So I made it through three days of Hanukkah gratitude posts before Shabbat hit and then days so packed with unpacking and trips to home goods stores to get our new apartment feeling like home that I never got back to the following days. But it’s never too late for gratitude, right? Here’s what I … Continue reading On Leave (plus some extended Hanukkah gratitude)
It's that time of the year again - when the days grow short and the nights long, the cold sets in, we've gotten our first snow of the season, and we celebrate the Festival of Lights: Hannukkah! On the one hand a celebration of the Maccabbean victory over the Greeks and rededication of the temple, … Continue reading A Hanukkah Gratitude Practice – Day One
Alright, so this post has been sitting in my drafts for close on two months ... because in the meantime, something crazy happened. [spoiler alert] We had a baby! It's been amazing, and challenging, and wonderful, and all the things ... much more to come on that. This post already had a couple false starts … Continue reading The Waiting Game
The internet has no shortage of baby-preparation checklists. How do you know what you ACTUALLY need? Can your child's entire wardrobe consist of hooded things with fuzzy ears?
What a lovely gathering it was for Mama Bear to be supported and celebrate her impending motherhood. It got me thinking: what sort of support do we as male-identified friends give each other when one of us is preparing to be a father?
Given that it's Fathers Day, what better than to share some of what I've learned from my own Jewish father? Here are 18 things I've learned from my dad.
Red Panda Cub had her 4-month pediatrician check-up today, and I'm happy to report that all is healthy and well! The foofooberry is growing like a champ and doing all the things a four month old human is normally capable of doing. We've officially kept our child alive for one-third of her first year. Success! Going … Continue reading A Hanukkah Gratitude Practice – Day Three
I woke this morning to the softly lit glow of freshly fallen snow reflecting into our bedroom (which still doesn't have blinds ... we just moved!). Had it not been 4:45 AM, I might have remembered to say Modeh Ani — the statement of gratitude spoken upon first awakening in Jewish tradition. מוֹדֶה אֲנִי לְפָנֶיךָ … Continue reading A Hanukkah Gratitude Practice – Day Two
Oh hey there! Long time no see. Been a little busy over the past 11+ weeks, you see. Getting around to birthing (well, supporting the birth of) and then caretaking for the little one whose existence is behind the whole raison d'etre of this blog. It's been all the things: amazing and wonderful, challenging and exhausting, joyful, … Continue reading On your child’s and partner’s well-being, personal sacrifice, and breast- vs formula-feeding (plus Parshat Vayeira)
Sometimes being a good husband means giving your partner emotional support when she's dealing with all the difficulties of pregnancy, or doing the pelvis squeeze thing when her hips hurt. Sometimes it just means being there to pull off all the paper that stuck to her butt from the exam table at the doctor's office … Continue reading Being a good husband
Among the hardest decisions in the approach to a new baby is, of course, THE NAME. So. Hard. To. Decide.
In a society entrenched in toxic masculinity, modalities deemed "appropriately" masculine are emphasized while other modalities are either mocked or allowed but only with an ironic wink (see: bromance). What's that about?