Pregnancy, as so many of us have experienced, tends to turn our bodies into public property. The belly rubbing by strangers, the guessing of how much weight we’ve gained, the insistence that…we’re about to give birth right that second… it’s not the most private time in a person’s life. Infertility and miscarriage, however, seem to have the opposite effect. We begin to retreat into our homes and ourselves, Googling everything that could or has gone wrong, ways we can prevent it from happening in the future,… >> Read More
Each year I subject my children to listening to their birth stories. I love reliving the magic of those moments and I consider it a right of passage for them. But I also share the stories to remind…them that they are who they are and they have been since the day they were born. And while I can’t prove these things to be true, I do think our children show us who they are the minute they enter the world. Here are five ways you can determine what your child's future holds:… >> Read More
Way back in 2017, a newborn's gender was declared non-binary — neither female nor male — for the first time in Canada (and quite possibly the world).
Now, however, as of Jan. 1, 2019,…New York City residents can assign a third and non-binary gender to their babies the moment they are born: Gender "X." NYC is hardly a pioneer in this: Since January 2018, every state in the U.S. West Coast has allowed people to change their gender markers on their birth certificate to "X." Washington D.C. also does. Germany became… >> Read More
I’m only 11 months into this motherhood thing, but so far, not everything has gone as planned. For starters, I lost my job while 7 months pregnant. I got induced when my 41-weeker just wouldn’t…budge, and then I had an emergency C-section when said 41-weeker’s heart rate decelerated with every contraction. So I pretty much learned right off the bat that moms can’t control everything — which has been difficult for this Type-A neurotic Jewish mother to accept. But one of the few things I did have control over?… >> Read More
Looks like Senator Chuck Schumer has another title to add to his impressive resume: grandfather.
On Wednesday, the New York Democrat tweeted an adorable set of photos showing off his newborn…grandson, Noah Melvin Schumer-Shapiro (oh, he's definitely Jewish). His daughter, Jessica, and son-in-law Michael Shapiro named their "very happy Brooklyn baby" after his great-grandfather Melvin, a New York City cab driver. So proud of my daughter Jessica and her husband Michael for welcoming a baby boy. Schumers & Shapiros are all 1st time grandparents! Noah… >> Read More