Serena Williams ‘in a funk’ over motherhood

Serena Williams, who has suffered the worst defeat of her career and withdrawn from this week’s Rogers Cup, has said she has felt “in a funk” and “not a good mum”.
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Katie Lowes Is Staying in Shondaland! Scandal Star Partners for New Podcast All About Motherhood

Her Scandal character, Quinn Perkins, will soon be exiting Shondaland in the upcoming series finale, but Katie Lowes is remaining as she launches a new podcast with Shonda Rhimes‘ company.

“That’s right! I get to stay in Shondaland for Katie’s Crib which is the best!” the actress, 36, tells PEOPLE about her latest post-Scandal project and the first-ever Shondaland-produced podcast that will cover topics related to all things motherhood and parenting.

“This whole thing of motherhood is insane. It’s a rollercoaster, which I love because the Shondaland logo is a rollercoaster. That’s basically how I feel every day,” she jokes. (Fun fact: Scandal and Shondaland’s executive producer Betsy Beers had a hand in naming the podcast.)

“Shondaland approached me about it actually. They came to me and thought, ‘I feel like you’re going through this huge thing called motherhood and there are probably a lot of people that would benefit going through this stuff with you.’ It’s been amazing,” Lowes says about the weekly podcast that will feature fellow moms Kristen Bell, Casey Wilson, Jennifer Finnigan, Angelique Cabral and June Diane Raphael.

Lowes and husband Adam Shapiro welcomed their first child, son Albee, in October 2017.

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“Each episode is about different topics that I’ve been going through in motherhood. Doulas, PPD, breastfeeding, sleep training, the village it takes to raise a baby, C-sections, intimacy post-baby, etc. There are endless topics that I really feel like need to be discussed,” Lowes explains.

“When I was pregnant, I was a big fan of pregnancy podcasts and found inspiration there for Katie’s Crib. What’s so fun about it is that a Shondaland producer actually comes to my house and we shoot it in my crib, hence the title,” she shares. “We shoot it in Albee’s playroom and he’s usually napping in the room next door. So on my podcast, it’s real: You’re gonna hear dogs barking, the lawn being mowed, my baby crying, you’re gonna hear the whole kid and kaboodle of how my life runs.”

Adding, “My son doesn’t care about a schedule so even though I’m pretty sure he’s going to be napping during that time, it’s not a definite. It makes it very interesting and it makes it very real.”

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In addition to her celebrity pals, Lowes also invites experts in various fields to provide professional advice and consultation.

“The topics get pretty raw and vulnerable, not only from my own experiences but I’m lucky that I’m living in L.A. and befriended a lot of experts in different fields. Each episode has a topic and I usually have a few girlfriends on that talk about their experiences. We have an expert that can help us with topics like lactation or speaking with therapists or an OB,” she says.

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Shapiro adds that his wife’s podcast is very similar to the daily conversations she has with her inner circle.

“Katie has such a close-knit group of moms that she talks to all the time. And I always hear the Katie side of that conversation so I always thought she should do a podcast because she basically does one every day on the phone with her girlfriends,” says the father of one, who also made cameos on Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy.

“It’s an incredible group of friends who happen to have babies at the same time. It’s amazing when I talk to moms that don’t have a circle like that, how much information they don’t have to receive because they’re not constantly in contact with other moms and other ideas. So that kind of world that Katie has created for herself she gets to share it through this podcast and everybody gets to be her mom friend,” he says.

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Overall, Lowes seeks to inspire and empower mothers and parents with Katie’s Crib.

“I hope that people who listen really connect with a day in my life looking similar to a day in their life. We are not a podcast that’s a how-to guide,” she emphasizes. “We’re not telling people exactly what to do but I’m hoping that each episode provides moms and partners with any sort of insight or thing that could help them.”

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How ‘Jane The Virgin’ Gets Motherhood Right

For all its unexpected plot twists, “Jane the Virgin” is a show that’s consistent in its honest and progressive portrayal of strong women. Not only the titular Jane, but her mother, Xiomara, her grandmother, Alba, and Petra, the mother of her son’s half-siblings. (See? Plot twists.)

