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5 Tips to Throwing a Low-Stress, Kick-Ass First Birthday Party

I know a few things about first birthday parties, having hosted one and gone to a bunch more. A few weeks ago, we hosted Q’s first birthday in our apartment. It was better than I could have ever planned. We kept the guest list small, made our own cake and kept the munchies minimal. We […]

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One Year Into Motherhood

Our little Q turned one last week.  I can’t believe I’m the mother of a one-year-old. My first year as a mother has been the most enlightening year of my life. I never thought I could laugh and cry so hard and so long at the same time. I never thought my heart could grow […]

How to Get a Passport for a Baby

The first thing E wanted to get Q once she was born was not a Mamaroo rocker or designer clothes. It was a passport. The gift of travel is the best thing you can give a person of any age. For a baby, it’s even more special. Little ones are never too little to start learning […]

Thoughts on Mother’s Day

…on my first Mother’s Day. I’m excited! I’m excited to wake up early and squeeze my baby and husband and eat pancakes and drink mimosas for breakfast and dance around the house in my pajamas… and then climb back into bed and sleep the rest of the day. Because the only thing a new mom, […]

This Is What a 5 Month Old Can Teach You

Q turns 5 months old today. Boy, has my life changed in that time. Herewith, everything I have learned from this little mini-human so far: To love your feet. Q stares at her feet for hours. She puts them in her mouth, she caresses them, she treasures them as if they hold the key to magical infant […]

This is What Cooking For Two Is Like

When I cook,  I now have an audience of two — even though my biggest fan isn’t eating solid foods just yet. During mealtime, E often puts Q on his lap and sits at the kitchen counter with her (at a safe distance away from any splattering pans or sharp knives). She watches intently as veggies […]

Things I Learned While Traveling with a Newborn, Part 3

We made it. Four weeks in the Caribbean. I never thought I’d say this, but I’m sad to leave. (GASP! SHOCK! “Didn’t you make me switch flights back three weeks ago?!” says husband.) Overall, traveling with a newborn was easier than I teed it up for. The baby loved her time by the beach—she went in the […]

Things I Learned While Traveling With a Newborn, Part 2

Somehow, we survived week one of our first vacation traveling with a newborn without hurting the baby, or ourselves. We arrived in the Dominican Republic with baby and bags, and set up camp quickly after a massive shopping trip at La Sirena (their local super store, like Wal-Mart). But our marriage was tested like never before under the […]

Things I Learned While Traveling With a Newborn, Part 1

Just a few weeks into parenthood, E wanted to take Q and I on a trip so we could spend a month of unobstructed quality family time together. Many thought we were crazy to take our little one out of the country before my maternity leave was up. “She’s so small!” “What about her ears […]

New and Old Holiday Traditions

A reflection on holiday traditions. Christmas 1986. Homemade chocolate chip, shortbread, sugar and almond crescent cookies. Andes mints. Cordial cherries. Real Christmas tree. The Temptations version of “Silent Night” and Donnie Hathaway’s version of “This Christmas.”  Multiple screenings of “A Charlie Brown Christmas. Mom. Dad. Dogs. Santa. Christmas 2016. Homemade gingerbread, and chocolate chip and […]

Season Greetings and Expanding Families

Our best sandwich to date arrived a month ago–our daughter, Q (yes, we’re late on the announcement, but we posted about it on our on Instagram feed, didya see?) This baby is the most scrumptious, funniest little being I have ever met. She’s the perfect blend of E and I with a personality that keeps us […]

Tips on Traveling While Pregnant

Pregnancy did not keep me from traveling wherever I wanted. My last trip while pregnant was to San Francisco around Labor Day. At 31 weeks pregnant, and 9 weeks away from my due date, my doctor said I was good to go for the flight, but the cutoff for air travel was generally 32 weeks […]

What, No Sandwiches?

Not during this pregnancy. I thought I would inhale sandwiches from the second that little First Response stick showed two pink lines. But I didn’t. During the first trimester, bread was one of the foods that made me nauseous. Weird, as most women will often grab toast as a way to settle their stomach. For […]

The Best Sandwich We’ve Ever Made

Yes, we’ve been quiet for a few months. But we’ve been busy. Busy cooking up another human, that is. Yes, E and I are expecting our first child and we are beyond excited! In fact, the little one is due in just three months! Why in the heck didn’t you say anything earlier? they ask. […]

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