From the category archives:

Month 4

Activity #487: Treat yourself

Ghanimatrix and little one

We got a great tip from longtime reader, Ghanimatrix, about how she squeezes in more me time. She says: The best way for me to find “me time” is to either stay on top of chores so that nap time becomes leisure time, OR to go run an errand when my husband gets home and […]

Go to the drive-in (movie)

let sleeping babies lie

Rookie mom, Emily, suggested hitting the drive-in movie as a great baby-on-board date night. The last time I went to a drive-in I was driving cross-country with my pal, Rachel, and we actually watched the movie Twister (in which a drive-in theater is decimated by a tornado). I only wish the drive-ins near Berkeley were […]

Activity #373: Get more out of Goodnight Moon


When we first added Goodnight Moon to our bedtime ritual, I thought, “This book is sort of boring.” After a few months, I thought “This book is painfully boring.” One day, my friend Sunny said, “I see new things in that book every time I look at it.” Um, what? So I started paying more […]

Activity #188: Cook and freeze


When you bother to cook, double it and freeze half. Make sure to freeze in portions that you’ll want to use because nothing bums me out faster than trying to defrost the entire basketball-size brick of beef stew because I can’t snap off a portion for me and Alec. Ideas for meals to cook and […]

Activity #300: Be in love

love collage

Scrounge around for some pictures of you and your mate together from when you first started out dating and wooing. Make a collage and put it on the fridge to remember your pre-baby lives. It can be as easy as tacking up a few old favorites that have been sitting in a drawer (bungee-jumping, wine […]

Read books for baby

At this point, four months, you’re pretty much obligated to start a reading ritual with your baby. I have honestly been shocked at each stage to find how much they really do like books. Also, when I ran out of things to say to my immobile blob of human offspring, reading from a book was […]

Wear the baby

By the time I took this picture, Julian was to big for this fleece sling, so I was thrilled to wear Heather’s baby Holden in it. If you don’t already have a sling, consider it. Wearing your baby keeps him happy, especially if he’s the type that likes to be held all the time. Instead […]