My Dearest Luna, Happy 4 month Birthday, my little Luna Bear! Today is the very last day of our maternity leave together, and the last day of parental leave I will ever have in my life. Our family is now complete with you and your big sister Aria, but it’s hard to fathom not having … More Love letter to Luna
As someone who prides herself on being emotionally stable and capable of handling most anything, I never thought I would suffer from postpartum depression, anxiety, rage or whatever I survived from the time my daughter was 6 weeks old to 10 weeks old, but I was raw and ragged with frustration. My second daughter, my … More Surviving colic was one of the hardest months of my life.
Even though this is my second time breastfeeding, I had forgotten how days blur into nights and I would live in two-hour windows of time (if I’m lucky enough to not be answering a cluster-feeder’s constant demands). I am fortunate that breastfeeding came easily for me and both my girls latched and loved nursing more … More Breastfeeding is hard, and harder to quit
The boxes my IVF medications arrived in were daunting enough. One filled with ice packs, delivered by a courier straight to my midday meeting downtown. The others bulging with packing materials, instructions, 100s of syringes, alcohol wipes, vaginal suppositories and vials for mixing and shaking. Refrigerate this one, store this one in the dark. It … More IVF Tips for Real Life
They say you have you first baby for you, and the second one to teach your first one how to share—toys, the backseat and of course, love. Being that my wife and I both have brothers we adore, we knew we wanted to give our daughter that same indescribable bond. But now that I’m officially … More Baby #2: Double the trouble, double the fun?
Traveling with infants is ridiculously hard. Yes, even for this LGBT family with two hands-on Moms who in their pre-Mom days both traveled over 50,000 miles a year. We took our first air travel vacay with our 6-month-old daughter to New Orleans. We then went to Vail, Colorado for a ski trip when she was … More 8 Hacks for Traveling with your Itty Bitty
The first time every new Mom travels overnight without her child is gut-wrenching. No matter how thoroughly you prep your partner, recounting ounces of thawed milk multiple times and over-explaining nighttime routines they already know, you feel amazingly helpless and a bit scared. Especially if you are breastfeeding. I am fortunate that I was able … More Breast pumping sucks: how to make it work with work travel
When Aria was still a little blip in my belly, every day I would feel those little feet kick and couldn’t wait to meet her (or him)! I wasn’t scared or nervous for her arrival, I knew babies were hard to break and was already a practiced pro on surviving on minimal sleep. The one … More Breastfeeding: The most intimate and inconvenient relationship of my life
November 1, 2017 My Dear Aria, You just turned 12 weeks old and my FMLA maternity leave and job protection have officially ended. I am now supposed to be both physically healed and sufficiently bonded with you to leave you with a stranger for 10 to 12 hours a day. And that sounds absolutely horrible. … More A love letter to my 12-week-old daughter