Fun in the Sun

It’s heating up in DC and it means more time outdoors enjoying rooftops, cookouts, playgrounds, and splash parks!  Bean loves the playground and is increasingly engaging with other kids outdoors.   Fun in the sun means sunscreen protection.  While melanin provides natural protection for people of color, our skin can still burn (just takes a…

Year One Lessons

I can’t believe we have a 1 year old…it’s surreal even while typing this.  We have a vibrant, increasingly independent, giggling, sprinting, climbing, toddler on our hands.  He’s grown so much…and so have we as parents.  Here are some of my year one lessons! Ask for help.  I’m still working on this.  It takes a…

Splashing into Summer

Bean had his first pool experience and while I was excited, there was also a bit of anxiety I felt.  I love being in the water and I want Bean to also enjoy water activities, so it was really important to me for his first experience to be a great one!  I called on a…

Stage 5 Clinger

Around 10 months, Bean began showing signs of separation anxiety aka stranger danger to the extent that we hit Stage 5 Clinger levels!  Sure, it felt good to have him snuggle and hold on to me, but of course the downside is I can’t be with him ALL the time.  Whether it was putting him…

Postpartum Hair Loss?

While I was pregnant, I saw so much about postpartum hair loss and constantly asked myself, “Why has no one talked about this before?”  Then I thought that maybe it wouldn’t happen to me.  Well, guess what?  It happened to me.

Merry Christmas

  Merry Christmas from our family to yours!  The holiday was a whirlwind as we hosted family dinner for the first time.  It was a lot, but we made it through and there were no meltdowns!  There were some killer germs going around because Bean and I have been sick for the entire holiday break.  It…

Baby (and Mommy) Eczema

I’ve had eczema since I can remember.  Back then, the treatment was a steroid cream/ointment for flare ups.  Citric acid seemed to trigger it (at least that’s what we thought) so I stayed away from citrus fruit, sodas, etc.  That probably explains why I’m not big on orange juice now (unless it’s a mimosa). When…

Holiday Traditions

It’s holiday season and Bean is getting in some serious time in with family in VA and NYC!  He’s growing up right before our eyes and it’s so cool to see him interact with our families.  We split the holiday weekend so Bean could experience it with both sides of our family. Bean took pictures…

Month 4 and 5

Hello….is this thing on?! It’s been a couple months…possibly the busiest couple of months since Bean’s arrival.  We’re officially in our first home!  We ended a two year lease at the end of August…only we were still in the home-buying process.  Fortunately we have great friends that took new career opportunities in New York and…

Sleep Regression

Around 13 weeks, our family moved…and I prepared myself to lose some sleep as Bean transitioned.  Surprisingly, his sleep schedule stayed the same. It was a week into our move when I noticed a change in his sleep habits. Bean has very strong legs.  We have a rocking bassinet (thanks to some of Bean’s awesome…