All over the city yesterday, New Yorkers took a moment to appreciate the women who brought them into the world. We sent a photographer to capture some of the family action and hear how folks were spending their Mother's Day in the splendid sunshine. One lucky mom found an Hermès scarf waiting for her inside the changing table alongside the diapers (good one, Dad), while others celebrated with brunch at Minetta Tavern, visits to church, and handmade cards stating the adorable obvious ("You have three kids!"). Click through our slideshow to see these stylish New York City moms, plus a few out-of-towners, and read about their Mother's Day traditions, invaluable parenting philosophies, and one baby who likes to get down to "anything with a beat."
Joan, stay-at-home mom visiting from Ohio, with Veronica, 26
Do you have any Mother's Day traditions? No, just go with the flow. Whatever is spontaneous. How would you describe Mom? Adventurous.
Ashley, with Emerson, 12 months
What'd you to today? We had brunch, coffee, and my husband put an Hermès scarf on the changing table for me. Inside, where the diapers are. What's it like being a new parent? Your feelings are unexpected. You never understand when people say you'll never love something so much, until you actually have one. And then you're secondary for the rest of your life, and there's nothing wrong with that. Philosophy on motherhood? Love 'em everyday.
Jennifer (mom) psychiatrist, with her daughter, 28
What are you doing today? We're going to brunch at LIC Market. What was it like growing up? I was very focused on trying to understand the child I got and create the kind of mom in myself that's appropriate for this child. For instance, when she was four or five, and we were looking for schools, she said, "I want to go to school with boys." We picked a co-ed school for her on purpose. She got into girls' schools but she already had an opinion. Did you get anything good today? A green, Longchamp, nylon backpack. I already have a backpack, but now I have an upgrade. How would you describe Mom? Cool, independent, trailblazing.
Molly, full-time mom, with Maeve, 7
What's your mom philosophy in two words. Coffee and wine. Did you get anything nice today? Maeve gave me a card that said "Happy Mother's Day," and then the words, "You have three kids!" with an exclamation point. Do you have a Mother's Day tradition? We usually go up to the carousel in Chelsea and have a picnic. A few friends go, and the dads take the kids on the carousel. So we might do that later.
Emilee, financial analyst, with Graham, 20 months old
Do you feel appreciated today? I do. My husband made me feel special. He let me stay in bed. He came with coffee and got the baby ready for me and took me to a nice breakfast. And got me a new purse. So I've gotten spoiled today. What's your mom philosophy in a couple words? Trust your instincts.
Jacqueline (grandmother) with Janice, and Adam, 6
What did you do today? We went to church in the morning. And then had brunch. Mom philosophy in two words? Be yourself!
Canis, full-time mom, with Azlan, 19 months
Was your son named after the lion in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe? Yup. What'd you do today? Brunch at Spice Market, and then we're going to take a walk on the High Line. What's your mom philosophy in two words? Be ready.
Gloria, marketer, with Sofia, 10, and Andre, 11
What did you do today? We went to church and lunch. We've been coming here [church on 92nd and Park] for twenty years. Do you feel appreciated today? I do. It's kind of nice, I get the hugs. And they are awfully nice to be around. They are just really good company. And they always kind of make me happy. How'd you get so lucky? Luck of the draw. I just remember holding my first one, and thinking, after a prolonged labor, This is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. We waited ten years before we had children. We needed to know it was going to be the right thing for us.
Coralie, in the jewelry business, and Louise, entreprenuer (both have two kids under the age of 5)
Philosophy on motherhood? We were just talking about this at brunch. We think we're better moms because we work, too. Being a mom isn't our whole world. Can you think of an iconic mom? Diane von Furstenberg.
Ashley Reid, stay-at-home mom, with Katherine, 7, Annie, 4, and Jack, 20 months
What did you do today? Well, Dad is in London, so we Skyped with him, and we are actually off to a brunch at a friend's house, whose baby just got baptized. Mom philosophy? Go with the flow Best thing about being a mom? Oh, gosh. I guess, hearing the funny things they say. Like Annie used to pronounce orange, horange.
Noelle, blogger for Halston, with her husband and 12-month-old son
What's your favorite part about being a mom? The tender moments. When they give you something between a head-butt and a kiss. Or they come up and give you a kiss on the check. Or the funny things they do, like dancing in the living room. What's his favorite music? Dance or hip hop. Anything with a beat.
Katy, retired professional visiting from Colorado, with Will, 22, and John, 24
What'd you do today? We went to Minetta Tavern for brunch. I wanted to have a mimosa, but the bar wasn't open yet, so we had to wait. Did you get Mom anything good? The only thing good was snagging a reservation for Minetta. I had to call in, like, March to get it. What do you guys do for fun? Travel. As a family, we went to Puerto Rico. Before that, we went to India. We travel a lot. We do big trips as a family. We're going to Iceland soon.
Doloras, writer, with Willow, 5
What did you do today? Went to ballet class, and we're going to have lunch with Grandma. Did you get anything good today? A necklace that Willow made herself. Philosophy on motherhood? Tell the truth, always.
Anne, with Rosemary, 8
What did you do today? We knew all the restaurants would be really busy. We tried to get a table at Sarabeth's, but one mother and her son wanted to take two tables. And they wouldn't even give us a table! Philosophy on motherhood? Love one another.
Daniela, fashion photographer, with Oscar
What did you do today? We went to the Soho House for brunch. Did you get anything good? Breakfast in bed. And a gold watch from a vending machine. Not this one. Philosophy on motherhood? Laugh a lot.
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