The Perfect Smoothie for a Nursing Mother

This simple smoothie recipe holds a special place in my heart. When we were new parents with our first son, we were sleep deprived and malnourished. We never felt like cooking… We had a family friend (who is like a second mom to me) bring us the ingredients for this on a tray, along with […]

The Horse on the Ledge

Now that school has started up and the fall season is upon us, I’m starting to get my annual panicky feeling. Despite the fact that fall is my favorite season, this feeling arrives at the same time every year. Maybe it’s all the change I see in the world around me as the leaves turn colors […]

When I Grow Up…

When it was my turn to stand up in 3rd grade and tell the class what I wanted to be when I grew up, I wanted to say, “A writer.” But then Irenna Lawrence said, “Ichthyologist.” I was dumbfounded. That sounded very important with a lot of syllables. It occurred to me I should consider […]

Dads: The Importance of Being a Pop

“My plan,” mom explained to me in the car yesterday, “was to get home before your father, clean the house, prepare the food, and have everything ready for him by the time he came home. And I did the same when I became a mom. But times have changed.” This was the dynamic between my […]

The Best Opinion a New Parent Can Get

A friend of mine recently confided to me that she and her husband were thinking about having a baby. When I hear good couples decide to move forward with this, I always get a little excited. I think, “Welcome to my team!” And then I’m immediately overcome with cautionary words that blink over my head […]

To Have and To Hold

So, I have a confession to make that just might get mommies up in arms, so I am going to get it out of the way straightaway: I am getting really sick of holding my daughter. I know, I know. I will be longing to hold her again when she is grown up, and I […]