Rants, observations and musings (but mostly rants)

My 1-Year-Old

My 1-Year-Old
If one more person says "that was fast!" in regard to my babe turning 1, I may just be forced to say what I really think. And it's probably not what I'm supposed to say, think or feel. No, it was NOT fast. It was a long, slow 365 days filled with more changes and upheaval than I ever could have imagined before having a baby. Is that a bad thing? Certainly not. But I felt each one of those days, weeks, months. Time took on a whole new pace, --Read more--

Escape to NYC

Escape to NYC
For 11 glorious hours, I went back to my city as an early birthday treat to myself. I only had time to see just a few people (chief among them my hairstylist ... I don't trust my hair to Bethesda yet) and have a bday dinner with my mom. All the more reason for a return trip. Here's how the day went down: 5:30 am: Oh, the sweet freedom of traveling with only a handbag on the Metro! Well, a handbag and my pump. I'll take what I can get. Di--Read more--

One Thing That Doesn't Suck Outside NYC

One Thing That Doesn't Suck Outside NYC
Update: I'm still homesick. I wish I could walk out my door and be pulled into the tide of the city. I miss that energy and the buzz of being surrounded by fellow city folk so much. As a friend recently said, just going for a walk in NYC is a social experience, even if you don't talk to anyone. I walk to the grocery store here and I'm the only person on foot as far as the eye can see. But I digress. Little things have made me happy about--Read more--

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 it's not just the iconic stuff about the city. It's everything about my home of 11 years, warts and all. Even the stuff I used to hate, I'm wistful for now --Read more--

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 trendy, too, but I live in a walkup." 4. City Mini: "I'm a dad." 5. Maclaren: "I'm practical." 6. Stokke: "I'm too cool for s--Read more--

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 our whole little family when she was 5 weeks. When this blog opportunity came along, I knew the perfect photo to use ... --Read more--