Top 5 considerations for Pre-K

The time has come for The Boss and me to start looking at Pre-K programs for Min. He’ll turn 4 in the Fall, which means he’ll make the December cutoff to start school in New York State in September. Most of the programs in our area will fill their rosters by mid-March so we...more

Now with these boys

Every morning when Min wakes up he comes out of his room and hangs out with The Boss until TB leaves for work. Then instead of going back to his room Min plonks himself down in my room with books and toys and VERY LOUDLY sings Jingle Bells or Old McDonald or Happy Birthday while serving me pretend cake. Other times he runs up and down the hallway or SCREAMS stories at me punctuated with sequels and giggles and a lot of, “and then, and then, and then!” He asks questions about every topic his toddler brain can conceive ....more

Mom: Family Quarterback

This is a screen shot of a video from a year ago that I’ve already watched multiple times. I can’t believe how small these boys are, Min especially. Listening to Min talk and watching Gilli watch Min – oh, it’s heartbreaking in the sweetest day ....more

After a hard few weeks, a shift in perspective

Autumn evenings in the backyard, a chill hangs in the air, the grass still scorched from summer. These last two weeks with Min have been HARD. I came into his third year of life excited for his growth, his stories, his learning and adventures ....more

Running with a baby jogger

My mom got me a baby jogger for Eid. It’s been ages since I ran (my last race was a 5k in 2011,) but with the way my schedule has been over the last couple of years, I’ve realized that a gym membership, workout DVDs and even short videos on YouTube are just not cutting it for me. In order to get in my weekly workouts the way I wanted to, I realized I had to include the boys....more

Minimize Sibling Rivalry When A New Baby Arrives

It’s true when moms say there is nothing that can prepare you for motherhood. And last year I learned this was also true for having a second. (Spoiler alert: IT GETS SO MUCH BETTER.) Last summer The Boss and I welcomed our second baby, Gilli ....more

Where To Settle With Your Family

Earlier this year I started to feel an unfamiliar feeling of wanting to settle down with my family. I say it was unfamiliar because since The Boss and I got married, and even after Min was born, we were happy to sort of take things as they came. We’re not big on life planning ....more

Making A Baby Book

I uncovered a ton of gems while I was cleaning my mom’s garage a few weeks ago, and one of my favorite finds was a baby book my mom had for my sister, Uzma, when she was born. It’s from birth to seven years (with the sweetest illustrations) and filled with hand-written notes from my mom with her thoughts on motherhood and many of Uzma’s firsts. So far, with the exception of very few things, The Boss and I have recorded most of the boys’ milestones electronically ....more

New haircut for my almost- 3 year old

I wanted to give Min a new cut for his birthday this weekend. I can’t believe he’s been mine for three years. Never in a million years could I have imagined how challenging and freeing motherhood would be ....more

Eight months with Gilli

My sweet baby, Today you are eight months old. This month you finally parted ways with the swaddle! You were so content being wrapped up tight, Dada and I just went with it ....more