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Well Rounded NY is Here

Who doesn’t love a good birth story? Here’s how our baby, Well Rounded NY, made its debut.

Well Rounded NY is Here

It was serendipitous that Jessica and I got pregnant at the same time. Being first-time mamas in New York City, in a sea of single friends isn’t so easy...especially within that first trimester, when activities change (bye-bye booze) and energy levels plummet. Jess and I were friends from the magazine world pre-pregnancy, and had made a nice habit of meeting up for dinner and drinks. So, of course, it’s only appropriate that our pregnancy-reveals happened over a delicious dinner at a restaurant downtown. Jess went first, and I met her news with big sigh of relief -- I had been keeping my pregnancy under wraps. A pregger friend! Over the next few months, we came to terms with the fact that our bodies were changing and that our lives were about to as well. But, despite our jobs in media, neither one of us could find a resource that complemented this new stage in our lives. Sure, we weren’t fitting into our old jeans anymore, but we still wanted to feel like ourselves. And just because we weren’t boozing it up while our babies were cooking didn’t mean that we couldn’t enjoy our favorite things, like eating at the latest restaurants. All we saw were pink and blue at the end of the tunnel...and we like tie-dye. Which is why, once the newborn fog lifted, we started working on Well Rounded NY. And why last week, four months after unofficially launching WRNY, we were finally ready to celebrate our new baby together with a Sip & See at the Duc Duc Showroom in SoHo (and yes, “we” are fully aware that we sound like a couple when “we” speak sometimes and “we” are totally fine with it). We fell in love with the idea of a Sip & See after seeing some work that our friends over at Little Miss Party had done. So who better to collaborate with on our “Granny Chic” theme than LMP partners Seri and Michelle? All we had to do was share a picture of some gorgeous floral paper straws that we had become fixated on, and say the words “gold” and “lace,” and LMP came back to us with a dream of an event. From spray-painting objects gold to filling the room with beautiful floral arrangements, every detail was perfection. Our guests were excited to leave with a “Party in a Box,” because, really, who doesn’t love a party? In a box! Seri was on site the day of (Michelle is home with her precious newborn!) and she could not have made us feel calmer. Now, we like sippin’ on some champers as much as the next gal, but as our friend Evan Gubernick from 485 Creative (and art brain behind WRNY) likes to say, “You want them doing something.” And something they did. We asked our friends super-crafter Meg Allan Cole and Cute Attack shop’s Liza Dare to have some fun with our guests, and we’re so happy they said yes. Meg showed the ladies (and gents) how to make pom-poms and what to do with the colorful bunches (hello, pom-pom mobile), and Liza had them hammering away, customizing their own bracelets and charms with the initials of their choice. Our guests also hammed it up at our Polaroid station, sponsored by Little Duck Organics (can you say floral washi tape?), and powered up their dying phone batteries at the Mommy Nearest charging station. (Okay, not quite DIY, but sort of.) The party was filled with people who have been supporting us since WRNY was just a tiny zygote of an idea, so we wanted to make sure to thank our guests properly with cool gift bags filled with lots of loot. We were excited that Susan from Fourth Love signed on as a sponsor because what’s better than two cute logos in a unique design from 485 Creative. Oh, and did we mention there were tons of great goodies inside? Seriously though, we were completely taken back at how wonderful the evening was. We keep joking that we got married (especially because we got our hair done by the awesome GlamSquad team). The room was truly filled with warmth and excitement. And we could not have chosen a better place than Ducduc to host the event. We loved seeing every single smiling face throughout the night: old friends, new friends, editor friends, brand friends and blogger friends. We had (and overheard) inspiring conversations and are proud that new connections were made. This is just the beginning for us here at Well Rounded NY. And we don’t really need a long list of reasons to throw a party so expect more of those too. Thanks to everyone who was there, and keep on reading, keep on sharing and keep on telling us what you would like to see more of! #WRNYishere (Thank you Munchkin, LeSportSac, Nine Naturals, Tattly, The Sunday Fare, SW Basics, and Little Duck Organics for gift bag goodies. And last but not least a thank you to The Nourishing Vegan for providing healthy delicious bites and Chef Mary London for the naughty and delicious bites.) Photos by the über-talented Kristy May Photography.

