Family, Parenting

Enjoying Baby Despite The Challenges of Babyhood

A friend of mine recently asked me how motherhood was treating me.  After I was done gushing, she asked me another question that took me by surprise: “I know you love your baby, but what about babyhood, do you like that?” I have heard a lot of parents complaining about how difficult babyhood is, and… Read More Enjoying Baby Despite The Challenges of Babyhood

Baby, Parenting, Product Review

Parenting Product Review: Solly Wrap

I strongly believe that, as consumers, every economic decision we make leave a moral trace behind it.  As a parent, I strongly believe that every purchase made for our children influences them from the very beginning of their lives, long before they understand the concept of “shopping”. It hasn’t been easy or always possible to… Read More Parenting Product Review: Solly Wrap

Family, Parenting

Learning To ‘Be’ From The Cradle Up: On The Desire To Constantly Entertain My Baby

One of the elements that I have come to understand as essential to one’s personal growth—mental, spiritual, and emotional—is the ability to sit quietly and just be.  Of course nowadays, there is always something (or rather, a bunch of things!) that is clamouring for our attention, and so we are often left without a second… Read More Learning To ‘Be’ From The Cradle Up: On The Desire To Constantly Entertain My Baby

Community, Community Building, Community Development, Family, Gender Identity, Gender Studies, Labor and Delivery, Marriage, Motherhood, Pregnancy

The Woman Carries the Baby, The Man Does… Nothing? More Thoughts on Supporting the Partner of a Pregnant Woman

Nothing about the birth of my child was about the other person that had so much to do with it: my husband.  I have already discussed this matter previously, but I think it’s such an important topic that I have to bring it up again. During labor, no one took care of my husband.  And… Read More The Woman Carries the Baby, The Man Does… Nothing? More Thoughts on Supporting the Partner of a Pregnant Woman

Community, Community Building, Community Development, Family, Gender Identity, Gender Studies, Parenting

Is it a baby boy? No? Then why is she wearing blue?

Even before we knew if our child was going to be a girl, her father and I started shopping for clothes.  On the one hand, we were looking for any excuse to get our hands on the ridiculously adorable miniature versions of what we wear that grace the stores (I mean have you seen the… Read More Is it a baby boy? No? Then why is she wearing blue?

Family, Marriage, Parenting, Personal Development

Parenting and Marital Happiness: Not Mutually Exclusive

I am a bit of a nerd, just in case you haven’t noticed yet.  I love reading studies and reflecting on the implications of the results found.  However, I also can be quite harsh when it comes to studies that demonstrate a combination of laxity in their data analysis and over-confidence in their interpretation. I… Read More Parenting and Marital Happiness: Not Mutually Exclusive

Family, Parenting

The Life of a Parent: Gaining Insight into a Different Kind of Love

The way I understand the Bahá’í Writing, we are created in the image of God, and we can understand Him better by working on the various aspects of our spiritual selves.  I also understand that we are told that one of the main purposes of marriage is to have children. It makes sense to me… Read More The Life of a Parent: Gaining Insight into a Different Kind of Love

Blogging, Community, Community Building, Community Development, Family, Parenting, Personal Development

Why I Decided To Take Precious Time Away From My Baby To Start Blogging Again

My blogging journey—an incredible, fulfilling one that has given me so much—started almost nine and a half years ago right here in Sahar’s Blog.  I never intended to stop blogging—that is, until I had a baby. I had always intended to take a short hiatus when each of my children was born.  When my first… Read More Why I Decided To Take Precious Time Away From My Baby To Start Blogging Again

Blogging

And Then There Were Three: Taking a Longer Break From Blogging

Back in June, I announced the arrival of a new member of the family.  I had intended to start blogging again in mid-July, but I am enjoying motherhood so much and want to make sure not to miss out on any of these precious moments with our bundle of (mostly) joy.  So while I fully… Read More And Then There Were Three: Taking a Longer Break From Blogging

Family, Parenting

What Does My Baby Actually Need? The Balance Between Necessary Consumption Versus Over-Consumption

My husband and I are at the beginning of our journey as parents.  When we found out we were pregnant, we were elated.  True nerds that we are, we started lists for just about anything we had to decide.  One of these lists focused on our baby’s spiritual needs, and the other, on the little… Read More What Does My Baby Actually Need? The Balance Between Necessary Consumption Versus Over-Consumption