Create a family photo wall to help baby learn the names and faces of everyone who is important to you. A matching set of frames will make it easy to set up your gallery.
Why these challenges? Outings with a baby? Our own experience with unstructured time and a small baby tells us that having an activity planned or a project for the day is tremendously helpful in passing the time. When your partner gets home from work or you hop on the phone with your sister, instead of […]
I hope I’m not the first person to tell you that your baby won’t remember Christmas. Save your money and your stress, Mama. Go easy.
The best way to cool down on a hot day is also the easiest: just add water! Given the joy and hassle of taking a tiny person to a swimming pool, we wanted to give you some fun and easy ways to do it at home. As mama Jessica Ashley told me, “Boss Lady’s corporate […]
There are three big parts to dealing with leaving your baby with another caregiver for the first time: How YOU are feeling. How the BABY is feeling. What the SITTER needs to know. I will offer to you — in total empathy with how hard it is to leave a precious baby — that the first part is the most […]
The wonderful thing about an almost-nine-month old is that fabulous head control that just screams “put me in a baby jogger and let’s see how fast this thing can go.” Send your partner out for a short run with the jogging stroller and you can catch up on sleep, phone calls, or reading. Make sure […]
Celebrate that your baby has been on the outside as long as he was on the inside by having a ladies night out with your girlfriends.
Hi Rookie Mom’s readers! Remember me? I’m the long, lost rookie mom who started out strong on her challenges and then went back to work and life kind of got in the way of writing. But I’m happy to say we’re finally in a decent routine and no one is sick (at least for this […]
Put away the maternity pants and take yourself out to Old Navy to get some interim jeans to make you feel normal. Go with a girlfriend you trust. Don’t look at the size, just find something flattering and comfortable. DO NOT THINK ABOUT OR TALK ABOUT THE WEIGHT YOU ARE GOING TO LOSE IN THE […]
Look at my son. Sigh. This photo was taken almost nine years ago at a photo shoot for my former employer who had a last minute need for a baby model. Although I am usually opposed to studio photography, there is something about it that’s easy to look at. I guess that’s why our generation’s […]
The Challenge: Celebrate Baby Being Outside Longer Than Inside! The Friday before my 37th week of pregnancy, Eric left for work, and said to my stomach, “Son, would you mind coming out sometime this weekend?” Lo and behold, at 4:00 AM that night, I woke up to my water breaking. I couldn’t believe it, we […]
The Challenge: Buy New Jeans When I look back at family photos of myself as a child, there seems to be someone always missing from the scene: my mother. Now that I’m a mother, when someone asks me for a photo of Weston and me, it’s hard to find one. So, I decided to take […]