My friend Samantha (mom of twins) said to me, “The valuable mom is the one who is six to eight months ahead of you in parenthood; any bigger gap than that and they’ve forgotten what you’re going through.” As a new mom of a little wobbly baby, I woulda thought 2 to 3 weeks max. […]
When you have a 7-month old baby, the day can feel wobbly and slow. A game of peekaboo that elicits gummy smiles feels like the most amazing thing ever, and then the clock shows that only 45 seconds have gone by. Your next adult conversation may be hours away. Here’s a list of activities for […]
I recently wrote about how (and when) to choose a great maternity and nursing bra, but I thought I’d offer up my favorite nursing bras for different scenarios. If I’ve missed one of your favorites, let me know! The Workhorses These are your everyday bras – not the cutest or sexiest, but you’ll wear them […]
I saw this on my local parenting listserv (no further source available) and couldn’t resist typing it up.
My pediatrician kindly told me the truth about nursing: Sometimes, it just hurts. This, after the lactation consultants and the breastfeeding advice websites repeatedly exclaiming, “You’re doing it wrong! It shouldn’t hurt! If it hurts, you’re doing it wrong!” I needed to know that I wasn’t doing it wrong. Some pain is normal. I was […]
She called it a bullsh*t Hallmark holiday with the sole purpose of making people feel guilty for their choices. I had always thought Earth Day was a bit of fun: a good excuse to bike instead of drive. Who’s right?
We have a guest post today! Laurie and I were co-workers three hundred years ago (in Mom Time) and as I watched her Facebook posts come through since she became a mom, I was impressed. I asked if she’d like to share some tips with other rookie moms, and she sent me these ideas for […]
My inspiration Have you ever read the children’s book, Bread and Jam for Frances? It is an adorable, old-fashioned book in which a picky-eating young badger is fed only her favorite foods until she totally cracks and asks for the family dinner. The publisher’s summary of the 1964 book reads, “In this memorable story, Frances decides […]
Have you watched Catastrophe, the Amazon Prime series about a couple who are brought together quickly when their one-night stand results in a pregnancy? It is SO funny. I notice however, that like on most shows, the couple has more frequent fights than my husband and I have. And, further, they are more able to […]
Coralee Dixon, rookie mom and creator of Shortcake Photo Book, emailed me with an offer to create a personalized photo book so easy that I wouldn’t need to do anything at all. For a few weeks, I was too frazzled to respond to her message so that gives you some sense of my frame of mind. Baby books and year-end videos […]
Whew. We just spent the morning dodging toddlers chasing bubbles while holding onto a freshly brewed cup of coffee and generally enjoying the company of our Bay Area community embracing one of our favorite people, Asha Dornfest. It was as perfect as it sounds. Big thanks to the Rec Room Cafe for hosting our crowd […]
Why these challenges? Outings with a baby? Our own experience with unstructured time and a small baby tells us that having an activity planned or a project for the day is tremendously helpful in passing the time. When your partner gets home from work or you hop on the phone with your sister, instead of […]