In the first season of “Jane,” Petra’s cast as the villain, the ambitious ex-wife of Raphael, the man Jane’s having a baby with. She’s a sharp dresser with business acumen and great hair. But she’s more than all that; she’s also lovelorn. As actress Yael Grobglas explained of her character in an interview with The Huffington Post, “she’s not just doing evil to do evil.” The show uses Petra to explore issues like thorny pregnancy and postpartum depression.

“Every time I’ve tried to predict what’s on the show, and I consider myself a pretty creative person, I’ve always been wrong,” Grobglas said. With “down-to-earth characters mixed with huge, telenovela moments,” there’s plenty of room for the characters to learn and grow. This way, they don’t fall into cliche; heroes are never just heroes, mothers are never just mothers, and villains are never just villains.

Below, Grobglas talks about playing a mother on screen, and ― oh yeah ― the show’s bold three-year jump.

What first interested you about the role of Petra?

When I first heard about the role of Petra, I didn’t know what was going to happen with her, I had no idea. I knew she was going to be the villain. I was a little hesitant about taking the role of a villain that could potentially go for ― if you’re lucky ― seven years, 10 years. And then I got on the phone with [showrunner] Jennie Urman, who told me Petra was never going to be two-dimensional, she would always be very complex, she’d be hated one moment and loved the next.

She’s really been so wonderful about keeping up with that. I would have never expected everything with Petra to happen.

Speaking of unexpected turns, last season you were given an extra part on the show, as Petra’s twin sister, Anezka.

I had no idea that was happening. I got the script, like we usually do, one or two days before we started filming, and I read that Petra was disguising herself and getting ready to run away. I thought it was because of her postpartum depression, and I was getting a little worried, because my first go-to thought is that I’m going to get killed off. I think that about everything. And then Anezka shows up at the end of the episode, and suddenly there’s two of me.

For a week beforehand, people who got the script before me were kind of trying to be nonchalant, going, “So, uh, did you read next episode?” And I was like, “No, Jesus, why?”

So I spoke to Jennie and she described her to me, and I was like, what is this character, what is she about? And she spoke about the accent, and she spoke about being a ferocious eater, and having personal space issues, and scratching people, and jumping backwards ― I call it “getting the fear” ― and immediately thought, I know somebody like that. I based her off my cat. And that’s how Anezka came to be.

Is it difficult to toggle between those two very different parts, or is it mostly just exciting?

I have so much more appreciation for people who do this long-term. I never thought about it, but as an actor I depend so much on my costars, and when you’re doing scenes with yourself, you have nobody to play off. You have to come so well-prepared, and predict what you’re going to do.

You touched on this a little already but both Petra and Anezka could be described as the show’s sympathetic villains. How do you approach playing a villain without making her seem purely evil?

I think the most important thing is really in the writing. The way Jennie explained it to me when we had our first conversation was that Petra was the hero of her own story. She really started the show at her most desperate point, she’s in love with someone and he’s leaving her. But she decides to have herself inseminated, and that goes horribly wrong, obviously. So most of her actions, as crazy as they may seem, are justified, to her. It’s not that much of a challenge for me, with such great writing.

She’s not just doing evil to do evil. And if you think about it, most of the crazy stuff she’s done is actually kind of selfless. It’s been to help her mother, or to protect her daughters, protect Raphael.

You mentioned her daughters ― this season we get to see another side of Petra, that of a confident and loving mother. How do you think motherhood fits in with everything else we know about Petra?

I think it’s been so fascinating, because the show manages to capture so many different aspects of what it is to be a mother. Everything went one way for Jane, and then Petra was a way to show a very different approach to motherhood. From the beginning, Jane’s birthing scene and Petra’s birthing scene couldn’t have been more opposite, and then she struggled with postpartum depression, which I thought was so wonderfully done, and such an interesting subject, and something that so many people suffer from.

And she doesn’t have the support system that Jane has; all she has is her crazy mother and crazy sister, left with twins, pretty much alone. I thought it was just wonderful that after the three-year jump, we see her almost dealing with motherhood as if it’s a business project. She’s like, I got this, I can do this.

