headache – I know too well what that feels like as I just had one and this is not that. I also have chills once in a while as well. Dare I say it might be subsiding a bit right now? Or maybe its the drugs. I hope not!!

  • Caddy November 4, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Jenna, your neighborhood is beautiful, and I love how there’s still so much living history about.

  • kattia November 4, 2010 at 12:35 am

    This happens to me sometimes. Usually it’s because of hours staring at a computer screen or me not wearing my glasses. If you get two stones, sterilize them, freeze them and then put them over your closed eyes, it should ease the pain of both your head an eyes. Also deep breathes to get some blood flowing to your brain, easing the headache.
    hope this helps!

  • Ali November 4, 2010 at 3:00 am

    Your headache sounds like eyestrain. Check your work lighting. Make everything a bit bigger on your computer monitor and visit the optician.
    Also, take breaks from close work and gaze into the distance. Seriously, it helps!!

  • Katie M November 4, 2010 at 8:38 am

    wow, your neighbourhood is SO beautiful! As Jane above said, its like a New York dream, you are SO lucky to live there!

  • Lakshmi November 4, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I heard at a wellness workshop that acidity can also contribute to migraine. The instructor also gave the name of any Ayurvedic medicine – Yeshti Madhu. It really helps in alleviating acidity issues.

    Hope this helps!

  • Lakshmi November 4, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Oh, I guess I typed ‘Migraine’ as the subject and it was supposed to be name of my website.. Well, never mind!

  • angie November 4, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Neti pot and extra strength excedrin…works everytime!

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