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Worklife

The continuing quest for work life balance. And lack thereof.

When I left my baby overnight for the first time

March 28, 2014

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 […]

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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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The continuing quest for work life balance. And lack thereof.

15 things to do while you’re pumping

June 20, 2013

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 […]

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How much do you pay your babysitter?

May 30, 2013

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 […]

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The continuing quest for work life balance. And lack thereof.

How to be a happy working dad

May 26, 2013

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 parenting author 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 […]

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Tech Tuesday: Make a super easy video storybook

May 7, 2013

If you’ve ever lost your enthusiasm for reading the same story over and over, you’ll appreciate our guest Abbi’s discovery. She sent this tip to us as an alternative to letting YouTube read to your child. I was first introduced to A Story Before Bed via the Nursery that I work for here in Dubai […]

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The continuing quest for work life balance. And lack thereof.

Pumping while nursing, it can be done

May 6, 2013

This post and giveaway are sponsored by Philips AVENT. We put this new pump to the test with an experienced mom, my longtime friend, Crystal. Crys is an active pumper unlike me, a passive weaner. Some background. Before Baby No. 3 came into the world, I had spent 34 months of my life nursing. Two […]

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Returning to work: Stockpiling your breastmilk

April 10, 2013

This post is part of a series sponsored by Philips AVENT in support of the launch of the double electric Comfort Pump. Pumping breast milk was still a mystery to me as I made secret lists of baby names and notified my boss of my pregnancy. I learned about it when my co-worker Mimi, newly […]

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The continuing quest for work life balance. And lack thereof.

First time with a (new) babysitter

April 3, 2013

This post was sponsored by UrbanSitter. My very first time with a babysitter, I was so choked up with emotion about leaving my five-month old in anyone else’s care that I had to excuse myself to another room and cry for a bit (while she was still there!). There was so much to communicate and […]

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Admitting I hired a Mother’s Helper

April 10, 2012

Let me just skip to the punchline: I LOVE my Mother’s Helper and wish I had learned about this hybrid person-of-awesome much sooner. I don’t want to sound like a celebrity with a fleet of nannies, but a well-placed assistant totally kicks ass. Ok, now that I see that in writing, I’m sure that I […]

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The continuing quest for work life balance. And lack thereof.

I am not a stay-at-home mom. Do you think I am?

February 21, 2012

Recently, I’ve been confused by my peers who call themselves stay-at-home parents while they publish essays or even books, and run businesses from home. Is it because they are able to do those things without using childcare? Or is it because they take greater pride in stay-at-home-parenthood than the part-time career activities in which they […]

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Daycare, hurts so good.

February 2, 2012

Can you hear the baby squawking from where you’re sitting? I can. And it sure is hard to concentrate. Doesn’t he realize that I’m trying to write a blog post about him? Gah. Okay, that’s better now. Where was I? Oh yes… Sawyer, my sweet baby love, my third boy, is about to head off […]

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