The three-year jump was such a curveball! Was it a curveball for you, too?

Oh, absolutely. It was so interesting. As a cast, we had a very hard time dealing with knowing that we were losing Brett [Dier] as a cast member, that Michael was going to go. It was kind of a double thing, because we’re so attached to our characters that by now Michael is like a friend of ours. We care about our characters so much, Petra’s like a friend of mine. And that’s how we feel about Michael. It was almost like we’re about to lose someone we very much care about. So we were mourning Michael, and then also mourning the fact that we’re not going to see Brett every day. So that took some time for me to get over.

But then I absolutely loved how they dealt with it. It gave us all a chance to refresh our characters, and find them in a completely new place, and give them this whole new world, from zen Raphael to perfect-mother Petra.

I also wanted to ask about Jane and Petra’s relationship. They don’t always get along, but they don’t get into too many petty catfights, either. Do you have any thoughts on how relationships between women are usually portrayed on TV, and how “Jane the Virgin” manages to combat those stereotypes?

I think there are many different ways that female relationships are portrayed on TV. I think what’s great about Jane and Petra is that they didn’t go in the direction of they hit it off right away, they’re best friends, maybe they have an argument now and then but they’re best friends for life, and they also don’t hate each other. It’s kind of not here, not there. It’s almost like they need each other in spite of themselves.

Petra has a hard time admitting it to herself and to Jane, but she has this great respect for Jane. Jane is someone that she needs in her life. She has a hard time admitting that, because Jane basically has everything Petra doesn’t have.

They have these beautiful moments, and they have hard moments. It’s not a completely natural relationship, but you see that when something really difficult happens, something that’s actually life-or-death, they’re there for each other.

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13 Funny Moms Share The Truth About Motherhood

In the midst of the chaos and confusion of raising kids, sometimes all you need is a good laugh. Luckily some moms are comedians who can find humor in any situation. Here are spot-on parenting truths from 13 famous funny ladies.

1. On who’s really in charge:

“Kids are definitely the boss of you. Anyone who will barge into the room while you are on the commode is the boss of you. And when you explain to them that you’re on the commode and that they should leave but they don’t? That’s a high-level boss.” — Tina Fey

2. On raising babies:

“We spend the first twelve months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up.” — Phyllis Diller

3. On the days before parenthood:

“Before I had children, I was so selfish. I used to shower like every day.” — Maryellen Hooper

4. On the fantasy of sleep:

“Now that I have kids, I’m up at 5:30 a.m. no matter what. Sleep at this point is just a concept, something I’m looking forward to investigating in the future.” — Amy Poehler

5. On dealing with chaos:

“In more trying times, I suppose my parenting philosophy is ‘Try not to lose your shit.'” — Rachel Dratch

6. On parenting expectations and reality:

“It’s funny when you think back on the parent you THOUGHT you would be before you had kids and how you judge other parents. Then you give in to the reality of it and just wing it.” — Maya Rudolph

7. On letting go of dreams:

“Every night I work on releasing the ridiculous fantasy of achieving a serene house, full of productive adults and slumbering children.” — Ana Gasteyer

8. On rolling with the punches:

“It is truly a blessing. But I’m going to be tired for the rest of my life. When you’re up at 3 o’clock in the morning, and they pee on you, you just have to smile.” — Wanda Sykes

9. On the competitive world of preschool admissions:

“I actually went to a kindergarten fair, which was identical to a college fair. It was quite funny. I left with a tote bag and everything from all the schools. I’ve been told to ‘cast a wide net.'” — Jane Krakowski

10. On delivering a baby:

“Giving birth is like taking your lower lip and forcing it over your head.” — Carol Burnett

11. On asserting authority:

“Don’t tell your kids you had an easy birth or they won’t respect you. For years I used to wake up my daughter and say, ‘Melissa you ripped me to shreds. Now go back to sleep.'” — Joan Rivers

12. On raising energetic kids:

“When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice, safe playpen. When they’re finished, I climb out.” — Erma Bombeck

