Parenting

What Do Your Stepchildren Call You?
Gijo. Katoots. Muffin. We recently asked several step families about the names and titles their families use, and their answers were fascinating. The word “step” was forbidden in my home. I was six when my uncle married and became a…
An Open Apology
I'm sorry for expecting you to understand what it was like to not be expecting. To those of you who had a front row seat to the last three years of my infertility struggles, I'm sorry. I would like to…
“Eye Love You” Valentines
DIY Valentines for the eyeball obsessed. My son is obsessed with eyeballs. There’s no clever way to write that sentence. Every day, he asks, “How do you spell eyeball?” “Can I touch your eyeball?” “How do your eyeballs stay inside…
When Friends Or Family Are Displaced: How To Help
Adopting a child from a different state often requires at least one parent to remain in the baby’s birth state for an extended period of time. And if your baby is born on a weekend, when court is not is…
Our Favorite Products For Preemies With Sensitive Skin
Levon has ultra-sensitive skin, prone to rashes and eczema. Below are the products we rely on to protect his delicate skin. CETAPHIL PRO ECZEMA SOOTHING MOISTURIZER Levon used to suffer from patches of eczema on his chest, arms, and legs.…
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 Dr.…
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!"…