Hands down, one of the best perks of my advertising gig is that I travel to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida frequently. Now even though I am not usually gallivanting through the Parks racking up laps on Space Mountain, all those trips do mean I do know a thing or two about staying in … More Where to Stay in Walt Disney World: My Magical Opinion
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
In each of our lives, there are days that exist in the shadow of the life-altering blows that came before them. With each flip of the calendar, those dates come knocking, dredging up pain and taunting us with memories of the good old days, before life changed their meaning forever. Valentine’s Day will forever be … More Happy Valentine’s Day, Mom.
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
If you’re about to have a baby, putting together a registry can be daunting. How do they expect you to predict what you’ll need when this little pooping, crying bundle of amazingness is still in your womb? My daughter is 12 weeks old and I’m sure my must-have list will grow as she does, but … More My 8 Baby Registry Must-Haves
In this day of modern medicine, our decision to not learn our baby’s sex before she was born left most people a bit befuddled, but for us it added to the spontaneity and story of it all. All we wanted was a healthy baby and if we chose not to find out the sex, we … More Why A Gender-Neutral Nursery Is Rad!
At 38 weeks pregnant, I feel like I am in the home stretch and it’s finally fair to have an opinion about this amazing, humbling, and sometimes gross process of making another human. Pregnancy is no doubt different for everyone, but for me it has been pretty easy. That said, unlike some other women, … More Pregnancy: I promise it’s not that scary
One of the advantages of waiting until later in life to have a baby is that you’ve had longer to find amazing friends who are not only ridiculously generous, but all-round wonderful people. Because Julie and I both work in advertising, our friends asked for a creative brief before concepting our Baby #Betterscott shower. Here’s … More A Baby Shower Worth Bragging About
My wife Julie is the most generous partner I could ask for, but even she outdid herself when we were expecting. So whether you are straight or gay, man or woman, take note of some amazing things my wife did while I was moodier, hungrier and bigger than ever before: Preggy pack o’ snacks: During … More Why every pregnant woman needs a wife