13. On parenting in the digital age:

“I joined a couple of those mom chat rooms and it was seriously like a ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketch. I was laughing so hard! Of course I was appreciative that women share information, but there would be fights over, like, what kind of lotion one woman is using on her stomach.” — Casey Wilson

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Your Children Will Raise You: The Joys, Challenges, And Life Lessons Of Motherhood

Your Children Will Raise You: The Joys, Challenges, And Life Lessons Of Motherhood


Motherhood can be one of the most intense and transformative experiences of a woman’s life. While many books explore the do’s and don’ts of effective parenting, few offer guidance on navigating the tumultuous inner experience of being a mother, with all its joy, pain, change, and uncertainty. Your Children Will Raise You explores the profound inward challenges and rewards of motherhood, from first giving birth to the empty nest. The editorâ??herself a mother of two sonsâ??has chosen some of the most insightful writings about the emotional and spiritual landscape of motherhoodâ??twenty-four essays in allâ??drawn from the best books, articles, and essays, as well as two original essays. The authors speak from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, each exploring a unique dimension of the journey of motherhood. Your Children Will Raise You features writings by Poet and novelist Louise Erdrich, who captures the sheer wonder and awe of early motherhood. Ariel Goreâ??a self-described "hip-momma," fully in touch with today’s youth cultureâ??who reflects on the challenges of dealing with her own daughter’s adolescent rebellion. Journalist Joan Peters, who highlights the rise of the "Power Mom" and the risks of overparenting to our children and to ourselves. Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Huntâ??husband and wife psychotherapistsâ??explore why it is that our own childhoods so often come back to haunt us when we become parents ourselves. Zen teacher Cheri Huber offers a spiritual perspective: sometimes it’s us parents who need a "time out"â??time to get in touch with ourselves so we can be more fully present and loving with our children.
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What’s the first thing a woman does when she thinks she might be pregnant? She Googles. And it goes downhill from there. While the internet is full of calming and cheerily supportive articles, it’s also littered with hyper-judgmental message boards and heaps of contradictory and scolding information. Babies on Boards takes parents through the trenches of new parenting, warning readers of the pleasures and perils of mommy blogs, new parent groups, self-described lactivists, sleep fascists, incessant trend pieces on working versus non-working mothers, and the place where free time and self-esteem goes to die: Pinterest (back away from the hand-made flower headbands for baby!). JJ Keith interweaves discussions of what it takes a village really means (hint: a lot of unwanted advice from elderly strangers who may have grown up in actual villages) and a take-down of the rising make your own baby food movement (just mush a banana with a fork!) with laugh-out-loud observations about the many mistakes she made as a frantic new mother with too much access to high speed internet and a lot of questions. Keith cuts to the truth whether it’s about perfect births, parenting gurus, the growing tide of vaccine rejecters, the joy of blanketing Facebook with baby pics, or germophobia to move conversations about parenting away from experts espousing blanket truths to amateurs relishing in what a big, messy pile of delight and trauma having a baby is. It turns out those little buggers are more durable and fun than we think they are!

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How My Grandma Taught Me About the Beauty of Motherhood

“I envy them.
They’re brave.
Seeds cast by the wind to land where they may, they stay and hold against most hot, most cold.
They persevere, roots shallow yet fierce and free.
They epitomize to me all that I sometimes yearn to be.”

-Julie Andrews, “Wildflowers”

When I was a little girl, I’d collect flowers on my walk to my grandma’s house. I’d gather them in huge bunches, grasping their stems tightly, anticipating the look my grandma would have on her face when I pulled them out with a Surprise! from behind my back.

I remember one time my uncle was there and when he saw what I had in my small hands he teased, “Those are weeds!” I wanted to throw them away, afraid my grandma wouldn’t want them anymore. And when she saw me with my hands behind my back she asked me where her flowers were — it had become such a daily routine, of course she would wonder why I hadn’t brought her flowers. I mumbled apologetically, “But I brought you weeds.” Her eyes sparkled as she told me: “Mija. Wildflowers are just as pretty as any other flower.” And she took them from my hand and placed them gently in a cup of water.

