I'm expecting a baby at the end of June, which means that I'll be on maternity leave for the majority of the summer. I'm looking forward to this, since I was on maternity leave for most of the winter...
A Child Sleep Consultant's Perspective on the Tesla of bassinets: The Snoo Bassinet. Last night my seventeen-year-old daughter called me. She was babysitting her first infant “for the first time”; she said, "Hi, Mom, what does "Snoo the baby" mean?"  It...

Breast Is Best?

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Breast is best.  During my pregnancy, this slogan was like saying, "the sky is blue," or "the Earth is round." It was an indisputable fact. As such, anything other than breastfeeding one's baby is NOT the best. Like other parents,...
In June, we welcomed our fourth (and final) biological child. We are elated! Antoinette June is the perfect addition to our family. She tolerates the noise and chaos of the three older siblings and two parents trying to manage...
Raised Real is a new box subscription service for healthy single-serve meals for babies and toddlers. I just tried my first ever box of Raised Real Foods for our 21-month-old and I love it! I easily ordered my box online...
This is an article written in partnership with Libby Bianchi.  Ah, the wonder of bringing a baby into the world! It’s an amazing feat. Truly. And it’s intense and stressful. All the things wrapped up together. Throw COVID in the mix, and it...
Throwing a baby shower for someone can be a source of stress. But, if you want to be a good friend or relative, you have to do it, right? You've probably had a shower thrown for you... and it's...
If you plan on feeding your new baby breast milk and don't plan to exclusively feed on the breasts, then you need to start thinking about breast pumps. Here are my experiences after nearly 7 months of pumping full-time.  Medela...
Last year a friend posted a sweet photo of her and her infant on social media. Captioned “Back to School” mom and daughter were at Starbucks enjoying a pumpkin spice latte and embracing a new tradition of getting out...
As the school year began and the work started piling up, it struck me how hard it is to get anything done. When I say work, I don’t mean the work I get paid to do (although that is...
This is a guest article from Ami. Many of us miss social gatherings during this unprecedented time, especially once in a lifetime occasions. With virtual baby showers, family and friends still have the opportunity to shower the mom-to-be with lots...
It’s World Breastfeeding Week, and as a breastfeeding mother, I am absolutely celebrating. Because breastfeeding is super hard. I’m now breastfeeding my second son, and it’s much easier. But just two years ago, when I had my first baby,...
You might be asking yourself how breastfeeding could be an act of resistance? A political act. A statement. You might be wondering how the simple act of feeding your baby could be anything beyond providing nutrition. The Statistics with Breastfeeding...
It's the 8th annual Black Breastfeeding Week, August 25 - 31, 2020! Here are the top five reasons why we need a week devoted to breastfeeding in the black community.  1. The high black infant mortality rate 2. High-rates of diet-related...

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Conrad Washington, DC: Our Much Needed Staycation Destination

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Recently my husband and I snuck away for a luxurious Conrad staycation in Washington, DC. We were instantly reminded of how magical and beautiful downtown DC...