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Kim Simon
Writer. Mother. Wife. Not your average "Mommy Blogger." Throwing you a lifejacket when the tidal wave of parenthood sweeps you out to sea. Parenting in public since 2009.

My blog Mama by the Bay is a love letter to Max. Because being his mom has finally shown me what I want to be when I grow up.

Entries by Kim Simon

The Problem With White America

(335) Comments | Posted June 21, 2015 | 1:38 AM


Dear White People,

"Sending prayers to Charleston!"

"Holding space for my brothers and sisters in Charleston!"


"My heart is so broken. This makes me so sad."

Stop it. Stop with the empty condolences. It isn't enough. What we're doing isn't enough.


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5 Words We All Deserve to Hear in the Morning

(10) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 4:31 PM

I laughed at a first grader who knocked over a row of bikes this morning.

She was late to school, walking her bike the last few steps before parking it in front of the principal's office. "Come ON!" her mom begged. "The bell just rang!" Their footsteps tapped along the...

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I've Given Up On My New Year's Resolutions -- And You Should, Too

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 11:08 AM

15 Ways To Lose Weight In The New Year! 10 Ways That I Will Be A More Present Mother in 2015! 479 Tips For Shedding The Pounds and Shedding The Shame!

Well, Happy New Year, parents everywhere. If the magazine covers and the Facebook posts don't have...

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10 Gründe, warum Kaiserschnitt und natürliche Geburt im Grunde das Gleiche sind

(4) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 4:34 PM

Für alle Frauen beinhaltet eine Geburt entweder einen Menschen, der tatsächlich aus ihnen herausgedrückt wird oder einen Menschen, der aus ihnen herausgenommen wird, durch eine echte Operation. Bei der du sehr wahrscheinlich wach bis.

Ja, Babys "sollten" durch den richtigen Ausgang geboren werden. Ich kenne die Statistiken, die zeigen, dass...

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10 Ways C-Sections and Vaginal Births Are Exactly the Same

(75) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 4:16 PM

For many women, birth either involves an actual human getting pushed out of your vagina, or an actual human getting pulled from your womb through an honest-to-goodness operation. That you are most likely awake for.

Yes, babies are "supposed" to be born through the appropriate exit door. I am well...

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My Breasts Belong to Me

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 10:03 AM

"Thirty-four double D," she said, and smiled.

I looked at her across the brightly-lit dressing room. "You're kidding me. Are you sure?" From his lookout point in the stroller, my tiny wisp of a 1-month-old started to cry. "I'll be back with some options for you to try on," she...

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22 Ways To Support Other Parents During #ISupportYou Week

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 5:40 PM


transitive verb \sə-ˈpȯrt\
: to agree with or approve of (someone or something)
: to show that you approve of (someone or something) by doing something
: to give help or assistance to (someone or something)

There are many definitions for the...

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What 'I Support You' Really Means

(2) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 6:11 PM

Want to know a secret? Shhh. Come close.

We don't care how you feed your baby.

We don't care. We don't care because there are women taking their babies for chemotherapy and women struggling to scrape up enough cash to buy dinner and women who feel so sh*tty about themselves...

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Education Reform Begins With A Coffee Kiosk

(1) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 7:12 PM

Dear School District,

I know that it's only been a week since my son started Kindergarten, but I was hoping to share a few ideas with you. Unlike those helicopter parents who elbow their way into the principal's office on Day 3 to give "constructive feedback," I wanted...

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An alle Mamas, die ihr Kind zum ersten Mal in den Kindergarten bringen

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 8:15 PM

Liebe neue Kindergarten-Mama,

heute früh habe ich meine Jungs in den Kinderwagen gepackt, für einen letzten spontanen Morgenspaziergang. Max geht ab kommender Woche in den Kindergarten, dann sind die Tage im Schlafanzug, das Schlendern zum nächsten Park oder Starbucks wohl vorbei.

Meine beste Freundin hat mir ein paar Minuten...

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To My Fellow Moms, on the First Day of Kindergarten

(37) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 11:00 AM

Dear New Kindergarten Mom,

This morning, I bundled my boys into the stroller and went out for one last impromptu morning walk. Max will be starting kindergarten next week, and the days spent hanging out in our jammies and meandering to the nearest park or Starbucks are almost over. My...

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30 Ways Breastfeeding and Formula-Feeding Are Exactly the Same

(59) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 4:49 PM

Can I tell you a secret?

I'm a little afraid of the Internet this week. August 1st -7th is World Breastfeeding Week, and as a breastfeeding mom, I'm ready to shout my success from the proverbial Internet rooftops. I've nursed Ben for 14 months, and I have been...

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The Secret Every New Mom Should Remember

(12) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 11:53 AM

A newborn's cry is unmistakable.

The hearty, bleating squawk of a tiny human being announcing his or her arrival is a sound that etches itself into the cellular memory of a parent.  My youngest has a cry that is 13 months older than his first heartbreaking shrills once were, and...

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Undocumented Children Belong to All of Us

(24) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 5:25 PM

I want you to imagine that you have just put your 10-year-old daughter on a bus, bound for sleep-away camp.

You've packed her some snacks for the ride. You've covered her in kisses and sent hearty prayers towards the sky, hoping that your love will build an armor that shields...

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6 cose che ho imparato sull'allattamento al seno

(0) Comments | Posted July 4, 2014 | 5:42 AM

Il mio bambino ha appena fatto un anno. Ce l'abbiamo fatto. Siamo sopravvissuti al primo anno. E contro ogni probabilità, è successa una cosa bellissima e sorprendente, totalmente inaspettata, conquistata a fatica, desiderata. Sono diventata una mamma che allatta al seno.

Abbiamo raggiunto il primo...

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6 Things I Know Now About Breastfeeding

(11) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 12:21 PM

My sweet baby Ben recently turned 1.

We did it. We survived the first year.

And against all odds, something happened that was totally unexpected and hard-won and butt-kicking and prayed for and holy and amazing and beautiful.

I became a breastfeeding mom.

We reached our one-year "nurse-aversary." ME....

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Our Last First Year

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 11:59 AM

There is a moment in motherhood when you realize that you have been holding your breath.

As if forgetting to breathe will somehow slow the passage of time, in all the right places.

It is the deep inhale as your baby settles in to sleep, buffered and bolstered by the...

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My Secret Weapon Against Postpartum Depression

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 11:54 AM

I brought my baby home from the hospital when he was five days old.

Even though it was only 10 months ago, I can't quite remember what day of the week it was. In my heart, it was a Monday.

Mondays are for new beginnings. Mondays are for starting over....

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I Am a Kind Mama

(10) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 3:05 PM

I have something very important to tell you, so I need you to listen up.

Are you ready for it?

Celebrities are not experts on anything other than being a celebrity.

They're not.

They're not doctors. They aren't psychologists. They aren't researchers, or social workers, or childcare providers. They aren't...

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8 Things Mike Francesa, Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton Should Know About Paternity Leave

(2) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 12:52 PM

Dear Mike Francesa, Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton,

I have no idea who you are.

Really, I don't. Sorry. I had to look up how to spell your names for this article.

But I heard what you said the other day about New York Mets player Daniel Murphy,...

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