As a child, I learned that when people ask what your favorite flower is, they expect to hear roses or daisies maybe daffodils. I always tell people tulips are my favorite. But the truth is, I love wildflowers. I remember seeing the California Poppies growing wild on the side of the freeways and thinking they were the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen. Even now, my eyes are drawn to the majestic Indian Blanket I see growing in the fields through out my neighborhood in Texas.

With wildflowers, my grandma taught me to see beauty in all things. To see the beauty that lies in the grittiness of life.

It’s why I’m drawn to running. Looking at it from the outside I can see how people are initially pushed away- – sweaty, tired, aching lungs and legs. I know when I finish a run and my face is bright red, body drenched in sweat — I know that isn’t the traditional definition of beauty. But I feel the beauty in it. The beauty of being pushed beyond my comfort level, doing something I love and yet it is so physically challenging and sometimes emotionally draining, as I waiver on wanting to give up and wanting to finish what I started.

The beauty of running is like wildflowers. Tough. Perseverance. Not as graceful as the gymnast or as dazzling as the soccer player. But my grandma’s words echo in my hear — it’s just as beautiful as any other flower out there.

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And Motherhood is where I feel her presence the most. The way she taught me to appreciate the beauty of wildflowers is the anchor of my place in this world: appreciating the beauty of motherhood. It’s not ever what I expected it to be — this most challenging, heart wrenching, and sweet life of being a mother — a life that I chose. And I wouldn’t give it up for anything this earthly world could offer me.

I see and feel the beauty of motherhood — through the tears and heartache, the sweet tender moments that are so achingly personal you don’t want to share it with the world through social media–because it’s yours to keep, the caress of a soft cheek, wiping away tears on a wailing child, rocking a little one to sleep, the feelings of wishing you could take away their pain — and yet knowing they must experience it to find their own place in the world, grateful your oldest still lets you hold her — a wiry-limbed almost 9-year-old and feeling the bittersweet ache as you remember how her body used to fit completely, wholly, into the nook of your arm all while wondering: How did you get to this place?

Motherhood is like wildflowers: Gritty. Fiercely intense. Beautiful.

Wildflowers — just as beautiful as any other flower out there.

Never Give Up,

Nicole

For my children. I appreciate you.

Through all the things my eyes have seen
The best by far is you

For all the places I have been
I’m no place without you

For all the things my hands have held
The best by far is you
~Andrew Macmahon, Cecilia And The Satellite

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Thank you for my wildflowers: the gift of motherhood.

Nicole Scott writes about family, faith, and her love of running at My Fit Family.

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‘Welcome To Motherhood’ Rap Is Just What Parents-To-Be Need To Hear

Countless moms and dads have lamented the sleepless nights, messy stains, piles of laundry, and general confusion that come with welcoming a new baby home. But parents-to-be still ask, “Just how bad are those first few months?”

The hilarious moms behind “The BreakWomb” YouTube channel answer that question in their new “Welcome to Motherhood” rap. Featuring special guests Nyima Funk and Bridget Kloss-Dario, the spot-on rap video includes some informative advice about what’s to come after giving birth.

“Your nipples will crack. Your lady junk is raw. Better get some nursing pads or you’ll leak straight through your bra,” goes one verse, with another adding, “Say goodbye to sleeping. Say hello to swollen feet and get ready for a period that lasts for several weeks.”

Still, the chorus brings it back to what’s most important about having a baby: “So much love, So much love. You’re a little angel sent from heaven above.”

But let’s get back to the no sleep thing.

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Reno Rose PRRMNS/M Ramon Small/Medium Pirose Motherhood Nursing Cover – Blue Paisley

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Reno Rose’s Pirose Motherhood is a revolutionary super light weight and multi-functional nursing cover. The Aya design features a beautiful leopard print which has been carefully chosen to act as camouflage for privacy while nursing. The light weight fabric is airy, providing comfort for both baby and mom. When finished nursing, Pirose’s unique design allows it to transition into a fashion accessory as a scarf, a shawl, or a hair accessory to compliment any outfit. It also works well as a cover for strollers, car seats, or baby carriers. Pirose is made by Reno Rose Enterprise, a company dedicated to designing innovative and unique fashion accessories. 100% Polyester. Machine washable on gentle cycle or hand wash; Air dry. Matching storage bag included. Fashionable and functional with multiple options for accessorizing your outfit; Mother can enjoy as a multi-way fashion accessory even past the nursing stage. Super light weight material provides comfort for both baby and mom. Camouflaging print allows for privacy, yet baby can see mom’s face. Size: Small/Medium. Color: Blue Paisley. Collection: Ramon.

