Skeletons in the Closet

I am having difficulty restraining myself.  Before having Jake, I WAS NOT a go-all-out-and-decorate-the-house-from-top-to-bottom-for-the-holidays type of person.  The thought of it was always too exhausting.  In retrospect, it was probably in response to the way my family handled decorating. Every year, my Grandma Ann would decorate her place for the holidays.  We’re talking paper turkeys…

This is Hard

I was feeding Jake lunch – pastina with homemade marinara sauce – and he was refusing to eat.  He was throwing everything onto the floor, and then pointing at it, waiting for me to pick it up to repeat the cycle all over again.  Normally I would have scolded him, or made a silly joke,…

Don’t Judge My Fridge

I feel exposed.  The inside of a woman’s refrigerator can be a very private place.  But in thinking about my next post, I realized that my fridge tells a story.  See, it didn’t always look like this.  Before being a mom, I used to be baffled by my aunt’s fridge.  Hers was always packed.  “How…

Our Son Took Us to the Zoo

“Look, Jake!  Look at the seal – he’s clapping! Isn’t that silly?!  And isn’t this crane beautiful?  Wow, look at the the funny hair on that puffin!”  My husband, Adam, and I oohed and ahhed our way through the Central Park Zoo last week.  It was our toddler, Jake’s, treat to us.  He strolled or…

1st Birthday Insanity

About 2 months before Jake’s first birthday, the panic set in.  How were we going to celebrate??  Should we invite just family?  How much family?  Friends with kids?  How many kids could we fit in our New York City apartment?  What food should I make?  What will the theme be?  It was overwhelming–so many important…

Momming

I sit here while Jacob naps, amazed that it’s been over 13 months since my crazy little man joined / changed / disrupted our lives in the best possible way.  I’ve begun to look back at how we got through it all:  those colicky, sleepless, sometimes dreadful first four months; how I didn’t melt down…