Allison Cooper

Allison Cooper is a full time freelance writer, blogger and NYC mama who loves to spend her time with family, doing yoga or catching the latest fashion show.
Recent Articles

I Want to Be Remembered By My Kids As A Mom Who Tried

I never expected to be a Pinterest-level mom. I don't worry as much about what other moms think of me, but I do worry what my kids think about me. This past Fall, I wanted my kids to have the pumpkin and apple-picking excursions that made it feel lik…
By Allison Cooper

Keeping Score In Parenting Is Always A Losing Battle

Have you ever ruined a vacation? I've come close. Earlier in the year, my family and I took a last-minute trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. My husband had been away for the entire month of August for military training and, while he was away, was …
By Allison Cooper

What Chill Moms Know About Avoiding The Emergency Room

I vividly remember the first moment that I experienced a health scare as a parent. My first born was only 18-months-old and sitting in his high-chair as my husband and I chomped down what I had made for dinner that night: broiled flounder. (I was die…
By Allison Cooper

Moms Are The Actual Spirit Of Christmas & Honestly, It's Exhausting

Here we are again. It’s that special time of year when Elf on the Shelf starts to pop up in everyone’s Facebook news feed and you get an insider’s glimpse at all the (admittedly hilarious) trouble that the super-creative, Pinterest moms have created …
By Allison Cooper

The Skinny Jeans That Saved Me Postpartum

Let’s be very, very honest about this — pregnancy and childbirth change your body. Regardless of what tabloid headlines about celebrities’ post-baby bodies and Instagram #fitspo posts might tell you, the reality is that your body’s going to look and …
By Allison Cooper

I Don't Care What Anyone Says, This Is My Last Baby And I Will Rock Her To Sleep

I sat in my parent's living room as my kids toddled around a place they hadn’t visited since Christmas. My husband was away for a month-long military training many, many states away and I had traveled to Pittsburgh from New York City so that I could …
By Allison Cooper

No, I’m Not F*king Letting My Kids Call Me By My First Name

“Mom” is what we answer to day and night when those tiny little voices call. It's the word we wait so long to hear when our kids are beginning to babble. Later, we hear it so much that — let's be honest — there are moments where we lock ourselves in …
By Allison Cooper

Making My Baby's Food Isn't Just A Hobby — It Helped Me Heal

When I had my second child I was determined to breastfeed. I knew it wasn't going to be easy. I had a breast reduction when I was 17, and I was unable to breastfeed my first baby due to low milk supply. So believe me when I say I was acutely aware of…
By Allison Cooper

It Took Having A Daughter For Me To Love My Body

Dear beautiful, beautiful daughter of mine, My entire life, I’ve struggled with my body image. The women in my life were always measuring their food, counting calories, and comparing pant sizes. Whenever my grandmother would take us out to lunch, we …
By Allison Cooper

Why Working Out After Having A Baby Is A Terrible Idea

After you give birth, it takes some time to get back to "normal," both mentally and physically. Too often, we're so focused on our new "baby bliss" that we put ourselves on the back burner. While everyone has different challenges, finding my workout …
By Allison Cooper

I Stopped Nagging My Eight Year Old For a Week

Last weekend, I walked into our living room and was hit smack in the face with something that would shake any mom to her core: cups everywhere, wrappers on the floor, crumbs that crunched under my bare feet, and toys covering every surface. I pulled …
By Allison Cooper

I Force My Kids To Pose For Pictures - So What?

If you look through my Instagram feed at any given moment, you'll probably see photos of my 8-year-old son and 7-month-old daughter. I absolutely love having as many photos of my kids as possible on hand, because I want to preserve my memories of th…
By Allison Cooper

Stop Asking Me If I'm The Nanny

I’ll never forget the day I took my son to his first karate class. We walked into the studio early and we were the first ones there. I was by myself with my then-7-year-old, and we met with the instructor and got him registered. As we were waiting fo…
By Allison Cooper

The Bra That Saved Me Postpartum

Let’s be very, very honest about this — pregnancy and childbirth change your body. Regardless of what tabloid headlines about celebrities’ post-baby bodies and Instagram #fitspo posts might tell you, the reality is that your body’s going to look and …
By Allison Cooper

Why I'll Never Cover My Tattoos

I got my first tattoo the day I turned 18. I can still remember the anticipation boiling up inside me as I drove through downtown Pittsburgh with two friends, searching for a tattoo parlor in the South Side. As I walked into into a room filled with p…
By Allison Cooper

Don't Applaud Amal Clooney For Choosing "Normal" Baby Names

On Tuesday, international human rights lawyer and wife of George Clooney Amal Clooney gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl. In a statement, the Clooneys' publicist said: “This morning Amal and George welcomed Ella and Alexander Clooney into their li…
By Allison Cooper

I Couldn’t Breastfeed After My Breast Reduction

My teenage years were difficult for me, because I spent most of my time feeling self-conscious about my huge boobs. In 7th grade, my boobs started growing at a pretty rapid pace, going from an A-cup to a C-cup within just a few months. By the time I …
By Allison Cooper

My Friend Ruined My Birth Announcement

My husband and I waited eight years after our son was born to have another child. We always knew that we wanted him to have a sibling, but we were a young military couple when we had our first child, so we had a baby and got married young, which is f…
By Allison Cooper

I Have A Mom Nemesis, & Admit It — You Do Too

I have a mom nemesis (or "momesis" for short). You know who I'm talking about: the woman at the bus stop, play group or PTA meeting who not only rubs you the wrong way, but goes above and beyond to make your life miserable. Maybe you two just don't g…
By Allison Cooper

Dear Formula-Feeding Moms: You're Not Alone

Dear mom who is formula-feeding, I know what you're going through. I know what it’s like when your little one is crying in public and you pull out a bottle of formula from your diaper bag, instead of sitting down to breastfeed. I know what it's like…
By Allison Cooper