I grew up in Ohio and moved to California for big adventure and a change of pace. Well, I got it. I married Alec, who hails from Boston, and within a year had a baby and set up house thousands of miles from my family. Not just any baby, but a baby who cried. And […]
From the category archives:
Having 2+ kids
Twins, baby bunching, third baby, middle child. If you have more than one rookie baby, this section is for you.
Thanks to blender brood mom Tatiana Guerreiro Ramos for letting us republish this post from her blog. Raisins in between the pads of the dogs’ paws. Stickers on their fur, in places they can’t reach. Dried bubble-blowing solution, somehow, behind their ears – like doggie perfume, perhaps? Water surrounding the water bowl, splashed over the edge […]
This post was sponsored by Playtex Baby. All opinions, experiences, and photos are my own. When the Playtex brand asked for real moms to review the new Diaper Genie Expressions diaper pail, Whitney and Heather knew that with two little dudes in diapers, I would not only be excited to try a new Diaper Genie […]
We received this letter and thought our readers could extend some empathy and perspective to “Kate”, who is having trouble deciding if a second child is in the cards for her and her husband. I wrote her a note below, but I hope you’ll respond as well. Dear Rookie Moms, My little one is turning two […]
We’ve totally done the rented-venue birthday party, but learned that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to give your child a special memory to mark his or her new age. Even a real party with activities, favors, and treats can be achieved for a low price. Our best efforts to save money […]
I have what is frequently called “one of each”. That is, my two children are two different genders. Sometimes I cannot suppress my desire to gift them matching outfits, but it’s not easy to source these things. Old Navy does not release the same print across all their sizes categories at the same time. Believe […]
Thanks to BabyBjӧrn for sending Karen a Baby Carrier One Outdoors just in time for her trip to Malaysia and Bali with a six-month old. I have two young kids, but we are not really a stroller kind of family. We live on a very steep hill in busy San Francisco and there are lots […]
Ode to why I’m a better mom because of the bouncy seat: I’m fun, I have hands, I don’t stink, I cook, I have friends, and I eat food.
Baby and beach is not always a perfect combination. Sandy and hot with no place to safely put baby down. Check out this hack: use a travel crib!
This past Thursday, when Alec had his Dad’s Night Out, I decided to really roll the dice and take both toddlers (age one and two) out to a restaurant by myself. It was pretty fun. I tried to call it our Big Adventure, but Holden said we shouldn’t call it a ‘venture. So I asked, […]
I have learned this the hard way: the more annoying my kid is acting, the more he needs a big HUG! Of course, babies need and deserve hugs all the time. I’m talking about the bigger ones who call me a Poopy Head and are beyond being carried around, which would, of course, provide numerous hugging […]
My 8-year old has been selling Girl Scout cookies out of our plastic Radio Flyer wagon this month. I get a little hit of that delicious pride-of-parenting feeling each time she says, “Have a nice day!” to a customer. But there’s another emotion, too. I feel deep consumer satisfaction from having owned this wagon for […]