Life with Baby

I was obsessed with labor and delivery, but I never thought about bringing the baby home. Oh my gosh, what do you do with this baby? She cries all the time. ~ Rachel During one of our focus group sessions, Rachel shared her honesty. She had spent so much of her time preparing for the birth of the baby, but didn’t put much thought into what happens once the baby arrives…and especially not once she is faced with the day-to-day life with baby....more

Organic Baby Food Review

A few weeks ago I received a package  of a new product, Baby Gourmet. Generally I like to make my own baby food, so I went into the review intending to be pretty hard on this product....more

Decisions, decisions

Right now, more than at any other point in my life, I find myself surrounded by friends in varying life stages, especially when it comes to kids. I have a few single friends without kids. One who is contemplating her first. A few who are thinking maybe a second child is in order…at some point. One who has begun the adoption process. And a few who have decided they are done with babies....more

I had always been the girl to never want kids of my own, but would love to settle down with a ...more

A Prince of a Guy

Some gal wrote a book that says every girl wants to be swept off her feet.  Rescued.  A bride.  I never did.  There's a picture of me when I was little.  In a dress-up wedding gown.  At a toy ironing board.  My mom must have made me do it.  Probably tickled me at the last minute to get me to smile like that.  That was never my dream.  I was like the dentist elf in Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.  I wanted to be in-de-pen-dent.  I didn't need anybody.  Least, that's what I used to think. ...more

The Baby Girl and Her Barrettes

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New findings into why 4x more boys have autism

It's hardly a coincidence that four times more boys than girls have autism. But until recently, no one was sure why. But a new study out of George Washington University has shown that testosterone and estrogen have opposite effects on a gene that scientists call "RORA."  And here's the issue:A. The RORA gene's job is to turn on several other genes. B. Testosterone lowers the ability of cells to turn on the RORA gene; estrogen raises it....more

Thanks for reading! I am just fascinated by all things related to the brain - especially kids' ...more

10 Things I've learned to do while breastfeeding

As moms we have a lot of responsibilities to handle. Luckily we are naturally adept at being kick-ass multi-taskers (sorry guys, you got the "I don't need to ask for directions" gene instead). I had no idea becoming a mother would equip me to juggle my duties like a well-trained circus clown. Add breastfeeding to the mix of daily activities and I've either created a masterful circus of wonder or road-side freak show. You be the judge.......more

Zantac- A possible cause for the food allergies?!

I have spent many hours scouring through articles, message boards, anything on the internet to try to make sense of all of James' allergies....more

In This Moment: A Memoir of 5 Minutes

This post is linked up with the Red Dress Club’s memoir prompt, which asked: “imagine that after you have died and your daughter/son will be given the gift of seeing a single five-minute period of your life through your eyes, feeling and experiencing those moments as you did when they occurred. What five minutes would you have him/her see?...more

5 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Trying to Conceive Self

When I think back to the days of trying to conceive, I can't help but feel that it was a lifetime ago. Technically, I guess it has been a lifetime, since Baby is now almost eight months old. I think every parent is familiar with the strange way time works in parenthood: It seems like your child has always been with you, even though you lived an entire lifetime before his arrival....more