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Momoirs of a Rookie Mom

This is where we get bloggy and tell you the juicy personal stories. Do you need a victory baby? Do you pee when you run?

Love poems to a minivan

Love haikus to my minivan

When our family found out we were expecting a third baby, we made the (tough) decision to get a minivan. We had been busting out of our smaller car and could never offer an adult visitor a ride let alone help out for a carpool. Milo was so excited that he told his whole preschool about […]

Stop being anxious & start swimming {Rookie Moms Challenge #27}

Taking my baby for a swim #rookiemoms

The Challenge: Swim with your baby Having grown up on an island, everyone around me, including myself, learned to swim very early in life. So, I was thrilled when I saw that taking Weston to a swim class was actually Rookie Mom Challenge #27: Go Swimming! Luckily for everyone involved, Laura already completed this challenge, and […]

Is a joint birthday party a good idea?

Fourth birthday party tips

An influential force in the village that is helping me raise my children is our preschool community, a quirky, community-minded cohort of families. For example: each eldest class in the school nominates a name for themselves, and Sawyer is a proud member of the Rainbow Penguins (#howberkeleycanyoube). This weekend, we co-hosted a fourth birthday party with […]

The lasts of the firsts, part two

First day at daycare

About a year ago, I wrote moodily about the lasts being harder to notice than the firsts. And as my (last) baby approaches his fourth birthday, I’m feeling it all again. Earlier this week, we had his first day of (his next year of) preschool. Oh sure, the school barely closed for a week in […]

Notes on potty-training a 21-month old


This post was first published in 2009 when I wanted a medal for having two potty-trained children. Since then, thousands of toddler moms have arrived at this page searching for the keywords potty-training a 21-month old. Here’s my story. Well, the first note is that the deed is done. Miss Scarlett is wearing diapers only during […]

Mom 2.0 Summit in Arizona. Just wow.

Mom 2.0 Summit Red Carpet at Iris Awards Baby Rabies and friends

Otherwise known as reconnecting with friends, business connections, inspiration, and random fangirl moments at the 2015 Mom 2.0 Summit Pretty sure @rookieheather would be ok hanging here forever. @fairmontscotsdl A photo posted by Anna Fader (@mommypoppins) on Apr 29, 2015 at 7:09am PDT Last week, I had the extreme pleasure of attending a four-day getaway […]