I’ll always remember the night I went into labor: my boyfriend at the wheel of the CRV we’d just bought to replace his beloved but battered bachelor-mobile; my mom and 14-year-old sister ensconced in the back seat. The first contraction had arrived as I ate a bite of cake after dinner; much to my surprise, the next one followed promptly five minutes later. And in a disorienting matter of minutes we were barreling across the George Washington Bridge, the freezing black depths of the Hudson below, the lights of Manhattan ahead.
This Romper issue, So It Begins, is all about meeting you in moments like that one: assuaging some of those worries with concrete, helpful advice and the message that we are all in this proverbial 2003 CRV together...
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Remember how 9 a.m. used to feel like the start of the day, and then you became a mom? Romper's ongoing Instagram series #Before9am celebrates all you do before most people have their coffee. Check out actor, country singer, podcaster, and businesswoman Jana Kramer’s morning routine with a newborn and a toddler, which is packed with multiple wakeups and feedings plus, you know, actually doing her stuff.
I was up at 2 trying to calm my little one, and then an hour later was feeding Jace. Took a nap and then smacked Mike on the back when I heard him crying because it was his turn. It was my turn again at 7. This time it was waking up my baby girl for school. Breakfast and then making lunches and just in time for a drop off at school. All done by 9am and wouldn’t trade any of my mornings for this. Us ladies surely can run this world.