Since moving to the city I am still constantly reminded that I am not quite a “city girl” just yet. Yesterday Harlan and I were invited to the Madagascar Live kick off event at the Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center. Life size dress up penguins from the show waddled their way around the rink to show off their dancing skills and then made their way over to the crowd for some photo opportunities. I knew before I went that Harlan wouldn’t like the idea of seeing the penguins. Dress up characters are not her thing and she has shown her fear of them long before yesterday.

Knowing her fear, I still brought her up to them to take a photo thinking that it would help the process of her getting used to these people in costumes. As soon as we approached she started screaming. The crowd watching either laughed or felt sympathy for her as I told them to just take the picture {I wanted a good keepsake of our experience.} As I was trying to calm her down from her “traumatic experience” I was approached by two of the photographers attending the event that said they had a “great shot of the two of us.”

They asked for our information and said they wanted to include it in the New York Daily News. {This is where my clueless and naive side comes in.} I have heard of the New York Daily News but have had no idea what is was. I just thought that it was a local newspaper here in NYC. I willingly gave him our information {how cool would it be to have our picture in the paper?!} and looked forward to seeing the paper.

This morning I awoke to an email from Mitch, Gay NYC Dad who said that we were featured on page 13 of the paper. I made MacKay rush out to get a copy. After flipping through and finding the page I was shocked to find this.

Red in the face I looked at my husband and told him how I had absolutely NO IDEA that it was going to be like this. The guy told me he had a “good shot.” I guess a “good shot” for the New York Daily News is a baby screaming her head off. MacKay looked at me as if I was the last person on earth that did not know the New York Daily News was a tabloid paper. Well, I know now.

After getting over the shock and awe of having a huge picture in the paper with a headline that reads “Baby’s Mad as Hell About These Madagascar Live Penguins” I just laughed. This is something I can save for Harlan’s baby book and another thing she will probably kill me for later in life.

The NY Daily News is yet another reason that I love this city {as crazy as that sounds.} Not only have they humbled this wanna be “city girl,” but have also given Harlan and I another experience to enjoy together!

For more information on Madagascar Live, please visit their website

For more {less traumatizing} photos from the event, visit A Mommy in the City on Facebook!
Photo via NY Daily News

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  1. that photo is so awesome, though of course not exactly fair that the photographer said he had a “good shot.”

    glad you are chosing to enjoy it as just another ny moment!

  2. The picture is great. Definitely a keepsake.
    Most children her age are afraid of costumes.
    My daughter (3) only overcame that fear last summer.
    Which she is still not completely trustworthy of the costumed people.
    It is great you bought her over to the penguins and you are helping her try and overcome her fears.

  3. Love the pic! She’s so cute even though she’s not a fan of penguins 🙂

    I bought a copy just b/c you guys were in it. Hey did you cut your hair? You look great!

  4. That’s priceless. It’s a keeper for sure…I mean look at that face haha. I totally would have fallen for it too by the way. At least you have a good sense of humor about it and really…what does it hurt?

    1. I now know not to be so naive. It is a great story to tell and I hope we can both look back and laugh at it when she is older.

  5. Laughing and cringing for you in the same moment, Lauren! You look great in the picture though, so at least that’s a positive!

  6. You are in the paper!
    It’s an action shot, clearly your daughter is a student of method acting, she looks great!