Mary Rose and Laura
Nana & Mama
MAMA: By the time I became a parent in 2016, the Internet had already become a wealth of information on child development, health and parenting. But even in the era of Google, my family and friends — and strangers alike — were more than happy to share their wisdom and stories with us, welcome or not. For my partner and me, the most challenging advice to receive was from our parents/in-laws.We knew our parents were coming from a place of genuine... more
Make time for date night!
Mama:My son recently turned 2, and I’ve been in a reflective mood about all the things my spouse and I have learned about parenting during the past two years. Our relationship is stronger now than ever before and I think one of the factors that’s helped us is our prioritization of date time. Creating time and space for dates takes... more
Cry-free childcare?
MAMA: Before my son, Kellan, arrived, the childcare decision was all about logistics: How close was the daycare? What were the hours? How much did it cost?That is, until the first day I dropped him off at the daycare center we had chosen. I stayed for about 30 minutes, watching in disbelief as the reality of... more
An easy-peasy first party
Mama: One day, when I was dropping Kellan off at daycare, his teacher asked me how I felt about him turning 1 in a few weeks and the upcoming switch to the next-stage daycare room.I looked around the infant classroom that had been his home for the past nine months and it hit me that he was no longer one of the youngest babies in the... more
Party fare!
Throwing a gathering any time soon? This crowd-pleasing recipe is easy to double, and it’s kid friendly, too.Nana’s Homemade Mac and CheeseIngredients ½ pound elbow macaroni, cooked al dente and drained6 tablespoons butter, divided3 tablespoons flour1 tablespoon dry mustard3 cups milk½ cup yellow onion, finely chopped1 bay leaf½... more
Guac you'll love!
Uncle Tyler’s Addictive Guacamole Ingredients 3 ripe avocados, pitted and scooped out1 lime, juiced½ teaspoon kosher salt½ teaspoon cumin½ teaspoon cayenne pepper½ medium red onion, diced1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (optional)2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced1–2 tablespoons chopped cilantro1 clove garlic,... more
Birth-day expectations
MamaAfter the excitement of the positive pregnancy test wore off a bit, my partner (Galen) and I began talking through what was ahead, including when and how we’d tell our friends and family about the pregnancy, which parenting classes we’d take and, of course, how we’d handle communication around the birth of our little one.Because my... more