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These challenges from Nike PLAYlist are exactly what my child needs to stay active

Plus a fall family bucket list to keep everyone moving all season long.

While it's hard to name anything that the pandemic hasn't affected, one thing that is constantly on my mind is how to keep my family active despite spending more time indoors. Normally, this time of year would be spent at dance and gymnastics lessons, meeting up with friends for games and field trips, and long afternoon playdates where we can all let off a little steam. Instead, we find ourselves inside more often than ever before—and facing down a long winter of a lot more of the same.

I started to search for an outlet that would get my girls moving safely while we social distance, but at first I didn't find a lot of solutions. Online videos either weren't terribly engaging for my active kids, or the messaging wasn't as positive around the power of movement as I would like. Then I found the Nike PLAYlist.

I always knew that Nike could get me moving, but I was so impressed to discover this simple resource for parents. PLAYlist is an episodic sports show on YouTube that's made for kids and designed to teach them the power of expressing themselves through movement. The enthusiastic kid hosts immediately captured my daughter's attention, and I love how the physical activity is organically incorporated in fun activities without ever being specifically called out as anything other than play. For example, this segment where the kids turn yoga into a game of Paper Scissors Rock? Totally genius. The challenges from #TheReplays even get my husband and me moving more when our daughter turns it into a friendly family competition. (Plus, I love the play-inspired sportswear made just for kids!)

My daughter loves the simple Shake Ups at the beginning of the episode and is usually hopping off the couch to jump, dance and play within seconds. One of her favorites is this Sock Flinger Shake Up activity from the Nike PLAYlist that's easy for me to get in on too. Even after we've put away the tablet, the show inspires her to create her own challenges throughout the day.

The best part? The episodes are all under 5 minutes, so they're easy to sprinkle throughout the day whenever we need to work out some wiggles (without adding a lot of screen time to our schedule).

Whether you're looking for simple alternatives to P.E. and sports or simply need fun ways to help your child burn off energy after a day of socially distanced school, Nike's PLAYlist is a fun, kid-friendly way to get everyone moving.

Need more movement inspiration for fall? Here are 5 ways my family is getting up and getting active this season:

1. Go apple picking.

Truly, it doesn't really feel like fall until we've picked our first apple. (Or had our first bite of apple cider donut!) Need to burn off that extra cinnamon-sugar energy? Declare a quick relay race up the orchard aisle—winner gets first to pick of apples at home.

To wear: These Printed Training Tights are perfect for when even a casual walk turns into a race (and they help my daughter scurry up a branch for the big apples).

2. Visit a pumpkin patch.

We love to pick up a few locally grown pumpkins to decorate or cook with each year. Challenge your child to a "strongman" contest and see who can lift the heaviest pumpkin while you're there.

To wear: Suit up your little one in comfort with this Baby Full Zip Coverall so you're ready for whatever adventures the day brings.

3. Have a nature scavenger hunt.

Scavenger hunts are one of my favorite ways to keep my daughter preoccupied all year long. We love to get outside and search for acorns, leaves and pinecones as part of our homeschool, but it's also just a great way to get her exercising those gross motor skills whenever the wiggles start to build up.

To wear: It's not truly fall until you break out a hoodie. This cozy Therma Elite Kids Hoodie features a mesh overlay to release heat while your child plays.

4. Have a touch-football game.

Tip for parents with very little kids: It doesn't have to last as long as a real football game. 😂 In fact, staging our own mini-games is one of our favorite ways to get everyone up and moving in between quarters during Sunday football, and I promise we all sleep better that night.

