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My Best Friend is Pregnant & How to Hold a Strangers Baby!

Friday, February 12, 2016

While I was looking for pictures for this blog post, I came across this one in my archives. This is me and "Mr. Bink" when he was one day old. Just looking at this photograph brings me back to that day. I can literally hear his first screams echo in my head. Please don't mind the epic roots.

Among the few people in the room during the photo, is my best friend. When I say best friend, I'm talking like "Now & Then" best friend. A best friend that you have since you are born. A best friend that is from the "neighborhood" that you played flashlight tag with since you were allowed to be outside at dark. The good old days. When kids played outside...

A best friend that you fist fought with over barbies, neon leopard pants and who was cooler. A best friend that came on so many vacations, dinners and family holidays with you - that she was basically your sister. A best friend that, no matter how old you are, how many years go by, how far away you are, is always there.

This best friend is pregnant! That means that said friend and I will have sons only one year apart. Even though they won't grow up across the street from each other, I have vowed to at least have long vacations together. Where they can play all day long. Play flashlight tag. Fight over who gets to use the cool plate, spoon and knife for dinner. They will just get to love each other no matter what. Like their Mama's.

For those of you that know me, you would know that I am quite awkward when holding other people's babies. There was an article in the NY times called "How to Hold a Strangers Baby". Needless to say, I don't think I will be a trained cuddler, I will however reference this article on delivery day.

PS. Do you have lifelong friends? I hear it is more and more rare!! Also, are you awkward with other people's newborns??

PPS. More baby pictures

What Did You Want to Be When You Grew Up?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Having a child is like taking a daily time machine back to your own youth. It's a seriously magical experience. Since I am a working mother, I spend a lot of my day wondering how I actually got into the career that I did. For example, how did I find myself in an office every day? 

I''m fairly certain 7 year old me wanted to either be a oceanographer (ps. I have an irrational fear of fish) or an movie star. Clearly, I have some varied interests.

That got me thinking... at what point in our lives do we deem those things impossible and veer into the path of the standard. I fear I am talking serious millenial-speak right now. But, at what time does 90% of the population decide....fine....what I wanted to be when I was 7 was not realistic. Are we taught that in school? Are we told by our parents we are much more suited to cubicle life? 

There was a recent Ted Talk that I listened to called "The Happy Secret to Better Work". It basically talked about how we are cultivating an army of the mundane. We design curriculums based on the average rather than the best. Our "wellness" weeks focus on disease prevention rather than life enjoyment. I think it is time for a change. Why don't we all get together and promote a life out of the ordinary?

Let's bring back the magic! Let's bring back the dreams! Let's bring out the best in ourselves and our children. Open to suggestions.


PS - I'd LOVE to hear what you wanted to be when you grew up!!

Valentines Day Gift Guide

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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Valentines is just a few days away! My birthday happens to be the day before Valentines day so... I'd like any of these gifts for either my birthday or Valentines day. 


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