Apr 042016
 
What Do New Mothers Do All Day (and Night)? One Word.

There is a one-word answer for me to the following questions: “What do new moms DO all day… and night? Why do people say new parents don’t sleep?” and “Why do new mothers disappear?” The one-word answer is something that many women with newborns do (70% in the U.S.) — and do for up to 35 hours a week — but that is seldom discussed or understood in terms of the time it [...Read More!]

Feb 292016
 
She's Here! Our New Baby is Here! Woo Hoo!

Yaaaaayyy!!! Colin and I are so happy to introduce you to our new baby: an 8-pound, 20.5-inch cuddler named… Joya. I have covered her soft cheeks in kisses in the hours since her birth, and plan to kiss her a whole lot more in the years to come.

Joya was born with robust health at 4am after 12 hours of labor — significantly shorter than the 28 hours I labored with Devi. The [...Read More!]

Feb 142016
 
Boston Winter: Beautiful Photos and Travel Advice

“Should I visit Boston in winter?” is a question I get a lot from readers who know that this city is my beloved hometown. The answer is simple: the weather in Boston from October to April is a game of roulette. You can win big, or get slapped in the face!

On one hand, you may luck out with your winter visit to Boston. It may be ridiculously warm and gorgeous here, making your tourism in “America’s Walking City” [...Read More!]

Sep 192015
 
The First Haircut for Baby: It Really Had to Happen!

Ooh, was I ever in denial that our baby needed a haircut! I loved playing with Devi’s soft mullet curls, and thought his long bangs looked stylish and fashion-forward. “No way our little guy needs a haircut,” I scoffed. “I mean, he’s ONLY fourteen months old!”

(Note: Devi is now 22 months old, but I just found these photos and decided this story needed to be told. Just like that first haircut… better late than [...Read More!]

Feb 102015
 
Photos of Boston Under 6 Feet of Record Blizzard Snow

Yipes! Over six feet of snow have blanketed my dear Boston in the past 30 days, demolishing all previous blizzard records. We have now had EIGHT snow days off of school, forcing Boston Public Schools to eliminate two upcoming holidays to reach the allotted 180 school days before July hits. (Oh July… sweet, warm July… The city aches for you.)

Meanwhile, our public transportation system (the “T”) has completely shut down for today as another [...Read More!]

Jan 142015
 
A Warning About Getting the First Passport for Your Child

Much of this travel blog exists to explain how travel is easier and more fabulous than people imagine. Today, however, I must rant about how much harder it was to get our baby’s passport than we ever anticipated. In total, it took us FOUR attempts and five months. Why?

Here are the main issues: The hours that post offices offer to submit passport applications are as slippery and thin as eels. Moreover, both parents, plus [...Read More!]

Nov 282014
 
A 1st Birthday Party: Tips in 7 Funny But True Steps

Want to win at throwing a 1-year-old’s birthday party? Stink at entertaining, like me? Follow these easy steps, laughing all the way.

Step 1: Force baby into overwrought formalwear. Purchase discount baby tuxedo (replete with frilly blouse), and slip it onto squirming baby. This is worth it, despite the fact that the following will happen to this tux: bow tie crumpling, crotch ripping open to permanently expose diaper, and baby soiling tux via an impressive variety of methods.

Step 2: Cake Smash… [...Read More!]

Nov 172014
 
Should You Stop Dyeing Your Hair to Win More Travel?

Money for travel is hidden in all sorts of strange places. It turns out, there’s even travel loot sitting on top of your head!

Did you know that our recent Puerto Rico trip was funded by my decision to stop dyeing my hair? Calculate it like this: Hair coloring can cost between $80 and $200 per salon visit, and needs to be done at least eight times a year. Therefore, by cutting dyeing out of your life, [...Read More!]

Nov 082014
 
Flying Alone Again for the First Time Since Pregnancy!

Eeeii! I just did something that made my heart somersault: I bought a plane ticket to fly somewhere alone for the first time since I found out I was pregnant, 20 months ago!

Sure in those 20 months I’ve flown to Hawaii for a Babymoon with my husband, alone with the baby to Florida, and with both husband and baby to Puerto Rico. But let us pause for a moment and sing the [...Read More!]

Nov 032014
 
Create Your Own Lantern Festival: A Beautiful Art Project

Travel makes me think of lights: glittering, romantic displays of lights like the ones I saw at holiday festivals in Italy, or night markets in Thailand.

“Why,” I’ve been wondering since returning to Boston after traveling around the world, “do gorgeous public light displays like that not exist back home?” This month I finally figured out the answer: The pretty lights are here, but I’ve been too lazy to find them!

I learned this lesson just a few weeks ago, one cold night in Boston. My baby was playing [...Read More!]