Parenting

Levon’s Disneyland Birthday Party
Levon turned FOUR last month and we celebrated with a Disneyland themed party! At first, he requested a Haunted Mansion party. Levon loves Halloween and The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Haunted Mansion Holiday is his favorite Disneyland ride. I was…
Our Favorite Bottles For Preemies
What brand of bottle did your preemie use? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Levon was born at 30 weeks, before his body knew how to suck, swallow, and breath. He received donated breast milk thru a feeding tube in his nose before transitioning to…
Meeting My Brother’s Birth Mom
Mom was crying before we even got out of the car. She told me she was scared. “What do you say to someone who has given you such a tremendous gift?” She worried that his birth mother would feel let…
Our Favorite Diapers For Preemies
Levon's First Diaper. What brand of diaper did your preemie wear? Levon was born weighing 2 pounds, 7 ounces, and came home from the hospital weighing less than 4 pounds. In the NICU, he wore Pampers made for micro-preemies, and…
Before Chrissy Teigen, There Was Me
Over the summer, Teigen tweeted her struggle to find clothes to fit her newborn preemie son, Miles. "Nothing fits my teenie premie. Not enough stuff out there! I gotta learn to sew. Miles is tired of your body shaming, society!"…
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…
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 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…
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,…
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,…