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Welcome to the World, Oliver!

The days are long, but the years are short. -Gretchen RubinYou’ll notice one of our co-authors will not be posting for the next three months. Thankfully, it’s for a happy reason! Anna had a baby yesterday. Anna, James (her husband), and Tommy (her older son) welcomed Oliver Michael Cockerille into the world just about 24 hours ago. Everyone is doing well.

The co-author team wanted to host a virtual baby shower for Anna. I surveyed the team for ideas and we decided to share our favorite parenting-related websites, blogs, and Twittter accounts so that Anna can have some new reading material to keep her occupied when she’s up at all hours of the night with her newborn son. (While I hope Oliver sleeps through the night fast, I know long nights are a reality for most of us when we welcome new babies into the world.)

My suggestions:

  • Kveller: While it’s known as a Jewish parenting website, Kveller tackles many non-religious topics on their blog. Plus, they have entire sections dedicated to babies, toddlers, and families who live in New York, which is where Anna lives.
  • @PiperPreschool contributes the most gems to the #overheardatpreschool hashtag. It’s amazing to read some of the things the folks at Piper Preschool overhear the kids saying!
  • @PreschoolGems is another account that reminds you kids say the darndest things!

Please join me in welcoming Anna’s new son to the world by leaving a comment for her below. You can leave a general comment or join in the fun by leaving a link to your favorite parenting websites, blogs, or Twitter accounts.




Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who focuses on writing workshop. I've been working with K-6 teachers and students since 2009. Prior to that, I was a fourth and fifth-grade teacher in New York City and Rhode Island.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

I live in Central Pennsylvania with my husband and children. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, doing Pilates, cooking, baking, making ice cream, and reading novels.

13 thoughts on “Welcome to the World, Oliver! Leave a comment

  1. Welcome Oliver! Anna, I am so happy for you and your family. I follow @HonestToddler on Twitter and it never fails to bring a smile (when you want to cry). I also like the Scary Mommy site ( Enjoy this special time with your family- so much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.


  2. What a wonderful celebration to discover this morning! Blessings to you and your family. Websites, blogs, and Twitter accounts were nonexistent when I welcomed my children into the world, but books were an ever present comfort. Katrina Kenison’s Mitten Strings for God is a favorite book that I love turning to and sharing with friends.


  3. Anna, I am way too old to add anything salient to this baby shower but to offer a blessing to you and your family and your newest member, Oliver. May the long time sun shine upon you. May all good surround you. May the pure light of love dwell within your family, forever more.


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