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Adoption Profile
Levon’s Adoption Story
Levon was born on October 24, 2014, weighing just 2 pounds, 7 ounces. He spent 28 days in the NICU and came home from the hospital weighing less than four pounds. We became Levon’s legal parents the day he was…
How to Write an Adoption Profile: According to a Birth Family
The best advice I received when creating our profile was to be authentic. Birth families connect with adoptive parents who share their passions, quirks, and even physical attributes. In our case, it was a mutual love of Steve Martin that…
Thoroughly Modern Mama
Mother of three Halley Dean talks real-life Parent Trap, evil stepmothers, and co-parenting with her ex-husband’s ex-wife. Halley’s family includes her husband Joe and three children, Lucas (14), Asher (7), and Halo (3).  Her family also includes her ex-husband Justin,…
How Designer Rebecca Minkoff Saved My Preemie’s Life
At ten months old, my son stopped growing. By age two, he had fallen off the growth chart completely and was diagnosed with failure to thrive – stunted growth resulting from inadequate nutrition. Failure to thrive is a complex diagnosis,…
Snapshots Of Infertility
Our new series, written by contributor Mom-In Waiting, gives voice to the hidden, daily struggles of women facing infertility. Fuck you, Ed Sheeran. In your song Perfect, you sing, Well I found a woman, stronger than anyone I know She…
The Stepmommy Wars
It’s not a parenting philosophy that ignites the war against us. It’s our mere existence. I consider my stepsons to be my children. They were 8 and 12 when I started dating their Daddy. For 10 years, we shared custody…
Screw Pumpkin Spice, It’s Bourbon Season

You didn’t think I was only going to write about parenting, did you? Then again, one cannot parent without alcohol, so technically, I’m still on theme. Back when Goop was just a weekly newsletter GP sent from her London kitchen,…

What Is Your Custody Schedule?
When Warren and I were first married, our custody schedule was very irregular – three days here, four days there. Neither Warren nor the boys’ mother wanted to be away from the kids for more than a few days at…
The One Thing You Should Never Say In Your Adoption Profile
During our adoption process, our case worker shared this important piece of advice about writing profiles: If you write about your pets, be sure you refer to them as "rescued," not "adopted." I was absolutely guilty of calling our dog…
Vodka Lemonade
Vodka, Simply Lemonade, club soda, garnished with rosemary. When you live in the desert, summer cocktails never go out of season. This simple vodka and lemonade cocktail is perfect for impromptu dinner parties and pumpkin carving in 90 degree weather.…
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