Archives for January 2013

GrowMama Picks for January 2013

1.With the highest reports of the flu in years, and winter still going strong, read here to learn how to fight it.2. We could all use some advice on dealing with anger.3. Need dinner ideas? Check out this mouth watering mama's Lebanese Kitchen recipe4. Try this creamy turmeric tea. It’s good for the brain. Well, at least that's what Dr. Sanjay Gupta says.5. Like baking? Click here to find out how you can host a mamabake!6. Read here to learn about 10 things happy people do d … [Read more...]

Better Hands than Mine

My Experience with Vaginal Birth after C-SectionI had just arrived at my obstetrician’s office after finishing the five-month ultrasound at the hospital. I was expecting a quick visit since I was gearing up to switch doctors. It was time to make the first all-important decision of my pregnancy: who will delivery me via VBAC (Vaginal Birth after Cesarean). My current doctor doesn’t do VBACs, but isn’t against them. That did not console me much. I had spent five-months searching for her rep … [Read more...]

Grow Mama Blast from the Past: The Wait

I baked up a storm and the breads and granolas are stealthily disappearing. I caught up with laundry and organized closets, the next cycle is already starting to pile itself up with clothes rapidly throwing themselves into disarray. I organized all the toys, puzzles, and books in the basement and just when I turned away, it seems they grew feet and started clambering out of the neat shelves spilling over the basement floor into the living room and bedrooms.Every time, I take a deep breath … [Read more...]

An Ode to the Stay at Home Mom

Many of us chuckled during the blackouts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy when we read the internet meme that read: "Being at home reminds me of how much I miss my crappy job." It's seems to be a toss-up whether being home creates more work or allows the time to catch up with it. What is certain is that being with multiple kids at home full-time is an impressive feat not for the faint of heart. Although some seem to be managing quite well, I suspect that many struggle with home and child … [Read more...]

A Clean Page

Growing up, I always believed that I would be a writer. I had plenty of journals and diaries filled with moments from my life but I can’t tell you where those diaries are now, because I never held on to them. I am what you call a Disposer, and by that I mean I like to purge my clutter, physical and emotional. I always found it so liberating to empty my closets as well as my emotional baggage every few years. I would go through my journals page by page, reliving the events of my life…where there w … [Read more...]

Unsettled

Perhaps it is because of recent events, personal strife or the gloomy winter season- this overbearing sense of loneliness, uneasiness, and fear of the future going around. Everyone feels these emotions at one time or another. What's a person to do when this unsettling feeling starts taking over and getting in the way of taking care of yourself and your family? How can you see past the clouds and look to to a bright and springy future?Humans have a tendency to fear the unknown. When current … [Read more...]

GrowBaba Spotlight: Hold My Hand

GrowBaba spotlights provide a space for Muslim fathers to share their voice, reflections, and insights with our community.We were crossing a busy Los Angeles street together. Half-way through the intersection, he held my hand and we calmly crossed the rest of the intersection. I was 38 and he was my father.A few years have passed since then, yet that feeling never went away. Folks, I actually liked holding my father’s hand. The problem is that it bugged me that I liked it. It bugged me t … [Read more...]

My New Best Friend

I want to apologize to my childhood best friend. I hope you are not offended by the fact that you have been replaced.My new best friend and I have only known each other less than three years. Yet, in that short time we've become very close.My best friend and I like to gab about boys. Okay, just one in particular.  We talk about how handsome and nice he is, and she tells me how she loves it when he tickles her.We like to have all our meals together. We share a love of … [Read more...]

Working for the Akhira

Every new year has its share of memories and learning experiences, some happy, some painful. It's the perfect opportunity to reflect and realign our priorities as well as make new promises to ourselves. While making new resolutions, we should try to view them with the scope of the aakhira. To better days! To...To faith- know every year that it's a gift, not to be taken for granted or neglected. Intangible, indefinable, but it is everything.To prosperity- but not at the expense of honesty, … [Read more...]