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Momoirs of a Rookie Mom

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Does Santa travel when you do?

December 25, 2013

HO HO HO. Merry Christmas. If everything went according to my plan, Santa Claus visited my children at two different houses last night. We traveled to the Grandparents home on Christmas Eve so my plan was to sneak back into the house after everyone was buckled in the car seats for the airport and play […]

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Rookie Santa tip: Team up for stocking stuffers

December 5, 2013

Friends, nine Christmases into this parenting thing and I have a useful tip to share: You can and your friends can go in on stocking stuffers. Here’s how: Mentally assemble your friends with similar age kids and share this post with a little note saying, “This! I want to do this for Christmas.” Gather up […]

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On creating happy holiday traditions

November 26, 2013

As the Mom of the house, I have become Keeper of the Traditions. Of course, I didn’t seek this position out, but along with Laundress In Chief and Head Grocery Shopper, it just sort of happened. So, how do I make holidays as awesome for my family (and my SELF) as I can year after […]

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Is it weird that I do all this stuff before leaving overnight?

November 13, 2013

Even though I get 100% get sick of planning, shopping, and cooking meals when I’m home, I get a special thankless thrill out of doing it when I’m going to be gone, like I’m leaving my family in especially good care. And how often do they even find and eat those meals? Probably never. Because […]

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What nobody tells you about flying with a baby

November 7, 2013

If you had ever been on an airplane before having a child of your own, you undoubtedly noticed THEM. You wished your seat was not near theirs and hoped that the little sticky, kicky, loud person would keep it together. And then you either suffered through an annoying flight or promptly forgot about those people […]

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Lightsabers + brats: a tale of two quirky, affordable dates

November 5, 2013

This post was sponsored by HowAboutWe, a date-planning service for couples. Alec and I usually try to squeeze in at least one date night each month, whether we have the energy for it or not. I loved taking HowAboutWe for Couples for a test drive because they helped us out of our usual datenight rut. […]

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9 do-able Thanksgiving contributions for rookie moms

November 5, 2013

Repeat after me: Rookie moms should not be in charge of the entire Thanksgiving meal! Get yourself some real help either with food prep, childcare, or (better!) both. Hacks for new parents hosting the big meal: I found myself in this position the first year I had a baby because it seemed easier than traveling […]

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Ashlee Wells Jackson thinks you’re beautiful

October 28, 2013

Do you love your 4th trimester body? If you’re like me, then you don’t. But if you’re more like Ashlee Wells Jackson, you recognize that motherhood, pregnancy, and breastfeeding change women’s bodies in real, beautiful, and necessary ways that shouldn’t be denied or hidden. Dang. The 4th Trimester Bodies Project is an ongoing photo documentary […]

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Introducing cool rookie mom, Hintmama

October 25, 2013

We are happy to introduce you to Jenny, AKA Hintmama. She’s a San Francisco rookie mom to young toddler, Hannah. As of the time of this interview, Hannah was 13 months old. Before entering the corporate world two years ago, she wrote about consumer finance for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. […]

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My toddler is a sponge that I’m trying to fill up (+ keep clean)

October 22, 2013

This post is sponsored by Too Small To Fail. As I was dropping my little guy, now two, off at preschool this morning, I realized that I’m gonna have to start censoring the morning talk radio. Bummer. Whenever I have the big kids in the car, I channel surf to music-only stations switching it back […]

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Who should help you on the first day back at work?

October 3, 2013

A not-so-rookie mom wrote to us, venting that it was a colleague’s first day at work after maternity leave, and the HR person who was supposed to be showing her where to pump tossed the responsibility over to our reader, suggesting that since she had re-entered the office as a pumping mom in the past, […]

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What about me makes you think this was an accident?

September 25, 2013

“What was the weirdest or rudest comment you got while pregnant?” I asked on the Rookie Moms Facebook page a few weeks ago. Most of the responses had to do with appearance: Many a pregnant mom had been insulted when folks said she was either too big, too small, or looked pregnant after delivery. I […]

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