Yahoo! looses touch

According to a recent internal Yahoo! staff HR memo, all employees must work from the office as of this June. This applies to all workers even those with an already agreed to once or twice a week exception and those hired to work remotely from another location. Many must now relocate to the expensive San Francisco Bay area or quit their jobs.

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Our new normal

PREGO PARENTS

Family of our

Family of four


Just hours after our youngest, Patrick, was born and took to the nursery for a quick check-up, my husband said how healthy our sons are. And then, a doctor we never saw before came into our room to give us an update on our son in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). We both said they had the wrong parents.

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The birth

FAMILY FUN
What a joy to bring our second son, Patrick Paul, into the world a week ago this last Sunday, February 17th. He is named for my Mom, Patricia, and my husband’s father, Paul. He was four days past his due date, but a wonderful surprise nonetheless. I was convinced he would be induced on the scheduled date of February 19th since our oldest was induced twelve days late, but wore lots of green hoping that may spur on the luck of the Irish for an “early” arrival.

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A home full of love

FAMILY FUN

Nursery

Nursery

Getting our second child’s nursery “ready” seemed to last longer than the pregnancy as we balanced competing priorities. We started working on our youngest’s nursery toward the end of the third trimester, but were already “done” with our oldest’s nursery before his third trimester started… We are equally thrilled about our new addition, but our oldest made lots of commotion (a.k.a. mess!) everywhere as we anticipated his brother’s arrival. The actual excitement of two boys under two-and-a-half will far exceed our wildest dreams and even biggest mess NOW that is easily cleaned up in five minutes (especially thanks to my husband!)…

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Progress

As we are well into mid-February, how is your New Year’s Resolution progress and/or other goals you’ve set for yourself? Maybe you set new Lenten goals… My biggest victory in that regard was quitting smoking for good seven Lent seasons ago. The 40 day commitment made the sacrifice seem very feasible (thanks to some of that yucky gum) until it was no longer a habit.

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Can you buy sleep?

PREGO PARENTS

The hardest part of being a new parent may be sleep deprivation as infants often need to eat at least every three hours at first. That is why some parents opt for a night nurse or nanny to help ease the transition. I learned about night nurses during our first pregnancy from a Mom in my prenatal pilates class who thought insurance might cover it. My OBGYN doctor informed me that was not the case and the pricing is out of sight so I took it off my radar until my girlfriends with newborns reminded me how exhausting it is.

The night nurse or nanny models infant sleeping and eating scheduling and habits. That caregiver will often get the child on a sleep schedule. That luxury of uninterupted sleep sounds priceless! How much does it cost for new parents to buy sleep via a night or nurse?

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Less is more?

Carrie Underwood's "moment"

Carrie Underwood’s “moment”


Katy Perry missed the memo!

Katy Perry missed the memo!

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