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The continuing quest for work life balance. And lack thereof.
Thanks to Oakland, CA mom of three Chantal Laurie Below for this guest post about discovering what really matters in a nanny. As first-time parents, we hired a nanny with no understanding of what we needed. Sure, we wanted someone loving and CPR-certified; the ability to drive was a plus. But, we’d been parents for […]
A hands-free pumping bra is on the Rookie Moms’ short list of real must-haves for new moms. At a birth and baby event in Berkeley last month, I met Emily, founder of The Dairy Fairy, who has even loftier goals. On her list of must-haves is a pretty hands-free pumping bra, and so she invented […]
Ok, I’m going to put a slightly different spin on this one. Now that I’m back at work I can’t really go interrupt someone else’s workday since I have my own workday to take care of. So instead of talking about how I interrupt someone’s day, we’re going to talk about how Garrity interrupts mine […]
Working outside the house is a whole different story after maternity leave than it was before. Being away from the babe can be gratifying and stimulating, but also stressful. And I’m not talking about guilt, whose impact truly varies from mom to mom. I’m talking about the logistics that make a job and parenting hard […]
Look at this woman. Do you look like her when you express milk for your baby? If so, please explain yourself. Having spent a fair amount of time both pumping and searching for images of pumping women from the major pump manufacturers, we’ve found there is a lack of unrealistic imagery out there. That photo […]
The stress of a childcare fail? I’ve been there. Nothing throws a wrench into the delicate balance of parenting and working like a sick child (or a sick nanny!). Suddenly, the regular childcare / transportation equilibrium is all out of whack, and I find myself playing chicken with my husband over who sacrificed more lately. […]
The job I had when Julian was born didn’t require much travel, but there was some. After maternity leave, I went back to my job, but because I was breastfeeding, I avoided all business trips for the first year. When Julian was about 13 months old, a team retreat came up and I had to […]
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 […]
I have heard some crazy stories about where people have pumped: driving down the highway (hooray for hands-free pumping bras!); on an airplane; in a multi-stall bathroom at work surrounded by young 20-somethings who had no freaking idea what you were doing or why, only that it was weird. Ok fine, I was the young […]
This post was sponsored by UrbanSitter. The answer to how much you pay a sitter varies greatly depending on a lot of factors. One of the biggest is geography! Sometimes — when the rate feels too low or high — I need to whisper it rather than speak the number out loud. But let’s get […]
Hello there to our readers who are fathers or have them in their lives. This one’s for you. Down the street from me lives Jeremy Adam Smith. Our sons mix it up in the same second grade and we’ve become playdate pals by association. In fact, his son’s legs are on the real balance board […]