Nneka Gerstle
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Nneka Gerstle

Nneka Gerstle is a new-ish mum, raising her little girl in a loving, multi-cultured home. She loves super-heroes, wishes babies could talk, and believes that we're better together.


Ask If She’s Mine

I finished my Rose Bowl jog, feeling rather accomplished. I had beat the heat and managed to keep my one-year-old daughter content in her stroller. I stooped down to tell her how proud of her I was, and it was then I noticed that…

September 23, 2016
Mom Advice Mom Stuff Parenting

She Watches You

When I was a little girl, there was nothing I loved more than watching my mother. Every morning as she sat at her dressing table going through her meticulous beauty ritual, I’d be perched on her bed, lost in rapt attention. Even now, as…

November 3, 2016
Mom Advice Parenting Uncategorized

A Very Gerstle Christmas

Like most people, I love the holiday season. Twinkle lights, presents, ornaments, crackling fires, mistletoes, parties, and all that fa la la la la la la la la. (I’d like to throw in snow angels, but I live in LA, so I’ll just keep…

December 8, 2016

Breastfeeding Can Be Complicated

We’ve all seen the photographs; mother and child locked in tender embrace, one nurturing the other from her own body. There’s nothing more magical or more natural. During my pregnancy, I would often gaze upon such scenes in happy anticipation. One day it would…

January 12, 2017
Motherlucker Parenting

The Art of Toddler Conversation

There’s a lot of noise in our home. From the waking sounds of the human alarm clock (a.k.a Noé calling out “Mummy! Daddy!” over the monitor), to the soft humming of the air purifier that helps lull her to sleep, it’s nonstop. Nursery rhymes,…

February 23, 2017
Mom Stuff Motherlucker

What Makes You You?

Ever heard the saying “happy wife, happy life?” It comes off trite, but I believe there’s some truth to it.  In many cases mothers, working or stay-home, are very much the heart of the home (don’t freak out, I am a feminist!). And as…

March 30, 2017
Mom Advice Parenting

Mind Your Tot & I’ll Mind Mine

Unfortunately, it’s happened on several occasions. Noé and I will be out in some public, kid-friendly space, and then inevitably, another (usually bigger, but not always) kid will decide that they can’t live without something she has. Commence grabbing, snatching, blocking, shoving, etc. I…

April 24, 2017
Mom Stuff

Beauty and The Baby

Most expecting mothers have at least one birthing plan. I had two. Plan A involved the manner in which I wanted my child brought into the world. Plan B was more self-centered, a day of relaxation and beauty. Prenatal massage, manicure, pedicure, eyebrow threading,…

May 8, 2017
Mom Stuff Motherlucker Parenting

Preschool & Pacifiers

I didn’t think she was ready. She only just turned two, after all. My husband begged to differ. She’s smart, curious and in need of more social interaction, he argued. I saw his point, and even though I still felt another year at home…

October 31, 2017
Motherlucker Parenting Pregnancy Second baby

It’s A Boy!

The medical imaging specialist spilled the beans. Minutes later she sheepishly informed me to wait for confirmation from my physician. She was young, new to the job and in violation of company policy. Though I assured her the secret was safe with me, I…

November 16, 2017