About Marwa Aly

A Sweet Gesture

Last autumn, a kind family from the neighborhood gave us an older television.  It was a big, sturdy clunker, the kind of thing you don't mind putting in a family room with young children and nerf balls. They were even so kind as to haul it over to our home and set it up for us.To return the kindness, I baked some of our traditional Ramadan cookies for them last December. I knew the mother, Natalie, enjoyed cookie exchanges over the holidays. Every Christmas, she baked over 20 dozen cookies a … [Read more...]

Blast from the past: “And So It Begins…”

Here is a "blast from the past" post by one of our GrowMama writers we hope you'll enjoy. It was initially published in 2010 where she shares the story of a special first night of Ramadan. We pray yours are blessed as well!Ramadan is a tremendous opportunity to strengthen a child’s Muslim identity, and to build a closer relationship with Allah SWT and with community. Each year I wonder how to make it special for the family. What can I do for them to taste it’s sweetness?  This year, like man … [Read more...]

Nursing vs. Pumping

Before I ever got pregnant, I always thought that nursing a precious baby was one of the most beautiful things ever. That particular peaceful connection between mother and baby was something I was eager to experience and hold onto for a long time.Then, my son came along. I was induced 3 weeks earlier than my due date (there are some studies that link those two things with my next point) and he didn’t latch on very well. When he did latch, even if it wasn’t the “correct” way, I would keep him … [Read more...]

Fathers and Sons

My life revolves around building blocks and sticky hands, plastic cars and before-bed giggles, snack time sweets and wind-up trains, and days and nights immersed in the mind of a just turned two year old. Since my son was born I have been exploring this role called ‘mother’, trying to seek out my way, stumbling often, frustrated often, but always aware of the huge blessing and huge responsibility that comes wrapped up in the tiny package of my little boy.I want for him all the good that I’v … [Read more...]

My Heart’s Content

I have come to realize that I spend far more time asking my Lord of things than thanking Him. With a supportive, compassionate and understanding spouse and healthy, fed, and safe children, all I ask is that Allah almighty keeps this mother's heart content.-Kariman ElmuradiKariman is a loving mother to three beautiful children. She enjoys discovering California's natural beauty with her family. … [Read more...]

The Price Of Doing Business

For every moment I steal for myself, I pay a price. Today, a call to my mother cost me a soapy bathroom.- Laura BrownLaura Brown is a stay at home mom of two little ones. She happily holds the title of CFO (Chief Financial Officer) of her family. … [Read more...]

Of Hot Showers and Cat Poop

This morning, I decided to do something that single people do. I decided to take a shower. You know, a shower. Oh, I take showers all the time, but usually about a day later than I wanted to because of the constant demands of the house and children, This morning, everyone was up, so I deposited the baby in his brother's room, put on cartoons, grabbed my towel, and headed for the bathroom. I was so silly, so naive....I had only been in the bathroom a few minutes and had not even started … [Read more...]

Six Year Old

Last night, as I was tucking my daughters into bed, I watched my six-year old cozy up to her two teddy bears, one on either side of her, and lay her head on the pillow, almost inviting slumber and dreams to envelop her for the next 10 hours. She’s a great actor, that little drama queen of mine! The last to fall asleep and the first to get up, she’s often the only member of our family who sees my husband leave for work. She and I both knew she had at least another hour ahead of her before she tru … [Read more...]

Separation Anxiety 3.0

I read something a while back that touched me so deeply that I know I’ll never forget it. It was an article on separation anxiety and the author explained that this happens in babies around 6 months old because before that they have no idea that we, their mothers, are separate beings from them. Before 6 months they think we’re actually physically connected and only begin to realize this is not the case at around 6 months when they begin to experience anxiety. I clutched my heart when I read th … [Read more...]

One Step Forward, Ten Steps Back

A few weeks ago I went with my family to the WALK NOW FOR AUTISM walk, in Washington, D.C.Groan. Talk about walking three miles with two two-year-olds who don't want to walk at the pace of the other hundreds of people. Or with your group. Or with Mama or Baba. Or according to anyone else's wishes.Nope.Two-year-olds walk the way THEY want to.So we started at 10 a.m.By 10:05 we were way behind our group. By 10:10, I couldn't see our group anymore. By 10:30, I couldn't even … [Read more...]