Annie’s Favorite Things: 3-Month-Old Must-Haves

Three Month Must-Haves

I’d like to think that no one on this planet knows Annie better than I do. I spent 39 weeks with her before she even entered this world, and I was the only one who got to feel every little kick, every movement, every turn, every flutter. I loved it. It felt so special. Sacred, […]


Eleven weeks. I’ve been a human mom for 11 weeks now. I texted Brian this morning: “I don’t think it’s sunk in yet that I’m a mom.” People said it would sink in when we got the crib. Then when I had my baby shower. Again when we did the hospital tour. Others said it […]

Life With a Newborn: Month Two

Life With a Newborn: Two Months

Annie is nine weeks old! Two months. Brian and I have been human parents for two months now. (Here’s a recap from Annie’s first month. She crushed it.) During her second month rocking our worlds, Annie has done all kinds of cool stuff. She laughed for the first time. She started reacting to us. She […]

Why Is It “Hard?”

It’s funny how quickly things can change — and change again. I wrote this post after a tough weekend. Today, Tuesday, as I’m finally getting around to hitting “publish,” I’m already feeling so much better about everything, at least for now. But I’ll still share this post, because even though today was a good day, […]

Newborn Must-Haves

Newborn Must-Haves

Annie is six weeks old! Her current interests include sleeping, not sleeping, pooping, not pooping, and making funny faces. And while no day yet has been easy, every day has gotten easier. I’m more comfortable, more confident — and then the minute I think we’re starting to find our groove and get into a routine, everything […]

Life With a Newborn: One Month!


We did it! We all survived the first month with a newborn! I honestly can’t believe Annie is already one month old. But, and I know I keep saying this, it also seems like a billion years ago that I was in the hospital giving birth, and a billion-er years ago that I was pregnant. […]

Pregnancy + Baby Q&A

Pregnancy + Baby Q&A

On one hand, it feels like Annie just made her grand entrance. (She’s two weeks today!) On the other hand, I feel like she’s been here forever. She has already grown and changed so much, and in the 14 days since we’ve known each other (outside the belly, that is), I’ve spent at least 38529732859372 hours […]

Annie’s Birth Story

Annie's Birth Story

Annie Leigh Cristiano made her grand entrance on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at 8:09 AM. She was born one week before her due date at Hackensack University Medical Center, clocking in at 5 lbs. 10 oz., and measuring 17.5 inches in length. Here’s everything that went down leading up to the moment when we met […]

Welcome to the Nursery!

Baby Nursery

Since finding out I was pregnant back in February, I haven’t felt overwhelmed by too many things. Maybe I’m going into all of this like I’m under-trained for a race, but that’s how I’ve always performed my best — when I haven’t over-complicated, over-trained, or obsessed. There are definitely things I have no idea how […]

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