Aug 2 2012
Figuring Out This Sleep Thing by Trial & Error
To sleep. Ever since I became a mother last May, that’s all I’ve wanted. Lila started life as a good sleeper. But our beginners’ sleep luck ran out during her third month, in the run-up to our Boston-D.C. move. We … Continue reading
Jul 26 2012
10 Tips for Flying with Kids
Over the past year, I’ve flown a lot–way more than I would have anticipated with a new baby. Lila and I have flown up and down the East Coast and all the way to Europe. It hasn’t always been easy–especially … Continue reading
Jun 5 2012
My Baby is a Better World Traveler Than Me
Traveling overseas is intimidating. And I say this as someone whose last several international destinations have included Ghana, India, and South Africa. I hadn’t ventured abroad since early 2010, for a fairly obvious and adorable reason. But my husband recently … Continue reading
May 17 2012
Once I Wean My Daughter, How Will I Relax?
I’m going to miss nursing. People keep asking me when I plan to wean, and I tell them what I’ve said since Lila was born.
May 8 2012
The Grunt Work of Motherhood
Motherhood isn’t a day job. I’m on-call around the clock. We do grunt work with pride and never expect a thank-you, because we are motivated by love.
Apr 20 2012
In Search of the Perfect Kosher Birthday Cake
I don’t believe in eating just any dessert. I like to eat the best possible dessert. And now I turn my dessert-loving eye to our family’s next big cake-centric event, Lila’s first birthday.
Mar 22 2012
My Baby Girl Wears Pink, So What?
I wasn’t one of those people who wanted to wait until the day my baby was born to find out the gender. So the day Lila was born was exhilarating–and exhausting–but the birth drama never included the doctor’s calling out, … Continue reading
Feb 16 2012
Strangers Getting Personal
At this point, I have lost count of how many strangers–all women–have asked me about my next, theoretical baby.
Jan 5 2012
Swooshing Vertical Blinds, Crinkling Paper, And Other Things My Daughter Taught Me
The beauty of a new baby is the opportunity to be excited by swooshing vertical blinds and crinkling paper all over again. Everything thrills and deserves study, and if you’re lucky to have a teacher like my Lila, you find you can learn plenty.
Dec 7 2011
It’s Amazing What Happens When You’re Nice to my Kid
“If someone is nice to your child, you can forgive a lot,” my mother has commented. Seven months into motherhood, I consider that the ultimate truism.