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30 Strangers Discover They Share The Same Doubts, Pains And Joys Of Motherhood

Being a mom means something different for every woman, and it’s nothing short of inspiring to watch a group of moms share what this identity means to each of them.

Eco-friendly baby product delivery service The Honest Company brought together 30 moms, who had never met before, to have an unscripted conversation about their journey through motherhood. Before long, the moms realized that the challenges and rewards of parenting made them all more similar than they realized at first.

Here are a few powerful snippets from the moms’ chat:

“No matter how many books you read, it does not prepare you for parenthood.”

“My mom would want me to be the best mom, of course, but you’ve got to be your own mom.”

“There is no balance. There is no black and white. We live in this grey.”

“Having a kid has been beyond amazing. And then I have days where I haven’t slept, and I’ve been like, ‘This sucks, what did I do?'”

“I really do struggle because all I ever wanted was these babies … and now that I have them, I love them so much and I didn’t realize how much of myself I would lose.”

“I have another little one to take care of, and I don’t even know who I am, yet.”

“I remember when my daughter laughed for the first time … and that was it. I melted. I was in love. For the rest of my life, if I have that, I’m good.”

The Honest Company has also started a hashtag, #YouGotThis, for moms on social media to weigh in on the conversation.

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How Motherhood Bonded Onscreen BFFs Jenna von Oÿ and Mayim Bialik – Where Are They Now? – OWN

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In the ’90s, young girls everywhere envied the friendship and fashion of Blossom star Mayim Bialik and her onscreen BFF, Six, portrayed by actress Jenna von Oÿ. From her home in Nashville, Jenna opens up about her ongoing friendship with Mayim.

“Mayim and I have kept in touch for a while. Actually, motherhood really sort of resurrected our friendship,” says Jenna, the mother of one daughter, with a second on the way. “She’s really been my go-to guru about all things breastfeeding.”

How does Jenna feel about Mayim’s controversial take on attachment parenting? Watch the above video to find out.

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Recessions May Thwart a Woman’s Motherhood Plans Forever: Study

Research found initial impact was most pronounced among women in their 20s, and lasted until they were in their 40s
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5 Lessons from New Motherhood on Living the Good Life

I wouldn’t call my pre-baby outlook on life misguided, but like most 20-, er, 30-something-year-old professionals (especially those here in New York), the concept of work-life balance was far-fetched, to say the least. Perhaps I was looking too far away — like France or back to my grandparents’ generation — for a practical way to apply the concept to my own life. Or maybe there was some truth to the notion that the “good life,” was only attainable by certain groups of folks. Or, maybe, I just hadn’t become a mother yet.

Who knew that the thing everyone says is supposed to turn your world upside down would actually shift it into balance. Granted, you might not be able to tell — well, with my home consistently towing the line between new parenthood and an episode of “Hoarders” — but where my husband and I may lack in magazine-worthy digs, we’re making up for it in lessons learned about truly living the good life.

Here are five that we’ve gleaned so far… in no particular order:

1. Savor Every Sip (…Or Bite…Or Moment, For That Matter)
This isn’t one of those things experienced parents say in rosy-hued retrospect, it’s the lesson I learned on Valentine’s Day 2014, one of our first night’s out with baby, which ended with a change of clothes in a gross public men’s room and a sleepy child with shoes on her hands. As for the cocktail shown here? I drank it…alone…before hurrying past judgmental restaurant patrons and dumping its boozy byproducts down the drain so baby could eat.

