I took a poll of my friends when I was still pregnant. We run in an observant crowd in Manhattan, and most of our friends have the kinds of names you’d find multiple times over at your Jewish…summer camp. Adams and Davids, Elianas and Yaels. My husband and I both have normal “American” names, so I asked them, “Did you mind having a "Jewy" name? As a doctor/lawyer/whatever the heck you are now, working in a secular world, do you wish you had changed it? Most of them said yes. They minded.… >> Read More
“I dreamed my whole life,” my 5-year-old said suddenly.
“What?” I asked sleepily, as we snuggled before bedtime. “I dreamed my whole life when I was in your tummy,” my son explained.…“When a baby is in its mommy’s tummy, it dreams everything that’s going to happen to it in its life. And then it happens.” I listened silently, struck by the strange beauty of this idea. It made me think of the ancient Jewish legend that teaches that a baby learns the entire Torah while it… >> Read More
I am sharing my personal journey with breastfeeding because I know how it feels when breastfeeding doesn’t live up to what you’d hoped it would be. When I first became a mother, I was given a…double blessing: twins. Thrilled as I was, I was not prepared for anything that was to come, both in being a new mother to not one, but two on my first try, and adjusting to the realities that come with that territory. I was always one of the earliest girls in my age group to… >> Read More
Earlier this month, two 10-month-old twins who were born with conjoined heads underwent surgery to separate them. The 11-hour surgery, completed at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, was…successful, according to The Washington Post. The twins, Erin and Abby Delaney of North Carolina, were recovering as of last week. Dr. Jesse Taylor, a plastic surgeon who helped lead the team of about 30 doctors, said the surgery was "complex" and recovery will be "complicated" but that the team is "very hopeful for a positive outcome."… >> Read More
For nine months, she grew within my body. She came into this world small, helpless, and still dependent on me. The nurse put her on my chest to breastfeed, she immediately latched on as if she knew…what she needed to do. Luckily, my body produces enough milk to enable me to breastfeed exclusively. Since her birth, over eight weeks ago, she and I haven’t parted. While I love her with every bone in my body, I’d be lying if I said it was easy. Between breastfeeding on demand (around the clock),… >> Read More