Lucy Cohen Blatter is a freelance writer and editor who lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children, Scarlett and Reuben. When she's not with those two, she's usually writing about parenting, food or real estate, and covering parties and events for publications like the Wall Street Journal, amNewYork, Time Out New York, the Forward and BrickUnderground. You can follow her musings on Twitter at @lucycblatter.
If there’s one phrase that encapsulates my parenting experiences so far, it may very well be “it takes a village to raise a family.” And I’ve been fortunate to see my “village” grow since…having kids, making quite a few “mom friends” who’ve turned into real friends (I even previously wrote about how that happened via moms’ nights out!). Because I spend most of my free time with my kids, I also tend to spend most of my non-working hours with the parents of said kids. And it's great:… >> Read More
Like any working mom—and I imagine most stay-at-home-moms, too—I dread impending sick days. Of course, I hate to think of my kids feeling unwell, but my dread isn’t entirely selfless. I have so…much on my plate work-wise that it seems nearly impossible to carve out time to lay low and do my best Florence Nightingale impression for my kids for days on end. But my daughter recently had a few days home from kindergarten, and on the second day, when her fever was waning, and the color… >> Read More
I was at my 5-year-old’s kindergarten orientation about a month ago when a fellow mom sat down next to me, visibly upset. Her daughter had just had a tough time separating from her and joining the…other kids on a teacher-guided tour of their future classroom. “I mean, she’s not shy,” she told me, almost defensively. “Well my daughter is,” I replied, equally defensively. It struck me that this mom was implying that being shy was a bad thing; that she couldn’t believe her usually outgoing (translation: well-adjusted) kid would have… >> Read More
As soon as you give birth, the parental advice starts rolling in fast and furious from those who’ve been there before. There’s “sleep when the baby sleeps,” and “never wake a sleeping…baby,” of course. But the one you’ll probably hear most of all, even once you’ve passed the newborn stages--from friends with kids, parenting books, and websites--is “Don’t forget date night.” While I agree wholeheartedly that date nights are invaluable, and am never one to turn down an offer of dinner and/or a movie from my… >> Read More
Like most everyone else in the civilized world, I was happy to hear the news of the birth of royal baby number two this weekend.
But as soon as I saw photos of the perfectly coiffed Duchess of…Cambridge smiling and waving in front of the cameras just hours after giving birth--complete with designer dress, full face of make-up, perfect blow-out, and Jimmy Choo heels (!)--I couldn’t help but feel …. disappointed, and even a little sorry for Kate Middleton. We all understand that Kate has a team of stylists, and that no… >> Read More
Trying to live in the moment isn’t so easy when you have a newborn.
In my day-to-day life I attempt to focus on the present as much as possible (taking a lesson from Buddhism). But…when my 2-month-old son is on his third or fourth hour of pre-bedtime kvetching and we’re walking him up and down our building’s hallway in an attempt to get him to sleep, it can be a little difficult to live in—and enjoy—the moment. Instead, I’m usually wishing we could just fast-forward through this phase. My… >> Read More
There are some women who adore pregnancy and can’t seem do it enough, and then there are those who see it merely as a not-so-pleasant means to an end. I fall somewhere in between.
Both of my…pregnancies have been relatively easy—not without little hiccups and anxieties, of course, but generally enjoyable. Now that it’s been over a month since I’ve been pregnant with kid #2, I find myself truly missing some aspects of pregnancy—and really not missing others. I do miss... >> Read More
After giving birth to my second child about a month ago, I shared a hospital room with a woman whom I’d describe as one of the most cheerful and glass-half-full people I’ve ever met.…Mara--the polar opposite of a jaded New Yorker--is a midwestern transplant to New York whose optimism felt contagious. Despite having just come out of a very difficult 24-hour labor, she was nearly all-smiles--friendly and kind to everyone who came in and out of our room (and anyone who’s given birth in a hospital knows that… >> Read More