To wear: From impromptu games of tag to running through our favorite trails, these kids' Nike Air Zoom Speed running shoes are made to cover ground all season long.

5. Create an indoor obstacle course.

Pretending the floor is lava was just the beginning. See how elaborate your personal course can get, from jumping on the couch to rolling under the coffee table to hopping down the hallway on one foot.

To wear: These ready-for-any-activity Dri-FIT Tempo Shorts are perfect for crawling, hopping and racing—and cuddling up when it's time to rest.

This article was sponsored by Nike. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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I never wanted to be a mom. It wasn't something I ever thought would happen until I fell madly in love with my husband—who knew very well he wanted children. While he was a natural at entertaining our nephews or our friends' kids, I would awkwardly try to interact with them, not really knowing what to say or do.

Our first pregnancy was a surprise, a much-wanted one but also a unicorn, "first try" kind of pregnancy. As my belly grew bigger, so did my insecurities. How do you even mom when you never saw motherhood in your future? I focused all my uncertainties on coming up with a plan for the delivery of my baby—which proved to be a terrible idea when my dreamed-of unmedicated vaginal birth turned into an emergency C-section. I couldn't even start motherhood the way I wanted, I thought. And that feeling happened again when I couldn't breastfeed and instead had to pump and bottle-feed. And once more, when all the stress from things not going my way turned into debilitating postpartum anxiety that left me not really enjoying my brand new baby.

As my baby grew, slowly so did my confidence that I could do this. When he would tumble to the ground while learning how to walk and only my hugs could calm him, I felt invincible. But on the nights he wouldn't sleep—whether because he was going through a regression, a leap, a teeth eruption or just a full moon—I would break down in tears to my husband telling him that he was a better parent than me.

Then I found out I was pregnant again, and that this time it was twins. I panicked. I really cannot do two babies at the same time. I kept repeating that to myself (and to my poor husband) at every single appointment we had because I was just terrified. He, of course, thought I could absolutely do it, and he got me through a very hard pregnancy.

When the twins were born at full term and just as big as singleton babies, I still felt inadequate, despite the monumental effort I had made to grow these healthy babies and go through a repeat C-section to make sure they were both okay. I still felt my skin crawl when they cried and thought, What if I can't calm them down? I still turned to my husband for diaper changes because I wasn't a good enough mom for twins.

My husband reminded me (and still does) that I am exactly what my babies need. That I am enough. A phrase that has now become my mantra, both in motherhood and beyond, because as my husband likes to say, I'm the queen of selling myself short on everything.

So when my babies start crying, I tell myself that I am enough to calm them down.

When my toddler has a tantrum, I remind myself that I am enough to get through to him.

When I go out with the three kids by myself and start sweating about everything that could go wrong (poop explosions times three), I remind myself that I am enough to handle it all, even with a little humor.


And then one day I found this bracelet. Initially, I thought how cheesy it'd be to wear a reminder like this on my wrist, but I bought it anyway because something about it was calling my name. I'm so glad I did because since day one I haven't stopped wearing it.

Every time I look down, there it is, shining back at me. I am enough.

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When Chrissy Teigen announced her third pregnancy earlier this year we were so happy for her and now our hearts are with her as she is going through a pain that is unimaginable for many, but one that so many other mothers know.

Halfway through a high-risk pregnancy complicated by placenta issues, Teigen announced late Wednesday that she has suffered a pregnancy loss.

Our deepest condolences go out to Chrissy and her husband, John Legend (who has been by her side in the hospital for several days now).

In a social media post, Teigen explained she named this baby Jack.

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"We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we've never felt before. We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn't enough," she wrote.

She continued: "We never decide on our babies' names until the last possible moment after they're born, just before we leave the hospital. But we, for some reason, had started to call this little guy in my belly Jack. So he will always be Jack to us. Jack worked so hard to be a part of our little family, and he will be, forever."

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