2. Make Nice With Mother Nature (Or, Better Yet, Invite Her In)
Winter 2014 sent many of us reeling into hibernation, a place that I previously imagined cozying into with my new baby until Spring arrived. But let’s face it, there are only so many gingerbread lattes you can drink, and two weeks in, I was over it. Plant life isn’t anymore entertaining than a sleepy newborn is, but if I were to go back in time, I’d stop waiting for Mother Nature to have some compassion and bring in some natural elements — like this herb garden — instead.

3. Invest In Good Bedding
Somewhere, someone’s living the good life off the profits of all the baby gear we’re practically buried under. But as most new parents learn, no matter how cool the gadget or how soft the blankie, nothing compares to our lap, in our bed, when it comes to nap time.

4. Make The Most Of The Mundane
My first day alone without baby wasn’t as glamourous as I’d imagined. It involved a trip to the doctor, a wait in line at the post office, and a lonely, mommy-guilt-ridden lunch at Panera Bread. But in the spirit of making the most of my “free time,” I swung by the hair salon for a treatment, where I spotted this little oasis of grown-folk goodness. I’m sure it’ll be a choking hazard and otherwise impractical at some point, but for now, I say yes to any little luxury that will help our apartment-sized playpen feel like a home again.

5. Life Is Better When You Can Unplug
So maybe I did learn something from the French after all, and every time my daughter whines at the sight of my cell phone or laptop, and even more so when she smiles at me, I’m reminded of this fact.

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Bargain Books are non-returnable.Beautifully illustrated with over 150 paintings and drawings, With Child celebrates the wonder of pregnancy and motherhood. Drawing on the vast, inherited body of wisdom of mothers around the world, expert Deborah Jackson has translated ancient rituals and myths into practical knowledge that will instruct and encourage mothers (and fathers too). From ancient fertility rites and lore about conception to the folk mythology of labor and aboriginal beliefs about the first months of life, With Child takes us around the world and through the ages in a fascinating presentation of panhuman maternal wisdom. Learn why the ancient Greek tradition of having a doula, a full-time mother's assistant trained in the transition between pregnancy and motherhood, is regaining popularity for modern women. Discover the traditional way to plant a birth tree; herbal remedies to stop your baby from crying; yoga techniques for pregnancy; how to conduct a naming ceremony; or how to use feng shui to plan the baby's sleeping place. Charting an inspirational course through pregnancy, birth, and early motherhood, With Child is the perfect gift for mothers and mothers-to-be, a beautiful and unique volume to be treasured and shared by all parents.
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Girls Actress Shiri Appleby Talks Balancing Motherhood, Directing and Roswell

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Shiri Appleby has been very busy lately. On top of appearing in HBO’s Girls as Adam’s Girlfriend, Natalia, Appleby is also in the midst of filming a pilot for Lifetime (Unreal), and directing a one act play in Los Angeles.

Appleby says about directing:

I’ve been acting since I was a child so to move the pieces around and watch a piece evolve from the outside has given me a ton of perspective and insight into the process, as well as clarity about the role of the actor in any given situation.

When she’s not working, she is balancing it all with being a parent to her daughter, Natalie.

“When I am not working, I spend all my time with my daughter and when I am working I try to let myself have the space to be an individual.” Appleby says, explaining how she keeps a healthy balance between work life and motherhood.

…I tell myself that if I’m not with her, I might as well make the most of the time and do my very best. Being a woman who is trying to parent, be in a relationship and manage a career is still a work in progress, but it’s working for me at the current time, and I am enjoying it more than I ever thought possible — quite frankly, I’ve never been so fulfilled.

She is most commonly recognized today from her role on the hit HBO series Girls, which is premiering its third season on Sunday, January 12th. Appleby, who had a great time working on the set, will be making an appearance this season. When asked what her favorite part about working on Girls was, she replied,

My favorite part about being on the set of Girls was how much conversation and care went into each moment that ends up on screen. Lena (Dunham) and Jenni Konner have created a truly creative environment, which is why I think they are able to produce television that is so daring, fresh and real. I feel lucky to have been cast in that show in that they gave me the opportunity to show myself, the audience and the industry that I am capable of going dark, of portraying awkward, uncomfortable moments in life. As an actor, whatever type of role you become known for is usually what people want you to do again, which can stagnate your creativity. It takes being cast by important filmmakers in varying roles to explore the diversity of your talent. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed getting down and dirty and crawling out of the box I had been in professionally for so long, and yes, Natalia makes an appearance in season 3.

