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Homesick for the City

Homesick for the City

Wow, so this is homesickness. It’s been ages since I’ve battled these lovesick pangs for home … I think the overnight camping trip at Seneca Creek Day Camp in the late 80s was the last time, and I’m pretty sure this is worse. Now, even a shot of Manhattan on TV brings me to tears. But […]

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The Seven Stroller Stereotypes …

The Seven Stroller Stereotypes …

… as observed by this Manhattan mom. Disclaimer: None of these are necessarily true, just like any stereotype. OK, here we go. What Your NYC Stroller Says About You 1. Bugaboo: “Look how much money I have!” 2. Uppababy Vista: “I’m trendy! And this is pretty much my car, so …” 3. Uppababy Cruz: “I’m […]

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On New Moms … and Our New Bodies

On New Moms … and Our New Bodies

I recently had the opportunity to write a guest blog post for Seraphine Maternity about anything pregnancy or mom-related. I chose to write about body image and, ultimately, acceptance, after having a baby. I was also lucky enough to reunite with my favorite photographer, Brenna Britton, who shot baby K at 3 weeks, and then […]

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The best problem to have

The best problem to have

My kid cannot stop smiling at me. K has come a long way since I was finding my contacts in the refrigerator six weeks ago. We’re all sleeping better and my now 9-week-old bean has sprouted the cutest little personality. No one tells you just how tough the first weeks of having a newborn can […]

Life, turned upside down

Life, turned upside down

I have no idea what day it is. I have a new appreciation for peeing alone, 4 a.m. and the dry cycle after a pedicure. I’ve been wearing three pairs of the same black stretchy pants for weeks. I watch Friends and Full House reruns on DVR almost exclusively as they’re all my fried brain […]

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New Apartment Bliss

New Apartment Bliss

It’s finally happened … we moved into a real, grownup, civilized NYC apartment. With a doorman! And elevators! And dry cleaning In. The. Building. What’s more, now that my neighbor from hell is no more, my home is quiet. Like, really quiet. Like, the first couple nights I kept whispering to my husband because the atmosphere […]

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Descending Into Madness … Thanks, Neighbor

Descending Into Madness … Thanks, Neighbor

I hate my upstairs neighbor. And I mean all four letters of that “very strong word.” (Yeah, I really glommed on to that lesson as a kid.) This is the plight of many a New Yorker. You’re trying to enjoy a little slice of serenity in your Manhattan-sized apartment, but all you can concentrate on […]

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What Baci the Pitbull Taught Me About Fostering Dogs

What Baci the Pitbull Taught Me About Fostering Dogs

I’ve been a short-term foster mom for three rescues from NYC’s The Bully Project, and each of the dogs couldn’t have been more different from one another. First came Hunny, who I’m sure was part bulldog. She loved nothing more that long, loud naps on the floor. This dog could snore! Then I had Ethel, easily […]

Dwarf: A Memoir

Born with diastrophic dysplasia, a very rare form of dwarfism, Tiffanie DiDonato dreamed of living a normal life—of being able to reach the sink unassisted or even someday driving a car so she could have the independence so many of us take for granted. This courageous young woman underwent a series of radical surgeries that […]

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What a Season

What a Season

Nearly 48 hours after the final Penn State football game of the season, I’m STILL cold. Saturday’s game was a huge emotional victory for an awesome group of players and for the Penn State community at large, and nothing would keep J and I away from Beaver Stadium to see it in person. Not even […]

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