mother’s day interview w/ tribe alive

jenny greenstein

I’m honored to have been chosen as the first Mom featured in Tribe Alive’s, ‘All Mom’s Matter’ Mother’s Day interview series. It’s my first year celebrating as a mother, and I loved having the opportunity to open up and share some of my experience. In the feature I discuss how Dina and I finally aligned on starting a family (it didn’t start out that way), co-parenting together and what motherhood means to each of us (yup – even Dina makes a cameo in this interview). A special thank you to Sari Wynne Photography for capturing these beautiful images that I will cherish forever. Click on over to Tribe Alive if you’d like to check out the interview.

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images via sari wynne photography 

 

9 months!

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Vida has been earth side for almost equal time that she was in my belly. Where does the time go, seriously? Her latest milestones include crawling, pulling herself up, basically saying, ‘mama’, waving hi, eating solid food, playing non-stop, following us around the apartment, engaging, connecting – it’s so beautiful to watch. Everyone says what a happy baby she is. And she really is. When I look into her eyes, I know she can really see me now. She looks deeply, and knows who I am to her. The bond and trust is undeniable. It’s a connectedness like none other – sacred, primal and pure. Learning this new motherhood-balance dance is still a work in progress, but I’m getting there, and wiping my sleepy eyes each morning to approach the day with flexibility and an openness that is necessary to sustain positivity on this incredibly wild ride. Vida is constantly changing, but my Type-A personality has adjusted. It feels really good to have accepted that every day brings something new, and I savor each developmental stage, even the hard ones, knowing they are short-lived. I hold on just tight enough to secure our attachment, but with enough room to allow for transitions and growth. Knowing that that each moment is a stepping stone into another one is what keeps me centered. This is how I stay balanced. Thank you mi Vida (Spanish translation: my life) for pushing my boundaries, becoming another mirror for me, pushing me outside my comfort zone, teaching me about my strength and capabilities and stretching me beyond anything I thought possible. Cheers to the best 9 months of my life, baby girl. You are magic. I love you to the moon, but further.

project upstate: living room

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Last year while preparing to become a family of three, we started the hunt for a bigger apartment a la the multiple posts on decor ideas, and inspiring spaces here, here, here and here. I had a whole vision in my mind of what our next home would look like and was pinterest’ing away in prepration. That said, it never wound up happening. We put the whole thing on hold when I reached month 6 of pregnancy, simultaneously becoming defeated about the relationship of cost vs. space you get in return. We both agreed to stay in our small apartment, focus on new baby and revisit our living situation down the road.

Now that we are ‘down the road’ (Vida is 9 months on April 19th), we did away with the idea of moving all together. Yes, our apartment is small and many/most of you probably wouldn’t be able to live with a baby in such tight quarters. But for us, it totally works which changed the trajectory of our plans in their entirity. Instead of upgrading here in NYC, we are keeping our apartment and bought a house upstate to retreat to on the weekends. A place we can spread out, entertain friends, have outdoor space and relax in. We figure we can store the majority of our crap there, and live simple and minimal down here. When we began discussing this as a potential plan, I wasn’t sure we could make it all happen. But I stay true to the words I preach and we are crafting our reality in a way which fits our lifestyle. It’s not for everyone, but it satiates and nourishes our needs. It gives us the opportunity to have (and give Vida) the best of both worlds, a country and city life, which in the end, for us, trumped a bigger primary home. If you follow along on instagram, you saw that we closed on a house in February, and have been settling in since. It was a complete ‘pinch me’ moment, and I’ve been thanking my lucky stars and feeling grateful ever since. I’ve posted a few snaps here and there on my page (and will continue to do so), but as things unfold, I decided to document the progress here too. If nothing else, a diary for me to look back on and inspiration to share with all of you too.

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So now that we are onto the decorating, my hours of pinning have been put to use. Above is a current vision board I created for our living room (to fill the empty space shown in top photo). Our den, which was the first room we tackled is shades of grey, pink and white so I am aiming for this room to tie back in order to create cohesiveness. Dina requested we use more saturated tones here, so while the color story is similar with pink’ish hues running through both spaces, the color will be less muted. We haven’t pulled the trigger on any of the above pieces, but this is my starting point.

We are taking our time to carefully make choices for each room, and it will likely take years to complete the entire house. But as we go, I’ll keep you posted on the updates and progress!

SHOP THE ROOM: 1. velvet sofa // 2. peace velvet pillow // 3. eskayel pillow // 4. area rug // 5. gold moroccan pouf  // 6. leather chair // 7. bird of paradise plant (local nursery) // 8. dining table // 9. cowhide chair (ours is old, but this is a similar piece)

interview: mitera

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During my pregnancy I met Yoko Shimada – founder of Mitera, a motherhood centric brand for pre/postnatal life, specifically during breastfeeding. I joined Yoko, and the Mitera team as their on-site stylist for the Biggest Baby Shower event here in NYC, and at at 37 weeks featured the Grace dress in a ‘Style The Bump‘ post which to date is still one of my favorites of that series. That said, once Vida arrived I was excited to get back into the dress, utilizing the features and benefits of the hidden zipper for breastfeeding. I told Yoko in a current interview with the brand that when I wear the dress, ‘I feel like a breastfeeding Greek goddess in it’. The rest of the Q&A digs a bit deeper where I chat about my pregnancy, motherhood and breastfeeding journey, what parenting feels like from the perspective of a same-sex couple and my wish for Vida as she grows up. Click over to Mitera’s blog to read the full feature, and be sure to hit the shop tab on their site to peruse the beautiful collection.

jenny greenstein

jenny greenstein

photos via lori berkowitz