It’s National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW). This is my fifth NIAW, the first since I gave birth to my son last year.
I have these moments when I look at my son Judah in absolute wonder and amazement. I can’t believe he’s really here, I think: I can’t believe he’s really ours. Even as we approach his first birthday next month, the wonder hasn’t faded. It stays ever-present in my mind and on my heart because of the long, difficult, emotional four-year journey through infertility to welcome Judah into our family. I am immensely humbled by and grateful for every single moment we share with him.
But I know there are plenty of people who are still waiting for their own baby hopes and dreams to come true. In fact, there are 7.3 million people with infertility in the United States alone, as many as 1 in 8 couples. There’s a very good chance that 1 in 8 is someone you know, too.
In honor of NIAW, here are 7 things you need to know to help support someone with infertility in your life. I was so fortunate to have an amazing support network of family and friends as we struggled with infertility; I truly couldn’t have made it without them. I hope you’ll join me in taking a minute to share this post to help advocate for and raise awareness of infertility in support of NIAW this year!
Passover is a big deal in our house. My husband and I love to host our own seder, the ritual meal held on the first two nights of the eight-day holiday, inviting many of our friends from all faiths. We have a really fun time telling stories, singing songs, and of course–eating! I spend two solid days in the kitchen, cooking up a storm with all of our favorite holiday recipes. This Passover is particularly special for us, since it’s Judah’s first Passover.
While Judah doesn’t have to keep kosher for Passover (since he’s under 13, the age of Bar Mitzvah), we still want him to get a taste of our holiday traditions. Here are the five Passover foods our little one is loving right now!
Now that the warmer weather has finally arrived, we are thrilled to be able to take Judah outside to enjoy this beautiful, blooming springtime. In addition to Judah’s first flight, we had an extra special opportunity this weekend when we got to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom for the last weekend of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. It was a positively stunning display and was the first time really since Judah was born that he got to see and experience the beauty and warmth of early springtime.
Here are our favorite photos from our lovely morning visit to the cherry blossoms!
This was a big weekend for Judah: his very first plane ride! We flew from Boston to Baltimore to spend the weekend celebrating Judah’s great-great uncle’s 85th birthday. My husband and I are both pretty seasoned travelers and we had no idea what to expect when traveling with Judah by plane. Turns out, it wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been, and Judah was a champ about the entire weekend.
Here are the 7 most important things we learned about flying with baby that we’ll be sure to keep in mind for his next flight… hopefully a flight out to Austin, Texas later this spring!
Winnie the Pooh: he’s more than just a silly ol’ bear: he’s a beloved, classic institution of childhoods around the globe! I love all of the classic Winnie the Pooh stories and films, full of magical adventures with his friends in the 100 Acre Woods. The stories of friendship, love, bravery and compassion make everything about Winnie the Pooh a universally-loved children’s character; combined with the setting of all his adventures in the 100 Acre Wood, Winnie the Pooh serves as a wonderful inspiration for nature-themed baby names.
Here are 25 nature-themed baby names inspired by all the magic, wonder and springtime sweetness of Winnie the Pooh!