Dec 152013
 
Are These the Most Beautiful Doorways in the World?

Last year at this time, my husband Colin, my brother David, and I were gearing up to take a teacher tour of India. Believe it or not, I still have hundreds of photos from that trip which remain to be put into articles… so here’s the next batch! These images are of the most beautiful doorways I’ve ever seen, spotted at the City Palace in Jaipur, India.

Lap up the colorful details [...Read More!]

Dec 082013
 
Why Do New Parents Disappear? See This Graphic...

When humans travel to certain places, certain things inevitably happen. Folks who voyage to West Africa often return with a vibrant African print cloth shirt or dress. Travelers to Vietnam rarely leave without scarfing down Pho soup. And new parents who enter Newborn Baby world nearly always… disappear.

I witnessed this New-Parent-Vanishing numerous times over in the last decade, always from the outside. Coworkers who were models of excellent communication went utterly [...Read More!]

Dec 022013
 
You Gotta Experience It to Get It, With Travel and Baby

Until actually getting close enough to touch something, all you can see is its outline; all you know are rumors.

Before we traveled to India, people gushed about the colors, smells, history, and animals we would encounter… but it wasn’t until we were standing right there in the middle of New Delhi, sucking in the thick, scented air, hearing honks scream, and ogling the street monkeys (monkeys?!) that I began to “get” India. Flickers of [...Read More!]

Nov 252013
 
Welcome to the World, Our Beautiful New Baby!

Oh, hooray!!!!!!! Colin and I are OVERJOYED to announce the birth of our healthy, happy baby boy! Little baby Devi was born this week after 28.5 hours of labor (the first 18 of which were unmedicated– oh my), and emerged with a lush head of dark hair that the doctor promptly styled into a curled cowlick.

At birth, Devi weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 20.5 inches long. Pretty petite for the [...Read More!]

Nov 182013
 
Scarfing a Wagamama Feast While Waiting to Give Birth

How do you spend your time when you’re nine months pregnant, Maternity Leave has started, and you could give birth ANY MINUTE?

1) The number one answer is: EAT. The baby needs nutrients to enter the world powerfully, right? Right. Happily, my husband Colin and I were just invited to the grand opening of the Lynnfiend, Massachusetts location of the delicious pan-Asian restaurant, Wagamama.

Wagamama restaurants are already famous in the UK (which [...Read More!]

Nov 142013
 
Crazy Video: Our Baby Dancing Inside My Pregnant Belly

Pregnancy is so weird, sometimes I wonder what other mammals must think of it. On what level is a female aardvark, for example, aware that she is carrying a tiny aardvark-ito inside her fleshy belly? Does she just assume she has ongoing indigestion and is randomly getting fatter, until that day when her infant-vark suddenly pops out?

I bring this up in particular because it’s hard to ignore the subject of the [...Read More!]

Nov 082013
 
Pick-Pocket Proof Pants and Shirt Foil Pregnant Thief!

During a recent travel conference in Toronto, Canada, I had the pleasure of meeting Adam Rapp, intrepid founder of a company called Clothing Arts which proclaims to make pick-pocket proof pants and shirts. Since I was getting rapidly fatter due to my pregnancy, I decided to order a clothing set for my husband, Colin, instead of myself. Then I decided to try to rob him. Let’s see what happened…

Zounds! My first [...Read More!]

Nov 032013
 
Hilarious Pic: Flexing My Abs Makes a Pregnant Triangle!

What a weird world is Pregnancy Land!

I had no idea that my abs would do something ridiculous when interacting with my massively pregnant belly: turn me into a Triangle Woman!

At the right you see what my 8.5-month pregnant belly looks like at rest. An innocent, moon-like orb, right?

Now scroll down to check out what happens when I flex my abs– an action necessary to struggle out of a couch or bend [...Read More!]

Oct 272013
 
Dealing With Smells During India Travel. (Yes, You Must)

I am REALLY glad that we traveled to India before I got pregnant. A bionic sense of smell is a major pregnancy symptom, and given the infamous odors of India, that would have been a problem.

Yes, it is true that India has more smells– both delicious and noxious– than any other country you may visit. Why? See the photo above for four reasons: street animals (and their resulting dung), vehicle traffic, [...Read More!]

Oct 202013
 
Happy Photos of Rainbow Autumn Leaves in Boston

It’s now the most beautiful season in New England: Autumn! Meanwhile, I am currently eight months pregnant, and looking increasingly like the rotund pumpkins sitting on Boston porches.

Since I can no longer run (the muscles that lift my legs are weirdly stretched by baby and no longer work well), I have been taking copious walks. In this glorious season, that exercise ain’t so bad! Cyber-walk with me now to see the gorgeous [...Read More!]