In addition to enjoying her time on set, she noticed there was a difference between working on Network Television and working on an HBO series.

It is as basic as what footage the directors have to shoot. On network television, most directors wouldn’t be as risky as to not properly cover each scene with the standard master, two shoot, singles and tight close-ups. Maybe they would add a steady shot, and one fancy move to get in, or out of the scene but other than that, they shoot what is expected of them, word for word, because network television pays significant money and they want to be asked back to the party — and quite frankly, I don’t blame them. While I was shooting Girls, one scene as scripted wasn’t working, and Lena and Jenni had the creative freedom to completely improv the scene without a bunch of phone calls or complete chaos on set. It is invaluable that the creator and executive producer is directing/writing/starring in each episode of their show. Usually on network television, the creator and/or executive producer is in his/her office — which could be in another state or country — breaking stories, dealing with politics and keeping the machine moving so they rarely appear on set. I believe most of the scripts for the Girls season are broken, arched out and partially written before they start shooting, so everyone who is making the show can be an active participant in how the show gets made…

Even after being an established actress (having been on hit shows like ER and Chicago Fire and recently staring as the lead character in the Lifetime movie Kristin’s Christmas Past, Appleby is still hoping to reach an important goal.

“In film, my dream scenario would be to have Nicole Holofcener as a director.”

Holofcener has directed both a few episodes of the hit HBO show’s Sex Feet Under and Sex And The City.

“She has a wonderful style that is so simple and clean, and each one of her films so beautifully expresses the plight of a woman. I would do everything possible to be in her next film — she’s it for me!”

Appleby (36) is still recognized today from her portrayal of Liz Parker from the hit show Roswell. The show aired from 1999 to 2002 and had a huge cult following. Fans of the WB show even sent in bottles of Tabasco sauce to help persuade the station from cancelling the show when it wasn’t doing well. Fans of Roswell will be happy to hear that she still runs into the other actors from time to time.

“I ran into Majandra (Delfino, who played Maria) the other day. Colin (Hanks, who played Alex) and I run in a similar circle, so I see him from time to time. It was so many years ago and I am so proud of what each of them has done with their careers and lives.”

Even more importantly, she would be up for doing a Roswell movie.

I would LOVE the idea of doing a Roswell movie. The idea has been mentioned from fans for years. When the Veronica Mars Kickstarter campaign happened last year, I looked into what it would take for Roswell movie to happen, and what I found out is that there are a lot of bigger players than me that would need to get interested to make something like that happen. I wouldn’t say it’s impossible but…

As a huge fan of Roswell myself, this is music to my ears. So just one question. Who should we start sending the Tabasco sauce to?
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Bargain Books are non-returnable. Beautifully illustrated with over 150 paintings and drawings, "With Child" celebrates the wonder of pregnancy and motherhood. Drawing on the vast, inherited body of wisdom of mothers around the world, expert Deborah Jackson has translated ancient rituals and myths into practical knowledge that will instruct and encourage mothers (and fathers too). From ancient fertility rites and lore about conception to the folk mythology of labor and aboriginal beliefs about the first months of life, "With Child takes us around the world and through the ages in a fascinating presentation of panhuman maternal wisdom. Learn why the ancient Greek tradition of having a doula, a full-time mother’s assistant trained in the transition between pregnancy and motherhood, is regaining popularity for modern women. Discover the traditional way to plant a birth tree; herbal remedies to stop your baby from crying; yoga techniques for pregnancy; how to conduct a naming ceremony; or how to use feng shui to plan the baby’s sleeping place. Charting an inspirational course through pregnancy, birth, and early motherhood, "With Child" is the perfect gift for mothers and mothers-to-be, a beautiful and unique volume to be treasured and shared by all parents.
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