Posts tagged: Real Mom Features

  • In Real Life: NYC Mom Liz Teich on Delivering in the Age of COVID-19

    In Real Life: NYC Mom Liz Teich on Delivering in the Age of COVID-19
    As if delivering a baby doesn’t already come with an endless list of unknowns, thousands of women across the country are preparing to give birth in a world with COVID-19. Liz Teich (@thenewyorkstylist), an NYC based fashion stylist, on-air style expert and the lifestyle blogger behind The New York Stylist is one of them. Liz, along with her husband Josh and three-year-old son Asher, are anxiously awaiting the arrival of a new baby girl due April 19. On top of the usual nerves that tend to sometimes set in the...

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  • What It's Really Like to Adopt a Newborn

    What It's Really Like to Adopt a Newborn
    From the all-important “book” adoptive parents create for birth families, to the years of paper work and waiting lists, and that final, life-changing call—elementary school teacher Christina Forzley shares what adopting a newborn looked like for her family. On deciding to adopt: My husband Matt and I always knew we wanted a family in some way, shape or form. Adoption has always been a big part of my family, because my brother is adopted, so we had the idea we might adopt at some point. We spent several years trying...

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  • The Mom Life Co. Founder Ro Williams Brann on Juggling Two, and the Newborn Gear She Can't Live Without

    The Mom Life Co. Founder Ro Williams Brann on Juggling Two, and the Newborn Gear She Can't Live Without
    Whether she's documenting her breastfeeding journey, NICU stay, or swaddling struggles, Ro Williams Brann, founder of the jewelry line, The Mom Life Co., is the first to admit that 'learning baby' is no joke. (Cheers to her suggestion that moms deserve doctorate degrees.) With three-year-old Arya London and five-month-old Avery Jae at home, we chatted with Brann about the beauty of toddler distractions, transitioning from one to two, and the importance of giving yourself grace. Running my own business with a new baby is: like the most terrifying yet exhilarating...

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  • 'People Love to Call My Stay-At-Home Husband a Saint'

    'People Love to Call My Stay-At-Home Husband a Saint'
    By Megen Disanto “Do you feel guilty?” It was a harmless enough comment made by a well-intentioned friend at an inopportune time. Which guilt could she possibly be referring to—the guilt I had from binge-watching Real Housewives instead of making homemade baby food? Or the guilt I had about placing suspenders over my baby’s stained onesie instead of changing him for the third time that morning? I took a deep breath before answering my friend—the tears were so frequent now I could feel them starting to form. Of course, I...

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  • Grieving One Child While Expecting Another: A Rainbow Baby Story

    Grieving One Child While Expecting Another: A Rainbow Baby Story
    After losing her newborn son Zachary in the hospital, Alexis Marie Chute entered what she calls her ‘year of distraction’—an attempt to fill every spare second of her day to avoid facing her loss and grief. It wasn’t until she became pregnant nine months later with her rainbow baby, Eden, that the slow process of healing truly began. Here’s her story, as told to Kristen Dold.When I became pregnant with Zachary, I had already had one healthy pregnancy. I was excited to do it again. Everything was fine until we...

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  • “She’s Mommy, I’m Mammie.” What It’s Like When Both Parents Are Mom.

    “She’s Mommy, I’m Mammie.” What It’s Like When Both Parents Are Mom.
    Amy Nielsen and Jenylle Fideli had never dated another woman before—let alone thought about it—before they met at the gym (Amy’s the co-founder of boutique studio chain SPENGA), fell in love, and got married. Now they share the title of “mom” to their two kids Brooklyn, 5, and Jackson, 7, from Jenylle’s previous relationship, and have plans for a third. From the laughably awesome aspects of a household run by two women (let’s just say they’re on top of it) to their unique roles with the kids, here’s their story....

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  • "I'm a 'Double Donor' Twin Mama"

    "I'm a 'Double Donor' Twin Mama"
    “I didn’t want to do this as a single mom, but I realized I didn’t have the time to find someone, mutually fall in love, make the decision to have a kid, and try it out.” Myriam Steinberg attempted a DIY insemination, seven rounds of IUI, three IVF transfers, and two egg donor cycles—all on her own—before becoming pregnant with twins using donor eggs and sperm. Now, finally home from the NICU with her three-month-old babies Abegail and Isaac (pictured above), just over three pounds each at birth, she’s opening...

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  • Nine Years of Nonstop Nursing: How One Mom Did It

    Nine Years of Nonstop Nursing: How One Mom Did It
    Feeling wiped? Mom-of-three Anna Rodney hasn’t slept through the night since 2009—the year she started breastfeeding. (Her youngest, two years old, is still nursing and has yet to stop.) We caught up with the Founder of Chicago Family Doulas for an honest take on what it’s like to nurse a five-year-old (in public, to boot), how nursing on demand impacts her daily life, and why she's still making milk, nine years in. Can you take us through a timeline of your breastfeeding journey? I started breastfeeding in 2009 after my...

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  • Q+A: Kate Arends of Wit & Delight

    Q+A: Kate Arends of Wit & Delight
    Designer, tastemaker, blogger, mom—Wit & Delight founder Kate Arends has had a transformative few years nurturing her St. Paul-based studio and global social following, not to mention two (very adorable) tots at home. We chatted with Arends about everything from designing with cozy corners in mind (she's a fan of Interior Define x Monica + Andy's new line of high-quality kids furniture) to her status as an 'accidental' influencer, and how you can find confidence in your work.How has your design aesthetic evolved now that you have two toddlers running...

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  • M+A: The Georgetown Guide

    M+A: The Georgetown Guide
    From its preppy boutiques to vibrant row houses and study-friendly cafes, Georgetown gives off a sophisticated vibe, but this historic neighborhood happens to be super kid friendly—so long as you know the right places to look! We tapped M+A friends Crystal Bowyer, President and CEO of the National Children's Museum, and Hilary Eldridge, Partner at Achilles PR, to show us around their favorite kid-friendly spots.Crystal's PicksCrystal Bowyer and her son Preston, 4-years-old @crystalbowyerPizza Paradiso This place is our son's favorite family fun night. The pizza is great—even to my Chicagoan...

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