Ask For What You Need

As a self-sufficient, educated, career driven and independent woman, for most of your adult life you have been able to take care of yourself. You have gotten so good at it in fact that you can take care of yourself, your husband, your 2 dogs and your sister who never seemed to get her act together.Oftentimes, it is easier to do things yourself rather than asking someone else to do it. (Typically you can do it faster and frankly you can do it better.)When asked the question, “can I do anything for you?” ...more

Dear Prudence

This post is about how and when I decided to get my yoga teaching certification (200 hours of training).  The story takes place during the first year of my first born's life, and the first year of my husband's PhD.  When my son was 6 weeks old we flew from Atlanta GA, where I had lived for 6 years and where my husband had lived his whole life except for 5 years during his collegiate studies. In Atlanta, we were leaving my sister, brother-in-law, young nephew, and my husband's parents....more

Everything is a Miracle

I have become even more aware of the miracle of birth and new life as I help one of my daughters with her 17 day old baby. The innate intelligence, personality and awareness of each, tiny newborn never fails to astound me. einstein never fails to encapsulate truth in the most succinct manner:“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle.The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ― Albert Einstein...more

Baby Registry Must Haves!

When I was pregnant I was OBSESSED with baby products! I researched every product a hundred times and wanted to make sure I bought everything that was the safest, best, etc. Maybe it’s just being a first time mom, but I soon realized most of these baby products would only be used for several months. I wanted to put together a list of our favorite baby products for Odette’s first year. So here it goes......more

4 Things Every Parent Should Know About the First Year

New parents face plenty of uncertainties during a child's first year of life. Use this list of four tips to help you make the right decisions. When in doubt, always look for information and community resources that pertain to your family's specific needs.Know Your Community's ResourcesYour community probably has several resources that you might need during the first year of your child's life. Some of these resources include:...more

Breastfeeding a Newborn: How Often Does My Baby Nurse?

I have a confession to make: I have no idea how often or for how long my baby nurses.That's right! Gasp! I don't keep track!When someone asks me, "How often does he eat?" or "How many times do you get up at night to feed him?", I don't have an answer beyond, "I don't know. It's not bad."...more
I never tracked either.  I had mixed feelings about it, but really didn't care.  I fed Baby when ...more

Fear Factor is Having a Newborn with Teenagers--From Lost in Suburbia Stories

Six long years.  SIX YEARS I waited for him to join our family due to a struggle with secondary infertility.  When he finally did make his arrival, he joined two teenaged sisters who were sixteen and fourteen.  My daughter was our oldest, my step-daughter became our middle, and the baby we finally managed to make together will definitely remain that; the baby.  Some of our scariest moments, biggest challenges and greatest rewards Lost [and sleepless] in Suburbia, definitely involved having teenagers and an infant in the house at the same time....more

How to Survive a Newborn

I don't usually give advice, especially if nobody asked for one. I have read somewhere that advice is the lowest form of conversation. Yet I am going to make an exception this time. This is something I have come to realize just a few days ago and now I find myself repeating it to myself again and again, because it works.  ...more