Christine Hernandez

Christine Hernandez lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, her toddler and their Beta fish Freddie. She loves ice cream, laying in the grass, and incense.

How I Got Over My Natural Birth Jealousy

From the moment I found out I was pregnant, I started to daydream about my ideal birth plan. As a yoga teacher I was surrounded by women who had home births or at the very least had given birth “naturally.” I hired a doula, went to acupuncture every…
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I Was Super Fit & Pregnancy Was Still A Nightmare

When I found out I was pregnant, I was teaching three yoga classes a week at a hot yoga studio. We were living in Brooklyn, N.Y., without a car and I loathed public transportation so I mostly walked anywhere that was a reasonable walking distance…
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I Am More Worried About Our Boys Than Our Girls

Monday is my absolute favorite day of the week because it’s the day I take my 2-year-old son to his dance class. I have never seen him get more excited about anything in his two years on this earth than he does about this dance class. His face…
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It's Impossible To Separate Anxiety From The State Of Being A Mom

I have always been sort of an anxious person. If I had a personal mantra, it would probably be “prepare for the worst.” One of my pastimes is thinking up the most disastrous outcome for any situation so I can figure out what I would do if it became…
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Why Parents Love 'Nailed It' So Damn Much

Since becoming parents, my husband and I have had to reconfigure our expectations around date nights. What once consisted of binging on vodka-sodas, going out to dinner, and stumbling home around 3:00 a.m. has evolved into eating ice cream straight…
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I’m Calling Bull On Baby Showers — What New Moms Need Are Post-Baby Showers

People have never been nicer to me than when I was pregnant. At work my coworkers would go out of their way to make sure I had a chair to sit in at meetings, wouldn’t let me anywhere near cleaning products and never complained that I spent…
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TBH I'm Only In The Montessori Philosophy For The Furniture

While I was pregnant, I signed up for a parents list-serv in a much more fancy part of Brooklyn than I lived and would read emails about parents touring daycares and reading books about different parenting philosophies while their babies were still…
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When People Ask What I Do, I Still Say I'm A Pre-School Teacher, Even Though I'm A SAHM

Being a stay-at-home mom is weird. Maybe other people are better at it than me, but I have never really gotten used to being at the constant mercy of a tiny and often raging human. It can be isolating and lonely when you are the only mom at a…
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I’m A Crunchy Mom Who Thought The Epidural Was “Evil,” But I Was So Wrong

When I got pregnant, I was practicing yoga regularly, teaching yoga and meditation classes and a vegetarian. I was surrounded by all of these strong female role models, many of them mothers, and I was excited to join the ranks of these women who I…
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I'm A Helicopter Mom & I'm Not Going To Stop Hovering Until My Son Tells Me To

The other day I was with my toddler at an indoor play space, sitting on the gym floor watching him attempt to spin a hula hoop on the gym floor when another toddler came over and grabbed it right out of his hands and ran off. My son was mostly…
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Super-Human Mom Strength Isn't Just A Myth — I Lived It

Everyone has heard a story about a mom who lifted a fridge up off of her toddler or fought off a bear or some other example of super-human strength in a time of crisis, right? I always sort of assumed those stories to be hyperbole until the day I…
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You Need To Buy Your Son “Girls’ Toys” If You Truly Believe In Equality

“Boyz like to play rough. They climb in trees and play in the dirt. Boyz love finding trouble!” This is an actual quote written on a tag attached to one of my 18-month-old’s shirts. The funny thing is, the shirt is a really dapper little button-down…
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I Tried An Elimination Diet, & It Saved Breastfeeding For Me

If you would have told me two years ago that in the future I would be breastfeeding a 15-month-old, I would have told you to get the eff out of here. Before becoming a parent, I thought breastfeeding past infancy was weird and creepy and couldn’t…
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