Naming Our First Born

I can't remember the exact moment me and my husband Jason decided we wanted the sex of our first child to be a surprise. With friends and family heavily weighing in about our decision, I do remember feeling great relief though that we both felt so strongly about it. To my friends' and family's credit they were simply surprised that I wanted to be surprised. After all, I still shake the presents under the Christmas tree with my name on them!...more

Teaching Manners To Children Other Than Your Own

Growing up, manners were no small joke in our household. Lessons learned that I used to find embarrassing I am grateful for today. I was taught to not only say hello to the parent of a friend I was calling on the telephone but announce who I was. Friends who called me on the phone and gave the usual, "Is Reedu there?" were answered by my mom with a "Yes," and a dial tone....more
I would greatly appreciate it if the village helped me to teach good manners to my children. If ...more

Switching From an OB/GYN to a Midwife

Me and my husband Jason didn't know a whole lot about the birthing process when we got pregnant. So when we found out we were expecting, at about five weeks along, I looked up local OB/GYN's in our Brooklyn neighborhood. I wasn't working at the time so finding a local doctor close to my home was important to me. I found and met Dr. Scott Postell, an attending at Long Island College Hospital, which was a five minute walk from our apartment....more

Learning To Say "No"

I would imagine I'm not alone in thinking there's not a whole lot of the word "no" being directed at newborn babies. But who knows, maybe I'm wrong. Maybe there are some moms out there who lay down the law about wrong and right behavior from the get-go. I mean, we do that with puppies, don't we? My son Mylo is almost 6 months old and he is beginning to do things that require the word "no" become more common place in my vocabulary and yet I am finding that word difficult to say....more

NYC Tightens Leash on Dog Laws

It's high time for two new dog laws in New York City. Last week the City Council approved two bills aimed at protecting animals.The council was nearly unanimous in voting against the tethering of animals for more than three consecutive hours in any continuous 12-hour period. Doing so would result in a written warning or a fine of up to $250 for first-time offenders. Repeat offenders could face a $500 fine and a few months behind bars....more

Easy Pregnancy, Long Labor

We were fortunate and got pregnant quickly, and easily. Despite a few migraine-like headaches, the first trimester went well. The second trimester was a real pleasure and the third only became challenging because this past summer in New York temperatures exceeded 90+ degrees almost every day. If I were to sum it up though, I would have to say that it was the most magical nine months of my life....more

I just had my youngest a year ago. I wanted to have a natural labor with little intervention. ...more

NYC Summer Night Series With A Cause

CityMommy, Elahi Yoga and ReziClass are hosting four spectacular events in New York City this summer for moms and moms-to-be. Not only will a portion of the proceeds be donated to YAI Network, but they won’t cost anything to attend! They’re FREE!...more

NYC Carriage Horse Rescued From Slaughter

Throughout the year tourists from around the world travel to New York City and are drawn to the horse-drawn carriage rides around Central Park... they say it's whimsical. But with that whimsy comes a huge price to pay....more

Senator Robert Byrd dies, animals lose advocate and friend

On Monday, the animals lost one of their most powerful and ardent voices, Senator Robert Byrd. A member of the Democratic Party, Byrd served as a Senator from 1959 to 2010 and was the longest-serving senator and the longest-serving member in the history of the United States Congress. Byrd was 92 years old and still in office when he died. Byrd’s history in politics began with a controversial start. He joined the Ku Klux Klan in 1942 when he was just 24 years old....more

Making a Birth Bundle

Last Tuesaday marked the completion of a six-week childbirth education class that my husband and I took along with nine other couples, at Birth Day Presence in Park Slope, Brooklyn....more

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